finishes and a finish…

louise's family tree

louise’s family tree

I couldn’t wait to share this finish with you!  Louise sent me this photo of her punched version of Family Tree and I just LOVE it!  Isn’t it gorgeous?!  It makes me want to punch another one for myself using her color scheme.   lovely lovely lovely….  Thank you for sharing, Louise, and thank you for allowing me to pass on your beautiful work!

The weather has alternated between torrential rains and summery days.  The rain always makes me want to nap, but I haven’t been completely immersed in sleep… I have finished a few more things….

polly's moby dick

polly’s moby dick

Here’s Polly Minick’s, “Moby Dick” from the front and….

moby dick back

moby dick back

…from the back.  I’ve finished all of the Polly Minick pieces with this vintage ticking which I purchased online.   This was a smallish piece of ticking fabric which came well used and with a few holes.  I love the authenticity it lends to my embroideries.  Plus, the ticking is so beach-y ~ just like Polly’s pieces.

polly's sampler

polly’s sampler

I love samplers.  They always make me wish I liked to cross stitch.  I’m so glad there are designers, like Mrs. Minick, who create them in other mediums.

polly's boy on the beach

polly’s boy on the beach

I honestly did not think I would like punching Boy on the Beach, but it was SO much Fun!  Typically, I’m intimidated by lots of details, like the stars and stripes, but once I got going on this one, it was a delight.   Thank you to Polly Minick for her continued creativity!  By the way, Polly has NOT retired from her pattern making business…. OH JOY!

All three of these finished Polly Minick pieces are available in my etsy shop.  You can click here for more info and photos, if you’d like.

Have you been doing any punching lately?  I’d love to see what you’re working on!

 

best wishes for a happy day today, and every day!

 

rebecca

oh my goodness…..

I actually finished something!  Just in the nick of time, too.  The Primitive Handmades Mercantile update is today, Friday, and here’s what I have to offer….

two sheep cookie cutters

two sheep cookie cutters

The sheep on the left has short/shorn fleece, while the one of the right is a bit fluffy/unshorn.  Put another way, the sheep on the left was punched on my usual Cameo #1 setting, and the one on the right was punched at a #4 setting.

 

I’ve finished a few more things, too ~ amazing ~ here’s Early Bird, a Lori Brechlin design:

early bird front

early bird front

I made this piece into a pillow stuffed with organic lavender.

early bird back

early bird back

I’ve also, nearly, finished my Steif-inspired sheep pull toy….

steif sheep

steif sheep front

steif sheep back

steif sheep back

However, I’m not sure I like the porcelain wheels, and am considering replacing them with metal wheels, which would be more in keeping with the traditional Steif pull toys.

You may be wondering what is up with the pockets on the backs of my pieces.  Well…. here’s the story:  I really dislike making and stitching on fabric tags ~ I don’t know why, I just dread the whole process.  But, for some reason, I really like making and sewing on little pockets with buttons.  I know… I KNOW! crazy, irrational and undeniably weird.  I mean, it’s a lot more labor intensive to make a little pocket than it is to make a tiny tag, but, there you have it, I LIKE making pockets, I DETEST making fabric tags, and life is too short to go around making tiny fabric tags, after all.  Right, Ellis?

"you betcha.  i love photo bombing, it's what i do best.... everyone should express their talents like i do." ~ ellis

“you betcha. i love photo bombing, it’s what i do best…. everyone should express their talents like i do.” ~ ellis

Do you have any thoughts on the subject of doing what you love, Otis?

"thoughts? me?" ~ the oatbran

“thoughts? me?” ~ the oatbran

May we always have the option to do what we love…. it makes life so very grand!

 

rebecca

to be continued…..

The other day, I got out all my un-finishes to see just how far behind I am.  Today, my Sciatica is biting fiercely and I’m sitting quietly on an ice pack ~ a good day to share said un-finishes with you. So, here we go….

boy on the beach.  polly minick design

boy on the beach ~ polly minick design

chicken make do

chicken make do

elephant pull toy with blue wheels

elephant pull toy with blue wheels

family tree

family tree

giraffe pull toy ~ just needs a pull and a label (good heavens! just finish it, already!)

giraffe pull toy ~ just needs a pull and a label (good heavens! just finish it, already!)

sheep pull toy

sheep pull toy

cookie cutter horse hooked rug pillow.  betty dekat design

cookie cutter horse hooked rug pillow ~ betty dekat design

patriotic chicks ~ polly minick design

patriotic chicks ~ polly minick design

polly's sampler ~ polly minick design

polly’s sampler ~ polly minick design

antique flowers and cats

antique flowers and cats

I made a pact with myself to finish at least one thing before starting something new.  In an effort to get started right away on my finishing, this morning I started this…..

sheep cookie cutter

sheep cookie cutter

…a totally new project for my Primitive Handmades Mercantile shop update which happens a week from Friday…. hmmmm….

