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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Happiest of Holidays

I thought I would post a picture of my children taken on Christmas Eve. From the left is my son-in-law John, my middle child Courtney, the baby Elisabeth and my son Matt. It was the first time in years that they have been together for Christmas. We had a marvelous time with our family in West Virginia!
Now it's back to work. I have much to do to get ready for Nashville. The panic is starting to set in! Yikes!
Wishing all of you a fun filled New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005


We have been busy getting into the Christmas spirit here. My husband always seems to get out of all the work, so I strongly encouraged (okay, I forced him) to help out with the baking and shopping. And he enjoyed it! We still have a few more gifts to buy. And I have lots to wrap. I've been singing carols loudly over the last few days. My family has just about had enough!
I have been so very, very blessed this year. Again! I have so many wonderful things in my life. You, my customers and friends are right there at the top! I appreciate all of the emails, phone calls and notes that I receive. Just about the time that I get a little discouraged, someone pops up and tells me about a chart that they love. Wow! It means so much!!!
I wish the best for all of you. And please keep those needles flying!
Merry Christmas!
PS watch for an article and pictures of my dear friend Lori from Notforgotten Farm in the February issue of Country Home. I can't wait to see it!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Upcoming Events

Two weeks til Christmas! Wow, where did the year go? And why does Christmas manage to sneak up on me every year?! I have lots and lots to do but have been able to stay in the holiday spirit since we have had snow on the ground for a week. I love it!
I have lots of news to share. First of all, I wanted everyone to know that the collaboration sampler called A Most Noble Pursuit is finished, framed and photgraphed. It is so beautiful! I can't wait for everyone to see it. The photos will be going out to web sites very soon. The limited editions charts will be available to shop owners at the Nashville cash and carry market and will retail for $40. Needlepoint Inc will have a silk pack available and Lakeside Linens will do a special cut for the 36 count Light Examplar and Vintage Light Examplar. Woo Hoo!
I have a new date for my spring retreat. Due to scheduling difficulties, the date has been changed to March 31, April 1 and 2. The price for the weekend is $375.00 plus rooms. I have a rather long list of interested stitchers so I will reserve space on a first come first serve basis. You can send a check for $100 (non-refundable) to reserve your space to my address:
203 Camellia Ct
Stephens City VA 22655
or paypal the ammount to riffletracy@aol.com. The balance will be due by March 1. You can contact Hotel Strasburg to reserve your room. They again will be offering a 15% discount so be sure to mention that you are attending the retreat. If you are unable to use stairs, mention that you need a room in one of the houses on the first floor. The name of the weekend is Bee Kind Bee True. I hope to have a model of the class projects available in February. No pre-stitching this year. All of your work will be done in the class.
I'm busily working on designs for Nashville. Again, the time is flying by and I'm shocked at how much I have to do before February. I will post pictures right before I go to market. Be sure to mention to your shop owners to make time to visit my room at market so they can bring home my designs and the collaboration sampler chart as well.
Happy, happy holidays. I hope Santa is good to all of you!