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Happy Fall Y’All

The time of year so many of us love  ‘Officially’ began today!  On the beautiful southern shore of Lake Erie, it’s a cool 62 degrees, cloudy, and a little windy.  Perfect football weather, I’d say.  We’ll be putting pumpkins, mums, and scarecrows out on the porch this week.  I have already asked hubby to put up our Halloween flag on the flagpole; fortunately, for me, he loves Fall as much as I do!

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It’s been a few months since I’ve updated my blog and much has happened here at the castle.  We have expanded our line of products to include handmade goat’s milk soap available in a variety of fragrances.  We hand make the soaps here and will soon be listing additional fragrances on our website, including some that would be suitable for the men in your life.  These make wonderful Christmas gifts and are very reasonably priced.  We hope you check them out and love them as much as we do!

In May, we made an addition to our family.  We now have ‘Good Golly Ms. Molly of Fluffy Butt’, a purebred Maltese puppy .  She definitely keeps us on our toes….I think we both had forgotten what it was like to have a puppy around.  AND it’s been 11 years since we’ve had a puppy.  Phew!  Sometimes, all I can say is ‘it’s a good thing she’s so darn cute!’.  LOL.

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We are looking forward to the new stitching year.   This last quarter of this year is going to be kind of slow stitching for me.   I am scheduled for a big back surgery October 23.  I will be having a multi-level spinal fusion that includes 8 screws, 2 cages, and 2 titanium rods.  So, I will be moving pretty slow for a while and ask your patience in filling orders.  We will do our best to get your orders out timely, as usual, but I don’t know exactly what to expect as far as recovery goes.  I’ll be counting heavily on the ‘Peddler’ to stand in for me.  Additionally, my 84 year old mother is in Hospice care and not doing well.  She fell toward the end of July and had a hip replacement.  She has terminal lung cancer and COPD also.  Unfortunately, she has been on a steady decline since her hip replacement.  Prayers for her are very much appreciated.

In 2019, we are planning on offering more patterns with a ‘kit’ option.  We are aware of the decline in local needlework shops, and the need for you all to have access to fabrics and threads to complete your project.  Remember, we can make most any pattern into a kit.   We have brought in quite a few of the very popular Shepherd’s Bush kits for you.  They can be found on our website by searching for ‘Shepherd’s Bush’ in the search field.  Below is ‘Making Spirits Bright’, one of the kits .  Isn’t it adorable?

Until next time, friends, be kind to each other.

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April Showers or are those Snow showers??

Hi there, stitchers.   I’m sitting here wrapped in an old quilt and dreaming of spring flowers.  My goodness, the absence of Spring 2018 has pushed my stitching thoughts to fall/Halloween.  I just can’t seem to get into ‘Spring themed’ stitching when we are having snow still.

It’s been a few months since I’ve updated the blog, so just to catch you up.  We are now offering the service to add a threadpack to any pattern.  We realize that many of you aren’t close to a LNS and if this can help you out, we are happy to do it.

We have added some really cute Mill Hill Beads and Buttons kits.  If you haven’t tried counted cross stitch on perforated paper with glass bead embellishments, then this may be the inspiration you need.  These kits have absolutely everything you need to finsih your project except for the frame, which is sold separately.  I love Halloween themed Mill Hill kits and some of them have ‘glow in the dark’ threads.  How fun will that be for your kids or grandkids?

Midnight Glow               Wanda’s Wands         Enchanted Pumpkin

I also made a ‘Princess Proclamation’ that ALL of us stitchers should have this chart hanging in our home.  I have listed it on our website as the pattern only and also the option of purchasing it as a ‘kit’ that includes the pattern, 30 ct creme brulee linen, and Classic Colorworks hand dyed threads.   This is called ‘Home of a Needleworker too’.

Home of a Needleworker

I told you that I was thinking of fall for my stitching.  I brought in some new Fall/Halloween patterns that are flying off the shelves, so I guess I’m not the only one in a ‘Fall’ frame of mind.  LOL.  I love these prim designs by The Humble Stitcher.  These can be found on our website under the ‘All’ or ‘Halloween’ category.

Trick or Treat – Two Witches                      Pumpkin Patch

And, of course, Pumpkin Farm, which is new from Thistles.  The colors are just glorious.

Pumpkin Farm

We offer not only counted cross stitch patterns, but also punch needle  and quilt/applique patterns. Our main focus will always be counted cross stitch but I know many of you also are interested in other fiber arts.  I just listed this evening a really beautiful quilt/applique pattern called ‘September Sun’.  It has 4 blocks of pieced stars and then a crow and sunflower are either hand or machine appliqued onto to the base block.   Basic sewing skills are all that are required to complete this pillow.  You could also get creative and make it into a tablerunner, or whatever your heart desires.  Been thinking about it?  Give this one a try.  It really is adorable.

