Friday, July 17, 2020

New Charts are ready!!!!

It has been a doozy of a season, for these past couple of weeks. Hottest temps of the year in Texas and we helped my in-laws move to a town 4.5 hours away. It went as smoothly as possible, everyone safe and kept hydrated, but it was a lot of work. Kind of makes me rethink the things I'm holding onto for our next move ;o)

God has sent us some special surprises each week. I love turtles. We go on walks each day, making our trek by drainage ditches and creeks, looking out for the little shelled wonders. Out of the blue, we had a turtle show up in our yard that is in a very traditional neighborhood and surrounded by houses and fences and lots of pavement. Then it was a family of ducks, the parents and ten little ducklings. From my research, it was a family of black-bellied whistling ducks. So cute! They spent the weekend in our yard and our neighbor's, until we rigged the fences so they could figure out how to get out on their own. Next was the not-so-cute visitor - a chicken snake. This critter managed to wind himself up in the garden netting. He was so tightly coiled, all knotted up in the netting and not letting me see his head to see if he was venomous or not (and seriously, I was okay with calling in extra help with or without venom), so I called in local animal services and they came right out and set him free (in property far, far away).

Now the only chicken currently on the property is me. Our newest guests are two monarch caterpillars. They have devoured the parsley in the garden, cocooned themselves on the side of our planters, and I hope we will get to see them emerge as beautiful butterflies. In all of the challenges of these times, we are seeking out the little joys.

I do have four new release charts , each one focused on inspiration, hope, and things not of this world. I think I'll bring some sassy back in the next batch, but for now I was clinging to the comfort of scripture and hymns. Each one is part of a series.

MBT-254 Grace
This is a companion design to MBT-097 Peace and MBT-197 Love. The model is stitched on 32 ct. country french linen, Cafe Mocha, with Gentle Art Sampler Threads. I love their blues! Frame is by East Side Frames.

MBT-255 Quaker Rejoice
This is a companion design to MBT-076 Quaker Seasons, MBT-082 Quaker Harmony, MBT-186 Quaker Peace, MBT-227 Quaker Endurance. It features scripture from Psalm 118:24, This is the day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it. This verse is such an encouragement that rejoicing is a choice, even in the hard times we can seek out gladness. The model is stitched on 32 ct. country french linen, Cafe Mocha, with Weeks Dye Works threads. Frame is by East Side Frames.

MBT-256 He Leadeth Me
Another design in the hymn series and I couldn't stop singing! The model is stitched on 28 ct. Picture This Plus cashel linen, "Wren" (an amazing color!), with Weeks Dye Works thread. Frame is by Green Tree Gallery.

MBT-257 Straight Paths
This is a companion design to MBT-251 Trust in the Lord Proverbs 3:5. I used different fabric and thread to show how just changing the colors can change the feel of the design. If you want a true companion you can easily go with the fabric and thread from either design - or your own selection! The model is stitched on 35 ct. Weeks Dye Works linen, Linen, with Weeks Dye Works thread. Frame is by Mainstays (yep, I found it at Walmart and it was $5).

My final offering for this batch of releases is the bee-utiful thread keep! This thread ring is available in several colors, has a honeycomb and bee charm, and there is even a matching thread hopper also available (this is available with or without the thread keeper). Colors shown are topaz, green, dark purple, garnet, sapphire.
Praying many comforting x's for you and a great time of reflection (and distraction!) in the art we love.

Friday, July 3, 2020

July new accessories

Summer is upon us and things feel so strange this year. That feeling of being disconnected and trying to make sure and reach out to reconnect. We are praying for all and grateful to know that there is hope. Being shut away, you would think that I've had oodles of time to create. Well... I have!  :o) I've been working on new thread keeps and this post will feature those. Look for new chart releases to come out in a couple of weeks. There will be four new inspirational and scripture based designs, including a new hymn!

Coffee and Tea Themed Assorted Thread Keeps
 Inspirational Florals Assorted Thread Keeps
 Peacock Feathers Assorted Thread Keeps
 Wild Birds Assorted Thread Keeps
Each of these sets has more available than what is shown, but there are just too many to picture them all. I love beads :o) I'm always glad to see about expanding them into a set with a fob, needle minder, pins, needle threader, etc.

I think that is everything for today. Be safe, be well, love those around you and find ways to support one another with kindness. And eat chocolate.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Owls in May?!?

