Saturday, February 20, 2021

 From now may view and order ANY of my patterns from my ETSY Shoppe, VILLAGE FOLK ART
VILLAGE FOLK ART by Barbara Shores by VillageFolkArt on Etsy

Thank you for understanding and patience during these uncertain times in our history.

Instant Download PDF pattern-"EASTER LAMB", punch needle #190322, Valdani #8 threads, various loop lenghths. Square, 5 x 5 inches.


Instant download/PDF, Easter Punch Needle pattern No. 190212, 6 inches round, Valdani & DMC threads


Wednesday, November 18, 2020


 Wishing Everyone Thanksgiving Blessings...

Our family will be together, almost. Our eldest son, Mike will not be able to sad as he will be missed.  

Our Special Sandy will be able to be with us.  She will not be returning to the home where she was being kept under political protocol, which will soon be the demise of America as we knew it....not allowing us to visit for more than 30  minutes outside not in the home, not able to enjoy our brought in lunch together and of course face masks at ALL times. My younger and brilliant daughter,Pam, Sandy's big sister was able to acquire a NED voucher allowing Sandy to live in a place of our choice and close to family.  NOW, if this pandemic just goes away and allows us our freedom, that will truly be a BLESSING.

For now I'd like to wish all,

 Great Thanksgiving Tidings of JOY and PEACE...

Barbara and Sandy

Wednesday, October 14, 2020


I am very Happy to say that Fall is here.

Our summers have been mostly over 100 and windy,

which accounts for all the forest fires we have encountered.

Summer was my favorite but NO MORE.

I love the Autumnal colors, and cooler days. 

"Bat wings for Jack" may be one on my last creations.  

I have many sketches but due to hands that are becoming more arthritic, I am unable to execute some of my ideas.  

PLUS, once again we are attempting

to sell our home and move to be closer to family.

I hate moving, but I need to be closer to my children and Grandchildren these days.

This leaves me with very little time to do what I enjoy.

Perhaps, once we get moved and settled, I can resume those pleasures.

I have visited many of you, checking in and leaving no comments.

For now, I wish America and All Health, Safety and Happiness..

God Bless us Everyone,




Sunday, June 14, 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020


It has been a while since my last post.  
Just wishing you all a Happy Easter with Blessings for ALL.  Keep healthy and safe.  
The times are really changing and I am at a loss for words.

This is till on my frame and working on the pattern with instructions.
Finding it difficult to get motivated for much of anything. 

Here is my most recent 'Punch Needle' design, in  time for Easter.

The Easter Lamb, representing Christ, with the flag of victory ... 
Eggs are symbols of the Risen Christ. As a chick breaks the shell when it is hatched and begins life, so Our Lord comes forth... 
The Pink Tulips are a classic flower of love and joy. 

 It will be framed... in a day or so, 
in time for the Easter celebration without our family togetherness this year.
I am saddened beyond belief...
Back to Selling our Home, still Praying for our Sandy's healing and now Praying for the world...
...God Bless us everyone...

Prayer to Trust in Divine Mercy

Most merciful Jesus,
I turn to You in my need.
You are worthy of my complete trust.
You are faithful in all things.
When my life is filled with confusion, give me clarity and faith.
When I am tempted to despair, fill my soul with hope.
Most merciful Jesus,
I trust You in all things.
I trust in Your perfect plan for my life.
I trust You when I cannot comprehend Your divine Will.
I trust You when all feels lost.
Jesus, I trust You more than I trust myself.
Most merciful Jesus,
You are all-knowing.
Nothing is beyond Your sight.
You are all-loving.
Nothing in my life is beyond Your concern.
You are all-powerful.
Nothing is beyond Your grace.
Most merciful Jesus,
I trust in You,
I trust in You,
I trust in You.
May I trust You always and in all things.
May I daily surrender to Your Divine Mercy.
Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy,
Pray for us as we turn to you in our need.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019


I am still procrastinating ... wish I could overcome this flaw...
"Santa on Unicycle" is being put on the back burner for now. 
"Sleepy Time Santa" is calling me... 
so here it goes as he is one of my 29" tall 'Dummy Boards' 
that will be gifted to my son & DIL for our three young munchkins.

Here it is with my precious Kohana a few years ago. 
He will soon look great on their staircase landing 
as the grand babies go to bed and have visions 
of sugar plums dancing in their dreamy heads...

