Oh the cheerful Budding-time!
|Hello and welcome to our May 2021 newsletter with a jaunty air and a spring in our step!
In this month's letter
- Julie's Japanese Garden
- New limited edition Marjolein Bastin kit
- A second 2021 collection from Permin
- A new catalogue from Anchor for Spring/Summer
- News for our EU customers
Julie has designed a striking and colourful long stitch kit called Japanese Garden on 14 count canvas worked with Anchor tapestry wools. It has all the emblems that you'd expect and is suitable for an intermediate long-stitcher.
It's taken us all year so far (!) but we finally have the new limited edition Marjolein Bastin kit by Lanarte. It's a large project (24 X 35 in) full of wildlife detail animals, birds and flowers. It has been very popular so we will re-order as long as Lanarte keep making them!
Permin`s second 2021 Collection is now available. We have a few of these already in stock and would be happy to order any you are interested in. Pretty birth samplers, monochrome flowers, printed table covers...
Anchor have a new collection out for Spring/Summer 2021. There are cross stitch kits, needlepoint kits and free embroidery kits.
There are another two Bridal Bliss Pixies from Nora Corbett: Gladioli Maid of Honor and Passion Flower Bridesmaid which has been very popular. We expect new stock back in soon although the maker has been struggling recently.
Permin have informed us that unfortunately, due to the rise in the cost of raw materials, their fabric prices will increase on the 1st August.
Kreinik metallics continue to be a problem. We have heard that they're only producing half their range at the moment and our most recent orders from the US have returned less than a tenth of what we wanted. If you're stuck for sparkle, then you could get creative with floss from other makers like Anchor metallic or Rainbow Gallery
If you're stuck for a metallic, let us know and we'll try to get an alternative.
You don't normally get owls in your basement but there are some in our Bargain Basement for May and as usual they're at half the previous discounted price.
News for our EU customers
Frankly, things have been a bit of a mess since Britain left the EU at the start of this year with new rules and regulations causing delays and unwarranted charges. The EU is also removing the import TVA/VAT allowance on 1st July but there is hope on the horizon!
We are planning to participate in a new Europe-wide scheme where we pay your TVA/VAT when you make a purchase. We hope this will fix the customs and delivery issues.
Our title comes from a poem by Christina Rosetti (1830-1894) (who features in this column quite a lot! )
The poem is called simply Seasons and is in four stanzas, one for each season. This is the one for Spring:
«Oh the cheerful Budding-time!
When thorn-hedges turn to green,
When new leaves of elm and lime
Cleave and shed their winter screen;
Tender lambs are born and 'baa,'
North wind finds no snow to bring,
Vigorous Nature laughs 'Ha, ha,'
In the miracle of spring.»
As we continue on our slow journey back to normality, we hope that you have spring in your steps (even if it's autumn where you are) and that your stitching continues to lift your spirits.
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 30 Apr 2021, 18:16|
Like a Burnish'd Throne
|Hello wonderful person and welcome to April's newsletter!
There's not a lot of news this time except to say that we will be on holiday/vacation soon (from 31st March until 7th April inclusive - so the checkout will be closed). We apologise for the inconvenience but we do need the break!
So let's get straight into this month's updates ...
Echo Lake is a stylish new design from Mirabilia in Art Nouveau style. As usual there's glitter and beads and an embellishment pack is available. Although this was released over a month ago, the supplier has sent it to us only recently they're clearly having major problems.
Bella Filipina's new design is Cleopatra wearing a crown and sitting on her throne with a cheetah at her feet. Perhaps she's waiting for the arrival of Antony!
Permin have four new `vintage` fabric colours in 32 count linen Vintage Laurel, Vintage Milk Chocolate, Vintage Star Sapphire and Vintage Waterlily. These are a special price as an introductory offer.
Thread and Floss
As well as Dinky Dyes silk packs for specific patterns, we are building up our stock of individual Dinky Dyes Silk skeins which we know are used in other popular patterns. Keep checking as there are more to come!
We now have silk packs for the popular Northern Expressions designs Twisted Band Sampler and Twisted Rainbow Sampler.
We had heard a lot about CXC stranded cottons, a cheaper Chinese alternative to DMC. Julie decided to order a complete set and Anne has written a review of this range.
