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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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