Monday, July 27, 2015

~ New Linens for My Needle ~

Hello dear friends and neighbors...hope you enjoyed 
a relaxing weekend!

Can you believe this is the last week of July?

I clearly remember July of 1992...extremely
hot, humid and very pregnant!

To my surprise and relief I gave birth to my 
dear son Samuel two weeks early on July 29, 1992.

The years have too quickly sure doesn't
seem possible that he'll turn 23 on Wednesday!

Happy Birthday mom!

~ Studio News ~

I'm so blessed to be able to drive to Wichelt Imports to 
pick up all my linen and thread orders.  

Plus, it's so wonderful to work with them one~on~one
with the designer programs!

I'm excited to stitch new models using these beautiful new

Excellent new colors!

 As many of you know...I love Cafe Mocha's!

The Golden Needle is outstanding, the model for
Humble Hare Handwork's next kit is stitched on this...will 
reveal on Friday post!

Next, Belfast Linen...

I love stitching on Belfast ~ Platinum, but decided to explore
some new color choices...what do you think?

Oh, how I wish there were more hours in a day...I could 
get so much more accomplished!

Every year our neighbors stop by to drop off fresh 

One of my beans!

I love the opportunity to use my beautiful antique colander,
 which belonged to my Grandfather's mother! 

~ Naughty Woodchucks ~

Our old fired clay tiled silo...

LQQks can be deceiving...from this angle the old 
silo LQQks okay...sadly it's not!

We recently discovered that woodchucks have burrowed
under the corner foundation of the barn and 
also under the silo...naughty woodchucks!

I don't have to travel to Italy to see the 
"Leaning Tower of Pisa"...we have one right here on the farm!

At the fast rate it's could collapse any day!
It will be a real mess to clean up!

So sad to see it go!

Do you remember a few weeks ago when the Robin's nest
fell on top of my Petunia's?

They were definitely crushed, but not broken, look at them now...

They have made a full recovery...yay!

Here in Wisconsin the country roadsides are alive
with wildflowers and such...

Sumac just about everywhere!

Lots and lots of Chicory Flower.

Black Eyed pretty!

I love flowers that are shades of purple.

Hollyhocks...standing tall and proud!

Soaking up the warm sunshine!

~ Weekly Soul Food ~ 

Thou art my hiding place;
thou shalt preserve me from trouble;
thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.

~ Psalm 32:7...KJV ~

12 Steps for Self~Care

1.  If it feels wrong...don't do it.
2.  Say "exactly" what you mean.
3.  Don't be a people pleaser.
4.  Trust your instincts.
5.  Never speak bad about yourself.
6.  Never give up on your dreams.
7.  Don't be afraid to say "No".
8. Don't be afraid to say "Yes".
9.  Be KIND to yourself and others.
10.  Let go of what you can't control.
11.  Stay away from drama & negativity.
12.  Live with a JOYFUL HEART! 

Have a wonderful week and enjoy this last
week of July!


  1. Oh Tammy, I am so sad to read of the silo going. It is a true beauty. Won't it hit the barn?
    Lovely hollyhock pictures.
    We will definitely enjoy the last week of July. Our daughter turns 17 on the 31st. Our son turned 19 on the 20th.
    Happy Birthday to Sam!

  2. Wonderful post - loved reading it. The fabrics are just stunning...what fun to have them to look forward to. The silo is so beautiful and I know you'll be sad to see it go. I love your self-care list. Would it be okay if I copied it? blessings, marlene

  3. Beautiful fabric choices Tammy, love the floral pictures.
    I am sad about your silo, I do hope you can save it.
    Happy Birthday to your Son.


  4. I love the telephone pole with the trump vine covering it. We used to have one here. The pole was an old one no long in use and it was on the property of a RR line that goes by...I was so unhappy when they tore that pole out because it was soooo beautiful in the summer. Sometimes I wonder if some people understand what real beauty is. BTW I'm really enjoying your blog!!!!