Friday, April 24, 2015

TIME TO VOTE, (...again after some initial technical difficulties)


We've been wading through the hundreds of entries you submitted in our 3 Little Words Inspiration Sayings contest. What a pile of lovely, inspiring and unique choices! Alan even made a spread sheet with all the entries so we could ponder them, share with friends for their input, and generally be completed overwhelmed by all the 3 word choices.

SPECIAL THANKS to all of you for taking time to submit your favorite 3 Little Word sayings. We know these little words are special to you for personal reasons, and we appreciate you sharing them with us.

It wasn't easy, but we finally narrowed the list to 10 sayings. We looked for sayings that didn't express the same sentiments as our original 14 sayings. That was tricky, but we didn't want to repeat ourselves on the upcoming FREE graph, and many of the sayings expressed similar sentiments to our original 14 sayings.

With further'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 2 choices.

Voting has expired.  Stay tuned for the results. Thanks for your participation!!

Voting will begin today and conclude on Friday, May 1 at 11:59 PM Central Time. Please, one vote per email address only. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 4 on this blog. Two winners will receive $75 in L*K merchandise of their choice.

Thanks for submitting cool sayings, following our blog, and VOTING!  May the (two) best 3 Little Words win!

Monday, April 13, 2015

5 NEW designs and A LOT of distractions!

We shipped new designs to shops everywhere last week. Scroll back 2 posts to see all the newbie pictures. Thanks for supporting your favorite needlework shop!

Sometimes I think it's a miracle that the designs keep coming, because I have SO many distractions this spring! I want to tell you all about it, but first, important announcement below!

Our 3 Little Words Contest - Part One - is now OVER!  Thanks to hundreds of you for submitting thousands of lovely inspiration only 3 Little Words!

We're busy sorting through them and I must admit...we're overwhelmed with all the lovely 3 word possibilities. We'll work up a list of our Top 10 - with a little help from our friends - and post it soon. Then the voting period will commence.

After that, the two winning 3 Little Words inspiration sayings will be graphed and posted for FREE on the L*K website and blog.

About those know what I'm talking about. You have some really important stuff to do - like a JOB - but other things keep getting in the way. It's the old "urgent vs. important" discussion, and for me it's hard to sort these out.

Distraction #1 - We're building a new house !!! (and have been for the past 16 months). We were supposed to move in last fall...then Christmas...then March...and now we are hoping (fingers crossed and checkbook handy) to move in early June. Everyone keeps asking us "when will your house be finished?". Our answer is a) 2015 or b) we don't even ask that irrelevant question anymore. The builder will finish when he finishes."

The exterior is pretty well done, minus some cement work and lawn. But last week a quirky storm blew through with 80+ miles an hour winds and rearranged our roof tiles. They're not supposed to be sticking up ODDLY like pic above, but now they're moved back in place. Unfortunately, our next door neighbor had major roof damage and lots of their roof tiles ended up broken in our back yard (and now they have a nice blue tarp on their roof)!

Alas, our almost completed house was missing an essential element - a KITCHEN - until last week. Last Monday morning we met the semi truck driver (who had patiently backed down our contractor/crowded cul-de-sac) and unloaded our a zillion well wrapped boxes. Now the pre-made kitchen is being assembled and it's like a puzzle to watch my pretty kitchen emerge. Not a day too was downright weird having most of house finished and the kitchen was MIA.

We make multiple trips to the new house every day - answering inquiries from contractors - and making decisions...SO MANY decisions. Not to mention the trips to pick out mind-numbingly boring things (to me) like door knobs and roofing materials! Our record is 4 trips to the house during one work day - thankfully it's not too far from the L*K office.

Distraction #2 - Selling the house we're in!!!  We've lived here almost 20 years, which makes it the longest we've ever lived anywhere. The kids are gone, we moved the office out in January (former L*K office next to house pictured above), but SO much remains!

We're doing some major sorting, donating, garage-selling, etc. of ANY non-essential item. My mantra is to be "ruthless" in my decision making about what goes to the new house and what goes away! PS - car is in driveway because full-out garage sale prep is in progress. We are desperate for rain, so I figure scheduling a garage sale may help that happen. Just my little gift to the community, along with all of my excess stuff!