 

rebecca

simple….

glass cloche

glass cloche

I have this glass cloche which has been floating around the house not earning its keep.  When I saw it in the shop a year or so ago, I thought it would be perfect for something, which escapes me now.  At any rate, it wasn’t perfect for whatever I thought it would be perfect for, and so it’s been taking up space, a reminder of my inability to distinguish between a good idea and reality.  The real trouble with this dome is, though the glass is clear, the ribbing makes it difficult to see what it’s cloching, therefore nullifying it’s purpose, as far as I’m concerned…. that is, until this morning.

rosemary olive oil bread

rosemary olive oil bread

This morning, I made rosemary olive oil bread ~ yum.  Now, I love bread, but the thing about bread is it has to be kept in plastic or some sort of container so it doesn’t dry out, right?  Well, I just never seem to have the right sized vessel for my lumpy loaves, which always puts a damper on my bread making.  You’re thinking, “how about some foil or plastic wrap”, right?  Both perfectly good suggestions, but here’s the thing:  I have to actually unwrap and re-wrap the bread each time I want a slice.  This probably doesn’t sound like a huge and insurmountable issue, but for someone as simple (read:  lazy) as I am, wrapping and unwrapping are just too much botheration to bother with.  So, here I am with a loaf of bread that’s going to dry out and a glass cloche that I’m about to get rid of because it’s taking up too much room…

ah ha!

ah ha!

This is where my, “AH HA!” moment happens ~ “shall these twain combine to create the perfect oneness?”, I ask myself.

voila!

voila!

Heavens to Betsy!  Who would have guessed that the cloche would have been big enough to cover a whole loaf of bread but have been small enough to fit on my cutting board?  Would you have guessed it, Lilly?

"zzzzzzz...." ~lilly

“zzzzzzz….” ~lilly

Would you have guessed it, Ellis?

"zzzzzz......" ~ellis

“zzzzzz……” ~ellis

Oatbran, how about you?

"zzzzzzz......" ~otis

“zzzzzzz……” ~otis

I’ll bet if I got out the butter I’d get a more immediate response from my friends!

I love simple, obvious projects like this one.

May all our problems be so easily solved…..

 

rebecca

family tree progress…

I’ve had emails from  some of you asking if you have to use the colors/floss/needle settings that I listed in the previous post, in order to do the Family Tree design ~ no, no, no!! Please, use what you have, what you like, what you’re comfortable with!   Make whatever changes you’d like to the design ~ make your piece as unique to you as you want!  I’m looking forward to seeing all the variations you come up with!

family tree

family tree

It’s been such a beautiful weekend here, I’ve spent most of my waking hours sitting on the front porch punching.  What have you been up to?

 

wishing you a peaceful memorial day….

 

rebecca

 

 

family tree ~ won’t you join me?….

getting started

getting started

Yesterday, I doodled a little design and thought somebody might like to stitch along with me.  So, I asked Lilly to join in….

"no thank you" ~ lilly

“no thank you” ~ lilly

…but, she’s a busy little girl and has no time to play with needle and thread.  Otis?  Any interest in stitching?

"ha!" ~the oatbran

“zzzzzzzzz” ~the oatbran

Perhaps you would join me?  I’m going to be punching this pattern, but you could hook or cross stitch or whatever your heart desires!

lovely valdani

lovely valdani

If you would like to give it a try, just grab the pattern below, drag it to your desktop and print it to whatever size suits your needs.

family tree freebie pattern

family tree freebie pattern

I’m going to use the pattern at full size, which is about 8″ x 10″ or thereabouts.  Here are the colors I’ve picked out….

floss, floss, floss

floss, floss, floss

…and here’s what I’ll be using each for, possibly, (colors are subject to change, of course, depending on the whim of the moment)

p3 ~ background

pt4 ~ background

pt5 ~ background

 

o575 ~ tree

 

I’ll be using the rest of the colors for the leaves, animals, and people:  o549, jp4, jp6, 6, h205, o154 and 146.

