Thursday, December 1, 2016

A So So Thursday....

Hello my sweet peeps.  I hope you're having a fantastic week so far.  Mine has been so so but could be improved.

I have a finish to share and two starts.  My finish is a Threadwork Primitives design called "Merry Winter".  This was a fun fast stitch.  I'll be making this into a pillow as soon as I decide on the fabrics.  The two fabrics shown are possibilities...just quite not sure.  I stitched this on a pale grey 28ct. Jobelan with Belle Soie silks.  

I've been working on another one of the Shepherd's Bush snowmen....this one is called appropriately "The Red Snowman".  For some reason the red fabric (which is quite bright) bothers my eyes after awhile.  I've never stitched something this large on red so I really never noticed before any problem.

To give my eyes a rest, I'm starting a Lizzie Kate Inspiration Boxer #54.  This one is going to be stitched on natural 28ct. with DMC floss.  It comes with a bonus ornament so I think I'm going to stitch both.  We'll see how much time it takes.

And no post would be complete without an update of my little buddy, Little John.  Peyton and him came to visit yesterday and this little guy finished off an entire hot dog and the bun.  We fondly call him Our Little Piggy.  He also had his first big boy haircut and I miss his longer locks.  
Everyone have a fantastic weekend with friends and loved ones,
Blessings, Barbara

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Finish and Lots to be Thankful for

Well here we are several days past Thanksgiving and I'm still full.  We had wonderful people and a wonderful meal thanks to our beautiful grand daughter, Peyton.  She did most of the cooking while John fried the turkey out in the driveway.  If you have never had turkey done like this, I highly recommend it.  John's parents came down from Jacksonville and one of his sisters also joined in on the fun.  We laughed and gave thanks for everything that has happened in our lives this past year.  I hope your Thanksgiving was just as nice.  It was always one of my favorite holidays growing up and it still is.

I did finish my Shepherd's Bush Home for the Holidays and I thought I would share it with you.

I like how I finished my Halloween House with the banner across the top so I thought I would do the same with this one.  I was able to find coordinating fabrics in cream with gold snowflakes and red fabric with gold snowflakes.  I decided at the last moment to add a tassel at the bottom to make it a little more festive.  I purchased the button pack from Just Another Button Co and added them at the end.  This was a  ball to stitch and finish and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a quick stitch.  I did mine on 20ct. even weave but it would be adorable done on a smaller count and made into an ornament without the buttons.

This pattern is now in my store if interested.

Blessings Abound, Barbara

Saturday, November 19, 2016

We Begin Again.....

I hope your week has been as good as mine has so far.  I decided to work on 2 Shepherd's Bush designs.  The first one is Home for the Holidays and I'm doing that one on 18 count fabric over 2 with 6 strands of DMC.  For the lettering I'm using a HDF silk called Sour Cherry Soup.  Isn't that a great name?  I wish Vickie was still dyeing silk threads but unfortunately she went out of that type of business and I really do miss her.  Here is what I have finished so far...

The remainder of the stitching will be done with 6 strands of DMC floss.  I've ordered the button pack from JABCO and I hope it doesn't take too long to get it.

I've also bought everything to do this Shepherd's Bush stocking.  I'm thinking of putting our family name on it instead of one person's name.  I haven't made up my mind about that yet but here's the one I'm going to do.

I find that if I work on this large count linen, I am able to work a little faster because the holes of the fabric are easier to hit even with the shakes.  Maybe this is what my future holds in store and I could live with this with no problem.

I hope everyone has a Blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.  We are hosting our future grand son in laws parents and 2 of his sisters.  It should be a fun day filled with lots of food and laughter.  

Blessings, Barbara

Saturday, November 12, 2016


Hello all my find lady friends.  I hope everyone is enjoying a fun Saturday and doing something that you love.
I'm disappointed about how much I have finished on the Thanksgiving Quaker I've been working on.  I know I'm not going to get it finished for the holiday so I'm thinking of putting it to the side.  It is a pretty quaker but the colors are very boring.....browns, tans, and coppers.  I decided the add some green as the border because it needed some extra color.  Here's what I have finished so far....

I'm in the mood for some Christmas colors so maybe I'll work on a Christmas design.  Maybe I can get that one done before the holiday's arrive.  Who knows.  Maybe I should stay away from all holiday designs that way I don't have to worry about finishing them in time.  The shakes are taking their toll and making it take longer to finish a design.  One of these days I'm going to have to just say "that's it" and quit completely.  I'm not looking forward to it but I know it's going to happen.

