Happy New Year's Eve everyone! Well, here we are at the end of 2011, and I can't wait to show you all some of the exciting things we have in the works for 2012! To kick it off, here is the next block for our BOM Crosses of Ryan and Tarah. Enjoy!
Well, since the only thing I truly wanted for Christmas couldn't be bought in stores, or given to me, I settled for the next best thing, which is a crafty project just for me, compliments of my mom! With all the stress of moving and trying to remodel, firing our contractor, dealing with the legal issues surrounding all of that, and now living in a house that is halfway finished, and unable to unpack or settle in yet due to the work still needing to be done, I have no outlets for my frustration except for facebook and Pinterest. Addicting as that all is, mom gave me an awesome Christmas present and I have 1 block complete so far. It's a needlework project that will become the lid to a very cool basket, which will eventually house my current WIPs for needlework. Here's a photo of the finished product, American Patchwork by Debbie Stiehler
Isn't this just about the neatest thing you've ever seen?? This is my first project stitching on canvas, and first needlepoint project. Usually I'm a cross-stitcher so I'm learning quite a bit with this, which I love. It opens up all sorts of possibilities!
We hope everyone has had a very Merry Christmas. I apologize for the delay in getting the next block published. Sometimes life has other plans! Block 7 puts us over the halfway mark for this BOM project! Block 8 is ready as well and will be published in a few days, and 9 is almost ready too, so we will be back on track by the new year!
I have had a few people email me that they are having some difficulty in downloading the patterns. I promise I have not forgotten about you but with the chaos and madness of moving and such, I may have overlooked an email or two, so if you are needing the patterns to be emailed directly to you, either in Word or PDF form, please email me again and I can get back to you as quickly as possible. Littleladybugscreations@gmail.com.
Last year I had the pleasure of hanging out with quilty friends from around the globe as we rang in the new year. I also picked up a few fabulous prizes from some of the sponsors. This year I am happy to announce that we will be participating in this year's twitter party as a sponsor! You'll have the opportunity to chat with other quilty friends from around the world, get to know some of your favorite designers, and have a grand time! Here are all the details below. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Reposted from the Stitchin' Heaven blog:
‘Tis that time once again, my fellow Tweeters and Quilters! Not a Tweeter? That is O.K. ! Create your FREE Twitter account here. Then check out the “how to” party instructions. (You can go ahead and try to sign into the party early to get a feel for what you are doing…You’ll see previous party conversations.)
Are you a returning party-er?? If so, WOO HOO – are you ready for this?! We’ve got some new and returning sponsors this year with some terrific prizes. Remember all the fun we had in different time zones wishing one another a Happy New Year, well, aside for our awesome International customers who were partying with us in the middle of the day. It was so much fun and you all are the best party guests!
Hey everyone :) No, we haven't disappeared, we have actually been moving. After what seems like an eternity, we are finally in the new house. Now, when I say that, I mean all of our stuff is here. It is by no means unpacked or organized yet! The house still isn't completed, and we had to fire our contractor the week before Thanksgiving. We are in the process of hiring a new contractor to come in and fix all the problems the original contractor created, and finish what they didn't do at all. I'm SO hoping that they can get in and get it completed before Christmas. In the meantime I have to live with all the kids and animals surrounded by boxes, as we cannot put furniture into place and such. Half of our floors have to be ripped out and redone (think Kitchen and bathrooms) and we have no baseboards in pretty much the entire house so every room has to have all the furniture away from walls. Several areas are not painted or painted so poorly they have to be redone as well, so as you can well imagine, my blood pressure has been put to the test! At least I am not spread between 2 houses though!
Last night mom was able to finish the final details of the latest pattern which will be available for purchase in 2012. It will be offered at High Country Quilt Shop in Colorado Springs, CO as a new BOM with her good friend Joyce Bean instructing. As it is an exclusive to their shop, they have it available for purchase beginning today during their open house. Since it is our first design "sale" to a shop, we have had to go through a bit of learning experiences, which have delayed our next cross, but rest assured it is on its way!
Big changes are in the works for Little Ladybug's Creations for 2012. We have been working on a new website and store, as well as some designs for the next year, so stay tuned for more info!
