Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We have Sampler chart winners today!

Once again I want to thank all of you that entered the give-away. It is so much fun to share with you and I wish I could do it every day!











First is The Gift of Wisdom, fits a standard 12x12" frame ($10 half price at Hobby Lobby), next is Welcome Spring, finished size is 14x18 and I am using an old 16x20 frame and the last is Thy Hearthstone's Steady Glow and fits a 12x12 frame.
All are charted for DMC.
First we have a chart winner and she gets linen to go with the chart of her choice. Linda P

Next we have two winners that get to pick a chart. Brenda and Robin in Virginia

Please email me, nbelgian@aol.com, and give me your choice and your address. Thank you for being faithful followers. It seems like a lot of bloggers have gone to facebook these days.


Be sure to enter the Halloween chart give-away too.
 I need to start thinking of what to do for the next give-away. I have been sicker with this Lupus and not doing as much as I would like to these past few months. It really aggravates me when it slows me down as I like to have 6 projects going at one time. Maybe with the cooler weather approaching I will perk up a bit. I love the holidays and can hardly wait to decorate for Christmas....that perks me up just thinking about it!

Thanks for stopping by.
Nancy

Monday, September 29, 2014

Halloween Sampler chart give-away enter now!

Another Sampler is finished.....My Witch's Brew. Perfect little sampler size, stitched on 32ct antique champagne linen (my own) and finished size measures 7 x 9 and will fit any 8 x 10 frame! Yes I planned that one......I hope to have my framed tomorrow.

Lets give a couple charts away.....drawing to be.....October 31st!
My Witch's brew I'll make for you
with love and greeting kind and true


Rules: You must be a follower at the right. You must post a comment here. Post on your blog or facebook and get 25 more entries. Be sure to check back to see if you are a winner in my drawings. I truly don't have time to hunt you down!

Thanks for joining in on the fun. I love to share with you!

Nancy

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Youth's Flowery Season Sampler is finished and a chart give-away

Another Sampler is FINALLY finished....I had to have another model stitcher complete this one when a gal couldn't finish it. So it is finally done and ready to be framed. This is Youth's Flowery Season. Stitched on my Antique Champagne 32ct Belgian linen with DMC floss. I chose DMC because it is so readily available for stitchers in most countries. Finished size is 16" x 19".


As usual, I like to share with you when I can. Lets give a few charts away....drawing to be October 21st. Charts are also available from me, nbelgian@aol.com or in my ebay store.
Rules: You must be a follower at the right. You must post a comment here. Share on your blog or Facebook and get 25 more entries.
Good luck to all who enter!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope to have a Halloween Sampler finished tomorrow and another give-away so e sure to check back. As we approach the holiday season there will be lots of give-aways.
Nancy

Monday, September 15, 2014

We have sampler chart winners today!

We have some sampler chart winners today! You get to choose which chart you would like. Patience or Waiting for the Angels.
 
 
We have 5 chart winners today! The winners are:
Julie, Bonnie, Mary Ammann, Kevin and Connie.
Congratulations! Please email me, nbelgian@aol.com, and give me your address.
 
Thank you all for participating. Be sure to enter my newest chart give-away. One winner will get a chart with linen for the sampler.
Nancy

Friday, September 12, 2014

Three Samplers are finished and a chart give-away!

I finally got three samplers back this week.....I waited a long time for these and I really appreciate the help Rita and Pam gave me on finishing these! I don't know what I would do without these model stitchers.




First is The Gift of Wisdom, fits a standard 12x12" frame($10 half price at Hobby Lobby), next is Welcome Spring, finished size is 14x18 and I am using an old 16x20 frame and the last is Thy Hearthstone's Steady Glow and fits a 12x12 frame.
All are charted for DMC.

Lets give a few charts away. One winner will get the chart of their choice and the 32ct hand dyed linen to go with it!
Rules: You must be a follower at the right. You must post a comment here. Send a friend or post on facebook or your blog and get 25 more entries!
Drawing to be September 30th so hurry and enter.

