Monday, December 21, 2009

Christening gown completed!

Just a peek at the upper part of the gown. It makes me very happy to see it looking so ethereal!!

Commissioned for a new baby in Utah, it is a gown that Ms. Nancy McEvoy created for
Australian Smocking and Embroidery Magazine. Copied from an original done back in the early 1900's
it is absolutely more beautiful in person than the picture affords.

I will do this again. It is lovely.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

sNOw shopping today

Just a quick post, no photos to say...the SHOPPE is closed today, Sunday December 20th 2009. It was also closed yesterday because of the snow storm, but we did get over 20 inches in NJ, so the powers above are just saysing.....SLOW DOWN. So I will.

Sadly, my camera is at the shoppe, so I can not show anyone the beauty of all this, and it is beautiful.

Wishing you all a blessed and wonderful Holiday Season.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ornament swap

My ornament for a swap [online]. NOT perfect, but a proto type for the next one. This venture put me in the holiday 'making and giving' spirit. ONLY PROBLEM>>>NO TIME!! to get done all that I want to do!! But this is one way to be motivated.

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone...and more fun coming soon.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Classes next weekend and more

Just a quick reminder that Barb Meger will be here next weekend, November 14 & 15. As posted above, the classes are fun and certainly affordable. $65 for Saturday includes lunch and kit!! [YOU bring 3x3 scraps of solid colored pink, white, cream or blue fabrics]. Sunday's class is only $35 plus a $16 kit fee where your kit includes a precronstructed pouch, and prepleated insert. ALL you will do is learn the smocking and take it home to finish putting it all together!! HOW EASY...and there will be extra 'pouches' for more quick gifts!! I myself am planning a few HOLIDAY Gifts!!

New into the shoppe...a whole lace collection from Bear Threads..simple, beautiful...waves of lace. No florals...called gooseneck. Hera Markers [what I learned from Debbie Glenn's class]. What a tool...makes little places smoother, neater. BRAIDS OF THREAD...a sewing box staple...29 colors of thread, braided so you pull one piece for repairs. Great value!!handy for college students who have NOT a clue what/how to do some quick repairs.

German interfacing in...$14.50 a yard...worth every penny per inch.

There is still time for holiday sewing...check out the basic fabrics for ideas!!

Smocked ornaments will be the feature at CREATIVITY FOR A CAUSE
Saturday AFTER Thanksgiving. Sign up now!! Until the next post...Keep stitching!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Weekend of fun coming in November

Saturday= November 14th at the 'little' Sewing Shoppe========

The class is called "Crazy for Embroidery". The teacher is Barbara Meger from Maryland. In six hours you will join together bits and scraps of YOUR own fabric stash and then decorate with some hand embroidery/crazy patch style. Once you create your fabric piece [size about 8 x10] then you can create any one of the four items shown here.

Come, bring your stash pieces [solid color only, no prints] in cream, pink, or blue and have a fun day learning new stitches that you can add to any and all projects. Class will start at 10am and go to 5pm. Class fee will include lunch. Sewing machines will be provided!

Call the shoppe for full details: 609-261-5589

Sunday= November 15th= 12:30 -4pm = M'lady's Smocked Jewelry Pouch

Fun continues with Barbara on Sunday. Smock this little pouch [which is preconstructed with zipper and prepleated!] and have a sweet quick gift for mom, sis, daughter or whoever!! Three hours will teach you curved smocking, and how overdyed floss lends to the design. Some basic knowledge of smocking is recommended. Assorted colors will be available, including those shown.
Call the shoppe for full details: 609-261-5589
Both classes are SAGA approved classes and carry point value towards Artisan.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

HOME from Indy left on Sunday, Sept 27 for Maryland, from the shoppe. Then Monday, 28th my friend Barbara Meger and I left for the 600+ mile trip to Indianapolis Indiana. Where did we go?? the SAGA 30th annual convention of course. IT WAS FANTASTIC!! Even more so for the people who took all classes. ME? I am currently the Region One Rep for SAGA, making me one of the volunteer board members who are very busy keeping SAGA moving forward and running all year long, but that is not what you want to hear about.

