Sunday, May 23, 2010

BIRTHDAYS & MEMORIES

Hi everyone! I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend!

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.

Lee

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Sneak Peak

Hi everyone! I hope all is well with you!

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!


I also wanted to share the "goodie" bag that Lonna brought me last night! In her wanderings to a couple of our favorite primitive shops, she brought me some wonderful containers to make pin keeps out of. It was like Christmas..........in May!! I already have plans for the large funnel with the handle. It will involve a wool applique pin keep and a mouse! Stay tuned!

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.

Lee










Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My First Post

Hi! My name is Lee Morrison, I’m from Ohio and welcome to my blog!

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.

Lee