Monday, February 10, 2014

A few finishes....finally

Good evening friends, it has been a couple of weeks since my last post although it really feels longer.Two weeks ago was a busy one for us.My son and his fiancee went to Cancun,Mexico for six days so that meant that hubby and I needed to make two trips to Nashville, the airport.It was the first time that either one had flown or been out of the country.Being me,I was nervous and stressed about their trip,but I was happy at the same time, as it was such an adventure for them.It was freezing here and they sat on the beach enjoying the 80 + degree temperatures,we should have jumped in their pockets. LOL!The kids had a blast and can't wait to be able to go back for another visit.

Last week much of my time was spent at the goat barn because as it always happens when the weather is horrible the mommas start having their babies.Last year was rough or so I thought but honestly this has been my worst year for losing babies.It has been horrible and so sad for me as well as the mother goats.It breaks my heart to hear them crying for their lost babies.While this may all be a part of nature it is a side that I absolutely  hate.Each of my momma goats have their own stall with a heat lamp but this year it just didn't seem to matter. On a happier note, I do have a visitor(baby goat) in the house,I will try and get a picture of her soon.She is a sweetheart and has really not been to much trouble so far.
Even though I have been crazy busy lately I have been able to finish a few things.Actually some of these have been finished for a while,just couldn't get the time to post them.
Remember me talking about my first big cross stitch project? Well it isn't 2015 and the stitching is finished (it has been for three weeks or more),yes I am tickled.It may not be considered large compared to a more seasoned stitcher's project but for me it was a huge undertaking.Don't look to close because there are mistakes but I am still proud of it.LOL! It is not completely finished but after spending hours in the barn, going shopping ,in the cold, to look for a frame was not high on my list of to do things.

Fruit for a song by With Thy Needle and Thread

The next one is a punch needle design by me .The heart was punched on the number one setting and then  hand sewn to the wool background.

The colors are more muted and prim than they appear in the picture.

The next one is another cross stitch piece that I made into a pillow.
It is another With Thy Needle and Thread pattern,I just used certain parts of it to make this pillow.It is my next "big "project.Here is a closer pic. 

Now for another punch needle piece,this is again my design that is punched on the number one setting with my overdyed floss.The first picture is with the flash ,the second one shows the colors more true .

Last but not least of all is another cross stitch piece. I made this one into a pillow as well.Please overlook the feathers  ,they are only there to show that there is a pocket .Any ideas of what I should put in it ?? I  used a ticking fabric to make this  pillow,love how it turned out.
Well that ends my show and tell for tonight.LOL! I hope to be able to catch up on everyone's blogs in the next couple of days. Of course there are a few more projects in the works so I will be back to share them as well .After supper tonight I found myself in the craft room cutting out wool and thinking of Spring projects.There is a new  punch needle design waiting to be drawn on weavers cloth hopefully  it will get started by the end of the week. To my new followers a big hearty welcome,so happy to have you!!
Stay warm and be blessed my friends.Jen


Raggedy Creations said...

Oh I'm sorry about your kids not making it. How sad for the mama goats and you too.

I love your first big cross stitch. I've never tried it. Not sure I can with my eyes. All your finishes are wonderful. How bout some sweet annie in the pocket.


Plumruncreek ♥ said...

LOVE all your handmades!!! Beautiful!

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Ohhhhhhhh Jen,
I love everyone one of them my favorite is the last on! Oh heck they are all my favorites.
You do such BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING work.
Big hugs and love Sis,
Tricia XO

Shirlee said...

I was so excited to see a post from you this morning, but wow ... I had no idea you would floor me with so many beautiful finishes! Of course I know the perfect work you do, but again, wow! What a lot of them ... lol! I'm also excited to see some cross stitch projects there! I knew you'd get the hang of it : ) I especially like your "re-design" & finish of the WTN&T chart, making it into a little pillow like that! And that finish is fantastic! I downloaded the photo so I could give it a try one day : ) And how clever to do the bird finish with the ticking, adding a little pocket! I need to calm down ... this is too much excitement for me so early in the morning : ) I am very sorry to hear about the baby goats though : ( God bless you, my friend!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning Jen, oh so sorry about the baby all your creations, all so beautiful, Blessings Francine.

Trace4J said...

Oh how exciting and one living indoors with you.
Pure joy.
Praying for new babes. (kids)
Love your finishes.
Warm woolie Hugs

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Jen, I'm so sorry about the babies, so sad, I wonder why nature makes it so they are born in winter. I'm glad you have one little sweet one in the house with you. I love all your new finishes, your punch needle is wonderful. I love the wool you chose to mount the heart on, it really sets it off.

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Sorry to hear about those babies.
Lovely finishes ~ you did a spectacular job!!!
Happy Stitchin' and Stay Warm!
Spring is just around the corner.
Prim Blessings

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Sorry to hear about those babies.
Lovely finishes ~ you did a spectacular job!!!
Happy Stitchin' and Stay Warm!
Spring is just around the corner.
Prim Blessings

A Primitive Homestead said...

I am sorry the kids were lost. So sad for the mamma goats. Wishing you the best for your visiting house guest. Your projects are great. The feathers in the pocket I think is cute. Good to hear the kid is had a safe happy trip.

lilraggedyangie said...

I'm so sorry about losing the kids...never easy...PRINCESS thinks it awesome you have a goat in your house :)...I LOVE all your creations...just beautiful you're so talented...Hugs lil raggedy Angie

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your babies, I can't begin to imagine how heart breaking that would be :O( Your finishes are absolutely wonderful as always and how about some peacock feathers in the pocket of your little pillow? Think they'd look wonderful (no idea where you'd get them mind you!). Big hugs as you deal with your heart breaking losses and hope that the rest of the birthing ends joyfully. Deb

The Moonlit Stitch said...

WOW! Talk about great finishes! Love everything - sooo much work! It has been a bad winter here too for having babies in the barn...sorry you have to see the heartbreak but what a blessing the babies are - so cute! Have a great weekend Jen! ~*~Lisa

Chris said...

Hi Jennifer, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Three Sheep Studio said...

How VERY busy you have been Jen !!
Love your projects...all so different and each one beautiful ;)

Dog Trot Farm said...

Oh my maternal heart breaks for those poor mama goats, but how nice it must be to have a "kid" in the house...I love all of your projects, you have been a busy gal! Stay warm, greetings from Maine...

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

Hi Jen... You do beautiful work. Loved it all.