Today is the first day of Spring and here in Atlanta the pollen count is over 9,000. For those that don’t live in this area, 90 is considered high. The hostas are already coming up, azaleas, dogwoods, and jasmine are blooming. I just want to get out there and start planting. But the steady pollen falling from the sky is going to keep me in another day. We need a good rain to wash this all away.
So instead, I’m spending the first day of Spring starting a new project. It also happens to be National Craft Month this month. I think every month is Craft Month, but March is the official one. We have new punch needle designs in the store including this one from Threads That Bind - Launching Spring. I love the blue bird in the nest with the poppies. The yellow and white checkered background reminds me that picnic time is almost here.
We have recently added The Gentle Arts Simply Wool floss. The threads are colorfast and lightfast hand-dyed wool blend that works beautifully on punch needle patterns. They have yummy names like Cinnamon, Honey Dew, and Maple Syrup. I’m excited to see the difference the wool floss makes with my projects.
Let me know what projects you are working on. And try learning a new craft for National Craft Month.
Last weekend we attended The National NeedleArts Association show in Franklin, Tennessee. If you’ve never been to Franklin, you need to go. Just 20 minutes outside of Nashville, Franklin is quaint and charming. The downtown area has some great antique shops and delicious restaurants. Just outside of Franklin is the Arrington Vineyard owned by Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn. They have a wine called Antebellum aged in old Jack Daniels whiskey barrels that was a bit of heaven.
At the show, we met a lot of great people; designers, vendors, and people with exciting products starting a new business just like us. Over the next few weeks we’ll let you in on the fun as we add new products from a current designer and new supplies that you’ll just have to have from new vendors. Time to get ready for Spring with some new accessories for your crafting.
Welcome to Blackbird Hill Primitives. I spend hours on the phone with Mom talking about and looking at different crafts that we admire and want to make ourselves. I think if we won the lottery, we’d spend our new found free time rug hooking, punch needle, knitting, sewing, or learning a new craft that we don’t feel we have time to do now. Or maybe even traveling to far away places to gather rare yarn, tour a fiber factory, or meeting some of the awesome designers out there. Our obsession tends to scare our loved ones a bit and they don’t understand how we can STILL be talking about crafts.
It just made sense that the two of us start a business that sells the things we love. Maybe we’ll seem less crazy with our obsession to others. Hopefully we’ll find others who are just as passionate about crafting as we are. Drop us a line and let us know what your favorite craft is and what you’d like to see us carry. Come on in, look around, and get inspired!