Thursday, December 27, 2012

NEW Counted Cross Stitch Leaflets

Actually Re-Discovered Counted Cross Stitch Leaflets.

Designed by Robin several years ago, but as good as NEW for 2013!  Designs for ALL Seasons are in handy leaflet form.  The leaflets have a Full Color Photograph plus a Detailed Chart for Counted Cross Stitch.

Visit our NEW Counted Cross Stitch Category on our Website and see the FUN Designs.

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Sad Remembrance at a Joyful Time of Year

Give a Gift Certificate!

Gift Certificates make the PERFECT last minute gift for your Friends and Family!  Always “just the right size”!


Your Gift is emailed directly to your recipient with NO waiting for the post office.  Christmas time can become hectic and stressful….Gift Certificates WILL help.

Enjoy getting ready for ALL the
holiday celebrations!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

and on the Twelfth Day of Christmas!

We put together a Special 12th Day Kit for our Holiday Nine-Patch RedWork wall hanging.  You can make 9 really great Ornaments for you tree or make for Gifts.


Christmas is almost here but you can have fun stitching this design while you are in the Christmas Spirit. 
It will be ready for decorating your home next year!

Your Special Kit includes the Muslin for Embroidery, Red Fabric for backing, a ball of Turkey Red Perle plus a bubble to hold it and a package of Perle Cotton Needles.

Enjoy yourselves!  Merry Christmas to ALL.

Monday, December 17, 2012

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

We have pulled together ALL the Materials you will need to Embroider a whole bunch of Snowmen to warm and brighten up your Winter home!

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Included in your Winter Snowmen BlueWork Kit will be the Pattern, Muslin for Embroidery, #311 Chilly Blue Perle Cotton, plus a Bubble to keep it in and a Perle Cotton Needle Packet….All at a Special Eleventh Day of Christmas Price! 

Enjoy the Holidays and Winter too!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Tenth Day of Christmas!

Special today, the Tenth Day of Christmas, are BOTH of our Winter Door Stops in ONE Package.

Both of these Characters will be right at home in your Home Decorating!  Each is EASY-TO-EMBROIDER and put together. 

Our Special Holiday Kit includes ALL the stuff you will need to make both Santa Claus in RedWork and Mr. Snowman in BlueWork.  Enjoy some quality Stitchin’ time this holiday to relax and “get your head together”!

Have some Holiday FUN, Friends.

Friday, December 14, 2012

It is now the Eighth Day of Christmas

Today something very Special if you like to do Wool Applique….our Fabulous Applique Scissors… a very Special Price just for you.

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We all use these wonderful scissors exclusively in the Studio/Shoppe.  So easy to get fingers in and out of the nice large hole handles.  The short blades are SHARP to the tip.  the whole design makes it easy to twist and turn your Wool templates to cut out pattern pieces. 

Give yourself a Gift and order a pair today at the Eighth Day of Christmas Price!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

For the Seventh Day of Christmas

We have two Cute Wool Applique Ornaments for your Christmas Tree.  Both of the ornaments hang from Vintage Wooden Bobbins and can join the Embroidered Pair from The Second Day of Christmas.  You tree will be the talk of the town!

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Today you can order the Pair of Ornaments for $24 saving $4…..Plus FREE Shipping too….Nice.
Each Kit includes everything you will need to make the ornaments – even the wooden bobbin.

Either or Both will be fun-to-make Gifts too.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

On the Sixth Day of Christmas

Today we have our Top Hat Snowman for you at a Special Price.  This fellow makes a terrific companion to the Christmas Santa Pillow from the Fourth Day of Christmas. 

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The Special Day Package includes all the Pre-Felted Wool, Perle Cotton, Needle and Red Glass Beads you will need…at a Special Price!  Make your Pattern Templates easily to get you to the FUN Applique part with Freezer Paper.  Draw or print on the Freezer Paper, iron the Wool and cut out each pattern piece.   Such a time saver at a busy time of year!

Enjoy both Cheerful and Colorful pillows on your couch!


Happy Winter to You!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

For The “Fifth Day of Christmas”

Today our very Special Embroidery Packet just created for today is for our Snow Happens! Table Runner.


What a great Table Runner for Holiday and Winter home Decorating.  These happy characters will warm your heart every time you look at them!

I made getting ready to Embroider QUICK AND EASY by printing the 2 illustration pages in the pattern on Sticky Fabri-Solvy.  I stitched one half of the design, removed the Stick Fabri-Solvy and added the second half of the Snowmen.  It is so easy to see right through the film to line things up.  I dissolved the remaining film using the gentle cycle on my washing machine!!


