Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Finely Finished

I am blessed to belong to a once a month stitch club.

There are eight of us and each month we meet at one of our homes for an afternoon or evening of stitching, snacking and fellowship. 

I've belonged to this group for a long time.
Over twenty years!
Wow, that sounds like a really long time :)

This month we met at our friend Jan's home.

Jan's specialty is finishing.
She does incredibly unique and detailed finishing.
She calls her business "Finely Finished" - isn't that perfect?! 

Most of the above were stitched by another club member, Aileen.
Great job Aileen and Jan!

I love wandering Jan's home and looking at all her lovely work.

She has completed so many wonderful Shepherd's Bush designs

And has finished many of them in her own unique way.

One more beautiful than the other.

She has a fabulous talent for picking fabrics and trims.

So many incredible creations!

And her master work! The setting was lovely, but you need to see this close up.

The stitching is absolute perfection!

Thanks Jan for sharing your home and your talents with us!

"She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands."
~Proverbs 31:13

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A second finish and a house guest

My second finish for 2015: 
Stacy Nash's Country Sampler Sleigh Bells Ornament
from the Country Sampler Girls Club

I switched it up to match the pinkeep that I recently finished.
I thought the tree needed a little dimension so I added a bit of darker green here and there.
I'm pleased with them both.

Now I'm thinking it is time to quickly move on to some Valentine stitching.
It will be here in less that a month!

We have a house guest staying with us this weekend.
His name is Apollo :)
It feels so good to have a dog in the house!
He settled right in as his family is good friends of ours and he knows us pretty well.
He found a comfy spot very quickly.

He's a pretty big dog at 50+ pounds,
We were used to our little 12 pounder, Orion.

Maybe come spring, we might be ready to welcome another rescue into our home.
In the meantime, we will enjoy our weekend with Apollo.

“With what shall I come before the Lord,
    and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
    with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
    with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?
~Micah 6: 6-8

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, January 15, 2015


It's been cold in Chicago, but not a particularly snowy Winter.
So I just have to enjoy my snowmen inside :)

A favorite by Lori Brechlin, Notforgotten Farm

Hmmm, I see a theme here.
I really like Buttermilk Basin's snowmen.

and now that I think of it, I have another Buttermilk Basin snowman kit that I need to pull out!
The Basin Banner for January - you can see it here.
Now where did I put that kit...

"but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
    they shall walk and not faint."
~Isaiah 40:31

Blessings, Patti

Monday, January 12, 2015

First Finish 2015

My first finish for 2015 is 
Stacy Nash's Country Sampler Sleigh Bells Pinkeep
from the Country Sampler Girls Club

I changed up the fabric and the floss so that it would match the other Winter Stacy Club Kits I have stitched.
I switched up the snowflakes a bit too ;)

I think I need to find a bigger bowl :)

My friend Lisa and I have been affectionately referring to her as "Kim" as she reminds us of Kim Kardashian for obvious reasons :)

I'm stitching the ornament now and hope to finish it soon.
Before you know it, another club kit will be coming along...

"As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus."
~Galatians 3:27-28

Blessings, Patti 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Gifts that I have to share...

"Sledding in Connecticut" abbreviated version of a Notforgotten Farm design.

 I was so fortunate to receive so many lovely gifts this Christmas. I won't bore you with all of them, but there were a few that I thought you might like to see...

I think the gift from my youngest son will earn the title of most used! :)
I reaaaalllly wanted a long arm stapler and it hasn't disappointed! I've used it on two projects so far and it reached all the way from one side to the other. Once I have everything laid out, I just click, click, click and it is all stapled and ready to travel in no time! I think I'll be going through a lot of staples this year!

My other two gifts arrived as surprises in the mail:

This one came from Georgia from my Bittersweet Sister, Linda!
It's just perfect! Here we all are with Maggie Bonanomi holding a Merry Christmas runner and Linda added Santa hats! Too cute! It's fun and it brings back great memories! Thanks so much Linda!

