Saturday, February 13, 2016

Marriage a thought or two.....

This is going to be a little different for my blog...I am curious as to how others view the institution of marriage..I was on facebook the other day and found an interesting post on marriage..and it got me to thinking...ok first I want you to know I am very happily married..and truly believe in the institution of marriage...have I lost you yet?  I am not pushing my feelings or beliefs on anyone...marriage works for me and my life..If you are living with someone and it works for you..that's great.  I don't get angry or upset because someone believes or feels differently about stuff...ok with that being said...

I am happily married.  I have been divorced..and I suppose children that have been affected by divorce have a different take on marriage.  My parents are together and have been for over 60 years..were all those years happy?  I doubt it....raising children, paying bills..and not putting Christ in the center of your life would put a damper on happy...but my parents got through it and found the cornerstone that makes a solid foundation.  

I lived with my husband before I got married..I was never planning on getting married again for many reasons...I didn't want anyone to control me, I had trust issues..and the man that eventually married me is quite  younger than I am..13 years younger...why would he want to be with me as I would wrinkle, get fat, and sag long before he would right?  

The questions I have for those that aren't married, but living with someone and have for a long time..is how is that going to work for you down the road....ok for example...your significant other gets hurt and is in the hospital..you are not next of kin..you LEGALLY have no ties with this person...and a decision has to be made on your significant others course of treatment?  With the laws about patient privacy in the medical field...how does this work...will the drs even talk to you about what is going on..or will they keep you i the dark?  Can they legally disclose the information...

Ok..that's one question....the second is this...I am a housewife..I don't have an outside job...so I really don't have any income...if something were to happen to my husband ..I wouldn't lose my home, my car..how does that work if you aren't married?  LEGALLY would I still be entitled to his bank accounts, retirement, our home....or would that life that was built simply be gone?

Now I know it sounds like I am in marriage for "things or money"...no I am not.  I love my husband..I love the life that we have built together...but I am a realist...I know bad things happen...sad things happen..death happens...accidents happen...and that little piece of paper can make a difference when the bad things happen.   What is the plan for the unmarried...because bad ugly things do happen...how will it be for the one that is left to pick up the pieces...how much harder will it be because of no piece of paper?

My husband and I don't divide what we have..by that I mean..this is yours..this is mine type of thing...it is all ours...yeah he stays out of my craft room and out of the thread...and I stay out of the video games and the garage....but it is still ours...there is no division of property...if he wants to go into the craft room...i might raise an eyebrow..just like if I am going into the garage he will probably follow me...but it is still ours...we discuss any big purchases..we discuss our wants and needs..There is no yours...there is no mine...is it the same as for the unmarried?   We both give more than we take....does that make sense?

That little piece of paper..that says we are married....defines who we are in this world to each other..and in the next...we are one flesh.. 

Hope I didn't hurt or offend anyone..that was not my intent.. Many blessing to you all...




Monday, February 8, 2016

Not much is going on in my world..that is a good thing right?  I have been destashing some of my pattern books...I am almost a hoarder..I have found I have found that I have multiple copies of some books...I do know how that happens...really I do...I go to ebay to look around..find some pattern book I want...but it is in a lot of books..so I have to bid on the lot...yes I get outbid quite a bit...cause I am bidding on one book and the rest are bidding on all the books...but once in awhile I "win".....I don't know why they call it winning...you aren't really winning a thing....anyway I digressed there for a moment...any way I win the books...when the books get here I pull the one out that I really want..and put the rest in a pile...to be put up later..well sometimes later comes and sometimes it doesn't.  Now my house is on the market and I really don't want to move a bunch of pattern books that I will not use...so I have listed a boatload at my etsy shop.  And I am still destashing...I am almost a hoarder..almost..so I am listing the extras just to prove I am not a hoarder...You might want to check back at my store from time to time just to see if I have listed anything new...I have created a section just for the books...also I have created a clearance section for those doilies that have been hanging around for a while...I found a whole bin of doilies that I have made and not done anything with...I think I will list those in the clearance section too.   I finished up a few doilies last week...  Enjoy  the pics...and be sure to check out my shop if you are looking for patterns..  www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u     Thanks for stopping by...may you all have a wonderful week...
Made with Alize Miss batik...self striping thread...pretty cool effects.

another pineapple runner in white..DMC Cebelia

this is a free pattern from leisure arts...well it was last week...made it with DMC Cebelia #712..cream..

