Friday, April 18, 2014

More Easter decor...



I thought I would share the rest of the photos of my Easter decorations.
Antique mohair rabbit, Schneeman cabbage leaves, Turkey Hollow eggs


Some favorite finishes of Stacy Nash designs and an antique tramp art box.
Velvet carrot by me.


Prim chicks and egg in an antique trencher with make-do repair.


Crepe paper daffodils and egg - both Maggie Bonanomi designs


An old finish from a Needl Love book, I believe.


A favorite antique basket.


Chick on old wood fragment by Ginny Henson.
Antique shaker box.

I think that I am overdo on hosting a giveaway.
So stay tuned...

Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
~John 19:19-22

Blessings, Patti

Monday, April 14, 2014

April Mantle and More...


I thought I better hurry and share my April mantle before Easter has come and gone...
(Don't you love the huge carrot made by Maggie Bonanomi?)


For a while now standing rabbits with baskets on their backs have really appealed to me.


Some are handmade like the little chalkware rabbit and the white Walnut Ridge rabbit and others are mass produced. I would love to find an antique German candy container in the same pose. I keep looking...


I've cross stitched a few as well.
Hmmm I just realized that I haven't done one in wool applique yet.



I love their different textures and sizes.

I thought that I would share some of my other Easter decorations: 


Feedsack eggs and rabbits by Jenn of Rabbit Hill Primitives.


Eggs that I have made over the years in a favorite wire basket.


Velveteen rabbit by Ginny Henson and heart embroidered pincushion by Norma Schneeman.
Shaker box and half puzzle ball pincushion are antiques.

Well, I just realized that I have quite a few more photos of my decorations.
It's getting late, so I think I will post them later this week.

I will leave you with this glimpse of our spring day today:


Really?!?! 
We ended up with a good inch or two. 
I planted three flats of pansies and a flat of sweet allysum two weeks ago. Thank goodness they are hardy and should be fine. We actually got up to 80 degrees two days ago. Luckily this snow shouldn't last and should melt in a day or two...

A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
~Matthew 21:8-9

Blessings, Patti

Friday, April 11, 2014

The end of a special trip


We didn't have much free time on our trip, but tried to squeeze in moments of sightseeing whenever we could. We took a quick drive through a part of the Roosevelt National Forest. It was in the mid-60's, but there were still patches of snow.


We also stopped at Devil's Backbone on our way back to the Denver airport.
It just appeared before us on a drive looking for skating hills and was a beautiful geological sight.


We took a quick hike to take a look around.


It was a nice way to stretch a bit before sitting on a plane.


Estes Park is on my bucket list, but we knew that we didn't have enough time to visit. We thought we would just drive down the road a bit to see what we could see. Unfortunately, not very far in there was a rock slide. The road was down to one lane for both directions and there were significant delays.
So we decided it was time to head to the airport. 
As we were looking for the highway, we happened upon an antique store, so I hopped in for a quick look around. :)
And I found a few little treasures:


The moment I saw this Abraham Lincoln bank bottle, I knew that it had to go home with me (being from the Land of Lincoln :) Lucky for my mom, there were two. So she received one for her birthday. The cap has a neat Lincoln graphic on it. I'm thinking I will collect wheat pennies in it. I think the copper will look nice. I also found a sweet little heart pincushion filled with straw or sawdust with green x's along the seams. My final purchase was a pie crimper - this one is special as the handle is made of wood, but the wheel is made of bone. I will add it to my collection that you can see here.


And here you can see what I worked on during our trip.
To commemorate the winter that would never end. Our daffodils and tulips are raising their tightly closed buds, so of course they are saying that it may snow early next week.

This was a special trip for me. The future may be unknown, but I will treasure this time that I spent alone with my oldest son. When I look at my little souvenirs and this cross stitch piece, I hope that they will always trigger those special memories and the gratefulness that I feel that we were able to do this - together.

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture."
~Psalm 100:1-3

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Comely Colorado


I took a little break from posting about our quick trip out west, but I couldn't skip talking about Colorado. 
I hope that you don't mind :)

The area right around Denver reminded me of Central Illinois, very flat and wide open.
As we drove into the Fort Collins area, we approached the lovely foothills.


I knew immediately what was coming next...
My oldest son is a downhill longboarder and I knew that those hills were calling him.

I admired the view while he got his gear on.


Here he is in the longboarder's aerodynamic form.

As a Mom, it is hard to watch your son hurdle himself down a hill on a skateboard going 40+ miles per hour.
But I have to say that accompanying him down the hill in our car right behind him, I have a new appreciation. I feel more comfortable knowing that he is padded up with helmet and protective gear. And I see how careful he is of traffic and his surroundings.


He has had more than his share of significant road rash and a dislocated ankle, but it is his passion. 
Telling him he can't do it is like telling me I can't stitch due to carpal tunnel, or the like. It's not going to happen :)


It was a lovely day and felt nice and warm after our looong winter. A very cloudy day, but I think it made the photos more interesting.


