2013 Year End

As 2013 is coming to a close, it brings us to consider our projects for next year.  I will be working on my Viking Ruby sewing machine to add some fun to my creative processes.  Hopefully, I will learn the features and have some projects to share in the coming months.
Please let me know if there are any stitch along projects you would like to see in the upcoming year.

Stitcher Down!

What does a stitcher do when one arm is protesting the amount of stitching done recently?  Look enviously at the photos posted in the social area of the stitching others are doing!  I have a frozen shoulder on my right side.  This is so very frustrating.  Painful, too, but mainly painful because I need to rest it and hold off stitching for a while.  I moved my computer mouse to the left side and am getting pretty good at that.  I try not to type too much two-handed.  My next move?  Picture me sitting behind a floor stand trying to stitch left handed.  It will be slow going, but I will be stitching!!

Grand Prize Winners

The two names drawn to receive the grand prizes are:  Wendy Y. and Kathy W.  Congratulations!
The six names drawn in the online chat evening event are:  Anita R., Donna H., Ev L., Jill W., Alana D., and Theresa S.  We had a lot of participation in the chat and it was a lot of fun.  It can be a bit difficult to keep up on the chat when the comments are posting bing, bing, bing!!!

Thanks to all the members who make TSV a great community!

Day 12 of The Stitchers' Village 12 Days of Christmas Event

It seems impossible that we are on the last day of our event.  There is one last drawing to be held.  There will be two winners of prize packages from The Stitchers' Village which will include:

Lizzie Kate - Holly & Hearts Sampler with fabric and thread
Patricia Allison Designs - The Guardian
Stitching Parlour - Persuasion
Rosewood Manor - Branches of Life
Praiseworthy Stitches - Santa's Midnight Flight
Willow Hill Samplings - My Family Tree
Just Another Button Company - Sew Charming Pin Cushion Kit Bluebird
Priscilla's Pocket - Lucet Pocket kit
A Kitty Kats Original - Christmas Chickadee
Satin Stitches - Cinnamon
Summer House Stiche Workes - Calico Sampler No. 1
Glendon Place - Limited Edition Fruit Cocktail Mini A-Maze-ing Dessert kit w/ LE thread
Little House Needleworks - Daisy Lane Cottage
Little House Needleworks - Little Sheep Virtues 8, 9, 10, & 11

The event page can be found if you CLICK HERE 
To be entered, you need to send an email to enter@stitchersvillage.com
You only need to enter once and if you entered the first day or during the event,
you are entered for this drawing.  Cut off time is 4 p.m. Central Time



Day 8 & 9 Winners

The names drawn to win a Rosewood Manor chart for Day 8 (which I hosted) are:
Joyce H.
Robin D.
Robin T.
Dee W.
Donna K.
Pam H
Pam M.
Helen D.
The names drawn to win a From Nancy's Needle chart for Day 9 (which I hosted) are:
Lynda H.
Christine F.
Georgette G.
Tammy C.
Nancy
Challis I.
Helen K.
Cindi J.
Glenys K.

All winners have been sent an email.  All prizes through day 6 have been mailed.  This applies to the days which I hosted.  The designers will contact the winners from their drawings directly.  Day 10 was Dames of the Needle and today is Day 11 which is hosted by X's and Ohs on Jo's "Tips" blog. CLICK HERE 

I am waiting for a few more replies with addresses before I can finish the mailings for days 8 and 9.  It took quite a while to draw 17 names for the two drawings.  But I have made a list and will check it twice!  I also have been having trouble with my mail label/postage program.  I have found that it does not work well if I try to import the address book from Outlook.  Sometimes, the idea is great, but the actual execution is flawed on these "time saving" software programs.  They should give a refund when the update cause it to stop working and it is no longer saving time!!

