Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Woodland Collection floss give-away, enter now!

I always have fun putting together new collections because I know I am going to give one away! This set of Wild Strawberries, Blueberries, Elderberries, Wild Grapevines, Hickory Nuts, Wild Acorns, Wild Honey, Wild Grapevines....etc.......was fun to dye and fun to put a collection together. LOTS of variegation in half of these colors. Like the shading in the wild grapevines in the woods, all different shades on the vines. And the same with wild berries as they start to ripen. Many different shades in one bunch.
Primitive and any other type of stitching...you will love this set.
All boxes have 12 skeins, 20 yards each.

Rules are always the same. You must be a follower at the right. Click to follow by Faithful Friends. You must post a comment here. If you are unable to post then send me an email and I will enter you.
*****The best part....post on you Facebook, stitching group or blog and get 100 extra entries! Yes I do check! lol
Drawing to be July 14th.

With this set I will give 3 extra skeins as a gift for the give-away. AND.....the first 10 sets sold get Elderberry, Mixed Berries and Wild Blueberry. 60 extra yards! Those are the three skeins shown at the right in the picture.
The next 20 boxes sold get 2 of those free skeins and the next 20 boxes get one free skein.
These will be available on Wednesday and I am already taking orders. These limited editions go quickly. They are $24.99 plus postage. nbelgian@aol.com
Good luck to all of you. Thank you very much for entering. The longer you know me the more you will know that I truly love to share.
          Nancy      AKA   The Floss Fairy

Woodland Floss Collection, wild berries, nuts and vines

I was dyeing some of the small lots of floss this week and decided to do a woodland theme....some wild berries, nuts and vines. I took some variegated floss and over dyed it with a completely different color...I think you will love the variegation in these as it looks like the variegation in berries and vines. I hope to be able to take some photos this afternoon after the dark clouds move out as it rained a while ago.

I always do a little research on wildflowers or anything like that for my collections. After all.....wild and crazy names aren't for my floss. If you have noticed I try to describe what the color is. Not just an exotic made up name. Lets have the name fit the color!

I dyed some wild raspberries, blueberries, grapes and grape vines, chestnuts, acorns, etc. I think you will like this collection. Primitive if you use them for primitive stitching or just use them for other berry and vine motifs.

Of course I will give a set away....don't I love to share with all of you? So stay tuned. I will gather the floss and hopefully be able to take a few pictures this afternoon. You don't want to miss out on this lovely collection. Limited edition as usual.

Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you later!
                                                   Nancy

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Favorite Red Roses floss winner today!





We have a winning name drawn today for the boxed set of Favorite Red Roses. Lots of beautiful red and greens to stitch a whole flower garden. The lucky name drawn was wichitastitcher. Congratulations Paula! Please email me with your address.

We still have the complete Primitive set give-away that you can still enter. The drawing will be on the 30th, Patchwork Quilt will be July 2nd and the Star Spangled Banner will be on the 4th....of course!

I am almost done carving frames for a large order and then I will get back to putting more boxed collections together....and lots of give-aways all summer. Stay tuned!
                                        Nancy

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Keeping very busy with floss

I am always busy....always. Too busy. But it seems like there is always another frame to carve for a customer or another floss color I want to dye. I was going through the boxes (mountain) of floss cones that I have yesterday. My goodness. I think it will take me a year to dye all of this floss. No kidding. I have so many limited edition boxed sets that I want to do this summer alone. I keep getting ideas for new sets and then hit the dye pot. I will start showing some of those colors in a week or so. I am currently swamped with motto kit and frame orders this week. I keep saying I am going to quit carving frames but I have so many regular customers that have bought from me over the past 11 years and I just can't say no! I did quit stitching mottoes by request as these arthritic hands said no more. I stitched over 500 mottoes in 11 years!

Be sure you have entered the current give-aways still going. The Favorite Red Roses will be drawn on the 21st, the complete Primitive set on the 30th and on the 4th of July we will have a winner for the Star Spangled Banner floss set. Scroll back to previous posts to enter for each of those. And make sure you have sent me your month and birthdate for the Birthday Club. On the 1st of each month I draw a name for a nice present. Floss of course!

I still have a couple of the Cottage Garden, Picket Fence, Red Roses and Sleepy Hollow Collections if you are interested. Some have free skeins with them. Others have adorable charms included with them. I always like to give a little extra with a purchase to make it fun. Speaking of fun.....