I've been staying at home a bit more lately (haven't we all?!?) and have found a little bit of time to play with some of the accessory offerings that kept being pushed aside because things were too busy. Today I've added some adorable hoot owls to the needle minder line. All of these are assorted, so there is a LOT more available than what I have shown, and eventually all that I've shown may not be available, BUT I do have a lot of the materials on hand and can probably make some stitchy happiness for you. Owls measure 1-5/8" tall and 7/8" wide at the belly.

Owl Geometric Assorted (matching thread keeps available on some)
 Owl Paisley Assorted (and these have matching thread keeps, too!!!)
 Owl Vintage Floral (some of these also have matching thread keeps!)
Owls Wedgewood (and these have a matching thread keep, too)
I would love there to be more exciting this going on but I am grateful for a roof over our heads, food in our bellies, and lots of little x's to be created. Be well and keep looking up for strength and peace.

Friday, April 17, 2020

New for April 2020

Let me start by giving you a great big hug and sharing the hope that we will come through this season with a greater love and appreciation for the relationships in our lives. This has been a hard couple of months for our world and so many things have changed. My prayer is for grace and mercy through it all.

Continuing to life here: it has been a whoooole lot of the inside of our house. Doodlebug was laid off of both of her jobs, and all lessons and community concerts and events were cancelled, which has been hard for her. I'm starting to like not driving her everywhere! Our car went from the pacific northwest (icy roads and salt to melt the ice) to south Texas (humidity) to not going anywhere (social distancing) so everything rusted on the bottom of it and had to be replaced (rotors, breaks, all things that move and make it safe to drive). My computer crashed, my printer died, and this meant updating all of my software (I miss office 97) and trying to teach this old dog new tricks. There's probably a country song out there that includes all of this stuff ;o) The new programs and printer means reformatting 1000+ pages of charts and that loud thumping sound was my head hitting the desk all day long. Lots and lots of little annoyances BUT we are safe, we are healthy, we are sheltered and we are fed. We are grateful.

Now on to the new stuff :o) With the changes in our world and so much loss from COVID-19, my order of releases has changed a bit. I was oh, so excited about a new sassy one, but it didn't seem appropriate in the light of the struggles and I will delay it for a year or so. The scripture pieces I was working on seemed more timely than ever, so I offer five of those for what I hope will be many hours of peaceful stitching.

MBT-249 Live Peaceably
The next design in the circle series. Uses GAST Dried Thyme and Grape Arbor, stitched on 32 ct. country french linen, cafe mocha.

MBT-250 Be Ye Kind
This one was a request by a dear lady and it bumped up this scripture from Ephesians 4:32 a little bit higher in my "to do" list. "Be ye kind one to another" is stitched with GAST threads on 28 ct. lambswool jobelan, and fits perfectly in a 5x7 frame.

MBT-251 Trust in the Lord
Another request and one that I love. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding Proverbs 3:5." Such beautiful scripture. I will have a companion with Proverbs 3:6 coming out in the next batch. I'll confess that I'm working with what I have on hand, so the frame is from Walmart and was $5 :o) Yay! Model stitched with Weeks Dye Works thread on their 35 ct. linen, but the color is also available in 30 ct. if that count is a bit high. It is also all whole stitches, so stitch on what you love!

MBT-252 Blessed Is
This piece has been a long time work in progress because it was the one on my floor stand at home - and I was hardly ever home! The scripture from Jeremiah 17:7-8 is what I want for my life: to not fear the drought because my roots are solid and I that will always bear fruit. A bonus chart included is for Psalm 2:12 "Blessed are all who take refuge in Him." Models are stitched with WDW thread and shows in two colorways. Frames are by East Side Frames.

MBT-253 I Will Dwell
This is a companion piece in the square Psalms series. I loved stitching with the purples on this scripture from Psalm 23. "I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Model stitched with WDW thread on 28 ct. jobelan. Frame by East Side Frames.

Also coming out this month are a couple new accessory items. If you check the website, I do have a bunch of doggy thread keeps listed there (and there are a bunch NOT listed because I haven't made time for the photography yet, but I have them) so please contact me if there is something special I can help with. For this month there are more cats and new clasp needle threaders.

Jeweled Cat Thread Keep - An assortment of modern black and white little cat images with the most beautiful pink, purple and blue accent beads. The cat in the crescent moon charm is adorable!
Spring Clasp Needle Threaders - Carved glass beads in bright colors, perfect for a spring smile. They are larger than my normal line and so easy to grasp!
I think that is about everything! These past few days I've been trying to sew a few masks so we have some for when church is open again and we can start visiting stores. Sewing is not my gift, so it has been an interesting process BUT by the end of today we will each have at least one fitted mask that is washable. I had to raid Doodlebug's fabric stash which means the prints are wild!

