Monday, February 12

Rug Hooking 1889

I began gathering old paper in 1991. I was studying graphic design & advertising at
Rochester Institute of Technology and had a severe case of cabin fever.
There was an antique show near the college so I ventured off!
I walked into this one booth~ it was filled to the rafters with old paper & advertising.
That was the day I met Virginia~
Her paper collection was amazing (and she was only displaying a snippet!)
Most of the paper I have gathered is from the 1800's.

Virginia and I grew to be close friends.
We have known each other nearly 30 years!
When our daughter was in high school she came along to visit and talk paper.
We always went home with a box or two of treasures.
The time came when Virginia was ready to move into a retirement community.
She wanted to share more of her paper & mounds of knowledge with us.
The market had gone flat for paper... and we were willing to work & buy.

We spent many weekends through the better part of two years traveling
to help Virginia sort her inventory... listen, learn, gather seconds.
Always lunch at neat old nearby diners... maybe take a break & get a cone!
We would order enough  at lunch to have left-overs for dinner
as our visits would often go into the early morning hours with
a long drive home~
Our visits and stories are priceless...
Worth every penny & mounds of hours because one day,
Alaina was looking through a velvet covered family album & asked,
"Virginia, how much would you like for these old photo albums?
My dad has relatives by several names written here!"
She wanted to show her grandfather some of the pictures & names to compare!
Virginia couldn't sell them...
They were HER family albums!!!
Amazing how we're brought into peoples lives & then to discover seventeen years later 
that this amazing woman and my husband are somehow related!
Our daughter made the connection!
Dean and I were dating when I first met Virginia.
We married a year after I graduated from college.
I missed our visits while I was expecting & then the newborn and early years
when money was extra-tight so visits were by phone.
Once they were both toddling around Virginia & I reconnected and
it was if no time had passed~
Hubby would plan a special day with our little ones so I could go visit 'Ginny!'

Virginia is a retired professor of Women's Studies, Literature, Writing...
Antique dealer, collector of all things Shaker~
as she spent all of her teaching summers in Maine with their community.
Almost 30 years of friendship and so much historic knowledge.
Alaina & Ginny would talk endlessly on women in history...
She would inspire Alaina, praise her for being unique and independent. 
I was blessed to listen while sorting through floor to ceiling boxes of paper.
Virginia would notice something rare in my hand & explain the origin, purpose...

It will take me another 30 years to sort the paper I have acquired.
How I hope to remember the history lessons behind each piece!

While sorting for some pieces to share~
I recently came across this old E. Ross & Co. Rug Patterns catalog.
I LOVE wool hooking & it is so wonderful to see the gorgeous
works made through the years & today.. keeping this art alive.
I have shared some pictures from my booklet & I'm sharing a link.
If you click on the link it will bring you to a similar catalog~
Digitized files made possible by funding from LYRASIS members and
the Sloan Foundation.

Thank you for visiting, Friends!
I hope you have a wonderfully creative week~

Friday, February 9

Punch needle~ Chicks in the Tulip Patch

"Chicks in the Tulip Patch" copyright 2018 Michelle L. Palmer

Around the farm~
It is known when Momma Hen is spring cleaning!
Hen carefully tucks her baby chicks in tulip blossoms for safe keeping.
They enjoy the sway of the breeze and visit with passing bees!
Momma Hen will have new feathers tacked to the coop walls
when they return from their time in the garden~
Feathered friends stop by the coop throughout the winter to warm up.
They often lose feathers as they wriggle through the coop mesh...
It is always fun for them to identify bird friends & remember their visits.
Copyright Michelle L. Palmer 1998

A snippet from one of my stories inspired a sketch~
Sketch inspired a watercolor~ (Chicks in the Tulips have been painted several times)
I painted this watercolor in January & it inspired my punch needle piece.

Hope you're all staying strong and healthy & I hope some of your
winter days are sunny with blue skies~

Wishing you a creative weekend, Friends!

Friday, February 2

Valentine Punch Needle~

"Bluebird of Happiness" copyright 2018 Michelle L. Palmer

I have written two new punch needle patterns!
One is a free gift~ to thank you for sharing this wonderful
art journey with me! We have reached another milestone with our
Etsy shop and couldn't do it without all of you~

"Woolen Valentine" copyright 2018 Michelle L. Palmer

Our little woolen friend is the free pattern!
All of the pages & directions are here for your private use.

I have my finished heart hanging from a cupboard door handle.

Backed with a coordinating wool.
I used narrow strip of wool, twisted & stitched into place with floss.

The paper pattern with my color choices~
I can't wait to see what colors you design with!
This can be enlarged for a hooked wool piece or applique!

I trimmed my weavers cloth and then snipped the edges as seen above.
Careful to not cut too close to your loops.
With my finished work face down on a plush hand towel~
I steam pressed the weavers cloth to the back.
Loops are protected by the plush towel.

I use tracing paper to make a pattern for the backing.
Trace the heart from the paper pattern to cut your pattern.

You could add a little pocket to hold a note~
You could stitch a sweet message~

Thank you again~
Hope your February is filled with happiness & love!