September Sun

With the Nashville Market over, we have added over 40 patterns from the show. I wish we could add them all!  So many talented designers working their hardest to keep this great craft relevant.    We added to our website a new category called ‘Nashville 2018’.  This category has all the patterns that were showcased in Nashville that we have brought in for you.  Just go to ‘Shop Online’ and select ‘Nashville 2018’.

By now, most of you have probably heard that Lizzie Kate is retiring. We have many of their patterns in stock.  The Tingles series has been extremely popular and the milk chocolate linen is perfect to stitch this one on!

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Please take some time to check out our website – we’ve partnered with some new designers and we hope you will be pleased with our selections.  We continue to work to bring you the latest patterns from some of the most talented designers.  If you would like to make suggestions of a particular product line or series, please just email me or use the ‘Contact Us’ form on the website.

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Until next time,

Kimberly

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A Belated Happy New Year

Happy New Year, friends, albeit a little late.  I decided to check our blog to see just how long it has been since I’ve posted…..I had no idea that it had been months and months.  Where DOES the time go?  So, I have made a commitment  to do a much better job of keeping my blog current.  🙂

Much has happened since July.  Probably the most exciting thing for us is that we are closer than ever to having our own line of patterns published.  The models are being stitched as I write.  Then off to the distributors they go!

We have also expanded our vendors and as a result have access to even more designers.  This means that we can offer you the latest patterns from a greater variety of artist.  How exciting for all of us!  I love shopping for you all.  It’s one of my favorite parts of owning The Princess & the Peddler.

If you haven’t visited our website lately, you may want to grab a cup of tea, and browse a bit.  We’ve added quite a few new designers, as well as some new fabric.  We hope you like we brought in for you.  Are you looking for something in particular but can’t find it on our site?  Just send me an email and I’ll do our best to bring it in for you:  info@princessandthepeddler.com

What have you all been working on?  I’ve got a couple things going at the same time, as usual.  I’m working on Thanksgiving Fairy by Mirabella.  It’s not a prim stitch by any stretch of the imagination but it’s a beautiful piece that has Mill Hill beads to embellish it. The colors are really stunning.   Here’s a pic of the finished piece.  I’m probably a little more than half way finished with mine.  I also have the Halloween Fairy chart in my stash.  She’s adorable also. Every once in a while I like to stitch something a little ‘different’, do you?

 

I’m also finishing up a really beautiful sampler called Winifred Glarke.  We carry it in our shop.  The colors are just beautiful.  This one will be finished easily in just a couple of days if I just focus on one pattern.  That, my friends, is a big IF.

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I taught myself to knit a few years ago and have just been knitting scarves, hats, pretty easy things  like that.  Well, I accepted a challenge to knit one pair of socks a month.  Keep in mind, I’ve never knitted a pair of socks in my life!  Thank heaven for Youtube videos!  I have one sock 80% done and have to say that I’m pretty pleased with the end result.  I got to say, knitting a heel is probably one of the toughest things I’ve ever taught myself to do!  Geez!

Oh, I did try some punch needle  over the Christmas holiday and have discovered that it isn’t for me.  Surprised myself, actually.  I thought I was going to really love it but come to find out, it really isn’t my thing.  I know, right?    I just assumed I was going to love it, and I really can’t even say what it is that I don’t like about doing it.  I do LOVE the look of a finished punch needle project, just don’t like punching.  🙂

Nashville Market is around the corner in March.  What a fun time for all of us shop owners.  This is the time of year when many designers release their new patterns for the year.   We should have lots of new designs for you in a few months, so get those WIPs done so you can start something new!

OK, I’ve got to work on some of my WIPS so I can stitch something new soon.

Take care and  be kind to each other,

Kimberly

The Princess & the Peddler

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Keep your face to the sun and you will never see your shadow…that’s what sunflowers do – Helen Keller

Sunflowers are one of the first things that come to my mind when I think of summer.   My husband and I are putting up a split rail fence later this summer and I can already picture a lovely row of sunflowers in front of it.

Speaking of sunflowers, we have brought in some really lovely summer/sunflower themed patterns for you.

 

We’ve joined the world of the ‘bundle’.  We are offering some designer series as a bundle, meaning that all the monthly releases are available from us at once as an entire series.  This will ensure you have all the patterns you need to create your own treasure.  These are available after the monthly releases are completed.  And here is the best news of all – we offer these bundles at 20% off the individual retail prices.  Who doesn’t love a deal, right?  We’ve had such great response that we will be adding more bundles as they become available but here are some that we have on our website now.  Look under the ‘What’s New’ or ‘Counted Cross Stitch Full Series’.

