1 in 8 women in the u.s. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her
friday, june 14, 2013
busy, busy, busy...as beavers...shoveling linens out the door...it's been a good and productive week...and we are happy campers.
little house mystery sampler is due here on monday and we will ship immediately...walking both days this weekend...going to the farmer's market early tomorrow a.m. in between "walks". we actually survived 106 last saturday - i walked out of this shop at about 2:00 p.m. and thought i had hit an inferno - lord it was hot, had a lumpy thing removed from the back of my right knee yesterday - grew big enough that the doc finally agreed it was big enough to remove and i don't know how many stitches i have because it's all covered up with a sticky pad thing that has survived one shower and has to survive another shower and then i can take it off tomorrow afternoon after the 3rd shower. neither my husband nor the doggers were too sympathetic to my tale of woe - and i thought it was going to be a piece of cake - except the "numbing" stuff had worn off by this morning and so advil has become my new bestest friend thru the end of today...
have the website almost ready to preview our new treasures here and will have something interesting and good with the next update...and bear and i are going to do some volunteer work in san francisco next saturday for the whole day - leaving about 8:30-9:00 a.m. and not returning home 'till almost midnight and annie is coming to feed the doggers for me. i will have lots of pics that i will put up...so look for them sometimes after saturday the 22nd.
in the meantime...we've had some more fun stuff come thru the door...and here they are:
just cross stitch
so...there you go...more things coming next week - we are happy - it is summer here now and as long as we stay away from anything over 100 - it's mostly doable...the gardens are beautiful and the roses just love the heat...i have the back bay of the garage to finish cleaning out and i am working on the breast cancer kit every chance i get...and with 2 days off this weekend - the list is quite long and i expect to be very productive...love long lists ;)
hope you all have a great weekend and a good father's day/graduations/weddings - seriously - june is a very, very full month and then we'll just fly right into the celebration for the 4th of july...the older i get the faster the time seems to go.
thanks for visiting this week...and here's to a great weekend.
wednesday, june 5, 2013
couple of new charts that we love...piles of stuff everywhere that will soon be up on the web site under the listing "only here" and some other pretty swell stuff to.
we are also having a sale on lakeside linens...once they are gone - they are gone...they are all listed on the sale page so have some fun.
yes, we are open this saturday...i will be working alone as annie and family are heading over to san francisco to watch child youngest play trumpet in the clam shell in golden gate park...how fun...and since we are expecting 106 degrees on saturday i think i could be pea green with envy...because if it's that hot here - it will cool and foggy in the City.
haven't figured out when i'm going to walk on saturday - probably not at all because our worst hot is the end of the day and i can't even imagine sweating that much...intentionally ;)
have a great weekend...maybe i'll finish up the garage or paint some more boxes or do some more sewing...all for the "special only here page" but i also have a pantry to clean out and also make some more clothing donations to hospice....or...i could just sit and trim the rest of the paris flea market pockets so annie can turn them right side out for me next week and then i can put some ribbons on them...with such endless choices - it's just too hard to make a decision ;)
mostly i think i'll be trying to figure out how not to melt if i make the silly mistake of stepping outside.
thanks for visiting...we do appreciate it and let us know if we can help.
friday, may 31, 2013
operative word is "chicken" - operative phrase "with her head cut off" - operative visual "running like a wild woman" but all good.
annie is over in the bay area for 2 days...we have bins stacked to the ceiling waiting for delivery trucks to arrive - as ready as we were and as much work as she did before she left wednesday night - you guess it - nothing arrived - it will all be here on monday and we shall just tackle it together - cause that's just what we do.
in the interim - i have spent hours at the sewing machine, with a paint brush and with jewelry pliers and i have to say - some pretty cute stuff that i'm very happy with... had to wait until we closed this afternoon to apply coats of orange smelling wax to boxes - they are now drying and i will buff them out on monday - and i will bring the "linings" for them...because those are loaded into my car for this weekend. i also have a box of bag straps to thread handle webbing thru - it's mindless television fodder and the rest of the bag parts are sitting waiting for handles - so that's the next step.
Barb Adams and Alma Allen of Blackbird Designs are ready to start another successful year of Loose Feathers! There will be 12 designs in this series, with one being released monthly starting at the beginning of July. They have chosen to create designs that have been inspired by their love of family and samplers for this series.
sampler will be framed and then the 12 pieces will all be grouped together to
hang on a wall. The size of the grouping will be approximately 34" x
22". The size of the first finished sampler is a 6" square, the
designs in this series will vary in size.
designs will be stitched on R&R 30ct linens, and will be using hand dyed
that's all i know for right now but we are definitely taking reservations - however you want to "play" with us is great: chart only, chart/fabric, chart/fabric/threads - it's totally your decision - all you have to do is let us know and we will take care of the rest with pleasure.
back of the house and patio got power washed last weekend. there have been two other times in my life when i was that dirty: putting in a 20x25 foot patio pad for a brick patio a very long time ago in sacramento and spreading 8 cubic yards of mulch...last saturday was quite the experience - it rained dirt down on me - it took me 3 shampoos to get my hair clean...and the description "drowned (dirty) rat" didn't even begin to cover it.
this weekend's adventure is to do the front of the house and the driveway...work on the garage a little bit more (i have actually found the back wall of the 2 card side of my garage and it's been many years), do some serious walking with my friend terry, go to the farmer's market tomorrow a.m. and maybe, just maybe get some studio work done upstairs...maybe.
so...it's a little slow with treasures coming in right now...except for when we get dumped on monday morning and in the interim - i'm going to hustle really quickly - get the those boses waxed and head out...looking at 100 degrees tomorrow...so the power washer just might be fun and cool all things considered.
all our kids here in modesto graduated last week/weekend but the surrounding cities and the church high schools are graduating this weekend...so the city is busy and everybody is watching out for the kids to make it home safe and sound after the festivities.
have a great weekend...i'm off to hit the wax can...thanks for visiting...
friday, may 24, 2013
so...it's memorial day weekend, the list of things to accomplish is two pages in a notebook and we'll see how much of it i accomplish...should be interesting...and just too much fun...
i've been wandering around in the web site where you all can't see - there were some monumental dust elephants in there...and i've added a couple of pages but don't want to put links up until they actually have something in them...and that's coming
in response to your questions - of COURSE we are getting the
new liberty hill box - it will be delivered here the end of june and yes, we are
taking names for our list.
and that folks is the news for right now...because it's memorial day weekend and because everybody has their minds on weddings, father's day, graduation and all of those things that are happening right now.
we are building more lady dot things, playing with the web site, working on the breast cancer 2013 paris flea market and shoveling...and i also have some shopping carts to spray paint out the back so we can wrap them with fabric but...there has been a slight breeze (just enough) that i am not comfortable spray painting anything out the back because there are cars parked out there. when we get them started - i will definitely post pictures for you - just the cutest things and everybody is doing a different color combination...
in the interim - i have a garage that needs to be finished being cleaned, i have a studio upstairs that is the last holdout for carpet in our house so the carpet is being stripped out (yes, i'm doing that myself) and then, because we have 2 free "big stuff" pick ups a year, the carpet and "stuff" from the garage clean out is all going out to the curb. also have a stack of wooden boxes that need to be sealed before i paint them...not to mention walking, the farmers' market tomorrow morning and the aforementioned list on my pad. so...because i have some more page building/deleting and we're waiting for the hoffman update - and i have a ton of fabric to cut for bags (to be put on those special pages i'm building) i had better shake a leg and get moving in a forward motion... being so sick for almost a month and then finishing it up with mowing/baling - it has set me back just a little bit...and i was so pleased to notice that they had flooded the hay fields this morning...which means in a month or two we will have more mowing/baling/unscrew my eyes and scratch my brains out.
thanks for visiting...we so appreciate it.
friday, may 17, 2013
it's been an interesting week...we love interesting weeks - to be sure - except they are hard to plan around...but sometimes i think my life is far too structured and maybe 'letting go' just a bit would be a good thing and then i get a panic feeling around giving somebody too much control and so then i just puddle thru.
this is NOT the JCS ornament edition - it is the regular issue that has some of the xmas ornaments in it. we upped out subscription on this one as well as the regular issue that has some halloween ornaments in it. if you want either one - let us know. we will have the christmas ornament edition information up as soon as it's available to us. reminder...these two are just the regular editions of JCS magazine with either xmas or halloween ornaments in it.
the drawn thread:
fabric for the newest loose feather agnes platt's strawberry sampler will be arriving no later than wednesday with some here either today or monday and then we can start shoveling kits out the door - and hopefully with a good tail wind we might get some threads today too!!!
in the meanwhile...i'm walking this weekend - hopefully will get 15-16 miles in...terry and i have a date to walk downtown to the farmer's market tomorrow morning early and then i'm calling mr. bear on my trusty phone and he is going to come down and get the goodies so we can continue our training and not be dragging squash around the city ;)
when i can see (see paragraph below re eyeball condition) i am secretly sneaking around the website cleaning up, brightening, changing, and removing all forms of dust bunnies and other "stuff" from the website. adding a couple of new pages over the next few weeks - those are going to be a secret until i'm all finished with them...and then we shall see what we shall see...
finally got over most of the galloping crud that i caught right after the blue ribbon designs weekend - and just as that happened...last thursday they started mowing and baling hay (first cut of the season) and there is NOTHING in my arsenal of medications that will cure the croaking voice, irritating cough and the real need to unscrew both eyeballs out of the sockets and just itch my brains until i can't stand it any longer - we get about 5 mowings a summer...this was our first one...and it's always the worst because it's on top of everything else that is creating pollen...oh well...
so...i'm going to publish this and then go finish sewing around the last 33 of the paris flea market envelope bags so annie and i can trim and turn them. she is stringing some new fobs for lady dot frippery and i need to order some more clasps and crimp covers - i can't believe how many we have gone thru and that i need to reorder those little buggers. then, after my sewing marathon - i'm going to come back in here and go sneaking around again ;)
have a wonderful weekend...enjoy...the kids are graduating sometime next week/weekend and then summer will truly be here...i borrowed a very giant power washer from some good friends...i am power washing anything and everything that gets in my way tomorrow after our walk...and it's supposed to warm up again so i think the term "drowned rat in crocs" will be the best description of me. we shall see what we shall see - but i guarantee you i will have moss free patios and paths...and maybe even a clean gazebo full of wisteria that might have a second blooming if i play my cards right.