Thursday, January 25

Watercolor paintings~

How I love to bring some of my little sketches to full color!

It was fun to dress some of them up in ornate frames~

Bee skep & daisies bordered by a beautiful rose motif~

 Bluebirds of happiness!
You just know they love Valentine's Day~

These busy little springtime chicks...
Their momma tucked them in the tulip row while she cleaned their nest!
All of these loves are punch needle patterns~ I just need to get them written!

I've been so happy this winter... no sign of field mice making their way indoors!
We patched their secret entry and they get to live on~
A colder than normal winter so I toss cracked corn around
the bottom of the feeders and near the hedgerows for them.

Sweet friends sharing some love!

Hope you're having a great week, Friends~

Sunday, January 21

Valentine Color Cards

I have my Valentine greetings back from the printer!
Added a touch of color with colored pencils to those I will mail to friends~
I will cut the edges with some fancy scissors and tack them to a pretty card stock.

I love to share cards and letters~
A little something in the post box for friends who live alone...
Share a hug with a heart that is hurting.
...and I LOVE to send Valentines!

This year I will send one of my hand-colored Valentines and
include a black and white Valentine for them to color~

Winter storms are brewing across the Plains, Midwest and Northeast...
Hope you all stay safe & warm, Friends!

Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, January 13

Ranunculus Bouquet Punch Needle

'Ranunculus Bouquet' copyright 2018 Michelle L. Palmer

Hope your New Year has been going great, Friends!
We are just getting over the flu~
Our coughs are finally subsiding and stamina is returning.
Do hope you stay healthy!

Took a little break from playing catch up to paint with threads.
Cup of tea and a mound of floss as the winter winds
whip around our 14" of new snow.

We'll get things warming up with springtime pastels! 
I purchased several new DMC variegated floss colors~
(Cabin-fever or flu-fever are to blame for my on-line floss purchases)
Hobby Lobby carries some DMC variegated floss.
Michaels craft stores carry a different collection of variegated floss.
I found the new colors from Ancora Crafts Etsy shop.
Great shop~ packaged nicely and fast shipping.

Variegated colors add a bit of texture to my patterns~
I just love how the flowers turned out in this project.

Wishing you a nice evening and the sweetest dreams~
Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, December 30

Happy New Year!

Some of my favorites wishing you a creative New Year!

I hope your hearts are filled with fresh & unique ideas~

I hope your arms are filled with supplies that inspire you~

I hope your days allow you time to work on your favorite hobbies~

Wishing you happiness, love, peace & laughter~

It is such a joy to still find buttons in antique & thrift shops!

Sometimes the most amazing ideas started as daydreams!

Thank you, Friends for all the joy you share with me!

Wishing you great health and joy!
Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 17

O Christmas Tree~

It is so nice to have a blanket of white on the ground~
Time for the land & crops to rest and picture perfect!

A country drive is always a favorite pastime...
Just up the road from our home is our favorite tree farm!

Snow was floating down softly,  like feathers falling~
Look at all of those babies!
Wrapping the hills as far as the eye can see! (even on a clear day)

They're in their 20's now... but walking behind them brings back
25 years of tree-gathering memories.
Little ones toddling through trees their height~ playing hide & seek.
Little hands hugging 15' giants...
Sitting on the trunk and being carried out~

Some years it has been so warm we were in t-shirts...
Other years there has been so much rain we've been up to
our ankles in mud, slipping & sliding~

Our daughter LOVES wee little trees~
I tend to choose trees that are far too tall for our home!

Baby trees here and there~ replenishing...

We found one!
Wishing you and yours a joy-filled season~

Thursday, December 7

Punch Needle Snowman

"March of the Christmas Geese!"
Copyright 2017 Michelle L. Palmer

These friends need to get out of town...
Christmas is just around the corner and some
will be searching for the perfect bird for their Holiday meal!
Our snow friend is taking a trip to the lake with them!

I love to add texture to my punch needle pieces~
By changing the loop lengths an ordinary coat becomes corduroy!

Wishing your heart every joy of this beautiful season, Friends!

Friday, December 1

No pins in these so they're ornaments, cupboard hangers, bowl fillers... little pillows...
Teddy bears love to cuddle with them~

Hope you have an awesome weekend, Friends!


December has arrived in all its beauty~
Frosty mornings...
Sherbet colored sunrises & sunsets...
Songbirds dancing around the feeders...
Geese coming in from the lake...

Greens draped, lights strung & wreaths welcome.

The gardens are buttoned up for their winter rest~
Brilliant red cardinals peek through the pine branches!
Their songs even more crisp & clear~

Wishing your hearts a joy-filled December!

Wednesday, November 22


Where ever you spend Thanksgiving Day~
Praying for all to have safe travels,
a warm home,
plenty of food,
and wonderful new memories~
(and a little bit of relaxation, too)

Thank you for your friendship~
Wishing your heart every happiness!

Tuesday, October 31

October 31st~

It's a blustery Autumn day here!
Hold onto your hats & treat bags~

Hope your day is filled with sweet-treats, Friends!