Monday, September 28, 2015

The Waiting is Over...

Welcome friends, hope this Monday finds
you bright and cheery!

Weekends are just the best, 
a time to relax and spend time with family,
 get caught up on some much needed housework, 
and plan for the new week ahead!

Do you remember me mentioning an auction I won
 last week on Sunday, September 20th?

To my surprise it was already
tracking in Chicago on Thursday the 24th,
and left St. Paul, Minnesota yesterday!

Did I mention this package came all the way
from the United Kingdom.  I still can't believe
how quickly it arrived...only one week!

The waiting is over...

 Hello, I hear you have lots of nuts here in America!

I'm so excited to add this handsome antique squirrel
pincushion to my ever growing animal collection!

The minute I saw him up for auction I knew it would be a 
battle to bring him home to live here at Scattered Seed Samplers!

But, what good is money if you can't enjoy spending it 
now and then!

I have just the perfect piece of vintage velvet to restore
his pincushion back to glory!

Looks like he's ready to go nut gathering...I'll have to
 find or make the perfect nut for him to hold!

During this Autumn season I'll be sharing some of my
other Studio Squirrel friends.

It's easy for me to get distracted with other things, 
such was the case in answering an email that
sent me searching for an item, and in the 
process found a pile of charts that I'd
completely forgotten about!

My last available pattern of Near Halloween' by
the late Lisa Roswell of The Primitive Needle. 

A close up of the verse.

Do you remember the wonderful patterns
by "Birds of a Feather"?

Oh, how I loved to stitch these incredible designs, 
I even developed "Tennis Elbow" from stitching
non stop models for my former retail shop 
Salem Stitchery!

"Lost spirits do not embody me on this 
Night of All Hallows Eve"...2001

If you love Halloween and cats...this is a must have (2001).

"Fat Cat"...too many treats (2003).

"Beware of Cat"...2002.

"All Hallow's Night"!

And 6 "Out of Print" Blackbird Designs charts...

Fond Hearts, Fair Daffodil, My Gift to You...from 2005.

Mildred's Garden House (2008), Easter Parade (2005), 
My Missouri Home (2006).

ALL of these great charts will be listed 
this Thursday evening as auctions in my 
Ebay shop.

On Friday, I'll post the direct Ebay links for your

Weekly Soul Food

And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable, 
and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:2...KJV

Friday, I'll be sharing an update on the next release
for The Sheepish Needle Samplar Club.

Until then...busy hands, happy hearts

Love this roadside country barn,
 photo courtesy of my son...Samuel Black. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Autumn Gatherings ~

Welcome friends to Scattered Seed Samplers.

I can now officially breath a sigh of relief, all 
Little Sparrow Pinkeep Club kits, Etsy and Ebay orders
are shipped and on their way...yay! 

Every year I get a craving for a good caramel apple, 
how about you?

I'm having fun experimenting with some 
 non traditional ideas...

This is a very tasty choice if you love pears like I do!

Makes the pears look so wonderful for this
Autumn harvest time of year!

Do you like your caramel apples plain...

Using hand picked twigs work great for a 
more rustic looking handle!

Or, do you prefer your apple with nuts?

I must have nuts on mine!  

Here are some great ideas to make eating a caramel 
apple a little less messy...

Apple chunks dipped in caramel with a toothpick,
how easy is that!


Scoop out the core and fill with caramel, 
let stand until firm, then cut into wedges!

So many possibilities...have fun being creative in your

Here are some recent farm field pictures...

We have lots of dried Queen Ann's lace all over the farm
and I love how it's surrounded by these sweet 
little daisy like weeds.

Such simplistic beauty!

I love any kind of  Sunflower plant this time of year!

Look at these colorful beauties, especially 
the ones that are already drying up near the top!

Yesterday, to my surprise there was an artist
all set up on the roadside painting our second cutting
of hay bales in our field...

I stopped to chat with her on my way back from the 
post office...she even uses a neat looking chair!

I love surprises, look at what was gifted to me this 
morning by my friend Ona...

 She had stopped early and dropped off these wild 
branches of Bittersweet she found growing
in the woods!  

She said this wild variety has larger berries than 
the "American Bittersweet" she has growing by her house.

There was a cluster of an old wasp nest laying in the bottom of 
my wheel barrow...I added it to the branch for a 
special touch!

Ona and I are planning a Bittersweet outing 
next week, I can hardly wait!

~ Weekend Soul Food ~

A word fitly spoken is like 
apples of gold 
in pictures of silver.

Proverbs 25:11...KJV

Enjoy a great Autumn weekend!

Kindly, Tammy

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sheepish Countryside ~

Welcome friends...did you enjoy your weekend?

I sure enjoyed mine, best weekend I can remember 
in a long time...everything just was perfect!