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A swirl tabletopper doily

I finished this up this week..thought I was going to run out of thread..and that would not have been a good thing as this color was discontinued years ago.  It is funny how when I thought I might run out I started crocheting faster...like that was going to make a difference...I had to make myself slow down..and it made me giggle.  Hubby asked what I was laughing about and I told him I was going to run out of thread and I was crocheting faster to keep it from happening..He looked at me like I was nuts.  Have any of you done this?  Like hooking faster is going to beat the running out of thread thing...anyway  I had enough thread and a small portion left over..worried for nothing...see the hooking faster worked..

I used DMC Cebelia ( not a surprise there)..this is a discontinued color so there won't be anymore made in this color..too bad to as this is a really nice color.  It is an antique blue, vintage blue, faded blue jeans blue.  Has a really nice sheen, but all Cebelia does..

This doily uses alot of different stitches, the center is highly textured.  The body of the doily just kind of waves at you.  This is one of my favorite patterns designed by Patricia Kristoffersen.  It takes alot of time, and patience, but well worth it.    I am listing it in my shop this week ..for more info feel free to pop in there and take a look..

That's all I have for today..may you all have a blessed week and enjoy whatever you put your hands to ..fruits of our labor


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

R. I. P.

 My dog died this week.  He was a 6 year old large breed German Shepherd.  The vet said it was a spinal embolism...a bleed in the spinal cord that was making him so sick.  Buddy was not acting right for a few days..Friday he acted like he was favoring a leg..called the vet and they could have gotten him in..but I couldn't find anyone to help me get him in the truck..Buddy weighs over 100 pounds..had to wait until Monday to get him there.  By Monday he couldn't move his back legs at all..it was awful.  He would try to stand, he would pull himself around the house trying to stay with me...it truly broke my heart.   So Monday we take him to the vet...and the news was not good...I lost it..now for those who don't understand the bond that one has with their dog..no matter the breed or pedigree...they become a part of your family...dogs are pack animals..and our family became his pack.  Buddy could open doors...would talk to us...loved us..was happy to see us every morning..and I miss him dearly.  To have him put down was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made...do I keep him and try to make him more comfortable?...vet said he would not get better...we could have given him muscle relaxers and anti inflammatory drugs..but it would not fix him...so I made the decision to let him go.   So buddy..know that I miss you terribly..  

OK.....I started this on Monday...had to have something to do..and believe it or not..crocheting comforts me.  My mind goes quiet and I find peace.  It is not made with DMC thread...I wanted to try this thread that self stripes...I saw a few on a group I am in on facebook and they look pretty good...The thread is called ALIZE miss, Batik...I found it on etsy...anyway....the thread is not a tight thread..and is extremely soft and doesn't work up like Cebelia or Babylo...the color results are amazing, but the thread just doesn't hold a candle to Cebelia or Babylo....so the end result is a nice looking doily, but not what I consider to be heirloom quality...but I am a thread snob......If I want a multi colored doily without having to make a bunch of thread changes I might use it again....to keep from having to weave in loose ends....



The color changes are pretty neat huh?  

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog...may you all find joy and peace in your lives.  



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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Just a quick post and a picture or two




Finished the runner up last Saturday....only two more projects sitting on my table....Ok..what's up  with the books you ask....I am trying to destash in order to make room on my shelves for the huge order of BABYLO thread I am supposed to be receiving sometime this month....so....I am going through my hoard of patterns..I have doubles of some and triples of others...so I am selling them off....I have a facebook page.... byhooks4u  just put me in the search bar and I will pop up...anyway that is where I have them listed for now..I am still looking through my stuff...I am amazed at all the stuff I have stashed away...I am thinking about my collection of OLD TIME CROCHET magazines...do I keep them or do they go?  I don't use them very often..but man...if I get rid of them ...I will never be able to use them again....I just love the old patterns ..hmm I think I would regret letting loose of them...but anyway...I still have some binders to go through and am pretty sure I will find more doubles...you know how that happens right?   I see some book or pattern I "need" on ebay but it is with a bunch of other patterns...so I bid on just that one book....that is probably why I get outbid so much..I am bidding on one book..and the rest of the pack is bidding on the lot...anyway...shoot over to my facebook page..take a look if you see something you want, send me a message ...I will eventually be listing them in my etsy shop..but the price will be going up as I have to cover listing and final selling fees...if they are still here in a week or so..

