Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Happy October

October is my favorite month of the year and I am SO happy that it has finally arrived!!!  I love everything about this month but one of my very special things to do is to visit a beautiful little town about an hour from my home called Oak Glen. It is an enchanting place filled with tons of apple farms, freshly picked apples and cider donuts galore...yum!!!


Because I love apple season so much, I decided to design an apple themed pinkeep for my Early Work update this month. It is called "Apple Harvest 1845" and was so much fun to create. I am really enjoying designing these little pinkeeps and hope to offer some of them as patterns either later this year or early next year. I hope you like them, too.

Happy October!
Sandy

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Olde Harvest & Halloween Gathering

This month on Early Work Mercantile we are having a special "Olde Harvest & Halloween Gathering" to celebrate the coming of autumn. I love fall stitching and always feel extremely inspired this time of year so I decided to push myself a little harder than usual and come up with three of my own original patterns for my September update. I had a lot of fun designing these pieces and hope you like them as much as I enjoyed creating them.




They are from top to bottom:  "Halloween Sampler Pinkeep", "Pumpkin Patch 1853 Pinkeep", and "Harvest Home 1820 Pinkeep". Each little pillow is stitched on linen and stuffed with wool roving. I love the weighty feel that the wool gives each finished piece and also love how easy it is to work with.



We are still scorching in California but hopefully things will start cooling down in the next few weeks. All of this autumn stitching I've been doing lately has me very impatiently waiting for fall to arrive. Hopefully it will be here soon!!!

Happy stitching!
Sandy

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Autumn Stitching

I have been working on some autumn themed projects these past couple of weeks and am not ashamed to admit that this is most definitely my favorite time of year to create. I am stitching away on pumpkins even though our weather is very hot and very dry and definitely not pumpkin weather...I refuse to let our California drought get me down! We even have a few pumpkin vines growing in the garden this year but they are struggling in the heat. I just had to try growing them though, poor things! Thank goodness for California pumpkin patches!!!


One of my recent Halloween finishes is the lovely "Matilda Hornbuckle" by Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm. Miss Matilda was so much fun to stitch and is such a character. I love how she turned out!

I hope that you are all keeping cool and stitching on something that makes you smile :)

Happy stitching!
Sandy

Monday, August 4, 2014

My Latest Finish


I hope you have all been keeping well and are staying cool. I just finished another wonderful design by Pineberry Lane and wanted to share it here. It is called "Lydia Broome Sampler" and I absolutely love this one. Wendy's designs are so much fun to stitch and always turn out so primitive looking. This one is for sale in my Etsy shop but if it doesn't sell, I will be more than happy to keep it!

Happy stitching!
Sandy

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!


Wishing you all a safe and Happy 4th of July...Happy Birthday, America!!!

Sandy