It's a long list. I have to finish up and get ready for a craft show. I will be selling my finished goods (yes, I said finished...as in not just the pattern) starting next Saturday at a craft boutique in Manteca, CA. I haven't done finished goods in quantities of more than one or two in years...forgot how much work it is! And I am so silly about it too. I get one done and I am like "wheee!" then I realize I have like a dozen more to go...sigh. I am a silly girl.
Just a snippet of one of the many goodies you can find in my "shop"...if you can, you should come by. I would love to see you and I hear there will be some fabulous vendors there...handmade soaps I think, sweet aprons, and many others too.
Manzanita Ventures is hosting this wonderful event: 204 Sherman Avenue Manteca, CA 95336
You should come by if you can! In the mean time, I have to go get some stitching done!
Blessings... finished goods holiday boutiques gettin' my craft on
Until Next Time,
PS...we took the kiddos to see Tangled yesterday and it was very sweet. It was kid friendly (which, sadly, cannot be said of all "kid" movies these days). And there is this scene early on in the movie where the lead female character vascillates between two opposing opinions about herself that made me laugh so hard I thought I would disrupt the whole theater...it was good to laugh that hard.
(Careful though...my head is beginning to feel fat. ) Thank you for all the sweet sentiments and encouragement. It made for an over-the-top Friday!
You can still download everything for the project & get the cookie recipe here. The first round of kit orders is shipping out today. There are still some left so don't miss out...go here to order yours.
And now...I feel I owe you the rest of my mid-year stitching story...the one I hinted at last post...
There are many things about me that my husband has come to terms with.
For example: if there's a pot simmerring on the stove, it's not dinner, Mrs. Plumcute is just dying fabric or wool again. Dinner? As if!
Or, if one yard of something is good then a whole bolt MUST be totally excellent (right?). Eighties flash back...used "totally" in a sentence. Like oh my gawd...right?
And it just goes without saying (but I'll say it for the sake of continuity in the story)... I ABSOLUTELY love, LOVE, LOVE packaging, packaging, packaging...got a whole closet full of goodies devoted to this end. I'm all giddy just blogging about it.
(In my defense on this last point I just want to say that linen closets are truly over-rated and everybody's towels fit nicely under their sink...sheets obviously go in a dresser drawer...problem solved.)
All this said to frame my point which is this: one of the few things that really causes Mr. Plumcute to shake his head and just walk on by is me when I get the bug to have "Christmas" mid-year for the sole purpose of stitching. Of course this requires the proper mood...the right music...and more importantly, the right temperature...frostbite to be exact. Because EVERYONE knows that it isn't Christmas if we aren't wearing our favorite holiday sweater, scarf, and fingerless mittens and wishing we were somewhere tropical sipping something with a little umbrella in it instead of freezing our fingers off. Well, the only way a girl can create that kind of environment in sunny California mid-year is via the thermostat. So that's exactly what this girl does. Cuz, if it's not frostbite it's just not the same. If it's not frostbite and I don't hear holiday tunes, I'm not wearing my favorite holiday sweater, scarf, and fingerless mittens and wishing I was somewhere tropical sipping something with a little umbrella in it instead of freezing my fingers off then the stitches just don't feel as "Christmas-sy" and my whole mood is shot. We can't have that now can we? (I would just like to point out that I am very careful not to take this too far...no Christmas trees have been set-up outside of the proper holiday season...yet...however, side note, if anyone knows of a good cut-your-own tree lot that is open year round in Northern California I would greatly appreciate the information...thank you...oh, and let's not tell Mr Plumcute as I don't think he's prepared to deal with that just yet...we'll ease him into it. Do you think I can subtly add a 10-15 foot tree to the front room sometime around May without him noticing?)
All right...now you know my little secret. I am a closet mid-year Christmas celebrater-er (is that even a word?)
Blessings you all & your kindness quirks I feel proud of? did I mention my over-the-top Friday?
Christmas is my absolute most favoritest time of the year. I can't think of anything about it that I don't enjoy. It is at the tippity-top of my most favoritest thing (ever) to stitch list! I have been known to put Christmas cd's in the player mid-may, turn the a/c to frostbite, and stitch Christmas to my hearts content. However, that's a story for another post.
So...without further ado...I am super excited to share with you a little bit of merriment:
This is super fast & fun to stitch up. (So fun & so fast, I am actually thinking of whipping a few more up as gifts and that's saying something as I rarely stitch anything twice if I don't have to!)
And, I would be terribly remiss if I didn't include my favorite all-time cookie recipe:
Thank you all so much for stopping by...I hope you enjoy stitching this up as much as I enjoyed designing it!
If you are interested in purchasing a Merriment kit visit the patterns page of my website:
Included in the kit will be the following: 7 X 9-inch background fabric a generous supply of floss in all six required colors seed beads for snowflakes **you will need to download the pattern from this blog post
Merriment snickerdoodles (especially when my Sister-In-Law bakes them) Home For The Holidays blog hoppers Stacy @ the Basin as in Buttermilk Basin
1. a conception of something in its perfection. 2. a standard of perfection or excellence. 3. a person or thing conceived as embodying such a conception or conforming to such a standard, and taken as a model for imitation: Thomas Jefferson was his ideal. 4. an ultimate object or aim of endeavor, esp. one of high or noble character.
Today's word of the day is brought to you by Plumcute Designs.
Because today someone asked me to apply it to my business ...in writing...as an exercise intended to improve said business...and I am finding that task more difficult than I would have expected. I, the one seldom at a loss for words, suddenly find myself staring at a blank page with pencil in hand...the page has been blank for hours now. It just stares back at me as if to say, "I triple dog dare you!" To which, thus far, I have no reply.
sigh...I've always disliked triple dog dares.
people who ask difficult questions not intended to stump the designer but rather to help
blank pages because they suggest opportunity
improvement because in the end, I know the growing pains are worth it
Until Next Time, Tracy
who "ideally" will have completed her homework with a response to aforementioned triple dog dare that resounds a triumphant "take that!"