Wednesday, April 3, 2013

It's That Time of Year!

Spring...time for blooming tulips (bunnies eating blooming tulips), last minute snow showers (this is NW IA), school activities, graduations & graduation much & I am thankful for every bit of it!

I designed a little something for Wichelt Imports that is featured in their April Newsletter. Any shop that receives the newsletter has a copy of it. Around here, tulips are serious business. The Dutch communities faithfully replant thousands & thousands of bulbs each year to keep their Tulip Festivals among the best in the country. When I see the 1st advertisement for the Orange City Tulip Festival, I know that Spring is truly not far away!

I am playing around with fabrics & finishing ideas - got any suggestions?

Last week was Spring Break for our schools, so while I monitored the comings & goings of kids, I took time to catch up on some finishing jobs for customers. I am working on a particularly interesting project right now and didn't realize the "state" my work room had gotten in...

It's kinda hard to see the mess I made creativity at work...but trust me, it's all in there!

I am working on some new design ideas - I took a little hiatus after getting projects off to Just Cross Stitch magazine. I like to clear the brain every once in awhile with either a quilting project or some stash stitching.

I pulled Bent Creek's Big Zipper (remember this one?) out of the vault and figured I would put a few stitches in. I also had the joy of finding a pair of scissors I thought I lost & my cute little JABCo needle magnet. We really should look through our stash more often! There are some great treasures hidden there.

Do you love my new Market Basket? This is a recent purchase while I was away at Stitching Retreat. They always have a Market Night with shops and other great vendors. I got another little gem from her I will show off next time!

Billy Update: Before I close, I want to thank those that took the time to leave me their wonderful & supportive comments about Billy's big move into his group home. They really helped. I am happy to report that he has settled in well. The staff at his house are the best and although its only been 3 weeks, I can already see him blossoming with independence.

Enjoy your Springtime Stitches,



  1. I am off to make a basket at Jeannie's tonight.. I am glad you have enjoyed buying from her and Roxy at retreat, they are great ladies and I love learning basket-making with them! Enjoy your Spring, that OC Tulip Festival is gorgeous... if we get more sun!

  2. Cute design!
    Your Big Zipper looks like it's coming along nicely.
    Glad Billy is happy. :)

  3. I always love to stop in to visit here. Love this blog and you're such an inspiring lady.

    I agree with you about the stash searching. I can start out looking for something in my stash and wind up finding so many neat things that I had forgotten about. Fabrics. Charts and threads as will as other handy dandy things.

    I love the tulips design and did download it a couple of days ago when I saw it. Thank you so very much. I love the happy color combination. Very springy! Thank you so much.

    I am so glad that Billy is doing so well. I've been keeping this young man in prayer every since I ready about him going into a group home. I think these young people become so very proud when they are out on their own. I love the fact that you can see what a difference it has made in him so far. I hope he continues to grow in all good ways. I think of my grandson, Matthew when I read about Billy.

    Love the things you're working on. So many beautiful colors. Keep up the great work.

    LindaLee from
    CrossN' My Stitches

  4. Being a Dutch girl, I totally understand about the tulips, LOL Great stitching!

  5. So glad to hear about Billy's progress at his home. Love the tulips; one of my favorite flowers. It is so lovely to see them all blooming! Your workroom looks better than mine, trust me! Maybe when I get back home, I'll be inspired to get it straight. I love your basket and progress on BZ. Happy stitching!