Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Farmhouse Christmas

My newest finished piece. Farmhouse Christmas by Pineberry Lane. Stitched on linen I bought off a bolt at Joanns fabric store which I coffee and tea stained. I used Victoria Motto Sampler Shoppe Hand Dyed Floss. The colors I used are Flag Pole Brown, Grand Old Flag(red) and Antique Stripes(cream).

I told my dear husband I wanted a farm...
He told me to make a list! (Now I'm wondering if he is serious)!! He just might be! 
My mind is wandering, chickens, ducks... Oh my!! Squeeee!!!
I know one day this will happen... In my heart I have been a farm girl my whole life. I want to see this become a reality
Before I am too old.
If you dream it, wish it, believe it,
Pray for it,
It can happen, I know God can make it happen.
He knows what has been in my heart since I was a little girl. 
I have faith... Maybe, perhaps...
One day ...
Louise xx

Monday, August 15, 2016

The sewing method

A while back I made a video of "The Sewing Method" of cross stitch.
This is a way I do much of my stitching that may have sections of solid color.
This method can only be done when using solid colors of threads, such as DMC.
You can not do this method using overdyed threads, as they are not even in coloring.
 For overdyed threads you must complete one "x" at a time, so this method would not work.
When using this "sewing" method of cross stitch, you stitch the (lower leg) of the cross stitch, going from left to right along a row, then you stitch the (upper, top leg) of the cross stitch going from right to left. It really is a simple method once you get the hang of it, and decreases your stitching time greatly!

To start, you put your needle in the lower left hole of a stitch, then to the top right, and so on..across your row, left to right to the end of the row...then, as you come back, you put your needle in the lower right, then top left holes..and so on, as you go across right to left in your row. I hope this all makes sense for you, and helps you in your "sewing method" ventures!

Louise's Sewing Method of Cross Stitch CLICK HERE!

I thought I should share it with you all .
Enjoy and Happy Stitching!
 Louise xx

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Love Never Fails

I am so excited to finally have our anniversary piece finished! This is a very special piece and I have been working on it since February of this year.
This is titled "Love Never Fails" by Barbara Ana Designs. Stitched on 32 count antique Ivory linen with DMC threads. I have changed the design up a bit to make it more personal for us.
In place of the cats, I put bunnies, for my love of rabbits. A pair of scissors and a needle for my love of needlework.
For my husband, an anchor, as he had served in the U.S. Navy. Another anchor for him, because he is just that, the anchor or our family.
The years at the top represent the year we got married and the present year.
In the bottom boxes, our birth years.
Small hearts with first initials for our Son, his wife (our daughter), and our daughter.
Two small crosses represent the babies we did not get to meet here on earth but will one day in heaven!
A compass to remind us that whatever lies ahead of us, our love will always guide us...

I am completely thrilled with this piece! I have plans to frame it in an oak frame and it will be hung in a special place in our home...
Thinking on what to stitch next!
In the meantime.... I have also completed another donated blanket for veterans through our church ministry.
Love the red, white, and blue!

May the recipient feel all the love, prayers, and warmth out into each stitch as I made it for them ❤️

Our crepe myrtle tree has finally blossomed in front of our porch. It is so beautiful to look at, along with watching the hummingbirds, while I sit with my tea and projects.

I have pulled out some charts I would like to start soon...
One is this one, called "Land of the Free" by Willow Hill Samplings

The other design I would love to start is called "Time and Season Sampler" by Moira Blackburn

What to do... What to do..!!!!
Perhaps I shall start both at once! I know, that's possibly a bit too much overwhelming perhaps.. I don't know?
I am just so excited with the possibilities of new starts!
I suppose I have come down with startitis! Heehee :P

Well, besides all this good stuff, there is laundry to do, food to be made, housework to get done... Oh my...
Never seems to be enough hours in the day... Or nights. Why do we need sleep anyways?! There is stitching and crafting to be done!

Happy Saturday all!
Louise xx

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Another quick post as I'm out and about today.
I've finished another donation blanket for a veteran through our church ministry. Yay! I hope the recipient can feel all the love and prayers that are intertwined with each stitch as this blanket was made. I think it came out nicely :)

In the meantime, now that that one is finished.... I have started another!
This new one is a granny rectangle...

I have been stitching a bit more on "love never fails" by Barbara Ana Designs. 