thanks for visiting.... all of us at elegant stitch.
friday, may 10, 2013
wednesday, may 8, 2013
lots going on here - the biggest thing is trying to get rid of the cough that just wears me out by the end of the day - makes keeping my head up at night a little difficult. we've accomplished a lot and have reordered threads and fabric is on the list for this afternoon...and things have showed up here...so it's been lots of running, skipping and jumping...all at the same time...no wonder i'm tired when i get home.
we have to get our numbers
into the distributor in a week so if you are interested in little house
needlework song of the seasons - please let us know asap. all the
necessary information is listed below:
betsy morgan coming to visit in september - both our classes are very, very close to being sold out - we are so excited...and it will be so fun to offer two incredible classes with this amazing teacher. wonderful time is coming...i just so enjoy her classes - excellent teacher...all good.
stacy nash - we have been waiting for this book and it
arrived the other day. spent a couple of happy hours last night turning
pages and reading... love her things...it's just a wonderful book of eye
blackbird loose feathers (last chart of the 2012 season)
okay...so...jumping in here before the entire internet comes crashing down upon my head again. am cleaning up and deleting and moving things and making some changes to the website and figuring out where and how we want to go and what we want to do...we are excited about the changes and working on some more wholesale things and am setting up a sale section on this website and i think you'll be pleased with the results.
weather here has been horrible...90's one week, snow falling in tahoe and closing the roads, torrential rains in sacramento, cold here and yet, back to the 90's again by this weekend.
yes, we are open this saturday (2nd saturday of the month - 05/11) so if you're in the area drop in to say hi...the girls were talking about coming in to stitch...but who knows at this point - and i have more than enough to keep me out of mischief and hopefully i can get a few miles in on saturday afternoon - that yuck i had for almost 3 weeks really kicked the stamina right out of me...and scary as it is - november 15, 16 and 17th are just around the corner training wise...and i am almost finished with some very special pin cushions that can be had for a mere donation to our wonderful group of twinkle toes walkers who are going to san diego... http://www.the3day.org/goto/lgmbear
so...before i lose all of this - a happy rest of the week - school is almost out - we had proms last weekend - annie's tad and our next door neighbor - and i believe with seven highschools in the area - we will have more proms saturday night too!!! enjoy the weather and the end of school...i hear dry creek park calling my name on sunday for my jaunt thru the california oaks.
thanks for visiting...we so appreciate it.
lgm, annie, didnot and scruff la la
monday, april 29, 2013
belinda and i got horrible cases of the galloping crud somewhere on our travels...i don't remember a thing from wednesday afternoon until now and it's still a little sketchy.
i had an update all done - the computer blew a fuse and ate it this morning so i had to repost everything again...
other than this disgusting "stuff" we had a wonderful time at our event, the september workshop information has been posted, i posted a sale on fabrics/fibers thru close of business on monday and i'm ready to crawl into another hole...
thanks for your patience with us...this junk is not for the faint of heart.
thursday, april 18, 2013
lots to do this weekend...some of our workshop guests are arriving this afternoon and we have a chinese feast tonight for dinner and after i leave for the airport to pick up our shivering teacher from iowa and bring her back to 84 degrees tomorrow and warmer over the weekend and then we are doing a little bit of site seeing over sunday & monday...it will be a great trip and a really great class and we are so very excited to see everybody.
september retreat information will be posted next thursday the 25th and we are very excited about that - we're changing it up a little bit...and i think everything will work well.
so...i had better shake a tail feather or two because somebody is bound to come thru the door at any minute and i still need to move a sewing machine off the table and a pile of shabby chic paris flea market envelopes i'm working on.
little house needlework mystery sampler:
stacy nash primitives:
so...that's the end of it for this week...waiting for guests to arrive, my front room is absolutely FULL of boxes and stuff for the weekend and i'm going to load up my car tomorrow afternoon and jet over to the hotel...get that room set up. house is clean (or was when i left this morning - but the wind is still blowing and the doggers drag all kinds of things from the yard right thru the dog/cat door...who knows what will be on the rugs in the family room when i get home, teacher almost to the airport on her side of the world...it's all good.
we will have a team picture of team twinkle toes posted early next week too - the entire TTT (twinkle toes team) will be here - am so very excited about that...and annie has promised to be the camera person...that will be fun too...
and then...it will be gone in a flash and we will start preparing for september and i have a list of projects in various states of disarray that annie and i need to get a handle on - some of which will be posted for fundraising and i think you will like them...we certainly do.
so...i am jetting out of here...thanks for visiting this week...we wish you a lovely weekend...and the insanity in boston is just too raw to mention with no answers...but pay a kindness forward to somebody in need...they won't be the only ones who feel good about the kindness.
lois, annie, didnot and scruff la la
thursday, april 11, 2013
sorry - last week was a tough one - and this week didn't start much better so i just kind of put my head down and one foot in front of the other to get thru it...2 year anniversary of losing my mom...and trying to help some good good friends wander down the same path...not a fun club to join...but it will happen to all of us at some point in time...some sooner than others...some far sooner than should ever happen...and the finality of it just tears at our hearts. april is not good for annie either - both parents in april so we just are "getting thru" this month...and thus, not very cheerful and the update was just too hard...BUT...
we are so looking forward to our teacher and guests who will be starting to arrive next thursday - we will have a wonderful time - we always do - and i think, at this point, i'm dirtier than the store was/is...all the dust is just jumping right on to me.
we had horrible wind the beginning of the week - two full days of it - the pollen and allergies were just insane - and in thru windows and doors it sifted...blew over a neighbor's tree in the front yard - tree "stuff" all over the neighborhood...just yucky and between the white wisteria and the liquid amber tree seed pods - it looked like snow and giant spikey balls all over the yard and then mix in the tree stuff from 5 redwood trees in the back yard...unreal. the bird feeders were swinging so hard in the wind that the doves were having to white knuckle it - they were not leaving the black sunflower seeds for love nor money - so it was definitely a case of white knuckles and hanging on for dear life while they stuffed their faces.
we also - amid all the craziness getting ready have some new things and we're very excited about them too - love the primitives and so here we go before this internet connection shuts down on me.
so...i am stitching when i get home - the first piece of the 2013 BC collection is finished...i have to finish up the on-line show stuff in the morning - i have a monday deadline and i want to be all done before i go home tomorrow evening - have to return something on my way home too - doggers go for bathies on monday morning - guests start arriving thursday - picking up our wonderful teacher from the airport thursday night - and after class i am taking her for a bit of sight seeing in northern california...and we'll have a team picture of 2013 3day walk san diego team twinkle toes because we will all be together next weekend...i even purchased a sleeping bag a week or so ago...and it's safely tucked upstairs in the hall closets along with all my "stuff" that we spend months "gathering" for our weekend stroll the middle of november. it's all good - and we are excited to see everybody...if i could just convince the dirt to stay off of me and keep to the dusting rags but alas - i fear that is an impossible request...i just seem to attract it ;)
thanks for visiting...hopefully the world will be back to spinning on the right axis...and with temperatures warming up very quickly here - we are definitely in "spring" and the strawberries are already at the farm stands...it's all good.
friday, march 29, 2013
yes, we got caught in the data request serge that blew up the internet this week...i figured out how to stop it on my website...that was a major brain exercise (thank heavens my brain still works a little bit) and so we can progress further.
we are working on the information for our september event here at elegant stitch and will post it as soon as we get back to business after our april event. we are also in the middle of posting information for the on-line show which is happening at the same time as our april event and since our teacher is staying a few extra days with us (we are very excited about that) it seems the last two weeks of april are going to be "hang on tight for the ride" kind of weeks.
our entire team twinkle toes will be here in april and we will finally get a team picture to post on www.the3day.org website and that is going to be quite the picture too...we are a strong team and have already made huge "strides" into our fund-raising. we are also working on some stuff from here that will be tied directly to donations to our team so check back because there is going to be some really cute stuff - and i'm not spilling any more beans. i also know that one of my team mates is working on something pretty cute too...
paris flea market 2013 we are now at waiting list status and availability will be determined by whether the two guilds take all their reserved kits. the list is constructed and in alpha order so if you are not sure if you have your name in - i will be more than happy to double check that for you. annie has finished stitching one of the pieces for me and i'm going to put it together this weekend...it could be another photo moment. we are also working on the scissor fobs - just ordered some more beads to complete those and i figured out dear little pins to go into the pincushion that is going to be part of this kit.
unfortunately there is not much new this week - we are waiting for the last bit of the blue ribbon designs mystery sampler to arrive here not to mention the little house sheep virtues and a couple of other things.
yes, there will be a loose feathers from blackbird designs later this year - we will have more information sometime around may - we had a really good chat with alma and barb about this on sunday morning at market...and we are so interested in what they have come up with.
the workroom in the front of the store is FULL of april kits, pressies, bags, bows, notebooks, finishing kits...all ready for everybody to arrive, the rest of the store is being cleaned and i'm tossing with a frenzied fury but i'm doing that at home too...almost "spring cleaning" but nothing THAT drastic ;) annie told me she was cleaning out her shoes this weekend...i did that one last weekend.
so...have a very happy spring weekend...easter is here very early and we are supposed to have 81 degrees today and thunder showers and 70 on sunday...very weird weather and yet there are almonds actually showing on the trees...it seems they grew big very very fast and yet we have very little snow pack up in the sierras so that's worrisome too!!!
lois, annie, didnot and scruff la la
wednesday, march 27, 2013
brief note: i've had to unhook the "order" form on the website on a temporary basis - we are receiving a lot of "spam" on it thru the website and i have my hosting company trying to figure out where they are coming from - over 200 a day...when we get it straightened out - i'll re-link it. in the interim, please use the phone (800.790.0810) or the email address to send orders. thanks!
