Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Beautiful new fobs and chatelaines

I've been trying for months to get together some new chatelaine offerings, as well as a new Funky Chunky mini fob set. Months!!! What happened, you ask? Spring happened. Spring. The desperate need for a garden area that is safe from deer, turkeys, and chickens. My cry out to dig in the dirt and plant seeds. It has been a crazy rush to build the structure in time for planting, but it is done! I have a (prayerfully) deer safe enclosure with nine raised beds and oodles of the most adorable little green things popping out of the soil. I even got a goat!
He's a cutie. Doesn't eat much, keeps to himself, and is very quiet. We live below the road, so everyone driving by can see just about everything we do in the yard. I move the goat from box to box so I can take joy in the expressions on people's faces while they think we have a live goat eating everything in our garden.

My update for My Big Toe is accessories!!! I have updated all of the chatelaine pictures on the website, so you can better see all of the beautiful bead colors. Three new creations have been added to the chatelaine line.
Chatelaine - Flutterby

Chatelaine - Java (matches the coffee mini fob!)

Chatelaine - Fuchsia

Also new is a set of Funky Chunky Mini Fobs. From left to right, there is a pink Hawaiian flower with a circular 'hope' charm, fall colored beads with an acorn charm, shades of blue with a circle of dolphins charm, and soft purple and green with a floral charm.

I look forward to the release of the new Ginghers and will post a pic here when I have a fob ready for them. Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

New patterns for April 2018

A wonderful spring to you! We have had an uncommonly wet spring this year, but the sun is starting to shine regularly and I've been able to spend hours and hours outside. Our hens are loving their freedom from snow and are doing their best to help with pest control. Both our string mower and push mower started up without issue after their winter hibernation, so the yard is all mowed and the weeds sure look pretty when they are all the same height ;-)

A blessing of the rain was more time inside to stitch! This batch of releases has four designs that all work into a series or have a companion design. I have already put the first few stitches in the next batch of releases, but now we have sunshine and it is beautiful so the stitching will likely take a back burner for a bit.

 MBT-208 Let It Begin With Me
This design was so much fun. It is a take off on "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me," but it better fits my personality. With the saying "Let there be caffeine on earth and let it begin with me" it fits for coffee, tea, or soda drinkers. A dear friend saw a preview and told me it was great, but she had one of those days and needed wine. Wine. So I needed to make that work for her. This led to an alternate version "Let there be cabernet on earth and let it begin with me." It is a companion design to MBT-198 More Than Coffee. Model is stitched with Weeks Dye Works thread on 28 ct. linen, which fits perfectly into an 8x10 frame. Info for the cabernet version is in the chart.

MBT-209 Guide Me in Truth
This scripture is from Psalm 25:5, "Guide me in truth and teach me." The model is stitched with Weeks Dye Works thread on WDW 35 ct. linen. On 35 ct. it will fit a standard 5x7 frame. It is a companion design to MBT-160 Walk by Faith, MBT-176 Saved by Grace, and MBT-182 Love One Another. 

MBT-210 Building Block Abide
Finally, finally, finally... block number 18!!! This is the eighteenth block in the Building Block series. Each one has the same stitch count, is stitched with Gentle Art Sampler Thread, and is on 28 ct. cream linen. My goal is to get to twenty in the next year. Each block is a deep dive into scripture and a conversation piece when I have it as a project at different meetings for 4H and home school group. 

MBT-211 My Soul Find Rest
This scripture is from Psalm 62, "My soul finds rest in God alone, from Him comes my salvation." The model is stitched with Weeks Dye Works on 28 ct. jobelan. It is a companion design to MBT-183 Trust In Him and MBT-192 Hope and a Future. The frame is by East Side Frames. 
Hat Pins!!!
I've had these pins around for a while, but marketing them hasn't been a huge priority because of time constraints. Time is still constrained (isn't it always!), but I just have to show these little beauties off a bit. They are available in any color requested and are perfect for picking out stitches, if you want them to be useful, or for adorning a pin cushion or biscornu, if you want them to just be beautiful! I want to put them in my potted plants, just as that little sparkly surprise for anyone who cares to look past all of the dead leaves (I have a truly black thumb when it comes to houseplants).

You are officially up to date with all things My Big Toe! My hope for myself in the coming months is to focus on contentment. I want to enjoy the songbirds that are perching themselves on the sills of our window and doors. I want to sit by the pond and watch the frogs try to hide from a curious child. I want to enjoy the beauty of creation as things cast of the dormancy of winter - and before it is so hot that I don't want to be outside in it! God's blessings to you.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Pickers, pickers, and more pickers!

Part of my beginning of the year work stuff is assessing my inventory and making updates. At the end of the year I stock up on all sorts of fun beads. I can't tell you how much I enjoy looking for the most unique, bold and fun stones and crystals to add to my line. I stalk the delivery drivers, not even waiting for them to get out of the truck before I am at their door, and am usually breaking open the boxes before I reach the office. This makes now - right now! - the perfect time to stock up on your favorite colors and pieces.
My most recent assembly marathon was thread pickers. These neat little gadgets are perfect for removing 'oops' stitches, counting out your starting place, and my cat thinks the ones without needles are the perfect toy. I've been told that they are helpful for English paper piecing, but I haven't tried it myself because I barely have time to stitch models as it is!

Speaking of stitching - I am doing that whenever I can! I've been asked to participate in the JCS Ornament Issue for 2018 and, as of tomorrow, my finished ornament will be in the mail. It is always a joy and an honor to be asked and I hope you enjoy my design as much I as do. I am working on a new Building Block and am 1/3 of the way done with the stitching. Another small design, in the line of MBT-160 Walk by Faith, MBT-176 Saved by Grace, and MBT-182 Love One Another, is stitched and ready to be framed. There are two more designs awaiting my stitching time and I hope they can all be released in mid-April. I have frames for all of them so the only thing holding me back is time.

We are experiencing a heavy snow storm this weekend and it is beautiful to look outside. My day yesterday was dedicated to all of the housework, just in case we lost power, and today I will go sledding and snowshoeing. We have had a very mild winter and I want to enjoy this snow as much as possible!

Yesterday we had a small crisis in our home. The coffee machine stopped working. For the last couple of years I have nursed her along, doing cleanses and updating parts to bring her back from the brink of death. I thought we had surely lost her yesterday when she wouldn't put out any water for tea. While deciding how long the mourning period would need to be I did a quick search and found a possible solution. With minor surgery (removing a few screws and tubes, and cleaning out a check valve) she is back to working and we should all be glad for that ;-)  My husband laughed as I did a cheer when she gave me clean, hot water, and then I followed up with a happy dance. Little joys.

Time for sledding... The snow is calling!