Friday, August 21, 2015

She has found her HOME

As with a lot of my stitching friends, I am rapidly running out of wall space for all my framed stitched pieces!  Now focusing on creative finishes . . . Brie boxes, baskets . . . what's next?

"She has found her HOME" was inspired by our move to Tennessee in 2012.  The hubs and I have both moved many times in our childhoods and 8 times in our married life . . . 4 states and two other countries . . . we're done.  We've said this is our "forever home". 

I tried to incorporate a lot of the things that I love about our home into this sampler.  This is my favorite house we've ever lived in . . . I finally have a place for my porch swing!  We have .89 acres which is more than enough to satisfy my love of gardening (the watering can). . . even overwhelming at times!  Living overseas has made us appreciate being American even more (the flag).  I have my craft studio with enough space to get really messy and creative with quilting, needlework or my craft of the day (the quilt star).  We've added a dog to our family who chases butterflies and dragonflies (the charm) . . . and eats them! 

I hope that you will personalize your piece with symbols of the things you love about your HOME.  Change the house if you wish to look or reflect your own.  I put our house number in the roof (it is not charted on the pattern) . . . you may want to put your own using the numbers in the sampler.  You may want to put the year you moved to your house or perhaps the year you were married and created your home.  Be creative . . . make it your own . . . and send me a picture!

Happy Stitching!
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Happy World Cross Stitch Day !


I'm granting you permission to stitch ALL DAY! 
Yes, it's officially World Cross Stitch Day!

So . . . thought I would give you a sneak peek at a new design I'm working on:

What are you working on today?

Happy Stitching  ~*

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

LOVE IT !

Pam from 3 Stitches emailed this photo to me this week.  She has used "A Handful of Love" and made a cover for a weekly planner.  Isn't it cute!


I love getting photos of creative uses of my patterns ! ! !

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Bloom and Buzz

Sorry for my absence.  No real excuse . . . sometimes I guess I just have nothing to say.  I'm sure there are some people who wish that were true!

The month of June was so hot I felt like my brain was melting.  I have so much gardening to do and I couldn't stand being outside longer than an hour.  It was so dry as well which luckily meant that the grass didn't need to be cut very often . . . what a relief.  July has been cooler . . . in the 80's . . . and we've caught up on the rain a bit.  I can usually garden in the morning as the rain has been arriving in the afternoon and evening.

I spent a lot of time in June in the house stitching (of course).  Abandoned one design that just doesn't seem to be working . . . will pick it back up later and see if I can work it out.  Looks great on paper . . . not so much on cloth.  Love the colors I picked and they look great with the fabric . . . there just doesn't seem to be any life to it.  Something will come to me.

I did get some inspiration from Brie cheese.  Yes, Brie cheese.  I happen to love Brie.  It's especially good on Carr Wheat Crackers topped with a little Fig spread or Lingonberry jam . . . oh yeah!  (The Camembert works almost as well with the Fig spread or Lingonberry jam . . . I just prefer Brie)  The inspiration came from the little box the Brie (or Camembert) comes in.  You know, the President Brie box:
Why not use it!  (Any  4 1/2 inch diameter box will do)  So, I designed a little piece that will fit nicely using 28 - 32 count fabric.  One was stitched on 32 count R & R Reproductions Creme Brulee using the word "Bloom" with pink flowers and the other on 32 count Lakeside Linens Vintage Lentil fabric with the word "Buzz" with purple flowers (I don't have any 28 or 30 count fabric in my stash, but the design should fit those counts as well . .  just coming a bit closer to the edge).
After stitching the design, I chose paint colors to paint the boxes.  I didn't have the right shade of green . . . I have a lot of paint and didn't want to go buy another one so I mixed a dark green I had with a yellow.  I knew the color would be darker once I BriWaxed it so it didn't need to match exactly.

After painting it with two coats, I lightly sanded the box before BriWaxing it . . . made it look a little older I think . . . worn around the edges.  I used  "Tudor Brown" BriWax.  Rubbed it on with a cloth and buffed it when it was dry.




 
I didn't paint the inside, just BriWaxed it.  I cut out a circle of paper and glued it inside the bottom and top of the box to give it a more finished look.  The top and bottom of the box are different sizes so trace around each piece and cut your circles out just a bit smaller to fit inside.  The paper was from a couple of decorative shopping bags I had . . . is this a recycle project or what!


YES, I'm a hoarder . . .
I don't throw anything away that I think I can make something out of ! ! ! 

Trace another circle on a piece of cardboard and cut it out so it is 1/4 inch smaller all the way around than the lid.  Cut two pieces of batting, one should be 1/4 inch larger than the cardboard circle and one smaller than the other.  You may want to tack these down to the cardboard so they don't move . . . a little dot of glue will do.

