Friday, November 17, 2017

A Plethora of Primitives

When Mom and I went to the central Illinois Primitive Shows, our first stop was the awe inspiring booth of Maggie Bonanomi.

Isn't this display simply gorgeous?!

I fell in love with this sweet single shoe, but I restrained myself.

It's so hard to decide where to look first!

Maggie has such a knack for creating lovely displays.

Loved the color and especially the shape of this pumpkin.
After Maggie's booth and a look at the other dealers at this Rural Life location, we had to head over another Rural Life location to see:

Ginny Henson and her wonderful antiques and creations.

Her folk art animals and angels look great displayed with primitive antiques.

So sweet!

So many wonderful textures.

A lovely angel with architectural wings.

I loved this pair of elephants!

Mom and I were so delighted to meet Norma and Jennifer Schneeman in person at
Homesteaders on the Prairie.
I've been collecting their work for years, and they were as lovely in person as they are in correspondence. There booth was very busy, so I didn't get any photos, except for this one:

I just love the old calligraphy on the these wonderful feedsacks.
Beth Pulsipher also had a wonderful booth at this show, but alas no pictures.
We were there when it opened and it was very crowded.

Mom and I also went to A Gathering on the Prairie and enjoyed the lovely booth of Jacque Bradford.

Mom and I both found many treasures and I'll share as soon as I take some photos of mine.
I also was able to take pictures of all of Mom's lastest wool finishes. Lots more to come!

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
~Ephesians 1:17

Blessings, Patti 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Where does the time go???

I merely blink my eyes and an entire week has passed!
And I am several days overdue in picking my giveaway winner!

Thank you so much to the 41 people who entered my giveaway!
It was so fun to read your responses about my painted tin box.
I loved your ideas as to its use: matches, spices, buttons, pictures, cards/poker chips/dice, game box complete with pencil and paper, cigarettes and ashtray, money, or a box for an army officer. My favorite response came from Lady Locust - a box in which to keep emergency chocolates well organized! That is my kind of box!
I guess we will never know the true original use for this box, but I will enjoy it still!

Using to select the winner, it selected #9 - Jonette T.!
Congratulations Jonette! Unfortunately, you are a no-reply blogger so I am unable to contact you. 
Please send an email to me at with your mailing address and I will send your winnings on their way.

You may be wondering about the pictures in this post...
Mom and I were able to attend a few of the central Illinois primitive shows last week 
and these were random items that caught my eye...

I'll have more to share about our time together in the next several posts.
Everytime we go to these shows, there is one item that catches our eye in booth after booth...
This time it was:

childrens shoes!
So sweet and sentimental.
I love the red ones, but those seem to be the most expensive, of course ;)

I hope to be back before another week passes
and I hope to hear from Jonette soon!

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
~Ephesians 1:15-16

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Another "Maggie" finish

"Autumn's Choice"
design by Maggie Bonanomi 
for Country Sampler's 2016 Girls Club

I decided to add veins to all of the oak leaves using Rustic Wool Moire thread.
For finishing I decided to use a cotton backing and binding.
I can enjoy this for a few weeks until the day after Thanksgiving, 
when the Christmas decorations all come out.

There's still time to enter my little giveaway.
Read about it here.

I'm heading down to see Mom and get pics of all her latest finishes.
And we will be visiting a few of the wonderful primitive shows while we are at it!
I'll be back to share soon.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.
~Psalm 100:4-5

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Early or Late?

"Halloween Pinkeep"
design by Stacy Nash 
stitched on 20 count Straw linen over one thread

You could consider me a day late (or a week) and a dollar short,
but I prefer to think that I am really early for next year lol.

The attitude on both of the pumpkins' faces make me smile :)

There is still time to enter my little trip giveaway,
you can read about it here.

Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
~Psalm 100:3

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Osage 2017 ~ Part 6

I bet you thought that this trip would never end lol!
It's taken me a lot longer to post than the actual trip! 

But all too soon, the Bittersweet Sisters had to say goodbye and head home...

I had to make a few stops along the way to savor the scenery and take a few pictures.

While the leaves were just starting to change back then,
I am sure that they are in full glorious color now.

I also had to stop at a few antique shops along the way...

Isn't this graniteware amazing?!?!
I own a few pieces of the standard grey, white and blue,
but had no idea that there are other colors too!

