Saturday, May 20, 2017

From Our Hands ~ Creative *The Mercantile~Part 1*

The Needle In and Mercantile were the grand finale of our retreat!
A day spent stitching and shopping ~ what can be better?!

Here is the booth of Lori Ann Corelis of The Spotted Hare
after the crowds left her booth pretty bare :)

I bought these pretty crinkly ribbons at her booth.

Rebekah L. Smith's booth was quite bare as well by the time I thought to take pictures.

Mom bought these lovely wools from Rebekah

and I bought these.

I bought some of Rebekah's wonderful hand-dyed linen.
It has such an unusual texture and wonderful color.
I also bought one of her sweet Stitching  Elements baskets ~ all of the essentials needed to work on one of Rebekah's projects including  a handmade pincushion box filled with pins all packaged in a vintage strawberry basket. Sew sweet!

This is the booth of Kelsey Anilee ~ Rebekah's daughter.

Mom bought this sweet necklace from Kelsey.

and lucky me! Mom bought me one too!
I also bought these lovely notecards.

Here's a close up of my pretty necklace. I love the tree!

Next is the lovely Accent on Primitives wooden wares of  The Schomburgs.

The shapes, colors and workmanship are so wonderful!

And I bought this piece for Mom.

This is only half of the booths from The Mercantile. 
I will be back with the other half shortly and will be having a little giveaway, too.

Sow your seed in the morning,
    and at evening let your hands not be idle,
for you do not know which will succeed,
    whether this or that,
    or whether both will do equally well.
~Ecclesiastes 11:6

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

From Our Hands ~ Creative *Field Trips*

One morning, Mom and I didn't have any classes, so we decided to check out the area.
Yellow Springs itself is filled with wonderful shops and restaurants. but I failed to take pictures. 
Before I went, someone sent me an article that Yellow Springs was named Coolest Small Town in America and I see why :) You can read the article here.

Our first stop was Clifton Mills.

Our first sighting in this wonderful historic town was this old Black Smith Shop.

Next was this wonderful covered bridge from 1886. 

A wonderful view on the way to the covered bridge.

As we walked on the covered bridge, we had the best view of all:

Historic Clifton Mill on the Little Miami River. 

I loved the beams and lanterns on the bridge.

And the water cascading down from the mill - such delightful music to my ears.

So glad that we were able to get a quick look!

Next it was on to Waynesville, Ohio.

Our first stop was Fabric Shack

And their cute Annex across the parking lot.

They had pre-cuts galore!

It was a large shop with aisles of fabrics and the Annex had some wool too. 

Mom purchased this neat pattern from an Australian designer and toweling for the background. 

And I purchased some fun fabrics.

Then we checked out some of the neat antique shops:

Love this key display with old skeleton keys.

And reclaimed materials for fun kitchen islands.

Our favorite stop was Brass Lantern Antiques and Cheap John's Country Store.
These items weren't for sale, but was more of a museum of the owners' private collection.
And what a sight it was to see:

Like walking into an old general store

With every item in mint condition.

Isn't this spool cabinet incredible?!

And all these needle cases!
Be still my heart!
To own just one...

I did find two little antique treasures to come home with me...

After all that exploring, 
it was time to visit another location that was recommended to me multiple times:

Young's Jersey Dairy.

With cows outside and homemade ice cream inside.

I would share a picture of the ice cream creations, 
but let's just say that it disappeared to quickly to photograph ;)

All too soon, it was our final day and grand finale ~
The Needle In & Mercantile!
I think it might take more than one post to cover it all!

As you do not know the path of the wind,
    or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
    the Maker of all things.
~Ecclesiastes 11:5

Blessings, Patti

Saturday, May 13, 2017

From Our Hands ~ Creative *Class with Stacy Nash*

The class that I took with Stacy Nash was Beekeeper's Inn Sewing Box.
As soon as I saw the picture I knew that I had to make it.

