Monday, April 24, 2017


I finished the hooking part, 
blocked it once from the back 
and am now contemplating the finish.


The back side...

You can see some of the pattern lines, but that changed.
Not sure if I will use it for my sloped foot stool either.  It is extremely primitive...and has somehow grown on me. 
I am pleased with my first hooked rug.
I will do a 'fold forward' finish using black wool yarn.  I had  no particular use for it and I think the wool will suit it perfectly.
Then I will decide what to do with it. 

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Thank you for stopping by ... Have a beautiful week.

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Folk Art Hugs with Peace for ALL,

Friday, April 21, 2017

Did I say soon ? ? ?

This is surely Later not Sooner.
I got bogged down after having my Bladder Surgery,
which I have been dealing with for 17 years.  
I was told then that I'd get used to it.
~I am still waiting~
I count my BLESSINGS and should not complain 
as it is not an aggressive form of 
'shut my mouth'.  
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I just listed this pattern on Etsy
"Spring is Here"   
 the one with the Pussy Willows
 that I so dearly love.  
It is attached to a vintage butter paddle.
Available in both, Instant Downloaded PDF 
and Paper mailed patterns.
 I can see this design displayed on a tall basket full of
Springtime flowers and of course some Pussy Willows. 
I Love it.  
When I find the right basket,  I will punch it again.

If interested, you can Click Here to get to My Etsy Shop.

Glad you came to visit...
It is lunchtime here in So Cal...
and still in my 'P.J.s'. 
Gonna have some lunch first, then head for the shower.

Have a pleasant rest of the day.

Folk Art Hugs with Peace for ALL,

Monday, April 17, 2017

Our family gathering...

Fun was had by all...
It was a wonderful buffet style meal 
and we enjoyed the beautiful outdoor weather.
Papa, Kyle, Pam, Jeff, Kylie, 
Cassie and the back of Kohana's head.
 Fur babies all included.
 Like father (Jeff) like son (Kolton) and our oldest grandson Kyle.
Sandy always has fun with family...but,
 she got a little sunburn.
Papa and 'his' Rusty,
our youngest daughter, Pam 
and youngest son, Jeff .
 That's Kolton and big Sis, Kohana
talking about desert...???
 On the right, that's Kylie and our Cassie, 
Jeff's wife and our talented DIL.
I should have gotten a picture of her cup cakes
 made to look like a yummy flower bouquet...
"What was I thinking???
where is my camera when I really need it???"
Ohhhh, HERE IT IS!
Cassie just sent me her picture of this beautiful piece of art...
I am so happy she took this picture...
It was too pretty to eat... 
but we did and was it 'DELISH'
Finally our 14 y.o. 'Deuce' says it all...
Is it time to go, I'm getting tired and need some rest.
He is such a sweet heart.

Hope everyone had a safe and Blessed Easter.
We did.
Peace, Love and Blessings for ALL,

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Eastertide Blessings . . .

We are getting ready for our family
get together on Holy Saturday
at our daughter, Pam & SIL, Jim's,
 home in Aliso Viejo, CA.
This is planned so we can get back to our 
homes for Easter Sunday Mass. 

Easter Blessings, Peace and Joy for ALL


Friday, March 31, 2017

Hot off the Hoop...

