Saturday, December 10, 2011

One day at a time....

Hey everyone......I hope this finds you well.

We are moving forward one day at a time since the loss of my sister Robin on October 11, 2011.

Some days are good, some not so good. We have started trauma counseling with Victim's Assistance and I know that it will help us all, but I know that it will take time. The holiday's are going to be hard without Robin, but this will be Zoey's 1st Christmas, so that is what we are going to focus on. She is officially crawling and can do 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds.....LOL! It amazes me how fast she can get across a room! She is quite fasinated with the Christmas tree but was NOT fasinated when she met Santa! She took one look at him and screamed like crazy! But I can't blame her........I thought he looked more like the Grinch!

I have finished the sampler that I designed in my sister Robin's memory. The Robin R. Bailey sampler is dedicated to her strong compassion for animals. The proceeds from the sale of this pattern will be donated to the Summit County Humane Society in Twinsburg, Ohio, in Robin's name, for 1 year.

I made sure this sampler was easy to personalize because I know there are a lot of stitchers out there who rescue also.
The Robin R.Bailey sampler is stitched on 30 count Abcederian linen with a stitch count of 140H x 165W. The finished size is 9 1/2" x 11". The verse reads: "May the lost and abandoned find their way to me, with strength, love and compassion, their champion I will be."

The pattern is now available on my website.

I am working on 2 new Christmas samplers that I probably won't have finished until the end of the month, but better late than never!! I'll let you know as I guess closer to getting them finished.

Before I close, I would like to thank all of you for your many thoughts and prayers. I miss my sister so very much....but having your support makes each day a little bit easier. God bless all of you.

So, from wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well..... and a very Merry Christmas.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Sister Lost

It is with a broken heart that I post today that I lost my sister Robin on Monday, October 10th. She was only 52 years old. Robin was shot and killed by a man that was living with her. He has been at large since Monday, but we got the call last night from the Akron Police Department that he had been apprehended in New Mexico and will be brought back to Akron for trial.

I cannot wrap my head around any of this.................Robbie did all the primitive shows with me and was always over here helping me stuff patterns for Hoffman. She loved primitive herself and had decorated her house in wonderful primitive style. We were just at a local flea market last Saturday and laughed ourselves silly over the stuff we saw on the tables. She was so happy with the little treasures she had found and couldn't wait to get home and find the perfect place for them. I will be forever grateful for having her for that day.

I need all the prayers you can send our way, for my sister Kim, who found her and most of all for her 20 year old daughter, Erin. There is no sense or logic to this............she was a warm, intelligent, funny, compassionate lady who's love of animals was second to none. She was a champion to all the dogs and cats out there that needed help. We volunteered at the Summit County Humane Society for several months last year and no job was to big for her to tackle in saving those she could. Over the last 20 years, Robbie has rescued 20 dogs and cats.....that we can remember. She was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it whether she knew them or not. Her family always came first and she would always tell us, when we were struggling with something, that "it would be ok, as long as we were together, we could get thru anything."

The hardest part is ahead of us. We have to make sure this man pays for what he's done.

Robin's Memorial Service will be tomorrow and then we wait to see what happens from here.

I am numb, I am angry and I am empty inside........but will do whatever it takes to make this
right for my little sister.

Rest easy Robbie...........we love you and will miss you always.

Robin (Bird) Bailey, October 20th 1958 - October 10th 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Back at it!

Hi everyone!

As you may have noticed, I've been a very bad blogger lately. Too much going on and no time!
I think they should add an extra day at the end of every month and call it "catch up day." Wouldn't that be wonderful!!

Anyway, I have lots to tell you so I'll get right to it!

I have 2 new patterns to share. The 1st is a new Halloween pattern called Bella D!

Bella D is stitched on 30 count Abecedarian linen with a stitch count of 180W x 76H.

The 2nd new sampler is called "My Numbers." This sweet little sampler is stitched on
30 count ivory linen and has a stitch count of 120W x 61H. The little pin keep is stitched on
28 count ivory linen and a has a stitch count of 48W x 37H.
Of all the samplers that I've designed so far, this little sampler is my favorite!! Bella D & My Numbers will be available on my website in the next couple of days!!

