Thursday, April 18, 2013

New releases for April 2013

Yes, it feels like I just had new releases... And I did! This year we are trying something new for the online show, and having new designs debut for the show. It has been SO much fun to design and stitch these. 

MBT-136 It Is Well ~ Stitched on 32 ct. Belfast linen, "Limestone", with Gentle Art Sampler Threads. I loved stitching on this one, and chose a deep blue for the main color because of the depth of the oceans color that is such a key part of the author's life. In the midst of great loss on earth, he could say that it was well.

MBT-137 Love Always ~ Stitched on 28 ct. jobelan, "Lambswool", with Weeks Dye Works thread. The most frequent question I get with this one is "Where did you get the frame?!?". It's from Hobby Lobby, and is made by Greentree Gallery. I bought the frame first, fell in love with it, and designed to fit the frame and match the colors. This design is also charted with the words "Love Always Hopes," and will fit a standard 4x6 frame.

MBT-138 All About Me ~ Stitched on 32 ct. jobelan, "Antique White", with Weeks Dye Works thread, and accented with JABC buttons for the eyes and mouse toy. We own a black cat, she thinks she owns the house, and she probably does (see the previous post on how she 'helps' me stitch). This can be easily stitched with thread to match the queen of your house.

Pink and Blue Froggie Fobs ~ We've added a couple of hoppers to the line! Our rainbow class of amphibia didn't seem complete without these! The frogs are now available in green, cobalt, sunflower, purple, pink, and blue.

The website has been updated with all of the details! Have fun stalking your favorite shop :-)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Ornament Preview... Shhhhhh

This is my reality while stitching. It's the reason I end up frogging so much. It's the reason I can barely get any x's done. Her name is Bones, and she thinks she is the queen. She doesn't just do this when I'm under a deadline, or when I get a precious solid hour to sit and stitch, she does it ALL THE TIME when I have something on the couch. Her determination to keep surfaces clean means that she knocks everything to the ground - cups of water, scissors, paperclips, pens, car keys... She also steals needle threaders, thread pickers, skeins of floss... Cats!!!

The exciting news is that I'll be in the Just Cross Stitch magazines again this year! Yeah!!! It was an honor to be asked, and what started out as a single ornament turned into two, then turned into two ornaments and a Thanksgiving design. SO, later this summer, check out JCS! I'll be in three of them!

For the rest of MBT news - here's an early teaser on a release for Thursday. There will be three designs debuting at the Needlework Show, and some new froggies! The whimsical design is pet related, and soooo fits our home. You'll understand when you see it. Make sure and check out the show and check for door prizes. If you'd like to see the colors of the new hymn, here's a sneak peek:

This morning we woke up to snow, after a very chilly day yesterday. The weather is so wacky. Our chickens aren't minding it too much, and they're blessing us with about a dozen eggs per week. Grandma is visiting us this week, which is a delight, and hopefully we'll get in some good family time.