Thursday, August 16, 2018

Asking for Prayers

Our darling grand daughter, Peyton, is in need of prayers.  I went with her to the facial surgeon on Monday and he said after running some tests, that he had no idea what was wrong.  He said that if he had to make a guess, it would be a stroke or a tumor so she's going to a neurologist tomorrow.  I know he'll probably send her for an MRI and I'm just praying my heart out.  She woke up this morning with her right arm in a lot of pain and then it went down into her right leg.  I had 2 cousins who had MS so that runs in our family.  I just can't deal with her in pain......she means just so much to me.

I finished the Flag Lady but I'm not completely finished with the finishing.  Make sense?  :o)  But I have started something new.

It's the Old Crow by Heart in Hand.  I'm hoping you can see the variations in the HDF silk I am using because I just love it.  I'm stitching it on Primitive Gray by PTP and it's showing up beautifully.

Now to tell you about my new purchases of yarn.   Ahhhhh yarn, I could wrap myself up in it and just snuggle all day.  These first two were purchased from a company, Ancient Arts, who dyes yarns to match colors of dogs and cats.  Unbelievable right?  Plus you can purchase them in different weights which I like.
This first one is based on a
Orange Tabby Cat

and this one is a
Lilac Point Siamese

If you are interested in seeing some fantastic colors, here is their website:

This next yarn I purchased on Etsy from Juliespins who is a fantastic dyer.  This one is called "Pioneer Woman" and I see it as an old fashioned granny shawl.  It's a little lighter than sock weight so it should make a nice shawl for Florida in the winter time.

This next yarn I have high hopes for.  I came across it at Tuesday Morning near me which gets a shipment of yarn in every month and this time I came home with this.  It's a linen/cotton yarn that isn't very soft but I'm hoping that after knitting it  up and washing it, it will soften up some.....or so I've been told.

For Peyton
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Blessings, Barbara

Monday, August 13, 2018

A New Week

......has started and I'm already exhausted.  Today was wash day....I'm a little OCD in that my laundry has to be done on Monday's.  I think I am where Peyton gets her OCD from.  Poor girl she went today to have her stitches removed from the oral surgery she had done and her face is still numb and her lips.  The oral surgeon is sending her to a specialist that deals in this type of ailment....I have no idea what the name would be.  She's had this now for almost 2 weeks and it's really starting to scare me.  I know they will do a brain MRI and the first thing that came to mind was "tumor".  I am saying prayers and if you could add some, our family would greatly appreciate it.

Here's the latest pic of her two little rugrats.  Zane has the biggest smile on his face because he climbed up onto his big brother's bed all by himself and you can tell John is not thrilled.  Now that Zane is mobile, John is finding it hard to share his toys so he has some learning to do there.  On the plus side, he won't be 3 till October 31 and he's potty trained.  I told Peyton she got off easy with him and Zane will probably be the exact opposite.  

I want to share something with you that I remember my Grandmother, Anna Grace making when I was little.  This is one of my favorite items I have of hers in needlework.  The fabric around the outside is a silk and she continues to wrap it at the corner into a flower.  The size is about 5 x 5 inches.  I've been trying to come up with an idea in how to display it and keep it clean at the same time.  If you have any ideas, please share.

I've been working on Flag Lady and she now has a new head that is on straight.  I've also started the flag so hopefully sometime this week it will be finished.  I'm going to Sewing Studio tomorrow to look for a backing for the quilt I want to incorporate her in to.  Also, a Christmas fabric to go with the BBD heart I just finished.  Wish me luck!

I'm a little concerned that her arms really don't show up very well and I don't know if I should back  stitch them or not.  What do you think?  I think the back stitching would look out of place because there's no other bs in the design.  Ugh!  I hate making decisions like this.  It seems I always end up making the wrong one.  Like when I tried to do her head upside down.....dumb!

I've always wanted to do a porcelain half doll pincushion but these can be very expensive.  I found this on Etsy the other day for $25 and free shipping.  Needless to say it's on it's way to me.  Of course the white skirt is going and I'll do a needlework skirt.  I have no pattern so this is gonna be fun and exciting to work on.  I can't wait for the creative juices to start flowing.  I'm debating on painting the dolls dress with watercolors to give her a little more color but I think I'll wait to I have a dress designed.

I also want to thank all the ladies who gave comments on my BBD heart finish.  My email is acting up so just bear with me till DH gets it working again.

For a chuckle...

Blessings, Barbara

Friday, August 10, 2018

We have a winner and a finish

Good Day Ladies.  Here's hoping your week was good and you had a good time stitching and whatever else you worked on.

The winner of the Blackbird Designs book called My Dear Hearts plus the fabric is


I have emailed her and left her know she's the winner and I hope she enjoys the book.

I stitched the heart design out of the book and here is my version of it.  As you can see mine is stitched in an olive green and burgundy.

