Candle Maker








It seems like I’ve spent a big part of 2019 under the weather. Flu in February, strep throat at the end of March, then a lingering fever and fatigue with no apparent cause. I’m happy to say that I’ve been fever free for 3 days now and have a looong ‘to do’ list that I’ve started to tackle.

I did stitch and finish up the Glitter Village series from Country Cottage Needleworks during this time too. I’ve also been slowly updating the look and inventory at the webshop. My computer skills had gotten a bit rusty I admit but it’s kind of fun to figure this stuff out again, usually. I’ve also started lots of seedlings for my balcony garden, it will be another month before we can safely plant outdoors here.

Another thing I’ve been busy with is creating a line of soy tealight candles for the webshop. The first two sets are available now. They are limited editions and will go out of stock as new ones are introduced. You can see the Mother’s Day and Spring Candle Collections here! I have several other collections planned. I love making these and use them here at home for extra coziness! They smell amazing and are made from 100% American grown soy. there’s more info about the the fragrances at the webshop.

Happy Spring (about a month late) ;0)

A change in plans…





Well Winter Break was very good and I turned the webshop back on … and found out I was locked out of my blog!! I’ve obviously fixed that but only to tell you that another (unexpected) break is ensuing.

I’m hopping on a flight tomorrow to spend time with close family while they recover from some unexpected health issues. At this point I’m not sure when I’ll be home and I won’t have a computer with me while I’m gone.

So, Hello…Goodbye, for now. Here are some pretty pictures I took today.

PS … prayers are appreciated and….I’d love to keep in touch with you over at Instagram!!

Winter Break!

I’m planning a Winter Break! After nearly twelve years running my little online craft business, it’s time to refit for the future and accommodate some changes in our lives since the early days… I will continue to take online orders through November 22, 2016. We will return, refreshed, early Spring 2017!

I’ll still be blogging… in fact watch this space for sneak peaks, tutorials, and giveaways during the break!


Limited Edition Project Bag





These are only available at the webshop. I’ve received several reservations so as of this moment (Monday afternoon 8/22 fewer than 25 are available)

Great for keeping and carrying your seasonal projects..cute and handy! This is a roomy bag and nicely padded. Watch for other bags for the season and some one of a kind offerings as well at the new section of the website dedicated to project bags. You can also take a ‘video tour‘ of these fun bags at my Instagram page!


Autumn Stitching






I’ve done a bit of Fall stitching and finishing and pulled out my little finished bits for the season from years past.

Most of these can be found on the ‘Featured‘ page at the webshop. One is retired (the more detailed Prairie Schooler that says Autumn at the bottom). There are two Little House Needlework projects in the picture taken on my kitchen table. One is brand new and one is from the Novermber/December thread pack, I changed the word to ‘Autumn’. The larger project that says ‘Pumpkins’ is a Memorial Sampler, for a fellow stitcher who loved pumpkins.

I’ve put out some real pumpkins, a squirrel is gnawing on the small orange one as I type this…I also made a little fabric pumpkin based on the pattern you can find here. ‘Halloween Night’ was sent to my sister, here it is at her house, she’s very creative with her chalkboard!



I’ve also been enjoying some festive Fall cocoa during the chilly evenings!

Wishing you a happy week!


Schoolgirl Needle Tablet…NEW!!





As I mentioned I’ve had something new in the works.  For a while now I’ve been thinking I’d like a handy something to store an assortment of pins and needles, and a few other things.  This little Needle Tablet does the trick.

With a handy ring for scissors or threads, or even a pack of buttons or needles, and two large wool felt pages for everything else.  I even have some stitch markers for knitting pinned in there.

I used Little House Needleworks Schoolgirl Lessons (with permission as always) as my inspiration for this new product from Impie, Hattie & Bea.  It’s available at the website now.

I hope Autumn has been lovely for those whose seasons are on a similar schedule and I see from my Instagram feed that some are enjoying Spring, that looks nice too!