              2015 Ornament Series

Santa’s Village

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I stumbled across this information today and thought I’d share:  Needle work  is a gentle pastime of the older generations that was on the brink of becoming a thing of the past. But needlework and cross-stitching classes have made a surprise comeback among 18 to 35-year-olds.  Rising sales of sewing machines and cross-stitch patterns and kits are now driven by a new generation of home craft lovers.

According to Polly Leonard of Selvedge Magazine, “Making is part of being human, yet as a society we are suffering from the effect of increased screen time and the lack of real fulfillment that often accompanies that. Most needlecrafts are fairly accessible and require only basic skills and minimal outlay to achieve very rewarding results.

“The rhythmic, repetitive moments necessary to knit, cross stitch, embroider, sew or crochet are proven to have therapeutic benefits and improve mental health and emotional wellbeing, increasing serotonin production and inducing a natural state of mindfulness. People are intoxicated by their phones and computers these days and want to take a break and do something with their hands.”

That’s wonderful news for someone like me who has had a lifelong love of needle arts.   And you all should be excited as well.  This means that you should have an increased supply of wonderful charts from which to choose for your next heirloom.   So, tell your friends to put down their cellphones and release some stress while creating something beautiful at the same time.

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I would love to be able to gather some of you all together for classes  – just think how much fun it could be!   I haven’t given up on the idea, yet, just moving it to the back burner for a bit.
BUT… I am putting together a SAL.  What, you ask?

SAL is short for Stitch Along and it not only is a great way to meet new people but you get a great project out of the event.  Each month, a new pattern will be mailed to all registered participants, along with floss (if requested) and fabric (also if requested).  Often there is a theme, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc. but you will not know what you are stitching until the pattern is received.  The Stitch-A-Longs can last for 3 months up to a year.  I’m sure I will keep this first SAL to three months just to see how you like it.

By controlling the release of the patterns,  we will all ‘stitch-a-long’ together.  You can’t jump ahead!  It really is a fun time!  I will set up a separate Facebook page for you all to post your progress, comment on your or other’s work, ask questions, and, most importantly, make more stitching friends!  So, watch for the announcement that registration is open!

It continues to be a very busy time here at the castle and we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Thank you all for your continued support and making my dream come true.

 

Peace and all good things.

Kimberly

The Princess & the Peddler

(PS…If you missed the free pattern for the 4th of July,  you’ll find it on our Facebook page)

 

 

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May Musings….

Hello, sweet friends.  Here at the castle, sparks are flying from my needles.  I am finishing a couple of larger projects that I have been working on for some time, leaving me to work on smaller projects through the summer.  Although it seems it’s the summer months when I begin thinking of stitched gifts for the holidays.  I guess I’ll just keep stitching regardless of the time of year.  But no complaints here.  As you know, stitching is in my blood.  🙂

I have been working on wedding plans, yes, my youngest is getting married.  I am so happy for him, he has found a wonderful young lady who loves him as much as he loves her.  But it is also a bittersweet time for me.   I just wonder where the years have gone.   Joshua is the youngest of my four children.  It truly does seem like only yesterday when he was in kindergarten.  This is one of my favorite pictures of him – he has always loved the outdoors and is an avid hunter and fisherman.  It’s too bad my father passed because he and Josh would have gotten along very well – Dad was quite the fisherman.

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(He’ll kill me if he sees this, but I think there is little chance he will read my blog!)  I may not have any little ones of my own anymore, but I do have some grandbabies.  This is one of my favorite grandbaby pictures.  Look at those ‘kissin’ cheeks’.

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It’s absolutely miserable here.  Rain, rain, and more rain and it’s is supposed to continue  through the weekend.  Makes good stitching weather, though.  I am almost finished with my Merry Christmas sampler and am simultaneously working on Tis the Season.  These are both by Blackbird Designs and are among my favorite designs.  I especially like the Merry Christmas sampler because of its non-traditional colors.  You can buy this chart on our website.  Tis the Season is out of print as a chart only but can by purchased in a book of patterns by Blackbird Designs.  Just email me if you are interested.  Email Princess and the Peddler

As soon as the wedding is over, the Peddler and I will be working on our own line of hand dyed, overdyed threads.  How cool is that?  Our plan is to divide these into ‘collections’, based on color family.  We are pretty excited.  Putting  pencil to paper shows that we should be able to sell these collections at a much more affordable price than some of the other hand-dyed threads.  Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned for progress reports.

You may have noticed that there is an extra ‘page’ added to our blog.  On our Home Page, you will see a page called ‘Kindred Spirits’.  This is where I have listed blogs that I follow.  Just click on the link and you’ll be taken straight to the blog.  If you have a blog you follow or would like your own blog listed, just email me and I’ll add it to our list.  I love reading what other stitchy folks are up to.

