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January punching

Hello Friends. I hope you are filling your winter days with warm and cozy activity. Now that the holidays have passed I’ve been doing a bit of punching myself. It won’t be long until spring arrives and with spring comes the Early Homestead Show in Holly, MI. On March 24 look for Yooper Trails at the spring show. Dick and Dawn do a spring and fall primitive show filled with wonderful primitives and great vendors. Mark your calendar.

Following the primitive theme, which I love, here are a few new pieces. Bird and Tulip are reminiscent of the Fraktur style. I punched Little Dog to recall the hooked rugs of the 1800s.

The hornbooks are from Primitive Homespuns in Frederick, MD.  I have tried different methods of attaching my pieces. In the past I’ve sewn a backing onto the punched piece and then glued that to the wood. While that works all right, it sometimes doesn’t fit as flat against the wood as I would like. This time I cut the weavers cloth about 3/4 inch around the piece and then folded it back and sewed it leaving the back of the piece exposed. Fold back the corners first and then the sides. This gives you a nice crisp corner. I use Allene’s Tacky Glue.


Olde New England Garden is yet another awesome creation from Doreen Frost from Vermont Harvest Folk Art. This little pouch just needs some rose hips or dried flowers.


Thanks for stopping by today. Keep warm.

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello from Yooper Trails.  The days don’t pass any slower, do they? Here we are on the back side of November. I’m sure you are all busy preparing for Thanksgiving. May your day be filled with family and friends. Here’s my first step.

I have been tackling the finishing of a lot of projects for the Elf Shelf at the Troy High School this Saturday, November 25. It is so easy to get things punched, but the finishing seems to pile up. I did this Santa and reindeer from a pattern from The Simple Quiet. You can visit Rebecca’s website by clicking on the name above. I mounted the piece on a chair back, using Tinker Toys for balance.


These little pouches are from Doreen Frost.

Aren’t they lovely? She is such a talented artist.



These cookie cutters from an Indiana antique store found new life.

Reduce, reuse and recycle.


This little guy, a freebie doodle from Ginger Jackson, Prairie Moon Primitives, will be the project for my next class at the end of the month. I think he will be well received.


Thank you for stopping by. Come again.


Wow, can you believe it is already October? We have been having August weather here, although the last few days have been nice. Busy days here, with the Spring Run Farm show and a conference in Boyne Highlands and this weekend my husband and I celebrated our 45th anniversary by seeing the Million Dollar Quartet at Caesars’ at Windsor and then enjoying dinner and spending the night at the MGM in Detroit.

The Million Dollar Quarter is a re-enactment of a jam session with Elvis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. It was an entertaining look at the early days of rock and roll.

I still find time to continue punching. Here are a few photos of some wintery pieces. After the Spring Run show my sister and I did some antiquing, where I found the cookie cutters and the cupboard.

Thanks for visiting today. Let me know what you are working on. I have a few more things ‘almost completed’ that I hope to show soon.

Spring Run Farm Fall Festival

Well, tomorrow morning I leave for my sister Carole’s home. Saturday morning we’ll wake the birds and head out to Lowell, Indiana for the Spring Run show. It is always exciting to meet with people and share my love of punch needle. The weather looks to be perfect. I like to have a project started to demonstrate punch needle. This is what I came up with.  Enjoy this lovely late summer weekend.

winter runner rabbit

September is here

Summer visited with some great sunshine, lazy days, sweet corn, tomatoes, morning coffee on the deck, evening wine on the deck. I blinked my eyes and summer is gone like a melted Frosty Snowman.  Reading posts on Facebook this morning I found multiple pictures of youngsters heading of to the first year of school and the last year of middle school. Exciting times for both children and parents.

Preparation here continues for the Spring Run Harvest Fest on Sept 16. Spring Run Farms is in Lowell, Indiana. I’m looking forward to doing the show with my sister, Carole who will have a booth also. Visit Carole’s Picture Trail by clicking here to see her beautiful cross stitch and quilts.

I have a few finishes to share with you. The first is Mr Turkey standing on a pumpkin. This is a Cathy Sowers design, that I hope I did justice to. I used crushed walnut shells to stuff this.



Halloween cat arrives on her little whisk broom, ready for the season. Not all that scary, but full of fun. I sewed on a brown plaid cotton backing. I was able to just tack in onto the broom with a few stitches on each side.



Pretty Tressie inspects the work of the human. She hasn’t yet given her nod of approval. She just wonders why her favorite spot has been invaded. (Note the dog collar. Corky has been gone for many years, but his memory remains.)

Now I put punch needle aside and prepare for a pre-anniversary get-away with my wonderful husband of 45 years.

Thank you for stopping by.



More Halloween Fun

I need a day to ‘rest the wrist’ so it is a good time to post a blog entry.  I love the fall colors for punching. The oranges and golds and browns… I remember reading once that the change of colors was the tree blushing before dropping leaves for her winter sleep.

So I finished Lori Rippey’s Little Jack. I tried make the background reminiscent of the Magdalena Briner style. Little Jack will become a cupboard hanger and will be available at the Spring Run Farm on September 16. Lori’s patterns are available. Click here.


This is a second version of my Three Witches.


I found the antique cookie cutters at Kathy Makers Primitive Homespuns when we visited Frederick, Maryland. All you punchers know that you need to be careful to reverse your image when punching or else you will end up with a mirror image. I’m happy to say that by pure luck that didn’t happen to me.


My next focus will be finishing Cathy Sower’s Turkey on a Pumpkin make-do. Stay tuned for more pictures.

Thanks for the visit. What are you working on today?












