Saturday, December 9, 2017

Are you ready for Christmas??

Well, no, but I'm making progress.  I have the wreaths up on the windows.
This picture is from a few years ago, but it is the same, sans snow.  I remember this day quite well,
I was so excited to be able to take Christmas photos of the farm with snow!!


It was time to purchase a new tree this year.  The old one went in the trash after Christmas
last year, it was probably 10 years old with very few needles left.
I ordered a new one from Lowe's on black Friday, on sale and free shipping.  I really like it, there are 1000 prelit white lights, and I was actually able to assemble it by myself!!
I hate having to ask Evan for help, then wait until he is good and ready, you all know how that is.
Tree technology has really advance since my last tree.  Remember the hassle of trying to
connect plug A into the other plug A, etc., etc., trying to get all the lights to come on?
Well, this wonderful tree you only have to connect the three sections of the trunk and that lights the entire tree!!  Plus, there is even a little foot pad to turn on and off!
No ornaments yet, but at least the boxes are down from upstairs.


Decorations are rather understated this year.  I actually donated a lot of them to goodwill
last year.  I kept the special and family items.  I have always been quite happy being
an only child of an only child.  But at Christmas it can be rather lonely, with both my hubby
and parents gone.  I was debating about decorating, but decided I need to keep all the traditions going for Evan.  Plus, if I didn't decorate, I would be sorry at this last minute and trying to
hurry and do it all in a day.





The little choirs boys belonged to my grandmother.



I simply added red candles and some greenery and white light.  The angels playing instruments belonged to my mother.


I love this collection of Santas Through the Ages.

I have to post something needlework related.  Here is a sneak peak of an Adam and Eve
I am working on for release at the Nashville market.



The above photo is the antique, the top of which is in terrible condition, but she spoke to me.
The young lady was born in Yorkshire, England around 1821.  Back to stitching.....

Melinda

Friday, October 27, 2017

Looking for Kay Brown

Hello, I'm looking for Kay Brown, who sent me a blogger contact message, but the link for her email does not work.  Kay, I hope you see this and contact me again!!

Melinda

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Western Reserve Sampler Guild

I was so honored to be invited to speak about the Merry Wind Farm samplers last night at the Western Reserve Sampler Guild in Bath, Ohio.   The meeting was held in a beautiful 
historic church built in the 1830s located in a wonderful hilly, park like setting.

I was so nervous as this was my first ever presentation, but the ladies of the guild could not 
have been more welcoming.  When I first walked in and saw all the chairs set up and a projector screen, I thought "oh my word, this is way more professional that me!"

The members of the guild were so friendly and really seemed to enjoy my exhibition of antique samplers and the Merry Wind Farm reproductions.  

My son was an invaluable help, as he turned all of my photos into something called a Power Point presentation,  of which I had no clue.  I am so grateful to him!  Not to mention that he drove me up to Bath (three plus hours each way) and operated the projector/computer for me so I could concentrate on what I wanted to say.

Yes, I was horribly nervous, but once I started to speak, I realized I was among like minded people and gained confidence from them.  Now my first time is history:)  And I actually had a wonderful time!!!

I took a couple of pictures at the beginning,  just as people were beginning to arrive, then forgot to take more.  There ended up being probably 35-40 people.



**********THANK YOU WESTERN RESERVE SAMPLER GUILD**********

My newest reproduction, Ann Evans 1843, a Welsh folk art sampler, was officially released 
last night at the guild.  She will be available for purchase in a few days.

Antique Ann Evans.

Reproduction Ann Evans
Stitched on lovely Buttermilk Linen by Dixie Samplar Hand Dyed Fabrics

Ann Evans will be available in my Etsy shop

I also have a sneak peak of Ellen Ford, a small sampler that will be available soon.


Sorry about my shadow.  Ellen will fit in a standard 8 x 10 frame.

As Christmas approaches, remember that I also have a small Christmas sampler available.  Not a repro, she is Emmeline Cole, inspired by my ancestor.  Included is an alphabet and numbers 
so that you can personalize your sampler using one of your ancestor's names.  I used the name
of the township in which I live for the school name, you can do the same using your county,
township, road, etc.


