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 father....one 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't.....you'll burn up with the rest of us.

Blessings Abound, Barbara

Thursday, February 4, 2016

This and That....

Well here it is Thursday and dh has been back to work for 4 days and I'm beginning to get back to my old self and schedule.  Today was suppose to be laundry day but Peyton showed up with Little John and Chloe so we decided just to go for a walk and watch the movie "Cinderella" (more about that later).

 Peyton was sitting holding Little John and that's Chloe looking over her shoulder from the back of the chair.  Where the baby is....Chloe is.
Then when we went for our walk Vallie got tired because she's use to my "Old Lady Walk" and Peyton and Chloe walk much faster so she hitched a ride on Little John's stroller.  She's so funny and it's like Chloe's making fun of her in the picture.

I don't know how many of you ladies have seen the movie "Cinderella" but the blue gown she wears in the movie fascinated me so I did some checking.  Being a person who sews and stitches I wanted to know more about the dress.  After some research this is what I found.

Behind the many layers, the gown is a feat of structural engineering. We started with the underwear: the corset and the crinoline (skirt cage), which was made of steel.
Each of the eight versions of the gown is also slightly different. One was 2in shorter and a couple were 4in for the times when Lily had to run; another had holes cut in the sides of the skirt for harness work.
The hems got incredibly dirty as the shoot went on. That proved a headache – these dresses aren’t something you can just throw in the wash.
And it also wasn’t the most practical design. During filming, Lily and Helena Bonham Carter, who plays her fairy godmother and wears an equally huge gown, had to get used to it taking an age to be dressed. In the end, we got it down to a 20 minutes.


3 Miles of thread in the hems
250 Metres of fabric in each dress
4,000 Hours it took to make eight different versions of the gown
10,000 Swarovski crystals hand-applied to the dresses
20 Minutes it took to get the dress on
4 Inches one dress was shortened by to help Lily flee the ball at midnight
The trickiest thing Lily had to do in the gown was dance with her prince, played by Richard Madden. They practised endlessly, but poor Richard kept treading on her hems. Of course, when it came to actually shooting, they were faultless.
While I was delighted with the dress’s reception, I was surprised by the obsession with Lily’s tiny waist. People seemed to think it was setting a bad example to young girls. Some even accused the studio of digitally altering it. Ridiculous.
The reason her waist looks tiny is because the skirt is so huge – it’s an optical illusion – and she’s wearing a corset. The film is set in the 19th Century and every woman in the film is wearing one, even the maids.
I understand people get upset when incredibly skinny models appear on the catwalk or in photos. But Lily is not a super-skinny girl – there’s nothing wrong with her body. Cinderella is a girl known for kindness and courage, so it’s sad people just kept talking about her waist size.
The top layer of the gown is silk crepeline, a very lightweight, fine silk. The layers underneath are made up of a synthetic called yumissima, an incredibly light (and very expensive, about £150 a metre) material which floats when thrown in the air. 

All of this just amazed me and I would love to be able to wear a dress of that type.  Today's clothes are so boring to what people use to wear.  But then I usually hang out in my pj's.  LOL

Blessings to All,

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Updates and an apology.....

I can't believe that I haven't posted since the 4th of January.  This month is just zooming along   We found out what is wrong with my husband's voice and they are not sure it will ever come back.  It happened either when they were putting him on the ventilator or during the surgery itself that they damaged a nerve and paralyzed half of his larynx.  He goes next week for what they call a swallow test to make sure that no fluids are going into his lungs or he could develop pneumonia.  The ENT doctor said there's no way of knowing when it happened so it's just something we have to deal with....as if he doesn't have enough to deal with.

I was up at Needle Orts and picked up the first 3 of BBD's newest designs.  I'm not sure if I want to do them separately or longwise as they did.  I still don't stitch as much as I'd like to because of the shakes and one of these days I'm going to clean out the sewing room and get rid of everything I know I'll never use again.  It's just taking up space.
I did finish two shawls and they both were made of yarn that is yummy.  The first one is still in the process of being blocked and the yarn was Aslan Trends King Baby Llama & Mulberry Silk and feels like a dream.  It's a dk weight yarn and it works up really fast.
The second one was made with a lace weight merino wool that I purchased on Etsy.  I had the light color and when I started the shawl I thought it would look really nice with a darker color added.  I contacted Julie who I purchased it from and she dyed the red and it's perfect.  I love this one because it's really light weight and perfect for Florida even though it's wool.  
I can't close without sharing the newest picture of Little John.  Peyton and him came down today and it's chilly here....high's in the 50's so he's all bundled up....but you can still see his grin.
Well that's it for now.  I want to apologize for not responding to posts.  I have been so busy and worried that most of the time I just want to sit and vegetate.  Maybe after DH goes back to work on the first of February I can get back to my old routine.  Between you and I.....he's driving me nuts!!!!

Blessings, Barbara

Monday, January 4, 2016

The beginning of a New Year

Well here it is 2016 .... makes the mind boggle.  
Hubby is doing better everyday.  This afternoon we went to Outback Steakhouse for lunch with a gift card we received.  It was quite tasty and because we ate so much there, I didn't have to cook dinner and that's always a good thing.  I hate cooking!  He goes to an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor this Wednesday.  He hasn't been able to talk above a whisper since the surgery and they think that when he was placed on the ventilator, they damaged nerves in the back of his throat.  So now I have a very quiet husband.......bad or not bad?  Can't decide.  LOL  So now we'll wait and see what comes of that.  He will be returning to work on Feb. 1st and as much as I love him, it can't get here soon enough.  Although the sleeping late in bed every morning is nice!
Remember me talking about a CAL I joined that had to do with Downtown Abbey?  Well it started yesterday and here is my finished first clue:
I'm using a Cascade Heritage Silk yarn that's called Strawberry Cream.  I think I'll add some crystal beads to it for just a little twinkle.
I haven't done any stitching at all since before Christmas.  I want to get back to working on my Stacy Nash sampler but I fear that won't be till dh goes back to work.  He's thrown my schedule all out of wack.
That's all for now mostly because I have nothing else to report.....except Little John is getting cuter every day.  They were here on Saturday and I got to rock him to sleep in my Grandmother's rocker.  It's not the smoothest rock so I told my hubby I must get a new one just to rock Little John in.  He actually looked at me as if I was nuts.  Why don't men understand these things?  Geesh

Blessings Upon You, Barbara