Sunday, was especially spectacular;
I was the winning bid on a very special auction, 
  I can hardly wait until it arrives from the
 United Kingdom so I can share it with you!

My family and I enjoyed a gorgeous countryside drive, 
and took lots of pictures.

Ending the day watching the Green Bay Packers play
Sunday night football against the Seattle Seahawks:

Final Score ~ 

Packers 27
 Seahawks 17

Getting back to that countryside drive,
luckily my husband and son don't mind when I
need to stop and get out to take pictures!

Sure hope you like sheep...

How can you resist a face like that!
Ears are pinned back...not to sure if she should be talking 
to a roadside stranger like me!

She finally relaxed her ears and listened very
carefully to what I was saying!

Then to my surprise her friends heard me talking,
and came running to see what was going on...

What a perfect quaint country setting for a gorgeous
flock of the piles of hay and old farm building!  

Very curious indeed!

The leader of the flock is also a mama...look at that sweet
little face beside her!

My first friend is now joined by a gentle fellow 
still chewing some hay!

I love this shot...what a perfect sheepish model!

These two black faced fellows were very cautious and the 
last to check out what was going on!

It was finally time to say so long, fair well...until me
meet again!

Which one was your favorite?

Heading down the road we passed these fellows...

To busy eating to get their attention!

Last, we came upon this...

A countryside "Grotto".

I have a dear friend who 
has Bittersweet...

I'm so excited about going Bittersweet gathering 
with her!

Remember the giveaway drawing for the
 little pumpkin fellow...

I have an update...he is all settled in his new home living in 
sunny California!

Julie, the winner of the little pumpkin fellow
 has a beautiful blog... 

Please visit my new friend Julie by clicking onto the 
above photo.

~ Weekly Soul Food ~

For ye were as sheep going astray;
but are now returned unto the Shepherd 
and Bishop of your souls.

I Peter 2:25...KJV

Smile and be happy...they never go out of style!

Have a great week friends, see you on Friday.

Autumn Blessings, Tammy

Friday, September 18, 2015

Autumn Goodness ~

Welcome friends, I can't believe it's Friday
already...I had to double check my 
calendar to make sure!

I've totally lost track of time this week, 
a symptom of being self~employed!

I'm really excited to share a very special photo with you today...

Isn't Patti's stitching and finishing just beautiful!

Patti made a few subtle changes to my original version which
was a pinkeep drum...

Patti stitched an extra little black squirrel
 instead of including her initials...very sweet"

She stitched the center basket every other stitch
giving it an open weave effect, instead of 
including the year...very nice!

Patti also has a beautiful blog ~

If you would like to purchase the pattern for
"Bittersweet Gatherings" pinkeep drum 
it is available through my Etsy shop ~

I love it when my husband brings me flowers...

Not the expensive store bought kind...just the 
homegrown kind!

Simple & favorite kind!

And speaking of "humble"

I would have to include the... "Humble Little Acorn"

I've checked my favorite Oak tree and YES acorns
are already falling to the ground!

For a relaxing break, this weekend I'm planning
a walk in the woods to gather Autumn Acorns, small
pine cones, dried Coneflower heads and anything
special that catches my eye!

 I can hardly believe how  
Little Sparrow Pinkeep Club 
has grown...we now have 101 members!

Mary A. from Iowa will be receiving a special
gift for being number 100!

I am truly humbled by everyone's support and the 
amazing ladies and gents I've had the pleasure
of making friends with on this journey!

I sincerely THANK each and EVERYONE of YOU!

Here is an update for Little Sparrow's
kits that are scheduled to ship next Wednesday,
the first day of Autumn, September 23rd.

All the threads are cut and carded...

"Harvest Waiting's" palette of Autumn threads!

All week I've been cutting fabrics...20 yards total!

Wool for acorn caps, Dark Cobblestone Belfast linen for acorns,
Andover fabric designed by Jo Morton.

Just finished cutting the
 Country French ~ Golden Needle linen 

My assemble line is just about ready...print shop is next!

Everything is still on schedule...yippee!

The four out of print charts that I showed on Monday's
post were listed on Ebay last night as auctions,
with a starting bid of .99¢ each...

I now have the photos linked to the direct listing for your
convenience...just click onto the photo!

Best wishes on bidding, hope they all find good 
new homes!

~ Weekend Soul Food ~

My son, forget not my law;
but let thine heart keep my commandments:

For length of days, and long life,
and peace, shall they add to thee.

~ Proverbs 3:1~2...KJV ~

Hope you enjoy a happy and fun filled weekend!

My favorite Oak tree is calling my will feel
good to get some fresh air and exercise!

~ See you Monday ~
Kindly, Tammy