Friday, December 6, 2013
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Waiting for the rain to slow down a bit so I can load up my car with all my stuff for the weekend. Had fun trying on my dress for the wedding and dress for the rehearsal dinner this morning and planning all the unmentionables, jewelry and shoes that need to go with them! Now I'm thinking casual stuff for the rest of the weekend. Already went to the bank, post office and grocery store this morning, made two necklaces, cleaned my apartment and now I'm almost there. Yay!
If you'd like to see more photos of the jewelry, go HERE!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
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I had a text conversation with Janet from Valley House Primitives yesterday. Janet is the talent behind Valley House's incredible line of grained frames. We were talking about planning ahead and how it seems to get harder and harder to do. That conversation got me thinking about how I need to think about plans for 2014.
Optimally, I'd like to start planning designs ahead. Rather than design for Christmas in November and December, I hope I can design for Christmas in September or October. And design for Halloween in July or August. You get the idea. Will it happen? Who knows!! But, I'm going to try!
And, I'd like to design some teaching pieces and get back on the teaching band wagon. I love teaching and traveling and meeting stitchers and shopowners!
Now that I have 24 designs published under my new company which means 24 models, I'd like to start planning trunk shows too. Trunk shows are great for designers, shopowners and stitchers alike. If there are any shopowners reading this, please contact me to schedule a trunk show for your shop for 2014. My email is email@example.com.
And the little snippet above? It's from a new design Beth is currently stitching for me. (Edited to add: Beth mentioned that the purple color in the bird is not true - he's more of a navy blue/dark gray color.) Beth not only stitches my models, but also comes up with names for them. What a bonus! The name possibilities for this sampler include: Sven on Sentry, Reuben on Roost, Fowler Afoot, Baxter on Beat, Caleb on Call, Einer at Ease, Pavel on Patrol, Donald on Duty, Archibald on Alert, Wallace on Watch, Lionel on Lookout. Cool, huh?! These all arrived via text while Beth was at work one day. She truly keeps me entertained!
The sampler above (name to be decided) will be released in January. I'll have one more design coming out in December - a Christmas-sy piece Carol Sims is stitching for me. I'll be turning Carol's hard work into a pincushion/pillow as soon as I have it in my hot little hands, will get the charts printed as soon as possible and get the pattern out. All this last minute stuff has me determined to plan ahead. I can do it, I'm (reasonably) sure I can!
I'm off tomorrow morning to Lancaster for Liz's wedding weekend. Can't wait!
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
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I spent this afternoon at my Mom's house, helping to get all of her Christmas stuff from her attic, putting up her tree, trimming her tree and decorate for Christmas.
In the process of unpacking her Christmas things, I found these.
The stockings Mom made for her children.
Fifty-three years ago!!!
They brought back so many memories! I was truly thrilled to see them again. I brought them home with me and will try to hand wash them and see if I can get them clean again. Then my Mom will hang them up in her house.
My heart is warmed!
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I've gotten an early start on my Christmas decorating this year. It's such fun to do in a new place!
Rather than put up one large tree, I've instead put up two smaller trees - one on each side of the fireplace. One is full of bird ornaments and the other trimmed with only silver and white.
Decorating my bird cages has been fun!
I still want to add fresh greens, but will wait a couple weeks for that. In the meantime, my daughter Liz is getting married one week from today, so I'm looking forward to a week full of wedding-related fun!
Happy Early Christmas!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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I am very happy to say my new designs are ready! I picked up the charts at the printers this morning despite the snow falling on the mountain road between Maryland and Pennsylvania!
They are available in my Etsy Shop: HERE. Or, if you'd prefer to by-pass Etsy, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you! And Happy Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Two new designs are coming very soon!! The one above is called Anna's Bird. It's stitched on 40-count Black Forest from Lakeside Linens using Needlepoint Silks. Thank you, thank you to Beth Wiksen who stitched this design for me.
Both frames are from Valley House Primitives. Gorgeous, aren't they?!
The charts for both designs should be ready sometime next week. I'll keep you posted.
Hope you like them!
Friday, November 8, 2013
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I've been busy today!! I started about 6:00 this morning when I got up and started working on jewelry. Before I knew it, three pieces were finished!
Then I headed off to Virginia to Lucketts and The Design House and Lucketts Store Christmas open house. What FUN!!! Each and every room was a Christmas delight!
I found the vintage gray velvet chair at Lucketts Store and could NOT resist! Rose claimed it immediately! Bella was fine with that as she had the couch to herself!
Yes, that's a Christmas tree in my living room. How embarrassing! I found it here in Hagerstown, brought it home, put it in a vintage galvanized bucket (held in place with plaster of Paris), and don't have the heart to put it away. At least I haven't decorated it yet!
So, now for the jewelry...
an incredible antique, French, sterling silver perfume bottle with a hand stopper,
A French cicada (considered to be good luck),
And a piece of Black Forest jewelry (carved antler), probably from Germany...
More photos of the jewelry can be found HERE.
Hope you have a great weekend!
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