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

santas village

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.

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.


The Princess & the Peddler

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




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.




It’s Here, It’s Here!!

Well, someone once said, good things come to those who wait.  I’ve been waiting, and waiting, …..and waiting.

And at long last, December 20th will be our first day of going LIVE with our online retail store. We are offering patterns for prim and vintage counted cross stitch patterns, wool applique, rag quilts, kits, and the list goes on. Additionally, we will be offering tutorials, articles, tips, stitch-a-longs, clubs. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter and be some of the first to know about what’s happening at the ‘castle’.  LOL.

I need to keep this post short because I’m getting ready for the ‘grand opening’.  I do want to wish you all a blessed holiday season and very, very happy new year!

Oh, I almost forgot.  Here’s my gift to you.  Remember, right click, then print.


See you soon, my friends.


Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile

Hello, my lovely stitching friends.  I hope your summer has been wonderful.  Ours has been abnormally hot, but our weatherman has assured us that today is the last 90 degree day that we will have for the year.  Hopefully, he’s right. We celebrated the first day of Fall (Labor Day) with a cook-out at my youngest son and  his fiance’s house.  Wonderful time.  As y’all probably know by know, Autumn is my favorite time of year, AND especially Halloween.

Here’s another free Halloween pattern graciously donated by The Nebby Needle.  (In case you’re wondering, in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, the word ‘nebby’ means ‘nosey’.  I never knew that until I met my husband who was born in Pittsburgh.)


Remember, open another window on your PC, right click, copy and paste. (Most programs will let you resize it if you need a bigger chart). This would make a darling little pillow or pinkeep .  It’s a quick stitch and so whimsical.  Don’t you just love the little pumpkins  in the corners?

I’m working on a quilt that I think is going to turn out really cute.  I used to quilt ALL the time, but then got hooked on primitive cross stitch.  I saw this pattern and fell in love with it.  Here’s a picture of the pattern finished by a friend.  What do you think?


I must run.  This has been a busy, busy week.  I hope you like the chart.

Peace and all good things.






Autumn is a second spring; where every leaf is a flower….




The heading of today’s blog pretty much sums up how I feel about Autumn.  It is without doubt my favorite time of year.   The beautiful colors, the crunchy leaves, the cool nights, the bonfires, the  hayrides, Halloween, and the list goes on.

Halloween happens to be one of my favorite themed stitching projects. It can be either very elaborate or very simple using only one color.  Whichever you choose,  it’s bound to be fun.  To give you plenty of time to get your Halloween project completed, I’m posting TWO charts for you.  Stitch one, stitch them both, whatever you choose, have FUN!


Happy Halloween

Will catch up with you soon.  In the meantime, be kind to each other.

The Princess and the Peddler


******SORRY****** One of the charts that I posted was NOT a freebie.  I pulled it from a site that had incorrectly had it listed as a free pattern.   I have removed it out of respect for the designer. *******


Happy 4th Of July!!

Hello, lovely stitchers.  I hope this finds you all well and enjoying the summer.  It’s been beautiful here but hard to believe that we are in July already.  My how time flies, especially the older I get.

I have finished a Christmas piece since I posted last.  I absolutely LOVE it.  I don’t have it framed yet, but the plan is to frame it in an off-white frame with a Christmas red mat.



So, my friends, what are you working on?  I’m about 3/4 of the way finished with another holiday stitch that is about the same size as the one I just finished.  I kind of like this size for summer since it doesn’t take a huge commitment during this lovely summer weather. Here it is:

Be of Good Cheer


My next stitch (I’m always looking ahead and thinking of my next project 🙂 ) is going to be a nautical themed piece.  I don’t think I have posted any freebie nautical charts for you all.  I’ll have to see what I can find for you for my next post.

For this post, I’ve found for you a sweet 4th of July stitch.  Isn’t it adorable?  You can find the star button at just about any JoAnn Fabric shop. This is stitched on linen fabric and could be finished as a pinkeep, an orney to throw in a cute bowl, or even add it to a summer wreath.  Let your imagination go!  The pattern is from Glory Bee.




I have been unloading many of my prized ‘stash’ of counted cross stitch charts via eBay.  Most are primitive in style and ALL are wonderful (or I wouldn’t have bought them in the first place, right?)  Many I have already stitched while some are ones that I know I won’t be able to stitch.  (not enough time).  If you want to take a peek at what I have listed on eBay, check it out.  My seller name is ‘canonqueen’.  Hope you find something you like.

Until next time, be kind to each other.


The Princess and the Peddler


You can cut all the flowers but you can’t keep Spring from coming….Paublo Nerudo

Hello, stitching friends.

It’s been a while since my last post.  Don’t think I have forgotten you.  Never!  🙂

I have finished another one of my Christmas stitcheries and am so happy with it.  I am working on another and am close to completing it.  I think when I finish this one, I am going to work on some nautical themed patterns.  But I write that today…when the time comes, who knows what pattern will jump out of my stash saying “Pick me, Pick me”!  I keep saying I am NOT going to buy any more patterns because I have more than I can possibly stitch in my lifetime.  I can’t bring myself to part with any of them…..I love them all.  ❤   AND, I’m expecting a new chart in the mail any day.

ME:    Hello.  My name is Kim and I am a stitch-o-holic. 

YOU:  Hello, Kim.  Welcome to our group.

Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, so I’m told.

With spring in the air, I have chosen for you a lovely chart that reminds me of Spring/Summer.  This is called simply ‘Rasapberries’ and is again generously donated by Kissy Cross.  I think it would make a lovely pinkeep or would be beautiful in a whitewashed frame with a mat to match the color of the berries.  You can choose your own colors for the raspberries but I suggest that you choose two colors that are within one or two numbers of each other.  (ie  230 and 231 or 232).  This will give you the subtle shadings that look so beautiful and add dimension to your project.  I suggest the same thing for the leaves. 

raspberry freebie

Remember, right click, copy, open new window, paste.

Until next time, keep stitchin’, keep smilin’, and most importantly, be kind to each other.

Peace and all good things.


The Princes