Friday, April 21, 2017

Let's Have A.......


I haven't done one in quite awhile so I thought.....what the heck, now is a good time.

This one is for a brand new pattern by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread.  It's called "Essamplaire Petite Collection 1"

You must be a follower of my blog and please leave a comment on this post only.  A winner will be picked using the random number method next Friday night.  Let's make this world wide because the cross stitching community I have come into contact with is world wide and I love all of them.  Please leave your name and email and I wish everyone good luck.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's hump day....

I usually love Wednesday's because I get to spend them with Peyton and Little John but today was different.  They have moved into a different house and today the cable company was coming to hook it up so they couldn't come over.  I had a ton of errands to run so that held me back from going over there.

I did get two shawls blocked though and I thought I'd share them with you.
First one is a gradient wool yarn that I purchased on Etsy.  I think I showed you a few posts ago what it looked like in cake form.  Well here's the finished product.

This was a very easy yarn to work with and I know I'll be back for more.
The second one is also a gradient but in several pastel colors.  I absolutely love this yarn.

Neither one of these turned out very big but they will make nice shawlettes for in the fall.  Also, they can end up as gifts.  My sister-in-law Pat was down here about a month ago and she and her friend went home with a pile of shawls and cowls.  I absolutely love making them but really don't get much use out of them.  If you're thinking you would like one for yourself or for a friend, drop me an email at and we'll see about making you one.  I have an excellent selection of very high quality yarns and I know we can find a color you'd like.  It will also keep me off the street and out of my hubby says.

Blessings, Barbara

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Blessings, Barbara

Friday, April 7, 2017

Something Old and Something New

The something old is Me.  I turned 65 and I feel it in ever bone and muscle in my body.  Whoever said these are the Golden Years is full of you know what.  It's more like the Tarnished Years in my house.  Hubby is doing good.  We had a visit to the Infectious Disease Doctor and and he wants some labs done to see if the meds are working.  Let's pray they are.
I have an update to show you and some new things I've started.  I also was in a yarn buying mood and came across 2 that I just couldn't live know how that goes, right?
First off is an update on Snow Days.  I have the house all finished so that makes me feel like I've accomplished something.  I just love how this is turning out.

My sister in law in Pa. has a friend who came down here to visit with them and requested that I make her a purple shawl.  I had two yarns in my stash that I think will make a pretty nice shawl for her.  They are a dark purple and I don't know if you can see in the picture, but the one in the back has a gold thread going thru it.  I'm going to use that yarn down around the bottom of the shawl to give it some pizzazz.

Then the two yarns that I purchased....

This one is a hand dyed yarn that I purchased on Etsy from Knit Circus Yarns.  If you like gradient yarns, she has some fantastic color combinations but the name of this one is what drew me to it....
La Vie En Rose.

This one is a Louisa Harding yarn called Pittura and the color is called "Monet".  Trust me, the picture does not do this yarn justice.  The colors are like jewels and it's just stunning.  

I was brushing Vallie tonite and found 2 fleas on her so off she went to get a bath.  She hates being blow dried but since it was close to bed time  I made her do it.  She's laying here not looking very happy at her mommy right now.  

I am making some more of these small project holder bags.  I find they are perfect for holding all the threads, buttons, scissors and anything else you need to stitch a project.....and they don't take up alot of room.  It's hard to see but I embroidered my monogram and some flowers in green to match the green flowered fabric.

Well that's about all that's going on in my world lately.  I suffer from depression and for some reason, these last few weeks have been terrible.  All I want to do is sleep and that's not good so I make myself go places even if it's only to window shop.  Peyton is busy packing up for their move in a few weeks so I don't want to bother her.  They are actually moving closer to us so I'm very happy about that situation.  Depression is a very crippling disease and I hope none of you suffer from it.

Have a fantastic weekend with family and friends and stay safe...
Blessings, Barbara

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Before and After

Just a quickie post to share with you two Vallie pictures.  Yesterday was grooming day so I decided to take a before and after photo.
looking pretty scruffy.

