Wednesday, August 29, 2018

SIX MORE DESIGNS RETIRED

 The Village

I just learned that my distributor has discontinued six more designs.  A few of them have me a bit "thrown" as I really like the designs.  But, I have to look at the plus side:  six fewer patterns to have reprinted at very high costs.  Still!!

So, here they are.  I've updated my Etsy Shop (www.kathybarrick.etsy.com)
 to reflect the new 50% off price.
 Multiplying Bird

 Gregory in the Garden

 Miss Martha's Potting Shed

 Winter Swan

 PA Fraktur in Needle & Thread

Have a great day everyone!
Saturday, August 25, 2018

MORE RETIRED DESIGNS!

Ten more designs have been retired, effective today, August 25th.  (Only four months until Christmas!!)  
These have been added to my Etsy Shop (www.kathybarrick.etsy.com) with prices cut in half.  Enjoy!
 
Above is Bowful of Bunnies.
French Samplers

Good & Proper

Adam & Eve Revisited

Halloween Stocking

Joyeux Noel

My Mother's House

Painted Wings




Susanna Folley

Happy Weekend Everyone!
Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Big Reveal - New Designs!


Early Fraktur Drawing
A reproduction of an antique water colored fraktur.
(The full alphabet is provided for personalizing.)

And


Little Robins
I couldn't resist the verse!

Details available in my Etsy Shop:

I hope you like them!


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

New Designs!


I'll be releasing two new designs this week!
Thought I'd give you a sneak peek or two!






I'll be back soon with full-sized photos.
Have a great week everyone!
Thursday, August 2, 2018

RETIRED Designs


As they do from time to time, Hoffman Distributing Company discontinues carrying patterns that aren't great sellers.  In the past, I've carried on normally as I knew Norden Crafts would continue to distribute those designs.  Since Norden has closed shop, and because Yarn Tree only carries a limited number of patterns, I'm kind of stuck with the 19 designs Hoffman discontinued.

So, I've decided to retire 19 designs permanently.  And, please understand this doesn't break my heart for a few reasons.  Obviously, they weren't great selling designs.  And having 19 fewer charts to have to have reprinted is kind of nice.  I am quickly learning why I had been renting a HUGE printer when I had Carriage House Samplings.  It's much cheaper to print your own charts than to have them professionally printed.  Waaaaaay cheaper!!  Unfortunately, renting that printer was very expensive, so I am not able to consider that option yet.  

When designing my designs, I never think "oh this is going to be a great seller" or "oh this isn't going to sell well at all."  I just design what I like an try to make elements fit together in a pleasing manner.  My goal is always to come up with something different.  I just kind of hope that stitchers will like them too!  And that isn't always the case.  


In my samplers Etsy Shop (www.kathybarrick.etsy.com)
you will find the 19 discontinued designs on sale for 50% off.



And, shop owners can get these charts from me at 75% off.


And, this morning I'll be working on listing the models for sale in my sampler Etsy Shop as well.  There is no reason for me to store them indefinitely.  The prices will be reasonable, but I will be taking into account what I paid a stitcher to stitch the design for me and what I paid for frames.  I'm not out to make money on these, just to send them to new homes.


I actually stitched a couple of these myself!
 Thanks so much for listening!  I'll add photos of the additional retired designs below:












Have a great day everyone!


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Arithmetic Book


Introducing Arithmetic Book - a brand new design!  It is actually three designs in one.  I loved the bird so much, I just had to keep using it!

And, I'm sorry to say, there is an error on the color list of the chart.  It seems the solid circle symbol is missing from the color list and is used in the Bird Cage model.  That color should be the same as the "-" (dash) symbol on the chart, which is Silk N Color's Captain's Sea Chest or DMC 451.

I try so hard to get it right, but sometimes I just blow it.  I'm very sorry for any inconvenience.

I just got home from the antique markets in Pennsylvania and am looking forward to making some jewelry this afternoon.  I hope you all have a fabulous day!


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Oh the Torture!


I found this sweet home in York in January.  While I've never pictured myself in a bungalo-style home, I was instantly intrigued with this house.  And when I walked inside, I was instantly sold!  It was recently renovated top to bottom and done oh so well.  Built in 1935, it is certainly one of the newest houses I've ever owned or even lived in.  


When I was born, my family lived in an 1800's Victorian farmhouse in Frederick County, Maryland.  When I married, my husband and I bought an 1800's Victorian farmhouse in Frederick County.  Which we renovated, top to bottom.  Fast forward to my second marriage when my husband and I bought an 1800's home in Carroll County, Maryland.  Which we renovated top to bottom.  When that house was finished, we bought a stone home in York, Pennsylvania.  Which we renovated top to bottom.  

And here I am buying a house in York, Pennsylvania.  And it's already renovated.  Completely.  One hundred percent!  YAY!!!!!!  

It's a very small house - only 1200 square feet.  But I'm just one girl, I no longer need a huge house.  It has a fenced in back yard for Bella.  (My poor, sweet, wonderful dog Rosie, passed away recently.  She was 13 years old and lived a wonderful life in many of the homes listed above.  She is sorely missed and will never be forgotten.)  Anyway....the house has two bedrooms and an office.  And the dining room will be my jewelry studio.  Being a 1935 house, it has some wonderful features that were common in those days....two built in china cupboards, arched doorways, wonderful window moldings, a tiny built in linen closet.  I couldn't resist.

The next steps involved setting up the loan and packing.  Packing I can do!  I'm very experienced at it!  The loan process is where the torture comes in.  The contract was written in January with a February 21st closing date.  Ha!  Here it is March 15th and I still haven't closed on the house.  I thought closing was going to happen while I was in Nashville for Market, so I got a Power of Attorney so Anne could go to closing for me.  That was a waste of time!  Then closing was supposed to be as soon as I returned from Market.  That didn't happen.  Finally it seemed that this Tuesday was going to be the day.  I purchased a refrigerator, washer and dryer and scheduled deliver for this morning.  I set up lots of help with moving.  I have covered Anne's house in boxes of my stuff.  And it didn't happen.  So, my fingers are crossed for this Friday, but realistically I know that it won't be until next week.  

My jewelry bench is all packed up, so no jewelry making for me.  Every book I own is all packed up, so no reading for me.  I'm determined not to spend money, so no shopping for me.  I am going nuts!!  Fortunately, I have my computers still and can post lengthy blog posts!  And I can design.  Yay!  I've been designing like a girl possessed. And that's a good thing!  My creativity is a bit weird from all the stress, but I've been working around that.  I have no idea where my boxes of linens and silk threads might be, so nothing will be stitched until after I move, but in the meantime, I will design.  And go nuts.

I'll keep you posted!
Have a great day everyone!



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