Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

New Hours, New Focus, Always Changing

Snowmen, my favorite. This little guy sold almost before the stitches were knotted. No two are alike and we do still have a couple made into ornaments and one with a primitive Christmas tree so stop by before the holiday and take a peek.

We are always trying new ideas including patterns, fabrics, and designs. We are also working on our focus for 2014. Here is where you come in. If you have ideas.... shoot me an email and let me know what you want to see.

Here is what I do know.... hours have to change because I still need to work as a nurse. Sorry girls, but real life is this..... need more money to order more fabric to keep more customers happy. Translation= I still have to keep a job and a paycheck, that is until I am published, famous, or hit the lottery which ever comes first. ( I'm thinking God wants me to keep plugging away and working and trusting Him, just saying)

So here is the deal.    Winter Hours are now this:
                                   Closed MON, TUE, WED,
                                   OPEN  Thurs, Friday, and Saturday from 10:30 to 5:00

                                   Sundays will be by chance or appointment. The truth is we need family time, church time, and time to just plain veg out. We simply do not do enough business on Sundays to be open every single one during the winter.

Here are the newest ideas we are considering.
  • Designing patterns for both cottons and wools- Primitive mostly
  • I am continuing to write... kids stuff, magazine articles, and longer adult pieces.
  • Increasing internet sales and improving the website store.
  • Offering clubs....a monthly UFO club, a scrappy club, a woolie club, etc
So what do you think so far? Give me your ideas so we can make it happen for Primitive Spirit in 2014.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What's New..... and The Holidays are almost here......

Primitive Snowman with his own prim tree... 27.95

Primitive Snowman ornaments...7.99

Gingerbread ornies....Santa ornies.....7.99 and so much more.....

We have some flannels left.... and you can get 10 percent off if you take the rest of the bolt.

Hand dyed cottons.... dyed by Primitive Spirit..... fat quarters are 3.00. They are fabulous and oh so different.

Hand dyed wools by Melvina at Hollyhock Designs.... and over- dyed off the bolt wools. come see and learn about her new studio open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays here in Nashville. She can meet all of your rug hooking needs.

And we have a few bolts from the Civil War collection by Moda.... get them now because they are going fast. We bundled some in two color choices..... burnt orange/reds and blues/browns.

The shop is ever changing both in what we offer and the hours we are open. It is difficult to manage hours when I am still working as a nurse. (Gotta pay the bills) Sooooooooooooooo

PLEASE call my cell phone if I am not open and I can meet you to open if I am available or I can let you know the next time we will be there. Here are the current hours positively....

MON, WED, THUR,  I am trying to get there by one.

TUE, by appointment

FRI, SAT, we are there 10 until 5 or later

SUN, we have been trying to open but occasionally close for family time.

Please stop by for your local gift giving ideas. We have some lap quilts done by hand by an Amish family, pillows by an Indiana crafter, scarfs and table runners also by another Indiana crafter AND......

Primitive cabinets and wooden items by a very talented young guy who is starting his own business. A new shipment from him is coming the weekend after Thanksgiving.

THANK YOU all for your support.... and your patience as Dave and I try to find what works and what doesn't.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wool Wool Everywhere,

We are so excited to have wool for rug hooking from Hollyhock Designs. I am addicted and all I have done is one little kit. Stop by the shop to see all that we have added and to touch and feel the great wools now here. Look for rug hooking classes at the cabin to be scheduled soon.

Also new to the shop is a great set of fall flannels. Moose, bear, plaids, and falling leaves.... great fall colors and the perfect fabric for pillows, quilts, and throws. And look for classes to be scheduled at the cabin... just a few blocks from the shop.

We can have 6-8 for each class, and we are planning a work day once a month for those unfinished projects you have not had time to complete.

Fall is just around the corner so stop in and see what is new. We love hearing about your projects and we love to show you what is new.

ART by Sandy Story Moon is featured this fall.


Stop in soon to see what you have been missing.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Fabric and More Fabric

This was the shelves a few weeks ago, and WOW, you should see them now. We are adding fabric, patterns, and batting but here is an even better surprise... We now have some hand made items from a wonderful Amish family from Paoli. They have made the best baskets, soaps, hot pads, and quilts... you just have to stop in to see them. All products are reasonable and useful as well as handmade.

