Check it out, we awoke to this morning. Yet another snowy day! It really was quite beautiful so I thought I would share the wintery morning with you. Somehow the white spring tulips seem to make this winter wonderland more tolerable.
“Spring Chic” @133 Jefferson. Even though March has come in like a lion we welcome a refreshing new season filled with magic “Vintage” Home Decor. After three days of painting the front of the shop I can finally start to put things in place. I’ve drawn so many different vignettes and as I nervously pace and wait to get this show on the road I know the drawings are just ideas that will change and evove as I finally get moving tonight. I am started but in no way finished, for the most part we are still in a mess. It is like Christmas all over again just a different season, I have to admit the weather ended up keeping customers home and has given us a small window to get this done. It must be finished tomorrow I hope coming in fresh in the morning will be just what I need. I just am always amazed at the mess I can make, its wicked for sure but the end result will be worth it. It’s funny when you start painting you keep seeing more that needs to done, it’s hard to stop but the mess of it all makes me insane or should I say more insane. You will begin seeing our new Spring Decor in these pictures. We are all loving the “I Dream of Paris” Quilt and how it makes such a dreamy vintage vignette. I do believe it shouts out time to entertain. We are ready and eager to help you. The glass holder great for the buffet or counter, you can use it for cups or glasses, the drink holder displayed on a milking stool, the carrier filled with vintage serving bottles, beautiful linen napkins wraped around our vintage flatware, and the dishes simple style complete this classic spring chic look.
We have new upholstered dinning chairs that are so comfortable and look amazing they retail for $699.00. I like the idea of having at least your head of table chairs special. Our vintage mantel loves its new home and you can see “Snow Valley” nestled in by the hearth and the gathering basket is full of sweet smelling lavender.
I‘m sure you can’t help noticing the Tulips and Chessie’s Make-Do Sampler on the mantel. This was our Chessie’s Girl Club Sampler two years ago, its stunning. This was unique because Linda gave us 3 linens all different to work with and then very artfully put them all together.The linens are all 32 count. It is a challenge but look at the outcome.
Speaking of tulips, we just got in the most fabulous 10 inch mini real touch white tulips, you can not tell they aren’t real, Selma and I touched them several times and could not believe they were artificial. They are $2.45 a piece and rather you display a few or a bunch this classic fresh look is a great way to welcome spring. We have wonderful clear display jars and we also have bulb starting glasses, we need to get to town to buy bulbs so we can start fresh flowers for our “Vintage Spring @133 Jefferson Open House”. We did set the date today Friday April 4 and Saturday April 5. Mark your calendars, call your girlfriends it’s time to roadtrip.
This is our newest quilt it is called “The Wedding Log Cabin” the quilt pattern is found in the great Scarp Quilts (Mania) book. This is a generous sized quilt measuring 90″ x 169″. The kit is priced at $192.00. You can also see “Monticello” and “Jefferson Square“ in this photo. Here is another view showing off “FadedMemories” and we finally goth “Halloween at Hollyberry Farm” stitched and framed. Does it look great with quilt? For sure! If you love to entertain don’t forget the flea market set of five platters. Such a great value at $105.00, there is a perfect size for everything you might want to serve.
Don’t forget about our ribbons with Easter coming I am sure you’ll find many ways to use the cottons and velvets we have been showing you. Easter would not be Easter with out chocolate and “The Hare”. We happen to have a wonderful wood running hare that will look so swell over the mantel, buffet or on the wall welcoming Spring. Here he is. I have a few more pictures I want to show you but I need to wrap it up it’s about 2 AM, I am tired and need to still write the newsletter. I will never get caught up.
You can see Suzanne’s “Hattie O’Connel” on the bed, I layered Vickie’s Fabric Alphabet quilt with Hattie the colors are perfect together. The kit for the alphabet quilt is being cut but not ready to ship yet I will let you know when it is completed and ready to go. More new Chessie that you can find on line. Don’t forget to ask us about the book boxes Linda uses in her patterns, we have them for $10.00.
The Olympics have arrived and that’s my excuse to sit a spell and get out the handwork, I actually finished a Paris wool pillow project Maggie designed for her club when she came back from her trip to Paris. Love, love, love it ! I have persuaded her to release the pattern to the public so you can expect to see the pattern and a kit available in the near future.
