Monday, November 21, 2016

Some sampler news....


First off, I thought I would share some progress on my next release, Sarah Ann Marven.  Sarah is a large sampler, and I am currently at a standstill needing to get some more threads.  Sarah's verse is a tribute to her dead mother.  I did not think that I could bare to stitch it so soon after my Mother's passing, but oddly enough it is rather comforting.  

While waiting, I have accomplished a few small finishes.  First is a hornbook design.  A fun, easy stitch.  The chart was purchased from Etsy.  Will be mounted on a breadboard.

Next, a cute Christmas design by Lori Rippey.

A pretty design by Pineberry Lane, Elizabeth Pickford, with a few changes, mostly to use threads that I had.  Elizabeth may become a stitching  bag.

Here is the a beautiful Virginia sampler currently being charted.  She is Elizabeth Tompkins, and I am honored to have been asked by a descendant of Lizzie's to chart her.  There is an enormous amount of  history available on Elizabeth, but unfortunately I have yet to identify the manor house, or find another sampler with this beautiful border.  I believe Lizzie to have been taught by an aunt rather than in a school.  However, another aunt was a teacher at a girls' academy, and is mentioned in Kim Ivey's book, In The Neatest Manner.

Finally, a few photos of a new acquisition, Ellen Spedding 1832.  She features lots of red, a pair of really cool deer, and Adam and Eve.  I love that she wrote "In Adam's Fall, We Sinned All"  Finally, a girl who blamed Adam!  Should be fun to reproduce.

Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving!
Melinda xxx

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Emmaline Cole 1835, A Christmas Sampler

For those who may be interested, I have designed a simple Christmas sampler which you can easily have finished before December 25.  Presenting Emmaline Cole 1835, inspired by Handel's Messiah composed in 1741 and commemorating the name of my ancestor.  The stitch count is 153 x 97 and uses all cross stitch over two with the exception of the tiny dog, which is over one.  The model is stitched using Gentle Arts threads, and includes a DMC conversion.  I have also included an alphabet and a graph for personalization.  Perhaps you might chose one of your ancestor's names for your sampler!

I am releasing this as a pdf download which includes 6 pages with a  color photograph.  Price is $9.00, or if you would prefer me to print it and mail to you, it will be $12.00 which includes domestic shipping.

If you would like to purchase, please leave me a comment and I will send you a paypal invoice and get your chart right out to you!  Thank you, and I hope you like it:)

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 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...

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!

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.

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...

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.