Monday, January 30, 2017

Doilies...and a thought or two..maybe

I have been busy trying to get some orders finished up, some test patterns completed..and then I developed a cold.   While I had this cold I realized I don't know how to spit.  The Dr.  said to spit the phlem?..you know that yucky stuff you cough up?  anyway to spit it out...well I was taught that ladies do not spit....so I guess I did not learn how.  I try to spit and I end up with snot, for the lack of better word, just hanging from my lips..gross I know.  So hubby in his fit of laughter tries to tell me how to spit...so now I am learning to spit...at the age..(not going there) I am just learning to spit...and not doing it well..how gross..sorry guys...ok...but  I did finish up some things... yes I did wash my hands...many many times...and my face..
 This is a pattern designed by Patricia Kristoffersen and can be found in Exquisite Tabletoppers...I made this with DMC Babylo 415.
 This is the Between Meal Centerpiece pattern and can be found on the internet as a free pattern.  I used Alize Miss #476 a darker gray for this one. 
 And finally this is a new pattern I tested.  The name of the pattern is Constance.  It is not available to the public yet as it is still being tested.  I used DMC Babylo #783..a burnt gold color. 
I love the textures of this pattern...would look really good with the self striping Alize Miss Batik I think. 

You can find all the thread used in these doilies except the light gray Babylo in my shop..It is sold out.  I am undecided if I am going to continue to keep Babylo in my shop.  I had a shipment problem, and a charge to my account problem..to make a long story short I had no idea I had a backorder..charged my account without my knowledge until the thread just showed up on my doorstep...not a happy camper...so I am unsure if I want to deal with it again...but it seems that many people really enjoy this thread..myself included...one of the best I have ever worked with...so I am undecided...would love you guys to give me your thoughts..  anyway have a wonderful week...and if you are interested in the thread be sure to check my shop out.  You can just click the pic at the top right or just go to   Byhooks4u.etsy.com  


Saturday, January 21, 2017

UNITED we STAND.....DIVIDED we FALL.

This is a rant...just letting you know before you read too far...I hope no one takes it personally if you do well then I am sorry..but I too have a view point.  And this is my blog...so here goes

To all those congressmen and women, to all the senators....How DARE YOU...

What you have done this weekend is show me that you are above reproach...you are untouchable.  How do we the people hold you accountable for the civil unrest you helped to create?  Our country swore in our...key word...OUR president...and you ...repeat...YOU our supposed Leaders...boycotted?  What message did you send to the world....I ask you this....How do we the people punish you for such childlike behavior?   How do we hold you accountable for saying to  unhappy people that is ok to rally....to protest...to say and do hateful and violent things if you don't get your way?    By doing what you did on January 20, 2017...there will be consequences..what they will be I do not know....I am wondering if I had protested Obama or if groups of protester,  rich white movie stars, movie makers...had rallied and protested our last president on his day of taking the highest office in our country...would you have been so tolerant?   Probably not....I would have been labeled a racist..for sure.....Let me tell you this Mr. Congressman/Senator...you have set an example of child like behavior..I want to put you in time out..I want to fire you from you JOB...I use that word lightly...Your Job is to work for this nation..not to further your political agenda...So if these protests get out of hand..if they get violent..I am going to blame you...If people get hurt or jailed..I am going to blame you...What you did tells me you think you are above Reproach...there is nothing we the people can do to punish you for your actions...is there?   You have set the example..you have cleared the path...you are responsible for whatever follows..

Ok .....now for the protesters.....REALLY?    We as a country voted...He TRUMP is our president...all those protest are really meaningless...you cannot change the outcome of the election...You are protesting the very behavior you are exhibiting...HATE...Intolerance...Judgemental  You have become the very face of the ideas you are protesting....You are creating the division you are protesting.  And to the people who are listening to the rich white men and women spewing their words into a microphone..believe you me...those people do not pump their own gas..they do not shop at Walmart to save money..they live in multi million dollar homes...they wear designer clothes..but yet they FEEL your pain..at the pump..at the grocery store..when the light bill comes in..I bet they don't have to decide if they are sick enough to go to the dr...because their deductible is so high...Yeah If you are listening to them...and worse yet believing them...then I am sorry....I am sorry that the words coming out of a millionaire's mouth that is preaching hate, that is intolerant..that is judgemental makes you feel better....

