Tuesday, July 2, 2019

It's Halloween Mystery Sampler Time!

Ready for a summer surprise? We're doing another summer mystery club, and we can't wait to share the news with all of you. Introducing our...

FRIGHTFUL Mystery Sampler Club!


We are partnering with our friends at 123stitch.com for our 7th mystery sampler.

What's a mystery sampler? Many of you know because you have joined us for previous Mystery Sampler projects. But for our rookie detectives, it's a sampler that unfolds in parts. The big mystery is...what will it look like?! Because unlike every other L*K project, there is NO PHOTO on the front (I know...it's mysterious!). You receive a portion of the design for 3 months. As you stitch, the project develops and the mystery unfolds!

Mystery Samplers are so fun and popular because it's a giant club with stitchers literally all over the world. And it's our favorite kind of club, because EVERYONE is invited and warmly welcomed.



HERE'S ALL THE "SECRET" SCOOP ON FRIGHTFUL

* 3-part series will be available on July 16, mid-August and mid-September (finished in time for Halloween, of course).

Stitch Count for FRIGHTFUL is 82W x 283H. It's a tall, skinny sampler.

FRIGHTFUL is stitched on Natural Light linen. This beautiful neutral color is available in 28 or 32 count linen, or  Aida. You can also personalize with your own fabric choice.

FRIGHTFUL was stitched with lovely overdyed threads from Weeks Dye Works. We used 11 skeins for the entire project, not including the bonus design. There are also DMC equivalents available.

* We are including a BONUS project with Part 2 of the mystery. More about that later!

FRIGHTFUL Embellishment Pack includes goodies for the large sampler as well as the BONUS design. We've selected some fun buttons from Just Another Button Company as well as beads from Mill Hill.

*We will also have a FRIGHTFUL Mystery Sampler Needle Nanny! Our gal pals at Zappy Dots are making us a spooky collectible FRIGHTFUL"dot". It's the perfect place to park your needle while you're watching the mystery unfold.

HOW TO SIGN UP???
Here's a link to a reservation page at 123stitch.com:



Check back soon here for more FRIGHTFUL Mystery Sampler Club teasers!

Mysteriously yours, 
Linda
Lizzie*Kate




Monday, June 17, 2019

New "FLOWER" design - now ONLY at Heart's Desire in Wichita

Is  cross stitching your "heart's desire"? In my hometown of Wichita, Kansas this is the name of our fabulous local needlework shop - Heart's Desire. Don't you think it's the perfect name for a cross stitch store?!


I've been shopping and hanging out at Heart's Desire long before I thought about designing. I've followed them faithfully to 3 different locations. I remember when my girls were babies and I loaded them up - strategically planning around nap times - for a little cross stitch therapy for myself. Heart's Desire has been my "happy place" for decades!

Debbie (the owner) and her team have been super important to L*K over the years. I use them for all of my framing, which has been incredibly helpful. Debbie has also been my faithful proof reader - a tricky job, for sure. Heart's Desire is also my go to place for extra supplies and advice on projects in progress. Sometimes you just need an extra set of eyes...or 2 or 3...when a project needs help.


***To celebrate our special relationship with Debbie and the HD gang, I've designed an exclusive project just for Heart's Desire.

It's called FLOWER...and you guessed it...it's a bouquet of summer flowery happiness! We've included a small silver heart charm, just to make sure Alan hasn't forgotten how to put charms in tiny bags.

Linda from Heart's Desire stitched these darling "littles" from FLOWER

FLOWER design will only be available from Heart's Desire, so if you need some "flower power" in your life...and don't live near Wichita, Kansas...here's how to contact them.

Heart's Desire
316.681.3369
heartsdesire3210@yahoo.com

Do you see a road trip to Kansas in your future? If you've never been to Heart's Desire, I have to tell you...it's worth it! Heart's Desire is a gorgeous, large shop in a cool historic building just east of scenic downtown "Ta-town". There's a huge selection of everything cross stitch, displayed in beautiful vignettes and themes. It's a delight to visit!

I'll be at Heart's Desire on Saturday, June 22 from 11AM - 1 PM. I'll be happy to sign your Flower pattern, or just enjoy a chat together.

