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 parties...so 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,

Cathy

5 comments:

  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!
    Deb

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

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  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

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

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  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!

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