Saturday, May 28, 2016

I finally finished something!

It only took how many months?  LOL  I like how it looks in the round frame and I'm glad to be able to use up some of the frames I've stored for years.

It's called Acorn House and I changed some of the colors to go with our home.  I used some of those beautiful Belle Soie silks that I love so much.

I'm also knitting a cowl in some beautiful yarn I purchased on Etsy.  I like to buy hand dyed yarns from small shops on Etsy because they have some of the most original colors I've seen.  This one is named Cherry Blossom and the base is a very light pink with fuchsia, yellow and gold going thru it.  It's a dk weight and I'm using size 6 needles.

Also I want to wish everyone a wonderful....

Blessings To All, Barbara

Monday, May 23, 2016

I just placed some patterns for sale on my Cross Stitch Items for Sale page.   I've added them to the top of the page so it's easier to see them.  I'll be adding more patterns, fabric and fibers  in the next few days.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

I've Been Bitten by the Stitching Bug

Well here it is the 19th of May and I can say that I'm back into stitching and I'm enjoying it more than I did before.  Why does this happen to us as stitchers?  I haven't had a tapestry needle in my hand for more than 6 months and it took just one little trip to my LNS yesterday and to sit with the ladies there while they were working on needlepoint or cross stitch to get my interest going.  I got up this morning and did some rearranging of my sewing room and picked up a project that I was working on last fall.  It's "Acorn House" from "From the Heart" and I'm loving it.  
I'm stitching it on 29 ct Ivory Glenshee Linen using Belle Soie Silks.  I have had in my frame collection a dark wooden one for about 20 years now and I think this will fit perfectly (if I can find the frame).
Next up is a finish,  I saw this at my LNS yesterday and just couldn't resist it.  It's a wooden sheep and I stitched it with  a hand dyed silk and made it into a necklace type hanging.  Right now I just have it hanging on a doorknob and it's just too cute.  It's by Romy's Creations and they are called "Stitch in wood".  There are several different designs and this little guy just called to me.

Last but not least are some updated pictures of our little guy.  He hates taking a bath so Peyton being a smart Mom looked for something else to give him his bath in.  He loves this little's just the right size.

He also loves bananas and Peyton found this new gadget where you can put somewhat solid food in it and they suck it out like a lollypop.  As you can see.....he likes his bananas..

As you can see he's a big boy now and sitting up all by himself.  They grow so fast and it's fascinating to watch the changes in him from week to week.  We won't get to see him this weekend and it just about breaks my heart but I'm sure Peyton will send pictures and videos.  She's good at doing that.
Well that's all for now ladies.  I've been having trouble with my back and the heating patches and Bengay are helping to take care of that problem.  I hope all of you are enjoying the beginning of summer and will have oodles of fun with family and friends.

Blessings to all, Barbara

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

As I grow older I've come to realize that this old body of mine just can't stand the heat very well anymore.  Living here in Florida doesn't help any either.  It's only April and it's starting to heat up already.  Where are those cool crisp days of winter....

Haven't done any stitching probably in the last 8 or 9 months and probably won't anymore hardly at all.  Do you remember the  boxes I sold a few years ago where I would show you what was in the box and sell them for $50.00.  Well I'm thinking of doing that again in the very near future.  I want to clean out my sewing room completely and really get it organized.  I'll keep you posted on what's going on in future posts.

I have completed some shawls to send to my SIL .....

So that's what I've been up to.  I can't close without showing you an up to date picture of Little John;.  Is this not the cutest?

His daddy's father bought him this set and it just cracks me up.  All he's missing is the cowboy hat.  LOL
I hope everyone is doing well and that all of your problems are small ones.
Blessings, Barbara

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Beautiful Gift

Thru this blog I have become good friends with alot of ladies but there's one that stands out because we share the same name.  Only problem is, she lives in England so I doubt we'll ever meet.  Even though, we have become close and today I received a sweet gift from her for my birthday.

At the top of the picture is a gorgeous scarf with beautiful blue and teal flowers on it.  Love it!  Then she sent me postcards that show places near where she lives in England.  I can't imagine going out my front door and being able to walk to see this beautiful scenery.  An address book, some yummy English Breakfast tea and a tea towel that says "A House is not a Home Without a Dog".  Vallie definitely approves of that one.  
Barbara if you are reading this thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I absolutely love everything and every time I wear the scarf I will think of you walking along the beautiful scenery near your home.

Friends are Blessings from God, Barbara

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

John Elijah 
Peyton sent me this picture today.

Monday, March 14, 2016

First off I want to wish everyone a Happy Spring and hope that where you live, it's right around the corner.  It's been sunny here but still some cool nights which is very nice.
I have two major things to share with you.  The first one involves Little John.  Today he ate his first solid food...applesauce....and the look on his face said "why haven't I been getting this all along".  I have a video of it but it's on my phone, so as soon as John shows me how to upload it onto my computer, I will show you.  He's gotten so big!!!
The other thing is our girl Vallie learned that she CAN jump up onto a chair if there's something there she really wants.
I don't know who was more shocked, me or her.  LOL  She still comes to her mommy when she wants up with me though. She'll never be a jumper.
That's about all I have to talk about.  I did finish a new shawl and it's made out of alpaca and cashmere.  It's so soft and cuddly.

Blessings to All, Barbara

Friday, February 26, 2016

How the days fly by.....

Here it is the end of February and my husband and I are both sick as dogs.  He has acute bronchitis and I've just have a head cold with body aches.  It stinks because it's spring time down here and the weather has been very nice.  Cool breezy days......great days for Vallie and I to take walks but no go.  I think Vallie would end up having to carry me home.
I purchased a new xs pattern....Rabbit House by Death by Thread hoping it would get me into the stitching mood.  Well it didn't.  I have been making shawls and neck warmers like crazy.  I send most of the finished ones up to my sister-in-law in Pa and she takes them to her church.  There's a group there that does shawls for nursing homes and she adds mine to them.  I don't know why I've been on such a binge of knitting and crocheting but it seems to be the only thing I want to do.  I have no idea why because there's so many beautiful xs patterns coming out.
Here are some of the shawls and neckwarmers I finished.....

I can't close without showing you an update on Little John.  I am so mad......I was suppose to babysit him tomorrow and I'm sick so I can't do it.  Peyton sent me this picture just the other day to show how Little John sleeps just like his arm behind his head.

He's getting so big and he's beginning to get the dimples on his elbows and knees.  I just love them!

He also likes to show he's a big boy by sitting up and watching cartoons.  He's such a cutie pie I could just eat him up..
That's all for now except to wish everyone a fantastic weekend and that you have nice spring weather wherever you are.  Soon it will be summer down here and too hot to do anything.  If you've never been to Florida in the summer time.....don''ll burn up with the rest of us.

Blessings Abound, Barbara