Our deliveries of floss are mostly improving apart from Kreinik metallic floss. Perhaps it would be worth looking into alternatives.
Bargains for April
There are samplers in the Bargain Basement for April as usual at half previous low price. There's a wide selection, some traditional and some modern.
And Finally ...
Our title is from Antony and Cleopatra (Act 2 Scene 2) by William Shakespeare as Enobarbus describes the queen to Agrippa and Maecenas ...
«The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne,
Burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold;
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
The winds were lovesick with them; the oars were silver,
Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
The water which they beat to follow faster ...»
Nowadays, most of us have less ostentatious means of transport and fortunately what we lack in grandeur we make up for in other ways.
We wish you a happy and peaceful Easter and the chance to get some sun - even if it is only in your own garden!
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 26 Mar 2021, 19:29|
the Hope of what will be
|Hello and welcome to our March 2021 newsletter.
In this month's issue ...
- new kits from Needleart World, Bothy Threads and Glorafilia
- new patterns from Bella Filipina and Nora Corbett
- more silks from Caron Waterlilies and Dinky Dyes
- A few words on shortages
We have some new kits from Needleart World in a variety of styles and themes. The kits which come with accurately stamped and washable Aida are now in cardboard instead of plastic so are a little more friendly to our environment.
Bothy Threads Spring 2021 collection has been released and we have chosen a few. If there's anything in their catalogue which interests you, please inquire.
Glorafilia have two new designs - Virginia, a colourful cushion front and the large Swans Wall Hanging which is a re-release of a kit which has been unavailable for some years.
Two new designs by Bella Filipina made it over here from the Philippines in record time well done to the couriers! The mermaids, Daughters of the Estuary have already been very popular but for the reasons below, we have to wait a little longer to have all the beads, treasures and Kreinik.
The latest Nora Corbett designs are very cute Winter Bear and Winter Hare from the Holiday in the Forest series are ideal designs for Christmas display.
The Caron Collection has new shades of Waterlilies. We have almost all the shades from 315 to 340 now.
We are also collecting more Dinky Dyes silks. This month we've introduced floss packs for Glendon Place A-Maze-ing Desserts Collection. The lovely colours had Anne reaching for her recipe books.
Materials Shortages ...
We'd like to explain why we are unable to get some kits and supplies at the moment. Deliveries of our stock from our international - and some British suppliers have suffered as a result of Covid restrictions and Brexit impact.
Most of our patterns/charts are arriving normally without delay. However, there are serious hold-ups on deliveries of Mill Hill beads, Kreinik metallic floss, Caron Waterlilies and Nora Corbett patterns. Weeks Dye Works and Classic Colorworks floss have been harder to come by since the start of lockdowns.
Kreinik production is limited due to restrictions and some colours are temporarily not being produced. If you look at their web site under metallic floss and the weight you would like, you can see what's currently available. At the moment they are listing 85 of Kreinik #4 out of a possible 170 and only 30 colours of #8.
Since the start of this year with new import rules some DMC stranded cottons have not always been available. Of course such problems affect UK needlecraft makers as well and Bothy Threads with a large catalogue haven't had many items - especially tapestry kits - available for some time.
We can only hope that things will get better and thank you for your continuing patience.
Even though we have a new trade deal with Europe, some of our European customers are finding that they have to pay additional taxes to receive their orders. This of course works both ways and there are extra charges for us when importing into the UK. All British companies are in the same boat and it will ultimately lead to price increases.
There's Hardanger in the Bargain Basement for March.
Our title is taken from Stanza 18 of the epic poem Ode to Liberty by the English Romantic Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
«Come thou, but lead out of the inmost cave
Of man's deep spirit, as the morning-star
Beckons the Sun from the Eoan wave,
Wisdom. I hear the pennons of her car
Self-moving, like cloud charioted by flame;
Comes she not, and come ye not,
Rulers of eternal thought,
To judge, with solemn truth, life's ill-apportioned lot?
Blind Love, and equal Justice, and the Fame
Of what has been, the Hope of what will be?
O Liberty! if such could be thy name
Wert thou disjoined from these, or they from thee:
If thine or theirs were treasures to be bought
By blood or tears, have not the wise and free
Wept tears, and blood like tears?The solemn harmony»
So let's hope we can soon get ourselves out of our 'innermost caves' and into the light of freedom of thought and deed again. We wish you and yours the best in your journey to the light.