This is a bad picture due to the glare, but the collection of butter stamps were too gorgeous not to share.

And the beautiful colors in this hooked rug perfectly depict springtime.

A few treasures that came home with me.

I only collect Gurley turkey candles, but this fella really caught my eye!
I just couldn't leave this dapper gent behind.

Some antique textiles.

Here is the inside of the hankie case shown in the picture above. It has seen better days, but I'm thinking of taking it gently apart and using it in some other manner.

A while back I declared that I was absolutely done collecting pyrography boxes, 
but this is the smallest one that I have ever seen and who can resist roses?

This old thread box really made me smile. Be sure to enlarge the picture so that you can read all the words. I think that it will make you smile too!

And this was my favorite purchase of the trip!
I love old painted tin, although I'm not sure how old this piece is...
I though it might make a nice little box for sewing supplies.
And it opens in a very interesting manner.

When I saw the eagles, shields and stars, I was smitten!
I wonder if it might have originally been for
cigarettes and matches?
playing cards and poker chips?
What do you think?

Well, this finally takes me to the end of my trip posts,
and my traditional trip giveaway.
Here it is:

This giveaway is open to everyone. Simply make a comment on this post, or send me an email at with a subject of "Osage giveaway".
And tell me, what do you think that my painted tin box was used for?
I will pick a winner on Sunday, November 12th.
Good luck!

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come into his presence with singing.
~Psalm 100:1-2

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Do you remember these from years ago?

I sure do! I was so tempted to buy one on a recent day of antiquing, but I refrained...

I finished this mug rug from a Missie Carpenter pattern using Halloween fabrics 
that I bought at Yellow Creek Quilt Designs.

I love Missie's technique for finishing the back!

When decorating my house for Halloween, I realized that I did not have a single Halloween table mat.
How could that possibly be?!?! I have lots for autumn, but not specifically for Halloween.
Luckily I have a pattern or two in my stash and Mom was here to help!
We did a little color planning.

Then tested out two different background colors.

Mom was such a help and cut out all my pieces!

In no time at all, it was completed!
Just in the nick of time!

"Halloween Pumpkin Mat"
by Buttermilk Basin

It is so hard to take photos during the week this time of year.
It is dark when I leave in the morning and dark when I get home at night...

But you get the idea :)
Thanks Mom for all the help!

I have some great news to share.
Mom has finished radiation treatments and is now back home and ready to create another edition of Pennies from Heaven. She'll be back in a few months for some follow up appointments. Maybe she'll be willing to work on another joint project - this time I should help her with one of hers :)

Happy Halloween!

Blessings, Patti

Friday, October 27, 2017

Osage 2017 ~ Part 5

Next up are a few gifts from the heart...
Our Bittersweet Stitching Sister, Carla was kind enough to share her talents with us.
She taught a little class to make this sweet snowflake garland!
Thank you so much Carla!
I just love mine!

Here you can see the details a bit better.
Carla suggested the perfect place to hang it!

We all made these wonderful wings a few years back with Maggie Bonanomi at Boxwood & Berries.

Mine is hanging on an original window from a Victorian house down the street.
I garbage picked it a few years back as all the old glass panes were still intact!

I think that the snow flakes really complete it!
Thanks Carla!

Nicki shared a gorgeous bookmark with each of us.
It's a real lamenated leaf!
I love how it is set off by the leather cord and wood beads.

Wendy tried something new this year - dying!
And we were the lucky recipients of hand-dyed linen and floss!
She also shared an antique butter pat dish from her family with each of us.
We all are going to display it in the same finish, but I have to finish my project first so I can show you :)

And if this wasn't enough, wait until you see what Carla made for each of us!!!
I am over the moon!

Can you believe this project bag?!?!
Right now I am admiring it as a work of art, but maybe some day I'll work up to actually using it!
I forgot to include the matching needle book in the picture :)

This is one very special bag! The bittersweet fabric is by Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm for Spoonflower and the original drawing is by Michelle Palmer - one of my favorite artists!

Oh and I forgot the scissor pull is a tiny acorn charm - oh my!
The bird and bittersweet, the needle and thread and our group name! Be still my heart!
Thank you dear Carla for this absolute treasure! I am beside myself!!!

I will have one more post for our trip and that will include my traditional little trip giveaway.
I'll be back soon!

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.
~Ephesians 5:8-10

Blessings, Patti