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


cucki said...

i love your super cute sweetttttttttttttt.
have a lovely day x

Three Sheep Studio said...

It sounds like you had a lovely vacation and even got to do some stitching ! Beautiful pics.

Karen said...

Love your mat. I really need to do this one.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

beautiful work my friend ~ glad you had a wonderful vacation and am happy you're home safe & sound.
blessed be!

WoolenSails said...

That is a beautiful piece, love the wools you used. Looks like a great place to take a vacation.


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Lana Manis said...

Welcome home, Patti! Your vacation sounds wonderful... and that hearth rug is gorgeous!

Kathy L. said...

Lovely work!

Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation.

We are on vacation in Wisconsin this week and enjoying great weather and scenery as well.


linda said...

Beautiful work Patti. Glad you got to reconnect and have some quiet down time. Always refreshing for the soul.

Roberta said...

Your hearth rug turned out great! I had a hard time getting the colors to suit me on that and love yours. Looks like a wonderful vacation and glad the whole family was able to be together for that! ~Roberta

Karen said...

Your piece is well worth admiring. A prim style piece and well done.

Gayle said...

Your mat is perfection! I'm excited for a Maggie B class I'll be taking next month. I should have invited myself on your vacation - looks like we like to do the same stuff!

Jonette said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!!

marly said...

Beautiful work. Glad you enjoyed your vacation and returned safely!

Kellie from Indiana said...

Lovely design and finish! Sounds like a wonderful vacation.

Raymond Homestead said...

LoVe it!