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!!!

Please click on the button on the left to visit me on Early Work Mercantile.  Be sure to check out all the other talented artists also :)
Melinda

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Early Work Mercantile update tonight!

Hello, please check out my August offerings on Early Work Mercantile.  They should be up sometime this evening.  Use the button on the left, then be sure to click on the arrows to view all the wonderful artists!
Thanks,
Melinda

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Winner for my Giveaway

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments.  I am sorry that I didn't get around to responding to each of you, but I thoroughly enjoyed every single one of the 58 comments I received!  I hope you all continue to read my humble blog and comment.

As I am not computer savvy, I did this drawing the old-fashioned way. I wrote each name on a piece of paper, and the winner is .......Woolwoman (Melody).  Congratulations, Melody!  Please contact me with your mailing address and I will get this out to you.

Once again, thank you to everyone for entering, and for all the kind birthday wishes.

Have a nice day!
Melinda

Monday, July 28, 2014

What I've been up to and a give-away

Hello, readers,
First of all, what I've been up to.  Nothing exciting :(  My life is just more and more of the same.  Every day is spent working in the garden, trying to keep the farm looking nice, taking care of animals, and cleaning!  Oh the cleaning...with all these pets it takes a lot.  I'm not complaining, wouldn't trade it for the world, but sometimes wish I had something new and exciting to share.

What a strange summer this has been.  Here the summer is 2/3 over and we haven't really had any summer weather.  Not complaining, again, as I hate the heat, and the flowers are loving all this rain.  Even at the end of July I have to mow every 5 days and even then the grass is really tall and has to be gone over a couple of times.

Here is part of my garden, the rudbeckia's have self seeded all over the place.  See the big sunflower on the right?  Tell me why I planted two packages of sunflowers seeds, NONE came up, but if a little birdie poops it out, it grows!:)


I have taken a break on Manifesto to stitch the Seven Sheep Sampler by Scarlett House.  I had joined a stitch along for this, but every one finished before I even managed to get started.   This is a very pretty sampler, and not too difficult, no over one and no specialty stitches.


I also have been into a major re-decorating project.  So far, a free re-decorating project, the best kind. Just moving things around.  Here is a living  room picture and a dining room picture.




Now to the fun stuff (if you're still with me).  I going to give away two wonderful books, Another Place and Time by Maggie Bonanomi (18 primitive projects ) and the Spring 2014 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.  Both I was dumb enough to buy twice, so I wanted to share with you.  Also included is the little bed pincushion that I stitched, a Little House Needleworks project.  I have included a yummy lavender sachet with it.

To enter, please leave me a comment on this post, and make sure that if you are a no-reply blogger that you also leave me your e-mail address so that I can contact you.  I will draw the winner on Saturday August 9th, which is my 58th  birthday!  Please do NOT share this on your blog, as I want this drawing to be only for my current readers.

(Sorry for my feet in the picture :)

Melinda
PS:  I will ship overseas to the winner.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Early Work Mercantile tonight

Please check out my things on Early Work Mercantile this evening.  Use button on the left.
Thanks, Melinda

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Free-Five Very Naughty Kittens and One Naughty Dog...just kidding

Greetings to everyone,
Before I get to the subject, I want to thank everyone who went to my Early Work Mercantile and helped make it a success. I can see that much of the traffic comes from my blog, and I am truly appreciative.  Thank you!

Now, on to naughty animals.  First is a picture of a beautiful alphabet book designed by Ellen Chester that I had worked so hard on.
It was displayed on an antique desk in the living room.  I spent months and months working on this, and even used expensive silk, which, as you know, I am a DMC person.  I even used ties from the hospital gown my hubby passed away in for the closure.  Maybe morbid, but it was special to me.  Here it is now :(
One of the kittens knocked it off on the floor,  and a dog (probably Oliver) peed on it.  I even consulted with the dry cleaner, and he said I had no choice but to rinse it in cold water to get the pee out.  It is ruined.   So upsetting, but it is my choice to have my animals, and I guess sometimes things happen :(

On top of that, on the same day I experienced a horrible Facebook experience.  A couple of months ago I decided to try Facebook out, and was having fun...for awhile.  I don't understand why some people have to be so nasty!  Oh, well..

While browsing around, I happened upon this lovely casket design by Just A Thought.  Judy O'dell is her name.
I will never have one of those extremely expensive wooden needlework caskets, and this is a very reasonably priced design with detailed finishing instructions.  I am going to order it soon.  I think it is a beautiful design.  I understand it was an on-line class a couple of years ago, so you may have already seen it.

Rain, rain, go away...that is all it seems to do here.  Thunderstorm watch as we speak.  Some things in the garden are doing well, others not so much.  Here are a couple photos.  As you can see, the hostas are happy.

As a final note, I can't believe that I have over one hundred thousand page views!!  This is amazing to me that so many people are interested in looking.  I so appreciate that you take the time to ready about my little life and farm.  To celebrate, I will be back next time with a small give-away to thank you for your readership.

Melinda