Monday, August 13, 2012

Closing: Come Follow My NEW Blog

It's that time, folks. I've consolidated both of my web sites, Hannah's PinKeep and Autumn Comforts, and given them a new name. I hope you'll all visit my NEW blog at and Follow me there.

And, my new web site is located at I'm still getting products listed but am listing some daily... and there are over 100 different listings already, with much more to come!

Farm Country Comforts offers/will offer my handcrafted quilts, rag quilts, and quilted goods; dolls, prairie bonnets, ornies, tucks, etc., crocheted and hooked rugs; primitive candles, scented wax melts, candle holders and electric melters; fabrics, patterns, and needlework supplies; organic garden seeds, and other gardening and homesteading supplies, gifts, and decor.

So please, if you have enjoyed following this blog for Hannah's PinKeep, I hope you'll make the change with me and visit my new blog. I'll be posting site and product updates, as well as informational articles on gardening and more, recipes, reviews, and the occasional giveaway. Hope to see you at Farm Country Comforts! :-)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Half Off Clearance!

Only a few minutes to spare this morning, but I wanted to post a quick update. All remaining stock at Hannah's is now 50% off and must go! The only exception is my own few patterns I have available; everything else has been reduced to half, which in some cases is better than wholesale. So stop by and do some shopping for great deals before it's all gone!

In other news, a hacker has seen fit to use my primary email address--my other (long-time) domain name, Autumn Comforts--to spoof as the "sent from" email address for thousands and thousands (maybe millions?) of spam and malware emails being sent out to people all over the world. I know this because ever since July 4th, I've been receiving (around 6,000 per day!) returned, undeliverable emails of this nature; emails I did NOT send, but that appear to have been sent by me. I've shed my tears and expressed my anger over this issue, and finally decided to call the defeat. I'll be setting up a NEW site, which will eventually replace both my existing sites. Need to run right now and get ready for a dental appointment, but I'll post more on this when I can. Don't forget to visit Hannah's and do some shopping! have a great day. Jodi

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Long Awaited Updates & Sad News

First, I apologize for the long delay in posting. Our 2012 has been an odd one, to say the least. Seems that when it rains, it pours. While I've never considered myself to be superstitious, this year has led me to wonder. We began the year with my fall down the stairs, tearing ligaments across my left foot and ankle, and breaking my left fibula. I needed not only 4 months worth of splints, casts, no weight-bearing, ad nauseam, but also 2 surgeries to repair all the damage I'd done.

While dealing with the broken leg, I developed a lovely case of shingles... on my face, of course. It took 4 full months to get completely over it. Meanwhile, because of both the leg and the shingles, I had to forgo my usual medication treatments (weekly injections and an infusion every 6 weeks) for my psoriatic arthritis (similar to rheumatoid, only also with psoriasis rashes; yes, I like to do things up right!). The meds had to be postponed so that my normally suppressed immune system could heal my leg and fight the shingles. This left me with considerable pain, as my psoriatic arthritis was not being controlled at all during that time. And even now, after being back on my meds for several weeks, it's going to take time for them to build up in my system again, enough to keep the pain and swelling under decent control.

Our sister-in-law Diane recently took terribly ill with interstitial lung disease. A couple of weeks after she was admitted to the hospital, my hubby's brother and their adult daughters had to make the decision to let Diane go. She was removed from the respirator and passed away a few hours later. Diane and I went to high school together. I had known Diane for 36 years.

And most recently, my computer died. I went completely without one for about a week before we were able to put together just enough money to pick me up a cheap laptop, which is what I'm using now; quite a bit longer (actually, we're still working on it) to get all my programs and files transferred, re-registered, etc. I have to admit, though, I think I like the laptop better anyway; at least now I don't have to climb the stairs in our house nearly as often... which is good; I don't really care to fall down them ever again, thank you.

It's actually been an odd few years, really. Like most folks, the recession has certainly taken its toll. My hubby was on reduced hours for 2 full years (just finally got back to full time about a year ago now, and we're still trying to catch up again), and my parents, both of our sons, both my brothers, and so many of our friends have been struggling to keep the bills paid and food on the table as well.

I've been trying to keep Hannah's PinKeep afloat for nearly 2 years. Unfortunately, it just hasn't provided quite enough to make it worthwhile. I wish things were different. I suppose the economy is much to blame. I know things are getting better for most; but it seems to be taking such a long time.

At any rate, sometimes, you have to reflect on how things are going and make the tough decisions. Hannah's PinKeep is in the process of closing. I will probably continue to use the name for my own patterns, but I'm currently closing out all of the patterns by other designers, plus all the fabrics and other supplies I have in stock. While some items still need to be inventoried and final quantities listed (at which time, they will be discounted in price as well), I've currently reduced all cotton fabrics, utility fabrics, patterns by other designers, cross-stitch linens, needlework tools, notions, Gentle Art flosses, and Valdani 3-ply flosses by 20% to 25% off. Everything else should be inventoried and reduced within a few more days.

All sale prices are good only on the final quantity in stock, and things are selling out really quickly (I have a very busy weekend laid out for me already!), so shop early before the items you would like are already gone. All sales will be final. Believe me, it's breaking my heart, but it's time to let it go and move on.

