Sunday, January 31, 2016

Introducing Mary Inglis

My newest reproduction sampler design, Mary Inglis 1830 is available!  This wonderful Scottish Manor House sampler is stitched on 30 count 18th Century Brown Linen from R & R Reproductions.  I have charted it for a combination of Gentle Arts Threads and DMC, with a DMC only conversion.  Stitch count is 204 x 204, and stitches used are cross over both two and one threads, back stitch, satin stitch, and eyelet stitch.
"Time Once Lost Never Returns
The Moment Which Is Lost Is Lost Forever"

Please send me an email on the left to purchase this 11 page chart pack.


Thursday, January 28, 2016


Manifesto is finally, after two whole years, stitched, framed, and hanging on the wall!  What an intense project this has been, but I have loved every minute of it.

I was lucky enough to find the beautiful frame way back when I first began stitching this at an antique store for $5.00.  I think it is perfect.

Sorry about the chandelier reflection.   There is so much detail, here are a few closeups.

And this is what I believe to have been the inspiration piece for The Scarlet Letter to create this pattern.  An 18th century needlework piece, I believe it sold at auction for close to $100,000.

It may be awhile before I attempt another large project such as this :)


Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Make Do Pincushion and Other Goodies

Tonight, as the temperature falls and I await Downton Abbey,
it seems like a good time for a post.

Here is a make-do pincushion made from a piece of my great grandmother's silver plate
tea set.  It is badly tarnished, but that is the look I like.  The bottom fell out, so instead
of trashing it, I turned it into this pincushion.  Excuse dust and hair :)

Here is a little huswife I made, just playing around with Civil War repro fabrics.

I've been taking a short break from stitching on my new designs from Merry Wind Farm.
I needed to take some time to work on things for ME. :)  I had this wonderful frame, I think
it is a piece left over from the side of a grandfather clock, and this neat coverlet design
from Cross-Eyed Cricket is almost perfect.  I will just need to add some more stitching 
at the bottom.  I have a perfect place for this, and since I can't have antique coverlets (cats
would ruin them) this is the next best thing.

This is a really neat apothecary piece that I purchased from a resale shop in
Tipp City.  Although not old, it is made by a very talented local master craftsman.  Notice the 
detail and dove-tailed drawers.  Right now it is upstairs in the bedroom,  but I think it
needs to move downstairs for display.

This adorable little girl in Merry (as in Christmas) and she joined our flock right before 
 Christmas.  I went out to the barn at midnight on a rainy night, and heard a kitty crying.
Our barn cats do not cry, so I went out and called and she came running to me, soaking wet.
I picked her up and deposited her in the barn right in front of the food dish, and she was so hungry.  
I proceeded to worry all night, and she was still there the next morning.  Then she came up to
the porch and just cried and cried to get it and scratched at the door.  We took pity on her, and off to the vet she went for spay and shots.  I think she was actually born here.  Last summer
there was a litter of four, three black and one gray (from a distance, they were quite
wild,)  The gray one disappeared, and I think this is her!  What happened, I don't know,
but the vet said she has had kittens.  Only 8 months old, a baby having babies!  Plus, she was wounded, can you see it over her eye?  Well, all is well now and she is in kitty nirvana.
I so hope that everyone spays and neuters their pets.  
"A cat can have up to five liters in 1 year. They can have 6 or more kittens each time. They can reach sexual maturity as early as 4 months of age. And most cats live at least 10 years, some over 20 do the math Basically that works out at 300 kittens if a cat was sexually productive for 10 years. However it is more likely that a cat would have about 4 kittens on average, 2.5 times a year, so say 10 per year, for maybe 5 years, 50 kittens. This is a very conservative estimate, however if this was true then it would only take 9 generations (if all of those cats were to have 50 kittens) to cover the whole world in cats! The surface area of the world being 510 million km2 and assuming you could fit a cat in an area of 0.03m2. 
So watch out kids, neuter your cats!"
This is the antique of Mary Inglis, a Scottish sampler that I will be releasing soon.  I love the manor with the blue roof.  I should be getting it back from the framer this week.

In December I shared some pictures of smalls that I have made.  I missed a few.  The  first is
a small button roll.

A little carry case for a thread sorter.

I have saved the best for last.  This was a class piece with Merry Cox.  The stitching was to be done ahead of time, and I was whining about all the over one.  My dear friend Pattianne volunteered to stitch it, then I went to the class and put it together.  It is a wonderful treasure!

I hope I haven't overwhelmed you with pictures.  Stay warm

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a merry and peaceful Christmas.  This is a picture of my vintage Italian nativity that belonged to my parents.  I saw so many nativities in the antique stores this year, and at very cheap prices!  Such a shame, looks like the younger generation doesn't want them anymore, and when parents and grandparents pass them on, they end up in antique stores.

