Hi – My name is Iris…..
I’m seriously older than dirt. I’m a widow and a grandmother of 4+3 wonderful grown children and 8+5 even more wonderful grandchildren.

I love….
God, my kids & grandkids, my church, my little pomapoo dog, tiny poodle dogs, my cats, animals in general, counted cross stitch, fancy Barbie doll outfits, diamonds, sparkly things, a cool fall day, and a lot of other things I can’t think of right now.

…..Breast cancer survivor 🙂  Unfortunately I’m currently experiencing problems with my heart and have recently undergone a monitor implant and additional medications 😨   Per doctor’s instructions striving for less stress in my life so am cutting back on a number of things.

I live….
in rural north Alabama, with my sweet Koda (pomapoo), two indoor cats, wild deer, possums, raccoons, coyotes, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, various other critters, and an occasional visit from a neighbor’s peacock (boy is he noisy).

Counted cross stitch….
…has been in my life for 40 plus years and I’m totally addicted. I work a couple of days a week in a great cross stitch shop and am always finding new projects. I’ve designed many of my own charts over the years and I designed my first chart to sell in 2011. My charts are available wholesale to shops at ICG Crafts or retail at my online shop Iris Originals.

Barbie fashions….
I’ve been sewing for 70+ years (told you I was old) and have always loved the beautiful Barbie outfits. SO, several years ago, my late husband encouraged me to go back to making them. I still have fun with that though the counted cross stitch designing takes up most of my time these days. And, I can use dressing the Barbies up for photos as an excuse to play with them 🙂 Due to a recent website snafu (on my part), there are no Barbie fashions in my store – but that will happen at some point.

Smoke free home….
No smoking here, however Pets abound, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

AND Coffee….
Yes, I am a “coffeeholic”. Many of my cross stitch charts revolve around coffee, kids give me coffee mugs and cute signs, so….. stop by anytime, the coffee pot is always on!!