I don’t always watch all of the Olympics but I do listen and watch when I need to rest my eyes or know there is something exciting happening. I love to feel proud of my country and that is why we always have some great patriotic projects to offer for just the right occasion. Here is a picture of our New “USA” Pillow it will fit a queen pillow and I know the grandkids are going to fight over it when they come over to Nana’s house. The kits are ready to ship and the cost is $33.00. Remember you need the “Spell it with Fabric” book that is available for $8.00. This project can be easily sewn in a couple of hours and just think of how much enjoyment everyone will get out of it. The book includes a pattern for a pretty swell quilt that you are seeing before it goes off to the quilter. (FYI: Mema’s Pillow sham really looks kind of perfect with this quilt too.) We still have kits available and it is a really enjoyable handwork project that will help fill your winter evenings.
Vickie made this quilt and also a version of the same quilt up in old reds and of course she has added her own magic touch to both models by using my aged and faded looking Jefferson Country fabric and adding a border that really finishes both of the quilts. Selma also made a wonderful quilt and added her grandsons name to it to make it more personal, its in his school colors and will be an heirloom treasure. Are you picking up on the fact we are pretty excited about this little inexpensive pattern book? We know you will be too when you actually see what you can design. This special little book sells for only $8.00. You can even make some pretty swell looking baby quilts. One thing I have just heard is beginning February 17th you will be able to see all the different Moda designers Spell it with Fabric projects on a blog on line from each designers website. I urge you to check this out and we are happy to present out projects to you to begin the inspiration.
OK back to USA and Old Glory, we are lucky people and must never forget that this great country was left to us to preserve and as a little reminder to you Presidents Day is coming next Monday February17th! We have a perfect NEW project you will find very hard to resist. Can you guess what Vickie has made for you? The whole staff is really crazy for one of the most incredible “Old Glory” quilts we have ever had to sell. I am going to give you a little tease, the kits will be ready to ship out on Wednesday. The cost of this 63″ x 63″ quilt kit is $105.00. Don’t forget the pattern must be ordered separately and it sells for $9.00. I know one of these kits will be coming home with me and my prediction is this will be one of our top selling quilts this year. If you want to have us include backing please be sure to tell us when you place your order. Don’t wait if this could be your favorite new project we know the kits are going to disappear fast. It has the perfect blend of my Jefferson County fabrics in the old pinks, reds, blues and tan that so respectively bring it all together and give it life and make you think it could be an antique. Are you ready for this, it really does take your breath away. By the way do you recognize Stacy Nash’s great sampler sitting in the background? It is “Summer at Hollyberry Farm” one of my favorite samplers, the pattern is $14.00. Could there be a more perfect compliment to the Old Glory quilt? If there is we all think it will be the USA pillow. Just saying this little corner of the USA has raised some proud Americans!
I went to Madison Business Day last week and one of the speakers Rob O’Niell absolutely captivated my husband Reed and I, I really did not want him to stop talking. He was a 17 year veteran Navy Seal, the best of the best. He lead the rescue for the Lone Survivor and Captain Phillips. Success and never giving up and the love of his country were always on his mind. Something to think about for sure.
I have to tell you Maggie is our hero today as her first 2014 auto arrived. It is so grand her club members are very lucky and will enjoy this project so much. It is called “Sunshine in an old 1861 Zinc Pot”! The project uses wool and a great colored zinc Matka is used for the pot. Loving it a lot!
We also have our first Prim Sister project from Appleseed Primitives. The first project is an old sampler called “Belinda Coffin” and a great example of a schoolgirl sampler. Belinda was only seven when she started this but as happens in many cases she never finished it. I am still waiting for linen but have been assured it won’t be too much longer. You will want to age it with our antiquing methods and I know you will find a great place to enjoy your first Prim Sister project.
Happy Valentines Day and Stay Warm!
XOXOXO! That is incase I don’t get a new blog up next week. Right now I think it just might not happen so Happy Valentine’s Day early. It is Nashville Needlework Market next week so I will be out of the shop. The Valentine quilt “Abigail Rose” and the “I Dream of Paris” quilt have been very popular and don’t forget those adorable “Valentine Pillows”. The use of the different embellishments and fabrics have made this kit very appealing. Kits and patterns for all of these are up on line. You might want to take notice of the new grey velvet ribbon spools. These are so beautiful and only $22.50.