I bought some adorable reindeer charms to go with the next Christmas Floss that I dye. Maybe if I find some free time (????!) I can do a small chart to go with the reindeer. Just a thought. I just about gave up sleep years ago to keep up with all of this so I am not sure where I will find some extra time. I need to add about 4 hours onto each day and then maybe...just maybe...I could get everything done on my daily list. Trims....necessaires.....floss and linen to dye....so stay tuned.

And for those of you lucky enough to be celebrating Father's Day today, I hope you have a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by.
                                                     Nancy

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Star Spangled Banner Floss give-away. Enter now!

Fresh from the dye pot I have some beautiful reds, blues, golds, whites, etc. Perfect for some Star Spangled stitching!
Perfect for a give-away! I even put together a few charms and buttons to go with it. A shiny gold flag, an antiqued gold flag, two red, white and blue buttons, a red heart and a red wooden apple button.

12 skeins, 20 yards each for lots of patriotic stitching. These are $25.99 and only available direct from me. I am not listing these in the ebay store. nbelgian@aol.com I will be boxing these tomorrow and ready to mail on Tuesday.

Lets give a box away!
2 skeins of Grand Old Flag Red, 2 other reds, blues, golds, flagpole brown too! Two whites, one antiqued and one creamy.
Rules...You must follow the rules! lol
You must be a follower at the right. Click to follow by Faithful Friends. You must post a comment here.
*****Post on your blog, Facebook or stitching group and get 100 extra entries!
Drawing to be July 4th of course!!
Good luck to all who enter.
                                            Nancy

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sleepy Hollow Floss Collection winner today!


We have another lucky winner today for the Sleepy Hollow Floss Collection. The name drawn was Nichole Franklin, Congratulations! Please email me for your address. nbelgian@aol.com

Stay tuned as you know there will be more give-aways as I am dyeing more collections all summer.

You can still enter the drawing for the complete Primitive Collection. See my previous posts. Favorite Red Roses too.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!
Nancy

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Patchwork Quilt Floss Collection give-away, enter now!

I think I am through with the orange and purple in the dye pot for a while. I put together this Halloween Patchwork Quilt Collection.....simply because of the way I wanted to display it in the box. I will be making several patchwork quilt collections this month so stay tuned.

It takes a little longer to put the box together.....a bit of a pain, lol. But adorable! I will be doing 25 of these boxes this week and they are $26 plus postage. 12 of my 20 yard skeins (240 yards of Halloween stitching) and I am including 2 pumpkin and one skeleton key charms. Complete with the fold over gift card. Nbelgian@aol.com And I can mail them direct to your friends as a gift. Postage is extra.
Now you know I can't make something new without giving one away!
Rules: Same as always. You MUST be a follower, click to follow by Faithful Friends. You must post a comment here. Post on your blog, Facebook or stitching group and get 100 more entries!

Drawing to be July 2nd so you and your friends have lots of time to enter.
Back to quilting.....I mean dyeing......
                                                   Nancy

Thursday, June 2, 2016

We have a floss winner today!


We have a winner today! The Southwest Collection!


Includes:    Chili Pepper, Hot Pepper, Paprika, Desert Sky, Brick Oven, Copper Kettle, Golden Maize, Southern Sky, Desert Sand, Tortilla, Gristmill and Cilantro.

The lucky name drawn today is:  Fran Caswell
Congratulations! Please email me and give me your address. nbelgian@aol.com

Be sure you have all signed up for the other current give-aways as there is still time to enter all of them.

Have a great day. I know Fran will!
                                                    Nancy

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

We have a birthday winner today!!

On this first day of June we have a winner. Happy Birthday!!!! The lucky name drawn today was Annie Murphy
Her birthday is on the 6th and I have a nice stitching present for her. Please email me Annie at nbelgian@aol.com.

Be sure all of you have sent me your birthdate so I can enter it in my book. On the first of each month I draw a name and send out a nice stitching present.

Have a wonderful birthday Annie!
                                                 Nancy

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Happy Memorial Day

For those of us in the states I want to wish you a very Happy Memorial Day. A day to remember all of those fallen heroes who bravely fought for this great country and our freedom.
                                                  Nancy

Picket Fence Floss Collection with 60 yards free!

I had time to put together one more boxed set before I rest for the holiday tomorrow. If you call cooking, cleaning  and baking for the family rest! But I love it.


