Sunday, June 25, 2017

I'm getting old!

Hi my sweet peeps.  Hope everything is good where you are and that you had a fantastic weekend.  Mine was so so.  I've been having back problems again.  I've had a bad back all my life and sometimes it acts up.  This week was one of those times.  It's better now and you just go on with your life hoping the next time doesn't come around.
I have sad news about the Lavender & Lace Angel of Light was I stitching.  I discovered I just can't do large projects anymore at all.  Between the shaking and the lack of concentration....it just didn't work out.  I sent everything to the lady I was doing it for in hopes that she can find someone to finish it.  I do have some small projects I would like to do but I just can't think right now about doing them.  I started a new shawl.  This one uses a yarn called "Cotton Flowers" and it's from Germany.  It is a 4 plied gradient yarn that is cotton and acrylic.  It's wonderful to work with.  Here are some pictures of what the skein looks like after working on this for about 3 days and the other is what I have finished so you can see the gradient colors.


This yarn starts out a very pale yellow, goes to minty green and ends up baby blue.  The shawl is already pretty good size and I'm about half way finished.



Sad news about my baby Vallie.  She has to have surgery on the 13th of July.  She has developed a wart on the inside corner of her left eye and it has to be removed.  Thank goodness they don't have to keep her overnight because she just wouldn't go for that.  I drop her off about 7 am and pick her back up about 5 pm.  I'd appreciate a prayer or two for my furbaby.  I'll be a nervous wreck till she's back home with her mommy and daddy.  

Now I want to introduce you to a new member of Peyton and John's family.  Her name is Belle and she's a rescue.  I wasn't too sure about her at first but she fell instantly in love with Peyton and every time she walks by Little John she licks his cheek.  The Vet thinks she's between 6 mos. and 1 year old.  


Well that's all the news hereabouts so I just want to say thank you to all of you ladies who read my blog.  I've met some wonderful people through this blog and I thank my lucky stars for each and every one of you.

Blessings for the week, Barbara

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Surprise Shawl

Hello my friends.  I posted the other day that someone was getting a surprise in the mail and she received it today.  I made a prayer shawl for Our Sweet Vickie and I'm hoping the prayers said while making this will help her.  I knew she loved the color pink and so when I saw this silk/linen gradient yarn, I knew it was meant to be hers.  Here is Vickie's shawl.


Blessings To All, Barbara

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Chocolate Covered Cherries

Today is Saturday and I have no idea what to get myself in to.  Hello....have you ever felt like that?  I have so much yarn....so many cross stitch patterns....but I have nothing to do.  

I do have something very interesting to show you.  The other day I was stopped at a red light here in Orlando, and I noticed a strange object on the left hand side of the cross street.  There stood the weirdest bicycle I've ever seen but then I realized it was one of those old time ones with the huge front wheel.  I was curious to see how this person was going to get on that seat that was so high off the ground.  I didn't have long to wait for they got the green light and off she took.  See the long bar that goes from the small back wheel to the top of the big wheel....well she just ran up it jumped onto the seat.  No Way!!!  I was so stunned that I was surprised my picture turned out okay.  Here's what I saw:


I really have no idea how she rode this thing....yes it was a woman.

I do have a finish to share.  I purchased this cotton yarn a few months ago and just couldn't figure out what pattern to use and then I came across this V-stitch pattern that was perfect for it.  I call the shawl "Chocolate Covered Cherries" because that's what it reminds me of.  The cherry in the center with the white/pink cream surrounding it with a thin shell of chocolate.  You can see all the different gradients of colors that are in this yarn and I think it's beautiful.  I own another shawl similar to this one, so I'm putting this one in my store.  You can find it there if you are interested.  


I did finish another shawl but it hasn't reached the individual I made it for yet, and since it's a surprise, I'll wait till she receives it before I post about it.  
The Good Lord has seen to it that we have started our rainy season and we needed the rain badly so we now have showers everyday.  The only bad thing is that it makes the grass grow and you know how much I hate yard work down here.  
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.
Blessings, Barbara

Friday, May 26, 2017

I love this yarn!!!

I must share something with you that I just have fallen head over heels in love with.  I belong to Ravelry which I am sure several of you ladies do too.  I've heard knitters and crocheters talk about a yarn from Switzerland called Wolltraum and that it's a fantastic gradient yarn.  Well you know I had to try it and I found the website and ordered some.  I fell in love with a color called "Blackberry Way" and here is my finished shawl out of this stunning yarn.  I bought the color way on the right because I like a center pull cake.



After I had ordered this from Switzerland I discovered that there are companies here in the U.S. that sell it.  (I know dumb of me right?)  I found a lady on Etsy who is fantastic to work with and if she has the color you want in stock, you receive it in just a few days.  Her shop is called  "Melodyy by Wolltraum".  I have three on order from her right now and can't wait to get the one called "White Christmas".
It has a little bit of glitter running thru it and it will look great in a holiday shawl.  This is probably old news to many of you but I just had to share my enthusiasm for this lovely yarn.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and please say a Prayer and a Thank You for all those men and women who died fighting for our freedom.

Blessings, Barbara

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hello my fine stitching friends.  I hope everything is going good in your part of the neighborhood.  Here....so far so good for this Monday.
I have a new start to share with you all.  My sweet friend Rhonda, has a co-worker who wanted something stitched so I volunteered.  I must say it has been years since I've stitched a Lavender & Lace angel and this one is the Angel of Light.  Stitching this reminded me how much the stitching world misses Marilyn and her wonderful designs.  I've done several of her designs but this is the first time for this one and I am enjoying it.