Center the stitched piece on the cardboard circle and draw a circle about an inch bigger on all sides.  I then used Fray Check on my drawn line and when it was dry I cut my piece out.  Use a running stitch with doubled sewing thread, stitch about a 1/4 inch from the edge all the way around the piece.  Center the stitched piece over the batting and cardboard and pull the running stitch thread ends tight to enclose the batting and cardboard.  Tie the thread ends together tightly and shift your design to center it.

Glue your stitched piece to the Brie lid and weight it down until the glue is dry.  (I used Paper Source PVA glue which is a book binding glue . . . works great)  When your glue is dry, finish off the piece with trim glued around the stitched piece.  I used Kelp Chenille by R & R Reproductions glued down using the PVA glue . . . just a light touch so as not to squish the chenille.  You could use a bulky yarn or a cording . . . there are lots of trims out there.


Viola!  You're finished . . . with the box . . . and the Brie I'm guessing!

Happy Stitching and Eating!  ~*



Monday, May 4, 2015

Prim Stitchers Society Retreat - Williamsburg, VA

The first Prim Stitchers Society Retreat was held in Williamsburg, VA this past weekend.  A good time was had by all!  We didn't sign up for either of the classes since we were a vendor in the Merchant Mall . . . I knew we'd need a little free time if we were going to see any of Williamsburg.  As it was, we only had one short free morning.

We arrived at the Holdiay Inn Patriot and immediately saw several attendees tracing their punch needle project from Kathy Barrick right there at the Lobby windows.
 The projects from the Kathy and Lori were both cute as can be!
Here's Beth with her finished piece from Lori of Notforgotten Farm.

and Kathy Barrick's project . . . too cute!


My friend/Chief Sales Officer/personal assistant/keeper Kathie came with me to help set-up and run my table.  We had great fun getting it all ready.
There was a 24 hour "Stitchers Lounge" set up with snacks and beverages.  We dropped off our stitched exchange gifts and viewed the raffled piece that Nan from Threadwork Primatives created for the retreat . . . we never got a chance to buy any raffle tickets.

The "Stitchers Lounge" was a great place to get to know the other attendees and unfortunately we didn't have a lot of time to hang out there.  They were in class when we had time to stitch there and we were working the Merchant Mall when they took time to stitch after shopping.  We were pretty wiped out in the evenings after dinner and preferred to sit in our beds with our feet up to stitch.




The Merchant Mall was well attended by the Prim Stitchers and some locals on Friday.  These were all the pictures I had a chance to take before the shopping frenzy began!
 Black Branch Needleworks - LaDonna would not let me take her picture.
 Jennifer and Denise from Valley Needlworks brought the whole store I think!
 Look at all this great stuff they brought!  They're having a retreat in early October . . . visit their website for details:  http://www.valleyneedleworks.com/
 Homespun Elegance

 Elizabeth with all her yummy trims and other goodies!
Faye (The Carolina Stitcher) with her beautiful project bags!

 A lot of wonderfullness here at Teresa's Primitives!
 Nan's beautiful work at Threadwork Primitives.
 Lori's great displays and merchandise from Notforgotten Farm.
 Kathy Barrick's great designs and jewelry.
The wonderful European primitive representation.

YIKES!  The shoppers are arriving!

 The Merchant Mall was "revisited" by a lot of attendees on Saturday.  I guess they had to have one more look to see what they MUST have for their stash.  The vendors were hoping for a large local crowd as well, but they only trickled in.  There were a few local events happening in the area that may have lured our potential shoppers away.


We also had a "make-it/take-it" station manned by Christina.  She walked you through making your pinkeep mason jar lid and button needle minder.  Now where did I put those mason jars . . .


 At the final dinner we did the gift exchange.  I received this darling little pinkeep from Carolyn (whose birthday it was at the retreat) . . . we are forever chums now!  Thanks so much!!!!
 Our wonderful gift exchange scores! Love my little "Chums" piece from Carolyn. The carrot pins where a great addition to the beautiful drum Kathie received from Jeanne!

We also received a "parting gift" of the pattern and supplies (except the box) to stitch Nan's retreat piece!  What a great momento!

It was so much fun meeting some of the Prim Stitchers Society members that I have gotten to "know" and recognize from the Facebook page . . . a great group of gals.  It was also fun meeting Lori Brechlin and Kathy Barrick (the teachers at the retreat) . . . looking forward to getting to know them better at the Valley Needleworks retreat in October!

Sadly, it was time to go . . .

 All in all, it was a great first Retreat for the Prim Stitchers Society and the work that Terri and Ridgely put into the planning and execution was evident and greatly appreciated!!!!  Looking forward to next year in Atlanta!!!!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Williamsburg, VA in the Spring

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!

Happy Stitching!

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Home From Nashville!

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!!!


Happy Stitching!  ~*