new from Little House Needleworks & Impie, Hattie & Bea
Otto & Ella, my grandpa and grandma on their farm
2 of my grandma’s brothers on the far left & right (Guy & Julius). My grandpa is the handsome one with the open collar, no one can recall who the older man is.
I’ve been mentioning that I’ve been a bit busy lately. Now that things have settled down a bit I have time to tell you about it.
I think most people who visit me here know that I own and operate a needlework webshop. This keeps me pretty busy and I love my little business. In 2008 I started a second business that I’ve not mentioned before. I operate a finished products business called Impie, Hattie & Bea. Our little slogan is ‘Fine things for stitchers, sewn in the USA’, it could say ‘sewn in Mary Kathryn’s sewing room’ since each item is sewn by me.
I wanted to tell you how I came up with the name Impie, Hattie & Bea. These are real ladies I have known all my life. Impie and Bea are my great aunts both married to my grandma’s brothers (Jimmy and Guy). Hattie was a special family friend who was like an aunt to us and we called her Aunt Hattie. So that you can have a tiny glimpse of these ladies, here are some of my memories of them –
Aunt Impie: married to Great Uncle Jimmy. A successful business woman, very tall and erect. She had beautiful blue eyes and an enormous bust line – enormous! Always kind, she introduced me to Chicken Cordon Bleu which always reminds me of her.
Aunt Hattie: always happy. Gave very long, tight hugs. Her husband, Uncle Frank, was always so quiet, I sometimes wondered if he could really talk. Aunt Hattie’s only son was killed in Vietnam, although I was very small I still remember this well.
Aunt Bea: married to Great Uncle Guy, she was fond of needlework. Always wore lots of jewelry. Had a mustache. She liked to wear velvet hats that looked like a very large mushroom to me.
Hattie and Bea have passed away, Impie is quite an old lady and lives in a nursing home in Minnesota.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these little tidbits. I’m working on some new products that I hope you’ll like as well. I’ve updated the webshop with this Needle & Thread set (let me mention that working with Diane at Little House is great and the reason that Impie, Hattie and Bea products sell). I made a whole bunch of the Scissor Beds but they are limited in number.
I’ll be working on adding new things from Market to the webshop as they come in. I ordered a bunch of things today and will order more things tomorrow so be on the lookout, feel free to email me about things I’ve not had a chance to add yet – anytime!