Melinda  (back with some Crazy Cat Ladies news next week).   xxx

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas Decorating in 70 degree weather...

Today I was finally in the mood to start some Christmas decorating.  I know that many people around the world are used to warm weather at Christmas, but that is just not how I grew up and how I think it should be.  Last year was the opposite extreme, snow before Thanksgiving, and this year record highs of 70 degrees!

I gathered all my stitching ornaments I have made through the years together and photographed them before getting the small family room tree up.  Here they are, various designers, lots of Prairie Schooler and Homespun Elegance.  I hope years from now my son still has these and treasures them :)

Here they are on my small primitive tree.  The larger tree is up in the living room but the ornaments are not on yet.  I haven't used all my breakable ornaments for several years because of the kitties.  But as my Mother ages, I am definitely going to get them all out this year.  She was so disappointed last year when I didn't use them.  Perhaps I will tie each one on with a string to hopefully cat proof them.  Yes, I have tried those noise makers that make a loud sound if the cat touches the tree, but they don't work for me...the cats just figure out where it is ok for them to pounce :(  See the framed Currier and Ives print on the wall?  That is how I think Christmas should be.

Here is a hand made painted tin reindeer in a punch needle deer pouch.

Just a couple simple trees and snow globes.  Behind is my treasured primitive painting from Lauren of Rugs and Pugs.

Santas Through the Years.

I love this hand made lamb from an antique mold.  I don't take things down for Christmas, just add to it.

Lastly, here is my dear Mother with Bella, Bertie and Oliver.

She approved of this photo, as she thinks she is hidden behind the dogs ...LOL!


Sunday, November 29, 2015

A few smalls through the years

Hello, all!  I hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving!  No shopping for me this weekend, I don't "do" malls and large department stores, and haven't for years!  I really don't think I'm missing anything.  I do most of my shopping at small shops locally, and online for my son.

First off, why I have been missing.  Some time ago my Mac starting acting funny one in a while, with strange pop-ups saying that the website I was trying to access was not safe, and it was a website I don't even go to.  Well, typical me, I just ignored it even as things got worse until one day the whole laptop just froze and refused to do anything.  Ggrrrr..... I finally asked my son to look at it, and with the help of his computer whiz friend, everything was fixes.  However, when I went to blogger it said I didn't own any blogs and wasn't following any either.  Eventually I figured out to sign back in to blogger, and presto, everything is back now!  So I have have missed commenting, this is why.  Also, for some strange reason some of the blogs I comment on come back to me with that annoying "mailer daemon" undelivered thingy. :(  I hope that some of you are still around to read my blog.

I thought I'd share a variety of "smalls" I have stitched through the years.  These are a sampling of classes,  and some of my own designs.  A lot have been given away or sold, but this is some of what I have left.  No Christmas designs included, as those are still packed away.  If I have forgotten the designer, please forgive me.  If you really want to know, let me know and I will research further.

A little mini sampler, just made up by me not using any pattern, picked a name of one of the daughters of the original settler of the farm.

Hanging bag, Let Virtue Be a Guide to Thee.  Stacy Nash.

I love this punch needle bag designed by 1890 Gable House Designs.

Shaker sewing box, Merry Cox.

Little sewing book, it opens up with needle book and pocket.

Inside page of the Alphabet Book, designed by Ellen Chester.  It is faded because there was a dog accident on it and I had to soak it.

Punch needle bird designed by Brenda Gervais mounted on old oil can.

Sarah Smithfield, I think by Goode Huswife, mounted on hornbook board.

Designed by Ellen Chester.

My design, just made up, stitched on top with vintage blocks on the bottom and coordinating huswife inside.

Sewing box designed by Brenda Gervais made from standard chocolates box from Whitman's.

The box is painted and antiqued.

Cute little pincushion/pillow.

Another sewing pocket, this one made from part of the John Foster sampler.

Two pieces left over of a German sampler that I made and sold a sampler pocket out of,  I just stuck them in this little vintage gold frame.

This was the Anna Cole sampler that I made into a huswife.

Anna Cole again.  The inside has three pockets of coordinating vintage fabric.

Two more designs of mine inspired by Quakers designs mounted on hornbooks.

Adaption of the huswife design from the Sampler and Antique Needlework Book 1, I think.
Pincushion by Brenda Gervais that goes with the Whitman box above.  Used antique lace and buttons.

Inside of another shaker box by Merry Cox.

The other side of the above box.

That's all for now if you are still with me after all these pictures.   When I start on Christmas I will share those also.  I have no idea why it starts out with the paragraphs starting on the left, then suddenly switches to centered in the middle :)  The wonder of computers!