Monday, April 21, 2014

Aro & Company photo shoot

Kristine came home for the weekend and we got to have a fun photo shoot with new things that just came from Aro & Company. She is such a great model, and so fun to take pictures of. And she looks so cute in the clothes too. 

All of her clothes are available at For a 10% discount use the code FROMTHEHEART10.

She loved these boyfriend jeans. I like how she paired them with the button up shirt and cardigan. This cardigan is from Dillard's, but Aro does have cute ones that would work just as well. And the necklace finishes the look perfectly. 
These sandals are her new favorite! Here she is wearing them with the cute navy floral skirt and picnic tee. She has the necklace on with this outfit too. The skirt has pockets!! Perfect for keys and a phone.
This Celfie graphic tee is a fun one. Here she is wearing it with the peach slouch Cardi. Love the loose fit. It is a one size fits all. Actually the cardigan is mine. She wanted to take it back to college, but I love it too. 

Thanks for the fun Kristine! You will look so cute on campus with all of your fun new clothes!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Aro & Co.

I got a box of fun new things in the mail today from Aro & Co. There was this cute Countryside Embroidered Tank, The Picnic Tee - White (center and right), South of France Peach Slouch Cardi, Charlotte Lace Infinity Scarf - Coral, and Double Strap Resort Sandals. These cute things and more are available at  Use the code FROMTHEHEART10 for 10% off any order. There is a link in the right column of my blog.  (In case you were wondering, lovely model was compensated for her modeling.)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Another Quilt ~

I found another quilt picture to share. This is the quilt I made for Kaden when he was born. Love the fun animal print on the back.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Quilt Day ~

I was looking through a few old pictures today and found pictures of some of the quilts I've made.  So figured a blog post was a good place to get them all together.
 This lap quilt was originally made for my Grandma Verda Mae Andrus Wakeman. After she passed away I got it and two years ago when little Alexis Autumn King was born  on February 22, 101 years to the day  after grandma was born I wrote the story on the back and gave it to her.

This was Sydni Aspen King's baby quilt.

 This was originally made for Jenene Harris Peatross and now will be passed on to little Baby Girl Howell.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

New Charts Released ~

Here they are!
 This is Spring. Look for the rest of the seasons to come this summer.

 And here is Grandma's Quilt Block.  This is taken from an old quilt we received as a wedding present 30 years ago. It was made by my Great Aunt Lisle Loosle Andrus. I am designing more quilt block charts so they can be stitched together into a 12" by 16" mini stitched quilt.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Free Cross Stitch Chart ~

Grandma's Flower Garden Free Chart

Here is a new little freebie. 
Here in Idaho we are freezing and the only hope we have of flowers is if we stitch them ourselves.
 I hope you enjoy stitching this new little chart.

Click Here to Download Chart

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I made it ~

 I finally made it!! I made it onto the Shepherd's Bush Blog.

I probably need to give you a little background as to why this is blog post worthy. Back about 25, or more, years ago when I was first getting into Cross Stitching I quickly found out the closest real cross stitch shop was Shepherd's Bush in Ogden. I fell in love with the store and their style of stitching. I've stitched many of their charts and we've stopped at the shop many times on our way to vacations (with the family patiently waiting in the car while Mom shopped) to get more goodies. As I became a designer of my own company I have gotten to know Teri and Tina better and still love visiting their cute little shop.

This fall at their retreat I took my new Christmas ornament chart, Poinsettia Sampler. They loved it, and have stitched a model for their shop and it is featured on their blog today.
Here is the picture from their blog. Mine is on the bottom right. We might need to run to Ogden and check this out in person.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Stitcher's Retreat ~

I just got back from the most amazing weekend.  I was lucky enough to get a spot in the Shepherd's Bush Retreat in Park City.  Rod and I drove down on Thursday Morning.(After celebrating my birthday with family the day before.) The classes were lots of fun and the teachers were amazing. It was so fun to be around so many women who are as obsessed with needlework as I am.