THANK YOU to you all for your patronage and support!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Another "Find A New Hobby" Sale: Punch Needle

This weekend's sale has begun! Our latest "Find A New Hobby" Sale features punch needle. Save 25% now through Sunday on our Cameo Ultra-Punch adjustable punch needle sets, Morgan No-Slip hoops, weaver's cloth, all Valdani 3-strand flosses, and all punch needle patterns. This is a fun, easy form of needlework, and at 25% off, this is a great opportunity to give it a try (or just stock up on all the patterns & supplies you already love to use)! :-) Go shop at Hannah's PinKeep

I had my final surgery on my leg on Tuesday, and it went great. At the moment, I'm even sporting a shoe instead of the walking boot! It will be awhile yet before the leg is back to normal, but there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. Good thing... I have plenty of sewing, gardening, etc. to keep me good and busy these days! :-)

Finally, a quick update on our sister-in-law. My husband's brother's wife is in critical condition with interstitial lung disease. This came on somewhat suddenly less than 2 weeks ago, and at this point, Diane is being kept heavily sedated and hooked up to a respirator. She is unable to breathe on her own, and doctors are currently giving her a 50% chance of surviving. They started a new drug a few days ago that they hoped would relax her body more and allow her to better absorb the oxygen into her lung cells, and it seems to be helping so far. But within a few more days, they may need to make the decision with regard to either continuing treatment or letting her go. Your prayers and best wishes will be greatly appreciated. Her name is Diane, and her family includes husband Ric (my BIL), 2 daughters named Amy and Katie, and a beautiful baby granddaughter named Abbie. Thank you all so much, and blessings and best wishes to you and yours always!


Thursday, April 19, 2012

SALE on Penny Rug Patterns & Supplies!

Our latest Find A New Hobby weekend sale started a little early, so hop on over and check it out! If you have ever wanted to try your hand at an adorable penny rug candle mat, we have all of our Penny Lane patterns, all WoolFelt, DMC flosses, needles, and needlework scissors currently marked down by 25% off! Our "Find A New Hobby" weekend sales are a great opportunity to save on supplies for trying something you've always wanted to try... or just stocking up on the supplies you love to use already! :-)

A 25% savings on WoolFelt, DMC flosses, even needles and scissors -- AND those absolutely adorable Penny Lane patterns -- what a GREAT deal! :-)

Shop the Sale at Hannah's PinKeep! :-) Hurry, sale ends Sunday evening!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

This Weekend's Sale Has Begun: Theme is Cross-Stitch!

This weekend's sale started a little early: This "Find A New Hobby" Sale focuses on cross-stitch, and we have marked down ALL of our cross-stitch patterns, linen, flosses... even our needles, needlework scissors, Morgan no-slip hoops, and mother-of-pearl floss rings 25% OFF! This is a perfect opportunity to give cross-stitch a try, or just stock up on supplies if you're already a happy stitcher!

We have some beautiful primitive-style patterns by Stacy Nash Primitives, Pineberry Lane, and more, plus some absolutely gorgeous linen in various thread counts. Also flosses by The Gentle Art, Valdani, and DMC. And don't forget to check out our beautiful variety of black-matte needlework scissors. We even have a few of the coveted Morgan no-slip hoops available, along with some gorgeous mother-of-pearl floss rings... and, we marked down all our chenille and tapestry needles as well. These items have ALL be reduced by 25% for this weekend's Find A New Hobby Sales Event, but supplies are limited, so get your order in as soon as you can! :-)

Happy Stitching,

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Last Chance to Enter!

If you would like to win one of 4 shopping sprees for patterns, fabrics, & needlework supplies, better hop on over to Hannah's PinKeep and get your entries submitted! The Egg Hunt Sweepstakes ends tomorrow (Friday, April 6th) at 2pm Pacific time. Two ways to enter: Find the hidden egg graphic and click it for instructions on submitting your daily entry via email (just two chances left to enter this way!), and your purchases also provide you with entries (one entry for every $10 spent, up to 11 extra entries!). Good luck! :-)

I'm thinking that I might just start holding some sales, maybe every weekend. Perhaps a "Find a New Hobby" theme, wherein all the supplies for a particular type of needlework would be on sale through the weekend. Yep, I think that's a fine idea, don't you? :-) Let's start this weekend. Post a comment to submit your ideas as to what you would like to try in terms of a new sewing/needlework hobby. Or maybe just post your favorite; either way, I'd love to know what YOU would like to see discounted during our first FANH Sale, so let me know! :-)

Happy Crafting,

Friday, March 30, 2012

April Fool's Weekend SALE!

No Foolin'! :-) All wool, WoolFelt, muslin, Osnaburg, monk's cloth, weaver's cloth, and rug canvas is on sale 15% off, now through Sunday, April 1st at 9pm Pacific time. Better hurry! :-) Hannah's PinKeep

I can hardly believe it's nearly the first of April, and I'm so excited that it's almost here! Within a couple more weeks, I'll be out of the walking boot, they'll remove the two screws holding the long bones in my leg together, and I'll be able to start using just an ankle brace and getting around better again (for those of you who have ever considered trying to ski down your stairs on one stocking foot and breaking your leg, I don't recommend it!). AND, best of all, gardening season is almost here! I have my seeds all ready to go, and I can't wait to get out there, sun on my back, the smell of spring humus in the air, and get to planting again. I find gardening even more therapeutic than sewing. I confess, my name is Jodi and I am a gardening addict!

As for today, it's pouring rain, and the wind the past couple of days has taken a toll (our street sign even blew down yesterday! Guess the City folks will be out today to fix it). But it's a great weekend for staying indoors and doing some online shopping, so go check out the sale and do some shopping at 15% off before the sale ends Sunday evening! Enjoy! :-)