Thursday, May 25, 2017

From Our Hands ~ Creative *The End & A LIttle Giveaway*

In addition to the wonderful vendors of The Mercantile,
we also spent the day surrounded by so much inspiration stitching.
Pretty flowers on every table.

Rebekah's beautiful ribbons making my heart sing.

My Bittersweet Stitching Sister, Linda made wonderful progress on her darling bunny.

Here are many of the bunny makers and their inspirational teacher, Lori Ann.

I had a little finish myself - Robin on Egg from a Lori Ann class in Ohio last year.

Although not finished at the Needle In, Mom finished her sweet bag shortly after.

And I finished mine a week after Mom.

Lori Ann and Rebekah are such gracious hosts and even had door prizes for us.
Although Mom and I didn't win, we were excited that Bittersweet Stitching Sister, Linda did.

And we were tickled that our new friend, Kim won this sweet little pinkeep made by Lori Ann!

You have been so kind to let me share our adventure and have left so many sweet comments.
Now here is where you can join in the fun:

A little giveaway for: a back issue of Early American Life handed out at the Mercantile, some fun fabric I picked up at Back Door Quilts, a beeswax heart and DMC from Rebekah's booth, and some wonderful ribbon by Lori Ann Corelis.

This giveaway is open to all. Either leave a comment on this post or send an email to with "FOH Giveaway" in the subject line and tell me:
What project are you working on this month?
I will pick a winner on Thursday, June 1st using

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.
But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command:
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
~Galatians 5:13-14

Blessings, Patti

Monday, May 22, 2017

From Our Hands ~ Creative *The Mercantile~Part 2*

The amazing booths continue with Laurie Lausen of LJ Fibers at The Wooly Red Rug.
I was so excited to meet Laurie after placing many orders with her these past few months :)

And both Laurie and her booth were lovely!
I'm still kicking myself that I didn't buy her book "Hilda H. Thornbroom's Herbal" - look at all the wonderful designs it contains! I may need to place another order...

Laurie had wonderful wool bundles for sale. 

I was so excited to share one of her designs that I completed.
"Hearts and Tulips" was Laurie's design that was included in the premiere issue (Spring 2017) of Wool Works Magazine. 

While her original design was a rectangle, I decided to make mine round for a round table I have.

It was such a joy to work with her beautiful wool and Rustic Wool Moire thread.

And it was fun to share my finish with her in person.

Mom made some purchases in Laurie's booth.

And I added to my ever growing collection of wool threads.

I also purchased two of Laurie's books.
I saw two Memorie Cloth projects in person and they are amazing!

This one that is on the cover of her book

And this one that her friend had in progress - stunning!

I also bought this sweet punch needle pin that Laurie created.

Next up was the booth of Stacy Nash and her newest offerings set my heart aflutter!

Stacy shared her newest antique sampler find and the pieces that it inspired

Be still my heart!

Aren't these trays, pin disk and needle case darling?!

You know that they HAD to come home with me lol.

I was also excited to see the model for "Rabbit Hollow Farm Sampler"

So I also had to get that along with one of her thread holders and a kit for her mushroom pincushion.

The next booth was Debbie Hartwick of Heartwells Designs.
Mom and I did an awful lot of agonizing over our purchases here ;)
We wanted one of everything!

Mom bought these pretty button cards - little works of art.

And this beauty! I love it and the colors are more beautiful in person!

And Mom also bought these teeny tiny treasures.
I tried adding the spool for perspective, but maybe this is better:

Their tiny details are amazing!

And this is the little pincushion that I finally decided upon along with some vintage rings for future projects.

Aren't the tiny bees darling?!

And last but certainly not least is Donna Bennett of Crows On The Ledge.
Beautiful wool, wool applique and rug hooking.

Isn't her rug hooked sign darling?! And it goes perfectly with the pretty carpet.
Believe it or not, I realized that I didn't buy any of her wool once I arrived home!
But that was quickly remedied and arrived just today ;)

Donna's beautiful wool using Rebekah's dye recipes.

I'll have one more blog post from this trip which will include a little giveaway.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement 
give you the same attitude of mind
 toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 
so that with one mind and one voice 
you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
~Romans 15:5-6

Blessings, Patti

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