I want to find a primitive Christmas fabric that will set off the colors and then will be made into a pillow or quilt....just have to decide.

Now I'm going back to my Flag Lady and frogging her head.  Poor little thing.....losing her head that way.  I'm hoping to finish that tonite so I can get a fresh start tomorrow on re-stitching her.  

I'll leave you with a chuckle..

Man vs. Quilt

Blessings, Barbara

Monday, August 6, 2018

I Am a Blooming Idiot

It just dawned on me when I received Catherine's email telling me she had the design that the only way you would know this is if you had the book.  So I am going to change this giveaway.  Here is the book that the design is in.

Now the only way you would know that the design was in this book is if you had the book and then why would you want to win it again.    Dumb.....dumb.....idiot me.
Here is the design that I am stitching....

There are only two designs in this book, the one of the cover and this heart shaped pincushion.  So now we change it to a normal giveaway and I stop having these bright ideas that make no sense.  If you are interested in receiving this BBD book and the Dower 30ct linen fabric, make a comment on this post and I will have Vallie pick a name come friday.  Let's keep this to just US at this time.  Next month I will have another giveaway and that one will be world wide.  

I apologize for my stupidity in this and will try harder to come up with some new and interesting ideas for my followers.  

Blessings, Barbara

Sunday, August 5, 2018

3rd Clue

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Here's clue #3

This is a big clue so come on and put your thinking caps on.

Good Luck!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

2nd Clue

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Here's Clue #2

Just think of who my favorite designers are.  Catherine is very close and that's all I'm saying.

Good Luck

Friday, August 3, 2018

1st Clue

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Here is clue #1

Good Luck Detectives

Let The Games Begin

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I was going to wait till Monday but I got everything together to stitch the Mystery Giveaway early so why wait.  Here are some of the hints I am giving you.

1.  It is a sampler...of sorts

2.  I show 3 colors but the pattern calls for a different amount

3.  The colors shown are not what the designer calls for

4.  The linen being shown is not what the designer calls for

5.  Mean aren't I?

I am going to stitch some today and I will post an updated picture either tonite or tomorrow.  When and if someone wins, they will receive the pattern and the same fabric I have stitched mine on and the same size.  I am stitching mine on 30ct. River Rock Dower Linen which is a superb linen if you've never tried it.  It's a little bit heavier than Cashel or Belfast and has a wonderful feel to it.  You won't be disappointed.  If you like how I have stitched mine, I will include the threads that I used instead of what the pattern calls for.

Good luck and may the best detective win.

Blessings, Barbara

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Just Me Again.....

I'd complain more about having to take out all those stitches on My Lady because it makes me feel better but it still doesn't get the job done.  

I did start something new...

Yep it's the Drawn Thread Apple Blossom Sampler and so far so good.  I'm stitching it.....hold on to your pantyhose.....on 36ct.  I hadn't realized before I started stitching that there are some parts stitched over 1 thread which makes it very interesting for this old gal but I'll muddle through.

Now for a thing that has been creeping me out for weeks.  Anyone else notice the Jimmy Dean Sausage commercials that have his voice in it.  Well Mr. Dean died back in 2010 so it creeps me out to hear his voice.  It's like it's coming from the grave.  They really need a new commercial.

Now for a surprise.  I'm going to have a giveaway but of a very different type.  Next Monday I'm going to be starting a new cross stitch  project and this is what I've decided to do.  Every day that I have worked on this project, I will post a picture of my progress.  I will tell you what the subject is but that's it.  The first person who guess what the design's name is and designer gets the pattern and a piece of fabric to stitch it on.  I think it's going to be fun but that's from my point of view. :o)

That's all for now..... I'll leave you with a chuckle.

Art Impressions Ai Golden Oldies Gossip Club (Sku#T1522)

Blessings, Barbara

Monday, July 30, 2018


Well that dang frog has decided to make camp on my doorstop and he just might be here for awhile.  Look at this picture and tell me what's wrong with it.

To me she looks like the hunchback of Notre Dame.  Yep her heads on just a little off center and all because I decided that instead of moving the fabric, I'd stitch on her upside down.  That will teach me not to be so cocky and sure of myself.  What this does mean that I'll be frogging all of her head but maybe this coming weekend.  Right now I'm just a little too put out with myself.

I have three projects that I'd like to's just making up my mind which one.  Here they are:

Ye Old Crow Sampler by Heart in Hand 

Mirabilia's 25th Anniversary 
Portrait of Antique Vines

Apple Blossom Sampler
by The Drawn Thread

I'm thinking The Old Crow Sampler but not done in total black.  I have a Vikki Clayton silk that is black but has a strain of bright green just slightly highlighting it.  Maybe that would look nice.

But right now I'm going to relax, put my feet up, maybe do a little knitting or.....

Art Impressions

Blessings, Barbara