Monday, February 1, 2016

New Work... bit by bit

I finished up a few items late last night and early this morning that I had started a few days ago. I've had to try to work in between taking care of other things and I'm going a little slow.

If you want to read more about the three items I have finished, head on over to my shop, Honeysuckle Lane.

There's a sweet punch needle piece, inspired by Psalm 65...

and a couple of hand cut, hand woven, heart in hand love tokens, inspired by those of the 18th and 19th centuries...

Take care and have a blessed day!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Oh, Deer!

I have more needlework to share, but I can do that later. Besides handwork, I also love animals and nature. :)

Deer are seen almost daily all around our house...
in the front yard late at night, eating the fruit we put out for the birds earlier in the day...
wandering right up to the back yard fence, curiously looking at the beagle / corgi mix that's barking, whining, and wagging his tail at them...
eating acorns that have fallen from the big oak tree beside the herb garden...
watching from the woods, peering from behind the old barn... (see first photo)
and casually strolling through the snow, stopping under the old cedar tree... (photo below)

Our dogs absolutely LOVE to play in the snow! I barely managed to catch Ava in this shot...

 And the birds... they are everywhere!

Have a blessed week!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Honeysuckle Lane - opening a little at a time

I've finally (re)opened my Big Cartel shop. I realized that I would be paying much, much less by opening my own shop than by selling on Etsy (listing fees, renewal fees, seller fees, etc.) but I am very, very slowly adding things to the new shop. And you can still find a lot in my Etsy shop... it will be a while before I get everything moved.

You can see it by visiting this link: When I have time to read how... I'll change it to without the bigcartel in the link. :)

Yesterday I listed my most recent punch needle designs and already sold one of them, but there are still some items there. You can read all the details about them, too!

I've been gathering some antique velvet frames, getting ready for my heart in hand paper whims love tokens.

Check back in a day or so for more details. :)


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Maggie's Heart - my latest punch needle design

I've been keeping my designs simple. They are mounted on small blocks of wood and I don't want intricate designs lost in small pieces.

And since Valentine's Day is fast approaching, I thought I'd do several with hearts. The background in this one is a bit geometric, and in a round about way, inspired by a few antique rugs by Magdalena Briner.

So this one is called Maggie's Heart.

Supplies used: Valdani #8 perle cotton, Waverly Inspirations Chalk Paint by Plaid, weaver's cloth, a scrap of wool, homemade beeswax paste, Ultra-Punch

Now, to get busy with puzzle purse Valentines...


Monday, January 25, 2016

Love Grows Here

I've been working a bit sporadically lately, but I have finally finished another Valentine inspired punch needle design. I was also inspired by Frakturs of the 1700s and 1800s.

As usual, I'm using wonderful Valdani perle cotton, #8. Valdani has such a wide range of colors... it's hard to choose when placing an order! This one will also be mounted on a pine board that I've painted with Waverly Inspirations Chalk Paint by Plaid. I just don't have a photo of it on the board, yet.

I backed it with gray wool, although I was very tempted to go with red. I rolled the excess border forward and whip-stitched it with one of the Valdani threads I used in the design.

I'll probably save this one for the Early Work Mercantile update on Feb.1st. Maybe I'll have a few more things to go along with it. :)

Take care and God bless,