Sew Deadly – Issue 57

Posted on Dec 12 2012

Marcy’s Musings

I feel that today I should be posting something momentous…as it is a momentous occasion. It’s 12-12-12. We won’t have another date like this (consecutive numbers) for something like a hundred years. So, what do I post? What do we DO? The truth IS we won’t have another day like the one we had yesterday (whether good or bad), and we won’t have another day like the one we’ll have tomorrow.  So do something special today, especially if you didn’t yesterday.

Here are links to some stories that might give you some ideas:

Five Ways to Make Each Day Worthwhile

Ten Awesome Things That Will Make Your Day

Ten Ways to Improve Your Day in Just Five Minutes

101 Fun Activities to Do With Your Child

Ten Simple, Sure-fire Ways To Make Today Your Best Day Ever

I hope you have a wonderful day!





Sew Deadly – Issue 54

Posted on Oct 17 2012

Marcy’s Musings

Well, guess who’s visiting me today IN PERSON? Amanda Lee!!!! And Gayle Trent!!!! I’m so excited to meet them…er, her…at last! So, we’ll go visit, and I’ll be sure to fill you in on our time together in upcoming newsletters. In the meantime, here is another sneak peek of THREAD ON ARRIVAL:

I went home to get Angus before opening the shop. We’d just been at the Seven-Year Stitch for a moment–I hadn’t even had time to hang my jacket in my office–when Sadie rushed in.

“What’s this I hear about a treasure map?” she asked.

I groaned. “Oh, no. That ignorant, spiteful Keira! What did she say?”

“She said you were talking about someone giving you a treasure map for safekeeping.” Sadie sat down on the sofa facing the street. “She said it’s rumored to be a treasure worth millions.”

I let out a growl of frustration as I stormed into my office, hung my jacket on the coatrack, and put my purse and tote bag under the desk. Angus retreated to his bed under the counter in the shop.

“Does that reaction mean it’s true?” Sadie called.

“No!” I came out of the office and stooped by Angus’s bed. “I’m sorry, baby.” I stroked his head. “I’m not angry with you.”

He wagged his tail but stayed where he was.

I straightened and went to sit beside Sadie. “You know what this is, don’t you?” I asked. “This is Keira’s attempt to have me inundated with treasure hunters. I told her there wasn’t a treasure.”

“Is there?”

“I seriously doubt it.” I explained about my visit with Mr. Cantor, his showing me the tapestry, and his hope that it would prove to be a map that would lead him to a treasure that would help solve all his family’s woes. “It’s an old tapestry. His mother probably used to entertain him with stories of pirates and treasure when he was a little boy. And now that he’s…well…in his second childhood, he’s returned to those dreams because he sees no other alternative to his family’s money problems. I guess he figures it makes about as much sense–maybe more so–than the lottery.”

“Well, gee…that’s sad,” Sadie said.

“It is. You’d love this little old guy, Sadie. I wanted to adopt him and bring him home with me.” Tears pricked the backs of my eyes. “He says he deserves for his son to mistreat him. But he doesn’t. He’s a dear, sweet man.” I blinked back the tears and sniffled. “I’m going to take another look at that tapestry, too. If there’s any way it is a treasure map, I’ll help him find that treasure.”

Sadie sighed. “You started that class–what–last night?”

I nodded.

“I knew you’d get in over your head with this group before everything was said and done, but this has to be a record even for you.”




Killer Cakes – Issue 51

Posted on Oct 08 2012


Today we’re talking with Shannon, of Cakes by Shannon. The cakes pictured are some of her creations. See more at her website.

Tell Killer Cakes’ readers a little bit about yourself, Shannon.

I began decorating cakes in 2000. It is very therapeutic for me. I enjoy creating flavors and coming up with different design ideas. I never get tired of hearing a client say that their cake is just too pretty to cut. I have to just thank them and remind them that it is  cake and they should enjoy every bite of it.

Where are you located, and how far are you willing to travel to deliver a cake?

I am located in Clinton Iowa and provide cakes within a 100 mile radius of Clinton.

How did you get started in cake decorating?

I began decorating cakes in 1997 after seeing a basket of pansies cake on the front of the Wilton 1997 yearbook. I fell in love with    the cake and just had to learn how to make it.

Do you have any advice for aspiring bakers?    

My advice would be follow your true passion, challenge yourself  often and make the most of each and every day.

