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

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Thought I'd do some wool pennies and 
make a diamond shaped penny mat.
Here it is ALL DONE.

 This is what the backside looks like...
 This was such an enjoyable project.  
Now I am ready to take on something a little bigger 
for either my 9' long farm table or the 40" square coffee table.
Not sure yet.  
It will be a hexagon shape that will work for either one
In the meantime I will get back to punchin' some small, cute ornaments for Christmas .... Yes I did say Christmas.
 Already got a start on it . . .
Will share when this one is done as there will be two.
For now, I have to get back to,
my "Take Joy and Create" mode.
Keeps me busy, happy and useful.

Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit. 

Wishing you Peace for all with Blessings ,


Monday, August 20, 2018

Sandy's Birthday ...

It was very quiet ...
Everyone had places to go and things to do.
But, The B'Day will last thru the week.
B'Day wishes still coming in the mail and on the phone. 
We went to the  Olive Garden for a delicious lunch  and brought more home for an enjoyable dinner.
Waiting for us at home was this incredible, and our traditional Baskin Robbins chocolate chip, fudge, nut cake.

Sandy could hardly wait for her cake.
We lit the candles . . .
she was able to blow all 5 + 4=(54) out.
She stood there with a look of success ... "I did it"!
Today, several gifts will arrive
many more calls. 
Mom and Dad sang the HB'Day song.
Yes, it was quiet most of the time. 

...She is the "Sunshine of Our Lives"...

We Love you honey, the whole wide world,
Mom & Dad, 
Pam, Kyle, Jim, 
Jeff, Cassie, Kohana, Kylie and Kolton

Friday, August 17, 2018

The FINALE for WHOOO . . .

My 'Finale' for this design is a 
perfectly, simple and easy 7" inch pillow 
using a homespun fabric that 
I have been hoarding for years...
just waiting for the ideal project.

Love the Finale . . . 

Thank you for the visit ...
Hope your day and weekend is enjoyable. 
*     *     *
We are celebrating our Sandy's Birthday tomorrow.
I cannot believe she will be 54 years young,
the "Sunshine of our lives" .
Here she is with part of our family a few years back . . .
our son Jeff, holding our beautiful grand daughters, 
Kohana and Kylie 
and then our wonderful DIL, Cassie holding our handsome grandson Kolton.
Sandy adores Ko, Ky and Kolton.
They are the reason we would like to move to Murrietta, CA.,
to be closer for more frequent visits.

for now, I wish for all Peace and Blessings,



Monday, August 13, 2018

"WHOOO"~have a Happy 'Owl-O-Ween'

This is
 It is a round 5 3/4" punch needle pattern using 
Valdani threads with a fringed edge.
It looks like an oval but that is due to the angle 
from which the picture was taken. 

He is wearing a special, made just for him, witches hat.
A couple of batty friends have taken flight, giving their approval to his happy 'Owl-O-Ween' masquerade,
with the harvest full moon rising behind them,
 there will be dancing in the light
with enchanted 'Trick or Treaters' celebrating the night.

Several longer loops have been used to create dimension and his white feathered chest loops are snipped to give a feathery look.
My finish for this design will become an eight inch pillow 
stitched to the wool fabric shown in the upper left corner.
The Finale will be forth coming in the next few days 
after I prepare the pattern instructions soon to be available on:

I love Owls ... as I envisioned Whooo ... he came to life.

Thanks everyone for your visit.
Peace and Blessings with Folk Art hugs,

Monday, August 6, 2018

Ghoultide JOL Totem ...

Another "Show and Tell" ...

Originally this was to be on a wooden horn book .... 
After some thought the oval shape is perfect to make it a 5"x 6 1/2" pillow/tuck.  
Had FUN creating and punching this piece and it is now available as a mailed or PDF- instant downloaded pattern.
The Pattern includes...
A full color picture, Floss and Thread chart for Valdani & DMC threads used, a pattern template, step by step instructions for punching this design, and directions for the fringed trim. 
Some tips and general information for Punch Needle Embroidery are also included.

A final Halloween design is in the works called
'Happy OWL-o-ween.'
Can you guess what it might be?

Thanks for visiting,
FYI ~ have not been able to leave comments.  
Looks like they have to be anonymous ???
What is google up to?
I am not a happy camper these days.
Am able to visit as I have been but not commenting.
Any help?

Peace for all, 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Boot #2 & #3 are done.

These will be available as single designs.  
I combined them as a pair for a flip flop illustration.
For the buttons plastic 6/0 beads were used and the bows were added with matching thread ... these would be optional.
The hornbook was made by Tara of 'Perfectprimpunch'  on Etsy.
Great job Tara and thanks.
I love the painted faux tortoise finish with black and grey paints, one of my favorite ways to do frames.  I am pleased and feel it compliments the pair. 
These can also be done as single tucks along with #1, giving three 4" square tucks making a sweet addition to your Halloween decor.  Below, #1 is shown secured to a galvanized wall pocket.  
Will be changing those daffodils out with some fall flowers soon.
Just thought the colors were great.
Have a blessed day my friends and continue to 
'Take Joy and Create'  . . . .
Folk Art Hugs,