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

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Rainbow Floss winner today!!



We have a winner today for a box of Rainbow floss! Thank you to all who entered......and the lucky winner today is :
Lydia Stevenson. Congratulations! Please email me and give me your address. nbelgian@aol.com
 
Be sure you have entered the give-away and the drawing on the 28th for Pick a Box of Floss! Pick your favorite colors! Scroll back a few posts and you will find the post to enter your comment.
 
And make sure you are signed up for the Birthday Club. Drawing to be on the 1st of each month in 2016. Just email me your month and day of your birthday.
 
Back to work.....another super busy week. I stitched two more mottoes and I will show pictures of them this weekend.
Nancy

Friday, February 19, 2016

A very productive week of stitching

It was a very productive week of stitching to say the least. I had 4 orders for stitched mottoes and I am happy (my sore hands are happy too) that they are stitched, framed and in the mail.
I snapped a few photos before I put them in the frames. It is so difficult to fight with the glare from the glass.

The only difficult one was the dark brown paper since it is harder to see the pattern on the brown. That is also one of my favorites. I keep saying I am going to keep the next one I stitch and hang it on my wall.
I also received a motto I had sent out to a model stitcher...thanks so much Sue!! I had her stitch this on my darker golden parchment linen. I will be hanging it next to some antique mottoes with dark paper and for me, the darker linen looked better. She did an excellent job for me once again.
The Stitching Parlour. I will put it in one of my hand carved frames.
I have more linen to dye for a customer and then I will get back to dyeing floss. It seems like it has been put on the back burner for quite a while but orders have to come first.
 
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.
Nancy

Monday, February 15, 2016

80 skeins, 1600 yards of floss set

The Complete 1795 Floss Collection has 80 skeins, 20 yards each. 1600 yards of floss! I will be phasing this out and I only have two sets left if anyone is interested. Pictured at the right, a great selection of colors. I will still have singles of a lot of the colors until they are sold out as I am not reproducing them since I will have the new line of repeat (stock) colors this year.
I simply need to make room for all the new floss colors. I gave away (donated) a lot of floss recently of the smaller amounts of the single colors. You can't imagine how large of an area it takes to display and store each color. Some of you have asked for pictures of my display but it is going to be a couple more weeks before it is all put together. Each time I get back to work on the floss I get more orders for stitched and framed mottoes. Once again I got 2 orders yesterday so I will be carving frames today and stitching mottoes for a couple days. I am always amazed at the number of people who admire the mottoes but have never taken a stitch of any type. I guess we all figure that each of us learned as young girls to do a little simple embroidery, crochet or something similar. I remember one Christmas when I was 5 my Mother gave me the little metal loom kit to make pot holders with all the colorful stretch loops. Do you remember those looms? I believe they are still selling them but they are now plastic. Anyways....I sat and made pot holders until the entire package was empty! Then I went on to all kinds of needlework and crafts. I was 10 when my grandmother gave me two needlepoint pictures with ornate oval frames. The flowers were finished in the middle and you simply filled in the background with the continental stitch. My stitches were not perfect but I still have the pictures displayed on my wall. I think we all cherish things we saved from when we were little....I am a pack rat that saves everything. I have other cherished items that I will share with you another time....another story.

So back to work......then back to dyeing floss for the new line.
And be sure you have signed up for the next two give-aways, the Rainbow Floss boxed set will be on the 25th and the 28th will be for the pick your favorite color box of floss.
Have a great week.
Nancy

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day and we have winners!

Happy Valentine's Day!

We have two winners today. The first winner will get a hand made necessaire filled with stitching goodies.




The winning name drawn was Patricia Geary. Congratulations! Please email me and give me your address. nbelgian@aol.com. The second winner will receive two of my Quaker charts to stitch. Be True in Heart and Love and You shall be Loved.

The name drawn was Debbie Haggard.
Congratulations ladies. I hope this has added to the joy of your Valentine's Day. I truly love to share with my friends.
Have a wonderful day everyone!
 
Sending Valentine's Love.
Nancy

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ultimate Green Collection boxed floss by request

I had a request to do a green collection yesterday. I looked and I did have half a dozen greens that have not been previously listed......so I added them to a few singles that I had and here you go:

I guess I could add this to the list on the previous post for you to choose from in the drawing. I will also list these on ebay with the other boxes.
Back to work...............oh my goodness am I busy.............
Nancy

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New give-away, new floss boxes, enter now!

