Friday, March 20, 2015

Our Trio Giveaway

The Crafting Trio is having our March giveaway and there are going to be 3 winners. Above is the one that I'm giving away, this cute Yorkie puppy card. There are two other items being given away so I hope you go sign up as there will be 3 winners. Just chose which of the items you;d like and sign up! You can also find this card in my Etsy shop as I've made several.
Another card that is just listed is this Shih Tzu

These cards are not found anywhere else right now so if you want something unique and not the ordinary, please check out my shop. I'm working on some other ones now, old fashioned vintage transport, a penny farthing bike, a old time auto and a biplane. I thought they'd be nice for Fathers Day.

If you have problems entering the giveaway, just leave a comment here and I will count you in. For some reason, only Google + people seem to be able to enter. I've reported the problem.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday Visit

I've been fairly busy so haven't posted much this last week. I wanted to share my African violets with you as they're blooming so well right now.

I also finished a new candle mat. I made this one rather primitive and I really like it. Its a pretty sunflower.

                                    Its in my Etsy shop now and ready for a new home.

I've also signed up for Bible Gateway's 40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer and its terrific. Today he speaks about work and prayer...

Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
   and prosper for us the work of our hands․
   O prosper the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

Monday, March 9, 2015

Garden News, and New Listings

The nectarine tree is loaded with blossoms. It does every year but never seems to set much fruit. I'm not sure if its birds or just bad luck. But since its such a pretty little tree, we enjoy it anyway. The french isis hasn't bloomed yet this year. I look every day for any buds but so far no.

                      We cooked beet greens last night and they were yummy. First greens of the season,
and the strawberries are blooming and have green berries that will be ripe in a few days.

The weather has been wonderful, warm and sunny. We've had a few winter rain storms which are so needed and the hills are covered in wild flowers. Below are lupine.

                                                               Its a great time of year!

  I've also listed a few new things in my Etsy shop....two puppy cards and a wall hanging...

Plus our Trio Blog will be having a March giveaway very soon. I hope you will all sign up for it. I'm giving away another candle mat and this one will reflect the time of year with a big sunflower!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Post

For my birthday this year, Alan got me a really cool tablet. I'd seen others using them at the hospital and thought I might like one. I didn't really know what I was getting into but sure love it. Its a android Verizon ellipsis 7 for those in the know.
Earlier last year, I had put a Kindle app on my desk computer for free. You can download them on the site. I'd downloaded a number of free books from there. But I didn't realize until after I got the tablet that I could also have the same kindle on it. So I now have not only a tablet but a kindle! I'm reading the complete works of Sherlock Holmes right now. I do love a good well written mystery! I love the feel of regular books but its handy to read in the car, etc. also at night as it lights up so I don't have to turn on a light to disturb Alan.

Nancy finished the coffee mug mats and sent them back to me. I realized that I had some little wire hangers from way back when that would work and think these really look cool.  I don't have them on the wall yet .
                                                            Great for the kitchen
                                  Not sure if I'll keep them or put them in my Etsy shop.
I'm also stitching another candle mat for her daughters birthday. Its the same pattern as the one I gave away on our Trio blog...Here's the photo of that one..

                 She sent me some nice muslin to use plus enough for several more projects.
I also completed two more dog stitched cards, another Shih Tzu and a Yorkie. But the photos are not good so am not going to share them yet. I've continually having trouble with the digital camera focus.
Its hit and miss. The Shih Tzu came out ok but not the Yorkie.

just remember that this Sunday the clocks will be changing again, sigh. Seems like as I get older, the time change is harder, or is it just me?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Iowa Hawk Soap

Nancy has made up some Iowa Hawk orange scented soap and I wanted to let all the Hawkeye fans out there, it will only be available for a limited time. These are the best soap that I know of and would make a wonderful little gift for that special fan. Stock up for Christmas, birthday or other holiday!
Just comment and let me know if you're interested and I'll get you in touch with her. The soap is quite reasonable in price also.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Finished Card and other news

I finished the Shih Tzu card and its in my Etsy shop now. I had alot of fun making this little puppy. I think she's really cute. She's become my favorite, I think. She's my No. 1.

