Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Mine was great it just went too fast. I worked on Saturday and then had a dual celebration on Sunday (Father's Day and my daughter's 17th birthday). My little girl is growing up so fast. It's hard to believe that she will be graduating high school next year. 

Despite all the hoopla this weekend, I was able to get a little stitching done. I'm trying to finish the project I took with me on vacation. I'ts almost done. I should finish it this week and then can go back to alternating between two other projects. 

Need another project? Here are some new designs that will be coming soon. 

From Blackbird Designs
The newest design in the Loose Feather series. This one features a cute cat along with the birds.

She Sights a Bird
Loose Feathers Series - For the Birds #3

From Amy Bruecken Designs
Two fun new designs in Amy's bright and bold style.

  Peace & Love                                             Quilt Critters

From Stoney Creek
What a great birth sampler for a little boy.

Boys & Toys Birth Sampler

From Abby Rose Designs
This sweet sampler would make a nice gift for a friend or even a sister. 

Tea for Two Tea Bag Cozy

From Stacy Nash Primitives
Another cute critter in the "Animal Crackers" series. Love the felt carrots. 

Animal Crackers: Harrison

From With Thy Needle & Thread
Here is a picture of Lesson One from the Summer Schoolhouse - Lessons in Abecedarian series.  There will be a total of 4 lessons all meant to be stitched together in one long piece. However, I think Lesson 1 would make a great stand alone piece but not sure about the others. Time will tell. This design should arrive at the end of June/first of July.

Lesson #1
Summer Schoolhouse - Lessons in Abecedarian

From Mirabilia
Another gorgeous mermaid from Nora. I am currently working on yet another mermaid. I don't need to do another one but I really do like this one. 

Renaissance Mermaid

From Heartstring Samplery
Love the Huswife design. However, I would probably frame it or make it into a pillow. 

             A Little Quaker                     Once Upon a Summer Huswife

From Just Cross Stitch
This special magazine issue will be arriving sometime in September. We are now taking pre-orders so reserve your copy.

2017 Christmas Ornament Issue

From Glendon Place
The raccoons are so cute. They look like they are wearing pajamas. Must be a raccoon sleepover.

      Bad Girls Peter                 Pumpkinhead

Overheard in an Orchard

Rambunctious Raccoons


Monday, June 12, 2017

Happy Summer...the heat has arrived!

As I was watching the news this morning, I was informed by the weatherman that we will be having a heat wave this week (well, it is June). It just makes me appreciate my air conditioner and ceiling fans even more. I guess this means I should avoid the heat and humidity by staying indoors and stitching. This is a perfectly good idea and one in which I will actually follow through with.

Need a "beat the heat" project? Take a look at some new designs that will be arriving soon.

From Bobbie G Designs
Great Halloween design. I love the witches in silhouette.

Good Witch

From Kit & Bixby
The design reads "Cats - We're not trying to be bad it just comes naturally" and as all cat people know, this is so true.

Cats We're Not Trying to be Bad

From Tellin Emblem
I love the look of these Christmas carols. I hope she designs some more.

 Christmas Carol - Jingle Bells         Christmas Carol  - Silent Night

From Shepherd's Bush
A very patriotic collection of designs. My favorite is "Liberty Notes".

         Liberty Notes (leaflet)      There Dwells My Heart (kit)

Little Blue House Tin (kit)        Land of Liberty (kit)

From Hands on Design
Adding on to some previously started series.

12 Days - Ladies & Lords
part 5 of 6 in the series

Chalk for the Home: Rose Cottage
This is the second in a series of 4 seasonal home designs.
It also includes a smaller companion piece - "Summer".

From Elizabeth's Designs
The needlework sampler is great. This one is a must for my "stash".

 For Love of Needlework                  Summertime     

From Needle Bling Designs
I really love both of these pillows. The sayings are great. I want to get my tail to the beach and stitch. 

Get Your Tail to the Beach

It's All About the Stitch

From Erica Michaels
The final part of the 12 Berries series as well as two other companion pieces. Mary Haven's smalls were taken from the larger Mary Havens Sampler and Mermaid Berry is a companion to the By the Sea Sewing Set. 

12 Berries of Christmas - part 4
Leaping Lords, Pipers & Drummers

Mary Haven's Smalls

Mermaid Berry


Have a great week!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Summer is here!

Well, officially,  the first day of summer is June 21st but since Memorial Day has past and my kids are out of of school....summer has arrived! It's hard to believe that it is only June 5th and I have already been on vacation. My husband and I took the kids to Universal Studios in Orlando after Memorial Day. We all had a great time even if my calves are still aching from all the walking. 

I took a small cross stitch project with me but didn't get very much accomplished. I guess I'll work on it some this week. I know I missed sharing some things with you so please keep checking the "what's new" and "just arrived" sections on our website. I'll be updating those this week. I have a lot of catching up to do.

In the meantime, here are some new designs that will be arriving soon....enjoy!


From Mill Hill
Thee more new collections. I love the trees!

 Mighty Oak Quartet Kits
  Spring Oak                                  Summer Oak

    Fall Oak                                       Winter Oak

2017 Charmed Ornament Kits - Sleighs
  Celestial Sleigh                        Evergreen Sleigh

  Toyland Sleigh                     Traditional Sleigh

Woodland Sleigh                       Vintage Sleigh   

2017 Caribbean Santa Ornament Kits
  Jamaica Santa                          Barbados Santa

Trinidad Santa

From Prairie Schooler
Well, I guess even though officially retired, Prairie Schooler is going to keep doing the Santas.

2017 Prairie Schooler Santa

From Crossed Wing Collection
A simply stunning design. I love the hand dyed fabric that it is stitched on.

And Then Comes Spring

Abby Rose Designs
A simple but lovely pillow. 

An Autumn Pillow

From Lizzie Kate
Three new designs. I love the beach one. With all the beach designs that I like, I should have a beach house.  

Be Still - Inspiration Boxer

                               Red White and Beach                   Celebrate with Charm: Boo   

From Stacy Nash Primitives
Two very different samplers. I like them both. I especially like all the little rabbits on the lawn.

Summer House Pin Keep                Rabbit Hollow Farm Sampler

From Val's Stitchin' Stuff
Too cute! A wonderful design for those who love dogs.

Just Can't Hold My Licker

From Lila's Studio
I really like how these are finished. These are the first two in the "Seasons" series.  Autumn and Winter will be released in July.

  Seasons: Spring                    Seasons: Summer

A new Series from Brenda Gervais
(With Thy Needle & Thread)

Summer Schoolhouse - Lessons in Abecedarian

This series will consist of 4 lessons/4 separate charts with a total of 6 projects. This is a mystery series so only snippets of each lesson will be shared. Lesson #1 will be released June 20th; Lesson #2 on July 20th; Lesson #3 August 20th & Lesson #4 September 20th.

The designs are worked on 28ct. Mushroom Lugana over 1 thread. This is a great fabric to work over one on because it is evenweave and the "holes" are easy to see. All six of the designs coordinate and are designed to be placed together for a striking vignette of tiny hand work. This will be a wonderful summer project.

The required fabric for all 4 lessons is 9" x 55" (this is enough for finishing/backing).