We just got in one of two Eiffel Towers we ordered. It is really quite special and only $53.00. I hope you like it, it is made of wire and really looks great wherever it finds a home.. Since I’m on the Paris subject I wanted to mention Stacy’s “1902 Paris Sampler Bag” again. This is a wonderful project and if you have not made it yet you may want to consider it.
“Little Lucy” is Vickie’s new pattern, we love this because it uses one of my Jefferson County Charm packs. It is not an overwhelming size 36″ x 46″ but it’s really a nice size table topper or a throw to use on your favorite cupboard door. The kit is complete with backing and binding can be purchaed for $55.00 and the pattern sells separately for $8.50. We are pretty sure you will love the colors because they are easy to blend into your décor.
If you are planning to do a little entertaining during the Olympics you might find our new drink dispenser a must. It is a butte for sure and we just happen to have these great new milking stools that just happen to fit them perfectly. The milking stools are $35.00 and the drink dispensers sell for $120.00. They are made well and I know how much we love serving out of them at our functions at the shop and I think it might just be something you would enjoy using as well. It really looks quite swell with Vickie’s “Prints Charming” topper.
Last week I mentioned we had some very special little Valentine Love Notes and Paper Heart Stickies. Here they are! There is a special note to make everyone’s day complete I know you will have fun sending these thoughts and greetings.
I told you last week I had turned the dining room at home upside down and that I would share a picture with you. It feels so right and it took me years to configure it this way, who knows sometimes it is just working for me so never give up eventually things do work there is always a plan A, B and C and D until you get it, and when the grandkids say something I really know it’s working. It was all about the position of the rug. So if you are having that dilemma it may just be as simple as the position of your rug. Mine needed to be parallel with the fireplace.
The last picture I’ve been meaning to share with you was taken at the Atlanta Gift Market. Selma and I attended a meet and greet with Donny Osmond and his wife that were launching a new line of home furnishings. We did not get to see the showroom with the new line as they were doing a photo shoot that day and there was never time to go back. Next year! They were both very gracious folk and made everyone feel comfortable.
Just one more thing! We got a neat little Redwork sampler in this week from Pineberry Lane that I’m thinking would make a really cute little Valentine Pillow, it is only 6 x 6 stitched on 30 count linen. You could frame it too. This is an antique reproduction sampler called “Florry Hollands – 1888″. The chart is $12.00, you only use Weeks Cayenne and a 30 count natural linen.
I have yet one more new item to sing praises about today. My friend Vickie Jennett and her daughter-n-law Megan have designed a wonderful new book for the Kansas City Star. It is called “A Schoolroom Alphabet”. This book has twelve lessons to stitch from the one room school and that includes a fabulous old sampler, journal covers, I-phone cases, necessaries and the graphics Vickie is known for will take your breath away. It’s a beautiful book and can be reserved. The cost is $27.95. The inspiration came from an antique handkerchief.
FYI: There will be three more new samplers introduced next week at market so don’t miss them when I get back. all of this just gets me more excited.
Have a special Valentine’s Day from the Sampler Shop Girl Staff!
Burrrrrrr! Its cold outside! Just another reason to keep up with us on line as lots of the new Spring gear continues to arrive and our holiday quilts are getting finished just in time for you to work in some handwork and winter therapy.
“I Dream of Paris” is one of our new quilts, a pleasant thought for many reasons. I don’t think they are quite as cold and the city is romantic, and historic, has great textiles, antiques and has some yummy pastries. But here’s the deal, we think our quilt could be better than Paris, for sure not as expensive and the pleasure and use you will get from it is what really matters. This is such a super quilt, it is a neutral quilt with small pops of an old red, it has aging in the fabric and it is a great size that will get lots of use. It measures 62″ x 72″ and the kit sells for $88.00. The pattern is sold separately for $9.00 and remember we can always add backing if you like the idea of having everything you need when your order arrives at your door.