Blessings, Barbara

Friday, November 11, 2016

God Bless All Veterans

My Father during World War II

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Two Finishes

I've been busy at my sewing machine today finishing up two projects.  One for a friend and one for myself.

Remember the elephant cross stitch I did a few months ago.....well I finally found fabric that went with it and finished that up for Rhonda.  I hope her friend's daughter likes it.  She's East Indian so I wanted to find fabric that did the design justice.  I added some gold braid on the sides and some gold tassels to finish it off.  

Then there's the Weaver's Sampler that I did in honor of my Aunt Margaret.  I'm not the best machine quilter.  I do alot better by hand but I know Aunt Margaret was a machine quilter so I wanted this done that way.  I used two packs of mini charms in the same color family and just did rows of blocks.  I didn't want anything fancy because it's a primitive design.  Here is my mini quilt....

I attached the cross stitched piece at an angle just because I thought it looked better that way.  You might be interested to know that the crystal bowl at the back of the quilt was a wedding present to my grandparents in 1913.  It's one of my many family treasures.  I also want to thank Robin for coming up with this idea.....Thanks Robin!!

Well it was a day well spent in my sewing room but my back is aching.  I still have a few things to sew together but I think I'll wait till sometime next week.

Blessings, Barbara

Thursday, November 3, 2016

A finish and a new start

You've probably noticed by now that I've changed my blog background again.  I did this to help get me into the Thanksgiving, Winter and Christmas spirit.  It's really hard to do down here when the temps are in the 80's.  I added the falling snow only because this is the only snow I will see this year so I figured fake is better than nothing.

I have finished The Weaver Sampler and I thought I'd share a picture and the packs of mini charms I am going to use to make a simple quilt and add my cross stitched sampler that honors my aunt who was a great quilter.

I love how this turned out and will be doing the quilting this weekend.  I'm not sure if I want to make a bellpull or a wall hanging.....will decide once I start sewing.

I've also started a Thanksgiving Quaker design by Bent Creek that I've always loved but never got around to it.  I figured now is a good time.  This is what it will look like when finished.....

This will be made into a pillow.....I just don't know what kind.

Well I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and you're able to enjoy time with family and friends.

Blessings, Barbara

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Birthday to Little John

Yesterday was his party and we all had a ball.  It was held at the Veteran's Memorial Park in Orange City here in Florida and it's beautiful.
It's hard to imagine that he is 1 year old already but time does move on.  Here are some pictures of the party.
Before he got his cupcake to dig in to.

After the cupcake which he really liked

The park has a splash pad for the little
kids and he just loves this
Splash pad

Proud Mom and Dad
Opening his many, many presents

It was a fun time and we all enjoyed being with him on this special day.

Have a Blessed Day,

Thursday, October 27, 2016

I must share this.....

Peyton and Little John came to visit today and his Halloween costume needed some alterations.  Well we made the changes and this is our little sunshine dressed up for Halloween as a "nerd".

You can't tell very well but it actually has a pocket protector and we couldn't forget the high water pants.  Peyton added the white tape to the middle of the glasses.  I might be partial but I think he's just darn adorable.

Blessings, Barbara

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hello my fine Ladies on this glorious Tuesday morning.  I've had some  good luck and bad luck in my stitching this past weekend that proves to me that somethings just don't work out for a reason.
I started the 2 projects last week and both of them have hit the dust.  I just couldn't get into them so I figured why waste my time, threads and fabric.  This has happened a lot to me over the years as I'm sure it has you also.  What I have started working on again is The Weaver's Sampler and I'm enjoying it immensely.

This is the one I'll be dedicating to my Aunt Margaret who was the quilter and so I'm trying to come up with a way of demonstrating this in the finishing.  Any ideas?

Then there's Vallie.  This is how I get stared at when she knows it's getting close to bed time at night.  She's relentless....

Then there's my little buddy....Little John.  Peyton sent this to me this morning of how he climbed into the laundry basket and just decided to lay back and take a rest.  Notice the one sock on and the one sock off.  He hates socks!

That's about all for now.  We have Little John's birthday party on Sunday so I'll have lots of pictures come Monday.  Until then...

Blessings, Barbara