Monday, April 21, 2014

Thank you to our Spring Retreat Attendees!!!

Yes, I know this is my first post of 2014 - where does the time go?

We just finished our Spring 2014 Retreats and all of us at the shop would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to our attendees!!!!  We appreciate the wonderful gifts and kind
notes that you sent us - we are so happy that you all enjoyed your weekend!! The cookies were delicious!! And such a surprise!!
We had TADSAW as our charity for the Spring Retreats. We raised a total of $730.00 from both retreats. A BIG thank you to Louise for the pretty afghan that was also given away as a prize to help raise money for TADSAW. Cecilia's will match the donations from the retreats - so we will be sending a check for $1460.00 to TADSAW!!! Thank you all for your generosity!!

We would like to ask your feedback on this subject............"A Simply Stitchin' Retreat" or as Amy calls it "The Bare Naked Retreat". It is basically a "no frills" weekend. We are offering this because of several requests - a lot of ladies don't need the meal cards and have enough "stuff". They just want to visit and stitch with friends! So we would like to offer a simpler kind of retreat. We will start on a Thursday afternoon at 2:00. There will be a catered dinner on Thursday (pizza, sandwiches, burgers,chicken, ribs, the dinners will vary). We will do introductions, and buck a bag fabric on Thursday evening, too. Friday we will do Cecilia's 50% off sale at the conference room. We will still have a charity donation with a $100.00 Cecilia's gift card as the prize - drawing will be on Saturday evening. We will say our good byes Saturday night when the conference room closes at 11p.m. The trading and snack tables will still be there, too. All attendees will get a 10% discount on all purchases at Cecilia's during the retreat. And you will receive a t shirt and tote bag to commemorate the retreat!!  The cost for the "Simply Stitchin Retreat" will be $50.00 per person!!! You will be responsible for your accommodations and meals except for the Welcome dinner on Thursday evening. Let us know if you are interested...........we may be able to schedule one for this Summer if we have enough interest!!

I've got to get going...............I promise to post more often!!! Come by the shop and visit with us for a while when you are in Branson. We look forward to meeting you!

Take care and enjoy your needlework!!
Margaret, Jessica, Amy, Pam, Cecilia, Joanna, Krista and Ann

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 !!!

We have had a really busy Fall and can't believe Christmas is only 4 days away!!! I have had some "blog issues" - basically my computer and blog had a disagreement - but we think we got it all fixed now.

So this is just a quick post to say a HUGE " Thank you" to all of our customers and friends that have supported our shop this past year! We really appreciate your patronage - weather it is by email, phone or visiting us in Branson - we couldn't do what we do with out all of you!!

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas Holiday Season and we wish you a happy and healthy New Year!! We look forward to seeing you in the shop, at one of our retreats, on the internet, or visiting with you on the phone.

We took the girls - Katelyn and Alice to "Supper with Santa" last night at our local Mcdonalds - they had a great visit with Santa!!!
We pray all of your Christmas wishes come true!! And we pray for our military for God to keep them safe wherever they are stationed as they serve our country.
Take care,
Margaret, Jessica, Amy, Pam, Lori, Cecilia, Krista and Ann

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Celebrations of Needlework - St Charles, Missouri!!

Just a quick post to let you all know we will be at Celebrations next week. For those of you that are not familiar with Celebrations, it is the longest running needlework show in the country. There are classes!!! and Vendors!!! All Needlework!!! It is really a lot of fun  - we will be taking a smaller version of Cecilia's to Celebrations -with lots and lots of goodies to sell! And..........we have chocolate!!! We hope to see you there, come by and say "Hi" - we would love to meet you and put a face to the name and voice. Got to go and get more goodies packed. Lori and I will be there next week......hope to see you there!
enjoy your weekend!

p.s. below is part 1 of the Lizzie Kate  Mystery Sampler Holly and Hearts - really beautiful!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Market in 3 weeks!!

We have been having a great Summer here in Branson!! The St Charles Fall Market is in 3 weeks!! Jessica and I will be going ( we are taking Bob, Katey and Alice, too!!), so that will be a lot of fun for us. There are so many new designs and goodies coming out at market, if there is something in particular that you would like us to bring back - just let us know!! Otherwise we will be buying, shopping, and buying, and then buying some more!! This is just a quick update............Jessica and I have been stitching, so I will include some pictures of what we have been up to lately. I have been working on the LHN Sheep Virtues Series (the finished pillows are adorable) and the new Blackbird Loose Feathers  for 2013. Jessica has been working on the Lizzie Kate Jingles series - she is almost done!  We hope you are having a fun summer, getting lots of time to stitch and relax!
Have a good day!! Enjoy the pictures!
Take care,
Margaret, Jessica, Amy, Pam, Cecilia, Krista and Ann

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Hot, Hot, Hot!!!

Yes, it is HOT here in Branson, Missouri!! Temperatures in the high 90's today and for most of the week. Summer is officially here!

Cecilia's has been busy during the past month. We were honored to get a visit from Pat Carson ( Designs by Gloria and Pat, Inc). Pat is a dear friend to us and is always ready to help us with her vast knowledge of the needlework industry. We had a wonderful visit and dinner together. And Pat went on to the Precious Moment Chapel in Carthage where she was teaching a class. If you ever get a chance to take a class with Pat - don't miss the opportunity. She is a fantastic teacher and an expert needleworker - you will learn so much from Pat!

