Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Before and After

Just a quickie post to share with you two Vallie pictures.  Yesterday was grooming day so I decided to take a before and after photo.
looking pretty scruffy.

Exhausted laying on the arm of my stitching chair using my pouch for her pillow.  She's so darn cute I hated to disturb her to get new threads.
Blessings, Barbara

Monday, March 20, 2017

Good Monday Morning

Hello darlin's.  I hope all of you had a fantastic weekend filled with fun and laughter.  We had a terrific one.  I have a few pictures to share with you and then a big announcement.
First off, Little John was over to visit yesterday and he found a unique sitting spot on my table that my father made me years ago.  I think you'll agree he's very inventive.
We still haven't figured out how he got in there but Peyton had a dicken's of a time getting him out.  :)

John's uncle that took the pictures at the wedding gave them a beautiful keepsake of that day.  In the gardens that surrounded this beautiful estate were little statues.  One of them were two little children sitting on a bench reading a book.  He was able to catch this one of Little John pointing to the pages of the book.  He loves to be read to so he recognized the book right away.  I think it's very adorable.
And with Easter coming I wanted to do the finishing on my Happy Easter bunny pillow.  I thought it was perfect with the Easter colored Hershey Kisses that just jump into my hand whenever I walk by.  

That's all for now.  It's Monday so it's laundry day.....

Oh yeah the big surprise.  Peyton and John told us yesterday that Peyton is pregnant and the baby will be here in November.  We have our fingers crossed plus a few toes that this one is a girl.  Little John needs a little sister to play with.  They wanted to have two children close together and that's exactly what they will have.  I pray everything goes okay and Peyton and the baby are healthy.

Blessings, Barbara

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Busy, Busy, Busy

A sweet friend requested that I make a tote bag for her Mother using a poppy themed fabric I found on Fat Quarters.com.  This is what I came up with...
The Tote:

On the front I did her full name and on the bag her monogram.  Outside has 2 pockets and 3 pockets inside.

A small zipper bag that has her nickname on front and embroidered poppy on back.

And a larger zippered case made out of 5" charms of the same fabric pattern.
I hope she likes it.

Blessings, Barbara

Friday, March 10, 2017

A New Start

You've all probably heard that the Nashville show was this past week and boy did I get in trouble.  There were just so many beautiful things to choose from.....well I decided not to choose and just buy everything.  At least that's what it seems to me. 

 One I did purchase was a new kit from Shepherd's Bush called "Ewe Are My Sunshine".  I wish I had left it there.  I've never been disappointed in one of their kits but this one I hate.  They decided to stitch it on 18ct. linen over 2 threads and I swear this linen feels like burlap.  Here's what I have so far.

I've also been working on Snow Days and I love it so far....and that's a new needle minder to help celebrate Spring.

I wanted something that I could put my threads, scissors and glasses in when I'm not stitching to keep Little Bubs hands out of trouble so I came up with this....

I made it about 5 x 10 inches and I love how it turned out.  It's large enough to hold everything I need it to but small enough to lay on the arm of my chair.

I hope all you ladies have a wonderful weekend with family and friends.

Blessings, Barbara

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Day at the Zoo

The kids have season passes to the zoo here in Central Florida so they invited me to go with them this pass Saturday.  We had so much fun and the flowers were spectacular.
Little John practicing his balance workout.

Mommy and Little John or Bubs as we all call him,

He wasn't at all scared to feed the giraffes.

...and these are just pics of the beautiful flowers in the botanical gardens.  It's a small zoo but the animals are well taken care of which is my major concern.  It's clean and well tended.  
Then we had DH oldest brother and his wife stop in to see us on their way to Ft. Lauderdale to go on a cruise.  They love them but I just don't see the attraction.
My sister in law Pat playing with Little John.

And my DH oldest brother, Lynn.  

As you can tell, I'm terrible at taking pictures.....always have been and probably always will be.

