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Saturday, February 18, 2017


Here is the new February "Mini Me" design coming out in early March! For the first time since I started designing as Pickle Barrel Designs I won't be sending any new designs to Nashville Market and it just feels crazy. I have to say that the last 6 months have been a whirlwind of things diverting my attention from designing back to family basics. In September my husband literally went blind overnight in one eye - then they discovered more heart problems which turned into a stroke at the start of 2017, Doctors attempted surgery on him but discovered a blood clot sitting on his heart so now we sit and wait for the clot to dissolve before re attempting the surgery on his heart. Combine that with keeping schedules straight for our two kiddos and trust me when I say my hands have been so full over this time. So hopefully as 2017 really gets going I will be able to design more patterns to share with all of you. My goal this year is to try and design most of my new designs so that they fit into "off the shelf" frames like 4x6 or 5x7 or 8x10 frames - easier for everyone stitching them to save a little money! Oh and did I mention it is February in the dead of winter here in North Dakota and yet it was 50 degrees above yesterday and today!!!! How does that even happen - but I will gladly take it!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


As promised here is a sneak peek of my new, upcoming monthly series called "Mini Me JANUARY"!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fingers crossed this post works!

Oh. My. Goodness. I swear if this post doesn't easily work tonight then I am going to find myself a new blog engine and that will be it. Nothing but problem after problem with how Blogger runs SOB! I have been working on a monthly series of 12 fun designs - and stitched January through September - just stitching the October design at the moment and need to design November and December! I promise you will love them and I will post some sneak peeks shortly! That is as long as they will load on Blogger. Thank you for sticking with me as I try and sort this Blogger business out. The good news is my web guru is almost finished updating my website and as soon as it is ready I will bring a Facebook page up to connect with the website! Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow! ❤❤❤

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Baby it's cold outside!

It has been crazy cold here for a week and we had temps all the way down to MINUS 46 F last Friday morning - eeeeek! So I have stayed inside and designed the first 3 months of a new monthly design that I will release at Nashville Market this year - I am almost finished stitching the design for January and I know you will love the designs. I'll try and post a teaser photo later this week.  In the meantime I am going to post more delightfully warm photos from December's vacation to keep everyone warm!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

App problems updating here! Hot Weather! Weddings!

First off it has been far too long since I last posted - sorry except to say that everyday life got in the way! We had lots of events going on at school for holiday themed events that needed Mom volunteers - check!  Packing for 4 people to go away for 11 days...check! Renewing your wedding vows after originally getting married at City Hall in a black business suit on your lunch hour?...check!

Off to the Bahamas we went - enjoyed our favorite resort on Paradise Island (Atlantis) and renewed our wedding vows with our 2 kiddos being part of it - a great experience indeed and long overdue.  The day we arrived there was a temperature difference of 110 degrees F from the time we got up in Fargo to the time we went to sleep in the Bahamas 😳😱! We spent time at the beach, the pool, enjoying the water park at Atlantis and really just relaxing a lot and enjoying each other's company - mission accomplished!  I will share some of the sights of the Bahamas and promise that I have some terrific plans for new designs coming out this year from Pickle Barrel Designs so keep checking in for updates! 

Happy New Year! 🤗