Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rest in Peace Dearest Dad

Richard C. Zartler
9/6/1939 - 10/14/2016

There once was a young man that lived in Chicago. He loved fast cars, tools, fishing, and telling a good story. He married his high school sweetheart on the hottest day of the year in 1959 without any fans or air conditioning, but that didn’t dampen their excitement and happiness of starting their life together. 
Their wedding reception was held at the Lone Tree Inn – never guessing that they would return to that same town to raise their family some years later.

The young man worked hard, and together they set up housekeeping.

Soon they welcomed a daughter – their little bundle of joy. This small, happy family moved from the city to the suburb where they welcomed a second daughter five years later. 

The young man worked hard as an auto mechanic, while his wife created a happy home. He enjoyed fixing the house up and making improvements. He was fond of his Pall Mall’s, Hamm’s, and card nights with other couples.

 He was a man of his word. Once he promised his daughters that he would build them a rabbit hutch when he returned from a fishing trip. He returned with his arm in a sling, but wouldn’t think of letting his daughters down. Instead he created, without any plans, a two story rabbit hutch that soon housed a new pet. 

He was a man’s man – An auto mechanic by trade, an avid fisherman, and handyman extraordinaire, but he was surrounded by girls at home. He soon found a new talent – creating miniatures for his girls.

 It started with a general store, but soon evolved to dollhouses complete with electricity, hardwood and tiled floors, shaker style wood shingles, and furniture and other details too numerous to mention. 

In later years there was a reproduction flower shop, to replicate the one owned by his father in law, and barns for his grandsons, too. When he worked on the miniatures, he had a patience and steadiness of hand that you just wouldn't believe. 

All of his creations stand as testament to his incredible workmanship, patience and ability to make something from nothing. Many of his creations are packed safely away to be shared with future generations.

As his daughters grew older, he grew more protective. A man with big biceps and huge forearms, he could be very intimidating until the right young men appeared to court his daughters. Once they were married, it was time again for he and his wife to enjoy time antiquing and traveling. In 1988, he suffered a severe brain aneurysm, just a short time after his dear friend and colleague survived one himself. He only had a minute chance of survival and things were touch and go, but he was a fighter and exceptionally blessed to survive with only short term memory and environmental sensory issues. He was now “retired” and woodworking became a therapeutic hobby. 

In a few short years, he took on a new role – that of beloved Papa to a granddaughter followed by three grandsons. A new playful side emerged. 

As time went on, the crowds and traffic of city and suburban life affected him more as a result of the brain aneurysm, and it was time to start a new life adventure – moving to a small town in central Illinois. Although family thought this might be a temporary move, this man and wife found a strong community of neighbors and a supportive church family where they quickly felt at home. Here, Pall Mall’s and Hamm’s were replaced by buttercream cake with extra frosting and caramel delight ice cream.

  The years rolled by, when the gentleman discovered he had prostate cancer, but once again, he triumphed victorious. The years passed quickly with lunches out, Saturday church services, Dominos and Freecell games, when all too soon cancer found him again.

His family was so blessed to have the extra bonus years since the brain aneurysm and the prostate cancer, but now it was time to leave his earthly family and complete his journey to his heavenly home…

He was a good man – meticulous, a strong work ethic, who could fix anything and make something out of nothing. He passed on his love of cars to oldest daughter and her family and passed on his love of fishing to his youngest daughter and her family. He loved to go for car rides, tell a good story, and make people laugh. He was true to this even until his last days in the hospital and at home.

Rest in heavenly peace!
"My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, 
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever"
~Psalms 73:26
(this bible verse appeared on his granddaughter's phone as her daily reading as he took his final breaths... God's hand at work.)
Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pennies from Heaven ~ Volume 13

I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued prayers and support!
They have meant so much to me and my family.
Dad is now home and in hospice care.
My sister and I are splitting / alternating our time between visits with Mom & Dad
and time at work / home.
Thank goodness that there are two of us :)

It's been so long since I've had a post to share some needle love... so here it is:

Over the summer, Mom and I decided to have a stitch along using Maggie Bonanomi's "Homestead Bouquet" and wool by Blackberry Primitives.

It was so fun to see how we both could use the same design and yet each became uniquely our own.

This is Mom's - her work is always perfect! Perfectly placed, perfectly stitched and perfectly squared and finished. :)

You can see the details here.

I love her stem stitching on the round flowers - wish I would have thought of that ;)

I decided I wanted mine to have a more summery look, so I swapped the oak leaves and acorns for strawberries.

On the flower petals I used pinking shears on the ends to be reminiscent of the coreopsis blooming in my garden while stitching this piece.  

We had so much fun doing this piece together (albeit long distance), that we decided to do another stitch along... Unfortunately life has gotten in the way and we will put it aside for another day.

 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust."
~Psalm 91:1-2

Thank you Kathy F. for the passage!

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, October 2, 2016


"Country Sampler Summer House"
Slightly tweaked
By Stacy Nash for Country Sampler Girls Club in Spring Green WI

It's been a rough time lately. Times of unceasing fervent prayer. One night was spent praying unceasingly all night long. At times like this stitching brings me great comfort. The steady rythym of needle pulling thread through fabric lends cadence and focus to my prayers. 
And so it continues...

"God comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."
~2 Corinthians  1:3-4

Thank you Nicki for the passage!

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Here I am...

"Here I am Lord, Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart."
~James Kilbane ~ Here I Am Lord Lyrics

Just a quick note to let you know that I am still around...
It has been a crazy month, traveling for two and a half weeks with lots to share.

Then unexpected news that stops you in your tracks.
My father is seriously ill in central Illinois
while my mother in law is having a health emergency in northern Illinois.

At times like this we need to hold on to what we cherish most:
faith, family and friends.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support.

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
~Romans 5:1-5

Blessings, Patti

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