March 2, 2014

For the fur babies. . . . . . .

Have you seen these new charts from Shakespeare's Peddler and Little House?

By Theresa - Cats in the Garden

By Diane - Neighborhood Friends

Kitties, puppies, dogs, cats. . . . . . woof, woof, meow, meow.  Our fur friends need your help so we came together to raise funds for a few rescues and shelters.  

This idea came from Valerie Morrell who approached me last year on the idea.  I have known Valerie for a long time and know she is very active in fostering and the rescue of dogs.  :)

In planning, I started thinking. . . . . who better to help with this project than Theresa Venette . . . . after all, she is one of the best spokespersons when it comes to helping domestic animals.  So I called her and this is the fruit of that phone call.  She jumped right in and came up with some great problem solving ideas, including her Etsy site to sell the patterns!  Perfect!

The way this works is you can buy one pattern for $10 or two for $15.  When you make your purchase you get to nominate a shelter of your choice in the United States that will enter into a drawing that takes place in two months. At that time three entries will be drawn to receive a portion of the money raised.  Three other organizations have already been chosen by Valerie, Theresa and myself.  
You can read about them here: CLICK

To Purchase
If you buy both you get two nominations for a shelter or rescue!

I know you all love to hear the back stories on my charts (when I have one).  This is the story of "Neighborhood Friends". . . . . . 

Remember my Molly Girl?  

She and I were the best of buddies.  When she went in to have the first of two surgeries to remove her tumor I was a wreck.  I clock watched and designed this pattern.  Well, kinda.  It was a little different than the one up above. . . it said Neighborhood Dog Show and had little blue ribbons here and there.  

Molly died a few months later and I just couldn't release this design.  It was special. . . just between the two of us. . . . . .until now.  I decided to release it and dedicate it to her as a lasting remembrance of difficult times but to re-purpose it for animals in need.

Molly came to us after our Lab/Shepherd mix, Katie passed away.    My dad bought her for us from a pet store, not knowing anything about puppy mills and poor breeding.  We nicknamed our girl,  Million Dollar Molly not because she was one in a million (though she was!), but she drained our pockets!  She suffered from so many genetic problems that when I would call the vet to take her in I would just say, "this is Diane" and they knew immediately who I was.  She was a regular.  The vet once told us she was lucky to have Ron and I as owners and so many other people would have discarded her. 

So I chose as my rescue, the Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Arizona.  They take in the unloved, unwanted, sick and aged Goldens that no one else wants or can afford.  They are like my Molly Girl.

Help the helpless and buy a chart. . . give it away to someone, stitch it, donate the stitching to a shelter. . . . .help us help them.  Share our FB posts, link back to our blogs. . . spread the word!  There will be a full disclosure of money raised and where it is sent.

During the two months of fund raising we will keep you guessing as to what's next in our bag of tricks and surprises.  You can't win if you don't participate!

Using Etsy made it possible to donate 100% of the proceeds.  How is that for a fund raiser??

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And Theresa's heart.  And Valerie's.  And alllllll of the puppies and kitties that will benefit from your generosity.


February 17, 2014

March Calendar Girl!

The third girl in our Calendar Girl line is coming to shops soon!

I know many of you are really enjoying this series. . . . stitching
them on one piece of fabric, making them as headers for calendars or
finishing them to frame or make in flat folds like Vonna did.

They would also make wonderful birthday cards for special friends who
don't stitch!

Can anyone guess the theme of the April girl? 

I also have a new release in our Tumbleweed line.  You can see it here:

Happy Stitching,

January 13, 2014

January Releases. . . . . .

New for 2014!  The patterns will head to our distributors later this week.  

First up is our sweet heart (pun intended), the February Calendar Girl. 
She is dressed in wintry pinks. . . .doesn't she look "lovely?"  

Can you guess what the coloring of the March Calendar Girl will be?

Next is "Hands to Work" which comes from a saying I see on Vonna's blog all of the time, "Hands to Work, Hearts to God."  I believe from a little research that the saying is attributed to the Shaker's.  

My rendition looks a little like Bo Beep I guess.  Tiny sheep are precious.  For those of you going through Little Sheep Virtue withdrawals, this is for you!

The third design is in our new line of designs, Tumbleweeds.  You can see it here:  THE JOURNEY

I will be updating the web site this week and sharing the supply lists with you then.

I am excited to begin a new year, setting aside the difficulties of the past and only looking forward.  Thank you all again for hanging in there with us as we climbed the mountains of the latter half of the year!

Happy Stitching!

