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September 25, 2016

Blogging.......


My last post was in April.  :(  I'm not sure if this blog will live on or not.

For now you can find Little House on Facebook 
https://www.facebook.com/Little-House-Needleworks-336632165123/ 
and in a stitch group with my daughter, Nikki.  
https://www.facebook.com/groups/653947327984733/

I also have an Instagram account.
https://www.instagram.com/littlehouseneedleworks/

And of course the actual LHN web site is updated once a month with new patterns.

I hope to see you in one of those spots!

Diane

April 16, 2016

April Releases and more........

I know there are still people who check my blog even though we just topped 10,000 likes on Facebook.  That number is staggering!  I guess that means I've been doing this for a while!!  

We just shipped two designs to the distributors.  First is the newest Hometown Holiday, the Schoolhouse.  This one reminds me of my own childhood while living in the Midwest.  I really wanted to put a boy in the design with his tongue stuck to a flag pole but I decided against it.  :)  


Doesn't the plaid fabric make a perfect match?  Vonna does such a great job on these flat finishes.  They work really well in an easel or hung from a knob.

The second one is inspired first by the former president, Franklin Roosevelt and second by Norman Rockwell.  It's titled "Four Freedoms" and taken from the State of the Union address in 1941.  Norman Rockwell created awesome paintings of the Four Freedoms.


So the last little something I have to share with you is a free chart.  I made it for myself then decided to share it for free with anyone who would like to stitch it.  Sometimes life isn't easy and I go looking for Scripture verses or inspirational quotes.  This one pops up all of the time over the internet and reminds me of who I am and provides a source of strength when life seems to be teetering on the edge.

I'm offering it as a blessing to anyone who wishes to receive it.



Happy Stitching,
Diane

February 27, 2016

February, etc...........

Living in Arizona, we have seen some really gorgeous weather recently.  It's very inspiring.  After being in the needlework industry for so many years and releasing hundreds of designs, I sometimes wonder if I'll run out of ideas.  

Then along comes beautiful weather and there is inspiration everywhere!

We recently released two new designs.

The first is Red Rooster Inn.
I love the "Inns" that we have done over the years.

Red Rooster Inn
This one is a throwback to years ago....
It's called "The Inn at Fox River Mill" and stands as my all-time favorite Inn.

The Inn at Fox River Mill
Moving on.....our second release is called "Homestead Sampler." 
 I love the combination of lettering and design.

Homestead Sampler
My initials are on the chart but I would suggest you replace them with your own.  The design represents the women who went before us, settling The West and Midwest territories.  The beautiful frame is from Valley House Primitives and is called The Bisbee.  I've used it before and I love it.  The character makes something new look a little older.

There WILL BE a Hoffman exclusive release at the Nashville 2016 Market.  A photo will come later.  There will also be a free chart featuring three new threads from Classic Colorworks with the purchase of those threads.  

Lot's of fun ahead!  Be sure to tell your local shop to be on the look-out for you!

So many have asked what the future holds for Little House and a series.  I have been waiting to get beyond the one year mark on my BC surgery to commit but now that I've designed it, I'm letting the cat out of the bag.  Yes, there will be a new series and it will start in June or July of this year assuming all goes well on my one year scan.  I'm excited!

Happy Stitching!
Diane


January 16, 2016

2016 .....a new year

Happy New Year to all of you.  It's never too late, is it?

All is well at the Williams house....
Ron and I are doing well and looking forward to a healthy year ahead.

We released some patterns in December that can be seen on our web site.  

There are two new ones that will be at our distributors soon.
First, Sing to the LORD.  It is the second release in our "These Are My Sheep." line of designs.


I love sheep.

Probably why I design so many of them.

The second design uses a fun deep pink fabric called Red Pear from Weeks Dye Works.  
The design is Loving You and if you would like, you could switch the fabric out easily.  
This design and one from December revive the "All Dolled Up" line of designs that use optional buttons and beads.  It's your choice should you wish to use them.


Vonna has this finished into a sweet pillow.  
Our release last month, Snowy Winter uses the same finish.
The twine tacked at the corners hangs beautifully from a peg or handle.

There are a few of you that have followed Gracie for her entire life.......here she is this Christmas......picture perfect for momma so I could get this shot.




Thanks for visiting,
Diane

November 22, 2015

Thanksgiving week......

In a world filled with so much uncertainty and turmoil, 
it's good to take time to remind ourselves of the blessings 
in our lives and all we do have to be thankful for.  

At the top of my list is that my cancer was caught early
and that I have a
VERY GOOD
chance of never going down this road again.

I am thankful for my wonderful family, the roof over my head 
and the food on my table.  Simple.  True.  Timeless.

* * *

We ended the Sampler Tree Ornament series with this design,
Christmas Angel


For now, there are no 12-month series in the works. 
 I am taking a break from the pressure of them for now.  
I hope that 2016 will give me more peace than I had in 2015 
which would include a little time to just "be."


I did however start a new line within the company called "These Are My Sheep."  
The first, Born in a Manger, gives you a good idea of the style 
and theme of the line.....biblical sheep!

The third design we released is called "Three Snowy" Hills."
It's a classic LHN design featuring houses.....my favorite!


Next month we will have a new Hometown Holiday design and a
 return to our pattern line, All Dolled Up! with a cute wintry piece.



Gracie and her brother Luke just celebrated their sixth birthday!  


I count you all among my blessings!

Diane

October 11, 2015

October things.....

When I looked at the date of my last post my first reaction was, "really?"  
Three months came and went pretty quick.

