Monday, October 29, 2012


It seems like each new post starts with an apology for so long in between, but here I go again.  I seem to have less and less time these days.  I also took a trip to Myrtle Beach for the Pals retreat.  The weather couldn't have been more perfect.  Thank goodness there was no one named Sandy blowing up the coast.  This was my preferred outfit for my daily walks, and I was in heaven.  It was wonderful to see so many old friends, and meet new ones.  Here I am with Isabella from The Primitive Hare.  She couldn't have been nicer, and her designs are total drool worthy.  I wish I had taken more photos, but I didn't :(

Precious little stitching was accomplished there, but I designed this little pin pillow for the group.  I thought a few of the ladies were going to throw rotten tomatoes at me for it being over one!  I'm hoping that they will give it a try, at least. 

Once I returned home, I was happy to learn that the plantation shutters I had ordered were ready to be installed.  It was long wait for them, and they are so pretty.

This is what's up for the next release.  It's a sweet little A&E done mostly in red and green.  I'm going to consider my version as an adaption, instead of a reproduction.  There are some things that simply have to be changed a bit, like a totally wonky alphabet. 
The model is on Lakeside's vintage Lt. Examplar, with NPI silk.  It should be released in November.
And here's to my second apology.  The Camo Fudge that I used for Christmastide at Holly House was a golden brown with a hint of green color.  My piece wasn't from years gone by.  I know that there has been an issue with the Camo Fudge recently with it being much greener and darker.  According to Naomi at Stitches & Spice, it has something to do with the fact that it was dyed during a cold and wet period down under.  Obviously, I'm sure that you understand that it is out of my control, but I am sorry that it is so different in color. 


Margaret said...

ARGH! I love your plantation shutters! And your couch with the red touches! Gorgeous! Love the next sampler to be. Of course. I love everything you do. I think you're my idol. Glad you had fun at MB. Enjoy those shutters!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Your next sampler is beautiful. I'm really looking forward to it!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Oh golly! Am looking forward to your new sampler. And that darling over one pincushion is simple perfect for the PALS retreat. Cute as a button.
Totally out of your control on the camo-fudge and the one I saw was horrible, not at all the gorgeous color your model was, however I got the most lovely cut of Confederate Grey and it looks darn near exact to the photo on the front of Christmastide...can't wait to put the first stitches in!!!

Isobel -Argante- said...

OMG!!!! I was waiting for this post!!!!
Thanks so much for your lovely words :-))))
Your designs are wonderful!!!!

Have a spooooky Halloween :-)))


Jo Ann said...


I love the wonky alphabet-please reconsider about changing it. Love the sampler-I am addicted to A&E's so I can't wait. Love the PALS design over 1-my favorite.

Jo Ann

marly said...

Shorts. Bare feet. I mourn for summer! Glad you had a great time. Nice shutters.

Scattered Threads said...

That looks to be a beautiful sampler.
You will love the plantation shutters. We've had ours for over ten years now and one of numerous advantage is you do not need curtains that help on the dust collection.
Please stop by my blog at your leisure and see my finish of Death by Candy Corn.
Have a wonderful week.

Fiona said...

Great to see you again at the beach. Thanks for the freebie, I am still stitching on it, I am a slow stitcher. Your new design looks great

Peggy Lee said...

I just found your blog through Marly at Samplers and Santas.
(Sometimes I get nosy and look through blogs others are following).
So glad I did this time.
Love your work and those shutters are beautiful!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Don't apologize - you have a full and busy life, and we're happy to hear from you when you can. Love the shutters - especially the door sides! I'm still stitching waves, but getting there... The new sampler looks luscious - can't wait to see more. So glad we got to see you at PALS. Be well.

Tammy said...

Lovely work, and your home is just beautiful!

Siobhán said...

Your samplers are so pretty--A&E with red--be still my heart. I'm glad you had such a good time at the retreat!

I loved seeing the photos of your house--those shutters are so neat! My question is, though, what are the pin cushions in the basket, and who are the designers?

Karoline said...

Glad you had a great time at the retreat. The new sampler looks gorgeous.

Kathy Bradford said...

I loved your new design and your house is beautiful I sure wish i could get my darling husband to move out to AZ these cold winters in Ohio has started I enjoy you so much at MB but next year Amy says we won't have a book so you will have to sign something else for me a new design maybe. A pals friend Kathy B

Stitcher S said...

I love your shutters, and the stitching on the walls. You have a lovely home.