Thanks for stopping by!
Nancy

Friday, August 15, 2014

Patience and Waiting for the Angels Samplers finished and a give-away!

My Patience and Waiting for the Angels Samplers are FINALLY finished....I truly ran out of patience and waiting for these two!!

I wanted to show a couple pictures....too anxious to wait until I framed them. I have some antique frames that I think will look real nice on these two. It is a little cloudy today....wish it had been brighter....but as I said....I was anxious to show them to you.

Both are charted for DMC floss. Stitched on my hand dyed linen, 32ct.
Lets give a couple charts away! You will choose the chart you would like. You must be a follower (follow at right) and you must post a comment here. Post on your blog or facebook and get 25 more entries. Send a friend to follow and get 25 entries.

Drawing to be September 15th. Let have 5 winners. Let the comments begin!

The charts are also available in my  ebay store http://stores.ebay.com/Victorian-Motto-Sampler-Shoppe

Nancy

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thank you for a wonderful Birthday!

Thank you everyone for all the Birthday wishes and beautiful gifts I have received this past week. I am so blessed to have so many friends!

Of course we are celebrating my Birthday together......so here are the lucky winners: Check the original post if you think this is you!

Floss winners: Ele,  Dede,  Nancy P, Jacqueline and Stitchersanon

Pick a sampler pattern from my store: Blessings in the Country,  Barb and grandmaangie

Choice of trims....please tell me if you like ric rac, chenille, or cluny lace:   Sandy in Montana,    Happy Valley Primitives, and Joan

Email me at nbelgian@aol.com after you pick your choices from my store  http://stores.ebay.com/Victorian-Motto-Sampler-Shoppe

Thanks again for sharing in the fun and celebrating with me. I truly look forward to it each year.

Have a great day....I know I will!
Nancy

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We have summer floss winners today!

I have been super busy helping my son move and getting 3 properties ready to list.....I almost forgot about the summer floss give-away! Today is the lucky day for 5 stitchers. They get to pick 5 skeins of floss from the new 1840 Sampler Line I believe there are now 52 colors....here are a few of them:

 All new colors. 1840Line: Faded Red, Bright Candy Pink, Cranberry Wine, Cranberry Delight, Carnation Pink, Heirloom Rose Pink, Rose Pink, Calico Pink, Heirloom Rose Petals, Red Violet, Plum Pudding, Mulberry Wine, Variegated Purple, Shades of Violet, Lavender Haze, Pale Violet Blue, Calico Blue, Olde World Blue, Midnight Blue, Primitive Aqua, Delphinium Blue, Cranberry Rainbow, Apple Green, Dark Forest Moss, Spring Grass, Meadow Green, Tarnished Aqua Green, Shades of Celery, Antique Sage Golden Sage, Golden Tan, Golden Sunflower, Peach/Flesh, Peach Cobbler, Cobblestone Brown, Spiced Cocoa, Gingerbread, Golden Acorn, Pink Perfection and Olde Buttermilk.

The winners are:
gramona
Marie(P)
Lois Moore
Julie(Castle)
fullnovembermoon

Congratulations! Pick 5 colors and email me at nbelgian@aol.com with your selections and your address.
Browse here:    http://stores.ebay.com/Victorian-Motto-Sampler-Shoppe/HAND-DYED-EMBROIDERY-FLOSS-/_i.html?_fsub=13596290&_sid=182293904&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322

Be sure to enter my Birthday give-away for the drawing on August 14th.

Thanks again for everyone who entered the give-away and sharing in the fun.

Have a great day!
Nancy

Friday, July 25, 2014

Join me in my birthday celebration give-away! Enter now! 10 Winners!

     Roses are red
Violets are blue
     It's almost time for my birthday
And time to share with you!