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 26 Feb 2021, 19:19|
Thorough bush, thorough brier
|Hello and a very warm welcome to February's newsletter.
In this month's issue we have patterns from Bella Filipina and Mirabilia, kits from Dimensions, Anne Peden and Permin, and innovative cross stitching needles from John James.
We have three new designs by Bella Fillipina. Triton son of Poseidon and Amphitrite with his golden conch shell, Akoya Pearl Mermaid and Magnolia from the Au Naturel Collection.
Mermaid Perfume is a new design from Mirabilia. With her emerald green tail, she sits on a pedestal and wafts her perfume to lure sailors to their doom.
There are lots of new Valentine designs this month, mostly small enough to finish in time to give to your loved one (or loved ones if you fancy your chances).
Wind Moon Fairy, a new kit by Dimensions has a lovely fairy and black kitten on a crescent moon.
Anne has designed a new long stitch mini kit, this time it's a rosebud. This kit is competitively priced and quick to do - it would make a good introduction to long stitch if you haven't tried it.
Permin`s first 2021 Collection is now available with new hardanger kits, Eva Rosenstand kits, printed table linen, cushions and pictures. Everything from Quite Busy cushions to Talking Chickens. Have a look at the new Permin Collection 2021/1!
We have some innovative new twin pointed needles by John James. These work with a hands free frame and are claimed to increase your speed. Might take a bit of practice but definitely worth a try.
Patterns by Imaginating are featured in the Bargain Basement this month with a wide variety of designs.
And Finally ...
Our title this month is from a poem by Shakespeare - who was known to pen the odd bit of verse.
A Fairy Song by William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English poet and playwright
«Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.»
We would very much like to regain our freedoms to 'wander everywhere'. We hope it won't be long now and we wish you the best of health and happy stitching for the remainder of these difficult times!
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 29 Jan 2021, 19:06|
So let us melt, and make no noise
|Hello and welcome to our January newsletter.
We've just a little to tell you about kits and patterns and a few things about our exit from the European Union which has now become final.
We have some new kits Heritage Crafts Togetherness the older couple from the Golden Years series at Christmas, and Winter Landscape with a robin and holly from the Karen Carter Collection.
Glorafilia have re-released their Medieval tapestries of King Arthur and Lancelot with Guinevere.
Another superb King Arthur pattern is now available from Nimue fee Main and is a companion to Guinevere.
Nora Corbett has a new series Bridal Bliss Pixies. The first two designs are Mum Flower Girl and Primrose Bridesmaid.
If you would like to make a present for a new baby in the New Year, you may find something to interest
you in the Bargain Basement. As usual at half previous low price while stocks last.
Well, as you may know, Britain has finally left the EU. We are unhappy that our compatriots voted for this but we are stuck with it. We are happy that a trade deal has been struck. We will gain a little from changed VAT rules but lose a little as postal rates have increased. Overall, we don't expect a great deal to change. All we hope for is a year in which reason and rationality return.
Our title this month is from a poem by an English poet and scholar.
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning by John Donne, English poet and scholar (1572-1631)
«As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say
The breath goes now, and some say, No
So let us melt, and make no noise,
No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move;
'Twere profanation of our joys
To tell the laity our love.
Such wilt thou be to me, who must,
Like th' other foot, obliquely run;
Thy firmness makes my circle just,
And makes me end where I begun.»
We thank you Europe for your culture, science and sunny holidays. Perhaps we may yet end where we began.
May we wish you and yours a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 01 Jan 2021, 19:23|
A Thousand Christmas Trees
|Hello and a hot chestnuts roasting on an open fire welcome to our December newsletter!
In this month's letter ...
- New(ish) leaflets by Mirabilia and Bella Filipina
- Winter collections from Permin, Heritage Crafts and Bothy Threads and more new long stitch kits from 'oor ain' Anne
- More Christmas Bargains in the basement
Starlet is the latest design by Mirabilia, another lovely lady in a ballgown by the prolific Nora Corbett. New Mirabilia designs are taking about a month to get to us now as the makers are working under difficult conditions which cause a lot of delay.
Bellatrix by Bella Filipina is an elegant witch in her tower. Our first batch of these have disappeared quickly but we'll definitely be ordering more soon.