So People...if you are still here reading my rant,please please...I ask that while you may have not voted for Trump...he is our president...he is the leader of this country...and now it is time to put on the big girl panties..chin up..shoulders back..and be proud of our country..and stand behind our president...stop believing everything you hear and see on the news...do some research..find more than one source of information...do some critical thinking....and make your own decisions..and not follow some movie maker....maybe even take the road less traveled...Because UNITED we STAND...DIVIDED we FALL

Any hateful comments..don't make them...this is my blog...my thoughts..my freedom of speech exercised.... 


Monday, January 9, 2017

First post of 2017..

Wow...already into the second week of 2017 and this is my first post....Well...HAPPY NEW YEAR..  I have been busy..I am not sure which doilies I have shown you lately..but my fingers have been busy.  I have tested a few patterns for Grace Fearon..you can find her patterns on ravelry..I think she may have an etsy shop also..not sure on that..but her patterns are some of the most textured patterns I have ever worked.  And the cool thing about her patterns ..most of them work with AMB..Alize Miss Batik..self striping thread...




All 3 of these patterns are her designs...all were worked with Alize Miss Batik (AMB).  You can find the thread in my etsy shop..Byhooks4u.etsy.com...I love the way it works..no ends to weave in..I really like that..
This is also one of Grace's designs...gorgeous huh?   I love textured doilies....so if you are so inclined..go check her out...I believe she has 2 self published books out..plus she also sells her new designs as individual patterns....the first pink and blue one won't be published until later this month..but the rest I believe are available.... Just tell her Vikki sent you...lol no you don't have to..

I have a few goals this year...I am going to work on me..I want to lose a few pounds...move a little more...keeping it simple... 

What's on my hook you ask...well I just finished a PK tabletopper and working on the Between Meal Centerpiece..making it in a gray color...I am really liking it.  Next on the hook is something I cannot talk about...but I can say this...it is a CAL from Grace...the pattern will be free.

Ok I think I have bored you enough....I hope you all have a wonderful week...and thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and read my thoughts...

Byhooks4u.etsy.com



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Merry Christmas



Good Afternoon....Christmas is almost upon us.  I have been pretty busy this past couple of weeks trying to get everything done and on the way to the new owner....I think this week things will slow down and I am hammering to get the little odds and ends done around my house....We aren't doing much as this year everyone has to travel so far with kids to do Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa..Grandpa is on call this year so it is better we don't plan a thing...New Years Eve we will celebrate our family then...it works out ....

I just want to thank everyone who visited my etsy shop this year and helped make it a successful year..I am now carrying more threads than ever...just so we can have them in our hooking hands.


So Have a wonderful Christmas ...and I will see you after the New Year..

Byhooks4u.etsy.com



Monday, November 28, 2016

And moving on to Christmas!!!

Today is Cyber Monday....whatever....I don't buy into the hype of doing my shopping on these days....I don't know if I am missing out on something or not.   I just haven't figured out what or how I am doing the gift giving this year.  My grandkids are growing up and are getting harder and harder to shop for.  I have a few that are still young and will enjoy anything grandma and grandpa hand them.  Most of you know I am not a shopper...I don't like crowds, don't like shopping period.  I can do it...but usually I don't if I don't have to.  Although to go shopping with mom and my sisters can really be fun..as long as I don't think about it too long and just do it.  As for Cyber Monday...well...I think the prices will be about the same if not better a week from now.  But that is my opinion I could be wrong..but I highly doubt it.   I have a tiny shop on Etsy...and it does no better, and no worse on Cyber Monday...I don't discount my things.  Little shops like us already price our items as low as we can..most of us give away our time on our items...otherwise they would never sell.  We cannot compete with the big box stores..nor do we try.  Our shipping costs are more, we still have to pay all the fees for Etsy, for paypal.  So Cyber Monday is just big business trying to entice us to spend our $$ in their stores. I will encourage you if you are looking for something unique..something special..something that means something...please shop small..whether it be online, or in your town..help that small business owner out and keep them afloat...small businesses are getting sqeezed so keep that in mind when shopping this holiday season. 

