Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sleds and Santa SNEAK PEEK!

It's summer now, but we're busy prepping all of our big holiday releases. We'll be shipping our "famous" holiday shipment to needlework shops around the world on Wed., August 12. It will include the 2 Snippets below, the Snippet previewed in our previous blog post (S123 I Can Drive a Stick Snippet), and MORE goodies.

Stay tuned for all the sneak peek photos for our holiday release in upcoming blog posts!

MORE LITTLE SLEDS sliding your way SOON!  We've been getting requests for MORE little sled designs since we rolled our first batch out last fall.

I used the classic "Night Before Christmas" poem as my inspiration and captured 3 little scenes from the Christmas Eve classic. All 3 are included in one little leaflet S121 Night Before Christmas Sleds Snippet. We've also included little embellishments for each sled...tiny red button, antique gold star and white snowflake button.

Left - "Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse"
Center - "The stockings were hung by the chimney with care"
Right - "Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound"

Every year we also do a Snippet Santa, and Santa '15 is also flying your way soon! Every year I sit in front of my sketchbook and wonder..."what in the world is Santa going to do this year?"

This year I was inspired by the sheer joy and exuberance of the holidays and decided on a "Celebrate" theme! Santa is throwing his hands in the air, and classic Christmas motifs are all around him. For some reason, I had the BEST time stitching this little model. He's so crisp and folk-art-ish...I love this little Santa!

I requested something different from my finisher, Mona, and we decided on a holiday pocket. Then I got to my photographer - in my middle of my chaotic house move - and realized I didn't bring any toys/goodies to peek out from the stocking. 

We thrashed about the photography studio looking for small sized treasures until we discovered some (stale) Christmas candy. You can put WHATEVER you want in your little Santa pocket, or finish him anyway your holiday heart desires. No, we didn't eat any candy - not even tempted with this suspiciously old candy!

S122 Celebrate! Santa '15 Snippet 

In case you're wondering, the little sleds we did last year are pictured below - S116 Sled Dudes Snippet. They will coordinate color-wise with this year's batch of bitty sleds. We stitched our models on perforated paper, then just trim and attach to sled ornaments - quick, easy, wonderfully cute!

The little sleds look great on your tree, or make super gift toppers and special little gifts. You can finish one sled in an afternoon or evening...quick and fun!

Check back next week for more SNEAK PEEK previews!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Time for some scary stitching!

Sure, it's the middle of the summer...but my mind is on Halloween! There's nothing better on a hot summer day/evening than a big glass of something cool, the AC and ceiling fan moving some cool air, and some spooky stitching in my lap.

I got on a "one color groove" this year and had a blast designing a couple quick Halloween projects.

Our S120 Nevermore Snippet is already available! It's quick, it's spooky, and it's full of great finishing possibilities! (Does anyone else think the buttons we used on our finish look like spooky eyes? Didn't plan this, but now every time I look those eyes are staring back at me!).

I had a difficult time deciding what fabric to use for stitching - everything looks good with BLACK, you know! I finally chose a fun gray Pewter overdye linen from Picture This Plus. 

I'd like to challenge all of you to do some crazy, creative things with this little Snippet! 

Whether it's a funky fabric, or a great finishing idea, or BOTH, please be sure and post your finished picture on the I Love Stitching Lizzie Kate Designs Facebook page. This is a fabulous place to share all of your great finishes and works in progress with the stitching world. I'll look forward to seeing what you all dream up.

***If you're not a member of the I Love Stitching L*K Designs Facebook page (it's a closed group), just apply for easy. BTW, this is not an "official" L*K page. This page is under the kind care and leadership of Wilma Cherney, and we all appreciate her work on this page so much! It's a super venue for sharing our projects and getting inspiration from each other.

The project above (S123 I Can Drive a Stick Snippet) is coming to shops in mid-August. 

