Monthly Archives: December 2015

Dog and Two Crows

It is Monday morning four days before Christmas and I hear the gentle patter of rain outside. Today is the shortest day of the year and tomorrow we begin to see daylight longer.

I have been working on a prim reproduction from Magdalena Briner. I do love her work. This one is called Dog and Two Crows. I haven’t decided yet if I will add any walnut crystal aging to my version. I used a few bright yellows that I’m not certain I’m happy with. Also I don’t know if I’ll add a hanging sleeve to the back or put it on a hornbook. (Cold weather might play into that decision since any wood cutting is done in the garage.)


Let me take this time to wish you all blessings of the season as we celebrate Christmas and look forward to another new beginning in 2016.

Christmas photos

Welcome to my mini tour to celebrate Christmas.



The above two photos are taken in our front porch. I love the paper mache top hat. I found it at  Michaels last year. I wish I bought more than one because I’ve not seen them again.


I made these pomanders following a recipe in a book called “The Scented Room.” by Barbara Orbach.  They are done with clove-studded limes which sat in a mixture of cloves, cinnamon, allspice for four weeks. After ‘curing’ I tied each with a blue ribbon.


Here is the cutlery tray I found at one of the Illinois prim shows we visited last month. It is filled with coxcomb, fabric pears and pinkeeps made by my sister, Carole. The little copper candle was done by my son Michael many years ago. He was creating prims before I ever discovered them.WP_001017


I made this wreath at a workshop at the Einerlie store in Chassel, Michigan years ago. The owner did summer workshops which Carole and I attended for many summers. Nestled in with pomegranates , seed heads and penguin you will find a little cream colored sheep. This is special as it is the very first thing I punched.

Christmas stockings waiting for Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve.

I hope you enjoyed your your visit.

Sneak Peek

Magdalena Briner Eby (1832-1915) was from Perry County, PA.  Her primitive rugs are considered a signature example of American folk art. If pressed, I don’t think I could choose a favorite.

Hooked rugs were done with long strips of wool and hooked on stiff fabric such as burlap. I always say that hooking and punching are like cousins and the designs work well in either one.  The photos above are the beginning of my latest project. It is my freehand interpretation of  Magdalena’s Dog and Crows and I will try to keep the colors as close to hers as I can.  I’ve learned that there were certain things  repeated in rugs she created. For example, the cherry in the bird’s beak can be found in different rugs.

So, a little history and a sneak preview. Thanks for stopping by.

Holly Hills Primitives

I’m heading today to “Christmas on the Homestead” in Holly Mi. Looking out the window I see fog, which I hope burns off before I leave. I checked the mileage and this shop is only 5 miles from Fenton, so I think I’ll visit “Stitch n Things,” a shop featured in the Punch Needle Primitive Stitcher mag. Stay tuned for details.

Christmas is in the air

We awoke to frost covering the landscape, but the sun is bright and green grass is still the prominent view.  However, we won’t allow that to stifle our Christmas anticipation.  I’m rather certain snow is in our future here in Michigan.

Today will be busy with last minute preparation for the Holiday Magic Marketplace at the Royal Oak Farmers Market.  The Marketplace will be open from 4pm until 9pm. This is in conjunction with the tree lighting ceremony which takes place directly across the street in the plaza by Royal Oak library. The market will have free hot dogs and hot chocolate and Santa will make a visit in a fire truck.  I hope you can join the festivities and visit me at my Yooper Trails table. I will have a selection of punch needle including Christmas items.  The market address is 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. 48067.

Santa on a broom and top hat and in a metal frame share space with a Prairie Schooler cross stitch pillow. They all sit upon my Triangles By Design quilt which took me three years to complete.

I was fortunate to be featured in the Detroit Free Press Homestyle magazine last Friday. The column by Jocelyn Brown is called Handmade. Click here to read the article. It was nice to have needle punch enjoy some exposure.

I will be offering an update on my blog Saturday night at 8pm under the “Shop Yooper Trails” tab.