Distraction #3 - I know many of you can relate to this one...I spend an increasing amount of time caring for my aging mother. Every time I get together with my friends our conversations goes like this..."How's your mom doing?" or "How's your Dad adjusting to assisted living?" or "Is your Mom still in rehab after her fall?" and on and on. This "sandwich generation" thing just couldn't be truer.

Thankfully I have an awesome brother and superb sis-in-law who also live in Wichita and the responsibility is wonderfully shared. But when things get my Mom's recent traumatic fall...and you spend days in the ER/hospital and weeks afterwards visiting in rehab, and then the cautious re-entry to her senior apartment...sometimes the days just disappear. And all that L*K work I had on my to-do list? It's still all there waiting for me. But at the end of a long day, I just want to stitch (L*K models, of course!).

Gratefully, Mom is weak but slowly improving. Meanwhile, you can catch me many weekdays lunching with the "oldsters" at her senior living place. I'm there so much, the minute I walk in the door the hello's and greetings begin with all the lovely oldsters who are now my friends, as well as my mom's pals.

And, BONUS, I've rekindled a fondness for some of the foods I disliked as a child. Wednesday is ham and beans and cornbread day (my brother and I HATED this food as kids) and now I plan my week around this classic fare. And don't get me started on the egg salad and the daily fres-baked cookies on the menu!

All in all, SO thankful for a wonderful job that allows me to do creative, fun things for the needlework community...while embracing the really important things in and friends. Thanks for reading along with my random thoughts - if you can relate, send me a comment!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

3 Little Words CONTEST!

Time for another famous L*K blog contest! In the past couple years you've helped us name the Snow Belles (snow lady series) and select 3 new Inspiration Boxer sayings. Now we need your help to create a 3 Little Words FREEBIE!

Our current Flip-it series is called 3 Little Words. We looked high and low (and on Pinterest, of course) for a batch of inspiration sayings...with only 3 Little Words. We graphed 14 of these sayings, put them in groups of 2, and they became our 3 Little Words Flip-its. And...these 3 Little Words are pop-u-lar...thanks to all of you!

Below are the 3 Little Words that are currently available (F148, F149, F150)

Below are the next two 3 Little Words (F151, F152) that will be in needlework shops around April 10. Check your fave needlework supplier or let them know to pre-order. We're busy preparing shipments now.

Finally, here are the last two 3 Little Words that will be available in early June.

Now it's your turn! We'd love to hear your favorite inspiration only 3 Little Words!

Just leave your sayings below as a Comment. Submit as many sayings as you like, just don't duplicate the sayings we've already used (pictured above). Submit ideas until Sunday, May 12.

Then we'll choose our favorite 10 sayings (with a little help from our friends) and post them here on the L*K blog. 

Then for the next week or so, you can VOTE for your favorite 3 Little Words. The TWO winning sayings will be graphed together and posted on the L*K website as a FREE graph.

What do you do with this FREE 3 Little Words graph? You can stitch it separately, or add it to your own 3 Little Words stitchery. We designed this series to be flexible. Stitch them all or pick and choose your favorites and create your personalized inspiration stitchery.

****L*K Confession Time: Confession is good for the soul, right? one of those middle-of-the-night-can't-sleep-busy-brain moments this week, I realized that unless you are psychic and way more organized than me, you didn't allow enough fabric on your 3 Little Words stitchery to add ONE more design at the bottom. YIKES! I didn't even consider this when I dreamed up this contest. It just sounded like a fun idea when I was struggling to choose my favorite 3 Little Words.

No worries...stitch the bonus separately! I'm sure it will be awesome, since you all will provide the sayings. Or sub it in for one of the 3 Little Words Flip-its. Do you own thing and have fun with it. AND...these little guys are so quick, you may want to do more than one customized 3 Little Words banners. 

Leave a comment on this page with your favorite 3 word inspirational saying. Multiple entries are fine.

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 our spam and junk so only valid comments appear. (and we may not be near our computer/phone when you send.)

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

Sunday, May 12 at 11:59 Central Time (whew, that sounds official!)

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.

After the voting period on the Top Ten selections, 3 winners will receive $75 in L*K merchandise of their choice.

Send us your favorite 3 Little Word sayings, start your L*K wish lists, and have FUN! Thanks for your help!