Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

Here's wishing everyone health, happiness and enough peace and joy of the Christmas season to last the year. Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Ornaments finished

It has rained and snowed and iced. Mostly rain and ice. The kids still had school - except for the sniffly one. But yesterday and today were pretty productive.

I ended up finishing my Golfing Chick as an ornament as well as the 'Chris' name tree. They both came out pretty well. Lacing is not fun on funny shapes.

My younger boy has asked for a knitted afghan for Christmas. Here's my start on block number 2 of the Great American Afan Afghan. I finished block 1 last week but I really don't like it at all. Its not like I have tons of time before Christmas, but I won't be using my first block unless it becomes absolutely necessary (and it probably will).

Also, I finally found a way to finish the ends of my braid so that they don't look crummy and they don't continue to unravel. Remembering back to my mother's macrame planters and such, they usually had this knot at the top where all of the cords were wrapped. I tried this on the ends of the cut braids with Kreinik braid and it worked out pretty well. I can't seem to get a good picture of them. It kind of looks like a sparkly version of the doodads on the end of shoelaces.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Golfing Chick

Finishing weekend! Lots of ornaments to finish. Especially now that we have a tree to put them on!

Here's my Golfing Chick again. Slightly better picture this time. I wasn't sure exactly what to do with it since the recipient doesn't usually have a Christmas tree big enough to hang ornaments (she's usually gone for the holidays). I needed to get something done with it so I decided to lace it - who doesn't need practice lacing? Now I can decide what to do next - flat fold, frame, box, something.

Still have to finish off 3 name trees, 2 teenie tweenie kits, and 2 tins. Busy Sunday ahead for me. Then it will snow/ice or something into Monday - might get another finishing day on Monday!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

An addition to the flock

Here's a new chickadee for my flock. This is the Golfer Chick from Valerie Pfeiffer. Kinda cute, isn't she? She'll be part of a Christmas present for my favorite "golfing chick". Not a great picture (actually an awful picture) but she's really adorable in real life.

I decided to work on one of Brooke's Books Gingerbaby ornaments. These are stitched on perforated paper and really cute. My son has decided to give it a try too (lots of early release from school days this week). Hopefully I'll be able to finish one or two of these and use them as gift tags/ornaments for some of the younger kids in the family.

I hope everyone is getting a chance to enjoy the season.

And Happy Hannukah!

Friday, November 30, 2007

My snowman collection

I am so excited. Sometime ago, BeckySC had a drawing for a snowman box that she had finished - and I won the drawing! Her box has arrived just in time for my Christmas decorating. Its wonderful. She does such a fantastic job stitching and finishing. Here's a pic with some of my little snowmen.

Thanks so much Becky!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Friday sale!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and is surviving this big shopping day. So, when you've come home and hidden your purchases and have your nice cuppa, relax and shop for your favorite stitcher. We have a couple of hundred items on sale including fabrics and designs from a number of favorite designers (including some discontinued designs). Be sure to stop by and have a wonderful weekend!

Black Friday Sale at Needlearts Gallery

Sunday, November 18, 2007

'Tis the Season

No stitching pics. Not much stitching this weekend either.

Getting ready for Thanksgiving - cleaning, planning the menu - re-planning the menu - un-planning the menu. I think I'm just going to wing it. As long as there's turkey - I've done my job.

On the shop front:
I'm not known for being patient. I've been searching the "leaked" Black Friday ads for weeks so that I can make sure that I plan accordingly. Once I got my whole plan down, I realized that I don't have any Black Friday planning to do this week. Somehow, I felt a void there - so - - I thought, Let's have our own Black Friday sale. ('Cuz heaven knows that we wouldn't want any time to relax during Thanksgiving week - that would break with tradition)

The outcome is our Black Friday sale - which, given how impatient I am, starts now rather than Friday. I have a few really great deals that won't be available until Friday. I also have some limited quantity items on the list - some of the Out of Print Mirabilia Designs. You'll want to stop by early if you're interested in those.

So stop by the shop and stock up on those designs you've wanted this year - or pass your wish list on to your nearest little Santa. Black Friday sale at

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Giggles Wall-hanging

Here is my finished Giggles in the Snow wallhanging. I think it came out pretty well and I have the perfect place to hang it.
This design is one of the discontinued designs from Nora Corbett of Mirabilia Designs. It is one of very few cute 'boy' designs around. I wish Nora would do a few more boy designs - before my boys grow up. She does a beautiful job with them. My next big Mirabilia will be Seaside Kingdom - also discontinued. I've seen a WIP of this piece where the stitcher converted the girl into a boy as well and I will try to do that as well.
Off to stitch some more Valerie Pfeiffer chicks!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Isn't this gorgeous!

