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Harbor Haven 2018 Stitch_A-Long

Welcome To By The Bay Needleart!! The above photo is "Harbor Haven" which is our 2018 Stitch-A-Long. Click The Image to find more Information on This Exciting Project...Truly an Heirloom !! Hope You Join Us..It's not to late ..we will be working on Scene #5 this month. Thank you for Stitching My Designs, Love all of You , HUGS Donna

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Thinking About Having A Stumpwork Class

Stumpwork has always been one of my FAVORITE needle arts. I just love all things old and admire the work of those very talented stitchers from the 16th and 17th Century.
 I did have a class long ago at Yankee Cross Stitch in North Hampton NH. It was wonderful we met every 2 weeks for a year and worked on this alphabet project that I designed .
 I am getting itchy fingers again and my mind is churning up something....But I need a bit of input from you!! If you would take a class for stumpwork what your prefer to make...a mirror that is framed in stumpwork, a stumpwork sampler to frame, or a miniature casket...
I have shared my Pinterest Board on the right sidebar to show you some beautiful EYE CANDY!! Check it out and I would love to hear what you have to share!!
Click Here for more Pictures
I also have on this blog a PAGE with some of my pictures of Stumpwork that I have done in the past...the photos of the Sampler will be at the end of the page feed...thank you so much for looking and I am excited to get working

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Me Helper :)

My daughter Meagan has been helping with putting charts together...check her out on Facebook here...Thank you Meagan ....💓

Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Friday

I just wanted to keep in touch with you :)
I am having good days and blah days but I am optimistic :)
We need some sun and I need to hear some birds chirping...I did hear some the other day and I was like a kid...Oh how I love to hear them singing !!
I have a few pictures hubby took last week while he was out...Brrr..

He bought me a bell for the couch when I needed anything HAHA , Gotta LOVE him!!
I am working on some "Stitch An Inch" Spring Flowers...I had the idea last year but never finished it so maybe now is a good time to check them out !!
Here is a peek of them

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy  Holiday
By The Bay

Holy Shamoli , It's White Christmas Snowy !
Remembering the reason for the Season

Hellooooooo Stitchers !

Sorry, but it's not Donna today, but her Handsome, Dashing, Charming, and obviously 'disilusioned'
husband, Bill. But please know that Donna, myself, daughter Meagan, and da Kitty Katz wish you ALL the very Happiest of Christmas' with Warm Blessings from our currently Snowy Bay !
Perhaps a Winter Stitching Retreat Next Year ???
Let us know if this sounds interesting to you.
Stitching from the fireplace warmth while gazing at the Snowy Bay !
Perhaps a Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride !
A Chestnut Roast !
and so much more is available in our beautiful Old New England Bayside tourist destination.
Hmmmmm !

Attention Harbor Haven SAL Participants
It appears we are poised for yet another fun-filled On-Line SAL
( available through participating retail shoppes or through By the Bay )
There may still be participants who have not yet been officially processed at our end. Please know that Donna has 'two fingered frankie' (me), working diligently processing your info.
in the computer. Please bear with me ! , ..... Donna's crackin' the whip, and the remaining
newer sign-ups WILL be processed in short order. If Shoppes or Individuals have any emergent questions needing quick response, please feel free to contact me directly at

Aside from the Harbor Haven SAL, our ETSY shop will be on vacation until December 28th.
Retail Partners may also feel free to call, and shop orders will be filled as usual.

We Thank You for your prayers and concern for Donna's Meningitis and Surgery set back.
Your e-mails, cards, and calls, doesn't so much appear to be a Business Network, but a FAMILY ! , ...... and we Thank You !  For you are indeed special to us, and we feel very blessed
to Stitch with You !

Happy Christmas to All , .... and to All, a Good Night !
Bill n' Donna 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Free Holiday "Stitch An Inch" charts from the Newsletter


I gave these little "Stitch An Inch" designs away in my newsletter for the Holidays and I have just posted them here for you if you did not receive my newsletter !! 

Click on the words below the chart to be taken to the PDF file ...

Let your light shine this Holiday season and always...
Love you

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Holidays Stitchers !

Ho Ho Ho ! , ........  'Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow !'

Thank God for 'stitching'!   As you all are likely aware, I'm recovering from Bacterial Meningitis, and am awaiting surgery for a complication. But, 'It's All Good' as they say,...... and all 'I' can say
is ' Thank God for Stitching, and Thank God for our Stitch A Long'.
Between stitching through one of our many upcoming snowstorms, and The 'Social Interaction'
gained in our Stitch A Long . (  Many Thanks to Mo and her great Harbor Haven FaceBook Page! ), my recovery will be swift, fun, and additional designing will quickly resume.

YES ! , ........ The Glass is Half Full !

During the next month or so, I may not be able to answer some emails as quickly as I typically do, so don't be surprised if you get an email from my lovely daughter Meagan, or my Super Hunk of a Man, husband Bill !  haha  (old joke, some may get it).
But as a Family with a Family Business, we just wanted to assure you that ( WE'RE  ALL  IN ! ).
For the next month or so, we're all here to support YOU !, and your Harbor Haven SAL.  It's sure a blessing that ALL of my Design Work and Directions for the Harbor Haven SAL was done before having to go through this Meningitis Nightmare !

PLEASE  NOTE :  Until fully recuperated, from my upcoming surgery, I will NOT be able to 
                                 design, and my typically quick New Design release schedule will be set back
                                 a bit. ,.........  I'm really not liking this Meningitis  " Thingy " but, I'm
                                 upright and grateful.