The Spirit of Friends Show in September at Malabar Farms was always!
The set-up on Friday was not fun. It was cold and rainy pretty much all day, but the weather for the day of the show on Saturday was beautiful and brought people out in droves!!

Many thanks to Carolyn Thornton and the ladies from Black Cat Primitives for another great show at Malabar! You guys never disappoint!!

The 2011 Ohio Designers Day at Just Stitching in Strongsville, Ohio was a huge success and we had a ball! Shelly Hronec, owner of Just Stitching did an amazing job bringing it all together.

Falling Star was in "good company" along with 2 wonderful designers! This is Michelle Lash from Brittercup Designs!

And this is Aury Torres-Morillo from Aury TM!
Lots of new patterns, good food & a bunch of very happy stitchers! It just doesn't get any better then that! Thank you so much, Shelly for the invite. I'm already looking forward to next year! I had such a good time!

The Northcoast Tour De Stitch started on October 7th and goes thru the 17th! I'm doing a trunk show for this event at Just Stitching. So if you're in the neighborhood, you gotta check it out!
There is a link on my website under "events" for the shop hop.

My granddaughter Zoey will be 8 months old on October 13th and she's growing like a weed!
She is crawling and now we're all in trouble! LOL! She is quite the little character already and is the happiest baby I've ever been around.

Here she is sitting in the pumpkin patch in her backyard. She was fasinated with the grass!
And here she is at Grandma's last weekend! She spent the night and absolutely wore me out!

And here she is helping Grandma pack the diaper bag getting ready to go home! I put the stuff in, she took it back out! But oh what a joy she is!! Grandma loves you Zoey Bear!!

Well, I think that catches us up for the last couple of months! I'm working on my Christmas patterns that I'm hoping to have done by the end of October. I'll post some sneak peaks as they get close to being finished.

So take care and enjoy this beautiful fall weather!

From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.


Sunday, July 31, 2011


Evening everyone...........just a quick post to let you know that my 3 new patterns are done!!

The Lydia Tyler Ames Sampler

The Eva Wicks Sampler

All Hallow's Eve

My website has been updated with all the info on the new patterns and on some of the stuff I've
got going this Fall............check it out when you get a chance!

Now I get to work on some more Halloween patterns!!! Watch for sneak peeks in the next couple of weeks!

And I can't blog without a new picture of Zoey! This is Zoey in "her" living room........not Mindy and Dan's. As you can see by the picture, there is nothing in this room that doesn't belong to mat in the far corner, her swing is off to the right, her flat screen TV is on the wall (her daddy thinks it still belongs to him, but we all know better) and her newest toy .... is a bouncy something-or-other. All I know is, she loves's got all sorts of bells and whistles on it and her feet just touch the floor, so when the music comes on, she starts bouncing all over the place! They have the coolest things out for baby's's amazing!

She is one happy baby girl!!

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend! UGH...........tomorrow is Monday.....again!!! Take care.

From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.....


Sunday, July 17, 2011


Sorry I've been gone so long...........June is a blurr!!

Lots of things have happened since I blogged last, so I'll try not to be too long winded!

At the end of May, Hoffman Distributing Company picked up my pattern line!! WooHoo! I am so excited I can't stand it...........but never imagined the work in putting together a large number of patterns at one time. I feel like all I do is eat, sleep and put patterns together! LOL! But it has definitely been worth the effort! Thank you to Mike Whatley and Rod Cliett at guys have been wonderful!

June 12th, my little granddaughter Zoey was Baptised. What a wonderful day it was! She looked like a little angel.......all she needed was a tiny pair of wings! With the help of a good
friend, I was able to make her dress and it really turned out beautiful. I haven't sewn children's clothes since Mindy was a baby and that was 32 years ago! Zoey loved the long satin bow in the was in her mouth the whole day!! Thanks Karen.....I couldn't have done it without you! Here's the little angel with mom & dad!

Zoey & mom, Mindy!

