Sunday, October 31, 2010


 from Threadwork Primitives

Have a Spooktakular Day!

photo from Winter Willow Primitives

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Be Ye Merry Finish...

and cross stitch pattern.
"Be Ye Merry"

4 x 6 sawdust filled pinkeep.
Stitched over 2 threads on
32 ct Antique White Linen by  DoveStitch
This is beautiful high quality linen and
is such a joy to stitch on.
This pattern will be available in
my Etsy shop and also by direct email.
You can contact me about purchasing the pattern
or any questions at
Thank you so very much to all of you
who have emailed me about the pattern.
Designing brings my much joy.
I hope you will enjoy stitching this.

 Many happy stitches,

Saturday, October 16, 2010

New Pattern in the Works and a TDIPT Open House

 I've been hard at work designing and just finished up 
stitching the model this morning.
Still need to do the finishing, but that's the easy part. 
I hope to have my new pattern printed up soon.

This is a very old traditional German motif and it really 
reminded me of Christmas when I saw it.   
I stitched it in my favorite colors along with the
saying "Be Ye Merry" and added a border.

We are having an open house in November on the 
TDIPT Mercantile with a Colonial Christmas theme.  
Each of our talented artists will be creating something 
special and unique to go with the theme.
So, I thought my new "Be Ye Merry" design would go
nicely with the Colonial theme.

  Our Open House will have tons of prizes!
I will be donating a special handmade, along with these 
amazing artists:
Big Brown Dog Primitives
Boggy Bottom Bayou
Brady Bears Studios
Chickadee Primitives
Country Thyme Stitchery
Crowsnest Pass Primitives
Diamond K Folk Art
Eat Crow Primitives
Enchanted Woods Folk Art
Hot Metal Mama and Nostalgic Folk Art
Meadowbrook Cabin Primitives
Moon Pie Primitives
Nothing Plain by Jane
Old Branch Hollow
Pear Tree Primitives
Prairie House Primitives
The Wooden Acorn
1897 House Primitives
Getting entered into the drawing is easy - all you have to do is:
  • Join our TDIPT Blog Mailing List (you are already entered in the drawing if you receive our monthly updates)
  • Every purchase made from the TDIPT Mercantile from November 1st - November 20th, 2010 will earn you another chance in the drawing!
This is definitely not to be missed.
So don't forget to write yourself a note.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

TDIPT October Offerings

Tonight's the night !
New offerings from myself and many other
fabulous artists.
These fabric covered pumpkin boxes will be
available this evening, Oct. 14th, on my 
TDIPT Mercantile page, along with a few other
of my creations. 
Hope to see you there.

Thank you to all of you for your comments on my
Fall/Halloween decor.  You guys can sure
can make a gal feel good : )

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Halloween Decor Overload?

Here are some more pics from around the house.
This is how our fireplace is decorated this year.
It is never the same from year to year.
Above is my paper witch cutout that I recently purchased
from Jan of Big Brown Dog Primitives.  She's also one of my
TDIPT sisters and I just adore her work.

Yes, more pumpkins in my favorite trencher bowl
on top of my biggest and best penny rug.

This is the top of our large antique grain bin.
The top hinges open and there are divided 
sections inside.   Another favorite piece.
The beautiful backgammon board was made by 
my sweet TDIPT sister, Pam of 
It's painted the best colors and works in every
This cedar box belonged to my husband's 
mom.  I purchased the Chinese Checker Board
at a craft fair in Lititz, PA many years ago.
One of our hand hooked rugs
and below is a Stein Pumpkin I purchased on a trip
to Ligonier, PA.  What a wonderful
little town that was to visit.
A folk art paradise.

This is an antique bentwood chair that I won at auction
and have in our kitchen.  I love anything with a lollipop 
top and have a large collection of kraut cutters hung
about the kitchen.

This is our sun porch.  The awesome scarecrow
is by my other TDIPT sister, Cookie
of Curds and Whey.  I put his little crow buddy
up in the garden sieve.
We really have some wonderful talented artists
in our group and as I'm sure you can tell, I'm a big
fan of their work.

I hope you have enjoyed taking a peek at 
our primitive home.  Thanks so much
for stopping by and have a wonderful
fall day.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

House Decor Pics As Promised

Well, the house is all decorated for 
Fall/Halloween. So, here are the pics 
as promised.  I love this holiday
and you may notice I'm a bit crazy for
pumpkins :)
The "Boo" banner was a gift from my 
very dear friend and stitching buddy,
She makes the best banners and I 
have luckily acquired quite a few.
 I purchased this primitive cat from Dora
of Reedy Creek Primitives and I love it 
so much I leave her out all year long.
She has the sweetest face.  I've been
thinking about stitching some little bags for her 
to wear, that go with the different holidays.
One of my prized antiques.  An 1850 dry sink built and
purchased in Bucks Co. PA.  She's a beaut, don't you think?
I thought I'd display my newly finished 
"BEWARE" pinkeep on my wall box.
Well, I have lots more of the house decorated,
so I'll try to post some more pics a bit later.
Hope you are all enjoying the season as
much as I am.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Boo Pinkeep

Here's a little sawdust pinkeep I just stitched up.
The design was a freebie by Stitcherhood and 
is one of my favorites.  I think I stitch it every 
year around this time.
 I hand dyed the linen myself, so to speak.
More like un-dyed : )
I took some 32 ct black linen and bleached
it in the sink for about 30 seconds or so
and it comes out this great brownish color. 
I love it for stitching Halloween motifs.
I think the orange pumpkin really pops.
This will be one of my new offerings in

Thanks for stopping by and have
a wonderful Fall day!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Lazy Day

It was a lazy Sunday.  My little dog Shannon and I 
lounged around the living room most of the day.  
She took lots of naps.  She's an old girl of 17 and she just 
loves to hang her head off of her pillow : )  
I did some stitching, one of my favorite things to do.
Got lots done too. 
I did get the house all decorated for Fall/Halloween
yesterday and hope to post some pics in the next few 
Enjoy your evening.
~Nan and Shannon

Saturday, October 2, 2010

BEWARE Finishes

In my last post I showed you a Plum Street Sampler 
design I had stitched.  As I mentioned I had actually
stitched two of them and was able to get them finished.
One into a pinkeep with black wool and a bit of 
crocheted lace.
And the other I put on top of a fabric covered box 
trimmed with some of the cotton chenille trim I dyed over
the summer months.  The trim came out a perfect 
dark orange color and really matches well.

I painted the inside burnt sienna and added a 
little cross stitched piece to the underside of 
the lid.
 I'm currently stitching a Stacy Nash design called
"Black Horse".  It's coming along pretty well
and now I'm on to the border.  This may take awhile.
Not sure if I'll end up framing it or making it into a
pillow.  It will be rather large.  About 8 to 9 inches.
Of course I'll stain it once it's stitched so it will
be more drab and prim.
I'm going to decorate the house today for Fall/Halloween, 
so I'm hoping to get some pics to post.  
I love this time of year.
Wishing you all a beautiful day!