Blessings, Barbara

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Back to business

Now that the excitement of the wedding is over and everything can get back to normal....well as normal as we allow it....I was able to finish two projects.  
First is Happy Easter which is going to be finished into a small pin pillow with the fabrics laying beside it.  I love the purples....

....and I was finally able to finish the Patriotic Scissor Pocket by Scarlett House.  This one I'm not sure how I'm going to finish it.  Frame?  Pillow?  Round Hoop?  I just don't know.  Let me know your thoughts on it.

I've put a few more stitches into Snow Days....

I'm loving it on the Glenshee Linen.  

I have to find another small  project to start but I'm also thinking of starting a new hexagon quilt.  I posted several months ago about a collection of William Marcus fabrics that I purchased and I've just been thinking about this quilt for weeks now.  It will take days to cut out all the hexagons which is the part I hate.  I love doing the hand sewing but the cutting.....yuk!

I've placed 3 new patterns in my store if you're interested in them.

Hope you all have a Blessed week,

Friday, February 24, 2017

Back from the wedding

Well the day is over and what a wonderful time.  The only thing that marred the day was rain sprinkling now and then.  We didn't let that bother us because we're use to it here in Florida.  Here are some pics of the happy event..
Little John was dressed up in his suit and tie all ready to walk down the aisle.

The beautiful 4 brides maids....

.....and the happy couple taking their vows.

They leave today on a cruise and I just hope they don't get seasick.  Peyton has been on one before but John has not and of course Little John will just laugh his way through it.  
We all had a great time at the reception.  Little John and I just had to dance a slow dance with his head on my shoulder.  The photographer took a picture and I hope it turns out okay.  He was getting sleepy and it was close to bed time.

I wish the happy couple nothing but Blessings for a happy marriage.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Spring is here

Spring has come to Florida.  The flowers are starting to bloom and I'm in the mood to do an Easter design.  I started "Happy Easter" designed by From The Heart and it's turning out just too cute.  I love working on "Snow Days" by The Drawn Thread but with that being a dark fabric, it's going to be a year long project.  Here's my little plum bunny so far:
I had this piece of bright pink fabric in my 32ct. box and I have no idea why or when I purchased it.  I figured this was a good time to get some use out of it.  I plan on a little pin pillow for in my "Spring Bowl".
The wedding is this Thursday so I decided to treat myself to having my nails done today.  Don't look at the wrinkles.....just the nails.  You can see the arthritis without me having to tell you about it.  

Hope you all had a Blessed Sunday,

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A finish, a new start and a surprise

I hope all you ladies had a wonderful Valentine's Day.  I had a nice surprise from Little John.  I came home to find two red roses and a little box of chocolates....he knows his Mamaw loves her chocolate.

My new start is the new design by The Drawn Thread "Snow Day's".  Appropriate for Florida right?  LOL.  It's to be done on Stoney Point linen but I had a piece of 29ct. Glenshee linen that I purchased from Maureen years ago.  This is one that she dyed with natural plants and it's a beautiful dark teal.
I'm using a mixture of silks for the stitching.

.....and my finish is the little cameo pillow.  I finished the edges with a grey heavy quilting thread and did an X stitch around the outside.  It's quite little but I like it.

I'm off to start dinner.  

Blessings, Barbara

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I am sooooo mad

We had an appointment with the Pulmonary doctor for 2:15 today.  We get to his office only to find out that they will have to reschedule the appointment because the doctor had been overbooked.  I told the receptionist that this was my husband's post operative appointment and that it was very important.  She told me that she didn't see anything that made his appointment very important and that he should come back on April 3rd at 3:00.  

I have had it with doctors.  The health system in this country has gotten so bad I don't think they'll ever be able to fix it.  My husband goes in for a surgery and comes out with an infection that requires him to take antibiotics for the remainder of his life and the doctor that sent him to the hospital, can't take time to see him.  I give up.

Hope your day is going better.