Ok....I made these two during the past week....both are listed in my etsy shop...along with the thread I used to create them....
This is a design that I just tested for Grace Fearon....I used self striping Alize Miss Batik..I love the way it worked out


 This is the thread I used to create the doily
Both doilies and the thread used to create them can be found in my etsy shop....  BYHOOKS4U.etsy.com



My Christmas runner that I finishedup over the weekend.

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Ok I think it is time to go...I can't figure out how to get out of caption mode......argh......have a great week everyone.



Monday, November 14, 2016

Hi, once again I have neglected my blog.  It has been over 2 weeks.  To be honest I just didn't feel like it..I tend to write whatever is in my head, and I wasn't sure what was going to come out...Let's just leave it at that... 

I tested another doily for Grace Fearon...This one is called Lorraine.  It is a highly textured doily, most of Grace's patterns are.  I used DMC Babylo #882..a shade that is darker than ecru..but a beigy gray color....I love it....by the way BABYLO is still marked at clearance prices...She has her 2nd book coming out shortly..if you want to look her up she has a shop on Etsy...just type in her name in the search bar.  It should come up...or you can find her on RAVELRY....I am not a fan of Ravelry ..besides I can never remember my password for that site anyway...

I am going to list a few more doilies in my shop this week...I hadn't realized I haven't been listing them...so there is a pile to be listed..yuck...maybe there is a listing fairy that will list them for me..

I finished up all my orders...so now I am at a loss as what to make..I have a to do pile...but there are so many choices...maybe I should just close my eyes and pick one...color choice won't be so hard as I hoarded 2 colors that came in with the last order of BABYlo....a gray and a fushia color....so whatever I make will be made with one of those 2 colors......anyway I finished up my orders so there is a pic in this blog somewhere....Butterfly doily...the wedding ones are done..I don't remember if I posted a pic of them or not a few weeks ago...I think I did... 



I seem to have lost the butterfly doily pic...oh well...maybe I will find it in the near future...odd how the computer just loses stuff..lol

Would love to have you stop in my store...where you can find DMC Cebelia, Alize Miss (solids), Alize Miss Batik (self striping), alize Miss Melange (shaded colors)..and DMC BABYlo....

BYHOOKS4U.etsy.com   or you can use the link at the top right to take you there....

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week







Friday, October 28, 2016

Today is the last Friday in October...goodness...I have..no had a plan for today.  The plan was to finish up a pineapple doily that is the last of an order...who knows I still may get to it.  I got sidetracked and ended up cleaning up my bedroom from the ceiling fan down to the floor.  I don't know how that one room gets so dusty and yucky..but it does.  Anyway it is done now.  I also need to run out and pick up a few things at the store.  I don't know why I seem to be the one that has to pick up groceries.  I don't like shopping at all...I think I need a maid or something..

Anyway I am taking a break and sitting in my craft/thread room and realize that I need to get in here and put the pile of patterns up.  I have binders that I keep most of my patterns and pattern books in.  And for the most part I know where each pattern is although I still make such a mess looking for the "perfect" pattern or the one I am in the mood to make...so now I have a pile that I really need to deal with. 

Oh I received more thread..more Alize Miss...this time it is the Melange line...it is like a variegated thread, but there is no white in the colors. So it is more like shaded..you know..when the green has different colors of green and gradually changes color...but this has no white..and All of the Alize Miss line co-ordinates with each other....so I now have the self striping Alize Miss Batik, the solid Alize Miss, and now the variegated Alize Miss Melange..and the colors all mix and match....I have a shawl pattern I am going to try and work with all three of them to see how it works together. 

BabyLo has been marked down to $4.00 a ball...I think I have decided not to reorder it....for a few reasons...I can't know that what I order is what I will receive, I don't know when the stuff will arrive, and I don't know if it will be backordered or not...and I cannot have money taken out of my account without knowing about it first....so unless I have a change of heart...I don't think I will be ordering anymore.  Don't get me wrong...it is some of the best thread I have ever worked with...if it were a more dependable delivery system I would continue to carry it.

OK want to see the new thread colors of Alize Melange? 




There are 11 colors of this thread.....all co ordinate with the others in the Alize Miss line of size 10 cotton mercerized thread..there is 309 yards to a ball...  you can find it in my shop.  Stop by to have a look  Byhooks4u.etsy.com  you can just click the link at the top right of my page.....  