Just like S120 Nevermore, it only uses one color, so it stitches up so quickly! Also like Nevermore, there are a zillion possibilities for choosing fun fabrics and creative finishes. I stitched on 28 ct. Ale overdyed Lugana from Picture This Plus. You could use purple, chartreuse, anything pale or crazy that says Halloween to you. We finished it with some black pom pom trim and a tiny little broom, of course!

I saw this saying a couple months ago, and laughed out loud! Then I ran to the computer and started graphing. I don't know if everyone else finds this as funny as me, but it struck my funny bone, for sure. And sadly, NO...I cannot drive a stick (really, I can't!).

Don't be confused - we used black covers on both of our Halloween Snippets. S120 Nevermore is available NOW and S123 I Can Drive a Stick will be in shops in mid-August.

Only 101 more days until Halloween, the most BOO-tiful day of the year! Happy spooky stitching!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Pre "Little Mystery"/Post Surgery Update!

DISCLAIMER: If some of the following post doesn't quite make sense, if the humor isn't quite right, if anything at all isn't right in blog post below...blame my pharmacist!  Actually, blame ME for taking the lovely post-surgery painkiller drugs that came home with me last week.

I'm HOME with my new knee, lovely scar and tons of Steri-strips holding me all together. Just like another famous Kansas gal once said..."there's no place like home, there's no place like home...".

A few other things have changed, too. The Handi-wrap plastic wrap has now moved from the kitchen drawer to the bathroom countertop to enable showers. Alan is on call to deliver cold drinks, rides to physical therapy, and foot rubs on demand (for some reason a new knee makes my foot ache and cramp?!).

And very, VERY little work is happening at my L*K desk. Some days I don't even make it through the office door. Thankfully I've been planning ahead for months to squeeze in this surgery. Then, because of massive delays on completion of our new house, we ended up beginning our move 2 weeks ahead of surgery...yikes!!!

It was such a crunch to get everything moved in and organized, I joked that I needed to schedule surgery to get a rest...and I did! (and I DID get most things unpacked/organized before surgery - couldn't stand the thought of facing a mess later!).

Part One of "A Little Mystery" Sampler ships next week, so I'm assisting by assembling the embellishment packs. I did the printing ahead of time, and our helper Carmen has been busy sacking. Alan updates me daily on the "A Little Mystery" pre-order numbers, and I'm trying to stay caught up on embellishment packs. Above is my comfy spot in the sunroom...embellishment goodies on lap, handy Ikea aqua rolling table beside me with all the essentials...drink, cell phone, magazines, remote...I hope it will hold model stitching soon...currently suffering from fuzzy brain. 

Our sneak peek collage photo shows some goodies from "A Little Mystery". The 2 sided fob in center bottom is the BONUS project that comes with Part One.

Embellishment packs are also available with Part One. Above is the little insert and I'm stuffing these packs with all sorts of goodies for "A Little Mystery" sampler and the 3 BONUS projects. I'm pretty sure there's a nice assortment of tiny buttons and beads on the sunroom floor, but I'm NOT getting down on my hands and retrieve them now!

The weekend before my Monday morning surgery, the "kids" returned home from Chicago and KC to initiate the new house AND celebrate Alan's 60th birthday. We were blessed with gorgeous Kansas weather in June and spent the weekend on/around/in the lake in our backyard.

They even cooked us Sunday lunch. Son-in-law, Jeff, was the grill master!

Grand-dog, Henry, came to visit and discovered his gift for dog-paddling! Once he got "in the swim" he darted back/forth between our kayaks and rafts. Whoever decided to put a handle on the top of dog life vests was a genius! So handy for plucking him out of the water when swim time was over.

Alas, things are quiet at the relocated Ebright household. I'm so happy to look out the window and find Alan tossing in a fishing line after dinner. Actually catching a fish is optional...the relaxation is optimal!

Alan will be shipping "A Little Mystery" sampler Part One to shops this Wed., July 15. If you haven't got your pre-order into your favorite needlework supplier, it's never too late. We'll be shipping Part Two and Part Three later this summer, so you're invited to join us on our summer of stitching suspense.

