Tuesday, July 25

Summer days~

Summer is dashing right along~
Wish there was a way to slow it down!

Hubby loves red raspberries... we found a few baskets for him and
a basket of black berries!

We have been in a very rainy pattern~
Torrential rains.
The bees need raincoats!

Fun to find this field of black eyed susans along the 
New York State Thruway~
The bees were dancing with delight at dusk!

My all-time favorite~ black caps!
Black raspberries are such a treat. 
Remind me of my childhood. Riding along field edges in
the back of my dads old pickup truck.
Buckets, tin cans... bellies all filled up with sun-kissed, sweet berries!

I leave milkweed plants to grow in some areas of our gardens~
Pure joy to see monarch butterflies dotting the yard again!

I pluck the seed pods off so I am not overrun by plants...

Juicy snacks~ Plants have had plenty of rain!

Our home & my studio have been upside down most of July~
We are sorting, organizing and painting when we have
a few minutes away from work deadlines.
My plan is to have everything in its place by the
end of July~
August, September & October are my most favorite months of the year.

Hope you're having a great week, Friends!

Tuesday, July 4

Independence Day~

History shares ups & downs, twists and turns~
Hearts willing to give all that they have in the name of freedom.

"Home is the nicest word there is."
Laura Ingalls Wilder

"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea, 
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free, 
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, 
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. " 

"God Bless America, 
Land that I love. 
Stand beside her, and guide her 
Thru the night with a light from above. 
From the mountains, to the prairies, 
To the oceans, white with foam 
God bless America, My home sweet home."
Irving Berlin~ Kate Smith

God Bless America

Thank you Veterans and all who are serving~

Saturday, July 1

Happy Canada Day, Friends!

Happy Canada Day to all of my friends just a lil' north of us!
A grand celebration 150!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend~

Friday, June 30

Dyeing wool with acid dyes~

I have been taking a few hours each week to felt repurposed wool.
I am able to make new colors by using some of the dye that bleeds off.
Summertime is my planning & gardening time.
I will hopefully have all of the colors needed to rug hook
some new projects once the snow files again. (Not in any hurry for that) ;)

This week was my first experience using acid dyes!
We used Jacquard brand... perfect for small batches.

I had gathered these small jars 10+ years ago for
dyeing some of my wool roving to needle felt~

I will make a small swatch of the colors & make notes of mixes.

We followed all suggested safety precautions.
Dust masks, rubber gloves, proper ventilation & separate pots & utensils.
Followed the simple directions on the package.
There are directions on their site, too.

Jacquard:  https://www.jacquardproducts.com/acid-dye.html
How acid dye works: 

I think I will be trying for turquoise and aqua next...
Some sunny yellow and deep golds!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Friends!

Friday, June 23

Pen & Ink Pincushions


Bees, feathered friends, harvest perches and patriotic themes~

If you remove the pins they are fun to hang on a cupboard pull~

Teddy bears love to hold hearts in their laps, too!

Chickadee and bee are discussing their sewing project~

This bee stopped by the firework daisy!

How I love bee skeps~
Hives of all shapes & sizes!

I love to draw bees in straight lines, too~
They are flying off to work together!

I bet these little friends sing, "Whistle while you work!"
They each have their yellow-topped pin...
They're off to help in the studio~

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Friends!

Thursday, June 15

Wool dyeing from clothing scraps~

Something blue from something old!
Something old~ can become something blue?
I had a few 5" x 5" pieces of navy blue wool suit coat.
I put them in a stockpot to boil & felt for rug hooking.
The secondary dye that bled off made all of these blues!

There was a lot of blue dye remaining. I put a piece of black & white
houndstooth type plaid in the stock pot to pick it up~

It hooks into such a beautiful texture!

The palette of wool that I came up with last week~
I wanted to come up with some muted plum tones for my
'I Love You to the Moon and Back' design.

I t would be fun to bring all of my punch needle patterns to
wool hooked rugs~

I cut some of my pattern colors in advance~
I like to have projects bagged and ready to go for when I have
a  little bit of time to relax.

When I have a good amount of plaid, pattern etc. I like to 
add them to my swatch chart. It helps me when planning a rug.
I like to add texture without having to change colors.

Hope you're having a great day, Friends~
Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, June 11

Flag Day

'Uncle Sam Sampler' copyright 2004 Michelle L. Palmer

We have had several days of sunshine and warmer weather~
The gardens are drying out and the vegetables are starting to shoot up!
Peonies are fragrant and full~ filling the air!

A little bouquet to share with you~

Solomon's Seal





Early Chives


White Campion

Hosta & Poppies~

Variegated Periwinkle Vinca

Blue Flax



Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, Friends~

Friday, May 26

Patriotic Teddy Bear punch needle

"Patriotic Bear" copyright 2017 Michelle L. Palmer

This was my first chance to design a punch needle project on
coffee toned weavers cloth.
It did help me to choose a more folk/primitive palette!

I frame most of my punch needle pieces.
The darker weavers cloth will look so pretty as the border~

Memorial Day~ Remembering with a grateful heart.
Wishing you a relaxing weekend and safe travels.

Monday, May 22

Punched Needle Teddy Bear

I keep talking to this little guy in hopes that he will answer me~
'What color for your background, Little Friend?'

Our pup sits tilting his head...
(Confident that he is more deserving of my conversation & attention!)
I will toss some tennis balls with our main furry pal for now.

My little bear friend will have to think on his perfect background~

Hope your week is off to a wonderful start, Friends!
Thank you for stopping by~

Friday, May 19

Lilacs & Bee

I would love to send my friend in Nevada a bouquet of lilacs
from our trees for her birthday~
I included all of our lilac colors into one punch needle sprig.
Not as fragrant...
Still from the heart~

We both love to garden and treasure our bee friends.

Saw a few fluffy bumble bees while we enjoyed warmer days!
I think they had a picnic basket & tiny jar of honey...
Our white spirea (bridal veil) is in full bloom.
I bet they patted down the grass underneath  a low hanging
branch and had a nice lunch together~

Hope you have a relaxing weekend, Friends!

Friday, May 12

Wool swatches and samples

~My wool reference guide~
Through the years I have gathered a lot of wool stripes, plaids, patterns etc.
I thought I would eventually use them for wool applique projects.
Then I fell head-over-heels for wool hooking.

I first saw this idea on Pinterest.
Cutting a small swatch of your wool textures and hooking
alongside of it for future reference.
I LOVE the textures!
Some of the hooked areas look just like the swatch~
Others are a great surprise.

One of my favorites...
The black and white diamond-like pattern.
I really like the black & white variegated texture once it is hooked.
I didn't purchase much of it... and now I wish I had more.

I will keep adding patterns and plaids~
This has helped me recognize the possibilities!
The textures will be fun to add to hooked pieces.

Wishing you a wonderful & creative weekend, Friends!
Thank you for stopping by~

Monday, May 1

Our Winnie Wren has arrived home for the season~
Perched high in the flowering crabapple tree & calling to a suitor!

Both of these Springtime blues are blooming at the same time~
Beautiful and so very similar!
Above, Brunnera
Below, Forget me not

Our sweet Winnie~
Same house every Spring through the summer months...
Keeping us in song.

When you see them up close you can see the subtle differences~
Brunnera, a deeper blue

Forget me not, sky blue with a kiss of sunshine yellow in the center!

Hope Spring showers are waking up your gardens, too~