thanks for stopping by....remember DMC Cebelia thread and BABYLO can be found in my etsy shop....postage rates are going up on the 17th of January....just saying

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

This is the only thing I have finished in awhile.  There are 3..count them 3 WIPS on my table...and if you have followed me for awhile you know how that drives me crazy....so my goal is to finish up one of those wips this week.  A runner...filet..and I get really bored with filet...I love the look and I really admire anyone who does filet as the time and the tediousness (is that a word?) of it.  Oh this pattern is designed by Kathryn White.  

I have a tablecloth in the works..been staring at me for at least a couple of months...a pattern from Patricia Kristoffersen...her swirl pattern..making it in a shade of blue that has been discontinued..I call it Steel blue..love the antique look of the color...and the table runner..

Waiting patiently for the new order of BABYLO to get here...I really like this thread..It is the smoothest thread I have ever worked with...soft and silky, with a sheen like Cebelia.  I do think it is a bit smaller that Cebelia..at least the size 10 is....the results are awesome...so yeah this thread is fast becoming my favorite..not that I would ever give up Cebelia..but this thread and the available colors are just awesome.  The variegated colors have no white..so if you want variegated pinks...it is all shades of pinks..or greens, or blues, or yellows...love it.  My stock is pretty low right now...I ordered every color available..so I am hoping it all comes in and there is no backorder....I thought I ordered enough for my first order..not knowing the thread...I should have ordered more....oh well...if you haven't tried it..I would encourage you to give it a try..I know it is a little more expensive..but you get close to 300 yards..and if you put alot of time into your thread items you want to make it with good quality thread...just saying...

My distributor raised their shipping costs as of the first of the year..making me have to order really huge orders...so I have to put some real thought into what I will carry and how much...I guess that was to be expected as everything has went up...oh yeah...postage rates are due to go up on January 17.....again!!!

Well that's all I got for today...may you have a blessed week....and thanks for stopping by.  You can check out my threads here

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

So Easily distracted....

I know it has been awhile since I posted...I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas...Hey did I ever post a pic of the Frozen tree? 
Well here it is....26 inches tall..white with blue lights...
looks better in the dark
I was online the other day..on facebook....and I still am shocked at some adults out there....Let me tell you why...I was raised to not throw stones..you know people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones type of thing..why would an adult..totally go off on someone they know has struggled this year?  Why would they say things that are so hurtful that it definitely couldn't be taken any other way?  Why would an adult who has their own struggles in their life with some of the same issues, only different intentionally say words, that cannot be taken back, that others can read...and does nothing to lift any person's spirit..?  Why would someone try to hurt someone so deeply?    I get on facebook...but not to be all up in someone elses' life, but because I have found some really awesome people that share the same love of thread and crocheting that I do....I enjoy them and their work....none of these people have said anything mean but instead are helpful, have knowledge they will share....they rejoice with my accomplishments, and are encouraging when things get a little froggy......and if I want to be honest ...they are really strangers...and these strangers are kinder, more compassionate than a person that I know....that could harden their heart....and be so cold and heartless to someone else that I love......and to do it on facebook......where the entire world could read it...I am at a loss.....so you know what I did?   I hope you are reading this...you know who you are....I pray for you..I pray that God will find mercy on whatever is eating at you..that you find peace in your circumstance...that you find love and understanding and that you learn to be merciful...and that you can find a way to mend a few hearts and a few souls that have been hurt...may you find love and peace...


Ok...I tend to go off on rants here...it's my blog...I can do that...