For now he will become one of my new punch needle design ornies.
Just have to reduce the size of an already smaller ornament pattern 
down to Punch Needle size ... not so bad and faster too.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Making this Santa into a Punch Needle Pattern

This is a picture of my painted Victorian Santa riding a vintage unicycle...
He is currently a 'Dummy Board' about 30" tall.
Now to reduce him down to size for punch needle..
oH, oH still in storage...
Here's a picture from the cover of my book "MERRY OLDE SANTA".
Have been thinking about this for some time ... it is now or never.

This is my "Sleepy Santa" Dummy Board... in front of the fireplace,
 and my beautiful Granddaughter dancing in front of him ... AWESOME memories.

It's never too soon to think 'Christmas' ... it is creeping up on us way too quickly.

Better get started ... already running out of time.

Have a Super, Great weekend.  It's beautiful out there.

Folk Art Hugs and thanks for the visit,


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Needing a break ...

Yup, I guess I have Dupuytrens in my right hand ring finger.
It has been a problem for years and always called it a trigger finger.
Injections always gave me relief for many months, but now I have this knot in the 
middle of my palm and do not remember having that before. 
My social life involves visiting the Dr's. offices regularly.  what FUN!
Will have to  lay off the punch needle for while...
I just listed my last and hopefully really NOT my last design on Etsy...
He is so cute with that big fuzzy tail...
Loving how the acorn turned out with some small Maple leaves too.
This picture show the tail after I clipped the longer loops.

In this photo, Mr.Grey is still in the hoop, needing more background to be added. 
Added his glass eye giving him some life. 
Long loops have not been clipped.
See the difference?
That's the fun part, creating dimension and texture varying those loop lengths.

Now I need a break, sit back, watch the Yankees play and hope to relax.

A brief update for those of you who know...
Our Sandy, born with Williams Syndrome.
 just turned 55 in August and has always lived with us.
 As they get older they have anxiety and problems with depression. .
This last May,  I was no longer able to help and keep her safe.
The past six months has been the most difficult time of my entire life.
 Dr. Chris McDougle, a Professor at Harvard, sent to us from WS Association.
Christopher McDougle, MD, is the Director of the Lurie Center for Autism, a multidisciplinary program that treats children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders.  In addition to persons with autism spectrum disorder, Dr. McDougle specializes in the diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of those with Williams syndrome, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and Angelman syndrome, among others, especially adults.
This Doctor's God sent guidance is making the difference. 
I Thank the Lord daily for sending Doctor McDougle to us.

Our Prayers have kept me strong.
I continue to "Trust in Jesus".

Thank you for the visit.
Peace and Blessings for ALL,

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Making more ornaments

I have had many requests for the "SANTA'S TREE ORNAMENT" pattern.
I am now making these for our Christmas gift giving.
Love this time of year and like planning ahead.

This pattern is available with three different sizes, 3 1/2", 4 1/2" and 5 1/2".  
No need to enlarge as you will get all three sizes in the pattern for your convenience.

making mine in the 4 1/2" size for gifting.

We are enjoying perfect weather her in the 71's, a little blustery, some clouds no rain.  We could always use some of that wet stuff.  Maybe white stuff this year ... I hope!

Anyways, thanks for visiting
"Take JOY and CREATE",

Peace and Blessings for all,

Wednesday, September 18, 2019


It's that time of year...
Planning for the Holidays ... I LOVE it!

It is cooler and  blustery ... just as I like it.

Cozy up with a pot of stew on the stove and biscuits ready to be baked.

Finished my last 2019 Halloween design
I am very pleased with the end result.  
Hope you will too. If not, that too is OK.


I punched all with Valdani 8 perle cotton thread.  
Used several needle depths/gauges for added dimension.
Added 5mm black beads for the eyes.
Sewed long running cross stitches for the stars.
Hung him from and old vintage rusty key.
Display as YOU wish...

He is available as a Mailed paper pattern as well as Instant downloaded PDF.
"BAT WINGS for JACK" pattern #190910.

Would love for you to have a friendly visit ... enjoy
and remember to 

"Take JOY and CREATE"

Folk Art Hugs for all ... 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Time to return to some Bloggin'

Have not had much desire to post on my Blog... so here it goes.

Have our home listed up For Sale.
Need to be closer and with family these days.
Hopefully in the Murieta, CA area.
Gots to sell first, then we go from there.

Our precious Sondra, is still struggling with depression.
Inland Regional Center has failed us miserably.
Williams Syndrome Association a non-profit organization for those needing help and support has served us beyond belief with referrals to those who can provide the care Sandy needs.
Too much going on to include here, but we are finally seeing light at the end of that ugly tunnel.
My prayers are being answered slowly but for sure.  Must keep faith.