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Sew Deadly – Issue 52

Posted on Sep 19 2012

Marcy’s Musings:

Fall is on its way! The air is a little nippier at night. The leaves are turning. Labor Day has come and gone. So you just might be tempted to make some fall-themed cross stitch projects! If so, check out Liberty Primitives and Needlework. Check out this one:
Click here for the pattern. And, as always, check here for additional free patterns!

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Sew Deadly – Issue 48

Posted on Jul 25 2012

Marcy’s Musings

Today I’m spotlighting ribbon embroidery.  Please see the links below for some great information on this romantic form of embroidery.

Threads Magazine – Beginner’s Silk Ribbon Embroidery: Five Easy Stitches–In this link, Karen Kieppe gives Threads Magazine readers an in-depth look, including step-by-step instructions on five essential ribbon embroidery stitches.

Victorian Embroidery and Crafts provides a history of silk ribbon embroidery and a lovely example of work which dates back to 1840. The page provides information on how to create the work, too, but I didn’t find it as helpful as the illustrated instructions from Threads.

 Better Homes and Gardens also offers readers a step-by-step tutorial on ribbon embroidery. The tutorial demonstrates the straight stitch, the ribbon stitch, the stem stitch, the French knot, the lazy daisy stitch, the loop stitch and the woven rose.

Sew Deadly – Issue 47

Posted on Jul 11 2012

LadybugMarcy’s Musings

Amanda Lee, the author who writes about my adventures at the Seven-Year Stitch, decided to learn to crochet. Did she come to me for advice or lessons? No. She bought a kit. Actually, she bought four kits because they cost a mere dollar each. She said she wanted to surprise me with what she’d learned. Trust me, I was surprised.

The photo to the right shows Amanda’s attempt to crochet a ladybug. The ladybug instructions were included in the bug-making crochet kit. (Did I mention these kits were designed for children?) Amanda found bug crocheting a little too difficult, so she opened the heart crochet kit.

Heart?Yep, you guessed it. The…thing (if you thought it was a raspberry, so did I!) at left is Amanda’s first attempt at crocheting a heart.

But don’t despair! She gets better…sort of…. Here are the next two attempts at hearts. And they’re more heart-shaped. I’m not sure they’re supposed to have all those holes in them, but they look sorta like little faces, so maybe that was the plan. Maybe.

Do you have any advice to offer Amanda? Any stories of how YOU learned to crochet? Anything? If so, please share in the comments, and I’ll pass them along.

Sew Deadly – Issue 42

Posted on Apr 25 2012

Marcy’s Musings

Hey, guys! How are you? I’m so glad you stopped by. My friend Amanda Lee is participating in a Writerspace chat tomorrow, Thursday, April 26, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time at Please stop by and chat with Amanda and with all the other authors who will be participating. There will be lots of prizes given away, including a signed copy of Amanda’s account of my latest adventure, The Long Stitch Goodnight.

Project Spotlight: Free Pattern from The Prairie Schooler 

Here is an adorable springtime pattern for you from The Prairie Schooler. Click on the link above in order to download and print the free pattern. It shouldn’t take too long to make, and it would make an adorable card or sachet.

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Killer Cakes – Issue 39

Posted on Apr 16 2012


I hope everyone is doing well. My friend Amanda Lee just had a new book come out. The Long Stitch Goodnight, the fourth book in the embroidery mystery series, was released on April 3. Amanda will be chatting about the new book on Facebook this afternoon at 3 p.m. Check her FB page for further information.

I was looking online for some inspiration for a book cake for Amanda, and look what I found from Charm City Cakes (home of Chef Duff Goldman):

 Isn’t it great? If you’ll click on the link, you can see the individual books a little clearer. They’re all by Poe. 🙂

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Killer Cakes – Issue 38

Posted on Apr 02 2012


Congratulations to Marcy Singer and Amanda Lee! The fourth book in the embroidery mystery series,The Long Stitch Good Night: An Embroidery Mystery, will be released tomorrow, April 3. To help Marcy and Amanda celebrate, we’re giving away one copy of The Long Stitch Goodnight through this blog.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post. Be sure and include your email address so we can contact you if you’re the winner. On April 3, we will put the number of comments into the random number generator at to determine the winner.

Good luck!

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Sew Deadly – Issue 40

Posted on Mar 28 2012

Marcy’s Musings

In honor of The Long Stitch Good Night: An Embroidery Mystery being released on Tuesday, April 3, Amanda Lee is giving away a copy of the book through my blog! To enter the giveaway, simply post a comment on this post. On April 3, Amanda will input the number of comments into the random number generator at for the winning comment! Please be sure and leave your email address within your comment so she can let you know if you’re the winner. Good luck!

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