I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
~Author Unknown

Sharing a common thread with those who love the art of hand embroidery

Friday, December 14, 2018

Until I Return Next Year........

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
Ada V. Hendricks

Wishing you a very merry Christmas!


Saturday, December 1, 2018

There is just something about a piece of string


that can be pulled, twisted, and tied, with colors so captivating.....
and then, can be turned into something so beautiful.  
I rarely purchase patterns, but when I saw  this 
crocheted granny square cardigan pattern, 

I just had to purchase it!  I love crocheting granny squares, 
using up the bits of leftover yarn from other projects. 
(for those of you who want to know,
it can be found at Maggie's Crochet.com) 

This is not the weight or type of yarn the pattern calls for, 
however, I have so much  left over from making crocheted scarves and throws,
that I wanted to find something else to crochet with it.  
Such beautiful variegated colors with names like "meadow/prairie"
"winery " , "echo" and "parrot". I also love the feel
of the yarn.  
So I am being careful and making sure the granny square measures the 
right size when I finish.  And there are quite a lot  of squares to crochet!
And it may wind up looking pretty primitive and goofy,
so I may not be seen wearing it in town.........
however, my chickens, cat and dog accept my primitive
and goofy look, so I will wear it here on the farm..........
when I finally finish crocheting it. 
December is here, along with it's chilly days........
perfect for staying in, using the imagination, 
and keeping the hands busy creating! 
Don't you think?

I love  Minna Thomas Antrim's thoughts about chilly nights...........
Brew me a cup for a winter’s night.
For the wind howls loud, and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I’ll toast your bright eyes, my sweetheart fair.
Minna Thomas Antrim, "A Night Cap," A Book of Toasts, 1902

So tell me, what are you creating these days?
I would love to hear!



Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thanksgiving day is upon us..........

I think the words attributed by Jacqueline Winspear
says it all so wonderfully.............
"Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live. "
 Jacqueline Winspear
Wishing you a wonderfully grace filled and blessed Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

November comes And November goes,

With the last red berries
And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.
Elizabeth Coatsworth (1893–1986)


 I love these lovely, pleasant November days! My husband,  Sophie dog, and Taboo kitty and I love to take leisurely afternoon walks.   I have been able to start having sales in my 
vintage shop........the shop is now not too hot and not too cold.
I spend my days working with my handmades while waiting on visitors.
I finally managed to learn how to make Japanese Temari balls. I saw a photo of these kinds of pretty
balls of thread a few years ago........ordered a couple of books to learn how........and just now
got around to learning!  
 With the holidays fast approaching, my thoughts turn to the food I that want to prepare for our usual gatherings.  I always try to find something that is pretty and tasteful.  This year.....I am keeping it simple with the foods everyone loves..........but I am making at least one decorative pie.  I made this one cherry pie the other day and was very happy at how cheery it looks!  
I have also started painting my Mrs. Butterworth's bottles again and this time 
hand crocheting dishcloths in matching colors for each bottle.
I was thinking these would be cute to put dish soap in........what do you think?
Has your weather turned more pleasant at this time of year?
What are your favorite foods for Thanksgiving?  
Do you decorate early for Christmas.......or do you keep a fall them till after Thanksgiving?
Are you working on hand crafts at this time of year?
I would love to hear!  

Saturday, October 6, 2018

A few weeks back, I showed you a table runner

I have started embroidery work on..........after years of it
being stored away.


There is a large cornucopia on both ends. I decided to embroider
both ends at the same time so that I would get them finished
and out of the way.  

There are 2 fruit clusters on each side

The table runner is a very good large size..........
enough to cover a good length of the table.......
and now, the embroidery work has been finished on it.

I still need to finish embroidering the napkins...which won't take 
me long.  Although I do plan to use this set on our 
Thanksgiving table............

it looks lovely used along with the plates with a fruit pattern 
and with dishware in different shades of green.
I have another idea for this runner............
but that will be way down the road. 
So, for now, it will be enjoyed as it is.
Tell me..........
do you have certain linens that you like to use for 
your holiday table?  I would love to hear!

Friday, September 14, 2018

In my vintage shop............I have a vintage table


I love to set it ,at different times, with 
a different tablecloth

a mix of vintage plates, serving pieces, 

and vintage glassware and teacups

Each vintage piece just seems to always fit in

 
 The old table comes to life in it's own vintage way
Lovely vintage serving bowls also add charm
Sometimes, I hand embroider coasters and napkins, 
and sometimes, I use a set of vintage napkins


An inviting table for family and guests
If I don't have enough place mats, I often use vintage 
embroidered dresser runners, folded to serve as such

Sometimes, I set complete sets of dishware 
for  a lovely farmhouse look




 Take time enough for your meals, and eat them in company whenever you can. 
There is no need for hurry in life—least of all when we are eating. 
Edward Everett Hale, "How to Get the Best of It," c.1892

Thursday, August 30, 2018

I fell in love with this 1930s garden scene linen

that someone had started embroidery work on. I purchased 
a junk box of old linens, and this was inside. 
It was heavily stained

and I set about soaking it...........two times, yet 
the stains were still very noticeable.  I thought about
soaking it once again for a long term, but noticed
that the embroidery transfer was also fading and I did '
not want to lose the embroidery lines. 

So I retraced over all of the transfer design with a very fine
tip micron  pen, after that,


I lightly tinted the whole design , covering much of the stains.
Some of the embroidery work was also very loose and 
worn

and some of the design I did not like the choice of embroidery stitch,
So, some of the embroidery stitching I let stay, because it really is pretty.
For the frayed stitching, I removed and will work other embroidery over it.
I will show you different sections as I work on this piece over the next few weeks......months?
Such as the photoed section  above. I decided to work on this upper corner first.
  The black lattice was very frayed and 
I dd not like the turquoise roses   

I decided to work red bullion roses with a green spray of leaves
and  the pine shrub in the back 

I chose to work in a darker green

Along with this work I am also working on this set
that I received as a present many,many years ago.
I never seemed to "get around" to start embroidery work
with it.  I want so to have this completed by Halloween
or Thanksgiving

The only hurdle........this is how the chart is........sigh
The company double printed it.
Have any of you ever had this problem with a chart? 

and it is a struggle to read.  I had once emailed the company to see
if they could replace the chart for me......but they said it was 
out of print. However, I have a great sewing light and good
sewing glasses

and the embroidery is coming along well. 

I am embroidering both ends of the table runner at 
the same time. The reason??........
If I have a large design such as this on both ends of a table 
runner, I tend to tire after I have finished the first end and 
take a long time getting to work on the other. This way , I 
will have both ends finished at the same time!
Do you ever do that??

Now I just have to keep working at it to get it all done.........
as long as I prevent myself from getting bit by a rattlesnake.
You can read about what almost happened to me yesterday morning
on my country blog at this link
How about you?  Are you working on something 
to decorate with for the holidays? 
I would love to hear!