The floss set is The Picket Fence Collection. Garden favorites...and I love this group. Beautiful reds and greens (all of these boxed sets are newly dyed colors and very limited) for roses and vines, Pink, Plum and 2 purples.
AND I thought I would give 3 free colors ($30 retail!)with this set as I had some small dye lots left over. I have a lot of small cones, half cones, etc that are hitting the dye pot. The 3 free colors are to the right. A taupe, orange and peach. I was in a hurry to take the photograph before I lost the natural light. This will be boxed with a card as the other sets are. ONLY 20 of these boxes. If you want to place an order email me, nbelgian@aol.com.
They are $24.99 plus $3 postage here in the states. First come first serve basis until they are gone.

Back to cleaning.............it's going to be so nice to "relax" on the holiday tomorrow!
                                   Nancy

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Cottage Garden (antique/primitive) Boxed Floss set plus 40yds free!

I feel like a busy bee hovering around all of these beautiful flower colors. Heavenly to look at......

Lovely to stitch with. I wanted to do another limited edition and this Cottage Garden Collection just went together perfectly. Soft, antique/primitive flower colors that fill this 12 skein boxed set. 240 yards of stitching.

I also had a couple small hanks of gorgeous floss.....so I thought I would give TWO FREE SKEINS with the first 30 ( I had to add more since so many want this set) boxes sold. 40 yards of overdyed floss....I believe that would be about $20 if you went out to buy it.
I think I will just sell 40 boxes of this limited edition.
The free colors are to the right.....Columbine and French Lavender. In the boxed set are Sunflowers, Hydrangeas, Dahlia, Foxglove, Garden Moss, Delphinium, Dame's Rocket, etc.

Email me if you would like a set. nbelgian@aol.com
I will only give the free skeins with direct sales. After I sell a few sets I might list these on ebay.
The box is $24.99 and $3 postage in the states. These sell out quickly so if you want one be sure to email me.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all have a nice relaxing, holiday weekend (here in the states).
                                           Nancy

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Primitive Floss Collection Give-away! 920 yards of floss! Enter now!

I have been blessed in many ways.....and as you all know....I truly love to share! With each new collection or boxed set I like to give one away. It's my way of saying thank you and giving back to the stitching community. Great people who have become many great friends over the years.

It's been a while since I have given away a whole floss collection. OK....I was recently asked if I ever give away whole collections. YES! I have given away many of them over the years and I guess I need to give another one away. I am still working on the new Ultimate floss collection....it will be finished soon (unless I get swamped with carving frames once again).

Lets start with some summer stitching fun. A great give-away for any stitching project.

Lets give away The Primitive Collection. 46 of my 20 yard skeins, 920 yards of stitching heaven! This set is $90 and if you buy direct from me I include a couple extra free skeins as a thank you.
nbelgian@aol.com
The Primitive Floss Collection 
Rules:    You MUST be a follower. Click to follow by Faithful Friends.  You must post a comment here.
Post on your blog, Facebook or stitching group and get 100 more entries!!!! We want lots of stitchers to have the opportunity to win.
You must check back to see if you are a winner. You must follow!
Drawing to be June 30th. Lots of time to enter for some summer stitching fun.
 
I will be adding a couple new colors to the Primitive line very soon. Requested colors that I think you will love. I will also include them with each purchased set as a free gift.
 
Good luck to all!!!!
                                     Nancy

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Favorite Red Roses Boxed Floss set give-away, enter now!

If you know me at all, you know I LOVE red. And I especially love all shades of red for flowers. I thought I would select some beautiful shades of reds from my motto kits and do a Favorite Red Roses Collection. And as usual....I thought I would share with you! I will give one boxed set to a lucky winner.

Another limited edition only available as a set.
Reds, cranberry reds, pink/reds and 4 beautiful shades of green that I use for leaves. I even included 2 heart charms that say made with love.

Old Country Rose, Antique Rose Red, Royal Albert Rose, American Beauty, Victorian Rose, Best Red Rose, Variegated Rose, English Tea Rose, English Garden, Dried Rose Leaves, Spring Garden, and Rose Leaves.

Rules: Same as always. You must be a follower at the right. Click to follow by Faithful Friends. You must post a comment here.

***Post on your blog, Facebook or stitching group and get 50 more entries!

Drawing to be June 21st and you must check back to see if you are a winner. You must follow!

