Friday, January 13, 2017

Holly Days

The "holidays" may be over, but I am still enjoying "Holly Days" ~ stitching holly
both in wool and

in cross stitch. I love holly (variegated holly is my favorite) and try to find some to decorate with each year. I planted a little variegated holly bush, compliments of my sister in law, and I am hoping that in a few years I might be able to do some trimming and decorating.

Although I do associate holly with Christmas, I think my holly finishes might be out through January (provided I finish the two above before the end of the month lol.)

I did have a holly finish at the end of 2016:

Primitive Gathering's
Holly & Berries Table Mat

I decided to use little red buttons for the berries and a red perle cotton blanket stitch along the edge.

Here is where it lives in our front room bay window.

I tried a photo with the light on, but then there is glare.
(Don't you love the vintage candle holder with holly, berries and a cinnamon stick by Norma Schneeman?! *sigh* So sweet!) 

And I didn't show you my final cross stitch finish for 2016:

Stacy Nash's
"Noel Sewing Basket Limited Edition Kit"

I just love how teeny tiny it is!

So happy with how it turned out, that this hasn't been put away yet either.

I'll enjoy it for a few more weeks and then pack it all away January 31,
when I pull out my Valentines.

For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
2 Corinthians 5:7-9

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Gift from the Heart

You may remember this piece from one of my editions of Pennies from Heaven - when I post Mom's finishes. I fell in love with it and suggested that it would make a great Christmas gift.
Guess what?!?! She did!!!
Not only did Mom  make another, she actually stitched four nativities!
For herself, me, my sister and her only granddaughter!
We are all so lucky to call her Mom/Grandma!

I knew that I would never stitch this for myself - too many tiny pieces and different wools.

I love all of the details so much!

And of course Mom's work is perfect!
My sister, niece and I were debating whether the spotted cow or the fluffy sheep was our favorite ;)
Of course, if we weren't emotional enough, the back put us over the edge:

Even Dad thought Mom was crazy to stitch four of these mats.
I will treasure it always!!!
A Very Heartfelt Thank You to you Mom!
We all know that this was a gift from the heart.

I also had to share two other Christmas gifts:

Aren't these just the cutest pajamas?!
My niece found them for me! They are perfect and comfy too!
(and thanks to my Sis, Brother-in-law and nephew too!
All my gifts were awesome, but these were too cute not to share)

My favorite is the yapping pup!
I may have one or two yappy pups at home ;)

And my oldest son gave me these two awesome books!
Can't wait to find some time to really read them cover to cover.

" For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
~Matthew 6:21

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

~*January Offerings*~

Welcome to 2017!
I am ready for a new year and I hope that it will bring peace and blessings to all!
My offerings this month sold immediately, but I still wanted to share them here…

My first Snow themed offering this month is based on a design by Country Rustic Primitives. It is accentuated with my favorite antique coverlet and a wonderful cream chenille rickrack trim that I found in California – perfect for conjuring images of fluffy snow! It measures approximately 6.5 inches by 7 inches tall. It is backed with the same antique navy and cream antique coverlet. This pillow, like all of my offerings, is completely handsewn.
~*“Snow” cross stitched pillow is sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

My other offering this month features a simple sentiment appliqu├ęd using an antique ivory wool blanket applied to the antique coverlet background as used above. Completely hand-stitched, it is backed with the same antique coverlet. It measures approximately 4 by 9 inches.
~*“Snow” applique pillow is sold. Thank you ever so much!*~

Ideas are already flowing for next month...
Blessings, Patti

Friday, December 30, 2016

A Few Final Finishes for 2016

I found a few 2016 finishes that I don't think I ever shared on my blog.
I thought that would be a good way to end the year.
2016 has been a rough year and I am glad to see it go.
Although it was a year filled with trials and tribulations,
I must focus on the blessings of 2016:
*our youngest son graduating from high school and starting his next chapter in college
*our oldest son spending a summer on a research fellowship following his passion
*travels with family and good friends
*time spent with my parents and sister - this was the biggest blessing as no one knew that this cherished time would be coming to an end
*and even being with my dad and holding his hand as he passed  on to his heavenly home - although this may be the hardest thing that I have ever done, I know that this was my final gift to him.
Who knows what 2017 will bring?
Actually I don't want to know, but would rather live in the moment
as what is to be will be by God's will.
I am hoping for a very quiet year with time to reflect and look forward,
time with family and friends,
and of course time to stitch and create.

