Sunday, January 29, 2017

New for Nashville!

Hello Stitching Friends!

   I just wanted to take a brief moment and introduce you to my newest designs that will be debuting in Nashville. This is going to be my first year in Nashville and I hope it goes so well that I will be able to return in the future. I have been very busy bagging up patterns and building my inventory for Market. I don't want to run out, although I guess that would be a mixed blessing!
   OK. I've yammered enough and I'm sure you want to get on with the visual that I have lured you in with, so........

If you see something you like, please let your local shop owner know. If they are planning on attending Nashville, they can bring home the goods!

I know Christmas seems like a distant memory, but I'd like to share a yet-to-be-named sneak peek of a future Christmas sampler that is on the scroll rods now.....
and this is only a SMALL section! There's SO much more, but I just can't won't show you yet!

But I CAN share this brand new release with you....
"Skating Lesson" has JUST been shipped to distributors and should be available shortly.

That's all I have for now. Thanks for stopping by. It may be cold here by the creek, but I'm sending you all warm happy stitching thoughts!

Do come again!


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas by the Creek

Hello stitching friends!
It has been much too long since we've chatted, but life can be a whirlwind that sometimes sweeps me off my feet. I have seen so many BEAUTIFUL trees all decked out in lovingly stitched finery, that I thought I'd share my tree with you....

See any stitched ornaments? Me either. Actually, there is ONE on the tree...
This was stitched MANY years ago (please pardon the crude finishing technique) for my soon-to-be in-laws. But I never had the chance to gift it to them, as my husband's father died suddenly and tragically just 10 days before Christmas. So, I tucked this little lamp-post ornament away and it has hung on our tree for 22 years.

Stitching always seems to slow down this time of year, as Christmas preparations take center stage. I have managed to finish a new design that I am planning on releasing sometime after Christmas. Here is a sneak peek of "Skating Lesson"...
I have recently begun stitching a new Christmas sampler, but there's not enough completed for a sneak peek. I'll do my best to keep you updated on the progress.

Colvin is a high-school senior this year. He has just earned the rank of Eagle Scout, although we are going to wait until spring to have the official celebration and ceremony. It was only a few weeks ago that I FINALLY had an opportunity to take his senior pictures.
I simply cannot believe how fast the time has flown. But I am so proud of my gentle giant and love him with my whole heart.

Well dear friends, it has been a pleasure sharing a bit of my part of the world with you. I wish every one of you special folks a very Merry Christmas and a New Year full of wonderful blessings!

Wishing you love and peace,

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Prodigal Blogger has Returned!

A hearty howdy-do to all my stitching friends!

Yes, it's actually me! With life being extremely full these days, I have sorely neglected keeping you all updated in the happenings here at the creek.

Spring brought several new additions to our chicken flock and the need for a bigger chicken coop. Building commenced in April and we finished it up in June. Construction took place any time I had a few spare moments to power up the tools: in the morning before work, in the evenings after work, and anytime in between. I learned how to install vinyl siding as well as how to hang roof shingles. Here's a looksie at our Pennsylclucky Inn:
My son Colvin is now a high school senior and he is also working on earning his Eagle rank in the Boy Scouts. He secured enough donations to install a new digital sign at our local fire company, of which he is also a member. His plans after graduating include going to college to become an EMT/Paramedic. I'm just a wee bit proud of my boy.
I have been busy designing and stitching. I was supposed to attend a retreat in Myrtle Beach, SC last week, but Hurricane Matthew put a stop to my visit. I was sad that I was unable to attend, but I still got a lot of stitching done without leaving my living room.

November 4-6, I plan on attending a Stitching Weekend at the Strawberry Sampler in Glen Mills, PA. I will be packing up the Nissan Versa with all my models and charts for all attendees to see up close and personal and enabling some serious stash enhancement to take place! Here's a link if you're interested:

I do believe this fall has been the prettiest ever! I have lived my whole life in Northeast PA and I don't think I've ever seen such colorful brilliance as I have this year!
BIG NEWS......I will be attending the Nashville Market in March 2017 for the VERY FIRST TIME! I am nervous, but ever so excited to meet all the shop owners as well as fellow designers.

Before I end this LONG overdue post, I'd like to share one final photo that was taken at a state park that is just 1/2mile from my house. You can find beauty matter where you thread your needle!
 Please do come back to the creek for a visit. I'll try to not stay away for so long next time!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Sour note in the Sing-A-Sampler Series!

Hi all!

