Friday, December 24, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
It's been awhile since I've blogged. Too much going on and not enough hours in the day!
Sometimes I feel like I'm so far behind that I'm ahead of myself!! LOL!
Anyway, we need to catch up!
My Christmas patterns are finally done and I've got a sneak peek. My website should be updated either later tonight or tomorrow, so take a minute and check it out!
This Christmas sampler is called "Goodwill to Men." This is one of my favorite verses by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
"I heard the bells on Christmas day, their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the words
repeat of peace on earth, goodwill to men."
My second design is called Christmas Blessings and I love the way it turned out!
These are my last designs for 2010 but I'm already working on new designs for next year! I'm going to try really hard to stay ahead of the game in 2011!!
I'm still putting the finishing touches on my Xmas decorations and thought I'd share a few pictures of some of my favorite things!
That is not a penny rug in this picture.......it's a "cat mat" that I have to clean off about once a day. My cats love it!! And speaking of cats, here is Willow under "her" Christmas tree.....
and here is Callie under "her" Christmas tree......
and here is Lilee on "her" couch, reading "my" book..............and she keeps losing my place!! LOL!
And this, of course, is the reason for the season............
That's about all I have for now.........so take care and stay warm!
From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Hi everyone! I hope this finds you well and enjoying this beautiful fall weather. I have to say that I’m not sorry to see the summer go this year! I wish it could just be fall all year long!!
I’ve been pretty busy the last couple of weeks trying to get caught up on stuff and making myself crazy doing it, when I realized that I’m probably never really going to be caught up, so why sweat it!! Does that make sense? So I guess you can only do what you can do and the rest will be there when you’re ready!!
Anyway, I have quite a few things to share!
Through two crazy ladies (Julie & Claudia) that I met at The Spirit of Friends Primitive show that I did back in September, I was introduced to Shelly Hronec who owns a wonderful needlework shop in Strongsville, Ohio called Just Stitching. Shelly called me last week and invited me to do a “trunk show” at her shop for the Northcoast Tour de Stitch shop hop that started on October 8th and goes thru the end of the month! The shop hop includes 7 shops in northeast Ohio! My first trunk show……I still can’t believe it!!
Thank you Shelly, for giving me the opportunity to get my patterns “out there” and thank you Julie & Claudia for your encouragement and support! I owe you guys!!
My daughter Mindy is coming home from California on the 21st for a weeks visit and a couple of baby showers!! My sister Kim and I are giving her a shower on the 23rd at a wonderful local winery called Viking Vineyards. I haven’t seen Mindy since July and she wasn’t really showing yet, so I’m really anxious to see her next week. I can’t believe that I’m finally going to be a grandma!!! Boy is this kid gonna be spoiled!! LOL!
I’ve started working on my Christmas patterns! It’s weird sitting in my sewing room decorated for Halloween and working on Christmas stuff! I’ve got a red work penny rug in the works that will combine cross-stitch and wool appliqué and a couple of festive samplers. I’ll post a couple of sneak peeks in the next couple of weeks!
On a sad note, my Aunt Jane, who I wrote about back in May, when she celebrated her 92nd birthday, passed away at the end of September. She was my dad’s youngest sister and was very ill as a child and she outlived my dad and both of her sisters. She was the last of her generation and the good Lord will have his hands full with that bunch, I can assure you. What characters they all were. We will miss you Aunt Jane. We love you.
That’s about it for now! I’ve bent your ear long enough………so from wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well………..
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I've had the best weekend! The Spirit of Friends show at Malabar Farms was awesome!
Carolyn and Julie Thornton from Black Cat Primitives did an amazing job putting this show together. It was truly "primitive" heaven! All the vendors where wonderful and the weather was absolutely perfect!!!
Thank you Carolyn and Julie for all your encouragement and support! You guys are the best!
Here are a few pics of my booth!
I met 2 wonderful ladies that where set up next to me..... Bobby from Union Star Primitives (her blog is The Evening Stitcher) and Terri from Eat Crow Primitives! 2 very talented women! I thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent together on Saturday.
I'm already looking forward to next year!
Talk to you soon! From wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
I'm not sure where August went and tomorrow is Labor Day........good grief, it's September already. I have some new patterns to share.......3 new cross-stitch patterns for Halloween, here is Bats & Black Cats, Cauldrons Black & Bump in the Night.
I just finished my newest pattern. "Take Heed" Halloween Bell Pull will be on the website tomorrow. Here is a sneak peek......
I have a new favorite embellishment.........eyelash yarn! It's so cool! I used it at the bottom of the bell pull and on the Boo Cat pin keep in the Bump in the Night pattern. It really adds to the whole texture thing!!
The "Spirit of Friends" primitive show that I'm doing in Lucas, Ohio is only 2 weeks away and I am now officially in "panic" mode! Of course, I've had delusions of grandure, thinking that I could get everything done that is on my list.......NOT!! So, I'll do what I can do and hope for the best!
I'm looking forward to getting out all of my fall & Halloween decorations....not sure when that will be! At the rate I'm going, I'll be putting up Halloween decorations the week before Thanksgiving, just to take them down to put up the Christmas tree!!! LOL!
