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. :)



Monday, September 8, 2014

My Name is Molly.....

and I am Diane's banana-loving beagle-basset (AND the most adorable dog in all canine-dom. Mom told me, so it must be true.) In case you didn't know, my Mom has been SO busy settling in with her new job. While she was at work, I was reading her post about PROMISING to draw a winner for the free pattern give-away. Since she apparently STILL hasn't drawn winners, I decided to help her out by picking them myself. Please don't be too irritated by her tardiness. She does work hard so that I can dine on the finest Blue Buffalo kibble that has ever crossed my canine lips.

After drawing the winners and writing the names in my bestest writing, I had to figure out how to work her blasted camera. I've seen her use it a million times, but never paid much attention since I spend much of my leisure time sleeping keeping watch over the house.

The cat isn't much help either. All she does is hiss and glare at me. It might be because Mom calls her "worthless" but I think it's REALLY because Mom thinks I'm cuter......

I had so much fun pulling the winner, that I lost all control and in pure puppy-like fashion, I pulled 4 more names. I don't think Mom will mind, since Silver Creek Samplers HAS been going and growing for 5 years now. I'm trying to get this post done before she gets home, so here are the winners. Don't forget to email Mom your address so she can get your patterns mailed out....... Uh.... Hi Mom.... you're home early. I was just...........

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mom told me I had to....

update my blog! It's been nearly 2 months since we have last visited. Since our last chat, there have been some wonderful life-altering changes...no I'm not pregnant! But, I have been blessed with full-time employment. After 4 1/2 months, I am proud to say I am a working girl once more. I am gainfully employed at a local furniture/appliance store as a graphic artist/web manager. They have been in business for 100 years and it's employee owned. My first day was July 21. I still have a lot of things to learn, but am very happy where I am. The best part was going clothes shopping. Between losing weight and never having to dress professionally, all I owned was blue jeans, t-shirts and sneakers. All of which, to no surprise, are not considered "professional". I actually LIKE getting dressed up and looking like a lady. But I'm still a country girl at heart who can't wait to get home and put on shorts and t-shirt!

In my last post, I tempted you all with a free give-away of one of my new patterns. I have not forgotten about this. I will draw the winner this weekend and post the results ASAP. I know that my newest designs aren't exactly "new" any more, but a promise is a promise, no matter how outdated. So stay tuned to see who wins the give-away. I think I should pick a couple of winners to let you all know how sorry I am for leaving you hanging for so long.

Because Mom says I've waited "WAY TOO LONG", she is sitting right next to me making sure I get this post done. She knows what a procrastinator I am, but she loves me anyway!

Also this weekend, I have plans of picking colors for my next design. It's a Halloween theme and that's all I'm going to say!

Thank you all for your prayers, good vibes, and caring support throughout my unemployment. Even though I've never met most of you, it warms my heart to know that so many people care.

So please bear with me if my posts become fewer and father between. I'm still stitching and have no plans of stopping.

We'll be chatting again REAL soon and I'll share the names of the winners too!

Your friend till the creek goes dry,
Diane

Monday, June 23, 2014

HAPPY ONE HUNDRED!!!!!!!

Not only is that the number of calories in my favorite light greek yogurt, it's the number of lovely folks who are now following my Silver Creek Samplers blog. To whomever just started following my blog... THANK YOU! I have hovered at 99 for so long and FINALLY, just today, hit the 100 mark. So you all know what this means, don't you?.........................
It's time for a FREE GIVE-AWAY!!!!!!!!!!
I have just shipped THREE new patterns to my distributors today. So in light of that information, here are the SIMPLE rules of my give-away.....

1) You must be a follower of this blog.
2) You must post a comment which includes which new release you would like to win.
3) All comments MUST be posted by Friday, June 27.

That's it! I will then randomly draw a winner from all who commented.

Now I suppose you are itching to see these new samplers that you will have to choose from, so hang on to your hats. Here they are........
"Seeds of Freedom"
"Shadow of Your Wings"
"Garden Bliss"

There you have it. So to all my followers: get commenting and stay tuned to see who the lucky winner will be. It could be YOU!

Thanks for stopping by the Creek,
Diane

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ohio or BUST!

Hi Friends!
Gosh it's been a long time since we've had a chance to chat, so pull up a chair and sit a spell so I can catch you up on what all has been happening here at Silver Creek!

First the job hunt. I'm still unemployed but have a very good bite on a graphic artist position. I am waiting for a call any day now to hopefully hear when my interview will take place. So I ask for any and all prayers/positive vibes/good wishes that you may be willing to send my way. I am so ready to go back to work and waiting is the hardest part.

Secondly, my running. As many of you know, I have been in weight loss mode since last September and have lost 65 pounds. I have participated in two 5K races so far this spring. My times were 32 and 33 minutes respectively. I am very happy with my results and hope to keep improving on them. I plan on running some more 5K races this summer.

April 26 in Carbondale, PA
May 4 in Binghamton, NY
And last but not least...the MOST exciting news of all...I had my first Meet the Designer event this past weekend. Last fall, I received an invitation from the Crossroad Stitchers group located in Strongsville Ohio. 



I designed a small sampler especially for this day and I will share a sneak peek with all of you in just a bit. I invited my mom to ride along with me since it was a 6.5 hour drive from Montrose, PA to Strongsville, OH. I had a BLAST with these ladies. What fun it was telling them all about me, my family, and how Silver Creek Samplers came to be. My trunk show included about 29 of my designs. I had no idea I had so many until I laid them all out on my dining room floor......
We enjoyed each others company so much that the day seemd to end in the blink of an eye. There was a charity raffle, great food, and inspiring show and tells shared by all. It's a shame you couldn't have been there as I "show and telled" 3 of my upcoming designs that no one else has seen. Here is my promised sneak peek from this weekend. I plan on releasing this in the near future, so be on the lookout for it soon!
COMING SOON...."Stitching Feeds My Heart"
I would LOVE to have the opportunity to do another event like this one. So if your group is within reasonable driving distance (New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia etc.), I'd love to spend some time with you! 

That's about all the news I have for now. Thanks for stopping by and spending some time reading this long overdue post! I really enjoy sharing my happenings with all of you and do hope you'll stop by for another visit here down by the creek.

Diane