Friday, June 10, 2016

An update from Merry Wind Farm

Hello, all!  I can't believe how long I have been missing in action.  Quite a few changes have been happening here on the farm.  I believe I mentioned how my Mother had been ill, it has been one bump in the road after another.  After falling in the night and breaking her nose, a few weeks later she fell again and broke four ribs. She was in the hospital, then rehab at a nursing home, then home care and therapy.  She is actually doing much better now for her age, finally the falling at night was diagnosed as low blood sugar.  Age has finally begun to take its toll on her, she now uses a cane most of the time.  Things went pretty smoothly when everything was split between us, but now I am having trouble keeping up with this 13 room house, 15 acres of farm and garden, three horses, three dogs, and too many cats to mention.  There are always so many chores that need to be done, I can never seem to catch up.  I need a long as he goes home at night!!:)

It is difficult to find the time to work on my projects, but I do have a few things coming up'.  I have been stitching the model for Mary Clay 1805, which will be released this summer at the Norden Crafts on-line show.  It will be available from me a week or so prior.  Mary included the requisite religious verse and tribute to her parents, then included an enormous bird that she titles The Chinese Quail, and little motifs, birds, and animals in just about every available space.

I also am working on the charting of a lovely sampler graciously loaned to me by Jennifer Cahill.  It is a very touching tribute by Sarah Ann Marven to her deceased mother.  It is truly a beautiful sampler, and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to chart her.  Sarah should be available in September.

I have just come to a conclusion about blogging.  I seem to always feel that there must be something earth shaking to share in order to make a post.  I take pictures, then never seem to get around to posting them, because I feel it isn't newsworthy.  So here are some random photos that I have taken this spring and never got around to sharing.  Perhaps I need to post even when nothing big is new.

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 :)