Friday, February 17, 2017

Miss Fanny Mae...

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

What a gorgeous day, temps in the 60°s...
hope you're enjoying warmer weather also!

On Thursday I finished stitching the model for
The Early Maiden Workbasket Club, 
how about a little sneak peek...

I have a special finishing in mind, 
but first I must go fabric shopping for
just the right backing!

Will reveal the finished model 
sometime next week!

(click on Maiden for membership details)


With Spring officially only 31 days away,
rabbits are leaping for joy here on the farm!

Old cast iron rabbits grace the Studio's display window
offering a warm welcome to all visitors!

In between the two white rabbits sits a black 
rabbit, which is harder to see because of the lighting.

Last week I heard something rustling in the bushes 
directly under the display window while opening
up the my surprise I discovered a 
mama rabbit nesting!

The white arrow in the photo is pointing to
her bunny butt that is pushed up against the Studio I've decided to name her
"Fanny Mae"! 

It is such a coincidence how she located her
nest directly below the "Rabbit Crossing" sign
hanging in the display window!

A bunny nest is a scraping (small depression)
in the ground, which is what Fanny Mae
 has made while she waits to 
have her babies!

I've been talking to her every day...she doesn't
mind me chatting with her and my voice
has become familiar to her!


I've started my spring cleaning,
and was delighted to find a couple of 
forgotten goodies...

An old leather journal that belonged
to my grandmother and a locket style

I was literally speechless when I opened 
an old box and discovered the locket resting

The clasp is still in good working condition!

Now, I've been picking my brain to find
just the right small memento to place inside! 


Hip hip hooray, the warm weather has
melted all the snow...even some patches of
green grass here and there! 


Farm Shop
Will Be Open On Saturday...

10:00 ~ 3:00

Our Farm Shop is located at ~
W4253 County Road B
West Salem, Wisconsin 54669
(608) 799~4418

Please don't hesitate to call if Saturday
doesn't work for you...always happy to accommodate!


Weekend Soul Food...

Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw night to you.

James 4:8...KJV


Wishing you all a wonderful & relaxing weekend!
Kindly, Tammy

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Color Red...

☙♥❧  Welcome dear needlefolk friends!  ☙♥❧

Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful week, 
my was spent in the Studio working
on the new club design for ~

The Early Maiden Workbasket...

I'm happy to say the design is all charted,
and I'm trying to decide on which 
linen and threads to go with!

(click on maiden to join the club)

I'm looking forward to starting the model
this weekend, and sharing some sneak
peeks with you next week!


February, such a special month filled with
love, kindness and sweet sentiments!


Sharing with you are some of my favorite
things that are near and dear
to me here in the studio...

Old milk glass hands, 
some inherited from my grandmother
and others that were just acquired 
over the years! 

I'm especially fond of this
old heart & hand bottle opener!

Faded red...perfectly worn with age!

These old "Make~Do" pinkeeps are
sooo lovely to look upon!

I have a very big soft spot in my heart 
for tomato & strawberry pinkeeps!

I'm on a mission to rescue old
tattered ones that are looking for a
good home! 

They are getting harder and 
harder to find, but my eyes are 
always on the lookout!

No two are alike, 
and each and every one is
so special!

True beauty in such simple things!


I love when my son Sam emails me some
of his favorite photos...

His pictures were taken in the 
Cashton, Wisconsin countryside on 
an early foggy morning!

Piles of logs on an Amish farm!

Weathered old barn!

Love this rustic!

Thank you Sam for sharing your pics!


Farm Shop
Will Be Open On Saturday

10:00 ~ 3:00

Our Farm Shop is located at ~ 
W4253 County Road B
West Salem, Wisconsin 54669
(608) 799~4418

Please don't hesitate to call if Saturday
doesn't work for you...always happy to accommodate!


Weekend Soul Food...

Red is the color of the blood that flowed down
The face of someone who loved us so
He's the perfect man, He's the Lord's own Son
He's the Lamb of God, He's the only One
That can give us life, that can make us grow
That can make the love between us flow.

The Coloring Song Lyrics by Petra


Trifle not your time away...

happy stitching, Tammy

Friday, February 3, 2017

Quiet Farmhouse...

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

This week has been very challenging after the
  passing of our loyal laddy Winston...the farmhouse
is so horribly quiet! 

However, I was so touched by all the warm 
and caring comments that were left in respect to
his passing...please know that each and every one was 
greatly appreciated!