Oh by the way Postage rates are going up January 17, 2016.....yep again...  

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Monday, December 7, 2015

My trees are up....

Well I finally got some of my Christmas decorations out.  I love my crochet trees...I don't know what happened to them all...there are only 5!! I used to have alot more..I must have given some to some special people...I hope they enjoy them as much as I do...I have another one sitting on my table waiting for the frame to be made..maybe I will get to it today..  I am not feeling it this year..I am hoping to find it whatever it is soon...anyway...enjoy my trees...
 The tallest one is about 4 ft....the smallest about 2 ft.....Merry Christmas.



Friday, December 4, 2015

Good Morning..I know it has been awhile, but hey..life happens...we had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We found out that we will be grandparents again sometime in December or first of January.  My youngest daughter and her family have been chosen by a young woman to raise her son.  This adoption thing has so many ups and downs..your family might be chosen but after having the baby the birth mom decides to raise her child..and then the adoptive parents are let down..but happy for the baby..this is my daughters second adoption..they do an open adoption, meaning that their child will know their birth mom and dad, if mom and dad want that to happen...more or less the birth family becomes part of our family...no secrets from the baby..It is a big win for all those involved..so my family will be growing...also.....my brother..proposed to his girlfriend...and she said yes!!! So my family is growing....I am so happy for them..

Ok now that I have caught you up on all the family stuff...this is what I have been working on...already sold..both pieces...


 And I have put the thread down to make this for my grandson....I haven't worked with yarn for so long..and this is a really thick yarn..so it seems a little clunky....hopefully I will get it finished up this weekend..

Put in a really huge order for Babylo...should be here in January sometime...It is a really wonderful thread...really soft..and smooth..it is fast becoming my favorite thread...you can check it out at my shop...I am sold out of alot of the colors..I had to make myself stay out of it just so I have some kind of inventory to sell...I am debating about doing another flash sale..a weekend thing closer to Christmas...we will see..

I hope you all have a wonderful week...be sure to count your blessings..as they happen everyday..sometimes you just have to look a little harder...

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Coupon code for my shop.....Now through Cyber Monday....





I have been busy making Christmas/Holiday doilies..posted all of them in my shop.  Currently I am making an oval rose ripple on my hook.  I am hoping to have it finished up by Monday..we will see.

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my girls and their families..I wish we all lived closer so we could get together more often....but I will take what I can get...I just love the hugs from the grandbabies...well most of them are not babies anymore..they grow so fast.  

On my last post I mentioned that I might run a flash sale for my blog followers...starting now through CYBER MONDAY...10% off of purchases over $50.00...you must enter code CYBERMONDAY2015 all one word in order to take advantage of the discount....
 So go to www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u to take advantage of this flash sale...only through monday...


Monday, November 16, 2015



This is the first doily I made with the BABYLO thread.  The color is a nice violet purple #553....and is sold out...The pattern is from Patricia Kristoffersen in her book  Victorian Spiral Doilies...I think she still has copies at her Etsy shop and her web page...  I am a fan of this thread..it is right up there with the Cebelia.  It is a softer thread, so smooth and works up beautifully....  It is also moving quite well in my shop.  I am out of the purple, the variegated pink, the variegated yellow.  I wish I would have ordered more as my next order won't be here until January..  If you try the thread let me know your opinion on the thread please.  I truly want your feedback.. I put in a huge order of every color for the next order..  

News for you all if you are interested...a few of us threadies are working together to try and get a retreat organized in St. Louis for the fall of 2016...we really want ideas and maybe an idea of how many are truly interested.  We are trying to get in touch with designers, and people who want to "teach" a technique at a reasonable costs...So if you think you might be interested in attending..or teaching...just enjoy being with other hookers..won't you please consider joining our facebook page...crochet retreat....just type that in the search bar..and you will find us..and that way we can get an idea of how many are interested and what you would like to do....it will be a great weekend for all.....

Oh yes,....keep your eye on my blog as I am contemplating a percentage off for my blog followers...for a day or two only...on thread only.....

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Monday, November 9, 2015

BABYLO is here!!