"Woodland's Rabbit"
An original Design
My fondness for Bunnies and Rabbits has inspired me one more time ... This is my "Woodland's Rabbit"
 Here is my design and the finished product.
A punch needle  design, framed in one of my rusty, tin pans.
I punched the cotton tail the longest loop and then snipped them to make them good 'n fluffy.
'Woodsy' himself, both his front leg and 
front hind leg were shorter loops.
ALL else was the shortest.
Attempting to create some dimension 
which is hard to show on a computer's monitor. 
He has a black, glass, bead eye, and the berries 
were all done with red, french knots. 
Then I slightly stuffed the design before applying the backing
which was then firmly attached to the rusty frame.
I could not stop there, so I tied some twine around the
 tin pan and tied if off with a bow 
as can be seen in the photo and is also removable. 
I really enjoyed playing with this design
 as I love embellishing, just as I do when I paint. 
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Here it is as listed on my Ebay
'Tis SOLD. . . (April 7th)
and is now on its way to a new home...
Thank you, Sue
EnJoY !
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Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. 
I will, 'cause tomorrow (April 1st) we will be 
celebrating my B-Day.
That means a wonderful Mexican Food Restaurant.
Return home and EnJoY a
Chocolate chip, Fudge, Nut Desert
  by Baskin & Robbins.
Everything I asked for.
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So for now...
Peace, Love and Joy to ALL,

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Received my small bouquet of Pussy Willow...

I received the Pussy Willows yesterday.  They are now in a small pewter pitcher and added them to my display for "Spring is Here".  I love it!  Such a sweet added touch to compliment my
 Butter Paddle Design.

 Am doing my usual 'Happy Dance' that I do whenever I am pleased, something you do not want to see ;o)...

This is just a short post...getting close to dinner time
 if ya know what I mean. 

Again, thanks to those who visit ... as you know, 
I dooo like company. 
And if anybody is interested, 
I will be making a PDF & paper pattern for 'Spring is Here"... 
to be available on my Etsy very soon.

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Have a pleasant Friday and weekend too,

Folk Art Hugs and Peace for ALL,
God Bless America,

Sunday, March 26, 2017



My choice for naming this one...
The reasons being, the punch needle piece is securely attached to a vintage, wooden,Butter Paddle, therefore:
1~ Spring Fraktur style Bird is a mellow butter, yellow and 
2~Pussy willows are one of the first signs that Spring is about to start bursting out all over.  I stitched these longer than everything else and lightly tinted them for a touch of realism.
3~Purple/Lavender background represents springtime, stormy, rainy, weather... 
FYI~the Color Purple/Lavender calls for creative doings and seeks inspiration and originality through its creative efforts.

~ The Pussy Willow~
 is truly one of our most enduring spring rites, performed before spring even arrives. Snow still covers the earth, but warmer weather brings you out of winter captivity on a February day for a walk in the woods. You round a bend in a swampy area and, lo and behold! pussy willows greet your spring-starved eyes. You prune off a few branches studded with the furry catkins, to be brought home and honored as spring's earliest harbinger.
Can you tell that I am very fond of Pussy Willows? 
They bring back happy childhood memories. 
Am now waiting for some 'Pussy Willow' stems
 that I recently ordered.  
I will display them in one of my olde pint size 
milk bottles that Papa recovered while
 doing some excavation 
on one of his jobs here in So. Cal 
a few years back.  
the milk bottle does not represent spring time 
but it connects it to the butter paddle.
Final touch, I tied on my "Spring is Here" tag.

All other so appropriate for the meaning of Spring.

Oh yes, in case you did not notice, I did modify the 
original design...sometimes less is more.

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As always, thanks so much for visiting...Enjoy!
I dooo like company.

Have a very pleasant week and always, 
Peace for ALL,

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Some of my ideas for a new design have been gnawing away at me.  I finally gave in and started measuring, sketching and drawing.  I traced it to my weaver's cloth.

Now my dilemma is??? COLORS  of floss???
I spent a lot of time yes'n and no'n on this one and that one.
My decision was made when I placed the order,
 no turning back. ;>) 
Hope I did good choosing  mostly Valdani & some DMC.
Now I can't even get started punchin' until I get my 'V' order.
I will probably entitle it
... Bird & Catkins' Spring Rites ...

 Here's a little closer look.
It is shaped to fit on a paddle.
Can you guess what kind?

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Any ways, gots to go ~ see ya next time.

Have a pleasant day.

