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Amherst, VA 24521
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

~ Tuesday Morning Musings ~

…Good Morning!

our garden is growing!
~ my farmer is beaming!

squash, beans, tomatoes ~
corn onions & peppers…

leeks, white eggplant ~ lettuce!

cukes & zucchini too !

 A Happy Garden = A Happy Farmer
{hmmm….a sampler?}

here is my sewing box.
well, another sewing box…that is.
{I have many}

this is the one I use for my cross stitch ~
{I have one for each of my needle crafting}

I generally dislike the fabrics that are on the sewing boxes we find at Joanns & other crafts stores…
but this one, with it's graphic black & white somehow appealed to me ~
{plus I knew I could 'fix' it by staining/painting it}

I simply spritzed it with my walnut/spice dye ~
then added my touch to the lid & innards ~

on went the little cross stitched piece first:

...then on to the embellishing part!

~ I love little charms, so I had to attach some of my very favorite ones ~
using rusty safety-pins of course ;)
buckels & clasps & keys and ribbons….
the little basketful of ducks & the spider-web came from Kathy Barrick ~
...love them, love her.

I added a red calico heart & a wool strawberry too ~

I stained it too.

then added old photographs, antique pins & needle books ~

the little tart-tin holds my beeswax & magnetic needle-minder, 
while my giant stork scissors wait patiently to help with another project.

a tangle of threads on a huge safety-pin
are waiting in the wings for my sampler-in-progress to be finished,
...then they will be safely tucked away below this tray.

yes, that is $$ you see clipped on to my tiny-but-powerful Ott light ~
... every girl needs Mad Money you know!

underneath the tray you'll find linen, tiny wooden hoops, a sketchbook ~
and a small plastic box that holds my DMC thread cards.
{I need to get a few more of these boxes ~ one for my Weeks' & another for my GAST threads!}

while at the PSS Retreat this past Spring, I had the pleasure of meeting the girls from
and I bought these beautiful hand-dyed pins from them…
I will be using them in a future needlework finish, but for now ~
 they rest in my sewing box
...just being pretty to look at!

here is the progress I've made on my 'Huswifery' sampler ~
coming along nicely ~ and I'm loving the colors….

…and speaking of colors, since everyone has been sharing rainbows ~
~ here's mine.

Today is my sweet Mother's 85th birthday!
Elda Elizabeth Geiste Reed Berke Smith
 {a.k.a. 'Aunt Sissy' or 'Sis'}
the youngest of 6 children born to Pa German parents ~ born in 1930 in Harrisburg PA.

Happy Birthday Mommy ~ we love you a whole bunch!
see you soon ~

~ Blessings from the Farm ~


HomeSpunPrims said...

Awesome needlework box Lori! Love your new Huswifery design too. Happy birthday to your dear momma. Have a great day. Only in the fifties here today. Feels more like fall! Hugs, Lori

Angie said...

Awww...happy birthday to your mama! I bet she has some good stories to tell! My grandparents were born in 1912 and 1913. They are both gone now but nothing can replace my good memories growing up and hearing their stories!

jean edmonds said...

Your garden looks fantastic!
Love the piece you made for the top of your new needlework box.
I think I must need a whole bunch of those! sure seem a lot nicer than the plastic boxes I have been using.
Happy birthday to your Mom.

Penny said...

Lovely gardens! Just wonderful what you did with the sewing box... you are just too creative... I wouldn't have ever thought of doing that (but may just have to steal your idea!).
Happy birthday to your Mama... mine was also born in 1930... she will be celebrating a birthday in October.
Hope your week will be sunny and bright! Penny

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Janet said...

Such a blessing to wish a Mom Happy birthday..... An excellent blog post today...and I think you should do a stitchery if Happy Farmer.....Janet a fan from Ontario, Canada..... PS...cool and rainy here today

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Faye said...

Hmmmmm.... I REALLY need to check out sewing baskets.... I need one desperately and what a funny project to "do-dee" it up! I love all your trinkets....necessities.... Especially those stinkin' charms..... Nice garden too**

Silent Stitches said...

The garden looks awesome! Ours are a few weeks behind due to crazy weather. (Chipmunks haven't left us any strawberries so far this year. LOL.) "Birthday wishes to your Mom!!!" ~C

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