Thursday, September 18, 2014

Indian Corn

I like to grow corn.
Living in an urban area, my yard gets some looks once the corn is taller than the fence.
But I love to watch it grow and the way the stalks rustle in the breeze.

My little urban garden in early August.
The corn reaching the gutters on the garage.

Enough of a garden to make me happy :)

Only one week later!
While we were gone the corn had tasseled and the ears had formed.
(And the sunflowers grew so tall and developed their flowers.)

This past weekend I decided it was time to pick some corn.
This year I managed to beat the squirrels to six ears of Indian corn so far!

I love to pull the husks back and to discover the colors on each ear ~
it's like a gift! 

They are drying inside right now and as they dry the colors become brighter and more intense.
I'll share when they are all set :)

I hope that you are enjoying the delights of early autumn harvest!

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
~Philippians 2:3-4

Blessings, Patti

Monday, September 15, 2014

September Mantle and More...

Every time I blink, it seems that a week has past.
Time for my September mantle.
My theme for September is acorns, apples and pears.

I'm usually ready by now for autumn, but not quite ready to decorate with pumpkins and Halloween decor. So these decorations of early autumn harvest help bridge the gap for me...

Acorn needle roll - an old Maggie Bonanomi Club piece from Country Sampler.

A sweet Steiff squirrel with a velvet and wool acorn. 

A collection of velvet and leather acorns.

Velvet pears made by me...

Chalkware acorns

Another old Maggie Bonanomi club piece from Country Sampler with a Maggie Bonanomi original penny rug in the background.

A collection of folk art and antique pears.

An oldie but goodie.
"Johnny Appleseed" by Prairie Schooler

I may have stitched this 14 years ago, but I love it as much now as when I put in the final stitch...

A Stacy Nash Club piece from Country Sampler.

Oh, the Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need
The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed.
The Lord is good to me.

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary.
Is that really possible? Who knew when we first got married the wonderful and incredible years that were to follow :) We are so blessed!

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Late Summer Flowers

Has it really been a week since I posted last?
How can that be?!

I have been working on my Stacy Nash Stitch Camp sewing tray. I wanted to change up the center of these flowers a bit and finally am happy with my tweaks. The stitching is now done and I have dreamed up some ideas of tweaking the tray itself. Hmmm, I am thinking that this is going to take longer than I thought. I just hope that it turns out as well as it looks in my mind's eye :)

The zinnias in the garden are still happy and going strong.

I didn't realize that butterflies like Zinnias.
This swallowtail with touches of blue spent several hours around the zinnas one afternoon. He would flit around up near the trees and then come right back down. 

The next afternoon the same flowers were visited by a Monarch butterfly. I remember when they used to be so common and plentiful, but we haven't seen many recently. I heard that they are now threatened. Many of our neighbors are now growing milkweed in an effort to help and I am thinking of putting some in our alley myself.

I'm trying to enjoy the flowers while I can...

knowing that their days are numbered.

This happy bouquet came home with me from the farmer's market. 
I won't be cutting any more of my own zinnias now that I know that the butterflies are enjoying them so...

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
~Romans 1:16-17

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Stacy Nash Stitch Camp Finish!

I am so happy to share that I finished this Stacy Nash Stitch Camp project!
I am so happy with it and will treasure this needlebook and velvet pinkeep/fob
 and the memories that they hold.

Here is the original.
It was so sweet as is, but I put a little spin on it.

I decided that I wanted another motif instead of the dog on the left, so I started going through my other Stacy patterns. I tried a bee skep with bees and a rooster, but wasn't quite happy.
I came across the little goat from Stacy's "Old White Farmhouse" pattern and knew that was it.

I'm also not big on adding old years. I think it comes from seeing an occasional new creation at an antique show being passed as an antique. So I decided instead to stitch "Grace". This could be the young lady's name, but for me it is a reminder of God's grace ~ love and mercy from God that we don't deserve.

I added a few other little extras as well...
A little velvet berry to match the fobs.
A little patch on the spine to match the wool inside.

A little wool heart on the back.
And on the inside...

A patch of antique French ticking to note where and when this was created.

A peach velvet pinkeep and a wool heart scissor pouch.

Now I am really motivated to finish my Stitch Camp Sewing Tray!
Thanks for letting me share...

This is what the Lord says—
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you what is best for you,
who directs you in the way you should go.
~Isaiah 48:17

Blessings, Patti

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Offerings

            It feels good to be back in my regular routine! Although it has been hot and humid here on Winding Vine, every once in a while the morning is a bit cooler and a tinge of autumn can be felt in the air… I’ve noticed that the squirrels and skunks have been much more active and I know that they can feel it too. My offerings this month are inspired by the squirrels favorite treat this time of year ~ acorns.