thursday, march 21, 2013
we've been asked a couple of times to give a sneak peek of
the 2013 breast cancer project...i updated the front page and also - here you
go. i have exactly 100 kits after we pull for my 2 guilds who do this
project every year so we will be delighted to put your name on the list and that
reserves you one of the 100 available kits.
needlework press: i kept waiting for our needlework project
boxes/clip boards to come in and of course - as i work on this update - i get
notice from ups that they will be delivered late this morning. so...we
have the chart which is quite wonderful and includes all 50 states, canada,
england and france - can be framed or made into a sweet little front buttoned
bag...and as soon as i finish this update - the ups man will make an appearance
at my front door with the project boxes - it is guaranteed - without fail.
kathy barrick: it seems that kathy barrick is back
under her own name (not carriage house) and both our distributors will be
carrying her charts. we have put the selections in here and hope you like
and so...it's been another week - bruce's red persian went in on monday to have his teeth cleaned - bad breeding - he now has exactly 6 teeth left in his head and a jaw bone graft - we won't even discuss the national debt that was incurred...but ya do what ya do because ya do it...he is recovering quite well but it is mama who gets to shove the antibiotics down his throat twice a day...papa remains the "good parent" while mama is becoming less and less popular the better mr. lolo gets feeling... there is just nothing fair about this one...and of course, cats are much different that dogs - you can't hide it in a piece of cheese...nope...but the other kitties in the house think that the canned cat foot mixed with chicken broth into a mash is quite tasty and i think mr. lolo has gone back to crunchy food...there is no winning....
we have pink envelope bags everywhere, i have the solder gun on the front table and boy, that sucker can get mighty hot, the kits for the retreat are up in the front room and desperately need my attention...hopefully today...
annie has a pile of things that need to be ordered and there is some serious cleaning to be done around here as well... walking this weekend, the oak, mulberry & ash are SERIOUSLY in bloom and i don't think i have one tiny smidge of mascara on this morning...and it happened overnight - was nothing like this yesterday...
so...that's the "fun" from the central valley - more next week - in the interim - i am playing with easter eggs at home - paper ones that come apart - the insides are painted gold leaf and this afternoon i get to go home and get "glass" glitter everywhere in my kitchen when i coat the outsides - and keep the giant sucking machine very handy because grinding that into hardwood floors is not a good thing.
spring is truly and really here in the valley - the red bud tree is almost full bloom and yesterday's trip to the back yard - purple wisteria about 3 days off and the top of the patio will be in full white wisteria bloom by this time next week. and of course, with spring comes the allergies and those are quite spectacular this year as well.
have a great weekend...palm sunday...easter is right around the corner but it still seems way way early this year.
thursday, march 14, 2013
greetings to everybody...it's been a busy couple of weeks around here...market and return, shoveling and rearranging and reordering and now we are in the waiting game - for stuff to come and for things that we ordered at market to come in...not too patient with the waiting game...and honestly don't understand the waiting game...but in the interim...
...we are getting the last of our kits ready for our blue ribbon design workshop in april, making arrangements to show our dear friend belinda parts of california she hasn't seen yet, getting really excited because the entire "twinkle toes" team will be here at that event and we shall have "before" pictures - because you can damn bet that mama sandy and mama lois will want pics of our little "twinks" after they have finished their 60 miles in san diego...
we have also cut out and bonded all the paris flea market breast cancer projects and i am about ready to hit the sewing machine with those and annie is cutting wire for the custom fobs we have designed and will make...our scissors have been picked - and kindly sent by kelmscott designs - little hints...tiny eiffel towers make the perfect snip for paris flea markets and shabby chic....i still have to cut up 18 rolls of 1.5" doubled-sided satin ribbon...need to get that done because that ribbon is incorporated in the bag construction...
...also have to get ready for lady dot at the on-line needlework show in april (april is going to be very busy) and finalize the details for our september workshops - some new and different ideas going on for that one. and, in the middle of all of this happy and fun crazies...we are walking our little feets off in training...and i'm getting very close to 1,000 training miles since november of 2011 when i started this adventure...but the weather is turning too and we should be into the 80s today - spring vanished while we were at nashville...the almonds have gone from beautiful white blossom trees to green leafy trees and the peaches are not far behind...and yet, my peonies have not come up in the pots at home...but the red bud tree is about 3 warm days from being a blaze of hot pink flowers and some of the japanese maples have leafed...and i should have wisteria blossoms in less than 2 weeks...we are already irrigating...again, some very weird spring weather - spring was a week long this year...
so...here we go...there is more ordered and coming in and i'm sure as soon as i finish this update the ups/fed ex/and mail person will show up with more stuff and i'll shoot for a monday update because tuesdays are impossible - we have a house full on tuesdays and my brains start to fall out of my ears ;)
praiseworthy stitches: we brought some of these back as
special order from market and i have a couple left over so first come, first
served. great kit - big piece of fabric to work on...and all the bits,
beads, threads, fabric you need to complete it...
new york dreamer: this caught my eye at market...i have
spring fever...and it's done in dmc/crescent colours and weeks dye works...the
colors are wonderful and at 150 x 64 stitches it will be pretty sweet smalled
hands on design:
so...this is crossed off my list - there is a solder iron on the table, a cool glue gun, a ton of other stuff and a pile of kits to finalize (making sure that i have put everything in them correctly) and i can mark THAT off my list...not to mention the pile of sewing, marking, pinning, etc. that awaits...and cutting of wire and crimping of beads and, and, and, and,
thank you for visiting us this week...either monday or wednesday next week and hopefully the waiting game will be over as far as the last of the market things arriving...that will make me very happy.
great weekend to you all...now that we've done "spring ahead" it's dark as pitch out there in the morning...but that will change as the weeks continue...
all of us to all of you...and there are now about 40
plastic eggs all over this shop now...and scruff la la is in cat heaven.
tuesday, february 26, 2013
are we going to market??? of course we are. have i done an update in two weeks? of course i haven't....BUT...i do have a really good excuse...
a) annie has been sick for three weeks...the flu was horrible and then 2 other things went wrong, thus...my hair was on fire because i was trying to do this all by myself...and i don't think i messed up too badly...but lord love a duck...it got a little bit hairy there in a couple of spots.
b) i managed, after seeing the dermo guy, to discover that i had 3 spots behind my left ear, on my neck (yes, right in the wrinkle) of skin cancer. so...head and neck surgery and a 3.5" incision down the side of my neck...that pretty much took care of my good time. not to mention - the aforementioned dermo guy also found multiple spots on all four appendages that were sprouting cancer cells...and so 18 days of 2 treatments a day of chemo cream...and i had some very lovely red/inflamed/raw hamburger wounds on all appendages. that was some ugly stuff too...and i am now (thankfully) in the process of healing all of those wounds. but all of this with both of us went on at the same time so we didn't have the slightest clue what to do except hold on tight and figure it would end soon enough.
so...yes we are going to market, wouldn't miss it for the world. some of the things are already on their way to us and will be here when we get back into the shop on monday...but we so look forward to seeing all the things in "person" so we can make determinations as to finishing/quality/look, etc. that i don't do much "pre-ordering" because i want to be surprised, wowed and excited...it's a huge part of why i go to market...to get inspired and re-energized...and i've been to every single one since 1997...so yes, i am looking forward - it's one of my very most favorite markets...
we will have a market report on monday sometime after lunch if all goes according to plan...and in the meantime...gas in my car on the way home, the few last things to plop in the bags that are sitting on my living room floor...making arrangements for bruce to come down and take care of the pussy cats...and we are out of here first thing thursday morning.
now...just for fun...some of the bestest cat toys ever...empty plastic easter eggs that wobbly roll across the floor. scruff la la had a good good friend bring her some and she had such a good time hiding all of them...i was at the craft store the other day and found 2 bags of 10 eggs for $1.49 per bag...so yes, somewhere in this shop are 20 plus of neon colored plastic easter eggs...and if you hid a kitty treat in a few of them...when they get swatted against something hard and open into two halves...there is a kitty treat right there to ease the "pain" of breaking the eggy...easy to put back together again...and insert another treat...and off they go chasing the wobbly all over again.
spring is good - eggys, almond blossoms (almost - they will be full blown by the time we get back on sunday night) and tulip trees...it's spring in the valley and we should have 75 degrees here by saturday while we are FREEZING in nashville...it's just not fair.
we'll be back asap...and thanks for visiting and thanks for your patience.
lois and annie
monday, february 11, 2013
apologizing for my fit of "quiet" the last two weeks...it has just been a very bizarre time around here - if i didn't know better i would suggest that there were two moons out there on a collision course - just too bizarre for words. hopefully this will be week three and it has now run the course...the final straw was thursday afternoon when i discovered my debit card had been compromised...thankfully my bank caught it before i did...it is not fun trying to use my well-fed debit card only to have it "decline" twice in a store...but, even with the card closed - they still have continued to "try their luck" at various places on-line around the country... and THIS was just the final chapter in the two week saga ;)
so...now that we are on a new week and we leave for nashville market 2 weeks from this coming thursday and i have a page full on the "to do" list for this week...i had better shake my tail feathers and get moving - the decks have to be totally cleared before we hop on a plane...because it will be complete and total chaos on our return!!
we are waiting for shipments...it seems constantly waiting...new couch is in the family room and the "magic" couch will be donated to hospice since it just doesn't fit up the stair well to the upstairs office - it will make it to the landing, but it will not turn the corner and head up three more stairs and thru the door...that little piece of news was discovered yesterday before we tried to get it up - the only thing that came down was the futon mattress - but that is back upstairs now too.
got walking done this weekend too - have 150 miles training in so far for san diego and i really need to get myself in gear and start my fundraising. i also need to pitch out my first pair of favorite shoes (thank heavens i have 2 more pristine pair in boxes - but, i have to get those broken in before i pitch out the old pair) and then i can also break in the pair of multi-colored shoes that i purchased as well...parts of them glow in the dark which will be good because by the time we do san diego at the end of this year - day light savings time will have ended...so it will get dark much more quickly.