I can't believe how quickly another year has passed.....and I am another year older! I guess I shouldn't complain considering the alternative!!!

You know I LOVE to share my birthday with you each year.....so lets give away some floss from the new 1840 Line.......lets have 5 winners for a few skeins......

Lets give away your choice of any one of my sampler patterns....lets have 3 winners.....

And lets give 2 winners their choice of some trims. Choose from vintage seam ribbon, chenille trim, hand dyed ric rac or cluny ric rac.

Rules: You must be a follower at the right. Click on it now if you aren't.
You must put a comment on this post.
Post on your blog, facebook or pinterest and get 25 more entries. Yes I do check!

Come celebrate with me! Drawing to be on August 14th, my birthday.

I have been extremely busy with past two months but will return to my sampler patterns in a week. Life got a little too hectic around here to suit me.....I need to sit and unwind and enjoy designing samplers for a while.

Good luck in the drawing......thanks for stopping by.
Nancy

Monday, July 14, 2014

Beautiful gifts from friends

I have been blessed in many ways....the best way is all of the wonderful friends I have made through this business. Friends all over the world and I treasure each and every one of them.

I received a beautiful stitched sewing pocket from Maggee. She said this is the first one she has made and it is beautiful! Thank you so much Maggee!!
The next day I received a package from France from Christine. Lots of little treasures! A post card from Toulouse, also known as the pink city because of all of the houses built with pink bricks. Also included were some  floss samples, a wood button, a ceramic dress form, hand made tags, a violet flower wooden button, some antique trim, a monogram of my initial and a gorgeous antique thread card winder! Thank you so much Christine!



I really needed the pick-me-up as I haven't been feeling very well and these gifts from treasured friends did the trick. As I said....I am blessed......

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Be sure you have entered the floss give-away. Deadline to enter is the 30th.
Nancy

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer floss give-away, enter now!!

Yes it's time to give away some floss....don't we always give away floss around here?? It seems to be the favorite give-away!
I have 40 colors in the new 1840 Sampler line.
All new colors. 1840Line: Faded Red, Bright Candy Pink, Cranberry Wine, Cranberry Delight, Carnation Pink, Heirloom Rose Pink, Rose Pink, Calico Pink, Heirloom Rose Petals, Red Violet, Plum Pudding, Mulberry Wine, Variegated Purple, Shades of Violet, Lavender Haze, Pale Violet Blue, Calico Blue, Olde World Blue, Midnight Blue, Primitive Aqua, Delphinium Blue, Cranberry Rainbow, Apple Green, Dark Forest Moss, Spring Grass, Meadow Green, Tarnished Aqua Green, Shades of Celery, Antique Sage Golden Sage, Golden Tan, Golden Sunflower, Peach/Flesh, Peach Cobbler, Cobblestone Brown, Spiced Cocoa, Gingerbread, Golden Acorn, Pink Perfection and Olde Buttermilk.
Pick your favorite 5 colors! 20 yard skeins, 100 yards of stitching fun.
Drawing to be July 30th.....lots of time for everyone to enter. Tell your friends too.
Rules: You must be a follower AT THE RIGHT. Click to follow my blog. You don't have to have a blog but you must follow at the right.
YOU MUST PUT A COMMENT ON THIS POST TO ENTER.
Post on your blog, facebook or pinterest and get 25 more entries. Send a friend to follow and get 25 more entries.
Lets give 5 stitchers their choice of 5 skeins from the list above. I will be dyeing more colors but this drawing is for those listed above.
I have a sale right now in my ebay store, 10% off. Floss skeins are $1.80 for 20 yards....doesn't get any better than that!
http://stores.ebay.com/Victorian-Motto-Sampler-Shoppe/HAND-DYED-EMBROIDERY-FLOSS-/_i.html?rt=nc&_fsub=13596290&_sid=182293904&_sticky=1&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14&_sop=10&_sc=1

Good luck everyone....let the comments begin!
Nancy

Sunday, June 15, 2014

We have floss winners today!!!!

