Saturday, November 23, 2013

Beggar's Christmas Release

Happy Weekend to you all....
I've tried to work very quickly to get this new release completed and I'm please to show you the finish of "Beggar's Christmas".
Stitch count is 77 H by 106 W. 
 The model was stitched on 35ct Chamomile Tea by R and R Reproductions.
Absolutely love this new color linen!
The thread colors that were used are Gentle Art in Country Redwood and Heirloom Gold
and Weeks Dye Works in Onyx and Moss.
Trimmed with BeeSkep baby chenille by R and R Reproductions.

I've already begun shipping to shops and my distributors should have this later next week. 
Also added it to my Etsy Shop.
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This will be my last release for the year.  I've already begun to work on my first design for the Ladies Prim Society, due out in late January.  As I mentioned, this is a wonderful club hosted by Dyeing to Stitch and they have decided to open the club to new members for 2014.  Please visit their website
for more information about the club. 
As always, thank you so much for taking the time to visit and for your continued support of my needlework designs.   I am always so touched by your emails and comments.
Hugs and Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Having a Little Fun

I've been having a little fun designing and stitching.  One of my favorite things to do, of course.  I decided to play around and create a Christmas version of Beggar's Night.   I wanted it to be more prim than the usual red and green, so I added lots of dark gold to prim it down, so to speak.  I like the end result and hope you do too.   Here's "Beggar's Christmas"  I think Mr. Crow looks full of mischief.  Like he's about to make off with a stocking full of goodies :D

I'm a bit behind on this piece because I needed to focus on my kit release and the work needed for my next Ladies Prim Society piece, that was due out.  Thank you again for all your sweet comments and emails about both of these pieces.   You continue to make me smile.
I hope to have "Beggar's Christmas" all finished up by the end of this week and the release soon after.
As always, thanks for visiting and I'm wishing you all a happy and productive week.
Smiles, ~Nan

Friday, November 15, 2013

Ladies Prim Society Reveal

I know there's been a bit of suspense about the last Ladies Prim Society piece. 
It's finally completed and I'm ready to show you the reveal.  I am so hoping all the members will be pleased with the finale piece.  It's just been such a fun year being apart of this club and I'm happy to say I will be continuing in it again next year.

"Holiday Patchwork"
I'm also excited to tell you that Dyeing to Stitch has decided to open up enrollment for new members in 2014.  So, if you missed out getting in the club this year, you'll now have an opportunity to join.
Here is a link to their website where you will find the member application.

The girls at Dyeing to Stitch hope to have this new kit mailed to the members by Thanksgiving.
As always, I'll be sending the model to them for display in the shop.  
Sincere thanks for your comments and kindness.
Happy Stitching my friends!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Road Trip to Lititz PA

Yesterday was the perfect day for a road trip.  Sunny, but cool.  Perfect Fall day for shopping in the beautiful little town of Lititz, Pa.  My friend Mimi and I set out early and made it there in no time.  So, as promised, here are pics of our day!

We decided to have an early lunch before walking around.  We ate at a lovely historic tavern called the General Sutter Inn.  The food and service was wonderful and it was just the perfect way to start our visit.
Afterwards we walked along the street going in and out of all the shops.

There were some great old houses on the street.
I just loved this one with it's gray door and shutters and pair of rockers too.
The reason for our trip was to visit the open house at Days Gone By Creations.  You can not leave this shop without buying something or maybe one of everything :D.  Mimi and I were in primitive heaven :) and Cindy, the owner, is such a sweetie.  It was wonderful seeing her again and she did the most amazing job on the displays and front window.
Here are just a few pics of the shop.  Yep.....drool......
My friend and former TDIP sister, Susan Burd of Country Crocks, was there too.  I just love Susan and always enjoy our chats.  I was excited to introduce Mimi to her.
My two buddies........
Here are the treasures I left with.....
Two sweet bee's wax stocking ornies, an 1803 candle called Cookies for St. Nick, smells unbelievable, and a primitive paddle.

We also stopped for a little refreshment at the local pub, Sturgis Haus Brewery.
I wet my whistle with a half pint of Krauses Haar.  A favorite of mine when here.
Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing the pics of our visit to Lititz.  Cindy told us there is another open house in the Spring and I'm sure Mimi and I will make the trip back for it.
Happy Weekend all,

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Stitcher's Finish

Ooooh, I've got  the most wonderful finish to show you.  Myra of blog, sent in this pic.  She stitched my newest design "Wintertime" using coffee stained 32ct WDW Parchment and DMC Floss.
She added some rusty bells on the bottom.  A snowflake on the front and another
as a surprise, on the back.

I really enjoy getting these emails and like to share the finisher's words and thoughts.
So, here's what Myra wrote me....

Hi Nan!  I wanted to share with you my finish of Wintertime. Once again, I enjoyed every stitch. I am thinking I would like to stitch it again using a blue pallet of floss. I decided to make a door/cupboard  hanger and taking a cue from your Bountiful Blessings kit I added a little surprise in the form of a rusty tin snowflake to the back of mine. Thank you for a wonderful design and finishing inspiration.

Thank you Myra.  It's so much fun to see my designs done by a fellow stitcher.  I really love all the extra special touches you added!  Well done my friend and enjoy!
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  Tomorrow I am headed to Lititz PA, with my good friend Mimi, for the Open House at Day's Gone By Creations.  And of course, a nice lunch, some antique shopping and chatting with friends.  I'll try and get some pics to post of our outing.  I try and do that and then end up having so much fun that the camera never comes out.  Maybe I'll make that Mimi's job:)
Smiles, ~Nan

Friday, November 1, 2013

In * the * Zone

Just wanted to make a quick post to say, "thank you soooooo much" for all the wonderful emails and comments on my "Bountiful Blessings" pinkeep kit.
The response was, in a word, amazing and much more than I could have ever expected.
I am both touched and surprised by it all.
I also want to thank Ann Robbins and Pat Ryan of Dyeing to Stitch and R & R for helping me make this kit happen and for supplying me with beautiful linen and trims.
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I am now in kit mode and as I mentioned, in the title of this post......In the Zone:)
Thank you again for your continued support and all the smiles you bring me every day.
Happy Stitching!