Monday, September 18, 2017

We got the power

Hello sweet ladies.  First I want to thank all of you who sent emails wishing us good luck and many prayers for our safety.  We lost power around 10 pm last Sunday evening and just got it back about an hour ago.  In Florida in September that is pure misery.  We were lucky to find some ice for a few days and went out for most of our meals.  Hubby went back to work last Tuesday so he was lucky to be in some air conditioning during the day.  I made my way over to Peyton's everyday and stayed there till around 4 in the afternoon so I could beat rush hour traffic on the way home.  We went to Perkins for dinner tonite and met some people who still don't have power and I'm praying that when they go home, they had power too.  I'm not going to show any pictures because I'm sure by now everyone has seen enough destruction.   On our property we lost some tree limbs and some shingles from our roof.  We got off easy compared to some others close by.  Irma was a very destructive storm because of how big she was and how slow she moved.  It was a very frightening experience and I hope I don't have to go thru another one like her.  For those that were in her path, God Bless.

Blessings, Barbara

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thank You

With all the preparations for our visitor coming....Irma....I thought I would make a last post before she decides to take our power from us.  I want to thank all of you that have wished us well and are saying a prayer or two for all of us in danger.  I received many emails from you dear sweet angels and I thank you so much.  With the grace of God we will come thru this fine.

Blessings, Barbara

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Start and a Prayer

Hello my sweet readers.  I hope this finds everyone in a good mood and able to do alot of "stitchie stuff".  I was able to start a new La D Da design called "Cherry Picker".  As you can see by the photo I haven't finished that much but I'm really enjoying the stitch.  

I'm stitching it on a 32ct. Floba with DMC floss and am having very little trouble with it.  I take breaks and work on my crocheting and have finished two items.
The first is a small shawl done in a stunning light grey merino wool with a contrasting band at the bottom of shades of denim blue and greys.  

I was also able to finish a cowl made with a hand dyed gradient wool done by a fantastic dyer on Etsy.  I love the shades of light yellow blending and ending with a beautiful shade of brown.

I want to thank all of you that made a comment about the little Samplar Hare I was able to finish in my last post.  Something was acting fonky with my email account and was not able to answer them.  I do appreciate very much every comment that is made on my blog and I do try to answer all of them.

As most of you know I live in Orlando, Fl. and we are getting ready for Irma.  We have stocked up on all the necessities but are staying put in our house.  Not too many shelters take animals down here and I absolutely will not leave Vallie.  She is a part of our family and family takes care of family.  I do ask for a little prayer be said for all the ones who are in danger from this hurricane and I pray that everyone comes thru okay.  Also, please God, don't let this go west and hit Texas like Harvey.  They've had enough.  I hope to talk with you soon.

Blessed Be, Barbara

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A finish and Belle

Hello Sunday evening to everyone.  I have a finish!!!  Yeah!!!!!  One on 32ct linen!!!!! and I love it.

This turned out so cute.  I've always loved La D Da Designs but this one is special for me.  I didn't think I could work on 32ct linen again and this one proved I could.  It's a small design....about 6 x 6 but for me it's huge.

I spent the afternoon over at Peyton and John's and we all went out to lunch at Wahlburgers.  If you're looking for an inexpensive place for lunch, this is NOT the place.  There were 4 of us plus Little John and we just had burgers and fries and our bill was over $70.00.  We were all curious to try it and that will be our last time there.  No burger is worth that much.

When we got back home, Peyton presented Belle with a new toy.  It's very hard to find toys that she does not destroy in 5 minutes so when we were in Pet Smart they came across some toys that were made out of genuine fire hose material.  I got a call from Peyton about an hour ago and Belle had destroyed it and pieces were laying everywhere.  Here's a picture of her before the destruction.  She's turning out to be a really good dog for Little John.  Everyday they lay on the floor with his blanket over her and his head resting on her belly and they watch tv together.  

Well that's all for this evening.  Everyone have a safe and happy week.
Blessings, Barbara

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Almost finished

Hello ladies.  I'm happy that you are visiting my blog to see what I'm up to.  I started this a few days ago and I absolutely love it.  It's by La D Da and called Samplar Hare.  They give you instructions on how to make a stand up but I think I'm just going to frame it as it is.  Maybe some dyed rick rack instead of a mat.  We'll see....but here he is.

I'm actually working on a 32 ct without too much trouble.  

I also wanted to let you know that I'm putting quite a few patterns on my sale page so you might want to check that out.  Might be something you're looking for.

Blessings, Barbara

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Some new stuff

Hi sweet peas!  Hope everyone is staying cool in this horrible heat wave we have going on.  I don't know how much longer I'm going to be able to live in Florida.  If I go anywhere I always make sure I'm out of the house by 9 am and I try to be home by 11 am.  Afternoon appointments just wipe me out.  I was lucky enough to go out with Peyton and Little John for lunch today and one of our favorite restaurants is Olive Garden.  I thought you might enjoy a picture of just how big Little John has gotten.   He was really enjoying his spaghetti today and he loves their breadsticks.

I must share with you a find that Peyton came across on  She knew I was looking for a new rocker for our very small front porch and she found the perfect one on clearance.  The list price was over $200 but I got it for under $100 and it's very well made.  It's a heavy steel that is the color of bronze.  I love it and it's pretty comfortable to rock in.  