I'm so blessed to have such caring friends...LOVE YOU ALL!

I was even gifted with this beautiful
bouquet of flowers on Saturday from a local
stitching friend...thank you Dana!

And, my spirits were lifted by this sweet doggy
sympathy card send in the mail...thank you LaNelle!

Just today, my husband was searching the 
internet for Scottie pups...not sure what will come
of that?  But, I'll keep you all posted if a
new king will take the throne of our

Early Maiden Workbasket Club Update...

(click on image to become a member)

Yes, the time is quickly approaching 
for the first club kit release!

During my afternoon quiet time,
I've been gathering my thoughts, and 
planning out all the details...

Now, I just need to get those thoughts
designed and ready to start stitching the model!

I'm sure it will take a few more cups of
my favorite coffee & tea before things
all come together and meet my
final approval!

My mind loves to wander like
crazy once I'm in bed and just can't 
seem to shut bedside notepad
is a must have to jot down those 
random thoughts!

Lately my mind keeps focusing on
cleaning, organizing, and de~cluttering!

Deciding on what to keep and 
what to let go of!

So many things inherited, 
so many things acquired...equals too much stuff!

Little by little, the cleaning has begun,
and it is such a liberating feeling!

My blog wouldn't be complete without
a few of our weekend country pics...

Love this old shed nestled in the valley
surrounded with a blanket of snow!

Beef cattle enjoying some hay!

Farm Shop
Will BOpen OSaturday

10:00 ~ 3:00

Our Farm Shop is located at ~
W4253 County Road B
West Salem, Wisconsin 54669
(608) 799~4418

Please don't hesitate to call if Saturday 
doesn't work for you...always happy to accommodate!

Weekend Soul Food...

But thou, 
when thou prayest,
enter into thy closet,  
and when thou hast shut thy door,
pray to thy Father which is in secret;
and thy Father which seeth in secret shall
reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:6...KJV

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
filled with contentment as we share the 
love of our needles!

Kindly, Tammy

Friday, January 27, 2017

Sweet Sentiments ~

Welcome dear needlefolk friends!

It's been a very bittersweet week
here on our farm, I'll start 
with the good news first...

Hot off the press...a new pattern!

"Sweet Sentiments" Pinkeep
©2017 Scattered Seed Samplers

Model was stitched on 36ct WDW "Straw" linen,
using WDW & Classic Colorworks overdyed threads.

The model is sawdust filled, 
and finished on the backside with a 
Civil War reproduction fabric.

The pattern for "Sweet Sentiments" is
available through my Etsy Shop, 
either click onto the photo OR click HERE 


My favorite late night sitting spot...

My mother's old rocking chair nestled into 
the corner of my bedroom.

I love waking up to the early morning sun...
gently letting me know it's a new day!

My thoughts are filled with planning for...

Memberships are still available through
my Etsy Shop, for all the onto
the lovely maiden and she will take you
directly to the listing!

Or, click HERE


Remember when I said this was a bittersweet 
week here on the farm?

 our dear loyal friend, and
 "king of the farmhouse"
passed away...

The past two years, old age took 
a toll on our little Scottie Winston,
no longer able to walk, we all tended 
to his every need...including carrying
his weak little body outside to lay out under
the big tree in our back of his
favorite pass times!

Our little country boy was especially
fond of my husband...they were best buddies
to the very end!

Monday was a very sad and emotional 
day for all of us and our nephew Daniel who was
also fond of Winston. 

Samuel and Daniel did the honor of
carrying the burial box as we all
marched up to our special pet cemetery that
overlooks our pond!

All of our dearly departed pets are 
laid to rest here...gone but NEVER FORGOTTEN!

In Loving Memory of 

Winston McGregor Black
October 5, 2002 ~ January 23, 2017
(aged fourteen years)


Only a few miles from our farm is this 
wonderful old stone building...

West Salem's Neshonoc Dam!


Farm Shop
Will Be Open On Saturday
10:00 ~ 3:00

Our Farm Shop is located at ~
W4253 County Road B
West Salem, Wisconsin 54669
(608) 799~4418

Please don't hesitate to call if Saturday
doesn't work for you...always happy to accommodate!


Weekend Soul Food...

"This is the day which the LORD
hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."

Psalms 118:24...KJV


Blessings for a wonderful weekend...doing all
the things YOU enjoy!

Kindly, Tammy