Welcome friends, hope your Friday
I'm dressed for Fall wearing a cozy sweater
and as I type this my hands were so
cold I needed to put on some fingerless gloves!
The Studio is so quiet with no air conditioning
or fans...I could hear a pin drop!
Mr. Squirrel was transformed back into a working pinkeep
while watching Monday night football...
I started with a small scrap of vintage dark olive drab velvet.
Then packed it very firmly with sawdust...
....and finished by distressing it with my secret antiquing
methods to give it an old look.
I decided to make a handmade acorn that
would fit just right between his two paws...
The acorn was made in the same manner as the pinkeep,
except embellished with a real acorn cap!
I hope he'll be happy for many years to come
dressed in his new suit of clothes!
I'll be doing a free gift give away drawing for a
similar handmade acorn...please watch for
all the details next week.
News Bulletin for
"The Sheepish Needle Samplar Club"
If you would like to become a Sheepish Needle Samplar
Club member, please click onto the above photo to
go to the direct Etsy listing for all the details.
The second club release is scheduled to ship on
Friday, October 23rd.
The above photo shows a sneak peek of the
Civil War Reproduction fabric that will
be used in this project.
I'm working on finalizing the pattern so I can
cut the linen and start stitching on the
samplar over the weekend...hope to
share a sneak peek of that on Monday.
I decided to fill my old wire garden basket with
the beautiful "Wild Bittersweet" that was
gifted to me last week by my special
It was a perfect fit!
I added some tall branches of daisy like weeds,
and nestled in my two dove decoys...what do
The highlight of my week was going over
to my friend Ona's house to gather
more Bittersweet and Acorns...
This is her gorgeous "American Bittersweet" bush
just loaded with branches of berries!
This is a close up of the berries on the bush.
My gatherings include from left to right...
basket of dead headed Marigold flowers, branches of
American Bittersweet, and a basket of Acorns.
Acorns come in many different varieties, these are large
Plenty of wonderful acorn caps to add to my
stash for making acorn pinkeeps!
Dead headed Marigold's will be dried and their
seeds saved for next year.
I was excited to prep the Bittersweet branches for drying.
I started by attaching a looped string from the tops
of the branches.
Next, I removed all the green leaves, then hung
them to dry from the beam in the Studio.
I was excited to see how they would look the
WOW...most of the berries had popped overnight!
And now they are ALL popped and ready to start
All of the out of print charts shown on
Monday were listed Thursday night
on Ebay as auctions all with
starting bids of .99¢
If you are interested in any of them,
here are the individual direct links that will take
you directly to that listing by clicking onto
the individual photos.
Hope these wonderful hard to find patterns will
all find good new homes...best wishes on
Weekend Soul Food
Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let if be afraid.
Wishing you a weekend filled with
rest and happiness!
Autumn Blessings, Tammy