Thursday, May 29, 2014

~ Hot Off The Press ~

Oh what a glorious day this is for me ~
the moment has arrived that I've been working so hard to achieve ~

 "Spring Meadow" pattern released....


Perhaps if you put your ear close enough to the computer screen
you may hear me shouting for I can hardly believe
I FINALLY have "Spring Meadow" 
published & available!!!!!

 Front cover page of "Spring Meadow" ©2014 Scattered Seed Samplers.

I picked the copies up from the print shop late Thursday
and I'm in seventh heaven sitting in my Studio 
at my round work table folding & assembling 
my first release :)

~ Back cover page ~

After many late nights of working together with Sam,
the cover page finally came to life!

~ Little rabbit friends inspecting the finished product ~

I felt it was necessary to release Spring Meadow first, 
because it's the season we're in right now.

Prince of Peace will be published sometime next week...not sure
exactly what day.

Spring Meadow is now available in my Etsy Shoppe or 
may be purchased directly from me if you don't
like purchasing online....just send me an


My Chive plants are in full bloom, they are located between the farmhouse
and Studio....bees are happily buzzing about every time I 
walk past them.


I just love this time of year when the pine trees have 
their bright green tips of new growth....check out 
the wonderful pine cones.

I've been taking lots of great fun photos 
using my takes the
best close ups of any of my


In the summer I love walking in our little town of
West Salem after dropping my packages
at the post office.  

On my walking route I pass this house that has lovely flower beds
surrounded by these awesome creations.

These garden critters are handmade out of old
recycled farm machinery parts, plus some odds & ends.

I wish my flower garden was as well taken care of as this one is!

I've been so busy that the weeds are going crazy....I'll have
to take some time to get caught up on my gardening!


Hope you have a lovely weekend enjoying some of the 
wonderful things life has to offer.

Until Monday my friends, I wish you many relaxing
hours spent .....STITCHING.

 Kindly, Tammy 

Monday, May 26, 2014

~ Spring Blooms ~

Hello stitching friends...hope
you enjoyed a relaxing Memorial Day Weekend.

I sure did ~ got lots of great photos to share,
watched my movie Pollyana yesterday, 
while starting to stitch on a new 

Here's a little sneak peek of a new sampler I designed 
on Saturday....I needed something to stitch on over
the long holiday weekend, while waiting go to
the photo & print shop this week to get
my new patterns released....SOON :)


Remember my Robins' nest above the Studio door, 
well the little ones have really grown & are seriously
considering flying lessons with mom...

On Sunday they just kept craning their little necks out of the nest
and looking down, but not quite sure what to do...

....but today the biggest one got brave & decided to take 
flying lessons from mama robin.  

I actually got to see the whole thing....but didn't have my 
camera with me at the time, by the time I did get 
my camera the baby was already back up by the nest.


Then there's that sweet Robin's nest on my back porch...on Friday
I showed you that she had TWO beautiful eggs.

Then on Saturday I discovered this....

She laid a THIRD egg!

She really keeps her eye on us at all times....she was sweet enough 
to even pose for Sam....

It's been really fun watching her, and then she gave us another
surprise on Sunday....

Wow ~ now she has FOUR eggs!!

I can hardly wait to watch the babies hatch & grow.


Sam & I both got lucky taking pictures of the 
baby bunnies....

Look at ALL those baby bunny ears lined up!!!!

Here they are all cuddled up with each other.

I visit with these little guys about three times a day, and I think...
they're starting to recognize my voice.


We have several different Lilac bushes on the farm,
this one really smells pretty...

It produces lots of pale lilac flowers, here are some close ups....

I personally like the deep dark lilac bushes better, but they
are a little slower in blooming, maybe by Friday they 
will start to blossom.

So until the darker ones are ready, I'm very happy to enjoy
these.  Plus, the birds just love resting in these bushes.


Sunday my family and I took a country drive, and
I thought this was a peaceful setting....

Here in Wisconsin, you can enjoy seeing lots of 
dairy cows in the pastures.

The one cow laying down was "mooing" at me while I snapped the
picture.  I love the one that's peeking its head under the 
tree limb!


