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!


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.


A week of wildflowers





Jerry and I took a drive to drink in the wildflowers yesterday. It was a perfect afternoon! I thought I’d share a few pictures from our outing each day this week. I reserve the right to interrupt this plan with pictures of new releases (from Impie, Hattie & Bea) and new patterns (from Prairie Schooler).

Wishing you a beautiful week!


A Friday Finish & More











I’ve been pretty busy here lately. Well, crazy busy actually. I have new things in the works in the sewing room, orders being sewn and models being stitched. Here are a few things I can show you today!

A quick and sweet project from Lizzie Kate..Today Chose Joy. This is a bright spot in my kitchen. I’ve also stitched and finished this new thread pack from Little House and Classic Colorworks…Land of the Free. You can find both of these on the ‘Featured’ page at the webshop.

I also painted up a couple little bird houses for my balcony garden. I bought these at Joann’s and used paint I had on hand. This was a fun $3 poject and if it ever stops raining here, it will be nice to see them with my herbs and flowers.

A long term project I’ve been working on is making over fashion dolls into something much more realistic. I was completely inspired by Tree Change Dolls. There are DIY video links there if you want to make your own. I’ve only finished one so far, her name is Hattie, she has lots of friends waiting for their turn. I have another in the works but we’ve only progressed to the face cleaning and wardrobe phase so far.

A bit of cooking…for lunch today I fried up some white corn tortillas and we make tostadas. These disappeared in about a minute and the boys already want to know when I’ll make them again. I just used what we hand on hand but you could get pretty fancy with the toppings!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you soon with more news from the Sewing Room!


More from the sewing room


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I’ve been keeping my sewing machine buzzing lately. This is a very good thing because I’m in need of a new machine. I love my heavy duty machine but just going forward and backward with a straight stitch is limiting at times. I have a nice portable smaller mechanical machine too but I need/want something with a few more bells and whistles that is somewhat heavy duty! I have my eye on a Janome Memory Craft 6300.

Some News regarding Impie, Hattie & Bea products….

I’ve just sewn up the final batch of Rose Sampler Workbooks in the current fabrics. These fabrics are no longer available and I’ve exhausted my supply. A small batch is shipping to Hoffmans and I have about 10 left at the webshop. I am looking for suitable fabric for Version 2!

I’ve sent a batch of Herb Garden Pocketbooks to Hoffmans and have another batch ready to ship to them as well. The first batch arrived there yesterday but aren’t listed in the catalog yet, so they will probably be in next Friday’s (April 10) update. These are also at the webshop.

I’ve also been making Love Letter Pockets, Patriotic Pockets, Scissor Beds and Pin Pillows….and a few other things!

Spring is trying to appear here, today we woke up to several inches of snow but it’s melting quickly. I also finished up this adorable knitted tea cozy for my little yellow teapot. The pattern is from Churchmouse Yarns – I omitted the cables on mine.


Busy lady checking in….











That’s what I’ve been, mostly in the sewing room or shipping orders which is a very good thing but it’s hard to find time to do the work I need to do on the computer while I’m sewing or running to the post office! Things like blogging and updating the webshop have been neglected lately and I have lots of good things that really need to be listed!

Here’s a peek at what I’ve been up to. I have added a few things over at Etsy, and I have continued to update Instagram which is really easy to do from the sewing room!

One thing in particular I MUST list at the webshop are these alternative covers for the Lavender Huswife…both of these new Little House/Classic Colorworks thread packs are perfect!

In the meantime, you can always email me to order :0)

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!


At the webshop, Etsy too!


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I’ve added a new cross-stitch kit to the webshop and a few fun things to Etsy too. You can always find the links by clicking ‘website’ on the black box on the top right of my blog here (on a computer screen) I’m trying to get my blog to be more friendly for phones, it’s a work in progress!

Along with the new stitching kit – over at Etsy I’ve added some georgeous fabric, with some of my layer cake I’ve make a great table runner using this pattern. There’s a handy quilt ruler, I have one that is been put to good use along with my other new workroom tools – new year, new tools! There are a few Impie, Hattie & Bea things and even some knitting needles!

Happy Friday!


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!


From the Sewing Room – Project Purse










I’ve been sewing up a storm and there’s loads more to do…but I’m emerging from the fabric heap with something new! This little bag is available in many different fabrics, I only have a few in the pretty strips however. You can find them here. My Needle Keepers fit nicely too. Here’s a few peeks at some of the things I’ve been turning out lately.

I’ve also been taking care of a very sick Ethan, I’m happy to say he is on the mend but we need to fatten him back up, he didn’t have any extra weight to spare and lost quite a bit during his illness, I also swear he grew two inches! I’ve been giving him milkshakes and cocoa with whole milk, eggs, bananas, and pasta, any other suggestions, he’s not a fan of peanut butter!

Hope your November has been good so far!


Something Nice for Knitters!










Needle Keepers for Knitters from Impie, Hattie & Bea are now available at the webshop! You can order these in any of the wonderful fabrics used in IH&B’s product line, see ordering details at the webshop.

There are two styles, one designed for your interchangeables (with extra storage for more) and one that works great for circulars or DPNs or BOTH at the same time. I hope these pictures give you a good idea of how much you can fit in these tidy little holders.

There is a pretty button on the ‘decorative’ side and an adjustable closure on the ‘business’ side. This lets you gently and snugly close your keeper no matter how full or empty it happens to be! A flap with a vinyl window lets you see what’s inside and keeps everything tucked in safely. There’s even a special price on the set of two styles.

I’ve been ‘test driving’ these for a few weeks and wish I had made some sooner. My local yarn shop is offering these as well, they’ve been very helpful during the design process and helping me get these just right for knitters. And to all the crocheters out there, the interchangeable keeper works great for hooks too!


PS One more feature – each keeper has a hinged ring attached for keeping your stitch markers and cable key handy!