Monday, November 25, 2013

Tie One On Day, Chicken Scratch Aprons, and a Free Pattern!

November 27, 2013 - Tie One On Day

Have you heard about TIE ONE ON DAY?
Here's what's happening. . . .
"TIE ONE ON DAY™ Give from the heart on Wednesday – then give thanks on Thursday. This Thanksgiving Eve, Tie One On (an apron of course!) and bring joy to the life of someone in need.
Participation is easy and uplifting. Simply wrap a loaf of bread or baked good in an apron and tuck an encouraging note or prayer into the pocket; then present your offering to a neighbor, friend or person in your community who could benefit from your gesture of kindness. Tie One On – and put the “give” back into Thanksgiving" (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)

I loved the idea. . . .Already have an Apron and Pumpkin Bread ready for a special person in my life. . . .But, in honor of the day, I thought I'd share a gift to you, too. . . .A Chicken Scratch Pattern!

I have a huge collection of Chicken Scratch and regular Cross Stitch Aprons. . . .I can't resists them. . . . .Last count there were thirty plus. . . .They are so appropriate for FARMHOUSE STYLE. . . .

Chicken Scratch is very easy. . . .If you can thread a needle, you can do it. . . .The pattern I'm sharing with you came from a vintage kit for a small pillow. . . .I've intended to stitch an apron with a border of these adorable hearts across the bottom. . . .It would also be a good choice for pockets. . . .Let your imagination be your guide. . . .


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Large Make-do Sew Prim For Sale

'Sew Prim' 
That's how the grungy tag labels this extra large
pincushion. . . although it wouldn't have to be used for pins. . . .
This odd looking bird would make a statement wherever
it sits. . . .For yourself or as a gift to someone special.

I did not create the adorable Sew Prim. . . .
but purchased it in Virginia. . . .
Definitely one of a kind--and charming.

He stands approximately 18" tall
and approximately 8" across the main body.
It's a little hard to give him up. . . .but, I must.
My sewing room is over-following.
Large Make-do Sew Prim
$18.00, plus $15 shipping and handling
(I'll refund any excess shipping and handling)

I plan to have more sewing items for sale
in 2014. . . .I'm already gathering them together!
If you have any particular interests,
please leave a comment,
 and I'll see what I can find.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Rag Rug Photo Shoot with Delta Crossroads Magazine!


Rag Rugging is certainly catching on. . . .and I couldn't be more thrilled!
When John and I started weaving rag rugs for a hobby, we had no idea how fast it would catch on. . . .Our intent was not to sell looms. . . .That came later. . . .We simply wanted to demonstrate the technique here at the Widner-Magers Farm Historic District. . . .It was a Folk art that reaches back in our Delta history that we didn't want to be lost. . . .Come to find out, it's an art form that has almost died out in a lot of other states, too. . . .

 Delta Crossroads Magazine got wind of our efforts. . . .contacted us and asked if we'd be interested in them doing a feature. . . .Is there any answer to that question but "YES!"

The log house seemed the perfect setting. . . .Our pioneer clothing came out of moth balls. . . .and we set up everything in time to take these few shots for ourselves before Revis Chipman arrived to shoot the official ones. . . .

Revis grew up in the Delta, but she had never seen these rugs woven before. . . .I only remember a lady weaving them way back when I was only 3 or 4.

We spent the entire morning with Revis. . . .and even taught her how to weave. . . .

Not sure when the article will come out, but with my red boots and green skirt,
wouldn't it be perfect for the Christmas issue?
hint. . . .hint
Whatever issue we end up in will be fine. . . .
Just thrilled that we had the opportunity to introduce
'Rag Rugging' to more people. . . .
Spreading the word. . . .

Friday, November 8, 2013

Heart to Heart: A Free Folded Heart Pattern

I have a gift for you! 
An original Folded Heart Pattern
by me (The Farmer's Daughter)
I call it 'Heart to Heart'
Several years ago, I was making lots of the folded star potholders and selling them at craft shows. . . .I was also piecing quilts as a hobby--sometimes for sale. . . .So, one day I decided to 'marry' the two. . . .The result was the Heart to Heart pattern. . . .It's a combination of folded circles, folded hearts, and applique.
I had to make several attempts to perfect the technique and draft the pattern. . . .In the end, it was worth it. . . .Quilt World Magazine got wind of it and featured Heart to Heart in their publication. . . .Needless-to-say, I was thrilled.
I've never posted the pattern online. . . .In fact, I sold them in the past. . . .But, I thought it was time I share with my crafty friends.
Just enlarge the pattern to any size you like (I used a 5" circle as my base) and print it out. . . .Follow the instructions from there. . . .
Hope you enjoy it!
. . .Heart to Heart. . .