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RE: Friday Update
Sent: April 25, 2008
Hi Stitchers –
Thank you to all of you who placed an order for the online show this past week – we placed a lot of orders to a variety of vendors and the merchandise is starting to show up. We appreciate you helping us keep our shop open!
Don't forget the Stitch-In next Saturday, May 3rd. We still have some spots available if you're interested in coming (you must RSVP). We'll be having an awesome "Sampler Salad Bar" and even more fabulous desserts!
I’ve posted new patterns on the website
There’s a cute, quick “Congrats” for graduates, a new wedding sampler, a fabulous design from Jeanette Douglas called “My Stitching Treasures Accessories”, a few samplers and more.
You can also see what’s new this week on the Merchant Mall – these patterns will be here in the shop next week.
We have one motel room left for the retreat this fall. I mention this to those of you who might be “on the fence” about coming. The dorm spots are sold out. If you’re still interested in coming, we’ll keep a waiting list. People who give us a registration form with a check will have first priority. If we are unable to give you a space in the end, your money would be refunded in full. I’m also checking into the possibility of having Day Campers for Saturday only – I’ll pass on the details when I have them.
While I was on vacation a few weeks ago, Tonia cleaned out the closet in the back at the shop and unearthed some treasures and “stuff”. I’ll be doing a special presentation at the Stitch-In next week of my UFOs and offering you the opportunity to take them off my hands! We also have a box of over 200 patterns that are being marked down to $1.00 each. These are available in the shop now and will not be put on the website. As a special for email customers, you may order a “Grab Bag” of patterns (oldies, but goodies), a baker’s dozen for $10.00 plus $5.00 priority mail. This offer is only available for mail order customers. I also have a pile of “out of print” patterns from P Buckley Moss, Paula Vaughan, Teresa Wentzler, Leisure Arts, and even a Lighthouses of the Gulf Coast. These will be sold at regular prices. Let me know if you’re looking for something specific and I’ll check to see if I have it. I know I could probably get more on ebay but would rather offer them to you than go there!
She also unearthed all the models that we had in the closet that are “for sale”. We’ve hung them on the walls in the framing area and you are more than welcome to come take a look! They are priced to sell! Most are less than the materials would even cost.
Mirabilia’s “Lady of the Flag” pattern is out of print and we no longer have any so the framed model is for sale at $395.00. There’s only one and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Let me know if you want it. It seems to be very popular with men and would make a great Father’s Day gift.
Earth Day was celebrated this week. However, Needle Delights has been “green” for years. Growing up in a military family and living overseas, I remember the days when we had to ration our water use (I still don’t run water when I brush my teeth!), never leave a light on when leaving a room, and saving newspapers and aluminum cans to take to the recycling center. It’s so ingrained, I’ve been doing it all my life. Anyways, here’s the scoop on the merchandise bags we’ve been using since the shop opened almost 15 years ago!
Our paper bags that everyone loves are more than “recycled”. They are made from “recovered” papers. The paper was used to print polyester fabrics in an industrial iron-on process. Due to the source of this product, our source doesn’t control or guarantee what the patterns and colors will look like. That’s why we always have different designs. We know a lot of people save our bags and use them in a variety of ways – I think the most popular is to reuse them as gift wrap – personally, I’ve done that a lot! Here in the shop, we use them over and over when we hold things for people to pick up. Our “special order box” gets a lot of use and abuse and we try not to put a brand new bag in – we just keep reusing them until they’re ripped or stapled beyond use. When you pay for your purchases, we put them in a “new” bag - if you want to bring your bags back to us, we’ll be happy to take them and continue using them!
We do as much as we can to avoid too much packaging such as buying our fabric by the yard and cutting it for you instead of having it “prepackaged” and selling sturdier zippered mesh project bags that can be used over and over instead of throwing away those tattered ziplock bags. In fact, some of our favorite customers take home their merchandise in a project bag instead of taking a paper bag!
I also like to print on both sides of paper, reuse packing paper, boxes & bubble wrap and of course, these electronic newsletters/email really do save a lot of trees! Also, one of the fringe benefits of stitching is that it doesn’t produce much “waste”. Just a few snippets of thread and sometimes I even put those out for the birds to use in their nests!
I know a lot of people are staying home to save on the gas bills. Don’t spend too much time on the computer – go pick up a needle!