I have a few pretty tulips that are finally blooming...

The sad thing about tulips is that they don't last very long.


Check out this little toad that lives just outside my 
Studio door in the nearby bushes....

We always have to be extra cautious while on the driveway, because
there are lots of these toads, and they seem to like the gravel.


I'm hoping to make lots of progress this week with publishing my 
patterns, and hope I'll have some good news to share 
on Friday.

I leave you with this last photo...

Many years ago my mom gave me this nice old wagon wheel, and 
I was so happy to discover some ivy growing on it....I love

Until Friday....happy stitching!

~ Kindly, Tammy ~

Friday, May 23, 2014

~ Robins & Rabbits ~

Hello friends, hope you're enjoying a 
lovely Friday.

This week has been full of wonderful discoveries
of new little bunnies, robins & nests.

Mama Robin who has her nest above my 
Studio door is now very busy
feeding her babies....

I just had to get a better look, so I got up 
on a ladder to investigate.....she hatched four babies, plus
what a great opportunity to snap a quick picture!


My next group of pictures was taken on the other side of the 
farmhouse from a different mama robin....who is 
experiencing problems with her babies 
wanting to leave the nest!

This little robin is several weeks older than the ones above my door.
I didn't want to scare the little bird because it can't fly yet.

The closer I got the harder it tried to find safety by hopping
up into a nearby bush.

Poor little dear...just looks so bewildered.  I was happy to get these
couple she was very FAST!


Moving on to the next bird family....this was discovered by
Samuel while he was mowing the lawn.  

He got off the mower to move these two big goose decoys....

and as he got closer to the first one, he was about to lift it up....

When a mama bird flew out from underneath!

Reliable Sam always has his IPhone on he snapped these 
nice photos for my blog...thank you Sam.

We think it's a Brown Thrasher, she's sitting on two 
beautiful brown eggs.


My most resent discovery was right on our back porch in a wicker
stand that has some small bee skeps in it....

Every time I walked out of the house I noticed this robin flying off the porch, at 
first I didn't think much about it, until I realized she had pushed the one
bee skep over and underneath are the two most beautiful perfect
blue eggs!! 

Now that I'm finally done sharing all my bird discoveries...I have one
more of Sam's discoveries....

Again Sam was mowing the lawn, but this time he discovered this sweet
little baby bunny.

Just way too cute!!


Now for some Studio updates.  I worked a little more on organizing
my framing area ....

I'm still hauling frames up from the basement....

The smaller ones work perfectly in the cubbies that used to 
hold yarn.

Using some old treadle sewing machine drawers for my great!

This old muffin tin works really well for organizing nails & screws.

A single treadle drawer works perfect for my hammer & such.


On Monday I talked about doing an experiment with antiquing....

Here is the new product that I discovered at Michaels ~ Jim Holtz Distress Ink.

Before framing "Spring Meadow" I antiqued it using the "antique linen",
I just LOVE it...very quick and easy to work with.

I applied it using a small sponge & dabbing it randomly to 
achieve a nice antiqued look.  A q~tip also works 
nicely on small areas...give it a try if you're 
looking for a quick antiquing method that is really user friendly & affordable!


Here is another book I'd like to share with you....

This is from the Tasha Tudor Collection.
Hardcover...160 pages.

This book is full of beautiful color photos and walks you through the life
of Tasha Tudor.

Truly a lovely book have in your home library.

The back cover shows a picture of her farmhouse & one of her granddaughters.


Do you have a favorite needle case in you sewing basket?

This is one of my favorite needle cases.

It came all the way from lovely & peaceful to look at.

I always make sure I have extra needles in my sewing basket.


I haven't watched a good movie in a long looking through our home
videos I decided to go with this one....

I've always enjoyed Pollyanna & the game her father taught her....
the "GLAD" find something to be glad about

If you've never watched this movie, please check it're
never to old or young to enjoy this lovely movie.

....and now I must end our time together, but I leave you with this
pleasant old picture ~

So until Monday, wishing everyone a very happy & safe 
Memorial Day Weekend.

Blessings to all ~ from Scattered Seed Samplers
~Kindly, Tammy ~