Friday, December 26, 2014

~ Keeper of My Heart ~

Hello dear friends, hope your Christmas was
very special!

It felt good to take a short break from my regular
routine, but I'm really excited about starting
the New Year!

~ Studio News ~

Today has just flown by with so much paper work to 
sort through and calls to make.

As promised on Monday, today I'm releasing my 
new pattern for Valentine's Day......

~ Keeper Of My Heart ©2014 Scattered Seed Samplers 
by Tammy Black ~

Prim & proper sweethearts  =^..^=

Stitch Count ~ 101W by 114H
Model Linen ~ R&R linen ~ Busy Bee Blend
Model Thread ~ All Gentle Art (DMC alternatives included)

Keeper of My Heart is now available in my Etsy Shoppe ~


I also promised on Monday that I would share my present
that came all the way from Shropshire, United Kingdom.....

~ 19th Century Spaniel Dog with glass eyes ~

I could hardly wait to open up this package....I just LOVE it!

This little Cocker Spaniel pincushion is made out of
spelter metal, and is highly detailed with a 
lovely expression!

I'm so happy to add this little fellow to my collection, it 
reminds me of the little dog my Grandmother
 had when I was a little girl.


I was blessed with two other very special sewing gifts.....

~ Hand tooled leather wall pincushion caddy ~

Wow, I was speechless when I opened this package....this is

The craftsmanship is absolutely EXQUISITE, and in very 
wonderful condition for its age!

In the center is a picture/post card of a woman and below it 
reads "The Last Rose of Summer."  I'm not sure who she is, but the 
picture certainly looks 1800's.  There is a post mark on the back
that reads "September 30, 6AM, 1905 Atlantic City." 
It is addressed to "Mr. Harry M. Woodside, 2118 Maryland Ave,"
and has the edge of a 1cent stamp.  

Behind this picture is an original mirror that has lost
all of its silvering.

My guess is that this lower box probable held spools of thread?

I'm still trying to decide if I should use some
 leather oil or not?


Have you ever heard of Black Forest pincushions
from Germany?

I'm now the proud owner of one!  

This is my 1st Black Forest this one is 
also a thimble holder!!

Likely carved from Lindenwood, and stained
with a rich Walnut Brown.

C. 1920's

The pincushion is in a very fragile state with all the original
sawdust exposed.  

I'll be making a new cushion, and will use this original 

What a special Christmas indeed!!!


This little grapevine tree ended up being a "Sheep Tree"!


Our big tree ended up being decorated with all the 
old mercury style bulbs...I haven't taken a 
picture of it yet.

I finally found my moment of peace where I
could just sit and relax and enjoy all the 
decorating, Christmas music, and a 
wonderful hot Mocha....yeah!


On my way to the post office on Christmas Eve I passed a 
special little sight....

Our nearby neighbor's geese were close to the road, 
and I was able to get a picture of this 
busy little Christmas flock!


Peace Be Still my friends as we enter the year of 2015!


~ Weekend Soul Food ~

Every word of God is pure:
he is a shield unto them that put
their trust in him.

~ Proverbs 30:5...KJV ~


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


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Gracie...I'm happy you enjoyed today's post!

  2. Your Christmas gifts are amazing, you are so lucky to have them.

    1. Hope you had a Merry Christmas! Samplers & two passions/weaknesses!

  3. Wow! Just the Blackforest one! Truly great gifts....God is good.....your Valentine pattern is adorable! Many blessings...

    1. Hi LaNelle,

      I agree with you, of the three the Blackforest Rabbit definitely holds my heart! Hope you had a speedy recovery :)

  4. I love the photo of the geese ~ what cute little bums they have!! ~
    Blessed be,

    1. Hi Lori,

      I always have to pull over when driving past ducks & geese, I love the honking sound they make....brings back good memories from my childhood.

  5. I loved everything about this blog Tammy, from start to finish. Love the new chart to the rabbit pin cushion. Everything was lovely. How did you find the dog in England??? I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and will have a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. I am still really looking forward to your Spring piece... :-) Candace

    1. Hi Candace,

      I so glad you enjoyed today's post! We are definitely "Kindred Sisters" when it comes to Rabbits! I found the dog pincushion on Ebay. Believe me I'm totally looking forward to SPRING SAMPLERS!!!

  6. Love the wooden bunny, so perfect for you. I have a black forest bear that holds a spool of thread that was my mom's. I see pieces from time to time but they are usually to pricey for me. OMG... I love the doggie, too! Merry Christmas.

    1. I was so excited to find this Black Forest pincushion at a price I could actually afford! I agree they can be really cost a fortune. Happy New Year :)

  7. Tammie, I've been antiquing all my life, and I've never seen these fabulous pin cushions you collect. You really have some amazing items, real treasures every one.

    1. Hi Jeri, I've also been antiquing most of my life, and it's only been since I learned how to buy on~line that I've been able to acquire such one of a kind pieces that I never knew existed either! Ebay is the most user friendly, and my favorite source for treating myself to treasures I can afford. Happy New Year!