All the above Valdani flosses are size 12 perle cotton and I’ll be using two strands of each color with my Cameo punch needle set at the lowest, #1, setting.

If you decide to stitch along with me, I’d love to hear how you’re doing and see pictures of your progress, should you care to share!

 

may your heart be light!

 

rebecca

 

something old, something new…..

Hello!  I wanted to let you know, I opened a new etsy shop. :~>  It’s just for patterns and is called, “the simple quiet design”.  I wanted it to be called, “the simple quiet designs”, but I ran out of characters, (not character, I’ve got lots of that, just ask my mom).  You can find it by clicking here.  I still have my older etsy shop, the one where I sell my finishes ~ “the simple quiet” ~ which you can find by clicking here.  Both are works in progress, as am I.  I don’t suppose I’ll ever be a professional anything (“ah me” as Grandma would say), but I’m quite happy with this (very) small expansion.   We all have our priorities, after all, and expanding nap-time often takes precedence over expanding ones business interests!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

enjoy life however you can!

 

rebeccca

mirror redo…

miss mustard seed mirror

miss mustard seeds mirror

Do you remember this mirror that I hung on our front porch last summer?  No?  Click here to see the post I did last year.  I simply loved that Miss Mustard Seeds chippy, milk paint finish.  Love, Love, Love.  However, I forgot to seal that gorgeousness against the elements, and after the unforgiving winter we just had… well…..

oh no

oh no

This is how it looked.  Almost all that beautiful finish was reduced to just so much chippy-ness on my porch floor.  So, not having anymore of the beloved milk paint on hand, I had to think of something else.

Lilly’s pretty good at the creative side of things, so I asked her what to do.

"are you serious?  i don't have time to take care of your projects." ~lilly

“are you serious? i don’t have time to take care of your projects.  i am busy, busy, busy and i have a lot to do.” ~lilly

It’s up to me, I guess.  I know I want to keep with the white, and I know I want a forgiving medium (because, let’s face it, I’m not exactly meticulous when it comes to painting or anything outside of punch needle and hooking).  Of course!  The obvious answer is decoupage!  I can’t think of anything easier or more mindless ~ just slap on some decoupage adhesive, slap on some clip art, slap on some more adhesive, let dry.  I can do that!

ellis lends his paws

ellis lends his paws

Ellis is in the corner, helping me with my technique.  Thank you Ellis.  For the clip art I went to my favorite source ~ the graphics fairy.  I could spend days (in fact I have) wallowing in all the graphics fairy’s fabulous, vintage clip art!  If you’re ever looking for something I highly recommend her site ~ all her images are free and in the public domain, so no copyright worries!  I went with all french images and words for this particular project.

the oatbran approves

the oatbran approves

Because I wanted a soft, faded look, Otis suggested I rub the surface with white paint.  I did and I really like how the graphics moved into the background.  (did you notice I broke the mirror?  yep.  i was utterly astonished at how thin that glass is, like two sheets of paper, thin ~ wow ~ lots of bad luck for people, back in the day).

After applying another coat of decoupage over the white paint (and “repairing” the mirror by adding some tape to the back), the mirror was ready to re-hang…

ready for spring

ready for spring

Now, the front porch is ready to reflect all that blossoms this Spring.

may all our projects be so simple!

 

rebecca

 

 

angel redo….

I made this Angel Sampler ~ design by Robin of Bird in the Hand Primitives ~ a year or so ago.  I stuffed it, and added two little birds for company, then mounted it on an antique trunk strap and one caster.

original

original

This was lots of fun!  But, she seemed rather forlorn, I mean, one little wheel and no place to go.  I decided she needed a facelift. So, I took her and her birds off the wood strap and looked at her for a while.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I wanted her to be a pull toy, so I covered a piece of discarded wood with homespun and sanded it well, added a little distressed tag and rusty bell as the “pull”…..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

….mounted the birds on some chippy spools and added four antique porcelain wheels.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Tomorrow, Friday, is the Primitive Handmades Mercantile May update.  I think I’ll add this little angel to my shop. :~>

 

If all facelifts were this painless, I’d have one, too!

 

rebecca