Day 6 Winners

Today is Day 7 of The 12 Days of Christmas on The Stitchers' Village and is hosted by Erin Dekker Raatjes of Myrtle Grace Motifs on her blog http://www.myrtlegrace.blogspot.com.
The 6 winners of the "Red Book of Sampler Stitches" book from Day 6 are:  Sherry, Sue B., Laurel P., Lois H., Kim C., and Shaunterria.  I have emailed the winners, so if you are in doubt, check your email.
Thank you for posting your kind comments yesterday and for participating in the 12 Days event.  Don't forget bingo tonight!!  There will be 4 prizes of the Lizzie Kate "Holly & Hearts" sampler.  All four will have the thread packs and two will have fabric.  Have a wonderful Saturday!!

On the 6th Day of Christmas. . .

Will The Stitchers' Village give to you - a "Red Book of Sampler Stitches".  To enter today's drawing to be one of six members who will receive this book, simply post a comment here on this blog post!!  Any greeting will do!!  Then send a quick email to enter@stitchersvillage.com .  The six winners will be drawn later tonight and posted tomorrow morning.  This is a great reference book for your stitching library!!

Day 3 Winners

The winners of the Day 3 drawing of the 12 Days of Christmas on The Stitchers' Village are:  Meari, Shanna T., and Camille J.  They will each receive a Glendon Place "A-Maze-ing Dessert" chart with the thread pack. Today's event is sponsored by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery on their blog CLICK TO VISIT  They have also provided a complimentary chart for members that has been added to the event page on the main site of The Stitchers' Village.  stitchersvillage.com/2013XMAS.htm

Enjoy!

Day 2 Winners - Thank You Ship's Manor!

The Day 2 drawings were held by Erik Shipley of Ship's Manor Designs.  The prize was a Christmas tree needle minder and two names were drawn - Sarah M. and Lorraine C.  Congratulations to them!  And a great big "THANK YOU" to Erik.  We appreciate the designers who support our community.

To see Erik's needle minders, visit his blog:  shipsmanor.blogspot.com


1st Day Drawing Winner

Pandora G. is the 1st winner of the 12 Days of Christmas on The Stitchers' Village.  She will receive a fabric "orphan" from Picture This Plus.
The activity for Day 2 is hosted by Ships Manor Designs on Erik's blog - shipsmanor.blogspot.com

12 Days of Christmas Event

Today begins the 12 Days of Christmas event on The Stitchers' Village site.  If you visit the main page (http://stitchersvillage.com) and click on the Christmas tree in the center of the Village, it will take you to the event page.  Along with this page, an email will be sent each day to announce a special activity for the day. Some designers are participating by hosting drawings on their sites during the event.  These will be announced in the email that day.  The drawing prize from TSV for the first day is a fabric "orphan" from Picture This Plus.

Limited Edition Ornament

I am finalizing the 2013 TSV LE Ornament Kit.  Here is a preview of the ornament which will have a very limited number available.  The kit will contain the 2 piece mat board frame, the 24 count congress cloth 4"x4", the charm and the chart.

Great Day!

The sky was so pretty this morning.  
I have all the fabric orphans photographed and the page ready to go for the event in the morning.  I am listing 25 which is the most I have done so far.  There are no lugana pieces, but a number of jazlyn.  The jazlyn is an evenweave with 5% more cotton than the lugana. To see the orphanage page, go to http://stitchersvillage.com/Orphanage.htm 
I also picked up some things from the Frame Warehouse.  I have a special Stitchers' Village ornament and Tanya cut the mats for them.
"See" you in the morning!!

Hearts of Gold

I have chosen the theme "Hearts of Gold" for the 2013 Holiday Season on The Stitchers' Village to honor the wonderful members who make it a warm, wonderful community!  Thank you all for participating and I hope our friendships continue to multiply and grow!  This will be the theme for the TSV Designs complimentary ornament this year, also!  I am working with several designers to make the "12 Days" event special!!  XO!!