I am sure you have already noticed the new “Postes France Buckle Bag” pictured next to the Paris quilt it sells for $55.00 and the girls and I are in love with the scarves, the colors are spot on and can be worn with almost anything, they feel like butter and are so reasonable priced at $11.25 and most important look amazing coupled with our new bags.
Another new item I fell in love with was the box sign “Life is not a race”, it really says it all and is so practical and wise and you seem to see more and more of these in homes, I think we all need reminders now and then and this is a good one. I hope you will love it as much as we did and it is so reasonably priced at $67.50.
Let’s talk about Valentines Day. We just got in these great tin Heart Tags, you would put them on a present, or a bottle of wine or just slip one in a card to a friend. The price is so right @$2.50 I think you will need a few. I also had to show you our great bottles and carrier with a heart on a bottle so you get the idea when I mention putting them on a wine or champagne bottle. You will want to get your order in because time is quickly ticking away from us as it always does.
We have new paper goods in from Sugarboo Designs. It is our favorite company for unique paper products. This year you can get a pad of 150 Love Notes that will make your nearest and dearest SO DOG-GONE HAPPY. They are only $19.95 and if you love using Stickies for all occasions you will love this pack of three different sized hearts. They say they are ideal for honey-do lists, reminders, grocery lists, daydreams, love notes, dear john letters and shenanigans to name a few. The cost for this pack of three pads all different sizes but all heart shaped is $21.20. I think they would be a pretty swell valentine idea for someone near and dear.
Suzanne has finished her “Abigail Rose” quilt. The pattern and kits will be on the floor tomorrow just not on line yet. I do not have an exact size or kit cost for you but what I do have is a picture. It is sweet and romantic and just about perfect for this special holiday. Suzanne also has put together a pattern with many adorable heart shaped pillows for you to give away, fill a bowl or basket up with or hang and tuck in just the perfect spots. We will have kits available and a pattern but right now all I have is a picture that will make you want to make and enjoy them all. Suzanne used linen, ribbon, prints, wool and old buttons. You can pre-order a kit and we will ship them quickly as we can cut and package them just for you. I think we know how to make your Valentines Day full of handmade fun.
Candles are the other thing we found at market. I love a good soy candle, they burn slow and clean and scent your nest just the way you like it. The packaging is the other thing I am particular about and the old tin couldn’t fit our style any better. The burn time on these candles is 50 hours and they are priced at $25.00. The scents we have are Anise and Black Pepper, Cinnamon Tree, Bourbon Vanilla, Orange Grove, and Tobacco Bark.
All these sweet ideas should help take your mind off the cold and wintery days.
This is the time of the year when everything changes daily in the shop. New market décor is arriving and all of a sudden winter doesn’t seem quite so bad. The countryside is beautiful with the fresh snow blowing about and it makes us all want to nest and dream of Springtime. So the transition slowly begins. We are not forgetting Valentine’s Day and you will see by the pictures there is just enough, but we have more treats coming in so keep us in mind if you need a little something special and if you don’t see it we will have new gift cards we hope you will love to give and use. It was time and will be a great new marketing tool for us to offer you.
Did you happen to notice the Mr. Melty mugs? They are just screaming to be filled with a good rich hot cocoa and only $11.95. Can’t think of a better snowy day idea. Snow Valley is Suzanne’s quilt you are seeing in the background, another good idea for the season. Love Notes a Stacy Nash book has several great handwork projects for $20.00 and the projects are really perfect for someone special even if it’s just for you.
The sweet little Black Chest of drawers would be a fine jewelry chest or could just be used for your needfuls. The cost of this little chest is $145.00. You are also seeing “133 Jefferson” and “Colin’s Grove” quilts in this picture and a huge basket of lavender another sure sign of spring.
Imagine this, I got quite excited over the most wonderful new spools of cotton ribbon when I was at market. A simple pleasure but those colors really spoke to me and the fact is was cotton. They were all in my palette too. Concrete, slate, vanilla and oyster! You get 10 yards for $13.75. They are so beautiful you may find yourself not even wanting to use them you may decide to just enjoy them. I also found hemp, this is the greatest way to prim wrap needfuls or anything. I have a large wooden spool for $20.00 and a small spool for $17.50.
