Conversation Hearts & Stitchin'...

I've had several emails in regards to my new blog banner...

Is it your design?

Is it going to be available in pattern form?

When will it be available?

To answer your questions...




Real soon!

I've been spending my "vacation time", or shall we call it "away from the office time",

thinking Valentines,

eating conversation hearts,




a wonderfully sweet
pleasingly good "vacation time"!

Two new cross stitch patterns titled:

"Love & be Loved"


"Cupids Heart"

coming soon!

With thy Needle & Thread,


Please tread carefully...


I am the family wardrobe, best & worst

Of all our generations, from the first:

Grandpa's Sunday-go-to-meetin' coat,

And the woolen muffler he wore at his throat;

Grandma's shawl,

That came from Fayal;

Ma's wedding gown,

Three times turned and once let down,

Which once was plum, but has now turned brown;

Pa's red flannels, that made him itch;

Pants & shirts;

Petticoats & skirts;

From one or another, but I can't tell which,

Tread carefully,

Because, you see,

If you scuff on me,

You scratch the bark of the family tree."
"~author unknown~

With thy needle & thread,


Christmas at Grandma & Grandpa's...

Hi, I'm guest blogger today for Grandma. She is busy with design work again so I'll be filling in for her today. I hope you all had a great Christmas filled with peace, love & family.

This was my 2nd Christmas and it was pretty fun! I don't remember too much about my first Christmas, but Grandma says my jammies had reindeer's on the feet & I slept right through Christmas...how silly is that!??!!

I got my 1st hair cut just in time for Santa...what do you think? Do you like it? I used some of Daddy's hair goo to make it stand up like that...fun stuff! I hope my teddy bear hat doesn't mess it up...
I played some of my favorite songs on Grandma's piano...
Christmas carols of course!
Jingle Bells is my favorite song...
Everybody clapped when I was done playing Jingle Bells...
so I thought I'd clapped too!

I have jammies just for Christmas...
they are warm & fuzzy
and keep my toes extra nice and cozy.

It's bedtime...
time to brush my teeth.
Tomorrow's a big big day as Santa comes tonight.
I've got the "paci" in place...
night night time!

It was a big test of my patience, as I had to wait all day until we got to open our presents. Grandma fixed a meal of tenderloin, Rosemary Cream Potatoes (yummy...I loved them), Green Bean Bundles, and other goodies too. After dinner we passed out the gifts & Grandpa started a fire.
It was almost my bedtime, but I got to stay up late to see what Santa brought.

Hmmm...that box is bigger then me...what can it be? I bet that was a struggle getting that box down the chimney...Santa is awesome!
Did I mention it was bedtime? I tend to carry my "blankie" around when I'm tired...
So "blankie" will accompany me in each photo from here on out.

Let's see...
what could it be??
It's red

It's a bicycle just my size....
Big people call these tricycles!

It even has a bell on it! Daddy showed me how to ring the bell.
It has streamers too...
l-o-v-e the streamers!

Come along...

Let's go for a ride!



There was no need to dream of a white Christmas here in NW Iowa...
It was indeed a white Christmas
with 18" of
I woke this morning and looked out the window
couldn't help but think of the Mr. Roger's song!
"It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood..."

So I strapped on my winter boots
& with camera in hand, went for
a morning walk in the neighborhood, to take in the beauty of this winter wonderland.
Bundle up and come along for a walk with me...
Our Red bud tree laden with snow that fell straight down...
something that doesn't happen too often on the windy plains.

It snowed for 3 days...
we didn't think it would ever

Can you find the car in the above photo?
tis to the right of the tree
& to the left of the man blowing snow!

Snowed in Bethlehem as well...

The soldier that stands guard over our lake
is now the
king of the mountain!

Tis going to be awhile before any grilling or use of this lawn furniture...

We are busy keeping our birds fed...
Looks like Aspen or Vail
not Iowa!
People are beginning to dig out...

The only living creature out and about in this yard appears to be either a rabbit or squirrel.

Snow-covered bushes look like
Speaking of marshmallows...
time to head inside
and warm up
with a cup
of cocoa

Stay warm & enjoy your weekend,


Merry Christmas!

May the peace & joy

of the Christmas season

be with you


the coming year.

Warm wishes to you & yours...Merry Christmas!

Brenda Gervais


It's almost time...

to crash & burn! The elves at Country Stitches have been busy filling your orders and are ready for a long winter's nap. Except for one elf I know...that elf has lots & lots of things to get done at home before Christmas...yikes!

With just a few more orders to fill tomorrow, the order clipboard should be empty...YIPPPEEEEE....hasn't been like that for a year!


Country Stitches will be closed from December 18th through January 3rd. You are welcome to shop online during this time, but orders will not ship until we return on the 4th. It is at that time we will begin filling the orders in the order they were received.

We'd like to thank all of our great customers for their patronage, it is truly appreciated & we enjoy serving you.

Looking forward to serving you in 2010,
Brenda Gervais


Taking a break...

Please note that Country Stitches will be closed from December 19th through January 3rd, so that I can prepare for and enjoy time with visiting family members. Orders placed during this time will not ship until the week of January 4th.
Hurry...there are just a few hours left to our free online shipping offer...ends today at 10:00 pm CST.

Have a good day,


Just in case you're trying to reach me...

I am still snowed in!

my darling husband is out of town and left me with a snow blower, but no gas/oil mix to run the creature....thanks dear! In all honesty, not sure if I'd know how to start the darn thing anyway...shhhhh, don't tell anyone.

I'd go out and do it the old fashioned way, but am just getting over this cold crud and the energy level isn't quite back yet. The air is cold, cold & more cold and am telling myself I shouldn't be breathing it in...yes,call me a pansy!!!