Lost 1

I apologize for the confusion between the email I sent yesterday and the actual events and orphanage page.  I seem to have lost the "1" in the date for the fabric orphan adoption event in November.  It should have said November 16.  I did not re-send the email.  I have a fabric orphan email list of those that are particularly interested in these and will send them a notice later today to clarify things.
Speaking of email lists - I will also be catching up on my new registrations to The Stitchers' Village.  I have a process for merging them into the main email list.  This summer, I began sending out sections of the band fabric as a welcome in hopes of generating more sections.  I have gotten one!  I also received one back with a note explaining that she appreciated the thought, but would not have time to stitch one and was returning the fabric.  I have just gotten a new roll of the fabric, so I can resume sending these out into the universe hoping to get stitched sections back in the mail.
I order the band fabric from Fleur de Paris in California. They also distribute needlepoint canvases, so I get a little side-tracked when I visit their website.  But, I shall confess - it does not take much to side-track me.  I am looking at the opalescent raw linen Belfast.  I tried to scan it to share with you how pretty and gold sparkly it is, but the picture did not do it justice.  The picture actually looks pretty "blah".  Believe me, it is very Christmas ornament gold!

Ornament Stitching

After finalizing the November newsletter and sending the email to announce it, I am ready to stitch some ornaments.  I have a pretty piece of fabric (Zweigart Belfast, raw linen opalescent) that gives a very nice overall gold shimmer that should be perfect for some ornaments in my "to stitch" pile.  I made a quick trip to the grocery store this afternoon while it was not raining.  Unfortunately, it was raining very steadily when I came out of the store and I got pretty wet.  So, I am now warmed up and ready to put supper on and get comfortable and stitch.

2013 Halloween Drawings

There were hundreds of entries for the Halloween Page drawing and the lucky lady is Theresa M., of Hays, KS.  I have a system for these drawings which includes my lovely assistant choosing the winner. He loves to participate.  The prize package included Glendon Place's "Whooligans Hangout" with the special Fabric Flair fabric which has ghosts printed on it; Rosewood Manor's "Halloween Quilt Sampler"; Praiseworthy Stitches' "Widow Black's B&B"; Lizzie Kate's 2012 "Very Scary" Mystery Sampler with the fabric and threads.  These were all enclosed in a vinyl project bag and I slipped in a small section of band fabric and the information on the TSV Sampler project in hopes that Theresa will stitch a section for me.  After all, I ask for so little ; )
The drawing winner from the Online Needlework Show was Holly S. from Danville, PA.  She will receive Praiseworthy Stitches' "Widow Black's B&B".  I was surprised that there were so few entries from the online show.  The chances of winning that were pretty good with only 35 sending emails.

Sunflower Seed

I stopped by my LNS today "Sunflower Seed" and it is nearly empty.  It will be closing when the inventory is gone.  There are rumors of a buyer, but nothing official yet.  The wonderful designs from Anita of The Sunflower Seed design company, however, will be available through the shops of TSV.  She has a great spiral bound 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 book "Kansas Xmas" which has 10 of her farm themed and Kansas themed designs which are small enough to be made into ornaments.  You can see many of her designs HERE.

Challenge

I spend a lot of time on the computer and stitching, obviously.  I have been having trouble with my right shoulder for the past few weeks and have been trying different things to make it better.  Have you every tried to change the way you sleep?  Not easy.  I think that may be part of the trouble.  The other thing I have done is to move my mouse to the left side of the keyboard and operate it with my left hand.  That is a huge challenge and so far amusing.  I will let you know when it gets to be an aggravation.  Maybe I will get better at it before the novelty wears off.  If nothing else, it is making my poor old brain work a little harder!!

Saturday In The Country

Garter SnakeSaturday was spent with my daughter and her family who live about an hour west of me.  It was my granddaughters birthday and my grandson had a football game.  We went to their house after the ball game.  At one point their dog was barking with purpose and this is what had caught his attention.  I did not realize that garter snakes had red tongues or that much red on them.   Fortunately, my daughter did not have a video camera running to capture my antics pretending to be a snake charmer while taking the picture.  It was a really little snake or I would not have gotten near it!

