Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Cat & The Ducklings

This might help you believe in tiny miracles.

Friday, July 31, 2015

A gift...

Well the PET scan went well....now we just wait till next Wednesday to hear the results. 
 I finished up the shirts for John and the 3 other guys he's working with on the engineering final.  They are making a machine that mixes drinks for you at a touch of a button.  The name of it is "Drink Wizard" and this is the design they picked out for their shirts.
This is really the first time I've machine embroidered on knit fabric so there was some hesitation but after many trials and errors, I learned the secret.  They have a product out that is a stabilizer that disappears when wet.  I used the normal paper stabilizer on the bottom and the water disappearing one on top and got perfect results.  I do hope the 4 guys do well on this.  I took the shirts over last nite and they were still working on it.....having a little trouble about when it's suppose to pour.  
Now that Vickie has shown it on her blog I can show you what I made her.  She's been working very hard on a project and I've been her cheering squad and this was her prize for finishing.
I made her a padded project bag in pink and brown because I know she likes this combination.  I added roses to the bag because she's always showing such beautiful flowers on her blog and I get so envious.  In the little case are a pair of scissors and so other doodads for sewing that I thought she might use.  I'm happy she likes it.
Well that's about it.  I'm finishing up a freebie from The Primitive Hare and then I'm going to have a contest.  You'll hear more about that in the next post I do.
Blessings, Barbara


Monday, July 27, 2015

Why is it that when you want time to fly by it's as slow as a snail?  But then you look back on your life and it seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye.  It's very confusing.
I finished another little pillow.  This one is called "My Treasures" by Threadwork Primitives.  I filled this one with corn cob because of it's size.....corn cob is cheaper than crushed walnuts.  I'm liking how it turned out but I feel it's missing something.  
Maybe a trim or a stick pin?  I don't know but maybe some time it will come to me.
I'm debating on what to stitch next.  I want to stitch Gigi from Mirabilia to go with Ana but I've started it twice only to have to frog everything because of mistakes.  I don't think the Cross Stitching Gods want me to stitch her for some reason.  I have everything to do The Raven Queen but she's for next years large project.  
What I really should be working on is the sweater for the new great grand baby, John Elijah.  Peyton and John picked out this pattern:

and I'm knitting it in a royal blue (they don't want the traditional baby colors) and it's a wonderful Cascade Sateen Worsted.  I purchased it online from Craftsy and the link to it is here.  It's wonderfully soft and great to work with and you can't beat the price.  Let me knit a little bit more on it and I'll post a picture.
So whatever I start on next hopefully will keep my mind busy so it doesn't keep coming up with dreadful results of the PET scan this Thursday.
Blessings upon you,
Barbara

Saturday, July 25, 2015

First off, I want to thank everyone for your prayers and good wishes.  I took the suggestion and called the doctors office on Thursday and would you believe they had forgotten to order the PET scan.  I was so mad but kept it to myself.  Within an hour of my call, I was notified by Florida Hospital and the appoint is for July 30th at 9:30 am.  Don't get me started on the health care system in this country because I could talk for hours on that subject.
I've been busy with some orders for the little bags I make and some project bags and I thought I'd share them with you.
For Linda:

For Judy:
For Christina:
and last but not least...for Rhonda:

I received a very nice surprise in the mail today from Rhonda.  She knows a lady that use to have her own ceramic shop but because of health reasons, had to give it up.  Now she just keeps herself busy at home making little things and this is what she made Vallie.
It's to keep her treats in.  Is that not the cutest thing!!!!  Vallie already knows that if she stares at this jar long enough, Mom just might give in and give her one.  I have it sitting on our coffee table in the living room so it's handy in case of an emergency.  LOL
Peyton and John were over yesterday but just for a short time.  They were out searching for pallets for a project that John needs to finish before he graduates from UCF on August 8th.   He will then be a full fledged Engineer.....now to find a job and I pray it's in this area.  If they move, I'll miss them dreadfully but you must go where the jobs are.
I hope each and every one of you have a Blessed weekend and have time to get lots of stitches in to your projects.  I'm still working on "My Treasures" by Threadwork Primitives and I just can't decide how I'm going to finish it....frame?.....pillow?....I just can't decide.
Blessed Be, Barbara

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My patience is growing thin....

Would you believe we still haven't heard from the hospital about when the PET  scan will be!  I'm giving them until friday and then I guess I'll have to start calling people.  Don't they realize how nerve wracking this is?  I am just about at my end.
I'm keeping busy and I have another small finish to show you.  This one is called "Blackie" and it's by Homespun Elegance.  He was fun to stitch especially with those nice Belle Soie silks I was lucky enough to receive.  I stitched him on a fabric I don't use too much anymore and I can't for the life of me remember why I don't.  It's a joy to stitch on and that's Jobelan.  This one was 32ct. Sandstone.
I have alot of the chenille trim that Blackbird Design's uses so this one I dyed green with food coloring and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

My next project is "My Treasures" by Threadwork Primitives but as usual I'm changing everything.  I'm going to stitch this one also in the Belle Soie and the pattern calls for a light colored fabric but I'm going the opposite.  I don't have a name for this one (somehow tags just disappear) but it is a 32ct hand dyed cocoa brown.
Again, I want to thank all of you for your kind emails and prayers sent our way.  What would the world be like without people who care?....I wouldn't want to know.
Blessings Upon All, Barbara

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Just trying to stay busy

I'm trying my level best to stay busy and my mind occupied and I've finished two smalls.
The first one was a freebie at Cross Eyed Cricket and it's a really cute ice cream cone.  Well I love ice cream and my hips show every bite I've eaten over the years but I don't care.  I did something a little different with the finishing....it's a frig magnet.
I stitched it on 32ct. antique white Belfast linen using Au Ver A Soie 100/3 silks.  I love Cross Eyed Cricket designs and this one was a fun stitch.

I made another ornament for our Christmas tree this year and this one is by Little House Needleworks.  It was suppose to say "milk, vanilla, sugar, chocolate" but my husband and I have a recipe for hot chocolate that we both love.  We take vanilla syrup and put about 2 tablespoons of it in a cup of milk and heat that in the microwave.  Then we add the Ghirardelli chocolate powder and it's to die for.  So on this one I changed sugar to syrup.  It's been stitched to dark brown wool felt and then pinked around the edges.  The pattern is now in my store if you're interested.

Then Debbie at Needle Orts has decided to sell my little accessory bags and this is one I made for a customer.  On the back I either do the stitcher's name or her monogram to make it even more personal.  It has 6 pockets that go around the outside and as you can see, it's closed by a drawstring.  If you are interested in having one made in your favorite colors, just drop me an email and I'd be more than happy to make you one.  The price is $15.00 plus $2.50 shipping within the U.S..
That's about all I've gotten done so far this weekend.  Tomorrow I have to finish up a project bag and I hope to get some stitches in to Cherry Hollow Farm.
I want to thank all of you who are praying for a good outcome of my hubby's PET scan.  The emails that I've received and the comments are just heart warming and I appreciate every one.
Blessings to you and yours,
Barbara