We seemed to have a French theme going here. We found quite adorable little flags that could be placed on a wreath but I think tied on a special package they would really be that added touch we are all about. There are two designs to choose from “I Love You to the Moon and Back” and a “French Script” with room to write a tender greeting, they sell for only $1.20 a piece.
I am sure over the next few months you are going to get acquainted with the many new bags we will be carrying and want one of each. I am addicted to bags and seem to never tire of a good tote. The Eiffel Tower bag is a wonderful market bag, library tote or just a great bag that will hold your handwork, it is $30.00 and in grey our color of choice. The Republica de Espanola bag is $32.50 and again is a wonderful tote for shopping, travel or holding needlework you may end up using it to transport necessaries back and forth to work. It is khaki and trimmed in leather. I also found I could not resist some amazing scarves. They are softest flowing scarf’s and the colors are very on trend. Brown, taupe and charcoal you can’t miss. They are washable and will be so easy to dress up your outfits with and best part about them is they are only $11.25.
Remember “Hattie O’Connel”? I know this quilt has been overlooked. It was so busy last year when it debuted at the fall Quilt Expo. Suzanne designed and made this quilt block and the grey, blue and brown colors she chose are just perfect. This quilt measures 65″ x 88″ and kitted sells for $165.50. The pattern is $12.00.
“Lucy Adams” by Vickie is another swell quilt idea, it is even a good choice for Valentine’s Day, the Jefferson County old pinks, cocoas, slate and reds are perfect. This quilt measures 54″ x 64″ and kitted sells for $122.00 and remember the pattern is sold separately for $9.00.
Suzanne made up “Monticello” from the Jefferson County fabrics. This is another great quilt, the colors are aged and loved slate blues and browns. It is a size you can enjoy, 45″ x 55″, and the kits sell for $80.00, patterns are priced at $9.00. We have also been playing with our beautiful cotton linen fabrics. The antique youth crib has a new look we are really enjoying as everything looks quite swell beings it is rather neutral. Linen fabrics are trending with us and will be used in our new collections through out the year. I love the textures in quilts as they add interest that will be noticed.
Another find at market was these great old bottles sold with a metal carrier you could place on your table or buffet with drinks for any occasion. My Sara made up bottles just like these this year with cranberry vodka she made by adding fresh cranberries to her favorite Vodka. She added a recipe for a favorite drink, tied a ribbon and added a glittery star and what a wonderful looking gift this made. I was thinking this would be a great idea to implement for a special brunch you could have your orange juice and the makings for mimosa’s and of course other juices and other ingredients for more drinks. There are lots of ideas for this carrier and 6 bottles that can be purchased for $48.75. I know I will have one just because. We bought some other great serving ideas for drinks too. I will slowly be adding more eye candy as everything is un-packed and finds a new home in the shop.
I love to use our antique looking reproduction black bust for many things. It is great for displaying jewelry but Selma’s “Heart Pinkeep”is really made for it. The pinkeep kits are only $15.00. The Bust is $237.50 and is on a sturdy metal base you can trust to not tip easily and these busts were very popular in all of the showrooms we visited.
I just have to show you our old gathering basket filled with lavender bundles, so cool, the bundles sell for $15.00. You may also notice the prim fabric covered Heart Box by Jeanette McVay in this picture it is has a pocket for a little bling, hint, hint. The price is $70.00 for this Collectible Folkart Treasure. You can see Maggie’s book pictured here as well. There are many great little handwork ideas you will love in this book even hearts. Best book for $27.95
I am going to show you a few more new views in the shop. I love this one in particular as it shows off several quilts we are enjoying. Jefferson Square, Prints Charming, Gentle Annie, and Catherine’s Cross.
Our bed is topped with another great natural quilt but I need to point out the new Euro pillows that accent it so perfectly. They are made out of very pleasing grey colored linen and sell for $85.00 per pillow. I hope you are enjoying a little taste of what we will be trending this year. Visit us soon. We plan to be show off our three newest quilts as they are quilted and just waiting to get bound and on the floor, the kits are ready too so watch the blog for pictures.
“Winter Dreams”! Our new Jeanne d’ Arc Living magazine has arrived, they are $17.00. We were hoping to get the “Festive Homes” issue but it ended up being sold out so that is for next year. It is full of inspiration for cozy winter days, kind of like the day we had today. It is so beautiful when we get a new snow cover.
