Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fall...and something special

Fall has definitely hit our corner of Wisconsin. The weather has been cold, rainy, windy and I feel like Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acres Wood when it's a "blustery day". Time to drag out the sweaters, shoes that need socks and look for a heavier jacket. At my house we set up our Halloween Village from Dept. 56. The lights are plugged in yet but the Trick or Treaters are busy in our living room. I also dug out my Halloween and Autumn wall-hangings and plan to switch the house over from lighter colors to the dark shades that make me want to burrow in and knit!

We will be posting our latest designs for the Sophie Block of the Month tomorrow on October 1st. The last design is ready for November and I'm working on some extra treats for our friends to enjoy as they put the whole thing together. Stay tuned for more on that.

We are also going to be announcing a sale on our web site starting with October. I'll post the details tomorrow too and our web site should be updated.

Enjoy the start of the fall weather here in America~

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

We're BACK!

Vacation is officially over for us. I returned from Orlando this weekend and Jeanne got back from Spain so late Sunday that I think it counts for Monday. She traveled 20 hours all together to return and was missing Roco, her adorable new grandson, every inch of the way. I stopped for coffee this morning and she is starting to dig out from suitcases and pull the threads of regular life back together. (Did you like the stitching analogy there??)

Tomorrow we meet for lunch and will plot out the beginning of the next designs we have been thinking about. And, time for the next Sophie block designs to be posted on October 1st. As for me, I'm also trying to decide what Christmas project to start. I think I'm going to make a big version of our Scrappy Christmas Tree wall-hanging. This is a delightful blend of yo yo's, 5 inch charm squares, and simple construction. I think I'm going to triple the size and use it for a large wall-hanging in my dining area for Christmas. But first, I need to transfer that thought to graph paper and figure out the amount of fabric that I'll need. I have some gorgeous new Christmas fabric that I'll share a picture with you of tomorrow. This pattern is available for sale in its' small version on our web site now. Check it out!

What's in your sewing basket?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Stitching by the Pool

Yes, that's right. I was stitching by the pool. We made it with no problems and have enjoyed the vacation so far. Convention activities begin this afternoon but I don't have any responsibilities to attend until tonight. So it's back to the pool for me!

Please take a look at the colored floss version of Sophie's purses that I posted today. I enjoyed picking out the colors to make these sparkle. I think Jeanne designed some really cute purses-I wish I hade the middle one for a party tonight. It will match my outfit!

Jeanne has one more week in Spain and is holding Roco every minute she can. Her luggage finally arrived and from the few pictures I've seen (hint, hint, I need more pics!) the weather is wonderful in Denia and the beach is gorgeous. But I haven't heard that she is doing any stitching-hmmm.... we'll have to discuss this when she gets back! Let me know what you think about the colored purses. Hope your own work is going well and you're continuing to like our BOM. I'm moving onto stitching the birdies for a new set of towel designs. I may post a bit of a picture mid week. Later stitching friends!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Off to FL-

Jeanne finally has luggage but I haven't heard of any stitching being done in Spain. That's probably because she won't put her little grandson, Roco, down for a single minute.

But I am preparing for my own trip to FL and am trying to figure out what all to take to stitch. Of course, the birdies are a must since they are almost done. Then there is the new Christmas tree design that we are still tweaking...maybe that would be fun to stitch by the pool under a palm tree??? Or, how about some new yo yo's out of bright neon fabrics to put on a pillow?

Next blog will be from Orlando-Micky Mouse here I come!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Where's my luggage??

Jeanne made it to Spain on Saturday. Ok-it was a 17 hour trip and she said it wasn't bad--if that makes any sense at all! But NO luggage. The bag holding all the baby gifts for Roco made it, as did her husband's suitcase. BUT not Jeanne's personal luggage. And, as of last night, still nothing. Seems it is stuck in Customs somewhere. She has decided t0 hold off on going shopping until today because the exchange rate is so high. I hope to see her, her son and daughter-in-law and, of course, Roco via Skype this week yet.

But I have posted a new picture of the beautiful Roco-what a sweet grandbaby he is!

While the cat is away...or rather vacationing on the Mediterranean (doesn't that sound romantic?)... I am working on stitching some vintage birdies for dish towels. I should be able to start sharing them today or tomorrow. And my colored version of Sophie's purses is almost ready to share. Stay tuned for more of Jeanne's Spanish adventures and for a sneak peek at Sophie.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Off to Spain!

Jeanne leaves tomorrow morning with her husband for Spain. 17 hours later they will arrive in Valencia where they will get to see their newest grandson, Roco. We are all so excited for them and wish them a safe journey. I went for lunch today with Jeanne and a friend and we made sure to give Jeanne all the essentials for a journey-gossip magazines, Hershey kisses, miniature candy bars, and granola bars. Tonight she was to finish her packing with her selection of stitching projects. I can't wait to hear what she choses to work on.

I'll try to share posts/pics from Spain. Jeanne left me a list of things to work on while she is gone. Isn't she helpful???

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Sophie Ready to Go!

Be sure to check out our latest design for the free Block of the Month on our web site. Click here to jump to our homepage. These sweet purses should delight any shopping queen. I know they are fun to stitch!

Jeanne leaves for Spain in 2 days. There are suitcases all over her living room. It had to be said.

New Sophie Ready to Go!