Monday, August 31, 2015

God does answer prayers....

We've just come from the doctor's office and both his thyroid and his lung biopsy are benign.  I can't thank all of you enough for all your prayers and best wishes.  My DH was absolutely sure they were going to say cancer of the lung but God proved him wrong.  
Blessings Upon All of You on This Blessed Day

Sunday, August 30, 2015

It's a rainy day here in Orlando and a perfect day to finish up some sewing projects.  
First is little John Elijah's quilt.  Peyton liked one of those panels you can purchase and add the coordinating fabrics to it to make a quilt.  Sewing Studio had the panel but it was after searching online that I found all the coordinating fabrics to match.  Here's how it turned out.
 The theme of the nursery is woodland animals and this fits in with it really nice.  I loved doing it for the baby but I can tell my machine quilting days are coming to an end.  My back just can't stand it and my hands shaking makes for a hard time sewing a straight line.
 I saw this owl pattern and just fell it love with it.  The pattern called for it to have flowers on it but I decided a bow tie was more fitting for a little boys owl.
And of course at the top of the quilt is the little one's name.  It was fun to do but I'm sure glad it's finished.

I finished knitting my Rose Petal Cowl and I love how it turned out.  It is so soft with the rabbit angora added to the merino wool and it will be a pleasure to wear here in the winter.

I'm slowly stitching away on Olga and hope to have her finished soon.  The local lady who dyes this fabric has been asked to show her fabrics at the nationals in February and she would like stitchers to donate items that have been stitched on her fabrics so she can show examples.  I've decided to let her have as many as she would like to take of mine.  She has a great eye for color and since I love unusual colors for my fabrics, it works out great.
That's all for today.  Sorry for the long post but I'd rather be busy than sitting around like a stump as my Mother use to say.
Tomorrow we find out the results of the biopsy so please keep your fingers crossed.
Blessings to All, Barbara

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Way to go Pa.

I was talking with one of my brothers this afternoon and he informed me that Lewisberry, Pa was playing for the Little League World Series Championship against Texas....score 2 to 2.  I turned the channel and saw some of the cutest kids trying their hearts out to win.  I was just in time to see Lewisberry get the winning score of 3 to 2.  If your not familiar with Lewisberry, the towns population is less then 375 and if you blink while driving thru it, you'll miss it.  One of my brothers lives there so I know the area.   
Congratulations to the Champs

I have some finishes to show you, but I'll post them tomorrow.
Blessings, Barbara

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It's a beautiful day here in Florida and I hope where you are it's just as pretty.  Now if it would only cool down some, Vallie and I would enjoy taking walks again.
I started a new project and it's called "Olga's Tart" by Plum Street Design.  I'm stitching it on one of the Black Cauldron Fabrics called "Hag's Hair" and it's turning out really cute.  The pattern calls for 36ct and I didn't have any so I won't be finishing it the way the pattern shows. 

 I did go ahead and order some of the tart tins from Amazon....6 of them for $14.95.  I thought that was a pretty good price.  If you're interested in getting some, here is the webpage:  link

Remember I was going to make that cowl in the purple, grey and tan yarn....well that just did not work out at all.  You know how some times you lay floss on fabric and you go "Wow" that looks great but when you take those first couple of stitches you go "Ugh".  Well that's how I felt when I started knitting that I changed my mind (as us girls are allowed to do) and started this one:

I'm calling it Rose Petals and the yarn is to die for.  It's called Invernal by Aslan Trends.  It's made from Rabbit Angora and Merino Wool and it's sooooo soft and it's wonderful to knit with.  I love knitting and crocheting in the fall and winter and have been stocking up on some yummy yarns that I can't wait to get needles in to.  So many projects.....not enough time.
Have a Blessed week, Barbara

Friday, August 21, 2015


I'm glad this week is over and that today is friday.  Went and did a little shopping this morning and I had to run into Michaels for 1 skein of floss and came away with the cutest metal owl.
There were 2 different sizes and the one I bought is about 10 inches high.  The other one was about 15 inches and they both had a place on the back to put a candle.  He's just the sweetest thing and my DH was with me and usually me makes fun of me when I'm in a store of that type, but even he likes him.  He has been christened "Oscar".
Well I finished my Indian Corn Cowl and I can tell I haven't knitted in about a day because I really have the shakes today.  It's taking me forever to type this because I keep hitting letters twice.  
I absolutely love all the colors in this yarn that I used and enjoyed knitting this a lot.  My next project is this:
but in this yarn...
I love the purple with the gray and tan.  This should be a nice relaxing knit.
Lizzie Kate has asked that stitcher's do not post finishes of the SAL but here's the one I started.
It should be a fun stitch because it's not very big....on 28ct. about 5.5 x 11 inches and it has all kinds of beads, buttons and charms on it.  You also get 3 extra little charts that go with it.  I've just started part one and there's 3 parts.  
 Tomorrow we are going with Peyton and John to get the baby's crib.  I remember my parents buying Jennifer's and we asked them if it would be okay for us to buy little John Elijah's crib.  Then a nice relaxing dinner out at Kobe's Japanese Steakhouse.  So I hope all of you have a great weekend with your family and friends.
Blessings, Barbara

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Come On Autumn...

When we lived in Pennsylvania, autumn was always my favorite time of year.  The colors were so only Mother Nature can do them and I loved how the air smelled.  People  had fireplaces going to take off the chill and the burning of leaves.  I miss that so much.  When Peyton was little, she was living in Virginia for 4 years while her step mother went to college.  She called me one year and asked me what I would like for Christmas.  I didn't even hesitate and told her I would love to have some fall leaves framed.  I still have this standing in our living room....
Every time I look at it I remember the love that Peyton put into this but also how much I love the colors of autumn.  Here in Florida we can tell when autumn is coming when the rain trees change color.  If you are not familiar with them, this is how they look in Florida in the fall.
They get these pods on them about the size of a small walnut and they turn from gold to red.  They are pretty but not like what we were use to in the north.
After such a long day yesterday, I decided to treat myself to a trip to my LNS, Needle Orts.  Oh was I bad......I mean really bad.  
I decided to start the new Lizzie Kate Mystery SAL and of course I needed the fabric and I had to have the WDW and GA threads to stitch with.  Sound good so far?  
Well then I went and looked at the "new" section (Debbie always has the newest releases in a certain area of the books) and came away with 2 Jeanette Douglas designs.  The one that really struck me though was this one:
It's a Hands On Design that just made me smile.  It's suppose to be used as a thread holder (there's 3 holes on two sides of the wooden base) but I decided to weave some silk ribbon through the holes and make it into a stand up for Halloween.  I love Cathy's designs and this one was a really quick stitch.  
That's about all for today.  I am still working on my indian corn cowl (my name for it) and I'm just about finished.  I joined the second ball yesterday while at hospital and hopefully will be finished in a day or two.  It really does help with my shaking and I'm going to keep a knitting project going at all times.  You do what you must to get by.
Blessings to All, Barbara