Vickie has two new quilts she just finished and the colors are perfect for the season. We are all loving “Prints Charming”. Vickie made this little quilt last fall with Blackbird prints but this new version is so excellent. We like these kind of little quilts for several reasons because you can use a charm pack, Vickie used “Hope Chest” by Laundry Basket but you could use my Jefferson County or any other pack you fancy. The pattern will work for any of them. This particular quilt measures 33″ x 37″ and it is so easy to find just the right place to display it and show it off, our kits are only $35.00. The backing is not included but could be added. Our new trees by Ragon House more than show this charming little quilt off, they look like they were made to go with it and can be purchased for $22.00 -$33.75 depending on the size. Our little sweet angel is another perfect companion you might want to consider she is priced at $74.95. It has winner all over it. You will need a pattern and that can be ordered for $8.50.
The next quilt is “Beth in Blue”the original quilt was Baby Beth, then came Beth’s Christmas quilt and now Beth in Blue. I can hardly wait for when Beth grows up, I am sure you will see this quilt idea someday. This pattern will make a super boy baby quilt and it measures 37″ x 43″. What a cozy wrap for the new baby just arriving or to be in the future. It uses my Jefferson County fabric and I have to say its is quite stunning. The kits are ready to ship and are priced at $48.00, the pattern is not included and sells for $8.50.
Have you noticed those adorable new velvet “Flower Applique Pinkeeps”? This is one of Maggie’s in her “Another Place In Time” Book. The kits are only $8.95 and they make up super fast so I’m thinking what a good idea for your best stitcher buddy for Valentine’s Day.
Burrrrr it’s cold outside! We are in the deep freezer, the frozen tundra, there is even no school! The shop is quiet giving us few that have gotten in time to create and start to clean up our Christmas space. It actually feels good and gets me more excited for what’s to come. I had to share this beautiful winter sky photo taken out of the back door.
Good News: FYI: Jeanne D’ Arc Living books are on route again, there is a new ”Winter” issue and “Festive Holiday Homes” issue that all looked so inviting I could not resist, you might want to own one or both so get yours reserved.
The past week I have been working on kitting several New Maggie kits from Another Place and Time. I should have taken down the tree yesterday but I just had to get these projects set for me to work on them. Now I am completely obsessed so I thought I would at least give you a sneak peak so you can see what I am talking about and I think with the neutrals colors make perfect projects for the long winter months still ahead of us.
Mema’s Pillow Sham is a great winter project, I did some dying to get the color of linen I needed and I did put instructions in our kits. The finishing fabric for the completed project is also included. The kits are $30.00.
The next kit is the “Natural Wool Applique” This is simple elegance, I really know I’m going to enjoy and love this piece. The kits are ready, I will be framing this piece but it would make a great pillow option too. The kits are only $26.00.
You will also notice some heart pinkeeps in the works. So simple but a perfect Valentine idea, I will be doing velvet ones too.
We have several other tricks up our sleeves as far as new quilts go. I thought I would give you a little tease and peek of the fabrics we will be using. “I Dream of Paris “is going to be great fun and for sure Paris, Chocolate and Valentines do go together. We won’t make you go abroad to experience these delights you will see them all soon on line.
Suzanne is working on a Valentine Quilt you will love, just look at these yummy fabrics she has chosen. There will be more eye candy coming Vickie has four new quilts that will be available very soon and when I get back from market there will be lots of new accessories to talk about. My journal is full of ideas!
Isn’t it just the pits that after all the work and preparation to have the best old family Christmas ever it has already come and gone and the new year is on the doorstep and before we know it is Christmas again only another year has flown by. It was good, we ate and ate, played lots of games, watched movies and opened some great presents. By chance this year I found these great Santa bags for the grandkids, they were perfect, they al had there own bags for gifts and there wasn’t so many things strung all over the house. Here is what I’m talking about.
