Friday, September 2, 2016

I might be nuts....

Yes, I definitely might be nuts for trying to keep the farm.  Without my mother, income is now reduced by 2/3, and surely no 60 year old woman, borderline disabled with MS (although thankfully not the progressive type), by herself, would try to keep up a 15 acre property with two barns, gardens, pastures, horses, too many cats to mention, and three dogs!  I must have lost my mind!!  BUT, I love it so much, the 200 year old house, the animals, gardens, everything!  I was thinking the other day that without this place and all the animals to take care of, there really would be no reason to even get up every morning.  I could just lol in bed, get fatter and out of shape, and die.

So for now I am staying and going to try to manage.  I can't stand to give up my home.  There is so much love here and so many happy memories.

Thank you to all who wrote and expressed your sympathy on the passing of my mother.  I think I wrote back to everyone.  If you did not hear back from me, you must be no reply.

So now I am adjusting to the new normal.  Going from taking care of my mother 24/7 and never having any time to having nothing but time.  It is quite a change.  No one to care for, cook for, shop for, or plan my schedule around.  Very strange:(

On to some other news...here is a sneak peak of a reproduction that is charted and I am working on stitching the model.  Sarah Ann Marven is her name, and she stitched her sampler to honor her mother who had passed.  I thought I wouldn't be able to stitch this model, but strangely it is comforting.



I am doing a lot of cleaning out of my mother part of the house, combining things and deciding what to keep.  I have moved three beautiful pieces that she had into my part.  One is a mahogany breakfront that belonged to my grandmother, and a small Sheraton desk that I  just love, the third is the antique bed that she bought and refinished before they were married, the only bed they ever had, and where I was conceived!  As a result of these pieces, I guess my decorating style is no longer primitive, but more colonial.  Many things are changed around the house, but the change feels good.



The bear with guitar next to the bed is a build a bear from my son, and the little yellow bear hugging

the bed post was a mothers day gift to my mother from Evan.  Both are very special to me.

Now, do you want to hear about the wedding?  It was a smashing success.  I could hardly believe how the barn turned out.  And although there were tornadoes a couple of towns away, the weather held out for the outdoor ceremony and it was lovely.  Hope I don't bore you with photos.  My son Evan was the best man.  That is him with the maid of honor.









Thanks for visiting...
Melinda
xxx

Thursday, July 28, 2016

My dear Mother


Winifred Coates Davidson, age 89, passed away Tuesday, July 26. She was born in Dayton, Ohio to Wilfred and Olive Gibson Coates on August 30, 1926. Winifred was the most beloved and precious mother to Melinda Davidson Cole and grandmother to Evan Thomas Donald Cole. She was a graduate of Fairview High School and the University of Dayton with a degree in music. Winifred excelled in so many things during her lifetime. She enjoyed painting, gardening, life at Merry Wind Farm, and was an accomplished classical pianist. She was proceeded in death by Thomas Evan Davidson, her husband of 62 years, and son-in-law Donald R. Cole. 
Forever in our hearts. I love you so much, Mother.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Release day for Mary Clay 1805! Free Shipping!

Hello,
Today is release day for Mary Clay 1805.  And, to celebrate, I am offering free shipping through this  Sunday, July 18, and YES, that does include overseas buyers!  I want everyone to have the opportunity to stitch Mary.


Now, the nitty gritty.  The price for this chart is $20.00.  The chart pack is 12 pages, which includes a color photo, an instruction page, and a separate key page.  The stitch count is 203 x 274, and is stitched with Gentle Art threads.  A DMC conversion is provided.   Printed on high quality paper.  I am sure you will be happy with it!

Mary Clay was baptized 11 November 1792 at St. Luke Church,  parish of North Carlton, Lincolnshire, England.  North Carlton was a small agricultural community.  Mary attended an as yet unidentified female academy with her best friend, Amelia Bemrose, where the two girls stitched very similar samplers in 1805.  Mary finished her sampler on April 17, and her friend a week later.  Their anonymous instructress was quite frugal, as nearly all the linen is filled with delightful motifs including birds, dogs, horses, even a blue owl and pink swan!  At age 18, Mary married William Clayton at St. Luke with her friend Amelia at her side.  Mary and William went on to have 4 children and spent their lives in North Carlton.


My sincerest thanks to Inguna Krastina for locating Amelias sampler, which helped me to identify Mary.

To order, please send me a message using the form on the left, and I will invoice you and get your chart out to you right away.

I hope you like this sampler!  It was a delight to stitch.
Melinda

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A beautiful summer day

Hello, readers, today and yesterday have been perfect summer days here on the farm.  I am grateful for a couple of nice days, as the heat shall return tomorrow and the rest of the summer is supposed to be very hot!
Can I start to complain yet?  Anything over 75% and I am miserable.  I just want to stay in my cool 69 degrees air conditioning.

I have finished the stitching and photographing on my next reproduction sampler release, Mary Clay 1805, the Chinese Quail Sampler.  I am printing and trimming photos and should be announcing her release tomorrow or Tuesday.  Here is another sneak peak.  She will officially be released at Norden Crafts online needlework show this summer, so she will not be available at most shops until then.  However, I can sell individually to my friends and readers, and to shops on my automatic list.


This sampler has an interesting back story, which I will share when I release it.

It seems I rarely have the time to stitch just for myself, but I did manage to work in the limited edition Nashville release from The Primitive Hare.  The kit came with a frame, but I chose to mount it on an upside down breadboard for a hornbook look.  The little apron is special to me, I had a very pretty handkerchief that was given to me by the Hospice workers when my husband was dying.  It is known as a tear cloth.  Rather than just keep it folded up in a drawer forever, I decided to use part of it for this apron, now I can see and enjoy it every time I walk by.


I do have this small collection of miniature Rowe pottery, or at least I think it is all Rowe.  It is stamped and dated and if you are interested, let me know and I will get out a magnifying glass and read the dates, I think 80s and 90s.  Asking $50 in US which will include priority mail shipping.  No chips or cracks.  Includes rare Maple Syrup jug.  SOLD


This is totally off topic, but here is a photo of Blizzard Babe back in her glory days that was sent to me from the Michigan farm where she was born.  She was the top pacer in the state that year.  She looks like she is flying...all four feet are off the ground!


One more piece of news...we are having a wedding here on August 23!!  A barn wedding!  Evans best friend is getting married, and he is the best man.  I guess barn wedding are all the thing right now.  It will be in the this barn, which we don't use, so it is getting turned into a wedding venue.  They have worked so hard.  The barn is early 20th century with a loft for the band, they are building a bar, and things are coming together.  It is a beautiful barn with lovely old beams.  I will post more pictures as it gets closer.


I had planned on posting some garden pictures that I took today, but for some reason they won't load on the blog :(  Maybe next time...
Melinda

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 man....haha...as 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!

Melinda
xxx

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!

Melinda