Enjoy today’s Special Project!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

It is the “Fourth Day of Christmas”

Today you can order and create a wonderful Wool Applique Pillow for your Holiday Decorating….our Christmas Santa will look terrific on your couch!

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The “Fourth Day of Christmas” Prize gets you our Santa Pattern and Pre-Felted Wool Packet at a savings of $6.00.  This fellow won’t take a long time to make with the large design pieces you can quickly cut out using Freezer Paper. 

Take advantage of the Special Day’s price and order your Christmas Santa before the Day is over!

Merry Christmas Everyone! 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

On the Third Day of Christmas

We got a little confused in posting our Third Day of Christmas goodie today, Sunday, Dec. 9.

The words say a Wool Applique Pillow but the actual Special Treat is the pictured Three Winter Friends RedWork plus 3 mini hangers to place them on your tree.

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So sorry for the confusion – remember every once in awhile we live up to our name!  Ha

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The 12 Days of Christmas!

Have some FUN for the next 12 days as we begin the count down to the BIG day.

Each Day we are featuring a Special Design at a Special Price just for that ONE Day.

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Today we have Paired our cute Embroidered Santa and Snowman Ornaments at a 2 for 2 Special Price.  These unique ornaments hanging from a Vintage Wooden Bobbin will look terrific on your tree or you can use them as Christmas Gifts.  Have some fun and visit the website today – the Special Price is today only.

Keep you eye out for tomorrow’s Third Day of Christmas treat!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

FREEBIE for December is Ready to Print

Visit our Website and print out the last FREEBIE Design for 2012.  This month you can Embroider the elegant Persimmon on a Sage Green Tea Towel.

This pretty fruit originated in China and Japan. 
It makes some yummy stuff and can be eaten just as it is.  A Very pretty and colorful dessert.

Enjoy stitching your last FREE design adding to the other 11 Fruit and Veggie designs throughout the year.
Visit the Free Design Category on our Website to print and stitch all 12 FREE designs.

As usual,  I printed my Persimmon on Sticky Fabri-Solvy so I could VERY easily get the design on  my Tea Towel.

Fast to get on the fabric and easy to see as I embroidered.  I dissolved the Fabri-Solvy away in the sink with warm water flowing on the towel.  I find a little “aggression” rather than passive soaking gets the film and printer ink floating away down the sink.

Get printing and then stitching for some great Holiday Hostess Gifts this year.  FUN and NOT expensive!

Happy Stitching, everyone.  Robin

Thursday, November 29, 2012


It is mid-week in our Cyber Week SALE on EVERYTHING on our Website.  Order ALL the patterns, fabric and other goodies you want SOON!

Get any of our Christmas Designs into your Shopping Bag and you will be stitching some fun NEW RedWork or BlueWork treats for your Holiday Home Decorating.  During this hectic but fun time of year, you can relax with your Embroidery!

on Orders on $25.00. 

Make sure your discounted total is still $25.00 after the reduced SALE price is calculated so we can pay your shipping!!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Back to the Blog!

Back to paying attention to our Blog chats.  No good reasons for not adding a story or two after Houston – it is just what it is.  I know many of you can understand with some sympathy. 

I am now in Baltimore visiting my daughter and grandson…a bit of a vacation.  However, I do have my RedWork stitching to do while here.  We ALL need some NEW stuff after Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

After a weekend of kid soccer at a tournament we had lunch at P.F.Chang Sunday.  Very Tasty!!  Then some necessary shopping at Costco where we found some stuff for people and dogs.  It is fun on vacation!


Today I was treated to a very relaxing facial at a charming salon in Federal Hill right next to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  So elegant and ladylike!!

Now back to my Embroidery so we have something new soon….today it is another kitty design with a doggy companion in the drawing stages in my notebook.

Enjoy getting ready for Turkey Day….Robin

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

On Our Way Home

We are still in Texas but west of Houston – finally!  It is a BIG city.  Here is Lucy in the convention center loading dock parking, our very handy “camping” grounds for the Quilt Show. Everyone else was gone by Monday morning.  Last night we stopped at a Wal-Mart after visiting friends in the morning and shopping at a wonderful Antiques Mall in Spring, Texas. 

A little more than 700 miles across Texas to head into New Mexico.  Better get behind the wheel and head west on I-10. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Show is Open–Come See us!

Houston’s International Quilt Festival is as busy as ever and we are seeing lots of old friends and making new ones! Still a lovely way to make a living!!