Praying health and wisdom for you, peace in the struggles, and lots of little x's.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

New releases for February 2020

Didn't I tell you that new releases would be coming soon?!? They are officially released! This batch of designs has been a lot of fun. I say that every time, but these were just a joy and each one is a part of my life.

MBT-244 Time to Stitch ~ A Serenity-ish Prayer
"God grant me the ability to stitch the stash I have, to have the stash I want, and the time to stitch it all." This is what stitchers know to be true - we can have great peace through the art that we love. Model stitched on Picture This Plus 32 ct. Belfast, "Sand," with Gentle Art Sampler Threads. Frame #175901 is by Green Tree Gallery and currently available at Hobby Lobby.

MBT-245 Dog Crazy
I've given the crazy chicken and cat people their own designs, and now it is time for the dog people! I have been owned by all three :o) This adorable piece has two pampered pups accenting what we know is true - we are always just one dog short of crazy. It's nearly impossible to have too many! Model stitched on 28 ct. Jobelan, "Lambswool," with Weeks Dye Works thread. It would be easy to accent this with a little round ken button for the ball, or a bone button for their little treats, by Just Another Button Company, and make it even more adorable. Frame #1048628 is by Green Tree Gallery (spray painted brown) and currently available at Hobby Lobby.

MBT-246 He is Risen
Scripture from Matthew 28:6 is beautifully accented with floral motifs and a simple border. This is a lovely piece to celebrate the resurrection and faithfulness of God. Model stitched on 28 ct. Jobelan, "Ivory," with Weeks Dye Works thread. Frame #1206333 is by Green Tree Gallery and currently available at Hobby Lobby.

MBT-247 Through the Waters
Scripture from Isaiah 43:2 is set to a beach theme with this nautical frame and stitched accents. Model stitched on 32 ct. hand dyed Jobelan, "Queen Anne's Lace," with Weeks Dye Works thread. It doesn't use any buttons in the model, but wouldn't it be adorable with a little seagull from JABC? Frame #1208164 is by Green Tree Gallery and currently available at Hobby Lobby.

MBT-248 Losing My Mind (one stitch at a time)
HeheheHAHAHAHA. There are days when I seriously wonder where I'm losing or finding my mind through the creation of lots and lots and lots of little x's. That is why this design is charted both for "losing" and "finding" my mind. Model stitched on 25 ct. Lugana, "Antique White," with Classic Colorworks thread. Accented with little Tuscan Sun Swirly Bud button by JABC. Frame #1048586 is by Green Tree Gallery and currently available at Hobby Lobby.

I think I spent a little too much time in the frames at Hobby Lobby last month :o) So many beautiful frames! I'm already working on the next batch of releases and am just a few short weeks from ordering some custom sizes from East Side Frames. There will be a new design in the circle series, a new scripture piece from Jeremiah, a new square one from Psalms, and a new word in the floral border series. So many x's!!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

New freebie for 2020

I think I say this about every new year, but I have no idea where last year went! Not only that, but where did JANUARY go?!? Doodlebug has been keeping me very busy, chauffeuring her to different piano accompaniment jobs and spending time out at a friend's ranch, grooming and training horses. It is a joy to see her figuring out her path and being able to offer gentle guidance along the way.

New chart releases will be here (soon!) but I wanted to share with you a new freebie design. It has been ages since I did one and it seemed like a fun treat.

The model is stitched on 28 ct. jobelan “Queen Anne’s Lace”, with Weeks Dye Works thread. The frame is one I had on hand in the garage and it was amazing that it was the perfect fit. There are so many things you can do with the colors, and then you can also leave off the top and bottom borders to make it a square-ish design. Ornament, maybe? Have fun! Just follow the pdf link under the picture or go to the freebie section at

Keep an eye out for a new release announcement. I'm getting ready to have five brand new cross stitch charts out!!! A couple new thread keep styles are Paris and Ruby. These match the needle minders that have been doing great in stores and are lovely little additions to your stitching stash. Now you can match them together.

Happy stitching :o)

Monday, October 28, 2019

Nothing to Fear... but spiders

I've been tinkering with this project while running errands, during appointments and lessons, and whenever I could fit in a few minutes. Having changed it to a single color design, DMC 310, it was very easy to work on it here and there and not worry about threads dangling every which way. This re-imagined design was a fun experiment with how a design could be completely different with just a thread and fabric swap. There's nothing to fear but fear itself and spiders. You don't need to fear changing out colors and making it fun, funky, and unique to you!
New version:
Picture This Plus 28 ct. Haunted Lugana
DMC 310
Green Tree Gallery Frame #170324
Significant changes: left the area behind the large flower un-stitched, didn't use the JABCo button.
Original Version:
28 ct. Queen Anne's Lace jobelan
Weeks Dye Works Angel Hair, Charcoal, Lancaster Red, Scuppernong, Hibiscus, Plum, Bluecoat Red
Green Tree Gallery Frame #170324, spray painted purple - same frame as above!!!

