Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lizzie*Kate gets DOTTY!

We're so excited to announce a collaboration with our gal pals at Quilt Dots!

What are Quilt Dots? They're darling little Needle Nannies and Interchangeable Magnets (perfect for scissor fobs), now available with Lizzie*Kate designs. 

We've taken some of our favorite L*K designs (including our popular 2016 Tiny Tidings characters) and now they're starring on these darling collectible dots. 

Read all about it on the website link above, and learn about all the fun things you can do with these darling dots. 

Just in time for holiday gifting (and your own wish lists), these are available to order today from your favorite needlework supplier. We'll have lots more additions to the L*K family of Quilt Dots in the months ahead.

***We will also have a Limited Edition L*K Needle Nannie featuring our Snippet Santa '16 (Old School Santa) in a Limited Edition L*K Kit coming in November!  Old School Santa is now a handsome Needle Nannie and Santa is "coming to town". We're busy pulling together all the goodies on this special kit, and will have more details SOON.

If you have a favorite L*K design/motif you'd like to see "immortalized" on a Needle Nannie or Interchangeable Magnet, please LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW!!! We would really like your input on this!!!  Hint: designs most suitable for "dots" are square-ish in shape. 

Let's get DOTTY together and add a little more fun to our stitching time!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Winnie the Pooh quote WINNER!

THANKS SO MUCH for helping me choose the "short" Pooh saying for my next chartpak. From the first day of voting, one quote took the lead and beat the others by a Pooh Corner landslide. Here's your selection:

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

Sigh. I know...I love this quote, too!

Today I'll be busy graphing this winning quote as a companion to the Pooh quip I've already done (above). I already finished stitching the "100 years" quote. You can see my stitching notes and color selections in pic.We will include both designs in an upcoming chartpak.

But be patient...these little Pooh gems won't be landing in your local needlework shops until January 2017. Between now and then, expect a few last minute Christmas goodies and a very special "Benefit Boxer", whose proceeds will go to a favorite charity. Just right for the spirit of giving at the holiday season, we think.

On another subject...

It's been a spectacular October in Kansas! We've been having lots of adventures in the great outdoors, but recently took a trip BELOW ground on our bikes. We rode our bikes through an underground salt mine in nearby Hutchinson (also called Strataca). Won't bore you with all the details, but it was definitely more of an adventure than I had anticipated. I'm smiling in photo below because we had just finished!

We had been on the official Salt Mine tour before. You ride a nice little train over paved surfaces (like area above) and it's fascinating. Did I mention it's 600 feet below ground? It's comfortably cool, dry and well lit. So that was what I expected when we signed up for the Tour de Salt. 

What we got on the Tour de Salt was a guided ride through a part of the mine the public DOESN'T see. We rode through the sections mined in the 1950s. It was dark (only lit by bike headlights), bumpy, and a tad claustrophobic. It's like riding through a giant grid with room size pillars of salt holding up the ceiling. We had a guide bike in front, and another guide in back, with 6 wobbly riders in between. 

Occasionally we would run into piles of loose salt - which looked like sand - and would grind to a sudden stop. I have a highly developed "fear of falling" so I would shoot my legs down to catch myself, then remember the rider behind me and try to keep going. Check out the abandoned rail tracks in picture above. Very few rails remain in already mined areas - the miners pick up the rails and lay them (recycling!) in the current area.

Now I feel like I've truly experienced the old saying...."back to the salt mines".

Have a great week - thanks again for your help on my dilemma at Pooh Corner!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Winnie T. Pooh contest...which quote do you like?

I need your HELP!

I just finished graphing and stitching a beloved quote from Winnie the Pooh. It just sort of reached out and "spoke to me" recently and suddenly it was done. Sometimes that happens! Here's the quote I already finished:

"If you live to be 100, I want to live to be 100 minus 1 day so I never have to live a day without you."

Now I'd like another "short" quote from Winnie T.P. to accompany it on a chartpak for 2017. But this bear and his adorable pals are so wise, I can't make up my mind. Wasn't Pooh indecisive, too?

**NOTE: I've already graphed perhaps the most famous Pooh quip of all. It's #156 Promise Me.

And oh my...this may be our best seller of all time.!!! We have reprinted #156 numerous times. We had no idea this sentiment was so beloved and versatile. Stitchers hang it in their offices, gift it for family, grads and caregivers, and the list goes on...just all sort of inspiring things to do with this design (like keep it for yourself!). When a design like this speaks to so many stitchers, this is what warms my heart and keeps me designing...truly. You never can underestimate the power of a talking bear.

But back to my current dilemma at Pooh Corner...

Voting will begin today and conclude on Friday, October 21 at 11:59 PM Central Time. Please, one ballot per email address only. Winners will be announced on Monday, October 24 on this blog.

Thanks for following our blog, and VOTING!  May the best bear win!!!