Friday, December 2, 2016

Early Workbasket ~ "Code of Instructions for Ladies 1827"

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

Can you believe Christmas is just around 
the corner...will you be ready?


For today's Early Workbasket feature I would
 like to share with you some interesting
 history from the 19th century...

During the 19th century women in America
had never lacked instruction on how to behave,
this material greatly increased, spurred by the growing
literacy rate among women, an increase in their 
leisure time, and the invention of lower~cost 
printing machinery.

Spiritual sustenance became available to women 
of all economic levels via newspapers, manner books,
and magazines.  

The pioneer magazine in ladies' how~to literature,
The Lady's Book, started in 1830 by Louis A. Godey
and soon known as Godey's Lady's Book.

Even daily newspapers served as advisers
 to women.  On November 28, 1827, a 
"Code of Instructions for Ladies" in the
Baltimore American & Commercial Daily Advertiser
summarized society's expectations of its women...

1.  Let every wife be persuaded that there are two ways
   of governing a family; the first is by the expression
of that will which belongs to force; the second by 
the power of mildness.  One is the power of the 
husband; the wife should never employ any other
arms than gentleness...

2.  Avoid contradicting your husband...

3.  Occupy yourself only with your household affairs...

4.  Never take upon yourself to be  censor of your
husband's morals...

5.  Command his attention by being always 
attentive to him...

6.  All men are vain, never wound this vanity...A wife
 may have more sense than her husband, but
she should never seem to know it...

7.  When a man gives wrong counsel, never
make him feel that he has done so...

8.  When a husband is out of temper, 
behave obligingly to him...

9.  Choose well your female friends;
have but few...

10.  Cherish neatness without luxury,
and pleasure without excess;
dress with taste, and 
particularly with modesty...

11.  Never be curious to pry into your
 husband's concerns...

12.  Seem always to obtain information from him,
especially before company, though you 
may pass yourself for a simpleton.  Never
forget that a wife owes all her importance to 
that of her husband. Leave him entirely master
of his actions, to go and come whenever he
thinks fit.


Wow, what a list of rules to live by,
times have certainly changed...don't you think!

A woman had always been considered a jewel
in her husband's you think that is still
true in today's society?


Schoolgirl Samplar Club Update...

Unfortunately, one of the Weeks Dye Works threads
is on back order, as soon as it arrives I'll be able
to provide you with a ship date!

I'm so very sorry for the unexpected delay!


Farm Shop will be open on Saturday...

If you're in the area,
please stop by...I'd LOVE to meet YOU!

Our Farm Shop is located at ~
W4253 County Road B
West Salem, Wisconsin 54669
(608) 799~4418

If Saturday's don't fit into your schedule,
please call to make arrangements for
a weekday!


Weekend Soul Food...

Who can find a virtuous woman?
For her price is far above rubies.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her,
so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all 
the days of her life.

Proverbs 31:10~12...KJV


Hope you enjoyed today's 
Early Workbasket!

Enjoy a wonderful weekend,

Friday, November 25, 2016

Harvest of Plenty ~

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

It has been a struggle to get back in my regular
 rhythm with Thanksgiving Day mid week!

I'm happy to say that the model
 is finished and ready to share for the
Schoolgirl Samplar Club's 
year end kit...

"Harvest of Plenty"
©2016 Scattered Seed Samplers

Stitched on 32ct overdyed Antique Copper linen,
with Weeks Dye Works thread.

Most of the sampler is stitched 
one strand over two linen threads,
except for the alphabet, which is stitched
one strand over one linen thread.

I'm still waiting for the Weeks Dye Works
thread order to arrive.

I can't confirm a definite ship date for the kits (yet),
 an update will be posted just as soon
 as I can...sorry for the delay! 


Hope your Thanksgiving Day was very special!

Mine was very quaint, 
spent at the farmhouse with
just my husband and son Sam!

Holidays are so different for us since
all our parents, grandparents,
aunts and uncles are no longer
with us!

With traditions 
 are replacing old ones!

I now love going for a 
5 mile walk while the Turkey 
is in the oven!

Making healthier, lower calorie favorites!
And, of course a nice family drive after
the feast!

My favorite tradition is...

A grateful heart is a happy & healthy heart!


It's time to move forward with decorating,
Christmas is just around the corner...

Sunday, I'm planning to go pick out
wreaths and greenery, so I can
get a start on decorating!

What kind a tree do you like...real or artificial?

Here's an idea I saw in a magazine, 
unfortunately I don't have the written
instructions to go with it!

I'd love to try this just by looking at
the photos and see what happens!


