Wednesday, May 30, 2018

"Sisters of the Faith" Pinkeep Drum...

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

My intentions were to post on Monday, 
but that didn't happen, now it Wednesday! 

Introducing the finished model for kit number two of
"Prairie Sisters Handworke Club"...

"Sisters of the Faith" Pinkeep Drum

This project is designed to reflect the symbolism 
reminiscent of the 19th century!

In the center of the drum is a "Peacock"...
The "eyes" in the peacock's tail feathers symbolize the all~seeing God.  
Also, a symbol of immortality, and associated with 
Paradise and the Tree of Life.

Nestled above the peacock is a "Heart"...
~ Hearts are a symbol of Charity

moving to the right of the peacock...
...this sister is holding out a crown
 ~ Crowns are a symbol of Hope

This sister's initials "NK" are in tribute to my stitching friend,
Nataly Koplovsky from Massachusetts
who won the quarterly club initials drawing.

to the left of the peacock...
This sister is wearing a crown and holding out a key
~ keys are a symbol of Faith

This sister's initials "TB" are mine.  
Pattern will include charted alphabet so you can 
personalize your drum with your own set of initials.

between this sister and the peacock... a little "peachick" following behind its papa!

~ Peacock Trivia ~

~ peacocks are from the peafowl family
~ males are called peacocks
~ females are called peahens
~ babies are called peachicks

glance of the back seam...
A tall tulip borders each side of the back seam.

top view...
Please note that this finished model was completely antiqued
 with walnut stain, the Civil War Reproduction fabric on 
both the top and bottom of the drum,  and to the 
 sampler as well...packed with sawdust.

Now for the winner of the quarterly club
gift giveaway drawing...
The base of this sweet little antique Art Nouveau pinkeep 
is made of gold gilted pot metal with a floral relief design.  

Still has the original covering which is worn and faded from age, 
and is packed with traditional sawdust.

Congratulations Laura...hope you enjoy!


Kits are scheduled to ship approximately 
June 4~5th.

Memberships are still available through Etsy,
to check it out, please click HERE

If you join now you will also receive the first kit...
which was "Prairie Sisters" Scissor Mat.


Sharing with you are some early morning
photos of our front yard... 
Such a pretty time of the smell of fresh cut grass!

This is our "Linden Tree"...
In July it produces beautiful creamy yellow flowers 
that are so fragrant our whole farm smells lovely!

This is the view to the east of the farmhouse...
of our eastern farm field!

Love the misty look during the early morning hours!
On the lower left of this photo is just a little corner of
the roof of my Studio!


Soul Food...

And this I pray, that your love may 
abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

That ye may approve things that are excellent;
that you may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.

Philippians 1:9~10...kjv


As we walk through life learning and growing by each
passing year we develop a discernment...

~Knowledge is wisdom that comes from acquiring truth
~Insight is wisdom that comes from living out the truth we acquire
~ Discernment is wisdom that comes from the Holy Spirit's reminders 
of that knowledge and insight


Wishing you a stitch filled day!
Kindly, Tammy

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Prairie Sisters Sneak Peek...

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

Sharing with you today are a few of the many 
things keeping me busy these days!

First off is a much needed update,
 and little sneak peek for ~

Prairie Sisters Handworke Club...

The model is actually finished,
but because of a family graduation today
there was no time to take the proper

In the meantime I'll share some other club details...
This is the Civil War Reproduction fabric that was chosen for 
Prairie Sisters second club kit.

The chosen linen is 32ct Belfast "Platinum"

The club token charms arrived from the United Kingdom...
Kits will include a little silver key...symbol of Faith!

Next, is the antique sewing item that I've chosen from 
my personal collection to be gifted as the club gift giveaway...
My plans are to reveal the finished model, the winning name for 
this sweet little gilded pinkeep, and the chosen club member whose 
initials were stitched on the finished model....ALL ON MONDAY!


Behind the scenes: 
 this is what's going on in our 
old 1886 farmhouse... 

Upstairs, what was once known as the "East Wing" no more!
(It used to be a long "L" shaped room that was used for storage)

Please meet the carpenters...
husband Bill the expeditor, and son Sam in charge of demolition! 

Walls, two built in closets and built in 
 drawers all the hard part starts!

They are going to make this into a nice bathroom,
in the meantime the farmhouse is in complete chaos, dust
and what to do with ALL THE STUFF THAT CAME OUT OF THE


While Sam was taking a break from the demolition, 
he decided to do some mowing back by our 
pond, look what he found hiding in the 
tall grass...

A young fawn, probably about a week old!

The fawn had fallen down into a ravine, 
but Sam brought it up to safety and was
later reunited with its mother...yay Sam!!

Sam took three videos, but unfortunately the second
one was to long for blogger to load!


Mother's Day weekend I enjoyed going to the annual 
"Gold Rush" antique show in Rochester, Minnesota...
These are the goodies that came home with me!

On the left is a nice wooden sewing caddy with a handle in 
the center for carrying, plus a nice work drawer below!

My favorite on the right, is the tall sewing stand with double 
workbaskets that are removable, plus there is a handle
making it easy to carry.


Weekend Soul Food...

"Give me understanding,
and I shall keep thy law; yea, 
I shall observe it with my whole heart."

Psalms 119:34...kjv


May God's grace enable you to walk each new day 
with a joyful heart!

Kindly, Tammy

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Lydia is finished....

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

I was not familiar with the term "Staycation" until 
recently, and that is what I've been up to
for the entire month of April!

And what exactly is a

"a vacation spent at home or nearby"

During this time I'm happy to say that
the antique reproduction sampler I've been working
on is FINALLY ready to reveal...

Lydia Barnes Pidgeon 1827
©2018 Scattered Seed Samplers

And here in its full glory, 
(this 191 year old sampler) has triple borders, 
a lovely verse, many floral motifs, bird, trees, and a fabulous
fenced in "Stag" on a hill, ending with a provenance 
line that reads...

Lydia Barnes Pidgeon work'd this sampler 
when nine years old 1827

Lydia grew up in the United Kingdom,
living at 19 Upper Kings Street, Bloomsbury, London, England

She stitched her sampler at the age of 9 in 1827,
and died at 39 years old.

Born December 29, 1818
Died October 24, 1857

I didn't have an antique frame that would fit, 
so I ordered a custom frame from our local Hobby Lobby Store.

The frame is stamped made in "Italy", 
with an added gilded fillet...very happy with it!

The verse reads...

Wisdom is attained by the exertion of your intellectual power by
the lessons of intelligent tutors by the instruction and conduct of
worthy parents by the perusal of the best authors, and by
attendance on public worship and by copying the example of Jesus
who increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with 
God and man _____________________________________

This antique reproduction sampler pattern is 
now available through my Etsy Shop,
for the direct link click HERE


Now that my staycation is all over,
my blogging will be back in full swing 
with lots of new things to share
with you!

Soul Food...

"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature,
and in favour with God and man."

Luke 2:52...kjv


Wishing you a perfect weekend filled with peace for your soul!

Kindly, Tammy