Finally BABYLO is here!!  Took awhile to get here, but well worth the wait.  The colors are awesome.  I just started a doily with the purple color...I think this thread could become my favorite, edging out Cebelia just a little.  It is soft...and so smooth...and shiny....I only ordered 13 colors as I didn't know how it would sell in my shop.  I am now wishing I had ordered more.  I only have size 10 but have had requests to get some of this thread in size 20.  I am working on an order when I get this blog posted so I can get it here early in the new year.  My distributor said that they are only going to order 3-4 times a year and that they only get in the Babylo that I order as they have no other retailers that carry it.  So I am hoping to put in a big order...and get all the colors...  The varigated colors have no white, but only the same color and different shades of that color...for example..the shaded yellow only has shades of yellow..no white..shaded pinks only have pinks...so that is cool..

Anyway ..if you want to have a look you can go to my shop

www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u     and have a look....Have a wonderful week...

Sunday, November 1, 2015

BABYLO is on its way!!!

Good morning..  I hope all is well in your world..we set the clocks back last night and who would think one hour can mess up my internal clock so much.  It does..at least mine anyway.  I don't like that it will be getting dark earlier..just reminds me that we are heading for the cold and dark part of the year..yuck...

Good News though...I heard from my distributor the BABYLo thread that I have been patiently waiting on is finally on its way to my house!!!!  I didn't get a complete order, so I don't know what colors I will be getting..but it is a start.  I was also informed that I need to put in an order by the end of November to arrive sometime after the first of the year...and that I should make it a large order..as my distributor is only going to order from DMC 3-4 times a year.  I guess DMC has increased what a minimum order can be...so in order to fulfill it..my distributor is wanting orders way in advance...bummer for me as I don't know what I will need or what my customers will want....so I am asking any of you who purchase thread from me...will you please give me an idea of what colors you would like to see...and maybe purchase...and if it would be Cebelia or the BABYlo........................it is kind of a leap of faith for me to do this...oh well..if it bombs then my stash will have grown exponentially.....

I finished this up...this is the one done with Artista thread from Hobby Lobby...........I don't like this thread at all and will not use it again........the results fell flat...ok...YES  I AM A THREAD SNOB






This is called Majestic Pineapples..the pattern can be found in Heirloom Tabletoppers...the designer is Patricia Kristoffersen.  I enjoy working her patterns..but this one is not one for the beginner..  I used Artista thread...some shade of purple and I think the gray is called pewter...

Have a wonderful weekend...and please help me by letting me know what colors you would like to see in my shop in the BABYLO.....

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Christmas doilies...

I made a couple Christmas Doilies.  Here are the finished pics...made with DMC Cebelia size 10...you can find it in my shop
www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u  You can order through there or you can contact me at my facebook page  ByHooks4u...just type it in the search bar.   Or you can message me ...

Ok I have a client that ordered a tabletopper..She wants it in a deep purple with some gray accents.  DMC Cebelia doesn't come in those colors....so I went to Hobby Lobby in search of the right colors.  Artista thread has wonderful colors and in the colors I needed...so I bought it.  I started on the tabletopper last night..using the Artista thread.....I have never used this thread before so I didn't know what to expect.  I didn't go with Aunt Lydia's because I have used Aunt Lydia's and not to be a snob ...but for me ...I did not like the results...It feels waxy..and once the wax wears off it will "plump and get fuzzy"..so I don't use it.  Back to the Artista thread....well it feels soft on the fingers..the color choices are awesome.... and the price is reasonable.  I am on the 16th row...of a Patricia Kristoffersen pattern...and the details just do not pop like they do with Cebelia..it is a "looser" thread and I have to really watch my tension...there is no sheen with this thread...and something is missing ...I just can't explain it.  This thread also piles..meaning it splits and tends to have little balls of fuzz...
 I know some of you think I am a thread snob..but if I am going to putting alot of my time into a project..I want the best possible results..If I am making it for a customer
I want to give them my best.  I want to make the best item I can when I pick up my hook..I want to be proud of what I make.  This thread is lacking in that respect.  The details aren't there, there is no sheen, it is fuzzy...I like crisp looking stitches...so would I use this thread again....nope...I love the color choices...but the results..not so much.  So if you are like me and want the sheen, the crisp looking stitches stay away from this thread and spend a little more on DMC Cebelia, or Lizabeth threads...the results are worth it.  Just my opinion..