I am so sorry.for the delay in this month. I want to insure everyone that no matter what happens on our side to delay things or what happens in your life, the crosses will always be available to you. I have missed out of some things of others (BOM's) I have been collecting and I hate when I miss something and can't get it later except by paying for it. This is not what we are about. One way or another you will be able to complete this quilt blocks, for free however we need to work it out for you. So never worry. We appreciate you stitching our designs and in turn we will work with you for whatever you need. Always for free. Thank you for your patience with us. We appreciate you.
I'm tweaking the pattern file and it will be uploaded momentarily.
My apologies (once again) for being a few days late here. It seems month end just always creeps up on me and always throws us some unexpected curve balls. I was actually all ready to post the new block for August by the first, but my 2 yr old son apparently had other plans. This past Saturday started like any other day. A friend from church came by at 7am to head over to the new house with my husband to do some electrical work so we can get utilities turned on. I was to follow later that morning when the kids got up and moving. I was all ready to go but my youngest still wasnt awake, which is highly unusual for him. We went to wake him up and he stirred but never really woke up. I carried him downstairs, changed his diaper and clothes, and he still wasn't waking up. He couldn't stand, wouldn't even hold his head up. I knew something was wrong, but not sure what. He was also very sweaty. I immediately put him in the car and headed to a nearby emergency room. My fear was heat exhaustion, even though he hadn't been outside in 3 days. His diaper from overnight had been dry so I also figured he might be dehydrated.
We arrived at the hospital and they got him into triage quickly. He was slightly feverish, but they were more concerned at his listlessness. The doctor guessed that he might have high blood sugar. They started him on a fluid IV and took some blood to run some tests. The doctor quickly came back and told me that his blood sugar was not high, but dangerously low, at 46. They gave him some juice, crackers, and literally within minutes he was perking back up. Not quite his normal ball of energy but vastly improved. The doctor advised he wanted to admit Jacob to the hospital for observation and further testing to try and find out what caused his blood sugar to plummet like it had. We gathered our diaper bag, and took a ride in an ambulance from this hospital over to Cook Children's in downtown. Now, in hindsight perhaps I should have went there first, but I have been in their emergency room once before, and it took us 16 hours to be seen, so I didn't go there this time in fear of having to sit with him in the waiting room for hours.
We were taken back into the ER quickly, and briefly looked at, questioned, etc. Then proceeded to sit in a room down there for the next 5 hours, waiting to be transferred to a room upstairs. Finally around 6pm Saturday we were given a room on the Endocrinology floor. They allowed Jacob to eat dinner, so we watched Cars and Bolt and Toy Story 3 while he ate and cried everytime they came in to stick him for one reason or another. He was given a second IV that evening so they could administer fluids and draw labs at the same time without re-sticking him.
I finally got him to sleep sometime around 11pm, and at midnight the nurses came back in to check his diaper, temperature, and whatever else they do. At that time I had dosed off and woke up not feeling right. My right side had gone numb. I asked one of the nurses to take my blood pressure and sure enough it was sky high. I laid back down for another 30 minutes hoping I could get it to go down some, but the numbness turned to dull pain, and it was still high, so they put me in a wheelchair and took me across the street to another hospital ER. When I got there my BP was so high that they took me straight to trauma, but on the way there, a multiple GSW victim came in and they had to work on him instead. The next 5 hours were spent having a battery of tests, IVs labs, and medication administered. Everytime someone came in to do something I reminded them that I had a sick child across the street and I needed to get back there ASAP.
I was finally released and headed back across the street to Jacob's room. When I arrived back the nurses told me he had not been back asleep since I left. He'd watched 2 movies, was on his third, taken a walk around the floor, visited the fish tanks, etc. and generally entertained the nursing staff. Needless to say we were both exhausted. We managed a few more hours of sleep before another round of lab work was needed. Since they were fasting Jacob he started getting hungry and asked the nurses for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a cupcake. (Emphasis on the cupcake). Finally around 3pm they let him eat, and his nurse found him exactly what he asked for. Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich and not one, but 2 cupcakes. I've never seen a cupcake disappear as quickly as I did then! As soon as he was finished eating we had our discharge papers and were headed home.
Luckily through his fasting he never dropped low like before, but they do not yet know what has caused it. We left with a blood sugar monitor and a list of symptoms to check for while we wait for further labs to come back and follow up with an endocrinologist. We haven't had another episode so I'm thankful. Now to adjust to new medications MY doctor put me on. Thats always fun! Of course, doctors tell you to eliminate stress...so much easier said than done!
