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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Look At This!

My good buddy Katie Estvold from Sparrow's Cottage is selling these wonderful calendars that she made. They are marvelous! You can contact Katie at efamily@outlawnet.com to order. The price is $18 plus shipping. You can see more of Katie's things at www.deerfieldfarmhouse.com. Click on the Sparrow's Cottage link to go to her pages.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Ida Nolt

Trying to catch up on all the things I need to share. Today the picture is of Ida Nolt. Lori Markovich of La~D~Da stitched the sampler and then made it into a purse. Isn't it fun?! She is such a wonderful designer and a great friend. I felt so honored that she carries around my design.
I will post pictures soon of stitcheries that Nikki from Italy has sent me. She is such an accomplished stitcher....don't know how she gets so much done.
Have a lovely week,

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Patience 1898

I've decided to release Patience 1898 as a chart. This little sampler was released as a kit at the Nashville market. I'm out of supplies for it and so it will be sent to Hoffman and Norden to distribute as well.

Friday, April 14, 2006


Here are two pictures from the retreat. The first is of my two daughters Elisabeth and Courtney and Kathy's daughter Liz after taking the punch needle class. Aren't they adorable?!
The second picture is of the teachers: Cathy Campbell~Primitive Traditions, Lisa Duffin, Me, Lori Brechlin~Notforgotten Farm and Kathy Barrick-Dieter~Carriage House Samplings.

I also wanted to repost two web sites that you need to add to your favorites. They didn't come through on my last post. The first is for Christine Crocker and her beautiful dolls. Her daughter Katie is linked through the site as well. Check out www.deerfieldfarmhouse.com
The second site is for Jeanne Horton's fabulous shop in Spring Green Wisconsin called Country Sampler. When you walk into the store your credit card will jump right out of your wallet and into her hands. Then the merchandise starts piling up on the counter. At least that's what I told my husband! Go to www.sgcountrysampler.com
Off to stitch...have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

ahhhh, spring!

What beautiful weather we are having in northern Virginia! All the trees are in full bloom and the grass is so green it almost hurts my eyes. Ahhhhhhh. Chuck mowed the grass last night and I decided there is no better smell than the first cut of grass in April.
I'm still recovering from my fun retreat. Wow, it was fantastic! I had the most wonderful group of women...and we were busy from Friday night until Sunday afternoon. I think everyone was ready for nap when it was over. I was lucky to have some of the best designers/teachers for the weekend. Not only did Kathy Barrick-Dieter, Cathy Campbell, Lori Brechlin and Lisa Duffin teach great classes but they also provided lots of entertainment during their down times (which means they were very disruptive! LOL!). Thanks to everyone, teachers and students alike for helping to make the weekend just perfect!
I had an exciting package arrive right before I left for the retreat. I was lucky enough to buy a doll from Christine Crocker and the arrival was such a thrill for me. I have been wanting one of her exquisite dolls for the longest time! You can see her work at . My new doll Rebecca is very happy in her new home.
I also was very lucky to go with Kathy to Wisconsin (my first time in the beautiful state) to Country Sampler and teach. We had such fun. Jeanne Horton is the very best hostess. She is such a detail person and everything was perfect down to the beautiful tulips in vases on her tables in the class room. She has a little apartment above her shop where Kathy and I stayed. We were honored to share the space with Barb Adams and Alma Allen. What a thrill. They are two of the nicest and funniest girls and I could have easily spent a whole week with them. Alma even helped me get started on a quilt. We also had two more apartment mates~Adele and Vickie Meese. They were delightful as well. The whole weekend was so fun and I hope I get to go back to Jeanne's shop soon. I could easily excede my credit limit in her store! You can see pictures here:
I have one important announcement. I recently found out that there is a printing error in my chart A Merry Heart. If anyone has purchased this and would like a replacement, please email me with your address and I will get it in the mail asap. I apologize in advance for the inconvenience!
Hope everyone is enjoying their spring weather!