Monday, January 19, 2015

Things Unseen Mystery Sampler REVEALED!

Part 3 of the Things Unseen Mystery Sampler shipped last week. I realized everyone else was busy sharing the "big reveal" photo, so I had better get with it!

Above is the whole Things Unseen Mystery Sampler! You can see all 3 parts put together, and also the fun embellishments. If you're stitching along with us, don't forget to check the L*K website for some small corrections we have posted on our Boo Boo page.

Here's the Part 3 cover. I had fun designing this vintage looking cover for our "big reveal".

I wanted to share my finished BONUS project with you! It looks so pretty all framed and complete. Check out the embellishment on this pic, too.

Finally, I've put this little "double bonus" pin pillow project to work on my busy (cluttered) desk. This project was included with Things Unseen Part 2 (along with the rick rack). It brings a little smile to my face every day. The embellishment pack also includes the goodies (pink mother-of-pearl heart button and beads) for this pin pillow.

What's next at L*K?

*We have a bunch of new goodies coming soon! Scroll back 2 posts to see all the pics and info. We're planning to ship these to shops around Feb. 10. Just waiting on our printer to deliver a couple things and we'll get to work with assembly.

*A Little Luck (coming in Feb.) is already assembled and waiting for it's turn with the shipping department (that's Alan and I). 

* On my next post, I'll share a bunch of details about the new 3 Little Words Flip-it series. We're really excited to get this one going. We're preparing a Blog Contest so you can contribute you own favorite 3 Little Words of inspiration.

* I'm also working on 4 new kits for our upcoming Nashville Needlework Market. I've got the models stitched, and I'm busy pulling together all the supplies. 

* Oh yea, we're in the middle of moving the L*K office (previous posts). Every day we make lists and transfer stuff back and forth, as needed. Alas, we're losing our quick 25 step commute to work, and replacing it with a 5 minutes drive. Sure hope to conclude the move soon...bring on the needlework elves!

Happy Week, everyone!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

L*K move - Part One

duh, duh.....duh, duh, duh, duh.....duh, duh...repeat

What is this? It's the Mission Impossible theme song, of course. I remember it from back in the day (the 60s and 70s), and it still sounds so fresh and energetic in the newer Mission Impossible movies. Here's a link below to the classic Mission Impossible song.

Last weekend we took the first step on our own Mission Impossible-style mission. We began moving the L*K office into it's new little home! This is the "back room" of our current home office. It's where we keep the big boxes of inventory - fresh from the printer. Many of these designs need to have charms attached before they move into our shipping area. We don't need this stuff everyday, so it was a good place to begin our historic move.

Saturday was the "warmest" day of the week, so that seemed like the logical choice. It was 17 degrees when a crew of friends from our Sunday School class at First Church showed up to help. It was sunny, but unfortunately also windy - so a windchill of 3 (above zero, not below!).  Brrrr....but we stayed busy.

Thankfully, Alan pulled our rented U-Haul right up to the office door. L*K inventory boxes were disappearing quickly from the shelves until...the U-Haul was full. Then we made a trip to our nearby office space, unloaded, and returned to do another half load.

Yikes...the bright sun and a nearby tree made our full trailer look like a scary Halloween scene!

Soon the office shelves were looking like this...

and the new office was looking like this.

We rewarded our moving friends with a trip to Braum's - local ice cream shop near our house. Because, of course, ice cream sounds good on a day like this. Actually, everyone stayed warm as they toted boxes to and fro. that corner of our office looks like this - missing shelves and boxes. See those boxes piled against the wall? We use tons of those in the L*K office. They hold all sorts of L*K inventory in our shipping area, and we deploy them for lots of other tasks, like kitting and accumulating inventory before a new product release. These boxes could tell a lot of stories, that's for sure!

Now we're contemplating Step 2 of the Mission Impossible office move. Before we can move our shipping area, we need to get phones/computer/other boring stuff set up and running properly.

Mission Impossible - Part 1 - accomplished!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Lizzie*Kate SNEAK PEEK!

Before I get to the 2015 sneak peeks, wanted to share that the Jingle All the Way kit is almost sold out. It's almost jingled out!! If you need a little jingle, for years to come (Christmas comes every year, you know), let your local needlework shop know to order. When the darling finishing fabric is gone, this little kit is retiring and will jingle no more!


K75 A Little Luck Kit
Remember my blog request for some "Little" ideas? You sent so many fabulous ideas and I'm working on several. St. Patrick's Day was a favorite idea, and it's that time or year, so I got to work. There's a tiny leprechaun, and lots of other green goodies. Kit includes 32 ct. lambswool linen, golden horseshoe charm and some antique golden beads. Luck to ye!

K76 ABCs of Faith Kit
It's been a long time since we've released an ABC kit, so we're happy to bring you another addition to the ABC family. We worked hard on these ABC phrases - prayer was involved! The beautiful muted colors make this kit a real heirloom. ABCs of Faith kit includes 8 skeins of Weeks Dye Works overdyed threads and pattern. You supply your favorite neutral colored linen. 

3 Little Words Flip-its!
 We're really excited to share our new Flip-it series! I was thinking about the New Year, and thought a little inspiration (not to be confused with resolutions!) would be perfect. I researched and looked everywhere for little bits of 3 little words!

After I chose my favorites (the hard part!) I graphed them in groups of 2 sayings. There are 7 different Flip-its in the series, so that's 14 little phrases. Stitch them all together, stitch them separately, or choose your favorites and create your own personalized inspirational stitchery!

More pics and details of individual designs soon (I just finished stitching the models). I'm also planning an online contest for stitchers (that's YOU!) to submit their own favorite 3 word inspiration sayings! Once the winning saying is selected (we'll vote), I'll  graph it and post on our website for a FREE (optional) addition to our 3 Little Words series.

Flora McSample's Snippets
Who's Flora? She's our little (fictional) sampler girl, created for a market promotion several years ago. We were encouraged to submit a design in a sampler style, and "name" our sampler stitcher. Since then, Flora has made several appearances with sampler-ish designs. Most recently, she designed Flora McSample's Christmas Ornaments (#168)

Anyway, (long story short), this year Flora will be doing a series of small sampler inspired designs, similar to the BONUS projects that come with every Inspiration Boxer. You can frame these little gems, make them into pin pillows, little cushions (the word our UK friends use for "pillows"), whatever you like. They will be charming, quick little vintage projects.

What did you do on New Year's Day? My husband had a terrible cold and I was trying to avoid spending time with him. Yes, I cooked him soup and all that, but I tried to stay as far as possible from his germs. So I stitched this little model (hiding in my home office). It's a lovely saying from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Flora and I spent some quality time together! Look for more small Flora McSample Snippets in 2015.

I wish all of you a very Happy New Year! I hope you have time for lots of stitching, and spending time with those you love. Which reminds me a saying that I'm currently graphing..."Collect moments, not things".

***We're beginning to move the L*K office later this week to it's new little office space. Stay tuned for pictures of the historic move (weather pending!).