This is a design called Brandon from Stitchin'spiration. It is a beautiful blackwork piece created by Sally Rudkin. I wish I could really show you how intricate and detailed it is. Guess I'll just have to stitch it! Be sure to click on the pic so you can see the larger version. In the larger version you can see the little pineapples and urns around the perimeter of the garden and the intricate fills of each section of the garden.
This is one of the designers who exhibited at the Online Needlework show. We'll be adding her designs to our website as well as those from Cindy Valentine, Twisted Oaks (remember the cute box with the otter?), Haberdashery Designs, With My Needle, and Whispered By the Wind.
In case you need to kit this one up right away - the model was stitched on 32 count Waterlily Linen with 2 skeins of #153 Distant Hills Waterliles silk from Caron Collection. I'll be starting this one as soon as I can - my first Blackwork piece.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Fairy Tales

I just picked up my Fairy Tales (from Mirabilia Designs). It had to be re-framed because the lacing was coming loose for some reason. It had only been about 7 years so I was surprised when it seemed a little saggy. Anyway, the shop that had framed it is still in business and they re-framed it for me. It came out pretty well.
This design is still available if anyone is interested. It makes a great gift for a new mom and baby. You can see Mirabilia Designs here at Needlearts Gallery.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Isn't he cute!

Isn't he cute! This is Valerie Pfeiffer's Christmas Chick. I knew I liked him (I'm pretty sure he's a him and not a her). But he came out really nicely. I like him better than the other Valerie Pfeiffer chicks because there's more color here. I still have to stitch the Golfing Chick for a gift.

Next starts will be an ornament from the Just Cross Stitch ornaments issue and either Dasher or Donner from Nora Corbett. We know there will be eight reindeer designs and can assume that they will all be about the same size, but I can't decide how I want to do them - all on a large piece fabric or each individual reindeer on its own square of fabric. I suppose if I choose one way, I can always stitch them again if I change my mind later. Here are Dasher and Donner if you would like to start your own.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

New Christmas Designs

Just a very quick update to let you know about some wonderful new Christmas designs that have been released. The Nativity is the second in a series from Glendon Place. (Remember the We Three Kings Design?)

There is also a beautiful new design from Victoria Sampler - Heirloom Nativity Sampler with lots of beautiful threads and specialty stitches.

Be sure to stop by Needlearts Gallery to see more new releases.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Giggles done

I should have known that feeling like stitching something that normally would drive me crazy didn't bode well. While the beginning of my beading day last week started with quiet beading time, the next part was for sleeping. I just couldn't keep my eyes open. That's a problem when the kids are wide awake! It was the beginning of a nasty cold - the kind that slowly gets passed around the entire family.

So for the last few days, I've had sleepy little ones curled up on my lap while I finished beading. My Giggles in the Snow Boy from Mirabilia Designs is done. I found some nice blue fabric for a backing and I will finish it into a wall hanging this week. He came out nicely I think - but it will be a while before I start the girl.

I have a bunch of ornaments to get stitched and finished in the next few weeks. I have some Valerie Pfeiffer chicks - specifically Christmas Chick and Golfer Chick. Then I saw a Mirabilia fairies Round Robin on another blog this weekend (I'll add the link when I remember which blog it was). The blogger had stitched Lilly's head on her pillow and she looked great. So, now I'm checking out each of the Mirabilia ladies to determine which heads are suitable for ornaments. I also need to do one more of the Kreinik freebie snowmen.

And I just received my Christmas Eve Couriers charts! Must start them too!

Monday, October 22, 2007

What a day!

For some reason, I woke up this morning feeling far more patient than usual (might be related to last night's baseball game - or it might not). So, to take advantage of this unusual event, I decided to sit down and bead Giggles in the Snow - the parts that I would normally dread - all those little beads spread far apart from all the rest of the stitching. So - I did complete half of the beading. I wonder when I'll wake up in that mood again?

