Friday, May 26, 2017

"Mend Thy Ways" Button Bag ~

Welcome dear needlefolk friends
and happy Friday!

We have had been gifted with an 
abundance of rain this past couple of weeks...hoping
it will stop long enough for me to finally get 
some flowers planted!

Early Maiden Workbasket Club Reveal...
"Mend Thy Ways" Button Bag
©2017 Scattered Seed Samplers

Model stitched on ~
 32ct Country French "Golden Needle" linen

This photo shows the bag empty...front side is designed
with a bird motif and the word "Buttons."

The back side is complimented with a coordinating
"Mend thy Ways" berry wreath.

Club kits will include a small Pearl Shell button
 to be used in place of the letter "O" in the word buttons,
plus two medium side buttons for the ends
of the drawstring.

The bottom of the bag is finished in this 
Civil War Reproduction Fabric from 
The General's Wives Series.

This is a nice roomy button bag that will
hold lots of buttons!

Early Maidens probably had some type
of button bag tucked into their favorite workbasket!

Hope you like this sweet & practical little bag?

Memberships are still's NEVER TOO 

If you join now, you will receive the first kit
that was released in February titled
"Tea Time" Kettle Mat ~

AND the second kit..."Mend Thy Ways" Button Bag,
which will bring you current in the club!

One year memberships are available through
my Etsy Shop...

Also, included in the Etsy listing are all the 
details for my easy & convenient

contact me either by email at
or call me at (608) 799~4418 to get set up.

Please click onto the Maiden Image or
 click HERE
for all the membership details!


Last Friday, I shared the nest full of baby
robins nesting under our old Bronco here on the farm,
here's how they've grown in one week...

Eyes wide open...soon they will be out growing
their little nest!

Our oldest son and family have been with us
all week and will be leaving tomorrow morning,
so I've decided...



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


Weekend Soul Food...

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen."

Hebrews 11:1...kjv


Wishing you all a safe and happy 
Memorial Day Weekend!

Kindly, Tammy

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Hiding Place...

Welcome & Happy Friday
needlefolk friends!

This past week we've had really warm
weather, actually hot humid days, then
wham bang old man winter showed
his face...really COLD today!

Early Maiden Workbasket Club Update...

I'm happy to say the model is all stitched,
and ready for me to finish!

This project will have a "Button" theme, so
I've been having fun picking through buttons...looking
 for just the right one!

Kits will include a special hand selected
"Pearl Button" to complete the project.

Do you know how antique pearl buttons were made?
When my husband was young he would go
clamming for clam shells, which is how
 pearl buttons are made.

Historically, river towns along the Mississippi River
were famous for their Pearl Button Factories...

Collecting the mussels is known as clamming,
then they would heat and open the mussels, 
removing the meat and any irregular~shaped
freshwater peals (called "slugs".) 

Hundreds of men worked in the cutting shops,
cutting blanks...the basic shape of the button from
the shiny inner surface of the shells.

While others operated machinery that carved
designs on the blanks and drilled the holes.

The four shells that I shared here today are from 
my husbands clamming days!

Over the years I've found some special sewing notions...

This is my antique collection of Clam Shell
thimble cases and trinket boxes.

The thimble cases will usually have
a delicate brass chain attached and lined
with velvet inside.


The Hiding Place...

I was about to take a picture of our Lilac's, 
but instead I startled a mama Mourning Dove
sitting on her nest!

Wow, after she flew away I was able to 
get a birds eye view of her beautiful nest...what 
a pleasant surprise!

So, instead of disturbing her too much,
I only took pics of our dark purple Lilacs...

The dark purple have always been my favorite!

Our back yard literally smells like a 
perfume factory...these are the Lilacs my
husband picked for my Mother's Day bouquet!


This past week the weather blew up a 
wild storm with high winds...

In our machine shed my husband discovered a
fallen "Pigeon" nest with two babies...just
waiting to be rescued!

He placed their nest down into a big bucket,
while we researched their diet.

After discovering that Pigeons eat mostly grains,
seeds, berries, and fruits and the diet for the babies
sounded a little to complicated...we decided to 
take them over to our local humane society 
where they would receive proper care!


Our back yard is full of "Hiding Places"...

This old "Bronco" is in waiting to be restored,
Sam discovered a secret hiding place up under the
front fender, just above the tire.

A Robin's nest with three sleepy 
headed little ones!

Mama Robin quickly discovered Sam and 
gave him a good scolding!



This will be a very busy weekend for us, 
as our oldest military son and family are coming
for a visit before they leave for a two year 
assignment in Mauritania, Africa!