These are $24.99 plus postage if you would like one. I will probably only do 35 boxes. Very limited editions. nbelgian@aol.com

Good luck to all who enter! Lots of give-aways coming up with all these limited editions so stay tuned.

                                          Nancy aka The Floss Fairy

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sleepy Hollow Floss Collection give-away, enter now!!!!

When you are on a roll....you keep rolling! I have been dyeing more of the very limited editions (in between dyeing all the regular floss) since it gives me a break and basically...it's fun!

I had a couple requests for Halloween floss recently. I had sold out of my previous collection.....so I dyed some fantastic new colors for this Sleepy Hollow Collection. VERY limited edition....I will explain in a minute.

It includes a nice selection of pumpkins, browns, eery blues and greys and a couple purples that seem popular with Halloween.
Glowing Pumpkin, Sleepy Hollow Purple, Hallow's Eve Orange, Ichabod Crane, Spirit of the Pumpkin, Headless Horseman, Tombstone Grey, Midnight Sky, Eery Purple, Bewitching Hour, and Spooky Brown.

I am including two pumpkin charms with each box. I will only do 15-20 of these limited edition boxes so if you want one contact me. nbelgian@aol.com.  I will be listing these on ebay soon and they sell out quickly. They are $24.99 plus postage.
Lets give one away!
Rules: Always the same. You must be a follower at the right. Click to follow by Faithful Friends. You must post a comment here. Post on your blog, Facebook or a stitching group and get 50 more entries!
Drawing to be June 6th. I will have quite a few give-aways all summer with all the new floss that I am dyeing.

Good luck to all who enter!
                                        Nancy

Sunday, May 15, 2016

NEW! Southwest Collection boxed set and a GREAT give-away, enter now!!!

All of you know how much I love to share with you.
I just finished another very limited edition boxed set, The Southwest Collection. I will only do about 30 of these boxes and they go fast.

Includes:    Chili Pepper, Hot Pepper, Paprika, Desert Sky, Brick Oven, Copper Kettle, Golden Maize, Southern Sky, Desert Sand, Tortilla, Gristmill and Cilantro. Colors dyed just for this super southwest collection. I just listed these in my ebay store and they are also available direct from me.

Lets give a set away!!
 Enter here. Rules are the same as usual.
You MUST be a follower at the right. Click to follow by Faithful Friends. If your name is drawn and you are not on the list we have to draw another name.
You must post a comment here. If you post on Facebook, your stitching group or blog you get 50 more entries. I like to let a lot of stitchers have a chance to win.
Drawing to be June 2nd so hurry and enter and tell your friends to enter.
You must check back to see if you are a winner. You must follow!

Good luck to all who enter!!
                                                Nancy

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I would love your opinion on floss!!!!

So here I go......I always wonder if this will bite me on the butt......

Do you all know why I sell my floss for $2 for 20 yards? Or my new line with the price increase for $2.45 for 20 yards? Simply to save stitchers money. Money I could be putting in my pocket if I sold 5 yards for $2.75 like the other shops do. But I won't.

I started selling floss to offer a quality product at an affordable price. I get criticized from shop owners who have asked to carry my floss....if I will quit selling wholesale to the public. And right now my pricing is below wholesale.

Am I mad? Yes. A shop owner told me that I will never get anywhere selling direct to all of you and not sell in shops.
And that I will be known for cheap floss with my cheap prices.
WRONG. I offer a quality product and I am just not greedy. Plain and simple. Could I open a small factory and employ people to do a larger floss business? Yes. I have a retail building sitting empty after we decided to close a pet shop. Do I want a larger floss business? No.
I love the stitchers I have met all along this journey and I have made many new friends. All over the world. I love to share my designs, my floss, and most of all, my time with the friends I have made. I like to call it quality of life. I know they appreciate the great prices I give them and we always have fun with all of my give-aways.

So I want you to know I will continue to sell wholesale to all of you. Simply to save you money. To give you quality floss at an affordable price.

So now that my rant is over....I will get back to floss! New colors....coming soon....new gift boxes, new floss sets and new give-aways!

                    Love,
                        The Floss Fairy

Monday, May 9, 2016

Kansas Wildflowers Boxed Floss Set

It's back to work today.....after I pack orders from the weekend I will start listing the new floss colors in my ebay store. I will be having a 10% off sale this week and if you buy direct from me you will get that sale price. I have 60 listings to do for floss singles and the Kansas Wildflowers boxed set.

