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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

January 10, 2015

Welcome 2015 - News

It looks like I simply hopped over the latter half of 2014.  Sorry about that.  I admit to not being the best blogger any more.  I haven't made any resolutions to do better but I will attempt to do it more often than I have for those not on Facebook.

Rather than recap the last three months (those designs are on our web site) I am looking ahead to the future.  I was invited by Ann and Pat at Dyeing to Stitch to create a four part series for their new club which is titled, My Dwelling Place (not to be confused with my pattern by that name).  

The club starts around the first part of March.  
Important to note:  you must email dyeing2stitch@aol.com to sign up.  
That's the only way to get the 4 part series.

All of the designs center around house and home so I know you will love stitching them all!  
The photo below shows a snippet of the first design.


Second little bit of news is that I am doing a Hoffman Distributing exclusive this year for Nashville.  I opted out last year because of all we had gone through with Ron and the cancer stuff but I'm back this year!  I just know you will love it AND the bonus design that is included in the pack.  Nashville is the end of February so there is a long wait for the reveal.

And by now I'm sure you all have heard about the new ornament series inspired by my friend, Vonna.  It's called The Sampler Tree which simply means the designs are sampler-ish.  There may be a few that are a little on the cute side but only a few.  They will still fit in with the series.


This is the second ornament we will be shipping called "Oh Christmas Tree."
Don't start looking for it just yet.  We ship the end of next week.

Lastly, I've expanded my designing beyond that of our own business and I am designing for Classic Colorworks.  You can see the Storybook designs Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and The Queen of Hearts at www.classiccolorworks.com.  Make believe isn't just for kids any more!  Right?

And here is Gracie, exhausted after the holidays.

  
Happy New Year and Happy Stitches,
Diane


September 2, 2014

Harvest Thread Pack!

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love the smell of the air the southern sun, the cooler temps......and PUMPKINS!!!

This new thread pack fits right into the coming season.  It's available exclusively through Classic Colorworks and comes with the chart and four skeins of hand dyed thread....two of which are new colors. . . . . Glazed Carrots and Caramel.  Good enough to eat!


Happy Stitching,
Diane

August 15, 2014

August Releases

I have waited a year to release this pattern!  It was originally scheduled to come out in September last year but instead we found ourselves dealing with Ron's cancer.

It's Route 66!  

It's complete with the states the route travels through, the dash line in the highway, and a little camper trailer and vintage car to give it a retro feel.


The map is made of of half crosses which makes stitching this design much easier.

I think I'll finish mine into a tote but wouldn't it make a great scrapbook or photo album cover for your travels?

Also this month we are releasing the September Calendar Girl.  It's apple picking time!


Next month's girl could very well be my favorite.........it's my birthday month so I may have favored it slightly while designing.  :)  

Are you stitching all twelve girls individually?  Do you have any creative ideas for showcasing them?

Happy Stitching,
Diane

July 15, 2014

July Releases!

Please don't tell me it's too early for pumpkins!  Is it ever too early?

The Old Red Barn

I am crazy about fall and all of the colors.  Right about now I'm ready for it.....living in the desert is a challenge in the summer.  :)

Our eighth Calendar Girl, August, has her books ready for school which for some kids, is just a hop, skip and jump away!

August Calendar Girl

These designs will be in shops closer to the end of the month.  
We ship to our distributors on July 17th.

Happy Stitching!

Diane



July 7, 2014

Luke and Gracie......

I haven't posted a picture of the dynamic duo in a while.

This photo was taken on July 4th.

Where is Gracie's leg? (It's there....this is her cozy position).


They are two peas in a pod but in photos like that one they don't even look like litter mates!

Happy Stitching,
Diane


June 27, 2014

June Releases

Better late than never as the saying goes!

Old Glory

July Calendar Girl

Robin's Song

These three releases are in shops or getting close to being in shops.  

Next month we feature the August Calendar Girl.  

Some of you are very good at guessing the upcoming themes.  
Anyone want to try guessing what September will be about?

Next month we have one full sized design . . . . "The Old Red Barn."  


I think it will be a favorite of many stitchers!

Stay cool and stitch!
Diane



May 28, 2014

News on the fund raiser . . . . . .

First let me say THANK YOU to all of you who participated in the purchase of the dog and cat charts from Shakespeare's Peddler and Little House.  It was such a huge success.

My group was/is, the Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue.  Joyce, who is the president there sent this video to me this morning of "Snoopy".  This sweet girl has been through quite an ordeal.  Some of the monies raised went to help her get the treatment she needed.  It is believe she swallowed a chemical thereby causing neurological problems.  When they first took her in she couldn't walk and had to be helped around with a towel to lift her off of the ground.  And you can see she is quite a different dog today!

Snoopy is the girl at the main focus of the video and is up for adoption.
Email Joyce at azjoyce@comcast.net if you think you are the right person/family to help with her needs and provide a forever home to this sweet baby.  


video

http://southern-az-golden-retriever-rescue.org/

Thank you again!

Diane

May 27, 2014

Summer Stitching

Start the summer with these free charts from Little House.  

Call your local shop to order the recommended threads and they will send you the chart at no cost.


The bookmark would be a great starter project for a young stitcher!

Happy Stitching,
Diane

May 22, 2014

May Releases

I love Americana designs and have quite a few in the LHN pattern inventory.  This month's "Freedom House" is in keeping with a style I started ten years ago whereby two saltbox houses face one another.  You may remember Two Red Houses, Two Blue Houses, Two White Houses and lastly, Two Yellow Houses.

Freedom House
Next is a really fun pieces called "Louise and Henry," designed to compliment "Bessie" who is the milk cow released last year.  (She's a favorite of mine.)

Louise and Henry
Louise is the sheep and Henry is the crow.  Or at least that's how I see them.

Last this month is the Calendar Girl, June.

June Calendar Girl
May brought the flowers that attracted the June bees!  
July is right around the corner.  Growing up, there was a saying about July that stuck in my head while I was designing that girl.  Can you guess what it was?  Not sure how many people read blogs these days vs. Facebook so we'll see if there are any responses.

Vonna sent me photos of the last four Calendar Girls.  All I can say is F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E-S!  I guess in my opinion it's saving the best for last!  
Of course I hope you like them all but there is something special about those four girls!

A friend helped me figure out how to add a search box onto the LHN web site.  Go check it out when you are there the next time!

I will be stitching this weekend....I hope you will be too!

Diane