Friday, April 11, 2014

Open windows, open doors, what's coming soon!

OH MY! Those are the TRUE signs that spring has finally arrived.

Open doors and windows in my sunny office...



and open doors in the house for great sleeping. Nothing like waking up to a chorus of a zillion assorted birdie friends.

Our yard has miraculously turned GREEN in the past week and the blooming bushes and flowers are fabulous.


I have a couple fat forsythia bushes next to the office which I enjoy on the daily commute to and fro.


The daffodil patch in my front yard is starting to want, but their tulip neighbors are just starting to open.

What to do on such a gorgeous weekend? We're celebrating Fiesta Friday (our own holiday) with a bunch of friends, dining outdoors at a fave Mexi restaurant with a great (sheltered) patio. Sheltered is the operative word here, because Kansas winds and outdoor dining don't always mix!

Tomorrow we hope to take our mountain bikes out for some rails to trails riding just west of Wichita. Can't wait!

Meanwhile, still in the L*K office today working busily on a pile of designs. I have SO many projects in the works right now, it's mind/desk boggling! 

Here's what I'm working on now...

* Next Flip-it series  - the Tingles - is a group of 12 Halloween designs, similar to Jingles Christmas series.
* New chartpak with "Mother" theme has a big design and 2 sweet heart shaped pin pillows/cushions.
* Bee themed grouping of 3 designs - loving the BEEs this year - except for the ones that keep invading my office and Alan relocates them outdoors. We'll include some fun embellishments with this chartpak
* Kitty and Doggy String Snippets are coming soon and they're perfect for all you pet lovers!
* New Inspiration Boxers with the 3 winning sayings from our recent blog contest.

I'm just finishing up stitching the models for the 3 Boxers - just need to finish designing/stitching the 3 Bonus designs. It's always fun to do the little bonus projects! 

Here's a sneak peek pic of the 3 new Inspiration boxers with the winning sayings!


Enjoy your weekend!



Friday, March 28, 2014

More newbies!

We already told you about our new kit "A Little Beach" in the last post. Evidently, a lot of you are in the mood for A Little Beach because they're floating outta here! My awesome part-time helper, Carmen, is making them every time she comes in.

Here are the rest of the new goodies we shipped to needlework shops last week. As always, if your favorite shop doesn't have these in stock, please ask them to order for you.


#163 Be Who You Are 
This is a super saying from our friend, Dr. Seuss. It's a pretty large piece, but a really quick stitch. I stitched the model in a couple evenings...and that's with some taking stitches out/returning to computer to change design/redoing sections. And that's why I stitch all of my own original models...designing still occurs during the stitching process!



F140 Autumn, F141 Winter 4 Seasons Flip-it
The Autumn and Winter parts of the 4 Seasons Flip-it series are now available, so that completes the 4 part group. These designs are unusually large for Flip-its, so they're a good value with lots of fun motifs and colorful stitching for each season.


A cool option is to stitch all 4 Seasons together. Just visit our website to get the template, FREE border and complete instructions for combining all 4 parts...super easy and a great year-round project.
http://www.lizziekate.com/2014-4Seasons4uphollow-Instructions.pdf



B47 If We Pray Inspiration Boxer
The final newbie is another Inspiration Boxer with a wonderful saying from Mother Theresa. I have done several of her sayings in this series, and they continue to inspire me. Boxer includes 30 ct. natural line, bonus project "Sow kindness" and embellishments for both projects.


Here's a little Friday bonus...just to see if anyone is still reading! We're building a house...very SLOWLY...but after 3+ months of looking at dirt and a porta potty, we now have some lower level walls and floor.


Pretty exciting stuff! We've never built a house before, so I guess now's the time to learn. We're working with a wonderful, flexible builder and so far, so good. Will keep you posted in pics as we progress. If anyone of you have home-building wisdom to share with us, we'll gladly take it.

Happy Weekend, everyone!









Monday, March 24, 2014

When do you need "A Little Beach"

When? Maybe NOW.... after a long, cold, dreary winter like this one!

OK...so we can't magically transport you to a sandy, warm beach (sure wish we could!) But we can offer some cozy beach-y images in stitches - swim suits optional!


We just shipped some new goodies to shops last week, and this kit is already getting lots of re-orders. Even here in land-locked Kansas, the very idea of a beach warms my heart...and my toes.

