Thursday, August 14, 2014

Early Work Mercantile update tonight!

Hello, please check out my August offerings on Early Work Mercantile.  They should be up sometime this evening.  Use the button on the left, then be sure to click on the arrows to view all the wonderful artists!
Thanks,
Melinda

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Winner for my Giveaway

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments.  I am sorry that I didn't get around to responding to each of you, but I thoroughly enjoyed every single one of the 58 comments I received!  I hope you all continue to read my humble blog and comment.

As I am not computer savvy, I did this drawing the old-fashioned way. I wrote each name on a piece of paper, and the winner is .......Woolwoman (Melody).  Congratulations, Melody!  Please contact me with your mailing address and I will get this out to you.

Once again, thank you to everyone for entering, and for all the kind birthday wishes.

Have a nice day!
Melinda

Monday, July 28, 2014

What I've been up to and a give-away

Hello, readers,
First of all, what I've been up to.  Nothing exciting :(  My life is just more and more of the same.  Every day is spent working in the garden, trying to keep the farm looking nice, taking care of animals, and cleaning!  Oh the cleaning...with all these pets it takes a lot.  I'm not complaining, wouldn't trade it for the world, but sometimes wish I had something new and exciting to share.

What a strange summer this has been.  Here the summer is 2/3 over and we haven't really had any summer weather.  Not complaining, again, as I hate the heat, and the flowers are loving all this rain.  Even at the end of July I have to mow every 5 days and even then the grass is really tall and has to be gone over a couple of times.

Here is part of my garden, the rudbeckia's have self seeded all over the place.  See the big sunflower on the right?  Tell me why I planted two packages of sunflowers seeds, NONE came up, but if a little birdie poops it out, it grows!:)


I have taken a break on Manifesto to stitch the Seven Sheep Sampler by Scarlett House.  I had joined a stitch along for this, but every one finished before I even managed to get started.   This is a very pretty sampler, and not too difficult, no over one and no specialty stitches.


I also have been into a major re-decorating project.  So far, a free re-decorating project, the best kind. Just moving things around.  Here is a living  room picture and a dining room picture.




Now to the fun stuff (if you're still with me).  I going to give away two wonderful books, Another Place and Time by Maggie Bonanomi (18 primitive projects ) and the Spring 2014 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.  Both I was dumb enough to buy twice, so I wanted to share with you.  Also included is the little bed pincushion that I stitched, a Little House Needleworks project.  I have included a yummy lavender sachet with it.

To enter, please leave me a comment on this post, and make sure that if you are a no-reply blogger that you also leave me your e-mail address so that I can contact you.  I will draw the winner on Saturday August 9th, which is my 58th  birthday!  Please do NOT share this on your blog, as I want this drawing to be only for my current readers.

(Sorry for my feet in the picture :)

Melinda
PS:  I will ship overseas to the winner.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Early Work Mercantile tonight

Please check out my things on Early Work Mercantile this evening.  Use button on the left.
Thanks, Melinda

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Free-Five Very Naughty Kittens and One Naughty Dog...just kidding

Greetings to everyone,
Before I get to the subject, I want to thank everyone who went to my Early Work Mercantile and helped make it a success. I can see that much of the traffic comes from my blog, and I am truly appreciative.  Thank you!

Now, on to naughty animals.  First is a picture of a beautiful alphabet book designed by Ellen Chester that I had worked so hard on.
It was displayed on an antique desk in the living room.  I spent months and months working on this, and even used expensive silk, which, as you know, I am a DMC person.  I even used ties from the hospital gown my hubby passed away in for the closure.  Maybe morbid, but it was special to me.  Here it is now :(
One of the kittens knocked it off on the floor,  and a dog (probably Oliver) peed on it.  I even consulted with the dry cleaner, and he said I had no choice but to rinse it in cold water to get the pee out.  It is ruined.   So upsetting, but it is my choice to have my animals, and I guess sometimes things happen :(

On top of that, on the same day I experienced a horrible Facebook experience.  A couple of months ago I decided to try Facebook out, and was having fun...for awhile.  I don't understand why some people have to be so nasty!  Oh, well..

While browsing around, I happened upon this lovely casket design by Just A Thought.  Judy O'dell is her name.
I will never have one of those extremely expensive wooden needlework caskets, and this is a very reasonably priced design with detailed finishing instructions.  I am going to order it soon.  I think it is a beautiful design.  I understand it was an on-line class a couple of years ago, so you may have already seen it.

Rain, rain, go away...that is all it seems to do here.  Thunderstorm watch as we speak.  Some things in the garden are doing well, others not so much.  Here are a couple photos.  As you can see, the hostas are happy.

As a final note, I can't believe that I have over one hundred thousand page views!!  This is amazing to me that so many people are interested in looking.  I so appreciate that you take the time to ready about my little life and farm.  To celebrate, I will be back next time with a small give-away to thank you for your readership.

Melinda

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Early Work Mercantile is up!!

Please go take a look if you have time using the button on the left.  Be sure to use the arrows to visit all the talented artisans!

Melinda

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Belmont Day...My Love/Hate Relationship with horse racing

Here I am, waiting for the Belmont coverage to start in a couple of hours.  As you perhaps know, I have three adopted off-the-track racehorses.  Pip's Affair, Fan Anna, and Tanzanite (better known as Pipsy, Anna, and Blossom.  Here they are living the good life today.

However, this doesn't happen all the time.  My three were fortunate in that their owners donated them to a rescue operation.   Of the nearly 22,000 thoroughbred foals born in 2011,  only 20 made it to the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby.  Tragically, too many end up breaking down or sold for slaughter if they do not prove profitable.  This unfortunate end even befell 1986 Kentucky Derby Winner named Ferdinand.  Hard to believe.


As I watch the Belmont coverage, I am mesmerized by the beautiful animals, and then hold my breath during the actual race, praying that a tragedy does not occur.

Fortunately, there are organizations that believe that a race horse can have a productive life off the track.  An owner can donate their horse to one of these organizations so that they can be adopted into a good and loving home.  The one where I have adopted 4 horses over the past years was started about 15 miles from me. They now have farms from Kentucky and Ohio east to Pennsylvania.   New Vocations is a wonderful organization that retrains horses for new homes.  Another that I know of,  Friends of Ferdinand, is also nearby in Germantown, Ohio.

Please help pass the word that these beautiful animals can go on to new careers and loving homes.
Melinda