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day. It still hasn't gotten cold here - which is unusual. I'm still pulling veggies - tomatoes, green beans, eggplant and carrots from the garden. My roses are even blooming! Since it hasn't been cold, even at night, it took a whole lot longer for the leaves to change and we didn't get as wide a range of colors as usual. But they did finally change - I think it was overnight somewhere between last Thursday and Friday. Its supposed to rain and be windy tomorrow so I wanted to get out there and see the leaves before they're gone. Here's our backyard and then a more distant picture of the ridge where we live.

I love Fall!!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Christmas Eve Couriers

Christmas Eve Couriers is the new series from Nora Corbett - the designer of Mirabilia Designs. Nora has released two designs for her new series - Dasher and Donner. She has also released two more designs for her Pixie Couture Design series - Rose and Violet. The reindeer designs are really cute and they're small - nice quick stitches. I can't wait to stitch the reindeer. There's a pretty interesting discussion going on about Nora's new designs on the Mirabilia bulletin board if anyone is interested in contributing (plus the board always provides lots of inspiration).

Here are links to the new reindeer designs -


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Another ornament stitched

I finished the stitching on my 'Daniel' name tree. I still need to add a star and beads and then I'll finish both of them into ornament/gift tags. I wish I had noticed that the Daniel ornament is significantly larger than the Chris ornament. At least now I'll be careful to check the sizes when stitching other name trees. Unfortunately, this is a pretty pitiful picture. I'll try to get a better one when the sun is out.
Name ornaments

On the baby stitchable front - I still have a few bibs and sippy cups left. Please email me if you're interested!

On the store front - new Mirabilia and Nora Corbett designs will be going up tonight. They're so cute - you have to check them out!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Baby stuff

I've been reading a whole bunch of stitching blogs - and there are a whole lot of babies on the way. Which made me think about all the baby stitchables I acquired while waiting for my boys to arrive. Most of it is still waiting to be stitched. For the most part, the ones that were stitched were stitched for other babies (nieces and nephews and friends). I have tons of baby stuff. So, given the number of babies on the way - I have decided to give it away to other stitchers who can make better use of it than I can. I have booties, bibs, caps, bonnets - and tons of charts for baby designs - Alma Lynne, Stoney Creek and a bunch more. So, for anyone who is interested please send me an email - let me know if this is a boy or girl or unknown and the type of item in which you're interested and we'll put something together! I'll feel so much better having these things in the hands of someone who will use them!

Baby stuff 1
head and toes
Edited to add pics

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Happy Dancin'

I'm happy dancing. Not that I actually accomplished much, it was more of an acquisition than an accomplishment. Last year, an acquaintance wrote to me about finding a Bee Skep Tassel Topper from Just Nan. She hadn't been able to find one in some time and I had one. I had been planning to stitch Barnabee's Quest but hadn't gotten around to it (it had already been a couple of years). Anyway, I agreed to sell her mine. A couple of months later, for my birthday, I got the embellishment packs for all three parts and was ready to start stitching. That's when I found out that the Tassel Toppers were no longer available. I searched so many stores. I searched eBay. I just couldn't find one. Anyway - fast forward to this past week. European Cross Stitch sent out a newsletter and mentioned that they had just one of a 'Tassel Topper'. What were the chances that is was the one that I was looking for? IT WAS! So, I ordered as quickly as possible and crossed my fingers. I tried not to get too excited because I've ordered before only to find out that whichever shop it was didn't really have them in stock. But now -- I got an email confirming that it is on its way!!!!! I am so excited!!

On to accomplishments (which pale in comparison to my acquisition) --

I finally have the beads for Mirabilia's Giggles in the Snow. So now it says Snow Angel. I still have to add all the scattered beads.

I also mounted my Scream Girls from Just Nan in its WhimZi frame. I like the pouff of orange hair on the ghost on the frame.

Goals for this week:
Finish stitching Daniel name tree
Beading on Snow Angel
find backing fabric for both name trees

Find Mirabilia Designs and Just Nan cross stitch designs on my website.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Flurry book cover

I finally finished the "Flurry" cross stitch freebie from Kreinik as a little notebook cover. I found these cute notebooks at the supermarket. The pink cover of one of the notebooks reminded me of the colors in the Flurry design so I decided to put it on the cover.
This is one of the few pieces I've stitched on Aida. I'm not really a fabric snob - but I definitely disliked the feeling of the needle going through this Aida. Although - its still not as bad as the feel of the needle going through some canvas. I need to stitch another of these little guys but I think I'll use Damask aida or maybe some hand-dyed aida with a different feel to it.
Flurry finished
Unfortunately - no good pics of the finished cover. I'll try to get some more tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Christmas Biscornu