Village Folk Art Hugs with Peace for ALL,

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

2 DOWN ~ 4 TO GO

It's time to decorate our artificial 'Easter Tree'.
We need more ornies... so decided to use my Easter tide patterns, reduce the size, and improvise.
Here's the first two...
one a bit more primitive with the darker green
the second not so primitive ... more springtime-y.
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I hope to do 2 or 3 more of each.  
Making all of them different, but keeping 
the Easter Bunny design the same...
This is the part I enjoy the most, the embellishing part.
Gots plenty of time ~ start playing.
Easter is April, 16th this year.
'Til next time ~ Enjoy.
Thanks for visiting,
Peace, Barb

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

EASTER-TIDE PATTERNS available on My Etsy

~'Tis Done~

I really am enjoying designing & creating 
these small punch needle patterns.
Hoping you too will be delighted and include them
for your Easter celebrations with family & friends.

What I am trying to say is... 

 'Bunny Rabbit Weather-vane'

'Easter Delivery' 

my two recent Easter-tide designs
are now available on my Etsy 

 Click here to go to my Etsy

Hope you'll stop by for a peek. 

They are available in either
 'Snail Mail' 
'PDF Instant Downloaded'.

...I like having patterns for sale ...
that means I can keep the originals
 for our Easter-tide enjoyment.

Easter is April 16th this year.

That gives you a good amount of time to punch 
these small 5" x 3 1/2", delightful patterns in time 
to share and partake with family and friends 
during your Easter festivities.
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Hope to see you soon...

Have an Enjoyable rest of the week &
Peace for ALL,

Sunday, February 26, 2017


I love vintage and antique weather vanes.
Easter Bunnies and Rabbits inspired this small design.
Displayed in one of my oval rusty pans
With trim...

 Without trim...  
It is a small pattern ... only 3 1/2" x 5".
The designing was more consuming
than the actual punching.  Making this a sweet
and relaxing project for an Easter-tide decoration.

The second picture shows off the eggshell 
design as in a sugar/diorama styled Egg.

The Rabbit, his tail and lavender flowers are 
longer loops for a more dimensional appearance.
The weather vane was punched with variegated  floss...
thinking that the real and wonderful antique
weather vanes always show years of weathering...

For me the Question of the day is???

 WITH trim



I am pleased either way...
in hind sight, I would extend and enlarge the 
egg edges so that so much of it is not hidden 
and lost with the overlapping pom pom trim...
Thus increasing the size to approximately 4" x 5 1/2", 
and NOT fitting in my oval pan.

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We think the 'Easter Bunny Rabbit Weather Vane'
 is too sweet for Easter-tide celebrations. 

Soon to be a pattern on Etsy...

Thanks for the visit.

Have a joyful rest of the day.

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Peace and Blessing for ALL,

Friday, February 24, 2017


Easter is quickly approaching...
I just finished another small punch needle design 
in one of my rusty tin pans.
 This too I have displayed on a small easel.

His fluffy tail is so sweet...and the inside of the tin pan 
is lined with some lace I had laying around.
 Love the way the blue sky and wispy clouds turned out.
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 The Easter Rabbit and Eggs is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. Originating among German Lutherans, the "Easter Hare" originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of the season of Eastertide.

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 Just thought you'd like to know...

This would also be a sweet pillow.
Hang it from a closet knob or shelf peg...
just add a loop for the hanger. 
Tuck it in a grapevine wreath... 

'Easter Delivery' will soon become a pattern...
not sure how soon at this time as I am starting
 another Easter bunny as we speak/talk.

As always, Enjoy the day...
Peace and Blessings for ALL,

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The LUV of our family life...

Who else?  Our fairly new and adopted  family member.

