Sunday, December 14, 2014

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Elena Tratman 1824

is actually charted!!  Happy dance!  I finally broke down and purchased a MacStitch program.  Probably the best $65 I have ever spent.  I had been struggling away for 6 months trying to chart mt first antique sampler.  I printed off lots of graph paper, invested in an array of colored pens and pencils, and spent hours trying to examine the sampler with a magnifying glass.  Of course, every time a mistake is made you have to start over.

Well Macstitch is the best thing since sliced bread.  I accomplished in a two weeks what I had been trying to do for months!  Of course, this is not taking into account the fact that when I was 2/3 done, I decided to try and resize the chart, and of course messed it all up and had to start over.  Now to stitch her and then print up the charts.  I sure hope I'm not to old to start this new endeavor .


Probably an English sampler, I would hazard to guess northern England.  Strawberry border, house, animal motifs and trees.  Unusual in that there is no alphabet.


I'm trying to research this building and see if it resembles any castle of the time.

Love how she squeezed in her name.



Several cute deer and a verse from 1743.

I hope you like this sampler!  On to stitching the model.  I hope to have this finished and available in a few months.

Melinda

Friday, November 14, 2014

Early Work Mercantile

It's that time again!  Please check in out.  Button is on the left.
Thanks,
Melinda

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Battening down the hatches..

Hello, As you can see I have changed the header picture back to winter.  This photo is from last winter.  I finished up the remainder of the leaves today, as a "polar express" is supposed to arrive around mid-week with plunging temperatures.  The gardens are put to bed, the electric horse buckets are installed, extra insulation is up in the barn to protect from the cold, and the horses are enjoying what is probably their last few days in the pasture.

I have finished a hooked rug, well, almost finished, except for the binding.  It is a pattern called Antique Dog and Cat by Maria Barton of Star Rug Company.  I purchased it from her a couple of years ago when she was here in Tipp City for a workshop with Ali Strebel.  I really like how it turned out, with the exception of the doggie ear.  Sort of looks like he's missing a big chunk of his head!  The last photo shows the wonderful hand-dyed yarn from Ali Strebel that I will use for whipping the edges.  It isn't this bright, the flash went off.


My rugs always turn out kind of half-hazard looking.  I can't color plan for the life of me.  I just grab some wools and a lot of worms and start in.  This way does give it the look of "making do".




I have also tried my hand at making some fabric covered boxes.  It is harder using fabric than wallpaper, but old wallpaper is nearly impossible to find and the selection of reproduction fabrics is incredible.



Here are the five "kittens" plus Smokey ( the grey one) playing with the laser pointer.  Sometimes I think I spend most of my time cleaning up after animals :)  In the front on the footstool is another rug hooked from Maria Barton's pattern.


And here is Oliver cuddling on a heated pad with yet another cat...Ginger.



If you are expecting the cold weather where you live ...stay warm and safe!
Melinda

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall greetings and a couple of finishes

Hello, and autumn greetings to everyone!  Today is rather a dreary, rainy day,  we have had a lot of these lately.  Fortunately, I have already made a good dent in the fall gardening chores, and have made some progress at mowing up the leaves.

Rainy weather is good for stitching and finishes up projects.  The first is a small penny rug I made from Cee's kit Early Style Penny Rugs.  The kit came with two mats to make but I have only completed one.  I just love her wools!  Aren't they gorgeous?
And I finally got around to quilting a quilt that I pieced from Civil War reproductions several years ago.  I did a simple grid pattern, which I think helps with making it look old.  It is just a simple birds in the air pattern.
Now that I have a few things finished, I am going to concentrate on Christmas ornaments and things and then after that I hope to buckle down and finish Manifesto!  I am nearly 3/4 done and I want to finish!!

Here are a few pictures of fall on the farm.
The pictures with the flowers were taken a week or so ago before pulling out all the annuals.  The first is my dear Mother, 88 years young, surveying her flower boxes.
She'd have a fit if she knew I took her picture ..haha!  The next picture is looking up from what used to be the old pool.  The flowers in the boxes outdid themselves and are hanging down.  Chicken coop behind.

If you are still with me, please check out my EARLY WORK MERCANTILE update this evening.  Perhaps you can find a Christmas present.  Just click on the button on the left column.
Melinda

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Still plugging away...

September greetings to all!  The other day when I went to post about Early Work Mercantile,  I realized I hadn't posted in a month!!  How could that be?  Shame on me!  I have been so busy with lots of little projects around here, and time has gotten away from me!

I'm still plugging away on Manifesto.  I had hoped to finish this year, but I guess not.  If I would stick with Manifesto only, maybe, but I am also working on many other projects.

Here she is in all her glory.  :)



She is very addicting to stitch on.  You can either pay attention to what you are doing and stitch a motif, or just work on the border mindlessly.  I found a frame for her at the same shop in town where I got the chairs, for only $20.00!  It it almost a perfect fit, I may just have to add a couple of rows on the top or bottom.

Remember last year I showed you the picture of the hole in the back yard where the pool was.?  This was earlier in the summer, maybe June.  It has been a very nice place to relax this summer, enjoying the butterflies and hummingbirds.  Everything that we planted has some benefit to birds, butterflies, and nature.

 Little Bella can't go out in the back yard, though.  There are too many places that she could get out.  In the front yard I put chicken wire all along the fence, but not the back.  They are separated by a gate.

I spend too much time re-arranging furniture!   It only takes a few months for me to get bored and want to try something new.  I got these two matching wing backs at a consignment store in town.  There are in perfect condition, unfortunately are dark green rather than dark blue, so I will have to have slipcovers made for them.  With all my animals, slip covers are better than upholstery.  Evil eyed Ginger agrees. :)  I also moved this stepback in front of the door in the living room.  We never use it, there are three other doors, and it made furniture placement difficult.  See the vintage kitty on top (sometime real ones are up there too, ggrrrrrrr.


One of the other projects I have been working on is this reproduction Quaker hornbook, from a Needleprint pattern.  I was originally planning on selling it, but like it so much I think I shall keep it :)  If I can find some more vintage breadboards, I may make another.

I will try to be better about blogging, and, yes, I know I have said that before :)
Hugs,
Melinda

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It's Early Work time again!!!

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Melinda