Monday, December 28, 2015

A Stitch in Time ~

Hello, hello, hello's SO good to be back!

This entire month of December has been more than
overwhelming for me, I've never felt so disconnected and
ready to get back into my normal routine!

My husband Bill, son Sam, and I have all been sick
 with the worst colds we can ever remember, 
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
 were absolutely miserable!! 

That being said,
 it really feels great to be back in my Studio 

Little Sparrow Pinkeep Update...

I need to thank all you Little Sparrow members
for your patience with me this month...thank you SO much!

The model is finally finished and ready to share...

~ front side ~

"A Stitch in Time" pinkeep
©2015 Scattered Seed Samplers

Pattern will include a charted alphabet for you to 
personalize your little heirloom.

And now for the backside...

2015 marks the first year for the 
Little Sparrow Pinkeep Club.

Embellished with satin ribbon...

Early traditional pinkeeps were often embellished with 
satin ribbon, which I love!

This is a lovely way to conceal the seam while
adding character to the finished pinkeep.

The model is stitched on 32ct Belfast Summer Khaki
and then coffee stained after the stitching was complete.

Firmly packed with sawdust,
and a finished size of approximately 3.5~4" inches.

This is the fourth and last kit for 2015.
A rejoining form for 2016 will be included with the kit
for early sign up to reserve your membership.

The scheduled ship date is  Thursday, December 31st,
which lands on New Years apologies!!!

Every year my husband and son asked me;
'what do you want for Christmas?'

This year I asked for the complete series of...

Yay, what a great to help me get through my dreaded cold 
symptoms that started with a sore throat then onto sneezing/coughing/itchy eyes/sinus, the worst 
 being an endless dripping noise...used a whole box of Kleenex!

So glad that's ALL behind me now!

I just need to find series five, our local stores were 
all sold out!

Our local PBS channel will be broadcasting the final
sixth series starting this Sunday, January 3rd...I can hardly

My Christmas was made extra special by so many 
"Merry Christmas" wishes sent through
 emails, Facebook and to my surprise the mailbox...

I was so very touched to receive Christmas cards
from Olga, LaNelle, and David...thank you for your kindness!

Also, gifted to me by the talented artist 
David Schump from The Art Tramp...

A Noah's Ark on wheels with a clip on Dove ornament!

 David's work is all original, one of a kind, hand made in
 the traditional Tramp Art style from years gone by!

  The Ark is also a special storage box!

Here is the link to David's Web Site...

We're expecting 6~12" inches of snow's
like a blizzard outside my Studio window....

Feeding our little feathered friends is so important 
during these harsh winter months!

It's worth all the layering to watch them share
the scattered seed I sow for them!

New Years Surprise gift giveaway drawing...

Do you need a special calendar?

Would you like to enter your name in this drawing?

Please do so my leaving me a comment at the end of 
this post OR on my Facebook page...

Please tell me what you are looking forward to in 2016!

The winning name will be announced on Friday!

Weekly Soul Food...

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven
and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth,
and maketh it bring forth and bud,
that it may give seed to the sower,
and bread to the eater.

Isaiah 55:10...KJV

Wow, the wind is really howling, we're definitely in the
midst of a blizzard...snow plows just pasted our farm!

Please, take time to feed the little birds in your
 neighborhood...they'll love you for it!

Joyfully, Tammy


  1. Yes, quite a snowstorm here also. Stay warm!

  2. I am waving hello from far away land dear friend ,
    Such a sweet post..lovely sweetest pin cushion ..I love it so much it's so sweet ❤️
    Love the pretty cards and Noah cute..
    And the colander is super cute..please count me in for the giveaway.thank you
    Love and hugs X

  3. Sorry you and your family was sick over the holidays. 2016 for me is living each day to the fullest and not taking anything for granted.

  4. So sorry you and family were fighting the dreaded Upper Respiratory bug. Nasty stuff. I had similar last year and the cough lasted 6 weeks!
    IN 2016 I am looking forward to finishing a couple large stitch pieces that I have been working on, enjoying the grand kids(ages range from 3 weeks to 13 years old) and walking outside again once winter is over!

  5. Wonderful gifts. Hope you are all feeling much better. Happy New Year....

  6. I am so glad you are feeling better. My son came down with that and he was so sick. Your pinkeep is just lovely.
    I hope your snow is just lovely and you have lots of time to stitch. I do love my planner.
    I do love your designs.

  7. I'm happy to hear you are feeling better. No fun being sick, especially during the holidays.
    I received my give-away win today. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! (Of course, do not enter me in this one.)
    Here in northern Ohio, we are feeling the coldest weather of the year. It's in the 30's with rain. If it were a bit colder, we'd be buried in snow. Very unusual weather but no complaints from me.
    Happy New Year.
    Hugs :)

  8. I'm looking forward to some snow in my neck of the woods. Not one flake here yet. Was over 60 degrees on Christmas. Please put my name in the hat for your sweet book of days. Glad you are well.

  9. Glad you are feeling better. We have been drenched in rain -weird weather. I am looking forward to (and afraid) of starting nursing school. Would love a calendar to keep track of assignments!

