a santa for all seasons….

I finished punching this santa quite some time ago, but couldn’t decide exactly how I wanted to complete it.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I finally decided to make it into a pull toy instead of a rocker.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I found these fabulous vintage wheels and thought they’d be perfect for Santa.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A little sheep replaces my traditional reindeer.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

An American flag joins my usual Christmas tree.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ticking acts as backing.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A tiny gingham check covers the base.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The tree and the flag can be removed or they can change positions.
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So, this Santa can be displayed throughout the year!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

You can visit A Santa For All Seasons at my etsy shop by clicking here.

Let it snow!

 

rebecca

cathy continued…

I just had to come back and share this one from Cathy which didn’t get into my last post….

cathy's "oliveah"

cathy’s “oliveah”

Is she not the sweetest thing?  Swoon!

I forgot, yesterday, to let you know that Cathy sells her finishes on ebay under the name, “fourewe”.  Click here to visit her shop.

embrace the day!

 

rebecca

cathy shares….

I have some incredible finishes to share with you!  Cathy is a very talented needle woman, as you saw in this post.  Recently, she sent me some photos of her latest pieces and I am simply in awe!000_1209000_1375 000_1109 000_1440 000_1276

Wow!  Aren’t they wonderful?  Cathy does not, currently, offer her patterns for sale, but the second she does I will let you know!  Thank you, Cathy, for allowing me to share your beautiful projects!

I’ve been working on some Halloween themed pieces, too.  It’s going very slowly, however, because my arms hurt.  I have no idea why.  Maybe it’s related to my sciatica which I’ve been spending time with lately?  Lilly’s been trying to make me feel better….

"i can fit into the smallest places on earth" ~ lilly

“i can fit into the smallest places on earth” ~ lilly

One piece that I’d really like to finish is Wytch and Cat pull toy….

wytch

wytch

The little wytch sits in her pumpkin.  She’ll have two arms and I think she’ll hold a jack-o-lantern.

cat

cat

Cat is a little bigger than Wytch.  I’m planning to use autumnal colors…

valdani

valdani

Until next time, enjoy the last slice of August!

 

rebecca

phm update, a new blog, and some shared finishes….

The August update at Primitive Handmades Mercantile is tonight at 9pm.  I have two little pillows to share:

bouquet ~ maggie bonanomi design

bouquet ~ maggie bonanomi design

hearts in hands ~ antique inspired

hearts in hands ~ antique inspired

You can see more of these pillows at my PHM shop by clicking here after 9 tonight.

Now, here’s some exciting news!  Marion has started a blog!  It’s wonderful!  You can check it out by clicking here.  She has some beautiful punched pieces that I’m sure you’ll be interested in seeing!

Finally, Chris sent me a picture of her Wytches finishes:

chris's wytches

chris’s wytches

Aren’t they fabulous!  I love how beautifully aged they look.  Thank you, Chris, for allowing me to share your finishes!  (You can find the patterns in my etsy shop ~ click here.)

 

wishing you sunny weather!

 

rebecca

summer swimmers colors…..

summer swimmers

summer swimmers

I’m so glad y’all (or some of y’all) like the summer swimmers ~ thank you for all the kind feedback.

Here are the colors I used:

original color choices

original color choices

Originally, I planned to use the above colors, but I amended my selection and instead of using the Valdani pt 3 for the blue of the flag and the sky I decided to just use it for the flag and add jp 11 for the sky….

sky and

jp 11 sky

The other colors are:

5 ~ light ecru ~ flag, lady swimmer, border

h205 ~ ancient gold ~ flag pole

pt3 ~ blue twisted tweed ~ flag

jp11 ~ heavenly hue ~ sky

o578 ~ primitive blue ~ water, border

0510 ~ terracotta twist ~ bathing suit, flag

h212 ~ faded 3

brown ~ hair

I used Valdani #12 perle cotton in my Cameo punch needle on the lowest, #1, setting.

I hope this helps!

 

happy punching!

 

rebecca

 

 

 

summer swimmers patterns….

I’ve had some requests for the Summer Swimmers patterns, so, here they are!

Folks ask me why I don’t simply offer all my patterns on my etsy shop.  Well, I just prefer to give them to you.