I am as busy as ever around here. Trying to finish my orders for stitched and framed mottoes and I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am moving everything around in my office/workroom to make room for this whole new line of floss. My goodness....what a challenge!! So I thought I would box up some of the older colors, add a few I never had listed before and make some collections. Here is what I came up with:
Pretty in Pink, all shades of soft pink, cherry pink, coral pink, etc.
Ultimate Browntones, tans, rust, browns, rust, copper, etc.
and The Ultimate Purple Collection with lots of lilacs, purple, variegated and tone on tone colors.
12 skeins, 240 yards per box. I will list these on ebay shortly. Very limited editions.





Lets give one away! YOU pick which collection you want!
Rules: You must be a follower at the right and you must post a comment here. Post on your blog or Facebook and get 25 more entries. Drawing to be February 28th so hurry and enter.
I ship world wide.
Good luck everyone!
Nancy

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rainbow Floss winner today and a new give-away, enter now!

We have a winner today!!! And what is the best thing to do after a give-away? Have another one! So if your name was not drawn today.....you can still win this great box of Rainbow Floss.



Today the lucky winner is: Fiore. Congratulations! Please email me and give me your address. nbelgian@aol.com
 
Now......lets do it again! Post a comment here to enter. Same rules for every drawing. You must be a follower. Click to follow by Faithful Friends at the right. Post on your blog or Facebook and get 25 more entries. Drawing to be February 25th. And remember that you must check back to see if you are a winner. You must follow....and I don't have the time to hunt you down! LOL
 
Thank you to all who entered and Congratulations Fiore.
Nancy

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Birthday Club Winner!

As we start another month we also have another winner in the Birthday Club here at The Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. If you have not signed up for this yet be sure that you do. Just email me your month and date of birth. Each month we will draw a winner to receive a surprise gift from me, valued at $25-35. I post world wide so anyone can enter.

So lets get to the winner! The name drawn today was Dawn Cooper. Congratulations Dawn! He birthday is on the 10th and I know we all wish her a very Happy Birthday! It started out pretty good!

Please email me and give me your address Dawn. You can also tell me your favorite colors to help me out.
nbelgian@aol.com

Tomorrow I will draw the name for the gift box of Rainbow floss....be sure you are signed up for that drawing.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. I know Dawn will!
Nancy

Friday, January 29, 2016

A very busy start to the new year!

I can remember many years ago when the holidays were over it was time to sit and relax and stitch. MANY years ago! I have not had that pleasure for the last 10 years since I started this business. There are occasional summer stretches when I have some slow time but never in the winter. When stitchers are busy I am busy.

I think I previously mentioned that I had quit making the motto frames for at least 6 months about a year ago. After hand carving over 500 of them, and 4 hand carved corner leaves for each one, my arthritic hands told me to quit. Well...I was swamped with requests to continue to make them so I had my son take over making the frames since my husband wanted to quit. I then do the carving and staining and the story continues. I also stitch mottoes for many of my customers who do not stitch or are intimidated by stitching on paper and want the antique style needlework. And do they keep me busy? In the last 3 weeks I have stitched 7 mottoes (they take 8-12 hours each) and carved 12 frames. I also stitched my two newest mottoes in the large and the mini sizes. And now.....I have 3 mottoes and 5 frames to do in the next 6 days for orders I just got in the last two days. Any why am I telling you this????? Because my new floss line is on the back burner once again until I get these finished. I had hoped to be done by the end of January...now I am hoping for the middle of next month. The ebay orders are a priority as they have to be completely quickly to maintain a good rating.

This has been a very busy new year so far! Keeping busy is good but there are times when I am too busy. I prefer to do all the custom stitching myself for quality control. I had a gal stitch a few model samples for me years ago but it didn't work out. And as for frames....I will continue to do the carving for now. I have been teaching my son a little of the carving but I think it has to be a real fascination and interest in carving to attempt all that work. They are carving duplicating machines that we have seen but I don't like the look of the finished product and to spend $12,000 on a machine....I need to like the finished product. And they can't carve the sides of the frames so here we are. Hand carving.

I hope you are having fun with new projects for 2016. I hope to do a few mini sampler patterns this spring and maybe....just maybe....have the time to sit and stitch a little. Sounds heavenly!

