Friday, April 29, 2016

Martha Howells 1849...Needlework Retailer

Welcome dear friends...are you enjoying
this fabulous Friday?

Earlier this week I was pleasantly surprised to
discover Martha Howells 1849 featured 
in the May/June issue of Needlework Retailer...

My first antique reproduction sampler!

The advertisement was kindly placed by my 
 distributor Norden Crafts...
 Such a sweet surprise!

Needlework Retailer is a magazine for shop owners...
It is published by Yarn Tree, Ames Iowa.

My sincere thanks to both 
Norden Crafts & Yarn Tree!

The pattern and AVAS Silk Thread packs are 
also available in my Etsy Shop.


Plus, a BIG THANK YOU is also in order to all 
those that signed up for the early membership to... 
The club is already half filled!

Memberships space will be limited.
To reserve your spot, 
memberships are available through my Etsy Shop.
For all the details, please click HERE 

I'm so excited to start designing the first 
samplar on Monday!


The Sheepish Needle Samplar Club Update...
The FINAL kit for this club is shipping out in
Friday and Saturday's mail.


Every so often I've been blessed to be in the 
right place at the right time...I like to call it fate!

When my mother passed away back in 2007,
things were complicated having two stepbrothers 
and sadly things aren't always handled fairly!

Sunday, after an odd turn of events,
led my family and I to stop at a small local
antique shop that we have not visited for

Right as you walk into the shop standing in
the foyer was my mother's antique curved glass
cabinet...oh how I gasped!

 I'm sure it is hers because of several distinctive marks 
that I remember very well!

She would be so happy knowing it made its way
back to me!

Once I have it set up and filled up...I'll share it with you!


Look what I found laying in our driveway...
The egg is completely empty...hope the 
little Robin is safe and sound! 

I also found one of my Mourning Dove's 
enjoying a quiet morning drink...
Right on the edge of our the reflection on the water!

Here on the farm things are really taking off...
Vines that cover the lower half of our
big old barn! 

I know it's not good for the brick...
But, I can't resist the lovely look of creeping vines!

We have several different Lilac bushes...
This deep dark purple one is my all time next week it should be in full bloom!

Then there is my mammoth sized bush...
I had to stand back really far to try and get it all in the
picture...and still couldn't get all of it!

Close up the blossoms are starting to pop open!
 Love the soft sweet fragrance!

This past week we've had some cold rainy days...
 My husband was in the 
right place at the right time...a double rainbow!


Weekend Soul Food...

"I do set my bow in the cloud,
and it shall be for a token of a covenant
between me and the earth.

Genesis 9:13...KJV


Life doesn't allow for us to go back and
fix what we have done wrong in the past,
but it does allow for us to live each day better
than our last!

Enjoy a wonderful weekend, Tammy

Monday, April 25, 2016

Schoolgirl Samplar Club ~ Early Sign Up

Welcome dear friends, hope you're having
a great day!

I have good news today, especially for those of  you
who have been patiently waiting for more details
on the new club...

Early registration is now available!

Are you a passionate needle worker, who loves small
early schoolgirl samplars...framed with graceful borders,
filled with sweet motifs, alphabets, houses, verses
and such?

The Schoolgirl Samplar Club will be offering 3, small, sampler
kits in 2016 reminiscent of the early schoolgirl samplers!

Kits will ship quarterly (approx. every 3 months)

~ May 31st
~ August 31st
~ November 30th

Each kit will include the following...

~ chart & finishing instructions
~ color photo of completed sampler
~ John James petite needle #28
~ overdyed thread WDW and or Gentle Art
~ overdyed linen 32/36 ct generally used
~ homespun fabric (if used in finishing)
~ any special finishing trims or hardware

 Overdyed linen was just ordered this morning,
it's really gorgeous!

~ Memberships will be limited ~

For all the complete details...
and to reserve your membership please click HERE

I'm super excited about this special new club!

~*~ Schoolgirl ~*~

This week I'll be busy at the print shop...
Plus, kitting, bagging, and shipping by April 3oth.


And now for a few weekend photos...
Clear blue skies over next weekend things
will probably be looking a little more colorful!

A family drive along the mighty Mississippi River...
Riverside Park, LaCrosse, Wisconsin is full of friendly
ducks who are accustomed to free hand outs! 

Check out this little black squirrel...
At full attention...checking both ways before 
crossing the intersection!

Oh, the beauty of spring blossoms...
So pretty!


Weekly Soul Food...

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Psalms 23:2...KJV


Allow yourself to be happy, to love yourself & others, 
and to believe in great things!

~Have a happy day~
Kindly, Tammy

Friday, April 22, 2016

"Rest in the Lord" Scissor Mat ~

Good morning dear friends...are you ready
for the start of a great weekend?

For years I've loved to stitch in the evenings while my 
husband nodds off on the couch, but I have a bad
 habit of clanking my scissors down on the table beside me...
very annoying if you're nodding in and out of sleep!

I'm happy to say I've solved my problem...
Plus, my husband loves my newest design ~

"Rest in the Lord" Scissor Mat

 Now, with my special little scissor mat on
my stitching more clanking my scissors!
Happy husband & happy stitching!