That was the good news.....then on June 20th, my son-in-law Danny (Zoey's daddy) was hospitalized with double pneumonia. On June 21st they put him on a ventilator, which saved his life. He was on the ventilator for 7 days and was released from the hospital on July 1st.
Mindy & Zoey stayed with me since I only live a couple of blocks from the hospital Danny was
in. I was able to help with Zoey so Mindy could be at the hospital with Danny. He is back to work this week, part-time and is doing well. We are truly blessed that he came out of this ok.

Needless to say, with everything going on I haven't had a whole lot of time to spend on
new stuff, but I have a couple of new designs in the works that I hope to have ready in the
next week! Here are a couple of sneak peeks..........
This is The Lydia Tyler Ames Sampler. A sweet little sampler that fits nicely in a 7 X 7 frame!

And this is The Eva Wicks Sampler. This sampler is done and framed, but the patterns aren't ready yet. Eva Wicks was my grandmother (my Dad's mom) and is a simple marking sampler!

This sample is my first Halloween sampler for 2011! All Hallow's Eve is a spooky little sampler that stitches up quick and also fits in a 7X7 frame.

That's all for now........I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Seems like it's going by pretty fast! I'm already looking forward to the cool days of fall...this heat has been crazy!

Take care........

From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

AND THE WINNER IS............

Since no one was home but me, I went over to my neighbors house as she was mowing her grass and asked her to pick the winner of my 1st Anniversary "Giveaway!"

So..............I will be sending Annie Crocker's Sewing Box to Robin at The Primitive Hutch!!!
Congratulations Robin!!! Please send me an email with your address so I can get your prize in the mail!

Thank you to everyone who left comments. Your kind words mean alot! I will definitely be doing this again............this was so much fun!

Now I have to buckle down and get busy on my Booklet. I am "hoping" to have it done by the end of June! My daughter looked at me like I had 3 heads when I told her I wanted it done by the end of May (and yes, I was dreaming). She will be doing the layout and all the "technical" stuff for me! After she stopped laughing, she explained to me how long it actually takes to put something like this together............ok, so I should have started it 2 years was I to know!! LOL!

Anyway, I'll be posting some "sneak peeks" as things progress and I also have another sampler pattern that should be finished in about a week!

In the meantime, I hope everyone stays it ever going to stop raining!

From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Anniversary Giveway

Good day everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the last of the weekend! Hopefully, it will stop raining soon or we'll have to start work on the ark!!! LOL!

If you read my last post you would know that we are coming up on the 1st anniversary of Falling Star Primitives on May 19th. It's hard to believe that a whole year has gone by........

I promised a "giveaway" so I'll get right to it!!
This is Annie Crocker's Sewing Box. The box measures 6" square and is 6" high. There is a wonderful little sampler on top of the box and it comes complete with a sweet little pinkeep and a scissor keep! Annie loved birds, so she made them the "theme" of her sewing box.

The inside is covered in pages from a very old children's book published in 1887 and there is a wonderful picture of a bird on the inside lid. Annie's pinkeep is also embellished with sweet little birds. A string of old buttons hangs on the outside of the box in easy reach of Annie's skillful hands....

To enter the drawing please leave a comment on this post! The winner will be announced on May 19th!

Thank you again, to all of you who have shown interest in my designs and who have supported me and encouraged me this past year............I feel truly blessed.

From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well....


Sunday, May 8, 2011

New patterns, new pics, PAYPAL and a Giveway

It's been awhile since I've blogged. The last time you heard from me I had just been blessed with a beautiful
new granddaughter. Zoey is almost 3 months old already and is the light of our lives. She is already developing
quite a personality as you can see!

This was taken when Zoey stayed with Grandma's for her 1st sleepover!

And this is Zoey, hanging out with her mom! Is she cute............or what!!!

I have a couple of new patterns to share!

This is BUNNIES & PEEPS! I'm trying to tell myself that this pattern isn't late for this year,
it's just really early for next year!! LOL.

Stitched on 30 count linen, the finished size is 8" x 6"!

THE RED HOUSE SAMPLER is Hanna Wheeler's best work! Stitched on 28 count linen, it's finished size is 4" x 10".
Both patterns can be purchased on the website.........and guess what!!! We finally have Paypal....took me long enough, don't ya think!