A Little Beach kit includes 30 ct. natural (sandy-lookin') linen, chart, antique gold starfish charm and some really pretty "Bahama blue" aqua beads.

This kit is a companion to the other Little kits...A Little Love, A Little Easter (still time for this one before the bunny arrives), A Little Liberty, A Little Christmas and A Little Snow. Check them all out at www.lizziekate.com.


Since I don't have easy access to a nearby beach, I'm trying to remember some beaches I have visited, and maybe choose a favorite. I've been to beaches in the US and outside the US, but probably my favorite beach-y experience was visiting the Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Stunning!

And while I'm thinking of Mykonos (hey, my mind is wandering), I recall one of my favorite beach-y scenes in the Bourne Identity movie. My husband and I love the Bourne trilogy of movies, so I gave him the set a couple years ago.


For you Jason Bourne fans...is it Matt Damon, or just the non-stop adventure that makes us watch these again and again? Do you remember the final scene in the Bourne Identity...when Matt miraculously survives his numerous adventures and he returns to surprise his girlfriend Marie at a beach bike shop? Yup, that scene was shot in Mykonos, in the Little Venice area pictured above. 

It's a great romantic end to the movie, and that's how I like my movies to end. Never mind that Marie is shot by an assassin early in the 2nd Bourne movie. OOPS - spoiler!

Want to share your favorite beach/beachy experience? Leave a comment below!

Or maybe you share my affection for Matt Damon and those adrenaline-packed Bourne movies. Leave a comment below!







Friday, March 21, 2014

CONTEST WINNERS!

A week and almost a thousand votes later, we have our winners in the first ever Lizzie*Kate Inspiration Sayings contest!

First, many thanks to all of you for submitting your favorite sayings...then, taking time to read and vote for your favorites from the Top 10. We appreciate you all!

Truly, I wouldn't have guessed correctly which sayings would be the most popular in this group, so it was great to have some help. In fact, some of my favorites were at the bottom of the pack (not that there's anything wrong with that!). Time for me to get to work on the Inspiration designs!

THE WINNERS!

* Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. Dr. Seuss
Submitted first by Khristine

* I cannot count my day complete 'til needle, thread and fabric meet. Anonymous
Submitted first by Missy

* No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop's Fables
Submitted first by Carolyn

We have notified the winners by email. We'll mail prizes to these winners, as well as the other Top 10 (whoever submitted them first) as outlined in the earlier contest blog post. 

It's been fun to have your input, and so great to have a LONG list of sayings that inspire you all. They may pop up on future L*K projects.

One saying that was submitted was already on a new (finished) project on my desk, and it will be released in May - great minds think alike! Now it's time for me to work on designs for these winning phrases.


Here's the newest Inspiration Boxer that we shipped to shops earlier this week. This is a lovely saying from Mother Theresa, and I think it really embodies her life and ministry...and a challenge to the rest of us!

Have a great Inspirational weekend!





Thursday, March 13, 2014

BLOG CONTEST - Time to Vote!

OH MY GOODNESS!

We were completely overwhelmed by the amazing sayings you all submitted for future Inspiration Boxers! There were so many good and inspiring choices, it was REALLY hard to choose some favorites. Alan and I read submissions over and over until our eyes blurred, so we asked a few friends for help. We combined our fave lists, and their lists, and more lists, and looked at how many times sayings were submitted, and finally narrowed the list to ten.

We already have files of sayings on lots of different topics. It was encouraging to see many sayings that were already on our "future" list. Some of the submitted ideas already appear on L*K Inspiration Boxers and other designs, so that's affirming, too.  It's hard to keep track of all L*K designs, even for us!

MANY THANKS to all of you for submitting your own favorite sayings! We know many of these sayings are special to you for personal reasons, and we appreciate you sharing them with us.

Just because your sayings may not have been selected for the final doesn't mean 1) that we don't love them! 2) that they aren't awesome, special sayings and finally, 3) they may appear on future L*K designs, just not this group of 3 Inspiration Boxers. As we said, many of the sayings were already on our "future" idea list.

With further ado...here's the list! BTW...the first person who submitted a particular saying will receive the prize.

To vote, just click on the survey below. You can vote for your top 3 choices.