I went with the kids this past weekend to a baby expo and it was exciting to see all the new gadgets that weren't around when I was pregnant.  It makes me wonder how ladies like our Mother's ever survived our childhood's without all these little money makers.  Here's Little John enjoying his type of entertainment.  I remember when Peyton was little and we couldn't go to Walmart without her wanting a ride on the pony or car.  Back then they were 25 cents.  Get ready....they are now $1.00 per ride.  It just makes you wonder.

Also a few weeks ago, we purchased him a big boy chair and he loves to sit in it and watch tv or look at his books.

That's all I have for now.  We got some much needed rain today but I wish it had waited about 10 minutes or so.  I was in the process of getting groceries in the car.  Never fails....right?
Everyone please have a fantastic week and have loads of fun with family and friends.

Blessings, Barbara

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Something old and something new

Hello my sweet blogger friends.  I hope everyone has had a fabulous weekend so far.  Mine  has had it's ups and downs.  Downs being yard work this morning....and the ups was going to IKEA this afternoon with the kids.  I love that store!  I can find the most interesting doodads there.

I finished two shawls and a cowl that I'd like to share with you.  The first is a cowl made of a scrumptious yarn called Cassia by Louisa Harding.  This is for Debbie, the owner of Needle Orts for this year's Halloween.  She loves orange and when I saw this yarn, I immediately thought of her.  I need to find a Halloween pin for the front center of it.  If anyone has an idea, please share with me.

The next is a pink and black shawl I call "Paris".  This is made of a yarn called Mimi Plus by Lotus Yarns.  It's made of mink, cashmere and wool.  It can't get any better than that!  This one I'm going to sell in my store, so if you're interested you'll find it there.

The next shawl is the one I was working on during my last post.  This one hasn't been blocked yet so it will grow some due to that.  It's made of a gradient yarn that turns from cream to a shade of coffee with cream.  It's an Ice Yarns cotton/acrylic gradient yarn.  This one is also for sale in my store.

I've started a new one for myself from a yarn I showed you many moons ago.  It's a lace weight which is merino wool and silk.  I fell in love with the color name....Grandmother's Kitchen.  I started it last nite and with 1600 yards this is going to take some time to complete.  So far I'm loving it.

I mentioned the new cross stitch I started.  Well here's the pattern and what I have finished so far.

It's not much but I'm making some progress.  I'm stitching it on 30ct. natural with GA threads.

Well that's what I've been working on the last week or so.  I love finishes but I also love starting new projects and I don't know if you have this problem, but I just get overwhelmed with what I have and want to start all of it.  It's like I lay them out and go Eenie, Meenie, Minee, Moe and go with the one Moe lands on.  I need to have a serious stash reduction sale.

Well I hope you ladies have a wonderful Sunday and received many.....

Blessings, Barbara


Monday, May 1, 2017

I'm a mess...

Hello my sweet friends....I hope your week has started out on a high note.  Mine started out at 6:00 am this morning with a trip over to watch Little John while Mommy went for lab testing.  I really don't remember driving there because I think I was still asleep.  Wow! 6 am is early!!!

I  can't say enough about all the wonderful comments I received.  I'm pretty sure it's this depression that I've been in that has my head going in circles.  I was dismayed to hear that some of you also have gotten nasty emails for no reason whatsoever.  People can be so cruel sometimes.  I'm going to take everyone's advice and just ignore these awful people and get on with my life.  I worry too much about what other people think and I always have.  I'm not what you would call a very secure person. Okay enough about that but I do want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all the help that has been shown me.  I love each and every one of you.

I must tell you about my saturday evening.  I was sitting here minding my own business when Peyton called and asked if I wanted to meet them at the mall.  Well I had nothing better to do (well except stitching) so I said yes.  We were in JC Penney's when Little John decided to start acting up.  Daddy went to him and asked if he needed time out in a corner.  Now you must remember that Little John is only 1 1/2 years old but he knew what that meant.  John got him out of his stroller and Little John walked over to this corner and just stood there.


Well the cashiers around us just couldn't get over this so one went into the back room and came out with a cookie for him.  John put him back in the stroller and he was good as gold for the rest of the evening.  He is such a good boy (most of the time) and he's so smart to realize what "time out" means.  He only had to stand there for about a minute but it was enough to settle him down.

Well I've started another shawl out of a cotton yarn that starts out cream and ends up the color of coffee with cream in it.

I'm loving working with these gradient yarns and have several on order.  Can't wait to receive them.  I haven't done much cross stitch lately but I did start a small pattern.  It's called "Growing Love" from Threadwork Primitives and it's turning out very cute.  I felt like making another needle case and this one is a little different with stitching on top and bottom.

I hope all of you have a fantastic week and get to enjoy the beginning of another glorious summer.

Blessed Be, Barbara

Thursday, April 27, 2017

And the Winner Is....

Clare

from New Zealand.  I have emailed her and left her know that she had won and I also told her I find it fascinating that two people who live on opposite sides of this world can love the same designer.  This really is a small world.

Now for the bad news.  I don't know if this happens to any of you other ladies who have blogs, but I get some of the nastiest emails from ladies I have never met.  I don't know why and I can't explain why I have over 500 followers and I have a giveaway for what I think is a very nice pattern and I only have 8 ladies that are interested in it.  Have I been nasty to anyone?  Have I said something I shouldn't of?  Has someone stolen my identity on the internet?  I don't know but I think from the sounding of some of these emails I have (or someone posing as me) has been really awful in some way.  I don't belong to any message boards and I only belong to a few groups on Facebook that have to do with stitching and I've only posted there a few times at most.  This has led me to think I need to shut my blog down.  I would welcome any comments on why you think this is happening or if it's happened to you.  I will make up my mind in a few days as to whether or not to shut down.

Blessings, Barbara


Friday, April 21, 2017

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

GIVEAWAY

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.

Barbara