Thursday, August 29, 2013

Collection #4

Here is my Collection #4.
What are they you ask?
I have no idea!
Little treen boxes ~ some are threaded, some are not.

Some were labeled as needle cases, some were labeled as pill boxes.
I wish that I knew what they really are... or maybe they were used for a variety of purposes.
The four boxes in the middle are similar in size and shape.
The barrel shaped box on the left was too good a deal to pass up.

And the little knob topped box on the right was just such a sweet shape.
So there you have collection #4 ~ a collection  of 6 little treen boxes.
 (I think that I need a 7th as aren't odd numbers better for decorating lol.)
After finishing my last wool project, I decided it was time to start another Maggie Club kit.
Last weekend, I thought I would just trace out my pattern pieces. When I opened up my kit,
I realized that I had already traced them!

So instead, I was able to spend the time ironing and cutting!
I just love the late summer / early autumn colors of this kit!
Maybe this weekend I can pin them all in place :)
"Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings."
~Psalms 36:5-7
Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Home Sweet Home

"19th Century-Inspired Wool Hearth Rug"
design by Maggie Bonanomi
from her book Buttonwood Farm
It's finished!

I stitched the last berry as we pulled in our alley.
I backed it and labeled it and it is now complete.
I intend to display it on our hearth during the summer months,
but for now it is on our kitchen table so that I can admire it every time I walk by...
Our family vacation was just what I needed.

Lots of canoeing down the Namekagon River

Lots of kayaking on the Chippewa Flowage.

Lots of fishing on the flowage

I caught quite a few ~ always catch, take photos, and release.

Lots of ATVing in the Chequamegon National Forest

And most of all, lots of time to reconnect with my husband and our sons.

I tried to focus on living in the moment.

Enjoying the views and just drinking it all in.

The day after we arrived home it was time to return to Ravinia - for my Mother's Day gift - ticket to Goat Rodeo Sessions. What an awesome evening enjoying the incredible talents of Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Thile (and Aoife O'Donovan, not pictured).
It was such a treat and a joy to watch their passion and enjoyment in performing.
Now it is time to catch up at home and work
and get everyone ready for the upcoming "back to school" season.
But I will try to keep the calm and contentment of vacation and the concert in my heart as I go...
"By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life."
~Psalm 42:8
Blessings, Patti

Monday, August 19, 2013

A Giveaway Winner!

Thank you so much to the 27 people who entered this lovely giveaway. It was so much fun to see which painting was your favorite!
And the winner is:
Kellie from Indiana
who picked "Country Lavender Basket".
Congratulations Kellie!
Be sure to stop by Lana Manis Designs to see all of Lana's wonderful creations!
I will be back again as soon as I can with a finish of my vacation project...
Blessings, Patti

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Bit More R&R

Our week of R&R is quickly coming to a close.
I'm hoping to stitch down all those berries on the looooong ride home.

Isn't this patch of coneflowers lovely?

I will be picking the winner of my birthday giveaway tomorrow night, so there is still time to enter.

Click here: to see how to enter.

Hope that you experienced some peaceful moments this week as well.

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

More R&R

A little more progress on my sewing.

Another lovely view and place to stitch.

and a few more little treasures.

I found a great little bag of antique shoe buttons, clam shells, snail shells and acorns.

Wishing you lovely views!

Blessings, Patti

Monday, August 12, 2013



Enjoying a little R£R this week.
This is my view while doing a bit of woolwork.

And these are the treasures that I have found this week.

A few early changing leaves, a perfect pinecone, a wooden needle case, an 1893 Chicago thimble, and a vintage book "A Prairie Grove" that details the settling of a grove near my home.

R&R for body, mind and soul.

Wishing you contentment!

Blessings, Patti

P.S. There is still time to enter my birthday giveaway on the last post.


Friday, August 9, 2013

A Birthday Giveaway

Happy Birthday to me this past week,
but it is you that may win the gift!
This giveaway is being sponsored by a very talented artist, Lana Manis.
Lana and I met online several years ago as I am a fan and collector of her work.
She works in many mediums and many styles and has been featured in several magazines including the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts.
Lana is also a very supportive individual and played a key role in helping me take the plunge into the blogging world and joining TDIPT Mercantile over 5 years ago. 

You can learn more about Lana by following her on her blog or visiting her on facebook.

Lana has been kind enough to offer one of her art prints to a reader of my blog.
You will be able to choose the art print of your choice and Lana will send it directly to you.
This giveaway will be open to shipping in the U.S. only.

As always, this giveaway is open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike.
Simple comment on this post or email me at with "Lana Manis Giveaway" in the subject line.
Now, here is the hard part ~ you will need to go to Lana's Etsy shop (click here) and pick the art print that you would like to win. In your comment or email, tell me the name of the art print that you will select if you are the winner.

