Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hello Stitchers,
     If you're anywhere near us or above the Mason Dixon line, or God forbid live somewhere near Notre Dame like my sweet friend, Alayna (where it SNOWED yesterday), I hope that you're reading this with a warm cup of cocoa or Beth's favorite, chai tea.  Yes, it is getting cold!  And, we have a baseball tournament this weekend...YIKES!  I already have blankets packed in my car.  Unlike summer, when many of us are out in our yards or gardens (or pools or baseball fields), the cold weather is great stitching weather.  There's nothing better. 
   We've had some great visits this week at the shop.  Melba Cherico was in and she said 2 things that really stuck with me.  She, like me, is back to stitching in recent years after some busy times in her life..  She said of stitching, "When I'm stitching, all is right with the world".  And my favorite, in reference to stitching, "I'm back home".  THAT is SO TRUE.  The rhythm of stitching, the projects we're working on, the projects we intend to work on, pieces that hold such memory for's like being home.  I loved that Melba!  A group of stitching friends came in, who had not visited our store before, and one dear lady said, "oh, this is like heaven".  I'm not sure if Saint Peter would agree with THAT...but I sure thought that was cool! And today, Barbara stopped in for a visit and brought us lunch!! It was so nice to sit and chat and have a nice hot lunch.  THANKS BARBARA!!!!  We love seeing all of our stitching friends - getting a chance to catch up on life and projects - thank you so much to all of you who include us in your journey.  And it's not only the people we see in the's emails, it's fb, it's instagram...what a blessing to be able to connect. 
     My mind has been turning to Christmas lately.  I don't want to push through the Autumnal season, but as a do have to think ahead a bit.  I have had so much fun stitching the Little House ornaments for gifts.  They are really quick to stitch, and you can frame them or hang them...either one is great.  I stitched my last one on 25ct lugana over one, and it was a lot of fun.  I love the look of things stitched over one...but it's harder and harder on my eyes.  25ct is a great option.  If you've wanted to try an "over one" project...there are great little projects to work on.

Remember from my last blog...a little bit of green that was stitched?  This is it! 
Little House's, Joy and Peace...stitched over one on 25ct lugana....give it a try!
Another friend was in this week, Pat Perry - who I've talked about in my blog before - and she treated us to a peak at the Halloween ornaments she's stitched and finished.  THEY ARE ADORABLE!!!  We love to see Pat stitching again..and Pat and I are on the same we're both sticking to small, "finishable" projects these days. She also taught me how to train my eye see ornaments or projects in many different designs.  I have "seen" so much since she taught me that!  Now, one of the things we LOVE SO MUCH about Pat's goodies (and her mom had the same talent) is the way she finishes things. THEY ARE ADORABLE.  We have asked Pat if she would teach a class on creative finishing and she said she would.  We're so excited!  This is at the Halloween ornaments she stitched and finished.... Enjoy!

I know you love them!!!  I love the whole group..but I wanted to show you the creativity that Pat uses.  Instead of leaving the back "blank"...she stitches something clever on the back, with the year and her initials :-)  THEN, LOOK at the fun way she's finished these! Love the beads and cord. 
     Remember the To Do List that I was stitching on and's all framed. 
 This has really struck a note in so many people...I'm so glad.  I just absolutely love it, and felt like it "spoke" to me with each stitch I put in.  Here's another idea from Melba....she's stitching this one as a companion piece to the To Do List..and I loved the idea.  It's now in my "to do pile" ;)

a quick blog today....I don't know where the time goes?!?!  Be sure to check out the new goodies online at

Happy Stitching...and


  1. Love your newsletter! BTW, the correct spelling for the word you used in the most recent newsletter is mnemonic -- I know, stupid spelling!

  2. Those Halloween ornaments are just adorable! And the to-do list is lovely and touching. I love the frame! Beautiful stitching!