We are also featuring the art work ( abstract paintings ) of Indiana artist Sandy Story-Moon. These paintings are beautiful and fit in with almost any decor. ( I still am a prim buff but I adore her work)

I am finding more and more friends here in Nashville that love quilting, fabric, and who visit the shop regularly. Many of them are members of the Pioneer Women's Club of which I am now a member too. I love the friendly atmosphere and learning skills and techniques from other quilters and crafters so being a member here will be so much fun with the added benefit of sharing tips here on the blog.

Finally, classes will start in August with several great items to make for gifts or for yourself. More on this soon. Until the next time when I squeeze time to blog, happy sewing, quilting, and crafting......

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Quilters Are Wonderful

Quilters are wonderful people and Dave and I have met so many in the few months we have opened Primitive Spirit. Yesterday I met women from the Marion quilters guild. They shopped and then invited me to their hotel to view their work in progress and let me tell you, there are some very talented quilters in the group. I loved seeing what others are working on and it points out to me that I am a lover of fabric more than I am a talented quilter. These women were making marvelous quilts and projects and I was in awe.

I have learned that quilters:

  • love to share
  • love to work on new projects
  • love fabric
  • love color
  • love making lasting friendships
  • love making quilts with memories
  • love new quilting tools
  • love family
  • and enrich our lives with what they love to do. 
Hope to see more quilters in the shop and please feel free to share your pictures of the quilts you love to make.

Coming soon: 
DAY RETREATS for quilting, sewing, crafting, scrap-booking, Look for more information coming soon for our Cabin Retreats. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Goals for Primitive Spirit

Every new venture needs goals. Most of us are experts at making goals but not so much at finishing them. I want to make public the goals for Primitive Spirit in the hopes that it will make me more accountable to be successful with the goals for the shop so here they are. Feel free to chime in anytime with ideas about how to make these work.

1. Primitive Spirit will give back to the community.
        a. We will actively seek and find volunteers to make and donate quilts for kids so we can be actively part of the chapter of Quilts for Kids out of Lafayette. Becoming our own chapter would take more than I think we can do the first year of opening but is not out of the question in the future. For now, Goal 1-a is to be an active part of the Lafayette chapter.
        b. We will collect clean stuffing and scraps to stuff animal pads with to donate to the animal shelter in Brown County. The first two beds will be delivered Sat. May 18 by our first volunteer. More on this project to come.
        c, We will be part of the All People Quilt by American Patchwork and Quilting by making and donating pillowcases to children and adults who are ill, homeless, or otherwise in need of a fun, clean, homemade pillowcase. The first three are ready to give away, just waiting to complete 2 more. Customers who donate a pillowcase will receive 10% off any purchase in the shop.

2. We will be collecting customer recipes for a self-published cook book for our first year anniversary. The proceeds from the sale of the books will be sent to St Jude's Children's hospital or the National Children's Cancer Research center for help in finding cures for childhood cancer. That is not to lesson any of the other cancer research organizations out there doing a fantastic job but as a nurse I am well aware that research for children's cancer is very under funded and under recognized.

3 Finally, the bigger goal for Primitive Spirit is to have our own fabric line and patterns original and related to the unique village our shop is located in. I am clearly not sure what direction this will take but I have a variety of ideas for fabric, colors, etc that I would like to see produced and I am leaning towards a woodsy homespun feel for the patterns. I want to make them easy enough for beginners yet interesting enough for those who know the ropes about sewing and quilting.

Big goals? Maybe, but if we want to be a sustainable shop that keeps customers coming back for a unique experience then I think it can happen. What are your thoughts?

Saturday, May 4, 2013

What's New At Primitive Spirit?

So much is happening at the shop. New friends, new fabric, new ideas.....

I am working on finding what customers really want and need from a small quilt shop in a touristy town. I am finding many kits, many fat quarters, and pre-cut yards and half yards are going well.

We also have pillows, candles, wooden signs ( original and never the same ) , old shutters, pin cushions, tea bag holders for your purse, small quilt kits, and so much more  AND Warm and Natural batting... whoo hoo. It is my favorite.

And I can't wait for July when Moda has an absolutely awesome flannel grouping coming out with bears, moose, cabins, and all the woodsy feel of Brown County. It will make the perfect quilting gifts for Christmas.

