Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, February 27, 2017

~HEARTS AND BERRIES UPDATE~

Happy Monday, dear friends!!

I am finally ready for an Update of some new items called

HEARTS AND BERRIES!



Here is a little sneak peek of what I will be offering!

Won't you join me TONIGHT at 8 PM, EST, (5 PM, PST) 
on my Picture Trail Shoppe?
(You can find it on my side bar on the right)

Hope to see you then!!

Wishing you a day filled with love and sweetness~

Julie

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

~VISITORS~

A Happy Wednesday to you, dear friends!
Look who came for a visit today,  all the way from Canada!!


Canada Geese!

They are enjoying the beautiful weather we are having here in Arizona
on the golf course directly behind our house!!



This fellow seemed to be the leader of the flock!
Every time I moved to take a picture
His head would snap up and he would just watch me!!



He was NOT intimidated by me ONE LITTLE BIT!!



He finally realized I was not a threat and actually started to enjoy a worm or two!

They stayed there for quite some time until some golfers actually drove up in their carts!!
Then, off they flew, honking as the went, looking for another spot!


It was so nice to see them for such a brief time!!

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I want to take this time to thank all of you who purchased my new pattern recently!!
Your kind words and support really mean so much and I hope you really enjoy it!!

I have even had some requests for more,
 so I will be putting on my thinking cap
 and hope to have another one ready
 sometime in the near future!!

Speaking of the future, I am finally ready to offer some new creations and am planning on
an update on Monday, February 27th at 8 PM, EST!
I will post more about that 
sometime later this week!

If you would like to be added to my Tell a Friend list, please send me your email and I will be more than happy to add you!

Thank you so much for stopping by today for a visit!! 

Wishing you a day filled with unexpected pleasures, my friends~

Julie

Saturday, February 18, 2017

~NEW PATTERN AVAILABLE~

Hello, dear friends!
Hope you are enjoying a wonderful Saturday!

I have some exciting news to share!!!

 My new pattern:


BUTTER MOLD HEART

is now available in my Picture Trail Selling Shoppe!

It is a PDF- E Pattern that is designed for Punch Needle
or can be enlarged for those of you who do rug hooking!

Complete Supplies, directions, and pattern for tracing or enlarging is included!

If you are interested in purchasing the pattern,
you can find it on my sidebar.

I am so excited to offer my very first e-pattern
and hope you like it, too!!

I am still working on my pieces for an Update that I hope to have
sometime next week!! I will post more about that soon!!

Thank you again, so much, for your love and support of what I do!

YOU make it all worthwhile!!

Wishing you a day filled with Creative Joy, my friends~

Julie


Monday, February 13, 2017

~RUNNING BEHIND~

Happy Monday, dear friends!

Yes, I am seriously RUNNING BEHIND!

Have you ever felt like you have been working really hard, 
hurrying as fast as you can, 
feeling like you are getting things done,
and then finding out that time just 
slipped by
and you don't know
HOW IT HAPPENED??

Well, 
that is EXACTLY how I feel!!!

You see, 
TOMORROW IS VALENTINE'S DAY
and 
I'M NOT READY FOR MY UPDATE!!!
Boo Hoo!!

So,
instead of having an Update before Valentine's Day,
I will be having one
after!

Heartstrings still waiting to be finished!
If you are like me
you love hearts
all year long,
so I am hoping you will be patient with me till I can get more things finished!!


Seems I have been extra organized this time but time has just gotten away from me!
Does anyone else feel that way??



Anyway, I will be very busy today, finishing up stitching,
doing a bit more stuffing,
and some staining,
and hopefully, will be ready soon!!

Here is a little peek at a few things I will be offering......

So Sweet!!
Chums sawdust stuffed pillow by Pineberry Lane!


The perfect red wool and red velvet!
Little Brown House (only mine is red) by Pineberry Lane!

