July 3, 2015

A few updates . . . . . . . .

Last week we released new patterns.

"Peace" is the newest ornament in The Sampler Tree
line of patterns.

"Pretty as a Peacock"

"Thread Keeper"
A simple pocket for your current project stitching threads.

All three are available in shops now.

It's a VERY gloomy day in Arizona so there is no such thing as a chipper looking photo right now.  This is my progress on the cancer design. 

 I know I am slow but radiation is soooo tiring I just can't seem to get much done on it.  
And too, I am trying to stitch smaller models and work on other areas of the business. 

 It will get done but I feel my treatment will be finished before the design!

Thanks for visiting my blog!


June 8, 2015

My Journey........

I've made a good bit of stitching progress.  
This design not only fills an important need in my life but 
it is giving me peace when I work on it.

That's me up there.  I look happy!

The bright pink is Classic Colorworks new color, 
Strawberry Parfait.

There is more stitched than what is showing but I'm saving it for later.
Maybe next week.

Regarding treatment, I am in limbo right now.  
There is a problem with my right arm and it may 
prevent me from starting radiation on time.   
I should find out Friday.  Nothing I can do about it so I am trusting 
that God has this covered too!

Thank you all for your posts on this blog.
Everyone is so positive and encouraging!

Happy Stitching,

May 24, 2015

My Design As It Unfolds . . . . . . .

It was a very different experience when I created Ron's cancer design.  
I was on the outside looking in.
Not this time.

I am a woman of faith in good times and bad.  The scriptures are a source of strength and encouragement to me.  I knew one of them would become the very center of my life while I went through my surgery and treatment.

I will admit that there is nothing about having surgery that appeals to me on any level.  
In fact I find it all a bit terrifying.  

On the day I went in to the hospital I had written this verse on a small slip of paper and rolled it up in my hand and held it there.  Close to the time for the surgery, the anesthesiologist came in to talk to me as they do.  I asked him if he would keep the paper with the verse in my hand during surgery and he vowed he would.  

Once I woke in recovery, the first thing I said was, I'm thirsty and where is my paper!  The paper was held tightly in my left hand, badly wrinkled but with me.  

I remember kissing it and feeling relief that the words written on it made that journey with me.

This is Isaiah 41:10 as it unfolds...............

I took my first stitches two days after surgery.

Progress in the first week.  

All is recovery is taking time but that's ok.  
I feel I have a lot of it going forward.


May 18, 2015

The Merry Month of May

Hello Stitchers........this blog has become an epic "fail" for me.  I always want to do better but I seem to fall apart between the desire and the action.  I do apologize to those of you who don't follow Little House on Facebook.

First things first.........our web site has all of the patterns we have released so far so I won't add them here.  I even have the new ones up that we ship tomorrow.

This is "My Lady Liberty" which is the third "My Lady" in an on-going collection.  She has been very popular with stitchers.  She reminds me of a paper doll that gets a clothing change with the seasons.

The frame is a perfect complement to the design.  
Shops can order it from Family Tree Frames.

My Lady Liberty

Also ongoing is The Sampler Tree which is a twelve month series of ornaments from Little House designed in an old-fashioned way which resemble colonial times or the simple life.

Sweet Apples

"Sweet Apples" the most recent release which ships to our distributors May 19th.

Moving on to other March I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I have already had surgery and am waiting to heal up so that I can start radiation.  Between times I am working on more patterns for the end of the year and stitching my own cancer journey cross stitch design.  Very soon I will share the progress on it in the same way I did with Ron's.  They are worlds apart in style but each in it's way reflects the character of the person and their walk through the Big C.  

To put it bluntly, it stinks that this happened at all but it's worse because of the timing.  We still aren't finished with Ron .  Oh well.....we are made of pretty tough stuff so we'll get through this too.  I feel very positive about my outcome!

Last but not least is Gracie and her brother, Luke, on Mother's Day.  Cutie pie fur babies!

Happy Stitching!

