Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pennies from Heaven ~ Volume 12

Thank you ever so much for all of your prayers and well wishes!
Each and every one is very much appreciated.

Dad had his lung biopsy. It was more involved than we thought with a few complications, but we were ever so thankful for the dedication of the doctor and his team! 
We were so happy that Dad was released to go home the same day.

He is still suffering from significant and constant pain. 
We welcome continued prayers while we await the results.

Mom has kept her hands busy - a welcome distraction during this difficult time. 
I love this autumnal bed scarf and Mom's stitching is perfection!

Mom also completed the Maggie Club three month series from Country Sampler in Spring Green, WI. This is part of the year-long Maggie Club.
Mine is in progress.

I love Mom's stitching and little insects :)

It looks at home on their sun porch.

Dad should receive his results this week.
Unfortunately, I will be on a business trip in San Diego. Thank goodness I have a wonderfully supportive, loving and helpful sister!

Thank you again for all of your continued prayers!

Even to your old age and gray hairs
    I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
    I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
~Isaiah 46:4

Blessings, Patti 

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Prayer Request

Tomorrow is my Dad's birthday.
Happy Birthday Dad!
A few years ago I shared some of the miniatures that my Dad created. 
You can read more about it here.

This is the piece that started it all. Look at the toolbox in the bottom of this photo. All the tools were whittled by hand by Dad along with the decorative cane behind it.

Tomorrow I will head down to celebrate Dad's birthday, 
but also to take Dad for a lung biopsy on Wednesday.
May I please ask that you say a prayer for my Dad?

Mom and Dad have been through a lot this year.
We know the power of prayer in Mom's healing from surgery only two months ago
and in the wonderful news that her cancer is now in remission.
We appreciate the outpouring of love, prayer and well wishes from so many of you!
We can't possibly thank you enough.
We certainly didn't anticipate requesting more prayers so soon.
We pray for the same healing for Dad as he has been experiencing a lot of pain this week.
Prayers for healing, comfort and peace.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways
~Psalm 91:9-11

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, September 1, 2016

~*September Offerings*~

I’m sorry that I missed having an update last month – summer and vacations took up too much of my time :)

But I am back with end of summer/start of autumn offerings. My indian corn in my garden is getting close to harvest time and so inspired this month’s offerings…

My first offering is “Crows in the Corn” Thread Board. Based on a design by Primitive Stitchin’ by Shelly Auen, it is accentuated with a brushed cotton plaid and a beaded trim reminiscent of corn kernels. This piece is both lovely to display and useful. I added mother of pearl rings for holding threads on one side.

On the back I included a hand-dyed wool heart pocket for embroidery scissors (not included). There is also a wool crow needle and pin keep. It has a base of mat board, so that it is stiff and can be propped up on a shelf or table. It measures approximately 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches (not including the rings) and is completely handsewn.
“Crows in the Corn” Thread Board is sold. Thank you ever so much!

I’ve also created a “Crows in the Corn” pinkeep pillow. This one of a kind pillow started with a cross stitch design by Our Pioneer Homestead. I then added a wool crow and pins that looked like kernels of corn.  It measures approximately 4.5 inches by 7.5 inches and is completely handsewn. On the back I included a hand-dyed wool heart pocket for embroidery scissors (not included) and a wool crow needle and pin keep.
~*“Crows in the Corn” Pinkeep Pillow is sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

My final offering are Pumpkin Pie Pinkeeps ~ a Winding Vine Designs original.
These wee velvet pumpkins are mounted in primitive antique tart tins. I found these sweet tins while antiquing on vacation in the north woods and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them :) They are sweet and tiny and measure approximately 3.5 inches across and feature real pumpkin stems. Height varies based on the stem.

Please specify:
Baby Boo (cream)
    Jack Be Little (orange)
    Jarrahdale (blue/green)

~*“Pumpkin Pie Pinkeeps” are 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.

Blessings, Patti

Monday, August 29, 2016

A 2015 Stitch Camp Finish!

When we were up in the northwoods, I also worked on a cross stitch project.
Cabin in the Woods Sewing Box was Stacy Nash's 2015 Stitch Camp project 

As I tend to do, I had to make a few tweaks to make it more reminiscent
 of our annual trek to the northwoods...

The cabin became a log cabin and I added a crow and tweaked the deer.

I also added a little lake complete with fish, a waterlily and a duck/swan.
Now it reminds me of the cabin we love so much :)

It is mounted to the top of a great prim tin cash box. 

The inside and all that goes within I had completed at camp last year.

Lined with red velvet and a complement of stitching treasures.

A heart pinkeep, scissor fob and threadboard
And a perfectly matched red velvet strawberry from my sweet friend Linda Lautenschlager :)

Another heirloom treasure to remind me of both the wonderful stitch camp and 
our wonderful week each year at the cabin in the north woods...

