Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Bump in the Road

Hello, before I get to the title stuff,  I have a small finish to share with you.  A while back I think I showed you the really neat frame that I think was originally the side piece of a grandfather clock.  I stitched the Coverlet design by Cross-Eyed Cricket to fit in this frame.  I needed to make it a touch longer, so I copied two designs off of a coverlet throw that I have.  Now it fits perfectly in the frame and the spot that I stitched it for.

I think that my sampler designs did well at the Nashville market.  Now I am just waiting for a check to arrive!

Now to what has been happening here at Merry Wind Farm.  Two weeks ago, I had two calls from my Mothers life alert in the middle of the night.  The first time I managed to get her up, it helps that she only weighed a little over 100.  The second time she had fallen flat on her face and broken her nose!  So the squad came and off to the ER who admitted her to the hospital.  Several things just started building up...her awful hip pain (which was probably the reason for the fall), the diabetes, the weight loss, weakness and muscle loss, severe bladder infection....etc, etc.  She was in the hospital for four days and then was sent to a nursing home for rehabilitation.  She has now been there for over a week and so much progress has been made.   A lidocaine patch on her hip, curing up the bladder infection, physical therapy, insulin, even medicine to increase her appetite.  She should be coming home any day now.

Now, what I want to know, is why her family doctor, who I have taken her to many, many times, didn't try this patch or medicine for her appetite?  He knew she was getting thinner and weaker, and his only remedy was to prescribe hydrocodone and oxycodone.  Not only did they not even get rid of the pain, but doped her up, and she didn't want to take opiates...I don't blame her.  This hip thing has been going on since last fall, and he never managed to help the pain.  And, he never really addressed the weight loss other than to say that she had lost more weight.  Grrr....I am really angry at him as it seems that he did nothing.  If I didn't know better, I would say he thinks she is old enough:( If she had not fallen and ended up in the hospital, who knows what would have happened.

Regarding the unfortunate broken nose, yesterday she saw the ENT specialist, and he said that even though she broke it in two places, she can breathe and it is functional.  Surgery at her age (89) and with a pacemaker is quite risky and not necessary.  I am very relieved, but she is so upset.  This is the 3rd or 4th time she has broken her nose, and she has always hated it and was hoping to get a nose job :)

I mowed the grass yesterday!!  Hooray!!  Spring has arrived!


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Mary Anne Stenson 1859 is available!

Hello, here is the third reproduction sampler from Merry Wind Farm that was released at Nashville Market.  She is Mary Anne Stenson 1859.  Mary Anne stitched her sampler with wools, as have I, using 11 shades of Gentle Arts Simply Wool and 3 shades of Gentle Arts Threads.  The sampler is quite simplistic and naive, with misspelling and backwards letters.  The verse is one of my all time favorites, and I love the collection of flowers, little dogs, birds, rabbits, and even a red lion!  The model has been stitched on 30 count Olde Town Blend from R & R reproductions, and includes a DMC  conversion.  Stitch count is 213 x 201, and uses cross stitch over two only.

Please send me an email to purchase (link on left) and include the name of the sampler and your email address for paypal.  Cost is $15.00 plus $2.50 domestic shipping/handling and $5.00 international shipping.  If you wish to order a second sampler of any design, shipping will not increase.

 Thank you, and I hope you enjoy Mary Anne!


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Lillias Davidson 1858 reproduction sampler

Lillias Davidson 1858 reproduction sampler is now available!  I purchased this lovely Scottish sampler mainly because my maiden name is Davidson.  Lillias was born to James Davidson and Lillias Sinclair in Perth, Scotland on October 24, 1841.  An early census identifies her as a scholar living in Ochlockie.  I love that Scottish samplers give you an large family history by including all her family initials, and indicate if they are deceased by surrounding the initials in black thread.  The original sampler was stitched in wool, as sampler making was beginning to transition to Berlin woodwork.  I stitched my reproduction with the wonderful Gentle Arts Simply Wool hand-dyed threads which are a joy to work with!  I have also provided a DMC conversion.  The model is stitched on 30 count abecedarian blend linen from R & R Reproductions.  Stitches used on cross over two, back stitch, and algerian eye.

Retail price is $15.00 plus shipping ($2.50 in the US).  On the left there is a photo of Lillias.  If you would like to order, please fill out the form (also on the left) to send me an email.  I would love to send you a copy of Lillias!

Thanks, and hope you like her,

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Searching for a sampler stitcher

I have been searching for Louisa Richardson, the young lady who stitched this sampler in 1828.  A friend has asked me to chart her antique sampler.  I can't just chart it, I want to find out who she was.  About all I started was is a belief that this is American, and she had a friend or someone named Hannah Tyler, and Instructress Scott.

I know I have seen similar motifs somewhere, the ones where there is a blank space left between the stitches.  I have spent hours upon hours looking through every book that I have, and searching everything that I can find on the internet.

I know I have seen these somewhere!!  Guess where I found them?  On the Julia Hay sampler that is hanging on my sewing room wall!

I have all the genealogical information for Julia, she was from New York State, and her sampler was done about 15 years later than Susannah, but it has those motifs and a very similar alphabet.

I am still looking for Louisa, but now I have a location to concentrate on.  Incomplete verses drive me crazy, she started with The Beauteous Rose em??????  Emblem??  Embrace?

I will keep looking.


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