I have to re-do the photo as I grabbed one of the cards that was spelled wrong....gotta love it when you are in a hurry!
The new Kansas Wildflowers Boxed Set (also sold as individual singles) are:
Blue Sage,  Prairie Clover,  Prairie Parsley,  Prairie Rose, Meadow Flax,  Golden Sunflower,  Kansas Coneflower,  Black-Eyed Susan,  Western Wallflower,  Prairie Sage,  Bittersweet,  and Maximilian Sunflower.

I may add a second series later on. The boxed set includes a cute fold over gift card and on the front is a Kansas Wildflowers card I made to go with it.

I guess I better get back to work......I just wanted to show you the new set.

Have a great week.
Nancy

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

I wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a very Happy Mother's Day. A day that is special to me in many ways. My Mother is 93 and still takes care of my sister who is 53 with special needs. My Mother raised 9 children and helped raise several of the grandchildren. I also had that privilege; after raising my children I have had my two grandsons with me for 14 wonderful years. The time quickly went by as I saw them grow into fine young men and I cherish all the memories we made along the way. Wonderful years!

I am sure we could all share stories of the joys of being a Mother.
So I salute all of our Mother's. Some we have lost but still cherish.......To The Best of Mothers.
                     Happy Mother's Day

                                   Nancy

The new, Ultimate Floss Collection

Over the next few days I will be listing the first 65 colors in my new Ultimate Floss Collection. It has been a challenge to work on this collection and keep up with orders over the past few months. Overwhelming is more like it....but I will start listing the new colors. I am very pleased with them and my friends gave me rave reviews when they were here. The shading is nice and not too drastic. A classic look. I am not into wild and crazy colors. I also have the first 12 colors for one of my new Kansas Wildflowers Collection. I will be listing that soon as a boxed set but they will also be available as singles.

The new colors are $2.45 each. As I previously explained, I have had more than 5 increases in the wholesale price of the floss over they years and this is my first price increase.

Here are a couple group photos of the new colors. For these colors I have listed a DMC Conversion on each label. This will be the closest color/colors I can match it to. In some cases there were two colors and I listed both. You could use it for either one but it will have a lighter or darker color in it.

When I have all 130 singles listed I will then divide the collection into 4 groups and list those groups as bagged sets. That way someone could purchase each group until they have the whole collection if they didn't want to buy singles. I will also list the entire 130 skein collection in a listing. I just figured it would be easier on the wallet to buy in 4ths.

Dyeing those colors was a lot of work but also a lot of fun. I tried very hard to have more variations within each skein than a lot of my previous colors. A few are tone on tone but not many. I think those of you who have been waiting for new colors will not be disappointed.

My Kansas friends helped me with a few of the names....especially the wildflowers we were researching for Kansas. Yellow Stargrass, Prairie Clover, Blue Sage, Meadow Flax, Western Wallflower, etc. The only problem that I ran into was too many wildflowers for one set. I will divide them and do two boxed sets. And speaking of boxed sets....I have a huge project this summer. I want to take all the half cones I have and make 20 different boxed sets of Limited Editions. You know me....love those limited editions. I will start dyeing the floss after all these colors are listed on ebay. I should be done dyeing all the floss by the end of June and then can start listing new boxed sets. I already have some cute names picked out for the boxes.

So back to work. I am still moving slow and have a thumb that will not work very well. Try carding floss, carving or sewing without one thumb and you will see why I have been so slow. And I feel sorry for anyone with arthritis because it sure makes work difficult.
So be patient with me with all these new colors.

I will list the floss on the side bar at the right and in my ebay store. You can always buy direct from me too.

Thanks for stopping by....thanks for listening. Have a great weekend. A super holiday is coming up tomorrow....but that's my next post!
Nancy

Monday, May 2, 2016

Floss winner today

We have a floss winner today for some of my new line. 10 skeins, 20 yards each. Lots of floss to stitch some goodies. The lucky winner today is Terri from Rosy Stitches. Congratulations! Please email me and give me your address. nbelgian@aol.com

It has been raining and cloudy for days and too dark to take photographs of the new floss. I will start listing it in my ebay store as soon as I can take the pictures. For now I need to whittle away at a mountain of orders that came in while I was taking a break last week with my friends from Kansas who came to visit. We had a wonderful time! We worked on several projects. A mini motto, a sewing necessaire and a cute little wooden box that we decorated. I wanted to make one similar to a little antique sewing box that I have and I think we did a great job. I will show pictures of that later this week.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.
Nancy

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Birthday Club winner today!