My Dad came to visit for 2 weeks in June. We had such a great time with him while he was here. He will be 86 this year and was a World War 2 Tin Can Sailor ! He still works everyday and helped Kenny finish the deck we were building onto our house. And he beat all of us in cribbage, too!

The end of June we had our Summer Retreat - Happy Campers!! We were happy to have Tracy from Ink Circles Designs and Cathy from Hands on Designs at our retreat.The ladies enjoyed visiting with both designers. Cathy and tracy both designed neat charts for our retreat and also brought their newest design models for us all to see! Cathy taught a really awesome finishing class, too!!

Next Summer we will be having a formal class for our Summer Retreat. "History in the Making" is our theme. We will be having Pam Reed from Olde Colonial Designs presenting a Limited Edition hand painted needlework tool box. We will learn how to line the box and stitch smalls to go inside. The box is just georgous! AND we will also be having Susan Greening Davis presenting the history of Antique Handkerchiefs (really facinating information) and she will also be teaching a make it, take it class. Susan will bring her "Boutique" with her - she offers these special items only at her classes. Very unique items that you
won't find anywhere else! The class is limited to only 30 people - so if this interests you, sign up soon!

Part 2 of the Little House Mystery Sampler should be in the shop this week. I have part 1 stitched and am eagerly awaiting part 2 to arrive.Can't wait to see it all together and done!
Lizzie Kate will be offering a Christmas Mystery Sampler soon. You just know it will be adorable just like other Lizzie Kate designs. And Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers will be coming to Cecilia's very soon, too. So much to little time!!!

That's about all the news that has happened lately. We hope you are all "keeping cool" this summer. Have a great July and enjoy your needlework!!

Margaret, Jessica, Amy, Pam,Cecilia, Krista and Ann

p.s. Christmas is coming !!! Pre order your JCS ornament magazine now!!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day !!

 Happy Mother's Day to you all!!
We hope that you have a great day!! Just a quick update today. Jessie has finished a Lizzie Kate chart - she did it on a real bright green and it looks really great!! Ann finished a fun chart - "I run with scissors" - done on a pretty sparkly purple fabric!

We have been re- arranging the shop - trying to make more room and more organization to what is already there. It is a slow process, like fitting the pieces of a puzzle together, but we are enjoying the change.

We are eagerly waiting for the newest Loose Feathers Chart from Blackbird designs to get here. It is the last Loose Feathers for the 2012 series. And in June (about the middle of June) we will have part one of the new Little House Needleworks Mystery Sampler coming into the shop. Don't forget to sign up for our automatic on this one - from the sneak peeks I have seen it is a beauty!

Got to get going..........have to get stitching. I am working on the Blue Ribbon Mystery Sampler - about 2/3 done. It looks so bright and springy - I will take a picture of it again soon for the blog.
You all take care and have a wonderful weekend!
Enjoy your stitching -
Margaret, Jessica, Amy, Pam, Krista, Cecilia and Ann

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Where have we been?

The days and weeks fly by so fast, the next thing we know is a month (or two) has flown by and here we are............we had a good Winter retreat, despite the ice storm. It was smaller than our usual retreats, but still a lot of fun! We raised $25.00 for the Humane society along with dog food and treats for the dogs, too. Cecilia's will round that donation up to $100.00 for the Humane Society - every little bit helps!! We are planning another Winter retreat, just working on the dates for next year.
Our 2 Spring retreats were wonderful!! Lots of fun, goodies and of course Stitching!! We raised $500.00 for Breast Cancer and Cecilia's will double that, so our donation will be $1000.00!!!

We have changed the retreats and we are getting really good feedback from our ladies about the changes! The biggest change is the Hotel reservations. We have separated the Hotel and retreat. What that means is that you can decide if you want to stay at the hotel (we reserve a block of rooms for our retreat), but if you would rather stay at a different hotel,  your timeshare, your home (for the locals), or with a friend or relative that lives in the area you can do that. If you want to stay at the Hotel, you just call the hotel and let them know how many nights that you would like to stay. Our Spring and Fall retreat prices are now $225.00, and you pay the hotel for how many nights that you choose to stay.

We have a NEW MYSTERY SAMPLER coming to the shop in June!!! And it is designed by Little House Needleworks!!! We are already taking reservations for the sampler!! It is on our website front page. Jessie has uploaded all the details that we have about it - the sneak peek looks really neat!!

I have been working on the Blue Ribbon Mystery Sampler - it is a really pretty Spring Sampler - done on a nice bright blue fabric, with lots of Spring type motifs. Now that we have a new mystery sampler coming in June, I had better get stitching.

Another really cute and quick to stitch item we have in the shop is the mini sled. We stitched on gold perforated paper and glued to the sled for a quick finish!! There is also a larger sled available and a miniature bed that finishes as a pincushion! All quick to stitch and finish!
That's about all for today..........hope you are all enjoying Spring and finding time to stitch!
Margaret, Jessica, Amy, Pam, Cecilia, Krista and Ann