New punchneedle pieces

Once again I find that much time has passed since my last post. Here it is the end of May. I’m still struggling with my wrist so my punching has been limited. But I’m not giving up! I just limiting my activity.

I want to share what I have completed. Here is The Messenger, from Donna Munson. This was a fun project and I finally got to use this frame. I’ve had the frame for some time and had painted it with my favorite burgundy distressed with black. I had to alter the pattern slightly and add more of the lighter color outside the gold. She’s a cute little angel and I’m really happy with how the eyes turned out.

Hex and Frex is a true primitive from Lori Brechlin. The background looks white in the picture, but it’s punched with Valdani #5, a nice ecru color. Right now they’re tucked under a shelf my daughter made in high school next to a spice box and spool holder, both from my sister, Carole. I think they will go to the Copper Country Art show in August along with the little cone flower picture I drew.

I’ve been feeling summery so I did three of these little Ball jar/flower vases. They’re just little things, so the rusty wire I purchased works well to help them hang straight.

Anyone from Michigan knows gets the next photo. The Mighty Mac that brings together the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan. Hence my blog name ‘Yooper Trails.’ It’s about a five minute drive across and leads to Paradise. (Literally, Paradise is about 66 miles north.) Our happy place is about 281 miles away in the Copper Country.

Well, that’s about it for this time. Be safe and pray for all those out there who need it.

Memorial Day

Greetings Friends. This is the kick off weekend for summer for us. After a very long winter for some of us, summer is a welcome time.

This is also a weekend to remember our fallen soldiers. All families have someone they think of at this time. Our uncle Terry, only 19 was he buried in France during World War II. Let’s all take a moment…

Winter has arrived

Good morning. It is nice to see the bit of white snow we have here. The temps have been under freezing for the past week, but it feels refreshing for a short while. We moved snow twice; the first time with a broom and the second with the snow blower. We have wonderful young neighbors who help out. I’m not quite sure when we became the old timers on the block, but I guess we’re here.

After a lengthy period of resting my hand hand it is good to get back to punching again. I’m working on a piece called The Messenger done by Donna Munson from My Country Keepers. Here’s a little peak. I’m just loving the colors she chose for this one.

All Things Detroit

Greetings Friends. What exciting news I have to share. First, Bruce and I were so pleased to take a ride to Windsor in October and spent a night. We were able to be there for our granddaughter, Claudia’s third birthday. We had to both get covid tested and also provide information on a Canadian website, but once that was taken care of it was a seamless process. And little Isla is five months now. Grandma could go on and on, but I’ll just say it was a heart-filling day.

I’ve been having a bit of trouble with my right hand this fall, so my punching has been severely limited. I didn’t realize how much I’d miss doing punch needle, but after resting for some time I think I’ll be able to pick it us again. I was able to finish some items for the All Things Detroit show which is this Sunday at the Eastern Market. This was originally scheduled for March of 2020. I’m sure I don’t need to elaborate on that. So November 7 is the day. There will be 150 vendors in three sheds. The sides all consist of garage doors which are open in the summer. They will be closed on Sunday, so this is considered an indoor event. Masks are required. There is a $5 entry fee.

It looks to be a nice day on Sunday. Maybe I’ll see you.

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!