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a Happy & Healthy New Year!

We are looking forward to a year filled with fun designs for everyone.  Our first Tumbleweed pattern will be out soon along with a Calendar Girl and Hands to Work.  

I am stitching a large design for later in the year and have model stitchers working too.  

So many designs. . . . and only 12 months in the year to stitch in!  

Happy Stitching!


December 18, 2013

With the new year on the way. . . . .

Such a busy time of year!  In addition to working hard to keep the printers running (oh what trouble they are giving us!) and making sure we fill the orders, we are trying to get ready to celebrate Christmas with our family.  

This year just feels different than most, probably because of all that we have been through as a family with Ron.  However, I am happy to announce, Ron is in complete remission and we want to celebrate!

Feeling so blessed. . . . . 


I showed this photo on Facebook.  It's a preview of the February Calendar Girl.  She is so sweet. . . . holding her heart for Valentine's Day.  When possible, each of the girls reflects a season or holiday for the month they represent.  You get the idea.  :)

Many of you follow Vonna's blog (  I do.  She is a dear sweet friend of mine who is so talented that everything she does shows it.  I am so glad I discovered her and her talents a number of years ago.  She has been my finisher and model stitcher ever since.

She made this wonderful necklace for me.  When it arrived I was in awe. . . literally.  It seems she took my little house and transported it into a world of miniatures!  I LOVE it!

Thank you again Vonna!

So here's what's coming for 2014. . . . . . we have the February Calendar Girl, a design called "Hands to Work," and "The Journey" which will be featured in our new line called Tumbleweeds.  You can see the western styled blog I have set up for those patterns. I will always give you the link to them right here when we publish a new one.

Happy Stitching,

December 3, 2013

Twelve little sheep. . . . .

My babies. . . . twelve sheep virtues.
The last one, Joyfulness, ships the 12th to our distributors.

I have loved seeing your finishes of these designs on the internet.  If you want to stitch 12 together this was my vision for them.

Happy Stitching,

December 2, 2013

The DMC numbers!

Oh goodness. . . . . I forgot to put the DMC numbers on the complimentary pattern!! 
Here they are in order of appearance:

Happy Stitching!

November 30, 2013

A special little something . . . . . .

As you all already know, this has been a challenging year.  I didn't have the opportunity to design the normal number of holiday/winter designs I normally do so I decided to treat you all to a little something this year.  

It's Ron's birthday so let's celebrate with this complimentary design called "Seven Pines." 
Right-click the image once you enlarge it.  Fit it to your paper size and print! (I hope this works. . .there was no way to upload a pdf!) 

Many of you saw the news on Facebook that we are adding a fun line to Little House.  If you haven't you can read about it here:

I have dedicated this line of designs to Ron who LOVES the Old West.  The first design in the line will be "The Journey" which was featured here on this blog.

Thank you all for blessing us with your prayers and good wishes this year.  
We are so very thankful for your support!


November 10, 2013

The Journey ~ Part Three

If you have been reading along you know already that this design is very symbolic.  Maybe you have identified with the warrior, the storm, or the struggle that the mountains represent.  

The third symbol is an arrow.  It had two meanings. . . . strength and faith.  We could not have had one without the other.  

The arrow is strong, meant to hit the target (cancer) and win the battle.  Ron's faith and mine were never tested, only strengthened.  The arrow points up to show where our strength comes from.

Ron is doing well.  Healing is fast, then slow, then a step backward.  

That's ok.  Each week he is better than the week before.

We are so blessed to have you praying for him (us).  Thank you for your love and support.  

Ron says if you want me to publish the design I should (I've had emails!).  Would anyone be interested in it?  It's isn't the usual sort of LHN pattern you are used to stitching.  Let me know and I'll decide in the next week.

Happy Stitching,

November 3, 2013

"The Journey" ~ Part Two

I've been putting more time in on the design. . . . . . after reading all of the posts on the last blog entry I felt so inspired to work longer hours on it to bring it to completion sooner, rather than later.  

First there were the clouds. . . . . . . . the storm which represented the illness and the battle ahead.

The treatment journey was seven weeks long.  Or maybe I should say, seven long weeks. 

Below the horse are seven mountains that represent those seven weeks.  The horse is traveling those mountains that to Ron, were hurdles.  A sweet young friend of Nikki's who had battled cancer herself told Ron, "you can do anything for seven weeks."  Those words were were like music in our ears. . . . .yes. . . . . you can do this . . . . .it's only seven weeks.

Seven Mountains, that are now, seven mountains over his shoulder.

Happy Stitching,