Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
~ The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination (to finish stitching a WIP).
~ A friend is someone who is there for you when they have a WIP (stitching) waiting for them somewhere else.
~ Great works (like stitching) are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.
~ Good actions (like stitching) give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions (like stitching) in others.
Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions (such as stitching).
Success (in stitching) is not final, failure (to finish a WIP) is not fatal: it is the courage to continue (stitching) that counts.
~ Laugh as much as you breathe, love as long as you live, and stitch as much as possible.
~ Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed, but stitching makes it worthwhile.
~ Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll frog tonight and stitch again tomorrow.
~ When the going gets tough the tough get stitching!
Friendship (and stitching) is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
The strength of a woman can carry the weight of her stash or the world.
~ "If I stitch fast enough, does it count as aerobic exercise?" - Author Unknown
If you think sunshine brings you happiness, then you haven't tried stitching!
~ A fiber craving is nothing that should be taken lightly. What are you going to do about it?
~ There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend who stitches with you!
~ Learning to stitch is nearly always inspired by watching someone stitch. Go inspire someone!
~ A wise individual once said, "Nothing stitched.....nothing gained." Learn a new stitch today!
~ The scent of hand dyed linens and threads is the only aromatherapy I need.
~ A balanced diet is fabric and fibers in each hand.
~ "The smallest deed is better than the biggest intention." What's your good deed? Teach someone to stitch today!
We encourage you to share the LTS stitchy sayings, we simply ask you link back to our post when doing so. THANKS!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
So I woke up this morning and realized I have a bit more than 25 hours to get together a lesson plan for my son's (red head in the red sweater vest and black blazer) kindergarten class. I have been invited to come and talk about my job and introduce stitching to the kids.
Now, I of coarse think I have the BEST job in the world. I work in the needlework industry, can it really get any better than that? NOPE! But to be given the opportunity to introduce stitching to 25 six year olds has my head swimming.
What should I show them? Fabrics, Fibers, Accessories, Gadgets, Magazines...there are so many wonderful things about why I chose to start Loose Thread Stitchers, why needlework is so important in my life and how fabulous it feels to create something with my hands. I am so excited to be able to share that with this fabulous group of little people.
So today I will get to the store and pick up a few supplies. I want to create a few "test" pieces so they can use them in the classroom. I have to pack up some models and showcase the range of stitching (framed pictures, pillows, necklaces, smalls, etc.). A pile of fabric, threads, embellishments, etc. for each table of children and I am (cross your fingers for me) going to attempt to make cross stitch cupcakes. Did I leave anything out?
Edit Note ~ Just found this great blog by The Lavender Bakery that shows FABULOUS examples of cross stitch cupcakes! It is the second entry after the Jimmy Choo cupcakes. if you live in the UK ~ this looks like the place to be! This lady has talent! Thanks for the inspiration!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Kathy, Owner & Designer
Designs by Lisa
Monday, May 17, 2010
2 ~ I model stitched for 4 yrs before starting to design.
3 ~ I have never, ever, bowled in my life. Is that sad or what? It looks fun, sorta.
4 ~ I have an obsession with painting*as in rooms, walls, entire houses, etc.
5 ~ I love riding on the back of my husbands* Harley. There's something to be said about being on a motorcycle winding through beautiful scenery with the wind blowing through your hair (okay, that don*t really happen because I wear a helmet), but the rest is true!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
1 cup chopped asparagus
6 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cloves garlic
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with herbs, including juice
1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
Cook penne pasta until al dente (tender), 10 to 12 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain the pasta thoroughly. Set aside.
In a pot fitted with a steamer basket, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. Add the asparagus.
Cover and steam until tender-crisp, about 2-3 minutes.
Spray a large nonstick frying pan with cooking spray. Add the chicken and garlic and saut* over medium-high heat. Cook until the chicken is golden brown, about 5-7 minutes. Add the tomatoes, including the juice, and simmer 1 minute more.
In a large bowl, add the cooked pasta, steamed asparagus, chicken mixture and feta cheese. Toss gently to mix evenly.
Divide pasta mixture into two servings and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
Nutritional Analysis (per serving)
Calories 455 Cholesterol 81 mg
Protien 41 g Sodium 240 mg
Carbohydrate 55 g Fiber 6.5 g
Total fat 8 g Potassium 462 mg
Saturated fat 3.5 Calcium 125 mg
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Friday, May 14, 2010
Threads: Gentle Art Sampler Threads,DMC conversion included
Kathy from Designs By Lisa is having an exclusive sale on this fabulous chart till May 16th. Sale price is $5 and that INCLUDES shipping! Be sure to get over to her website and order b/4 they are gone!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
You can check out the latest newsletter HERE
...and in case you missed past issues, you can find them HERE as well as fun downloadable activities, complimentary charts and much much more!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Help Mike (from Hoffman Distributing Company ) out! Go rate his guitar playing HERE and help him get enough points to win a new guitar! Plus, you're allowed to make fun of him all you want. Who can resist that?
