Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Happiness Part Two

Look at this table of fun!!!!!!!  Tomorrow's Heirlooms had a boutique filled with Tanya's models of The Scarlett House designs.  This post will feature all of the pin keeps and samplers and fabulous things that caught my fancy.  My next post will show my stash haul. 

 Mary Betchell 1810
 Seven Sheep Sampler
 Harriet Taylor 1842
 Mary Ann Farmer 1834
 Rachel Howells 1856
 In the Pines
Hannah's Brownstone - 2014 special limited edition kit
 This is Tanya's artful train case.   She carries her stitching supplies in this beauty!!!  She made this.
 Penny Pumpkin and Pumpkins & Bittersweet
 Henrietta Binns 1837
 Coverlet Houses
 Coverlet Houses - you can stitch this chart two ways!
 Coverlet Birds
 Margaret Lillie 1812 - please note that this is presented in a special way.  It is on a handmade box.  Gorgeous!
Jingle All the Way,  A Sampler Grows, 1871 Schoolhouse Sampler, and Strawberry House.

As you can imagine, I added a lot of charts to my Scarlett House collection.  I am in love with Tanya's designs and will be stitching them all through the next few years!!!  So excited!

Monday, April 20, 2015


Last weekend was spent in heaven!!!!  Tomorrow's Heirlooms had a stitching weekend with the wonderfully talented Tanya Brockmeyer of The Scarlett House.  That is Tanya above with the sampler she designed specifically for this weekend!!!  It is called Heartland Sampler and has all of the wonderful Midwest motifs that Tanya remembers from growing up in Illinois.    In the back of the photo you can see Pam the owner of Tomorrow's Heirlooms.  Her daughter Kim is also an owner, and together they are a dynamic duo of efficiency, kindness and hospitality.  They provided everyone with a simply fabulous weekend.  I can't say enough about their lovely selves. 
The packaging that Tanya put together to house the sampler was just wonderful.  I love all of the stamps and embellishments she used to make her package extra-special!

 I am a huge fan of the way that Tanya put together the threads!!!!  You can see that she put the symbol key on the ring with the threads.  That makes it super easy to figure out what thread to use where.  Genius!

 Here are some close-ups of the sampler!  That flag!   That barn!  That willow tree!!
 The rooster and chicks!!!!!
 The lilac tree!!!  The cow!!!!!
 The sheep!  The tulips!  The white picket fence!!!!
 Another extra special thing was that my entire stitching group was there!!!  Karin came in from New York so we were all together again and we made the most of it!!!  Above are Karin and Brenda.
 Patti and Linda!
 Teresa and Pat!
 Kellie and me!

Tanya gave everyone a present!!!! This is the makings of a scissor fob and also a fabric sheath to put your scissors in.
This is Tanya's finished scissor fob. 

I will be back soon with all of the stash that I accumulated over the weekend and pics of the gifts we received from the gals at Tomorrow's Heirlooms.  By the way, they are having another retreat this July with Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers and Jeanette Douglas.  So there is a chance for another perfect weekend coming up!!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Huge Honor

Paula from Kelmscott Designs has a new venture.  She created a new line of stitching accessories that are different from her original needle minders.  They are super fabulous and darling.  The needle minder above is called Love,, Laura.  It is named for me!  I almost fainted when Paula told me about this.  You see, I usually sign all my emails love, laura.  It touched her heart that I signed emails to her that way even though I didn't know her.  The reason I sign them that way is just because.  Why not throw a little bit more love out into the world.  So, she named this needleminder Love, Laura.  It sure is perfect for me.  All the little girlfriends lined up on a bench reading and talking!!!!  I am just so thrilled about this.  Thank you Paula!!!

Here are some of the other new designs she has.  I am putting pictures up of all the ones on my new wish list!!!

This is the Blue Queen Threadkeep.  I LOVE her!!!!!!  We should all feel like queens of the world when we stitch and this will keep that thought foremost in mind!!!!!  

Look at this Vintage Blue Sheep needleminder!!!!  I love her!!!!!!!  Love!

Speaking of sheep!  This is the Black Sock Sheep needleminder.  Love these gals!!!!  My Dad used to have a sheep ranch so I am partial to sheep.

Vintage Paris Needleminder.  I need say no more.

 Must have!  Another needleminder.

And there are necklaces!!!!!  Lots of different choices!  So cool!


Folkart Crow with Star

This is Folkart Crow with Star.   A new classic Kelmscott needleminder is out too!!!!

Along with, Easter Egg!

Easter Egg

People, stitching is just so much fun!!  The charts, the fabric, the designers, the people you meet along the way!!!  So happy!!   

Thanks Paula!!!

Monday, March 09, 2015

Market Stash!!!!!!

I am a very lucky stitcher!!! I was able to get everything I wanted from the new releases at market!!!!  I thought I would show you pictures of everything.  First up is the new BBD book, In Friendship's Way.  Whenever BBD has a book I will buy it because they are always THE BEST!!  I like to look through them again and again.  They are very inspiring.  There is a sampler in this book that I immediately went nuts over.  It is the 1861 Antique Sampler.  I had to start it immediately.  My friend Pat picked out this great Lakeside Linen to stitch it on.  It is Vintage Pearled Barley.  Love!!!!

Here is the sampler that I was waiting for!!!!  Last August when we went to The Attic we were so lucky to meet designer, Tanya Brockmeyer!!  She was so kind and generous with her time.  We were able to see the original of some of the samplers she has reproduced.  This Mary Betchell 1810 sampler was on the drawing board at the time and I went "ape" over it.  
Isn't it glorious?????  I started it yesterday and I am having so much fun already!!!  That means that I need to revise my 5 WIPS....will keep you posted on that.
 I was so drawn to these sweet birdies!  The colors used on this piece are so sweet!  I have to see if my Mom has some vintage buttons for me to use. 
 I intend to stitch the top piece in this chart for my red and white sampler wall.  Love this one!
Here is another amazingly gorgeous sampler from The Scarlett House.  I want to start this one ASAP too!!!! I love that border!!!!
 Here is another sweet birdie!!!!!  Love his little hat!
 This lovely little chart from BBD was not on my radar and then we pulled the colors and I fell in love.  It looks like a pretty quick stitch too - well, at least in comparison to the huge samplers that I seem to be collecting lately.
 I loved all of the Stacy Nash farm animal releases and wanted them all, but decided to start with the chickens.  They are so sweet.
 Upon seeing this chart, it was a must purchase.  Love the lady with her flag, flowers, stars and eagles!
 I saw the models of these charts and was a goner.  Just gorgeous!
 Here is a piece that was not new at market but is a recent purchase so I thought I would throw it in.  Scattered Seed Samplers has so many amazingly great charts!!!

And now for something completely different, I have two finishes!!!!!!!!!  As you can tell, I really am going to town with my red/white samplers!!!  They are a blast to stitch!!!!  Thanks to my friend Pat for such a great idea!!!
Hope everyone else was able to secure a lot of goodies from market!!!