Anyway, I did take two wonderful quick classes. First was a very very sweet doll dress, smocked of course with some lovely little bunnies. I did not take pictures, shame I know...but the dress itself will be done soon. Tess Ellenwood was the teacher and I will have her come spread her fun and talent at the shoppe sometime soon.

The second class was Sunday morning, which is the ultimate "morning" after!! Banquet is Saturday night, good food, good fun and all the baskets are won at banquet. I have brought one home...not for me but for a fellow SAGA pal...shhh not telling until I call her!! There is so much fun at banquet and then after it's a late class Sunday morning...toothpicks help keep the eyes open!!

My bullion class with Vaune was wonderful. And again, this time because my camera was broken, no photos. But her stitching instructions were wonderful and I have conviction that the little baby dress [blue linen] will be done soon.

There is also Market at convention...a super store of all things for wonderful sewing and smocking projects. Fabric, laces, tools, patterns, ideas, ribbons, fun, laughteter. I came home with a few things...some which will be for the shoppe...some for me.

Fun seeing everyone, listening to all the ohh's and ahhs at Show n Share and Design Show...Thank you Maggie B!! I admit to 'over patting' the winner of Design Show...I do apologize Euny. Her lovely dress shows how smocking can be included in adult wear. I know she wore it Saturday to a family wedding!!

Teacher showcase always fills me with awe as I look at all the wonderful ideas, classes, and meet teachers who want to share our love of sewing and the needle arts.
NOW poof...after 6 days of sewing fun...Home again...Thank you Barbara! a smooth and easy car ride home to Maryland. Now I am back in New Jersey and will sort through and get my things organized and get busy on my UFO"S from 2009.
Look for some fun things coming to the 'shoppe' and classes too!! Keep Stitching everyone!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Convention readiness...NOT

Just a really quick note to explain that as I prepare for traveling to SAGA convention in Indianapolis, I am not at all ready. ;-(

This reaches out to the shop as well...but that is easy part...the shop will be closed and only open next Saturday and Sunday with my daughter at the helm!!

This is the only time for now that I can blog post this info!! See you all in October after my travels...
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

SAGA Convention here we come

Getting ready to go to Indianapolis Indiana foe Saga's 30th Anniversary/Annual convention, in a few days. It is hectic...and one of the things I have been working on is a donation to a basket [raffle baskets...oh my!!] being put together by a wonderful group of SAGA ladies from a chat forum. This group has developed a tradition of a fabulous basket filled with many sewing items and the silk pieces to carry them in. Many of these pieces are based on a teacher and friend of SAGA who at this time is waging war on Breast Cancer. This Scissor hussif is one. A fabulous design that holds two large shears, two small pieces and a seam ripper.

These photos show the basic finished is not completely done, but close!! YAHOOO...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

In stock

Just to let you know that we have ASE in stock.

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Found snapshots

Way back last fall, I was commisioned to do a christening gown. I forgot that I even took pictures. Found them! More commentary later.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

September is month for many things

This POST is a copy of a post from my other blog...please excuse it's jumbled runs on and on...For my mom , for Lois and are my thoughts and feelings today....

It is 9-11, a date that now holds so much significance in this country and around the world. Who would have thought at our emergency number [911] would always remind us of the loss and terror this day brought 8 years ago. My heart, mind and soul still ache from the memories and scenes of that day. Personally, I did not lose anyone, but there were people connected that touched me and who I remember in my prayers. My mom was still here then, and I was in charge of getting her to the doctor for her heart issues. We were very late...I couldn't see through my tears as I drove, she didn't remember the way. We walked in to the office and the 'receptonist/nurse' said we missed it. Long story short...the Docs and assistants were nearby and did see mom, once they understood how NYC/DC/PA were affecting the days work for everyone. Bless them...Mom lived to see New Years, and then poof...she was gone. 9-11 was to her another Pearl Harbor...very frightening and I will always think of her on this day.

