Monday, July 25, 2016

Two finishes

Okay the question for today is.....whoever enjoys doing laundry stand up.  Well I see no one standing so there's my answer.  I've always done laundry on Monday and it's just a grand way to start out the week.  What I did do during the first load is finish the shawl for my friend in Pa.

I hope she likes it!  I'm not going to mail it out until some cooler weather has hit the north because I want to make her a cowl also.

I actually did the finishing work on a project I stitched months ago.  I do like how it turned out.  I stitched this on 32ct. China White Jobelan with silks.

This was a free SAL provided by Jardin Prive and it's still available if you are interested in stitching it.  It's a fun stitch and I highly recommend it. 

Well back to the good old laundry.  Wouldn't it be grand if clothing was disposable and you just got new ones and didn't have to wash them!!!.....oh and they're free.  I'm gain!

Ya'll have a great week and hopefully someone  somewhere is having some cooler temps.

Blessings, Barbara

Friday, July 22, 2016

Some new goodies and a new start

First off I want to say Thank You for the nice comments I received about my Three Gables.  I really did enjoy stitching that and hopefully by now Joyce has received the pattern and the threads I mailed to her.  
I've started something new and it's a Threadwork Primitive design called "Sunbird".  I'm stitching this on a 32ct. hand dyed with silks.

I'm also working on a shawl for a friend in Pa.  She wanted something "happy" and machine washable.  I chose Isaac Mizrahr's Premier in a pretty pink color.                              

I also was somewhat of a bad girl when it came to purchasing yarn this past week.  Here's what I bought:

The one in the front with the purples and blues is an Araucania Huasco DK weight of 100% Merino Wool.  The pink and green one is a hand dyed by one of my favorite dyers on Etsy....JulieSpins....and it's 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere and 10% Nylon and last but not least is the purple and green one in the back.  That also is an Araucania Huasco DK weight of 100% Merino.  I really don't need anymore yarn but the colors just pull me to them.  

Peyton and I went shopping on Wednesday for a dress for their engagement portrait and I think she chose a beautiful lace dress in navy blue with a tan underlining.  

I hope all you ladies have a wonderful weekend and hopefully not so hot weather.  We are going out to dinner tonite with John, Peyton and Little John so that makes my weekend right there.  We're going to Kobe' DH favorite restaurant.

Blessings To All, Barbara

Monday, July 18, 2016

I'm getting senile....

I forgot to have the number generator pick a winner for The Three Gables and leftover threads last nite.  I did so this morning and the number that came up was 4.  That means that 

Joyce Clark Frank

has won.  Joyce please get in touch with me and I will mail your winnings out to you.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

My Finished Three Gables

Ta Da.....

My sewing on this wasn't the greatest....shaking is starting to effect that also but I did my best and that's all anyone can ask.  The hanger I found at my LNS and it's from Images Stitchery Design but I don't think they make them anymore.  I just lucked out.  In case you're having trouble reading it.....the saying at the bottom is "Something Wicked This Way Comes".  I thought that was very appropriate with the hanger having a witch on it.  Just so you know that with the overdyed threads and all the buttons it requires this is not an inexpensive stitch.  I've had this in my stash for years so I figured I'd better stitch it and not waste the money and now I'm glad I did.

Blessings, Barbara

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Let's have a giveaway.....

I have finished Three Gables but I don't want to show you a picture until I do all the sewing on it this weekend.  But I thought I'd let one of you sweet ladies enjoy stitching this.  It's a very fun stitch with all the different colors involved.  I am giving away the pattern and all the remaining WDW threads that I have left over.  

You must be a follower of my blog in order to be eligible and let's keep this one within the US.  Let's have this until Sunday nite and I'll have the random number pick the winner.

Good Luck and Blessings,, Barbara

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Still At It...

I'm still working on Three Gables but I feel like I'm rounding the 4th corner heading for home.  One of the things I can't wait to do it attach all the buttons.  I love JABCO buttons and I know they are really going to spice up this design.  I don't know whether or not I told you but I'm not framing this piece.  It's going to be made into a wall hanging with a very special hanger that I found.  Here's what I have so far:

Peyton sent me the cutest picture today of Little John sitting in Chloe's bed.  He's getting around pretty fast now and he actually took a step or two on his own.  I don't like that he's growing so fast..

We had a really bad thunderstorm this afternoon and here's how Vallie feels about them....

After I took this picture, she came over on my lap.  Her and thunderstorms do not get along.  I've heard of those thundershirts you can buy but I just put one of her cotton shirts on her and she's better.  Poor baby!

I hope you all are able to stay cool this's brutal down here.  I long for winter!

Blessings, Barbara

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Have a safe and happy 4th


Monday, June 27, 2016


We had a summer storm here the other night and it blew down a large limb from our maple tree in the front yard.  Luckily it only hit our fence and not the neighbors.  It was 98 degrees on saturday when we were chopping it up and putting it into cans and of course I did my usual routine of passing out.  Came to and our sweet neighbor Katie was putting cold wet paper towels on me to lower my body temp.  It's been miserable here and today DH had a doctors appointment at 3:30.  We got in the car and the temperature reading was 102 degrees.  If it's this hot now I won't be able to make it thru August.  I hope all you sweet ladies have been able to keep cool in this horrible heat we're experiencing this year.

I am so proud of myself and the progress I am making on Three Gables.  Here's the latest update:

I hope you don't get tired of me talking about Little John and posting pictures of him but I just get the biggest kick out of him.  Here's one Peyton sent me this morning.  Now doesn't it look like Chloe is saying to Peyton, "Mom I tried to keep him out but he just wouldn't listen to me".  LOL

As Peyton says "he's such a stinker".  

Hope everyone has a Blessed Week

PS.  Thought I'd add a picture of how Vallie likes to help me stitch.  NOT!