Permin have released their fourth 2020 collection. You can see the collection in our online catalogue and please inquire for anything you fancy that we don't have in stock.
Heritage Crafts have introduced several new designs this month. Best Friends by Peter Underhill is from the Golden Years series and Betty and her friend are of course stitching. Christmas Post by John Clayton features William the lovable teddy bear in a snowy scene.
Also from John Clayton the lovely Katrina in her stunning ball gown is the latest in his collection of elegant ladies.
Bothy`s Winter Collection is now on release. There are more cute animals from Wrendale Designs, two new Beryl Cook pictures featuring cheeky, 'full-figured' ladies, Christmas designs and a Rainbow. Don't forget that the complete catalogue is also available to look at and download in our online catalogues page.
Anne has designed two mini long stitch kits of wild flowers wood violets and primroses. They are pretty and very quick to work.
We have added even more Christmas themed items to the Bargain Basement and they'll be there until the end of the year (while stocks last). Keep watching as new ones may be added through the month!
And Finally ...
Our title is from a piece called Christmas Trees by Robert Frost (US writer and poet, 1874-1963) and described as a circular letter in which the writer receives an offer to buy some trees that grow on his land ...
«[The city came] To look for something it had left behind
And could not do without and keep its Christmas.
A thousand Christmas trees I didn't know I had!
Worth three cents more to give away than sell,
As may be shown by a simple calculation.
Too bad I couldn't lay one in a letter.
I can't help wishing I could send you one,
In wishing you herewith a Merry Christmas.»
May we also wish you herewith a Merry Christmas!
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 04 Dec 2020, 20:58|
To bring man nearer unto man
|Hello and welcome to November's newsletter.
We have a pot-pourri of novel and interesting kits and charts this month.
Not all witches are ugly, Cross Stitching Art's latest design the glamourous Celeste certainly isn't. Get started now and be ready for next Halloween!
There are two pretty new designs from Nora Corbett in time for Christmas Winter Nest and Winter Owl featuring birds of a feather in Christmas settings and suitable for stitchers of intermediate standard and above.
Julie Lynes has designed a new long stitch landscape Moonlit Lighthouse for long-stitchers looking for a larger (or should that be longer?) project. It's worked on 14 count canvas using Anchor stranded cottons.
There are new designs from Heritage Crafts We'll Meet Again from the Golden Years series, and Sunflower Landscape and Tree of Life both from the Karen Carter Collection.
We have a set of pretty samplers from the Curly Girl Designs by Mill Hill. They contain 28 count Permin linen in different colours, DMC floss and Mill Hill beads and treasures.
New things seem to be coming in twos these days. From Gobelin we have two new needlepoint projects a little needlepoint of a blue rose and - in complete contrast - an extremely large project Classical Swing, definitely a magnum opus!
There are Christmas Cards and ornaments in the Bargain Basement this month as usual at half the previous low price. Still plenty of time to stitch a few before Christmas!
As the winter nights draw in (here in the North) we face a bleaker prospect than usual. Even Christmas has effectively been cancelled by our governments as they desperately seek ways to unpaint themselves from the corners in which they are now stuck.
With the world in so much turmoil, we need as many beacons of hope as we can get so this month's title is from The Lighthouse, a poem by an old favourite of this newsletter, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (US, 1807-1882)
The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
And on its outer point, some miles away,
The Lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.
"Sail on!" it says, "sail on, ye stately ships!
And with your floating bridge the ocean span;
Be mine to guard this light from all eclipse,
Be yours to bring man nearer unto man!"
We hope that you and yours are soldiering on through these difficult times and that soon we will be able to 'bring man nearer unto man' once again.
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 06 Nov 2020, 20:22|
Your corn is ripe today
|A big howdy-do to our October 2020 newsletter!
In this month's issue we report on new patterns by Bella Filipina, Mirabilia, Nora Corbett and Michael Powell, cross stitch kits by LetiStitch and Long Stitch kits by oor ain Anne Peden.
The postal services have definitely improved over the past couple of months and we hope that the restrictions which have been causing the problems will be gradually eased as time goes on.
Mayari, Deity of the Moon is a lovely new design by Bella Filipina. She sparkles with Kreinik metallic floss and Mill Hill beads and treasures.
