Friday, August 22, 2014

An Etsy Update

You may recall that early this year Craft Corner (my crafting area in the laundry room) was condemned by the Inspector General (my husband) for being a fire hazard. (You can read about it here.) I am slowly continuing the clean-up. I have come to the conclusion that there is no possible way that I will ever create all that I want to make and that some items need to find new homes where they have a better chance of being created.

So I have decided to list some items in the Supplies section of my Etsy shop.
All are patterns plus wool or linen and some are complete kits.

All are listed at 25 to 50% off original prices.

I accept Paypal, checks and money orders.
If you don't have an Etsy account, but are interested in purchasing, just send me an email at

Many are limited editions that are no longer available.
I still really like them all, but am trying to be realistic about what I will make.

This is just a portion of what is available.
Click here to see them all.
I think this weekend I'll take a break from cleaning Craft Corner and do a bit of creating :)
"Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance."
~Psalm 16:5-6
Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stitch Club Summer Fun

On Sunday we had our once a month stitch club.
This month we had fun in the sun at Cathy's house.
Cathy and her husband, Gus, are decorators and gardeners extraordinaire!

Don't you just love their gnome garden?
I want to jump right in, but would be content to pull up a chair and just take it all in for a while...

And look at her lovely potting bench!
Gus made it for Cathy last summer.
*sigh* so pretty!

This year Cathy made some great toadstools for around the garden.

These are made out of wok covers. Aren't they clever?!

The inside of their home is just as lovely.

Another pretty fairy garden.

And this little vignette really made me smile.
Thanks Cathy and Gus for a wonderful summer afternoon!
You are such gracious hosts that I can't wait to come back! :)

Since "Liberty Inn" is now at the framers, I have pulled out my projects from Country Sampler Stitch Camp with Stacy Nash. I better hurry and complete them! I've just heard the Country Sampler Boxwood & Berries homework is on its way....
Have you seen the projects for this year? Be still my heart - I am soooo excited! They are really awesome and unique. You can take a peek at them by clicking here and scanning down to near the bottom of the page. If you've been thinking about, don't wait, sign up now! There are only a few spots left...

Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
~Psalm 16:1-2

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, August 17, 2014

August Mantle and More...

The months continue to fly by...
My mantle is subdued this month - a contrast to the riot of colors outdoors.

A celebration of Summer's Bounty

With a few favorite antique bird prints thrown in.

Antique hemp watermelon and tomato by Prickly Pear.

A collection of velvet tomatoes - the top two by Maggie Bonanomi - the others Winding Vine Design originals.

Delightful corn on the cob - another favorite Summer bounty

More Summer Bounty in the form of tomato pincushions

I bet they each have stories to tell...

I need to take some photos of my vegetable garden.
So instead I'll share some flowers from the garden.

Zinnias always make me smile :)

Love the color combination

Coneflowers are another favorite

And finally after a long wait, the morning glories have started to bloom.

Only God could create such beautiful colors!

But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
~ 2 Corinthians 10: 17-18

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Patriotic Pinkeeps

"Patriotic Fan Pinkeep"
Notforgotten Farm's

Here is my vacation finish! I am so happy with it :)

On the back I added a piece of the vintage flag ribbon that I just bought at Country Sampler.

Then I raided my antique pincushions for some neat pins to add.

I will be keeping this close by my stitching chair so that I can enjoy it.
Can't wait to see the project for October!

I also finished these patriotic pinkeeps:

These were from the Inspired Summer Seminar with Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers at The Inspired Needle.

I had such fun with these and really enjoyed adding the pin designs.
I think I will be doing that again it was so much fun!

I also finished stitching "Liberty Inn" and will be taking it to the framer on Saturday.
I will unveil my abbreviated version once it is all framed :)

Time to start my offerings for the end of the month. 
I'm loving the ideas and hope that they turn out as sweet as I envision...

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
~Joshua 1:9

Blessings, Patti

Saturday, August 9, 2014

How I spent my summer vacation...

Our summer vacation was spent in the northwoods of Wisconsin.
A week spent in heaven that sustains me for the year.

We spend a lot of time canoeing and kayaking.

One day was spent on the Brule River traveling north to the mouth of Lake Superior.
It was fascinating to see the smooth water of the Brule on the left (after spending a few hours traveling through some lovely rapids) and the waves of Lake Superior on the right.

We spent time fishing on the Chippewa Flowage.

And were rewarded with enough crappies for a fish fry.

While out fishing, we found an old cemetery on one of the islands.  

I love the white birch bark against the bright blue sky.

And this little birds nest perched precariously over the water.

It was interesting how the gnarled roots are still reaching and stretching.

I had to stop along the roadside to admire this sight.
Do you see the butterfly at the far right?

I was fortunate enough to spend my birthday on vacation and we celebrated with a four mile hike.

We stopped at Morgan Falls

and then proceeded on a rustic trail through roots, rocks and streams 
climbing up and up

to St. Peter's Dome - the highest point in Northwest Wisconsin.

During my quiet time, 

I read this novel - a great summer read.

I did a little wool work.

And a little stitching as well. 
I don't count this piece as quite yet finished as I have a bit of tweaking that I would like to do.

I'll share my finishes when they are complete.

I hope that I can maintain this feeling of peace and contentment through the year...

"Be still, and know that I am God..."
~Psalm 46:10

Blessings, Patti