The Studio
35 S. Main Street
Fortville, IN 46040

Join us for the Grand Opening
May 30th 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
May 31st 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ok ya'all....I thought we needed something easy to stitch now that it's Summer.

Between entertaining kids, keeping the lawn mowed and tending to the animals and gardens I hardly have time to spend in my stitching chair.

Let me introduce 
~Sisters Three Pinkeep~

Finished Size :  13" w by 6 1/2" h
Stitch Count :  129 by 98

It's stitched on 32 count Belfast ~Water Lily
Gentle Arts threads
Brethren Blue
Straw Bonnet
Apple Cider

And it's available 3 ways :  

Pattern only $12.

Complete Kit $35.

Partial Kit $24.

If you are interested email me at

Thanks so much my friends and happy stitching...

For Miss Baxter's House Sampler

the correct symbols should be :

Chamomile should be the dash

Old Hickory should be the up arrow


Well my friends I've made a little mix-up on 
Miss Baxter's House graph.
The Chamomile & Old Hickory symbols are reversed.

I'm terribly sorry for that.
I look at these graphs for so long my eyes go a little wonky.

I big thank you to my kind stitching friends for finding
these little things for me.

Happy Stitching My Friends....


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Introducing the first in the series.....

Houses of Berry's Chapel Road
~Miss Baxter's House~

Miss Baxter lives happily in her 1803 2-story log cabin and spends her days tending her flower and herb gardens, bee keeping and feeding her chickens.
Sounds like a good life to me.

I love the muted colors of this sampler with just enough pop of red to make it interesting.

I've stitched it on 32 Count Weeks Dye Works ~Beige~
Finished Size :  14" wide by 11 3/4" high
 Stitch Count :  221 by 186

With lovely Gentle Arts threads...
1 skein Garden Gate
1 skein Old Hickory
1 skein Picnic Basket
1 skein Cranberry
1 skein Mustard Seed
1 skein Endive
1 skein Woodrose
1 skein Straw Bonnet
2 skeins Chamomile
2 skeins Lambswool

The Pattern is $14. and if you'd like a copy please email me.

Have a great day my friends....I think summer is finally her on the homestead.
Just picked a nice bundle of peonies and they are lovely.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Well my friends.....I wanted to get that sweet new little pattern listed today but somehow time has gotten away from me.
Spent the majority of this fine day at the courthouse wading through paperwork and fees and inspections in order to open this little studio of mine.
So, with regret I am going to have to unveil it in the morning.
That is after I've had some coffee : )
I wish you all a lovely evening and thank you so much for your patience


Monday, May 19, 2014

A Sneak Peek & A Grand Opening...

Here's a little sneak peek of my Brand New Pattern that will be released tomorrow
from the
Houses of Berry's Chapel Road Series
~Miss Baxter's House~

Oh how I wish I could have released this sooner....but, time flies when you're havin' fun.
And boy have we been havin' fun working in The Studio...well...maybe not so much fun....I'd say more work than fun.

What a journey this has been.  I must think in 'cartoons' because all of this went much differently in my head when I signed the lease back in October.  Yep.....October.  
Good grief...where did the time go??
Well, I didn't have the keys to the building until January....but still....errrr
I couldn't start working on it until after Spring Market in February.....then I wanted to start on a new sampler series....and then I had a bunch of kits to put together.....and here we are in May.
Yep May....and the end of May to boot.

We've antiqued until I couldn't move another piece of furniture, painted until my arms fell off, designed logos until my eyes crossed, cleaned until the fumes almost knocked me out.....and we're getting a little closer to being done.

But there's nothing like a deadline to make me kick it into high gear.
So, here we go.....the unveiling of :

The Studio
35 S. Main Street
Fortville, IN  46040

May 30th Sneak Peek Friday Night Party
Join us from 5 - 9 p.m. for drinks & treats & shopping

May 31st Grand Opening
Join us from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and let the journey begin

I've filled The Studio with all the things I love....antiques, linens, threads, wools, velvets, primitive antiques, smalls, candles, topiaries, one-of-a-kind finished pieces, scissors.....and so much more.  
It will be ever changing and always inviting.

