Tidal Rivers #1, 2,and 3

Friday, February 05, 2016

Make sure you are signed up for emails to receive the monthly "Affirmations"

I have been working on my fabric for my monthly free "Affirmations"
I am going to be using a muslin fabric that I coffee stained the other morning. I found a great hanger for what I had in mind. 
I found it on Etsy and it measures 13 inches wide.....so perfect....they do have others that are shorter but this will work great. 
I then took a yard of fabric and cut it 13 inches wide by 36 inches in length.....I also cut a piece of very thin batting the same size. I layered the 2 together and pinned the edges.....sprayed it with morning coffee ...let it dry...then I used "Fray Check" all around the outer edges of the muslin.....so it will not fray to much because I am not going to finish my edges :)
After it dried I stitched the 2 layers together along the outer edges about a 1/4 inch in....I used a large gathering stitch but obviously did not pull to gather :) and a perl cotton thread.

And I am all ready to add my embellishments......
Once a month I will add a "Word" that has meaning in my life...my family's life.....or my friends lives........I will think on that word all month and see how I can be it....and share it. :)

So I have 16 words so far and this will go on for more than a year but since I did want to start it in January that means I am a month behind....no problem.....I will release 2 words for February........
The first 2 words are "Love" and "Precious"
So if you would like to receive the small charts to stitch these words please make sure you are signed up to receive my emails........I will send the first ones out this Sunday.....

Here are a couple of pics of what I have started !!
This is not going to be something perfect....just having fun.....adding buttons, lace, free hand stitching, some quilting along the way and applique.....maybe even some crochet.....Cant wait to be free and have fun!!!

13 x 36 coffee stained, 

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Serenity Harbor finish from Wendy

This is a finish from Wendy....the frame is gorgeous.....she stitched it on 36ct over (1)......Just stunning....and she used an alternative bottom for a finish......Oh I am so happy for all of you that have finished the stitching on this very large design....I am PROUD of you like a mom for her kids.....just wonderful.......thank you for sharing your stitching.......donna :)

Serenity Harbor finished from Barbara

Oh my!!!!  Barbara just sent me a photo of her finished "Serenity Harbor" and it is framed too.
So wonderful and glad for her.....
I have to work on mine :)
But at the moment I am working on the free monthly Affirmations and a very famous couple....very old...but famous...I wonder who could they be.......here is a hint...first initials G&M....
And I am on my way back to work now...I have had one of the worst colds in my life....so glad it came when I was finished with the kits.....this is the first day I am feeling better in about a week....so I have much catching up to do...
Made me smile this morning

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A few more days to go to be finished :)

I should be finished with the kits in a few more days, working on the shops at the moment........the postage has gone up for priority mailing...it was $5.75 and is now $6.45....so if you live in the US and did not pay the Paypal invoice I sent , you will have to email me for a new invoice.......I will hold the kits until Feb 18th....Everyone in the US has been billed that was eligible and I still have some Internationals to bill and mail. 
When they are all out then I can concentrate on some new designs and I am still going to have the free monthly "Affirmations".....but be patient with me..haha...the older I get the harder it is to multitask. 
My daughter has started her own Etsy shop...she is making Dream Catchers.....she has no interest in stitching but she does like to create, yeah!!!  Here is a link to her shop  .She cleans out my craft supply stash, goes to her friends and comes home with her creations. Check them out.....she will be adding more things as time goes on.
It is very cold here and we are waiting for a snow storm this weekend...great time to start a new stitching project....we will see what I can come up with.
Have a good day
Meagan and Toby (when he was a kitten)

He wants to travel!!

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Kit Update

So sorry I have not posted in a few weeks. I hope you all had a Blessed Christmas, and I hope you all have a Peaceful New Year. 
I want to thank you for being my stitching friends and online family, I wish I could meet everyone in person but emails will have to work for now........and yes I am slow on email reply's ....so sorry...I will work on that...... :)
I am sending invoices out today for the rest of the people that have signed up with me....so if you do not receive a invoice request by Friday evening then send me an email and I will check into it for you but at least give me until Friday evening. 
As soon as those invoices are paid the kits will go out, so you should see them next week.
And for the people that signed up with shops I will be sending those out by the end of next week to the shops.........now this is all God willing :)......I have learned not to make promises because things always change.....like losing electric, a bad snow storm...the internet goes down.....you know the drill!!
I am working on a freebie for every month........Affirmations for the new year.....but more about that this weekend.
Have a good day and look for more news coming soon.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Kit info

