Sunday, June 21, 2015

"Fun Summer 2015"

Last summer was...well, not fun. Bill & I worked and worked and the next thing we knew...it was September! So. Not. Happening. This. Year.

To kick-off "Fun Summer 2015" we went "on the hunt" last weekend at Junk-Stock (think Wood Stock, but with Junk)

It was so much fun!

I kind of went with a list of certain things I was looking for & I did manage to score a few bargains. I tried to remember to snap pictures along the way:

Junk Stock is held in a huge field (in Omaha, NE) & it's been a rainy Spring! Mud boots were a plus!

 
"One Man's Junk"...the theme of the day!

 
Which way do we go? Arrows everywhere. The turquoise one came home with me for a friend!
 
 
Fun displays & booths!

 
Oh, I bought some goodies here!
 
 
Keeping up our strength - the pork was great - the sauce was AWESOME!

 
Now I feel really old. I had a Wee Wagon when I was little (& could actually fit my butt into it!) It's still in my garage & now I see one where they sell...vintage. :(

 
Bought something you can't lift? They have JunkHunks roaming around to help you load it in the car!
 
 
A few of my treasures!

 
We got home just in time to run back out the door to watch Chris play in the Fremont Open finals. 2nd place & a cool trophy.
 
It was back to work this week prepping to release "flutterby garden" - my Ltd Edtn Summer 2015 chartpack. We ship to shops next Tuesday, so be sure to ask at your favorite LNS. (Chartpack includes finishing cottons, woolfelt flutterbys, & bakers twine)
 


I would have to say the kick-off of "Fun Summer 2015" was a success!


Enjoy the stitch,
Cathy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Saturday, June 6, 2015

An Afternoon Among Friends



 
For someone who is very "in tune" with color...I was apparently in an all "red" mood when I ordered this year's plants. It's been an odd Spring weather-wise, so some blooms are struggling. This group seemed to be bouncing back in this morning's early humidity.
 
I retreated back inside to grab toast & coffee, turn the Ladies French Open final on and share my fun yesterday.
 
 
I traveled about 90 miles south of my home yesterday to teach at "For the Love of Stitching" in Omaha, NE. I've known Judi for years - we were shopowners at the same time, often "talking shop" & comparing notes. She has always been a big supporter of my design work - she was the 1st shop to say "put me on automatic" which, to a designer, is wonderful!  
 
 
 
 
While classes are fun, they are a lot of work (it helps me to think about how I would feel as a student, getting the benefit of those hours of design & prep.) For me, it's always satisfying packing the kits up just before class! 
 
 
"Oh My Buttons" was the class I designed & taught. I told the students, this was the perfect combination of things I love...buttons, wool, ribbon, and pincushions!
 
 
It sounds corny, but the best thing I get out of these classes, is the camaraderie among stitchers. This day was special because I met up with some students/friends that I hadn't seen in years. We exchanged "where are the kids now" stories. I got to see a daughter present her Mom (a quilter) with a stitched piece that happened to be my "Under a Quilt" design.
 


 
I was having so much fun, I forgot to take a group photo - I swear I need to hire a photographer for these events! (can you hear me now?...Oh intern!) haha!
 
I usually get asked - will you release the pattern? Yes, I will, but I will wait approximately a year. When I design for a retreat, I like to feel I'm doing something extra special for the students that are coming to take my class (& putting up with my weird sense of humor!!) Give Judi a call, she may have 1 or 2 of the kits left!
 
Well on to the tasks of the day - the landscapers showed up yesterday while I was gone (of course) and took care of a few small projects. If the rain holds, I can finish my part of it all. In the meantime...
 
Enjoy the stitch,
Cathy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Floraison where you are planted...

I don't do many complimentary charts - most of you know to grab my annual "gift" for my husband. Other than that, I keep mostly busy working on all of the projects going on in my head (you know that joke about a woman's mind & 2,478 browsing tabs open in her brain? - yep...that's me)

Anyway, one of my distributors was in a bind, so I obliged. I wanted to design some sweet little flowers, but feel like the word "bloom" has been done & done (hey, I've used it several times myself!). So "floraison" it is...bloom, blooming, I never did get a true English to French connection, but was assured I was design appropriate.

So here it is! You can find it by going to the Wichelt website & viewing the June newsletter (you might have to "sign up").

Quick to stitch, easy to customize colors, plenty of finishing options.

 
A short one for today. We are busy in the shipping department - it takes over on weeks when we have new charts going out & of course the newest chalk is shipping!
 
Enjoy the stitch,
Cathy