As part of my Christmas ornament stitching, I started on Just Nan's Christmas Biscornu design. The embellishment pack for this design has a whole lot of beads - certainly more than I expected. This will be quite sparkly. I still have some smyrnas to do and all of the beading on the trees side - then I'll start on the Snowflakes side. It stitches up pretty quickly. We have this design and Just Nan's other new Christmas designs available at Needlearts Gallery.
Christmas Biscornu
A quick note about the Mirabilia design, Seaside Kingdom. Silkweaver has, in the past, dyed an opalescent fabric just for this design - sand colored on the bottom and sky colored on the top. I understand from Tracy at Silkweaver that they will have more of this fabric soon - so if you've been waiting for it, keep an eye out on their site. The Seaside Kingdom design has been discontinued but we still have a couple of charts available. We don't have this design on the Mirabilia page of the site since we can't order more, but you can send us your request if you are looking for this chart and we'll be happy to help while we still have some.

Its finally cooling off here and feels more like fall. And its rainy too. Tomorrow will be a good day to make a nice soup and some hearty bread. I love sweater weather!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Gimme a 'D'!

Here's the D and the A and the N. Now I just need the I and the E and the L. This is my 'Daniel' name tree from Mary McLenon of M Designs. Even though its stitched over one, it stitches up very quickly. I'll finish this into an ornament/gift tag.
Daniel tree ornament

On the shop front, this has been an absolutely wonderful week for new releases and new additions to the store. Some adorable new designs from The Gathering Place - Michael's Tree House and Night Creatures. More great additions - we will be carrying a selection of Heaven and Earth Designs. We hope to keep expanding the number and variety of designs from HAED that we offer.

We have also decided to become a part of the Hoffman Distributing online merchant mall. This means that you will have the ability to order any chart offered by Hoffman Distributing through our site. While Hoffman offers a vast catalog with great variety and pictures, they do not present the additional information for designs such as recommended fabric and stitch counts. We will continue to update our site with this information for our most popular designers. We are really excited to be able to offer this service! Look for the Hoffman mall sometime this month.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Scream Girls

Here's a cute Halloween ornament that stitched up real quickly. Scream Girls WhimZi design from Just Nan. The WhimZi frame is Scarey Hairy. I just need to get some fusible web to get it mounted according to the directions.
Scream Girls and frame

You can get both of these from our online shop.

This stitched up really quickly. I'm planning to start Lady Scarlet's Secret Garden - just because its cute. I doubt I would actually use it - but its cute.

Happy stitching!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Poor Planning

Poor planning on my part. Actually, no planning on my part. I simply assumed that since I have a ridiculous amount of Mill Hill beads, I would have the beads I needed to finish this. Unfortunately, I was wrong. So, right now it says "SNOW" instead of "SNOW ANGEL" since the ANGEL part is written entirely in the beads that I don't have. On the positive side, the rest of the stitching is done. The beads should arrive this week.

Here's a pic -Giggles in the Snow - Boy - 09/28/07

Then, I was going through a pile of WIPs. I found one of my folders marked "cherub" from sometime in 2005. Inside I had a collection of freebie Mirabilia cherub charts and one started cherub. Of course, its going to take some time to figure out which cherub I started. I don't know what I was thinking. Now I have something to do this weekend ;-)

We have a couple more of the Giggles in Snow charts in the shop. Be sure to stop by our Mirabilia page if you are looking for this design.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

More snow-stitching

I've been stitching and finishing up Giggles in the Snow. I've been bringing it along to stitch in the car while waiting for school to get out - the sunlight makes it so wonderfully easy to see everything. (If I'm ever going to stitch on black Belfast, it should be midafternoon in the car!) Unfortunately, somehow in its travels this week and last weekend, it has gotten pretty badly creased. Bummer!gigglesboy0925

My younger boy has continued to ask for a knitted afghan for Christmas. I've had the Great American Aran Afghan book and the yarn for a while. I think I'll pick a few of those squares. I love the square that has an aran sweater on it. I'll use patterns from my favorite sweaters for the other squares. Not sure what I'll make for my older boy. Still thinking about that one.