Once again I have been super busy and absent from blogging. I had a sale in my ebay shop...the first I have ever had in 9 years......and I got so swamped with custom motto patterns, custom kits, frames, etc. that I can hardly keep up these past few weeks. I do hope life return to normal soon...I forgot what normal is!

Lets have some floss winners today! I have 41 colors in the new 1840 Sampler Line. Some have lots of variegation in them and some have tone on tone for a great antique sampler look. You will get to pick which 5 colors you would like me to send! 5 skeins is 100 yards of stitching fun!

The winners are: (I picked an extra one!)
Judy B
stitchyDon
Lija Broka
zenuwpees
Christine guignard
laceystitcher

Congratulations! Choose your favorite colors here:
http://stores.ebay.com/Victorian-Motto-Sampler-Shoppe/HAND-DYED-EMBROIDERY-FLOSS-/_i.html?_fsub=13596290&_sid=182293904&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322

Please mail me your address.

Thank you for entering the give-away.....I will have another one VERY soon.
Nancy

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mary Campbell of Scotland, a tribute sampler

All of my Grandparents passed through Ellis Island and came to this great land of freedom and opportunity. My Grandmother came from Glasgow Scotland a long, long time ago.  She was very proud of her Scots heritage as I am. My mother told me that she often spoke of William Wallace and how proud the Scots were of that brave and determined man. She also loved music.....lots of different kinds of music. I remember when I was 5 and would go spend a week with my Grandparents....she would play opera music.....which I wasn't too fond of at 5 years of age.....and then she would put on the records of the bagpipes......now THAT kind of music I learn to love. I still get a shiver up my spine when I hear a bagpipe.......and it takes me right back to my childhood and spending time with my Grandmother. The first song I remember was Scotland the Brave......and still my favorite to hear on the bagpipes.
      I want to design a series of samplers as a tribute to Mary Campbell. This first sampler is "My Teacher". In future samplers I will incorporate a stone house as so many of the Scots samplers have.....and I think I will do that sampler in reds, green and gold as a Tartan cloth might be. I have a lot of ideas for motifs and border elements......and I am lucky that we have such a vast supply of materials to design with.....elements that were in short supply many years ago when our ancestors were designing samplers.
   I will be sending this sampler design off to the model stitcher in Alaska today and then I will start on another tribute sampler. I have a lot of plans for this year....a lot of designs I hope to put to paper and have them stitched. I hope to find some time to do some of the stitching.....by the time I am done with a pattern I am starting on another one and they get very time consuming to say the least. Add dyeing a few hundred thousand yards of floss, counting and putting it on the cards.........and you can imagine how busy I am.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Memorial Day. We have so many brave people that have fought for this country, my husband included. He served 31 years in the Army as a Colonel and received several medals in Vietnam when he was injured while saving his men. My grandsons are the first to thank him for serving his country. Those young men make me proud!

Have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for stopping by.
Nancy

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Enter the Floss give-away for some of the 1840 Sampler Floss new line

I already have several requests to do a give-away for some of the new 1840 Sampler Floss line. I have 26 colors to choose from (I will be adding colors as I get them dyed).
I had to laugh....I was sorting floss this week and putting bundles on the dining room table. The  "husband" walks in and says what's for dinner.....floss?
Men.........





So lets give away some floss! Lets give 5 stitchers their choice of 5 colors, 5 of my 20 yards skeins...that's 100 yards each to do lots of stitching.
Rules: You must be a follower. You must post a comment here.
Post on your blog or facebook, etc, and get 25 more entries. Yes I do check to see where you post it.

Drawing to be June 15th. Lots of time to enter and I will have more colors to choose from by then. I list colors separately in my ebay store as I finish them and I will also be selling them in sets.
Good luck stitchers!
Nancy

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Charm of Friendship in reds is finished

The Charm of Friendship (in reds) is finished. I just received it in the mail and I am very pleased with Teresa's work. Beautiful stitching. I still have several models out there being stitched and a couple that had to be started over when stitchers quit on their projects.