I've added some new items to finished goods that will up on the website tomorrow evening, so check it out when you get a chance.

May 19th marks the 1 year Anniversary of Falling Star Primitives and I'm having my 1st Giveway!
Watch for details on May 12th for Annie Crocker's Sewing Box!

That's it for now........

From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.


Sunday, February 13, 2011


Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying the last of the weekend!

I have the best news...........I'M A GRANDMA! Congratulations to my daughter Mindy & son-in-law Danny! Mindy gave birth to a beautiful baby girl this morning, February 13, 2011! ZOEY MARIE SOULSBY was born at 12:42 am, weighs 6 lbs. 7 oz, is 19 1/2" long and mom, dad and baby are doing fine! And of course, she's the most beautiful baby in the world! Here she is.............

She is the first baby on our side of the family in 19 years! She missed being born on my mom's birthday by just one day!

You have changed our lives forever, Zoey girl! God has truly blessed us.....We love you!!

From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Weekend update

Evening everyone!

I hope you're enjoying the last of the weekend! It seems like the week goes by so slow and the weekend flies by..............I think it should be the other way around!!

I updated my website tonight and my first patterns for the new year are up! One of my New Year's resolutions is to do 2 patterns a I only have 11 months to go!!! LOL!

And I had to share a couple of pictures of Willow and Lilee! We had a catnip fest last night and I have to say, they were quite entertaining! My Callie doesn't want anything to do with catnip but Lilee and Willow come running when they hear the bag!! This is probably the ONLY time that they put up with each other!! LOL!

Here's Lilee..............obviously it doesn't take much!!

She was just having the best time.............

And Willow kept looking at me like "was that it?"

At this point, Lilee was oblivious to what was going on around her...............

And Willow is still looking at me like "is that it?"

What you didn't see was Willow buried under the towel that I had laid on the floor! She was moving around so fast I couldn't get a good picture! So believe me, she had a good time too!

They both got a good brushing and actually fell asleep on the floor beside each other..... and that never happens! Maybe if I could hang a little pouch of catnip around their necks, they would get along all the time!!! LOL!

Have a good week!! TTYL!

From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well........


Friday, January 21, 2011

Limping into the New Year

Hello Everyone! I hope you've all started the New Year out well!

I've limped into the New Year after knee surgery on December 17th. I thought by now I would be leaping tall buildings in a single bound...................NOT!!! I tore a tendon in my knee and there was more damage than they expected when they got inside. So they told me it would probably be a good month (from the day of the surgery) before it would be feeling back to normal. I've still got pain, swelling and I'm walking around like a 90 year old I called the doctor yesterday and they want to give me a shot of cortisone next week.....I am NOT a happy camper.

The good news is, since I'm trying to stay off of my knee as much as possible, I've had a lot of time to stitch, so I have a sneak peek of 2 new samplers..........

This is Maddie's Sampler......a very sweet sampler that was stitched by a little girl that was trying really hard to do a good job!

And this is The Nettie Perkins Sampler....

Nettie Perkins is actually a distant relative of mine on my dad's side of the family. Over the next couple of months, I'll have 2 more samplers that will center around relatives from the 1800's! I'm hoping to have Maddie and Nettie's samplers up on the website by the first of next week!

I went to my daughter Mindy's ultrasound appointment on Tuesday and saw pictures of my new granddaughter! It was amazing! Mindy is due on February 28th............and I can't believe how fast it is coming up. I just can't wait to meet this little miracle who will be my first grandchild and the first baby in our family in 19 years!

I have ideas on paper for a birth sampler that I'll share when I get all the details!!!

I've also been working on some finished goods for the 3 primitive shows I'll be doing this year. I'll have details on all 3 shows on the website, so don't forget to check out my "events" page.

Before I close I wanted to share some pictures of "the girls"! Willow, Callie and Lilee, always my shadows, bring laughter to my life everyday. It's like having little kids in the spend a fortune on toys and what do they play with.............paper bags!!! LOL!

And as you can see, it just "dun tuckers them out!!!!"

Take care, stay warm and we'll talk to ya later!

From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.