Baby it’s Really, REALLY Cold Outside!

Hey everyone – welcome back! If you are anywhere near me, I hope you’re making the most of this blustery and frigid day. I’m sure you heard by now that we decided to close the shop before it even had a chance to open this morning, due to some seriously nasty weather out there. Much to Nick’s delight, the snow seems to have subsided – at least for the moment – but that’s not really the issue either way. The real danger of a storm like this is the sub-zero temps paired up with some super strong winds, resulting in wind chill temperatures in the negative 40’s (yes, seriously). What makes it even crazier, is that the forecast is saying that by mid-week next week we’ll be up in the 40’s. I’m not even kidding – check it out! I really feel sorry for the arthritis sufferers out there – Nick included. He has not let me forget how much drastic changes in the weather make him ache all over, especially his shoulder. I do feel bad for him, especially since he’s been doing all the snow removal between Primitive Gatherings and Anchor Point. For those of you who aren’t from a snowy climate, what that basically means is he has to be up around 3-4:00 a.m. to start the first of many rounds of plowing the parking lot and clearing entry ways and sidewalks so our customers and staff can park and get into the building safely. He also has our house to worry about in between so that I can get where I need to go. It’s no wonder he’s pooped by mid-afternoon! Whether or not he gets any rest is always up to Mother Nature considering he’s at her mercy depending on how much snow she decides to send. I hope he knows I appreciate him. In fact, I feel like I might have a little crush… LOL Shout out to Nick – thank you for all you do!!!

Despite the shop being closed I hope you were all able to hop online and take advantage of the on-going 25% OFF FLASH Sale, going on now through Monday December 26th, 2022. If you missed out on all the great deals we had going on throughout the month of December, now is your time to do some catching up! Get 25% OFF store and site-wide (new items are not included and have been removed from the website until after the sale is over). Click the button below to shop til your heart’s content!

As I mentioned above, there are several new items we did not include in the sale because they are so new, so if you can’t find something on the website you know was just there yesterday, that’s most likely the reason (sewing machines and subscription boxes are also not included in the sale).

Well folks, you’d have to be absolutely crazy to be outdoors voluntarily for any extended period of time on a day like today. I mean, we’re no strangers to lots of snow and temps below zero but this is extreme and could be deadly in a matter of minutes. I spent my day inside with my family, cozy and happy as a clam. I managed to get some baking and a bit of present wrapping done, along with the finishing touches on my decorating. We don’t have any big plans for Christmas, just hanging out at home where we belong. I’ve learned just how over-rated traveling can be over the years and I really don’t need it anymore. I mean, I work hard all week to pay for this shack, so I like to spend time in it when I can!

Even Jax who usually gets the immediate zoomies in the snow is like… no thanks when it’s time to let him out in this garbage. I can’t say I blame him but on the other hand, I think he’s learning to enjoy the good life a little too much sometimes. Diva much? He’s certainly made himself right at home not only in our house but in our hearts… and has even won over the grooming lady by being the best dog ever during his first spa trip yesterday. Look at that face! He really is a great dog. They don’t come any better!

Alright everyone, I have cookies in the oven that I need to check on. Don’t forget, if you haven’t gotten everything off your wish list you still have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 26th to get 25% off everything in stock at Primitive Gatherings! Want even more insight on what’s on sale? If you didn’t already watch, you can catch the replay of this week’s STITCH with Lisa Bongean on YouTube by hitting the link below. There is a lot of great information on upcoming events, subscriptions, what’s on sale, and more! Click below to watch! Have a wonderful Christmas eve eve friends. Stay warm and get some stitching in if you can. We all know it’s good for the soul! I will see you all back here soon. Happy holidays from me, Nick, and my entire staff at Primitive Gatherings! ~Lisa



31 responses to “Baby it’s Really, REALLY Cold Outside!”

  1. Sandi Zier Avatar
    Sandi Zier

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Pat Braun Avatar
    Pat Braun

    Merry Christmas!,

  3. usairdoll Avatar

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

  4. Pam Avatar

    Merry Christmas! Finished a couple winter mats today. I’m in Minnesota and it is super cold with blizzard conditions. When I was a little girl when we had blizzard conditions we worked on our quilts we had in progress. Back then we made cardboard templates abd cut pieces with a scissors. I grew up on a farm so the only time we did this was when we couldn’t be outside or go anywhere. Have w blessed new year! Thank you Lisa!

  5. Vicki Ascher Avatar
    Vicki Ascher

    Wishing you, your family and staff a very Merry Christmas. I have enjoyed the many projects and the wool and quilt boxes over the past year. I hope to visit one day and check off my bucket list!