I have been showing many of her floral art prints as they are really speaking to me today, but she also has abstracts, mixed media collage prints, and lovely words to live by.
They may not be primitive, but I think their wonderful folk art quality, subtle neutrals and pops of color would look right at home in any decor. 
Now, how to decide...

I will be posting a winner on Saturday, August 17
Good luck!
Blessings, Patti
p.s. Oh my goodness gracious! As I posted this I just realized that this is my 400th post! Another reason to celebrate :) I am not sure how I found 400 things to talk about, but I guess I must be a chatty person :)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Collection #3

Greetings! My collection that I am featuring this week fits in one little basket.
I started this collection back when I was in high school.
Every once in a while, when my dad had a day off from work, he and I would sneak off for a bit of antiquing.

I spied this stereoscope in good condition. It was $25, but on my high school allowance, this was too much, so I asked if the shop owner would take $20. He said no, so I started walking out the door. The shop owner called me back in and said he would take $20. When we got back to the car, my dad just kept shaking his head at my negotiating skills :) He couldn't believe that I would leave over $5 either :)  

I love that the red velvet trim is all still intact. I was hoping to show you the wonderful 3D effect, but it is hard to see with a camera. Once I bought the stereoscope, I started collecting the cards.

I love to purchase cards of places that I have visited ~ from sweet home Chicago, National Parks, the U.S. and abroad.

I find animals hard to resist as well.

Other unusual cards include a miniature wedding, a little girl sleeping under a wonderful crazy quilt with her guardian angel watching over, and an advertisement for either a potter or a general store. 

This card was a special birthday gift from my parents - they always said my bedroom looked like Oscar's from "The Odd Couple". Luckily I have somewhat grown out of my messy stage ;)

This was my first series - from "The Proposal" to "The Wedding Day ~ Alone at Last"
Received around the time of my own engagement to my dear husband. 

I once won a drawing for a gift certificate to a local antique shop. With the certificate, I purchased this wonderful boxed tour of Sears Roebuck. So neat to see the old offices and inner workings of the old Sears catalogue. 
My most recent purchase was this set of 25 views of the life of Jesus from birth to resurrection.
Thanks for taking a tour of Collection #3.
Now what should I photograph next???
Thank you so much for the many comments and emails regarding my Moravian Star.
I was so excited to hear about your own vintage stars and seeing pictures of them too!
I was absolutely thrilled to hear from Colleen MacKinnon and to discover her wonderful blog, Penny Rugs and More. She has a great tutorial for making your very own Moravian Star! And even better, she has templates and kits for them in her Etsy shop.
I purchased one of her kits and just can't wait to give it a try! :) I will keep you posted once I get started...

And it was time for another concert at Ravinia.
This time it was Steely Dan. (I couldn't get the entire band in the picture.) I just love that horn section! Wonderful summer music for a lovely summer evening outdoors.
"One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple."
~Psalm 27:4
Blessings, Patti

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sunflower Season

It is sunflower season here on Winding Vine. The goldfinches have returned and are happily eating the seeds on the smaller sunflowers and coneflowers, too. Their happy songs and bright yellow plumage always make me smile J

My first offering is Ladybug Pincushions. Based on a Plays with Wool design, they measure approximately 4 inches across by 2 inches high. Each ladybug features a different hand dyed red wool, black vintage snaps for spots and tiny black glass seed beads for antennae. They are backed with a soft coordinating flannel and an appliqued wool heart. They look so sweet grouped with the Vintage Sunflower Pincushions in an old wooden bowl.
Ladybug pincushions are offered at $18 each plus shipping.
~*One available.*~
Please email me at to purchase.

My original Vintage Sunflower Pincushions were such a hit last year that I had to make a few more. Made with all vintage materials, they feature a vintage brown velvet seed head, golden yellow petals made from a wool blanket that I always slept under at Grandma’s, and a green army blanket wool bract. They are filled with crushed walnut shells for weight and measure approximately 6 inches across and 2 inches high.
Vintage Sunflower Pincushions are offered at $18 each plus shipping.
~*Sold. Thank you ever so much!*~
Please email me at to purchase. 

My final offering is Primitive Sunflower Pillow. Based on a design by Primitive Gatherings, it features all Primitive Gatherings hand-dyed wools. It is backed with a soft flannel and measures 7.5 by 9.5 inches.
Primitive Sunflower Pillow is offered at $36 plus shipping.
~*Sold. Thank you ever so much!*~
If you are interested in purchasing anything or have any questions, just send me an email at . I can send a paypal invoice or I also accept checks and money orders.

Wishing you sunny days filled with sunflowers in the waning days of summer.
Blessings, Patti
"All human life on the earth is like grass,
    and all human glory is like a flower in a field.
The grass dries up and its flower falls off,
       but the Lord’s word endures forever."
~1 Peter 1:24