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News that Counts and other announcements
Sent: December 9, 2005
Hi Stitchers -
Are you madly preparing for Christmas? I hope you’re still finding a few moments to stitch! I won’t remind you of how many days it is until Christmas – I don’t want to count them either! Don’t forget the stitchers on your gift lists – we have some wonderful treasures of Limited Edition Gingher scissors, Beaded Marking Pins, lamps & magnifiers, and a cool new “Stitcher’s Journal”. It has spaces to record individual projects with the design, who you’re stitching for, materials used, how the project was finished, and how it was used. There are pages for 31 projects (I may need more than one or two books for next year!). Each project has a page for a standard 4x6 photo. There is also an area to record your “thoughts while stitching”. The paper is archival quality and acid free and the book also includes two storage projects. It has a picture on the front of the Lady and the Unicorn tapestry and is a lovely journal. Also included in the journal are wonderful quotes – I’ll put a few at the bottom of this email. I’ve scanned the front cover and an inside page and put them on the “Shop Displays” page. Scroll down to the Stitcher’s Journal to view them.
I only ordered one because I wanted to check it out first but I can get more before Christmas. I will order them next Tuesday – if you want one, just send me an email. They are only $13.95 each plus $2 S&H if you want it mailed. We’ll even gift wrap it and mail it to someone on your list if you’d like!
I’ve added a couple of photos of the group of finished Pray Trees to the website. http://www.needledelights.com/index.php/photos/7.html
We sent them out to the individual stitchers this week. I wish I could be there to watch them open their packages. I hope they will help bring a little Christmas spirit to the recipients and help them in their journey back to normalcy. I thank all of you who participated in this rewarding project. I truly believe that we may have touched some people through our stitching. If you stitched a tree and sent it to us or brought it in, will you please send me an email? I’m trying to get a list together for my scrapbook and unfortunately, I didn’t keep the best of records.
Since the trees were taken off the clothesline in the shop, we had to put something new up. Everyone who works in the shop has hung five of their unfinished projects that we are calling our New Year’s Stitcher’s Resolutions. I’ve made a new page in the photo gallery on the website to show you our unfinished projects. I still want to put some close-up photos up but haven’t had time this week. I’ll let you know when I do. I know the photos are hard to see but I’ll get some better ones up later. http://www.needledelights.com/index.php/photos/12.html
We want you to be included in our fun so we are allowing you, the customers, to vote on the project that you would like each of us to make our #1 Resolution. So far people have been voting for the one they’d like to see completely stitched. We have ballots in the shop for you to cast. If you live far away, you can still participate. Just send us an email to cast your votes. Tell us the name of each person and the project that you are voting for. You also need to tell us what YOUR #1 Resolution project is. We’ve all agreed (some, reluctantly!) to stitch on whatever gets the most votes and when we finish our project, everyone’s names that voted for that project will go in a drawing for some fun prize (probably something I’ll pick up at the tradeshow in Nashville). When you bring in your finished Resolution Project or send us a photo via email, we’ll give you some fun goodie. If you want to see what the finished piece should look like, you can see them through the website at the Merchant Mall. If you can’t figure something out, email me and I’ll try to help.
Our Trunk Show of Brittercup Designs for January has arrived early! We have over 30 models on display. If you are a cat lover, you MUST come and see the trunk show. If you’re not a cat lover, don’t worry – there are plenty of other patterns as well that are adorable, cute, and fun. There are even a few punchneedle models. The finishing ideas are wonderful and not all frames. I especially love the “cookie box” for Santa! If you’re not familiar with Brittercup, you can check them out by clicking on the Merchant Mall on our website and do a Search by Designer.
CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR ORNAMENT CLUB INTEREST!!!!
Don’t forget the Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec 17th at 9:30am for everyone who is interested in joining the Needlepoint Ornament Club for 2006. I’ll have several of the ornaments finished for viewing and a good start on the Tree that you can stitch in addition to the individual ornaments or instead of the ornaments. There has been a lot of interest and this is the day to come in and sign up, see what we did this year, and have some Christmas cheer. I’m also going to try and have a class schedule for the 1st quarter ready by the party but I’m not promising!
We will be closed Dec 24-29 and will reopen on Friday, Dec 30th for regular hours (10-5). On Saturday, Dec 31st we will close at 2pm. We will be OPEN on Monday, January 2nd for an event I’m calling “Monday Madness” since we’re not normally open on Mondays. Stay tuned for more details. Our stitching group will resume on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday nights on Tues, Jan 3rd. Make it your resolution to join us – we really are a fun group!
I think that’s all for now. Remember to breathe through the Holidays and don’t forget yourself.
A few of my favorite quotes from the stitcher’s journal:
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. Albert Einstein
This sampler wrought with so much care
Adorned with colours so rich and fair
My little friend let it impart
A moral lesson to thy heart
With like industry may it thou gain
That peace which will my mind sustain
In every trying time of needledelights
Then wilt thou be happy indeed.
from an 1825 sampler