Monday, March 16, 2015

SPRING FINISHES AND MAIL !!!!

Is anyone ready for Spring? I'm ready!  It is a beautiful sunny day here in Alabama and so warm! It makes me want to do some yard work. Hope everyone enjoyed the Nashville Market releases! I ordered a good bit of new stash. Here are some pictures:

 Hands On Designs - A Year Of Chalk - April. Can't wait to start this one. I will finish it as a interchangeable display. I love the gunmetal linen and the floss colors. A great monthly project to stitch!

 With Thy Needle and Thread Designs. Love all these designs! Brenda released about 11 designs this year for Spring! I already have ideas for the little pinkeeps! 

Then my favorites... I love any charts with animals, so these projects I just had to have! Stacy Nash Designs! That was my mail for today!!! 

I have been busy in the craft studio. I finished some stitching and I went to Michaels (and used my coupons) and came across some frames, well... not frames as a frame, but chalkboards that I saw had other uses..

 This cutie was a chalkboard frame. I removed the chalkboard from the back and made it in a frame for my Shepherds Bush - Spring Lamb. I had stitched this one years ago. I had been looking for just the right frame.  I think I found it. It was a little long, so a added a piece and fabric with burlap trim and a little ribbon. What do y'all think?
Another Chalkboard. This one is an easel. I cut a piece of cardboard the same size as inside of the frame and spray glued some fabric to it. Then I made the flat square with the design. I bought some sticky Velcro and added to the panel and the back of the cross stitch. I can just change out each month. I also can change out the cardboard with another fabric covered cardboard square. It just pops in the frame.  Now I need to start May's design. I love these word plays by WTN&T.

I have more stitching to finish today. I finished 2 pin keeps last night. I stuffed with Lavender. They smell so good. I will be putting them on my sell site - Homestead Needleworkes.  I have a pin drum cut and ready to put together.  So stayed tuned....
Till Later....

Monday, February 9, 2015

A Winner !

Just a quick note to like everyone know, Donna G. was the winner of the Spring issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.

Congrats Donna!

I have sent you an email.

Till later...

Monday, February 2, 2015

GREAT WEEKEND WITH STITCHIN' FRIENDs AND A GIVEAWAY!!!

This is the Punchneedle I finished this past week. I had it all finished and I thought it needed a little something something. So, I added the rope trim. I think that finished it off. It's a pattern by With Thy Needle & Thread - Cupid's Arrow. I love my little Love Birds above!  it was a gift from Terri - Dixie Samplar last year.
Speaking of Terri... I met up with her and Joyce this weekend. We made a trip to our local cross stitch shops, They are about 2 hours from me and 5 or more hours from Terri and Joyce. We had a great time.  I had made a couple of goodies for them.


We had a great time! Went to North Alabama on a road trip. We did some serious cross stitch shopping. I had just bought a bunch of patterns online, so I went a little easy.. This is my new stash.
 



 
I got some great charts from Nan and Sandra. Cocoa Linen and some great wool for future projects. I didn't forget the floss. lol

Terri and Joyce, each had a surprise for me! I love my stitcher friends!!!

 Box was from Joyce!  Cute needlecase! Spring flag and goodies to eat!  I love the BBD chart Their Song!  I didn't have it.

 
Terri gave me these beautiful silks and the cute pattern to stitch!  I love the feel of the silks!   Thanks to both of you! I so enjoyed my day out with you both! I just know I talked their ears off!! lol
 
Then I checked the mail today and guess what? Another package!!! This one is from Parsley!
 

 So many goodies!!! Love the sugar free candies, tea, floss, trim and card!  But looks at these two!!

 Beautiful necklace she had commissioned for me! Has the word Stitch and a rose charm for friendship, needle charm and scissor charm!  Just beautiful! I will always treasure!


She stitched this beautiful Be Mine. Isn't it just beautiful!  I have it displayed where I can sit and look at it!  Thank you so much Parsley!!!
 
I had a wonderful day today!!! This was also in my mail! 
 

 
Primitive Quilts and Projects Spring 2015!  You know what? I had already purchased an issue... So guess what? I will be giving this one away. 
Just leave a comment on this post and I will draw a name on Friday!  Just leave your email address too. That way I can contact the winner!!! 

Have a great week.. Till later!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NEW YEAR AND WHERE HAVE I BEEN,YOU ASK?

