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"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins." ~Matthew 1:21

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." ~Romans 8:38-39

We love you all.  May the Lord bless you with a lovely celebration of Christ's birth!

xoxo, the Long ladies (for the whole family)


St. Croix!  Coming to marie-madeline studio in February 2010!  We thought you all just might like a little sneak peek…

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Isn't it lovely?  Jennifer Paganelli has done it again… and we can't wait to get sewing!  To top it all off, So St. Croix coordinates beautifully with Jennifer's other lines (Dance With MePretty Please).  The new Free Spirit designer solids, too.Nicey Jane, Dolce, So St. Croix 103

Speaking of solids, we've got some fun ideas for those.  Maybe soon!  What yummy colors.  Don't they make you think spring? 
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Things are keeping pretty busy around here!  Amidst the present-wrapping, tree-decorating, Christmas cookie-baking, everyday-ness, and just plain being together, we're sewing too.  Of course.

Oh!  We wanted to let you in on a coupon code.  Type in VERRYMERRY at the checkout for 10% off your next order + free shipping!  This code will only work on orders shipped in the US, but we want to share the discount with our sweet overseas customers as well… if you live anywhere outside the US, drop us a note to let us know you'd like to receive 10% your total!  Ends December 24th.

Now, we just might go sip some hot chocolate!

Have a lovely night~

xo, the Long ladies

PS… The route 66 skirts pattern is coming along quite nicely.  Just a bit more to wait!

A sneak peak..

Of something NEW coming to Marie Madeline Studio!!

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Nicey Jane by: Heather Bailey
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Dolce by: Tanya Whelan

you asked for it… more route 66!

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 Oh, goodness gracious.  We were completely floored by your super-sweet responses to our route 66 skirts!  It's been a really fun design for us, and the possibilities are absolutely endless.  The floor-length skirt also makes amazing evening wear!  These skirts look lovely in denim, cotton, moleskin, flannel – you name it.  And we are just loving them all!


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But you wanted some details, too, didn't you?  Don't hesitate to drop us questions, please.  Now, here goes…

~this skirt is oh-so-slimming, and super-easy to sew

~12 swing-y gores allow for all sorts of fun combinations… choose one fabric, two fabrics, three fabrics, four fabrics, six fabrics, twelve fabrics!

~invisible side zip closure with neat facing at the upper edge makes a smooth waistline

~2 length options — 29" (mid-calf), and 39" (falls right to the tips of your toes)

~ladies sizes 2-18 all in one pattern envelope (only $16)

~fully illustrated instructions & full-size pattern pieces

~marie-madeline studio will be carrying denim to make the skirts with, Lord willing (hooray for denim!)

~and of course, we'll be selling route 66 skirts ready-made, as well!

~drop us an email if you'd like to pre-order your own route 66 skirts pattern (we'll ship it for free!)

We hope to have the route 66 skirts sewing pattern on shelves by the first of the year.  We shall see!  It wouldn't be real friendly to leave you all hanging, now would it?

We hope you all are keeping nice and cozy.  It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

xo, the Long ladies

P.S.  It was loads of fun to shoot this skirt.  The pictures were actually taken on Route 66, just north of Narcissa, Oklahoma.  Not far from our little corner of the world!  

our roadtrip…

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family road trips, open-all-night diners, soda pop in glass bottles, Nat King Cole, turquoise convertibles, root beer floats with whipped cream, pink motels, vintage suitcases, big sunglasses, spicy chili, cardigan sweaters, one-lane highways, crinkled road maps, colorful scarves…

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We're really kicking up our heels for this new ladies skirt pattern.

But what do YOU think of route 66 skirts?  More details coming soon!

xoxo, the Long ladies

Something to talk about.

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We hope you've all had a wonderful week.  Between the happy scrappy quilt giveaway, custom sewing (for Christmas, you know), little chic sisters apron inquiries, and filling fabric orders (thank you!), we've been busy-lizzy around here.  We haven't even put up our Christmas tree, yet!  (Not that trees are what Christmas is all about — but we do enjoy them!)

Anyway, before we tell you what that trip was all about, there were a few other little things we wanted to let you in on…

~The summer shade jumper can now be found in our store.  (Ladies sizes 2-10 or 12-18)

~You can purchase custom-crafted little chic sisters aprons there, too!  (Girls 2/3 – 4/5 or 6/8 – 14/16)

~We're getting in some new products that are really exciting for us.  (The pictures are a tiny hint!)

~New fabrics are coming, too… hopefully in the next two weeks.  (Love by Amy Butler, Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey, Dolce by Tanya Whelan…!)

~Tomorrow's the last day for be-sure-to-get-your-custom-order-by-Christmas, and save 10%.

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We like ric rac and polka-dot ribbon.  It's so cheery.  Wait till you see all the wonderful colors it comes in.  And expect some ric rac-y projects, too, Lord willing!

Keep cozy~

xo, the Long ladies