Remember to be safe this Halloween ...Have a wonderful weekend

Monday, October 17, 2016

Too much thread!!!

I have been pondering this all weekend long.  I received 2 rather large boxes of DMC Babylo thread last week.  For those that don't know but I have trouble ordering this one thread..as my distributor only orders it for me..I am patient with it.  Last year about this same time..I placed an order for Babylo..a rather large one.  To make a long story short, not all of the order came in.  So apparently a year(last week) most of it came in...and without notice my card was hit with the cost of the thread...anyway...I talked to the distributor and have made the decision to not carry this thread anymore (there were still more on backorder).  So what I have in my shop is it.  I have decided to reduce the price to the lowest point I can and when it is gone it is gone.  Too be honest I pulled a few of the colors to keep for myself...I am a hoarder...yes..

There are colors that I have never seen in thread...like a really bright orange, an almost neon color yellow, a lime green, and a really strange color of red, purple, blue color...I am keeping all 10 balls of it for my stash..just a weird color.  There are shaded pinks, yellows, orange, blue, green, reds, and browns.  For those that don't know the difference between shaded threads and variegated threads...shaded threads only have hues of that color...for instance..shaded reds will only have shades of reds, and dark pinks..no white....and shaded blues will only have shades of blue..no whites..perfect for those roses and flowers we love to make.

I did finish a doily this past week...It is called Charlotte, a design that is still in the testing stage, designed by Grace Fearon...I used Alize Miss Batik..self striping thread #4144   it is about 14 inches across....



 Really need to move this thread.....way to much...even for a hoarder such as myself
 Grace Fearon's Charlotte......made with Alize Miss Batik #4144.....self striping...can you see the textures?  I really enjoy her patterns.
Thanks for stopping by...I hope you will check out my Etsy shop
Byhooks4u.etsy.com



Monday, October 10, 2016

New threads have arrived!!!!!

Good Morning....Hope all is well in your world.  OK....had a small hiccup with my store this past week. Well maybe a few hiccups.  Let me tell you about it.  I get up one morning because I heard one of those weird sounds you don't hear often on your phone.  The sound of someone taking $$ from my bank account. So I look..yep..somebody took over $670 ..yikes..so yeah I get out of bed quickly...  I called my bank and apparently it was one of my thread suppliers...I have to wait until almost noon my time as my supplier is on the west coast..they aren't even open.  I don't know about you but, when I have something like that happen I have a hard time waiting to talk to someone.  So I got my bathroom cleaned, vacume, dusted and mopped the floor...still had another hour or two to wait...ugh...picked up a hook...and hooked all the while doing time checks.   I finally talk to them...and you know the Babylo thread...love the thread...well it is hard to get all at once..apparently I placed a large order around a year ago...not all the colors came in...well they finally did.  I did not even know I had a pending order from them....I ask if there are any more "back orders"  yes there is....I said cancel them.  This thread is ordered just for me and my tiny shop..so I kind of felt obligated to take the order.   I work with 2 other vendors...have orders out with both of them...one was delivered on the same day as the account was hit.  The other is still out there.  And now Babylo is on the way.  I do not have room for all this thread....Argh!!!   BabyLo may be going on sale upon its arrival...keep an eye out.

However...look at the colors of the thread that was delivered...unbelievable colors....This is the Alize Miss solids that co-ordinate with Alize Miss Batik, self striping thread.....This stuff is gorgeous!!!!  

You can find DMC Cebelia, DMC BabyLO and Alize Miss solids and Batik in my etsy shop.....would love it if you can help me get my inventory down to a more manageable level.  I will let you know when the new BABYLo arrives.  Byhooks4u.etsy.com