The roads are more challenging than they are in the flat midwest, but they lead to lovely views.


We made a quick stop to Horsetooth Reservoir.


Pretty in early Spring and I bet really gorgeous in summer.


I think these skateboard racks at Colorado State University made my son feel right at home :)

I'll have one more post about our trip to Colorado and I think I'll share my stitching project for the trip.

"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe."
~Ephesians 1:17-19

Blessings, Patti

Friday, April 4, 2014

April Offerings and More...


My offerings this month were inspired by an antique pincushion purchased at the primitive shows I attended last month. I was so intrigued by this little pincushion and set myself to task to determine how it was created. My antique example was a bit mushed from years at the bottom of the sewing basket, But I could tell how it looked originally and was determined to recreate it. 


I used crushed walnut shells rather than cotton batting so that these will retain their shape. This gives them a nice weight and feel. Once I created one of antique fabrics, I kept wondering how other antique fabrics might look. The next thing I knew, I had almost a dozen created and I can’t tell which might be my favorite…


The pincushions measure approximately 3 inches across.
 
 Antique Puzzle pincushions are offered at $12 each plus shipping.


To purchase, please email me at pgagliardi9@hotmail.com 
I can send a PayPal invoice or I also accept checks and money orders.

When ordering, please let me know your have a fabric preference.
These are the ones still available for purchase:

Antique Indigo as seen in the second photo above.


·         Patriotic stripes
·         Shirtings
·         Patriotic homespun/ticking


·         Combo flour sack, ticking, quilt top
·         Printed flour sack
 
In other news, I just  had to share some happiness that came to me this week.

 
Are you familiar with Nickel Creek?
I am a big fan of their music and was so sad that they decided to separate seven years ago. I was so excited and surprised to see that they produced a 25th anniversary reunion album that was released this week! It is wonderful and possibly their best work to date. (It's hard to say as I love all their albums!) I was so fortunate to see Chris Thile in concert this past summer with YoYo Ma in the Goat Rodeo Sessions. If you would like to hear a little preview click here.
 
My other good news is with the Decorah Eagles. Do you follow them on Ustream?
 
 
They have three eggs this year.
On my Mom's Birthday the first egg hatched!

 
Now the fun will really begin!
I have to tell you that watching them can be addictive. Especially when they start feeding the babies and they start hopping around the nest.
You can see the eagles here.
 
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight."
~Ephesians 1:3-4
 
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Hopefully it will feel like spring for us all!
 
Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom!




My mom has always enjoyed creative pursuits...
cross stitch, crochet, sewing, crafts.

About a year ago, she decided to try her hand at wool applique. I kitted up a few small pillows for her to try and she whipped them up. This past winter she decided that she wanted to make a traditional penny rug. 



I searched through Craft Corner and pulled together some wool that might match her entry way and sent them on their way. Mom didn't have a pattern, she just decided to wing it.



And look what she came up with!
Wow! Was I impressed!


I shouldn't have been surprised. Mom always does a great job in all her creative pursuits.
I like to think that I inherited a little of her creativity. :)
(And hopefully some of my Dad's talents, too. You can read about his creativity here.)


Mom purchased this beautiful swan while we were shopping at the primitive shows last month.
My sister affectionately named him Aflac :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!
WE LOVE YOU!

I have to say that I have the best Mom in the world.
 I have aspired to her example in raising my boys and in my creative pursuits.

Mom, I hope your day is filled with love, happiness and lots of wool :)
Can't wait to see what you create next!

Blessings, Patti

Monday, March 31, 2014

Lovely Oregon


Spring was in full swing in Oregon. I was so excited to see the tulips, daffodils and trees all in full bloom. When we left Chicago, we were still below freezing and spring felt so far away... 
In Oregon, I saw daffodils everywhere and loved the roadside self-serve daffodil stands. Since I was driving and we were under a tight schedule, I was unable to stop for photos, but I can still see it clearly in my mind's eye.
The purpose of our trip was to visit Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.
We spent a lot of time meeting with folks and touring the campus. I was quite impressed (and I think that my son was too). At the end of the day, we were lucky enough to get a tour of a tree farm about an hour away.


 The views of the coastal range were lovely.


The timber operations were amazing.


I loved the smell of the fresh sawn wood.


Notice the tower in the upper right corner? It didn't look too far up...



Until we got up there and looked back down to where we had been.


Do you see the baby trees? 
This parcel was cut two years ago and the seedlings are happy and growing.


Our guide, a colleague of mine, was so kind and stopped frequently so that we could take in the lovely scenery.


We didn't want to leave, but it was time to head to Colorado.

"All the lands are at rest and at peace;
they break into singing."
~Isaiah 14:7

Blessings, Patti