I'm a devoted wife, mother of two incredible boys, full-time professional and crafter. I must find time to create each day or I feel like something is missing. All that I make I create by hand as I don't even own a sewing machine. I'm a city girl who also yearns for time in the country.
Shipshewana is filled with shops. One of my favorites - A Thankful Heart.
I love the name and this sweet shop is filled with primitives and handmades.
There are also several nice antique shops
Rebecca Haarer Arts & Antiques
and Fisher's Antiques
Don't you just love their sign?!
This item caught my eye in a glass case. I wasn't sure what it was, but knew that I had to find out.
So glad that I asked to see it!
It's a needle case! The outside is a super soft leather that you see at the top.
There is a little place for your thimble and the two ends are velvet pincushions.
I'm so pleased with my treasure and found a bone stiletto and crochet hook as well.
I also bought this 1858 Mason jar - I love the bubbly, wavy blue glass.
And this Bennington, Vermont jug. It's been cracked and glued in many, many places, but the price was definitely right. The painted crocks like this are usually out of my price range and I really appreciate the effort that someone took to save it...
Soon after we were married, my husband and I took a long road trip to Bennington :)
My final purchase has a story...
Last year at a primitives show, I found this incredible piece. I was mezmerized as I had never seen anything like it. It was out of my price range, but I admired it for quite some time.
They called it stumpwork. It reminded me of punch needle, except that the loops are sheared off and sculpted.
Fast forward to Shipshewana, where I found this:
Here is some of the detail.
All done with wool thread.
The edges have three layers of tongues and the backing is solid red.
I am so happy with all of my treasures, especially my stumpwork coverlet!
I'll have one more post of Amish Country Fun...
"Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal."
We have officially arrived at my
favorite season of the year ~ Autumn!
My offerings this month reflect my
favorite bounty of the season.
My first offering this month is a lovely autumn
table runner that can take you from September right through Thanksgiving. I’m
so sorry to say that I have misplaced my pattern and therefore can’t give the
designer her proper due… once located, I will mention it here on my blog. This 12
inch by 31.5 inch runner has some lovely unique components.
border on the two ends, loose sunflower petals that add a bit of movement, and
a bit of embroidery on the petals, pumpkin and leaves. This runner is made of
hand-dyed wools and is backed with a coordinating tweed flannel. As with all my
creations, it is completely hand stitched.
~*Sold. Thank you ever so much!*~
Velvet Pumpkins are created from unique vintage hand dyed velvet ~ they have a
wonderful sheen and feel! They are hand stitched and stuffed and feature a real
pumpkin stem. They measure approximately 4 inches across by 3 inches tall including
the stem. “Vintage Velvet Pumpkins” are offered at $20 each plus shipping.
Please specify: Peach or Gold. ~*Deep Orange is sold. Thank you ever so much!*~
offering is “Harvest Moon Pocket Watch Necklace” This unique necklace is based on
several Stacy Nash motifs including a black cat, lantern, the harvest moon and
several stars. The Pocket Watch case measures approximately 2 inches across and
hangs from a 30 inch vintage look ribbon. If you prefer, the ribbon can be
shortened and you can use it as a scissor fob. The wee stitches were done “over
one” for a very detailed petite design. “Harvest Moon Pocket Watch Necklace” is offered
at $24 plus shipping.
My stitching girlfriends and I spent last weekend in Amish country ~ Shipshewana, Indiana.
I think it has been almost 20 years since I was there last. I had an Amish friend, Leanne, who lived outside this town that I would visit frequently. Unfortunately, after the birth of her fourth child, we lost touch as life became too busy.
Not much has changed in all those years, thankfully.
On our way, we stopped at House of Stitches in LaPorte, Indiana.
A very nice large shop with a great inventory and a very helpful staff.
Here is our group, except that we are missing two - Gladys was in Japan and Kim was in Louisville.
You were both missed and thought of often!
Here are the treasures that I found there.
Linen for HeartstringSamplery's newest projects and some great linen scraps for small pinkeeps. I stocked up on magazines and that sweet little mother of pearl rabbit floss winder.
Our next stop was this fun quilt shop - the fabrics were inspiring and the staff so friendly and helpful.
We finally reached Shipshewana where we visited a store like no other.
A store that you can spend an entire day in with interesting sights down every aisle.
Clearly a shop that has both Amish and English customers.
Beautiful oil lamps and replacement shades
A huge selection of cookie cutters
Have you ever seen so many?!
As a frequent baker of cutout cookies, I had to quickly leave this aisle, before temptation hit as I already have dozens of cutters...
Where else can you shop and go home with such a variety of purchases from just one store???
In a household of men, it was such fun to shop with my girlfriends.
Susan is especially talented at helping me step out of my fashion comfort zone :)
A hounds tooth cape and red shoes?! Oh my!
I love them and hope that I will be brave enough to wear them soon :)
And a wool applique pattern and hand dyed wools from the same store?!
I feel like I've been working on the Country Sampler Stitch Camp Sewing Tray by Stacy Nash for the longest time. But today it is finished!
This is a peek at the bottom. I tweaked it a bit by changing the centers of the flowers, adding an extra bird because they are so sweet, and switching the bottom motifs to my favorite Stacy horse and my ever present Orion, the dachshund.
And here is the grand reveal:
with inside lighting
and outside lighting
We had put together the sides at Camp and afterwards, I was thinking that since the inside was linen that I should have cross stitched on them. Since they were all put together it was too late for that, so I decided to wool applique the same flower motif instead.
I went through all my wool and found that I had a pretty close match to the flowers and the stems / leaves.
I wanted to add something to the short sides as well, but thought the flower would be too busy going all the way around, so...
I added the same flower to the outside of the tray on the short sides.
That way the "vine" goes all the way around while not making it too busy.
I really wanted it to look like a set with our other camp projects, so I added the same little velvet berries to the four corners of the sewing tray.
I think that it makes a pretty sweet set :)
On the bottom, I added another ticking tag like in the book.
as if I could ever forget Stitch Camp '14 :)
I love the way it looks surrounded by real flowers :)
Lantana - a favorite flower of mine and also of the butterflies.