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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

~ After the Rains... ~

 Hello Sunshine!
Hello Friends & Folk!

oh how I love to feel the warmth of the sun again ~
I like rainy days but we've had plenty now for the time being 
~ thankyouverymuch.

thought I'd go out early and take a few snaps of the in-need-of-weeding gardens ~
and that will be what I will be doing this afternoon...

you can see if the photo below that we are working on this old farmhouse ~ 
removing the old chippy white paint, painting trim, etc...

our grapes are doing well with all of this rain,
...  I'm sure they will explode after today's sun & warmth!

the Iris' have blossomed...
the peach ones are so delicate ~

...but it's the purple ones that I love most.


coreopsis  is reaching for the sunbeams in the photo below...
love my St. Francis statue
{ St. Francis cared for the poor and sick, he preached sermons to animals, and praised all creatures as brothers and sisters under God. St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology, was born in Italy around 1181 or 1182. }

and the little lipped jug was found buried here on the property 
near the old log kitchen behind the farmhouse...
it is broken, but still beautiful to me ~

our Daisy girl is enjoying the sunshine too! 

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and here is a peek at my new cross stitch design,
"Steal Not"
it was stitched by my friend Heather Stevens and what a beautiful job she did!

please note: 
the linen looks 'blue' near the lettering, but it is not....
the sampler is laying on top of a quilt and it is showing through the linen.

this new design, along with a few other new designs will accompany me to the 
PSS Retreat/Merchant Mall on May 5th & 6th in Columbus Ohio
{which I will be leaving for in one very short week!}

Well I am on my way out the door to run errands ~ 
usual PO stop, banking and market...
All of the current Little Stitches Handwork Club/LSHC kits have been shipped, 
and as a member your kit should have/will be arriving soon :) 

April/May/June 2017 LSHC model "Melancholy"

if you'd like to join or renew our exclusive club for cross stitchers, please click 

Have a *SPARKLING* day my friends!
Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Monday, April 24, 2017

~ Creative Weekend ~

 Well Hello
Friends & Folk....
~ this has been a busy weekend!

I managed to get quite a few things accomplished, 
... and even began some things I didn't know I would begin!

I thought I was done punching new designs 
before heading out to the PSS Retreat in Columbus OH on the 5th & 6th of May 
but I just had to start working on this one that has been rattling around in my brain ~

it was inspired by an early PA German fraktur circa 1800's...
I have adapted it for punch needle and chose beautiful Valdani size #8 pearl cotton to work it with.

my main motifs are finished, 
and now I'll move on the the background...

I actually love filling in the backgrounds of my punch needle works ~
they can be as simple as outlining the motifs and filling in,
 or as complex as using directional punching techniques.

we'll see what this design dictates to me once I begin...

I am also working with my watercolors
creating new small paintings that will soon be offered as prints and notecards!

here is my latest in-progress
{and I love it so far} 

pretty colors...no?

h e l l o!
 I have more detail to add yet...

I recently received a few finished models back 
from my fabulous model stitcher ~ Heather
{{ Thank You Heather!!}}

I'll show them all soon, but for now here is the new design for our
Little Stitches Handwork Club 
~ otherwise known as 'LSHC'

and it is it's called

the verse reads:
"Industry is the best cure for Melancholy"

... for those who don't know what 'melancholy' may be, it's described thusly:
a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.

and I agree...a little 'industry' {in my book that means needlework!}
surely can cure the blues...

here is the fabric that will be included in the kit 
along with the chart, linen and threads....it's a Civil War era repro in shades of mustard & red ~
... I think it matches the threads nicely, don't you?

 each kit contains a little brass thimble
to attach to your 'scissors' on the pillow...like a little scissors fob

I've had this old little square-shaped basket forever, 
... and although I didn't design this to fit in it,
it sure looks sweet in there!

 To read about how to become a member of our LSHC,
please click
to join our exclusive cross stitch club or re-new your membership ~ 
{thanks again for your patience}

~ AND ~

I've saved the BEST new for last!

... at approx. 4:00 am today,
our little visitor-hound delivered the first of MANY puppies!!!!!
{{{ I think I counted ten little butts, BUT they are so squirmy I cannot tell for sure. }}}

At the moment, 
she is being a bit aggressive, as all new mothers can be.
~ so we are giving her space to bond and nurture with them...
since she came to us many weeks ago, she has warmed up quite a bit to Peter & I ~
...well, more to Peter than I, but that's ok.
at least she knows that we won't hurt her ~ and that she is safe here.

Peter made a huge nesting box for her in the barn and that's where she is...
nuzzling & licking her squealing little butterball babies!

Stay tuned for photos, don't want to scare her by flashing lights in her eyes...

guess that's all in a nutshell for now ~ 

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

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