Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Bluebird pincushion, Reward of Merit finished--Black Bird Designs

First, I want to thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your day to read my simple words. When I think about how many I reach, it's amazing. 490,000 people.
I've had almost 1000 hits on FB page Feathers in the Nest, for the freebie chart for this month!!! I was amazed and thankful that you all are interested in my charts and sharing needlework.
For newcomers to the blog, I welcome you! I so welcome and look forward to your comments! There are times that I do not write daily, but I think about writing to you each day. Recently, I've had so many committments it seems, that posts have been more infrequent. I'm glad that August is here, but so ready for September!!!!! The Fall and cooler weather coming just are not complete with stash cleaning and looking at some WIP's I've put down for way too long.

September to me means:
  • the start of Fall~~~~ I can feel it in the air at night
  • stocking the pantry with good eats and hot chocolate, hot teas
  • preparing the hearth for that October first fire in the woodstove
  • new beginnings! (I got this from even when a child, with school starting~~~ fresh school supplies, new year)
  • Opening the windows on dry, sunny, cool days to freshen the house
  • Pulling out my Fall decor to put randomly around the house
  • Stitching and designing NEW Fallish designs!
  • Knitting.......oh yes............knitting projects lined up for colder weather
  • wearing those shawls I made!
  • and this year a turn of another decade of my life~~ my birthday ((nifty nifty)
  • the start of homemade gifts for Christmas!
  • and many, many more
I think this year Spring cleaning has extended through the Summer at the homestead. We have had soooooooooooo much rain this year. I can remember when Georgia's lakes were so low, like craters.

But this past week, we've been blessed with lots of sunshine and no thunderstorms. I guess you can say we need the storms to help us appreciate the sunshine more.

Here is the finished pics of the Bluebird pincushion!

Reward of Merit, Pincushion
Designer, Blackbird Designs
stitched 2 over 2 on linen in my stash 32 ct
threads~~~~~ Belle Soie in Blue Lagoon
vintage buttons found at The Martin House in Helen, Georgia
old vintage pins from a junkin' store in Hawaisee, Georgia
fabric backing from a fabric store in Dahlonega, Georgia
all of the above in my stash for at least 3 years!!!



and it's temporary home at the homestead!
This morning my knitting buddy watched me make progress with a Fall Shawl. Yup, I'm making a simple garter with gradual increase on each end in Bernat yarn in a colorway of deep reds with some bits of denim blues and gray scattered. I'm using size 11 needles.
Started from the bottom up in a crescent shape, this shawl will definitely be a cozy accessory to jeans or dresses.
I have a 32 in cord already full, so I need to get a 40 inch cord to finish.
So you can see that Miss Abigail has retreated to my left and snuggles in the early morning hours when I stitch!  She is one sweet little furbaby.

I've almost finished sorting out all the overdyed threads I've found to put in my crate for organization. When things are totally in place and transferred to my stitching studio, painting the walls will start in a honey beige color. It's my hope that a stitching group will start here when the goal is accomplished. It's slow moving but very hopeful.

As I have been organizing the stash, I find so many WIP's and I might just try to finish one up I had started a very long time ago by The Sampler Girl. It would look delightful in one of the guest bedrooms and it's brighter in color that brings a bit of cheer to my heart!!!

Take care,


  1. Another wonderful post Jennifer. I just love keeping and eye on you and what's going on in your life through your blog. Always a happy place to be.

    Your pin cushion is lovely. That pattern wouldn't happen to be a free pattern would it? I'd love to make up a few of them.

    Your home always looks so welcoming. I'd love to be able to sit down and have a cup of that hot tea with you and chat.

    Have a wonderful week Jennifer.

  2. Gorgeous finish . Miss Abby looks so comfy .X

  3. I love your Blackbird pillow so cute, spring cleaning is always a chore here with a 60+ hour week, but I do get it done.
    Miss Abigail looks so sweet on the sofa.

  4. Hey Miss Lindalee!

    This is Blackbird Designs pattern but it is not a freebie. You can however get it on 123 cross stitch website at a little discount I believe than LNS's. It was gifted to me a couple of years ago by Jennifer Holcomb.

    Cath, and Diamond C, yes, miss Abbie makes herself comfy and is one spoiled furbaby.


  5. Your little BBD Bluebird pillow looks great. I stitched that one also and stuffed it with walnut shells. I have done several of those little cushions.
    Abbie does look quite content! :)
    My daughter just left for home with her sweet little bichon, Chloe,and I miss them already.

  6. Your little BBD Bluebird pillow looks great. I stitched that one also and stuffed it with walnut shells. I have done several of those little cushions.
    Abbie does look quite content! :)
    My daughter just left for home with her sweet little bichon, Chloe,and I miss them already.

  7. lovely finish on the BBD and your list of autumnal things is fab ... love the fires and the hot chocolate bit :)
    Miss Abigail looks ever so comfy snoozing and can you come over and organize my wee house too ..lol love mouse xxxxx


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