Our Thanksgiving Day family drive took us
along the Mighty Mississippi River...

A river barge heading south before the river freezes up!

The hills look so bare without the leaves on the trees!

Love the reflection of the hills on the water!

The railway also runs along the Mississippi River
adding quite a unique dimension of
highway, railway and riverway!

Love this terrace...5 triers of stacked stone!


I'm looking forward to spending a 
quite evening with a nice cup of hot tea...

Notebook in jot down my
Christmas "to~do" list!

I usually end up keeping it pretty simple!


Farm Shop will be open on Saturday...

If you're in the area,
please stop by...I'd LOVE to meet YOU!

Our Farm Shop is located at ~
W4253 County Road B
West Salem, Wisconsin  54669
(608) 799~4418

If Saturday's don't fit into your schedule, 
please call to make arrangements for 
a weekday!


Weekend Soul Food...

Have a good and Godly day,
for of what lasting value is a good day,
if it is not also a Godly day!


So much to little time!

Farmhouse Blessings to All,
Kindly, Tammy

Friday, November 18, 2016

Winter has Arrived!

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

Here in Wisconsin we have been enjoying very
unseasonably warm temps in the 60° ~ 70°'s,
 BUT...all good things must come to an end!

Today, was an extremely blustery day with very
strong winds and much colder temps...winter
has finally arrived in our neighborhood!


Perfect weather for stitching,
and that's just what I've been doing!

Sharing with you today is a wee 
sneak peek of Schoolgirl's Samplar Club's 
final kit for the year...

Hope to have it all finished and framed
by early next week!


On a recent weekend family venture
we discovered some great old
landmarks of the past...

Vines are completely entwined around
this old piece of farm equipment!

Cows enjoying a Sunday day of rest!

Neat old barn nestled into a hillside!

The highlight of the drive was this
quaint old cemetery filled with ancient 
grave markers...

I love the peacefulness of 
"Mourning Sheep" 

Perfectly worn in time from the 

Many were just leaning up against the trees,
this one has a weeping willow on it, 
symbolic for mourning! 

All the headstones in this cemetery
were dated from the 18th and 19th century!

Souls that have walked this earth 
before us!

This one really touched my heart,
broken into several pieces, but stacked in a pile!

Mourning sheep are the symbolism for a 
young children's graves.

Gone, but never forgotten in God's eyes! 


With Thanksgiving Day just
around the corner...

 Turkey's everywhere are
seeking therapy!

Doctor's remedy...EAT HAM!


Farm Shop will be open on Saturday...

If you're in the area,
please stop by...I'd love to meet YOU!

Our Farm Shop is located at ~
W4253 County Road B
West Salem, Wisconsin 54669
(608) 799~4418

If Saturday's don't fit into your schedule,
please call to make arrangements for
a weekday!


Weekend Soul Food...

If I have wounded any soul today
If I have caused one's foot to go astray
If I have walked in my own willful way
Dear Lord, forgive

Forgive the sins I have confessed to Thee
Forgive my secret sins I do not see
Oh guide, watch over me and my keeper be
Dear Lord, Amen

~ An Evening Prayer ~


Enjoy a nice relaxing weekend...stay warm!

Kindly, Tammy

Friday, November 11, 2016

Schoolgirl Samplar Club Update...

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

Wow, it seems the month of November
is passing by at lightening speed!

November, also means it's time for
The Schoolgirl Samplar Club's 
last kit release...

The finished model will be framed 
in this lovely little frame!

The linen for this final kit will be
on 32ct. hand dyed "Antique Copper" linen,
using Weeks Dye Works threads.


For Sale on Ebay
as a "Buy It Now" from my personal collection,
two pillow tucks hand stitched and 
finished by my hand...

Personalized with my initials TB and dated 2011.
Design by Notforgotten Farm.

If you are interested, 
please click onto any of the pillow images!

Here is the second one...

Ready to display in your home this
Holiday Season!

These wonderful primitive pillow tucks are

looking for a good new home!


This old rustic building is just a few
miles from our farm...

Rural America at its best!

Wisconsin has no shortage of 
cool rural barns and buildings!


I'm still adjusting to the shorter days 
and daylight savings time...yuk!

Because of this our Farm Shop will
now have new Winter hours...

If you're in the area, 
please stop by...I'd love to meet YOU!

Our Farm Shop is located at ~
W4253 County Road B
West Salem, Wisconsin 54669
(608) 799~4418


Weekend Soul Food...

For God shall bring every work 
into judgment, with every secret thing,
whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:14...KJV


Wishing everyone a wonderful week,
filled with contentment as we share the
love of our needles!

Many Blessings,