I am also getting ready to offer my very first pattern,
Butter Mold Heart,
and it will be available in PDF
for punch needle and rug hooking!!
I am really excited about it and hope you will like it!!
Hopefully that will be offered at the time of my Update!!

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I have truly loved blogging and have met so many wonderful people who share my love of decorating, creating, and just being a part of my journey!! 
 I value each comment and email, and am so happy to know that there are so many who share what is important to me!!  Thank you for taking the time in this busy world we live in, to stop by and visit!! 
As Tom Bodette says, 
"I'll leave the light on for you!"

Wishing each of you Serenity and Peace, in your busy world~

Julie

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

~AFTER THE CHAOS~

Happy February, dear friends!!


Remember my last post called
 CREATIVE CHAOS??
 My dining room table was filled with clutter from one end to the other!!
 What a Beautiful mess!!!

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This is what my table looks like now........




Everything is organized and you can ACTUALLY SEE my table!!!!

I have a large collection of bowls and love to use them to organize my work!
They not only look great, but are so handy for transporting things!



Red birds ready for stuffing!




Lots and lots of different fabric strawberries, ready to be filled with sawdust!




Stuffed strawberries, waiting to have decorative X's and stitched wool caps!




Various hearts all ready for stuffing!



Hearts that have been stuffed and now need special stitching!

I also have a large collection of lidded boxes that are perfect for storing my fabric snippets and scraps!



Small box of red velvet snippets, perfect for stuffing the velvet hearts and berries!



Three more stacked boxes with scraps of red wool, red velvet, and red fabric scraps!
The different fabrics are kept separate
 and I find that helps me when I need to stuff a particular item! 
 I actually learned the hard way
 that if you use red fabric snippets inside something and then dye it or age it, if it wasn't red before,
 IT WILL BE NOW!!! 




Large lidded box filled with all white and cream fabric snippets!




Large firkin filled with uncut dark fabric scraps to use in future projects!




Another box filled with polyfil, much easier to handle than a big container or bag,
and a glass jar with a funnel lid, filled with clean sawdust!




Various scraps of red print fabric snippets that I use if I don't have to worry about the color bleeding through!



A very large spool of dark brown thread, perfect for hand stitching!!




A bowl full of different threads to use for gathering, top stitching, or accenting, plus my hemostats, and notched stuffing tool!






Faithful tomato pincushion, filled with pins and needles, small scissors, and my trusty thimbles!





I even use a very tiny bowl to hold all my thread snips!!





All organized and ready to finish, HOPEFULLY for an Update in time for Valentine's Day!!!

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Speaking of finishes, I do have several pieces to share with you!  



The first is a cat that I punched using a Primitive Betty pattern called Old Cat!
I love the old frame I found!





I chose to use lighter colors for the cat and darker colors for the background, and a small mustard check fabric for the backing!





The back was finished with craft paper and a saw tooth hanger!



The second piece is Turkey and Tallowberries,
 a wonderful design by Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm,
  a piece I punched back in November,
 but didn't get around to finishing till  now! 
 I added a heavy black coat wool to the back and am still trying to figure out if I will just add two little rings for hanging, or stuff it for a pillow!!  I keep going back and forth on this, so I would love to hear your thoughts!!

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The final piece is one that was inspired by an old heart butter mold!  I really had fun coming up with a design and choosing colors!! I used a combination of Valdani, DMC, and some of my own dyed threads! I am really pleased with it and hope you like it, too!! I'm planning on offering a pattern soon, so be watching for that!!




I found the sweetest little basket recently
to hold all of my threads, needle and sharpie pen!




A closer look to see the different colors and the movement 
in the background!



I backed it with some old black coat wool and the black really sets it off!!
I have not decided yet if I will stuff it for a pillow,
 or
 just add rings to the back for hanging,
 but it will be on my list of things to work on!!

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Now to start working on all those other projects!!!!

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I hope you enjoyed your visit with me today
and 
Thank You So Much, for all your comments and emails!!
I appreciate each and every one!!!


Wishing you a day filled with Good Things, my friends~

Julie