Monday, December 19, 2016

Merry Christmas From Abby Rose Designs!

What a chilly day we are having here in South Texas! I have decided to stay in today and keep warm with a nice hot cup of tea and work on some new designs that will debut in January.
I would like to thank everyone who has purchased my designs this year! It was a great year for Abby Rose Designs and I look forward to designing for you in the new year!

One of the things I like to do is get organized for the new year.  I look forward to this every year.  It always feels like a new beginning.  So over the last few days I have been cleaning and organizing my "Abby Rose Room", as my husband calls it.  It's not huge, but I have found that you can get a lot of stuff in a small space!
"Abby Rose Room"

I really like my portable sewing machine fits easily and is the perfect height to sew. Not that I sew very well but I am making an effort to learn.  I also have a small T. V. and stereo that I listen to while folding charts and packaging them.  My black filing cabinet keeps all my extra charts organized so I am ready to fill an order.  I can't remember where I bought it but it is a lateral file and very handy.

This is my antique sewing machine that my husband bought for me a couple of years ago....and a whole of Abby Rose files underneath it!  And yes....I love candles!  I have many....scented, battery operated and I still am always looking for more. You can never have too many.  I don't know why! I just like them. 
There is nothing better than playing in your own room with the things that you love..... Most days you can find me here, working away, listening to my "Downton Abby" sound track CD.  If you don't have it, you can purchase it from PBS.  It is sooooo good.  I have three... I fear something will happen to it.

Finally, I wanted to let you know that I will be teaming up with Jan Alexander of Tree of Life Samplings for the "Inspired Sampler Club" through the Inspired Needle in Lemont, Illinois.  Jan will design the first kit that will be offered in February and I will do a kit in April.  There will be 6 kits total in this club.  Three from each of us.  For more information on how to sign up for this club, contact, Cathy at the Inspired Needle.

Hoping you have a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Can you believe it... only 2 months until Christmas!  I'm a not a huge Christmas decorator but I do like a few seasonal items around.  I prefer candles and needlework items...and candle holders.  For some reason no matter how many candles I have, I can not pass up a good smelling candle when I am out at the stores.  This year I purchased two silver candle holders to add to my ever growing collection---they are supposed to replicate mercury glass.  They are just beautiful and I plan to decorate them for Christmas.

My latest design, Merry Christmas was stitched on 32 count Lambswool Linen. There's still plenty of time to stitch it and display in your favorite decorative bowl.   Hope you enjoy! And Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

New Designs!

New Design Coming Soon! 
"Do More of What Makes You Happy"  .... Stitching makes me Happy!  The flower on the right side of the pillow was purchased at Hobby Lobby.  

"Believe In The Magic of Christmas" was released a few weeks ago.... I kept thinking about wreaths and candles when I was designing this one.  It kind of reminds me of when I was a kid...more of a simpler time back in the 70's!  
I'm hoping to have at least one more Christmas design completed soon.  It's funny because I started it back in July and got sidetracked with Believe In the Magic of Christmas and Do More of What Makes You Happy....that happens to me alot!

Believe in the Magic of Christmas!

I hope you enjoy my latest designs!  Next time I'll give you a tour of my stitching room.  I'm always curious how others organize their to straighten mine up a little before I give you a peek!
Happy Stitching!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Happy Labor Day!

Hi Friends,
I hope every had a restful long weekend!  I put the finishing touches on a new Christmas design this weekend.  I have been learning to finish some of my own designs..... and a long way from doing beautiful work like my friend Faye of the Carolina Stitcher.   It has been fun....although I am always afraid I am going to ruin my stitched piece.

My latest design, Spooky Halloween has done very well and I thank everyone who has ordered it and hope you enjoy stitching it.  A little out of my usual color palette but a quick little fun design.

Coming Soon... my new Christmas design, Believe In The Magic of Christmas!  If you liked last year's, Share the Joy of Christmas, it is a follow up to that design. Can't believe it is September...the summer flew by this year...I am looking forward to some cooler weather!

I will follow up with a photo soon!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy July 4th!

Sweet Land of Liberty!
Summer Roses

I know... I am terrible about keeping up with this blog!  I think about adding my latest designs but time somehow gets away from me!

Happy July 4th to everyone!  Stay safe and have the best celebrations with your families.  It's hot here in Texas... that is to be expected for July...but for some reason by the time July rolls around I am ready for cooler temps!  I can dream on because it doesn't cool down until October around here!  I'll design something that looks like autumn...maybe that will help me!

What have I been up to....well my other love is history and genealogy.  I have been working on my Family Tree over the last five or six years and I don't think you ever quit finding interesting stories!  I have discovered so much about my ancestors that I never would have known otherwise.  And on this July 4th, I am proud to say that a few my ancestors fought in the American Revolution.  There is so much information out there now, it is easier than ever to learn more about your family...and so much fun!

If you enjoy stitching my designs, here is an update since January....
Mary Pilgrim Pin Pillow and with matching candle.

Heart of Hearts
Best Helper in the World!

A Summer Pin Pillow
A Spring Pin Pillow

As always, thank you to everyone for your kind words.  I have a few new designs in the works and will have them out for you to enjoy soon!

Have a great holiday!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Coming Soon!

My first design of the year!  "Heart of Hearts"!  If you look closely you will see that the inside design is made up of many hearts and it was finished into a heart design!  "Heart of Hearts"  This beautiful finishing was done by my friend, The Carolina Stitcher, Faye Riggsbee.  Thank you Faye!
Heart of Hearts, Abby Rose Designs
Linen used is Ligonier Latte from R & R Reproductions with beautiful Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Art Sampler Threads.  A quick stitch for your valentine or a dear friend!

It's amazing that we are already one month into the new year!  Oh how time goes by!  I have another new design to be released at the Needlework Market in March.  Check back soon for more information!

Happy Stitching!