Thursday, May 24, 2018

From Our Hands ~ Creative ~ 2018 ~ The Giveaway


Finally! The time has come for my little giveaway ~
accumulated on my trip to Yellow Springs, Ohio for the From Our Hands ~ Creative retreat.
Some yummy wool, a Rebekah L. Smith ruler and waxer, a pretty note card from Lori Ann Corelis, some hand-dyed pins from Stacy Nash, a mini-charm pack from Fabric Shack and a sweet little bee plant poke picked up on my travels.


In order to enter, simply leave a comment on this post or send an email to me at pgagliardi9@hotmail.com with Ohio giveaway in the subject line and tell me what needlework project you are working on this holiday weekend. Or maybe you aren't with parades, memorials, gardening and graduations keeping many busy ~ that's ok too!

I'll pick a random winner on Friday, June 1st.


Thank you Lori Ann Corelis, Kelsey Smith and Rebekah L. Smith for another fabulous retreat!
We enjoyed every minute and appreciate all the effort in putting this together.
And thanks to Stacy Nash and Donna Bennett for increasing the fun!

Finally, thanks to you for letting me share the journey.

How great are your works, Lord,
    how profound your thoughts!
~Psalms 92:5

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

From Our Hands ~ Creative ~ 2018 ~ The Ride Home


Mom and I took a roundabout way home heading from Yellow Springs, Ohio to the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri. It wasn't exactly "on the way", but it was oh so worth it!
Mom and I wanted to stop at Calico Moon.
We had been there once before and loved it. You can read about it here.

Unfortunately, they are in the process of closing their store, 
so we wanted to be sure and visit one more time.


Mom found this wonderful lamp and a nice piece of wool.


While I brought home these lovely quilt samples.
I think that they may be designs by Bonnie Sullivan.


I love the bees!


And look at the wonderful shamrocks quilted in the corners.

But my coveted treasure is below:


Isn't it gorgeous! My very first spool cabinet!


I love the details on the sides.
When cleaning it up, I found some cardboard lining the bottom of the drawer.
When I gently pulled it up and turned it over I found this:


So precious! And the colors are still so vibrant. I put it back in the drawer, 
but right side up so I can enjoy it.


Both drawers were filled with treasures.
I'm not sure if the thread is original to the cabinet, but it is all Coats thread, so it will stay where it is :)


Scissors, hoops, buttons and needles were also among the treasures.


It is right at home on top of a low bookcase. 
I thought I might store my rustic moire wool thread or my overdyed floss in the cabinet,
but I hate to disturb the antiques that it came with.
So I guess I will leave it as is for now...

 What an amazing trip! Thank you so much for being patient with me and following along.
My next post will be for the little giveaway, you won't have to wait too long!

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
    I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
~Psalm 92:4

Blessings, Patti

Friday, May 18, 2018

From Our Hands ~ Creative ~ 2018 ~ The Antiques


At the recommendation of several friends, Mom and I visited the Heart of Ohio Antique Center this year. It was hard to get a picture of this mammoth building!
It is 122,000 square feet!
With 1,425 booths and showcases!
I have been to some big antique malls around the country, but I have never seen anything like this!

There were some amazing antiques to see.


This huge tramp art book case had to be six feet tall.


A lovely hooked rug with three dimensional flowers.


I loved the graphics and colors.


This lovely unfinished sampler in the standing hoop was stunning, but way more than my budget.


Someone had a wonderful collection of Victorian blown glass Easter eggs.


It covered two shelves of one case.


Mom found some neat treasures to take home, including an egg from the collection.


And so did I.

I also found this beautiful box.


I loved the painting on it.
Then I opened it up.


It was a sewing box with two original navy velvet pincushions,
a compartment with it's original lid, and a removable spinning thread holder.


The thread holder raises for easy use and then lowers for storage.

I was curious about the painting of the nation's capital in the velvet mat in the lid,
so I gently removed it.


It is a collectible Clark's thread card!
Perfect!

We also had a wonderful afternoon visiting Waynesville and Lebanon, Ohio with our friend Nancy Knight. With homes filling up, sometimes it's hard to decide which items to bring home.

I can't end this travelogue without sharing our stop on our way home.
It was a great way to end our trip!
Then I will have my little giveaway....

It is good to praise the Lord
    and make music to your name, O Most High,


proclaiming your love in the morning
    and your faithfulness at night
Psalms 92:1-2

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, May 17, 2018

From Our Hands ~ Creative ~ 2018 ~ Yellow Springs


Since we were returning to Yellow Springs, we had some favorites that we wanted to return to. 
But we also wanted to visit some new places as well.

One night Mom and I decided to try Ye Olde Trail Tavern.


Such a neat building!


