Friday, April 22, 2016

Working on something new....

Here's a sneak, as I stitch the day away on this beautiful "Aged Saffron" linen
by Dames of the Needle.  What a wonderful color to work on.

Happy stitching weekend to needle will be busy.....
Smiles, ~Nan

Thursday, April 21, 2016

PHM Update

Join us tonight....won't you?  For our Handmades update on Primitives Handmades Mercantile at 9 pm eastern time.

Hope to see you there.....Smiles, ~Nan

Monday, April 11, 2016

Another Fabulous Retreat

I am back from the Prim Stitchers Society Retreat and finally settled back in.
A bunch of us headed down to Georgia, convoy style and met up for dinner in Gastonia, NC.
Good food and good friends....Can't be beat.

In the morning we headed on to Marietta, GA for the retreat.  Lots of friends were already there when we arrived!

It was so great to see old friends and meet new ones in person finally!

I surprised my very sweet friend Jan Alexander of Tree of Life Samplings with a ditty bag I created just for her.

Friday and Saturday Morning Elizabeth Talledo and I taught a drum finishing class. 
It was a blast and everyone did such a great job with their project.

After class was the very popular Merchant Mall
Jen and Kim readying for the crowds...selling tickets to the Mall and raffle tickets.

I had lots of help from friends with the set up of my table this year.  I brought plenty of
one of kind handmades, cross stitch charts and a limited kit.

Primitive Handmades Mercantile had a table and so did my dear friend Faye of Carolina Stitcher.  Faye was also a fellow teacher this year and taught a wonderful class.

Elizabeth from Dames of the Needle had 3 tables filled to the brim with her linens, velvets, wools and trims...lots and lots of trims...

The crowds came and came and came and they shopped till they dropped.
It was a lot of work but so much fun to chat and meet so many.

Here is our Prim Mistress Terri/Dixie and her bestie, Michele....  We are all so excited for next year all ready!
Hope you enjoyed a little inside look at the PSS Retreat.
There was so much more, as it is a full packed, non stop weekend  and I wish I had more pics to show.

Smiles, Nan

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Well, I'll Be Darn.....

A bunch of us drove out to a show in Ohio last year...little did I know my buddy
was there... and he never came out front to say hi.....:(

Sunday, March 6, 2016


Yes, sometimes you start something and have no idea of the finish.  Began this piece over a year ago and kept putting it down and picking it back up.

I finally got it all stitched last week in between other projects.  And....since I'm on a drum kick or tuffet, as I've happily named this one, it seemed like the perfect finish for this too.

My love of coverlets was the inspiration behind this design!  And I love the contrast of the Black Licorice floss against the Havana linen.  A black velvet strawberry just seemed to be needed for this..

Hope you've had a fun and creative weekend...Happy Sunday Evening my friends!
Smiles, ~Nan

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Reuse and Repurpose

I love to collect small quilt blocks and have always thought about reusing them and incorporating them in some way into one of my handmades.
I decided to give it a try the other day while working in my studio.
I picked out an old quilt block from my pile and tried to find a few fabrics that looked like they would have been used along side this block.  I decided to create a hanging and I'm very happy with how it turned out.  I can't wait to made a few more of these.

I felt real satisfaction to know that I reused a piece of something someone a long time ago put a lot of love and time into.  Yes, it's a bit tattered and torn, but that's part of the charm of an old piece. 
Wishing you a day of peace and satisfaction!
Smiles, ~Nan

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Making of a Drum

For a long time now, I've been wanting to stitch my design "Down Virginia Way" and make it into a little drum finish.  This week I put needle to linen and got it stitched.
I had to rework it a bit to make it fit.  I removed the alphabet that was orig to the design and replaced it with a hive with some flying bees. I stitched it on 32ct Days Gone By linen, but kept the called for threads.

This afternoon I got it all finished up and I love how it turned out.  All of about 4" high.
It's a very sweet little drum indeed. 
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I am determined to fill up my table at the Prim Stitchers Retreat in GA next month and this will be headed down there with me.
I am always happiest on the days I am creating!
Smiles, ~Nan