This is a VERY IMPORTANT post! It has been brought to my attention that the floss lists for Parts 2-4 of my Sing-A-Sampler series are incorrect. Here are the CORRECT floss requirements:

If anyone has any questions, please let me know. Please stay tuned for another post updating you on all that's been happening here by the creek!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Keep Dreaming....

For many of you (myself included), a white Christmas was not on the agenda this year. My feelings were not hurt by the lack of white stuff on the ground. Living in the northeast, snow is something to be expected this time of year, but instead, I reveled in wearing short sleeves and having to open the kitchen window to cool off. I know records were either broken or tied for the warmest temperatures.

For those of you who were wishing for a white Christmas, I REALLY am not sorry! But perhaps these sneak peaks of future releases will brighten your spirits.....
"Merry Sleighbells"
still in the scroll frame without a name!
Take heart my friends, we still have 3 full months of winter left to delight in the white stuff!

A Christmas Greeting from Silver Creek

Why is it that we spend so much time preparing for Christmas, and then once it comes, it's over in the blink of an eye?

For 16 years, my family has gathered at our little ranch house by Silver Creek, to celebrate Christmas. Our house is small, so when 10 people gather, it's quite a crowd! As our tradition dictates, we shared in a dinner of chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, green beans, and cabbage salad. My Aunt Harriet (whom I call the "queen of gravy") taught me the fine art of gravy making many years ago and because of her lessons, I have mastered the skill.

After everyone eats their fill and the dishes are done, the presents are passed out, 1 by 1. We wait for each present to be opened before another one is unwrapped. This way, we can all see what each other received. It's a fun time and there are always stories to share about many of the gifts.

The BEST gift was received by our son, Colvin. On Christmas Eve day, he took his driver's test and is now a proud licensed driver!

As has become our custom, we gather by our fireplace and a family picture is taken. Most years, it has required numerous re-takes, but this year, we nailed it on the very first try!
BACK ROW: Diane, Alan (my husband), Mark (my Dad), Bill (my brother-in-law), Sara (my sister)                          MIDDLE ROW: Leta (my mom), Uncle Harry, Aunt Harriet; FRONT ROW: Colvin (our son), and David (my cousin)
Molly and Chloe each had their own private photo sessions:
my beagle-basset Molly Brown
13-year old, Queen of the Castle, Chloe
From the entire family of Silver Creek Samplers, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a New Year FULL of stitching and many finishes!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

...and Peace came to Silver Creek Road

It's been a VERY LONG TIME since I chatted with my stitching friends and for that I am so very sorry. I'm sure some of you have noticed my blogging absence as well as the fact that I have not released anything new in a long time. Life has a way of throwing curve balls, and this curve ball was one I almost struck out on.

My husband Alan and I have been married for 21 years. We've had our ups and downs, but were always able to keep the train on track...until this year. The marriage train almost ran off the tracks and over a cliff. I wasn't looking forward to Christmas (or anything else). Our State of the Union was crumbling and we were both ready to secede from it. As the holiday season approached, my mom and sister asked me what was on my Christmas list. I told them all I wanted was Peace on Silver Creek Road. However only my husband and I could make that happen and it wasn't looking likely that it would. Thankfully, Christmas is the season of miracles.

As we were trying to make our way through this dark wilderness, I could only focus on getting through each day and nothing more. There was no designing and very little stitching was happening- thus the lack of new releases. Until quite suddenly, our relationship took a turn for the better. Neither one of us could explain it, but we both know it's a "God thing".

I have once again regained my focus on stitching and designing. In the time span of just a few short weeks, I have designed 6 new samplers and I have resumed my stitching. I am the happiest I've been in a long time and it feels quite refreshing!

I do have 2 new releases to share with you. The first one, I designed and stitched in 2011, but then chickened out on releasing it, for fear that the large amount of words would intimidate many stitchers. I decided that THIS would be the year to release "The Master's Plan".

As you can see, it's a BIG one, but well worth the time to stitch.

In real life, I HATE mice. I am not scared of them, but I CANNOT share my living quarters with them. Their little beady eyes, whiskers and gray fur are cute... in the woods... NOT my house! When Chloe (our worthless cat) invites one of these wretched creatures upstairs, I grab the closest shoe and proceed to....ummm...well, to put it delicately, extinguish said rodent's life. Ok, I KILL the blasted creature! Please don't judge me! LOL. Anyhoo, my next new design features an adorable MOUSE! It's called "Sweet Marmalade". This is one mouse that is more than welcome to share our abode-especially if he shares his marmalade!
Thank you all for your kind and generous support. Designing is what truly makes my heart sing and now that peace reigns on Silver Creek Road, I hope to be bringing you all many more wonderful patterns in the years to come. :)