Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Another Road Trip and a Primitive Handmades Merc Update

Headed to Virginia this Friday to spend the weekend with my friend Holly. We're going to the Kathy Barrick workshop at the Virginia Guild of Needlewomen in Richmond. Got my homework done and picked out my fabric for my journal....So excited!!!  Woot Woot!!

Thurs. night is our update on Primitive Handmades Mercantile.  How does it happen that I am away during every update?  But, I've got all my pieces finished and ready to post.....
Just know that I will not be able to ship what is purchased until I return home next week.
Here is what I've been working on. 


Hope you'll join us for our Primitive Handmades Merc update.

Smiles and happy creating!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

New Patterns for Fall

Though I'm sorry to see Summer was a great one this year...
I do really love this time of year.
The leaves are all starting to turn and the temps are cooler.
Another blanket on the bed at night.

I am very excited to show you the 2 new cross stitch patterns I've designed.
Both with an Autumn look and feel.

"My Work"
stitch count is 103 wide by 54 high
on 32 count Vintage Lentil linen by Lakeside and 
Toasted Meringue mini ric rac by Dames of the Needle ~ From the Cauldron.
Stitched with Gentle Art and Weeks Dye Works floss.

"Give Thanks"
stitch count is 67 wide x 79 high
on 32 count Vintage Exemplar linen by Lakeside and
Dark Plum mini pom pom trim by Dames of the Needle ~ From the Cauldron
Stitched with Gentle Art floss.

I really am so thankful.....
 that I get to do what I truly love, everyday....the wonderful and special friendships 
I've made and the love and support of the best hubby ever.....I am so blessed.

Thank you for visiting to see my new design and happy stitching!
Smiles, ~Nan

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Coming this Week!

Excited to show you a peek at the two designs I've been busy working on.  
Look for their release on Friday!
Happy Fall my friends!
Smiles, ~Nan

Monday, October 6, 2014

My Newest Find!

I collect a lot of vintage items, but my favorite things to collect are anything that has to do with stitching......gosh, I wonder why....LOL.  I have a fascination with spool cabinets and have a few in my collection.  I recently came across this one and decided it really needed to come live with me.

I loved that it was a Pennsylvania piece, since that is where I live and that the seller had all the history on it .  It has been in his family for as long as they can remember.  It was used in his grandfather's coal company store in Western Pa.  The Company started in the early 1800's when the 1st Sam Wallwork came over from England and worked his way up through the mines and eventually started Wallwork Coal Co.

This beauty is made of oak and has the sweetest original drawer pulls, great patina and the markings of a well used but loved will be well loved by me also:)

I'll be back in a few to post the 2 new Fall designs my busy hands have created.
Love this time of year!

Wishing you a wonderful week full of all the things that make you smile!
Happy Stitching too....

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Love of Punching!

As you my know, I have recently been learning to do punch needle.  With the help of some good punching friends....Thank you Theresa Meloon.... and watching some great Youtube tutorials.....Thank you Lori Brechlin, I've been quite inspired by my new love of punching!  

Finished my little punched oak leaf into a pyn pillow. 
Kind of mixed media...punched wool, linen with cross stitch and fabric accent. 
 Even added a little brass acorn charm.

Trying to get ready for my Primitive Handmades Mercantile update this month.  It always comes around so fast.  Somehow managed to plan another trip at the same time as this update. 
I'll be headed down to Va to attend Kathy Barrick's workshop given by the Virginia Guild of Needlewomen.  I'm excited about it, but I have lots of homework to stitch before I get on the road.
Wishing you all a wonderful week full of beautiful Fall inspiration!
Smiles, Nan

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Big Giveaway!

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As many of you know, I am part of a wonderful group of stitchers and needlepunchers on facebook called The Prim Stitchers Society.  It's a very positive and supportive group and we are all very passionate about "prim" needlework.
The group, which was formed by our Admin, Terri Hall of , on March 20th, recently reached the 3000 member mark last month.  We've grown extremely fast and we really are like one BIG happy family.  
Well to celebrate that milestone, the group is having a really fabulous giveaway.  So many of the member designers have offered to contribute prizes.  Three winners will be selected randomly to receive a super gift package.  If have not joined in on all the fun yet, now is a great time. The winners names will be drawn today at 6:00 pm.  Sorry, I'm so late posting this:(

Here is the link to join!
Just click the button to join and the admin will add you to our Prim Family!

A few of the members traveled together and met up with other members at The Gathering of Primitive Friends Show, hosted by one of our favorite Prim Stitcher sisters, Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm.
We really could not have imagined a better time.
 From left to right .....
Michelle Blanco, Faye Riggsbee, Theresa Meloon, little ol' me, Pat Simon, 
Lori Brechlin, and Mimi Martz.
 Thanks girls...for the best time EVER!
Smiles, ~Nan