New designs are coming along swimmingly :o) I'm almost finished with the stitching of the next circle series design, and then have several others waiting for me to put the first stitches in the blank canvas of my fabric. 

Happy stitching.

Friday, October 25, 2019

New for November

I'm a little bit early for November, but you know that I cannot keep new things under wraps when I get excited about them! Heading into Christmas (it's only two months away!), this is the time of year that I am most energized about new charts and accessories. Sooooo, here we go!!!

MBT-239 Forgive Quickly ~ Another in the circle series. I have really loved these and, just last night, started stitching on the next one! They stitch up quickly and make great gifts or ornaments.
MBT-240 He Will Sustain You ~ Psalm 55:22 ~ This is a companion design to MBT-228 An Anchor for the Soul. The designs use similar colors. If you want them to be exact matches, sub out the threads in this piece in the other design and then use the same frames. The one shown here is still available from Hobby Lobby! The button accents are also charted so you can stitch them, but the buttons are sooo cute.
MBT-241 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross ~ I've missed working on the hymns and this was such a soothing piece to stitch. The song went through my head with each stitch. It perfectly fits an 8x10 frame when stitched on 32 ct. fabric.
MBT-242 Pins and Needles ~ This is the most adorable stitchy piece!!! Pins and needles, needles and pins, when one piece is finished another begins. It perfectly sums up my stitching routine, with the exception that I *finish* a design before I start a new one. Usually I have several going at once!
MBT-243 My Light and Salvation ~ Psalm 27:1 ~ The Lord is my light and my salvation. This is the third in the Psalm series, companion to MBT-233 Give Thanks to the Lord and MBT-237 Shout for Joy. The fourth is already designed and ready for me to find some stitching time! This one also has a cute little button accent - a turtle!
 New specialty fobs ~ Fall Teapots
New specialty fobs ~ Farm Life (it's a little goat, I "kid" you not), Mermaid, Unicorn, Dolphin 
New Needle Minders ~ Celtic Shield
New Needle Minders ~ Celtic Sunset
New Needle Minders ~ Eternity Knot
New Needle Minders ~ Eye See You Too
New Needle Minders ~ Goldie
New Needle Minders ~ Pawprint
My, oh, my, that was a lot of new!!! It has been a busy time but that has been good. I have new charts designed, threads and fabric pulled, so I have lots to stitch when I find those "extra" hours in the day that I know are hiding somewhere.

Life on the home front is going well. Still haven't found a place to call a more permanent home, but finding peace in the uncertainty. Doodlebug has been taking jobs as a piano accompanist, which has been fun, and she is leading some worship on guitar at bible study. Today she will officially finish tenth grade and it is amazing how fast it is all going by. Praising each day for family, friends, and fellowship.

One of the upcoming designs pulls from Jeremiah 17:7-8, about the blessing of trusting in the Lord and having confidence in Him. When the heat (trials) come the tree's leaves remain green, it is not anxious in drought and never ceases to bear fruit. It is scripture that I am clinging to in this season and it has been a blessing to me.

Many happy stitches to you :o)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October is here!

It is a beautiful thing when the forecast in Texas shows a steady temperature drop :o) Fall is officially here and the leaves on the trees are starting to turn. Mostly they go from green to brown, and then they make chores for me to do.

The day has started early for me. For the record, when you are cleaning bathrooms and doing laundry at 3:30 because you can't sleep, your children will not arise and call you blessed. There are many other things to be called but blessed isn't anywhere on that list. That whole Proverbs 31 things is great unless everyone else wants to sleep in. So I've gone on to quieter pursuits and that includes a little update.

In preparation for all of the accessory trunk shows and sales that seem to happen right around this time of year, I have been working on oodles of inventory! Most recently in the line of updates has been my needle threader assortment, both with and without clasp. I found a new supplier of beautiful beads and both varieties are bigger, brighter and better!
New thread pickers are in progress and I have stunning new varieties for the thread keeps and needle minders. Coming soon!!!

