Friday, March 24, 2017

Home Sweet Home!

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

It's always fun and exciting to break away from
my daily routine, I start out filled with such
 expectation, but the true joy is in coming back
home and sleeping in my own bed!

While relaxing in my motel room I enjoyed
some stitching time, here is my vacation progress...

Started adding some fruit and finished the
tips of the buds, and added a small flower pot.

I had hopes of being further along, 
but something is better than nothing!


I left home on Saturday morning
headed for Milwaukee, interstate driving
is so boring so I decided to take a break and
stretch my legs in Sun Prairie, Wisconisn...

Picked out some wonderful Civil War 
fabrics for future club kits!


Spent my first night in Brookfield.

My main objective for visiting Milwaukee, 
was to visit my childhood parochial
 school and church...

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church & School
6802 West Forest Home Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

As a little girl I loved hearing the church
bells ring from the big bell tower!

Inside, it was just as beautiful as I 
remember it so many many years ago!

And, it just happened to be communion Sunday!


After church I drove to the
Grand Avenue Mall, parking on the 
street was frustrating with confusing 
parking signs, but look who came
to my rescue...

Wow, a Milwaukee mounted police 
cool is that!

He very kindly explained that I had two 
hours of free parking on Sunday, and
his horse was so friendly!

After all that, the mall was a complete
 disappointment...most of the 
shops were vacant!!

So sad, at one time this was an
awesome mall!

Plus, my old neighborhood was another big
disappointment...completely run down!

While aimlessly wandering around I
passed so many massive beautiful
old churches.

Wow, what lovely architecture!


At this point I was feeling very disenchanted
and like a fish out of water...completely
out of my comfort zone!

However, I finally found the closure
I was seeking from my childhood in
was time for me to head back towards 
Madison were things are more 
familiar to me!

Decided to take a more scenic route in 
hopes of seeing wonderful old barns like this one!

Check out this Public Library!
Lake Mills, Wisconsin

Also in this small town was yet 
another beautiful old church!


Spent my second night in Mt. Horeb, 
so I could visit a cross stitch shop...

Hard to see the sign on the window ~
"Witchery Stitchery" Needlework Shop

I was so surprised to see one of my patterns 
displayed in the front window!

"A Token of Spring" Pinkeep Drum
from my retired Little Sparrow Pinkeep Series
available in my Etsy Shop ~ Click HERE


Back on the road and headed for 
Middleton on the west side of Madison...

Look at this neat and tidy old barn!

First stop was West Town Mall, 
and then onto another cross stitch shop...

Another pleasant surprise...

Another one of my patterns on display
right beside "With Thy Needle and Thread"
and "Plum Street Samplers"...what an honor!

"Come Dance with Me" Pinkeep 
from my retired
Little Sparrow Pinkeep Series...available
in my Etsy shop ~ Click HERE


Spent my third night in 
Waunakee, Wisconsin with 
plans to visit a quilt shop...

"Mill House Quilts"
Waunakee, Wisconsin

What a gorgeous old door!

Back on the road, 
now headed for Spring Green...

Love taking the back roads...wish I knew the 
story behind these old ruins!

I wonder what this building was?

Looks like something you would see
in another country!

I need to have my husband make me
a quilt motif sign for my these kind of motifs!

Ahh, look where I stopped next...

Yep, lucky me...I never leave here empty handed!

Country Sampler
Spring Green, Wisconsin



10:00 ~ 3:00 

Our Farm Shop is located at~
W4253 County Road B
West Salem, Wisconsin 54669
(608) 799~4418


Weekend Soul Food...

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Psalms 1:2...KJV


My fourth night was spent at the "Westby House"
Bed & Breakfast in Westby, Wisconsin

And on a whim, my fifth day I drove to 
Rochester, Minnesota to go sales
tax on shoes and clothing in Minnesota!

Now, to get myself back into 
the groove of things here on the farm!

Blessings, Tammy

After fueling up my car, this pair of Canadian Geese
 where crossing the highway...looks like 
they were also heading home!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Count Your Blessings...

Welcome dear needlefolk friends, and
 happy St. Patrick's Day to all!


This is what I do, 
when I have a hard time
 falling to sleep...

And it works every time to help shut
my busy mind down!

Some of you may remember a St. Patrick's
sampler I released a few years ago...

"Milly & Molly O'Mally"

But, wait until you see how 
Tiffany Joy Burns finished hers...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her creative touch!

She filled the top with batting and the
lower third was filled with plastic beads to 
help it stand up nicely!

You could also use ground walnut shell,
sand, rice, beans, popcorn seeds etc.

Thank you so much Tiffany for sharing your 
lovely stitching and finishing!

This pattern is available in my Etsy Shop,
but I'll be away for a few days...a short delay
in shipping...sorry for the inconvenience!


Beings it's St. Patrick's Day, 
let me tell you I know first hand 
the qualities of a true 
Irishman...I'm married to one!

My Irishman is actually a descendant of a very rowdy 
Irish clan (the "Black" clan) that was thrown out of Ireland 
many years ago because of political views!

To this day his family has 
remained very political, during
my husband's college days he 
campaigned for his father
William Black Sr. who was sheriff of
La Crosse County for 10 years, and
a police officer for 24 years prior
to that.

Plus, my husband's cousin
Carl Halverson, also served as sheriff
of La Crosse County for 12 years.

