Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Kits available

Well it was a hectic week. We had a small birthday party for our grandson Liam who turned 8. So I picked up mom and she stayed for the weekend. Then hubby's issue that always lands him in the hospital started, so I had to take him there, I was not feeling well with diverticulitis issues that I try to keep at bay and then mom was achy all over and she will be 80 in November. So no matter how much I want to get done I must learn to go with the flow :)  I did manage to get to the printer and will fold and glue pictures today for "Autumn In Vermont", also on the burner was "Give Thanks" Kit that I finished this morning. I just listed it on Etsy.
It was fun to make because I always love working with wool. Then I remembered something from long ago:  it was drawing on fabric, coloring in with crayons and then highlighting with embroidery. So I figured I would take the design I just made, draw it out and try my hand at it. It was fun and what a great idea for you to do with your kids or grandchildren. They could help with the coloring and then you could teach them to embroider or just do it yourself. I love it because it looks handmade and so old fashion.
Here is a you-tube link that I found with a little instruction about how to prepare your fabric for coloring.
She used colored pencils but the suggestion about the freezer paper is a good idea.

a closeup of my leaves
So that is my share for today, hope you have a peaceful fall day

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Autumn In Vermont new design

Autumn In Vermont

I have been busy stitching a new design called "Autumn In Vermont" 
It will be gong out to automatic store customers on Wednesday 9/24 and will be available on Etsy Thursday 9/25. So pre-order your copy today for Thursdays shipment.
Here is a list of some of things you should know:
Stitch Count:116 x 146
Fabric: 28ct Sandstone linen from Wichelt Imports

Weeks Dye Works
1323 (2)
2220 (2)
2226 (2)
2240 (2)
2241 (2)
Since I stitch with 3 strands of floss on 28ct linen I needed 2 packs of the Weeks Floss that are marked (2)
I made sure that I had my HUGE trees again and thought it was time for a Vermont Covered bridge. 
I have been working on an Etsy shop exclusive that should be ready by Saturday, a little wool, a little cross stitch and maybe even some embroidery with a hint of coloring with crayons. Who knows may be it is something you could work on with the kids or grand kids. 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

White Pumpkin Patch is this weeks HIGHLIGHT SPECIAL

This weeks HIGHLIGHT SPECIAL is "White Pumpkin Patch". I designed this in 2006. I love some primitive ( not all ) but some. Some is just to dirty looking for me, but I do love the coffee dyed and tea stained look. So this was my attempt at a bit prim. I stained my fabric so you could see the pumpkins better and made it a bit dirty. I am also into vinegar staining wood and stained this frame myself.  This is about the time I started thinking about making designs that could be easily framed without losing an arm and a leg.  I made this design so if stitched on 32ct linen or 16ct Aida it would fit great in a 4 x 6 frame. Always thinking of you :) (and me too)
You can find this chart for the special of $5.00 instead of the regular $7.00. This week only on Etsy. 

I did have another special for the month of September on Etsy that for every customer I would email the PDF chart for "Autumn Fleur" and 2 pieces of fabric that I dyed myself. This was as long as my dyed fabric supply lasted. Well it is gone :( I had so many orders :)
But I will still send the PDF chart free to any Etsy customer for the month of September.

While you are there check out my USED Book Sale .

Wool Crazy Blue Bird of Happiness

Embellish packs available on Etsy

I have a new kit that is available. Wool crazy "Blue Bird Of Happiness"
I had my "Birds Of A funky Feather #10" printed onto Kona cotton. 
I have the embellishment kit available with the layout for this little pin pillow. You could make this into anything like a pillow, book cover, pocket, and so much more. The embellishment pack comes with, 1 crocheted pansy, 1 crocheted green fan, 10 pre-cut wool leaves, safety pin with beads, a pack of yellow beads for the branch areas, and printed  fabric with blue bird in a nest. 
When finished it should measure 8 1/2 by 5 1/2. 
The embellishment pack is mailed to you and the layout along with general directions and photos will be emailed as a PDF. These are general directions and no stitch directions are given or finishing. Use your imagination :)
Thank you for reading my blog


Thursday, September 04, 2014

On Etsy some Prairie Schooler, Cricket Collection charts plus more

I just uploaded about 20 or so counted cross stitch charts onto Etsy. Some are Prairie Schooler, Cricket Collection and more. I am cleaning out my stash and will post some more books tomorrow. Check them out and here is a peak, some are also OOP.

Monday, September 01, 2014

September special and Wool Crazy pincushions !!!

Happy September to all. I have been busy stitching with wool. Here are my crazy quilt pincushions
I have them available on Etsy,  so much fun to make with many decisions, like fibers, colors, stitches, buttons and more. Here is a photo of 3 but check out Etsy for more photo details :)
Wool Crazy Pincushions on Etsy

Limited to 1 per Etsy customer 
                                      A FREE THANK YOU GIFT FROM ME TO YOU For being my Etsy customer

I have a teaching schedule developing for the fall. It is mainly for the Wool Feather Tree and another class for making decorations for it.  Here is my current schedule,  if you live in the area or would like to make a special trip call the shops to reserve a spot or get more info.
Saturday Nov 1st   10:00 - 12:30
Saturday Nov 1st   1:30 - 4:00
Saturday Nov 15th 1:30 - 4:00
Saturday Dec 6th   1:30 - 4:00
Saturday Oct 25th  10:30 - 1:00
Saturday Nov 8th 12:30 - 3:00

I will post more info on these classes this week. The cast iron tree stands that I used to use are not in stock this season. The distributor is out and will not have any more until some time next year. So hubby and I put on our thinking caps and have come up with a solution. Working on them this week and as soon as I have one finished I will post a picture. Cant wait to share the tree stands with you.

SET A SIDE Saturday OCT 18th if you are in the area to visit me in the Studio/Shop for an OPEN HOUSE
more info coming soon.................

This weeks Etsy HIGHLIGHT SPECIAL IS "Love Life"

I designed this in 2011 to be part of a class that I taught at Celebration of Needlework in Nashua NH
I remember at the time that Joyce Meyers was having a retreat that was called Love Life and I thought how appropriate for a message that we can always find Love in our life. It certainly has its difficult times but there is always Love to be found. In it I have another of my crazy extra large trees that just happens to be a flower along with my favorite stitches like Rhodes and French knots. So the special is for $8.00 instead of the retail $10.00   If you would like the info for floss, fabric, and stitch count please visit my By The Bay Needleart Design Blog 

thank you, hope you are having a peaceful long weekend and I will post more God willing tomorrow :)

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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 3 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.

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