Maybe It's Too Cold

balloon

I sometimes hear the hot air balloons as they go over my house and like to take pictures if the view is good.  This evening, one landed on the next street over as I was taking pictures of it.  Hmmm. . . maybe it is too cold.

Oct 2013 Online Needlework Show

October 17, 2013 is the first day of the Online Wholesale Needlework Show.  Stitchers may view the show to see what is available and contact one of the TSV shops to order.  The show opens at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.  Many of the vendors have drawing prize opportunities.   CLICK HERE to visit the show

2013 Halloween Page

raven
Things never seem to run smoothly when working on the web design.  I finally got the Halloween page up and running, however.  I had several people tell me that they could not play the mpg file in the fireplace, so I have replaced with with a flash file.  The message is the same.  I hope everyone enjoys the mini scavenger hunt and good luck to those entering the drawing which will be held on Halloween.  If you have not visited the page, the url is http://stitchersvillage.com/Halloween.htm  ENJOY!

Glendon Place New Releases Sept. 2013

Castle Le Creep
Castle Le Creep
Whooligan's Hangout
Whooligan's Hangout
Toil and Trouble
Toil and Trouble
Come Said the Wind
Come Said the Wind

Egg Salad

You know how you have a busy day with one thing left on the agenda?  Then DH asks for egg salad.  You make the egg salad, have a sandwich and then begin watching a BBC drama. Next thing you know, you are ready for bed and think "holy crap, I forgot bingo"!  Well, that is how my evening was.  I greatly apologize for this and thank Terry J. A. for getting Paula online to call the bingo numbers.  Paula has sent me the winners and I will be sending out prizes.

Nashville 2013


First, I must apologize for all the wonderful things I am not sharing with you because I was not able to get around the show as I wished.  You have to understand, that there is a lot of fun, catching up, silliness, um, I mean serious business going on.  Such as:
this is a part of the Praiseworthy Stitches display window.  When we first saw this raven he had fallen from his designated perch and was upside-down with his feet straight up (looked dead) so Marilyn suggested they put a flower in his claws (RIP) which they did and that is how he was most of the show until we wandered by and saw him dressed this way (resurrected).  And that is only the tip of the iceberg fun and silliness that is a market show!  Praiseworthy Stitches newest Quaker Virtue is Courage:
Now, if I put all the pictures I wanted of Nancy's Needle things, you would think she were paying me.  So, I am only going to show two of the ones I brought home for TSV prizes, "Robin Rendezvous" and "Holiday Tree IV".  She does such beautiful work, but how she can live with those helpers of hers is a mystery.  They are a full load!! (that means lots of fun).
Glendon Place was right next door to us and I had plenty of opportunity to pass by and admire her "Tiramisu", "Baked Alaska", and "Mixed Berry Cheesecake" which is the show LE design with LE thread from Dinky Dyes.  You can't imagine how lovely without seeing them in person.  
Rosewood Manor mesmerized me with one of the sections of her new "Winter Quakers".  Again, pictures do not do this justice.  I plan to stitch some of the individual quakers as ornaments.  I hope you get a chance to see this in person, but here is a picture I took.  
The Sweetheart Tree has some adorable little designs which include a silver charm:
I found Priscilla's Pocket is making some finishing products such as these little horn books to go along with a series of designs they have:
Foxwood Crossings has "Fruit of My Labor - Stitcher" that I thought was a must-have.Of course, the new colors from PTP are Bashful, Cyprium, Mesa, Mint, Mire, and Murky. (like trying to remember the seven dwarves names) with my favorites Cyprium and Mesa (ok, I like the sweet pink of Bashful even though I am not a pink person).  
It was a great time.  I am happy to be home.  I look forward to sharing some of these treasures with you as bingo prizes, drawing prizes, and whatever other nonsense we can think of!!