Sorry for the delay (again!) We went out of town for the holiday and it turned out I had no internet access other than my phone...which also suffered a crushing blow over the course of the weekend. My brand new Iphone crash landed on a concrete porch and now has a completely shattered screen. Of course it isn't covered under warranty, so I will have so suffer with it for awhile.
Anyway, without further ado, here is the July block in Crosses of Ryan and Tarah. This month's cross is in reflection upon summers spent at Falls Creek . Every summer from 7th grade through high school we would spend a week here with our church youth groups. It was always hot and humid, and we sat in an open air chapel for services. Right outside the chapel stood this very rugged, aged, wooden cross. It was a symbolic place for people to turn over their sins to God, confess, and be forgiven. If you felt compelled to do so, you could write your sins on a scrap of paper and nail it to the cross. Many many lives have been forever changed from the experiences at Falls Creek. Next year my own daughter will be old enough to attend for the first time. Even after I was out of high school, both Mom and I served with our church youth group as cooks for our group for a few years. It is a special place and many friendships have been forged there.
You can download the pattern and instructions for Block 3 HERE
Our apologies for the delay. Mom had this all done on time and I just couldn't get the time in front of my computer to get it all loaded. Amazing what an out of town for 2 weeks hubby and sudden upheaval in your daily routines can do to you!
This month we are kicking off the first of 12 blocks in our first BOM. "Crosses of Ryan and Tarah" will be a series of 12 embroidered elegant cross designs, finished into a beautiful quilt top.
Our inspiration for this piece comes from my older brother, my mother's oldest son, Ryan, and his wife, Tarah, who have been married since 1989. They were junior high and high school sweethearts, marrying right after graduation. They have 5 children, my nieces Autumn, Summer, Winter, and Spring, and my nephew, Christian (aka "Goob"). (Yes, those really are their names!) This past fall, Autumn and her husband celebrated the birth of their first child, and my brother became a grandpa at age 40. (and yes, we love to tease him for that!) Through the years, Ryan and Tarah have been a living testament of a Godly marriage for all who know them. It seemed only fitting to celebrate that with this theme. Faith has certainly been a cornerstone of their family.
We hope you enjoy our latest project and continue to follow us in the coming months!
Wow, we've been busy this month! I'll try to post more about what changes are coming soon for my blog. Needless to say several people have been working tirelessly to revamp and improve things around here so I hope everyone will be pleased with the results, which I'm hoping to unveil in the next couple of weeks.
So, Mom and I decided to change things up a bit here and cater to our love of needlework. Mom put her design skills to work and I got the pleasure of playing with my latest toy, PC Stitch Pro. This could get seriously addicting. SOOOOO much fun!
In honor of the arrival of Spring, both the season (and my awesome Niece who shares the name), may we present to you, "Spring's Grace"!
Our sample is stitched on 28 count linen, stitching 2 over, or the equivalent of using a 14 count fabric. Finished size is appx 7.5"x 7.5" or 115 x 115 stitches. We used some specialty threads in there, which are listed on the legend. Feel free to experiment. As always, we would really love to see your finished pieces, so please add them to our flickr group
The project is no longer available for free download but will be available soon for purchase.
Wow, what a week this has been! Our apologies for the delay in getting the pattern posted like we had planned. This was really one of those weeks where life just had other plans! I have updated the original post with more pictures and the download link. The project is no longer available for free download but will be available soon for purchase. Also, if you are making our patterns, we'd love to see your work! Please feel free to share it in flickr!
So I have some last minute tweeks to the pattern instructions I need to do, which I will get posted either later this evening or in the morning. In the meantime, here's some pics to get you started. Our apologies. Apparently deadlines don't matter to viruses and illness! Mom has been out of commission for several days this month, putting us just a bit behind, but she's all better now and back to work!
May I introduce to you, Flyboy Jacob! The project is no longer available for free download but will be available soon for purchase.
Jacob is designed to be a center panel for a wallhanging or could be easily adapted into a crib size quilt. The embroidery section of our sample is stitched up at a finished size of 12"high x 16" wide, and appliqued onto a background of clouds, cut to 14 1/2" x 18 1/2". There are 3 borders attached (Hope y'all like flying geese!) and will finish out at a size of 32"x36". Since I'm married to an Airman, I'm particularly fond of this little one, named for my youngest son, who loves Airplanes! Isn't he adorable??