"No American woman, let her speak all the tongues, and play on all the instruments invented,
can be said to be educated, if she is not a good needle-woman."
-Catharine Maria Sedgwick

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Beginnings!

New year, new decade, new blog! I've been wanting to start blogging for some time so the new year is my incentive to begin. I can't promise a regular schedule. I can only promise to keep you up to date on Heart in Hand Needleart and Trilogy designs in the pipeline and a bit about my personal life too.

The 2010 Collector's Heart has a double meaning. The familiar "key to my heart" phrase is one, but since we are beginning a new decade, we also hold the key to the coming ten years. What will we do with these days? How will we spend our time? I'm trying to be more earth-friendly - taking my own bags to the grocery, conserving energy, recycling more. I'm stitching a piece now with that philosophy in mind. Look for it later this spring. As Gandhi said, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." What change do you want to see?

If you are like me, the fresh start of a new year makes you want new beginnings in your life. "I'm going to stitch for at least 30 minutes every day!" or "I'm going to organize my stitching supplies so I can find everything more easily." or "I'm going to finish at least one design every month." Do you hear yourself in these words? I am purging closets, organizing my office, starting new designs. It feels great! While the skies are grey I am being productive. Not sure how long my vigor for clearing out the old will last, but for now I'm trying to take advantage!

I love designing for January and February! Snowmen and hearts! Winter and love! What's not to celebrate? There are several new heart designs about to be released. XOXO is a new Wee One chart. The 2010 Collector's Heart is ready to go out to the shops too. Ask your shop owner to hold one for you when they come in. And if you are a collector of this series, we have Collector's Heart kits still available for 2001-2009. The 1999 and 2000 Collector's Heart kits are sold out. And if you are like me, stitching hearts and snowmen is a year-round joy! No need to limit it to January and February!

I'm excited about a new series I've started stitching called the Leggy Line. Can you see the inspiration for this name? The Leggy Snowman is first up. Next comes a Leggy Leprechaun. Later in the year a Leggy Penguin. I'm still brainstorming other Leggy creations. They are great fun to stitch! You could stitch them all in a row right next to each other. Each one will be the same size and have a different patterned base. The combination, I think, will be colorful and whimsical. Hope you will agree!

Hard to believe but The Trilogy has been designing for 10 years now! One of my great blessings in life is my friendship with Ruth, Elizabeth and Marsha. Do you have friends who make you better? These friends make me better. They have strengthened my business acumen. They have bolstered my spirituality. They have made me a more thoughtful mother. They truly have blessed my life.

Our daughters, Elise and Allison, were home for the holidays. So happy to have them here, if only for a few weeks. They are back to their respective Michigan universities now and I'm missing them, but happy they are blossoming where they are!