Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Stitchers will be gathering here at the Lane tomorrow night, Wednesday...and of course the regular groups gathering in the month of April and beyond so I thought it appropriate to share this now as an important FYI for them and all of you who stitch.
Now, I am always working on the "mental preparation", I mean we're always thinking about what we're going to sew, stitch, punch or hook next....aren't we? Never ever would we think of a
lackadaisically approach to something so important....right?
For sure my dishes will be done and it goes without being said about making the beds, I mean, you know....to stitch and not have the threat of a fire and the fire department arriving to find an unmade bed! Not gonna happen here. My mind will be free.
Making myself attractive could require a bit more work but I do always try....I have those dresses out on the line right now and will bringing them in shortly to iron them up for the classes.
The chalk is at hand and I have pockets in all my sewing dresses so I can just tuck that tube of lipstick and my powder right in.....just in case you know. How horrid would it be to have a visitor or heaven forbid my husband to come home unannounced and find me in an uplipsticked, unpowdered, wearing a dirty dress mess!
Not gonna happen :)
Gosh, I feel so much better having shared all of this with you. Please feel free to share with any of your friends who don't happen to read my page....you just never know when....
We will be starting an "Open Stitch" here on the Lane on the first Wednesday of each month,
10am-2pm. Gather up a project you're working on or if you don't have one I'm sure I have a kit or two here that you'd like to get started on. Lots of wools and threads to choose from and sewing novelties as well.
An RSVP is required to attend so I will know how many to plan for.
Coffee with all the fixings, water and a munchie of sorts to enjoy as well.
Cost to attend will be $5.oo and include all of the above as well as a coupon towards future purchase!
Call 231.629.1385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to RSVP. Come join the fun here on the Lane.
You might like it so much you'll want to join a Cellar Group!
I bet this makes you even more happy that I shared all the Sewing Prep info with you :)
Make it a great day.....
From the Lane,
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Yup, this ones for you Miss Tilda....I'll know you've read in when I hear the scream :)
We've been out and about cleaning up things around the yard, making new brush piles and burning old ones. Seems this big fella might have had a home in the big old brush pile that Wayne set afire. He made his way out in to the driveway and I think he may have been "heated" out of hibernation as he was more than a bit lethargic for a snake. Sophie didn't know quite what to make of him, nor him of her. I tried my best to shoo him into the grasses but he just couldn't seem to get his motor running. Sad to say that Wayne found him later in the day, more than a bit squashed.....I apparently took him out with the Blazer. So this will be the last you'll see of Spark....although I'm sure there are siblings lurking somewhere amongst the leaves and grasses.
I gauged him to be all of 4+ feet. A big boy at that!
Now that I've most likely caused many of you to eek and possibly even leave the page I'll offer you this pretty pic taken out the breakfast nook window.....
It's a beautiful Sunday first day of Spring morning here on the Lane. So nice to hear the birds chirping, the peepers singing and oh that green grass popping!
A full week on the calendar here, with two groups of Stitchers on the schedule, two days of haircuts, a dentist appointment and a BOE Workshop. I shan't be idle enough to find much trouble, but....that certainly doesn't mean I won't. Trouble seems to find me all on it's own!
Oh gosh, one more thing that's coming this week as well....I'll be heading off to the Breckenridge
Promise of Spring show on Saturday....can't wait for that!
Also finding time this week to get a few things scheduled in to the future dates spaces.
I have decided to have an "Open Stitch Day", that's what I'll call it for now anyway....
thinking it will be the first Wednesday of each month here in the Cellar Studio.
Thinking of setting a date for a late Spring/early Summer sale as well. I have some great pieces that need new homes and I also have managed to stitch up some things and I even ordered in a bit, so.....
check back in for more info on these and more.
Take time to listen to the song of the birds.....
From the Lane,
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
the full patterns have arrived for our
WillowTreeHill Sampler wool bedcover!
The Cellar Stitchers will be the first to see and start the stitching of the Block of the Month,
Block 1 tomorrow. Two more groups of Cellar Stitchers will start theirs next week.
Pattern/Kit for Block 1 are also packed and ready to ship for those that placed orders and the full pattern packet is available as well. Full pattern price is $28.oo and can be picked up here on the Lane or I would be happy to mail as well. All wools for each block or the entire bedcover are also available, please contact me at
email@example.com or 231.629.1385
Some "Open Stitch" Days coming soon.....stay tuned if you might be interested in joining us here in the Cellar!
Oh....and one more bit of news.
Sweet Ronda from Simple Thyme Prims has been very busy punching away on the new punch needle designs from YellowDog, a sneak peek....
All Valdani Perle Cotton thread.
I am excited to be offering this design along with several others very soon in pattern form.
I am so grateful to Ronda for doing the actual punching for me on these, without her help I'm not sure I could have made these become a reality.
Thank you Miss Ronda xoxo
Visit Ronda at
to see her wonderful creations!
Have a wonderful rest of the week....
please stay in touch.
From the Lane,
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
we were blessed with here on the Lane!
The thermometer was very close to the 70 degree mark.....unusual for an early March day here in Michigan, but.....I embraced it.
For starters I located my tub of spring decor and pulled some things out that I think might work her at the Lane house. This little tulip is perfect of the porch table but that about as far as I got with the decor as I got just a bit sidetracked with the outside work.
Sophie and I picked up all the sticks.....she is really a good helper with that chore!
Swept all the bricks off, the garage and then.....cleaned and tidied up the Herb Garden.
A bit of a break in the midst of our day of chores to take a quick trip to our township hall to vote...well, actually we had already voted absentee but I will be working the upcoming polls and I wanted to go and get a feel of things and meet the ladies I'll be working alongside.
Soph of course went along for the ride and as we pulled in I said to her, "gosh, I thought our driveway was a mud run but goodness this parking lot is even worse"! We found a somewhat less soggy spot to park and I skipped here and there avoiding the worst on my way in. Luckily I had my work boots on and they're hard to hurt. Then.....the departure.
As I walked out to the Blazer there was a little car getting ready to leave. I watched her drive out on what appeared to be higher ground. Well, the ground here this time of year can be very deceiving.....and, was it ever. Before long I was at the front of her car instructing her to come ahead a bit and then BACK, as I pushed. On about the third try I could feel I almost had her out of the ruts she was in.....and that's when the tires started spinning and the mud started to fly. Yes fly. All over. Mud on her pretty white car....mud up the front and side of me....a bit on my face and even some in my hair. At this point a couple of voters coming in came to assist and we were able to get her free.
I didn't know the lady....that didn't matter. I just knew that I would want someone to help me if I were in that predicament. Did I foresee the mud bath? It did enter my mind but I really didn't give it a second thought as we still needed to get her out. It was just mud, it will wash out. She is unstuck and along on her day. I have a good feeling because I could help her at least a bit.....
I hope she will smile when she thinks of me be plastered with the flying mud and know that it didn't matter.....I'll clean up good. I have before.
Now, I have mud on my face and in my hair...my boots are caked with it. I also have dirt under my finger nails and a couple of small blisters. My hip and my back hurt.
Nothing a good scrubbing and a couple of Advil won't make better......
The best part is I feel joy in my heart for a day that was so blessed....
mud and all!
And, one more thing.....Sweet Sophie reached over and licked a bit of that mud off of my face when I got back to the car and crawled in.....that was the frosting on my cake today!
Hoping you day was as full as mine......
From the Lane,
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