September is also Ovarian Cancer awareness month. A friend of mine has a very good friend who is battling this disease. I am proud to call both of them friends. We are also sewistas [ a sewing fanatic] . I am putting my friends speech here to share awareness with all. It may only touch a few...but that is a few more that will now know. Gilda Radnor's disease is atrocious. I hope someday we see the cure but foremost, the early diagnosis tools. Lois...this is for Barb!!

How many of you here have a friend or family member who has been touched by cancer. If there was just something – anything you could do to help would you???? And if that was as simple as talking would there be any way to stop you?A very Dear friend of mine is fighting Ovarian cancer, she is going through her third round of treatment in less than 3 years. It is a scary time for her and for me -- almost 70 percent of women with ovarian cancer are not diagnosed until the disease is advanced in stage, making it the most deadly of all cancers of the female reproductive system.

As a result of Barb’s cancer, I have been introduced to more information about Ovarian Cancer than I ever really wanted to know. But what I’ve found out is that so many of us really don’t know anything about Ovarian cancer and THAT is part of the problem. We all need to know so much more in order to help more women be saved and not to suffer.

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has a program called “BREAK THE SILENCE”, created to provide education, increase awareness and encourage public dialogue about the symptoms and risks of ovarian cancer among woman and their physician.Arming woman (and their families) with the tools they need to begin to know more about Ovarian Cancer is the ultimate goal.

Tonight I’m here to empower you to start that communication among the people you know to help Break the Silence.In 2006 the Coalition sponsored a survey to accurately measure the “lack of awareness” and knowledge among women about O C in order to develop an educational campaign that addresses the disease disparities.
The results of the survey are staggering.
Only 15% of women are familiar with the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
82% of women have never talked to their doctor about the symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer.
54% of women who haven’t spoken to their doctor about ovarian cancer don’t think it’s an issue since their doctor never initiated the discussion.
40% of women stated they are not sure about the risk factors of ovarian cancer.

Another misconception was -- and I think this one is among the most frightening --
67% of women incorrectly believe that a yearly Pap test is effective in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer.IT IS NOT!
But enough about what we don’t know and don’t do. I’m here to change that.

Historically, Ovarian Cancer was called the silent killer because symptoms were not thought to develop until the chance of cure was so poor. More recently however this has been found to be false. There are symptoms that are more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer than those who do not have it.
These symptoms include:
· Pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort
· Vague but persistent gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, nausea, and indigestion
· Frequency and/or urgency of urination in the absence of an infection
· Unexplained weight gain or weight loss· Pelvic and/or abdominal swelling, bloating and/or feeling of fullness
· Ongoing unusual fatigue
· Unexplained changes in bowel habits

Women with ovarian cancer report that the symptoms are persistent and represent a change from normal for their bodies. The frequency and/or number of such symptoms are key factors in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Several studies show that even early stage ovarian cancer can produce these symptoms. When the symptoms are persistent, when they do not resolve with normal interventions (like diet change, exercise, laxatives, rest) it is imperative for a woman to see her doctor. If symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, you really need to consult your physician.

Because these signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer have been described as vague or silent, only around 19% of ovarian cancer is found in the early stages.

In my conversation with the Co-President of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of NOCC, Lynn Franklin, she said one of the other problems is that some of these symptoms are considered vague by Doctors and can also be indicative of gastrointestinal difficulties. If a woman is treated for these symptoms as gastrointestinal problems and they are not resolved, Lynn stressed the importance of seeking out another Doctor, don’t assume that you are just having a tough time with a stomach problem.

As with other cancers, EARLY DETECTION INCREASES THE SURVIVAL RATE. “Don’t worry about offending your Doctor.” Lynn said that was a reason that some patients waited so long to obtain treatment, they didn’t want to offend their Dr!!!. Don’t WAIT!! You are too important to you, to your family and to your friends to take a chance that it will go away.It is important to know that there are some identifying risk factors, and while the presence of one or more of these may increase a woman’s chance of getting Ovarian Cancer it doesn’t mean that she WILL get the disease.

· Genetic Predisposition· Personal or family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer
· Increasing age
· Undesired infertility
It is important to note that ALL WOMEN ARE AT RISK.