Voting will begin today and conclude on Wednesday, March 26 at 11:59PM Central Time. Please, one vote per email address only. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 28 on this blog.

Thanks for helping (and submitting cool sayings!) and voting!












Monday, March 10, 2014

Part 1 Inspiration Contest is CLOSED!

Part 1 is DONE!  The deadline for submission was midnight yesterday, so this portion of the contest is finished. No more saying submissions will be accepted.

Now the real fun/work begins! We'll spend a few days sorting through the HUNDREDS of wonderful suggestions you all sent us. Decisions, decisions...this is going to be tough!

As soon as we select our Top 10 favorites, we'll post them and the voting period will begin. Stay tuned!!!


Meanwhile, back at L*K headquarters, wanted to share with you the lovely SPRING that is happening inside!  

A couple weeks ago I received a mysterious BIG package in the mail. After lots of unwrapping, bubble wrap and styrofoam popcorn, I uncovered a wooden bowl full of potted flower bulbs. Included were instructions on how to water the box and get things growing.

I have a really sunny office window (translation: sometimes cooks unsuspecting plants) so I watered and waited. The growing process was much faster than I anticipated, and a couple weeks later my office looks and smells like springtime!

Many thanks to my thoughtful friend, Judy Whitman, from JBW Designs. She sent me this lovely arrangement as thanks for helping in her booth at the recent Nashville Needlework Market. Judy was unable to attend because of a recent hip replacement, so several designers (and her good friend, Connie) pitched in to help.  

Judy is recovering nicely in sunny Florida now (she escaped from snowy Michigan...smart lady!). I think these spring flowers are the perfect gift. And maybe they have some magical powers, because the high today in Wichita is supposed to be 75 degrees...believe it!  

Have a great week and stay tuned for Part 2 of our Inspiration Saying contest coming soon!





Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BLOG CONTEST!

YIKES! It's been too long since our last blog contest when you helped us name the Snow Belles Flip-it series. I just reread those posts, and was blown away by all the fun, creative names you submitted. What a tough decision...thank you all for making that decision with your votes!

We've been doing Inspiration Boxers for a couple years, and they are the most popular Boxer series we've ever done. Linda is getting ready to design the group of 3, and would like to know what sayings YOU are looking for!


Several of the existing Inspiration Boxers already use sayings that you have submitted, like the ones above. Many of you have sent us ideas via email, and sadly, much of our saved email was lost in a recent computer glitch. Bummer!

If you're not familiar with the Inspiration Boxer series, here's a link so you can view the ones we already have done. Not all of the designs on this page are Boxers...just look for the inventory numbers that begin with "B" for Boxer.

http://lizziekate.com/inspirational.html

Ready? Here's how it works!
We're looking for sayings for the next group of 3 Inspiration Boxers. Submit your ideas until March 9. Multiple sayings may be submitted. We'll choose our 10 favorites (with a little help from our friends) and post them on the L*K blog.

Then for the next week or so, you can VOTE for your favorite inspirational sayings. We'll give prizes to everyone who makes the "Top 10" list and more goodies to the 3 big winners. The Top 10 list will all receive new Inspiration Boxers (and other goodies) and the 3 "big" winners will receive Inspiration Boxers and an additional $50 of Lizzie*Kate designs of their choice.

HOW TO ENTER:
Leave a comment on this page with your favorite saying. If it is attributed to someone, please leave the source. We recommend that your saying be 20 words or less. It's hard to work longer sayings into the Inspiration Boxer format - the fabric has to fit in the Boxer box! Most of our Inspiration sayings are only 12-15 words long...so we can make them look pretty.

NOTE: Our blog comments are moderated, so there will be a gap between the time you write a comment and it actually appears. No need to resend!  We are just editing out SPAM and junk so only valid comments appear.

REQUIRED:
You MUST include your email address in the comment form. We'll need it to contact you if you should win.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT NAMES:
Sunday, March 9 at 11:59 Central Time (Gee, that sounds official!)

FINE PRINT:
No purchase necessary to enter. All entries received after the giveaway closing day and time will not be considered. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to confirm receipt of the email. Giveaways will be mailed to the winners' homes.

Thanks for your help! We really look forward to hearing from you and reading your favorite inspirational sayings. Let the inspirational sharing begin!!!