I thought I would share what has been keeping me busy. Thanks for stopping by...thanks for listening.
Nancy

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

To my followers for my give-aways

I had a couple questions from followers. So many of us lost followers the past week....by the hundreds.....so I was reading around blogland......here is what I found:




DATED today January 26-27th 2016
loss followers update



I noted I lost another 300 followers just last night.... ( jan 26)
All of them were those who followed who did not have a GOOGLE ACCOUNT...
sadly it reflects on our numbers but not visitors...
Those who follow you will still follow you ....

I have not lost visitors, in fact you have been following more each day 
than last year...so thank you....


Many of you will note your followers have dropped too this morning,
you did not offend 10-12-100 followers in a day....
it is not PERSONAL....just GOOGLE trying to make things better for us....


( your lost followers by the way will not be reflected back in your numbers
they are gone forever...sad to say) 

here is their message..


Dear bloggers,


As we mentioned some weeks ago, starting this week, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. To follow a blog via Google Friend Connect now, readers will need a Google Account (the same they use for Gmail or YouTube). There will be no need for readers to be signed in, or to have a Google+ profile.


  • What does  this mean for you and your blog? We’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count


  • What can you do now? You should encourage your users to re-follow your blog using a Google account. Another way to allow users to follow your blog is with the  “Follow by Email” gadget, which  requires you to set up Feedburner. By subscribing to your blog, readers will be notified via e-mail every time there is a new post.
 
Sooooo.......I want to make sure my followers have a chance for my give-aways, Do you have a google account? It is so easy to sign up....I do encourage you. Don't get discouraged....simply sign up again to follow so you have a chance at some great gifts from my give-aways.
 
Thanks for listening.......I wish they would quit changing things!!!!!!!!!
Nancy

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Mini Motto kits and frames are ready

Thank you for all the inquiries on the new mini motto kits and frames for The Sewing Parlour and The Stitching Parlour. My son made quite a few frames this week and they are stained and ready to go.

I forgot to mention that you can have any color floss for any kit. You don't have to take what is pictured. I usually stitch in reds and greens because so many of my antique mottoes are stitched in those colors and to be honest, those colors photograph better than lighter colors.
The mini motto is 4-1/2" x 9-1/2". With the frame it is 7-1/2" x 12-1/2". I will also be selling the frames separately.

The mini motto kits and frames are $46 for the package plus postage. You can email me orders at nbelgian@aol.com. I also list them on ebay but appreciate direct sales as ebay fees are so high.
I removed the glass to prevent a glare in the photo. It comes with glass, backing and hanger attached and ready to hang.

I also have a frame with rustic notches along the sides and not the dressy groove on the frame. It looks more primitive/country.
Your choice of frame with your kit.
Thanks for stopping by...have a great weekend.
Nancy

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mini Mottoes are back and so are the mini frames!

I love the little mini mottoes...they fit into spaces between the larger frames on the wall. Perfect little quotes and sayings. I first designed these about 8 years ago after I had a few requests for smaller mottoes. We made over 300 of the mini frames and couldn't keep them in stock. When my husband quit making frames I dropped the frames from my inventory but kept the mini kits. My son now makes all of our frames and he agreed to make them for me (I hardly had to twist his arm at all). And I am having him make a frame that is not criss cross at the corners so we have another style in the shop. I may need to twist his arm harder on that one.
Victorian-motto-Antique-sampler-MINI-kit-Home-Sweet-Home-new
Home Sweet Home is a best seller in the large and small kits.
A customer asked me to do a smaller version of "To my Dear Sister".....so I did the pattern this morning and two hours of stitching later....yes they only take 2-3 hours to stitch.....

Shown are just a few of the patterns that I have and I have done dozens and dozens of custom patterns over the years. The little mottoes measure 4-1/2" x 9", the frame is a little larger.
This morning I also did a pattern for The Sewing Parlour and The Stitching Parlour. I will find some time to squeeze in the stitching for those two. This week has been nothing but custom mottoes and I need to get back to the floss. I also need to stain a dozen small frames later today. The kit and frame is $46 and I will list them soon.

Are you feeling the pinch of the postal rate increase? It was bad enough that the post office raised their rates....but ebay threw a wrench in the mix that has me furious. They used to give us sellers a shipping discount on the small first class packages. It was $2.54 for 1-3 ounces and with our discount (that I passed right on to my customers) it was $2.04. And believe me. I have had customers complain when they purchase one skein of floss at $2 and postage was $2.04. I tell them that a dozen skeins can ship for the same price. Anyways, now ebay is no longer giving us the discount on 1-3 ounces. So a 1 ounce package costs $2.60 to mail! This (I hope) will really hurt ebay as I know it will hurt all sales on the smaller items. Greed is a sad thing....and we all pay in the long run. Sorry...but I needed to vent. I doubt that they will ever reverse their decision but one can only hope.

