This is Spring. Look for the rest of the seasons to come this summer.
And here is Grandma's Quilt Block. This is taken from an old quilt we received as a wedding present 30 years ago. It was made by my Great Aunt Lisle Loosle Andrus. I am designing more quilt block charts so they can be stitched together into a 12" by 16" mini stitched quilt.
I probably need to give you a little background as to why this is blog post worthy. Back about 25, or more, years ago when I was first getting into Cross Stitching I quickly found out the closest real cross stitch shop was Shepherd's Bush in Ogden. I fell in love with the store and their style of stitching. I've stitched many of their charts and we've stopped at the shop many times on our way to vacations (with the family patiently waiting in the car while Mom shopped) to get more goodies. As I became a designer of my own company I have gotten to know Teri and Tina better and still love visiting their cute little shop.
This fall at their retreat I took my new Christmas ornament chart, Poinsettia Sampler. They loved it, and have stitched a model for their shop and it is featured on their blog today.
Here is the picture from their blog. Mine is on the bottom right. We might need to run to Ogden and check this out in person.
I just got back from the most amazing weekend. I was lucky enough to get a spot in the Shepherd's Bush Retreat in Park City. Rod and I drove down on Thursday Morning.(After celebrating my birthday with family the day before.) The classes were lots of fun and the teachers were amazing. It was so fun to be around so many women who are as obsessed with needlework as I am.
The event organizers Tina and Teri invited me to being some of my charts to sell in their retreat shop. That was a lot of fun. I got to visit with ladies who had seen my charts before and even sign a few charts. I've come back recharged and ready to get back designing. There were two new designs I introduced while I was there.
This is Folk Art Floral.
And this is my first Christmas Ornament. Poinsettia Sampler Ornament.
I have several things in my home that I got from my Grandmas. There is the hymn book from Grandma Verda Andrus Wakeman that sits out on my piano. There are the antique tables that I remember seeing in my Grandma Frances Carter Yost's house that I now enjoy in my own living room. Some of them were even made by my Great Grandpa Carter. And there is the old, old copy of the Book of Mormon that I got from my Great Aunt Thelma. I love these treasures. They are a daily reminder of these special people that are now gone. This past week my Mother-in-law Jenene Harris Peatross passed away. We were able to gather together with many family members and pay tribute to her, and remember the many good things she had done in her life. Along with her passing was the passing down of family treasures. I was able to bring home a treasure that me and my girls will treasure along with these other grandma treasures.
This is her set of Pink Castle China. (Yes, that is the pattern name, it is amazing what you can find on google. They are from the 1930's.) The story gets even better. This set of dishes that I got from my Mother-in-law came from her Mother-in-law Lydia Remington Peatross, who got them from her Mother-in-law Lily Asbury Wright Peatross. The last time we visited Jenene down in Fairview, she was telling us that William and Lily Peatross were quite well to do back east and wanted to send something nice to their daughter-in-law out in Utah. So that is the story of these dishes that have been handed down through four generations of Peatross women. Yes, they are a treasure, one that I am happy to add to my other Grandma treasures.
Did you know that last Friday, October 14th, was "I Love Yarn Day!" well I didn't know it then, but I happened to celebrate anyway by stocking up on yarn and knitting needles. (These supplies are some of the few that have been missing from my well stocked craft room.)
My Mom is an amazing knitter and I know she has tried to teach me before but it just never clicked. Anyway with my recent milestone birthday behind me I felt like giving it a go again. So armed with my new supplies and a good how-to book, I shut myself in my room and started. And do you know what, it worked! I was actually knitting. Well, that first piece wasn't much to look at, but the second one is coming along quite nicely. (Mom you would be proud.)
I was just talking to Michelle and we decided that Fall is our favorite season and since it is September 1st, we can put up Fall decorations. So I guess that means today is a good time to show you my latest cross stitch chart that celebrates this fabulous season. This is a fun, quick to stitch chart. I stitched it in silks, and the pattern includes conversions for Dinky Dyes Silks, Thread Gatherer Silk 'N Colors, and Weeks Dye Works hand dyed cotton floss. It will be available to order next week from my distributor.
It was a great mail call today. Totally worth the walk to the mailbox. I got the new release colors of the Belle Soie Silks from Crescent Colours. And they are wonderful. Ilove to stitch with silk threads so this is a very good thing.
There were also the new release cotton threads from Crescent Colours too. Aren't they yummy colors?
And as if that wasn't enough, my order of Dinky Dyes Hand-dyed Australian Silks came too. I am one happy stitcher.
I just took a little picture to show you what I've been working on. This new design should be ready to release in a couple of weeks. I love the stitching with all one color of overdyed floss. Watch for the full photo and release date coming soon.
The new B*Charmed online catalog is up and running. I just added a link to the side bar of my blog. I am excited to have you visit, see the jewelry and hear what you think. I will be having an open house soon, so watch my blog for details.
We took a vacation! Yes, a real vacation, one where you come home feeling refueled, refreshed and ready to go again. We went out to the Oregon Coast and spent a week with some of my sisters at the Haws family beach house. I think Kristine had my camera with her the whole time, so I have plenty of photos to document the whole wonderful week. So here you go, a peek at our fun filled, relaxing week at the beach.
I will have more information and flyers in about a week, but until then you can look around their web site and get an idea of what they are all about. If you are interested in joining up as a Stylist, let me know and I'll pass along that information too.
There were so many fun things to celebrate yesterday and we were able to fit it all in. Rod and I celebrated our 28th Anniversary. We had so much fun spending the day together, going to lunch and even a few home repairs, (The water heater needed a new heating element which really couldn't be put off. Those cold showers are no fun.). We are planning a little getaway in a week or so, but there were too many things to celebrate this weekend so we stayed home. After lunch and a quick trip to pick up Dora party supplies I made a pasta salad. That is a sure sign that Spring is here and with the snow on the ground we needed any sign of spring we could find, or make. After Kristine got home from school, her and I headed out to see the little girls. Rod and Brad were close behind. We had to take both cars so there was room for Kymber's birthday surprise. After a little birthday dinner and presents we all headed over to the dance recital. Kymber did a great job, and loved having so many family members there cheering for her. She might have been a little distracted but she was so cute. Here she is a showing off her card from Great-Grandma and sitting on her big birthday surprise box. We got Kymber and Sydni a new swing set now that they have a yard to play in. I'm sure they will enjoy it as much as my sisters and I enjoyed the swing set we got from our grandparents many years ago. After the recital we all went back to their house for Dora cupcakes and more birthday party fun. So here are a few random shots from the evening. Can't think of a better way to celebrate than spending time with family.