Tuesday, November 16, 2010

In progress.......

Been stitch'n on a Happy Homemaker tea towel. I just love her. I will post a picture when she is all complete!

Happy Tuesday All!

Monday, November 15, 2010

What are you thankful for?

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches we are reminded to think about the things we are thankful for. Today I am thankful for my mother, grandmother, great grandmother and all the women that came before me. We are a very blessed people to have things, like embroidery, quilting, sewing, crochet and cooking passed down to us from our families. We get our interest, creativity and inspiration from these women. Today (like everyday), I am very grateful for all my talents. I cannot imagine life without the joy of creating something with my own two hands and getting to give it away to someone else. So many people's lives are filled with reality television and gossip magazines. I think it is time, now more than ever to create and give gifts. Show the world there is something greater out there than "real life television", actual real life! After all the joy from creating something last a heck of a lot longer than a thirty minute show. It can bring happiness for many, many years to come.
Like my Uncle Tom says, "You get out of life what you put in". Share your talents with someone you love this holiday season. You never know were your talent might end up in 60 or 200 years. Might just be in your great granddaughter's hands.

This image is from the Library of Congress--you can view more images from Pie Town, NM in the forties here:

Happy Stitching all!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Around the warehouse

Many of you have asked me to post about our daily work here at Colonial Patterns...so here we go!

New projects that I need to get embroidered before the next Trade Show (it is in LA this year in the dead of winter----WAHOO!) I can't wait to post some pics of them in progress--the asian pillowcase is going to be awesome! These are all from our new patterns (with the exception of the colonial girl on the bottom middle--that one is old, but I just LOVE her :)

Oh a messy desk. Don't they say something about a messy desk is the indication of a genius? I think I might qualify :) If you look real close you can see the preview of two new SR patterns (a cooking one and a sewing one--can't wait to get these out to you all!)

Our Trade Show booth-I have been working on adding some excitement-but you gotta have it all set up to do that, so here it is in the back warehouse. There is more to do on it (but I have like a million projects started all at once-also a sign of a genius? or a crazy woman? we'll just have to see :)

This is our main warehouse where our lovely ladies fill orders. There are rows and rows of AM patterns--it was like a dream the first time I walked through....so much crafting and so many hours of joy to come from all those patterns. It just makes my heart happy!

Order fill station for Home Craft orders (people like you who call in and order our patterns direct)

This is our stuffing machine, it takes the patterns and inserts them into the envelopes. It was originally made for stuffing tax papers in envelopes at a local KC government office. It is pretty cool to see it in action and running--it is a very unique machine.

Okay-well I must get back to all my projects, but I wanted to show you a little of what I get to see everyday. It is a great place to work-I am a very lucky woman!

Happy Stitching to you all--many, many projects to come soon!

Friday, November 5, 2010

We have a WINNER!

Giddy99!! You get all 7 new patterns! Send me a message (brooke{at}colonialpatterns.com) and I will get you the new set in the mail!

Everyone watch for new patterns in the Stitcher's Revolution line this Spring--I have four new ones in the works already!

Happy Stitching All!

Oh so Stitchy Watch

So CUTE!!! This is too fun. Gotta hand it to those folks over at Anthropologie. This watch it super fun!
Happy Friday all! I am off to celebrate Thanksgiving early this year! So many things to be thankful for!