fabric for the breast cancer piece 2013 arrived last week...it's very pretty and very paris chic. we have picked our monogram alphabet and i have to do a proto type before we leave for nashville...i'm very, very pleased with the fabric choice...and it will be sweet with a 1.5" double satin bow holding everything together.
so...time to get cracking here...waiting for the ups and the fed-ex and then launch into the various appointments and jobs that need to be done...i'm now on 2 sheets of lists...and i guess i had better find the suitcase sometime this weekend and find some clothes to put in it...and all my market materials ;)
have a great week - hope the east coast has dug out and you didn't get slammed too badly with the 2nd round. still cold here - was actually supposed to rain over the weekend - that went away and now they are chirping about 70 degrees by saturday. it really has been a bizarre couple of weeks.
thanks for visiting...i'm heading off to the lists.
monday, january 28, 2013
tons and tons and tons going on around here - fabric and threads and charts and packages arriving almost faster than we can get them processed but it's all good - it just keeps us on our toes...sometimes to the detriment of other things (like this update).
we have a ton of things here - some of which have been here for a week and it's my fault - but i am trying desperately to get life in general under control and also get super serious about walking - even ordered another pair of shoes...and have to break in another pair of shoes because my hot pink and grays that went with me to dallas are now giving me some shin splints issues and that is the first and most obvious sign that footsies soon need to be changed out.
we are also expecting all our linens and threads for the april workshop...and i have a meeting tomorrow afternoon with the hotel to make sure all of that is in order...and after that is all in place - we can start making up kits - belinda let me know this morning that all her finishing supply kits are finished so we are making fine progress.
so...with no further ado...and if there are more things that come in between now and friday i promise an update for you before the week being out.
we just finalized all our travel arrangements for nashville as well...we are leaving thursday, february 28th and we'll be home that sunday and we'll have a market update up on monday...annie can run the front and i'll just put earphones in and away i will go... we are really looking forward to this market - a little bit later than normal - but it should help with the weather, we have rented a car and will be doing some exploring on friday and then back in for the evening...we really love this market and we are also so very excited that the fall market will be back in st. charles this year - love that wonderful town too!!! 2013 looks like it will be quite wonderful.
so...here we are...and there we go...it's a little warmer here this week...the saga of the magic couch continues with bear's decision to move it up into his office once sunday afternoon is over. the town here is in a complete roar - kaep has been on the front page of the paper every day for over a week now...everybody in town - fan or not - wearing colors...the wreaths are still on the front door and the flag is ready to be unfurled sometime this coming sunday morning. he is very excited...and it will be an amazing game...
enjoy your week...and thanks for visiting with us!!!
tuesday, january 22, 2013
okay - one more football game to go...and i just posted all the pictures for the Blue Ribbon Designs workshop here in April - the project is absolutely wonderful and I can hardly wait...and i will have more updates on the other stuff coming in by the end of the week...but here's the questions to the idiot things below:
3. sharlene - remember - almost 20 years - he just ain't worth it!!!
i have a very, very dear friend that i've obviously known a
very long time who lives in peabody, MA. we had an ugly discussion last
friday on the phone about "her quarterback" and the NE patriots, etc.
and thus - throwing our friendship under the bus for tom brady. i know her
well enough to know she is laughing out loud when she reads this...because if
she doesn't - beyonce will come visit her, as i threatened her...which is yet
another rip roar we have between us. and yes, i will show you a small
picture of "beyonce" and i know it is not at all what you are
thinking...and this "beyonce" joke has been going on for well over a
now, the magic couch. we have a taupe leather couch in our family room - it's almost 10 years old (if not older) and it has been ridden hard and put up wet. we've done countless cats and 4 dogs with this couch...and it was that very smooth leather to start with that never stood a chance with the assorted "herds" we have raised. anyway - 2 weeks ago i decided enough was enough and dragged my husband out to the furniture store because he's the one with two knee replacements and if he can't get up and off the couch it doesn't matter how "pretty" it is - if it doesn't work for him - there is no point. in 30 minutes we found the perfect couch (and a wonderful black/cream mattress ticking upholstered chair for moi) and signed, sealed the purchase agreement to learn that it would take about 2 weeks for both pieces of furniture to come in...you guessed it. they were delivered friday evening. game sunday. new couch (and sidekick chair) are part way in the living room and the dining room and part down the entry hall because the taupe leather couch is "magic" and our entire football season (including pre-season) has been watched from that couch (as well as some pretty stinky prior seasons for the 49ers). so...my new furniture will remain exactly where they are right now until a week from this coming sunday and then whatever happens happens and the magic couch will go live at the hospice store and maybe...just maybe...pass along it's "magic" to somebody else. but until then - it shall not be moved and shall remain exactly where it is right now.
my husband is relatively calm. our new quarterback hails from about 8 miles down the 99 freeway here and his parents have moved from Turlock to Modesto so finally - after all the years of ugly press this town has generated (scott peterson being one of them) we have something to be proud and excited about. the bakery lady in the town of turlock is making $$ hand over fist with her football and "kap jersey" cookies and my little dogger daisy buchanan has decided she no longer wants to be a "gold rush girl" (49er cheerleader) but in fact kap's girl friend.
and so i'll be back at the end of the week with more stuff - annie and i are awash in threads/linen and boxes and we had a housefull today - all the tuesday regulars...the creativity around here from all these talented women is inspiring.
enjoy your week - i'm off to drop off another check at the groomers - forgot to tip her yesterday - that old saying about "shooting horses"...lord - the brain is just melting right down the drain...then off i head to home where i have a kitchen table full of "stuff" to continue working on.
friday, january 18, 2013
four things...down and dirty...
1. pictures of the blue ribbon april workshop will be updated on monday or tuesday - it is really, truly cute and i just love it.
2. tons of stuff shipping out to us on monday - blue ribbon mystery, sheep virtues and a few other things...we are going to be rocking and rolling around here next week.
3. sharlene - remember - almost 20 years - he just ain't worth it!!!
enjoy your weekend and thank you so very much for visiting.
tuesday, january 15, 2013
i so apologize for not getting this done yesterday - a major severe case of gastritis hit me sunday evening and that coupled with the cold (41 in the shop when i walked in monday morning) pretty much knocked me on my behind yesterday and i did something i have never done before - i closed the shop at 11:00 and went home and slept almost six hours. am treading very carefully today...got one banana down with no issues...but going very easy on the coffee and everything else.
and so...here is my update and we will have new things the end of this week and the blue ribbon mystery sampler will be shipping to us from chicago next monday and we have a pile of other things. we will also have pictures of the blue ribbon class scheduled in april...and i'll get caught up and try to make more sense than this is.
we hope you enjoy our new frippery...they were quite fun and we have more "fun" coming.
friday, january 11, 2013
all pictures taken, edited and arranged - am now writing descriptions and building appropriate web page...
we will be back on monday, january 14 with our menu of treasures and maybe if the weekend is good to us we might even have some more to add to our menu...
tomorrow is the 2nd saturday of the month and we are indeed here and open from 8:00 to 2:00 and then i have some walking to do and a very important football game to watch...and i just might have to wear my christmas pressie SF baseball cap...everybody in town is "wearing the colors"...
we'll be back on monday - and it's not a big deal to do an update because i have all the bits and pieces ready and in place.
have a great weekend...we are scheduled for freezing cold for the next four days - 28 this morning when i came in...way to cold for the california creatures....brrrrrrr
thurday, january 3, 2013
the holidays are over – thankfully we all survived it…somehow congress has figured out how to put a rather large band-aid on some serious problems as a temporary fix…but we managed to survive that one too…and will await the next battle royale and honestly, no matter what your political bent – it is getting pretty silly all things considered.
So…we have some fun stuff coming up and I think we will be ready for our debut about january 14th or 15th. tuesdays are usually a little tougher because we always have the girls come down for the day and the work tables are strewn with wonderful creations and stitching and projects and and and and – spending the day running from place to place and answering questions and helping and suggestions and they keep my mind working and I am forever grateful for that – I have my own personal brain exercisers that come right to the shop…love each and every one of them…
but, because i am one of the teasing types – here is a
little “blip” of a pic that might tweek your interest a bit…and there are
a million flavors and there will be more on top of what we will post on the 14th…
the 2nd piece of news is we have been asked and asked and asked why we made the 2012 breast cancer piece the last one…many disappointed comments, many sadnesses…so…we found 2 bolts each of moda flea market fabric that we loveand they will be delivered the end of this month and we will get to work…and yes, we will do another breast cancer piece for the year 2013 although the amount of kits i get is determined strictly by the numbers i can get out of the bolts – i think i already have it in my head and am quite excited to get started on it – it usually turns into a 7-8 month project and i already know that it will be a little pouch of some kind with some stitching stuff to go with…not huge…but wonderful, padded, and very chic with a few very cute accessories.
we are also turning in our “semi-final” numbers on the beautiful blue ribbon designs mystery sampler tomorrow or monday…so if you are interested – please don’t hesitate – i don’t want to disappoint you and not get you into the first round…and we HATE waiting for fabric and threads and i think i’ve padded the amounts enough – but i’m usually horribly wrong when i try to play that silly game.
also – on the blue ribbon designs informational highway – i now know the color of the fabric for april – it’s a new color and beautiful…and i will have pictures and more pictures and tons of information within the next 2 weeks on the workshop in april. holidays and other commitments – see the above mentioned mystery sampler - have caused a diversion in her attentions which we totally understand but i have it on good authority that we are now on the front burner again and pictures will be very soon and i will post description of project with the next update.
