Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day


Remembering all of those who served and all of those we lost.
                               Happy Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

                                  
Wishing all of you a very Happy Mother's Day.
I am so lucky...and proud....to have  loving son who fusses over me and tells me how much he appreciates and loves me. We are best friends.....and that is the best part of it all.

I hope you are all having a wonderful day.

                                    Love,
                                          Nancy

Sunday, April 26, 2015

How quickly things can change.........

How quickly things can change...........busy one minute and in an instant an injury can change everything. I hurt my knee several weeks ago.....I mean I REALLY hurt my knee. I couldn't even bend my knee to get into the car to go to the emergency room. So.......I have done nothing else but take care of this knee. I have had injuries before and lots of physical therapy. I am working with it daily and can now bend it half way and I am pleased with the results. Yes I will still see a doctor as this knee has been giving me grief for a while. I guess I don't want to hear the words "knee replacement" just yet.

I have not done anything work related for weeks. But my son is working on new frames for my motto samplers.  We have been making frames for almost 10 years now and I wanted to add this one with fretwork along the sides.

Antique-motto-sampler-style-Kit-to-stitch-Scotland-the-Brave-new
I really like how they have turned out and I am sure he will do well with them.

Have I been up to anything else? No..........it's amazing that you can't think of much to do when you are in a lot of pain. And it makes you stop and think about what is really important to you in life. My family. Plain and simple. I plan on spending less time on work and a lot more time with my family when I am up and around again.

Thank you for checking in on me with the inactivity on the blog......the regulars knew there was something wrong but I promise to be up and around again real soon and have some new things to post. I dropped the new variegated floss and linen when I hurt my knee but I will get back to it soon.

I hope you are enjoying spring.....stitching projects.....and most of all, time with your families.

Thanks for stopping by.
Nancy

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

                                          Happy Easter!
I hope all of you have a wonderful day and hopefully surrounded by your loved ones. We have my son and his boys with us and each holiday we spend together is special. Lots of quality time together which is the most important part. While the boys are not little anymore.....they still helped color the eggs yesterday and it was a lot of fun. My son was the one who said he was not too old (43) to color eggs! We had a great day and these guys are truly the joy in my life.


Now lets get to the give-away! This one took some time sorting out all the names but here we go!


If you are in doubt about a name, please check the original post. I can only go by the name given on the post for the entries.
The winners will need to send me an email (nbelgian@aol.com) with your name, your blogger name so I can check you off the list, and your address.

The winner of the Spring/Easter Trims Bag of goodies is: Janet
The winners of 10 skeins of the 1795 Floss are: Kd Brown and kathie448.
The winners of the 10 skeins of the new variegated floss colors are: denise,  Jacquie Morris and Pattie Davidson. This floss will be available in my ebay store later this week.
The fabric winners (your choice of 32ct linen or aida, tell me which you prefer and I will send a nice color) are Joy and Helen in MI.
 And I thought it would be nice to send everyone else who entered (you MUST check the original post to see if your name was there) a surprise Spring Flowers chart in pdf form. Now......I am taking today off to be with my family. I will start sending out the gifts and charts tomorrow. This will take several days just to send a couple hundred pdf charts. I do ask that you do not share your chart with friends or post it anywhere on the internet. A lot of people have put my free charts on Pinterest and I ask that you do not share these charts. This is a gift from me to you.

Congratulations to all the winners! I truly love to share with you.
Have a very Happy Easter!
                                                Nancy

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Thank you for your get well wishes

I wanted to simply do a post to thank each and every one of you that sent your get well wishes with your comments to enter the Easter give-away. I sent an email reply to each of you that are not blogger do not reply. I am a private person and like to send emails with personal comments.

I appreciate all of my faithful followers. Be sure to check back for the results of the Easter give-away that will be announced tomorrow. I hope you are all having a nice holiday weekend!

Love,
Nancy

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring/Easter/Primitive trims bag winners today!









Today's lucky winners are: Rosek1870  AND I picked a SECOND winner: Wisconsin gal 
Congratulations! Please email me, nbelgian@aol.com, and give me your address and I will have your gift in the mail.

