new listings……

i have, amazingly, just added several “new” punch needle pieces to my etsy shop.  These are all pieces that i punched and finished last year, before my thumb started bothering me.  i’d forgotten all about them until recently.  you can find these items and several more by visiting my etsy shop (click here).  here’s a sampling of my new listings:

bunny stocking

angel pillow

polly minnick design, “St. Nick” pillow

bunny pillow

notforgotten farm design merry wreath

autumn leaves hooked pillow

autumn leaves tiny punched pillow

enjoy the day!



phm update and a stocking started….

Is it really the third Thursday of February, already?  My!  How time does fly!  Tonight at 9pm marks the monthly update at Primitive Handmades Mercantile.  I have two Spring inspired pieces to offer.

little rabbit

little rabbit

First is this little rabbit pull toy.  Antique bone buttons and vintage casters make this one fun!

early posy crossroads

early posy crossroads

I love this design from Robin of Bird in the Hand Primitives!  I backed it with ticking and stuffed it tightly with crushed walnut shells.

If you’d like, you can visit my shop, and many others, by clicking here.

I’m working on a new stocking…..

spring stocking

spring stocking

So far, it looks like this.

We’re still buried under snow, but it’s supposed to warm up a bit this weekend.  I’m ready for Spring!


wishing you health and happiness….




I’m always so thrilled when anyone sends me a photo of what they’ve been punching, and I love it when they allow me to share the images with you!  So inspiring!

Today, I have shares from Myra and Marion….

myra's posies

myra’s posies

First, I have to tell you how much I ADORE Myra’s Posies.  I love everything about the above image, from the actual punched piece, which is brilliant, to the fabric it’s resting on, to the wee little scissors sitting quietly in the offing.  Myra’s Posies is actually from one of my doodles, but I like Myra’s version so much better than mine… I may have to make one for myself!  Thank you, Myra, for inspiring me!

Marion has generously shared several of her fabulous finishes….WP_my rabbit finish wp_rabbit and sheep greeting_2015 0 WP_10 footIsn’t she a talented lady?  She will be taking part in the Lighthouse Festival Show June 12 and 13 in St. Ignace, Michigan and I just know that she is going to be very popular!  I love every one of her pieces… and the glimpses of her primitive home ~ lovely!

Thank you Myra and Marion for sharing with me and allowing me to share with the simple quiet world….


be well and happy, my friends…




rabbit and sheep, at last….

Rabbit and Sheep Greetings has taken a really long time to find its way to the finish.  Last time we got together we were about to attach the punched and stuffed piece to the rocker….

drill, dowels, drywall screws

drill, dowels, drywall screws

I like to use drywall screws because they’re really sharp and have flat heads.



The dowels are much more forgiving if a hole is drilled before using the screw.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I also pre-drill a hole into the rocker.  Then, it’s simply a matter of putting the dowels inside the legs and adding the screw from the back of the rocker.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here’s something new for me.  I’ve made many of these types of rocking pieces and the exposed screw head has never bothered me before.  Now, for some reason, I feel the need to cover it up, somehow.

giant tacks

giant tacks

I couldn’t find any vintage upholstery tacks with heads like these, but I did find new ones.  The head is rounded and hollow, and measures about .75″ across, so it will cover my screw perfectly.  I snipped off the shaft of the tack and adhered the head to the rocker.

ta da

ta da

This feels much more finished to me and doesn’t impede the rocking motion of the rocker.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Now, I just need to finish the “greetings” banner and we’ll be all set.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I forgot to take pictures of how the banner went together, but basically I just stitched the backing fabric to the right side of the punched bit, turned it, and left a little opening in the seam for the stick (which I covered in backing fabric).OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I didn’t stuff the banner, and simply tucked the stick between the rabbits arm and body.  It stays tightly in place, but can be removed if desired.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

An identification tag on the back finishes it off and…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…we’re done!


thank you for spending some time with me today ~ be safe, warm and happy!



rabbit and sheep continues….


I’ve been having some quiet adventures since we last spoke…  I visited the most wonderful antique shop in Kalamazoo….IMG_4892

there were so many treasures, like sinks galore…IMG_4902

…and stacks of shutters,…IMG_4904

…and my personal favorite, buckets and buckets of vintage doorknobs.

I played giant jenga with Jenn at the winter beach party…

jenn and giant jenga

jenn and giant jenga

…and learned to curl…IMG_4951

I wasn’t very good, but it was so much fun!

Now I’m home and back to work on Rabbit and Sheep Greetings. If you remember, I’d left the rocker in a papered, but untrimmed condition.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here’s what it looks like from the other side…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Once the Mod Podge was thoroughly dry, I trimmed the extra paper from the rocker.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Then, I used a bit of Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe wax comes in a brown tint, and when rubbed on top of the dry Mod Podge, fills any crevices giving the appearance of age.  You can find Miss Mustard Seed’s products by clicking here.

My rocker is pretty much done, except for the addition of the decorative ends, so I turn my attention to stuffing and finishing the rabbit/sheep.  Remember the extra backing fabric I left when I stitched the backing to the punched front?  Here’s the rabbit’s arm, below…

roll unrolled

extra backing

I need to do something with that….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Once I turned the arm, I started hiding the extra fabric in the middle so that you could see how the fold is being stitched under the edge of the punching.  And, the rabbit’s head…

crinkled, wrinkled, extra backing made turning easier but doesn't look very good now

…crinkled, wrinkled, extra backing made turning easier but doesn’t look very good now.


