Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
The weekend before last a local clothing boutique had their twice annual vintage garden market. They open up their back room and display vintage garden and home items. Their style is french country which is not my style, but still fun to peek and be inspired...
As I was wandering, I found a completed needlepoint canvas. The colors and design really spoke to me, but I put it back down. I went back to the piece at least three or four times - picking it up and putting it back again. I thought about all the hours of time and effort that went into this piece and then it was never finished and displayed. I realized that it had to go home with me and that I needed to finish it and put it out so that it could be appreciated for the art that it is...
I'm so happy that I bought it! How could I have hesitated??
I love making scissor fobs and I switch them depending on the seasons and holidays. Today I pulled out my very favorite fob and scissors.
I may have stitched it eight years ago, but I still enjoy it just as much today. These are my favorite scissors as well - isn't the little rabbit sweet?
And my final treasures to share:
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The gothic Tribune Tower is to the right of the Wrigley Building. (That building is a story for another day.)
Most of my stitching and creating is done on my commute to and from the office each day on the train, bus and/or boat.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The pattern is by Beth Twist of Heartstrings Primitives.
I'm off to enjoy my day with my husband and sons...
Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather! A Stickley jewelry chest! Oh my goodness gracious! No need for a fake smile - I was beaming! I adore Stickley and have been fortunate to acquire a few pieces over the years. This was such a surprise! I love it! I cleaned out my old jewelry box - found a few pieces I had totally forgotten about and everything is safely put away... :-)
We took a ride to a local flea market and saw a sweet groundhog munching dandelion flowers at the edge of the forest on the way. Here is what I found for $7:
All from the same vendor (after doing lots of digging...) I loved the little heart shaped pincushion in the bottom left corner with its blanket stitching around the edge. I saw embroidered letters, but couldn't make them out with all the pins. When we got home, I carefully started removing pins and found the word "ouch"! I truly LOL! When everyone came to see what was so funny, they weren't quite as amused. Maybe they haven't stuck themselves as much as I!
Don't you love the needlebook?
I thought it was perfect for Mothers Day! I love the expression on that boy!
Well, I'm off to sit on the swing for a few minutes while the laundry finishes up. I hope to finish a project - then I can share this week.
Blessings again, Patti
Friday, May 8, 2009
They always have white tulips around the historic Water Tower - very elegant. I have to admit that I felt like a tourist taking photos of my everyday sights, but it's fun to share and look at it through new eyes.
In April, Macy's hosted its annual flower show at the historic State Street store. (I can't help it, but it will always be Marshall Field's to me...)
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
In May beholds the blooming wild,
And hears in heaven the bluebird sing,
'Onward,' he cries, 'your baskets bring,
—In the next field is air more mild,
And o'er yon hazy crest is Eden's balmier spring.' "
Isn't this design so sweet?! The very talented Betty Dekat of primitivebettys shared the pattern as a May Day gift on her blog - here. Thank you ever so much Betty! I finished this just in time! (don't look to closely - I made several mistakes and don't believe in ripping)
Growing up I loved May Day. I was a girl scout and every year we would buy African violets for the teachers. We would decorate little plastic berry baskets to put the violets in. Early on May Day, we would sneak into school and hang them on the doorknobs of the classrooms to surprise the teachers. As this happened every year, I look back and realize the teachers were probably not surprised, but oh we felt so sneaky and excited! In middle school, May Day was lilac day and everyone would arrive at school with bouquets of lilacs for their favorite teachers. The school would be scented with that lovely scent for days to come...
I had to share my other favorite May Day item - a sweet little May Day dew gathering basket made by folk artist Lana Manis of Honeysuckle Lane. I love the little story that came with it. Doesn't it look so sweet with my papercuttings by Beth Twist of Heartstrings Primitives? a few of my most favorite things!
"Wreaths for the May! for happy Spring
To-day shall all her dowry bring,
The love of kind, the joy, the grace,
Hymen of element and race,
Knowing well to celebrate
With song and hue and star and state,
With tender light and youthful cheer,
The spousals of the new-born year."
I've just finished putting the finishing touches on my May Day pillow. Now I'm wondering how it would like teeny tiny over one... I think I'll go pull out some fabric :)
"April cold with dropping rain
Willows and lilacs brings again,
The whistle of returning birds,
And trumpet-lowing of the herds.
The scarlet maple-keys betray
What potent blood hath modest May,
What fiery force the earth renews,
The wealth of forms, the flush of hues;
What joy in rosy waves outpoured
Flows from the heart of Love, the Lord."
-excerpts from May-Day by Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Happy May Day to you!