Thursday, February 27, 2014

I don't do "off" well!

Before I begin - let me say...I still have "Made With Love Charms". Read more about it from my February 6th post. Keep sending them...I'm even having the local stitchers send the SASE! I've gotten well over 100 responses so far & it's been terrific reading the little notes (not necessary, but nice!) and seeing what states I'm hearing from - I think FL is in the lead at this point!

and now I move on...

I promised myself a few days "off" after the flurry of market subsided. I rediscovered something about myself...I don't do "off". I schedule, I make lists, I cross off lists, I have appts, meetings, and events. When left to my own devices - aka, sitting and model stitching while watching a movie (even though this is technically work) - I feel guilt. If, however, I was sitting on a warm beach somewhere with a little umbrella in my drink, there would be no guilt. Enough said.

What about market? Market was GREAT! I packed up my models, charts & husband - drove 13+ hours, avoided major snowfalls and had a blast at my first solo market outing. (I've been to many markets on both the buying and selling side of life.)

A quick pictorial for you!

Just an ordinary hotel room to start with!

 
Upon registering, you receive your sign (here's your sign) - the first...and easiest thing to put up!

 
Then the banners go up with the inevitable questions...did I bring the zip-ties? are these zip-ties long enough? how do I make the #*$@ zip-ties work? Some random zip-tie expert comes along and helps you out. It's all good.

 
If you do it right, you ordered enough tables and brought along enough "stuff" (easels, baskets, tape, thumbtacks, etc... - after one quick trip to JoAnn's, we were solid). 

 
By Friday evening, I had enough done to put sneak peeks in the front window for the Early Bird Shoppers.

 
I participated in a fun "Scavenger-like" event with 9 other designers where shops had to get our signatures and note what kind of candy we brought to get into a drawing. Here is our Grand Prize winner being given her gift certificate by Elvis & Cupid...oh wait, that's really Matt & Dave Stott of Norden Crafts, Ltd.
 
The week after market is just as busy as the weeks leading up to it. I sold out of most of the charts I brought, so orders went out immediately (after a quick trip to the printer & re-ordering of buttons during the car ride home!) Distributors get their shipments & even a Trunk Show had to be packed up. My brain needs a serious break before it all starts over for the next show!
 
 
Designers get asked a lot - "do you stitch other designs?". I have said before that I always seem to have some Halloween stitching going. I'm making slow progress on this one, but it should be done by next Fall. It is nice to stitch sometimes without thinking about the color or placement of a stitch.

 
 
Next post I promise will be a Finish it Friday! I took pictures as I was doing some ornament finishing with a post in mind.
 
Enjoy the stitch,
Cathy

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Happy Anniversary

Last year, my dearest & I celebrated our 25th Anniversary. I surprised him by designing a special piece that I finished & presented to him that special day. We spent the entire day together just doing simple things on a Wednesday...something we never get to do since we go in different weekday/workday directions.

I had such a great time with the piece & an overwhelming response to the complimentary design, it's going to be an annual event. (Hey...I'll never need to think what to get him for a gift!)

So, Happy 26th sweetie, here you go:

 
26 years & my heart still leaps up (insert sappy music here...)! Surrounding my token are a few objects I keep on display tucked here & there. The shoes...they were Bill's when he was a babe. The blue china are the few remaining pieces from a childhhood set of mine...the one's that survived! The brass VPI belt buckle - it was actually a gift from a friend. VPI - the old name for the university where Bill & I met (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University became VA Tech - good move!)
 
 
 
 
I attached this fun little "Made With Love" charm & I would like to give you the opportunity to have one for your cushion! Here's the deal:
 
Send me a self-addressed stamped envelope & I will send you one! That's it! No following, no liking (of course that is pretty much the only way you will ever hear about my complimentary designs).
 
Here's the fine print: Please just request 1 charm. Live outside the US? - no problem. Make sure there is enough postage on the SASE & it should get to you. I will not be responsible for lost mail & when the charms are gone, I will post a notice. I will send until the charms are gone, but I will not return any SASE's - look for the post saying we're done! Let's keep this fun - a teeny tiny treat for you. (seriously teeny, 3/8"x1/2").
 
Use it on this piece or something else (really, I'm not coming to everyone's house to check!)
 
SASE to Hands On Design, 2400 Apache Dr., Sioux City, IA 51104
 
Enjoy the stitch!
Cathy 


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Tis the Season of...

how would you finish that sentence?? Hmm...it could be the season of love...the season of snow...the season of bone chilling temps!

Right now, it's the season of Market Prep!

This is what I think (hope) my house looks like!

This is what my house really looks like!


Boxes & "to go to Nashville" piles everywhere! Whew!

I wanted to take a teeny break to let you know about something coming up this week! Last year, my husband & I celebrated our 25th anniversary. I designed a sweet little piece that got scooped up by lots of stitchers! I will post this year's gift to you (& my dearest) next Thursday! Check back in!

In the meantime, here's a reminder of last year's design & a better link to print out your own version (having a website now makes that sooooo much easier!)


                                                         Click here for a printable pdf.

Before I forget...thanks to everyone who stopped by as part of the Grow Your Blog party! I found lots of new blogs to follow! Thanks again to Vicki for organizing the party!

Winner, Winner! The random number was 8...Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks - you are my winner. I will be in touch!

Have a great weekend!

Cathy