Thursday, September 19, 2019

Views from San Francisco

This was such a busy summer and I have so much that I haven't had a chance to share.

I think it best to start where I left off in July

First up is our trip to San Francisco

It's been a few years since I was last there.

we made it to Alcatraz on this trip.

the sunset from there was lovely 

we walked through the farmer's market

where I admired the lovely flowers

San Francisco City Hall is a beautiful building

Golden Gate Bridge

love the sea lions at pier 39

do you see the baby on the far right? 
a first for us!


a different view of the golden gate bridge

a hike at lands end

the ruins of Sutro Baths

muir woods

It was a quick visit with two other couples and we had such a good time!
But our trip wasn't over - it was on to the next stop.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
~Ephesians 4:29

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Wow! Thank you so much!

Wow! What a response! I sure didn't expect that. I can't tell you how much each of you touched  my heart. I started this blog over ten years ago. I really did it for myself as an online journal and for my parents that lived several hours away. I was surprised when others found and followed me. 

Blog posts take a good amount of time to compile photos, load, organize and write. I started thinking that maybe blogging had become a thing of the past. Even though my intention was to do it for myself, I thought maybe this was too much time to devote to me when I could be doing other more productive things. Knowing that there are many that haven't moved on to Instagram and Facebook make me feel less old fashioned and feeling that maybe blogging is a productive use of my free time.

Thank you again for taking the time to comment.
I will continue on, but maybe at a slower pace than I would like.
Maybe that is why we like blogging - the slower pace - as someone mentioned it feels like writing and reading a letter that arrives in the mail.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! 

"Pomegranates and More"
design by Maggie Bonanomi
for Wheaten Woolens class in June 2019

Mom and I both finished our class projects.
It's always fun to see their similarities and differences.

Here is Mom's.
Pretty true to Maggie's original.
And with Mom's work - always perfect :)

I tweaked mine just a bit, adjusting the birds to my liking and adding points to finish off the sides.

I love this as a late summer / early autumn piece and am enjoying having it on display now.
I'll be back soon to share some of our fun travels this summer.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
~Phillipians 4:4

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Is anyone still there???

"In Full Bloom"
Sewing Pocket and Pinkeep
for Dyeing to Stitch Quaint Country Ladies Club

Is anyone still there to read this?
Gosh it has been a month since I posted!
I have been doing a lot of traveling this summer and now am in catch up mode both at work and at home. I have been posting on Instagram almost daily. Do people still read and follow blogs? I miss my blog, but Instagram is quick and easy. I have also been having troubles getting photos from my phone to my blog. I'm debating what to do...

I had a finish on Labor Day!
As you can see, I stitched this in 2018 - as soon as the kit arrived, but I did not fully finish. 
I guess that I can count this as a Stitch From My Stash completion!

I love the lining fabric on the sewing pocket!

And on the back of the pinkeep as well!

I do have a few things that I simply must share before I decide whether to continue my blog or not.
So if you are still out there, please stay tuned!!! I will be back soon!

This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
    who teaches you what is best for you,
    who directs you in the way you should go.
~Isaiah 48:17

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Pennies from Heaven ~ Volume 21a

 "Koi Pond" 
by Crane Designs

Just a quick post, but I realized when going through some pictures that I missed sharing some of Mom's finishes - and this one is my favorite!

Mom does such a fabulous job on her embroidery.

I so love the details on the fish!

And the variegated threads on the lily pads.

"Classic Cream"
by Plays With Wool Designs

The design was originally oriented vertically,
but Mom chose to make it horizontal for across the back of a sofa or across the foot of a bed. 
Great idea! 

Mom and I are off to a class with Rebekah L. Smith and a new to us quilt/wool shop!
I am sure that we will have much to share soon!

 And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

~Micah 6:8

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Humble Stitcher

Those of you that follow me on Instagram know that I have become enamored with the designs of Sandy Whitlow of The Humble Stitcher. Her designs are a joy to stitch. I love that her patterns are pdf's that can be printed the same day without leaving your home. And since they are all charted for DMC, you can probably start stitching that night!

I decided to convert the DMC to fancy floss.
On "The Garden Shed" I tweaked the bottom row just a bit. 
It stitched up quickly and I was a bit sad that it was done.