One more thing...thanks for your many prayers and happy wishes on my knee replacement. They are truly appreciated. Our frig/freezer are full of goodies from our friends. We have been blessed with the community of friends we have here in Wichita and the L*K stitching community everywhere! 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

"A Little Mystery" Embellishment pack

I wanted to do one more "A Little Mystery" post before I head off to LaLaLand and knee replacement surgery next Monday. Think of me as I recuperate at home...under the excellent care of my amazing husband, Alan, and daughter, Ali...and some post surgery drugs!

Ship date for Part One of "A Little Mystery" is July 15. I can't believe that date is coming up so soon - the summer is flying by. I think I lost a few weeks when we were moving, and may lose a few more recuperating after surgery. Summer 2015 will definitely be a summer to remember!

Above is the sweet Part One cover! We are beginning to assemble Part One of "A Little Mystery" printed materials now. 

Part One  of "A Little Mystery" includes the first 1/3 of the mystery sampler, BONUS 2 sided "Little" fob chart with finishing instructions, thread key and stitching instructions. We will also be shipping "A Little Mystery" embellishment packs with this shipment. 

While I was designing all 4 projects for "A Little Mystery" my mind was whirring with ideas for fun doo-dahs to add to all 4 projects. I tried lots of different goodies. Here's what I settled on for the official "A Little Mystery" embellishment pack.

First, here's the embellishment pack insert. It echoes the colors in "A Little Mystery" and all the "A Little Mystery" printed materials. I love designing all these little things on my computer...developing a logo, playing with colors and motifs...such fun! 

Here's all the treasures, from left to right in my portable assembly line. It's on my spare desk now, but it's made several road trips with me recently while Alan does the driving. There may/may not be piles of random beads building up on the car floor!

* Little ladybug button (Just Another Button Company) in a custom coral color
* Wee bee button (Just Another Button Company)
* "Made with Love" silver tone charm - so sweet!
* Mother-of-pearl flower button
* Small pale pink button (custom colored from Hillcreek Designs)
* Tiny pink buttons 
* "Grasshopper" beads from Mill Hill - this color is kinda 2-toned and fun
* "Shimmering lilac" beads from Mill Hill - lovely!

There's a lot of Love hanging around the L*K office right now! Here's a closeup of the cute silver charms.

If you haven't pre-ordered "A Little Mystery" charts and embellishment pack with your favorite needlework shop, NOW is the time. Alan will be handling most of this shipment with our fantastic helper, Carmen. I'll be sending instructions from the recliner! 

Any pre-surgery/post-surgery advice out there? I'll talk to you all on the "other side" in a few weeks! Thanks for your thoughts and prayers...I appreciate you!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

"A Little Mystery" collage sneak peek!

Why haven't I been blogging for the past couple weeks? I have a fantastic excuse...we've been moving...and moving...and moving some more!

We knew moving to our new house was going to be a lot of work, but what the heck? This was the first time we'd ever lived anywhere for 20 years, and it has been downright painful sorting through 20 years of messy buildup. There are piles of stuff going to the new house, piles for the garage sale (2 of them!), piles for my local needlework shop, piles for church and multiple carloads for Goodwill. Then, to add insult to injury, you have to clean your old house on your way out!

And did I mention we are 20 years older than the last time we moved? YIKES...this is tiring stuff...physically and mentally. Thankfully, we can see daylight at the end of our "moving tunnel"...and we can see a gorgeous lake when we look out the windows at our new house! Above is the view out my L*K home office window. I'll share pics of our new house soon when things are a little neater.

Meanwhile, back at L*K...things are really "heating up" for our summer mystery sampler! Thanks to many of you for placing pre-orders with your favorite needlework shops.

HERE IT IS....the famous "collage" photo that teases you with hints about the upcoming "A Little Mystery" sampler!

You can spot the lovely threads on the right, and 2 of the finished BONUS projects (Little 2-sided Fob and Little Pin Pillow). Our "A Little Mystery" sampler is folded in the right background, so you can see design bits if you look closely. On the left background, the other stitched BONUS project (Little mini sampler) is rolled up and tied with a bow. Start sleuthing!