If you are coming in from out of town and are planning on staying in the area there is a lovely B & B right in Fortville called The Ivy House . Also, we are a short drive from Westfield, Noblesville & Carmel that offer a range of hotels, restaurants and shopping.

In the coming months I will expand into PunchNeedle and Wool Applique offering supplies and classes.

Since The Studio is actually going to be my studio I will not have regular business hours but I will host a Wednesday Night Stitch-In starting June 18th from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. where I invite everyone to come and bring your it stitching, applique, knitting, hooking or crocheting.  It will be an opportunity to learn new skills and meet new friends.   
I will also have an Open House almost every month.  I'll go pickin' and fill The Studio with lots of new antiques, kits and seasonal merchandise for each Open House.
Here are a few Open House dates :

June 27 - 28th
Join us from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

July 25 - 26th
Join us from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

August 29 - 30th
Join us from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

October 3 - 4th
Join us from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m

November 21 - 22nd
Join us from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

*Street parking is available with extra parking in the lot across the street and on the other side of the railroad tracks

December 6th Winterfest
The town of Fortville hosts a Winterfest with food, music, hand-made gifts & horse drawn carriage rides
We'll be decked out for Christmas so join us for the festivities from 12 Noon - 8 p.m.

*Main Street parking is not available during the Winterfest but extra lots are available behind the Post Office

Well....I'm off to assemble patterns and paint a floor....gosh....more painting..can't wait
And I'll be back tomorrow with my newest pattern
 ~Miss Baxter's House~
from the 
Houses of Berry's Chapel Road Series

I thank you all for your patience during these last few months.  I'm behind on most everything and
it's taken me more time to answer emails and ship orders.  But soon.....very soon I'll actually have myself together and I'll start posting and emailing on a regular basis.

Have a lovely day my friends....

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Let me tell you a little more.... I've been talking about The Studio.
Let me tell you a little more about this grand scheme.

Most of you know I'm a cross-stitch designer. But I love any kind of handwork.....wool appliqué, rug hooking, punch needle (even though I'm terrible) and knitting (even though I don't know how to yet). I love antiques and decorating and fresh flowers.....all of it inspires me.

I've been working out of the house for the past 8 years and I ran out of room after the 2nd year.  Between kids and animals it's all just a hot mess. the Fall I was fed up and started driving around the area looking at spaces to rent. 
Heck, even a garage space would work.
But, my Mom found this awesome late 1800's brick storefront in a fun little town just 8 minutes from our house.  She saw the business was moving and she was sure it would go up for rent.
We'll....she was right.
We drove by on our way to get ice cream and I saw the For Rent sign.
I called that night.....a few days later we met and BOOM.....The Studio is going to be a reality.
I still can't believe it.

Why 'The Studio'?
For months I searched for the perfect name but nothing seemed right.
We did research on the building thinking we could use that information but still nothing.
We all called it the studio when we talked about the space so in the end that's what we decided to go with.  

Where is The Studio?
35 S. Main Street
Fortville, Indiana

Perfect small town USA
Our top 3 favs in Fortville are The Fort Grill.....our most favorite place to have dinner.  We've been know to go 3 times in the same
Indulge....a great place to have lunch and treats....they have an old soda fountain.
And Java Junction for coffee treats.
Fortville has much more to offer that I'll talk about in the coming weeks and months.

What will The Studio offer?
The front half of the space will be retail and I will fill it with all the things I love.....antiques, linens, wools, threads, velvets, candles, fabrics, patterns, kits and seasonal goodes.
The back half of the space is my most favorite because it's really rough but I can see so much potenial.  I'll use it as my work space but it will be open for events and classes.
I want people to come to The Studio to have a fun day and leave inspired.

When will The Studio be open?
I hope to have the Grand Opening around the end of April or the first of May.  There is still so much to be done.....the tin ceiling needs some repairs and all the lighting has to be changed.
I will be posting a date for you soon.

What kind of hours will The Studio have?
Right now I'm thinking about one day a week and one weekend a month with events scattered throughout the year.  But if I'm there working it will be open and I will post a phone number so you can call to make sure someone will be there.
This is just the start....we will see how it goes.

Stay tuned my friends......this is going to be a fun ride......