I finished it simply with hand-dyed rick rack.

I enjoyed this one so much, that I immediately started another Humble Stitcher pattern:

Again I decided to convert it to fancy floss.

I decided to leave the words off.
I love that white picket fence!

Another very enjoyable stitch...

I also finished this one simply with hand-dyed rick rack.
I am so happy with this one as well.

And I backed this one with a pretty French General fabric.

I have my eye on more Humble Stitcher patterns that would be perfect for late summer / early autumn. I think "Harvest Home" and "Indian Corn" are calling my name...
You can find Sandy's blog here and her Etsy shop here.

Thanks Sandy for creating such inspiring patterns!

“You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can’t be hidden. People don’t light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people in such a way that they will see your good actions and glorify your Father in heaven.”
~Matthew 5:14-16

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Patriotic July

"A Grand Olde Flag"
Stitching Small by Rebekah L. Smith

I really enjoyed stitching this up on the 4th of July.
I like to celebrate patriotism for the entire month of July so I can enjoy this for a few more weeks.

I've been enjoying my time stitching on this:
"Star Spangled Swine Farm"

I've also been enjoying stitching
"Star Spangled"

I collected a few pieces of patriotic Rae Dunn pottery this summer

And I have been simply amazed by these tie dyed red, white and blue roses from my local  flower shop.

I am trying to keep them alive as long as I can!

I hope that you are enjoying a patriotic July too!

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
~Joshua 24:15

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wheaten Woolens 2019 ~ Part 3

Well you  know that some shopping had to occur on our trip ;)
And Wheaten Woolens is the place to do it!

The second I saw this kit, it was in my hands lol.
I have been contemplating this pattern for quite some time, but to have it kitted up and ready to go -
 I was all in :) 

I feel in love with this pattern too, so in my basket it went.

Have you ever tried these freezer paper sheets? 
They are wonderful! Simply put them in the copier and copy your pattern right on to it. No more spending lots of time tracing patterns. I only had a few sheets left at home, so I have been contemplating whether patterns are worthy of the sheet lol! 
Now that I am restocked, all patterns are worthy!

I saw my next purchase at Wheaten Woolens on our last visit.
I've thought about it ever since and knew that if she had any left, one would be going home with me.
She did have them in stock!

It's an apron made out of antique feed sack!
Isn't it great?!

Here is a close up of the fabric.
It was hard to choose one as they are each one of a kind. Some had the Bemis logo on the apron, but this one spoke to me. I thought it would be great in the garden with those great big pockets!
And for baking too. It is intended for rug hookers. 
I know it could be used while cleaning, but I rather not think about that ;)

Wheaten Woolens also had a lovely selection of hand-dyed trims. 
You know that I love my rick rack.

This fringe trim really intrigued me as well.
Hmmm, I'll have to find a little project to try it out on. 

Wheaten Woolens has a fabulous selection of necklaces and scissor fobs by Me and My Stitches.
Mom bought me the lovely necklace on the right. Thanks Mom!
And I splurged on the tree necklace - it reminds me of the Northwoods...

Since we made it to The Little Red Hen, we did some shopping there as well.
We only had 40 minutes until closing, so we had to work fast!

I picked up these great fat quarters of patriotic fabrics by Diamond Textiles.

And I found these sweet fabrics in the Christmas room.

Mom and I picked up some flannels - one of these will back our Maggie class project.

I even found these tiny antique quilt squares.

I  so enjoyed the bunny kit that my BFF, Kim, brought me back from this shop, 
that I decided to get another.
This cardinal called my name.

I've been contemplating this cross stitch pattern for some time and decided today was the day to buy it. The ticking that I found here will be perfect for finishing it!

(oops! It's upside down!)

And this magnetic pin bowl by Lori Holt Farm Girl Vintage was too cute to pass up!

It was a fabulous trip with Mom and we both enjoyed our time thoroughly!
Good thing we have another trip together in August to look forward to!

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
    let all the people of the world revere him.

   For he spoke, and it came to be;
    he commanded, and it stood firm.
~Psalm 33:8-9

Blessings, Patti