Tuesday, November 25, 2014


I have so much to be thankful for this year.
While I have gone thru some changes in employment, I know God has a plan for me.  So I am thankful for the patience He gives me.  I am also thankful to my husband, son and many

friends for the encouragement, listening and kindness.

I have really been blessed by doing something I'm passionate about -- needlework!!!  Here is a table mat for Thanksgiving!!!  Sometimes we rush from Halloween to Christmas only giving Thanksgiving a fleeting thought.  I believe it should be the MOST important holiday of the year!!!

 So after saying all this, I feel some what of a hypocrite as I share with you the Christmas cards I made from the Stampin' Up! Watercolor Winter Simply card kit.  My reasoning to get cards out early this year is mainly because we moved and have a new address.  So please understand!!! I did have fun putting the cards together.  While I really didn't "follow" the instructions with the kit, I looked at other people's ideas and copied!!!!  Thank you for sharing your ideas!!!  I also made some stamped cards which I cased!!! But at least I made them!!!  My friend Connie, the wool master, came over to share a day of stamping and visiting.  It truly motivated me to get going on my cards.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Winter Wonderland

BRRR Morning!!!

Well if I wasn't in the Christmas mood before  -- I am now!!!  This is what we woke up to this morning.  It is a balmy 2 degrees!!!!
YIKES!! Kind of chilly after 60's last week!!! The nice part of this weather is that I didn't have to venture out to work today.  What does that mean -- stitching time!!!  Happy dance for me!!!
I just love the snow especially when I can stay warm and cozy in my home!!!  This cold weather prompted me to make the BEST vegetable soup for dinner last night!!!  My husband and I enjoyed it with some homemade bread!!! YUM!!  I'm glad I made a big pot of it so we can have some today!!!

I'm finishing a Thanksgiving table mat for a store sample and then on to a snowman table runner!!!  

I also have some Christmas gifts to work on!!!  SHHH!!!!
This is from a new pattern by Buttermilk Basin. We just got this pattern at the Black Sheep Wool Shop.  I have some friends that love owls, so I had to make one ASAP!!!  The colors are much prettier in person and the background is black. This project went together really quick.  I did enlarge the pattern because the actual size is only 8.5 inches.  I like the larger mats.  

Stay warm friends!!!  Have a great day and remember there are 14 days till Thanksgiving and 42 days till Christmas!!!  The clock is ticking and back to work I go.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

November Notions!!!

Greetings to all,

What a beautiful November day!!!  It is the calm before the storm -- literally!!  Monday the cold air will be moving in bringing snow!!   I will enjoy staying home!!! But I promise I will be busy!!!  You know Christmas will be here soon!!!!

This is a pin cushion I made for the shop.  It went together so quickly.  What a great gift idea!!!  Just sayin'!!!  I used a pin cushion insert which we have in stock at the Black Sheep Wool Shop!!!  The pattern is a Bird Brain design.  There are two other pin cushion designs included in this pattern.

I know I may be jumping the gun -- but Valentine's Day will be coming soon.  I made this for a store sample as well.  The back mat and hearts are actually a rich burgundy.  They don't show well in the picture.  This is The Little Red Hen pattern we have at the shop.

By the way we just received some new products at the shop.  Patterns, buttons, wool, homespuns, etc.!!!!  Cheryl also brought back from quilt market some wonderful wool felt ornament designs for quick to make ornaments!!!  AND in case you are needing a great idea for your stitching friend, The Black Sheep Wool Shop offers gift certificates!!!

I'm really excited today because I'm going to my first rug hookers group and taking my first project with me to work on.  This is the most wonderful group of gals.  I owe a very special thank you to Lynn who has taught me about rug hooking.  She also is the one who enticed me into this craft!!!  I love it and will enjoy it more when my husband makes my frame!!!  Stay tuned for pictures!!!

Have a great weekend and check back next week.