The finished size on this is 14 x 16" on 32 ct linen.
My dark champagne linen doesn't show the shade as well as I would like in this photo. I always have trouble with linen as it doesn't photograph like the true shade it is. I have seen other stitchers comment that they have the same problem. Any suggestions? Flash and outdoor pictures are too bright and show it lighter...this is photographed just inside the door with bright light coming in. Under lamps shows too dark......

Anyways......back to a new pattern and I will start dyeing more floss tomorrow as the rain has finally stopped and it will be a good day to dry the floss outside.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!
Nancy

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

26 New Colors for the 1840 Sampler Floss Line

Busy once again.....that's nothing new....I have 26 colors put on cards for the 1840 Sampler Floss line. Lots of subtle variegation in most of them. A couple friends asked me to keep some of the soft antique colors without a lot of variegation. I didn't do drastic variegation in these new colors. Nice antique-looking color changes are what I strived for.
I did reds with light to dark and brownish tones added on some, same to the plum colors. Greens run from dark with darker green, celery with several shades, sage(some with golden highlights), aqua, midnight dark blues....nutmeg, buttercream, etc. These will be available in my ebay store tomorrow. I have to finish putting the names on the tags.




I hope you can see the nice color changes in these photos. I do plan on getting a new camera soon. I just can't capture the true colors in my photos. Especially on linen....those colors are always hard to capture.
It is raining today so I am taking a break from dyeing floss. When it clears later this week I will be back to the dye pot as I want to add quite a few more colors to the line.
Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!
Nancy

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Gift of Wisdom Sampler


I had a very busy and productive week around here....lot of floss dyed and a new sampler pattern finished. The Gift of Wisdom.
It reads:
One thing I ask and wilt thou hear
And grant my soul a gift so dear
Wisdom descending from above
The choicest token of thy love

Another small sampler; when finished it measures 11x11" on 32ct linen. I will be sending this out to a model stitcher tomorrow and then finish another similar size pattern I am working on.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful Mother's day. I have all my guys here for the weekend and it doesn't get any better than being spoiled! Of course I do tend to spoil them all year long.......

Thanks for stopping by.
Nancy

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all of you have a Happy Mother's Day. For some it may be fond memories......cherished moments that stay with us.
I am blessed in so many ways. My Mother is a very special woman and I love her dearly. At 91 she still takes care of my sister who is 51 and has Downs Syndrome. This woman is a saint and will get a special place in heaven.
My son is the other joy in my life.....he is always buying me the newest supplements with the hope that it will help this Lupus and horrible arthritis I have. For this Mother's Day he said he had heard of a new treatment center.....he wants me to try it....and if my insurance doesn't cover it he will cash in his retirement account to pay for it. Of course I would never let him do that.....but this loving and caring son has always been there for me. Constantly buying me gadgets that help me open things easily so my sore hands don't hurt so much. I just couldn't ask for more. I am blessed!
So tomorrow I have many things to be thankful for and I will spend some quality time with my guys....my son and my two grandsons.



I hope all of you have a wonderful day!
Nancy

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

New 1840 Sampler Floss colors coming soon!

I have been busy with the dye pot today.....45,000 yards of floss dyed for the new 1840 Sampler Collection. That's 20 new colors that I will start showing next week. I hope to dye more floss tomorrow as the warm weather has arrived and perfect for drying floss outside.
I am adding this new collection because most of the colors will have a lot more variegation than the 1795 Sampler Floss Collection. I have had a few requests and I think these colors will work perfect. Still the nice antique looking colors but with added variegation with tone on tone darker coloration and the addition of another color. Hard to describe so I guess you will just have to wait and see some of these. And after I get 50 colors dyed I will have a give-away to share some with you!
I am hoping to do 100 colors to this limited edition set....we will see. They will be sold separately and in a large set.