If I showed you a yellow ribbon, or a red dress, or a pink ribbon, you would know exactly what message I was giving you, but if I showed you a teal ribbon, or wore a “break the silence” bracelet, would you have a clue what cause I was supporting? Probably not!

Teal is the color of Ovarian Cancer Awareness. There, you’ve already learned something you can easily share with others that is an easy way to open a conversation. It is not hard to start a conversation.Now, here is what you can do to help BREAK the SILENCEEveryone here tonight can help make a real difference in the future of women. Talk about what I’ve told you tonight, talk to your family, your friends, but don’t let our silence allow one more person to not know about Ovarian cancer. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Please take time to help Break the Silence.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Just to let you all know what is coming!!

EVENTUALLY I will get this all on the website and organized. HOWEVER...please mark you calendars for the following two events...there will be others but for are the first ones.

JUDITH ADAMS from Australia will be teaching at the shoppe in February. I hope/plan that she will be doing her beautiful two day [2 days] class on her Heirloom Bishop: called SNOWDROP BISHOP. Complete details on the class will be forthcoming. The planned dates are February 25 -26, 2010 . You will need your pleater, machine and plan on fun. It is done in White with white smocking. Email me to reserve your seat. For those SAGA people, Judith will also be hosted by the Princeton Pleater Chapter the 27th and 28th in the Princeton area. Two more days of classes there!! I will have that information shortly.

GAIL DOANE has graciously agreed to teach at the shoppe. The weekend of JULY 10th, 2010. We have not yet chosen our classes...but do know that they will be fun an lovely. The actual class will be a block up from the shoppe in the Community College classrooms, air conditioned, to stretch. At least I hope that will be the case. but again, more on that later. me for putting your name on the list. Full details will be published by mid October!! ASE: Gail's most recent published dress with lace collar....could be a choice? Magazine available at the shoppe.
And there are other special days coming to the shoppe and to Mill Race Village. First is our Witches Ball in October, check out the link: ..Black is back!!
In November...CREATIVITY FOR A CAUSE...Saturday after Thanksgiving. The 'little' Sewing Shoppe will be again doing a smocking class...this time an coming. Enjoy all day Saturday in the village, two classes, lunch at Robins Nest, shopping time all for one price. Part of the proceeds benefit one or many charities. website will be: . [Right now we are still enjoying the recently past event in August.
Early December...the Holiday Choclate Walk will be happening in the Village. Again, proceeds will go the South Jersey Food Bank charity. YUMMY ...and choclate is a sewing tool you know that!!
So...already, I am racing to the holidays. First there is the 30th anniversary/annual SAGA convention in Indianapolis. Check out for a great organization of which I am very proud to be a member and leader of! After will be winter before we know it...I swear we just did this...;-)
Stay tuned...we are beginning to hustle again!! Always...keep stitching to keep it alive as a gift for the future!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Summer Lazy Days

I am not sure why I don't get to this blog more often, I seem to spend many hours in front of the ole computer ...but no blogging. Just lazy I suppose...and nothing much new to report all summer. But now that summer is almost ended...Labor Day next weekend...yikes..I do have some news to post.

First: SAGA convention is the end of September in Indianapolis. 30 year anniversary. I will be there which will necessitate the closing of the shoppe for a week.

2. Mark your calendars!! Judith Adams will be teaching February 24,25,26? at the shoppe. A fabulous teacher from Australia. Smocking is just one of her many areas. Limerick lace and Princess Lace too. I think this time at the shoppe we will be doing a beautiful Heirloom Bishop dress. Something for first birthdays or blessings or just to be beautiful!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Great updates

I am just thrilled to let everyone know that SAGA...Smocking Arts Guild of America now has a news blog!! :

It will be fun to see our organization get out there on the 'blogging' world. Not an easy job I know...but I know our 'SAGA blogger" will do a great job!!

Also...Childrens Corner has posted help videos on their website. A wonderful quick link for those pesky questions on some of sewing details:

I carry most of the Children's Corner Patterns and even I have had issues with how to finish some of the lining patterns. ;-0

Now in stock: Gail Doane's Book Sew Cute Couture and coming this week...Embroider's Handbook will be back in stock.

