Friday, October 30, 2009

Christmas Spirit ~ Ready or Not !!!

I guess I was so excited to get my first "real" post up and going I made an error on the type of frame that "Halloween Fun" uses. The style is actually "Folke Faire-Blackberry" from East Side Mouldings. Not much difference but if you are wanting to order from your local needlework shop (or us) it does make a difference. Also, all supplies to stitch this design are available from us, "The Sunflower Seed" !

As some of you are already aware, my Christmas ornament "Celtic Wreath" is featured in the "2009 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue"! I was extremely excited to see that it made the cover! My 2007 ornament, "A Star, A Star" was also a "cover-shot"!!! This years issue is packed with some really wonderful small projects that you can actually get done for this holiday season! Come by the shop and pick up your very own copy and "get stitch'in"!!!

"2009 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue"

Here's a better shot of "Celtic Wreath" hanging from
our shop Christmas tree!
"Celtic Wreath"

This is a photo of the 8th installment of my "Kansas Christmas" series. It features a well known rural landmark, the "Co-op Grain Elevator". You may stitch your own zip code at the top of the elevator if you like.
"Kansas Christmas VIII"

Several new "Sunflower Seed" designs are in the works! A couple are ready to go to print and another couple are waiting on frames and photos. Just a little "teaser", "Christmas Fun" will be out shortly!!!

Thanks for visiting my new blog. It's so exciting to see my new little "following"!!! I think this is going to be really fun and hope you enjoy reading it. Happy stitching to ALL!!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I think I'm finally ready to get this blog rolling! After much thought about how I never have time to get a "shop newsletter" out (plus how old fashioned is that!!!) this seems to be the answer to the problem. Running the store and designing takes pretty much all of my time but I can work on this a little at a time, when there is such a thing as "spare time"!

We have so many Halloween and Fall designs here in the shop I almost hate to think about Christmas! Fall is my very favorite time of the year with the rich earthy colors, the sounds and smells of leaves blowing and fireplaces burning. Fall is a time to fill our homes with the aromas of stews and chili's, pumpkin bread and cookies. Mmmmmm!!! What can be better. Make yourself a cup of spiced tea and pick up your favorite cross stitch project and stitch those long dark evenings away!

"Halloween Fun" is new for this season. It's quick and easy to stitch and has a whimsey/primitive look to it. It's stitched on the beautiful Picture This "Barnwood" Cashel Linen. We used bright colorful hand dyed thread from Weeks Dye Works to stitch this fun piece. Add the wonderful "Primitive Pearls in Black" frame from East Side Mouldings, set it on an easel and you have a great Halloween decoration for your mantel or side table.