lastly, because i have an appointment at 4:00 this afternoon – here's a brief story. as many of you know, am in training for the komen walk in san diego the end of 2013. this training involves 8/ 9 miles (or more) walking at a time and out where i live there is a manmade lake that sits in the middle of an undeveloped commercial property. although there are signs on the fencing around the property about not feeding the ducks – there are a ton of Canadian geese having been born there who consider it home and spend the winters there. one of them is a beautiful goose who has at some point broken his wing and it kind of hangs down on his right side. i walk past the lake all the time and i noticed that he can’t fly and so he just kind of hangs out. it made me so sad when i realized that all the geese had left and he couldn’t go with…and as i walked i came to the realization that this was a perfect spot for this goose because he was safe and protected and if he couldn’t fly – what a perfect place for him to hang out and be safe so the sadness for the goose turned to good thoughts. new year’s morning i’m out walking…and all the geese were in two batches on the far opposite side of the lake. i couldn’t find my broken winged boy and started to worry for him. continued to walk around the fenced property and got to the opposite side of the lake…guess what – my goose buddy was hanging with his hoodies – the mallards – standing head and shoulders above the ducks…but hanging with his buddies – quite content and very definitely in charge… the whole thing made me giggle…shunned by his own…but went to make his own way with the ducks… made me think that hanging with the mallards was a really good thing and that was a course i was going to take for 2013…lessons well learned...
i’m pushing the limits of my appointment and need to get my behind in gear…i will close now with good thoughts for the new year – we made it thru 2012 but there were moments when i seriously doubted it. we’ll be back in a few days with updates and i will definitely be back on the 14th with the debut of our new toys…thanks for visiting, off we go into 2013 with hopes for a good one for everybody…we so need some “good stuff” to happen to all of us.
december 21, 2012
friday, december 21, 2012
short note - nothing much happening except lots of web site cleaning, lots of beading in preparation for our debut of new products before january 15, 2013, waiting for the huge storms off the west coast to crash into us...it's starting to darken up now...and they say at least 3 days...getting ready for 4 days off...making some more dogger cookies for all our dogger friends...watching our BIG game on sunday night against seattle...some knitting, stitching, etc to do...we will re-open next wednesday, 12/26/12...
of course we are doing the little house needlework sheepie with virtues series...just let us know if you need chart plus fabric or plus button or plus threads or plus everything...we would be absolutely delighted to help...
loose feathers (blackbird) is enroute to us...we should have that when we reopen next wednesday...so we will be busy getting that in the mail for everybody...
blue ribbon mystery sampler - we have quite a bunch doing this with us - we are so excited - it is just wonderful...and belinda does such an amazing job - so professional and beautifully put together - and we are so excited she is coming to visit and workshop with us in april...and a little birdie told me that in all this blizzard in the midwest that there is a warm stitching spot and maybe some finishing touches on the design that i will be able to share with you in a little bit of time.
other than that...it's time to unwind and enjoy the holidays with all we love...2 foot and 4 foot alike...and so we are going to do that and wish you all...
VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS from all of us to all of you
we'll be back next week for new years...be safe and enjoy all we are blessed with
thursday, december 13, 2012
we are overwhelmed with beads/bows/stuff and it's all turning out pretty cute...trying to figure out packaging and so on and then some previews coming early in the new year...needed some help with some product naming ideas - sent that job off to a brilliant "namer" and am hoping inspiration will hit her because it sure hasn't hit me yet.
this started out as a very weird day and i won't get into the whys and wherefores but until i got here 1 hour late this morning...i thought i was on my regular time - i wasn't - i was an hour later and after a conversation with my husband when i got here because the blue tooth wouldn't load in the car the entire way in...discovered that the alarm didn't go off this morning and thus...an hour behind. too many people on the road - it was just weird...
anyway...for those of you who need sneaky peaks...here is a peak at the blue ribbon designs mystery sampler...it's pretty cute...and i've cut and pasted the other information from a couple of weeks ago and colored it "blue"...
first off - ABSOLUTELY we
will be doing the blue ribbon designs mystery sampler...and
we continue to take signups for blue ribbon design's mystery sampler - i think this is really going to be fun - and if you are ordering up the 35 count linen - we are adjusting the thread packs accordingly so you won't have too much thread. we've calculated and figured and we will get it right for you - we promise.
we are awaiting packages - some came in right before we closed and we didn't have time to process them...we will do that tomorrow and then the weekend is filled with last minute things that need to get done and lots of package packing to be mailed on monday to places far and wide... so, fair warning, this might not be the last time you hear from us this week...in the meantime...back to crimp beads and crimp covers and pearls and cards and bags and stuff scattered all over the 3 big work tables in the front of the store. you have no idea how many times i looked for silver crimp beads - couldn't find them - except that i had two thousand of them sitting right in one of the bins - literally right in front of my face...i think it's just a product of the day and i should probably just start all over again in the morning.
if i can keep the rain away - serious walking this weekend too - toes need attention - haven't been to the toe guy since i got home from dallas, feet needed to heal so he can torment them again...and i think that will finish up the day tomorrow.
dash, dart, run, wait, hurry, never enough time...all of those things describe this time of year...we all do the same exercise...because some stuff just has to wait till the last minute...but i think i've got that list under control too...we shall see how "smart" i am at the end of the weekend. thanks for visiting...my pliers are calling ;)
friday, december 7, 2012
yes, we are open saturday (tomorrow) from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m,
we are busy as beavers as we are planning some really fun things for 2013 - but they are multi part wonders that take lots of lists and a great deal of patience. every time i'm ready for something - i find that i have placed the missing object in a really safe spot - i know, you have figured it out already - and that really safe spot has moved to somewhere else and not told us...but we are building and plotting and look for some really fun and special things after the first of the year - some exclusive and some thru our lady dot label...very fun.
we continue to take signups for blue ribbon design's mystery sampler - i think this is really going to be fun - and if you are ordering up the 35 count linen - we are adjusting the thread packs accordingly so you won't have too much thread. we've calculated and figured and we will get it right for you - we promise.
and, speaking of blue ribbon designs - we are delighted to
have her two newest charts here in the shop... she always does such a
wonderful job and her charts are a work of art.
and, now that she has the mystery sampler almost ready to go - she can start back working on our april workshop piece...and we should have little bits and snips in the next month or so...i will ask her for some teasers...she has been on a total "head's down" status to complete the mystery sampler...and i "think" the end of the tunnel is in sight...
still have the disgusting crud (DC) which hit me on the friday after thanksgiving - it's been two weeks today and i am seriously tired of coughing...not a cold - just this dreadful cough that rattles me down to my toes...and the "cure" was making me feel sicker than just hacking myself into semi-coma and of course now mr. bear has it but he got the cold and the whole thing so it is a pretty disgusting household..."quil" things all over the bathroom counter and various flavors of cough medicine - i fear i am unable to look at anything cherry flavored - disgusting. haven't been able to walk - have to do that on sunday morning before the football game - i felt so bad last weekend and it rained so hard for so many days straight - i would have had to become part duck to have survived outside...so it's out on the road come sunday morning - after the grocery store.
that and the dogger flu - didn't turn out to be dogger flu - in fact - it was a lesson learned the hard way. thanksgiving weekend, i cleaned out all the large pots on the patio - all the excess ivy and the remains of the summer peonies, etc were removed. due to the weird weather - i noticed that next spring's peonies were starting to sprout - far far far too early. told bruce that we needed to add more soil to protect the new sprouts and after that, we needed to treat the pots with snail pellets and it would be clean and neat before it really started to rain and the snails would be gone.
you guessed it - it poured that tuesday. and two of my doggers decided that instead of drinking out of their various water dishes inside the house - it is much finer to drink out of the saucers under the pots which contained water that the snail bait had leached into. no appetite for 3 days, throwing up, laying around - by friday morning i knew we couldn't go thru the weekend like that - into the vet we went (and every pet owner will know the following sentence..."because it's friday"). dr. mike took blood because he just couldn't figure it, gave us an antibiotic and something to coat their bellies and told us he would call home friday evening, but he felt it was something they had ingested. sure enough - when the light bulb finally went on in our brains - there we were at 6:30 saturday morning, lifting pots, emptying saucers and leaning empty saucers against the sides of the pots times about 15 very large pots.
end of story - both of them are now fine, not real happy with mama shoving very large horse pills down their throats, desperately needing their bathie appointments this coming monday morning, enjoying some seriously clean blankies, sweaters and beds and very lucky doggers indeed and with much smarter parents and thanking heavens that it was so diluted that it didn't do any permanent damage. it doesn't take much...which we learned...and the powers that be were very kind to all of us - and never again. somebody tell me why doggers drink disgusting water out of saucers instead of their water bowls - wait - i know the answer: because they can.
so...because i've got a ton of 28 gauge wire that needs to be dealt with and a coiling machine...and cats down here that want to sit on the exact chair that i was sitting on - i'm out of here...thank you for visiting this week...hopefully by the time i write again, this horrible cough will be merely a memory...
be careful, be safe, the weather is just weird, i'm making up bundles to take down to the gospel mission to donate for those who are not as fortunate as we are...and am looking forward to a quiet and pleasant holiday season.
enjoy...and, almost forgot - posted some really fun pictures from dallas walk - they made me inspired all over again...what an amazing weekend that was and how much to look forward to in san diego 2013.
wednesday, november 28, 2012
lots going on last week and this week...some wonderful new things to tell you about to start out 2013 - just lots and lots going on...and we are supposed to be under flood watch in the northern valley - there are about 5 storms backed up and they are saying 5 days of non-stop rain. the fog was so bad monday morning - pea soup wouldn't even cover a description and the addditional rain will just add more "peas to the soup".
first off - ABSOLUTELY we
will be doing the blue ribbon designs mystery sampler...and
it's pretty cute...here are the details:
country cottage needleworks
and, as noted on the front page - we are having a fiber sale thru monday, 12/3/12 at 25% off - in stock fibers only please.
so...i'm stumbling thru the last of some sort of "something" i got last friday - can't call it a cold because there is no nose action - just generally tired and some horrible coughing...my ribs hurt from coughing and yesterday the dogger flu started going thru our household...daisy buchanan first and mr. nicky started feeling very needy yesterday afternoon - we are waiting for gatsby to finish out the week with dogger flu too.
it's gray and pouring rain outside - and so i am saying goodbye and heading off to order some office supplies, cut up some tissue paper, do some finishing work and work on a couple of things that are flying around in my brain (what there is left of it) and am hoping for some sort of break in the weather this weekend so i can get some walking in...