I mean, by the time etsy takes its cut ($.20 for each listing plus their commission, and transaction fees) and paypal takes its cut, there’s not a whole lot left.  Then there’s the time it takes to create the listings on etsy, not to mention the photographing and editing.  And, besides, I Like you!  I want to share, and I’m so incredibly flattered that anyone would be interested in my designs in the first place!

When I first started punching, I was completely clueless.  I didn’t know anything about copyright infringements (and I still don’t know much).  I didn’t know what patterns I could use for pieces I wanted to sell or just make for myself, etc. etc., etc…It was stressful, I wanted to punch and sell pieces, but I didn’t want to step on a designers toes….

My designs, such as they are, are here for anyone who wants to use them.  I ask only that you use my designs for your own personal use, for small quantity sales of finishes, that you give credit to the designer, and that you not copy, sell, or in other ways exploit, or mass produce the patterns.

So, all that being said, here are the Summer Swimmer patterns, such as they are:

summer swimmer 1

summer swimmer 1

I think I got the name right on the above.  Summer Swimmer 1:

summer swimmer 1 pattern

summer swimmer 1 pattern

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

If he was Summer Swimmer 1, she must be Summer Swimmer 2….

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

And now, I come to another reason why I’m reluctant to sell my patterns rather than give them away.  I don’t actually draw “patterns”.  I just draw a design on weavers cloth and start punching.  The fact is, I’m not interested in punching a design more than once, so I seldom create a paper pattern, and I really dislike that process ~ of creating a paper pattern and transferring it to the weavers cloth…. it’s just a waste of time and energy since I’ll never use it again….  “Ah me”, as Grandma H would say.

enjoy!

rebecca

 

 

americana sheep….

I’ve been working on a few things for July and finally finished, “Americana Sheep”….

americana sheep

americana sheep

Whew!  Now to try to get my “Christmas in July” projects completed!

 

(If you’d like to see more pics of Americana Sheep you can visit my etsy shop, here.)

 

bask in the sunshine!

 

rebecca

etsy update….

In addition to the phm update tonight a 9, I’ve finally updated my Etsy shop, a bit.  Here’s what you’ll find if you decide to visit….

santa and cat

santa and cat

summer swimmer 1

summer swimmer 1

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

three chickens ~ polly minick design

three chickens ~ polly minick design

2 chickens ~ antique inspired

2 chickens ~ antique inspired

1887 kitties ~ antique inspired

1887 kitties ~ antique inspired

cat sampler ~ antique inspired

cat sampler ~ antique inspired

angel and birds ~ relisted at a new price

angel and birds ~ re-listed at a new price

polka dot horse pull toy ~  relisted at a new price

polka dot horse pull toy ~ re-listed at a new price

giraffes pull toy ~  relisted at a new price

giraffes pull toy ~ re-listed at a new price

If you’d like to visit my shop you can click here.

 

enjoy the sunshine in your heart!

 

rebecca

phm june update….

Here we are coming up on the 3rd Friday of June, already, and I have a couple of things ready for the Primitive Handmades Mercantile update.

"flowers" a maggie bonanomi design

“flowers” a maggie bonanomi design

Both the above and the below are punched pillows stuffed with organic sawdust from Notforgotten Farm.

"honey bee" a lori brechlin design

“honey bee” a lori brechlin design

If you’d like to see more photos of these pillows you can click here to visit my phm shop, after 9pm tomorrow, Thursday June 19.

You can find Lori’s sawdust and all her other wonderful offerings by visiting her blog, here.

I couldn’t find a link specific to Maggie Bonanomi, but if you do a google search you’ll find lots of sites for her books and patterns.

bask in the sunshine!

 

rebecca

hearts in hands….

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a heart in hand, but I came across this antique example and fell in love…..

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“nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands” ~ e.e. cummings

Those gloves, worn and used, yet someone loved them, or the wearer, enough to encompass them… to create a work of art.  My version will never compare, of course, but, perhaps you’d like to join me in your own personal opus of these hearts in hands?

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hearts in hands

You should be able to grab the above and adjust it to whatever dimensions you’d like.  I’ve decided to stay very neutral, (whoa…. no way rebecca).  Here are the colors I’m planning to use:

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hearts in hands colors

Reading from left to right, they are:  Valdani 5, 6, o549 and jp4.  I use, as always, two strands of #12 perle cotton in my medium Cameo punch needle, set at the lowest, #1, setting.

 

I would LOVE to see your version!

 

be well, and if you can’t be well, be HAPPY!

 

rebecca