We're still waiting for the leaves to change. It was 89F today and we haven't had rain for a while now. I hope the rain doesn't all come when the leaves do start to change. Its sad in those years when a couple of rain/wind storms knock down all the leaves in just a a day or two after they change.

Our apples are just getting ripe and so are our pair of pears (all we got this year). DH and the kids have great plans for apple pies, applesauce, apple dumplings and who knows what else. This is the first year we'll actually get some nice apples. I wish we knew what we did differently so we could do it again.

Off I go to finish the snow!

Friday, September 21, 2007

When is Fall coming?

Well, its supposed to be 85F here today, and it was yesterday as well. It had been cooler, in the 60s and 70s, for about a week. I know we usually get an Indian Summer, but generally that is after the leaves have turned, and usually after they have even fallen. So far, our leaves haven't really turned at all. I hope they don't just all turn yellow and fall off the trees overnight like they did last year (some sort of fungus or illness). Except for pumpkins in all the fields around here, it still looks like and feels like Summer.

No stitching pics today. I'm working on finishing up the Giggles in the Snow boy from Mirabilia. Its hard to show progress when you're stitching snow on white fabric. I should be done stitching this weekend and then a big finish-a-thon.

Items to finish:
Chris name tree - ornament
Kreinik freebie snowman - mirror case
Trick or Treat band - wrap for basket
Sweetheart Tree Rosebuds and Hardanger - not sure yet
Thistles kit from Victoria Sampler - not sure - maybe a needlebook?

Christmas stitching still to do:
Daniel's tree ornament
Golfing Chick from Valerie Pfeiffer
Another Kreinik freebie snowman (the recipients are sisters)
Brooke's Books Cherry on Top

And now my son would like me to knit a nice warm, soft afghan. I'll have to think about that one.

And there's some Christmas sewing to be done as well. Time to give the sewing machine some exercise.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

It feels like Autumn!

Its gorgeous out! Its about 65 F, not a cloud in the sky, a nice breeze and nice and dry. Just beautiful. Now that the nights are getting cooler, the leaves will start to turn as well. And, of course, fair season is in full swing. The Big E - (for non-New Englanders - that's the huge state fair for all of the New England states at once) starts this weekend. It sure feels like Fall. And best of all - both kids will be back in school today!!!!

We always have folks call to visit in the second of half of September that we only see once a year - due to our convenient location near the Big E. I suppose if we didn't live near it, we wouldn't see some of these people at all. This year, the littlest ones who stop by are going to help plant daffodil bulbs. Kind of keeping with agricultural theme of a trip to a state fair. I hope to get about 400 bulbs in the ground over the next few weeks. Can't wait to see them in the Spring.

On the stitching front, I'm working on Giggles in the Snow from Mirabilia Designs again. I still have the snow to complete and some more backstitching on the boy. I wish Nora would create some more boy designs. She does such a beautiful job on them, but she has only had a few and those - Giggles in the Snow and Seaside Kingdom - have been discontinued. Speaking of which, we do have a few more of the discontinued designs from Mirabilia Designs but, due to the limited quantity, they are not on our site. If you are interested in these, please feel free to send an email or fill in the request form on our site. So here's my little boy Snow Angel:


Monday, September 10, 2007

Cooling off

Its cool and rainy today. Yesterday was hot and rainy and Saturday was just wave after wave of thunderstorms. The good thing about being cool and rainy is that I can turn on the oven and we can have a more substantial dinner than usual. Some roast beast and potatoes will be a nice change from salads, burgers and sandwiches.

Rainy weather also means that I can get a little more progress done. And, when the little one starts school this week, I get even more done!!!!

I was able to finish my trick or treat band. Now I just need to line the back with my Halloween fabric so no stitches can be snagged by any canes sticking out from the basket, a little velcro on each end to secure the band and it will be done. Next - onto another name tree ornament, some more time on Mirabilia's Fairy Idyll and Giggles in the Snow, and then a big finishing marathon. Here's my Trick or Treat from Cross Eyed Cricket stitched on linen banding:

Each letter is really cute - a tree, a candy apple and caramel apple, a haunted house, Indian corn, a spider, a broom. Really neat!

Just a little shop note - the newest ornaments from The Sweetheart Tree will be up on the site this week. These are for days 5, 6, 7 and 8 from the Twelve Days of Christmas series. Really cute.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Halloween and Fairy Idyll

Just a quick note - for those of you who were unaware, Wichelt Imports, a major supplier for the cross stitch industry experienced major flooding in the floods that hit the mid-West last month. We wish the folks at Wichelt and the surrounding areas the best during their recovery.