Weekend Soul Food...

"Thou art my hiding place; 
thou shalt preserve me from trouble;
thou shalt compass me about with
songs of deliverance.

Psalms 32:7


Well, I'm off to finish dusting,
vacuuming, cleaning
  is arriving on Sunday!

Enjoy a special weekend doing what
YOU enjoy most!

Kindly, Tammy

Monday, May 15, 2017

Family time...

Welcome needlefolk friends
and happy Monday!

Today started out bright & sunny,
perfect for taking photos, then a quick
shower of it's back to full sunshine!

Early Maiden Workbasket 
Club Sneak Peek...

Sharing with you today is a little sneak peek of
the motif that will grace the back side of the
 upcoming project...MEND THY WAYS!

Today, I'll start stitching on the front side.


My family and I enjoyed a fun filled weekend,
that started Saturday morning...
Sweet and simple farm fresh bouquet 
gifted to me by my husband!

Fresh Lilacs and Dandelions, both in great
abundance in our back yard!

Next, my son Sam had a brilliant idea...lets
take mom to Gold Rush!

Please meet my dearest son Sam...

Gifted to my husband and I twenty~five years ago!

It is such an honor to be the mother of this
incredible young man, who is gifted with
 wisdom way beyond his years! 

He displays outstanding loyalty and
strength of character!

He fills each day with laughter with his 
infectious humor and personality!

He has a heart of gold...sooo proud
of this kind and gentle soul!


I quickly ran out to my Studio to 
dig out my shopping chart that I take with
me when antiquing...
I love this cart...perfect for hauling all my goodies!

Sam always treats me to something special...

He knows my weakness for sewing baskets!

This old pine needle basket is in such
 wonderful condition...very tightly woven!

I can hardly wait to get it home and start
 using it...thank you SO much Sam!

And from my husband...
This wonderful old caddy...Oh, how I love this!
(thank you Bill)

I have several of these and use them every day, 
I especially love them for toting my sewing projects!


The next goodies, I gifted to myself...
I just couldn't pass up this sweet woven 
was definitely calling my name, and the price was right! 

My eyes are always scanning for special frames...
This is SO SWEET...can't wait to design something 
special to fill it up!

I accidentally found this pinkeep while waiting
for a big crowd of people to pass by... 
This little fellow found a good new home...can't
wait to add him to the rest of my bird collection!

I'll have to make a pinkeep out of old velvet to
fill his empty cabbage!

And now for my last two treasures...
An early "Daily Duty" special 
and dear to my heart! 
(daily scripture meditations)

I believe this is of Scandinavian origin...
Ivory key needle case with a Swan top!

It's still in good working sad that
the lower key notch is broken off!


Weekly Soul Food...

Even a child is known by his doings,
whether his work be pure, 
and whether it be right.

Proverbs 20:11...kjv


Hope YOU too enjoyed a 
 special Mother's Day!

Kindly, Tammy

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Stitch in Time ~

Welcome & Happy Friday
needlefolk friends!

Nothing better than ending the week with
needle and thread in my hands...

Finished charting the design for 
the Early Maiden Workbasket Club's 
next release...only enough time
 for a few stitches!

I'm really excited to see how my model 
turns out...this will be something I've always
wanted to make!

Something very practical to tuck into
 your favorite workbasket!

More updates to follow!


My daily walks have been so inspiring,
getting outside with fresh air and
lots of sunshine!

Admiring the sights and sounds of a
quaint small town neighborhood...

Tulips peeking out to soak up the sunshine!

Pine trees loaded with little pine cone sprouts!

Love hearing the dogs barking, kids playing,
lawn mowers, people working in their
yards...always such a nice break from
my quiet country life on the farm!


BUT, I also dearly love the sights & sounds
that you can only find in the country...
The sound of chickens clucking would 
be my favorite!

My son Sam took a couple great marsh photos...

What a great shot...three Canadian Geese
resting on top of a Muskrat House!

Like the saying goes; 
'Birds of a feather flock together'
Three Mallard ducks just drifting along
enjoying the gorgeous weather!



Taking a break to enjoy Mother's Day weekend
 with my two favorite guys...husband Bill & son Sam!


Weekend Soul Food...

Strength and honor are her clothing;
and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom;
and in her tongue is the law a kindness.

She looketh well to the ways her household,
and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Many daughters have done virtuously, 
but thou excellest them all.

Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a
woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her 
own works praise her in the gates.

Proverbs 31:25~31...kjv


Mothers are like buttons...they hold everything together!

Hope you enjoy a fun & relaxing weekend,
Kindly, Tammy