Saturday, June 30, 2012

It's time to announce some new winners!

It's my favorite time once again....time to announce some winners.
Lets start with the Peacock chart and floss, Love at First Sight. We have 3 winners today: Lisa, JoAnn McLaughlin and Kathy A who entered for her friend Purple Peacock Jill.

*****PLEASE email me as I am so busy I don't have time to track you down. Winners often miss out if they don't check on these announcements. You must follow along!

Gift Certificate winners:  A $25 gift certificate goes to 2 winners today. Anne from Doll's Musings and Jennifer M.
You browse through my ebay store, don't buy on ebay, just email me with what you would like and I will pay the postage too.

CONGRATULATIONS STITCHERS! Thank you for participating and remember that I will anounce the Grand give-away winners tomorrow.

Monday, June 25, 2012

10 New floss colors for this week

Another busy week in the Motto Shoppe and I am adding 10 new colors to the ebay store inventory.
These include: Coral Pink, Antique Variegated Coral, Candy Pink, Antique Rose A and B, Berry, Squash, Variegated Pumpkin Medium, Summer Russet and Dark Teal.

I have been taking advantage of this hot weather and dyeing floss and trims when I can. I had to take a few days to stitch another custom motto for a gal....and now have to do the same this week. This was the last custom order I am taking as I am retiring the stitching service in my store. I just have too many irons in the fire and never have time to stitch for me. I still have two custom samplers to do the patterns for customers and then hope to get back to a design I had started a few weeks ago for a sampler. Maybe I will actually get some time to stitch this one. I hope so.

Have a great week. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Floss Colors for this week

I added a few new colors to the floss inventory in my ebay store this morning. I try to add new colors on a regular basis....and then comes the challenge to fit all this ever-growing inventory in one house. Several rooms and a basement full....and we already added on to the house to double the size. Maybe I need to add on another whole house!
Back to colors...I added a set of Sweet Potatoes (3 slightly different colors), a new Sage, A Variegated Peach Melba, A Medium Pine Green, A very Dark Variegated Pine Green, a Deep Woods Yellow and Purple Passion.

I have been dyeing more new colors that I will list next week after I get them back from being counted and tied on cards. I used to do that in the beginning and I soon realized that there was NO way I had time to sit and count floss for 8 hours at a time. Besides that, I am not supposed to do it because it makes my hands hurt worse than they do (if that is possible). If the doctor tells me one more thing that I can't do I may bop him on the head!

I am just about caught up on hand carved frame orders that will go out later this week and what a relief to have those out of the way. Now I can focus on some new ribbon trims I am dyeing. I want to use several of these for finishes so stay tuned for that. Sounds like another give-away in the making............
Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, June 15, 2012

13 chart winners today!

It's time to announce some chart winners....LOTS of chart winners for today so lets get started.
First we will announce the Halloween chart Witch's Brew winners:
The Cranky Crow, Connie and Chris. So if you put a comment on that post you have won. Please email me at

Now for the Alphabet Ornament winners. You will pick which letter you would like. There are 3 patterns for each letter with the chart.
cathlynbacks,  tiffstitch,  Thoeria,  Kathy A,  Musicwoman,  Robin(crafting with stitchwitch),  Yolanda, Lindatax PA,  Melissa and Maureen.
I have discontinued sending patterns in pdf format....but I may send some of you pdf. Please email me with your address and we will take it from there.****PLEASE email me as I don't have time to hunt you down. Thank you!

Thanks you for participating once again. It is my pleasure to share  and I only wish I could send a gift to each of you. We will keep the give-aways going until everyone gets something!

Have a great day!

Monday, June 11, 2012

It's time for another Grand Give-away! Enter Now!

It's time for another Grand Give-away!
 Lets celebrate stitching together! I appreciate all my followers and it's time to share once again!

What are we giving away? Lots of goodies! Lets start with:
5 stitchers will receive 5 skeins of my hand dyed floss.
3 stitchers will get to pick the chart of their choice. 75 charts to choose from in my ebay store. Alphabet letters, Halloween, Scatter Smiles, Treasured Friend, etc.
1 lucky winner can pick a Black Crow Spice bag kit of their choice.
5 stitchers will get a pack of trim.
2 stitchers will get a pack of hand dyed buttons.
AND 1 stitcher will get a $25 gift certificate to shop in my ebay store and I will pay the postage any where.
Rules: You must be a follower. You must post a comment here. Post on your blog and get two more entries. For every friend you send to follow my blog you get 3 more entries!
Drawing to be July 1st.
Lets the comments begin! I love to share with all of you and it is my pleasure to host these give-aways.
Good luck to all!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Another new Peacock design

I started working on another peacock design as soon as I finished the first one. I wanted a whole family of peacocks so I designed this one. I started stitching it...then got swamped with hand carved frame orders so I put it down. Finished the frames and picked it up again...and got swamped with orders for kits and a stitched large motto. These take 8-12 hours to stitch. So I set the peacocks aside once again....and then I got an order for another custom stitched motto with lots of detail...this once takes 16 hours to stitch..and at this point I am thinking I should have sent the peacocks to the model stitcher! But I am whittling away at it late evenings and am 3/4 done but I wanted to show it to you so this is what it looks like on the stitching program I use. I wish the linen was more of the natural like I am using but you still get the picture.
    I will have the chart available in my ebay store in a few days as I would like to use the actual model for the photo on the chart cover.
    So you can see what keeps me busy around here. This past week it has been overwhelming to say the least. I truly wish I had more time to stitch. Maybe some day...........
    I hope all of you are finding some time to stitch with your busy schedules. Can we get off the merry-go-round now? I am ready to move to a larger farm....far from the beaten path.........maybe back to Amish country.....that's where I was until I moved here! And years ago I had left the hectic life style of southern California to get away from it all!
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Peacock Love at first sight finished and a new give-away!

I finished stitching the peacocks in Love at First Sight and the chart is now available in my ebay store or direct through me. I was in a hurry to get this I just set an antique frame over the stitching...cheated a little for the photo....because I want to stitch it into a small pillow.
 The chart includes the Peacock Blue and Chocolate Brown floss. Charted for 16ct and 18ct and enough floss to complete either one. Design size is 127 x 95. Fits in a standard 8x10 frame. Price is $9.99.
I had thought of just selling this chart with my floss for now but may sell it at a later date for the chart alone.

And you know......we are going to give a few away!!!!! Lets give 3 lucky stitchers this newest chart with floss. Enter now. Same a follower. Post a comment here. Post on your blog and get two more entries. For each friend you send you get two more entries. Drawing to be June 30th. Good luck stitchers. Let the comments begin!

I truly love to share with all of you.

Monday, June 4, 2012

New peacock pattern preview with a new floss color

I dyed another new dark variegated blue and I thought it would look perfect for I did a first draft of these peacocks....titled Love at First Sight. I used the darker part of the blue floss and selected this rich chocolate brown to compliment it. I love this color combination and stitched it on 32ct natural linen. I will add a border on the sides...and a few extras and have it finished in a couple days and the chart available later in the week. I am going to sell this chart with my floss to make it easier for stitchers. Of course we will have a give-away when the chart is finished....don't we always??

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.