Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Little Valentine Stitching ♥ ♥ ♥

My busy hands have been
at work all week.  I've wanted to 
make a few things in honor of
one of my favorite holidays...
Valentine's Day ♥    
I have been determined to get
these done in order to offer them
for sale.
This design is part of 
my C.R. 1840 chart
and comes with the heart
template to make these pinkeeps. 
Both are stitched on linen with overdyed
floss and stuffed with wood shaving and 
a little crushed walnut shells to 
give them more weight.  
The red one has thin matching  
cording trim and the 
tan one has vintage chenille trim.
These will both be listed in my 
Etsy shop tomorrow.  If you 
can't wait you can always email me
The cost is $30.00 each plus travel fare.
I'd really like to get stitching on a few
more things.  I love to make finished 
items.  It's a real creative outlet for me.
Enjoy your evening and thanks for 
taking the time to visit.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

♥ A Little Valentine Finish ♥

Good evening friends.  
It is a very cold night here in Philadelphia.
Luckily, I get to sit by the roaring fire and 
stitch.  How lucky am I?
Working on one of those Spring designs.
I really just can't wait for Spring.   
I am looking forward to the thaw.  
~ : ~
A friend stitched my little freebie 
Valentine design that I offered a few 
years ago.  I did a bit of finishing on it
today.  Backed, stuffed and added 
some pretty ruching.   
Thought a wee little strawberry would
be a cute addition, so I made one to 
go with it.
~ : ~
All my freebies can be found
by clicking on the link that's in
my sidebar on the left or under
freebie patterns which is located
under my blog header.
Don't forget to send me pics
of your finishes if you do stitch
any of them up.  I love to see them
and show them off.
Keep warm and happy stitching!

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Stitcher's Finish

Good morning friends.
I'm posting early since I have
a full day planned of stitching.
Kim of My Field of Dreams blog
wrote to let me know she had stitched
"Falling Snow Sampler"
Kim said when she's stitching
a design, it's almost like she
can hear that designer's voice and
the piece will make her feel a certain
way.  She had a happy and 
calm feeling while stitching this and
knowing that makes me happy :)
Thanks Kim for sharing.  Can't wait
to see how you finish it. 
Working on a few new designs for Spring.
Can't wait to give you a sneak peek.
Off to stitch.... 
Have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Thrilled to tell you........

......about a project that has been in the
works for almost a year now.
Back in March of last year I saw this
antique sampler on Pinterest,
of course......
Picture of Original Sampler from Pinterest
and I fell in love
with it.  Upon further research
I found that the piece was held
in a collection at the 
Wisconsin Historical Society.
The sampler was from Ohio and
dated about 1800-1850.
I had my heart set on reproducing it.
 I felt a kind of connection with it, as
I grew up in Ohio and have so many
fond memories of that time in my life.
So, with the help of my dear friend
and sometimes design partner, 
Ruthe, we contacted the Society 
and received permission to proceed.
It's finished and framed and we 
believe it was worth the wait.
We're excited to show you
"Ohio Treasure" 
an antique needlework adaptation.

We've tried to come as close as 
possible to the original. 
It's stitched on Weeks Dye Works
Havana linen using Gentle Art
and  Weeks Dye Works floss, but
a full DMC color conversion is
This is now available in my
Etsy Shop and is also on it's 
way to my distributor.
 Can't wait to hear what you think?
Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ladies Prim Society Reveal

I know there was much suspense, 
but with kits shipping to all the members 
on Jan. 15th, I thought it best to
 now show you the finished first release.
"Wynter Peacocks" sewing pouch.
I hope you like it.  
I'm so pleased and excited.
I hope this will also help those of you 
who were not sure about the club, to join.
I know that it has filled up quickly and 
there are not many spots left.
Don't miss out on all the stitching fun 
this year!
The next release by Blackbird Designs
will be here before you know it.
Believe me, I share your excitement
about that.
Just visit

Sincere thanks for your comments
and kindness. They mean the world
to me. 
Happy Stitching.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

♥ Sweetheart Tree ♥

Hi friends and Happy New Year!
I am really looking forward to this
coming year.
I'm happy to finally show you
the new pattern I've designed.
~*~ ~*~ ~*~
Here is "Sweetheart Tree"   
 made into a sweet hanging pocket
that would be wonderful hanging from a
cupboard door filled with Valentine cards
love notes or some sweet annie.
The pocket measures 6" x 10" and is
stitched on 35ct R & R Reproductions 
18th Century Gold linen 
using Silk 'N Colors, Brown Bear
and Worn Brick Path by
 The Thread Gatherer.
This new pattern will be available
in my Etsy Shop and 
will soon be on it's way to 
my distributor. 
~*~ ~*~ ~*~    
As always, thank you for taking the 
time to visit, for your friendship 
and support.  You keep me inspired!
A very happy New Year to you all!