"Summer House Pinkeep"
design by Stacy Nash for Country Sampler Girls Club
This piece is very meaningful to me - stitching on this all through the night while praying fervently for my father and mother-in-law. So many prayers are stitched into this piece. A few little tweaks to include both of our pups and hearts and crosses for the two loved ones I was praying for.
Edged with a vintage rick rack.

"Adam & Eve on the Farm Sewing Tray"
design by Stacy Nash - limited edition kit
I stitched this to commemorate our day at Slagel Family Farms this summer for a farm to table event with three Chicago chefs - my birthday gift from my husband. A perfect memento of that perfect day!
Our bedroom is filled with folk art renditions of Adam & Eve and this is a perfect addition!

I couldn't help myself, I just had to add some of my favorite animals from other Stacy Nash designs.
I tweaked the horse a bit by Eve to look more like a donkey and gave her a basket for her apple (since Adam had a pitchfork.) I really enjoyed squeezing in more animals.
"Toil & Trouble Pinkeep"
design by Stacy Nash for Country Sampler Girls Club.

A quick stitch that I finished for Halloween, but just forgot to share here.

I added rickrack trim and had fun adding a bit of applique to the back.
As I am writing this I am realizing that I've been stitching a lot of Stacy Nash designs,
well I guess I have been for years lol.
I also realized that I have two other finishes that I haven't photographed.
I'll have to do that soon.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
~John 16:33
Wishing each of you a Happy New Year filled with blessings and peace!
Blessings, Patti

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick little note to wish each and every one of you a Very Merry Christmas!
I thought that I would share my Schneeman Folk Art Tree. 

This angel is my tree topper now, but she floats around my home all year long.

Almost all of the ornaments are by Norma and Jennifer Schneeman, but there are a few by Ginny Henson, Stacy Nash and Audrey of Bay Rays Child.

This isn't our big tree, but one we have in our family room.

I think that it is my favorite this year.

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Luke 2:6-7

Blessings, Patti

Friday, December 16, 2016

Chicago Christmas 2016 ~ shopping

A Christmas shopping tradition with most Chicagoans is visiting Macy's on State Street - the former Marshall Fields. I have wonderful memories of viewing the Great Tree with my grandparents and eating at the Walnut Room at its base. Then years of doing the same with our boys and collecting their annual Santabear mugs during our special meal.

This was my favorite window this year - loved the little squirrel and the silhouettes.

My other favorite Christmas stop is this little shop:

A simple old door at The Tree Studio Building - an artists colony built in 1894.
Once you walk through the door, you feel like you are walking into another world!
The shop is called P.O.S.H.

The display immediately inside the door.

Of course I was drawn to this German display.
Be sure to walk to the back of the store to see a beautiful view

Isn't it gorgeous?! 
Especially with the wonderful courtyard garden as a backdrop.

Such sweet details everywhere you look.
I think that I need to go back one more time before Christmas just to take it all in :)
And for a few moments of that holiday peace and wonder that it provides.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
Luke 2:4-5

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Chicago Christmas 2016 ~ Cookies and a Parade

Each year our church hosts a cookie walk.
While the cookies are always wonderful, this year there was an abundance of truly special cookies, many made by my friend Lois. She is so talented!
Isn't this wee mouse with the maraschino stem tail too cute!

And these little piggies - too cute to eat!

A sweet polar bear

and some darling snowmen as well

Some "Nutter Butter" snowmen and reindeer

A reindeer brownie

And an "ugly Christmas sweater" cookie!
I have to admire them for a while before we eat them ;)

After an absence of a few years, we decided to attend the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade.
Here it comes!

Mickey & Minnie Mouse are always on the first float to turn on the Christmas lights down Michigan Avenue.

It's fun to see the giant balloons from a different perspective.

The nutcracker was my favorite.
Of course it was a very windy night, so they had to be kept close to the ground.

Celebrating the Cubs World Series win.
 My oldest son was happy to see Ben Zobrist and his wife, Christian singer Julianna Zobrist on another float. 

And of course the man of the hour with all his reindeer friends :)

 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!  But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.  Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
~Luke 1:42-45

Blessings, Patti