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I have a new Basket Sampler offering and a few more of an old one. This little cutie is from Homespun Elegance. I have kits for this at the webshop, they include design, linen, thread pack (including some fuzzy alpaca for the tail), pretty fabric for the back, fluffy trim, and hand-dyed perle for the bow.

I’ve added a few new bunnies to my decor, there was a great sale on Easter things last week and I was happy to add two new bunnies to my collection at such a savings, I’m also stitching another little bunny freebie that I’ll tell you all about soon. I’m thinking of making up some kits for that as well.

Also, due to popular demand, I am able to offer 3 more Tall Sheep Basket Sampler kits! I still have 6 Sampler of the Month Kits – A Prairie Girl’s Sampler available and over at the Only While They Last page I have a couple of reduced offerings… 1 Love Thy Neighbor design w/threads available, and a few February Calender Girls, I’ve reduced these to help them find a happy home!

I’m spending my days in the sewing room, it’s taken some time to get back up to speed with Impie, Hattie & Bea sewing I’m embarrassed to say, but it feels good to be productive in the sewing room again. I still squeeze in a bit of knitting in the car and once it’s too late for stitching for these tired old eyes.

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pillowcases & pancakes

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I am really trying to get the sewing room cleaned out for 2014. It’s become so cluttered I can hardly think in there! I’m trying to just get rid of most of what’s in there that I don’t use directly for Impie, Hattie & Bea, the webshop, and maybe one or two other projects – the rest HAS TO GO! I need to attack it when I’m feeling ruthless, that doesn’t happen very often!

I did run up a batch of pillow cases with some larger fabric pieces I had stashed and from some miscellaneous bolts I have on hand. I used about a yard for a standard pillow, a half yard more for a king sized. I love the mis-matched look of these and they feel nicer (and are finished nicer) than the mid-priced sheet set pillowcases I usually use. I have a few more fabric pieces to do up, I might blog a tutorial if anyone has an interest. I need to stop looking at these pictures, it might bring on a nap and then I’ll lose momentum!

And, just perfect after a night’s sleep on pretty pillows, blueberry pancakes – yum!

Yzma says hello.

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5 days & cheesecake

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I’ve spent a marathon week (sunrise to sunset) in the sewing room. I have made really good progress despite every bit of technology I own turning against me and the best efforts of two boys to sabotage my careful plans.

All individual Impie, Hattie & Bea orders (except 1) have been shipped and my Hoffman shipment, about 50 more hand-made items, is coming along nicely. I’ve shared a picture of yesterday’s view near the post office.

I did a bit of late night knitting, only a small portion has had to be pulled out because I was half-asleep… and I made a cheesecake and served it two ways. The recipe is on my food page.

I have updates for the fundraiser which I would have shared this past week during my Rocky Mountain Wednesday post but since that never happened…I’ll save it for next Wednesday.

Have a good weekend, I’m heading back to the sewing room.

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Rocky Mountain Wednesday & Fundraiser Total!

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A very big thank you to all who purchased Impie, Hattie & Bea products during the fundraiser I’ve been sponsoring at the webshop this past month. With your purchases, some direct gifts, and a few extra dollars I’ve added from time to time, we have raised $470.00 for flood relief. I’ll report next week about the recipients, I hope you are as excited as I am to be able to do this. Thank you again for your support.

Now for the pictures here. These again are from our recent short stay in Avon, Co. While there we drove up to Leadville which I’ve wanted to see since we moved to Colorado almost 18 years ago. It was mildly interesting and quite a scenic drive. We had a fancy lunch there – I ran into the grocery store and grabbed some buns, deli meat & cheese and some chips. The weather was beautiful and the combination of amazing Autumn and Winter scenes was wonderful. We drove across this bridge which I was not able to photograph successfully.

Ethan’s ankle is healing nicely, he tries to do too much with it and it flares up. I’m still having good days and bad days with this darn Autumn cough/bronchitis that hits me annually. Jerry has started a big, out of town project which is not in nearly such a nice or scenic locale and we miss him.

All fundraiser orders should be shipped by the end of the week and I’ll be getting shipments of the newest things ready for Hoffmans. I’ve also got a new model in the works.

Happy Wednesday!

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Woodland Sampling Workbook

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New from Impie, Hattie & Bea!

Now at the website and part of the Flood Relief Fundraiser going on through October 31st. I can’t get my pictures to upload there at the moment (we just switched to a new web host) but you can see the details here at the blog.

These will be available for shops in the near future. I’m a very busy bee in the sewing room and a bit under the weather so your patience is appreciated!

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PS – for a limited time, Woodland Sampling Workbooks purchased through the webshop will include the Floss-Away bag.

A new look – Love Letters Pocket

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Love Letters Pocket from Impie, Hattie & Bea, stitched design – Love Letters from Midnight Stitching

Thank you again for making this a popular item! I’ve sewn through the bolts of fabric for the original version and I hope you will like the new version. It isn’t always possible to find replacement fabrics that are really close matches to what was used previously and I always feel a bit nervous when making the decision but once I had this one made up I felt good about the change.
These are at the webshop and are shipping to Hoffmans. I also have a few pair of Julia scissors from Gingher available there.

