Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Just thought that many of you that are followers and readers of Tree of Life Samplings blog, might be interested in knowing I am the Feature Designer at Norden Crafts blog this week...

It is an honor to be featured!

I hope that everyone is having a most wonderful week! I have been busy picking linen and NPI silks to reproduce Sarah Steel! Fun, fun!! Also still working on designing Penny Harvest!

Enjoy some time in your stitching place today!
Fondly, Jan

Friday, July 13, 2012

Newly acquired Antique Sampler to Reproduce!

Here is a portion of it...I am in the process of doing a bit more research, to make sure I have gotten information on the Sarah Steel that stitched this sampler, but I am fairly confident that she was born in Pennsylvania, so that makes this an American sampler. She is going to be a joy to reproduce, I am loving the verse that is on the sampler...I will share more about it later, but wanted you to see a peek of the Spies of Canaan and those wonderfully charming spotted deer! Sarah wrought this sampler in the 11th year of her age, in 1772! That makes this one 240 years this year!!
**SIGH** I don't understand why blogger is showing this picture sorry, but at least you can get an idea of what Sarah looks like! What do you think?

Thanks and stay tuned!:)

Fondly, Jan @ Tree of Life Samplings

Friday, July 6, 2012

Beauty and Grace

As promised, next week, the 2011 Retreat Exclusive design will be in the hands of be sure and let your shop owners know that they need to order it! Either through Hoffman Distributing or Norden Crafts! Thanks much for your patience in getting hold of this design and also your support!

Next on the design table? Penny Harvest....:)

Oh and Beauty and Grace is pictured in the header, just in case you missed her!

Fondly, Jan

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Is it Retreat Time..Edited!

 Heads Up! If you are attending the Retreat this year and have a blog, that I might not be aware of, can you email me, or post here, that would be fine! Trying to make up name tags!

You betcha....just a matter of hours now, before we group together for a most wonderful LONG weekend!! Oh yes, I know, time will go swiftly as it always does, when stitchers get together, but maybe if we look forward to a LONG Retreat, maybe it will SEEM like it!!

I just wanted to hollar out at you all that are coming...I will be looking for you with anticipation in just a couple more sleeps!!!!

Items you need to remember to bring:

  • Your class projects, stitched, hopefully! But if not, bring them anyway!
  • Your exchanges pieces, as many, or as few, as you have!
  • Your projects, wips, finished items, anything you would like to share with the group! Always a great time to see what others are stitching!
  • Extra stash money!
  • Your travel Ott, Dazor or Daylight lamp for task lighting! Although the meeting room has some awesome light, even some windows, I know how important it is to have the additional helps!
  • Your appetite!
  • There will be drinks available out in the lobby, just outside the meeting room, but if there is something special you require, please feel free to bring your own!
  • Extra stash money!
  • Pajamas....a pair that you feel comfortable wearing, getting from your hotel room to the meeting room! Most likely many of us will be changing, especially for the Pizza Party on Saturday night!
  • Extra stash money!
  • YOURSELF, don't leave home without YOU!!!
I will see you all VERY soon, be safe in your travels and be ready for a swingin' party of a Retreat!!

Love, Jan