Well, I'd better get back too it!
Take care...... and from wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I've been working on new patterns for Halloween and wanted to share a "sneek peek"! I'll have 3 new cross-stitch patterns that I'm hoping to get on the website this weekend. I've pulled out my wool for the making of a fun Halloween quilt and a spooky bell pull!
Stitched, stained and soon to be framed, 2 spooky samplers and a pattern for a small pillow, a pinkeep and small framed witch!
My Halloween Stencil Quilt was inspired by some old stencils. I did this small quilt originally in homespun and thought that it would look wonderful in wool!
And this scary Halloween bell pull warns you to "take heed of the shadows" and is done on prairie cloth with wool applique.
I'm trying really hard not to pull out my fall/Halloween decorations.......I'm so in the mood!! I will be so glad when summer is "officially" over!
Until later.....from wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
First off ..... I'M GOING TO BE A GRANDMA!!! My daughter Mindy is pregnant and is due mid February! This will be my first grand child and I'm so excited I can't stand it! The only problem is that Mindy and her husband Dan moved to Burbank, California back in March. This is going to be really, really hard for me with her so far away! But as she is constantly telling me "mom, it's only a 4 hour flight"! LOL! Anyway, Mindy is coming home this Wednesday for a visit. I haven't seen her since they left in March. I miss her so much......I can't wait to see her!
My second bit of news is that we're going to be doing our first primitive show in September! We tried to put together a trip to Lori's Gathering of Primitive Friends, but just couldn't do it this year. So we thought we'd try something closer to home. We will be showing at The Spirit of Friends show in Lucas, Ohio at Malabar Farms.
We went to this show last year and it was wonderful! So I got in touch with Carolyn Thornton and Julie Thornton from Black Cat Primitives, who runs the show, and voila'..... we're in!!
We're really excited, but scared to death because we've never done this before! LOL! We'll have some new fall/halloween patterns to present at the show along with lots of primitive goodies! My fingers will probably fall off by the time we're ready!!
Thank you Carolyn and Julie for giving us a shot! Check out Black Cat Primitives and the Spirit of Friends show when you get a chance! And if anyone out there has any advise on doing a show, PLEASE pass it along. We don't even know how many patterns we should bring! LOL!
That's my news for the day! I'm going to have another cup of coffee and enjoy the "cool" while it lasts. The only good thing about it being so hot is that you have a good excuse to stay inside and stitch all day!!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!.
Until then......from wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Happy 4th of July to all of you!
On this day, we celebrate our Independence and we are truly blessed to live free in this great Country of ours. I wish you a peaceful day with family and friends...........and be safe!
From wherever you may dwell...........I wish peace and wish you well.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Just wanted to let ya know that we just updated our website and added a couple of fun things!! Check us out at fallingstarprimitives.com.
Also, I mentioned in my last post that I would share a "before and after" pic of one of the items that I just posted on "finished goods. So, here is the "before".........
And here is the "after........
This was my first stab at this and I had the best time! I can't wait to start another one!
I hope you all have a good evening and we'll talk again soon.
Until then.........from wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
My sister Kim and I did some running around yesterday and decided to stop at this great little shop called "Pieces." We hadn't be in for awhile and we decided to see how much trouble we could get into!
Well, I feel like I hit the mother load. Look at the wonderful wooden bowls I found! I'm so excited! I NEVER find good stuff like this!
And then if that wasn't enough, take a look at this beauty!
What a wonderful old primitive bowl! I paid $15 for it............had to have it!!
From there we stopped at Goodwill and I found a few more goodies. Check it out!
I think the napkin/utensil holder will make a nice organizer for my desk. When I saw the little 4 drawer chest, I could see it painted black with a white star on the top, sitting on my end table. It's funny how you see something and immediately know what you will do with it and where it will go! The unpainted wooden tray will also be black and will hold some wonderful vintage needlework supplies that I've been saving! I'll post some pics of before and after, later.
And last but not least, I found this little wooden basket and 4 small white frames.
The wooden basket is now barn red. Tucked inside is a blue frame that surrounds a sweet little 4th of July sampler, along with a wonderful little patriotic pin keep! The "Freedom Basket" will be available on my website on Tuesday, under finished goods at fallingstarprimitives.com.
I will also have a new pattern under "Seasonal" called "Independence Day." It is the pattern for the 4th of July sampler and the patriotic pin keep shown in the "Freedom Basket" along with a sweet little pillow proclaiming "Liberty." I know that the 4th is just around the corner, but these wonderful little designs stitch up quick!
And I know that I have to peddle faster..........people are already thinking about Fall and Halloween!! Good grief!!
That's it for now............I have samplers "baking" on the deck and bowls to be painted!
Until later........from wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well!
P.S. Happy Father's Day dad..............I miss you everyday.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
This is only my 4th blog and when I started this I swore to myself that I would be a "good" blogger and make a post at least every other day..........that went out the window about 2 weeks ago when I posted my last blog! Where does the time go?
I've been in a little slump lately and I finally decided that enough was enough, so I'm beginning with good intentions......again!