We've only gotten 12 people to sign up for the February Giveaway so hope if you're reading this , you'll take the time to sign up. One winner this time, so there is a good chance  you will win. Go over to the Crafting Friends Trio to sign up, here is the link. 
I'm giving away this rather primitive candle mat which is exclusive for the giveaway.

                        Its called In My Garden and the pattern is from Primitive Stitches.

Its  was a wet and cool weekend for us. The storm came in Friday evening and we woke on Saturday to cool wet rain. The peas are going crazy with the wet stuff and I've seen a big leap in growth with them. Also two more tomato seedlings sprouted in their peat pots.
and now for a funnie..

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sneak Peak!

This is a sneak peak of the third in the series of dog cards..this is a little Shih Tzu puppy. They are adorable little dogs but do take alot of grooming.  I just finished stitching her last night and haven't made the card up yet but think shes kinda cute.  Many of these stitched cards are suitable for framing.

Here is a photo of a Shih Tzu puppy...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Some New Cards

I've been stitching some greeting cards, and doing a series of dog patterns..this is a favorite of a Border Collie. The saying is My Best Friend.
Here is another one, this one is called Top Dog...he's just a muttly dog, no particular breed.

The third one I'm not finished with yet..its a Shih Tzu puppy. I'll share that another day. There are more in the series so I hope to get those patterns soon.

I took the photos outside as you can see the dimension, otherwise they look rather flat which isn't the case at all. You will find these cards and more in my Etsy shop, Sweet Home Stitchery

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Garden News and Our Giveaway

I hope you all had a nice Valentines day. Our weather has been on the warm side, in the 80s so we enjoyed the garden, sipping iced tea and watching the grand kids play in the yard.  I know, I know, many of you reading  this are inside with heavy snow outside and cold. But our warm weather comes with a cost, more drought in the future, sigh.

I'm glad we converted much of our lawn to raised beds and I hope to do more in the future. Drip irrigation has helped cut our water bill. The beets will be ready to harvest in about a month now. The peas are up and curling around a rather primitive net I hastily made. Its not much for looks but does the job.

I wanted to tell you all about our giveaway on our group blog, Crafting Friends Trio. There will be one winner for all three items that are being given away. I'm giving away this  primitive inspired candle mat, the pattern is from Primitive Stitches. Garden inspired with flowers.

                    Please sign up and click here for the link.  The giveaway will end Feb. 28th.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Garden News Plus

While much of the county is under snow, Southern California is in spring time. Our strawberry plants are blooming, the beets and spinach are up and we've planted peas and carrots which should be up in a week to 10 days. Most days are in the 70s with blue skies.

Alan also  put tomato seeds into peat pots. I sure hope we have good tomatoes this year as last year was a real bust with hardly enough to can. I did manage to make about 4 pints of sauce but that;s not nearly enough for an entire winter. Guess we 're spoiled with home canned tomato sauce but its so flavorful and better than anything you can buy.

I've been working on spring time candle mats, and also listed this nice Valentine candle mat which includes a heart shaped candle in my Etsy shop..

I've autographed it also on the bottom with the date as each of them are entire handmade and one of a kind.

Nancy Huggins sent me some soap petals with various scents to try. I love all of them but am partial to the orange. It gets nasty scents off your hands in the kitchen such as after cutting onions. I also found it great after changing diapers also! Our grandson is fairly potty trained but does wear a diaper at night. One of her popular items is the garden soap she makes with  a hanging rope for the water spigot.
                               So handy to get the mud and dirt off after gardening.
             She's also been making these darling soaps with family pets which have proven very popular.

Shown above with her  American Eskimos.
You can find her at our group blog, Crafting Friends Trio