 I have been swamped once again with hand carved frame orders. In my spare time (laugh out loud as there IS NO such thing as spare time around here!) I have been slowly dyeing linen and new floss colors. The floss will be shown on Easter for the announcement of the winners for that give-away so stay tuned. I thought I would wait and do a post right after Easter for the linen sale and give-away since everyone gets so busy with a holiday.

Thanks to all who entered. I wish I had a gift for each of you.....hopefully over time everyone will get a gift.
Thanks for stopping by.
Nancy




I want to thank everyone for entering.
Nancy

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spring/Easter/Primitive Trims bag winner today!








We have a winner today! I will also have a drawing on the 31st for another winner so stay tuned. You can still sign up for the drawing.
Today's lucky winner is:  PK Sews
Congratulations! Please email me, nbelgian@aol.com, and give me your address and I will have your gift in the mail.

I want to thank everyone for entering.....be sure you have signed up for all the drawings.
Nancy

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Spring Fling Stitching Give-away! Over 100 winners, enter now!

Everyone seems ready for spring. What better way to celebrate than giving away some stitching goodies! All of you know how I love to share. It's what we give away that we can take with us. Really!

I thought I would give away a Sping/Easter trims bag to one lucky winner.
Lots of beautiful pastel colored trims to do some finishing.

Floss? Of course!! I will have 10 new variegated colors to show on the day of the give away. Lets give 3 lucky people 10 of my 20 yard skeins. 200 yards of stitching treasure.

Linen or aida fabric. I have 32ct Belgian linen and 14 and 18ct aida if you don't like linen. Lets let two lucky winners pick their choice of fabric. I will have linen available later next week.  $45 per yard, $24 for 1/2 yard. I was sick for a week and it really slowed me down.

And if you are a fan of the 1795 collection I will give 2 lucky winners 10 skeins, 200 yards, of a nice selection of floss.



AND.......I will send a pdf of a new spring chart to 100 lucky winners! Boy am I going to be busy with that one!

RULES: You must be a follower at the right. Click to follow by Faithful Friends. You must post a comment here.
Share on facebook or your blog and get 50 extra entries! Yes 50. I want a lot of people to have a chance to win. I am going to need a huge box to drop all these entries in!
I am still asked why I share so much. Simple. The sicker I get with Lupus the more I want to share while I can. I love to bring joy to fellow stitchers.
Drawing to be  Easter Sunday, April 5th. You MUST check back to see if you are a winner. I won't have time to hunt you down so please help me.
Thank you all for entering and good luck. This is going to be fun!
Nancy

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Halloween trim bag winner today!

We have a Halloween trim bag of goodies to give to a lucky winner today! I want to thank all of you for entering and I will be giving these away again real soon.

Today the lucky winner is: Debbie Kos
Congratulations!
Please email me, nbelgian@aol.com, and give me your address so I can have your trim bag in the mail.

I am still having issues with blogger and posting. It took me 4 times before this has gone through. Is anyone else having trouble posting on their blog?

Have a great day. I will sit and enjoy the 8 inches of snow we got yesterday. Truly a winter wonderland and I never get tired of the snow.
Nancy

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Spring, Easter,Primitive hand dyed trim bag give-away, enter now!

I have been busy once again dyeing trims. Lots of spring colors for this trim bag and of course we need to give a couple away!
This a beautiful assortment of hand dyed trims, lace, ric rac and buttons. Spring colors assortment, great for Easter too.
It includes:
Hand dyed purple wood button assortment. 8 buttons.
Hand dyed pastel violet plastic buttons. 10 buttons
Hand dyed forget me not blue buttons. 8 buttons.
4 wood buttons, 1 butterfly, 2 red floral and one violet floral pattern.
3 skeins of my hand dyed floss, 5 yards each. Forget me not, Primitive Lavender and Champagne Blush.
hand dyed bias tape(makes great ragged edge ribbons, instructions included. One yard medium green, 2" wide. One and one half yards each of faded sage and rustic (faded and speckled in spots for a primitive look) faded violets, one inch wide.
2 yards each of hand dyed cotton tape (great for needle books and draw strings, in pastel peach, pink and lavender.
Hand dyed ric rac, 1/2", 2 yards of each color. Six pastel colors included, assortment may vary.
3 yards lavender 1/4" ric rac.
One yard Lavender cluny lace ric rac.
One yard of 1/2" cotton twill tape dyed antique champagne.
Muslin 6x8" draw string bag included!
Each trim is in it's own zip lock plastic bag.
These trim bags are $19.99 in my ebay store.