Let's enjoy a FLOWER (in stitches) together this summer!











Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Liberty Sam lives!

Remember our old "standup kits"? I think the answer is YES because we've been getting so many requests for them to reappear. It seems there has been an informal campaign to "lobby" L*K and 123stitch.com to republish these oldsters?!

Our standup kit series began many, many years ago with a garden-themed bunny called Henry O'Hare (K09). I vividly remember assembling hundreds of these one weekend when my husband was out of town. I'm not sure where my kids were (I hope I remembered to feed them?) while I had a bunny assembly blitz in my basement. Back in the day we used to stuff kits with paper shred and our basement was a confetti mess for weeks afterwards.

Over the years we added to the "standup family" with 3 more bunnies, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Halloween characters and an Uncle Sam. Like many series, I never intended stand-up kits to be a series, but that's how it evolved.

Liberty Sam is back!!!

We're so excited to bring Liberty Sam back, nearly 20 years after he originally premiered. He sure is aging well...right?!

Liberty Sam Chart with embellishments

We restitched our model and managed to locate sources for the embellishments we originally used. They're not identical, but they look fantastic...and so does Liberty Sam.

Liberty Sam returns!

Liberty Sam will include the pattern and embellishments. The suggested fabric (or choose your own favorite) and threads are sold separately.

We can't wait to see ol' Liberty Sam back in circulation, just in time for his favorite patriotic holiday this summer. You'll enjoy getting him out year after year to celebrate the Fourth of July and all things summer!

Liberty Sam will be available SOON from our friends at 123stitch.com. Click here

Have a Happy Red White & Blue Summer!













Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Time for an Easter Parade!

Do you know the tradition of an Easter Parade? I remember the song from when I was a kid...

But mostly I remember getting a new Easter dress every year when I was young. At our house, "getting a dress" meant planning weeks ahead so my mom could sew it. We began with a trip to the neighborhood fabric store, perusing those thick pattern books and selecting fabric and trim. Then I'd try to be patient while mom diligently sewed. She was an amazing seamstress and sewed almost everything in my closet for many years.

Many fittings - and Mom's hard work later - I got to debut my Easter dress at Sunday school and church. Of course some years the fickle Kansas spring weather didn't cooperate and my pastel dress really needed to be flannel and fur. But whatever...it always made me smile to wear my new Easter finery. Did I mention that white shoes were always important at Easter? White shoes signaled the true beginning of springtime.

We're proud to debut a different sort of Easter Parade this year at L*K!


Does anyone recognize these 3 designs? They are oldies from the L*K archives. Each project was originally a "promotional" kit from a springtime Nashville Needlework market. Several projects haven't been available for many years. Occasionally they pop up on the "I Love Stitching Lizzie*Kate" Facebook group, and there are always requests for reprints...so here they are.

We've combined the trio into one chartpak and are bringing them out of retirement!!! Check out the larger pics of each colorful design.

Hip Hop

Egg Hunt

Peep



The folks at 123stitch.com are also assembling an optional embellishment pack (sold separately) with all the buttons for all 3 projects.

***Do you have a favorite Easter dress/Easter parade story to tell?
Leave a COMMENT below and we'll share some Easter fun!





Wednesday, January 9, 2019

L*K Facebook Fun!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  

It's been a bit since I've posted, so I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season! I find myself having a hard time putting away my favorite Christmas things. I've slowly been un-decorating, removing goodies a bit at a time. Sadly, they are piled downstairs, awaiting the "final removal" so I can orderly pack everything away. (At least that's my excuse for not putting everything away yet.)

Just today I removed my "favorite things" from my kitchen countertops. I brought back this darling little rolling pin and the red/white ceramic ornaments when we were in Germany at the Christmas markets in December (it's not Christmas unless you have mushrooms on your tree!). This display just makes me smile.


Does anyone else have trouble parting with their favorite Christmas decor? I still can't bring myself to put away (throw away?) our little gingerbread houses we made together over Thanksgiving.