The event organizers Tina and Teri invited me to being some of my charts to sell in their retreat shop. That was a lot of fun. I got to visit with ladies who had seen my charts before and even sign a few charts. I've come back recharged and ready to get back designing.  There were two new designs I introduced while I was there. 
 This is Folk Art Floral.
And this is my first Christmas Ornament.  Poinsettia Sampler Ornament.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Treasures from Grandma ~

I have several things in my home that I got from my Grandmas. There is the hymn book from Grandma Verda Andrus Wakeman that sits out on my piano. There are the antique tables that I remember seeing in my Grandma Frances Carter Yost's house that I now enjoy in my own living room. Some of them were even made by my Great Grandpa Carter. And there is the old, old copy of the Book of Mormon that I got from my Great Aunt Thelma. I love these treasures. They are a daily reminder of these special people that are now gone. This past week my Mother-in-law Jenene Harris Peatross passed away. We were able to gather together with many family members and pay tribute to her, and remember the many good things she had done in her life. Along with her passing was the passing down of family treasures. I was able to bring home a treasure that me and my girls will treasure along with these other grandma treasures.
This is her set of Pink Castle China. (Yes, that is the pattern name, it is amazing what you can find on google. They are from the 1930's.) The story gets even better. This set of dishes that I got from my Mother-in-law came from her Mother-in-law Lydia Remington Peatross, who got them from her Mother-in-law Lily Asbury Wright Peatross. The last time we visited Jenene down in Fairview, she was telling us that William and Lily Peatross were quite well to do back east and wanted to send something nice to their daughter-in-law out in Utah. So that is the story of these dishes that have been handed down through four generations of Peatross women. Yes, they are a treasure, one that I am happy to add to my other Grandma treasures.

Monday, October 17, 2011

I Love Yarn Day!

 Did you know that last Friday, October 14th, was "I Love Yarn Day!" well I didn't know it then, but I happened to celebrate anyway by stocking up on yarn and knitting needles. (These supplies are some of the few that have been missing from my well stocked craft room.)

My Mom is an amazing knitter and I know she has tried to teach me before but it just never clicked. Anyway with my recent milestone birthday behind me I felt like giving it a go again. So armed with my new supplies and a good how-to book, I shut myself in my room and started. And do you know what, it worked! I was actually knitting. Well, that first piece wasn't much to look at, but the second one is coming along quite nicely. (Mom you would be proud.)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fabulous Fall

I was just talking to Michelle and we decided that Fall is our favorite season and since it is September 1st, we can put up Fall decorations. So I guess that means today is a good time to show you my latest cross stitch chart that celebrates this fabulous season. This is a fun, quick to stitch chart. I stitched it in silks, and the pattern includes conversions for Dinky Dyes Silks, Thread Gatherer Silk 'N Colors, and Weeks Dye Works hand dyed cotton floss.  It will be available to order next week from my distributor.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Look at what I got ~

It was a great mail call today. Totally worth the walk to the mailbox. I got the new release colors of the Belle Soie Silks from Crescent Colours. And they are wonderful. Ilove to stitch with silk threads so this is a very good thing.
 There were also the new release cotton threads from Crescent Colours too. Aren't they yummy colors?
 And as if that wasn't enough, my order of Dinky Dyes Hand-dyed Australian Silks came too.  I am one happy stitcher.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I'm on the list ~

Just wanted to share a link to the
Hoffman New Book List ~

I have a new chart available for sale to Cross Stitch Shops and Cross Stitchers too. Scroll down to From the Heart to see it.

Here is the link to the complete list of my available charts.

From the Heart ~

Friday, August 5, 2011

Coming Soon ~

I just took a little picture to show you what I've been working on.  This new design should be ready to release in a couple of weeks. I love the stitching with all one color of overdyed floss. Watch for the full photo and release date coming soon.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Vacation Time ~

We took a vacation! Yes, a real vacation, one where you come home feeling refueled, refreshed and ready to go again. We went out to the Oregon Coast and spent a week with some of my sisters at the Haws family beach house. I think Kristine had my camera with her the whole time, so I have plenty of photos to document the whole wonderful week. So here you go, a peek at our fun filled, relaxing week at the beach.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Introducing bcharmed ~

It is finally time to share something new. There is a new jewelry company getting ready to open its doors. Here is the link to their web site.


I will have more information and flyers in about a week, but until then you can look around their web site and get an idea of what they are all about. If you are interested in joining up as a Stylist, let me know and I'll pass along that information too.