So, I thought I would share pics of my "girls" Willow, Callie & Lilee. All 3 of my kitties are rescues. Willow & Callie have been with me for 2 years and Lilee will be with me a year in August. 2 years ago January, I lost my Boomer. He was with me for 15 years and a day doesn't go by that I don't think about him & miss him. He was quite a character! For a couple of months after he passed away, I was a mess and finally decided that I needed another kitty to love, but this time I wanted 2 so they would always have company.
I went to our local humane society and found Willow and Callie and they had to be adopted together, so it was a match made in heaven. The first pic is of Willow (she always looks at me like I've done something wrong, ha! ha!)and the 2nd pic is of Callie (she loves Target bags)!
Then in May of last year, my sister Robin and I decided to volunteer for the Humane Society and of course I wanted to bring them all home! Lilee grabbed my heart when I wasn't paying attention and the rest is history! Here is Lilee (she loves to sun herself under the lamp on the end table.....cracks me up)!!
They are my constant companions when I'm in my sewing room. Lilee has a blanket at the corner of my work table, Callie is always sleeping behind me on my chair & Willow is usually in my lap or laying on top of my x-stitch chart. It is a real challenge getting things done, but I wouldn't have it any other way. They are truly blessings in my life!
Until we talk again.............from wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
My sisters Kim, Robin & I went for a trip in the country today to visit my Cousin Lynnie and My Aunt Jane. My Aunt Jane will be 92 next week, so it was a birthday celebration complete with flowers, balloons & chocolate cake as the fare of the day. My Aunt Jane has been in failing health for a while now, but her mind and her sense of humor are still sharp.
The irony of her age is that as a young girl of 13 with 2 older sisters and a younger brother (my dad), she was pulled out of school to undergo surgery and she almost died. 78 years later she has outlived all of her siblings. My dad passed away in 2003 and my Aunt Fran and My Aunt Petey have been gone for some 20 years now.
She wakes up every morning and tells my cousin Lynnie "well, I'm still here..... I don't know why, but I'm still here"! What a character she is!
The farmhouse that my cousin Lynnie lives in, is close to 200 years old and holds strong memories for me. It was there that my Aunt Petey first put a needle and fabric in my hands. I remember a piece of huck toweling, bright green floss and a pattern that reminded me of trees.
(looks pretty good for 200 years, don't you think!)
I sat on this very porch (pictured below) and took my first stitches.
Some 40 years later I wish my Aunt Petey was here so I could show her how far I've come. I think she would be proud!
To my cousin Lynnie, God bless you for all the care you give and to my Aunt Jane, God willing, we'll see you next trip. I love you both!
Until later.......from wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
If you read my first post on Tuesday, then you would know that I just launched the website for Falling Star Primitives on Tuesday, with 2 of my friends, Lonna & Cindy.
I thought I would give you a sneak peak of one of the new patterns that I've been working on that didn't quite make the "launch"!! This is my Brown House Penny Rug that is done on t-stained prairie cloth using both wool and cross-stitch. I love the texture of the wool and cross-stitch together and I hope to have this available as a pattern on the website sometime next week!
That's all I have for now! I have to finish cleaning up the mess I made in my sewing room over the weekend and go to bed.... thank goodness tomorrow is Friday!
Until we talk again...from wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I’m kind of late jumping on the bandwagon to start a blog. I’ve been following a dozen or so primitive bloggers now for about 6 months and I never imagined there were so many women out there who are so passionate about primitive needlework! I’ve become addicted to checking in everyday to see what’s new with everyone. It is definitely food for the soul!
I stitched my 1st sampler in 1981 and I haven’t stopped since. Over the course of the last 29 years I’ve done it all. Cross-stitch, rug hooking, needle punch, wool appliqué, needle turn appliqué and quilting (which I’m just not very good at, but I love quilts). Cross-stitch, rug hooking and wool appliqué are my favorites. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t have a needle or hook in my hand at some point, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Addictions are like that, ya know!!
A year ago April, I went on a road trip with my 2 best stitching buddies to a quilt shop in Wisconsin. We left, truly inspired and on the way home we decided to try our hand at designing our own patterns. We discovered that this is NOT for the faint of heart and we have a whole new respect for all the women out there who do this.
How hard could it be to write down how to make something? Good grief! I never imagined what a huge thought process this can be and how time consuming it is.
So a year later, in between working full time, taking care of our families and rescuing kitties from the Humane society (I have 3), we have launched our website for FALLING STAR PRIMITIVES. It is very exciting and very scary at the same time, not knowing how it will be received.
We have been fortunate in that my daughter is a graphic designer and my son does web design. My 2 best stitching buddies, Cindy Stutzman and Lonna McQuaid are both very creative and they do amazing needlework. And it helps that all of these people are just a little crazy!!
Please check out our website at fallingstarprimitives.com, when you have a minute and let us know what you think. Any feedback you can give us is greatly appreciated!
Thank you for spending some time with me! I look forward to talking to you soon!
Until then….. from wherever you may dwell, I wish you peace and wish you well.