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

Saturday, August 17, 2019

"At my table, sit with me. I'll pour coffee or some tea. 

Perhaps we'll share our tears and laughter,

and be friends forever after.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

As I gaze across the dry packed earth of my garden spaces..........

some with tired, weary looking plants.......
some still filled with early spring weeds........
I realize that although, in early spring, my 
intentions were so great to create beautiful garden areas, 
the high heat......my laziness of not wanting to work 
out in the heat.... and many other excuses,  make 
my gardens.........full of flaws and make
the quote above reflect so much about me.
I also shudder and think to myself......."what was I thinking?" when 
one year, many years ago..............I stayed up in the wee morning hours making homemade place mats..........with 
........of all things.........
appliqued watermelon slices on them............
even worse.........
to give to my husband's family...............
yes..........I really did...............
I really thought they were great.........at that moment.
Can you imagine the look on their faces when they opened the box
to find these very primitive "things" made for them??
And what is worse..............I continued to make
more "handmade things"  
until I started realizing............maybe I should have given "gift giving" 
more thought.  
Thank goodness for loving family and friends, 

.......yes, my friends were not immune..........

who really just took these things and 
did not tell me just how absurd these "works of art" 
really were!!!
So many flaws........with good intentions! 
I think......they really knew my heart was in the right place.......
just not my sense of reality!   
Have you spent hours.........
full of good intentions,
excited as you go creating along........
making a homemade "work of art" for someone........
to realize much later........after giving it.........
how you wish you hadn't??  
I would love to hear! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

For all of you who tried to guess what my embroidered project was.........your guesses were very good......

but no one guessed that 
it is a handbag !

Now I am finished and can show it.

This photo you saw in the last post photo is the front pocket..........

I tinted the designs with crayon because I did  
not want the embroidery to look like "dish towel" 
embroidery.  Tinting fills in large areas and 
allows me to accent it with embroidery stitches.

I had to add a beaded dragonfly.  

and a colorful

assortment of 


I love floral scallops and added this to the top of 
the handbag. 

although the inside of the handbag looks good, I did not want 
the threads of the embroidery to get snagged by keys or 
to get stained by a leaky ink pen....
so I chose a colorful print fabric to line the 
inside of the bag

This butterfly and rose fabric was perfect to use as a liner......
don't you think so?

This is a very sturdy canvas bag and I love the black
bottom and straps. The thick canvas was very tiring 
on my hands to stitch, so I am beyond glad I am finished with this.

Thank all of you for your sweet comments and for playing along
by trying to guess.  
I think I am in the mood for cross stitch now and am 
planning on working on a couple of cross stitch projects that
need to be finished. 
How about you?
What are you keeping your hands busy with?
Painting, gardening, sewing, quilting, or embroidery?
I would love to hear!

Monday, July 8, 2019

My new project started...................

can  you tell what I am embroidering on?
This is just the start............ one section done..............
I have many stitches to still work before I am finished. 
"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."  
Hans Christian Andersen

Saturday, June 29, 2019

It is now finished!!

As most of you have read in my previous posts, many months and many hours of hand stitching went into creating this lovely set.  Now it is finished! 

 Lovely sprays of flowers in shades of blue, pink, and yellows have been lightly tinted with crayola, then hand embroidered with straight stitch, outline stitch, lazy daisies, and hundreds of French knots onto this square luncheon cloth.

The stems and leaves are embroidered in greens and browns to echo a pattern from a vintage plate that I have in my vintage shop.

The particular plate pattern is (Madison) from the C. C. Thompson Pottery company, which inspired me to create this set. Therefore, I have named this set " Madison"

The cotton luncheon cloth is off/white and has hand embroidered sprays of flowers along each side and on each corner.

A round medallion of flowers is in the center. The luncheon cloth has a hemmed edge.

Two large cotton off/white dinner napkins have the same design hand embroidered on one corner.
The cloth and the napkins were purchased new to be hand embroidered on.This is not a large tablecloth,  (luncheon cloth measures 33" X 32"dinner napkins measure 18" X 18" )but a small luncheon cloth perfect to be placed on a lunch table and perfect for the newlywed couple, ( I plan to sell this set in my vintage shop or my Etsy) 
I love the way this turned out...........and I am really happy with myself that I completed on more large project!
Now I feel as if I am in limbo........glad to be finished........but wondering what to start next............I always feel this way after completing a project. Do you ever feel that way? 
It seems that no matter what I do begin working on........it is always something that takes a while to finish. 