Now Nana always tries to get a picture to remember how they are all growing up. Impossible task, too many kids or something like the nut behind the camera, I don’t know! None of them are super great but this is us, and we are blessed! You can see they are all growing up too fast. The older kids get it but the younger ones struggle to pose for five seconds. Anyway from our house to yours Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We are getting winter today! Not enough for a snow day but it works for me, I love a fresh snow! I am finally getting closer to getting the house ready for the family Christmas. I stopped to watch the HGTV Christmas at the White House last night and I was sitting on the sofa enjoying my Christmas Tree , first I noticed the full moon shinning in the windows and then the most magical reflection of the tree. It looked like it was outside, I loved the reflection it made in the window so I quickly snapped a picture to share with you. I love pictures that have reflections. Windows and mirrors really create great illusions and that is something to keep in mind when you are decorating. I started to bring in the fresh greens yesterday. Sometime ago a good friend made me this great primitive Merry Christmas bag. So simple, so special! I love filling it with fresh greens and thinking of the friend that gave it to me. Handmade is from the heart! This is a Stacy Nash pattern that can be found in her “Home for Christmas” book, we still have some available and they sell for $20.00.
I am finally kind of settled in the living room. It is actually pretty plain, I used lots of the battery candles, lanterns, different trees, greens, some Santa’s, mercury glass and little pops of red. With the old ironstone and some quilts it’s beginning to feel about right. For some reason this room has just not quite come together for me so it may still change but for now it seems ok. I agonize way too much over this stuff.
In the shop I am moving things about again to show you some different views of our 2013 Winter Quilt Collection.
“The Angels Sing”
is one of my favorite quilts this year. It is neutral quilt and for me that is always a plus because it easy to use. We used the great sheet music fabric we got in this fall and many Japanese homespun and textures. I moved it onto the bed and knew I needed to show you the quilt and that great reindeer pillow. This quilt measures( 69″ x 92″). The kit is sold for $112.00 and the pattern we used is in the “Spotlight on Neutrals” quilt book.
Vickie’s “Aunt Virginia’s Vintage Chain” is a great Christmas quilt but it really works well as a winter quilt going into Valentine’s Day. It is a good size to get lots of use out of as it measures 68″ x 85″. Our kits are priced at $115.00 and the pattern is sold separately for $8.50. We started out with it on the bed for the holidays now you can see it hanging and we all love it no matter where we put it. You have probably noticed the great Gingerbread Boy Ornaments n the basket in the picture. They are 9 inches tall, have a homespun tie about there neck, 3 wax buttons and he is scented for the season.
We finally have Selma’s New “Jefferson Square” quilt kit ready to sell. It turned out so great using the Jefferson County fabric. This pattern is different than Selma’s first pattern so you will need the pattern to make this quilt.
The kit is selling for $63.00 and the pattern is $8.50. The green sashing and pops of red in each block make this a classic choice for the holidays but again this is a quilt that will be timeless.
I have not forgotten about our cross-stitchers. We have just gotten back three great patterns from our model stitcher Pam. The grand sampler “A Yuletide Welcome” isn’t framed yet but is going to framer this week I resist the urge to give you a little peek first. The kits are almost ready just missing threads and the Gentle Arts has already closed for the holidays but you can get yours reserved. We used Lakeside 32 count Buttercream linen. Our kit complete with pattern is available for $79.80. You know how much love With Thy Needle patterns.
The “Sampler House” was new just before Open House and we have it stitched and finished into a great little pillow that tucks about in just the right places. The pattern is $9.00 and kits are $34.65. We used 30 count linen for our model and love the finished size. The color palette is soft and classic too.
Here I am after all of these years still waiting for Christmas! I don’t ever want to loose that wonder. This is my reminder. I must admit I love the holidays and love the feeling of anticipation as the house is getting ready. The tree adorned and the house in most cases gets a whole new look to accommodate the Christmas décor. It is a wonderful time full of love and hope. My grown up Christmas wish is that you find great Joy and Peace over the next few weeks.
I ‘ve been wishing for that peaceful Winter Quilt of white and we finally got ours but only about four inches worth, it works for me. I ‘ve kicked into the decorating mode again, I had to be in that frame of mind in November to get the shop ready for our Annual Open House but it’s back and the beautiful snow is the motivator I needed. It just covers the ground and even though we are quite cold the beauty of winter is what I love this time of the year. When ever I get into changing anything in the house the cats are in their glory. Maddy was posing as I snapped an outdoor shot she is not very camera shy.