Birthday Greetings ~ two yellow roses & three orange-red buds:
                     Happy Birthday!!
We have a winner drawn from the hat today for the Birthday Club for May. The lucky winner is Mary Kaeding and her birthday is on the 6th. We all hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration on your special day. I have a nice gift for you and if you will email me with your address, I will have your gift on it's way. nbelgian@aol.com

Be sure you have all entered the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Birthday Club. Simply send me your month and date of your birthday. On the 1st of each month I draw a name from the hat.

Have a great day!
Nancy

Friday, April 15, 2016

Floss winner today! And another give-away so enter now!

I have been extremely busy with many things in the first quarter of 2016. Busier than I have ever been with dyeing new floss colors, stitching mottoes for customers (one more to go and I am caught up!) and hand carving more frames in the past 4 months than I did all of last year. I have the sore hands to prove it! I love being busy but this has been insane. Or maybe I am going insane...not sure which. But I have found time for a give-away and we have a winner for some of the new floss line colors. She has won 10 skeins and our lucky winner today is Ann K. Congratulations! Please email me, nbelgian@aol.com, and I will have your gift in the mail.

I will start listing all the new floss colors in the ebay store at the end of the month and also show them here at that time. I have company coming to visit and I will actually close the ebay store for 5 days on the 26th-30th....the first time I am taking a break in 11 years since I opened the store......and believe me....I need a break more than I can describe. I'm not sure I remember how to sit and relax but I am going to give it a try.

Spring has been beautiful with all the lilacs, woodland phlox and spring flowers blooming. I was walking around the yard just smelling the flowers...heavenly perfume to soothe a weary soul.
I hope all of you take a spring break too.  I will be back soon with lots of floss and a new little project to show you. I think I will have another surprise give-away for some of the new floss.....yes...lets do the same give-away. 10 skeins of my new line of floss. Enter here now.....same rules.
You must be a follower at the right. Click to follow by faithful friends. You must post a comment here. Post on your blog or Facebook and get 25 more entries. Send a friend to follow and get 50 entries. Drawing to be May 2nd. And remember that the Birthday Club drawings are on the first of every month so make sure you have signed up by sending me the month and date of your birthday. I give a nice present to one lucky winner each month. And for all drawings you must check back to see if you are a winner. I don't have time to hunt you down!! LOL

Have a great day.
                                           Nancy

Friday, April 1, 2016

April Birthday Club winner today!!



We have a winner today as I drew a name from the hat for the month of April. Thank you to all of you who have joined the Birthday C lub here at the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. I love to share and birthdays are always special.

The lucky winner is: Lois Davis. Her birthday is on the 6th and I am sure we all wish her a very Happy Birthday!!!

Please email me, nbelgian@aol.com, and tell me your favorite colors. I will have a very special present on it's way to you.

I hope all of you who have birthdays this month have a wonderful birthday celebration.
                                                  Nancy

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter

                  I just wanted to take a minute to wish all of you a very Happy Easter. I am taking a much needed day off to celebrate the holiday with my family. Those are truly the best days and time well spent.

I hope all of you have a very happy holiday.
                                                 Nancy

Sunday, March 20, 2016

New Line of floss give-away, enter now!!!

Yes I am still stitching away....two more mottoes to stitch for customers and two frames to carve. My goodness....this has been the busiest 3 months of stitching mottoes and the most frames we have done in one stretch. Believe me....my hands are numb.

With all the other work on mottoes I am still working on the new floss line. The guys are almost done with the new base for the stackable units that hold each color. The whole wall should be done in a few days and I can put the floss in each bin. I won't be selling the new floss until the beginning of next month as I have other things going on....but I thought I would give a surprise floss gift from the new line to one lucky winner. How about 10 of my 20 yard skeins! Brand new colors! These will retail for $2.45 each. As I previously stated.....I did not have a price increase for 7 years but with the last wholesale price increase I finally found it necessary to raise my prices. The old stock is still the same price and today it is on sale for 10% off. On ebay or direct from me.

