Monday, October 17, 2016

Two New Starts

Good Monday morning ladies.  Hope your week has started out nicely....mine has been so so.

I decided to start two new projects.  The first one is a Little House Needleworks called Home Sweet Home.  Ms. Williams recommended this being stitched on an off white linen but I decided to take someone's advice.  Marly of Samplers and Santas mentioned on her blog about a color of linen called "Tin Roof".  I had never heard of this so I looked at my LNS and she had some.  I LOVE THIS COLOR!!!  It is such a great color to make something look primitive.  This design isn't what I would call primitive but on this linen it takes that look.

I'm stitching this with silks and it's coming along great.  The next design is from Creative Needle Arts and it came in a kit with white aida and Finca cotton floss.  I had never used this floss before but it's great to work with.  It glides thru the fabric really well and doesn't fray.  I'm not using the aida so I decided to do it on a purple hand dyed linen and I like how the colors are showing up.

White is so blah.......don't ya think?
We got to spend a nice quiet weekend at home and I got a lot of stitching in. 

I can't believe that Little John will be a year old in two weeks.  Time sure goes faster the older you get and I hate it.  Here's our big boy sitting on his favorite place to watch tv..

Blessings, Barbara

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

It's finished!

I worked very hard today to finish my Never Fading Sampler by Threadwork Primitives and I'm thrilled with how it turned out.  Remember me saying that I wasn't sure how big it was going to turn out so I was glad I used a larger piece of fabric.  Would you believe that I ended up with about 4 inches all the way around.  Sometimes you get lucky!  Here it is in all it's glory....

I'm not sure why Nan named it "Never Fading" but I have my adaptation of it.  The items you see in the pictures come from three generations of my family.  The glasses were my Great Grandmother's, the picture is of her daughter, my Grandmother, and the baby shoes were her son's, my father.  To me Love is Never Fading and all 3 of these items are precious to me.    I left space in the center lower border for the year because the memory isn't as great and I have trouble remembering when I stitched something.  I'm also one of those who does not put her initials on her projects.  Do you?

I'm glad this is finished and now onto something new.  What?  I have no idea.....

Blessings, Barbara

P.S  the pattern is in my store with a piece of WDW Wool with it.

Monday, October 10, 2016


Hello my fellow stitchers.  I hope everyone who was in Matthew's path has recovered and got away with not too much damage.  
One good thing did come out of this storm and that was I got a lot of stitching done on my Never Fading sampler.  I can't figure out why the designer named it that.  Any ideas?  I only have the X and the inside border at the bottom and then I get to add the wool, charms and buttons.

I'm going to be adding this pattern to my store when I'm finished and I'm going to include a piece of the WDW wool that I used.  I've also added a box I made several years ago for my scissor collection but since I sold that off, I no longer need the box.

Remember the lace yarn I showed you called Grandmother's Kitchen?  Well I tried working with it and I was having alot of trouble with that's been set aside for another day.  What I did start was a knitted cowl out of this beautiful Trendsetter yarn called Firefly.  It's a camel color with just a bit of red sparkle to it.  I thought it would go nice with a red silk blouse I have to wear for Christmas.  

The pattern is on Ravelry and is called LTYC Open Hooded Cowl.  It doesn't have a picture of the completed design so you'll have to wait and see with me what it looks like.  LOL  I like surprises....don't ask me why.

Well that's all the updates I have right now.  I haven't decided what my next xs project will be but I know it's going to be small.  I need a break.

Blessings, Barbara

Saturday, October 8, 2016


Well Matthew is on his way to bother someone else and hopefully will die out soon.  We had a tree limb fall off a tree and Peyton and John showed up today to help us with that problem.  We didn't even lose power....although it flickered a couple of times.  

To anyone who has yet to be bothered by this storm, I hope all is well afterwards.  
God is Good
Blessings, Barbara

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Well it looks like we are going to get hit with a hurricane named Matthew and here I always liked that name.  Here in the Orlando area we have so many tourists and I know the state government has to issue warnings and all but I really think they get ahead of themselves sometimes.  We've lived here for over 30 years and can remember only one year where we received damage from a hurricane and that was in 2004.  Three hurricanes in 6 weeks was just a little over the top.  So we've prepared as we always have....brought in garbage cans, plants, wind chimes and any thing that can go flying and that's about it.  We will probably lose power and so flashlights and lanterns are ready and we have an extra tank of gas for the grill to cook on. 
Now for you ladies that are also in this storms path I pray that nothing bad happens to any of your family or friends and if you could offer up a prayer for us, I'd be eternally grateful.

Blessings During This Time,

Monday, October 3, 2016

Finally Found One

Good morning my sweet friends....hope your Monday is off to a great start.  Mine has been so so.  I think I'm getting my end of summer cold that I get every year.  I usually get 2 colds a in the spring and one in the fall.  This time I headed this one off at the pass and started taking meds immediately instead of waiting.  Maybe it will help and maybe not....who knows.

Well yesterday afternoon, Peyton, John, Little John, Valerie (John's sister) and I decided we were going shopping for my dress for the wedding.  I really didn't want to.  I told Peyton I was planning on waiting till after the holidays to start looking.  Well apparently this gave Peyton a near heart attack because she thought I should have it now and ready.  So off we went to the Altamonte Mall.  Looked at all the major stores and finally came to Dillards.  I don't know why we didn't start there first because I've always had good luck there.  So here's my dress for the wedding.....