New releases are ready... sort of. I still have two designs to frame and get the chart covers ready. My plan is for release in a couple of weeks and the only way I can keep from releasing them early is to not have them ready. Seriously, I have no self control when it comes to designs that I think are amazing and wonderful and fun and need to be out and stitched right now! :o) See you with new charts in a few-ish weeks!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

New accessories for September!

It is one of my favorite times of year - Gingher time! Each year Gingher releases a designer series scissor and this year they are very unique compared to year's past. Juniper is the name this go around, and they are decorated with the most beautiful soft greens for the leaves, two shades of blue for the berries, with mocha colored stems. I have both long and mini fobs available and they come standard with an oversize stork scissor charm.
Also coming out this month are some more varied thread keeps! If you love this accessory, as I do, then you would love the assortment that I have for the trunk shows. There aren't enough hours to update the website with all available, but I have dogs and cats and flowers and monograms and sports and more flowers and more cats and, well just more! Interested in something special? Just ask. These dried flower thread keeps were just too pretty to not picture.
Stitching time has been very limited for this past month, but that means there are new accessories in the works! Next month I will have some new needle minders that are out of this world beautiful (think Celtic knots and stunning colors) and a new seven-pin set.

One of my fun projects has been Nothing to Fear on Picture This Plus fabric. The fabric is amazing! I haven't stitched on it before but I now have a dozen or so colors to choose from in the future and look forward to using them. This one is 28 ct. "Haunted" with black DMC.
 Hopefully I will make some progress on this one and it will be ready for the 2020 trunk show!

Friday, August 30, 2019

September 2019 New Designs

I'm a couple of days away (early, of course) from the official release on September 1, but I just have to share! These new designs have been so much fun and I've brought back a little bit of snarkiness and a whole lot of sassy :o)

MBT-234 Prince of Peace
This is my first Christmas design in a long time. The Celtic style knot pattern provides a beautiful border for scripture from Isaiah 9:6. His will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. The frame is done custom by a local framer and I'm really happy with her work. The model is stitched on 32 ct. linen with Gentle Art Sampler Threads.

MBT-235 God With You
Another in the square floral border series, God With You has selections from Deuteronomy 31:6. The Lord your God goes with you, He will never leave you or forsake you. The model is stitched on 28 ct. jobelan with Weeks Dye Works thread. Frame by East Side Frames. It is a companion design to MBT-183 Trust in Him, MBT-192 Hope and a Future, MBT-211 My Soul Finds Rest, and MBT-219 Still Waters.

MBT-236 Marriage
And we are back to sassy :o) Marriage lets you annoy one special person every day for the rest of your life. I think that may say it all! lol The chart includes an alphabet and numbers to personalize it with the initials of you and spouse, or another happy couple. It would be great as either a wedding or anniversary piece. I fully believe that laughter is a necessary part of life and it's great when we can laugh along with a partner for life. Model stitched on 28 ct. jobelan with Weeks Dye Works thread. Frame by Studio Decor.

MBT-237 Shout for Joy
I've been spending some time in the Psalms and this is the second in a new series. The sweet flowers and adorable butterfly are a lovely accent for Psalm 100:1 Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. The butterfly is charted if you choose not to use the button, but the button is really really cute! Model stitched on 28 ct. jobelan with Weeks Dye Works thread. Frame by East Side Frames, Button by Just Another Button Company. Companion design to MBT-233 Give Thanks to the Lord.

MBT-238 Cat Crazy
The chicken people shouldn't have all the fun. Just one cat short of crazy - that says it all. I remember one of the girls at my craft group asking me how many cookies she could have during snack time. My response was that she could have one less than would make her mom upset. So, as with chickens, we will always have one less than would qualify us as crazy. Model stitched on 28 ct. jobelan with Weeks Dye Works thread. Frame by Green Tree Gallery. For fun, you can easily change the thread colors to perfectly fit the felines in your family! Even more fun - add a button! Just Another Button Company has some adorable cat buttons.

Life has been full of good things. Yes, there are challenges and struggles, but if we approach them all as being for our good it definitely changes the perspective. God has shown us in little ways that we are exactly where we are supposed to be. Still wondering about the next steps, but content to be in fellowship and serving where we are at. Doodlebug continues with piano concerts and schooling. Today she woke up, did chores, and did a deep clean of her room without being asked. I'm torn between being grateful and suspicious ;o)

Look for more new designs in a couple of months... if I can wait that long. They're all ready to go and each one has special meaning to me. I have lots of work to catch up on with accessory inventory (new thread hopper colors are heading out to shops, the thread keeps are doing well and the new needle minders are a ton of fun) but I hope to work in some stitching time.