Our Quilting Buddy, Mary Jean, is bagging up the goodies these ladies have selected.  After the show closes Mary Jean and Margo, both from Houston, have been carting us around to favorite restaurants.  This makes a great trip for us!  Come to the show if you are able!

Yesterday, Jeanne stopped by with her Bird Brain Tote complete with Big Birdie embroidered on the side.

  Make yours with our FREE pattern.  You can order the 2 Tea Towels plus the muslin for lining and Perle Cotton for embroidery on our website.  Make one for yourself!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

We Have Arrived in Houston

Late yesterday afternoon we parked under the I-10 Freeway that skirts by the Houston Convention Center.  95% of our booth goodies have been unloaded and stashed inside.  The walls are up and models pinned up but the rest is in disarray.  We head in this morning to complete setting up.

On our last shopping day heading into town we found another adorable little animal we fell in love with. 

Tiny 11 week old Snickle Britches ‘owns’ one of the vendors at an antiques mall we found.  I think she was the most fun at the store even though we found a couple of goodies we could buy…..she was NOT for sale!  Snickle Britches is a Pie Bald mini Dachshund – so cute.

At our last stop before arriving in Houston,  Tina found a bird house she liked….luckily there were 2 so I could have one too!  These are HUGE and perfect for our gardens at home.  We are partial to ALL things Birdie!
Here is a photo of stuffing them into Lucy’s back garage.  Just enough room left over!

Off to finish Set-Up this morning.  The Preview Show opens today, Wednesday, at 5 – 10 PM.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Some “Shopping Therapy” in The Hill Country

We started our day off well with a quick stop at a  Snowflake Donut Shop in Ozona, Texas.  Yummy!

Our first stop was early so we continued to Hwy 16 heading to Bandera.  Nice country road but we took the truck route because a couple of years ago we stayed on 16.  The road became super twisty and skinny I was terrified at the hair pin turns with the motor home.  Yikes!

Quick stop in Bandera but shopping was nil.  Headed back on Hwy 46 toward Pipe Creek.  Stopped for the second year at County Accents….fabulous place….mark it on your driving itinerary!  Beautiful antiques from old mercantile shops plus lots of other goodies.


The garden is full of metal critters from Mexico plus other yard art made from vintage stuff.  Restoration of many antique pieces is completed in the “Country Store”.  Another great building to explore.


We had a delicious Mexican lunch in the attractive small house behind the Country Store.  Wandering through the stores and garden was Wilbur, a rescue Pot Belly Pig.  So cute and friendly and a real “ham”.   Wilbur sits on command – for treats, of course!

Last year we met Abigail, a rescued Boxer, at Country Accents.  She was then very shy and scared of nearly everyone.  This year she greets everyone and happy to be petted by anyone!  A wonderful change!

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Tina and I are having a fun and relaxing trip and look forward to more adventures tomorrow.


Friday, October 26, 2012

On The Road to Houston

We left early to give ourselves plenty of travelling time to the BIG International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.
This gives us many days to drive Lucy and allow any down time for unexpected stuff.  So far the cab’s air conditioner STILL blows only warm air after several trips to the fix-it place at home.  The generator worked perfectly as usual the first morning at 5:30 am but not since.  Now we have had to go outside, open the cubby and manually turn it on.  NOT cute!

We are stopped for the night at a picnic area on I-5 just east of Ft. Stockton, Texas.  The view of the countryside is beautiful with sand, tumbleweeds and very large and flat plateaus in the distance.  Semi quiet with the freeway next-door.   One of our favored type of “camp-outs”.

Yesterday in Arizona we stopped for a stretch at a really nice rest area near Tucson.  Perfectly groomed with river rock dry creeks and gravel around the Palo Verde trees.  They are amazingly bright green all over as if they had been spray painted, leaves and all.  I would love to have a few in my garden with my olive trees.

Tonight we will celebrate with a birthday dinner of Mac and Cheese.  It is Tina’s Birthday today!

Happy Birthday, Tina.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Another Door Stop for Decorating

Tonight I am finishing up our second Decorative Door Stop for your home.  Mr. Snowman will be finished before we leave for Houston, Texas tomorrow!
You can give Santa Claus Door Stop a buddy to hang out with around to amuse you!

This smiling Snowman will be ready to come to your house soon so you can decorate your home for winter is a new way!  Watch your Newsletter for his arrival in our batch of Embroidery patterns.

Sign up for our Newsletter on our Website.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

LOTS of Quilted Dogs at PIQF

So many pampered pooched in wonderful quilts at the show this year!  I have had a great time finding them and photographing for you to see.