  6. Lu Avatar

    Thank you for all you do year round to keep new ideas flowing, items for us to complete those items and to Nick for taking care of you and the business! Merry Christmas!!

  7. Karen Mathison Avatar
    Karen Mathison

    Merry Christmas Lisa. My husband bought me the Holiday Box for Christmas. I can’t wait to unwrap it! I’m also looking guy toward to the Wool Box subscription. I decided that I needed extra therapy!!!! So what better therapy than wool???

    Thanks for keeping me sane!

  8. Liz Miller Avatar
    Liz Miller

    Those are best tasting cookies. My grandkids made cut out cookies with the dough. Have a Merry Christmas 🎄

  9. Valerie Avatar

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Nick, your family and the entire Primitive Gatherings staff!

  10. Pamela Pokragac Avatar
    Pamela Pokragac

    Glad you are warm and safe! Chicago’s forecast is very similar to Wisconsin- if we can get through tomorrow we will be on the upswing too! Mid forties will feel like a heat wave lol. Thanks to you all for taking care of each other and providing us with unending inspiration and encouragement. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year full of blessings and new adventures!

  11. June Avatar

    Blizzard conditions in WNY, a great day for catching up with my Revel blocks. Waiting for my Quilt box to arrive, looks like Tuesday! Thank you for everything do for quilters! Wishing you and your family a peaceful holiday season!

  12. Bonnie Avatar

    My only comment is I’d like to see your cut out cookie recipe a little clearer… looks great.
    Maybe you could put it on your site? Pretty please?
    Merry Christmas to all of yours !

  13. Tammy Avatar

    Hope your holiday is relaxing!

  14. An Cooper Avatar
    An Cooper

    Thank you for all the great sales! Hope you, your family, and your staff all have a very merry Christmas!


    Merry Christmas!
    A new order placed and 1 delivered (even in this terrible weather). Let the holidays begin!

  16. Diana Smith Avatar
    Diana Smith

    Merry Christmas to all of you. Daytona beach is 31 tomorrow burr!

  17. Stephanie Tabares Avatar
    Stephanie Tabares

    Merry Christmas, enjoy your family.

  18. bobbie rumler Avatar
    bobbie rumler

    If and when are you going to make a video of the red and white challange for 2022…I’ve entered a couple quilts…I live in corona de Tucson AZ…

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Bobbie! Yes, we plan to do something before the show is taken down after the first of the year. Stay tuned!

      1. bobbie rumler Avatar
        bobbie rumler

        Thank you for answering my request….Merry Christmas and Happy New Years…bobbie rumler of corona de Tucson AZ

  19. Tamie Avatar

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Are you going to do a video on your Red & White Quilt Show?

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Yes, after the show is over we are planning to do something before it’s taken down. Stay tuned!

  20. Deborah McHugh Avatar
    Deborah McHugh

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!!

  21. Teri LaVoy Avatar
    Teri LaVoy

    Thanks to you and your staff for all the amazing things you do for us. Merry Christmas from Kalamazoo! Have a wonderful celebration with your family!

  22. Cindy Prusa Avatar
    Cindy Prusa

    Below zero weather in Nebraska the last couple of days. I joke “snow day sew day”. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  23. Diana Avatar

    Really nasty here in eastern Iowa as well. I have not even ventured out of the house in 3 days. No mail service and the city plow truck hasn’t even been by for over 30+ hours. Praying that this wind will die down,Husband thinks he needs to clear the driveway and the sidewalks but it is dangerous to be out there very long. .Merry Christmas to your Family and the family at Primitive Gatherings!

  24. Linda E Avatar
    Linda E

    Merry Christmas from 16° Central Texas!

  25. Geri Sherwood Avatar
    Geri Sherwood

    Thank you Nick for all that hard work getting the store ready plus all the extras you do to make things run smoothly. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Lisa and your family!! You all are the best!

  26. Jackie Avatar

    Merry Christmas Lisa ,family and staff! Stay warm, stay cozy, be happy and grateful. Enjoy the time well spent with family and friends.
    Ps I understand the diva/divo dogs! 3 in our family! Love them all!😊

  27. Suzann Rogers Avatar
    Suzann Rogers

    Thank you so much for the sale and all you do. I have become such a fan. Even though I can rarely watch you live I never miss watching. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Someday I hope to visit your beautiful store.

  28. Jakey Avatar

    Merry Christmas Lisa! Please wish your mom, Amy, & Nick the same. Miss you all and fondly recalling wonderful memories of past retreats! Love Jakey 🎄☃️❤️

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