Just a little stitching in the last week. Stitching time should improve now that the kids are in school and everyone has a regular schedule once again.

Here's a quick update on my Halloween stitching. This is the Trick-or-Treat banner from The Cricket Collection. I picked out a nice autumn fabric for the backing and I have the perfect basket to be dressed up with the finished band.

I did finally get some stitching done on Mirabilia's Fairy Idyll. The rabbit statue's head is done. I'll keep this piece out to work on whenever I have a few minutes waiting for the school bus or other stitching time that is likely to be interrupted at a moment's notice. That won't be easy since its so large, but I can't really work on holiday stitching for kids projects if they might walk in any minute!
I hope to finish off the Trick or Treat banner this week and then get to work on some smalls. I also have pile of pieces to finish off and I've been reading lots of blogs this week seeking finishing ideas. Its amazing how much talent is out there - and, thanks to blogs, we get to see so much more than we would have before the "blogger movement".

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Back to School sale

So, Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend as we begin our transition into fall - soccer, baseball, juggling schedules, homework, football games, harvesting and all the other great things about Fall! Don't forget to make time for stitching - you owe it to yourself (I keep telling myself that). And stitching now could really lessen the stress at the holidays. (I keep telling myself that also.)

Our Back to School sale will begin tomorrow and continue through the holiday weekend. Please be aware that Wichelt Imports, a major supplier for the cross stitch industry, experienced major flooding as a result of the storms that came across the mid-West last week. They have delayed shipping orders until they are able to recover from their floods. So, in some cases, orders may take a little longer than usual to ship - but we will keep you updated on the situation.

No pics today - but this is even better. I learned about this designer on the Mirabilia Bulletin board. A Mon Ami Pierre is a French designer with wonderful designs. Cute fairies and wonderful alphabets! The site is in French but with some translations. We won't be able to carry all of their designs, but we are hoping to carry some. In the meantime, they do accept Paypal via their site.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

End of Summer already

Boy did Summer fly by! Back to school next week. Running from store to store to get the "perfect" school supplies. It was bad enough to have to shop for the "perfect" school clothes, but now apparently, basic school supplies aren't so basic anymore either. I'll pull my hair out if the kids get to school and the teacher says they can't use what we bought (which is what happened last year).

On the stitching front, I finally got to work on Mirabilia Designs' Fairy Idyll (and still am). That bunny's ears didn't seem quite so long when I looked at the picture. But they really are long. I'll post an update pic when I get a little further along. I forget how much I enjoy stitching this design.
Also regarding Mirabilia Designs - we have finally been able to get a bunch more of the Mirabilia Designs cross stitch charts listed on the online store. They have always been available through us by phone or email - but its so much easier when they are online . We also still have a few of each of the discontinued charts but we did not put them online. Be sure to drop us an email if you are looking any of these designs.

I did do a little work on my Halloween cross stitch project during the week. Here's a quick pic. This will be cute wrapped around a basket of candy for the big night.
Remember our Back to School sale will be over Labor Day weekend. 10-15% off nearly everything. Be sure to stop by - Needlearts Gallery

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

New Halloween designs!

Look at these cute Halloween designs from The Cricket Collection. These will be available at the end of the month (just in time for the Back to School sale).

Our Back to School sale will be over Labor Day weekend. 15% off nearly everything. Be sure to stop by!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

A Halloween Start and an UFO

In my Christmas planning panic (an annual event), I managed to skip Halloween and Thanksgiving. So, I started a little Halloween project. From the Cricket Collection, this is Trick-or-Treat. The chart also has three bears dressed up for Halloween. Hopefully, I'll finish this in a week or so.

Then.....since its just about back to school time, I've been organizing and planning and figuring and such. Of course, this includes planning stitching time in between soccer, baseball, PTO and shop time. For the last 9 months (rather embarrassing) I have had a particular goal on my stitching list and have made absolutely no progress on it. Mirabilia's Fairy Idyll has been a UFO for some time now. My goal has been to get to the rabbit. I really love this design, but I've always known that I really don't have anywhere to put it once I finish it. Anyway, my Christmas present to me (rather early I admit) is to spend 12 hours on a weekend in August stitching on Fairy Idyll. I desperately want to get to the rabbit!