This little furry critter looks an awful lot like our Abigail, Brenda’s little dog who comes to our shop everyday.  Now Brenda will have another project to do and make a wonderful portrait of her furry child.

An entire family of pets – a quiet way to show them ALL off in the house.

A sweet little pup, maybe a Jack Russell, in a bike basket having a  ride.  We do love our terriers!

Good job to all the terrific designers and quilters at PIQF!

Friday, October 12, 2012

ScareCrow and Pumpkins in the County

Before leaving for Santa Clara and Pacific International Quilt Festival I drove down one of our rural county roads and found LOTS of Pumpkins and a few funny Scarecrows.

A Beautiful garden filled with Pumpkins and Scarecrow yard decorations.  This one is a silly Crow with clothes.  Wonderfully HUGE pumpkins too.

More lovely Giants on a farm wagon awaiting the perfect shopper to take them home.

Autumn is so colorful and cheerful.  Make your Scarecrow plus some pumpkins and crows for your house…this one will last until next Autumn and longer!


Enjoy the Season!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Embroider a New Santa Table Runner

Get stitching now for Christmas decorating.

Our NEW Santa Quartet Table Runner is now ready for you.  The pattern and ALL the goodies you need to embroider and finish your table runner are available.

Our 4 RedWork Santas wear 4 different Santa Suits plus lots of other goodies to make a great decoration for your holiday table.

Have some FUN NOW while there is NO STRESS and you will have a great design for Christmas!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New FREEBIE Design for October

Time to print out your newest FREE design from Bird Brain Designs.  Our farmer’s market is filled with SO MANY beautiful pumpkins we made one for you.

Just click the photo above and it will take you to the page to ‘click again’ to print out the design.  You can make yours with the 4 shades of DMC #8 Perle Cotton or get a whole ball of #920 Pumpkin Orange and embroider your Pumpkin a single color.

These will make great hostess gifts lining a basket with a yummy pumpkin bread or other goodie tucked inside.  I’d love a gift like that!  Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Getting Ready for Kelseyville Pear Festival

The Pear Festival is a BIG event in our cute little town of Kelseyville!  Yesterday a bunch of really cute little girls in second grade painted pears on all the sidewalks in town.












If you can come, please join us in the celebration of the beautiful Pear grown all around in orchards of Kelseyville and Lake County.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Having FUN at the NorthWest Quilting Expo

We are enjoying Portland, Oregon and this really fine quilt show – NorthWest Quilting Expo.  Great quilts to admire and lots of vendors to check out.  Here are a couple of photos of our booth at the show. 



If you are in the area drop by the show and visit us at the Portland Expo Center!

Friday, September 21, 2012

How To Use Your Bird Brain Designs Reward Points

Our Reward Points program has been a huge success and we are thrilled that so many people have signed up to be part of the program.

We do get questions every so often about how to check the points balance and how to use your points during the checkout process.

This document should help with both of those items

If you ever do need help or have questions you can send an email to or call 707-279-8787

How to Check your Reward Points Balance

To check the balance of your Reward Points you will first need to login to the Bird Brain Designs website. On any page on the website at the top of the page will be a Log in link.

clip_image002 Figure 1 – Login Link

Clicking this link will take you to the Sign In page. From here you enter your email address and password and click the Log in button.

clip_image004 Figure 2 – Sign In Page

You can verify that you are logged in by looking at the status bar at the top of the page. If the status bar has your email address and the link next to it now says Log out then you know you have been successful in getting logged in.

The next step is to go to the My Account page. You can either click your email address in the status bar or the My Account link in the purple bar. Both are circled in figure 3.

clip_image006Figure 3 – Logged In and Getting to the My Account page

From the My Account page you can click on the Reward Points tab and view your current balance at the top and the history of your points in the table below.

clip_image008Figure 4 – My Account page with the Reward Points tab selected

How to Use Your Reward Points

Using your Reward Points is completed on the Payment Method step of the checkout process. Starting at the Shopping Cart page you will NOT see indication of your Reward Points. In figure 5 below you can see the Sub-Total but there is nothing about the Reward Points.

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When get to the Payment Method step of the checkout you will see a checkbox option at the top of the step which gives you the option to use your points. If you check the box then your total will be reduced by the amount of points you have in your balance. You also have the option of not checking the box and saving your points for another order.

clip_image012Figure 6 – Payment Method Step with Reward Points selected

When you get to the Order Summary (the last step of the check-out), you will see that your points have been used to reduce your total by the amount of points you have. In the example in figure 7 it has reduced the order total by $5.00.

clip_image002[5]Figure 7 – Order Summary Page with Reward Points deducted from the total.