  10. Nice to read you and your family are on the mend. It's no fun being sick during the holidays.
    I'm looking forward to finishing some big stitching projects that were started this year, to taking control of my health and getting all the important checkups including that dreaded colonoscopy, my trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, and getting back to a simpler kind of life of which this calendar would fit in nicely! Thanks Tammy, Happy New Year to you and yours.

  11. Glad you guys are on the mend Tammy~~ I cannot wait for the latest kit!! Looks fantastic~

  12. Thanks as always for the joy of your beautiful blog! I am so looking forward to this sparrow - each time I think I have a favourite, I have a new one!
    For me, 2016 is about looking for/finding/keeping the joy in each day, or as Dear Ebenezer would say, 'honor(ing)Christmas in my heart and try(ing) to keep it all the year'.

  13. Continue to mend!
    I look forward to a new year of being the best person I can be. I continue to strive to be kind, compassionate and caring. I also strive to find the joy in each day and in each task I undertake. I take great joy on the handwork that I am blessed to do. Thank you for all your offerings.

  14. Sorry you were sick, but glad you'll be better to begin the new year. Love your latest design. I look forward to stitching to my heart content in 2016!

  15. so sorry that you were sick for christmas, but glad to hear that you're feeling better. I love the new pinkeep...wish I had joined you club. please add me to your giveaway...I'm hoping to find more stitching time in the new year!

  16. so sorry that you were sick for christmas, but glad to hear that you're feeling better. I love the new pinkeep...wish I had joined you club. please add me to your giveaway...I'm hoping to find more stitching time in the new year!

  17. Sorry your family was so sick, glad it's coming to a close. I would love to be included in the drawing. I'm looking forward to my sister's heart to continue improving, and for me to stop procrastinating and finish these house projects! This final club project is my favorite.

  18. Hoping to reconnect to stitching without too much worrying about life's challenges. The calendar looks interesting. The pin keep is really nice too... Thanks for sharing

  19. My new year hopes are to be more creative than I was in 2015 and spend quality time with friends and family.......blessings to you for a happy new year......


  20. Glad to hear your family is on the road to recovery !
    Beautiful pinkeep trimmed with a lovely ribbon.
    What a special datebook !!!
    I am looking forward to welcoming a second Grand baby in 2016.
    Enjoy your winter wonderland !

  21. Tammy so happy to hear you are feeling better....I've heard of several people who were under the weather with the same symptoms this Christmas season....guess we need a real Winter! Love David's gift to you what a treasure....Can't wait for this last design simply adorable
    I will pass on drawing as I have one already it's a wonderful planner! Many blessings....

  22. Love the new pinkeep. I'm looking fwd. to the next sheepish design. JoAnn

  23. I'm looking forward to working on a large sampler. Glad you are feeling better. Blessings for a very happy new year. Ann

  24. Hi Tammy. You were lucky if your cold is already past, I had one that turned into bronchitis that stuck around for about 2 months. I am hoping for a healthy and creative 2016. I would like to try my hand at punch needle this year and maybe do some more wool applique too. I try to get at least an hour of stitching every evening. I REALLY need to get myself organized, both time and supplies. My secret goal is to actually get a work area set up so that I know where everything is. I feel like I spend half my time looking for what I need. Please enter my name for the calendar. I need to keep better track of my stitching and this should help. Thanks. Happy New Year!

  25. We are sharing in the dreaded sickness, and glad to know you all are on the mend. The past year has been a difficult one, and has taught us to simply be thankful for each day, each moment. We look towards the New Year with gratitude and hope in our hearts. We look forward to a New Year, a chance to renew our spirits, new opportunities, and thankfulness for blessings yet to come~

  26. What a lovely calendar! Thank you for the generous giveaway. I am looking forward to watching my little grandchildren grow and grow and grow! They learn something new everyday!

  27. I am looking forward to continued health for my family. It is good to hear you and your family are feeling better and will enjoy a Happy New Year.

  28. So sorry to hear that you have been ill. I'm also a huge Downton Abbey fan. I have all 6 series of it. Just have to get the Christmas edition.

  29. My mother was such a bird lover - one of her last thoughts before she joined my father in Heaven (both my earthly one and my Heavenly one!) was to remind us to refill the bird feeders. Every time I see a bird outside my window I think of her. blessings, marlene

  30. I love the new pinkeep. Didn't enter the club last year but might have to for the New Year. They have been wonderful. I look forward to a New Year with lots of stitching (really going to try to stitch a little everyday) and lots of outdoor exercise. Coming to Central Wisconsin this weekend with plans to snowshoe in all the new snow!!! Kathy

  31. So sorry to hear you were sick. Christmas is the most joyous season. The worst time to be sick. Glad you are on the mend. Blessings for a wonderful new year!

    Nancy A

  32. This is such a lovely calendar!. Hope you are feeling much better.

  33. I love the calendar. Please enter me in your giveaway. I am looking forward to summertime in the new year!

  34. What a lovely calendar. Have a Blessed new year!