My final gift to share came from my friend in Ohio, Ella:

Isn't this Baaa Hum Bug sheep too cute?! I am so thrilled to be the recipient of her time and talent :)
Thank you so much Ella!

"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
~Ephesians 5:1-2

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Brand New Year

Design by Buttermilk Basin

This past year I worked on Buttermilk Basin's Calendar Block of the Month. Now that I have it just about finished, I thought I would share them each month since you have already seen my monthly mantles :)

My favorite New Year's were the years that we rented a big house in the woods with several other families.
We all had young children about the same age. 

During the day, we would hike, sled, and play in the snow. At night we would play board games. Each family would be assigned a meal and would cook for all. 

On New Year's Eve, we would have a nice meal and toast in the New Year with bubbly knowing that we only had to wander to our bedrooms. The kids were surrounded by playmates and loved the noise makers, party hats and the big countdown. They have happy memories as well.  

Maybe someday we will rent that big house in the woods again and create new memories.

This year we spent a quiet night at home which is exactly where I wanted to be. 

My friend, Jan, was talking about jigsaw puzzles recently and I thought how very long it has been since I did one. While cleaning for Christmas, I came across the one above. We put it together quickly on New Year's Eve. So I picked up another larger puzzle:

The white of the birch bark was a challenge, but my younger son is a puzzle master and finished it up in no time. Good thing I bought an even larger puzzle for next weekend :)

I've made a New Year's resolution this year. Maybe blogging about it will help me hold myself accountable :) I usually sleep 5 - 6 hours a night, but know that more sleep is much better for my health. I am going to try to get 7 hours of sleep a night. There is always so much to get done, that sleep is always the first to go. We will see how I do.

I also like to pick a word to focus on for the year. This year it was actually a Bible verse that kept coming to mind. So my verse for the year:

"Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
~Psalm 46:10

In a culture of constant multi-tasking and constant electronic communication (of which I am guilty), "Be still" is a tough concept. It is something that I want to be conscious of and try to make time to "Be still".

We will see if I can slow down, take time, focus on faith and sleep more.

Blessings, Patti

Friday, January 2, 2015

January Offerings

            Happy New Year! My 2014 was filled with many ups and downs and I am happy to leave it behind. I’m looking forward to the new start that a new year brings and am thinking about my new year’s resolution and my theme word today. I’ll be blogging about that soon.

            My first offerings are “Winter Time Pocket Watch Necklaces” featuring subtle colors of the season on hand dyed fabric. The Pocket Watch case measures approximately 2 inches across and hangs from a 28 inch hand-dyed ribbon. If you prefer, the ribbon can be shortened and you can use it as a scissor fob. 
“Winter Time Pocket Watch Necklaces” are offered at $22 each.
Please specify:

a.    Winter Stag (a Brenda Gervais motif)
Still available.

b.    Winter Home (a Pineberry Lane motif)
~*Sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

c.    Winter Snowman (a Brenda Gervais motif)
~*Winter Snowman is sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

My next offering is “Key to a Mid-Winter’s Night”.  This Winter Stag fob has a firm wooden base inside and is backed with wool. It is based on the same Brenda Gervais motif and snowflakes as the Winter Stag Pocket Watch Necklace above. It measures approximately 2 by 3.5 inches. The antique skeleton key can be removed if you prefer to attach it to your favorite sewing scissors. 
~*“Key to a Mid-Winter’s Night” is sold. Thank you ever so much!*~.

I am also offering a few older pieces for sale again this month. 

I have three little snowman pillows featuring shades of winter blue. 
~*Snowman pillows are sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

 Finally, “Winter Log Cabin” is a Prairie Schooler design that has been professionally custom framed. The frame is made of barn wood and has a sawtooth hanger. The frame is ¾ inch deep and can also stand on its own. This piece measures 5.5 by 6 inches. It is stitched “over one” on small count fabric allowing for a lot of detail in a small piece. 
“Winter Log Cabin” is offered at $30.
~*Sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

If you are interested in purchasing anything, just send me an email at:
I can send a PayPal invoice or I accept checks and money orders.

Wishing you a New Year filled with love, peace and health!

Blessings, Patti