I'm very proud to announce that I finished the Cricket freebie and I'm just waiting on the firefly buttons and then I can make it into a pillow.  

I also went furniture shopping for an oversized recliner.  Remember me posting about the doctor advising I keep Vallie near me to pet and that it seems to help my hands from shaking.  Well this is the chair I picked out and as you can see, it has been Vallie approved.

  As you can see she has her toys and her blanket all ready.  It's a power lounger and it's quite heavy.  I'm not real thrilled with the fabric but you take what you can get.  I'm still not sure if this is exactly what I want because I have discovered that oversized recliners do not rock and that is something I must have.  When I knit or crochet I rock up a storm....weird right?

Peyton has come up with a new project for me.  Little John has a toddler bed that transforms into a twin size bed and they don't make sheets for the toddler bed size.  His bedroom is done in dinosaurs and we found this fabric for me to make him some sheets and pillow cases.  He wouldn't let go of it at the store so we figured he liked it.

That's all for now.  I'm waiting on a package from With Thy Needle and Thread and it should be here tomorrow.  I want to start a new cross stitch  project and you know I have nothing in my sewing room to work on.  😢  It's depressing.

Blessings Abound, Barbara

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Just a quick note

Hello my sweet ladies.  I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend filled with love and laughter.  Mine has been a quiet one so I started two new projects.
First a new shawl made from a lace weight merino wool from Freija.  It is the softest of wools and hand dyed in gradient colors.  The one I picked is called Pixie and I just love the colors.  The photo is a little faded out because the green is really a medium lime green.  Love it!

Then I started a new cross stitch project.  I'm working it on 28ct. hand dyed fabric (I forgot the name) and it's a pretty springtime green.  The design is a freebie from Cricket and you can find it at their website.  I have to go to my LNS this Wednesday to see if she has any firefly buttons from JABCo.  

I'm stitching this with Au Ver A Soie 100/3 silks and the ones at the bottom are colors I still have to add to the design.  I think this will make a really pretty summer pillow.  

I have discovered something and I talked it over with my doctor and he seems to agree.  When I get the shakes (my hands) if I pet Vallie it seems to calm them down.  I'm going to get a wider chair next weekend (found some oversized recliners at Ashley Furniture) so that Vallie can lay beside me and I can be able to pet her when I need to.  This has helped me with this new design I started and I can't wait to see if this helps on 32ct. as well.  I just have to be  patient.

Well that's all I have for now.  All of you be good this upcoming week and no getting into trouble...frogwise or other.

Blessings, Barbara

Monday, July 24, 2017

A finish, new start and update

I hope all my blog friends have been having a wonderful summer so far.  It's been terribly hot and humid down here and from what I hear from family and friends in the north, it's the same up there.  I can tell we are getting into the hottest part of living in Florida by our electric bill.  Whoa!

I finished another shawl yesterday using one of the MyMelodybyWolltraum yarns I purchased on Etsy from Brandi.  This one starts out white, to several shades of peach to a dark red.  I love it!  The pattern was a Ravelry find called Maid of Honour by Buttonnose Crochet.  It's a very easy pattern but I liked how it showed off the different shades of the yarn with the darkest red showing off the shell pattern on the border.  When I finished it, I only had about 10 yards left.  That's calling it close.

Then I went and purchased some new yarn that I just couldn't resist.  The one on the left and the one in the middle are hand dyed by a lady on Etsy.  The brown shaded one is a fingering weight and the middle one is a lace weight.  Both are waiting to be made into shawls.  The one on the right is called Scheepjes Whirl and is a cotton/acrylic fingering weight.  I fell in love with the name "Blackcurrant Squeeze Me".  Isn't that a great name?

I started a new knitting project.  I had these two balls of Rowan Softknit Cotton on hand in a lovely shade of denim blue and decided to make myself a nice cowl out of it.  It is so soft and so far a really fun knit.

Now for an update on our furbaby Vallie.  She has finished taken all the antibiotic that was needed and the hair has just about all grown in around her eyes.  She's looking sweet as can be.....and I think she knows it.

Well that's all for now my friends.  I hope all of you are staying cool where you are.  I find the older I get, the more the heat bothers me.  I wonder how many times I have said I Hate Florida?  LOL

Blessings Abound, Barbara

Monday, July 17, 2017

Update on Vallie

Our sweet girl had her surgery last Thursday and she wasn't in very good shape afterwards as you can tell by this picture.

I was very worried because the area around both eyes was very red.

But this is our girl this morning and she looks alot better.  She's been taking her medicine to avoid infection and she's back to being her old get in trouble self.
Thank you for all your prayers for our furbaby, Vallie

Blessings, Barbara

Monday, July 10, 2017

Something went wrong somewhere....


Peyton and John didn't want to find out the sex but when she went in for her sonogram, the doctor forgot to turn the screen and Peyton saw before she could tell her.  Apparently it was very noticeable.  She's a little disappointed but like I told her....this will be less expensive for you because you have all of Little John's clothes.   They haven't decided on a name....I'll keep you posted.  I'm hoping for a middle name of Andrew.  It's John's middle name and also my father's.

Blessings, Barbara