Soooooo.....if you've been trying to phone us, there is no one there to take your call. Sorry I'll be there just as soon as I get dug out.

I have a call into the snow removal people and hopefully am moving up the list of waiting people as I type.

With cabin fever starting to set in,


Free shipping...

Enjoy free shipping at www.countrystitchesonline.com from now until December 12th! Free shipping offer ends at 10:00 pm CST on the 12th. Offer applies to domestic orders only on in stock items. International orders placed during this time will be billed for actual shipping costs via PayPal.

Give a gift of creativity this year...remember patterns, books & notions make great gifts for that special someone.

Snowed~In in Iowa,


Snowed In...

The winter storm has hit NW Iowa so I closed up shop early today and headed home. After several tries, I did make it up my driveway...it is getting deep out there! Darling husband is out of town on business & am going to have to make friends with the snowblower if I want to get out once the storm passes...uggghhhhh!!!

As for today, I guess I'll spend the rest of the afternoon in front of my computer sipping green tea & honey (cures everything, right?) and uploading new patterns onto our website...should have them all done by this evening.

I am currently stitching the "Merry Christmas" pinkeep (pictured below) for myself, have just the sleigh left to do...this little chart works up very quickly! A wonderfully prim design by Pineberry Lane.

See the above cross stitch pattern amongst many other new ones under our "PATTERNS BY OTHERS" category.

It sounds like we are going to be snowed in tomorrow with blizzard~like conditions expected...hoping to finish the Merry Christmas pinkeep and tuck it in amongst some fresh picked greens.

Stay warm,


It's beginning to look a little like Christmas...

...thanks to my dear husband who spent his Sunday afternoon putting out the Christmas lights rather then watching football...what a guy!

I've been under the weather this past week with a nasty head cold...yuck! I do feel like I'm starting to turn the corner though...it's 9:30 pm and I'm still awake! Whatever germ I had it sure wiped the energy out of me. With that said, it doesn't look like Christmas on the inside of my house. The pretty twinkly lights on the outside has me thinking perhaps tomorrow evening I'll begin on the inside of the house. The tree is in the stand, doing the relaxing it's branches thing...that too needs to be done. Eeeekkkkkk....Christmas is quickly approaching & I am so not ready! I need to get busy busy...no time to be sick.
The weather outside is looking very Christmas-like, with 11" of snow predicted for tomorrow into Wednesday.

We received cross stitch patterns in the mail today from Stacy Nash Primitives & Pineberry Lane....they are wonderful! I have lots of scanning and uploading of these pattern covers, but watch for these pattern additions to our website in the next few days!

Also, please remember that orders need to be placed by December 15th to guarantee delivery for Christmas (this applies to in stock items only). Plan ahead & shop early!
Have a good evening,


The Christmas Stamp

As a youngster I loved stamps, all sorts of stamps...even the S&H Green Stamps...remember those? But the Christmas stamps were always my favorite. The day the mail man delivered the Christmas stamps was a big, big deal! When we needed stamps, we'd place some coins in an old mayonnaise lid that was placed in our mail box at the end of our country lane. The mail man would see the coins & do the math, leaving us the appropriate number of stamps in with our mail. The math was easy back then...nickels and dimes divided so nicely into dollars. A few nickels for a few stamps...I thought that was such a cool trade off as a little girl.

Extra care was taken when I helped tear the Christmas stamps apart...didn't want to put a tear in the Mother Mary! Mom EVEN let me lick the stamps & put them on the envelopes, can you believe it? Yeah, neither could I!!! Looking back on that I do know why Mom passed that job off onto me...the tongue wasn't quite right for the rest of the day...Thanks Mom!

Do you suppose mail carriers still find coins in mayonnaise lids in the mail boxes? Can you really still buy stamps at the end of a country lane??

Just think about this...it isn't necessary to tear stamps apart any longer, if we choose not to...we no longer need to lick the stamps, if we don't want to...we can even print our own stamps with our pictures on them, if we so choose...why, we really don't even need a stamp if we go the electronic route for sending our holiday greetings.

Our children and grand children's stories are going to be so much different then ours...

Times change.

Did you know the first Christmas stamp issued in the United States was a 4-cent stamp issued in 1962. That would have made me 1 year old at the time. The red and green stamp featured a wreath, two candles and the words "Christmas 1962". By the end of the holiday season, one billion of the first Christmas stamps were printed and sold.

Often times I turn to childhood memories for inspiration for my next pattern design...with that said, let me introduce a new punch needle pattern titled, "Christmas Stamp". I couldn't decide what the cost of this stamp should be...a nickel, a dime?? After some pondering, I decided it had to be 25 cents in honor of Christmas day. The first in a series of annual Christmas stamp patterns...start your collection today! (Copyright 2009 - With thy Needle & Thread)

Stop by our website for a visit to view this new punch needle pattern along with others!

With thy Needle & Thread,



Over the river & through the woods...

to grandmothers house we go!
(Purchase above pattern here)

Over the river and through the woods
To Grandmother's house we go.
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
Through white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the woods,
Oh, how the wind does blow.
It stings the toes and bites the nose
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the woods
To have a full day of play.
Oh, hear the bells ringing ting-a-ling-ling,
For it is Christmas Day.

Over the river and through the woods,
Trot fast my dapple gray;
Spring o'er the ground just like a hound,
For this is Christmas Day.

Over the river and through the woods
And straight through the barnyard gate.
It seems that we go so dreadfully slow;
It is so hard to wait.

Over the river and through the woods,
Now Grandma's cap I spy.
Hurrah for fun; the pudding's done;
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie.

Visit our "PATTERNS BY OTHERS" category for several new patterns!