My next motivation is Indian Summer Reflections. I really love this design and I love stitching it. So, I've decided that there will be no more stitching on ISR until I have finished stitching the Daniel name tree from M Designs, the golfing chick from Valerie Pfeiffer, Be Thankful from Shepherd's Bush. Then I have to do the ornament finishing for these and a few others.

For shop news, keep an eye out for our Back to School sale. I know that lots of us are awaiting the start of school to keep moving on some projects. The Back to School sale will be at the end of August and beginning of September - so be sure to keep an eye out.

Monday, August 06, 2007

New Just Nans

See the new Just Nan designs. This year's Christmas Ornament is a Christmas Biscornu. There are options for silk or DMC and the chart includes finishing instructions. The embellishments include lots of gold and silver crystal beads as well as garnet flowers and Swarovski crystal buttons. The new Just Nan designs will ship after the third week in August.

Stay tuned for more new Just Nan additions in the next few days.

We heard from lots of new customers for our Christmas in July sale. Its always great to meet new customers. We will have our Back to School sale over Labor Day weekend. Be sure to make a note of it and stop by!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

New Crescent Colours

Just a reminder - tomorrow is the last day of our Christmas in July (and August) sale. Be sure to stop by and get your Christmas stitching projects kitted up.

We have also added Crescent Colours hand-dyed cotton floss to our offerings. Crescent Colours are available in a wide range of colors and there are an increasing array of designs using these beautiful threads. We will soon be adding the Crescent Colours silk as well.

Here is an update on the Rosebuds and Hardanger from The Sweetheart Tree. This was a great little piece to stitch. There was more than enough floss to complete the project (possibly even a second piece). There are just enough of the crystal paillettes for one piece, however, additional paillettes can be purchased separately.

We hope to hear from you at our Christmas in July sale!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Christmas in July

First, here's Rosebuds and Hardanger - a Teenie Tweenie from The Sweetheart Tree before the hardanger part is complete. I actually kind of like it this way. Maybe with a large heart charm in the center. But this time I'll just finish up the hardanger.

Just a reminder that our Christmas in July sale begins tomorrow and continues through August 5. There will be more than 300 products on sale - a bunch of stuff that says 'Christmas' or looks like Christmas or just made me think of Christmas - or in some cases, just made me think of winter. Be sure to check it out.

And, of course, Harry Potter was great. I sure will miss the summer tradition of waiting for and then devouring a new Harry Potter book each year. Here's hoping that a new great tradition begins next year.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Summer Stitching

Its absolutely beautiful here - not too hot, not too rainy, pretty much just perfect. Of course, not much stitching going on because we're outside as much as possible.

Lots of new Halloween designs are coming out now. A few cute ones have been released from Glendon place already, as well as Xs and Ohs. Then comes a bit of Thanksgiving stitching followed by a whole lot of Christmas stitching and finishing. Of course, there were some really great Autumn and Halloween designs available before as well. I will be stitching some of the Britty Kitty autumn designs from Brittercup Designs.

So far I've finished one of the name trees from M Designs. I still have two to stitch and then I'll finish them as ornament/gift tags. I have stitched two of the Merry Moe and Flurry freebie series from Kreinik. I think I'll finish those into CD wallets - kind of in the style of Just Nan's Christmas Wallet.

Hopefully, this weekend will be a nice quiet one. I am (im)patiently awaiting the arrival of my Harry Potter book. I've planned for some quiet reading time for weeks - but the book isn't here yet - so now its stitching time. This weekend I should finish the Teenie Tweenie kit from Sweetheart Tree. Its been quick stitching and fun. Then I will work more on my Indian Summer Reflections from Chatelaine. I've been dying to get to those Gazebos - that's why I chose the design in the first place. Here's my progress so far on the second corner.
Have a great week. Just a note - our Christmas in July sale will be Christmas in July and August sale this year. It will start on July 28 and continue through August 4. 20% off anything to do with Christmas - and we use the term pretty loosely.:-)

Monday, July 02, 2007

Surprise! Sale!!

