Wednesday, November 25, 2009


I am thankful for sisters, brothers, family of all ages and sizes and friends. For our U.S. readers and stitching friends, we hope you have a very happy day being thankful for those around you and your lives. We'll be stitching and thinking of new ways to bring you joy!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Weekend again

Time to re-organize my projects and see what needs to be done this weekend vs over the Thanksgiving long 4-days.

1. The Sophie pattern needs to be proofed before Jeanne can post it Dec. 1st.
2. The magazine article about Sophie needs to be finished.
3. The surprise knit project needs to be written so it can be submitted to a magazine.
4. A pair of socks needs to be finished as a Christmas present
5. A Christmas stocking needs to be designed and finished for Jerry for Christmas Eve.
6. The Rooster table runner needs to be laid out.
7. The Kitty pillow needs to be finished.
8 The new tablecloth and dish towels needs to be thought through again and then written.

Hmmm...seems like Jeanne and I will be busy!

Be sure to check out our Perfect Christmas Gift Idea on our site. We think it is the perfect gift for a stitching friend (or maybe Santa should bring it to you??)!

Monday, November 16, 2009

One Week Later!

Well it's been almost a week since the last post. That time was spent getting stuck in NYC at LaGuardia when flights were cancelled, getting up at 3:30 am to get to the airport and try to get a flight home, and then making up for lost time because I had to fly out again today. AND-most important-Jeanne has been laid up with a terrible cold. It sounds like she has been rotating from the bed to the couch since last Thurday and her voice is maybe back at last.

In the mean time-there has been some time for stitching and thinking about new ideas. Jeanne has been working on several small designs that use the Sophie mini-motifs. They are adorable and we'll share them soon....we are hard at work on a magazine article about how we created Sophie and need to get that off to the editor before we show too many surprises here. But Sophie will be ready for you to put together in two weeks when we hit December 1st. I can't wait and I'm putting her together!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I am all tucked into my hotel room in CT after a smooth flight. I stitched Sophie on the plane and met a very nice lady from AL who is kind of into embroidery. It was fun to talk with her and it's always nice when stitching helps you make a new friend. I flew into LaGuardia Airport tonight and have to say that I just love flying in at night. Seeing all the streets of Manhattan lined up so straight, red lights going one way, white lights going the other and the Empire State Building and the Chysler buildings all lit up is so great.

I'm thinking we may need to ponder the idea of Sophie on Vacation for our BOM for 2010. Just think-we could do 4 blocks again with a special vacation spot in each one. And then the little designs could be related to that if we did a cruise block you could have all kinds of sun/fun motifs; if it was a NYC you could have Sophie seeing the sights; hmmmm.... what do you think?????

Jeanne is home finishing up a photo shoot. Can't wait to see what she comes up with for our first knitting project. It's a real cute idea and we've had fun working on it together. Different for us but still fun! Almost time to share it with you all!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Great Christmas Gift idea!

Sometimes you just don't know what to get a stitching friend. Sure-cool stork scissors, cute little tins shaped like sewing machines, and rotary cutters are always appreciated. But how about everything your friend will need to start a new project all in a little gift bag? Skip over to our web site to see the perfect gift-your choice of 3 of our patterns, 2 fat quarters in an assortment of red/white fabrics, ribbons and rickrack-plus tissue paper and a bag to pull it all together into a nice package. Just follow instructions on our home page for ordering and you'll have one more thing to check off your list for the Holidays!

We're excited about how many of our readers have downloaded the final Sophie design. I just finished putting the red/white version together and it's adorable! Now, it's time to assemble the colored version so I am sure the instructions you'll get in December are ready to go. Along the way I'm trying to keep knitting those interesting little round things and that continues to be fun. Stay tuned for more great gift ideas!

Monday, November 2, 2009

November Sophie is Ready to Download!

This month's Sophie block is ready to download. Skip over to our web site and go to the top of our Homepage where it says "Free BOM" at the top. Sophie has finished her shopping extravaganza and is ready to kick back and relax in her favorite tufted chair. We hope you love her as much as we do.

December will be the assembly of the wall-hanging and some ideas for other projects involving this year's Sophie designs.

I think the flu is gone...or at least it's Monday and I'm back at work. Hope you all had a great Halloween and are well!