With a lot of history.
And look at this cozy scene inside.


Do you see the framed etching over the fireplace?
It's Abraham Lincoln and family.


Since I had recently returned from Asheville, North Carolina where we visited a micro brewery or two, we stopped at Yellow Springs' own brewery.


I had a few tastes and bought some to take home for souvenirs.


Mom and I also had fun at Urban Handmade featuring the wares of a variety of artists.
Mom and I each bought rings here as well as a pendant for my sister.
All were made by Matt Cole
The "stones" in the settings were so very unique!
Nobody would ever guess - but they are actually from recycled bowling balls!
What a conversation starter!

We enjoyed our new finds, but also had to return to some favorites including Ellie's, Sunrise Café,


Bentino's for pizza!
And yes, we absolutely had to return to Young's Jersey Dairy!


I can tell you that their Buckeye Sundae was absolutely amazing!
And yes I did eat the entire thing.
Although I asked them to make it as a single scoop instead of a double and to leave off the whipped cream. My attempt at trying to be good lol ;)

Next up are the antiques!

 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

From Our Hands ~ Creative 2018 ~The Classes


Mom and I took the same classes this year at From Our Hands ~ Creative.
And the classes were amazing!
We didn't finish any of our class projects while there,
and unfortunately I haven't been able to pick mine up since I've been home.

Our first class was this wonderful wooly sewing book with Rebekah L. Smith


Our second class was this beautiful Wooden Heart Wool Pocket.
And get this - the heart was made by Peter Brechlin 
and painted by Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm!!! I was so excited!


Our last class was Lamb on a Hill Sewing Box with Lori Ann Corelis.


Isn't this so sweet?! I love the beautiful Lehay Shaker Box, too.

This year, we also had optional mini classes at night.


I took this gorgeous bracelet class with Kelsey Anilee Smith.
It also is not yet completed. I can't wait to finish it and wear it!
Kelsey has these kits available in her Etsy Shop. You can find it here.


And my final mini night time class was this Pear Needlebook with Stacy Nash.
Mom took it too. and guess what?
We finished it!


I was so happy with it, but thought it was missing one little thing...


Seeds on the inside :)

I'll share my finishes as I complete them. Hopefully I can pick them up again one day soon!

I still have a few more posts to share before my little giveaway, so stay tuned.

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
~1 Thessalonions 5:15

Blessings, Patti

Friday, May 11, 2018

From Our Hands ~ Creative 2018 ~ Shopping The Mercantile


My first stop in shopping was Rebekah L. Smith's booth.
These are Mom's purchases - lovely wool, a journal with a wonderful page saver bookmark made by Rebekah and a little needle minder kit.


I also bought some lovely wool from Rebekah.
My favorite is the one on the bottom - 
you need to take a closer look:


Isn't it gorgeous with all those wonderful colors?!


Mom and I both bought a Lap App. We tried them out in class and found that we really liked them. I usually work on projects while sitting on the couch and this helps a lot with my posture, not being hunched over. It adapts to so many positions. On the left is a wonderful piece of a vintage tablecloth that Rebekah overdyed with walnut dye. Also a needle minder kit, two hand-dyed linen bags - I love the one that I recently made and have some ideas for these two. And the basket on the right oh my!


I am so thrilled to add this to my collection of Rebekah creations.
So pretty and useful! I love birds and the moment I saw it I couldn't let it go :) 


Mom's first stop was Heartwells. She had admired the lovely antique spool holders with newly made pincushions last year and was hoping for one this year. She bought a beauty! She also got a tiny sweet tomato emery and some pretty wool from Crows on the Ledge.

And guess what?!?


Mom gifted me with a spectacular antique spool holder by Heartwells with this sweet squirrel!!!



Can you see his teeny tiny velvet acorn? He is so very sweet!
I am blessed and thrilled to have him. 
Thank you ever so much Mom!


And I had to purchase this sweet tiny dachshund pincushion with her tiny bone and a tiny tomato emery to match Mom's. 

Doesn't the pincushion look just like my sweet Leia?


Yep, they both sure are sweet :)


This lovely necklace was made by Kelsy Anilee Smith.


And I certainly didn't have any self-control in Stacy Nash's booth lol.
Do you see the tiny pin wheel with the robin that Stacy made?


I also bought these wonderful scissors from Lori Ann Corelis.


Kim Stout had a wonderful booth filled with antique sewing tools and lovely creations she made herself. Two thread wheels, two needle cases, and an Amish Stumpwork tin pattern were the treasures that I acquired in her fantastic booth.

And this was just the first night of our retreat! There is so much more to share before I have my little giveaway :) Next up - The Classes!

 Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
~1 Thessalonians 5:13-14

Blessings, Patti