Rules: You must be a follower at the right by faithful friends(I love that description!), click to follow. You MUST post a comment here.
Post on your blog or facebook and get 25 more entries. Send a friend to follow and get 50 more entries! You ought to see the box of names I have to draw from on these drawings.
Lets give a couple away. Lets give one away on March 15th. Then I will draw another name on March 31st.
You must check back to see if you are a winner. You must follow! I don't have time to track you down.
Good luck to all!!

I will have 32ct hand dyed Belgian linen available for sale next week. 1/2 yard $24. Full yard $45. Wholesale to the public prices. Stay tuned.
Nancy

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Trim bag winners!!

I did a post yesterday morning and then got real busy. I didn't check the post as I never do. I thought it was odd that I didn't get any comments....and then I checked just now and the post didn't show. Gotta love blogger....

So....we have two lucky winners for the Primitive trim bags.
Another great Primitive trims bag, different from my first bag.It includes:
A muslin draw string bag
2 yards hand dyed dirty tan chenille trim, nice and thick.
3 yards 3/16" natural cotton tape, perfect for ties. I have hand dyed(really!) cotton cord and put it on spools for you. Two yards of each color. Two thicknesses, one thin and one thicker.
Natural thick cotton cord for drawstrings, 5 yards.

A great selection of bias tape in several widths. A GREAT IDEA!!! Look at the photos....you can see how I took scissors and cut it into different widths. Then you can ruffle and make a ragged edge (instructions included) for great primitive ribbons and ties!
2 yards white
2 yards each of two different stripes
2 yards hand dyed rainbow seersucker, my favorite!
3 yards navy blue wide
1 yard dark brown
2 yards tan
One large rusty safety pin
Hand dyed wood buttons:
2 red hearts, 2 brown hearts, 2 blue bird houses, 2 blue flowers, 3 green turtles, 2 brown bunnies, 8 assorted shades of brown, 1 large tan
Natural wood buttons: One spool button, 1 butterfly, one sunflower, 2 turtles, 2 bunnies, 4 hearts 2 stars, 2 flowers
4 brass charms

Each trim set is in a zip plastic bag. LOTS of goodies in this bag!










The lucky winners are:
Pepper Stitcher, and Deborah Lynch
Congratulations!
Please email me at nbelgian@aol.com

New Hand Carved frame for my sampler

I finally found the time to take some photos of the hand carved frame I did for my Youth's Flowery Season sampler. I copied the antique frame I have and I am pleased with the results. My son made the frame for me. I need a slightly larger than 16 x 20 frame. Carving took a week but was well worth it.

I am working on a different carving pattern for the next sampler  and finding all those hours to carve can be a challenge around here. Wish me luck! lol

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!
Nancy

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Primitive trim bag #2 and a give-away!

Lets have another trim bag give-away.....
Here is the 2nd Primitive trim bag I just put together.




 Another great Primitive trims bag, different from my first bag.
It includes:
A muslin draw string bag
2 yards hand dyed dirty tan chenille trim, nice and thick.
3 yards 3/16" natural cotton tape, perfect for ties. I have hand dyed(really!) cotton cord and put it on spools for you. Two yards of each color. Two thicknesses, one thin and one thicker.
Natural thick cotton cord for drawstrings, 5 yards.