My first offering this month is based on a wonderful design by Notforgotten Farm ~ “Acorn Harvest”. This sweet acorn measures approximately 6 by 3.5 inches. It is backed with the same fabric as the acorn top and features a hand-dyed wool oak leaf. It has been gently aged and is a sweet bowl filler.
~*Sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

Acorn and Crow is a design by Buttermilk Basin featuring wonderful wools and a glass bead eye for the crow. It measures approximately 5 by 7 inches and is backed with the same cotton print as frames the front. 
~*Sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

Next is “Gathering Acorns Windowsill Pillow”. I love this sweet design by Tina Woltman! It features a wee wool acorn and hand-dyed wool leaf and is backed with the same fabric that appears on the left side. This pillow measures approximately 4 by 11 inches and would lovely on a windowsill or propped on a bookcase or cupboard. It has been gently aged.
~*Sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

I have also included photos of some offerings that I created late last autumn. 
I will be listing them on Etsy later this week. “Vintage Pumpkin Pillows” feature all vintage materials and measure 5 by 6 inches. They are stuffed with vintage cotton batting. This Winding Vine Designs Original is offered in four different backgrounds Antique Coverlet, Antique Tweed Wool, Antique French Ticking, and Hand Dyed Autumn Leaves Wool. Vintage Pumpkin Pillows are offered at $19 each plus shipping. 

Give Ye Thanks Pillow is based on a sweet design by Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm. This cross-stitched piece features hand-dyed linen and floss that has been gently aged. It is accented with a coordinating primitive plaid flannel and is backed with the same fabric. As with all of my creations, it is completely hand stitched. It measures approximately 3 inches tall by 9 inches long and is accented with an antique skeleton key. Give Ye Thanks is stuffed with vintage cotton batting. Perfect sitting on a windowsill or tucked in a cupboard. 
~*Sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

If you are interested in any of these offerings, please email me at:
I can send a paypal invoice or I also accept checks and money orders.

Thanks for taking a peek!
Enjoy these early days of an upcoming autumn…

Blessings, Patti

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Liberty Inn... finished!

"Liberty Inn" For The Inspired Needle's "Inspiring Summer Seminar"
design by Paulette Stewart for Plum Street Samplers

You might remember this as a class that I enjoyed in June. You can read about it here.
My version came home from the framer today:

I'm not very good at sticking with large projects, so I did an abbreviated version.

In the end, I chose not to back-stitch the quilt stars on the house.
I preferred the subtle look.

I was very happy with the mats and the moulding that the framer chose.

I'm so happy with the framed picture and the strawberries!
The stitching projects from one summer class completed!

Last night football / marching band season started at the local high school and we were there to cheer them on - especially one very special tuba player - our son :)

Tomorrow will be spent readying my offerings for September.
The newsletter will be sent out to my mailing list tomorrow night.
The offerings will be posted on my blog on Monday.

"You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand."
Psalm 16:11

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pennies from heaven...

A few months back, I shared my Mom's first penny rug.
You can see it here.

Mom has taken to penny rugs like a duck to water and has been stitching like crazy ever since.
When my sister and I went down for a visit for our parents' 55th wedding anniversary, 
Mom gave a show and tell that took our breath away!

I'm sooo lucky to be her daughter and to be gifted with this great piece!

She didn't like it as it was only her second piece and she said that I could pitch it, if I wanted. 
Are you crazy?!?! I absolutely adore this penny rug! The colors are perfect and I love how the pennies spill over the edges.

It lives here now on a little leather ottoman in my living room :)

Next Mom tried blanket stitching and found that she really enjoyed it.
This mat she made for my sister, who was also thrilled.

My mom had asked me to send her some wool to match her sunroom.
And next she created this:

Such pretty, soft colors that looks great with

her chair cushions and swan.

Since Mom wasn't happy with the first mat she made, she created another one for me:

Aren't I lucky!

Next up was a mat for her table of Longaberger shaker baskets - perfection!

Here is a close up of the mat.

For Mother's Day, I sent Mom a wool penny kit.

She stitched it right up.
As she has stitched, she has grown in confidence and in trying new ideas and concepts.

Isn't this piece awesome?! 
I love the colors and the concept!

Mom's stitches are so perfect.

And Mom's grand finale.
We all laughed that it was like a fireworks show - each penny rug that Mom pulled out we ooohed and aaahed!

I know that Mom has still been stitching away, I get updates when she starts and finishes a project.
I think she has been bitten by the wool bug! She now even has more than one project going at once. And is planning the next project while working on another LOL.

It's so fun to have a Mom passionate about wool!
Mom, I can't wait for my visit this autumn and to see your next show and tell!
(And Dad you are sure a good sport about Mom's wool addiction :)

"Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay."
~Psalm 16:9-10

Blessings, Patti