be safe running around doing errands and preparing for the holidays...as witnessed here over the last couple of days - people have too much on their minds and aren't really paying attention to driving...and with the slickness and weather changes - makes me a little wary. in the pea soup the other morning - we were lucky to be able to see traffic lights 50 yards out and yet 50 mph still seemed to be acceptable - and that's on city streets...amazing. just be safe please...and if the other guy isn't going to watch out for you - you need to watch out for them...
and so the "holidays" begin.....
wednesday, november 21, 2012
so what's new...life caught up with me...and the list is far longer today than it was on monday and the list for the 4 days we are taking off is longer than that...but i'm happy - got a lot accomplished, have great plans for much more accomplishment over the next four days...and annie and i will be back fresh as daisies (or maybe "mums" given the season) on monday ready to start the onslaught all over again. we both needed 4 days and i can't remember the last time we actually took 4 days off from here so this will be quite the experience.
done some "behind the scenes" clean up on the web site and plan to do a bunch more...but have put a new page up that you can get to from the front page...right up at the top...it answers the question i get asked all the time lately - why are you walking, why do you spend so much time walking and i plan on keeping that updated over the next 360+ days - watching the seasons and getting ready for san diego - it all makes perfect sense to me.
so...i am thankful for you all, i am thankful for my friends, my business, my husband and my pets but mostly i am thankful to still be here...almost 16 years later.
may your weekend be wonderful and may you accomplish everything (or at least a good portion) of what's on the list...and we'll see you back here monday...
thanks for visiting.
friday, november 16, 2012
the world got away from me this week - and i apologize for not updating sooner. i need this weekend to get caught up and straightened out - the middle toe on my right foot has decided to become infected 2 weeks after the 60 miles in dallas so over the next couple of days the feets are living in a bucket with epson salts and i really have to pay attention to those feets as well as get some finishing done this weekend so those things can be mailed before thanksgiving next week.
we are indeed thankful for all our blessings and we will be having a "thankful" sale starting monday, november 26th so please come back and by then i'll have all my marbles in one sock (or close to it) and i will be in a better position to make relevant conversation.
until then - there are closets to be cleaned out, winter clothes to switch over, large bags of "gently worn" to be taken to the gospel mission on sunday along with 2 turkeys so that others who aren't as blessed as we are have full stomachs and warm clothes.
i am indeed thankful for all my blessings. be back on monday - i promise.
thursday, november 8, 2012
i am going to set up a 3-day walk page as soon as i finish
this and go into the 3-day website and sign up for san diego in 2013...the team
is gathering...and until i get some of the pictures back and some of them are
forwarded to me to put on that page...i'll just start with these so you can see
just a little. i've done some very hard things in my life but this was
honestly the most incredible thing ever and worth every single blister because
despite all my good intentions, dallas is more "slopey" than modesto...i
thought dallas was far flatter than it was - but the foots are healing. so
- with a few pictures and a little commentary...here we go.
and, just a word about my walking partner. a true champion, never missed a beat, never a bad word, nothing but just the bestest, kindest and most wonderful person i could have been blessed teaming with. sandy durr - palmer texas - i salute you and love you and thank you for being with me on this journey. we as a team of two raised $9,200 with all your help.
just unconfirmed numbers from the stage on sunday night but a band of 1800 walkers (supported by 325 volunteers, 125 medical crew, youth corps and countless law enforcement from the dallas environs) walked 60 miles and raised $4,300,000.00 one sunny and very warm weekend in dallas, texas in 2012 to be used to treatment, diagnostic tests, support, research and help for many. san diego 2013 - here we come.
xoxoxoxoxo me and my bestest walking buddy sandy
tuesday, november 6, 2012
YES WE DID!!!
wednesday, october 31, 2012
to everybody on the east side of the country - including our kids and all our friends...we hope you return to normal sooner than later...we have held our breath for days watching this thing approach...and now we watch as you navigate what's in front of you - trying to put your lives back together. you have our hearts...
nothing much to update with - obviously shipments are backed up because of the incredible weather so i will just wish you bon voyage because tomorrow a.m. at 4:00 we will be leaving the house to make it to the airport for a 6:45 flight into dallas where i will be picked up by my dear team mate sandy and off to rehearsals for opening ceremonies...then off to dinner and then to bed because we have to be at ceremonies on friday between 6 and 6:30 and then the 60 miles begins.
we are both very excited, scared, nervous - the unknown has a habit of doing that but i know we will be beyond wonderful. have 4 disposable cameras in my bag because can't use phone (no way to charge it - no electricity available) so we will have a ton of pictures on the web site...need to construct a "pinker" page and i just know it will be amazing...and, from this side of 60 miles - next year looks pretty inviting...we will see just how inviting from the other side of 60 miles.
keep good thoughts - we will need all of them - east coast, please keep safe and breathe in and out - it seems impossible at this point - but i've done the earth quake in s.f. so i fully know what destruction looks like - and know that the rest of the country is holding you in our hearts...
until i get back - hang on tight...
p.s.: not a creature was stirring except for the little mouse that is enroute the shop.
thursday, october 24, 2012
last update was very strange - with the new scanner and the flu shot i had on friday morning which caused a horrendous headache and a little weirdness...i think i left a good portion of the update floating around in lala land...normally flu shots don't bother me - but this year it just seemed to suck the brains right out of my head.
things have come in the door this week - most particularly the newest drawn thread and they are beautiful, also a just nan and a new sampler from with thy needle and thread.
crazy busy around here prepping ornaments for finishing...it's so much easier to cut out all the "bits" and prep all of them and then start the assembly line...so i have little circles and disks and batting and cording all over the back table...and they look so pretty and they are so much fun...it's a joy to make them come to life.
so...while we are crazy busy and i don't want the internet to "fall down" while i'm in the middle of this update - on my broom i shall get and vroooooommmmmm off in preparation for wednesday and very, very spooky things...
the drawn thread:
liberty hill: i was a little disappointed with the color
picture that we had to scan - it showed such "bright" colors and when
the boxes finally arrived here - i took mine out and took a picture - it's much
more antiqued and the colors are so much softer...we hope you will
reconsider...because they really are beautiful...
and so...with all of that in place - i will do an update either tuesday or wednesday of next week before i head to dallas. had a question the other day from a very dear friend...not understanding the references to dallas and i guess i've just been living it so long and it's finally here that i need to explain myself.
next thursday morning, 11/1/12, at the crack of dawn my husband will be driving me to the sacramento airport and i will be hopping on a plane to dallas to participate in the susan g. komen 3-day walk for a cure. i am being met at love field by a dear, dear friend who is walking with me - sharing a 6.5 foot square pink tent somewhere in dallas for two nights and walking 60 miles in three days with thousands of new friends. my duffel is packed and i am SO ready to go and do this. our "team" of two has raised almost $7,700 and we are not finished our fundraising yet...we still have a full week to go. i've clocked in 600 plus miles in training, totally blown thru 1 very expensive pair of shoes and now have 3 new pair sitting in my closet and in my duffel bag...if you want to take a look - here ya go - http://www.the3day.org/goto/lgmbear our team is "twinkle toes" and i am SO proud of us...it is going to be an amazing journey and if we both survive, i'm going to do my best to talk "lucy" into doing san diego with me next year...and yes, we are the lucy and ethel show and our world is truly pink.
wish us luck - i know we can do this - i have absolutely no doubt and i am so full of faith in doing the right thing - that faith will put wings on our shoes and carry us along... will post pictures here as soon as i get film developed when i get home. have to do the disposable camera thing - there is no electricity so phone battery life is very precious (no hair dryers either) and thus the disposable cameras...it's amazing what a pioneering spirit one develops when there is no electricity ;)
thanks for visiting this week - will do a quick one next week
before i leave.
friday, october 19. 2012
very, very, very steep learning curve on this new scanner with a MAJOR headache...got home too late last night - most all of the 88 miles getting home was road crew taking lanes down to 1 lane and playing tag with the trucks since it is major roadways in the middle of harvest and down the central valley of california...didn't get home until just after midnight...which i don't think helped the headache.
i had an absolutely delightful time with the members of the santa clara chapter of the ega - and they had chocolate cake to celebrate their chapter's b'day - great bunch - were willing to try anything i gave them to do and it was good fun and they were very kind and made a wonderful donation to my komen fund...i was in heaven.
i have a date planned sunday with my guild from sacramento - this is going to be an all day workshop and it is always such good fun to spend the day with friends...and since we pulled off a win last night for our football time - i don't have to worry about my husband having a stroke on sunday afternoon...since we don't play until monday night 10/29 and then we have the komen weekend off...it's all good. last night wasn't pretty but it was a win...so i'll just take it.
details posted for the april 2013 blue ribbon design workshop have been posted and a preliminary photograph of the top of the box...
drawn thread: the new charts are in the mail to us and should be here by monday so i will do a quick update early next week.
hoffman: we also have an order from hoffman enroute - but that hasn't come in today either...i think they are taking the "inland passage route" to california...will add those to the upcoming email.
kelmscott designs and designers
so...before my brain explodes and because i'm so very happy that my iphone has "scheduled" 3 days of rain coming very very soon which warms my heart because i have not washed my car since the drizzle we got a week ago...and because i have a teaching trip on sunday and my car trunk is full of good things and because i have some finishing to work on for a couple of people (one a very, very dear woman from lawrence, kansas...am bringing a shirt from dallas and i want to include her ornaments coming back to her...
i am practicing "poof" 'cause i'm out of here and hopefully a few more advil will take this headache away because the first 2 gel caps haven't budged it.
enjoy your weekend...have some mileage to cover saturday and hard to believe that two weeks from right now we will have the first of three days into the history books. my "lucy girl" is doing a practice 5K tomorrow and we even have spiffy 2 pound camp stools...we are going to be just too prepared and we are taking lots of pictures so i will bore you to death with pics when we get home.
