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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

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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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February Musings….

Hello, friends of The Princess & the Peddler.  I hope February has been a good stitching month for you. We have been having such a mild winter that the spring flowers are bursting through the cold ground. Won’t be long now!

I’ve been working on Garden Fair by Blackbird Designs.  I’m loving the beautiful over-dyed floss and even have  been thinking about dying our own line of floss.   I think I should put it off until I can be outside and keep the mess out of my kitchen.  So what do you think?  Like the threads?  I have even bought the wooden box to finish this as a keepsake box.  It has a little metal clasp to keep all your treasures safe.

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Since our last ‘musing’, we have been busy designing our own line of printed linen and we just love it as well as our customers. We have named it ‘French Market’.  If you haven’t checked it out on our site, you really should take a minute to do so.  It’s a great alternative to standard linen.  We love it!

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We also picked up these wonderful ‘needle minders’.  They are also going to be at the Nashville Market this weekend but I got an order in early!   The patterns are from some of your favorite designers, Little House Needleworks, Blackbird Designs, Lizzie Kate, and the list goes on.  These make a great gift if you need something for a stitcher friend.

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The next thing I want to show you is these tarts by Blackbird Designs.  Aren’t they adorable?  I brought in 8 different tart patterns and can’t decide which I like the most! They are so darn cute and won’t take a huge time commitment to complete. To see all 8 patterns, check them out of the website.  Oh, and we do offer the tart pans to finish as the designer did. We think you’re going to love them!

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And lastly, we’re running a sale to make room for all the new patterns that will be available after this weekend.  The Nashville Market begins Friday and runs through the weekend.  There will be 130 vendors, mostly designers, that will be offering you the most current designs.  I can’t wait!   If you want to take advantage of this sale, just enter this code NASHVILLE at checkout.  We currently are offering over 200 products and can easily bring in 200 more but I just don’t have the room!  HELP!

So, lots of fun things coming down the road.  We hope you check us out often to see what’s happening at the castle.

Happy Stitching!

Kim

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January’s Monthly Musing

Hello, dear friends.

What a cold, snowy blustery day here on the north coast of Ohio.  Lake Erie has thawed so we are potential victims of the dreaded ‘lake effect snow’.  I fed my birds, and am now ready to sit down to some serious stitching.

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Well, one month under my belt, and lots and lots to go.  The kick-off of the Princess’s website was an overwhelming success.  And I thank each and every one of you!  You are making my dream come true.  When there are so many places to choose from for your needlework inspiration, I am humbled that you chose us.

I have been busy researching new vendors for products to offer you products that are different, unique.  And I have been having so much fun!  Oh, my goodness.  I want one of this, one of that, oh, and can I have 6 of these??  LOL.  All this shopping is one of the reasons that my own needlework projects are not coming along as in the past.  But that’s OK!    I’m currently working on Santa’s Village by Country Cottage Needleworks.  I am making a commitment to myself to finish one cottage every week. I did actually finish the second cottage last evening but don’t have a picture yet.

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We received some lovely fabrics this week.  I have a special project planned for my own piece of Boleyn fabric and will  be sure to share it with you when I have it completed.  (The Boleyn fabric is the one with the soft printing on it).  I hope my finish inspires you!

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If you haven’t worked on gingham check fabric, it gives your piece a very different look and I REALLY love it.  Here’s a picture of ‘Be of Good Cheer’ that I am working on. Isn’t the khaki gingham too cute?  The fabric and pattern are both available on the website.  The gingham is available in Khaki and Straw, both would be great for so many of your projects.  Give it a try!

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OH!  The UPS guy was just here.  EVEN MORE patterns.  I think I’m going to have to make him some cookies or something since we are becoming so well acquainted.  🙂  I will be posting these new patterns on the website next week so be sure to check it often.

This is one of my FAVORITE new patterns that came in today and will be posted to the website next week.  It’s called ‘BRRRRRR’ and has an adorable button pack that is available for purchase, just in case you want to finish it as shown on the pattern.  How cute is this and not so big as to be overwhelming.  Should be a quick stitch.

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Time to start the fire and grab my stitching.

Be kind to each other.

Kimberly

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Monthly Musings….

Happy New Year, my sweet stitching friends.

I am so excited to think  about what the New Year will bring.  Now that the website is ‘officially’ launched,  I will be able to concentrate on reaching out to more of you, to inspire, encourage, and provide you with the most current needlework charts available.

Check the site often in January for some ‘new’ products  that I am pretty excited about.   There will be patterns as well as stitching linens that will be unique.

March will bring the Nashville show that designers are always thrilled to attend to display their new projects.  I will certainly be attending to see what great patterns they’ve created for us.  Besides, I have never been to Nashville and this is a great opportunity to hear some great music and check out some new, wonderful, unique cross stitch patterns, two of my favorite things to do. Wouldn’t it be way cool if in 2018 I was not only a buyer but a designer as well at the Nashville show.  Dream big, right?  So many ideas, so little time. I already have begun my first design but will be honest with you, the software is not very ‘user friendly.’ I have it designed on paper, but now to get it in a form that makes sense to you all…therein lies the challenge.:-)

So, in my mind, 2017 is going to be SUPERB! And I hope you agree.

Check out the Princess’s website, if you haven’t already.  AND for special notices of new products, sales, and free charts, please sign up for the newsletter, Princess Proclamations.

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I will be updating this blog monthly and my FB page often.

Peace and all good things.

Kim

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Don’t Miss Out!

Thank you all for the great ‘kick-off’ of my online retail store.  It is truly overwhelming.

If you haven’t already signed up for the newsletter, make sure you do.  I will be offering a

free counted cross stitch pattern that will only be available through the newsletter.

I am keeping this very short because Christmas is right around the corner and we are all

extremely busy…

May the peace of this Holy Season be upon you and yours.

 

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Merry Christmas, my friends

I feel so connected to you all, sharing our common love for hand work, especially counted cross stitch.  It’s at this time of year that we take a moment to reflect on our blessings and I consider myself blessed to be able to do what I truly love to do.  The Princess and the Peddler had been a long time coming and I can actually see it just around the corner.  Tuesday, actually.

As my thanks to all of you, here’s a little something that I hope you enjoy, courtesy of The Primitive Hare.

Peace and all good things.

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