All of the newest releases are on my web site so if you need to catch up, it's best to do it there.  
I wouldn't know where to start!

This month I am releasing the design, "Fear Not" that I created for myself to help me through my breast cancer surgery and treatments.  I'll be the first to admit that the whole thing made me extremely nervous, even though I had just seen Ron through it a year and a half earlier.

Fear Not
The design is centered on one of my favorite bible verses.....Isaiah 41:10.  I stitched it in pink but it can easily be stitched in colors for other cancers or simply to match your bedroom decor.  

The tenth ornament in The Sampler Tree Ornament Series is called "Christmas in the Country."  
This reminds me of folks who would venture out on holiday to homes removed 
from the hustle and bustle of  "modern" living.  

Christmas in the Country
There is one more ornament to release....."Christmas Angel" will be shipped in November.  
No new monthly series are planned at this time.

However............I will be releasing a new line of designs that are full sized and feature sheep.  

I love sheep.  I hope you do too.  
The first one comes out next month in time to stitch for Christmas.

I will also be resurrecting the "All Dolled Up!" line of designs that get "dolled up" with pretty beads and buttons.  The first one is already at the model stitcher getting ready for a December release.

Last bit of news.....I am breaking the unwritten rule of only releasing two 
Hometown Holiday designs a year.  
There will be three........the next one releases in December.

And for those of you who enjoy pics of Miss Gracie.....
here she is after visiting
the groomer.  

She's looking all dolled up too!

Gracie

Happy Stitching,
Diane

July 3, 2015

A few updates . . . . . . . .

Last week we released new patterns.

"Peace" is the newest ornament in The Sampler Tree
line of patterns.

"Pretty as a Peacock"

"Thread Keeper"
A simple pocket for your current project stitching threads.

All three are available in shops now.


It's a VERY gloomy day in Arizona so there is no such thing as a chipper looking photo right now.  This is my progress on the cancer design. 

 I know I am slow but radiation is soooo tiring I just can't seem to get much done on it.  
And too, I am trying to stitch smaller models and work on other areas of the business. 

 It will get done but I feel my treatment will be finished before the design!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Diane


June 8, 2015

My Journey........

I've made a good bit of stitching progress.  
This design not only fills an important need in my life but 
it is giving me peace when I work on it.


That's me up there.  I look happy!

The bright pink is Classic Colorworks new color, 
Strawberry Parfait.
Yummy!



There is more stitched than what is showing but I'm saving it for later.
Maybe next week.

Regarding treatment, I am in limbo right now.  
There is a problem with my right arm and it may 
prevent me from starting radiation on time.   
I should find out Friday.  Nothing I can do about it so I am trusting 
that God has this covered too!

Thank you all for your posts on this blog.
Everyone is so positive and encouraging!


Happy Stitching,
Diane

May 24, 2015

My Design As It Unfolds . . . . . . .

It was a very different experience when I created Ron's cancer design.  
I was on the outside looking in.
Not this time.

I am a woman of faith in good times and bad.  The scriptures are a source of strength and encouragement to me.  I knew one of them would become the very center of my life while I went through my surgery and treatment.

I will admit that there is nothing about having surgery that appeals to me on any level.  
In fact I find it all a bit terrifying.  

On the day I went in to the hospital I had written this verse on a small slip of paper and rolled it up in my hand and held it there.  Close to the time for the surgery, the anesthesiologist came in to talk to me as they do.  I asked him if he would keep the paper with the verse in my hand during surgery and he vowed he would.  

Once I woke in recovery, the first thing I said was, I'm thirsty and where is my paper!  The paper was held tightly in my left hand, badly wrinkled but with me.  

I remember kissing it and feeling relief that the words written on it made that journey with me.

This is Isaiah 41:10 as it unfolds...............


I took my first stitches two days after surgery.


Progress in the first week.  


All is well......my recovery is taking time but that's ok.  
I feel I have a lot of it going forward.

Diane

May 18, 2015

The Merry Month of May

Hello Stitchers........this blog has become an epic "fail" for me.  I always want to do better but I seem to fall apart between the desire and the action.  I do apologize to those of you who don't follow Little House on Facebook.

First things first.........our web site has all of the patterns we have released so far so I won't add them here.  I even have the new ones up that we ship tomorrow.

This is "My Lady Liberty" which is the third "My Lady" in an on-going collection.  She has been very popular with stitchers.  She reminds me of a paper doll that gets a clothing change with the seasons.


The frame is a perfect complement to the design.  
Shops can order it from Family Tree Frames.


My Lady Liberty


Also ongoing is The Sampler Tree which is a twelve month series of ornaments from Little House designed in an old-fashioned way which resemble colonial times or the simple life.

Sweet Apples

"Sweet Apples" the most recent release which ships to our distributors May 19th.

Moving on to other things..........in March I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I have already had surgery and am waiting to heal up so that I can start radiation.  Between times I am working on more patterns for the end of the year and stitching my own cancer journey cross stitch design.  Very soon I will share the progress on it in the same way I did with Ron's.  They are worlds apart in style but each in it's way reflects the character of the person and their walk through the Big C.  

To put it bluntly, it stinks that this happened at all but it's worse because of the timing.  We still aren't finished with Ron .  Oh well.....we are made of pretty tough stuff so we'll get through this too.  I feel very positive about my outcome!

Last but not least is Gracie and her brother, Luke, on Mother's Day.  Cutie pie fur babies!


Happy Stitching!
Diane