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Monday, October 30, 2023

Pumpkin Pincushion

 Hi friends! 💛🧡❤️I made a pumpkin pincushion. 

The pattern I stitched on top is free from Zweigart. 

I stitched it two over two using the called for DMC, on a burnt orange 32ct linen from my stash. 

I hot glued that wonderful acorn squash stem on the top, center. I had that saved for years, just waiting for this! HA! 

I made three pins from my stash of beads. I tea-dyed the antique ric rac and hand sewed it all the way around. This pumpkin is stuffed with stuffing/fluff.

The above picture shows the other pumpkin pincushion I made years ago. I used the same linen, but stuffed this one with crushed walnut shells. It makes for a heavy, flattish pumpkin. I still love it though.


📚I am a HUGE fan of Beverly Lewis. Are you? I became a fan of hers in the late '90s when I was into all things Amish. We were living in Greendale then. I literally read every, single book there was in the Milwaukee county library system on the Amish. That is how I discovered Beverly. I started with The Shunning and I was HOOKED!🪝 I have read every, single one of her adult novels. LOVE THEM! If you are looking for a clean, cozy Christian read, look no further!
The Heirloom is a stand alone novel, but also the prequel to the 1997 The Shunning. This is the story that explains what caused Ella Mae to be known as the Wise Woman. For any of you long time readers, this will make sense.
One of my Instagram friends left a comment about The Shunning TV program she has watched several times. I told her I did not know it existed. Brian and I watched it over the weekend. I highly recommend it. It is really well done. Not every detail is purely accurate to the Amish, but I am picky. 😉
I have created a "Flossie" pattern. 😁 This is what I am stitching twice right now. One for Brian and one for Madeleine for their Christmas ornaments this year. I am pretty pleased with the outcome so far.

I have another giveaway for my sidebar blog followers. This one is for the pattern I have removed from the July/August 1992 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Cross Stitch & Country Crafts. This pattern is called Bouquet of Sunshine.
It shows two different ways to stitch it. This is such a gorgeous pattern. I just know I will not get to it though. I would love for a friend who will actually stitch this to get this. Again, I will be removing the above seen pages, plus the actual pattern and folding them and placing them in a business sized envelope for mailing to save on postage. This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere, as long as you are a sidebar follower of this blog, and leave a comment on this post stating you would like the pattern. I will draw a name and announce the winner on Friday, November 10th.

It has turned cold here. We are below freezing at night and are supposed to get a touch of snow tomorrow. Now the gorgeous, colored leaves begin to drop fast.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

When you go through God's Word, God's Word goes through you.

Thanks, as always for your support of me and my blog. This would not continue without your lovely comments. 

Have a super day and week!

Stitching and praying,

Do you like our matching socks?

Thursday, October 19, 2023

The Family Heirloom

 Hi friends!  I stitched and finished one mini stocking from the Blackbird Designs series for each month of the year! I am so very glad. I do not plan to stitch all 36 stockings in these pattern booklets, but I will be going back at some point and stitching some more of them.❤️💚

This is Merry Christmas from Merry December by Blackbird Designs 

I stitched this one over two on 35 count lambswool linen with the called for DMC and the CC Clay Pot. I lined the stocking with the same fabric as the back. 

I think I should have ironed it! I added the motif on the bottom. The date was supposed to be stitched on the bottom. I did not prefer that.


🤎🧡🖤✂️🧵 This is an antique scrappy log cabin quilt that is 63 1/2" x 81 1/2". It seems to be late 1800's. It has a wonderful variety of prints, solids, paisleys, sateens, velvets, and shattered silks. I thought about replacing the shattered silk, but no. This was given to me at my bridal shower in 1992, by my Mom and Auntie Kathy. They found it in my Great Aunt Corrine's closet when she moved to a nursing home when she was in her 90's. Auntie Corrine never sewed. They believe it was her sister's, Auntie Ethel's. She sewed. I got my first sewing machine from Auntie Ethel. I also got her treadle White sewing machine.

