Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A giveaway and a finish

Well it didn't take as long as I thought it would to finish so here's "My Pink Rose" all done.
However, I did discover just how dumb I can be.  Let me back up some and take another picture of the entire piece of linen......
Go ahead and say it....."dang that Barbara is dumb!"  LOL  I couldn't believe I had done that....goes to show not to start something late in the day.  However, I still love it and you'll notice I didn't put the border on and it's a good thing I didn't.
Next up I have something amazing to show you.  I was at the Salvation Army the other day with John and came across a bamboo tea box.  It's about 8 by 12 and about 3 inches high.  Inside it is divided into 8 equal sections large enough to hold tea bags in envelopes.  Well I bought it and I use it for my accessories for stitching.  Then I had a brainstorm.....what if Amazon sold other bamboo boxes in different sizes....so off I went to check.  What I found was this:
What you see is several different boxes that when placed together measure 15 x 15 inches.  These are extremely well made and I use the lower one that measures 5 x 15 inches to hold my scissors, threads and orts when I'm stitching on something.  The others I have plans for like pincushions.  Also you see a round bamboo salt box that the cover slides open on.  What a great ort box!!!  Add a little design to the top and your in business.  If interested in seeing these on Amazon, you can find them here:
Salt Box:  here
Boxes:  here

Now for the giveaway.

  Since I've finished with this newest of Blackbird Designs "My Pink Rose" I'm offering it up to anyone anywhere.  It's small so it will fit in a little envelope and postage won't be ridiculous.  Just add a comment to this post only and please post your name.  It's Wednesday so how about we have it go until the race starts this coming Sunday at Martinsville.  
I think this was the longest post I've done in a long time and I appreciate your patience.
Have a Blessed day, Barbara

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hey everyone.....here's hoping you're having a great week so far.  I started a new project...."My Pink Rose" by Blackbird Designs.  I haven't made up my mind yet if I want to put on the border or not.  It will tell me when I get to that part I guess.
Sorry about the lousy picture but it's getting on towards my bedtime and I'm pooped.  Poor little Vallie is sleeping here beside me in my stitching spot already sleeping.  She works so hard!!!!
When I'm finished with this pattern I'm going to be giving it away so watch for that post sometime this week.  
Blessings to all, Barbara

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Some things to share

Well summer has arrived here in central Florida....no more nice cool days.....days are now in the 80's soon to be 90's.  Yuk!
I was at my LNS today and came away with a little kit by Just Another Button Co that looked like fun to do....and it was.
It's one of their felt kits and it has very little sewing on it.  If your looking for a quick gift, these little pincushions are the thing.
Next from my dear friend Rhonda I received a birthday gift that I just fell in love with it.   I love to collect needle holders.....shameful how many I have.....and I'm not sure if I ever mentioned it to her or not but she really does know me.

And she even found scissors and a fob to match.  I have been using this ever since she sent it to me I just love it so much.  I'm going to stitch myself a pincushion to match and the fabrics they are laying on are ones I've picked out.  Should be a fun project.
Well that's all that's going on here.  I'm working on a project but I can't show you pics of it yet because it's for someone who reads my blog.  As soon as I send it out I'll show you.  
Also at my LNS today I picked out the silks to do the two Nora Corbett witches I want to do.  I'm going to start them over on a different color of fabric.  I was doing them on a black/grey overdyed but have you seen the new Gingerbread?  To die for!  So that's what I'm going to be doing them on.
I will post a pic of the fabric when I start one.
You all have a Blessed Sunday,
Barbara


Saturday, March 14, 2015

I must share something with you.  John's friend told us about this amazing thing you can do with a waffle maker.  Take an ordinary box of brownie mix....I used Duncan Hines.....and make the recipe the same as if you were making the brownies.   Then used that batter to make waffle brownies....put ice cream on top with some hot fudge sauce and some whipped cream.  What could possibly be better than that?


Have a Blessed day,
Barbara

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I finished something!

I stitched this several months ago and today I decided to do the finishing of it.  It's a La D Da design called "Wee Bundle" and it was a quick stitch.  The finishing was time consuming because of the tiny trim that goes with it.  The color is called "Grunge"....isn't that a great name!!!  LOL



You'll find them in my store.
Blessings, Barbara

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hello!  I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and was able to get some much needed stitching done.  Mine was eventful to say the least.
First off, on Saturday, DH, Peyton, John and myself went and did some shopping.  John was having a birthday and since he'll be graduating college this June, he asked for a briefcase as his gift.  We were able to find exactly what he wanted at Office Max so that was done.  While at Best Buy, Peyton started acting a little strange and I kept asking her what was wrong.  Congratulate me.....I'm going to be a Great Grandmother come October.  I was shocked but am happy for them both.  She was terrified to tell us for fear of us not approving.  She still has some college to finish but she insists she will do it.  Needless to say, I've already started knitting a baby blanket.  :o)
My sweet friend Rhonda had stitched a pincushion design and sent it to me to do the finishing.  Here is a picture of the finished doll pincushion.  Isn't it an adorable design!  I've never seen this before but I would love to find one.  If anyone is interested it was put out by Sewing Chest Designs, PO Box 2204, Dearborn, Michigan 48123
I hope wherever you are you're finally getting some warmer temps.  We've started to get some nice warm days down here and it feels nice.
Blessings for a perfect day,
Barbara