A Weathered Nest

August 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

We weathered the storm fairly well; definitely no Katrina like seven years ago but quite a disaster in its own right…and a looong one at that.  We are 50 miles north of New Orleans and winds picked up Tuesday evening, then torrential wind and rain all of Wednesday, Thursday we saw the tail-end with sporadic showers.  I was finally able to leave and drive to the shop Thursday; everything looks fine.  A little water seeped through under the windows but nothing unexpected after 12 hours of horizontal rain.  I will attempt to open this morning; hopefully my internet will cooperate to process online orders.

Waiting out the storm felt like living in a bubble.  For long periods we had no electricity or cellular connection…it felt a little like the “old days”.  I stitched most hours it was light with a dog or a cat on my lap…sometimes both.  We chatted, read, napped.  Occasionally when we would look outside it was like looking out your car window in a car wash.  Only a tiny frog that wedge himself safely in the window of the storm door was our connection to the outside.  I lost a ton of pecans and mourned my future pies; some how my lemons stayed intact and most of my satsumas.  We were lucky in all respects.  Sometimes living in a sub-tropical area is chancy but as a lady put it so eloquently on the news this evening, “maybe one day out the year it’s a disaster; the rest of the days it’s like paradise”

–Lisa LeBlanc

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When it Rains it Pours.

August 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hurricane Tracking Map Cross Stitch Pattern

This is not my first rodeo, but I have to admit my heart sank when I saw TS Issac’s track shift to almost a direct hit to my home and business.  I’ve been through Katrina and another less well known storm, Gustav and I know most things can be replaced, fixed and cleaned.  We are prepared as possible; I went in to the shop this morning to process, pack and ship all online orders (thank you SO much!).  We sandbagged near all the doorways this afternoon and then locked the doors and made a wish that everything would be safe and sound.  Now, my focus is finishing preparing my home for the onslaught of rain and wind.  Oh, and priorities…I did get some new yarn so I can keep busy if the power is out and it is still light outside.  Hopefully, I be back in business shortly!

See you when the skies brighten!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Wordless Wednesday

August 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

review all my Wordless Wednesday pics here.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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New Friends

August 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

downton abbey cross stitch

You never realize the things that will stick with you through your lifetime but one of those odd things and hobbies  of mine has been cross stitch.  I was in 5th grade and my homeroom teacher made us create a sampler for our moms for Mother’s Day.  We could even stitch during class!  The boys hated it but eventually they got into it and a blessed hush fell over all of us (and I’m sure for the first time my teacher could hear herself think…poor thing was prematurely grey).  I was hooked and kept stitching; I even picked it up again in college…boy, was I cool sitting in my dorm room with a hoop and floss!  So within the last year, I started developing my own patterns – partly to experiment with my own ideas and stitch things I wasn’t seeing and of course, make some income.  What I didn’t expect was how many people would stitch along and be so appreciative and just all together lovely.  I get e-mails quite regularly thanking me for creating these patterns as they are to become gifts or cherish keepsakes.  Frankly I’m blown away…so thank you all for your support!
I do want to call out and thank two blogs that posted my most popular pattern the past week or so, my Downton Abbey Cross Stitch Sampler

STITCHNMOMMA – she also has patterns and dyes her own Aida cloth (omg, how cool is that!).  Lots of good tips – a true kindred spirit!

The Teakettle Corner – she is stitching the pattern right now!  I almost fell out when I saw her cat sitting on the printed pattern and a glass of wine next to a pile of floss (that could so be my house!)

if you are stitching along, please let me know whether you want a mention or not…I love hearing from you all!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Retro Revamp

August 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Isn’t this the cutest chair?  This is one of the pieces Marie brought me this past week and its redone beautifully…sanded and painted then reupholstered with this sweet floral fabric.  I had a some serious interest in it yesterday morning; a young lady came in and wanted a full set just like it…could we order it or make it?  Unfortunately, no…it’s vintage and rare to have the stars align to find matching sets, let alone upholstery.  She still wanted it and took some snaps but needed to ask her husband *facepalm*.  Its $28.  If he says no, I say it’s grounds for divorce.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Quality Control

August 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

I feel like I’m being micro-managed!  This is “Baby” – she’s making sure every stitch is perfect as I work out my newest pattern.  Which by the way is available now for an introductory price in my Etsy shop…Yay!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Free Fat Quarter

August 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m not sure how long this offer will last, but I just found out that Spoonflower, one of the sponsors of Etsy August Craft Party is giving away a fat quarter of your choice for free plus shipping.  This is a great opportunity to try one of the colorways of my Hootie Cutie line or any of the other fabulous designs Spoonflower offers.  The offer works by using ETSYPARTY12 at checkout; my shipping, by the way was only $1!  I know, I know, not that I need ANYMORE fabric to pile on to my stash but it’s a dollar for pete sakes!!!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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