Brian hung this while I was gone at stitch club last week. He surprised me. It has not hung in any of our home's or ever this apartment, for decades. I talked about getting it out again despite the damage. I went back and forth, thinking should I hang it and possibly have it deteriorate more or leave it rolled up in storage. It is too precious to never see again. It is now hanging on the one large open wall in our apartment, in our bedroom. Yes, that is the treadmill on the bottom right. Not perfect, but it is what it is.

I have a video showing a closeup of the entire quilt. Blogger will not allow me to upload the video. Too much content. If you would like to see the up close video, go HERE


📚🎧I have loved every, single book by Jennifer Chiaverini, let me start by saying that. This book is about thousands of women who answered their nation’s call during WWI. Canary Girls is about the “munitionettes” who worked grueling shifts often seven days a week, handling TNT and other explosives with little protective gear. These workers suffered from serious, unexplained illnesses. One common symptom, the lurid yellow hue of their skin, earned them the nickname “canary girls.” This book was so informative and interesting. I highly recommend it.

I am working on my finishing pile right now so I will have some new finishes to share with you next week! 😁

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!  Psalm 27:14

Thank you for stopping by today my friends! I hope you are having lovely weather as we are. Take care.

Stitching and praying,


Friday, October 13, 2023

Valentine Stitching

 Hi friends! 🐩💐This sweet, little embroidered pin cushion was created by me from my vintage 1950's pillowcase. 

It finally wore out and the cotton split. I could not bear to throw the embroidered poodle out, so I cut that part out and made this little pillow, stuffed with wood shavings, and backed with fabric from my stash.

🗝️💖Key to My Heart & ❌⭕❌⭕Hugs & Kisses from Love Notes by Brenda Gervais.

 I stitched both of these two over two with the called for 3865, but changed the red to 816 on 28ct pink evenweave from my stash, backed with a pale pink with white polka dot fabric from my stash. These pillows are stuffed with wood shavings. (Our son is a carpenter.) I finished them as Brenda suggests in the pattern, but using the red ribbon I had on hand from my stash. The keys were in my stash too. Can you tell I really want to use up my stash??😂

The winner of the Pumpkin Spice Farm chart is: Cathy! 

Cathy I have emailed you. Once I have your postal address, I will send your chart. 😁

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world Philippians 2:14-15

I am working on stitching for Christmas for my friends right now. 🤫

Have a super weekend my friends! I will be back soon with more fun things to show you. 
Stitching and praying,

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Pumpkin Spice Farm

 Hi friends! The October weather is lovely here in southeast Wisconsin so far. The leaves have just begun turning colors.

Let me show you my October displays. Here is my🧡October Cubby Shelf Display 🧡Almost every one of these are stitched over one.


🦔🍄October Corner Shelf🍄🦔

I continue to stitch the mini BBD stockings. 🦃Mr. Turkey🦃from Thankful November by Blackbird Designs.
I stitched this one over two on 36 count cream linen with the called for DMC and the CC Clay Pot. I lined the stocking with the same fabric as the back.
🤍I sewed a linen heart and covered it with Mother of Pearl buttons from my button collection.
And last, but not least, a very simple small, useful gift made with love, given to Brian on our 31st wedding anniversary this week. 💞
I sewed this with fabric from my stash. Madeleine and I drew up a "Flossie". She is stitched two over two on 32ct mystery green linen with DMC for the nose, eye and ball and GA Apple Cider and WDW Pecan tweeded to make Flossie's haircoat color. 😉 The cross is stitched with DMC silver metallic floss on 28ct evenweave.

I am now actually stitching a Brenda Gervais Valentine pattern. I am borrowing the pattern from my sweet friend Lisa in New York, and I want to get it back to her.
I am having a giveaway for this unused, new pattern, Pumpkin Spice Farm from Hands On Design. You need to be a sidebar follower of this blog, leave a comment on this post stating you would like this pattern, leave your email address and I will draw the name of the winner on Friday, October 13th. 

“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  Romans 10:17

I hope you have a great day my friends! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such nice comments for me.

Stitching and praying,