My punch needle designing keeps me preoccupied with happier thoughts to keep myself healthy and strong for our family.

So here is one of my new designs and those not so new...
My rainbow is featured in 'Punch Needle and Primitive Stitching' Magazine.
"A rainbow smiles away the clouds"
Last year's JOL designs
Crusty the hobo snowman, last winters punch needle design.

Still working on my pennies off and on, more off than on.  
They are good fill-ins especially when waiting in then Doctor's waiting room.
Love and miss visiting with all you faithful bloggers.
Will try and make my visits more frequent. 

Hope everyone is able to keep kool, we were 101 yesterday
and a little cooler today 98 with LOW humidity, thank goodness.
Peace and Blessings for all,

Friday, June 21, 2019


For us patriotism is in Season ALL YEAR . . .


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Not Sure what to Post ???

Sandy always thought something special was happening when she saw a 'RAINBOW' 
My World is UPSIDE down...
Our Sandy has been hospitalized since May 6th.  
For those who do not know her she was born with Williams Syndrome on August 18th, 1964.
Here is a picture of her happily stringing popcorn for a 30' long garland three Christmases ago..
Everyone LOVEs Sandy, always so happy and she loves people. 
That is Williams Syndrome a "Cocktail Personality"

She has been severely the point of not wanting to go on.
I have a problem saying certain words.
Trying to find a psychologist who knows and understands Williams Syndrome is like looking for a needle in a haystack, or they are not interested in helping a 55 y.o.
As the child gets older hypertension often becomes a problem.
She is not responding well to counseling even with 40mg Fluoxetine/prozac. 
Both Chuck and I  are entering our 80's and have been concerned about finding a group home for her to which she has been reluctant.  
It is a heart breaking decision as she has been with us for all of her 55 years.

I am looking for a psychiatrist and psychologist well versed and knowledgeable about WS.

PRAYERS, please...

Blessings and Peace for all,

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

HAPPY SPRING ... it has sprung.

Just want to say hi... I am still here.  NOT bloggin much these days.

Just punchin'

and appliqueing some.

keeping busy and out of trouble.

Hope your Easter was Blessed..
We celebrated ours with all four grandchildren 
and 3 out of four children.

Enjoy the day
and thanks for visiting.

Peace for ALL, Barb

Wednesday, January 2, 2019


A Little Belated, 
with a Heartfelt wish for all . . . 
* * * Happy New Year for 2019 * * *  
Loving the hectic times for this season,
Now I am ready to get back to routine.
We had an amazing 2018 Family Christmas Gathering. 
I would like to share a sweet story with 
our youngest grandchild Kolton...
  Our family Christmas celebration was amazing.  
It makes such a difference with the presence of smaller/younger children. 
Our youngest grandson, Kolton (5 y.o) and I were sharing
 that Christmas is Jesus's birthday.
 Kolton asked me during our talk how did Jesus get out of Mary's tummy? 
Well, I was flabbergasted and looked at my dil and asked if 
they have had this sort of discussion before (where babies come from)?  
She shook her head "NO, but you can tell him Grama"... 
I thanked Cassie ...
To make a long story short, 
I attempted to explain that the Father is God, 
the Son is Jesus and the Holy Spirit does magic.  
When our discussion finally ended Kolton said too me 
" Oh! God Bless you Grama".

Kohana top, Kolton, Kylie and Kyle now 13 y.o.
Our 4 wonderful grandchildren, the 4Ks.
 Now you know why our Christmas was Special.
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Wishing you all a Blessed, Healthy, and safe 2019 . . .

The Shores Family 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Christmas for us ... to share with you.

Yes, I love and thrive on the hectic life that we look forward to preparing for that most blessed day of the year, Christmas. 
The past few months have been amazing. 
I now willingly accept getting back to a routine lifestyle.
Soon 2019 will be upon us ... with many unknown events awaiting each and every one of us. 🤗😍😉🎇
*       *       *        *       *
Sharing some Christmas (they are limited) decorations. 
This happens with age.
Our Nativity
Our 7.5 foot tree.  
It too is getting smaller with fewer memory ornaments 
and Sandy's popcorn garland is not there either.
Our Entry space.
No flashing lights this year.

Maybe next year will be different.  Maybe NOT.
Papa is having severe back problems and 
cannot get around as he and I would like. 
This limits our plans and I cannot do it all without his help.
What you see is what we have to share and enjoy.