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will leave me your thoughts on threads and choices to try...

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Monday, October 19, 2015

A nip and a cut................

Good morning people.  I had surgery on my ears last Thursday..might be the last one as my poor old ears are getting pretty scarred up and the eardrums just don't want to stand up, but rather lay down and stay there.  Oh well....oh yeah..upon waking up from the surgery I find out that my one of my grandsons was in the emergency room and waiting for an emergency appendectomy. Too bad we weren't in the same hospital..nope..he is 200 miles away.  We both made it through with flying colors..only he has pictures of his insides...he wanted to see pics of mine..alas I have no pics.  

I have good news from my distributor about the BABYLO thread...should be in their warehouse this week!!!!! As soon as it is in I will be notified by my sales rep..yippee...working on an order as soon as I finish this up.  I am thinking I will bite the bullet..and order at least one box of every color except the white and ecru..and hope that it sells....will let you know more about the price..but I am thinking it will be about $4-4.50 a ball...about the same as the Cebelia...and I think the balls are just a little larger...and if it doesn't sell then my stash just grew...alot....... Anyway if I can get an order in this week...I should have it next week!!!!  It takes about a week once I place an order to get to my house.  

I am making another runner as the last one I made was not the size she wanted...so another one is on the hook..and then I have an order for a couple more doilies..Christmas ones...and then...I hope to create some to list in my shop.  I haven't listed anything new in quite awhile as orders just keep coming in.  Not complaining..nope not complaining at all..

I have no new pics to show so I guess I will let you all get back to your lives..thanks for stopping by and I hope you will have a blessed week.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What I am up to

Good Morning,  I know I have been neglecting my blog..yet again...This is getting to be a pattern with me.  Ok here is what I have been up to or what is up in my life.   I have been having problems with my ears yet again..so surgery is scheduled for next Thursday..yippeee...NOT....hopefully I will be able to hear again for awhile.  Why is it with all this technology there isn't a better fix for my ears?  Oh well...

I made this for a customer..was supposed to be 70 inches long...and after doing the math..over and over...I still got it wrong..it is only 62 inches...argh!!!  So hopefully she will still take it ..if not I will just put it in my shop..If she wants me try again that is ok too...
 It is made with DMC White, size  10..and a 7 hook...
 You can find the thread in my shop...  www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u

I will tell you the shipping thingy on Etsy is high so if you send me a conversation or contact shop owner I will make a custom order on 5 balls or more and adjust the shipping....or I will just refund the difference..whatever works best for you....the postal service and etsy don't seem to work together very well..and I don't want to rip anyone off.   I had someone who ordered quite a bit of thread and I about lost it when I saw the shipping cost.  I am amazed they even ordered any...

Still waiting on the BabyLo thread...I am tired of waiting...I need to put an order in, but am trying to hold off as I don't want to pay for shipping twice..and my thought was if I can order the Cebelia and BabyLo at the same time..save me some $$$.  I will give it another week...I have been saying that for the last month...jeepers.

Hope all is well wherever you are..and to those of you who are in the flooded places in the east...I pray that clean up goes well, your family is safe..and that all will be restored.  Thanks for stopping by.


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Put a fork in me...I am done

It is finally over.  I do one craft show a year..and I have decided that this year would be my last...it is just so stressful.  I crochet because I like it..it is a hobby..it is what relaxes me.  I can have the worst day ever and when I pickup the hook and a ball of thread and begin to create a doily, runner, or whatever..I just go to another world.  So when this became to stressful..I decided I wouldn't do it anymore....well that time has come..no more shows..maybe I will change my mind in a few years..who knows..maybe someone will want me to help them out..who knows..but for now..in my heart and in my head..I know I am done with the craft show... I did very well again this year by the way..in case one thinks it is because my things did not sell..I had a very good year...and walked away with a few orders also..