There was a long delay in getting The Queen Bee by Mirabilia as the makers are running about a month behind in their deliveries. She is very regal in her red dress seated upon her throne - although some people have criticised the design. What do you think?
We were a bit slow in ordering the latest Nora Corbett Orchid Party designs. Lady Orchid Moth and Green Lady Slipper have come and gone and we have of course re-ordered but there's a month delay in delivery.
Not new, but new to us are designs by Michael Powell of wobbly cottages and wobbly Christmas designs. A few at the moment and more to come.
Letistitch is a Moldovan needlecraft company who produce great designs and good value, quality kits. Their latest offerings include Spring Fairy which is a romantic image of a fairy in a blue dress in a sylvan setting, and Into Dreamland which shows a red-haired girl reading dreamily in a rose garden.
Anne has a new long stitch flower design - Wisteria with the long purple flowers on a cream background. This is the latest in a series of long stitch kits that we are now producing.
There are designs with a seasonal -all seasons - theme in the Bargain Basement this month as usual at half the previous low price.
Our title today is from a quote by the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher David Hume (1711-1776).
«Your corn is ripe today; mine will be so tomorrow. 'Tis profitable for us both, that I should labour with you today, and that you should aid me tomorrow. I have no kindness for you, and know you have as little for me. ... Here then I leave you to labour alone; You treat me in the same manner. The seasons change; and both of us lose our harvests for want of mutual confidence and security.»
Le Bon David (as he was known) is saying what we all know in our heart: if we continue to support each other then we will all be the better for it.
We hope you are enjoying your stitching as the winter or the summer draw in and we wish you a peaceful and supportive October.
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 02 Oct 2020, 18:13|
Learn little Maid, each useful Art
|Hello and and a warm welcome to September's newsletter.
In this month's issue ...
- Kits by Lanarte, Vervaco (Gorjuss), Bothy Threads and Arts and Designs (that's us!)
- Patterns by By the Bay Needlearts, JBW Designs and Hands Across the Sea
- New wooden display frames and storage
- Madame Chantilly review
There has been a dearth of new kit releases recently and we all know why, but they are finally bouncing back and we've plenty to tell you about.
Lanarte's Fourth Collection 2020 has finally arrived. There are birds and flowers, a Christmas design by Marjolein Bastin and pretty ballet shoes with a few re-issues.
Gorjuss is back! The new designs are now manufactured by Belgian maker Vervaco , the first two cross stitch pictures in pretty pastels.
Bothy Threads have released their Autumn Collection. We have selected a few designs but you can see the complete collection in our online catalogue. There are lovely new nursery pictures from the illustrations of Anita Jeram, more Wrendale Designs and some Christmas cards and pictures. There are also two new seashore Silken Long Stitch designs. The lovely new William Morris style cushions will be ready in mid-September.
We are planning a new range of in-house long stitch kits. The first designs of flowers by Anne is ready now with larger landscape designs by Julie in the pipeline.
There has been no shortage of new cross stitch patterns. New to us, By the Bay Needlearts has traditional American stylised landscapes.
We have two new JBW Designs booklets each with twenty little Christmas Tree ornaments.
A new Hands Across the Sea Sampler and many more.
We have some new and interesting hardware:-
Unfortunately, our deliveries of Nora Corbett patterns, Mill Hill beads, Kreinik metallic floss and Caron Waterlilies silks haven't improved. Delivery is now about five weeks from ordering. However, most of what we order does come so it looks like the manufacturers have largely recovered their stock. Sadly, our US supplier's stocks of Weeks Dye Works and Classic Colorworks cottons still haven't got back to normal.
Anne has stitched and reviewed one of the Iced Lemonade charts by Madame Chantilly. You can see her review here.
September`s Bargain Basement is themed around 'Homes' and 'Welcome' with all items as usual at half previous low price.
This month's title is from a sampler pattern reproduced by Hands Across the Sea from the work of Mary Ann Diaper:
«Learn little Maid, each useful Art,
Which may adorn thy Youth;
Learn to improve thy tender Heart,
In Virtue, Grace and Truth;
Shun every vice with studious care,
Each Female folly flee,
That every grace which Crown the fair
May all attend on thee»
And, yes, she was just eight years old when she stitched the original. This was of course in the age before TV, phones and iPads. Have we lost something?
Here's hoping you have a soothing and stress-free stitching September.