But I do admit, I also love "freshening" my house after the holidays...putting away the color and enjoying lots of refreshing WHITE in my house...like my collection of old white pitchers. Never can have enough of these for me.


But the real reason for this post....
I just wanted to drop in and remind everyone about our L*K "fan page" on Facebook.

It's called I Love Stitching Lizzie Kate Designs. It's a "closed group", so you need to request membership. It's easy - just click and wait to be added.

Why should you join the group?
It's just SO MUCH FUN! There are daily posts from stitchers all over the world with their L*K projects in progress and finished. SO. MANY. CREATIVE stitchers out there, doing their own thing with L*K designs.


One fun part of this FB group is the variety. There are newer L*K designs as well as 20 year old "golden oldie" designs. Stitchers are posting projects they're doing for themselves, as well as lots of beautiful finishes purposed for giving. I often see finishes I wish I had created for my models and cover photographs. So much inspiration.

I also love the sense of COMMUNITY on the I Love Stitching Lizzie Kate Designs Facebook page. Everyone is encouraging and helpful - it's just a delight to do a daily browse.

This Facebook page was began many years ago by a shopowner - we didn't even know it was out there for a while.  Wilma faithfully moderated the page and nurtured the community of L*K stitchers.

After Wilma requested a well-deserved break, we asked a stitcher friend to be the page moderator. Again, Carla was fantastic at attending to the daily monitoring of the fan page. We remain so grateful for the time and energy that Wilma and Carla both generously gave to the Admin role.

And now it's Alan's turn! When we announced our retirement in 2018, Alan took over as Admin for the Facebook page. Several time a day he checks in, looking for member requests. Then he gleefully reports to me "I approved some new members!". It's so interesting to see where everyone lives - literally all over the US and around the world.

PLEASE consider joining our little Facebook community. Lots of enthusiastic stitchers with fabulous finishes are waiting to welcome you...and so are we! And really...let's keep Alan busy with his admin duties.

***On another note...wanted to share a picture of our holiday culinary experiment. We made a BUCHE De NOEL or Yule Log Cake!


Our New Year's Eve Buche de Noel (with meringue mushrooms, not boiled eggs!)


What is a Buche de Noel? 
It's a traditional cake for Christmas or New Year. The cake is French in origin and it's name means Christmas log. It's derived from the age-old practice of burning yule logs during the holiday season.

Tasty meringue mushrooms - so sweet and fun to make

Basically you bake a thin sheet cake, roll it up with filling, and frost to resemble a log! Alan and I watched a few you tube videos, then got to work on our "buche experiment". For extra credit we made some meringue mushrooms to add to our woodsy cake presentation.

We surprised our friends on New Year's Even with our "edible log" dessert. Everyone enjoyed having their slice of the decadent chocolate dessert. The airy meringue mushrooms were a big hit, too.

After the party - a demolished log

After the party, the log was considerably smaller. But no worries...we finished off the tasty project ourselves the next day. Chocolate cake, chocolate filling, and chocolate icing...just the right amount of chocolate for us!

Wishing you all a wonderful new year with all the things that make you happy...friends, family, and loads of stitches!














Thursday, November 29, 2018

Early Christmas gift from L*K

Just for you...here's a little holiday freebie to make your season merrier!  Click here for the December freebie.


This little piece is a companion to the Moon Over Blackbird freebie we posted in October on our website.

We've already celebrated "Thanksmas" at our house. What is Thanksmas? It's the combined holiday you celebrate when you share/rotate the holidays with your adult children's families.

Our daughter Sarah and husband Jeff flew in to Wichita from Chicago for the long Thanksgiving weekend. They really appreciated our sunny, unseasonably warm temps - it was 65-70 degrees during their 4 day stay. Thankfully they flew back to the windy city BEFORE the big storm hit and closed the airports.

Thanksgiving feast with our family of 8

Christmas sweater cookie puzzle - if only they were edible!

We enjoyed all our usual Thanksmas traditions....cooking, baking, eating, working a Christmas puzzle, visit to Nifty Nut House (Wichitans will understand!), trip to N and J's (great Lebanese food) and Molino's (fave Mexi food), walks around our lake, annual Ebright talks and more.

