Working backwards...

The sun is warming me this morning...
it's warm rays coming through the window are so deceiving on
this frigid second day of the New Year.
Bird chores were done early this morning.
You know it's not good when you check Weatherbug on your phone
and there sits an igloo by the days forecast...
I am still patiently waiting for the stores to get their Russell Stovers/Whitman's heart boxes in.
I make trips each day, and even visited a Target in a larger town,
 in hopes of finding them there.
No such luck.
I asked a clerk and she said two more weeks.
I must have had the "TWO MORE WEEKS!" look on my face,
as the clerk gave me,
look on her face. ;)

Last year at this time I already had some stitching started for the heart boxes.
I had boxes in hand and chocolates were long gone...
I've made daily checks to  russellstover.com and no Valentines there either!
Am getting nervous...
don't they know we've got candy to nibble and stitching to do?

Usually, I focus around whatever heart box I choose and begin there.  
With no boxes in hand yet, I am working backwards this year.  
Tentative plans are for the 2014 Valentines Sampler chart to be that of a young schoolgirl's work,
the year is 1822,
her name is
Mary  B. Valentine.
Small samplers, redwork, stitching needfuls and reward of merit projects.

 Each project will have a theme of love,
but not too
something that can be kept out
enjoyed all year.

The tentative color palette...
for a time-worn look...

Stay warm,


backporchcarver said...

Totally LOVE the colours, can't wait to see the rest.

Patti said...

ohhh! I love the colors! So lovely :)
Blessings, Patti

Nataly K said...

Love the colors! Can't wait to see what you create this year

gloriahanaway said...

Lovely colors! I was in CVS on the 31st and they had isles blocked off and stocking with Valentine candy so you may want to try there. I know I will love whatever you create! :)

Penny said...

Can't wait to see your creations... love the colors! I think I'll have to be on the look-out, as well, for those Whitman's boxes so that I can make some up!! Looking forward to Mary B. Valentine!!

ohiofarmgirl said...

Our Walmart is full of Valentine candy!
This year you have to buy extra and keep them on hand for next year!!Diantha

SewAmy said...

The colors are wonderful. I can not wait to see what you create!!

Cheryl WNC said...

Can hardly wait. Sounds wonderful. Colors are lovely.

Lady Locust said...

Another placewith lots os St. V Day things out already is Joann's & you might even be able to use a coupon:)
Can't wait to see.

gracie said...

Yes we have Valentine and St Pat stuff already out at Jo Ann's! I did not notice heart boxes but we do have some small ones in our wood craft area. Looking forward to seeing how these pretty shades of thread become something.

Melody said...

I will be looking forward to the new design!

DebbieSFL said...

Walgreens already has Valentines out...obviously you have created a few monsters out here..lol.

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Margs Primitive Quilts said...

LoVe those colors!Patiently waiting for the design. You do lovely stitching Brenda.

Annelein said...

Just love the colours!!!!