Good Day “Serenity Harbor” Stitchers
This is a copy of a email that I sent out yesterday but some people are confused so I am trying to explain it again. If you signed up got Serenity Harbor by April 15th then you are able to receive the FREE KIT that I made special for you, I sent out emails and requested names , addresses and preferences for the kit. The only thing is that these are free kits but I am charging for the shipping. So I am starting to send out PayPal invoices for the shipping and your kits will go out after payment ...
I am ready to start shipping some kits out…they will be mailed starting with the first group that have signed up……I will send out the PayPal invoices for the shipping, they will be mailed out USP Priority mail and will cost $5.75 for continental US and other countries will be determined at the post office.
Please check the blog for any updates and "Serenity Harbor" Stitching Book Instructions" with color photos can be found here 
If you have signed up with a shop those will be mailed out as soon as I can…..and the shipping cost it up to the shop…….I am not sure what they can work out to go along with their regular shops shipping policies. 
I want to thank all of you for participating in this SAL and I hope you enjoy your “Stitching Book”
Please check your email for the PayPal shipping invoice and as soon as they are processed the kits will go out…..if you are a customer that has made another payment arrangement please email me and I will delete the PayPal invoice, 
Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Fist Pics of "Serenity Harbor" Stitching Project Book finished :)

Serenity Harbor Stitching Book Kit by By The Bay Needleart
Here is a picture of the finished Project Book. Please be patient because I just ordered the pictures and they will not be available until Dec 16th, so I guess we are certainly in the Holiday rush season. I will post "How To Finish" photos on a special Page on this blog for you and still working on printed directions to go along with the kits, and much more.....so please be patient but I just had to share this photo with you, The book size is 8.5 x 5.5 .
Have a great Tuesday

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas

Click here for PDF download 
I gave this design away long ago and I am re-gifting it again, HAHA
I would like to say "Happy Hanukkah " and Merry Christmas to all my blog followers, and friends. 
Since Hanukkah is the festival of lights I have changed the candle to blue, it would also be beautiful stitched in a red or white against a colored fabric. With so much violence in the world I think we need to all remember to let our little light shine, if there are enough little lights glowing in the world it will certainly make a huge radiant glow. Have a wonderful and blessed week, I am still working on kits and will share a few pictures and "How To Finish" directions on line by Thursday, 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Serenity Harbor Update and a peek at a new kit project :)

I want to keep you up to date and I am almost finished with the kits. I am hoping to have them in the mail the first week in December. Mom is going to be here for Thanksgiving and a few days after so she will be helping me. Oh happy day, thanks mom :) 
Hubby has not been feeling very well lately and that means I fall a bit behind in my work but it will be done!!
Also a reminder that Section #12 for the Serenity Harbor will be shipped to the shops on the 23rd of November but with it being a Holiday week they might arrive a bit late and then the shops will get them to you so please do not be disappointed if you do not receive them on time.
 I just finished today with the alternative bottom sections.....symbols all changed to match the original, all printed and just waiting to be scanned and sent to the hosting site . I will post those on the 3rd of December and they will be on the first Serenity Harbor blog. I just posted for Barbara because she is not able to do it herself and here is a link to that blog. 
Here is a little peek of some thing I have been working on, kits coming soon but first things first and the Serenity Harbor thank you kits have to get out before I can work more on these.:)

"Noble Leap Of Faith" printed onto fabric, embellished with crewel wool and quilted
to make a side pocket for my "Yazzii" bag

"Noble Leap Of Faith" printed onto fabric with crewel wool for kits

"Noble Leap of Faith" printed onto fabric with crewel stitching to embellish
have a good day

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A treat in the mail :)

I have ordered some needful things :)
and I just love it when the mail arrives , this treat was from "The Old Tattered Flag" Since green is my favorite color I am sure I can find something for the wool and I just love "pennies" especially when they are pre-cut!!
check out her shop......so much wool and a blog here 
 I will add this shop to my shop hop bucket list !!
Have a great day 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thanksgiving Song - Mary Chapin Carpenter

I have noticed so many stores going right into Christmas and rushing life by.....so I wanted to share a video for Thanksgiving.....take time to slow down, enjoy family and friends.....life is to short to not have any blessed memories..........seek your "Serenity".....and lets be "Thankful" .
I am thankful for all of you!!!!!

Monday, September 07, 2015

Free chart "You were born for such a time.....

Good day to all of you, I stitched this piece up about a month ago and wanted to share it with you.
As we look around in the world we have to admit that things are not gong so well for many and reading the last book of the Bible it appears that things will not get any better.........I love the story of Queen Esther and what her cousin Mordecai said to her.." ...who knows whether or not that
 "You were born for such a time as this"
I believe this applies to all of us, especially in this time........I stitched this piece to remind my family that we are all special, we were born for a purpose, we have something to contribute.
So please stitch this for your home or to share with a friend or even your church could use some words of inspiration.
If you would like to read more about Queen Esther it can be found in a Bible under the "Book Of Esther" or in the Jewish Tanakh.