The grand tree is finally up in the great room and decked out. I was tempted to only have lights this year but that didn’t seem right so I put on the new Kelly Clarkson Christmas CD and before I knew it, it was done. Lucky for Reed and I Rob bought us a good tree stand after last years tree problems and he even comes with the whole deal and puts it up for us. Winning!
I will give you a couple of looks at my Christmas house. I had to completely turn the great room furniture around this year and of course I love doing that so I was in my glory at 2 am in the morning. I don’t sleep much this time of the year. I play all my favorite old movies, watch the Hallmark channel that is all Christmas and HGTV. Life is good. I am trying to seat us all this year in the same space as everyone is growing up and really likes to feel apart of the celebration so hopefully it will work.
I bought a new sofa this fall and have just not felt the love, I think it was all the events after that that I just haven’t been able to get it settled into a spot I loved. I am finally over that. I have to get used to change and I guess I finally have. The interesting thing was I thought it was grey. In the light It does have a grey cast but I know now my cataracts are definitely screwing me up, its brown. Oh Well!
I love it that I have a buffet to serve on and putting a mirror behind it really gives me a great reflection of the rest of the room. I do have a big wreath up this year and I found an old Merry Christmas flashcard that has found its home just stuck in amongst the boughs. I get such pleasure from simple things.
Speaking of simple pleasures. I love putting out the little antique quilt block pillows I have collected over the years. I have an old metal basket that holds them perfectly. The shop girls recreated this “Star Pillow” pattern and we still have some kits available that you could make up in time for your holiday. The kit includes pattern and fabric for three pillows for $14.00. My Folk Angels are always different every year. This year mine is decked in old garland and holding an old doll quilt. this particular angel is not available anymore but our other angel is and I think we still have a couple left that need a home for Christmas. Today on one of the television shows our Thymes Frasier Fir products were praised as being the best scent you can buy giving your homes the scent of a fresh fir tree. We have product in stock and I know you will love it if you are looking for that scent.
I have several sizes of trees through out the house. I have one in my favorite mercury glass bowl that is usually full of pomegranates this time of the year. Did you know that trees and mercury glass are a pretty swell combination? Experiment.
You can also see Thomas Nast pictured on the wall by the tree. All of our antique paper products the framed pieces and paper dolls are some of my favorites this time of the year. If you haven’t tried them for $12.00 you will not be disappointed if you decide to, they are easy to tuck in anywhere. You will find different ones all over my house. They are so jolly and happy.
At my 30th birthday party this fall a very special friend made me the greatest stocking from her grandfather’s horse blanket. She took the time to embroider trees on it and I can not tell you how special this is to me. A handmade gift is from the heart. I also have a great old velvet strawberry pinkeep sitting by it and that was given to me by my Vickie last year. Sometimes people don’t know how things really touch us, but for the most part I believe if you give a handmade gift it is special not only for the recipient but for the one giving it. I sure hope Santa tucks something good in my new stocking this year.
There is something about my other guilty pleasure I so enjoy this time of year. It is my collection of ironstone bowls and platters. Maggie and my friend Linda inspired me when I saw their collections.
Don’t forget about our flea market set of platters we love to sell. They make wonderful gifts that are timeless and for only a $105.00 you will give a great gift that will be treasured for years to come. I gave them to all of the girls last year and I know they are still enjoying them.“
“Reindeer Feed” that is the newest pillow that arrived this week . It is a dandy and thank goodness it finally got here in time for our customers to enjoy. They are $21.50, made well and will look great in your holiday home.
If your Santa is struggling and needing gift ideas I would like to remind you what a great gift fabric is to a quilter. The new “Jefferson County” fat quarter collection is wrapped up like a present, it is ready to slip right under the tree. Just saying!
I Hope you will find some Christmas inspiration in the photos I have posted. I will do more as I get the house completely ready for the big day. I have baking, wrapping and so much to do like all of you. Merry, Merry!
I almost forgot one of the reasons for this blog. Baked goods, cookies, treats need a great display piece after all the work we girls put into our holiday entertaining menus. We have the most wonderful “Tinsel Treat Display Tree”, just cut a piece of parchment and fill the trays. Guests will be impressed. We used one last weekend for our goodies over the Country Christmas weekend. The cost is $62.50.