thursday, october 18, 2012
and so my morning started with my trusty scanner absolutely DYING a horrible death but keeping it a huge secret from me until i went to scan for the update. long story very short - back and forth with my computer guru in pennsylvania and finally a call to mr. bear who within 30 minutes of knowing of the death of the trusty scanner, appeared on my doorstep with a new scanner which i then had to install, after un-installing the dead one and now i have e-waste on my work table and a sleek and shiny one installed on my desk. all the scanning is now done, problem is i am heading out in about 30 minutes to santa clara/cupertino to teach a class tonight while hopefully mr. bear will be sitting in front of the television rooting on the 49ers as they hopefully pluck the sea hawks (referred to in our house as the sea chickens)...
so, all's well that ends which is close to how i feel about today but i'll be back in bright and early to get the update done...with my new slick and shiny newest bestest friend on my desk. and thus, my life goes on ;)
thanks for your patience...i guess i shouldn't complain...poor little thing i've had since 2004 and i must admit - the new one is quite a bit faster - go figure that ;)
see ya tomorrow a.m.
thursday, october 11, 2012
OMG - it's raining outside...and it's raining enough that everything is completely wet - including what once was my clean car - and it smells so good outside and i hope it continues for hours.
gas price has not budged one tiny little bit since it hit melt down level last friday -despite the fact that the governor allowed "winter fuel" to be sold 3 weeks early than normal - at one station here in town - regular is still sitting at $4.63.9 and nobody is bringing the prices down until they absolutely have to...
so...here's the little treat that i promised...and i didn't get around to it because annie left on holiday very early monday morning and i've been waltzing around here to the fox trot pace - not the waltz - and after i checked under all the racks for dead bodies...i have put everything away and managed to get all the re-stocking orders in and tomorrow and saturday when we are open...i can start shoveling more "stuff".
so...here it is and i can't even tell you the fun everybody had with this over the weekend and i have some left but not a ton and i can't recreate this and it's exclusive to here...so...blah blah blah
my pumpkin kit $14.00 (until they are gone) SOLD OUT
so...yes, we have ordered the just nan, yes, we have ordered the newest blackbird "feast", yes we have ordered the new drawn thread and we are awaiting the delivery people to show up here...
our retreat with betsy morgan was one of the best, if not the best, we have ever had here...she was just wonderful, everybody seemed to have a great time, lots of progress was made on the stitching piece and some great finishing of our pre-stitching...we just loved her and can hardly wait for her to return...just excellent.
and, speaking of excellent...our april workshop is well on it's way, and i will have all the information, registration form, etc. with the next update - and it's pretty cute and belinda is equally organized and so easy to work with...it's going to be great fun.
so...i have some stuff to do before i head home to watch the debate in a couple of hours and a pretty stuffed schedule over the next three weeks before i hit the run way enroute dallas - leaving 3 weeks from today. totally excited - totally terrified - so totally signing up for next year...how could any of this be wrong...
thanks for visiting...me and the sewing machine have a date until i go home ;)
thursday, october 4, 2012
almond harvest is in full swing - the amount of dirt in the air is impossible and when they are finished mucking around with the almonds then the walnuts are going to start. on top of that - cutting hay and alfalfa and mowing down acres and acres of corn for silage...i spend my days (and nights) under a haze of 24 hour allergy pills that do absolutely nothing to quell the mascara running down my face...and it's worse on this side of town because we are very "aggy" over here as opposed to 'cross town where i live...hopefully soon it will be reasonable again.
am very excited because my dallas walking buddy is arriving today and we have a quick 8 mile stroll scheduled for very early tomorrow morning before the festivities begin (but they are actually starting tonight because a bunch of ladies are arriving today) and it will be good to cheer each other on walking next to each other as opposed to over facebook and messaging...i'm so excited. she will pick me up at love field in dallas 4 weeks from today...and the duffel in my closet is getting fuller and fuller and fuller and fuller. who would have ever figured that 2 gallon zip lock bags would be the best thing since cornflakes...everything goes in those bags in case of moisture which will seep into clothing, socks, sleeping bags, etc and make life horrible and miserable. much like breast cancer - until you actually "do it" you have no idea what's involved and it's a constant learning curve but i think i'm "getting" it at a good pace.
before our event starts - we've had two new things...one pre-order and one that is here...and so i will post those for you and then there will be another "surprise" kit that we've put together on monday or tuesday of this coming week - we are quite proud of it and think they will be most fun and so reasonably priced...so check back...
so...i'm whacking on out of here - have a couple more things to get done before the first guests start to arrive...we are excited - it's going to be a great weekend and we shall have details for our april 2013 workshop with belinda from blue ribbon designs within a week. i even have a little sneak peak - and it is just so pretty and sweet and it will be a very fun workshop...having belinda is always a pleasure.
we are so very ready for betsy morgan and her beautiful casket - i know everybody has finished their pre-stitching and we will be inspired - excellent teacher and a wonderful project...and so many good friends to spend the weekend with - what more could i ask for - and it's actually cooled off so we are not at 100 degrees - life is sweet...
poof - i'm gone ;)
wednesday, september 26, 2012
and so we begin the lovely almond harvest, followed closely by the walnut harvest, all wrapped up in a giant cloud of DIRT and allergies so bad that no amount of medication will stop the mascara from running down my face the minute i leave the house and head out into the orchards...DISGUSTING!!!
we've had lots of running, busy, running, more busy in the last week getting ready for our guests next week and all the stuff that goes with that...i have large piles of "stuff" everywhere and we are very excited for this wonderful class to start because we really really love this piece and betsy morgan is just such a great teacher...
it's still hot here (low 90's) which makes walking a bit tedious in the evenings and i have to get some more miles in thursday and friday nights and then both days on the weekend because i leave for dallas five weeks from tomorrow...i can't believe it's so close...but i should believe it because i keep tripping over the GIANT duffel bag in our bedroom and it seems every time i go past it i throw something else into the dark hole. took another 9.16 mile stroll from the hospital last saturday - picked up my new sunglasses, got my new pair of shoes broken in and got home in record time...it's almost funny because bruce drops me off in weird places and like a homing pigeon i end up back on the doorstep with the dogs barking greetings at the front door...
and so, with no further ado...here we go:
lots from kelmscott designs this week...
acorn house designs:
plum street samplers
and...now on to other things
sampler threads new colors are here - gorgeous: island blue, pecan pie and old covered bridge
weeks dye works new colors are here too - pamlico, battleship, cornsilk and clockwork...just terrific colors and finally a bluish dark gray...so glad.
and last but certainly not least
so...off i go...have more cleaning to do, have to finish up what i'm working on with the sewing machine so i can put that away. need to gather up the rest of the equipment to take with us next week. need to work on some finishing for a dear friend in the mid-west and need to finish up some packaging...and that little treat will be available the monday after next weekend (or possibly the tuesday) and it's pretty darn cute.
have a great week - i'll do my best with an update before the festivities begin mid-next week and i'm heading for the hills...stay safe, fall is in the air (can we find fall - NO, all we can find is DIRT) and i'm hoping for a very quick harvest so my eyeballs can live in my head with comfort again...thanks for visiting...am out of here.
friday, september 14, 2012
it's been a busy week here - it got hot again on top of it and if they don't stop plowing fields and blowing dirt up into the air - i just might have to kill somebody (or at least myself). everything has a lovely "tinge" of brown to it...and we haven't even started with almond and walnut harvest - then it really gets ugly...but the tradeoff is the bestest fruits and vegetables thru the summer...so what's a girl to do except go thru dusters at every turn and buy more dusters...
as you probably guessed, we did not make the trip to baltimore. it's just too far for us to go for very few of our vendors - we did some ordering and we will show you those below and i missed seeing some very special friends of mine - but it's a very hard justification to fly 6,000 miles round trip times two of us as well as all the rest of the expenses of travel...blah, blah, blah.....
besides - we had the breast cancer kit to get out, i had walking to do, we had a shop to clean because we're having some wonderful company in about three weeks and that has pretty much consumed us...and then the responsibilities of home, animals and husband and teaching twice in october as well as our workshop/retreat and then leaving for dallas seven weeks from yesterday and trying to get back on a plane that following monday - i think poor southwest is going to have to pry my butt out of the seat when i hit sacramento...but i am so ready to go and so excited.
my very dear walking buddy sent in a nomination letter for me to be a flag bearer and she must have written quite the letter because they picked me...what a tremendous honor...and of course, the pile in the corner of the bedroom is getting bigger as i think of things i need to take with me and i do believe that i need to get a tube of waterproof mascara...because i can guarantee that we will both be blubbery messes when it's all finished...but it's going to be amazing and i am so very ready to do this.
re the breast cancer piece...we received a package with about 1/3 of the little tuffets - we added those to the kits and sent the first bunch out - we are waiting for more tuffets and then the next batches will be ready to ship. So, if you have a friend who has already received their kit and your mailbox is empty...don't worry - if you are on the list - not a worry - we are just awaiting some more tuffets and then, off you shall go!!!
so...with that...we were so excited to see that the purple thread was going to have new things...and we've ordered some of them and they have arrived and we shall have a few more in a couple of weeks - i just need to get my brain functioning again (see above couple of paragraphs)
the purple thread: all of these are complete kits - all you
have to do is add the stuffing of your choice. i'm partial to ground
walnut shells...but poly works great too!!!
needle ID cards $10.00 package
just nan: these are being shipped and we should have
them next week
so...that's is for right now - we are waiting for the hoffman update this afternoon and hopefully there will be new things there too...it's a funny time of year and i think that everybody is holding their collective breaths for the election to be over and for all that washington political mess to be finished. we are making arrangements for our april 2013 workshop and that's fun, i'm walking as much as i can and wish the temps would go below 90 - the heat is ugly in the afternoon...but other than that...it is what it is...and we continue to fill our days with beautiful and fun things...and i need to stay off pinterest - the constant phrase when i look is "wow, what a great idea" and that always gets me into trouble - huge trouble - button ornament, button trees, pumpkins with paint dots on them...it's a DIY kinda house lately ;)
have a great weekend...i have 25 miles to get in and also eyes dilated at 8:00 tomorrow morning so bruce can then let me loose to wander aimlessly around modesto looking for my home...actually, i think i'll just "walk home" from the hospital...that will take care of some of the miles that need to be put in this weekend. for those of you who know modesto - don't tell me i'm crazy - i already know that!!! thanks for the visit...be good, be safe and enjoy!!!
