Archives for January 2016

In the Loft {Preparing for Lent giveaway!}


Today’s giveaway is from Sue, of In the Loft.  Sue paints the most beautifully detailed figures, perfect for your home or Atrium.  She has wonderful tools and ideas for celebrating Lent, and her figures are perfect in an Easter basket or for First Holy Communion gifts!

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Hello, my name is Sue, owner, designer and artist of In The Loft, a home business and Etsy Shop.  I am wife to Glenn, Mom to 6, and Meme to 4, living in southern New Hampshire up a dirt road at the top of a hill in a house with a view…and space to breath. Three of our children are grown and on their own and three are teenagers.  I am grateful to be able to use my gifts to offer beautiful materials to little ones from around the world.

Lent is fast approaching (Ash Wednesday is February 10th) and I am happy to be in the loft working on items that will help families celebrate the church year.
The Lenten Table Runner is a favorite. My family had used a paper Lenten path to mark the days of Lent since the kids were little. I created a beautiful canvas runner that we could use every year. Now, I am pleased to offer this item to others.
Here is a lovely way to mark the days of your Lenten walk and teach your children about the beauty of this season. This double-sided runner is durable and beautiful, sure to be used year after year.
+As you celebrate Fat Tuesday(Mardi Gras), place runner with the “Alleluia, Alleluia” side showing. As you end your celebration, turn over the runner to hide the Alleluia, showing your children that the Alleluia is hidden (not sung) during Lent, revealing the image of the stone path leading through the Lenten desert to the Tomb of the Resurrection.+A grapevine wreath with thorns (toothpicks provided) is set in the center of the runner. You may wish to have your child/children remove a thorn each time a sacrifice, prayer or act of charity is offered.
+Each day during lent you will move the small wooden cross or mini wreath (your choice) one stone forward on the path to mark your progress toward Easter.
+ On Holy Saturday, remove any remaining thorns from “crown” and decorate with ivy and colorful, spring flowers, symbolic of the Resurrection and new life.


+At the Easter celebration, the table runner is once again turned to the Alleluia side to grace the table with a beautiful and festive reminder of the Easter season. Place your decorated wreath in the center space provided.

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Easter Sunday falls on March 27th and my saint figures are perfect for tucking into Easter Baskets.  The Annunciation is April 4th this year, and The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is May 31.


I am excited to offer one Small Things reader a Lenten Table Runner (This giveaway is open to U.S. readers only as shipping costs would be prohibitive.)  Included are: Table Runner (approx. 12″ x 45″), 8″ grapevine wreath, wood cross, mini wreath, and 1 pkg toothpicks, muslin bag for small items and large muslin storage bag for all items.
***In addition, I would like to give a 10% discount for on all orders placed through February 5th.  Use code gsheller10 at checkout to receive the discount.

For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post.  Comments are closed.

Thanks, Sue!

hand painted wood figures

Bright for January

G. Sheller Yarn-6220 G. Sheller Yarn-6240 G. Sheller Yarn-6227religious stitch markers-5143

Shop update:  Friday, January 29th, 10 a.m. EST

***The shop is sold out!  Thank you so much.  This pregnant (and emotional) mama is crying.  I’m so thankful to you all.***

Stitch markers!!!  That’s how I feel about the little stitch markers I’ve been making this month.  There was a lot of trial and error at first, and some sets I made more than once, to get them just how I wanted them.  My little girls received lots of new beads for their own jewelry making as it took me a few tries to find the ones I liked best.  Of course, they were pleased about that.  And I am really thrilled to be offering these this month, in sets of seven markers in little storage tins (padded with a bit of wool so they don’t bang around too much during shipping).  There are quite a few different sets, and I welcome your input if there is a particular saint or medal you would like to see in the future.  Most of the stitch markers are for needles up to size 9 (medium stitch marker section), but I did make a few sets to fit needles up to size 11 (large stitch marker section).

I focused my dyeing this month on U.S. sourced, Virginia milled targhee columbia wool.  It’s nice and wooly, heavy worsted weight, perfect for mid-winter knitting!  The colors are mostly bright, though there are some nice grays and taupes as well.  You’ll find a handful of silk/merino fingering weight skeins, along with some sport weight skeins.  All in all, I think this may be my brightest shop update yet, and I hope it brings some cheer to your winter!

I’ve opened up worldwide shipping, and I am sorry that it is so expensive!  But, it is what it is, and I promise to refund shipping over-payments that exceed a dollar.  Finally, don’t forget to join my new Ravelry group, and remember that all of my yarns are in the Ravelry database now under the brand G. Sheller.

Thank you and happy knitting!!