Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Shaker Boxes...

Shaker Boxes.
Simple in design and very functional.

I had these boxes made at
The Shaker Shoppe in Lititz, PA

I was able to choose the colors and sizes.
The folks at The Shaker Shoppe were
very easy to work with.
(Their showroom is AMAZING !)

I love the attention to detail.
Simplicity at it's best.

My heart longs for simplicity in both
my home and life.
Quietness and a "back to basics" approach.
Simple, uncluttered lines.
Maybe even sparseness in my surroundings!

I have been working on de-cluttering my house.
Ruthless "tossing and giving away"...
it feels good !

This small rocking chair with woven seat was also 
handmade at The Shaker Shoppe,
a replica of the full size chair that they handcraft.
A treasured family gift.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched."
                                                                                      Helen Keller

Hoping you find some time 
to enjoy the simple things today...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Needlekeeper Patterns Are Here...

Wool Applique Needlekeepers

Three different Wool Applique Designs... 

Homestead Needlekeeper

Blooming Needlekeeper

Jacobean Needlekeeper

~Beaded Blanket Stitch is optional~
~No sewing machine needed~

These Needlekeepers work up quick and make
great gifts for stitching friends.

Needlekeeper Patterns are now available 
in the Studio.


We have been churning out the eggs -
 hundreds of Peanut Butter Eggs...

With ingredients like -
cream cheese - butter - marshmallow cream
peanut butter - vanilla - confectioners sugar
what's not to love ??

Ready to be dipped into Wilbur Coating Chocolate.

It always amazes me how it can take all afternoon
to make the eggs and they 
are gone in a heartbeat.

Wishing you a Glorious Easter

with friends and family...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Garden Work And The Hammock...

Daffodils and Grape Hyacinths

We have had the most beautiful, 
warm and breezy days.

My absolute favorite Moss - blooming !

We have several areas in our gardens
where we turn clay pots upside down.  
We do this to discourage ducks 
from nesting in our flower beds...
because while they are interesting to watch,
they eat and 'pluck' all of the greenery they can find...
which usually means all of my Hostas 
are torn to bits ;(

I love how after a few seasons, 
moss begins to grow up the sides of the clay pots.

Beautiful weather goes hand in hand 
with lawn work.
Rose Bushes need trimmed 
and Cherry Trees need pruned...

At the end of the lawn work...
my favorite part of warm weather is waiting for me.
The Hammock...
I love to watch the clouds and hear 
the sounds of the neighborhood.
(a lawn mower in the distance, 
kids playing in the neighborhood,
a dog barking)

After a long, harsh and bitter cold winter...
Spring has never been sweeter !

Enjoy some hometown America !

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sweet Old Willow Tree...

Sweet old Willow Tree Rug Hooking.
Can you guess what the 'frame' is ??

This frame used to hold a mirror
on top of a 1950's dresser, or bureau.
The mirror was cracked.  I decided to not replace 
the mirror, but rather hooked a rug
 to fit into the opening.

The hooked rug measures 28in. x 24in.
The frame measures 38in. x 33in.

This piece is very HEAVY and needed to be hung
using anchors in the wall.

The dresser is now just a chest of drawers
without it's swinging mirror.

"Some people believe holding on 
and hanging in there are signs of great strength.
However, there are times when it takes
much more strength to know when to let go
and then do it."
                                                                                         Ann Landers

Hoping you have a beautiful and creative weekend !

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Three Winners - Punchneedle Pattern Giveaway...

At finally, Spring has settled in !
And, judging from your comments on the 
"Giveaway" post, everyone is looking for
garden blooms, a fresh warm breeze
and playing in the dirt.

Three Winners have been chosen (by Random. org)
for the 
Beginner Punchneedle Pattern Giveaway...

Delora Rankin
 (Please contact me with an address for mailing)

Happy punching, ladies ;)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rug Hooked Boxes...

Rug Hooked Box

I am a 'gatherer' of boxes, containers 
and wooden items.
(tool carriers, old wood cabinets with lots of drawers, etc.)

I dream of how I can transform them.

I have a large stash of these 'cardboard' type 
boxes, in all shapes.
I first paint them with acrylic paint.  When dry,
with a soft cloth, I apply a good old fashioned
shoe wax to the container.
Then, with a clean cloth, I buff out the box, 
using circular motions.
This gives the box a nice old patina 
and a protective coat.

I love rustic 'old-time' flowers...

The box lids can be topped with rug hooking, 
punch needle embroidery, wool applique,
cross stitch, or plain fabric.

I will use these boxes for gift giving.
Filled with chocolate or soaps or a fresh potted herb.
Quick and easy to make...
it's like two gifts in one !

"Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path -
and leave a trail."
                                                                Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have a fabulous Tuesday !

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Punchneedle Pattern Giveaway...

Have you ever wanted to learn
"how to" punchneedle ??

Then this giveaway is for you !

Three Beginner Punchneedle Patterns will be given away,
one each, to THREE different winners.

To learn more about this Sheep Pattern,

All you have to do to enter,
is leave a comment on THIS post,
sharing your favorite thing about Spring !

Three winners will be chosen
on Thursday, April 10th, 2014.

Happy Spring !

** This Giveaway is now closed, 
winners have been notified.**

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