We've spent the last few weeks organizing, re-organizing (and in some cases disorganizing). Our alphabetizing and color sorting skills have been sharpened. And the great outcome of all this sorting and organizing is that we need to have a sale. A Big sale! A Surprise sale. Of course, since you're already reading this, it won't be a surprise to you.
The sale will last two days. On July 4 and July 5, all items will be 20% off with a few exceptions. Rainbow Gallery threads and fibers will be excluded from the sale. All limited edition items from Just Nan will be excluded. Other than those exceptions, everything storewide will be on sale. Please keep in mind that shipping orders may take slightly longer than usual due increased orders during the sale.

During breaks from organizing and little league games, I was able to start a new project. This is Rosebuds & Hardanger, a Teenie Kit from The Sweetheart Tree. So far, mine is rose vines and no hardanger. The design stitches up quickly and the kit included everything you need - Light Mocha Belfast linen, floss, DMC perle, Magnifica beads, crystal paillettes, needles and chart all packaged in a plastic box. A nice quick stitch design.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

New Designs!

After an awfully long time, we're back to our blog. Due to a fractured wrist, there's been no stitching and very little typing for the last six weeks. But there's been all sorts of other activity.

We have new designs from Rosewood Manor. Inspiration is a beautiful sampler booklet. The booklet has 30 pages of detailed design.

The Berries is another popular sampler from Rosewood Manor as well as the series of 3 watercolor butterflies. Stop by and see all of our Rosewood Manor designs.

Starting this month, all orders will be entered into a monthly raffle for a prize pack. The prize pack will be different each month and the winner of each pack will be posted.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Spring projects

This is the week of the online Needlework Show. Be sure to visit! They've had a few bumps in the road this time, but everything seems to have been straightened out. Only retail shops may place orders at the show, but the general public is welcome to browse and we'll be happy to place orders for anything that strikes your fancy.
Mirabilia has a brand new mermaid - absolutely gorgeous! Mermaid of Atlantis. The official release date is May 1st, but you can preorder your chart now.

We only have a couple of Just Nan's Ladybug's Secret Garden left. Be sure to get your order in soon. I'm not sure when or if we'll be able to get more.
We are really happy to be carrying designs from Vintage Bliss Designs. Be sure to check them out!

Here's an update on my progress on Sunshine and Flowers from Cross n Patch. The stitch diagrams and instructions in Emie's designs are really excellent!

Emie Bishop has released the Christmas in My Heart series from the years 2002-2005. I'll be making these to use as gift tags for Christmas gifts.

It is finally Spring here. We can tell by the huge amount of rain we've been getting. So, it's also time to start thinking about Summer projects. Lots of new designs are coming out every week and we'll showcase some of the new Summer designs in the Summer section of our website. Be sure to stop by!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

New items for April

Well, its raining and snowing here. While this isn't typical of April weather for us (at least the snow part), it does make for good stitching days.

We've added a number of great new items to the website.

Have you seen the designs from Ink Circles? This is Sea Stars from Ink Circles. Also see Garden Stars and Kaleidoscope.
More great news! We will be carrying the limited edition Just Nan WhimZi designs. We will only have a small number of these, so be sure to order early. The next one will be up this week. Spring Spell Limited Edition WhimZi is the first in the Spell Series. This one has flowers and a little bunny and baby chick and the WhimZi frame is lavender with a hand-painted Tulip charm.
We have also added Crescent Colours floss as well as the Color Variations from DMC. We will also be carrying rayon floss from DMC, Linen floss from DMC as well as Marlitt Rayon floss.
Be sure to stop by!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Come see one of the new Just Nans

Here is an adorable new piece from Just Nan, Lady Scarlet's Secret Garden. It is a small (3" across) enameled metal ladybug box that opens to reveal the needlebook that you stitch and a small pincushion as well. The kit includes everything except your DMC floss and a cotton ball. The finishing instructions for the needlebook and pincushion are very straightforward and easy to follow. This is a limited edition and we're not sure we'll be able to get more. We have a few now so be sure to order early.

Here are pictures with the box open and closed. Its hard to see, but the inside bottom of the box is also enameled red.
As I mentioned in a previous entry, we will be closed from April 1 to April 9. We will continue to process orders during this time, but we will not be shipping any orders. We do plan to add and update various pages on our site as well as launch a couple of sales. We will be adding the mesh vinyl bags that we have been using as part of our gift wrapping service so that they will be available for purchase on our site. We will also be adding more designers and more fabrics. Be sure to check in to keep up to date on the new events.
We would like to ask our customers what other products or designers they would like to see offered. Please email us or post a comment with additional items you would like to see us offer and we will be happy to consider your suggestions.