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 28 Aug 2020, 19:09|
Hope is the Thing with Feathers ...
|Welcome to our August newsletter.
This month's contents are very slim - unlike us as we've been comfort eating during these rather dispiriting recent months.
Miss Dancing Flower, the latest Mirabilia design has finally arrived. It is now taking several weeks for Wichelt - who produce Mirabilia patterns - to despatch our orders so this one arrived about a month late. They may themselves be suffering from delays in the supply of beads and treasures which are made in Germany, Japan and elsewhere.
Some designers are working hard to keep up with the current demand and we have the latest Bella Fillipina pattern. The tiny Autumn Equinox Fairy is anxiously awaiting her moment . Perhaps that will be when you bring her to life in stitching.
It's been a while since we've had a new maia kit and the latest Little Princess is an appealing picture of a lion cub. We hope you like her as much as we do.
As you may know if you've visited the website recently, we've decided to take a holiday (vacation). We've been working 7 days a week for the past 5 months and so it will be very welcome. Hopefully we'll be able to shed a few pounds by climbing some Scottish mountains.
Our title this month is from the poem Hope is the Thing with Feathers by the American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
«Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all
And sweetest in the Gale is heard
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm
I've heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest Sea
Yet never in Extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.»
We earnestly hope that we will reach the shores of this strange sea soon, and that reason and rationality will again prevail.
Let's all hope!
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 24 Jul 2020, 18:23|
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|Afoot and light-hearted ... Greetings and welcome to our June newsletter. |
|Reasons to be Cheerful ... A stir-crazy welcome to May's Newsletter.
|Seeking refuge with needle and thread ... Welcome to our April Newsletter!|
|Summer in the Light ... Hello and a windy welcome to March's newsletter!|
|What a Tangled Web ... A wet and windy welcome to our February newsletter!|
|A Guid New Year to Ane an' A' ...
|Awhile no cares encumber ... Welcome to our December 2019 Newsletter
|Treasure your legacy of skills ... Welcome to our November Newsletter!|
|Here's to October ... A warm welcome to our October Newsletter!|
|All in the golden afternoon ... Hello again and welcome to our September newsletter. |
|In the blue and glowing days ... A sunny welcome to our August newsletter!|
|Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn, good sirs ... A hot and sticky welcome to our July '19 newsletter!|
|We shall get there some day ... A warm welcome to our June newsletter |
|Dance upon the mountains like a flame ... Welcome to our May 2019 edition!|
|The First of April ... Hello and a warm welcome to our April 2019 newsletter. |
|Many are our Joys in Youth ... Greetings and welcome to our March 2019 Newsletter ... |
|Winter is the Better Season ... Welcome to freezing February - or feverish February - depending on where you live.
|As sleeps the patient rose ... Happy New Year and a Hearty Welcome to our January 2019 Newsletter!|
|Ring every day the chimes ... A very warm welcome to our December 2018 newsletter!|
|November comes And November goes ... Welcome to the November 2018 newsletter!|
|Summer has two Beginnings ... A Windy Welcome to the October 2018 Newsletter!|
|September days are here ... Welcome to our September newsletter ... |
|Remember to be Gentle ... A warm welcome to our sultry August newsletter ... |
|Answer July ... In this month's Issue ... |
|Knee-deep in June ... Welcome to June's Newsletter!|
|In the Cherry Blossom's shade ... ... In the Cherry Blossom's shade
|See the land, her Easter keeping ... ... Welcome to our Easter 2018 newsletter |
|The winds of March were wild and drear ... ... A warm (especially if you live in Britain) welcome to our March newsletter. |
|Fair Maid of February ... A very warm welcome to February's newsletter!|
|The New Years Come, The Old Years Go ... ... Welcome to our last newsletter of 2017 (and first of 2018). |
|I heard the bells on Christmas Day ... A warm, festive welcome to our December newsletter!|
|The Black Cat and The Philosopher ... Hello and welcome to our Halloween newsletter ... |
|O wad some Power ... ... A warm welcome to our Autumnal newsletter. |
|Faith is the Bird that feels the light ... Welcome to September's Newsletter!|
|If ever any beauty I did see ... ... ... |
|She sights a Bird ... Welcome to our July 2017 newsletter