Don't get me wrong...I love talking to people..I like talking about my craft...I just don't like the setting up, the tearing down, and the stress of wondering if I am making the right thing..in the right colors...and you know in the end it just didn't matter...I would never have made just the right thing..there would always be someone who wanted something just a little different or in another color..but now that I have decided not to do the craft show anymore..I can make whatever I feel like making...I am still taking orders...I like orders as I don't have to really make any decisions..about color or patterns..for the most part.   And I still get to talk about the craft I love..and the thread that I enjoy...so it all works out in the end.


Speaking of thread...still waiting on the BABYLO thread...I am waiting for my distributor to let me know it is in.  I got an email..a few weeks back that said 5-6 more weeks...should be anytime now..Did you know DMC shuts down all production for the month of August?  I don't know why they do it...but they do..nothing is being made or shipped out...I will have to remember that and put in a big old order in July....Anyway..my plan is to have all the colors offered in Babylo...except for the white and ecru...just in size 10 until I see how it goes...and what kind of demand for other sizes..they offer it in size 10,20,30,40......but in case it doesn't go well..I use #10.  

I have also listed a few books that I have doubles of ...still going through my hoard of patterns..

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

My last post was September 4...is that right?  I have just been neglecting my blog...oops....This time of year gets hectic around here and I tend to put everything on the back burner, trying to get things finished up for my show.  Yes this will be the last year..I don't like the stress that I put on myself..for those that do a show..you understand..do I have what they will want..do I have enough..is it priced ok...and trying to finish up last minute things..I started doing the show before I had my Etsy shop.  My family encouraged me to do the show as I had so many doilies and they were just stashed in bins..and I think my girls were not wanting to deal with them should something happen to me...just saying..anyway...I don't feel I want to do this craft show thing ..who knows I said that last year and a few of my "customers" talked me into staying...  OH yeah..update on Baby lo thread...my distributor sent me an email...will be at least 5-6 weeks before it gets to their warehouse...so it might be awhile before I get my hands on it....

Let me show you what I have been doing lately....


 found this beauty at a garage sale up north...my daughter and son in law finally brought it down to me last weekend.....
 and it works!!  I am such a sucker for old stuff....I need to clean it up a bit..hubby says..what you gonna do with it?  my answer...look at it..

This is my chair..my projects..can you tell how many projects I have going?  Way to many for the size of that table for sure...there is a tablecloth...a pineapple runner...that should have been finished a long time ago..it is an order for a customer..there is at least 3 doilies....and plans for a few more....now I don't function well with all these WIPs...and that is why I am on the computer now...my plan for today is to at least finish one of those ....and try to make some order out of it...ugh..

Friday, September 4, 2015

Hello my dear friends...time once again has escaped me.  I don't know where it goes and how I don't get the things done that I want to get done..It's not like I haven't been doing anything...I feel like I have been really busy..but nothing seems to get done...do you know what I mean?  Oh well..

My family is going to grow a little more in November.  My daughter and son in love have been chosen by a young woman who is placing her son for adoption ..to raise her son.  This is the second adoption process for my daughter's family..it is time consuming, it is expensive..and it is stressful.  So I ask if you are inclined to pray I ask that you pray that all goes well for my daughter..and especially for the young woman that is unselfishly placing her baby with my daughter.   I am sure it has to be the most difficult decision this girl has faced in her lifetime thus far..so I ask that you pray for her...and all her needs..and that she will be blessed beyond measure for her gift to us.



I made these last week....Made with DMC Cebelia lilac/purple #210...can be found in my etsy shop ..  www.etsy/shop/byhooks4u
These are a Patricia Kristoffersen design and can be found in the book Absolutely Gorgeous Doilies.  One of my favorite pattern books...

This week I am making a bunch of little doilies for the annual craft show I do....Yep...this is gonna be the last year...it is alot of stress..and I don't feel I have much to offer this year..we will see how it goes...so if you are southern Indiana..Evansville area..and want to go to one of the best craft shows around...September 26 & 27 Vanderburgh fairgrounds....9-4...over 400 crafters..all supposed to be handmade crafts..  

Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend...be safe..

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