Wichita Note: If you're ever in Wichita, schedule a quick trip to the Nifty Nut House near downtown. It's a giant building with an unbelievable selection of fresh nuts, candy and snacks. You can't walk in there without smiling. It's bustling all year long, but around the holidays it's slammed. The cheerful employees always welcome you to the Nut House and smile while they weigh and package your selections. Which makes me think...where did I hide that cajun snack mix?


We also added a new activity to our holiday fun - we decorated TINY gingerbread houses. I found some patterns online and baked the houses earlier in the week. I crafted 3 different house styles from "construction gingerbread". Gingerbread for houses is edible (I definitely ate some), but is a little harder than usual gingerbread. Note to self: When baking more than one style of house, be sure and keep the pieces separate next time - so confusing.

Hard at work with our pastry bags full of royal icing

Extreme concentration from Sarah and Jeff

Our finished "tiny house" village dusted with powdered sugar sitting in a "drift" of Epson salt!


My kitchen tree with leftover gingerbread

I used extra "construction gingerbread" to squeeze out these pointy heart cookies. Thankfully I remembered to poke holes in them for hanging BEFORE baking. I think they're pretty cute!

I still have 2 unassembled houses in my pantry. I'm looking forward to assembling them myself...leisurely. Here's how I picture it: me in my comfy clothes, looking outside at softly falling snow, a Hallmark Christmas movie in the background on TV, sipping a cup of hot tea. Maybe?!


***L*K CONFESSION
Hello, my name is Linda and I am addicted to Hallmark Christmas movies. It happens every year. Even though the plots are predictable and repetitive, even though every woman has the same hairstyle (soft waves!), even though everyone looks model-perfect all the time, even though it is ALWAYS gently snowing (never blowing), even though someone has always lost their "Christmas spirit" and even though there are a huge number of obscure PRINCES wondering around the US looking for mates....I find these irresistible. 

I'm not sure I have ever watched/listened to an entire Hallmark Christmas movie. I just like them in the background during the holiday season while I'm putzing around my kitchen. 

Want to share a favorite Christmas tradition at your house???

LEAVE A COMMENT below and share the holiday fun!










Friday, November 2, 2018

It's THANKFUL time!

Halloween has passed in a blur of sugar cookies (I'm trying to learn how to make the pretty kind!), scary movies (well, not TOO scary), and my favorite fun-sized candy bars.

Frosting pastry bag 101 - their expressions reflect how I feel holding a pastry bag

FUN "Old timer" FACT:
Can you believe fabulous fun-sized candy bars weren't even invented when I was a youngster? I know! Not until 1968 were these delicious bite-size wonders invented with Snickers and Milky Way being the first to the "tiny party". On the other hand, in the olden days we used to score entire candy bars, if we were lucky!

Can you believe it will be Thanksgiving in only 3 weeks???
I sure can't!! I'm still cutting outdoor flowers and bringing them inside to enjoy.

We're hosting the annual Thanksgiving gathering at our house this year. Sarah and Jeff (daughter and son-in-law) will be home from Chicago and my brother, sis-in-law and nephews will complete our not too big gathering.

Our spatchcocked bird!

As usual I will trust the turkey to Jeff (those big raw birds completely gross me out) and Sarah and I will tackle the remainder. The last time Jeff was in charge he spatchcocked our big bird. If you don't know what that is, look it up. Our festive bird was flattened out like road kill and he tasted great.


Give Thanks Free Design

Here's a little Thanksgiving freebie that you can complete before the big day. I'm sure you've got tons of cooking and holiday prep on your schedule, but...there's always time for a quick stitch. And if you don't get to it this year, Thanksgiving rolls around every November!

Here is the link to the actual pattern.

****And ONE more thing...the miniature experts over at Zappy Dots just added a Moon Over Blackbird Needle Nanny to their L*K collection. This little dot matches the autumn freebie I shared with you on a previous post (picture below). It's amazing how adorable a design looks on a tiny magnetic dot...and it's useful, too.



Moon Over Blackbird freebie

In case you missed it earlier, here's the link to the Moon Over Blackbird freebie pattern

Enjoy your November, everyone!