Even when it comes to cooking.  I have just made a wonderful tasting 30 Day Friendship Fruitcake.  Have you ever heard of this?  It does take 30 days to make the juice and fruit.  But it is so wonderful tasting and worth the effort.  I have the story and the recipe that goes with this cake if you want to give it a try.  Just click onto this link to my recipe blog
Friendship Fruitcake
So tell me.......as these hot summer days stretch on.........what are you keeping your hands busy with? I would love to hear!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Inside myself is a place where I live all alone,

and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up. 
Pearl Buck

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Now is the time of year, where, no matter which aisle

you turn in the grocery store, 
(Henry Hintermeister painting circa 1940s)
you will find a loyal grandmother, surrounded with grandchildren who 
are free from school for the summer. 
For me, it is the time of year to crochet a new batch of dishcloths.
By this time of year, my current stash is getting pretty worn.

I pretty much use up the scrap yarn that I have.
This one particular pattern I like to call 
" farmhouse stripe" 

It is quick and easy to crochet and I can use any small 
snippets of yarn I have left.

However, I cannot resist a pretty yarn when 
I spy it in the craft store. This was so 
bright and colorful.

This was so lovely, I just had to have it. It has a marbled look 
it and is such a wonderful soft cotton.

I also experimented with a vintage potholder crochet pattern and
made a matching dishcloth to go with it. 

Just a few more to crochet up and then I will have 
a good new stash to enjoy my dish washing with.

June is here...........a pretty month full of sun and flowers blooming!  

It was June, and the world smelled of roses. 
The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.
Maud Hart Lovelace
Wishing you days filled with sunshine and flowers blooming!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Just a moment..........in between stitches...........

to wish you a day of contentment.
To be content doesn't mean you don't desire more,
it means you're thankful for what you have and patient
for what's to come
Tony Gaskins

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Now comes the pretty days of May

"The world's favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May."
-  Edwin Way Teale

Monday, April 22, 2019

All of the prairie and grounds throughout the woods and yard

 are filled with wildflowers of every color.  The fragrance in the air
is so sweet!
The red and orange Indian Blanket flower
(Gaillardia pulchella) ,

the Golden-eye daisy
(Viguiera dentata) ,

and the Blue Gilia 
( Gilia rigidula),

are on my mind as I stitch this luncheon cloth with matching napkins.
I have posted on this project a few months back,

getting inspiration to design this floral spray to match
a couple of vintage plates I have in my shop.

Whenever I find beautiful vintage plates, I try to design 
embroidered linens to go with them in hopes to sell
them "for a new life and new use"

I tinted the flowers with crayon tinting......as you can see on the 
faded un-embroidered sections on the cloth above.
I still have much stitching to do on this piece. 

I hope by now this finds you warmer with a blanket of 
wildflowers, instead of snow! 

Said the other, little daisy, "I am very well content
      To live simply in the meadow where the sun and rain are sent;
      Where the bees all gather sweetness, and the dew falls on my head,
      And the radiance of the moonlight is all around me shed.
"The grass and clover blossoms admire my beauty all day long,
      As I listen to the music of a bird's delightful song..."
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Two Little Daisies" (1940s) 

Friday, April 12, 2019

In between stitches.........I have a wonderful Easter salad/dessert recipe for you!

Easter time is almost here!  Now that our children are grown and scattered, we 
do not have a big celebration as we once did when they were all small.
How I miss those sweet times! 

However, I still like to make some kind of nice Easter dinner
and a special dessert. 
I made this today........so delicious.....
and it will be on the Easter table this holiday time.
You can also make this as a "sugar free" version 
if you wish.
Here is the link to my cooking blog for the easy recipe
Tell me........what do you like to fix for Easter?
I would love to hear!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

I can now say..................it is finished !!

Whether it is the last stitch on your embroidery..........or quilt, the last brush of paint on your canvas,
the last chain on your hook of crochet, the last purl on your needle of your sweater,
or the last row planted in your garden...........
you know that excitement of it finally being the last of a project
that you have put your love and time into making.
As  you remember, I started this little quilt in October 2018..........
I placed my last stitch on it last night........almost 6 months later.
It came out just as I was hoping it would! 
To think I almost quit working on it a few times because of uncertainty of 
how it would look..........

I love the feel of it quilted! 
This quilt was made entirely of scrap fabrics that  I had in my 
stash.  The backing 
and the border are from old curtains I had made long
ago for our first home..........still pretty and in good condition.

hundreds of tiny triangles cut, 
hundreds of tiny stitches, .......many hours of stitching tiny stitches
all by hand.......

a little bit of embroidery here and there...........
and it is complete..............
but where to place it?  I usually hang my small
quilts on the wall, however, this one is a bit
larger......measuring 22 1/2" X 29"

So I decided to use it as a topping for my grandfather's old
trunk that holds my special vintage linens.

It fits perfectly and makes this spot cheery.
Now ....."My Summer Basket"  is 
complete.........so I am off to find my needle for 
another project! 
Tell me..........what are you working on.........
how long has it taken you?