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
    our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.
~Psalm 116:5-6

Blessings, Patti

Friday, August 26, 2016

Blessed ~ Part 2

(butterfly by Winding Vine Designs)

Last summer, my younger son and I started a Monarch Butterfly sanctuary in our backyard.

(butterfly by Ginny Henson)

We started by planting Butterfly Weed, a variety of Milkweed.
Unfortunately for Monarch Butterflies, Milkweed is the only plant that Monarch caterpillars eat. This is a huge problem that has caused a massive decline in the Monarch populations.
This year we were able to add Common Milkweed and Swamp Milkweed plants.

(butterfly by Norma Schneeman)

So we have been nurturing our little plants
and waiting and waiting...

(butterfly by Winding Vine Designs)

I think that we check the plants several times a day for signs of Monarch life...
When finally...

We spotted our first caterpillar!
We checked on him practically every hour. Amazed at how much he could eat.
He grew bigger and bigger and was getting close to forming his chrysalis,
when all of the sudden he disappeared.
I think this big fat caterpillar was a treat for one of our many bird friends :(
We were so disappointed.

Then just a few weeks later, my younger son gifted me with this:

A caterpillar house! One of the screen walls has Velcro on three sides for full accessibility. When we find a caterpillar, we can cut the stalk of milkweed and place it in a mason jar of water. Then our little caterpillars can eat and grow in peace. Once the chrysalis begins to open, we can open the side so the butterfly can fly free!
So now we are waiting again...
Hoping for another caterpillar before the summer season is over... 

Our older son was also very good to me! Knowing how much I love Wes Anderson's movies "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Grand Budapest Hotel", he gave me several of his older movies that I have never seen :)
And our older son has also been busy ecologically this summer - studying the nesting habits of black crowned night herons at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Although these birds are common in many areas of our country, they have become endangered in Illinois with only three nesting sites remaining. And one of them happens to be in the Lincoln Park Zoo.

We are all trying to make a difference!

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;    he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.
~Psalm 116:1-2

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Blessed ~ Part 1

Earlier this month, I spent my birthday sitting in an animal hospital emergency room with a very sick pup. Both pups had dentals a few days before and had 12 teeth removed between the two of them. Poor Leia ended up developing an abscess in her upper jaw behind her eye. She was admitted and they were able to help her with IV drugs. After her overnight stay and a visit with an eye specialist, She is all better now :)
After she was sufficiently well, we celebrated my birthday and I received a gift from my husband -
a Farm to Table dinner event.

We drove south two hours to Slagel Family Farm in Fairbury, IL.
Slagel Family Farm is an old fashioned small farm that provides meat to many high end Chicago restaurants. 
Of course I loved the sheep!

And the cows
Most would come up to greet us.

Pigs wallowing in the mud.

I loved how this guy was scratching his back on the bars.

We saw the chickens

And were able to collect some eggs.

These piglets were a week old.

The guy in the back resting his head on another reminded me of Peanut and Leia ;)
It may seem odd to visit the animals right before we were going to eat them,
but it felt natural like the way farming is meant to be...

Three chefs - from Big Star and Antique Taco in Chicago and Bien Trucha in the suburbs were there to cook for us. Three appetizers, three salads, three entrees and one desert all served family style in a barn built for such events.

Fresh mint and cilantro to add to our dishes.
It was such fun to meet and chat with such great chefs and to hear about their dishes.
A woman was making fresh tortillas all day long...
Of course I was so taken with the appetizers and salads that I didn't even think to take pictures!
(Oh my - that Antique Taco salad! I'm drooling just thinking about it!!)

But here is the cumin lamb barbacoa and my favorite:

birria de res - slow roasted short rib - YUM!!!
So what was the first thing I did when we returned home late that night?
Pulled out the kit for Stacy Nash's Adam & Eve on the Farm!
I'm working on it now...
A perfect stitch as a reminder of this awesome day... 
"Great peace have those who love your law,
    and nothing can make them stumble.
I wait for your salvation, Lord,
    and I follow your commands."
~Psalm 119:165-166
Blessings, Patti

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Prairie Schooler Year ~ August

I am always so happy to pull out my August Prairie Schooler finishes from over the years! 

This one was stitched way back in 1999 and I still love it!
I wish that I could still stitch "over one"...
I love how her designs pack so much in - so much to see in each and every detail!

Another tiny "over one" finish - the stork scissors give you some proportion as to how small it is. 

For this one, I pulled out my favorite motifs from a much larger piece. 

 Her designs never age.

Such a way with the shading of colors!
 So many wonderful garden themed designs - perfect for August!

I stitched this one 21 years ago! I always display it with this little birdhouse. 

I just love those sunflowers and especially the red winged blackbirds!
I don't want to rush time, but I can't wait to share my absolute favorite Prairie Schooler piece in September!

For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone.
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord.
So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
~Romans 14:7-8

Blessings, Patti