Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Prim Paradise Purchases

On this trip to "Prim Paradise", or the central Illinois primitive antique shows, I think that all my purchases were sewing related.

I found this great pincushion made of all different colors of velvet. The three balls in the middle that make up the pincushion are a bit mushed. When I have a bit of time I thought I would see if I could puff them up a bit.

I also purchased this puzzle ball pin cushion and tiny tin box. You can't get a feel for the scale here, but the puzzle ball is 2 1/2 inches across and the tin box is 1 by 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 - so sweet!

This wood box is super prim and has seen better days. I loved the hinges and am thinking of covering the wood or at least the top in needlework or antique fabrics...

Here is my purchase from Maggie Bonanomi.
I loved that this pinkeep is made of all old fabrics.

And finally my big purchase
well, actually it is fairly small :)

The dealer thought that this piece was civil war era.
A leather sewing kit.

Once opened it has several pockets.

My favorite part - the initials - J.A.B. and M.C.P.
Who were they? Maybe young lovers?

In the center is a pincushion with well worn needle pages attached.

Such a pretty plaid. And thread wrapped round pieces of paper.

The little side pockets created by lacing fabric over old order forms.

And in one of the pockets was a paper of the tiniest pins that I have ever seen.

Oh I wish that I knew the stories that these pieces could tell!

"With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.
I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word."
~Psalm 119:13-16

Blessings, Patti

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Prim Paradise

Last weekend was spent in Prim Paradise with my sister and my parents.
The first stop was the Rural Life Show in Tuscola.
And the first booth we visited was that of Maggie Bonanomi.

Her booth was as beautiful and inspiring as you would expect.

Such lovely treasures.

The best treasure was getting to visit a bit with the phenomenally talented Maggie and her sweet and personable husband, Harold.

This lovely show is in two locations and also features the beautiful booths of Steve Shelton and Ginny Henson. I missed them both, but enjoyed their booths :)

Then it was on to the next town... Arthur

Homesteaders on the Prairie is charming before we even made it inside.

A great photo op for my mom and my sister.
Dad was home resting up for a late night of visiting :)

Here we started getting in the spirit of the upcoming holidays.

These sweet pics came from the booth of 
The Olde Homestead.

You can see their shop...

by clicking here.
(The pretty lantern above went home with my mom :) perfect for a timer pillar candle...

On Saturday we returned to Arthur for 
The Gathering on the Prairie.

It's days like this that you wish that you had won the lottery :)

So many treasures looking for a home.
And you wish it was coming home with you :)

There seemed to be an exceptional number of sewing treasures this year.
That made me happy!

This may be the most beautiful sled ever!

The shows were fantastic! There were two more shows in Arcola, but we ran out of time.
Coming up I'll share my treasures that came home with me
along with another installment of my Mom's latest penny rug finishes.

"I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
Praise be to you, Lord;
teach me your decrees."
Psalm 119:10-12

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thankful & a Winner

This blog is my happy place. I try not to share anything here that isn't happy.
Last week I was having a rough week. Your kind and thoughtful comments and emails were a healing balm. I am thankful for those of you out there that actually take the time to follow my blog.
Your comments mean so much to me.

I thought that I would share some final images of the Spring Green area while recapping some of the things that you are thankful for.

God's blessings, love and faith

Family (especially husband and grandchildren) and friends

the internet and blogs

hobbies and brick and mortar needlework shops

crafts, creating, inspiration


peace and freedom

Every new day, simple joys and small miracles.

Thank you so much to the 59 entries in my little giveaway.
The winner is...
#18 Linda Donzello of Arizona
Congratulations Linda! Your little package will be on its way shortly.

I almost forgot!
I wanted to share a little tip picked up at B&B...
Staples! They work great on wool.
Oops - sideways.
No pricking your fingers - great for traveling.
And when you are done, bend the fabric and they pop right out.
Just had to share :)
"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,"
~Colossians 1:9
Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Boxwood & Berries 2014 ~ The End & A Little Giveaway

One of the great parts of Boxwood & Berries is "Show & Tell" ~ seeing what others are working on or have finished. Carla, one of the Bittersweet Sisters, shared her incredible Primitive Gatherings quilt. WoW!

Carla's work is absolute perfection!
But now I see that I didn't take a photo of the entire quilt :(

Carla also shared this Stacy Nash pinkeep drum that she made

and this sweet box (Hillside Samplings perhaps?)

And this stunning Quaker Sampler.
Everything that Carla does is magnificent! :)

Frances' work is also amazing!
This hooked rug is huge! And even more beautiful in person!

And the colors were simply gorgeous!

Frances also finished this beautiful sampler while we were together...

Linda, another Bittersweet Sister, took a quick mixed media class on her way to Boxwood & Berries and created this masterpiece! Isn't it awesome?!
I did a little shopping on my trip and had to share my finds...
This large pyrography bowl just captured my heart.
The squirrel, oak and acorn motifs are perfect for the season.

I love the design on the back side as well and it is even dated 1909.

This wood pantry box has seen better days, but the original painting spoke to me.
And I think that I am now an official collector of tramp art!
This is my third piece :)
I love the nine layers and zigzag edge around the lid - it reminds me of cutting with pinking shears :)

I thought these tin boxes might be perfect for sewing supplies when traveling.
And the quilt squares will appear in a future creation. Or possibly the backs might be for...

Maggie's new pattern at the bottom right.
Also had to buy more of Linda's designs :)
And Nest & Bloom will be perfect when I start thinking about next Spring. 

Some hand-dyed velvets came home with me with a coordinating flannel and some of Jean Elliott's hand-dyed ribbons.
Well, you have been so kind to let me drone on and on, so I must do something in return.
Here is a little giveaway picked up on my trip:

A vintage tomato pincushion,
An antique ink bottle filled with some old mother of pearl buttons and keys
A Country Sampler corner gauge
And Jean Elliott's hand dyed ribbon.
To enter simply comment on this post and tell me what you are thankful for.
If you aren't on blogger, then feel free to drop me an email at pgagliardi9@hotmail.com with "Thankful" in the subject line. This little giveaway is open to one and all ~ so please feel free to enter!
I am off on another little trip, so I will pick a winner next week on November 11th.
"Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
~Hebrews 12:2-3
Blessings, Patti