Friday, August 22, 2014


Sorry, I've been away so long, I've been busy as a bee. I can't show many pictures now, but my table is loaded with things that need finished.  Just a start, I have purchased more fabric...
 I got these at Hancock Fabrics and Hobby Lobby. This next picture is what I have on my table to be assembled:

This is a pattern from Hudson's Holiday Designs. It's a Springtime pattern, but I'm making it a Halloween mouse on a pin cushion. It mounts on a wooden candlestick. I still have the mouse to cut out.

These came in the mail this week. I love Brenda's patterns. These have 3 designs each. I do have one completed cross stitch finish:

Prairie Schooler - Witches, Bats and Cats. It is just a little ornament. I added some Vintage looking Halloween trim around it.
Next is a little bat I designed.

 It is only 1 inch. I wanted it to fit in this little square.  I have it hanging on my Lanyard that I use to put my clothes pins on to needle punch. That way they spin around and never the thread doesn't tangle. I got the idea from a fellow puncher. Thank you Ronda!  I also designed a cat and a witch's hat. The cat took me a while to get his head just right and for it to fit in a 1 inch square. The Bat metal pendant is a little smaller that an inch, that is why it's a close call with his wings..
I have been thinking for a while of starting another blog. I'm wanting to make different things and maybe try to sell them.  I love the primitive designs. I didn't want to do this on Ebay or Etsy.  Just wanted a blog to list a few things every once in a while.
If you would like to follow the new blog, please come by and check out what I'm making in the Old Homestead Needleworkes Shop.
It will be a blog of selling item. I mixture of needlework and old found objects. So. if you are interested or just want to see what one of a kind items I'm creating please click on this link:

Just a welcoming post now....

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


This would be my drawer full of ribbons and trims! It is a mess! I have been cutting out and matching my stitching with fabric. I have an assembly line going.  
Step one. Measure the things to be stitched by machine, then trim them and their mates (backs). A lot of pin cushions...
Step two. Add iron on interfacing only on the pin cushions.
Step Three. Press all and find the trims and ribbons for each. NOW, that the problem. See that drawer? That is what I have been digging through today. OH ME!.. 
No to mention, the paddle I'm painting looks like Crap! I'm going to have to sand it for the 3rd time. The paint keeps cracking... I don't want a paddle with an 1980's crackle texture!! lol I think it's to humid and hot outside for paint.. 
On to more fun things.. Paint will wait to tomorrow.
I did a little fabric shopping these past 2 weeks. Hobby Lobby and Walmart. Walmart really surprised me with there fabrics. A lot of  Primitive gingham fabrics. I'll just let the pictures talk:
 These were Hancock and Hobby Lobby fabrics. 
 The prints in the middle were from Hancock Fabrics, along with the dot one. The 2 on each end were from Wal Mart. 
These were all Walmart. I love all the black and beige ticking, and gingham. So I have lots to work with. I started assembling all my stitching to start sewing tomorrow.. Guess What? I always have a Guess What!  I wanted Eyelash trim for a special pillow. I dug all through my drawer. I had, purple, green and orange, I know Halloween colors!  lol  No black. I did see a piece way in the back under some other trim! Yipee!! NOPE.. Look!

I see another visit in my Crystal Ball!  lol Go ahead and laugh. It was not in the Cards for me to start sewing tonight!  Get it!! Crystal Ball and Cards.. I'm ready for Fall and Halloween!
I have stitching on a new design from Tammy Black. Scattered Seed Samplers.
 Tammy has her patterns for sell on her Etsy. Please check them out. Beautiful! She just released a new one with Rabbits.
This is my progress so far. I love the linen I'm stitching with. It was hand dyed by Dixie Sampler. Now to just get back to stitching on this one... 
Thank you for all the kind comments on BK.. Still no sign of her. 
I'm also feeling better. New allergy meds. No grass cutting or yard work. My yard looks like Crap, but I'm not sick!! LOL
I just think my yard looks like this:
(Not my yard)
In my yard the grass is brown and crunches and the leaves are falling off the trees. Is Fall here early? No, it is called Drought.  No rain in about 2 months..  So, no need to cut the grass.  
Take care, and if you are getting any rain... send some my way.
Till Later...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


I would like to thank everyone for the kind comments on BK (Baby Kitty). It has been over a month. I have walked the area calling her and talking with neighbors to ask if anyone has seen her.. So unlike her. But, I have hope. Willie Loomis stayed gone for about 3 months, then just showed back up one day.. 
I have been leaving water and food outside on the porch for the little half grown kitten. It is wild and will not let me get near it. But I have been noticing that it comes up to eat twice a day. So, last night DH called me to the kitchen window.. I thought, he sees the little kitten. No, it is this:

Raccoon with NO TAIL !!  Have you ever seen one with no tail?  I posted it on facebook and my friends and family had a great time with this one.. Have you seen the Sear Optical commercial where the lady does not have her glasses on and calls her kitty to come inside. A raccoon walks right on in.. So funny. I have put the video at the end for your enjoyment!  lol
My family said that is a raccoon not a kitten. I know it isn't a kitten.. I don't have to have my glasses on to tell that.. It has NO TAIL!  lol   I just wanted to post and say thanks for the wishes for BK to come home soon.  If you need a little laugh. Just watch the video.  

Sunday, August 3, 2014


I have posted about BK missing on Facebook, if you are a friend with me. I have not mentioned it on my blog till today. 
We went on vacation and the cats were here being taken care of. We returned and we have yet to see BK.  Willie is now staying at home full time. We just don't know what happened to her. I miss her so bad. If you follow my blog, you know she was a stray that my mom brought to me. He mother had left her at City Hall Building and my mom called and well... the rest is she came to live with us. Willie Loomis was also a stray someone had dropped off. They have been raised together. I keep praying that she is just visiting around or got mad at us, and that she will come home. 

BK (Baby Kitty) was a great joy to me. She is greatly loved. Just wish I knew what has happened to her.  Her adopted big brother Willie has brought another stray half grown kitty up to lay around on the porch with him. I have been feeding the little stray. It runs off as soon as I go outside the door. I guess it is wild....
I just thought i would share about BK. My facebook is full of pictures of her. She was a very spoiled kitty. She is very missed. She never wondered far from the yard. When she had her surgery she had a chip implanted. I have been praying someone would take and see if she had a chip and call us.. Nothing yet.
Please say a little prayer for her.  Thanks.