Back to work.....lunch break is over and I have a schedule that will keep me busy until 10 tonight.
Thanks for stopping by!
                                             Nancy

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Two very different mottoes

It's amazing how the design can change the whole look of a motto. The Sewing Parlour will soon be hanging in my office/workroom. The Stitching Parlour has a casual, primitive or country feel to it.

I charted the Stitching Parlour and it is going out to a model stitcher to be done on linen. I will chart the other one at a later date. I am putting the kits together today to list and listing the chart. For the Stitching Parlour kit I found some very close matches to DMC in my colors which was nice. That way the model shown on the perforated paper will look similar to the motto stitched on linen with DMC floss. By using several shades of green, dark at the bottom, medium in the middle, and lighter at the top, it gives nice shading without needing to use overdyed floss. I used one color for each leaf or stem but you can also use those three shades in each section. I have even used one strand of each color to blend the two together for grass on samplers and it look very nice. Gives it lots  of texture without the striped area look.

I just wanted to show you the work I did this week on these two mottoes. Now that my toe is better I will get back to standing all day long and dyeing floss once again for the new line. I really hope to be done by the end of the month and show you the new colors....and give a few away of course!!!

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure you have entered the Valentine's Day give-away and joined the Birthday Club. Send me the month and date of your birthday if you haven't already done so.
Have a great day!

                                             Nancy

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Be My Valentine give-away, enter now!

I always like to have a Valentine's Day give-away........and this year I thought I would have two gifts and draw two names. The first name drawn gets the necessaire. Second name drawn gets the charts.
For the first gift I made a red necessaire....and filled it with lots of hearts! Red heart buttons, wooden painted heart buttons, primitive wood heart buttons, mother of pearl heart buttons, heart charms, sewing charms, lace trims, my signature felted wool button bag and needle pages and a skein of my floss in Valentine Red!!

The second gift is two of my Quaker chart packs. Be True in Heart and  Love and You shall be Loved. Perfect for Valentine's Day!

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 50 more entries. Yes I do check! lol
Drawing to be February 14th. Good luck to all who enter!
                             Won't you be my Valentine?
                                              Nancy

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Stitching Parlour chart

I decided to play with the pattern this afternoon. Orders finished for the day, dye pot put away and sat down and got serious with the stitching program. I did the new chart (available in a couple days). I wanted this one to be different from The Sewing Parlour in several ways. A more casual motto so I did sprigs of flowers for the little design elements. I won't have time to stitch this one on perforated paper for a few days. More orders have come in and dyeing floss is the first priority these days. I still may do a cross stitch pattern for the other motto when I have time. I figured with both perforated paper kits available and this chart, well, that should work for a little while. I am also going to do the mini mottoes with simple patterns of these two sayings. The mini motto on perforated paper is 4-1/2" x 9-1/2". They stitch up in a couple hours.
Well I thought I was going to have an evening to relax but another request has come in for a motto so I will be back at my desk this evening. I just wanted to give you a peek at the new design. I'm not sure if I will have this one stitched on linen. I have the other motto to display in my office and the picture of this motto on linen for the cover looks good enough for now. Maybe at a later date......

Thanks for stopping by.
                                                 Nancy

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Grow Old Along with Me motto

It's always a pleasure to design a motto that will be treasured by a family and become a future heirloom. I have had the pleasure of designing dozens and dozens of such mottoes. Tributes to family members, honoring family members, etc. The motto I designed yesterday was for a gentleman who wanted an anniversary gift for his wife. Stitched and framed. What a guy.......I have had several men buy these as gifts for their wives. So the motto I had that he liked was Grow Old Along with Me. But he wanted me to add their initials and year of their marriage. I changed the whole pattern to fit that in and I actually like it better this way. He wanted red instead of the pink roses and dark pink lettering. I love red so I was happy to stitch this and I wanted to show you a preview of it. The motto was an 8 hour stitch yesterday and I carved the frame and the stain is curing. It is shown in a plain frame. Not very bright out this morning but here it is. I love the simplicity of these mottoes.

 
I need to get back to the dye pot and floss but I have one more custom pattern to do this week.
 
Thanks for stopping by. Be sure and stay tuned as I will have the Valentine's Day give-away real soon.
Nancy