I will be a vendor at the Prim Stitcher's Society Spring Retreat Merchant Mall at the Holiday Inn Patriot in Williamsburg, VA - Friday & Saturday May 1st & 2nd from 12:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m. You don't have to be a retreat participant to enjoy the Merchant Mall . . . it's open to the public!
I'm so excited about this opportunity! I've been busy making, sorting and packaging decorative pins, prim pins, scissor fobs and thread cards. I've got key and crown charms and assorted rusty charms, bells and pins . . . and more! I'll be bringing ALL of my charts and models and am working on display options. How can a job be this much fun!
Williamsburg in the spring should be beautiful (as if it's not always beautiful)! If you can't make the retreat, at least come by and visit the Merchant Mall . . . we'd love to see you!
There is so much prep to do to get ready for Market and then it's here and over so quickly . . . you don't want it to end . . . just like Christmas! Now the "jet lag" sets in. The total exhaustion. The let down. The living room is full of bins overflowing with props . . . the leftover charts . . . the models tucked safely between bubble wrap. They all need to be sorted through and repacked for the Merchandise Mart at the Prim Stitchers Society Spring Retreat in Williamsburg, VA the end of April/beginning of May. At least I don't have to wait a whole year for "Christmas" again!
Leaving for Market was a challenge to say the least. The hubs and I made the car switch (he takes my Bug, I take the Yukon). He helped me load some of the heavy stuff . . . the models and the display shutters. He took the puppy with him to his house (he works out of town) on Sunday so I could get the last minute stuff done before leaving on Thursday. As usually happens this time of year, snow was predicted. We got 5 inches of snow the night before we were to leave.
My "CSO" (Chief Sales Officer I call her) Kathie and I decided to leave about 10 a.m. hoping the roads would be clear by then. I got everything packed up leaving just enough room for Kathie's luggage and got in the car at 10 a.m. Noooo . . . the battery was dead!
Called the hubs . . . remarkably calm . . . and told him. He called the dealership asking if someone could come out and replace the battery. Of course, they couldn't send a mechanic, but they did send out a wrecker who was able to jump-start the car. We live on a private road . . . of which none of us plow. I couldn't tell if any of the other roads in the area were cleared. The wrecker guy said that all the roads were in good shape except ours . . . whew!
Drove the car to the dealer and got there just before noon. I think they all went to lunch. I finally got out of there, grabbed a sandwich and Kathie and I got on the road at 2 p.m. We made it to Nashville before dark . . . yea! Got unloaded, grabbed some dinner at the hotel and got the room set up so we could spend Friday in Franklin . . . shopping! Now we had to sell enough to make room for what we bought!
"Early Bird" shopping went great! You could tell that the attitudes were positive and everyone was full of excitement! The fellow designers I talked to were very pleased with attendance and sales. A big thank you to Yarn Tree and Needlework Retailer for reviving Nashville!!!
We did have an opportunity to do a little Market shopping ourselves on Sunday. Oh . . . so many great things . . . what to choose?! A few of the designers I visited were out of some of what I wanted . . . I'll get them eventually. Now to find the time to stitch someone else's designs!!!
Yes it is. My first Market I never thought about the hotel door not staying open by itself . . . pretty important when you're open for business. We found something heavy enough to hold the door . . . made do. The last Market we found a rock and tied some burlap around it. Surly thought I would find something "cute" somewhere to hold the door . . . I do have an old heavy black iron I can use. But . . . what about a covered brick? Paver bricks at Lowe's $ .60. Cover it with batting and wool and blanket stitch a "welcome" sign on it . . . bingo! Oh . . . this is cute enough to make a pincushion out of. "Welcome" to my stitching spot!
No you didn't crochet a picot trim around it . . . thought you weren't going to do that again after the "Amazing Grace" piece. Yes, I did . . . with pearl cotton . . . it wasn't so hard. I didn't have one of those cute trims from Dames of the Needle in the right color . . . not time to order one from Elizabeth.
Hope you like "Welcome"!
One more new design tomorrow . . . be sure to stop by!
Day 3 of the Market reveal with 3 interpretations of a single pattern . . . "Her Majesty". I gave this pattern to several friends and asked them to embellish it in any way they'd like. . . beads, buttons, trims, charms, different fabrics, different threads, different finishes . . . whatever . . . be creative. Although not all have had time to complete them, here are 3 of them finished . . . there will be more at Market!
Mine is the green pillow with the gold braid. Jenny used a dark fabric and the crown really pops. Myriam was inspired by her granddaughter's love of the movie Frozen and she used metallic threads on a glittered fabric (her's was finished by Faye - The Carolina Stitcher). It's a simple pattern meant to spark your creativity . . . let it go!
Here's another Market release that's appropriate for Valentines Day. I married my Valentine in 1986 . . . coming up on 29 years in April and still happy with my choice.
Yes, that's our wedding picture . . . no he's not that much taller than I am . . . we're standing on different steps.
There were several mistakes in this one . . . what is my problem! I had changed the large letters and taken out a light blue stitch at each corner of the letters . . . didn't like it. Was going to replace it with the dark blue. I forgot to do that and took it to my framer. I wondered before I pick it up if I had ever replaced those stitches . . . nope. Luckily I don't have glass put in the pieces I take to Market or send to Trunk Shows. I carefully slid my needle in and very carefully crossed those six corner stitches. I couldn't leave it . . . I had already printed out all the alphabet sheets that will be enclosed in the pattern so you can personalize it.
I THINK I NEED SOMEONE TO PROOF MY WORK!!!!
See you tomorrow . . .
Someone should have proofed this post too . . . didn't tell you the name of this one! "Forever and Always" in case you didn't guess.
Yes, for some reason the number "13" keeps cropping up in our extended family in lucky situations. The luckiest for us was Friday the 13th in February 2009 when The Hubs had surgery to remove his right kidney and the cancerous tumor attached. It was really lucky that it was found in the first place as this type of tumor isn't usually discovered until it's invaded other organs and it's too late to successfully remove it. All margins were clean and no follow-up was needed. He remains cancer free! I call that LUCKY!!!!
So . . . I am lucky to share the first of my Nashville Market releases with you today on another Friday the 13th in February with a healthy hubs! I call this one "A B Crow". I really like the colors in this one . . .
but what was I thinking stitching it on 40 count . . thought my eyes were going! I usually stitch on 36 count for several reasons. I can use one thread over two (using less thread). It's smallish so doesn't cost as much for fabric or to be framed. And the result is smaller (rapidly running out of wall space) and not as difficult to pack up and display for Market!
I've had this fabric (Lakeside Linens - Vintage Meadow Rue) for some time and thought it looked great with the threads I chose . . . didn't even look at the tag until I was typing up the pattern cover (so my eyes aren't going just yet . . . it was the fabric!). Of course, it comes in other counts and you can choose whatever you are comfortable with.
Feeling lucky? Check out The Nebby Needle Facebook page to see how you can win this pattern!