Rules:   You must post a comment here. You must be a follower at the right. Click to follow by Faithful Friends. Post on your blog or Facebook and get 25 more entries.
Drawing to be April 15th. That is still one of my favorite days....I had a Belgian mare that gave birth on that day to the sweetest little (well.....200 pounds of sweetness!) filly you ever saw. I miss those days of raising the draft horses, but getting older...and sicker has put limitations on me. Maybe I should change that.....maybe after I move I will do everything that I want to once again. Just maybe.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck to all who enter.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Forget Me Not pattern

I took a little time each evening after work....that's 9 at night when I collapse in a chair, LOL, to work on a pattern for me. Something to hang on my wall. Not a custom pattern for a customer or anything like that. Something fun to do in the midst of this very busy time with my business. You have to take a little time to do something fun. I found that out many years ago. I work 7 days a week......I always have. But I take a little time here and there to create something unique.

I had a picture of an antique chromolithograph of a floral banner but decided I didn't like the flowers in it. I had a 4x4" drawing in black and white of a banner with a few flowers. That would work. So I drew it on the paper and then started adding flowers and stems. Good enough. I got some floss and went to work. Just having fun, adding a little each night. I didn't need everything drawn on the perforated paper as it is easy to add flowers and leaves as you go.
I added two little hummingbirds. Looked good to me. So I then added the words Forget Me Not on the ribbon banner. Just like a painting (I used to paint....I miss that and may get back to it when I retire some day), adding things as I stood back and could see a bare spot.....where it needed a little something. A flower. A leaf. And the painting with floss on my paper canvas grew all week and I think...think it may be finished. But you never know...I may look at it for a couple days and decide to add a flower or two. I have been known to grab my paints and go back to a painting just to add a tree branch. Or a few spots on a cow....I love painting cows. OK, back to floss.

I won't do this motto as a kit because this is a pattern for me....to hang in my guest room as the colors are perfect for that room....and I thought I would show it to you.
Looking at my monitor I think the colors are much softer than this....even with this new camera I am a little disappointed with the way it shows the colors. Oh well. I just wanted you to see what I did this week in my late evenings. And I really shouldn't have done so much stitching as I am swamped with hand carved frames again this week. I stitched a motto on the dark brown paper....again.....somebody please kick me in the hind end.....and I also took orders for two more on brown paper. I think I need my head examined. It just goes to show you....never say never.

I hope to put some floss together this week for a new give-away.....as it dawned on me that we don't have one going right now! How did I let that happen?? Oh yes...I was busy stitching!!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.
Nancy

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Birthday Club winner today!!!!

Happy Birthday to all my friends who have birthdays this month. We have a winner today for the Birthday Club.  Congratulations! The name drawn for this month was:    zenupees

I thought I would let her pick her favorite color from the new boxed floss collections. Ultimate Pinks, Purples, Greens or the Browntones. Tell me your favorite colors!







Please email me and give me your address. nbelgian@aol.com

Be sure each of you have entered. Simply email me the month and date of your birthday. On the first of each month I announce a winner. You know I love to give presents!!!
                                                  Nancy

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Pick your floss winnner today!






Thank you for entering  another give-away. Today will be fun for one lucky winner! YOU pick which collection you want! Ultimate Pink Collection, Purple or Browntones.
I also have the Green Collection.
The lucky winner is Cindy in Maryland. Please email me and give me your address. nbelgian@aol.com.

Thank you for joining in the fun. We will have another give-away soon.
                                            Nancy
 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Another very busy week at The Motto Shoppe

It was another very busy and productive week here at The Motto Shoppe. I stitched two mottoes for customers....it seems like the harder mottoes are the ones that they would like me to stitch and I understand. Some do take longer to stitch and have more detail.
The first was Give Us this day our Daily Bread. This pattern is one I reproduced from an antique I had in my collection. I buy and sell the antiques all the time. Once I realized I had too many....the walls were full....several closets were full....it was time to sell some of them so others could enjoy them. Anyways...here is the motto in one of our fancy frames with the fretwork all around. My son makes these and I carve The corner leaves.
And then I stitched another one on brown paper...didn't I just say I wasn't going to do another one??? I have stitched 3 on brown paper in 6 weeks and just gave a quote for another today. It is much harder to see the pattern on the dark paper and rough on the eyes. You need good lighting when stitching on the darker paper. This is my Home Sweet Home. A nice companion motto to the Scatter Smiles on brown paper.
And now I am headed back to carving frames and corner leaves for 6 frames. Floss?? Still on the back burner but I will do a marathon dyeing session soon and have it completed.
 
Don't forget to sign up for the big drawing tomorrow for your choice of gift boxes of floss. Several colors to choose from.
 
Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice day.
Nancy