Thank goodness the dreadful 90 degree weather came to a screeching halt!!  Fall is here!
I love fall decorating, pumpkins,
gourds, straw bales, and  cornstalks.
All things that are natural, some of which can be gathered here on the farm.

Till next time
Melinda
xxx

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth!!

Hello and Happy Fourth of July!

It is too hot to do much of anything today.  You all know how much I hate summer.  We have had several days of cool weather this summer, and I try to get as much done outside  as possible.
I do think the heat and humidity has now set in...big frown... 
That means I'm inside as much as possible until October!!


If I didn't have horses and gardens, I wouldn't step a foot outside the rest of the summer!

The first cutting of hay is in the barn, so I don't have to worry about that again
until August....



I have never stitched any patriotic samplers to show you, but did do this rug a few years back.
I believe this designer is named Sandra Smith, from California.


I think my Mother and Grandmother used to say that copying is the
sincerest form of flattery.
I was in an antique mall in Tipp City this week.  There is a booth with some primitives and rug hooking supplies.  I was surprised to see this rug pattern.


Around eight years ago I participated in a rug hooking workshop right here in Tipp City.
It was sponsored by three nationally known rug hookers, and was the first rug class I ever took.
We were given templates to arrange into anything that we wanted.
Here is my rug.


Hmmmm......
I wanted something really primitive and came up with the pomegranate tree with the big crow.
I can't call it my design, but it was my "arrangement".  I guess I should feel flattered that someone
liked it enough to copy it.

Then, also this week, this miniature doll house sampler appeared on eBay.


This one I  can actually say is mine!!  Mary Inglis from Merry Wind Farm.


Several other big time reproduction designers  work was also on the site.  I guess I am honored to even be in their company, as I am small potatoes.  Does this mean I have arrived???
To be copied along with the big fish???

Hope everyone has a happy Fourth of July!  I will be sitting and comforting dogs scared of fireworks tonight.

Melinda
xxx

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Look What I Made!

Ok, so I know this isn't really worthy of a blog posting, but nonetheless I'm rather pleased with myself.  I have wanted to do this for some time.

Start with ugly wingback chair, ugly green upholstery fabric, completely riddled by cats.



The chair now, after about a week of measuring and sewing and probably 500 trips up and down the stairs to the sewing machine.


The slipcover fits like a glove and looks like upholstery,  if I do say so myself.  Lots of piping to give it detail.




Hooray!  Now to do the second chair, should be much easier the second time around.
Melinda

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sarah Ann Marven 1838 is here!

Hello, I have just released a new reproduction sampler.  She is Sarah Ann Marven 1838, a lovely English sampler stitched in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.  Sarah Ann stitched a lovely verse in honor of her departed mother, Elizabeth.  The stitch count is 300 x 362 and I have stitched the model on 36 count Wren linen from Picture This Plus using Gentle Art Threads.  A DMC conversion is included.  Stitches used are mostly cross stitch over two threads, with the verse over one thread.

I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to Jennifer Cahill for allowing me to reproduce this lovely sampler from her collection.  I hope that you like this beautiful sampler.





Available at my Etsy shop along with all of my other samplers.
Merry Wind Farm

Friday, January 27, 2017

A Free Chart and my Redesigned Etsy Shop


Greetings to everyone!  
It certainly does not seem like January, I was out cleaning the stalls today in 60 degree weather, listening to the birds sing.  Except for a few cold days in December, we really have not had a winter, although there is certainly still time.

I have revamped by Etsy shop.  I hope you will take a look.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MerryWindFarm?ref=hdr_shop_menu

I have designed a free chart for you to stitch.  My inspiration is the antique hornbook.  Please click this link to download and print your chart.  

Feel free to share anywhere that you like, please give credit to Merry Wind Farm.

Thank you!  Please copy and paste this link to print out the chart.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0AdIK-EkStcYjk0SWVhaXFRd0E/view?usp=sharing