That is not his tongue...
It's one of his many doggie biscuits.
I find them hidden all around the house.
He keeps us entertained and full of surprises...
'Rusty Rules ' in our home.
We think he is a Viszla...maybe the runt of his litter 
as he is on the small size.  He lives up to their characteristics
and sticks to Papa like GLUE and loves pillows.  Also loves to burrow, we never had a dog that did this. 
Whatever he is...he is a keeper and a Blessing.
I am finally getting a bit sleepy.
Nitey nite, 
Sweet dreams everyone and Peace for ALL,

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Blue Birds of Happiness

Yes, this is really sweet...Perfect for Valentine's Day too.
However, I like to think that LOVE is in Season all year.
It is my 3rd Heart Butter Mold Design...

I am thinking about hanging it from this 
BIG rusty key... 
Like in a key to my heart.


This 'Heart in my Hands' idea, displayed in a pair of 
open hands milk glass dish that I have had for 
some time and now finding another use for it.

The cotton hand dyed ric rac is sandwiched in between 
a whip stitched black wool backing. 
Detailed instructions are included with the pattern.
No stuffing, but I did consider that...maybe next time.
Hope you all have a Joyful day...
Happy Valentine's Day
with Peace and Blessings for ALL 

Saturday, February 4, 2017


I have had several inquiries asking about offering patterns for my recent "Butter Mold" designs.
Thank you for asking,
 they are available click ... my ETSY

"1800's Heart Butter Mold " pattern 
# 170121
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"Pennsylvania Heart Butter Stamp" pattern #170129
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The “Heart Butter Mold/Stamp” designs
 measure  approx. 4 1/2" tall by 4 1/2" wide finished.
I have it displayed in one of my rusty tin pans.

  It can be made into a small pillow and use as a tuck… 
an ornament, add a loop and hang from door/cabinet knobs… 
It is the perfect size for framing, 
and would also look great mounted on an 
old basket or wood box… 

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Thanks for visiting... 
Gots to go to market so we can eat around here.
Somehow meals get in the way of Punchin' (Punch Needle of course).

Peace & Blessings for ALL



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Taaa Daaa Take a LOOK.

Definitely NO embellishing. 
Not even going to think about it.
Olde Pennsylvania Butter Stamp
I like it like it is...
the mini pom poms 
just were not meant for this one.

A really close up look.

I dooo like it...
and the rusty heart pan is perfect for this.
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Thanks for your patience everyone... 
EnJoY the rest of the month,
Peace and blessings for all
God Bless America


Friday, January 27, 2017


Started punchin' this morning...
This is the backside...lookin' pretty to me.
 Hope to finish this weekend.
Will show the front side then...hope it will be prettier.
Just a little tease for now...

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YES, I finally caved in to embellishing the 
1800's Heart Butter Mold.
To me it now looks finished.

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Geees, January is almost gone...wait for me.
Anyways, EnJoY what is left of it,

Peace for All,

Monday, January 23, 2017

Just started another HEART Design...

I have just sketched another HEART design. This one is reminiscent of an Olde Pennsylvania Butter Stamp. 
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I recently purchased a few of these sweet rusty tin heart pans. 
Now, I must find some use for them.
I am pleased and will be anxious to see how this one 
turns out with my new punch needle design.
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'Tis pouring rain this morning with some snow flurries mixed in.
I'd be happy with only SNOW.
...shut my mouth and be happy with the rain... 

Peace for ALL, 
***God Bless America***

Saturday, January 21, 2017

1800's Butter Mold ~ HEART

The punching is done.
Maybe a charm??? but where to put it???
I thought of some tiny trim tucked in around 
the heart and the rusty tin pan framing it.
Not really sure, but it needs something. 
maybe NOT...Less is More.
For now I like the small easel for display.
 That may change in due time.

* * * Thanks for stopping by...

Peace and Blessings,

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

1800's BUTTER MOLD HEART~Punch Needle Design

 I saw a 1800 Butter Mold design with a heart, loved it
and have been working on a design for Valentine's Day.
A closer look of my sketching... 
 This is the backside of my Punch Needle Design, 
which I think is prettier than the front...for now.
I like intrigue...
So I will wait 'til it is finished for the rest of this story.
Hope to see ya then.

Thanks for visiting,
***God Bless America***