Monday, January 23, 2012

Words & a winner

Oh what fun this giveaway was!
So many inspiring words:
giving, mercy, believe, fun, patience, tolerance, appreciation, faith, thankful, more, blessings, simplify, half-full, organization, inspiration, peace, journey, contentment, finish and focus.
What a wonderful world it could be if everyone focused on these words...
There were 30 comments and emails and the random number generator picked #15:
Congratulations Melissa!
I'm planning a special February giveaway to celebrate my 200+ followers. I know exactly what I want to make, I just need to find the time to make it :)
I have another piece that I have decided to part with... Stitched in 2000 and custom framed, it's a great piece that celebrates winter and Valentine's Day. It measures about 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches.
Offered at $40 plus shipping.
Feel free to email me at for more information.
Eventually I will get it up on Etsy.
Thank you again for sharing your "words" with me. and now for these final words:
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” ~Genesis 8:22
Blessings, Patti

Sunday, January 15, 2012

This & that, A word & a giveaway

"Auld Lang Syne" free design by Heartstring Samplery (in progress)
This is a busy time of year for my day career as an accountant. Lots of overtime working to close books and prepare year-end financials. Unfortunately, it cuts into my creating and crafting time. I have so many ideas floating through my head and occassionally being jotted or doodled, but little time to actually create them.

It ocurred to me that I haven't had my January giveaway yet and wanted to put that up right away. I also noticed that I somehow I hit 200 followers! I can't imagine that there are 200 people out there that want to see what I do... but somehow there is. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! It somehow validates what I create with my heart and my hands. If time cooperates, I have something special in mind to create for my February giveaway in celebration. For January, I will be giving away the two vintage heart pillows with heart keys ~ one for you and one for a friend (or feel free to keep them both lol) I will pick a winner with a random number generator on Saturday.
Sneak peek - TDIPT Mercantile February 1st offerings

Lately I've noticed many bloggers are starting the new year with a word rather than a resolution. I like that idea. Resolutions come and go, but a word you can come back to again and again during the year. I thought for a while and couldn't come up with a word, but recently one popped into my head and I knew that it was it! "Presence"! Living in the fast paced city of Chicago, I find myself constantly in motion multi-tasking as much as possible. This year, I want to be more "present" in the moment. Focusing on the person speaking, focusing on the task at hand. Not thinking about the next item on my "to do" list or what I rather be doing. I know that it won't always work, but it will be my focus and a reminder...

So for the giveaway this month, as always, either comment on this post or drop me an email at with "Word" in the subject line and let me know what word you would like to focus on this year. I can't wait to hear your ideas.

"I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus."
~1 Timothy 1:12-14

Blessings, Patti
p.s. Just had to add this! A new Maggie Bonanomi design sighting in the Winter 2011 issue of BH&G Quilts & More ~ "Pocket Posy" wool bag. Congrats to Maggie! And good news for us Maggie fans ;)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Another Winter Walk in the Woods...& items for sale

"A Winter Walk in the Woods Candle Mat"
(c) Winding Vine Designs
I had so much fun with those trees, that I started wondering how it would look as a round candle mat. A great place to put my favorite timer battery candles :)
Tomorrow I think I will get a chance for a Winter Walk, not in the woods, but in downtown Chicago. They are forecasting our first snow. I kind of hope that they are right...
I hope to be back shortly to share an incredible swap that I was recently a part of...
Also, I wanted to mention two items that I have decided to part with. I'll be listing them on Etsy in the next few days, but feel free to email me with any questions...
"Peace on Earth" Sewing Book
You can see more photos here.
$45 plus shipping

"Sleigh Bells" make do pillow
You can see more info here.
$42 plus shipping

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, January 8, 2012

"A Winter Walk in the Woods"
(c) Winding Vine Designs
Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Belated Happy New Year!

My favorite part of the New Year? I am an old fashioned gal who carries a date book and still uses a wall calendar. The date book isn't just for my meetings, but becomes my journal for the year where I jot my thoughts and memories and tape my ticket stubs and other treasures... I now have a shelf full of 17 years of black leather date books filled with my life. The wall calendar hangs in our kitchen and is where we track the comings and goings of four busy people. There is something about a brand new calendar that seems full of possibilities! Who knows what wonders this year will hold!
The New Year also holds the first of the month update of artist offerings at TDIPT Mercantile.
Be sure to stop by and see some lovely winter, Valentine and even springtime offerings.
Thank you for your wonderful response and support his month.
I have one boy ice skater needle book still available.

The festivities continue here on Winding Vine. This Saturday we will celebrate Second Christmas, as my boys call it. This is our Christmas celebration for my side of the family with my parents coming in from out of town. Then Sunday is my husband's birthday. Time to wrap a few more presents...

Blessings, Patti