|There are Moments ... ... "There are Moments, above all on spring evenings, when the lakes that hold our moons are sucked into the earth and nothing is left but wine and the touch of a hand." |
|Ne'er cast a cloot 'till May be oot ... A warm Spring welcome to the May 2017 newsletter!|
|Paint the Meadows with Delight ... A warm welcome to our April 2017 issue ... |
|Each minute sweeter than before ... A warm welcome to our March 2017 newsletter!|
|I wonder if the sap is stirring yet ... ... A warm welcome to our February 2017 newsletter!|
|One Little Person ... «One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. |
|Warlocks and witches in a dance ... « Warlocks and witches in a dance;
|Let Love Take Root ... ... ... |
|No Man Needs a Vacation ... ... ... |
|A Fur Coat in Texas in August ... Hello and welcome to our August newsletter!|
|If there is a limit to all things ... Welcome to the July newsletter!|
|Lux Tua Via Mea: Your Light's My Way ... Greetings and a warm welcome to our June newsletter. |
|Love, whose month is ever May, ... ... Welcome to May's Newsletter
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|Zen and the Art of Stitching ... A warm welcome to our March Newsletter. |
|Year of the Monkey ... We hope you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year celebrations. |
|It's Raining Cats and Dogs ... Happy New Year |
|The stockings were hung by the chimney with care ... ... ... |
|Treacle Scones ... Welcome to our November newsletter ...
|Drawing the Impossible ... A warm welcome to our October newsletter.
|On a bank of flowers, in a summer day ... Perhaps summers were better when Burns wrote the poem whose first line forms our title this month. |
|Imagination Rules the World ... We were inspired by the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo on the 18th June 1815 and so this month's title is a quotation attributed to |
|When pleasant sights salute the eyes ... «It is the month of June,
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|Happy Easter! ... In this month's newsletter ... |
|We are Stardust ... ... «We are stardust
|Kings may be blest ... As the birth of our national bard, |
|Ring in the New ... Welcome to 2015!|
|'Tis the season to be jolly! ... As the cold nights draw in, it seems a good idea to raise our spirits and Christmas is the ideal way to do it. |
|Peace, Prosperity and Pleasure ... To Keats it's the "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" and to Bryant [it's] "the year's last, loveliest smile". |
|No spring nor summer's beauty hath such grace ... ... Welcome to our October newsletter - it's a little longer than usual as there's lots to tell you. |
|Rest is not idleness ... «... |
|Worth Waiting For ... We hope your summer (or winter) has been as pleasant as ours. |
|This Sporting Summer ... This year it's certainly another summer of sport with the World Cup in Brazil as well as the usual round of tennis, golf and other tournaments. |
|People Take Pictures of Summer ... ... «People take pictures of summer, just in case someone thought they had missed it, and to prove that it really existed.» |
|A spirit of youth in everything ... The title is taken from Shakespeare's Sonnet XCVIII |
|San Serriffe and the Spaghetti Harvest ... Welcome to our April newsletter ...
|No one relaxes in March ... Indoors or out, no one relaxes
|A Hint of Spring ... Maybe we no longer think of |
|A Big Year ... Happy New Year!|
|Time to Reflect ... Less than 3 weeks to Christmas now so if you didn't manage to finish that cross-stitch Advent calendar in time ... |
|Now's the Time! ... The astrologers tell us that whoever is determined to achieve something can make significant progress during November. |
|No Time for Poetry ... There's no quote from a great poem this time!|
|Autumn is a second Spring ... ... «Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower». |
|That beautiful season the Summer! ... ...
|The Meadows' Queen ... «The empress of the year, the meadows' queen,
|Spring Cleaning ... It's «out with the old and in with the new» this month as many suppliers have been having a Spring clean.
|Hot Cross Stitches ... You may be enjoying your break for Easter which falls this weekend. |
|Moscow, March and Mary ... Commonwealth Day |
|If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant - Anne Bradstreet ... February was the month of purification for the Romans - who evidently did their spring cleaning earlier than most of us. |
|January, month of empty pockets! ... Welcome to our January 2013 newsletter, and may we start by wishing you |
|Childhood's Beginning ... As the Christmas season approaches, we, like everyone else, are preparing for the big day. |
|Clocks, Crafting and Ceremony ... Our clocks went 'back' last weekend and we've still to adjust to our new time zone after a week. |