We are encouraging shops to begin a list with us, then add to it as their orders increase and the pre-order deadline nears on July 5. Part One shipment leaves L*K on July 15. If you want to join our "A Little Mystery" club, just let your fave needlework shop know ASAP. Ordering early really helps us with printing, assembling and planning ahead.

Everything about "A Little Mystery" is a "little" smaller than previous mystery samplers...except the fun and mystery, of course. The overall project is "littler", it's packaged in "littler" bags, and the PRICE is "littler"!!! Just right for easy summer stitching!

Yes, there are 4 projects! Each part (3 parts) of "A Little Mystery" includes a BONUS design..."Little" 2-sided fob, "Little" pin pillow and "Little" mini sampler. 

Our shipment schedule to shops is:
July 15 - Part One leaflet & Embellishment Pack
August 12 - Part Two leaflet (embellishment pack also available)
September 9 - Part Three leaflet (embellishment pack also available)

Below is our embellishment pack insert - so cute! We've gathered all the goodies and will start assembling know, as soon as we clear a space in our messy new house. I'll blog soon on all the goodies we're putting in the "A Little Mystery" embellishment pack. 

Need more details on "A Little Mystery"? Just scroll back to our previous post and all the nitty-gritty stuff is there. If you have questions on pricing and ordering, contact your needlework supplier.

"A Little Mystery" FUN FACT! 
The antique pocket watch that I used on the collage photo above belonged to my husband Alan's grandfather. Alan was raised on a family farm in central Kansas. As the story goes...Alan's grandfather lost this watch while ploughing the fields with a horse. Then, years later, he spotted the watch in the same field while driving a new-fangled tractor. The "lost" watch was "found" and now it's hanging out on my bookcase in a little glass dome (and starring in "A Little Mystery" sampler collage photo!). 

We're excited about another summer of stitching mystery. Hope you can join us on our "little" journey!

Friday, June 5, 2015

"A Little Mystery" Sampler is coming SOON!

It's TRUE...we're doing another SUMMER MYSTERY SAMPLER!

It's called "A Little Mystery" and it's perfect for all of our busy summer schedules...because it's a "little" mystery!!!

I found this saying I loved for a mystery sampler, and the design just seemed to flow onto my sketch pad and the computer. It's a lovely mishmash of sampler motifs, cheerful florals and colors, and the perfect "mystery" saying. This project is so happy and fun, I just couldn't wait until fall to share it with all of you!

Everything about "A Little Mystery" is a "little" smaller than previous mystery samplers...except the fun and mystery, of course! The overall project is "littler", it's packaged in "littler" bags, and the PRICE is "littler"!!!

However, "A Little Mystery" is BIG on value! We wanted this summer mystery to be jam-packed with goodies, so we're including a BONUS design with each of 3 parts. They're all super sweet, quick little projects. You can follow along with the mystery, but still have fun for summer activities...and other stitching, of course!

Because this is a "Little Mystery", we made some changes from previous mystery samplers. Honestly, we really wanted to do this sampler now, but knew this summer was going to be crazy at our house/L*K business. We are moving for the next few weeks, and I'm having knee replacement surgery at the end of June. It's gonna be quite a summer at L*K and the relocated Ebright household. Sarah "Lizzie" and Alison "Kate" will be coming to town to help me after my surgery. I'm looking forward to their companionship...and their yummy cooking.

Life at our house/biz right now looks like pic below...boxes, boxes, boxes!

Read on for all the mystery details!

* "A Little Mystery" Sampler will be revealed in 3 monthly parts, shipping in mid July, August and September.

* Each part will contain a BONUS "Little" design, along with a portion of "A Little Mystery". We've created a darling set of stitching goodies...2-sided scissor fob, sweet pin pillow (or whatever you want to make it) and a "Mini Mystery" sampler. These 3 pieces all coordinate with the big piece, using the same threads.