What I love best about my Irishman
is his kind and gentle natural, and
I must mention he truly has
the Irish gift of gab!


Check out these amazing
red haired maidens...

Hope you enjoyed this St. Patrick's Day!


Catherine. Sheppard. 1810.

This is my latest progress on Catherine,
I've been preoccupied with so many
different things this week...not 
enough stitching time!


This is the time of year when the 
countryside looks so dreary...

For local readers, if these pics look
familiar...they were taken at the Bangor Park.

Love the sound of a babbling brook!

Love this spot, will have to come back
when the weather warms up...great place to 
sit and stitch!

So, so dreary!


Guess what?
I'm planning on running away from home...

Seriously, bags are all packed,
and I'm leaving tomorrow morning!

I'm off to Milwaukee, all by myself
while my guys stay home to hold down the fort!

It's my birthday present to myself,
beings they got to go to California and Texas
this past year while I stayed home to
take care of our sick dog Winston!

So if you see this "Soul" in traffic...please HONK!!

I'm taking my laptop with me so I can 
still stay in touch!


Farm Shop Will Be
"CLOSED" on Saturday!

Will re~open next Saturday, on March 25th.


Weekend Soul Food...

The words of a man's mouth 
are as deep waters, 
and the wellspring of wisdom
as a flowing brook.

Proverbs 18:4...KJV


Blessings from me to you,

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Midweek Progress...

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

Such a lovely day I've been enjoying ~

~ five mile morning walk (treadmill)
~ dishes, laundry & kitchen floor swept
~ lunch...shrimp & veggie stir fry 
~ online orders filled and shipped
~ quality stitching time...ahhh!
~ blog break ~ progress update...

Working on the greenery...
~ leaves added to the border
~ leaves & stems all done

Tonight, after supper I'll finish with 
the green by adding grass to the lower 
portion of the sampler.

Then, I can finally start adding some 
new colours...can't wait to start 
adding the fruit, flowers and
a final mystery motif!


The featured topic for today's needle wisdom segment
will be ~ Sampler Verses

And now, a quick little glimpse from the past!

Needle Wisdom... 

A sampler, was a record of a blossoming young woman
at the time when she hoped to become the center of attention
of at least one man.  

If not always worked with the expertise she would gain later...
 most old samplers show true accomplishment!

The sampler was likely to be charming, creative, 
and, perhaps most important made for the maker herself.  

A sampler was her direct expression, and it would serve 
her the rest of her life, even functioning as a sort of 
memorial after she died.  

The following is an example from a sampler
stitched by Jane Simon ~

The Gracious God Did Give Me Time
To Do ths Work You See that Others Mayd
 Larn The Same When I Shall Cease to Be.

Another sampler verse ended ~

When gredy worms my body eat 
In this you may read by name complete.

Sampler verses, a virtual catalog of ideals that females
cherished, show us the character traits that these girls were
supposed to exhibit.  

There are odes to virtue, humility, selflessness, cheerfulness,
and industry;  dire warnings against the corresponding evils;
and, as the two verses just cited reveal, and ever~present
preoccupation, indeed an almost morbid fascination,
with death!

Over and over, girls began their verse with 
"When I am dead and laid in my grave,"  or some
similar line.  

Perhaps, these verses served as a means for young
 girls to reconcile themselves to death.


Midweek Soul Food...

God, grant me the serenity 
to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr 

I like to also think of this prayer as...

God, grant me the serenity to accept
the people I cannot change, 
the courage to change the one I can,
and the wisdom to know it's ME!


I enjoyed sharing my break time with you,
now it's time to start thinking about supper!

Enjoy a lovely evening,

Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekend Progress...

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

Oh the joy of a relaxing weekend...especially
when spent at home with needle & thread!

Sharing today is my weekend stitching progress...

The border is all set and ready to start adding 
graceful little flowers, two flower pots 
are also ready to be filled!

I couldn't resist the sweet little doggie, 
as he reminds me of our loyal Scottie Winston,
who passed on earlier this winter at the 
age of fourteen!

This sweet antique reproduction sampler will
hopefully be released in the next couple of weeks,
and will be titled ~


Many more lovely motifs to add, 
will be sharing another update soon!


~ Needle Wisdom ~

Another of my favorite pass times is reading
from the many wonderful needlework reference 
books that I have such a passion for collecting!

I thought it might be inspiring to share some
of the interesting history of needle women
 from days gone by...

Plain sewing was so basic to any girl's training that a girl
who couldn't sew was considered odd, certainly not ready for
marriage.  And marriage was not merely a goal in life for a was her mission!  She heard enough derogatory remarks 
about spinsters (also know as "thornbacks", "stale virgins",
"antick virgins", "stale maids", and "old maids") and
witnessed enough contemptuous treatment of them to 
understand very early that if she were to fail to marry, she 
would bring not only unhappiness but a measure of social 
disgrace on herself and her family.  

To win a husband and to serve him well,
she had to know how to sew!

Moreover, plain sewing provided a woman who had little
or no help in her household with an opportunity to sit down
for a while and let her mind wander, all the while secure
in the knowledge that she was doing something productive,
keeping her hands busy!

This was an important consideration, 
for to be idle...was thought to be sinful.


Monday Manna...

"Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep;
and an idle soul shall suffer hunger."

Proverbs 19:15...KJV


May your time be spent working your
 needle with passion & pride!

Happy Monday to all,