A great selection of bias tape in several widths. A GREAT IDEA!!! Look at the photos....you can see how I took scissors and cut it into different widths. Then you can ruffle and make a ragged edge (instructions included) for great primitive ribbons and ties!
2 yards white
2 yards each of two different stripes
2 yards hand dyed rainbow seersucker, my favorite!
3 yards navy blue wide
1 yard dark brown
2 yards tan



One large rusty safety pin
Hand dyed wood buttons:
2 red hearts, 2 brown hearts, 2 blue bird houses, 2 blue flowers, 3 green turtles, 2 brown bunnies, 8 assorted shades of brown, 1 large tan
Natural wood buttons: One spool button, 1 butterfly, one sunflower, 2 turtles, 2 bunnies, 4 hearts 2 stars, 2 flowers
4 brass charms
Available in my ebay store at $19.99 or email me direct to purchase, nbelgian@aol.com


Each trim set is in a zip plastic bag. LOTS of goodies in this bag!






Lets give away 2 of these great Primitive trim bags! Two lucky winners will be drawn on Valentine's Day. Enter now!

Rules: You must post a comment here.
You must be a follower at the right, click on faithful friends to follow.
Post on your blog or facebook and get 25 entries. Send a friend to follow my blog and get 50 more entries!

Now I need to get back to packing all these bags!!!
Good luck to all who enter.
Nancy

New Halloween Trim Bag and a give-away! Enter now!

I am still swamped designing custom mottoes and stitching them for my regular customers. I have never worked so hard as I have this last month trying to keep up with these orders. Trying to fit 6 hours of stitching in each day has been the ultimate challenge. This last gal changed the Scotland the Brave pattern I designed for her....and then she wanted a tartan plaid border stitched around it! The price just doubled when she added that element. I am at the point where I am going to say no to the next custom order....and take a breather and get back to what needs to be done around here. I am carving another fancy frame and have designed another pattern for another frame. I need to get that done in the next couple weeks.

I am putting together my second Primitive trim bag and that will be available later today along with a give away.

My customers keep asking me for more Halloween trim bags. It seems like I just can't keep them in stock each year as they sell out so quickly. This year I added a few different things.....
It includes hand dyed black cotton tape in 1/8" and 1/4", brown, pumpkin spice  and black 1/2" ric rac, orange and black 1/8" mini ric rac, pumpkin, spice and black hand dyed chenille trim wound on bobbins, 3 colors of hand dyed buttons: dark brown/black, grey and 2 shades of pastel pumpkin and orange. 3 yards of hand dyed black cluny lace. 2 yards of hand dyed cluny ric rac in grey and pastel pumpkin.Hand dyed wood buttons are bird houses, flower and a heart. 3 small black safety pins and 4 charms I hand pick from the above group. LOTS of goodies!!! Listed in my ebay store or order direct. email nbelgian@aol.com. They re $19.99.
Lets give a Halloween trim bag away!
Rules:
You must post a comment here. You must be a follower, click to follow at the right by faithful friends. Post on your blog or facebook and get 25 more entries. We always like to give lots of people a chance to enter.
Drawing to be February 28th. I ship world wide.
Good luck everyone!
Nancy

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Primitive trims bag full of goodies!

By request I have now included a primitive trims bag in my ebay store.





My newest Primitive grab bag of trims. It includes:
A  muslin draw string bag 5"x7" 
12 Wood buttons, 4 light, 4 medium, 4 dark
2 large Gingerbread buttons and 4 flower buttons.
Charm assortment includes:
3 made for you charms
2 clusters of silver finish sewing buttons
1, one inch brass skeleton key
1 brass heart charm with a flower
one copper heart charm
one brass dove charm
and one copper butterfly charm.
6 small brass bells
Cotton tape hand dyed  assortment includes 2 yards of 1/2" antique faded gold, 2 yards of caramel 3/16" tape, 2 yards of 1/8" champagne tape. 5 yards of natural 1/4" cotton tape.
2 yards natural cluny lace trim, 1/2" wide.
2 yards hand dyed cinnamon 1/2" cotton ric rac.
1 yard 1/2" hand dyed cluny lace in champagne
1 yard hand dyed cluny lace in caramel
1 yard hand dyed cluny ric rac in caramel
1 yard cotton and jute ric rac
2 yards hand dyed cinnamon vintage seam ribbon
3 yards hand dyed cotton chenille in caramel. A nice thick chenille.
 And a wonderful PRIMITIVE SHAGGY AND SPARSE CHENILLE TRIM, cotton, in natural, 5 yards.

