Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Bleeding hearts seem appropriate for today...

I finally finished the With Thy Needle and Thread "Soar" SAL.
It took me longer than usual to stitch, as my eyes are no longer used to stitching over one, especially on navy. I am happy with the results and hope to take it to the framers soon. I made a few little changes to make it "mine".

I stitched this up on a Memorial Day a few years back so that I would always have a poppy.

Paulette from Plum Street Samplers has designed a wonderful Memorial Day cross stitch design and is so kind to offer it as a freebie ~ be sure to take a peek here.

I wonder if I have enough time to start it today...

Blessings, Patti

Saturday, May 21, 2011

*Spring Cleaning Sale*

I really want to get my vegetable garden in and plant my annuals, too, but the weather just isn't cooperating. So I decided to try to unearth my crafting table as it is quite buried under supplies and kits. I realize that I can't possibly make it all and have decided that I must part with some of my treasures. In some cases, I found that I loved something so much that I bought it twice lol!

Take a peek and see if there is something that you can't live without ;)

Olde Colonial Designs A Little Thread Pallette
complete kit
Originally $29 On Sale for $17 plus shipping

Ewe & Eye & Friends Tiny Teacup Scissor Companion kit
Complete with chart, linen, floss, and scissors with sheath

Originally $24 On Sale for $15 plus shipping.

Bent Creek's Spring Snapperland

Patterns (incl. outside border), fabric, and snaps & buttons

Originally $35 On Sale for $15 plus shipping.

Please feel free to email me to request additional photos or to purchase. I will accept paypal only for Spring Cleaning items.

I'll include a freebie chart with each purchase :)

Thanks for taking the time to take a peek! *sigh* I still haven't unearthed my table yet.
Blessings, Patti

Monday, May 16, 2011


View from my dining room table:
Design by Maggie Bonanomi
for Country Sampler's Willows & Blooms Retreat

View from my Dining Room Window:

View from my living room loveseat:
Design by Maggie Bonaomi
for Country Sampler Club
View from my front stoop:

View from my friend Cathy's dining room table during our monthly stitch club yesterday:
Isn't it lovely! She is so talented in such an array of mediums!!!

View from the train station platform at sunset:

"For he views the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
When he established the force of the wind
and measured out the waters,
when he made a decree for the rain
and a path for the thunderstorm,
then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;
he confirmed it and tested it.
And he said to the human race,
“The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
and to shun evil is understanding.”
~Job 28:24-28
Wishing you lovely and inspiring views this week!
Blessings, Patti

Friday, May 6, 2011

Willows & Blooms

Last weekend I spent a delightful time with a fabulous group of women at "Willows & Blooms" hosted by my favorite store in the world:

Country Sampler in Spring Green, Wisconsin

Day One was taught by the talented Linda Lautenschlager of Chessie & Me.
Our project was an unfinished reproduction antique sampler. Linda provided appropriate period motifs and taught us how to finish designing our sampler. How Fun! Linda now has a blog ~ be sure to visit her by clicking here.

Day Two was taught by the always amazing Maggie Bonanomi. Geraniums were the theme and the potted paper geraniums were such a great project ~ very different, fun and rewarding. And the wool applique geranium picture will be perfect for summer.

We even squeezed in a bit of time for a favorite antique store...

Treasures around every corner.

You never know what you will find and you must look up in the rafters, too.

I think that one of the best parts is spending time with women that have like interests and delight in the joy of creating. It definitely feeds my soul.

(My photo is missing our darling Pam who left a bit early. We missed you, Pam!)

We were also so lucky to get a few peeks of projects from Maggie's next book coming out in the fall and an autumn piece that Linda is designing. Oh my goodness! I can't wait for them to be released!!!

I was enjoying the company so much, that I didn't finish my wool picture as I usually do... (Instead my dear friend Kim was the overachiever at this workshop! Way to go Kim!)

Here is my progress:

Hopefully I'll be back soon with a finish!

At least my paper geraniums are completed and I am enjoying them thoroughly!

I wonder how they might look in red or pink? Hmmm...

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, May 1, 2011

*-> Happy May Day <-*

Wishing you a Happy May Day!

I hope that you found a basket of posies on your doorknob this morning :)

Today is also the first of the month update at TDIPT Mercantile.

Be sure to stop by and see all of the lovely offerings. I was a bit late updating my page as this weekend I was at Country Sampler's incredible Willows & Blooms needlework retreat.
I'll be back shortly to share all about our wonderful time.

Next month I'll be featuring my annual velvet strawberries on TDIPT Mercantile to celebrate strawberry season. Soon I'll be deciding on this year's unique spin...

Happy May Day!

Blessings, Patti