this is my first written entry on this blog. my partner and i own a gift shop and in these rather challenging times have opened a etsy shop-www.manitobagifts.etsy.com for our handmade items. i do needlework- mostly embroidery, applique, and crochet- and jim does leather work. the previous posts show some of the items i make. i admire many other blogs that show the process of creation in all forms of needlework and crafts and hope to add to this with this blog. by the way the close up used on our banner is from this pillow.