Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Little Fall and Manifesto

Hello, everyone.

The weekend before last was the fall open house at Curry's Antiques in Lancaster,  Ohio.  I try to make it to this at least once a year.  The beautiful early painted antiques are way out of my price range, but I also enjoy the hand made things, and always manage to buy something.  This year it was a primitive bee skep house, which is something I have wanted for a long, long, time.  Here is is housing a pumpkin.

In the spirit of Halloween, here is a neat tombstone on top of a small hill in the woods nearby.  It is hard to see, but it has a carving of a finger pointed to heaven.  He was  a Mendenhall, some relation of the Mendenhalls who came here in 1804/5 and built my house,  probably a cousin.  "My" Mendenhalls moved away in the 1830's so very few are buried in this area.

I have been working diligently away on Manifesto.  Here is my progress to date...slowly but surely.

And, finally, a photo of Bella, who you may not have seen before.  She is a scaredy cat and is often hiding, but loves to sleep in this dry sink under the light bulb.  She has the same name as new Bella dog, so it gets confusing.

Until next time...


  1. Oh my. The Manifesto is spectacular! The definition and color in this piece! I forgot what you're stitching on so I need to go back and look it up. You've made remarkable progress too.

  2. Hi Melinda,
    The skep house is a very nice one!! Looks great in your garden. I have been to Currys before, I did the group house tour once. Pricey but she does have some things that are affordable.
    Bella looks so sweet.
    Happy Fall

  3. Melinda ~
    Happy October to you ;0)
    So glad you found something at the Curry's. Great bee skep.
    LOVE that tombstone. How cool is that?
    Great pic of Bella.
    You are making remarkable progress on Manifesto!!!
    Hugs :)

  4. Evening Melinda, love the bee skep house, always like the looks of them in a garden...Manifesto looks amazing,wow!!!!....sweet Bella,looks to me like a cozy spot to take a nap,...Blessings Francine...

  5. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Back when I lived in Louisville, we often went up to Lancaster and Waynesville, Ohio. I love the way you have your yard all fixed up for fall. Bee Skeeps are great. Your stitching is really coming along.

  6. Love your Manifesto. Gorgeous! Love your little Bella too. So sweet!

  7. I am in awe of your work on Manifesto, and it seems Bella has found the perfect spot to snooze,

  8. Manifesto is looking awesome! Amazing how ornate such old tombstones were. Bella looks like such a sweetie. My cat is also a scaredy cat, afraid of her own shadow! Have a great weekend!

  9. Oh my goodness "Manifesto" is Stunning! You are so very talented!
    Love to your beautiful Tortie Bella and a blissful autumn to you

  10. I can't imagine having the patience to work on a project like that and wow it's how much more sewing before you anticipate the finally???
    Pretty Fall pictures.

  11. Ohh WoW ... what a magnificent undertaking. This would be above my skills and my patience. Will be looking forward to the finished piece.
    Bella looks very content and warm 'n cozy...luv it all.

  12. Melinda, I love that tombstone you have on your property. So very cool. Lucky you. Love your Manifesto - as I said before and your Bella looks so content under the heat of that lamp. Great post.

  13. Hi Melinda,
    Love your Fall post. The pumpkin is perfect in your skep house and your yard is beautifully decorated. I love old tombstones and have been known to walk through a few old cemeteries just to read the tombstones :)....I have never seen a finger pointing to heaven though. Your Manifest is incredible...truly a work of art! Bella looks quite content under the lamp light...seems she has found the perfect spot for Fall.

  14. First off I just love following your blog. Secondly what is a bee skep house?
    My husband has honey bee hives but I have never heard of this.
    Your Manifesto is stunning! Your stitching is truly an inspiration.

  15. Wow...what a beauty your Manifesto is! I have such admiration for stitchers who are able to take on these big samplers! Will be watching your progress.

  16. Beautiful manifesto and like the bee skep house. I want one of those too.Bella is living up to her name. BTW love the header pic of your beautiful home.

  17. Oh my goodness, what beautiful hand-work on your Manifesto!
    And what a wonderful bee skep house and sweet relaxed kitty!
    So special to have a tombstone of a former family member on your property.
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Xo Louise