Christmas in July is in progress!! The entry table has items on it all are 20% off. And fabrics with red or green are also 20% off.

Beads are coming...crystals, pearls, and kits. NO I am not becoming a bead store, but I think adding some sparkle to sewing is fun. And making some small pieces of jewelry to go with outfits...not a bad thing. Watch for the sparkle to start in early August.

One other note of friend and mentor Beverley Sheldrick is home getting ready to deal with her Breast Cancer. I am asking for all the prayers we can send up for her conquest of the disease. I thank you all for your concern and support.

Enjoy Summer...and as always...Keep stitching!!

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

News about Beverley

As I posted earlier, the summer school classes with Beverley Sheldrick have been cancelled. WHY?? Beverley discovered a lump in her breast and does indeed have Breast Cancer. She will be having surgery later this month in New Zealand so all teaching engagements are stopped for the time being. I do know that she has said " other than a wonky looking boob...I am feeling fine and it will be fine!!" I wish I could jump across the ocean and be there, but sadly that will not happen today. Please keep her in your prayers!!

So now the shop is settling into summer with this gorgeous weather [so far]. New things into the shop include:

SEW CUTE COUTURE by Gail Doane. IF you don't have this book and love smocking and embroidery...this book will give you a lifetime of inspiration. Complete with patterns and full color photos...I have already dreamt of five sweet outfits using either fabric from the shoppe or from my home stash. A wonderful book for smockers !!

288 beautiful colors of FINCA cotton floss by PRESENCIA arrived!! When I say beautiful...I mean soft, and grouped by color family not number!! Made in Spain, there is also varigated floss...and three metallic...silver, light gold, gold. I am pleased to have this floss...and hope to expand to the complete collect for Perl Cotton and SEWING threads.

Additional handkerchief linen is in...Tan/brown. White.

Oliver n S patterns are up front...and hopefully come fall a trunk show!! along with her new pattern. And if all goes really well...I hope to have the designer in for a day of sewing class using her newest pattern. Details/dates coming!!

Again, I have to say THANK YOU to all for the support and encouragement I receive from all who shop with me. As I continue to try and up grade, update and continue filling inventory I thank you all for helping keep my little slice of heaven going. Todays' economy is not encouraging, but so far...we continue.

Enjoy summer stitching....more news soon!!

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Thursday, July 2, 2009


It seems that all our hopes and plans for lessons with Beverley Sheldrick are not meant to be this summer. Beverley called me June 30th to cancel everything for sudden unexpected conflicts. When I know more details I will share them but for now I understand the situation.

Planning classes, schools, events in business can be tricky. I have been blessed these years that putting classes together on the 'fly' has worked. But I suppose now I need to make a calendar for sure and stitch with it!!

Happy Fourth of July to all...Have a good holiday with family and friends...The shoppe is closed SATURDAY and Sunday so that I can be with my family. God Bless the USA!!

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer School Sewing

What: SUMMER SCHOOL with Beverley Sheldrick
Where: The 'little' Sewing Shoppe, Mount Holly, NJ

When: Aug 1, 9:30 AM - Aug 2, 5:00 PM

Description: Bring your sewing machine and spend two days making a sweet summer nightgown in Swiss Batiste. The nightgown features a sleeveless yoke with FIVE [5] different hand Fagotted/bridging stitches. Hem is bordered with lace which is also fagotted on. Gown is waltz/knee length and is sized XS - XXXL. Class fee $180 for 2days, includes lunch and kit. Contents of kit: Swiss Nelona Batiste, Perl Cotton, Machine thread, pattern paper, hand needles, full notes. Pattern supplied by teacher for tracing. See special class registration policy.

After cancelling the Poconos sewing retreat, Beverley decided she would spend the weekend at the shoppe. Thank you dear friend. This little nightgown sounds absolutely delicious and beautiful. No photos or samples just yet, but sometime soon we should have some.

Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of summer 2009!! The longest day of the year has come and gone. Some new things at the shoppe: linen, newest Oliver patterns, New Sew Beautiful [good issue]; more things coming. come visit...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A 'private' school of sorts....

SADLY WE HAVE CANCELLED THIS YEAR...MAYBE 2010?? Sorry if you were planning on joining us.

There are plans in the works for a three day school with BEVERLEY SHELDRICK. It will be in the Pocono Mountains of Pa. I am posting the photo of the project, her beautiful swing coat in silk. The picture here does not do the coat justice, but it is lovely. Anyone interested need to contact me as soon as possible. The tentative dates are: July 29, 30,31 [wed,thur, fri]. Arrive Tuesday...leave late Friday/early Sat. Costs are being calculated and will be in the area of $275 -$350/person three days. Travel not included. It will be a small gathering...very cool. Hope you will consider!! Karin

Monday, April 20, 2009

Internet Frustrations and more.....

Just need to ramble a wee bit here....I have no time to do it all...and yet I want to so badly. And then there is the issue of passwords and accounts and all...I can't keep them straight. So then I spend twenty four hours trying to get organized with that stuff. Those of you who know me, know that yes I am a procastinator...of the worst kind. But I really do work well under pressure...usually...maybe more in my younger so much.Then, once I think I have the passwords organized and can fly, something else needs doing and I get away...its just such a vicious circle...

FORGIVE ME ALL for my silliness, but this is my life. And by default the shops life.

I am hoping that some moment in time shortly will have all fall in to place. In the meantime...please know that I am trying....Thanks for listening...Karin

Monday, April 13, 2009

Smocking basics

Here is a series of U=tube videos by a very talented lady Laurie. I hope it shows you some of what my passion and shoppe can be about...

There are a total of four time about 25 minutes. I am having fun learning how to do this all!! Please enjoy...and let me say thank you to Laurie for her talent in making these videos. They are all hers, not mine and her blog is listed for you to enjoy also on the side bar.

Springing forward...rushing to everything

Happy Spring to all who visit here. I am remiss in updating both my blogs and my store website. But I do try. And I hope that sometime soon I will become as quick as others in getting my 'computer' work done. [Stop laughing...I am trying].

There is truely very little in the upcoming weeks that is 'shoppe' related. Personally I am going to be busy trying to get my act together to enjoy my son's wedding. Only 8 weeks to go. June 6th...and Yes the shoppe will be closed the 6th and 7th of helpers are invited to the wedding and I sincerely hope we have a good time NOT stitching...;-)

As I learn more and more about blogging/posting/linking I hope to make this blog and website more informative. Just wait...

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Sunday page of fame

Well, if only I had the photos to go with the article here. Well done and gives a boost to all of the world of home sewing enthusiasts. Also puts a small...teeny plug in for my passion of SAGA [Smocking Arts Guild of America] and many of the photos are smocking related. Just shall we get it to National news?? LOL...Lets see if I get this right.....

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Almost spring!!

Happy Happy JOY JOY DANCE>>> tomorrow is the spring equinox, meaning the days and nights are the same length...equal...wohooo. One of my favorite times of year...the days are getting longer...13 weeks till the Loonnngest day of the Year..and warming temperatures. NOW, that said, I also like cold, not so much super hot days/humid, but spring and fall cool, it. So Happy Spring everyone!!

The shoppe has been busy, we had a wonderful time with Beverley's class. Hope to have her back sometime this summer. In the meantime, I am expecting her kits to arrive next week for available sale here in the USA!!

As my son's wedding fast approaches, my life is getting more and more hectic. If I am distracted, I hope all will overlook it!! Funny how it is only 13 days since last i posted here...a good sign..I think.

Keep stitching everyone...more news later.
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Friday, March 6, 2009

Shoppe is busy my original intent was to make this the shoppe newsletter. Well, it doesn't always work that way now does it. But let me just fill in again.

Today, March 6 we have the SAGA Wee Care workshop from 10-4pm at the shop. A great opportunity to work on our pieces that we will/should get donated to area hospitals soon. Also a great way to meet other stitchers of all levels. You don't have to be a SAGA member to participate, but once you meet us...most ladies join in!!

