Friday, August 28, 2015


My kind of day....lots of relaxed stitching......and on a new design!
I'm really diggin' this new color linen by Dames of the Needle.."North Beach Brown". It reminds me of Milk Chocolate and is just perfect for a Fall design.



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Have you started stitching for Autumn?

Happy Weekend!
~Nan

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New Designs Coming Friday!

Well, I have been busier than ever with getting ready for my Fall and Halloween releases.
I'm happy to share with you the two new designs I'll be releasing on Friday!

"Ever So Grateful" was beautifully stitched by my model stitcher, Cindy Ruchman Cabrey,
and I am indeed ever so grateful for that.  The model was stitched on 32ct Dirty Ewe linen and trimmed in Canned Pumpkin pompom both by Dames of the Needle. The flosses used in this design are Gentle Art, Wood Trail, Pumpkin Pie, Mustard Seed and WDW Pamlico.


"Halloween Menagerie" was stitched on 32ct Peeps Lost Sheep linen by Dames of the Needle. Instructions are included to create the drum and wrap.  The flosses used in this design are Gentle Art, Garden Gate, Onyx, Moss, Gingersnap, and WDW Palomino.



I also released "Common Thread Stitcher's Mat" last week and never got the chance to blog about it.  This was originally a club design, but is now available as a chart.



Believe it or not...I'm stitching another Halloween design that I just created.  I love it so much that I had to start on it right away and hope to have it out in a few weeks.

Hope you like what I've designed and are ready for some Autumn stitching!
As always, thank you so much for your support of this craft that I so dearly love.
Smiles, ~Nan

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Fun mail day today!  
Elizabeth of Dames of the Needle/From the Cauldron
sent me her new trim colors...
I already have a new Fall designed back from my model stitcher 
that will get trimmed with the Canned Pumpkin.



Here's a sneak of the design I will be releasing in a few weeks.  
The Canned Pumpkin pom pom will be perfect on this.


I think the velvet ribbon would be beautiful added to the top of strawberry fobs.
Don't you? 

Just felt like sharing...:)
Happy weekend all!
~Nan


Friday, August 7, 2015

New Release

Happy Friday Friends! 
I'm so please to tell you "Growing Love" Stitcher's Wallet
is now available to shops and in my Etsy Store.

This was originally a club kit piece but is now released as a chart.

The covers for my new Halloween design are being printed and I will have that new 
design out soon.  It's a really fun finish.

Happy stitching!
~Nan

Friday, July 31, 2015

Fun Friday!

Having a fun Friday....creating in my studio today...just things I feel like making.
It's a sauna outside, but I'm getting in the Fall spirit.
Oranges, Browns, Grays, in fabrics and wools...my favorite.

I love making pieces for Primitive Handmades Merc and knowing I'm ahead of things.


Pumpkins are probably at the top of my list of "Favorite Things"
Just something about them makes me smile and I have amassed quite a 
collection that I put out at the end of August:)


 I'm so glad I saved a bunch of dried pumpkin stems
from last year!

Pumpkins 10¢


Happy Friday and wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
  Smiles, ~Nan

Friday, July 17, 2015

They've Been Framed:)

I just had to share with you the two samplers I got back today from my new framer Patti Nicolosi.
I met Patti at a retreat this past Spring and she is what I would call a "great find".  
She is everything you want in a framer....Skilled, affordable, and friendly...
plus she has a great eye for what frames work well.  I trusted her to pick the frames for these and I think she was spot on.  So if you are in need of a wonderful framer 
contact Patti at annnico65@yahoo.com

These are both sampler designs by Blackbird Design that I stitched earlier in the year.
I just love how they turned out.  I changed most of the color as I wanted them to look just like the pictures of the ones in the booklet.


1861 Sampler is on the left and Scarlet Letters is on the right. I am so pleased with them both and they are now gracing the walls in our home.  Wonderful designs and both were such a joy to stitch.  I really love Barb and Alma's design, but especially their the samplers they've reproduced.
Happy weekend all ~ Nan

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Road Trip ~ Stitch Camp 2015

My friends and I returned home earlier this week from our trip to Country Sampler in Spring Green Wisconsin.  It was a long drive, but well worth it.

On the 1st day of camp we all met in the schoolroom where a yummy breakfast and our agenda for the week awaited.    



The schoolroom is just a lovely place to work 


and we all got busy on the project at hand.


Our class project was this velvet lined metal cash box and accessories to go with it.


Our teacher for the event was Stacy Nash.


Here are my box and heart scissor holder, along with the cute name badge necklace we all got. 


Got these accomplished the first day. We were a very focused table...lol
Some of my table mates.  Pat and Barbara.  


My friends and I had to get a pic with Patti from http://windingvine.blogspot.com/
We have been online friends for years, so It was really nice to finally meet her in person.  

Theresa(Tee), Patti, Me and Pat

It was such a treat to be able to share this event with two of my favorite buddies Pat and Tee and it was great fun to meeting everyone there.  Lots of new friendships were formed!

 Here are some pics of our classmates.





Jeanne and the shop gals just made everything so special every day! Thank you!
Pat and I stayed upstairs in the apt. and we had such a great time with our roomies, Pam, Jean, Carol and Sarah.  Thanks for such a wonderful welcome, your friendship, and the wine, stitching and chatting.
A special thank you to Pam for having coffee ready every morning.....I owe you gf.

Still smiling ~Nan