Model stitched on 36ct Edinburgh "Summer Khaki" linen.
Kit also includes a charted alphabet & numbers for personalizing 
your scissor mat.

I really love the cotton fabric used on the backside...
The Sheepish Needle Samplar Club kits 
are scheduled to ship by April 30th.

Memberships are still available in my Esty Shoppe...if you 
join now you will receive ALL FOUR club kits...

Kit 1 ~ "Moriah's Summer Token" hand fan

Kit 2 ~ "Pure in Heart" pinkeep pillow

Kit 3 ~ "Country Woolgatherer" pillow tuck

Kit 4 ~ "Rest in the Lord" scissor mat

If you're interested, please click HERE


Every year little birds fly into my husband big workshop,
but can't find their way out...
This little fellow got a helping hand from my husband, 
but first they stopped in for a quick Studio visit
before being set free!


Look what I discovered...
Such a pretty site!

It's such fun watching mama & papa Robin 
tending their humble little nest!


Popping up to welcome spring...
Pretty, delicate little flowers!

Growing at lightening speed...
Vintage Peony bushes...soon to show their colorful side!


Oh my goodness, how I enjoyed reading all the comments that
came in for the "shoe" gift giveaway drawing...thank you
for sharing what you like to collect!

And now to reveal the winning name...
Congratulations to Karin L. from Valley Stream, New York!

A big thank you to each and every one who entered in the 
drawing...I wish I had a shoe for everyone!


Weekend Soul Food...

Rest in the Lord,
and wait patiently for him!

Psalm 37:7...KJV


Self~worth is so vital to your happiness.

If you don't feel good about you, it's hard to 
feel good about anything else.

Believe what your heart tells you...not what others say!

Have a lovely weekend,
Kindly, Tammy

Monday, April 18, 2016

Blog Anniversary...Gift Giveaway!

Welcome dear friends,
and happy Spring blessings to you!

I can hardly believe the warm temperatures we
enjoyed over the weekend...right now it's 82!


How time flies when you're having fun, 
this coming Friday will mark the second year anniversary 
since starting my blog on April 22, 2014!

I can't think of a better way to celebrate than
to have a gift giveaway drawing...

The chosen gift will be this antique shoe pincushion.

Made of cast metal with a gold gilt finish.
Measures 3.75" long by 2" high.

Hallmarked on the bottom...
"Fred Brodegaard Jewelry Co."

 Original sawdust filled pincushion is tattered from age...
To enter your name in the drawing simply 
leave me a comment at the bottom of this post OR on my
 facebook page...tell me what you like to collect!

Please include your first name and first letter of your 
last name, plus city/state:

EXAMPLE: Tammy B., West Salem, Wisconsin.

The winner of the antique shoe will be announced
on Friday, April 22nd.


I love listening to my Mourning Dove's...
Captured them cooing outside my window Sunday morning!

The spaced formed by their necks & beaks...looks  
just like the shape of a heart ♥

Such gentle creatures!


Saturday I enjoyed my favorite walking route
  in the small town of West Salem, please
 meet my little city friend...
"Scruffy" a sweet 13 year old chap who loves to greet me
as I walk past his home!

He loves to sit and watch the birds & squirrels!


Weekly Soul Food...

"Delight thyself also in the LORD;
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

Psalms 37:4...KJV


All God asks of you and me is to handle today...only today!

Every day is a little life, and our whole life is but a 
day repeated.

Make each new day is a gift from God!

Many Blessings, Tammy

Friday, April 15, 2016

Sheepish Needle Sneak Peek...

Welcome dear friends...hip hip hooray it's Friday!

Today is April 15th, typically income tax day...
this year they are not due until Monday the 18th! 

The weather man is forecasting a 
gorgeous weekend ahead!


Sharing with you today is a little sneak peak of
 the fourth kit for The Sheepish Needle Samplar Club...  
Just started stitching Thursday evening with a stitch 
filled weekend ahead!

Model is being stitched on 
36ct Edinburgh "Summer Khaki" linen.

I love the finishing fabric that will be used...
Hope to have a finished model to share
by early next week.

The scheduled ship date for this club kit is...
April 30th.


I'm still working on my "Library" project...
I didn't have much time to work on it this week,
with too many other commitments!

I need my son to help me move a heavy cabinet...then I'll 
be able to finish things up and share some photos!


I'm slowly getting a few projects checked off
my spring cleaning list...little by little!

How is your spring cleaning going?


With so many commitments on my platter, 
I need to rearrange my work schedule a little bit...

The Early Workbasket which was featured 
every Friday, will now be featured...

~ The First Friday of the Month Only ~

So the next scheduled feature will be ~

Friday, May 6th!


 The country side is getting greener with each passing day... 
Spring is definitely in the air!

The hills are alive once again...
The trees are budding, 
and with the warm weather ahead 
will quickly transform the country side 
even more!

I'm highly anticipating hitting my favorite walking trails...
I don't like walking outside during the winter months, 
and the treadmill becomes so boring!


Weekend Soul Food...

For we walk by faith...not by sight!

2 Corinthians 5:7...KJV


Spread a little sunshine someone
along life's way!

Enjoy an exciting weekend,
Kindly, Tammy