Thursday, May 16, 2019

Blumen Gardens


Last month, before things started blooming, I visited 
Blumen Gardens in Sycamore, Illinois for the first time.
What a magical place!


They were having an antique and garden show that several people had recommended.
Don't you love the rustic beams with the pretty chandeliers?


It was time for me to go take a look


I loved the building - a factory built in 1869.


Such a great  setting!


And I got to visit and shop the booth of the amazing Ginny Henson!


Every item in her booth is always just perfect!


I wish that I could bring everything home with me :)


The grounds and buildings are all so lovely!
I must make a point of going back this summer.


Such a lovely getaway 


If only for a few hours


It does the heart and spirit good!

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
~Proverbs 31:30-31

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A Lovely Open House


You have heard a lot about my dear sister-in-law Joy and her fight with cancer these past two years.
She continues her journey and uses crafts for her therapy.


A week after Easter, she hosted a craft show and open house at her lovely home.


My mom, sister and I went to visit and to shop :)


My niece, Dana also creates beautiful signs that she shared.
It was warm and cozy inside, but outside we had a late spring snowstorm that day 
with 6 inches of snow!!!


Even with the snow I had to share Joy's wonderful garden art!
I love these barn quilts! Can you tell Joy is a quilter as well?


The pond and waterfall were so pretty even with the snow.


I love how Joy has barn quilts tucked here and there.
All are sealed so that they can be outside in the elements.


I love them all!

So what just had to come home with me?


This sweet garden bee,


My very own barn quilt,


A flag for the garden,


And the sweetest sunflower!

As soon as my garden is cleaned up and planted, I'll be decorating my garden as well. :)
Hopefully soon!

Strength and dignity are her garments;
    she smiles about the future.

 She speaks wisely,
    teaching with gracious love.
 She looks discretely to the affairs of her household,
    and she is never lazy.

Her children stand up and encourage her,

    as does her husband, who praises her:
 “Many women have done wonderful things,” he says,
    “but you surpass all of them!”
~Proverbs 31:25-29

Blessings, Patti

Friday, May 3, 2019

April Gifts


I was so lucky to receive some lovely gifts in April and it wasn't even my birthday lol!
First my BFF, Kim, drove to Colorado and brought me a souvenir from a stop that she made on the way home!

The Little Red Hen has been on my bucket list, but Kim brought The Little Red Hen to me! I would have been happy with the fun red tote bag alone, but inside was some spring green wool, navy wool and a kit for the cutest bunny ever! 


And here is my sweet bunny all finished!
I made a few tweaks, but left that sweet face just as it was :)
Thanks so much  Kim!!! I love it all.

A week later Mom and I went out to dinner and to see Irving Berlin's "Easter Parade" with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire at classic movie night at our local 1928 historic vaudeville (now movie) theater. She had made me a very special treat:


Isn't it absolutely fabulous?!?!?!
My youngest son and I have been growing milkweed and raising Monarch Butterflies since 2016 (you can read about it here.)
This butterfly is so realistic and beautifully stitched and beaded. I love those antennae!!!
Thank you ever so much Mom for this very meaningful gift - it will be treasured!


Then just a few days later, Mom made sweet favors for all the ladies at our Easter dinner!
Made from a design by Rebekah L. Smith. Aren't the beads on the eggs so sweet?

I am so blessed and thankful to have these special women in my life! 

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all,
        who is above all, through all, and in all.
~Ephesians 4:4-6

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Stitch from my Stash Projects ~ May


It's a new month and time to pick my Stitch from My Stash projects for May!
These months are flying by!

First up:
Egg Gatherer Sewing Basket Kit 
by Stacy Nash Primitives 

This kit was purchased in 2017. It is stitched on 35 count linen - smaller than I prefer, but necessary for the sweet diminutive basket! I will do my best to power through as it is so sweet!


Ode to the Ort No. 2
by With Thy Needle and Thread

OK, I may be cheating a bit on this one...
It isn't really from my stash as I just purchased it in March, but I can't wait any longer... lol.


