Friday, July 22, 2016

Pennies from Heaven ~ Volume 11 ~ Wonderful News!

"Flowers for the Table"

We can't thank you enough for all the prayers and well wishes!
You can't possibly know how very much they have meant to us!

When Mom's surgery was postponed for 10 days, she used the time well and finished two projects. 

This one turned out so beautiful, that this project has moved up on my "to do" list!

"Follow Me to Bethlehem"

Wow! Do I love the detail and textured wool on this!

I suggested that maybe Mom might want to make two more of this one ;)

Aren't the details beautiful?

The texture in the wool just perfect.

This week we received wonderful news!
Mom's cancer is in remission!
Our prayers have been heard!
Thanks be to God!
And thanks to all of you for including us in you prayers!

I have a finish to share as well...
"Bizzy Bee Table Mat" by The Little Red Hen

I hate to admit that I started this in 2012 and set it aside.
So glad that I picked it up again!

I made the matching pinkeep back in 2012.
Now they are both done!

My sister also had a finish when we were taking care of Mom - the cutest pair of knitted slouchy socks that were a get well gift for Mom - but of course I forgot to take a picture...sigh

Thank you again ever so much for your prayers and kind words!
Our relief to have this behind us is so great!
Mom, Dad and I all caught bad colds, sinus infections and/or bronchitis during Mom's recuperation ~ but this we know that we can handle.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
~Isaiah 41:10

Blessings, Patti

A patriotic finish and a bit of time in the garden

Thank you ever so much for the kind and generous spirit of Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm!
This 4th of July finish is "Flag Maker" and Lori is sharing this pattern for free on her blog!
You can find this pattern along with many other gorgeous freebies here.
Thank you ever so much Lori!
And I am loving my little flag threadholder by Notforgotten Farm as well :)

It was a quick and fun stitch.
I made it into a little threadboard
and on the back...

I used antique ticking and calico to create a flag.

It has been a wonderful summer for the garden!
The coneflowers and black-eyed Susans are huge!

Earlier this season I found these incredible succulent wreaths at the nursery.
I just had to have one!
Wouldn't it be gorgeous hanging on my garden gate?

Luckily I looked at the price tag as I was putting it in my cart.
They were each over $100!!!
Yes, gorgeous, but not in my price range.
I went home without them.

The next week, I was at our town's farmer's market 
and found something in my price range...

Succulents in a chicken feeder!
Too cute!
I didn't put this one back, and it came home with me!

It is so sweet and I love it just as much ;)

I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
    I have set my heart on your laws.
~Psalm 119:30

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Prairie Schooler Year ~ June & July

Gosh, time is flying by so fast that I forgot to post for June! So here is June and July...

I love how easily Prairie Schooler designs can "prim" up. 
I sold these two fobs a few years ago and am thinking that I may need to stitch them up again for myself ;)

An oldie, but goodie

And another that I stitched way back in the day.

These two pillows are very special to me!
My mom stitched them for my birthday way back in 1989!

Isn't Uncle Sam wonderful?

And Lady Liberty, too.
Treasures still...

"Blessed are those who keep his statutes
    and seek him with all their heart"
~Psalm 119:2

Blessings, Patti

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Thank you!

Thank you so much for all of your prayers! Mom is now home and slowly recuperating. Preliminary results are optimistic. Full results available in one week. Mom has truly appreciated all of your kind words and prayers! Thank you!
Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Request for Prayers...

In a few hours, I will be heading back down to my parents' home.
Mom's rescheduled surgery will take place tomorrow.
If you are so inclined, might I ask you to say a prayer for Mom?
These past 10 days Mom has been keeping her hands and mind busy by stitching away.
I think that she might have a finish or two to share... 

We will focus on another opportunity for the four of us to spend some time together...
"Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
    though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
    with your right hand you save me.
The Lord will vindicate me;
    your love, Lord, endures forever
    do not abandon the works of your hands."
~Psalm 136: 6 - 8
Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A finish and a winner

"Liberty Angel Sewing Book"
Little Stitches Handwork Club kit 2015
by Notforgotten Farm
I always like to work on something patriotic over the 4th of July.
I stitched this last summer, but never got around to putting it together.
I tend to get bored when filling in a large area of stitching, so I added a few Smyrna stitches in her dress to keep my interest ;)

I backed the sewing book with a bit of antique patriotic ticking.

Inside is a little antique ticking pocket, a wool star pinkeep and a bit of antique flag ribbon.
Over the weekend I spent a bit of time perusing my favorite patriotic art books.

So much inspiration!
Thank you to the 53 individuals that entered my latest giveaway!
It was so fun to read about your favorite things about June!
From vacations and end of the school year,
weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays
family time and father's day to flag day
early summer weather & swimming

gardening and strawberries
and raspberries too!
The longest day of the year & more time to stitch!!!
fireflies and baby birds
more gardening, early summer flowers and hydrangeas

June is a lovely month!
Although in some ways every month is a good month!

Using, the winner selected was #23 - Kathleen Hepner!
Congratulations Kathleen!
Please send your mailing address to me at
and your wool charm pack will be on its way...
“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done,
    and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;
    let this be known to all the world."
~Isaiah 12:4-5
Blessings, Patti

Friday, July 1, 2016

~*July Offerings*~

The heart of summer is almost here ~ the 4th of July is just days away! Parades, Picnics and Fireworks – so all-American! Patriotic red, white and blue have inspired this month’s offerings…

Recently I acquired a wonderful red and blue cross stitched antique table cloth. I love the peacocks, flowers and other motifs cross stitched upon it. My first offering is “Patriotic Peacock” Thread Board. This piece is both lovely to display and useful. I added mother of pearl rings for holding threads on one side.

On the back I included a red, cream and blue wool heart pocket for embroidery scissors (not included) and a patriotic ribbon tie to keep them safe and secure. There is also a needle and pin keep of the same patriotic wool. It has a base of thin mat board, so that it is stiff and can be propped up on a shelf or table. It measures approximately 4 inches by 5 inches (not including the rings) and is completely handsewn.
“Patriotic Peacock” Thread Board is offered at $45.
~*Sale Pending.*~

I’ve made two pinch pockets from the same wonderful antique table cloth. One side has a peacock, one side has red and blue embroidery and one side has red flowers. These pinch pockets are perfect for a small spool of thread, a small pair of embroidery scissors, and even a few other notions. They each measure approximately 4 inches across and 3 inches tall.

Items are stored safely inside until you gently press the two corners together to open. The pinch pockets are lined with coordinating wool (the same as the backing of the thread board). As with all of my offerings, they are completely handsewn.
These Patriotic Peacock Pinch Pockets are offered at $25 each.
~*Sales pending on all pinch pockets.*~

My final offering is a large strawberry pinkeep from a Kay Cloud pattern. It measures a big 5 by 7 inches not including the stem. The berry is made of a vintage rayon velvet  with an army blanket wool cap and stem. The seeds are black headed pins, so it is ready for use! It is stuffed with a combination of cotton and crushed walnut shells for a nice weight, but not too heavy. The big strawberry is completely handsewn.
“Big Berry” is offered at $40.
~*Sale pending.*~

If you are interested in purchasing anything, just send me an email at:
I can send a PayPal invoice or I accept checks and money orders.

Blessings, Patti