everybody at elegant stitch!!!
wednesday, september 5, 2012
some new things came in this week - we were very pleased with them...and new stuff coming from the baltimore market and those things have been ordered and we are excited about that... so, let's start with what's here already and then i can fill in details with the other things as they come in...
with thy needle & thread:
so...we will have new purple thread designs right after market, there will be a new release of kelmscott designs the middle of september, we are releasing our breast cancer piece the middle of september, the christmas ornament edition has arrived at the distributors from the printer and is enroute to us, i found these wonderful little treasures that we are going to do something with and have them ready for the october betsy morgan event.
it's still hot here - we were in the high 90's over the weekend and today we had thunder and drops of rain - but it's supposed to be 93 today.
walked both days this past weekend in preparation for dallas the first weekend in november and i can now officially make the statement that i have 500 training miles in the log and i'm quite proud of myself - never would have thought...not in a million years.
have figured out something that we will post on the website next week - am trying to work out all the details so we get it absolutely right the first time and as soon as i finish this i am going back to shoveling and moving around here...it's a dirty job but somebody has to do it and i have excellent help because scruff la la supervises every single move in hopes that a cricket will come out to play with her. she also waits for lunch time because she is quite fond of greek yogurt and is more than happy to help with that.
have also found some amazing things on pinterest over the last couple of months...and i've turned into a button idiot - and am now working on some ornaments and trees....
with that - i'm heading out to shovel more stuff - thank you for visiting with us today - we so appreciate you taking your time to spend with us and please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.
everybody at elegant stitch.
wednesday, august 22, 2012
so...now that the kits are completed and printed, bagged, tagged and put away and all that needs to be accomplished is packaging the little box and inserting that lovely little tuffet into that packaging...life is starting to move back into the "normal" column again...or so i think.
the weather has metered back just a little bit into the mid-90s which is far more tolerable than well over 100 which we had for what seemed to be an eternity. the electric bill came monday and i held my breath as i opened it...and much to my delight - it was reasonable - compared to what i thought it would be so that was nice.
we can now devote all our energies towards our wonderful event with betsy morgan in early october. now that i'm finished with the BC 2012 piece i can also do my pre-stitching and that is on the list to be accomplished by the end of this weekend (sandwiched in with another 25 miles training and heaven knows what else by then)... we are so looking forward to having betsy visit us in the central valley and it gives her an opportunity to spend some time with her daughter in the bay area...she is just amazing and i look forward to having this class.
and so, yes, there are some new things...and i can find the top of my desk after clearing off all the notes, patterns, folded papers, sketched out alphabets and bits and pieces that accumulate when you put together a project like we just finished...so...here we go...
and last but certainly not least:
and do...that is the end of that...many more new things coming in the next couple of weeks as market in baltimore looms closer. times are a changing...the world is certainly tilted the wrong way on it's axis i think...and i, for one, will be most glad when this election is over...the negativity is starting to drive me a little mad...and so senseless. i just wonder what would happen if all the campaign $$ being spent on both sides of the aisle were put to some other use than buying t.v. opportunities to bash the opponent...some wonderful things could be accomplished...really and truly...but, unfortunately i wasn't put in charge of this kind of thing...so i just shake my head and hope and vote and say low under the radar...
enjoy your week...labor day is coming soon - can it be possible...lots of stuff to do...if you sniff very carefully in the morning air - you can maybe get a small sniff of autumn - just the very slightest sniff and i had better stop and put gas in my car tonite on the way home before they add another 20 cents per gallon overnight. we've gone up over 40 cents per in the last three weeks...and it's well over $4.00 per gallon again.
but oh wait, autumn means almond/walnut harvest and that means DIRT until my mind starts to warp...ugh...
have a good, good one and thanks for visiting this week...
monday, august 20, 2012
i've had my head down, lots of charting, printing, packing, wiggling and dancing and trying to stay cool.
we are finishing and are packing kits....and i'm pleased with the results and feel good about putting my name on this one...
back to normal will take place this week - i feel like i've given birth to this little "baby". thanks for your patience...
let's play good news/bad news this morning...it's always good for a giggle or at least a head nod...
bad news - there is nothing new
this week except the JCS october edition with halloween ornaments in it - we
have five copies of that left. have ordered new things - they haven't come
in because they were out of stock because the distributors are cutting it so
lean these days...it's a continuing game of order/backorder/order/backorder
until the "new piece" becomes an old piece that nobody wants anymore
and then we start the same game all over again with frustration
hitting monumental degrees.
bad news -
trying to chart the new breast cancer piece - eyes turn square after about 2
hours on the computer and the focus is gone - and i have to re-learn the stupid
charting program every time i do one of these because the brain is getting old
and soggy and the retention is totally out the window over the course of the
bad news -
our football season starts this evening at 6:00 when we play minnesota in a
pre-season game. it's seems awfully early this year for some reason and
the performance of our team has a large impact on the grumpiness or
non-grumpiness of the resident "bear".
bad news -
it's ugly hot here and will continue thru the middle of next week - we are
supposed to hit 106 tomorrow and quite honestly, anything above mid-90's is just
nasty and the marching band kids are out practicing in this disgusting mess - thank
heavens without the wool uniforms.
bad news/good news - this is double pronged - the 2012 breast cancer piece is finished and we will be shipping the middle or third week of september - we are almost finished kitting - need some more of kelmscott's beautiful rulers and some sampler threads and we can call it a wrap - and we are getting closer and closer to being sold out - so please, if you are interested - let us know so we can put you on our list.
and so...life continues...i have to figure out how i'm going to get the training in this weekend...we are open tomorrow as it is the 2nd saturday of the month - i'm over 425 training miles - and i need to put in at least 20 more this weekend - but trying to find some hours when it isn't over 100 and i'm home is going to be the challenge - i will win...
the olympics end on sunday - it's been quite the story and i enjoy the summer games every four years - women's athletics have just soared into greatness and how wonderful for everybody - even if they didn't win a medal - they experienced greatness in their sports - you had to be pretty special just to get to london - what an amazing gift.
back to my charting - back to my square eyes - back to waiting for the delivery people to show up with boxes - back to being a little bit frustrated - and back to believing in the rightness of things... there is no choice in my world.
have a great weekend...if your kids aren't back yet (ours started tuesday) this will be a busy weekend getting them ready...all part of the cycle of life.
annie, me, kayla, scruff la la and
friday, august 3, 2012
and the answer to the questions is NO, i haven't been sitting on my behind doing nothing! it's been busy here - very busy indeed and while i'm kitting my brains out - annie is ringing and packing her brains out...and then i go home at night and i've been stitching and charting and carrying on...so here's a list of our accomplishments:
life is a gift - untie the ribbon
- 2012 breast cancer fundraiser $45.00
while all of this has been going on - we have received and sent out all the pre-stitching for our betsy morgan workshop in october - the pre-stitching kits are just a hint at how classy and wonderful these kits will be.
we also received and sent out the loose feathers from blackbird design, the little house needlework current ornament and annie is working on part 2 of the lizzie kate mystery sampler which will be in the mail to everybody in monday morning's mail.
so far, other than the good things from above, we are kind of lacking in new things and i'm hoping hoffman will have some good things with today's update.
the just cross stitch ornament edition has been ordered so please don't hesitate putting your name on that list if you are interested because they usually fly out the door as well.
other than that - it's as hot as the devil out there and has been for 2 weeks. i am fully registered and confirmed for the walk in dallas the first weekend in november - i plan on at least 20 miles this weekend starting at o'dark hours tomorrow a.m. to beat the heat and then attack some serious piles in my house including but not limited to the sewing room upstairs which will be without carpet by the end of the weekend or i will die trying.
so...keep care of yourselves, we pray for rain for the midwest but i fear it is too late for all those crops, we pray that the california fire season will be easy on us this year and we hope that it cools off just a little bit because the kids are all back to school come tuesday morning bright and early.
happy august and the dog days of summer!!!
wednesday, july 18, 2012
just cross stitch ornament
and thus...the week sorta ends. we are hoping for some deliveries today - and in the interim - i'm cleaning off the decks and getting ready for the onslaught of our little purses and some finishing work that has to be resumed - not to mention the continuing preparations for our betsy morgan class in october.
on another note - my first pair of walking shoes died yesterday...i can't bring myself to throw them in the bin - i think i will retire them gently (maybe i can find something on pinterest as to how to turn them into a flower pot or something equally clever) - the new shoes are totally broken in and ready to rumble...and the newest pair is sitting in their box - waiting for the "break 'em in" launch. i leave 15 weeks from tomorrow - am excited, scared, anxious and just a little proud of myself that i actually have accomplished this training - and i even purchased a couple of sleeveless shirts the other day because i had quite the "tan line" on my arms... when i started training (in november 2011) it seems such a long time till november 1st this year - and it yet it has sped by like beep beep the road runner...
we are cranking up into the 100
degree version of summer by this weekend and for all of you to the east of us -
i will apologize right now for any more of that ugly stuff we are sending your
way. have a wonderful rest of the week and a really good weekend - i've
got another 20 plus miles to get under my belt and the "to do list
home" is about 20 miles long too!!! thanks for visiting...
wednesday, july 11, 2012
we are fine here - it's just that there is nothing "new" and we are in a holding pattern - we spend a lot of time hurrying up to wait...so this week the update is going to be bullet points with a teaser!!!
and so, i am hoping for new stuff later on this week but so far - this is the grand scheme of things here in the dreadful central california valley where we are all roasting...and it is worse the further south you go - we have a friend in visalia who visited yesterday and was talking about 113 down where she is...that is just beyond ugly.
thanks for visiting...i'll be back when i have something of import to say...stay cool and keep out of the heat...stitching is a good thing to do in the heat!!!
lois, annie, dids and scruff la la
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