Friday, January 30, 2015

I knew there was a reason I hadn't started the Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler SAL....I just didn't know why.  Yesterday I received an email from Debbie at Needle Orts about Weeks coming out with some new fibers.  Apparently they have decided to do spools of their overdyed cotton floss and 4 different sizes of pearl cotton.  I went there this morning and bought the colors I needed for the SAL and WOW it is much faster to separating of strands.  You use it exactly as it comes off the spool.  Here's what they look like:

They don't have all the colors in each type but between the 2 strand and #12 pearl cotton I was able to make the conversion.  Are they not gorgeous!!!!  We are talking very good yardage on each one also....there's 45 yards on each of the above spools.  
I've started the sampler but because I'm having trouble seeing the linen, I can only stitch for a little bit at a time.  This will probably end up being my only large project this year.  
This SAL came in 3 parts and with each part you get smaller designs to go with the sampler.  My hope is too stitch all the smaller ones to group with the large sampler....I have the perfect wall for it.
If you get a chance, give these a try.....I think you'll like them.

Blessings for a perfect weekend, Barbara

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Brrrrr!!!!  I know the northeast is having horrible weather and I hope everyone is staying warm and safe  but I must say it's kind of cold here lately.  We have the heat on and I'm in fleece pants.  Doesn't sound like Florida does it?  
Had a good time with Peyton and John this past weekend.  Went to dinner at Macaroni Grill and enjoyed it immensely.
I was able to finish two for me and one for Peyton.


This weekend I hope to start a new quilting project.  I want just a throw size for our couch and can't wait to start it.  I have most of the fabric but have to purchase a few more colors.....oh darn!  I have to go to the fabric store.  LOL

Well that's all for now.  I really need to take a newer picture of Vallie.  I've left her fur get longer on her body and she looks like she was put in a dryer on fluff dry.  LOL

Blessings for a perfect week, Barbara

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hello World!  It's a gray dismal day here in central Florida and I'm so glad I don't have anywhere I'm suppose to be.  It's a good day to stay inside and work on something creative.

Last nite my local yarn shop, Sip and Knit in Maitland, had their yearly "yarn tasting".  Sounds gross doesn't it?  LOL  But what it really is is this....the representative from Cascade Yarns brings in samples of all the yarns Cascade makes and you get to try them out.  They snip you off a yard or two and you get to sit down and knit or crochet to see if you like the yarn.  I came away with 3 different yarns but I'm only going to show you one.  This one is not a Cascade yarn but I immediately fell in love with it and it's destined to become a cowl for myself.  This picture doesn't do this yarn justice.  There's purples, golds, steel blues, rose and olive greens in there.  Stunning!

I haven't started the Lizzie Kate SAL yet because I wanted to finish a shawl I was working on for my Etsy store.  It does take awhile to make a large shawl out of sock weight yarn but I love doing it.  Here's the newest one.....I call it "My Faith"....

Beautiful teals, steel blues, greens and a touch of purple just ready for springtime.

Well I hope each and every one of you has a fantastic weekend and is able to get some stitchie time in as well as being able to spend some time with your family.  My family is limited but that just makes me appreciate what I have left more.

Blessings on a perfect day, Barbara

Friday, January 23, 2015

Winner is.....

The winner of the giveaway of the Stash Nash kit is


I have emailed Debra to let her know of her winnings.  Thank you to all who entered.

Blessings, Barbara

Monday, January 19, 2015

My DH and I were invited by our grand daughter and her fiance to go with them to an antique show in Mount Dora here in central Florida.  It was huge and the vendors had so many interesting items to look at.  I love looking at and collecting vintage sewing boxes and stands.  I had 2 and now I have three:

As you can see it stands about 2.5 feet tall and the top opens on both sides.  There's a removable tray that keeps all my necessities handy and in reach.  But what someone out there might be interested in, is what was inside.  There's a hand stitches sewing case with needles and 3 small wooden spools of Star thread and all kinds of vintage packs of needles and snaps.  If you are interested and collect these type of things, email me at and we'll see about getting them out to you. 

Blessings for a perfect day, Barbara

Sunday, January 18, 2015


This giveaway is for the Stacy Nash "Old White Farmhouse Sampler".....pattern, threads and the design started on 32ct hand dyed Belfast linen.  I forgot the name of the color of the linen but it's close to DMC 839....maybe a shade darker in places.  

The threads are Crescent Colors cotton floss that was purchased with the pattern for $32.50.
What you must do is comment on this post only your name and a way for me to get in touch with you.  If your email addy is in your blogger profile, that's fine because I can contact you that way.  
You must live in the U.S. or have a U.S. address where this can be sent.  Sorry but cost of postage is outrageous. 
I will leave this open till next Saturday morning and then Vallie will pick the winner.....if she's in the mood.  LOL

Good Luck and Blessings for a perfect day,