* We stitched "A Little Mystery" on lovely 30 ct. tea-dyed Sandstone linen. We also stitched all 3 bonus projects on the same fabric. We will NOT be providing fabric precuts as on previous mystery samplers. You can use the fabric we used, or personalize "A Little Mystery" just for you with your fabric selection. Check out thread list below,  so you can play with fabric colors and counts. We stitched on linen, but you can choose Aida or whatever makes you happy. Maybe even something from your stash?

* "A Little Mystery" stitch count is 65W x 161H.

* BONUS project stitch counts are:
   2-sided scissor fob - 35W x 39H on each side
   Pin pillow - 49W x 50H
   Mini Mystery sampler - 46W x 79H

* We WILL be doing a fantastic embellishment pack that includes goodies for "A Little Mystery" and all 3 BONUS projects. We've rounded up some fun goodies that we're anxious to share!  Embellishment pack includes 2 JABC hand-made buttons (including exclusive coral ladybug),  hand-dyed button, tiny buttons, mother-of-pearl flower button, "Made with Love" silver-tone charm, and 2 colors of beads.

* We will NOT be providing a thread pre-pack, as on previous mystery samplers. Your favorite needlework shop will have these threads available. You can also use from your stash, but you'll need a full skein of most colors to complete all the projects. Depending on your fabric choices, you may need more threads.

* "A Little Mystery" thread list:
Gentle Art Sampler threads avocado, holly berry.
Weeks Dye Works carrot, chickpea, grits, oscar, purple haze, terrapin, verdigris
DMC light gold 437, lilac 3042, light pink 3354, pale teal 3768

We'll be revealing more sneak peek photos soon, so stay tuned to the L*K blog and L*K Facebook page for updates.

We hope you can join us on our "little" summer of stitching mystery!  Contact your favorite needlework supplier to pre-order "A Little Mystery" sampler. They're taking orders NOW!

Let's have a "little" fun together!  It's gonna be a great "little" summer knee, new house, sad goodbye to old house,  and all.

Mysteriously yours,


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June Sneak Peeks!

We're readying to ship new designs next week...which should be interesting, because we're also MOVING to our new home next week. Funny how after waiting 18+ months for our new home to be completed (original move-in date was fall 2014!) it should finish just in time for a new product release.  Gotta love it!

So while I have a minute in front of the computer (when I should be packing boxes), I'll share the photos of our new goodies with you. Fun stuff coming your way NEXT WEEK!

#171 Seasons chartpak
This idea began as a Snippet series of 4 seasonal designs, then I decided to pack them all in one chartpak for a good value.Each design is full of sampler inspiration and L*K charm. You can rotate them as the seasons change, or enjoy them year-round. I absolutely loved stitching the models on these little goodies - sure hope you like them, too!

S119 Do Small Things with Great Love Flora McSample Snippet
Sweet, sweet, sweet! This little project will make you worked for me!  It's quick, but long on charm with lovely soft colors and cheery motifs. I used a great little frame, but you can have fun with lots of finishing options on this one.

S120 Nevermore Snippet
This little Halloween project is a snap to stitch because it's all in one, of course! I took a little raven motif from the main Snippet, and put it in a little watch fob for a second stitching idea. You can have fun choosing all kinds of fun fabrics and finishing. for this. It's the first time I've ever put a black cover on a Snippet, but it's so perfect for Halloween and this design. Quoth the Raven "Nevermore" (Edgar Allan Poe).

F153 Dreaming is Free - 3 Little Words Flip-it
F154 Embrace the Journey - 3 Little Words Flip-it

These are the final 2 designs in our 3 Little Words Flip-it series. Don't forget to use the FREE template on L*K website to combine all the designs into one stitchery. Or pick and choose your favorites to create your own inspiration statement. We've really enjoyed bringing you the entire 3 Little Words Flip-it series!

***Don't forget there's also a FREE design in this series. Find it on the L*K website, or scroll back to previous blog post. FYI...this FREE post was the most popular L*K blog post ever. It was viewed on Facebook by over 46,000 people...OH MY!

And now...back to packing boxes!