Home again, home again

Time really does fly when you are on vacation. We are back home now working to get back to normal (my normal anyway, which isn’t saying much.) It was nice to see old friends and visit with family on our trip to the UP. Sorry to say I was too early for the thimbleberries. I did get one little jar of jam made. Next year…

It was fun to be involved in the Eagle Harbor Art Fair sponsored by the Copper Country Artists Association. I believe it was their 57th fair. It was the first for me. We had two beautiful sunny days in the lovely harbor town. I failed to get a lot of pictures. Here are a few of the tent while I was setting up.

I did two little cupboard hangers based on vintage sand pails. I found an old shovel at an antique store so I did a companion piece.

Finally, here is my patriotic pig sitting on a cheese grater.


Now it’s time to look towards fall with needle punching. I will have a booth at the Spring Run Farm Harvest Celebration on September 16 in Lowell, Indiana. 46315. My sister Carole, of the lake  will also have a booth.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Holy Rollin in Detroit



So, after at least five years away from any biking, I accepted an invitation to take part in a 10 mile bike trip through the city of Detroit on Sunday. (It’s like ‘riding a bike’, right?) What a great day. We began at Ste Anne’s which is situated in the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge. Ste Anne has the distinction of being the second oldest parish in the United States. It was founded in 1701 and built just two days after Cadillac landed of the banks of the Detroit River. I’m sorry to say I did not get a picture while we were there.

Our next stop was at St Aloysius located on Washington. Nestled between two buildings it is almost hidden away. We learned that as the congregation grew, the church was unable to grow sideways due to location, so they added a balcony and also opened the floor to add a lower level.



From there we biked to St Peter and Paul, whose front door faces Jefferson. I must say all the churches we visited were just beautiful and awe inspiring.  St Peter and Paul is a Jesuit parish affiliated with University of Detroit Mercy. While not the oldest parish in Detroit, it is the oldest church building. It piqued my interest to learn the pillars, which looked like marble, are actually tree trunks that came from my Upper Peninsula.  On the front sidewalk a statue of Homeless Jesus.

Just beautiful
Here is my friend Kelly in front of a Yooper tree


We learned so much history! I wish I had a better memory.  Our next stop was at Old St Mary’s in Greektown. (Let me just say this was one of the few times I was that close to the Greektown Casino and didn’t go in.)








Now it’s time for a little switching of activity. As I said, this was my first bike ride in many years. I was prepared with my helmet and my good spirit and did pretty well. Our next leg of the journey brought us to the Dequindre Cut. This is an old railroad route that has been beautifully transformed into a walking/biking area. I’m not sure where it begins, but it does end at the Detroit River. You enter the Cut like driving onto a freeway entrance. Downhill, I gathered speed to the point I started braking. Age has taken away some of my abandon and I feared flying off the bike at 100 miles an hour.  I should have kept up the speed because as we reached the end of our Dequindre Cut experience, I saw the uphill exit. Perhaps the speed might have propelled me to the top.  Recognizing that I no longer need to prove anything to anyone, my bike and I separated and I graciously pushed it up to the top.

Here I am pre-Dequindre Cut

Our last stop was at St Joseph Oratory which is near Gratiot. St Joseph was founded by German immigrants in 1856 and is listed on the national register as a sit of national importance.We were a part Vespers prayer service in Latin sung in a Gregorian chant.  Again, a beautiful and spiritual experience.

After all this we were provided a nice supper with hot dogs and chips and fries and beautiful cold beers of several varieties. There were about 250 of us included in Holy Rollin trip. At this point, we proceeded straight back to Ste Anne’s where our vehicles were parked. So…that would be 4+ miles. By now my banana seat on my borrowed bike had almost become one with my not-banana butt. Have you ever tried to ride with just one cheek on the seat? (Also, did you really think I’d make it through this entire post without a little cheekiness?) Don’t forget, I had to portage the Evil Cut once more.  But I made it and I’m so glad I went. It was a great day with great friends. I highly recommend visiting some of the beautiful spots we have here in Detroit. It was like a museum trip. I saved the pictures below because I didn’t want to incorrectly identify them.

This isn’t punch needle, but I hope you enjoyed your visit.



Sweet Summer

Hello Friends. We have been enjoying a quiet Father’s Day beginning with a little bit of weeding and ending with New York strip steak on the grill.  I will not complain about the heat and humidity. I’ve been waiting is seems forever for summer to arrive. I hope you too are having a relax day.

I am looking forward to being a part of the Eagle Harbor Art Fair on August 12 and 13. (Looking forward and working furiously to prepare.) Eagle Harbor is in the heart of Yooper Country and I’m very excited to be involved. I have several projects in the works and some ready to share. This first picture began in my head as two black bears, but my son-in-law thought of polar bears when he saw my drawing. So, polar bears they are. I think I might do another with black bears too. I’ve also been experimenting with paint. This frame was done with layers of red and black painted on and wiped off. My photography skill aren’t the best. I see this picture is cock-eyed. Oh well..bend your head slightly.


Next are a couple little pieces The bird is representative of a fraktur and the flowers sit in a blue mason jar.

My little horse heads are inspired by an antique rug. I got the pony shoes from my cousin. This was fun to work on. I found half inch wood and cut the hornbooks. I have carpet tacks holding the shoes on. If I can find some real horseshoe nails I will replace the tacks.


I had fun with this last one also. The yellow background is really far from my norm of colors I use, but I think it works.


Thank you for stopping by.

Barn owl

I met a woman at the Farmers Market Think Spring show who was interested in owls. It was coincidental that I have recently been thinking about doing an owl. So, this is what I came up with.  I strayed from my normal muted tones with his eyes. At first I wasn’t sure I liked the bright yellow, but I think it works.

I tried my hand at frame painting with this one. I used a red undercoat and then sort of smeared the black paint over the top. After it dried I used some tinted BriWax. I enjoyed both processes.


So, what are you working on these days?