Exhausted laying on the arm of my stitching chair using my pouch for her pillow.  She's so darn cute I hated to disturb her to get new threads.
Blessings, Barbara

Monday, March 20, 2017

Good Monday Morning

Hello darlin's.  I hope all of you had a fantastic weekend filled with fun and laughter.  We had a terrific one.  I have a few pictures to share with you and then a big announcement.
First off, Little John was over to visit yesterday and he found a unique sitting spot on my table that my father made me years ago.  I think you'll agree he's very inventive.
We still haven't figured out how he got in there but Peyton had a dicken's of a time getting him out.  :)

John's uncle that took the pictures at the wedding gave them a beautiful keepsake of that day.  In the gardens that surrounded this beautiful estate were little statues.  One of them were two little children sitting on a bench reading a book.  He was able to catch this one of Little John pointing to the pages of the book.  He loves to be read to so he recognized the book right away.  I think it's very adorable.
And with Easter coming I wanted to do the finishing on my Happy Easter bunny pillow.  I thought it was perfect with the Easter colored Hershey Kisses that just jump into my hand whenever I walk by.  

That's all for now.  It's Monday so it's laundry day.....

Oh yeah the big surprise.  Peyton and John told us yesterday that Peyton is pregnant and the baby will be here in November.  We have our fingers crossed plus a few toes that this one is a girl.  Little John needs a little sister to play with.  They wanted to have two children close together and that's exactly what they will have.  I pray everything goes okay and Peyton and the baby are healthy.

Blessings, Barbara

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Busy, Busy, Busy

A sweet friend requested that I make a tote bag for her Mother using a poppy themed fabric I found on Fat  This is what I came up with...
The Tote:

On the front I did her full name and on the bag her monogram.  Outside has 2 pockets and 3 pockets inside.

A small zipper bag that has her nickname on front and embroidered poppy on back.

And a larger zippered case made out of 5" charms of the same fabric pattern.
I hope she likes it.

Blessings, Barbara

Friday, March 10, 2017

A New Start

You've all probably heard that the Nashville show was this past week and boy did I get in trouble.  There were just so many beautiful things to choose from.....well I decided not to choose and just buy everything.  At least that's what it seems to me. 

 One I did purchase was a new kit from Shepherd's Bush called "Ewe Are My Sunshine".  I wish I had left it there.  I've never been disappointed in one of their kits but this one I hate.  They decided to stitch it on 18ct. linen over 2 threads and I swear this linen feels like burlap.  Here's what I have so far.

I've also been working on Snow Days and I love it so far....and that's a new needle minder to help celebrate Spring.

I wanted something that I could put my threads, scissors and glasses in when I'm not stitching to keep Little Bubs hands out of trouble so I came up with this....

I made it about 5 x 10 inches and I love how it turned out.  It's large enough to hold everything I need it to but small enough to lay on the arm of my chair.

I hope all you ladies have a wonderful weekend with family and friends.

Blessings, Barbara

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Day at the Zoo

The kids have season passes to the zoo here in Central Florida so they invited me to go with them this pass Saturday.  We had so much fun and the flowers were spectacular.
Little John practicing his balance workout.

Mommy and Little John or Bubs as we all call him,

He wasn't at all scared to feed the giraffes.

...and these are just pics of the beautiful flowers in the botanical gardens.  It's a small zoo but the animals are well taken care of which is my major concern.  It's clean and well tended.  
Then we had DH oldest brother and his wife stop in to see us on their way to Ft. Lauderdale to go on a cruise.  They love them but I just don't see the attraction.
My sister in law Pat playing with Little John.

And my DH oldest brother, Lynn.  

As you can tell, I'm terrible at taking pictures.....always have been and probably always will be.

Blessings, Barbara

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Back to business

Now that the excitement of the wedding is over and everything can get back to normal....well as normal as we allow it....I was able to finish two projects.  
First is Happy Easter which is going to be finished into a small pin pillow with the fabrics laying beside it.  I love the purples....

....and I was finally able to finish the Patriotic Scissor Pocket by Scarlett House.  This one I'm not sure how I'm going to finish it.  Frame?  Pillow?  Round Hoop?  I just don't know.  Let me know your thoughts on it.

I've put a few more stitches into Snow Days....

I'm loving it on the Glenshee Linen.  

I have to find another small  project to start but I'm also thinking of starting a new hexagon quilt.  I posted several months ago about a collection of William Marcus fabrics that I purchased and I've just been thinking about this quilt for weeks now.  It will take days to cut out all the hexagons which is the part I hate.  I love doing the hand sewing but the cutting.....yuk!

I've placed 3 new patterns in my store if you're interested in them.

Hope you all have a Blessed week,