Monday, June 27, 2016


We had a summer storm here the other night and it blew down a large limb from our maple tree in the front yard.  Luckily it only hit our fence and not the neighbors.  It was 98 degrees on saturday when we were chopping it up and putting it into cans and of course I did my usual routine of passing out.  Came to and our sweet neighbor Katie was putting cold wet paper towels on me to lower my body temp.  It's been miserable here and today DH had a doctors appointment at 3:30.  We got in the car and the temperature reading was 102 degrees.  If it's this hot now I won't be able to make it thru August.  I hope all you sweet ladies have been able to keep cool in this horrible heat we're experiencing this year.

I am so proud of myself and the progress I am making on Three Gables.  Here's the latest update:

I hope you don't get tired of me talking about Little John and posting pictures of him but I just get the biggest kick out of him.  Here's one Peyton sent me this morning.  Now doesn't it look like Chloe is saying to Peyton, "Mom I tried to keep him out but he just wouldn't listen to me".  LOL

As Peyton says "he's such a stinker".  

Hope everyone has a Blessed Week

PS.  Thought I'd add a picture of how Vallie likes to help me stitch.  NOT!

Thursday, June 23, 2016


I've done alot of stitching on Three Gables and here's an updated picture of it.

Peyton went to the beach yesterday with her father and Bub loved the water.  At least this time he didn't eat as much sand.  LOL


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hello fellow stitchers!  Hope everything is going well with all of you and that you're getting alot of stitching done.  I've been slowly working on the Cricket design I started.  I had to go to my LNS to pick up some WDW threads and I'm thinking I should of purchased one more skein for the roof....Basil.  I hate running out in the middle of something.  Bugs me!
Here's what I have so far:

When I was at my LNS I came across a pattern from Brenda Gervais called Where Hearts Rest.  Love at first sight!
I bought the fabric it called for but in a 32ct. and all the fibers it needs.  The colors are just scrumptious!

In doctors offices while waiting during hubby's visits I've been knitting on the pink neck warmer and I only have about 2 more rows to do and that's finished.

My oldest brother was at our family reunion up in Pa. and one of our cousins gave him two pictures of our parents when they were in their 30's.  We hadn't seen these pictures before and he sent me copies.  They are very dear to my heart.

That's all for now.  I hope your week so far has been fun and everyone stay cool.  It's so hot here in Orlando right now you can hardly breathe when you go outside.  It's like you're walking into a sauna.  Come on Winter!!!!
Blessings, Barbara

P.S.  I forgot to mention that Peyton has picked out her wedding gown.  Monday afternoon, Peyton, myself and 3 of her friends went to David's Bridal and she found the gown of her dreams.

Hers had to be ordered because she wants a white on white bodice instead of cream on cream.  I love it and she looks so happy in it.

Sunday, June 12, 2016


I'm sure by now all of you have heard about the horrible things that have happened here in Orlando.  Why do these terrible people feel they have the right to take someone's life?  The sweet young girl who had her whole life in front of her, snuffed out by a crazy person.  Fifty innocent people out having a good time with friends not knowing they won't be going home that night.    I just do not understand it.  I pray for those families who have lost someone dear and for those still in the hospitals that will be scarred for life...emotionally and physically.  I have a friend who says "the world is upside down" and I tend to agree.  

To keep my mind busy, I started a new cross stitch project.  This is one I've been wanting to do for years and I felt now is the time.  I have ordered all the buttons (quite a few) and have the WDW threads and  I'm stitching it on 28ct. gingerbread linen.  I love the colors in this and I plan on making it into a wall hanging for this Halloween.  Wish me luck!
Now I can't very well talk about Halloween without showing you some new pics of our Halloween baby.  The first one is of him being a big boy after he pulled himself up all by himself.

This second one is of him and his buddy Chloe.

I hope all of you are safe in your homes tonite and please say a prayer for those here in Orlando that are in need.

Blessings, Barbara

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