 The colors of both threads and linen were even prettier in person.

On the lid I switched up the Inn just a tad and added a tiny ricrac trim around the edge.

The inside of Stacy's original box was very pretty,

but I couldn't help myself and I changed it up a bit.
I loved the winding vine  and bee skep on the cover so much that I had to repeat it.
And I thought it needed a beekeeper/innkeeper too.

I thought the gardening gal from Stacy's "Spring at Hollyberry Farm" made the perfect beekeeper!
Of course there had to be a dachsund, too!

The same tiny ricrac trim and a little wool applique bee added to the velvet bottom.
So happy with another finish from this lovely retreat!

It was so wonderful to see Stacy's Animal Crackers in person!
I know that they have been extremely popular, 
but let me tell you that they are even more darling in person!

And her mushroom pincushions, too!
We even had a sneak peek of new things to come, but I will wait for Stacy to share those ;)

Another fun part of these retreats is seeing others creations. 
Roxanne shared her absolutely amazing quilt top.
The tiny details were absolutely breathtaking!

And this beautiful pine needle pinkeep owned by Kim was a beautiful work of art.

Mom and I did have one morning off without classes and decided to explore the area.
I'll have a bit of that in my next post.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
~Proverbs 31:30-31

Happy Mothers Day MOM!!!!

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, May 11, 2017

From Our Hands ~ Creative *Classes with Rebekah L. Smith*

Mom and I had our first class with Rebekah L. Smith.
Everything she does has that distinct Rebekah look!
Even her supplies including this basket of ribbon are gorgeous!

We had homework to do ahead of time for her Wooly Box class.
I chose to use my favorite ~ Rustic Wool Moire Thread on mine.

I switched the sunflower and flag on mine and changed up some of the embroidery stitches.

Rebekah's finished sample on  top and my piece ready for class in the bottom.
With Rebekah's thorough and gentle teaching we were done in no time!

Here we are - me, Rebekah and Mom with finished boxes!
So much fun!!!

Mom and I are both so pleased with how our boxes turned out!

I've decided that my House Box is perfect for storing my growing collection of
Rustic Wool Moire Threads!

And here is our entire class with all of our boxes.
Rebekah's next book, Seasons of Wool Applique Folk Art, is coming out this summer
and will contain the instructions for making your own Wooly Box!

While Mom and I were working on our Wooly Boxes, my Bittersweet Sister, Linda was taking a full day class with Lori Ann Corelis to make a fabulous jointed mohair bunny!

Of course I had to take a peek.

I loved seeing the feather weight machines humming away...
But this was way beyond my abilities, I will just admire from afar ;)

I have to give a big shout out to Marly of Samplers and Santas!
I've loved and followed her blog for years. Earlier this year, she had a giveaway for two of her wonderful paper mache boxes that I have been coveting for quite some time ~ one box to keep and one to give away. I won! And Mom was the recipient of the second. The boxes were perfect for our classes. Mine fit my 5 spools of Rustic Wool Moire thread that I use for Rebekah projects, a pair of stork scissors and a tin of pins perfectly!
Thank you ever so much Marly for your generosity! We love our treasured boxes! 

On the second day, Mom and I took another class with Rebekah ~ 
Wooly Sewing Basket 
(complete with matching scissor holster)

To add to the fun, this class was also taken with Julie Kursave of the wonderful Wool Applique and Bits and Bobs groups on Facebook! Such fun to meet an online friend in person!

We didn't finish our Wooly Sewing Baskets in class,
but finished them soon after.
Here is Mom's:

I love how she added buttons - perfect!

And here is mine:

I had a lot of fun with the embroidery stitches.

I should have added the scissors for the picture.

Two projects finished from the retreat!
Always a good feeling!

I also took a class with Stacy Nash, but realized that I haven't taken a picture of my finished project...
That will have to be in my next post...

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
~Ephesians 4:32

Blessings, Patti