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It's Wednesday already!!!  I really need to make myself out a schedule..so I make sure to get things done....but I tend to wing it better.  Schedules seems so rigid..Ok..what's new?  Not a whole lot...I am really working hard on getting the orders done that I have put off...Never...and I mean NEVER tell me "I'm in no hurry...whenever you get around to it."  NEVER say this to me when you ask me to make something.....I am easily distracted..I see a new pattern....the next thing you know I am making it... and because you said you were in no hurry I am putting whatever you wanted me to make on the back burner...I haven't forgotten you...I am happy you trusted me to make your doily, runner or tablecloth..but man please do not tell me you are in no hurry or whenever....so I am making myself, encouraging myself to stay on task...so with that being said...I finished the 2nd of 3 runners that were ordered months...I mean months ago....each one is a different length..so I have to do math....see sad face?  Hubby is really good about helping me figure out what I need to do to make it close to the right length.   I have now started on the third one...yippee....when I get this completed I have 2 more doilies to make ( for a wedding)...and I am still testing patterns for Grace Fearon(you can find her on ravelry)..and I have a butterfly doily that I need to get to.  So yes..self discipline is a must.  It is a good thing I didn't do my craft fair this year...did I miss it...yes....maybe next year if they have a spot for me..  Ok...want to see what I made this week.......
 This is the runner I told you about earlier....it is approx. 34 inches..the last one will be about 48 inches..and the first one I did I think was 68...not sure on that...the color is DMC #3326...a French rose color...
 This was my distraction....I tested this pattern for Grace Fearon...It is called Alice...about 14 inches across...I used the Alize Miss Batik..# 3711...self striping thread....it worked out beautifully on this pattern....you can find the thread in my shop  byhooks4u.etsy.com  and the doily will be posted shortly for sale also..
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts....May you always find the blessings....

Friday, September 30, 2016

Just checking in

Good Afternoon.  I have been trying to get on here to blog since Monday.  I thought about it, but just never got on here to do it.  I thought about blogging about our upcoming elections...and then thought why bother....I am not happy about my choices...my thought is this about our election...no matter what please just vote...anyway here are my thoughts..with a country that has as many educated people..talented people...people that have a social consciousness...why ...are these two people our choices?  We have a man that is using the public's frustration as a platform...you know that is almost scary..Yes I am frustrated as much as the next guy..I am tired of seeing our paycheck disappear before we even get it...I am tired of big business running our country..I am tired of having to be apologetic because I am white.. I am tired of having to make concessions to people who come here illegally, or who come here looking for a better way of life..but then want to rewrite our Bible..or cater to their religious beliefs...Yes I am tired...but the other option is a person that makes deals with the very powers that we have taken arms against...who believes in late term abortions..who believes we need to modernize the Bible..that believes taking guns away from law abiding citizens will help with all the violence...But as tired of I am of stupid political commercials, of half lies, of bashing each other...I will vote...I just wish we had a candidate who would tell the truth...tell me the truth..tell me that he is just a figure head and truly has very little legislative power..tell me that he/she is running for office for the prestige..for the lifetime benefits they will have once they fulfill their terms...tell me that you are going to stuff the budget full of stuff that has nothing to do with the budget..tell me what your real agenda is....Instead of saying she doesn't have the stamina...say what you really think...instead of saying and slamming him for something that he said 20 years ago really has any bearing on what he is saying now.....cause I don't think your hubby has a lot of respect for women either..TELL Me the Truth on why you want to be president.....ONE person..cannot fix the mess we are in..one person cannot heal the great divide between rich and poor..black and white..Christian and Muslims....

Ok I wasn't going to do that...wasn't going to make a political post....sorry.....May you have a  blessed week....

Monday, September 19, 2016

I think I have a new addiction!!

Good Monday morning.....I think I might have a small problem....I was going through my stuff...and by stuff I mean trying to get my room picked up.  I saw this pile of doilies.....and it made me realize I may have a problem.....I love this new thread..I have a few orders I really need to get finished up and out of here...but I keep seeing this thread







And I keep making these doilies......I just have so much fun watching the thread change colors and really just come together at the end.  How is does it...nobody knows..it just does......Anyway so I have this pile of beautiful doilies...and this thread is just screaming at me...and there are a few colors I have yet to play with...but I have some orders I must get done...the monkey on my back is saying play with the pretty thread...hook it...hook it good...and then the other side of me is saying..Vikki..yes pick up the hook...but get those orders made..people are counting on you...argh!!! I hate it when the responsible me starts talking...so for today I will be responsible..I will work on the orders..just for today...Hello my name is Vikki and I am an addict....Thanks for stopping by....if you want to feed your addiction, or just try this thread..you can find it here....   Byhooks4u.etsy.com   or click on the pic of the doily at the right upper corner...should take you right there....