The shaggy chenille trim would look great for lots of projects. I could see it stitched on as a primitive beard on a santa....it would make a great birds nest wound round and round....so many possibilities.
Available in my ebay store or you can always buy direct from me. $19.99 plus postage. In the states postage is $2. Check or paypal.
nbelgian@aol.com

I am still swamped with custom mottoes and hand carved frames. I am trying to add a new Halloween trims bag, hopefully later this week. Busy...busy....busy start to this new year. I hope all of you are having fun with new projects. I am designing new patterns for the elaborate carved frames and will start on another one tomorrow. I wish there were more hours in the day!

Thanks for stopping by!
Nancy

Friday, January 23, 2015

Hand carved sampler frame

    It has been a very busy start for this new year. After Christmas  (I survived!) I got swamped with orders for stitched and framed motto samplers and I am almost done with those orders. In between all of those I have managed to start on a new sampler pattern and also a new hand carved frame. I have a beautiful antique frame that I used for my Welcome Spring sampler if you remember. Here is the picture again.
I have been carving the Adirondack frames for my motto samplers for 9 years and I wanted another large frame for my Youth's Flowery Season Sampler I did last year. My son made the frame for me. It is a little larger than a standard 16 x 20 frame (stitched it on 32ct and should have been 36 and it would have fit) so I got out the carving tools and I am half done with the frame. Here is a progress picture of the fancy top part

I hope to have it finished this weekend as I am anxious to see it stained. I am also doing drawings of the next frame I want to do with a slightly different design of my own. Will I sell these? Not sure yet. They take almost a week to carve so I don't know...they may be too expensive for most people. If I had just the frame to carve it wouldn't take so long but I have to keep stopping to do ebay orders and other things....and these arthritic hands can only do so much. I would love to do wood carving full time if I had the hands for it. I guess I should have started carving 40 years ago!

I hope all of you are enjoying new projects this year.....I love to hear from you so drop me a line or two  when you have the time.
                                                 Nancy

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year one and all!

 
 
 
 
 
Wishing all of my friends and faithful followers a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!
 
Nancy
 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!! $100 winner today!!!!

                                       
                                                  
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope Santa was good to each and every one of you. Today we have a very special winner of the $100 gift certificate to shop in my store!! Lots of goodies to chose from.

I want to thank each and every one of you who participated in all of these merry give-aways. It was lots of fun....and I enjoyed hearing from all of you. 25 days of posting the give-aways and 25 days of posting winners....Santa is ready for a vacation!

The lucky winner of the $100 gift certificate is: Robin in Virginia! Congratulations!! Please email me with your choices Robin and I will box them up and have them on their way. nbelgian@aol.com

Merry Christmas to all and I hope your New Years are filled with much love and happiness!
                                         Love,
                                                       Nancy

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

24th Day of Christmas winner!

                                                      
On this 24th Day of Christmas....we have a $25 gift certificate or a surprise package for a very lucky winner. Choose from any items in my ebay store....she says she wants trims in her comment on the original post. So pick some trims! The winner is: backporchcarver!  Congratulations!!
Please email me, nbelgian@aol.com, and give me your address.

I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful Christmas Eve....and a very Merry Christmas!
                    Love from Santa Nancy

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

23rd Day of Christmas Winner!!

                                                  


On this 23rd day of Christmas I will let you choose your present
once again. You will tell me if you want floss (10skeins, 200 yards assorted colors, or fabric (linen or aida and I will send a nice color) or you can have a package of sewing charms, hand dyed buttons and trims if you like to do finishing. It doesn't get any better than picking your own present!
Today the lucky winner is: Sandy in Montana! Congratulations! Please email me, nbelgian@aol.com, and give me your address.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Just a couple more days to go!
                               Santa Nancy