Final project for cross stitch:

Indigo Lane
by With Thy Needle and Thread

I don't really think that I will be able to finish this one, but I hope to at least start.
I purchased this kit last year on a trip to Country Sampler. They have the model hanging and it is simply gorgeous. 
(And the thimble box bonus pattern is also darn sweet too! Maybe I will stitch that one next year...)

I am also hoping to participate a bit this year in Stitch Maynia 2019.
As you know I usually only stitch in season, but I thought this was a good chance to get a wee jump start on some stitching for other seasons. I definitely won't be starting 31 or even 19 new projects like most are doing, but thought that I would pick up an out of season WIP or two during the Stitch Maynia craziness ;) OK I "may" be kitting up an out of season stitch or two (or maybe even three), but we will see if I can stitch out of season at all lol.

And yes, it is not just about cross stitch here ;)
I must be honest and tell you that I did have a Stitch from My Stash fail in April.
I loved the Rabbit and Hen Quilt that I picked to work on, but just didn't have it in me to work on specialty stitches during a month that was really stressful at work and at home. 
I have packed it away until next year and instead will start working on  this:


"Nesting Time Table Mat"
kit by Primitive Gatherings

I purchased this kit back in 2015 and can't wait to get started!

I am being a rather ambitious as I also pulled this out:


"Songbird Sewing Pocket Kit"
by Rebekah L. Smith

This pattern was recently released by Rebekah L. Smith.
I took it as a class in 2017. All the pieces are cut and ready to stitch!
Time to get it finished up!

Wish me luck!

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to live in a way that is worthy of the calling to which you have been called, demonstrating all expressions of humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another in love. Do your best to maintain the unity of the Spirit by means of the bond of peace.
~Ephesians 4:1-3

Blessings, Patti

Monday, April 29, 2019

Easter Finishes


"Stoneware Bunny"
design and kit by Priscilla's Pocket

Over the Easter holiday weekend I did manage to complete a few  FFO's (fully finished objects)


I love how it looks with my stoneware.


This cabinet greets me as I walk down the hallway towards our kitchen.


excerpt from
"Carrots and Cottontails Farm"
by Hand On Design and Priscilla Blain

I did the same finish for their Winter Wonderland Farm design in January
 and now I want to change it out for all of the seasons.


I'll continue to enjoy this one until the next one is finished. :)


Book #121 Bunnies + Chicks
by The Prairie Schooler

I channeled my inner Priscilla for this finish and am so happy with it.
I found the wooden rabbit plaque at JoAnn's. 


A little bit of grey lace seemed to set it off. 

I am still hopeful that I can fully finish another project or two before the end of the month, 
but we will see.


My sister hosted Easter this year and I had to share the newest addition - my nephew and his girlfriend's cat, Jack. He is a super social cat - very friendly, but I think that we all wore him out. :)

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” 
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, 
and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
~Roman 10:9-10

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Can't Wait!


Two months from today, Mom and I will be headed on a road trip!
Headed to Wheaten Woolens!


 where we will be taking a two day wool applique class with Maggie Bonanomi!
Maggie will be teaching three classes - two for wool applique and one for rug hooking.
I have taken many classes with Maggie and am never disappointed - 
I always feel like each class project is the best one yet!
Mom is excited as although she has visited with Maggie many times and created many of her designs, she has never take a class with her. It has been on her bucket list :)


We will both be so happy to return to Wheaten Woolens in Davenport, Iowa.


It is truly a paradise - especially in the summer.


I need to take an inventory of my Rustic Moire Wool threads before I go, 
as Beth Anne has a fabulous inventory.


Who knows what lovely new kits we will find...


I know that we will both go home with some wool...


And I am sure we will find some other treasures as well.


Will we see you there? 
There is still time to sign up.
You can find the information here.
Then you can start counting the days along with us.


It is a place that is hard to leave, but I am so glad that "Garden  Rabbit" hanging on the door is also on my kitchen table as we speak. A wonderful reminder of a wonderful place.

 Later, he led them out as far as Bethany, lifted up his hands, and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. They worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. They were continually in the Temple, blessing God.
Luke 24:50-53

Blessings, Patti