Wishing one and ALL, a Blessed and Happy New year..

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

I too am featured in the PNPS 2018 Winter issue ...


 My "Follow the Star", a punch needle pattern, inspired from 
my painting of the same name.

With a few changes.  
NO snow flakes and the star is different.

I am delighted to be included with so many of the talented designers in this outstanding and fabulous issue.

 Hope you have subscribed to the PNPS magazine. 
You will not be sorry...😊

Thanks for visiting, gots to run more errands.

Take JOY and CREATE,

with Peace and Blessings for ALL,

Barb  😉

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Replica of "TWO ROOSTER" hooked rug.

Hi Grandma Carrie.
Hope you approve.
Next I will attempt to hook this one. 
It will take some time finding all the colors needed.  
Just give me some guidance. 
You know I am stubborn and will not relent.
Here it is all punched, 

waiting to get my special frame for it.  
Then we can view and enjoy it daily. 

Soon to be listed on 
if you should be interested. 
Now the hunt is on for the wool worms I need. 
This will be a total learning experience ... I have only hooked once.

Have a great day with PEACE for all,

"Take JOY and CREATE",

Friday, November 9, 2018

White on white Santa's Tree

Here is another version from Santa's Tree Ornament.
He is so elegant 
ALL white . . . the beard, mustache and robe.
I am calling him 'Vanilla Snow'.
His mustache was punched with a longer loop 
so the shadow separates it from his beard.
The hanger loop was made with crystal seed beads.
I LOVE him and
Just wanted to share . . .
Hope your days are all wonderful and remeber to
"Take JOY and CREATE"
Peace for all,

Monday, October 22, 2018


~~~comments NOT working~~~
Showing the Santa's Tree Ornaments 
Green's fur trim before clipping those loops 
Red's fur trim after clipping the loops. 

Yes, I will trim Green's loops. 
I love the fuzzy look.
Just wanted to share. . . 
and let you decide.
Now, onto my new kit from Colleen McKinnon, a penny mat 
entitled "Birthday mat", not mine, Colleen's sister...
User-uploaded image
I love the shape, size and colors. 

It will be my "in between" project, if ya know what I mean.
Have a great day and Peace for all,

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Another Santa's Tree . . .

Just finished this in Red ... WIP is in green.
They work up quickly . . . and so sweetly.

My blogger friends ... 
I cannot always leave comments on your Blogs ... still trying to figure out what the problem is. 
I am here, you just do not know it.
when my posting says I have comments, I click on it and the box turns totally white.   Go figure.
HELP!  Any suggestions? 
Thanks for the visit . . .

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Show and Tell Time

YUP, I am back to playin' ... 
found these charms and decided to stitch one to my Santa Ornaments ... 
a french horn and an ice skate, 
tumbling out of Santa's sack that is overflowing with goodies. 
I LOVE to embellish. . . here is some "Show and Tell" time. 

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Hope you are enjoying the cooler weather ... we are.
Have a great weekend, 

make time to 'Take JOY and CREATE',

Folk Art hugs and PEACE for all, 


Monday, October 1, 2018

ALL SIX of Santa's Ornaments are done . . .

Here they are . . .
ALL 6 in a circle.
  I want to include them in some kind of garland . . .
Not sure . . .  Still thinking about it.

These are the last two,

Time to get back to work ... no more playin' for while.
We will see how long that lasts ... LOL!

"Take JOY and CREATE" 
 with Peace and Blessings for all,

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tan Santa & Gray Santa Ornaments ~ Pattern #180921

Available on Village Folk Art ETSY.

Santa Ornaments #3 and #4.
Oval shaped, 4" tall x 3" wide.

 TAN Santa Ornament (#3)
GRAY Santa Ornament (#4)

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Still working on the last two of six, #5 & #6 Santa ornaments, 
All to be available on

Appreciate your visiting . . .

Peace for ALL.
and remember to 
'Take JOY and CREATE',


Thursday, September 6, 2018

BACK TO PUNCHIN . . . for Christmas.

 Just finished two more of my Christmas punch needle ornaments. Red Santa and Blue Santa ... not very original titles but they are so easy, fast to do and CUTE!
Do you agree?

 They are both done using all DMC floss and different needle gauges + seed beads for the eyes....
very easy and fun to see the end results.
Now working on the pattern to be listed on my Etsy shoppe:

You can also find Halloween/Autumn patterns here too ... 
You still have many weeks to get one punched for the trick or treaters.

Have a great day, 
always "Take JOY and CREATE",
Peace for all, Barb