I know the picture is terrible but it's the best one I took.  The color is navy blue and it has a nice over cape and sleeves of chiffon with some sparkly lace and jewels around the cuffs.  I think I still need and nice necklace and ear rings and shoes and I'm all set.   The only problem is that it's a floor length gown and when I have it one, there's about 10 inches of fabric laying on the floor.  I swear they make these long enough for a giraffe to wear so I'm not sure if I want to tackle this job myself or take it to a professional.  Thank goodness that's over.

I've been working on the Threadwork Primitives sampler and this is what I've done so far.  I think I miscalculated the size because it's turning out bigger than I thought it would.  Thank goodness I used a larger than needed piece of fabric.

Well I hope all of you have a wonderful week and are able to get some serious stitching time in.

Blessings for the week,

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Good Tuesday Morning....

I almost typed Monday because DH was home yesterday and it just throws my whole week off.  I'm a Monday laundry person and here I am doing it on a's gonna mess me up for the entire week.  (sigh)

Well I finished Slate Snowman and I love him.  This is the biggest Shepherd's Bush design I've ever done and it's not really that big....maybe 6 x 8 inches at the most.  I have one of her Gatherers in my collection and I keep putting it off because of the size.  Maybe now I'll tackle it.  Here he is in all his glory.....

I absolutely love him and I'm looking for an off white primitive frame for him.

Next project is a Threadwork Primitives sampler called "Never Fading".  What I like about this sampler is that at the bottom they used a piece of WDW hand dyed wool and attached old buttons, charms, pins, etc.  I have an idea brewing in my head as to what I want to attach to the wool but first I must stitch the design.

I haven't chosen fabric yet but I'm definitely using silks for the stitching.

Well back to my off day laundry day (sigh) and I'm hoping you all have a really great week in whatever you decide to do.

Blessings, Barbara

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Moving right along....

I was hoping I would have the Shepherd's Bush Slate Snowman finished by now but no such luck.  My eyes are having trouble focusing on the threads of the fabric.  I have this problem often with darker hand dyed linen....why?.....I have no idea.  I am determined to finish it this weekend if our yard work gets finished fast.  Another limb fell off our maple tree in the front yard so we need to cut that up before we can mow grass.  I have a thing about cutting down trees.....I don't like it.  I won't even have a natural Christmas tree.  I just don't like it and now we have to make the decision to cut down this old maple.  I wouldn't worry about it so much if it was in the back yard but it's between our property and the neighbors and I don't want anything happening to their house because of our tree.  I'm going to miss her if we have to cut it down.  She's offered many years of very nice shade.

Here is what I have finished so far on it.  I love the little house, trees and sheep at the bottom.

I've got the yarn bug again and I'm thinking of making a shawl using this beautiful lace weight yarn I purchased on Etsy from a fantastic Dyer.  Her store is JulieSpins and she truly is a magician when it comes to colors.  Her base yarns are wonderful to the touch.  This one is Merino and Silk and I love the names of the combinations she comes up with.  This one is called Grandmother's Kitchen.  Is that not perfect?

Each skein has 870 yards so I'll have plenty to work with and it will be a wonderful light weight over the shoulders.

No post would be complete without an update of my little buddy...Little John.  Peyton sent me this this morning of the big boy walking in his new shoes.  Don't ya just love that smile!!!   I could just look at him all day.  Peyton and I went out for lunch on wednesday and of course Little John was along.  He can be in a grouchy mood in the car but as soon as he's in a store or a restaurant to watch people, he's happy as a lark.  We went to Olive Garden and I think he had more of my minestrone soup than I did.

I can't believe he'll be a year old next month.  Time sure passes fast when you don't want it to.

I thank God for all the great ladies I have met thru my blog and I hope everyone remembers to thank God for family and friends.

Blessings, Barbara

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A start and a finish

I hope everybody has had a fantastic weekend so far whether it be with loved ones or just sitting and stitching.  
I had to start a new project besides the Shepherds Bush one because I just fell in love with this little snowman.  He is stitched in primitive colors which suits me just fine.  I decided he was having some "Wintertime fun" and made him a label.  Buttons at the corners finished him off real nicely.  Teresa Kogut is the designer and you'll find the pattern in my store.

 I've been working on Slate Snowman for about 2 days so I haven't gotten very far but I thought I'd show you the fabric.  I love it!

Remember my Lizzie Kate candle mat I made and remember I forgot to stitch the ball at the end of santa's hat?  Well I decided  since I forgot to do this before I put him together, that I would use a button for the ball.  I like it!

That's all for now except to wish everyone a Blessed Sunday....

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Betsy has a home.

I hope all of you have had a Blessed Sunday and enjoyed your time with stitching or something else you love doing.  Me.....stitching!
I took Robin's advice about the wooden embroidery frames for Betsy's Tart and it turned out really cute.  I had never finished something this way so I added some touches of my own.  I added a backing which I'm not sure you are suppose to do but to me it just gives it a more "finished" look.  Also, I stained the hoop walnut and I love it.
Here's Betsy:

She's sitting in my china/crystal cabinet only because the hanger that I had attached left loose so I must reattach it then I can hang it where I want.  I'm thinking kitchen.
Then the other day I received a package in the mail from my sweet friend Rhonda.  I had no idea what it was and wow was I surprised when I opened it.  She sent me an absolutely beautiful windchime in remembrance of my brother, Richard.  I purchased a wrought iron hanger at Lowe's and DH hung it for me today.

I had him hang it outside my kitchen window that's over my sink so that I can hear the beautiful chimes and look at it.  I didn't want it out in the elements so it's nicely protected on the front porch.  Thank you Rhonda....every time I look at it I'll think of my brother and the dear friend who sent it to me.
That's all from this part of the world.  I hope everything is in top shape in your corner.

Blessings, Barbara