Monday, March 30, 2015

*NEW* Fraktur Bird & Bouquet

Way back when I first started designing, I released a fraktur-inspired pair called “Fraktur Bird and Wedding Heart”. At the most recent needlework market, I had a conversation with someone who remembered when it came out, and she said she was excited because she loves frakturs so much. And in the years since, I haven’t put out a single other design along the same lines. So as soon as I got home, I made a companion set to match the other. And now I have a few ideas for more to add to the series. I hope you like this new bird and bouquet.

Fraktur Bird 1829 Model stitched with one thread over two on Zweigart 28ct. Antique Ivory that was coffee stained after stitching
Stitch Count: 91 by 55
DMC flosses used: 300, 680, 930, 3011, 3790, Ecru

Bouquet 1829 Model stitched with one thread over two on Zweigart 28ct. Antique Ivory that was coffee stained after stitching
Stitch Count: 60 by 105
DMC flosses used: 300, 407, 632, 680, 930, 3011, 3032, 3790

The frames are both antique.

This design is now available in my etsy shop, and will soon be in the hands of my distributors and the shops on my automatic shipment list. If you prefer to bypass etsy and order directly through me, you can send me an email:

*NOW AVAILABLE* Spring Flame Pincushion

My exclusive design from the Nashville Market is now available for purchase to anyone. I've added it to my etsy shop, and it will soon be going out to my distributors. If you can't wait for the mail order time, give your local needlework shop a call, they might still have some on hand from their trip to Nashville.

Monday, March 23, 2015


The daylight hours are so much longer, and I still haven't figured out how to sync with the time change. The afternoons feel lazy and long, but dinner is perpetually late now, and bedtime rushed. Why do we do this to ourselves twice a year? I for one would cast my vote immediately to let time and daylight follow a natural course.

Spring Break is here, and I have all kinds of plans for cleaning and organizing and relaxing. Even the Farmboy gets to take most of the week off. We don't plan to go anywhere or do anything amazingly exciting. Just being together every day sounds wonderful.

I've been stitching away like crazy on a couple of new designs, added a very charming antique sampler to my collection, to be charted for you in the near future, and I've joined Instagram. I don't know why really, it just seemed like the thing to do. You can click the button on my sidebar if you want to follow my posts.
Shadow Play :: Frosty and Sweet :: Skeleton :: Warm :: When Your 7 Year Old Draws a Picture of You :: 1st Grade Needlework Presentation :: Forsythia :: Apple Oatmeal, Coming Right Up :: Zebra Cat :: Fun-Home-Play-Fort! :: New Old Treasure :: Fixin' the Truck :: Honks Like a Goose :: Swing :: Nature's Remedy :: Work in Progress :: George of the Crocus Patch :: Chestnut-Backed Chickadee :: Abbie in Stitches :: Sundown :: Gardening Season is Here :: The Girls are Laying Again

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Star Magnolia

This beauty lives on the North side of our house, by the herb garden. Every year it puts on a better show than the last, filling the air with a sweet subtle fragrance. I wish I could send a blossom to each and every one of you.

Monday, March 09, 2015

The Rest of February

There really was more to life around here than just Market preparation last month. We stole our Spring from the Southern states, experiencing the beginning of blooms more than a month earlier than usual. In all of my adult years, I cannot remember a milder winter. Whatever downdraft from the North that came sweeping into our great nation, freezing out the Northeast and Midwest and even all the way down to the furthest South, completely swept past us, leaving us with early seasonal allergies and one of the worst cold and flu seasons on record. It has been beautiful, don't get me wrong, but when the seasons are off, it just doesn't feel quite right in the bones, does it?
Misty Window :: My Little Musician :: George and the Junco :: Lichen :: Inviting :: IL 1817 :: Farmboy's Offering :: Pruning the Orchard :: Tassels :: Indyana Jons :: Dewy Plum Blossoms :: In the Spring :: Catching the Light :: Frost Crystals :: Orchids are Pretty :: Sweet Violets :: Down by the Barn :: Ready to Burst