January 10, 2015

Welcome 2015 - News

It looks like I simply hopped over the latter half of 2014.  Sorry about that.  I admit to not being the best blogger any more.  I haven't made any resolutions to do better but I will attempt to do it more often than I have for those not on Facebook.

Rather than recap the last three months (those designs are on our web site) I am looking ahead to the future.  I was invited by Ann and Pat at Dyeing to Stitch to create a four part series for their new club which is titled, My Dwelling Place (not to be confused with my pattern by that name).  

The club starts around the first part of March.  
Important to note:  you must email to sign up.  
That's the only way to get the 4 part series.

All of the designs center around house and home so I know you will love stitching them all!  
The photo below shows a snippet of the first design.

Second little bit of news is that I am doing a Hoffman Distributing exclusive this year for Nashville.  I opted out last year because of all we had gone through with Ron and the cancer stuff but I'm back this year!  I just know you will love it AND the bonus design that is included in the pack.  Nashville is the end of February so there is a long wait for the reveal.

And by now I'm sure you all have heard about the new ornament series inspired by my friend, Vonna.  It's called The Sampler Tree which simply means the designs are sampler-ish.  There may be a few that are a little on the cute side but only a few.  They will still fit in with the series.

This is the second ornament we will be shipping called "Oh Christmas Tree."
Don't start looking for it just yet.  We ship the end of next week.

Lastly, I've expanded my designing beyond that of our own business and I am designing for Classic Colorworks.  You can see the Storybook designs Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and The Queen of Hearts at  Make believe isn't just for kids any more!  Right?

And here is Gracie, exhausted after the holidays.

Happy New Year and Happy Stitches,

September 2, 2014

Harvest Thread Pack!

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love the smell of the air the southern sun, the cooler temps......and PUMPKINS!!!

This new thread pack fits right into the coming season.  It's available exclusively through Classic Colorworks and comes with the chart and four skeins of hand dyed thread....two of which are new colors. . . . . Glazed Carrots and Caramel.  Good enough to eat!

Happy Stitching,

August 15, 2014

August Releases

I have waited a year to release this pattern!  It was originally scheduled to come out in September last year but instead we found ourselves dealing with Ron's cancer.

It's Route 66!  

It's complete with the states the route travels through, the dash line in the highway, and a little camper trailer and vintage car to give it a retro feel.

The map is made of of half crosses which makes stitching this design much easier.

I think I'll finish mine into a tote but wouldn't it make a great scrapbook or photo album cover for your travels?

Also this month we are releasing the September Calendar Girl.  It's apple picking time!

Next month's girl could very well be my's my birthday month so I may have favored it slightly while designing.  :)  

Are you stitching all twelve girls individually?  Do you have any creative ideas for showcasing them?

Happy Stitching,

July 15, 2014

July Releases!

Please don't tell me it's too early for pumpkins!  Is it ever too early?

The Old Red Barn

I am crazy about fall and all of the colors.  Right about now I'm ready for in the desert is a challenge in the summer.  :)

Our eighth Calendar Girl, August, has her books ready for school which for some kids, is just a hop, skip and jump away!

August Calendar Girl

These designs will be in shops closer to the end of the month.  
We ship to our distributors on July 17th.

Happy Stitching!


July 7, 2014

Luke and Gracie......

I haven't posted a picture of the dynamic duo in a while.

This photo was taken on July 4th.

Where is Gracie's leg? (It's there....this is her cozy position).

They are two peas in a pod but in photos like that one they don't even look like litter mates!

Happy Stitching,

June 27, 2014

June Releases

Better late than never as the saying goes!

Old Glory

July Calendar Girl

Robin's Song

These three releases are in shops or getting close to being in shops.  

Next month we feature the August Calendar Girl.  

Some of you are very good at guessing the upcoming themes.  
Anyone want to try guessing what September will be about?

Next month we have one full sized design . . . . "The Old Red Barn."  

I think it will be a favorite of many stitchers!

Stay cool and stitch!