Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Hello Friends,

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I am planning for a quiet time with family.  My husband's birthday is on Friday so we are just going to slow down for a day or two and enjoy each other's company.

I am grateful for so many things, but I wanted to take time to thank all of you who have helped to keep my business going over the last 9 years.  This of course includes all of the shops and customers who purchase designs from Milady's Needle and follow my blog.  In addition this includes the many friends who have helped me to stuff patterns and assemble kits before markets as well as those who have attended the markets and handled all the craziness that accompanies those markets.  Thank-you, Thank-you Thank-you!!  I would not be in business today without all of you.  Your excitement and enthusiasm for Milady's Needle is what keeps me inspired to continue designing.

My sister sent me a wonderful poem that I want to pass on to you.  The thoughts expressed encompass those intangibles that we can all be thankful for all year around.
For the peace and promise of a sunrise.
The quickening of breath that comes
when we take in the beauty of our surroundings.
For the mystery and humility
of daring to see how we are all connected.
For the opportunity, over and over again,
to choose joy.
For waking up every day to the unknown
and the courage to walk into that day.
For loved ones and the trusted few
for whom we dare to be truly seen.
For the ones we touch and those who touch us
never knowing the grace exchanged.
For teachers and wise companions
who shed light on our path.
For seasons of sun and rain and bountiful harvest.
For the reprieve of winter stillness.
For the wild ones with whom we share this earth
those we see and those we never will.
For giving and receiving.
For doors opened and walls broken down
by the simple and spiraling depths of love.
For Belonging. . . 
to ourselves
to one another
to the world
. . .Thanksgiving.
--Chris Heeter
The Wild Institute
God Bless you during this holiday season.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Je Suis Malade!! / Online Needlework Show Orders / Drawing Winner

Hello Friends,

I have been reading the book Les Miserables and so I thought my post title would peak some curiousity.  It just means that I am sick.  Basically miserable!!!  Guess I got a wopper of a cold or the flu beginning Friday and ended up with a 102 fever and aches and pains.  I have been sleeping most of the weekend.  Finally had a nice bath and my temp seems to be going down some.  Only 99 so that's good.  Since the Online Needlework Show things have been very hectic.

First let me say to those shops who ordered from the Online Needlework Show... It was a great show and now I need supplies to finish processing orders.  So hang in there, I hope to get all the supplies by the middle of this week and you should get your statements by the end of the week.  Hopefully all orders will ship by Friday.  It's great when business is brisk, but when I run out of things it can slow things up a bit.  Sorry about that.

My good friend Kim from Texas arrived right after the Online Show closed.  We had a great time despite the cold she caught the day after she arrived and then passed on to me.  She was here for ten days and we celebrated her birthday while she was visiting. 
This stitched piece by Plum Street Samplers is what I gave to her this year. She loves Halloween and really enjoyed this piece. 
We spent time at the Attic shopping and then in Sedona and Jerome shopping too. It was a great time until Friday when I succumbed to misery. She left on Saturday morning and I have been in bed since. :(
So, before I head back to bed, I wanted to let you know the outcome of the Online Needlework Show Drawing.  The winners are as follows:
1st:   Lin
2nd: Valhi
3rd:  Penny
The three of you need to contact me via email and let me know your snail mail address so that I can get your gift off to you next week.
I am off to more bed rest.  I hope you don't catch this bug!!
Until Next Time...Keep Your Needles Humming.