Tuesday, July 22, 2014

L'il Abby's

Just a reminder...all of the L'il Abby's can be stitched together as one large piece. Directions on how to do it are included in the Love chart # 1.


Update the Norden Crafts Give a Way starts at 7 p.m. tonight, July 22.

Give A Way

Good Morning Everyone!
Today Norden Crafts will be featuring this L'il Abby Patience and giving away three (3) charts on their facebook page. I don't know what time or how long you will have to enter to win but keep checking their page today for a chance to win!
Have a great day!

Gayle, Abby Rose Designs

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy Saturday!

It has been so hot here in Texas...I have spent the last few days indoors puttering around.  Usually we have a little wind since we are very close to the Gulf of Mexico...we get a breeze from the ocean.  Not the case, these last few days.  I can't remember when it has been so humid and still.  Yesterday we had a little thundershower around 7 p.m. and we lost electricity for about an hour and a half.  It was so hot...I wondered what on earth I did before air conditioning.  When I grew up not everyone had it...don't remembering it being so hot!  I guess with age we are a little less willing to put up with the heat.  I was sooooo glad when the electricity came back on!  hope it doesn't happen again today...it's looking a little cloudy again!  I can't wait until winter....we usually stay around 50 to 70 degrees during the winter. 

I have another picture for you.  I finished up my paper mache boxes yesterday.  Got them all waxed today.  I got a little better at making them with experience.  Green is my favorite color so I had to make a green one!

Working on my last L'il Abby.  This series was so much fun.  I hope you enjoyed it too!  The final should be released at the end of August.

Hope you are enjoying a great weekend!  Happy Stitching!  Gayle

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I listed my primitive boxes on Esty today.  Will add a few more later this week.  This has been so much fun.  I love stitching but it  has been a great break.  I have one more L'il Abby to finish to get the series complete.  It is almost finished.  Will get back to it tomorrow.  It has been so hot here this week.  Usually we go down to South Padre Island and spend a week but for some reason this summer I just wanted to stay in where it was cool.  I think it has something to do with the allergy problems I've had this summer.



Hope where ever you are...you are having a great day!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I Love Primitive Paper Mache Boxes!

Wow, I have two posts in one week!  That's huge for me. I wanted you to see what I have been working on.  Occasionally, especially after I have just finished some big projects, I like to dabble in other areas of art.  I've always enjoyed painting but never really had the time to practice like I should.  I have been intrigued with these painted paper mache boxes I have seen at  cute little gift stores and on the internet for a while now.  Kept saying I'm going to try that....so I did.  This week I have been painting boxes like a mad woman.  I keep thinking I'll tire of it but as soon as I finish one I want to do another.
This was so much fun!  I painted, stenciled, aged, and waxed!  I was going for the primitive autumn look.  I'm sure the people at Hobby Lobby are wondering what I am doing with all those paper mache boxes.  I've been there at least 3 times this week!

Look out Hobby Lobby! I'm coming back.  I have the urge to do some Christmas Primitive boxes next.  It's a good thing I go back to work next week...otherwise my house might be filled with paper mache boxes.  I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

St Charles Needlework Market....And next give-a-way!

Hi Everyone!  It has been a while since I posted...I have been busy getting ready for the Fall Needlework Show.  I think I might have taken on more than I could handle but somehow managed to get everything ready...just in time.  It hasn't helped that I came down with some nasty allergy problems and had to take a few days off from everything to recover.  For a solid week it was cough cough , sneeze sneeze, sniff sniff.  It's a good thing they make some great allergy relief medication these days.  My doctor says I just need to stay on it until allergy season passes.  Living here in south Texas...I'm not quite sure when that is????

Anyway....on to my designs.  My first is a Limited Edition Kit.  I only made 240 of these, it was great fun dyeing my own fabric and ribbon but it was time consuming.  I won't do that again for awhile :).
I added the backing...and yes I had to age it too and then some how I got it into my head to make hand made stick pins to go into the kit.  The design is a pin pillow after all...it needed a pin!

Here's a picture:

 Next Design is my new original design sampler called Bless This House With Love and Laughter which goes along with the others that I have designed Bless This House and Home Is Where You Hang Your Needlework.

And my Christmas Design, Angels Watching Over Me... A small pillow that can be used in your Christmas decorating.  I love pillows....you can put them in containers or sit them on mantles...I just love them!!!

And I can't forget my #8th L'il Abby...Faithfulness.  One more to go and it is in the works!  The final will be called "Wisdom".  I'll get an updated picture of them stitched as one for those of you who are finishing them that way. 
L'il Abby #8  Faithfulness

All of these designs will be available at your local needlework store by the middle of August.  If you want a limited edition kit...let them know to pick one up at the Needlework market for you.... They will go fast!

I also promised another Give Away... so first person to answer this question will get a "Home is Where You Hang Your Needlework chart....  What year did I begin to design for Abby Rose Designs? Hint:  Answer is on this blog.

Hope everyone is having a peaceful, relaxing summer filled with lots of stitching!

Abby Rose Designs

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy 4th of July! 
I thought this graphic was appropriate for the holiday!  I know we are all proud that our products no matter what they might be.......are handmade in America!   

Where has the summer gone! Seems like the kids just got out of school... I have been enjoying my summer by staying cool and stitching and designing.

The Fall Needlework market will be in St Charles, Missouri, in August and I have been busy preparing a kit, a Christmas design, a sampler, and the final two L'il Abby's.

I will be showing you my kit in a couple of weeks....It is a Limited Edition Kit (only 250 made) So cute...if I do say so myself.  It will come with hand dyed linen, all the floss you need...WDW and GAST, the backing fabric and ribbon to finish it.  OOOh I forgot...I handcrafted a small stitch pin for each kit so you can use it with your finished design.  You have probably guess by now...it's a pin pillow...not to small...not too large.  Please ask your local needlework store owner to order it for you at the market!

Next drawing for another design will be next Monday...It will be my Christmas design from last year ...Merry Christmas to thee.

Happy Stitching!