If you recall, I had put the idea out there if there was any interest in having a stitching retreat next summer.  I did receive some positive feedback but not enough to move forward with the retreat.  Maybe I’ll try again a little later.  I do, however, have some ideas of how we can do something together, without travel.  I’m leaning toward a Stitch-A-Long.  I can’t wait to see all the different finishes of the same pattern.  I’m always impressed with everyone’s creativity.  I’m sure I won’t roll this out until Autumn since summer is so busy for most folks.

If you haven’t signed up for our newsletter through our website, you should really think about it.  We offer coupons and sales that are not open to the general public.  So, don’t miss out!  (Shhhhhh, there’s a sale going on right now.  Check out the most recent newsletter to see how you can take advantage of the deals.  The newsletters are archived on the website.  If you can’t find them, just email me and I’ll point you in the right direction. )

Lastly, have you all seen the newest floss by Classic Colorworks?  They are absolutely scrumptious!  We sell these as a set ($6.95) and I’ll include a Little House Needleworks pattern designed specifically for these new flosses.  They are named Colonial Rose, Tea and Biscuits, and Secret Garden.

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Alrighty, then, time to get some stitchin’ done.  I always love to read your comments.  Please feel free to leave your comments and to LIKE our blog.

Until next time, be kind to each other.

Kim

The Princess & the Peddler

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Eat. Sleep. Stitch…

As I look out the window to my 5 (yes, FIVE) bird feeders, I see that spring really has FINALLY arrived.  I had a male and female Gold Finch on a feeder at the same time.  Now, if I can only keep those dang blackbirds from eating all their food.  I am totally open to suggestions if anyone out there has any ideas.

So, on to more FUN things….STITCHING!  We had a fun give-away this month and plan on having more, with some really nice things that I think you’ll like.  I already know what we will offer for the next give-away so stay tuned.  (Oh, the suspense!!  LOL)

I had written in Princess Proclamations, our newsletter, that I was considering a 2-3 day retreat next summer on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie.  I know you all are from ALL OVER the country and a few are international visitors.  If you need more information, here’s what I was tentatively planning:

  • Negotiate a ‘discount’ for attendees at the two bed and breakfast inns.
  • A stitch-a-long where we all work on the same project for an afternoon
  • Ask a relatively local designer to attend and offer a special design just for attendees.
    • He/She could bring their designs to see at retreat discounted rates
  • A Finishing Tutorial
  • AND other ‘yet to be determined’ fun things.

This is where I would like to have the retreat.  So, think about it.  Cost will depend on how may participants we have.

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Let’s see, what else?  Oh, yeah!  We are now carrying Valdani threads that are absolutely gorgeous.  If you haven’t worked with them yet, you should consider giving them a try.  They are hand-dyed, gorgeous threads, available in 3 or 6 strands.  I currently only sell the ‘collections’ that are 12 balls of coordinated colors.  Check out our website to see the collections available.valdani

We received LOTS of new patterns in from the Nashville Market and have set up auto-ship clubs for those charts that are a series.  The next release is shipped to those who have signed up as soon as it is available from our distributors.  I offer a discount on the patterns and shipping for those who sign up for the auto-ship club.  If you missed signing up, just send me a note through the ‘Contact Us’ form on our website and let me know the series you would like.  You can find the series that are available on our website also.

Do you remember the French Market linen that we designed here at The Princess & the Peddler?  (I still just love this fabric!)french-market

WELL, the Peddler and I are in the process of hand-dying our own line of embroidery floss!  Yep, it’s happening!  We will be offering this floss in collections of 5 coordinated skeins at a VERY reasonable price. Trust us.  You will be in love with the colors, and more importantly, the price!  So, I feel like a mad scientist in the lah-bor-a-tory 🙂 .  No more $2.40 for a skein of hand dyed floss.  And I wonder why I don’t have time to stitch like I used to.  Ha Ha!

I did manage to complete this gift for my daughter whose birthday is in May.  I hope she’ll like it.  I want to make something similar for other members of  the family.

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I have been watching lots of tutorials on finishing, not my strongest strength.  Although the box I made for my daughter turned out well.    I want to improve my finishing skills for ornaments.  My goal is to eventually have all my Christmas ornaments on my tree stitched.  I have seen some of the photos that some of you have posted with small trees covered with stitched ornaments and I LOVE them.  The good thing is that they are relatively small projects.  Are you all familiar with Mill Hill beaded kits?  The ones that I want to put on my tree are stitched on perforated paper.  If you haven’t tried stitching on perforated paper, you should try it. There are lots of kits that aren’t terribly expensive so you can try it and not have a lot of money invested.  This is one of the Santas that I am going to stitch for my tree this year.  I purchased 3 different Santa designs.  I normally am not a big ‘Santa’ fan for my tree,  but these guys kind of spoke to  me.

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I’d love to hear what you’re working on.  We can inspire each other!

Until next time, be kind to each other.

Kim

The Princess & the Peddler

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