Enjoy your stitching....... because I do.........:)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Serenity Harbor update

I just updated the Serenity Harbor blogs with a little info about the large leaves in sections #8 and #9. The long stitches did not line up between the 2 sections so I have downloaded a copy of these sections together for you to print . But in the mean time here is a photo of Wendys work seen on Blog #1. I am so thankful for everyone that is sharing their work and I have a couple to share also for some other stitchers.....coming soon 

check out the Harbor blogs for the new info. Links are above in the top bars

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sneak Peek.....some supplies for the Serenity Harbor Free Kit

I have been stitching away and have a peek for you of the stitched piece that will be on the cover of the Needle/Project Book that was available with Serenity Harbor sign ups (before April 15th)
Design for the cover of the "thank you kit" for Serenity Harbor. Personalized name, year above the house.....buttons, cording for closure, cardboard, and wool/felt.....getting ready to make directions, finish model and start packaging :)
still have to fold under edges and stitch in place.....center?or upper left?...not sure ....still playing!!

Sunday, August 09, 2015

How to make a Mattress Pincushion. "Pumpkin Spice"

These are some quick directions on how to make a Mattress pincushion out of any of your stitching pieces....how about a poinsettia or any other flower.......a bird .. a name .....how about a saying ....like "add pin here"........the options are endless and you can make them any size ....that is up to you and your finished piece...Have fun and I hope you enjoy your stitching as much as I do :)
Read all directions first :)
Take finished cross stitch design, iron and cut a strip of wool, any size you would like...pin on top of linen to one side..stitch down the edge next to the designed area..I used a stab stitch or a buttonhole stitch would be great too...maybe a little crazy quilt stitch with a thread that would show your needle work :)

Next take another wool strip.. lay it on top of the upper section of the stitched design..pin in place,  stitch  using a stab stitch or a buttonhole stitch.. At this point you will know the size of your mattress...remember this is all up to you deciding how wide you make your top wool sections...you could also add more wool to the other sides....so when you are finished with the top take your finished piece,  lay it on top of another piece of wool (matching your side strip sections) ...cut around the outer edges...this will be the back of your  mattress....lay this piece aside until we are finished with the top and the side strips for the mattress. :)

The next step is to cut strips of wool 1 inch wide for the sides of the mattress ( you can make them wider...this will make your mattress thicker...it is up to you)...I did not measure how much I cut...just made sure I had enough and long enough to cover a length and width of the mattress top and bottom. see next photo for placements :)

Pin the top and bottom strips over the edge on top of the mattress...I stitched these down with a running stitch length wise next to the design on top of the mattress section only...make sure you leave about  1 1/2 inches  extra over the edges...see photo above :)

Lay the side strips on the left and right sides...again on top like the previous sections...Make sure you only stitch these down on the mattress top ..do not stitch over the other mattress strips  (stop in the corners)...make sure you leave extra lengths of wool ....see next photo to connect these strips. 

Pull the strips together horizontally and pin

Close up to see how to pin together 

Stitch them together straight down, secure thread and cut off excess wool strip. Do this to all 4 corners

Turn your piece over....... and pin the back piece of wool to the to the edges of the wool strips that have become your sides of your mattress. 

Stitch around the outer edges and secure...I used a buttonhole stitch ......next cut a slit into the back woolen fabric only, stuff with walnut shells and  fiberfill, pin the opening closed and stitch , using a whip stitch . 

Complete :), now just to add some tassels to cover the corner edges 

If you would like to  make some tassels ....this is the method I used. I found this on Pinterest and it is so easy.....Take a skein of floss, open up one end.....using a piece of matching floss tie a knot to keep the threads together for the top section. 

Next....with matching thread make a wrap around the upper skein just under the top looped section...we are forming the head....secure with a knot and pull your threads through to hide......Cut the skein in half under the paper tab.

And there you have a tassel......you can get 2 tassels from each skein by following the same process for the other side. :)

Your mattress pincushion is just waiting for those fancy pins to embellish it with.....or you can add some buttons, old safety pins., any thing you can think of.......

Happy Stitching

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Hi everyone, my name is Donna. I just love stitching of all sorts, I also love antique, and book stores. I am married and I have 2 children, and 2 grandchildren :). My Christian faith is the foundation of my life, and has sustained me through the ups and downs of this journey. Keep spreading kindness so you can change the world. So glad you stopped by, leave me a message and I will stop by and visit you.