Until then we have some Thimbleberries Christmas and some Marcus Brothers wonderful fall prints. Check back often to see what else we are doing for others. This is our goal.
  • to sew and donate padded fabric mats for cat and dog cages for the local animal shelter.
  • to create a group of volunteers to make quilts for kids ( we are part of a group in Lafayette the will donate them to Payton Manning Children's Hospital.
  • to make and donate pillowcases to hospitals, nursing homes, and the homeless shelters as part of America Patchwork and quilting's One Million Pillowcase project.
Want to be part of the shop's efforts, donate a quilt or pillowcase and receive 10 % off your purchase.

Until next time.... happy sewing and quilting and Happy Spring.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Happy Quilting: Road Home Snuggler for Happy Chemo

Check out this awesome site and pattern. Leave a comment for me and also on her blog, it is a great site for inspiration.

Happy Quilting: Road Home Snuggler for Happy Chemo: Each year, Emily from Em's Scrapbag collects quilts to donate to the Happy Chem o project.  These quilts are given to individuals going...

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Butterfly lighted house and Bunnies for Spring

We have one of a kind primitive decorations and original patterns designed here at Primitive Spirit for your spring decor.  A new butterfly lighted house makes the perfect addition to a shelf or table and one or two bunnies sit pretty in a spring bowl.

We are having so much fun finding just the right primitive candles and tarts, designing new stuffed critters, and cutting fat quarters, 1/2 yards, and yard pieces of our new arrivals for fall. And I am finding time to try a pattern or two for samples at the shop too.

I thank God every day that I am blessed to spend time doing what I love, playing with fabric. What are you blessed to do be doing with your time?

My Easter prayer for each of you is that you are blessed to be doing at least one thing that you enjoy and that you find joy in all the other things you do because of need.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Shop is Coming Together.... Will We See You this year?

The shop is coming together and we have all kinds of fat quarter bundles, half yard bundles, and kits making easy to grab a project and go on to the other wonderful shops in Nashville. What is your favorite project? Send us pictures or give us more ideas about what you want to see... we would be glad to get as many projects in a take away pack for your convenience making it easier for you to shop. Can't wait to see you.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Outside Picture

Here is one of the first pictures we took of the snow in January. The shop continues to change and evolve as we get more inventory in and move things around to make room. The outside will change as the weather changes too, hoping for many blooming flowers and to add a bench or two for those waiting for shoppers inside.

I have a couple sample quilt tops up for inspiration and I also have many small things sitting around to inspire your creativity. I am working on basic, simple patterns for those quick projects that don't take much time but make great gifts or decor and that will be unique to our shop.
Stay tuned for more.... the shop will be a work in progress to keep it interesting.

Website coming in the next two weeks......

Sunday, January 20, 2013

New Facebook page coming

Facebook is an important way to share your business so I am getting on board with Primitive Spirit. I will be designing my page for the shop and sharing the link here soon. Hopefully with more exposure the shop will attract more visitors but not only that, it will give me a way to reach out to those who love to sew and share their talents giving handcrafted items to children with illness.

Stay tuned for more great ideas coming....

Pillowcase project
Quilts for Kids project to support Quilts for Kids organization
Patterns and thoughts from Brown County
Sale items
Recipes and how you can be part of a cookbook from Primitive Spirit

My prayer is to keep God at the center of any and all ideas that come. With God all things are possible.

Friday, January 11, 2013

January 2013 is The Start of Something Big

The primitive fabric, quilt, craft shop we have opened is the beginning of something big. The same fears of both success and failure that I feel when I write and send material off to a publisher are the same fears of both success and failure I am experiencing as I start this shop.

Will I have enough customers interested in primitive decor, primitive fabrics, and in sewing, quilting, and crafting to keep my shop going? This question then brings up the fear of success and I ask myself if I can provide enough great fabrics, patterns, and ideas to keep up with what I hope will be big crowds of people loving the shop?

I have to rein in the spending until I have enough customer feedback to help me determine what will meet their needs. On the other hand, I have to have plenty of "stuff" to begin with to show my customers that I want to provide for their needs and that I have every intention of keeping fresh new inventory and fresh ideas coming their way.

Exciting stuff... fearing both the possibilities of great successes and anticipating the learning process from the failures will surely lead to something big for 2013. I have faith that God has not led me this far to fail but to succeed and prosper in His name.

"I know the plans I have for you.......declares the  Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11. NIV