Her dress will be quite detailed, and I can see already I am dragging along to get my stitches in! This is for our 30th wedding anniversary which was in April. I never did finish our 25th piece I started. lol! I truly hope this too doesn't fall by the wayside. I don't think so though,
I just love this one way too much! The folk art style is so charming! It will get done... One stitch at a time!

I think we planted our garden too late in the season... This is all I have harvested so far....
Our wildflowers from seed seem to be growing well! They are very pretty too :)
have been learning some new things about my sewing machine and I hope to learn more with these new additions I recently picked up..
I have been watching YouTube videos and hoping to become more knowledgeable about my machine.
I recently sewed some American flags. They were so much fun! No pattern, just did my own thing.
I even made some as topper curtains! :)
Since putting our pond in, the frogs are running ramped here. We are being over run by them, and that's ok! We love the sound at night when they are croaking. They are all so happy! 
We have been seeing a lot of tree frogs too. Some blend right in to their surroundings  as you can see by this picture I took of one of them on a rock in our backyard.
I laughed when I saw one on the glass by our front door one evening :)

This isn't a clear picture, but momma wren made another nest on our back porch and we have babies for the second time this season! She has the babies in a potted plant :)
I couldn't get a good picture as I didn't want to upset momma bird. 
Well I think that's my updates for now. I hope you all had a nice 4th of July.
Have a great week ahead!
Louise xx

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Our Front Porch

I just have to share a couple of pictures of our front porch flower box planters and hanging baskets! 
I am so proud of myself, they really turned out beautiful this year!
The hanging planters are petunias that were on clearance at Lowes home improvement for just $1!! Yes and only one plant per hanging pot! Look how they grew!
In the rail box planters, I planted inpatients, vinca vines, and morning glory seeds. Oh! And some other flower plant seeds ... I see some tall plants in there from the flower seeds but no flowers yet. Don't remember what flower seeds I had planted?
No morning glory flowers as of yet... But look at those green leaves of the morning glory plants lining the rail boxes! So pretty and full!
They drink a full pitcher of water daily too!
I am so excited with how beautiful our porch looks this year, I am jumping for joy! :) 

I'm spending time with Charlotte this morning! 

She had a nice breakfast and is all set for the day. I think I shall be working on some stitching myself. :)

I have joined a RR with friends. We are doing A Friendship Sampler by Carriage House Samplings. So much fun!
We each stitch a heart with our name and pass it on to the next person. I cannot wait to receive mine back in the end. I just love hearts!

So I shall be stitching on my heart today on the next persons sampler! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Wishing you a blessed day,
Louise xx

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Good Thursday Friends!

Hello everyone!
I hope this post finds you all doing well.
I have been quite busy crocheting with my church group and have completed my first donation lap blanket for a veteran.

I am pleased with the way it turned out! I did granny squares as you can see, and joined them together.
I have started another one, this one being double crochet stitches in rows. This one is working up very quickly!

It is so much fun being a part of this wonderful group and I just love all the wonderful ladies I am meeting. I am also learning so much each time I attend the meetings. It is so nice to be in a group with women who share a same faith as I do. We enjoy each other company, pray together, and have a lot of laughs too! 
I stitched a bit more on our anniversary sampler piece...
Here is the beginnings of "Louise"! I just love her cute little bun on top of her head :) 

My flower boxes in front of our house are really growing! As you can see by the pictures, the morning glory plants are taking over. I never do see flowers? Not sure why?

Not sure if I previously posted about this sweet ladybug we found in our yard? She has a heart shaped spot! So sweet! ❤️

Another pretty ladybug I found.....

We also came across a turtle! I just love turtles! This one is a female. You know it's a female by her brown eyes. The males have bright red eyes. She is so sweet! I have always loved turtles. I gave her some chopped apple and she ate it right up! I named her Charlotte. We introduced her to Andy our bird. They seemed to hit it off! 

See the picture below?!! Looks like pepper doesn't it? Well, guess what it is? Tadpoles in our pond! Hundreds of them!!

We have lots and lots of froggies!!!
I just love where we live!
I did some fundraising baking for our crochet group at church. This helped to raise money for fabric. The money will be used for quilts we are making for those in need. I made my chocolate chip cookies and wrapped them up pretty :)

Two of my sweet dolls in my collection. I love them!❤️

A thought for today.... At times you might feel discouraged, having tried so hard or working towards something, or hoping for so long. You have a dream or a picture in your mind but you just cannot seem to reach it. You don't think it is meant for you, and it will never happen despite your goals or hard work. 
I leave you with this one last picture in which has such a powerful saying.
God Bless you!
Louise xx