I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
~Author Unknown

Sharing a common thread with those who love the art of hand embroidery

Wednesday, July 21, 2021


Thursday, June 24, 2021

June blooms into summer


The days have been filled with extreme heat........bringing so many colorful flowers into bloom.  
I work in my flower beds in the early morning hours and then............
to escape the heat from outside, I prefer to let my needle create blooms with floss and fabric.

visit my cooking blog for this wonderful recipe
at this link
Wishing you gardens filled with lovely blooms!

Monday, May 24, 2021

The month of May is a time when

                                   nature really wakes up......from the wild flowers to wildlife

and everything  else that has been quiet and sleeping. 

No matter how harsh the past winter may have been,

everything comes back to life..........vibrant and lovely.

Now that the virus seems to be calmed down......all things we love to do

seems to be slowly waking back up. 

I have not spent a lot of my time with my needle to show you something stitched.


I have spent the past few weeks, waking up
my vintage shop.........which has been closed due to the virus.
Now that the virus seems to have calmed down, I hope to open 
to the public. Would you like a tour?
I started off by clearing things off of the floor, so that 
one can easily look at things without stubbing their toe. 
I also wanted the vintage glassware to be seen better and 
moved it to the middle table in the natural light.
As you can see, the cement floor is very worn.  It had been painted
by previous owners years ago and the paint has worn.
I chose an antique white paint for the floor and then stenciled
a design in a sage green
I left the futon/bed in the shop (on the left side of the photo)
so that if all of our children are visiting at the same time, 
there will be this extra space for them to come and rest.
I wanted the entrance in front of the door to have some kind of
rose design.  I painted an oval rug in this space.
It matches the sage green part of the wall of the shop.
The shop is full of tea cups
vintage dishware
vintage glassware
vintage kitchen gadgets

vintage cookbooks
vintage purses and jewelry boxes
and collectibles
and there are drawers and tubs full of vintage linens and crochet

The walls are also covered with needlework and paintings
One of my favorite things in the shop is this old mirror.
I had stored it away for years before I made the shop.
I just could not toss it and knew one day I would find the perfect
use for it.  
When I made the shop, my husband fixed it to the top of
an old dresser as decoration for the shop.  I have had the 
little porcelain butterflies for years and decided they would
be perfect to add to the mirror.
So now, while I wait for customers,
I will be returning to my stitching and  working with my needle. 
Do  you like vintage things?  
Do  you have a favorite shop to go roam 
and linger in? 

 If you ever
come this way.......my shop 
door will always be open for  you! 

Sunday, April 18, 2021

It is April

 just like the droggy wild woods outside being awakened by the fresh spring rains, my creativity  has been awakened by my thoughts and inspiration of what I want to start to embroider on.........or the other things I want to get my hands busy in putting together.  Are you feeling the same?

I am not one to only super clean for "spring cleaning" .   I keep a clean house always and try to keep clutter......."uncluttered".  But I do love to go through my endless stash of things to start embroidering on and I love to re read and go through my collection of books to get inspiration to start a new project.  I had decided a while back that I would not purchase anymore fabric, embroidery floss , or yarn, until I have used up what I have.  For one reason.........I think I have more supplies than the local craft store......honestly! 
Because of the weather being pretty outside, I turned once again to my cement making and decided to make a few garden pieces.
I had noticed somewhere on the net, lovely cement spheres sitting in a landscape, and wanted to make some of my own.
I am thrilled at how mine came out.  I used cement dye for the colorful ones.

Now I am at a loss at exactly where I want to place them.
I am sure I will move these around to different places, until each piece feels like the perfect fit.
I also have stolen one of my husband's pink shirts............it is the most perfect shade of pink.  I had talked him into purchasing it, because I thought it would look wonderful on him, but, he is not a lover of pink as myself, and he did not like the way it felt.................so I was happy to claim it.  It is a bit over-sized..........but that is what I am wanting.
I am planning to wear it over a blouse, much like a light weight jacket.

 I decided to tint just a bit of the design and embroider with different hues of pink embroidery floss.  I will have more to show when I am finished. 
I finished my " Home"  embroidery.  I added lantana, hollyhock, chickens in the yard,
a sweet bluebird in the tree, and to top it off........hearts coming out of the chimney.
My children recognized it as our home right off. 
I have now only to stretch and frame it.  
I hope the fresh rain and air of spring has put spark of creative inspiration in you. 
 I look forward to hearing about the journey or process of your creative thoughts.....and seeing the many wonderful results and projects  that you get your hands busy  in creating. 


Saturday, April 3, 2021

Wishing you a blessed Easter


And as He was resurrected
On that day, so very fair,
Let our thoughts be resurrected
From wrong thinking to God's care...
Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Easter" (1940s)

Saturday, March 27, 2021

All Is Well


We made it home late yesterday afternoon.........with Zack. It is amazing at how no one stays in a hospital after serious surgeries these days!  The doctor felt that there was no need for us to stay in Dallas with Zack at the hotel, because he would heal better here at home. Zack was very much in agreement with that . LOL  He traveled well......and instead of sleeping all the way, he chatted more.  He is the same Zack we have always known........the surgery did no damage.  We are so thankful! 
Zack has a bit of time to heal and to recover........but he is doing well.
Thank all of  you for our prayers, your thoughts and comments with supportive words.
From our hearts........we thank  you. 
Here wishing you peaceful skies and happy days

Thursday, March 18, 2021



This is the first glance I had of  our home when we were
searching for a place out in the country to live.  ( the porch
was not as cluttered as you see in this photo) 
Something in my heart told me..........this will be the place
you and your family will live and grow for the rest of your
I love the whole house, inside and out, and all of the grounds
in which my loyal dog and I wander and explore........
but the image of this front porch will forever be my favorite.
I am not the best watercolor artist, but I have always wanted 
to create a tinted image of the front porch..........
and I then wanted to embroider it and embellish the picture
with flowers that either existed or ones I dreamed would grow along 
the porch. 
   The first thing I had to embroider was my black cat.
I have had several black cats through the years.......they have always been 
dear to my heat.  Smokey, Salem...........and now
And then, I started to embroider the existing Pyracantha bush and I have always wanted large pots of geraniums.......which I have never been successful at growing. 
I embroidered the leaves and berries on the existing Pyracantha
and Yaupon Holly bushes.
I have always dreamed of wisteria draping itself down
the front porch,
and there must be a large bush of antique pink and white
roses.  Which I am still in the process of stitching  
I have so much more to add..........and I have decided to title this piece
" Home"
for in just a few days........I will be longing for myself, my husband,
and our oldest son .....
to be home.
As you read this, we have since had the devastating news that our oldest 
son Zack, has 4 tumors on his brain.  One particularly large one must
be removed immediately.  
How much I want all of this to be just a bad dream that I soon awake from.............
but it is not.   We will soon be traveling, on the way to where Zack will be undergoing a long and tricky surgery within the next few days,
and we do not know what the outcome will be.
For those of you who have already known about this......
thank  you for your prayers and supportive words.
I ask that you continue to pray for Zack's surgeon and for Zack.
I do not know how long we will be gone.........so I will return here much 
later with hopefully...........happy news.
until then, take care, love all those near to you, 
and do not let one day go by without enjoying something
in it.