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

What a long day :(

I just updated the Page for Harbor Haven and I also have sent out some emails...actually a bunch :)
So tired...going to bed early and I will have more to share soon...brains pooped !!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving and an Harbor update

Happy Wednesday to all of you :)
I have been busy getting ready for Harbor Haven :)
I have made a list of the participating shops to date that might be able to help you with fabric and fibers, and if you want to join and receive a hard copy please reach out to them :)
I have the PDF files and shops have the Hard Copies

There is a Facebook Page that Mo has graciously started for me for Harbor Haven!
and she also has a Facebook Page for herself and her fibers :)

Thank you for reading my blog post and I am off to make a meat pie and cocktail meatballs...we have been invited to my daughters boyfriends parent house this year and it is the first time in about 35 years I am not making the whole meal :)
Have SAFE TRAVELS and a BLESSED Holiday!!

Friday, November 03, 2017

Processing sign-ups

Good evening !
I will be processing sign-ups during the weekend....
If you sent me an email it should be processed by the end of the weekend...if you sent me one and did not hear back by Sunday night then please send me another :)
Thank you for joining and your patience
have a great weekend

More Borders :)

I cant sleep very well yet :( so I was up early and made another border for you if you stitch 2 conjoining sections together...I am almost finished with the PDF information sheets that I will send out soon as soon as I start responding to the sign ups...thank you for your patience with me!!

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Harbor Sign Ups below and a look at a couple of Borders that you will receive for joining!!

Information for joining is in the previous post but I wanted to share a couple of borders that will be available for you when you sign up for the year!!
Lets get stitching :)

Harbor Haven Sign-Ups !!

“Harbor Haven “
Stitch A Long
Dear Needlesmith:

Sign-ups will start Thursday Nov 2nd, 2017, and the “Harbor Haven” Stitch A Long will begin on Dec 10th, 2017

This is a 12 month Stitch A Long

The cost will be $8.00 for each of the 12 sections or a total of $96.00 for the year.

You can pay with Paypal and I can sign you up for automatic bills every month which will be on the 5th of every month or if you prefer to pay all at once I can send you A Paypal invoice for the total for the year…
I can also accept checks…just email me about that J

If you sign up for the Stitch A Long you are being given the discounted price of $8.00 for each section…These 12 designs will be released in the future but will have a retail of $10.00 for each section at that time…..

Another Special for Signing Up will be the individual border that can be stitched around each section if you choose to stitch individual scenes….this will be FREE …It is similar to “Serenity Harbor”….

I will need this information to sign you up:
Mailing Address
Paypal email address:
Email address for PDF’s:
Do you prefer a monthly bill or pay at once?:

These charts that you receive from me will be in a PDF format…if you prefer hard copies please see if your local Cross Stitch Shop would like to participate in the Stitch A Long!

My THANK YOU GIFT at the end of the year for participating in the full program will be a Free personalized chart….something similar to “I Am A Needlesmith” but different J
After you sign up I will send you the PDF file with all of the information you will need for floss suggestions, fabric sizes, and floss usage……

Thank you so much for considering joining us in the “Harbor Haven” Stitch A Long

My Email address is stitchbythebay (at)    please add the @ instead of the word (at)
didnt want spam :)

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Harbor Haven Full Nautical Scene

I have uploaded an image of the whole Nautical Scene for "Harbor Haven"
Sign ups will start tomorrow and I will post in the morning what I will need for you to sign up..
I tried to see if I could add a border around the whole design like Serenity Harbor but the Stitch Program is giving me an error!! I guess it doesn't want it any larger :(

I will try again later :)

Getting There !!!!

Early Monday morning a huge hurricane like storm went by and we lost power for 2 days L…So finally the computer is back up and I am doing work on Harbor Haven…Just finishing up some details. I should have more the final information by this evening, I will post the full and final design picture then..So basically I need the full day to finish it all… and we will get this SAL going….
Thank you for your patience …who would have ever known I would end up in the hospital and then lose power too…..never know what a day will bring!!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

I'm HOME :)

Happy Sunday

I came home Friday afternoon!!!I am so blessed.
I need to thank all of you from the bottom of my HEART for your Prayers and well wishes. I hope you enjoyed messages from Hubby...he has a blog , so he was able to help me out!! Thank you Bill!!
When I came home my Daughter Meagan was here doing housework and cooking healthy food for me...what a blessing that was...she has become an amazing woman. 

8 days on the hospital was along time...I will still be on IV antibiotics a bit longer, and then we will address the AFib that I had an episode with in the hospital...and found out I have sleep Apnea too. So at least we found these things out while I was in the care of nurses and doctors and we can get them addressed. 

Etsy Orders
All current Etsy orders will be going to the Post Office on Monday

"Harbor Haven"
I will be finishing up details for the "Harbor Haven" release.
Thank you so much for your patience and  I will have the full reveal on Oct 31st and then sign ups will start November 1st.  

Below is Harbor Haven Scene #11 and #12
I will leave this for you to ponder! A bit dark but that is the Mystery  :)
Harbor Haven scene #11

Harbor Haven Scene #12

About Me

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Hi everyone, my name is Donna. I just love stitching of all sorts, I also love antique, and book stores. I am married and I have 2 children, and 2 grandchildren :). My Christian faith is the foundation of my life, and has sustained me through the ups and downs of this journey. Keep spreading kindness so you can change the world. So glad you stopped by, leave me a message and I will stop by and visit you.