BEVERLEY arrives today in North Jersey and comes to the shoppe next Wednesday. Not only will we have a great class but she brings her 'market' of kits and such with her!! Fun for those of us who are still collecting.

Life at the shop has been interesting. Some days I am in solitude, not something that makes me worry, but actually allows me to think and dream. OF course, could I prepare for the busy days and classes...sure...but that isn't always first in my list. Lately though, it seems that our economy is pushing more folks to learn how to sew. I hope it is a sign of improvement for all of us as we all learn how to get back to 'basics' and hopefully help our country regain it's good fortune. I do have a soapbox I can get on, but I won't because sewing is Not a political forum.

My shoppe is here...I admit that the economy has affected myself and causes my inventory to periodically ride up and down crazy. Soon though, it will be good again.

Come visit, and watch for some fun things coming soon....
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Home again home again jiggity jig

Hello all, sitting here in the freeze of a March snowstorm, I am really wishing I was back South again. Yes, I got to get away for 7 days, four of which where in Florida with my college best friend and 3 days on a business meeting. Now dressing again in woolies after wearing shorts etc, well, I have to say I am longing for warm weather.

My mini private vacation revitilized me and my hopes and ideas for sewing and the shoppe. I am so thankful that I have my little corner of the world for things that I love. Even with our economic world turning upside down on an hourly basis, I am happy that sewing will always need supplies.

Now I have the coming excitement of Beverley Sheldrick and her beautiful Shawl. Then we continue on with the Spring and summer sewing, new things coming in. And personally, I have my son's wedding to look to...yes I am sewing and making my outfit. LOL...anyone have a pattern out there...?? Traditional, princess lines, sleeveless a-line gown...size 20 at least. I intend to cover it with a blouse/jacket by Vaune Pierce called Elegant Silk Shantung. I even plan to bead my own buttons!! YES...they are neat. Let's see...only 13+ weeks to go...1/4 of a year, three months, oh I have plenty of time...stay tuned....I will get it done.

Hope to see you all sometime in the future at the shoppe. Keep stitching...

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Saturday, February 14, 2009


Beverley Sheldrick is for another month, but it's my valentine to all of you.
MARCH 11, 2009 10 AM TO 5PM
Silk Ribbon on a Pahmina Shawl...which I have here in the is too lovely for words.
The picture does it fair justice, but to see
Check it out at the website:
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

JUST a quick note about time

So, the NEW already 1 month old and I am not sure where the time has gone.

Anyway...we have had our Super Bowl Sale weekend...not bad for a briefly advertised sale. February will continue with some sale pieces....especially the $2/yd fabric in the entryway of the has to go...I have no place to put it but the sale table. Mostly quilter's cottons, but lovely pieces. Mostly dark colors, but some fine light ones too. Pictures later.

Valentines Day only...all red fabric [prints, solids etc] on sale. 25% off!!
Lace will again be on sale Valentine's day...15% off

COMING UP IN MARCH....sign up...seats are filling....
Beverley Sheldrick ONE Day Silk Ribbon
Embroidery on a Pashmina Shawl....

Class fee is $110 and includes kit, class fee, catered lunch.

DATE: MARCH 11th, 10am to 5pm at the shoppe.

Reserve your seat now with minimum $40 deposit.

If mother nature cancels the class [weather only] you will receive a full refund as Beverley is moving on...not staying for rescheduling!!

Yes I borrowed Martha Pullen's photo...;-}

Seats limited to 15!!

As I said...quick note/update for today....Later folks!!

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Upcoming classes at the SHOPPE

Really quick here... Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 11th!! 10am to 5pm at the shoppe. Beverley Sheldrick will be teaching this beautiful silk ribbon spray of flowers on a Pashmina/Cashmere Shawl...see the not so good photo??
One day only, if the weather shuts us down, then she will be moving on. Cost of class includes lunch and full kit with notes. All shawls will be cream/white. Please call the shoppe or email us for complete details. It is a hand class, no machine and just lovely.
Now to work on the website!! Class is limited to 15...sign up soon.

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