Monday, May 10, 2010
While you're there be sure to read about Bev who has stitched over 60 bookmarks for her local library in Clinton ~ isn't she FABULOUS!
Here's a preview of Bevs work ~ AMAZING!
Yes I admit it, I am NOT a morning person. My face is full of pillow wrinkles and my hair has become a tangled mess insisting on running in 1,000 directions to avoid a comb and welcoming a hat. I get up b/c I have 3 small children to get out the door to school and work to get done before they get home. Otherwise, I would sleep till noon. Alas, those college days are far behind me.
So after I got the last little one out the door and settled down to write the Monday morning Loose Thread Stitchers Facebook update and view my friends Facebook updates I came across one that made me smile...on a MONDAY morning no less....NEVER happens (:
My girlfriend, Kathy of Designs by Lisa, just released a new design called Monday Morning Motto and I promise you the only difference between me and the bird is the color of the hair. I am so getting this one and putting it right next to my bed on my nightstand. Maybe if I see it in the mornings it will get a little spring in my step and a smile on my face.....now if it could only get rid of the pillow wrinkles and bed head, I'd be set!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
In honor of May and Mother's Day, 25% of all proceeds from this print will go directly to my dear friend's organization, Phi Mammo Gramma, as they raise funds for the Avon Three Day Walk in the hope that, one day, the eighth word will be "cure."
Friday, May 7, 2010
Month ~ May
Design Company ~ Designs By Lisa
Design Title ~ Purrrrr Like You Mean It
Fabric ~ 32 count Hand-dyed Raspberry Jobelan #865211 from Wichelt
Threads ~ GAST Chalk, Black Crow, Pebble, Rose Garden, Tea Rose
Buttons ~ Just Another Button Company #ss1005.T
The May SYHO Stitcher newsletter will be out on Monday...till then be sure to get over to Hoffman Distributing Company's website and drool over their Friday new releases and then get to your LNS STAT!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this new design by Homespun Elegance Ltd. for so many reasons...here's a few in no particular order:
1 ~ I DO LOVE summer!
2 ~ The colors are exactly my speed
3 ~ It is a quick to stitch project
4 ~ Just the right size ~ portability is key w/ 3 kids on the go
5 ~ great finishing ideas ~ so making this into a set of pillows for the shore house!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Think you don't have enough time? No worries click here to find a quick to stitch chart with lots of small motifs, you only need a single thread color and a small piece of fabric and you are all set! In less than 3 hours you could create an amazing needlework bookmark to give to a child and introduce them to the wonderful world of stitching and encourage their love of reading . Do you remember how you first got hooked? Wouldn't it be FABULOUS to share that feeling with the next generation?
What are you waiting for? Get stitchin!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
The following is an excerpt from the Stitches 'N Things Newsletter ~ BE sure to check it out!
Drum roll please ........................ Effective at midnight o'one Saturday May 1st............ Since we're turning 18, you get a month long birthday present of 18% OFF** your orders!
** discount excludes DMC floss; not applicable to items already discount/on sale; not applicable to items ordered prior to May 1, 2010. No special orders = items not normally carried in the shop catalog/web site. Key tags will not be punched during the sale month.
Wowsers! That's cool .. but wait a second Deb, how will I know if I'm getting the discount? How will I know if what I'm ordering is in st
ock or not?
Not to worry. Since it's impossible for me to know ahead of time what items will be wanted at the discount, if you are ordering from our web site and what you are ordering is not in stock, it WILL be re-ordered for you AT the 18% Off Discount! It's the items we don't have on our web site that are considered 'special orders' and are not applicable; those items we do not now carry or have not carried in the past.
Now .. lets take this UP a notch and find you MORE WAYS TO SAVE on your Charts/Books/Leaflets!
- IF A CHART is not in OUR catalog, but it IS on our Merchant Mall catalog at HOFFMAN Distributing ... you'll still get the 18% OFF Discount when you order it in May!
- IF A CHART is not in OUR catalog, but it IS in the chart catalog at NORDEN CRAFTS ... you'll still get the 18% OFF Discount when you order it in May!
- IF A CHART is not in OUR catalog, but it IS in the chart catalog at WICHELT IMPORTS ... you'll still get the 18% OFF Discount when you order it in May!
- IF A CHART is not in OUR catalog, but it IS in the chart catalog at YARN TREE ... you'll still get the 18% OFF Discount when you order it in May!
Happy Birthday Month To Us ... Happy Birthday Month To Us ...
Happy Birthday Month dear Stitches N Things (and dear Stitches N Things customers) ...
Happy Birthday Month To Us (er, to you)!