Hello Friends. I find myself with plenty of time on my hands these days. Perhaps I can provide a diversion with a visit to my blog. So, what good things can I share? It has been so nice to be wakened these mornings by the chirping of birds outside. I see the beginning of buds on trees. I took a walk the other night and saw a lovely bed of little yellow flowers, not sure what they were. All these signs mean spring is near.
Our sweet baby Claudia is almost 18 months old and Grandma has to share one picture.
I’ve been keeping busy and finishing works in progress. Here is a four square runner I started before Christmas. (I see my photo includes the messy lower part of the desk.)
I had a show planned for April 5 at the Eastern Market, which of course now has been postponed. Hopefully the May 31 date they chose will find us in better days. Meanwhile, I thought I’d post a picture each day of pieces I have been punching. This one is called Faded Flowers and is from a pattern by Julie Thomas at The Old Tattered Flag.
I am posting two photos today. This one is from Doreen Frost, one of my favorite designers. I haven’t decided if I should stain this hornbook, or if I should paint it. And if I paint it, what color shall I chose. What are your thoughts?
Thank you for stopping by. Please leave a comment and we can share some conversation. Be well and stay positive.
I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving with family and friends and I hope the weather has been gentle with you. I just did a quick check at pasty.com and I see that the Yoopers already had 59.1 inches of snow to date. Dreaming of a white Christmas is not often necessary in northern Michigan
Despite my great intentions of posting daily, I keep getting thwarted by life events. I have been preparing for the Magical Early Homestead Christmas, which will happen this coming Saturday. This is at the Old School on 111 College Street in Holly, Mi. That is December 7 from 10 am until 3 pm. Holly is also celebrating their Dickens Festival this week through Saturday. St Dominic’s choir will be performing at the show. Carriage rides through Holly will also be available. I hope you can join us in picturesque Holly.
This will probably be my last post until next week. Thank you for visiting Yooper Trails.
Last Tuesday was the scheduled day for the city to pick up leaves from our street, but Mother Nature had other ideas. I can’t remember the last time we got snow before the leaves were gone. Now we have a messy mix of snow and leaves and some temperatures that I’m not quite ready for. I guess it is a reminder of what we can control and what we cannot. Speaking of control, let’s talk about what I saw when I opened my blinds on Thursday morning. It was the beginning of a lovely weekend of celebration.
I am happy to be joining ‘A Magical Early Homestead Christmas’ in Holly, Michigan on December 7, part of Holly’s yearly Dickens festival. Busy days!
If my site were a physical entity, I’d need to dust if off before using. Wow, where did the summer go? I hope it was a relaxing enjoyable season for you. I had the opportunity to do some travelling to the UP three times, to Las Vegas and also to Atlantic City.
I am celebrating the beginning of the autumn with an open house this Saturday, the nineteenth from one until four pm. I’ll have many new punch needle pieces on display and for sale. Stop in for a visit and a ‘cuppa cider’ and sign in for a chance to win a whimsical Halloween piece. It would be great to see you. The address is 1117 Lawndale Drive, Royal Oak, MI 48067.
Thanks to the wonderful designers Lori Rippey, Donna Munson, Betty Dekat, Rose Clay and Julie Thomas for these lovely patterns.
Hello Punchneedle Friends. I have been making some progress here preparing for the Early Homestead show. My ‘finished’ group is larger than my ‘need to finish’ group. I’m working now on a freebie from Lori Brechlin at Not Forgotten Farm. Here is a sneak preview. I am still undecided on a background color. What are your thoughts? I’m leaning towards Valdani P4, which is called Aged White, but it is actually an variegated ecru. This was a great project to use up my small bits of color that I’ve accumulated. After working on pastels I realized how much I love these darker color tones.
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.
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.
Now I put punch needle aside and prepare for a pre-anniversary get-away with my wonderful husband of 45 years.
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?
It is difficult coming back from being away and settling into a daily routine. Setting aside my ‘must-do’ list, I’ve started some punching for my fall show at Spring Run Farm.
I purchased two patterns from Lori . The other one is Little Jack, a pumpkin head. I’ll post both finishes when I’m done. If your interested, check out Lori’s Picture Trail here This is all done with Valdani #12 perle cotton. I find these threads so easy to punch with and the colors are so vivid. Now to decide on the finish for this one. Stay tuned.