Back to the sewing room!  Happy Stitching :0)

Something New!





I hope you will like the new Sweet Rose Hanging Pocket. I used a third Classic Colorworks thread for the green stitching. Two come with the free design. I stitched this on 32 count linen. The hanging pocket can be hung in any useful spot, I used a Command Strip hook which come in lots of sizes and styles. I just used a basic one I had on hand. The pocket has a little needle keeper attached by ribbon with some sweet decorative stitching done on my new machine! If you wanted, you could attach your stitched piece to the other side of the pocket and add a button if you don’t care to hang your pocket.

I have another pocket in the works for the Calender Girls! Stay tuned!

I’ve listed these at the webshop, I’ll let you know when they become availbable through Hoffmans.

Happy Stitching!

PS –

I have lots of Prairie Schooler sets ready to ship, the price is slightly reduced to help you save a bit on shipping, click the image bleow.


Some new things and about me…







I’ve updated the ‘Featured’ page with a few new goodies, this beautiful thread pack…with free design and some awesome quilt books, also some new take along project bags..Love Them, these are also at my Etsy shop! You can also find a ‘Destash’ page at the web shop, it’s just time!!

I’ve started a new quilt, I’ve gotten some new goodies in the mail (Aurifil thread) and I’ve made a new star and bought an herb plant. As you can see the clematis on my back balcony is also in full bloom!

Some backordered fabric has finally become available…hooray! Keep an eye out for two new things from Impie, Hattie, & Bea!


If you’d like to know a little more about me, I was recently interviewed for a new magazine, you can read the article here.


Pretty threads!




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I love this set of threads from Classic Colorworks! This is one of their starter sets, they have several, this one is called Simply Beautiful and it really is! I have listed these at the webshop!

Recently I pulled some pretty threads together and renewed an old hobby. I do mean old! I leaned to embroider when I was six and it has truly been ages since I’ve done any. I’ve listed these at my Etsy Shop if you’d like a little sweet smelling pincushion/sachet of your own.

I’ll also be listing some zippered, patchwork notion pouches soon!

Happy Thursday!


Peach Tree Cottage & Impie, Hattie & Bea









I hinted on facebook and Instagram that I was giving an old product a new look! I’m excited to share this with you today.

I’ve stitched Peach Tree Cottage from Little House Needleworks on 32 count lambswool linen using 2 strands of floss. You only need one skein of Little House Brown from Classic Colorworks on 32 count fabric. The product I’ve attached my stitched piece to is the Impie, Hattie & Bea Thread Armoire. These are in stock at Hoffman Distributing and can also be found at my webshop.

Speaking of Hoffmans….Be sure to stop by room 429 at Market this weekend to see lots of new goodies AND several Impie, Hattie & Bea models!


Autumn craft round-up









I’ve made good progress on some things and not so much on others. I’ve even done some Christmas sewing. I did ship a big order of IH&B items to Hoffmans too.

A happy finish is this throw I started sometime back. I felt a little over-ambitious a the time hoping I’d have this done by Thanksgiving but I actually did get it done…Yeah!! I used this pattern and some inexpensive craft store yarn. I added several leaf pattern repeats beyond what the pattern called for to make it more of a wrap/small throw for chilly evenings.

I also made a Tom Turkey Pillow! Pop over to this blog and make one for yourself. It was a quick little project and I’m pretty pleased to have another nice Autumn decoration around here! While you’re at it you should consider following the Tom Turkey designer over on instagram! She is hosting an adorable Christmas quilt-along. I’ve even added a free kit (with book purchase) to go with the book used for the project at my webshop. Be sure to read my description carefully regarding the gingerbread pattern needed!

I haven’t made as much progress as I’d like on my November stitching project. My eyes aren’t what they used to be…I can’t stitch much after dark anymore :0(


And while I’m on the subject of getting old(er) …Jerry and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this month! The best thing about getting old(er) is getting old(er) with him!