Byhooks4u.etsy.com


Monday, September 12, 2016

Over the weekend project

Surprise!!!! I am trying to blog at least once a week.  I feel like I have been out of sync....I made a doily over the weekend.  I test for Grace Fearon ..you can find her on Ravelry.  I very seldom go to Ravelry.  It seems to be hard to navigate for me.  Besides I can never remember my user name, let alone my password, and it is just not worth the effort.  I would rather be hooking.  
The name of the pattern is Etienne and is still in the testing stages.  I really like this pattern.  It came out to 12 inches, I used a #6 Boye hook.  The thread is the self striping thread Alize Miss Batik....I just love how it worked in this pattern.  Oh yeah...this came in last week
More Alize Miss Batik.....I placed another order already this morning as I ran out of some colors, and others are running low...also reduced my price because another person selling it on Etsy lowered theirs.  Which will set me up for a rant....I don't understand why some shop owners feel like they have to undercut, or under price their goods.   I sell this stuff because I use it, and I like it....I make my doilies because I like creating them...I sell them because I cannot keep everything I make...you should see the pile of doilies I have...I like playing with the thread, I like the creative part of it.  With that being said I will not price my things just to make a sale.  I am proud of what I make..I say that not as a boastful person, but because my talent is worth something...as is everybody who creates handmade items.  We are craftsmen...we are not Walmart (does Walmart carry DMC Cebelia in their stores?  No)  they carry it in their warehouse because shelf space is too expensive for them to stock it in the store.  We cannot compete with Walmart...why should we as craftsmen compete with each other when we cannot compete with Walmart.  No I did not undercut their price on the thread...I just met their price....OK rant over..... Anyway you can find the thread and the doily at my shop
I finished this up last week....there is a mistake in it....can you see it?   I didn't find it until after I had it blocked and dried....I think I will add this to the pile I have to make a tablecloth using a bunch of white doilies....or maybe I will make a curtain....something..  Ok if you want to pop into my shop to have a look see...
                    Byhooks4u.etsy.com



Friday, September 9, 2016

Alize Miss Batik...self striping thread is Here!!

Good Afternoon...I almost forgot to post this week....I have gotten out of the habit.  Going to work on that.. Anyway..the self striping thread is now here and available in my shop.  I am almost out of a few colors..and totally out of one..so if you are thinking about trying it I would encourage you to visit my shop and look under the section Alize Miss Batik.  This is some awesome thread....this is what I made this week with it...
This is a Mary Werst design...out of Mary's Doily Pattern book....
I so enjoyed going through this box of thread...I would have hugged the man in brown who delivered it, but figured it would be out of line...so I contained myself and did a happy dance once I closed the door......anyway....you can check out the threads at my shop   BYHOOKS4U@etsy.com   or you can just click on the link on my page...on the right....it will take you right there!! Have a great weekend...



Sunday, September 4, 2016

Well hello there!!! I have had so many problems when it comes to this blog sight...I don't even want to get into it.  Let me catch you up on everything....Well I am testing patterns for Grace Fearon...she is the next PK ..at least in my opinion.  Wonderful doilies..you can find her on Ravelry..Also I finally received the ALIZE MISS BATIK thread.   This thread is so fun...it is a self striping thread...I will post some pics at the end of my post..be sure to look at them...I have them available for purchase in my shop, but inventory is really low...I re-ordered more less than 3 days after it came in..I didn't know it would sell so quickly...so hopefully the order will be here on Tuesday or Wednesday this week...This is a size 10 mercerized thread..fun to work with...you almost have to work with it to really see what I mean...There are also co-ordinating colors that I am considering carrying..Have you seen some of the big box stores (Walmart) for example have DMC Cebelia in their warehouse?  I cannot compete with their price..and am finding it hard to get my complete order through my supplier...so I am not sure what I am going to do...maybe hoard my DMC Cebelia...and BABYLo is so undependable I cannot know when it will come in.  I do have more of the shaded colors on order because I am out, but they have been backordered over and over...so maybe my retail days of DMC product might be over...we will see what happens in the next month or two....as for the ALIZE...I will keep ordering and see what happens...ok want to see some pics? 







You can find this thread at my shop....

Byhooks4u.etsy.com