Sorry I have not been blogging since October. I have been under the weather with stomach issues. Had a lot of test ran on me. But, I did receive good news yesterday. I seem to have a Spastic Colon or IBS. I also have to change what I'm eating... Which is not hard, because if I eat something that doesn't agree with me, I know it by being sick at my stomach or living in the bathroom.. Yuck, I know... To much info! 
Anyway, I am glad to be back!  I have stitched a new model for Brenda Gervais. It should be out soon. I'm working on 2 models for Michelle May - Raspberry Rabbits.
I have stitch a lot of designs since October. I have punched some too! I will be in my studio finishing this afternoon. I should have some pictures tomorrow, so stay tuned, if you are still reading my blog. lol
I hope my friends and readers in the blizzard areas are all staying warm and safe!
The above picture was taken in my area last year during our short lived blizzard on this date in 2013. Yes... motorist just left they cars in the middle of the road!  Got to love living in the south!  lol
Till tomorrow!

Friday, October 17, 2014

NEW SELLING BLOG OPEN TODAY.

Hello Blog Friends.        The new blog I have been talking about opened today. It will features things that I stitch and make with my hands. I also incorporate old found objects into the finishes.
The name is Homestead Needleworkes.

If you would love to see, what I have been stitching and working on, it can be found here, Just click this link below:
  http://homesteadneedleworker.blogspot.com/

I have listed a 3 items for sale. A Pillow, Pinkeep, Scissor Keeper, and Stick Pin Set, along with a Longaberger Needle Punched Paddle.

Thank you for being by my side as a launch this new blog.  If you have an suggestions, I would love to hear from any of my blog friends. Thank you, April



 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I"M BACK, SHOW AND TELL PART #1 !!

Hello my blogging friends!  It is Fall!!!  Can you believe it? Before you know, it will be Christmas... I will not get ahead of myself. A quick update on my aunt. She is in a rehab facility. She will be there for about 21 days.  She made good friends with Willie Loomis while she was staying with us. Thank you for all the well wishes while I was caring for her. I appreciate them so much... She seemed to be in a good mood when I visited with her yesterday.

As you can see, I have done some Fall decorating on the front porch. I have yet to get my Halloween decorations out. 
I have been doing some creating of Fall things. I seen these pretty yarns at Joann's Store and a light bulb went off, over my head! I can use them to crouch around my pinkeeps. 

 Threadwork Primitives by Nan freebie. I used the gray yarn to trim the pin keeps.
 This cute square pinkeep is from a book by Needle' Love Designs. I used some more yarn to finish the trim.

This is a design from Michelle - Raspberry Rabbit Designs. Michelle designed it to make Halloween postcards. I used the pattern to make a pinkeep. I used eyelash yard for the trim. 
So see I have been busy....
I had joined in on the fun in Dixie Samplers/ Terri's blog for the annual Harvest Exchange. Debra Cade sent me a box full of goodies!

 This is how it all come by the postman!!  I was so excited!

I spread it all out on my table!  The Raven is so prim and cute! I love it Debra!!!  I have named him Edgar Nevermore!  Debra made this beautiful quilt! Everything in the picture is handmade. Click on picture and take a closer look, at all the beautiful things! Debra put a little extra in everything in the package. The note told me about herself and how she also loves prim.

Those spools are so cute!  That quilt table topper is so pretty! I just love Halloween and Fall!  Thank you so make Debra and thank you Terri for having the exchange every year. 
I met up with Terri and Joyce this past weekend for a Stitching Weekend. First time to meet Joyce!  Enjoyed meeting you so much and stitching with you, Joyce! I didn't get to met them and go north to the cross stitch shops... But I made sure to make it, to sit, stitch and talk till late into the night!  I had a great time at Terri's! More talking than stitching on my part!  lol
I have been buying some stash too...

 This was my order for Deb at Stitches N Things Shop!  I need to get to stitching on these great charts and kits!!!
I found a great Etsy shop called Prim Folk Art Shop. Valerie has great things on her site. Here is a link if you like wool, and patterns. https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrimFolkArtShop?ref=listing-shop-header-item-count
 I ordered these great Buttermilk Basin cards and these wool packs. I was Valerie's 10,000 sale and she was so generous and sent these Valdani Threads and pattern cards as a gift!  If you get a chance check out her Etsy Shop.

I will be blogging in 2 different post I have so much to show and tell!  lol  So stay tuned for Part 2 this week. Thank you for hanging in here with me!  I still want to start the Sale Blog. I have some things to list this week too. Till Later....

Sunday, September 14, 2014

CHECKING IN

Just a short note to let everyone know that I have taken a short break from blogging. My aunt has came to stay with me for a little while. At this time I don't know for how long. That is why I have not been blogging. I will be posting this week later on. I have a lot of stitching to show.  So please bare with me during this time. I love hearing from my blog friends and I hope you will continue to follow me.
Till later this week....
Thanks