Monday, January 28, 2013

Brrrr! It sure is cold outside. We got several inches of snow yesterday here in Virginia Beach. It doesn't happen too often here and they asked that everyone stay home today so we didn't open the shop. Now that's a Rare event.....

I have been feeling like I live under a dark cloud. As cold as it was yesterday we woke up to 57 degrees in the house. Obviously the house heat was not working. I called several people to come and look at it and finally found someone late in the afternoon. I was terrified that the bill would give me a heart attack but this guy was so nice and he had it fixed and warming up in less than an hour. Yeah........

I got the idea to show one of our reproductions every week just so folks who have never seen them can have a look. Everything I show will still be available. The first one I choose is Mary Roberdeau. She is from Germantown, PA which is where I was born. Marys aunt was Peggy Shippen- wife of Benedict Arnold! This is just a simple marking sampler but you can tell she was learning as the first letter has a mistake and the second letter was perfect. The colors are soft and so sweet. Mary comes from the Smithsonian . Let me know what you think. ( Thank you Marly - at Samplers and Santas for this idea!)

Hopefully most of you have received your Prim Club by now. How do you like the freebie? We have ours stitched and hope to show them finished next week. I know some of you have it stitched already. Wow- you guys are amazing. We still have a few spots left for those who have been trying to decide....

Maggee is putting up the information for our retrest this weekend. We will start accepting applications February 5th. We are so excited. Our theme is, "It's a Party!" We want this retreat to be a huge celebration. Many of us have been celebrating our jubilee birthdays and the weekend of the retreat R & R will be 20 years old. Can you believe that? This is going to be great.

We should have the fabric in the shop by the end of this week for the Celebration sampler in JCS magazine. This is an exclusive color we dyed just for them. Currently, only one shop has requested it other than us and of course it's available from JCS too. Let me know if you want to order some! We also have the special thread.

Many, many thanks to all of you who have emailed and sent cards due to Madisons death. You touched our hearts in ways you will never know. One person in particular- she sat down and hand wrote us a note- truly moving me to tears. Lois, you will never know how much that meant to us. ( folks just don't write notes by hand anymore) Every sentiment was much appreciated.

The fabric for the new Valentine piece from WTNT is in stock along with the fabric for Stacy Nashs Butternut Tavern. We are happy to ship whatever you need. ( after the Prim, I am a professional shipper!)

Wanted you to see these fabulous gifts I received from Marly at Samplers and Santas. These samplers are some from our collection. Marly-your work is incredible. Thank you so much!

I know I told you we keep track of stitching finishes all through the year but this year I am also tracking my starts- wow I will need a lot of paper for that. So far I have three- not too bad.

Can I say how much fun it was talking to so many of you that signed up for the Prim Club? I feel like I made so many new friends. It's amazing that stitching can bring all of us together. I am always available to answer questions and hopefully solve any problems that arise.

Next week I want to show some progress on some of my projects. I also have a very cool betrothal bag from the early 1900's with some history to share with you.

Stay warm and stitch something fun this week..................


  1. Wow...snow closing the shop...that is a rarity!

    Ann, I have completed my Ladies Prim Society Tag. Should I send the picture to you? I'm really excited about it:)

    -Holly in VA

  2. You did a great job. I think you had the first finish!

  3. I haven't started my stitching on the Ladies Prim kit yet. It's on my to do list for this weekend. I can't wait to start stitching it and the tag!

    Can't wait for the retreat information next week! I, too, am celebrating a birthday with a zero in it this year.

    Loretta in PA