Meanwhile....I am still whittling away at sampler patterns. Time is going to get tight around here when I start doing the floss on cards but I just don't have anyone that lives close to me to hire. My grandsons aren't thrilled with doing floss but do help me at times. They run the winder to unwind the large cones of floss for me and wind chenille on cards and that is a big help.
The vegetable garden is also planted so I am ready to go put my feet up for a bit!

I hope all of you are enjoying nice spring weather after the long cold winter we had.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.
Nancy

Monday, May 5, 2014

Another mini sampler is finished; Be Strong and of Good Courage


Another mini sampler is finished. This one measures 6-1/2 x 9" on 32ct linen.

I will be sending another pattern to Rita as she is game to stitch another! Which pleases me to no end.....she did a beautiful job and I appreciate it very much.

I am working on another sampler pattern but am also doing the necessary yard work that comes with spring......and I want to start dyeing floss later this week. Nice antique colors, soft and muted....with splashes of a second color in them for variegation. I will show you some samples when they are finished. For now.....it's back to the garden!

Thanks for stopping by.
Nancy

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Custom Family Name Sampler Chart Winners today!!!!

We have a couple lucky winners today for a custom Family Name Sampler chart.......


You will get to choose from red or brick colors......your family name custom printed on your chart with the date!
The winners are:
Kim M    and Babs in Alabama. Congratulations! Please email me with your name and date you would like printed on your chart. nbelgian@aol.com

Thank you all for entering the give-away.

If the weather ever gets warm here I will start dyeing new summer floss colors and have a new give-away for some of those. We are having the coldest spring(which I love) we have ever had in the 19 years I have lived here and we just had the coldest winter in 30 years. I can't take heat so I have enjoyed every minute of it. I know that the extreme heat and humidity will settle in soon so I will enjoy every cool day I can.

Thanks for stopping by....have a great day!
Nancy

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Beauty of Spring Sampler Finished


A model stitcher has finished the Beauty of Spring for me. This is the insert.....the smaller part of Welcome Spring Sampler. Of course the title at the top and name of the shop are just printed on this picture....one gal asked me if it was stitched on there....no.......I wanted to do this with two versions and this was the smaller part.

You can see there is quite a difference in the size of these samplers. The smaller one is 10.9" x 14.4". The larger sampler is 14.4 x 19.0".

It will be a while before I have the other model finished as the stitcher has had several delays.
I have two new model stitchers......and always looking for fast stitchers who want to trade for merchandise.


Have a great day!
Nancy

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Sampler.....Thy Hearthstone's Steady Glow

Another busy week and another sampler pattern is finished. This will be off to a model stitcher in a few days. I am still looking for model stitchers with lots of time to stitch....I know summer is quickly approaching but if you stitch year round I would love to have you stitch for me. Several of my model stitchers are taking a break from samplers so I am always looking for new stitchers. Right now I am trading my over dyed floss....mostly the 80 skein(1600 yards) 1795 Sampler Floss Collection for stitching. I also have 32ct linen in several hand dyed shades, charts, kits, buttons, charms, trims.....lots of goodies to trade.

Thy Hearthstone's Steady Glow......
At thy hearthstone's steady glow
Precious memories ebb and flow
All thy days this home has blest
Thy busy hands with tenderness

Charted for DMC floss. Pattern size is 175 x 175 stitches. Finished size on 16ct (32ct linen) is 10.9 x 10.9. Fits a 12 x 12 frame and they have some beautiful frames in that size at Hobby Lobby at a very affordable price.

Pattern is $14.99 and will be available in my ebay store later today.

Thanks for stopping by. On to the next sampler pattern.....
Nancy

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful holiday surrounded by loved ones. I know I will be spending time with my family....the best gift of all.
Nancy