I used white thread so you could see the stitches and I hid some of the seam and left some visible.  I’ll go back in with a tiny bit of antiquing wax and age those white threads.

The next thing to do is insert wood dowels inside the legs and attach the rabbit/sheep to the rocker using dry wall screws.  So, until then…

…find a bit of joy in everything!




february phm update and cathy…..

It’s time for the February Primitive Handmades Mercantile update.  I have four galvanized flower pots available this month.  Here’s a peek…



I should have these on the site, ready for sale, by midnight tonight.  If you are interested in taking a closer look, you can visit my PHM shop by clicking here.  I won’t be able to ship anything until next Thursday.

For those of you who asked about Cathy’s fabulous creations I shared with you last time, both her pieces are from her own design.  I’m not sure if she has her patterns for sale, but I will find out!  Here’s one more piece she shared with me….

cathy's design and work

cathy’s design and work

how FABULOUS is that?!

stay warm!



rabbit and sheep rocker, and cathy’s finishes….

I’ve been debating between making Rabbit and Sheep Greetings into a pull toy and a rocker.  I finally decided on a rocker and thought I’d share the process with you.



I can either use a slice of bowl, which you can see in the upper left quadrant of this photo or I can use my very last antique trunk strap, shown in the middle of the picture.  The bowl will need to be cut down, and were I to use it, I would cover the bowl with the ticking fabric shown using Mod Podge.  However, I think I’d like to use the trunk strap and Mod Podge the top of it with vintage ephemera.  So, I go to my favorite online source for vintage images and find some fabulous spring art….

looks like spring!

looks like spring!

I love these vintage postcards from The Graphics Fairy (click here to visit her site ~ she has so many wonderful images, most of which are free and in the public domain, so no copyright confusion!).  I wonder what Otis thinks of my spring picks…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

He checks things over thoroughly and decides that….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…what he really likes is my paint brush.  I, however, am reconsidering the Spring look and decide that Rabbit and Sheep Greetings should have correspondent-inspired clip art, instead.  The Graphics Fairy comes to the rescue once again and provides me with these awesome options….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I cut out bits and strips of the above and start Mod Podging the inner curve of the trunk strap….

first layer

first layer

I let the first layer dry completely before adding more ephemera.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Then, I add a few more layers and a lot of Mod Podge.  While I’m waiting for everything to dry I’ll show you two incredibly awesome finishes from Cathy….unnamed-1

I just love the carrot-mobile!unnamed

And, of course I can’t resist anything mounted on a porcelain doorknob!  Isn’t Cathy’s work beautiful?  Perfect!  Thank you, Cathy, for sharing your wonderful work!

Until the glue dries and we can continue on with this project, be warm and safe!



rabbit and sheep greetings pattern…

Marion emailed me the other day, telling me that she had already tried the turning technique I attempted to show you last time.  Wow, Marion!  You are fast!

She said that, while the technique worked, she ended up with so much extra backing fabric that her piece ended up looking like balloon after she stuffed it.  There’s a good reason why this happened…. yep, I forgot to mention something.

just a little extra

just a little extra

You may be able to see in the above that once the pieces are turned there’s just a little, like a very tiny bit, extra backing showing on each side of the punching.  I measured this excess and there’s about 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch extra on each edge.  So, that means that the initial fold of backing fabric I talked about last time is only about a half-inch to start with.  Here’s the photo from last post showing the first fold:

first fold

first fold

So, if you were to make that fold and measure just one side of it, it would measure about 1/4″.  Not very big at all.

The other thing I didn’t tell you was that I stitch down the extra fabric after turning but before stuffing.  Usually I “hide” the extra fabric in the seam between the punching and the backing.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of that, and I’m pretty sure by this time your head is spinning ~ I know mine is!  (my golly, this process is hard to explain!)  Just remember, something has to be done with that extra backing fabric or the piece might look a bit swollen.  Also, just because I hide my extra fabric doesn’t mean anyone else has to!  I like the look of exposed seams, too, and think they add to the primitive feel of things like Rabbit and Sheep Greetings.

On to the pattern at last!

rabbit and sheep greetings

rabbit and sheep greetings

rabbit and sheep greetings reversed

rabbit and sheep greetings reversed

You can use this pattern in whatever medium you would like.  Please give me credit for the design.  This pattern, and all my patterns, are for your personal use and are not to be sold or mass marketed either in pattern form or finished pieces.  You are welcome to sell up to 10 finished pieces from this pattern.  I’d love to see pictures of what you come up with!

I haven’t stuffed my pieces yet, but right now the rabbit/sheep measures approximately 10″ tall x 7.5″ long.

Now, I have lots to do today, namely….

otis, ellis

otis, ellis

…snoozin’ with my peeps!

embrace the joy that is today!




phm update, december….

Is tomorrow the third Friday of December, already?  Amazing ~ it feels like it was just Thanksgiving!

Well, the third Friday of the month means that it’s time for the Primitive Handmades Mercantile update, and here’s what I have to show for myself…

ewe and ewe two...

ewe and ewe two…

If you’d like, you can visit Ewe and Ewe Two in my PHM shop by clicking here.

I’ve been working on a few other things….

bunny and sheep rocker...

bunny and sheep rocker…

but mostly I’ve been enjoying this holiday season ~ how about you?