Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!


Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed Easter,
Sandy

Monday, April 14, 2014

Frances Emilene McNeely Marking Sampler

I never met my Great Grandma but think I would have been fascinated to hear her talk about her life's story and the times in which she lived. Frances Emilene McNeely was born in 1862 in a little rural community of southwest Missouri. She grew up during our country's Civil War and the Reconstruction years that followed...how exciting and sometimes terrifying those times must have been for a little child to experience.


I created my marking sampler in her memory using antique alphabet charts from the 19th century. She was an expert needlewoman so I like to imagine that she began her sewing skills working on a sampler something like this one.




I unfortunately don't have a photo of my Great Grandma but am lucky to own an old salt cellar that belonged to her. I keep it filled with cinnamon sticks instead of salt but I don't think she'd mind! I also have her English ironstone pitcher which is a real beauty. These are treasured items in my home and are of course very special to me.

I hope you are lucky enough to be stitching on something that makes you smile and is close to your heart!!!

Happy stitching!
Sandy

Monday, March 31, 2014

April Update On Early Work Mercantile

Happy April!!! I just updated my Early Work page with a couple of pinkeeps and wanted to share them with you here.



The first one is a little sampler design by Primitive Things called "Eliza Adams" and the second is a great design by Early Workings called "Edna Hagen". There are a lot of new artists on that site, so if you haven't visited lately, I invite you to stop by and check it out.

I think I am calming down from our recent earthquake here in Southern California but it definitely hasn't been easy! I am California born and raised so these things are no stranger to me but this one was a little closer to home in that the epicenter was very near where my kids went to high school. I am thankful that no one was injured but talk about frazzled nerves...yikes!!!

Happy stitching!
Sandy

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Another Pinkeep Finish


I just finished another pinkeep and wanted to share it with you all. It is a Country Rustic Primitives Design called "Tulips In Spring Pinkeep" and I really like how it turned out. I changed my antiquing process on this one so it came out a little darker and grungier than usual but the look is slowly growing on me. Hope you like it, too!

Happy springtime stitching!
Sandy

Friday, February 28, 2014

Welcome March



Happy March! Spring is just around the corner and so, in order to celebrate, I wanted to share my latest finish with you. It is a spring themed pinkeep that I stitched from a wonderful Early Workings design called "1801 Sarah W".  I love the colors in this one and am especially fond of those blue flowers...aren't they great??? This piece is available on my Early Work Mercantile page if you get the chance to take a peek.

We are finally getting some much needed rain here in California and I am enjoying every second of it! I know many of you have had your fill of rain and snow right about now but we are in a drought where I live and this rain is most definitely welcome. There is just nothing like stitching to the sound of raindrops...I love it!

Happy stitching!
Sandy