Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Antiques that followed us home

Time has once again escaped me!
I still have to share more of my trip earlier this month to Mom's and the wonderful antiques that we found.
These were Mom's purchases on our first day. The puzzle ball was from Maggie Bonanomi.
 But you really need to see the tiny boot pinkeep close up!

The workmanship and teeny tiny stitches are amazing!

I tried to show the perspective of how tiny it is, but it is rather hard to capture.

Mom bought these treasures from Schneeman Folk Art.
Perfect for a Christmas display!

And Mom found another puzzle ball! I think she is now a collector!
Love the antique bone buttons on this one from Jacque Bradford.

I also bought an antique puzzle ball from Maggie.
I loved the stitching and the little nubs of velvet that remain.

I bought this cornucopia made by Maggie - perfect with antique velvet, oak leaves and acorns.

And another teeny tiny treasure - a little leather doll shoe made into a velvet pinkeep.

This bird by Ginny Henson also followed me home.
I love the embroidered linsy woolsy wings

and the wonderful breast fabric too.

In Norma and Jennifer Schneeman's booth, I bought this wonderful make do bird that started as a spun cotton antique ornament from Japan that was not in good condition.
But Jennifer used her magic and repurposed it.
Can you see the tiny original wire legs?

Aren't the paper embossed wings and tail stunning?!

And a Schneeman gingerbread heart for my Schneeman Christmas tree.

I also couldn't pass up this matched set of measures!

Both of them are embossed with the same maker, city and state.

I also bought this wonderful shoe accented with old ribbon.
While the shoe is darling, the presentation was awesome:

It will be hanging with a spray of greens on my front door this holiday season. :)

This pincushion has been calling to me the past several shows and this time I couldn't resist.

I may need to try and replicate it...

 And finally my last purchase of the trip:

My home's furniture fits our house's architecture is mainly prairie / mission / arts + crafts style with a few treasured pieces of Stickley. So I couldn't resist this bookshelf.
I love the drawers and 

the side pockets - wouldn't they look so pretty filled with greens for the holidays?
Once I clean it up and decide where to display it, I will have to share.

Thank goodness these shows are only twice a year!
I better start saving my pennies for the March shows...

Thanks for letting me share our shopping with you!
I'll try to be back soon with all of Mom's recent wool finishes.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
~Colossians 2:6-7

Blessings, Patti 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

A Final Fall Finish

"The Fruits of Our Labor"
by Pineberry Lane

The moment I saw this pattern, I knew that I had to stitch it immediately.
Luckily, it could be purchased as a pdf and I was stitching that day.

I had them stitched by Thanksgiving, but not "finished"
But I managed to squeeze it in before the end of November.

This was the first time I ever stitched a gun or is it a musket...
I'm glad he is a bad aim lol.

She has a lot to admire with her autumn harvest.

And the corn stalk that this couple grew was a lot of fun to stitch.
I don't know why, but I always spend time trying to pick the perfect background that no one usually sees.

I thought this backing fabric was perfect for "Fruits of  Our Labor".

I hope that each of you are continuing to enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend.
On to Christmas stitching!

 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. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
Ephesians 1:17-19

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

painting by Jennifer Schneeman

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving filled with blessings to each of you!
God has blessed me more than I could have ever imagined.
I am so thankful to him for each and every one of those blessings:
 family, friends, home, career... the list can go on and on.
And I am thankful for each of you that continue to read my little blog. 

"Bittersweet" by Annie Beez Folk Art

A finish to remind me how thankful I am for the Bittersweet Stitching Sisters.
Although we wish that we lived closer together, 
we are thankful that we are able to spend a week together each year.

It was a fun and quick stitch.

Accented with some ric rac and antique bone buttons.

Enjoy your day with family and friends, parades and football.

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

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