September has come

Labor Day has come and gone. Watching the neighbors leave the house with their two young boys to walk to school Tuesday. They were both shiny faced, hair combed nicely and toting back packs. It made me a little nostalgic for the days our kids were little. I always felt like this was as much of a new beginning as January first every year. Let’s hope for a really great one this year.

I think I’m ready

Tomorrow is the day! The Early Homestead show in Holly MI. 111College St. Holly 48442 – 10a til 3p. $5 entry. I’m so pleased (and surprised) that I finished Polly Minick’s Fourth of July Parade. The second picture shows my Americana collection. Both the parade pic and the Bathing Beauties have sleeves stitched to the back for hanging. I hope I see you there!

I simply must share this picture of our beautiful Claudia. Isn’t she just squeezable!

Early Homestead Countdown

Good morning All. My folks used to say “Daylight in the swamp.” or “Wake up Jacob’ Father shot a bear.” Nobody had to call out anything to me this morning. The house never got below 72 degrees overnight and I think it was too hot to sleep.

Just a short note to say I hope I see you Saturday the the Early Homestead. 10a-3p 111 College Ave. Holly, MI 48442

Early Homestead

Hello Friends. It is eight days until the Early Homestead show in Holly, MI. I would love to have you stop by. The address is 111 College Street. Holly 48442. The school is located one block off Main Street. Admission is $5 and the hours are 10 am til 2 pm. Here are some pieces I will have. You will also find a wide selection of prims and antiques.

Spring has sprung

Just a short post today.

We have been enjoying some lovely warm days this week. What a welcome treat. According to the weatherman, this is a little early for 60 degree days, but we’ll take it!

Spring brings so much to look forward to. I’ll soon be fully vaccinated and ready. Hello Canada, I’ll be coming in May to welcome our eagerly awaited grandchild.

I’ve been working on pieces for the Early Homestead show in Holly, MI on April 10. My two week absence from posting has been quite busy. I’m including a few pictures. The little balsam pillows are all my design. I am happy with the Mighty Mac. The gentle bear with his avian friends is a design by Jeannine Happe from Two Old Crows. He reminds my of the UP.

Busy days

Greetings Friends! I noticed the thermometer on the garage was closer to 60 than to 50 this morning. When I stepped out to grab the Free Press there was a light warm breeze to be felt. I think I actually saw sprouts on my yarrow yesterday. Friday I had my first dose of Moderna with no more discomfort than a bit of a sore arm. Soon I’ll be sharing news about two upcoming shows I will be doing. It feels like life is waking up and returning to somewhat normal. It is a beautiful thing.

I have been doing so much punching lately I needed to take a day off. I received the message from my wrist that it’s time to rest. So it is a perfect time to check in here at Yooper Trails.

So, two Sundays ago I found these cute little frames at the flea market. I have all five of them filled. Let me share some pictures.

This first one is from a pattern I’m quite sure I found in the Punch Needle Primitive Stitcher magazine. I’m sorry to say I can’t find the designer’s name. The bird is done with a small needle and one thread. I’m happy with how the detail turned out

This second one is also from PNPS. It is a variation of a piece by Rose Clay from Three Sheep Studio. It’s called Passing Time and what a delightful way to do so.

Thanks to Polly MInick for this patriotic lady.

These next two are my own. The two rabbits are suggestive of prim hooked rugs. I tried to capture the Fraktur folk art attributed to the Pennsylvania Dutch popular from 1740 to around 1860. My colors might be a little bright. They are actually brighter than I usually work with.

This next one is to welcome spring with a gathering of little bunnies. I hope you like it.

I came to a decision on Lori Rippey’s American Whaler. It is going to ba a stand-alone piece. It is finished with a black wool backing. I covered a little plastic ring with perle cotton to serve as a hanger. It resembles the blind pulls we used to find at the dime store. Remember both of those?

Well, that’s it for today. Be well and embrace spring!

Good morning on this March 2, our son Michael’s birthday.

It has been a couple years since I first held that beautiful baby boy. I’d be hard pressed to try it now, him being 6 feet tall and all.

I continue to work at my posting goal. Today I have a piece by Lori Rippey, called American Whaler. It is another ‘finish’ that has been long in coming. I thought I’d post a picture and see what you think. I haven’t attached it to the hornbook. I’m still not sure. I debated over paint or stain. What do you think?

Sneak preview

Keeping in mind my goal of posting more often, here’s a little preview of what I’m working on, plus a little tip. I finally got a gripper frame and I love it. The problem is when working on smaller pieces you waste your weaver’s cloth. So this picture shows two projects in process. It delays the end time, but saves cloth. A tip I remember from Rebecca at A Simple Quiet: keep your weavers cloth scraps and use them to stuff 3D pieces. Happy Friday to all of you still punching in every day.

Finishes, finishes

It is such an accomplishment to put the final touches to the pieces patiently waiting. I still have a number of pieces to get to. Also I’m managing two posts in two days.

These little bunnies are racing to Mr. Magregor’s garden. Better protect those carrots! Thank you to Cathy Sower for the sketch she so generously gave me.