Autumn is full of the most beautiful colors. I’m enjoying them mostly from my windows at home as I’ve got my usual Autumn bronchitis going on. There’s lots to do and I’m getting there but some days are a little harder than others.

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Don’t forget about the Colorado Flood Relief Fundraiser going on at the webshop!

Autumn Hoop Keep!

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Something new from Impie, Hattie & Bea!

**Note to shops – this will be available to shops in the future. At this time this item is being released as part of the Colorado Flood Relief fundraiser. Follow Impie, Hattie & Bea at facebook to receive our product release updates.**

Remind me not to make promises about Monday in future. All the powers seemed to be against me today, ‘Powers’= two ornery homeschooled boys and several mishaps.

But, at the last minute I’m here to share the Autumn Hoop Keep~

Similar to the previous hoop keeps except this one has a cozy Autumn feel and is designed to coordinate with Little House Needleworks Starlight Sampler. It holds an 8″ hoop and is handy for little kitted up projects as well. This is only available through the fundraising pages at the webshop it at this time.

The design is stitched on 32 lambswool linen and uses all DMC threads. The adorable Just Pins set is available as well.

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Thank you to all that have helped out at our fundraiser so far, it is truly appreciated!

free cards

While supplies last….and I have oodles….I’ll send along a set of these PS mini cards with every order :0)

Rocky Mountain Wednesdays – Colorado Flood Releif

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Happy Wednesday!

Flood cleanup continues. We’ve had the first significant snow on the peaks and I’m raising funds for flood relief!

We’ll start with something scenic. I took this photo yesterday, this snow has mostly melted now but you can see that winter is just around the corner. Not good news for flood cleanup and reconstruction. Roads are in a shocking state and some are gone completely. The second photo shows one of the last routes open to our doctor’s office….this road closes during the winter. The third picture is actually taken in the same location that I took the first, just looking in another direction. That is the bridge I used to cross when I went grocery shopping. All of our favorite walking paths are washed away and people are literally camping in the parks here. I’m still in awe of the destructive power of a serious flood.

I’ve been trying to think of a way I can do more to help those who lost so much and decided that I would ask you to join me stitching friends. If you’ve been thinking of purchasing an Impie, Hattie & Bea item, please consider doing so during my fundraiser. I’m donating a significant portion from every Impie, Hattie & Bea item sold through the Handcrafts Online website to recovery efforts. IH&B items purchased at other locations will not benefit this effort but I thank you very much all the same for your support. More details can be found at the IH&B HOL webpage. Also I am releasing something new during the fundraiser (watch for further updates), I’ve posted a ‘sneak peek’ here. Think Autumn! I’ll keep you posted on the amount we raise and where it’s being put to good work.

I’ll leave you with a very pumpkin filled picture I took at the market this morning!

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cotton, wool, apple

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It’s been a busy week, I’ve done some sewing, cooking, knitting, cleaning… I’ve also made an enormous mess by deciding it’s time to clean out closets and change things around in my sewing room. It probably wouldn’t be so bad if I just picked one spot, finished up, and then moved on to the next, I mean that would be the sensible thing to do. Instead I demolished three rooms and made a ridiculous mess in the hallway. I’ve got to stick with it now, I’ve committed an entire floor of the house to my little project.

Instead of letting you see the mess (that’s never going to happen) I’ll show you some sewing, Impie, Hattie & Bea items – now winging their way to Hoffmans…some new yarn, it’s so handy that the yarn shop is right on the way home from UPS and the streets are mostly open between here and there now….and some cooking, I made homemade applesauce, so good and so easy, I never knew!

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click here for the Apple Sauce Recipe I used as a guideline (I made a few adjustments after I cut more apples than this recipe calls for)

Fall Makeover & a Pillow

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Although we are still setting high temp records for August here (enough already) I’ve started to turn my thoughts towards Autumn. I have had this combination in my mind for a long time. Impie, Hattie & Bea’s Thread Armoire and Country Cottage Needleworks Harvest Blessing design. Actually I’ve wanted to do something for Harvest Blessings but it always resulted in something very like the Thread Armoire in both color and design so I thought — Why Not?

I’ve added this combo to the webshop. The other Autumn stitching you see in the background is Little House Needleworks Pumpkins 4 Sale and their own little IH&B companion. You can see more here and they are also at the webshop.

I finished up my JBW Queen Bee pillow. It sort of has an Autumn feel too, especially when it’s with these other pieces. I added some ribbon loop trim to the sides to give it something extra. Don’t look too critically at the ribbon close up – that’s where I sewed the pillow closed after stuffing ;0)

I shared on the Impie, Hattie & Bea facebook page that I’ve recently ordered 6 new fabrics for products coming out in the near future – stop by and follow us there to keep up to date!

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