I'm a devoted wife, mother of two incredible boys, full-time professional and crafter. I must find time to create each day or I feel like something is missing. All that I make I create by hand as I don't even own a sewing machine. I'm a city girl who also yearns for time in the country.
Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm created a wonderful forum for Samplermakers to get together and enjoy what we love most ~ needlework. From time to time there are free patterns and needlework challenges posted.
That is where I found this lovely design that I wanted to stitch right away.
I think it is the wandering vines that got to me ;)
If you would like to be a Samplermaker, simply contact Lori at Not4Got@aol.com to join the fun.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.You are my friends if you do what I command.I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.
Thank you to all those who entered my giveaway for such a wonderful response. I wish that I had many heart boxes to give away rather than just the one. I enjoyed reading about what you like to eat on Valentine's Day. Chocolate was the hands down winner - in various forms. There were quite a few who mentioned heart shaped pancakes, too. And when I read Red Lobster, I got hungry for those cheddar biscuits immediately :)
Thanks to all the new and old followers and those who receive the TDIPT newsletter.
Congratulations Francine! Please send your mailing address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will ship your box out. I hope to offer another giveaway soon, so please stay tuned...
And anyone that is interested in making a purchase from my Etsy shop can receive free shipping for the rest of the month. Just enter VDAY2013 in the coupon code. International shoppers can contact me for discounted shipping.
Just had to share a few pictures of my decorated home before this heartfelt holiday is over.
On the left is a wonderful antique slide box with two hearts and a cross carved in it along with two Maggie Bonanomi topiaries. (They are made with green paper - the only reason they are still "alive". I have a green thumb outside, but definitely not inside.) The three framed pictures are by Lana Manis of Honeysuckle Lane. My newest addition is the garland :) I saw it on Misi's blog 1890 Gable House Musings and just had to have one of my own :) I've always loved those metal heart doormats.
Hooked rug by primitivebettys from a few years back and still a favorite :)
There is something about old metal and old wood that always gets me!
My heart cookie cutter collection is growing.
Hope you are all set for a heartfelt holiday.
I have another finish to share. I'm hoping that the sun will be shining before I leave for work in the morning so that I can take a picture...
And there are still two days to enter my heartfelt giveaway. Take a peek here.
Do you ever see a cross stitch / wool applique / quilt pattern and think, I must do this immediately!!!
All else gets set aside even in mid-stitch. That is how I felt the moment I saw this. "It's a Wonderful Life" is a favorite movie of ours. We even have a framed antique advertisement from when it came out hanging in our bedroom. I love when Bert & Ernie serenade George & Mary Bailey with this song.
So of course I started stitching the moment I received the pattern. I tea dyed the linen and unfortunately with no LNS nearby, I picked through the GAST that I owned to try to find something comparable to the photo. I had the little rosebud fabric on hand and the antique trim came from a tattered and torn pillowcase found at an estate sale. You can see all of Beth's lovely Heartstring Samplery Designs by clicking here. And her sweet blog can be found here.
Now it is back to the previously scheduled cross-stitch projects - I have two more Valentine projects that I really wanted to finish. Any chance I can finish them before Thursday? Well, I can certainly try ;)
p.s. My heart sewing box giveaway is still open for a few more days... Click here.
This month the artists of TDIPT Mercantile are sharing the love with a heartfelt charity fundraiser.
We are participating in our TDIPT
Charity “Kindness Matters Big and Small" and will donate 100% of the proceeds
from an offering to charity. This
time around, Make a
Difference Rescue in the Metro Detroit area and Branch County Humane Society in
Southern MI will be the recipients of the charity in our hearts.
I still have one offering available - this sweet little dachshund pinkeep. (Orion not included ;)
I can't tell you the incredible and wonderful love that our sweet rescue dog has brought into our lives.
Click here to see all of the TDIPT offerings this month.
I had to share this outtake photo - my model was getting bored with the whole photo shoot.
I was having such fun with this piece of cutter crazy quilt that I decided to make another sewing box.