Monday, December 5

Punch Needle Blue Christmas Santa



My heart has experienced many blue Christmas seasons~
You still have hope, joy, love...
You still share gifts and good will...
There is a longing.
Someone is missing and nothing can fill that empty spot. 

When a cardinal visits~
all dressed in red, 
there is love.
A tender moment when someone we loves comes to mind. 

How I LOVE to design, paint, collect, punch, felt etc. etc. flow blue!
No matter how blue I may feel~ it warms my heart!

l hope your Holiday Season is brimming with joy~
Filled with peace~
Touched with love~

Prayers and love to all who have heavy hearts~
You're being thought of and loved.

Thursday, November 24

Friday, November 18

Punch needle Santa's Redwork


'Saint Nicholas' Collection of four~ copyright 2016 Michelle L. Palmer

We had beautiful sunshine & 72 degrees today!
Less than one week until Thanksgiving~
Tomorrow it will be cooler...
Sunday we are expecting a snowstorm...


Planted spring bulbs with my daughter this morning.
So grateful for the beautiful day~
Finished getting the delicate tubers & rhizomes set in peat bins....
Cleared the last flower bed.
Winter can arrive~


The Santa portrait patterns are available in my Etsy shop.
You can use your favorite red or green... even blue!
All of my patterns include the DMC floss colors that I use.


I thought the four of them would make a nice hooked rug...
Four in line would make a neat table runner...
Added to a Christmas stocking...
Made into tree ornaments...
A pretty red pillow with a Santa circle~
Oh the fun!


A season filled with joy!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Sweet Friends!


Friday, November 11

Veterans Day


~Veterans Day~
Honoring each of you, with grateful hearts!

Thank you for your service~

Sunday, November 6

Vintage fabric yoyo's


301 of them! They are enjoying a gentle & restoring soak~

I've been enjoying antique shows & shops for 30+ years.
No matter how many shows, shops, festivals we attend~
There is always something fresh & new!


The show wasn't that big...
A high school gym & small cafeteria.
It was packed with some of the most unique and unusual antiques!


Butter paddles in bunches!
They looked like bouquets!
ONE was very unique~ it had a butter press on the handle end!!!
All one piece~
It was very rare and very expensive... inside a case or
I would have tried to capture a photograph.


We brought home a few treasures...
This collection of yoyo's was laying across a long table.
It was dressed with an antique rocking horse,
mounds of linens & table cloths,
crocks & jugs...
books...
stuff...
cool stuff...
neat stuff...
I just needed to find the price tag........

JOY!!!
They are becoming harder and harder to find~
These most treasured patterns.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday, Kind Friends!
Wishing your hearts every joy~

Monday, October 31

Carved pumpkins~


My carved pumpkin~
Hope you're having a fun day, Friends!

Be safe as you're gathering tricks & treats!


Friday, October 21

Snowmen, sheep and a squirrel!


We have been enjoying beautiful Autumn days!
Very little frost...
The vegetable garden continues to share.
We were warned that our fall foliage colors would be minimal.
Not as full, could be dull, muted.
NOT AT ALL!
The most beautiful, vibrant and stunning colors in years!
Wish I could share the setting with you~


Came across a row of young oak trees the other day~
There were acorns everywhere!!
Not sure how squirrels & other gatherers have not discovered the nuts!
I could have scooped them up with a shovel & buckets~
I filled my pocket and brought them home for our little gray & red friends.
Gathered some leaves so we can purchase the same oak varieties for
our back yard!


I used Instant Antique spray for this snow friend~
Pure white is beautiful...
I love the textural results of the antiqued floss on my more
primitive snowmen friends!
(Instant Antique is available from Primitive Gatherings)


Most of my punch needle designs are interpretations from
my original watercolor paintings~
The top image is a color printout of my original watercolor painting.
I painted this little meadow scene in 1996.


I originally punched the sheep with white & taupe colors~
They didn't stand out enough to me... the whole design was too cold.
Painting with threads is a little different than painting with watercolor!
Now I want to paint the scene with brown sheep!


Our snowman looks sad that my sheep lost their coats of white!
Soon to have their coats of brown, gray & black~
The one color I just love in this piece is the scarf~ DMC 4130!
It is variegated... rich harvest colors!
She has her November scarf on~

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Friends! 

Wednesday, October 12

Painted Acorn punch needle heart



I couldn't get through the harvest season without a few
punch needle hearts!

Once I close the windows and accept that our warm days have passed~
I completely enjoy Autumn.
The colors, the harvest~
Bringing some of those colors indoors to warm heart & home!

Wishing your hearts every sweet happiness!

Monday, October 3

Flow blue needle minder



Hello, Friends!
I hope your October is off to a great start!


It is no secret that I love flow blue...
Red Rooster Fabrics designed their Flow Blue Garden collection
from my original watercolor paintings!

I have been experimenting with printing my original watercolors
onto fabric... the image stays set~ I hope to make it brighter.


My needle minder is a bit on the large size... 5" x 7"
All hand stitched as I still do not know my way around
a sewing machine~
Added some vintage china buttons!
Perfectly reminders of treasured flow blue spice jars & plate chips!


Two antique lace treasures with blue & white pins~


It is always fun to add pen & ink illustrations to my projects...
Little character!
Pocket saved from one of the kids bluejeans!


Handmade... always from the heart!

Thank you for visiting here~
Wishing your heart every happiness!

Tuesday, September 13

Acorn Pincushions


These little buttons are perfect for the bittersweet themed pinkeep!
Pins with golden yellow & red heads...


Vegetable ivory buttons look like acorns...


This vintage gear button was perfect for my acorn wheel!


So much in life starts small... 
Builds...
Grows...
Hard work and determination~


I had a teacher who taught me to have strong foundations.
Build several sturdy legs to your table.
If one leg weakens~ the others will hold it up.
Then don't neglect the weak spot. Immediately work to restore strength.

I hope your week is off to a great start, Friends!
Stay strong & I hope you find a creative project, too~

Friday, September 9

Nautical Punch Needle~


"Freedom Lighthouse" copyright 2016 Michelle L. Palmer

Sailing into another weekend!
September has arrived and the first week has disappeared already~
I started this punch needle piece on Labor Day.
It was nice to put work aside and enjoy time with Dear Hearts!


How I love red, white & blue...


Beginning stitches...
Detail work first~


Sometimes colors need to be pulled & changed as the design progresses...


Hope your September is off to a great start, Friends!
Wishing you a relaxing weekend~

Thursday, September 1

Hello, September punch needle designs!


'Jack O Lantern Hill" copyright 2016 Michelle L. Palmer

No matter the shape of my fall pumpkin...
Tall and narrow,
Short and flat...
Smooth or bumpy...
No matter how much planning I did to carve a really neat face~
The eyes always ended up as triangles.
The nose was always long and narrow.
It always had a smile~


"Bushel and a Peck" copyright 2016 Michelle L. Palmer

The orchards are full~
We have been very short on rain this summer. Drought conditions.
The limbs are heavy but holding onto all of that precious fruit!
Little road-trips in the country... smells so good!

Hope your September is filled with harvest goodies & creative projects!
Thank you for stopping by, Friends~


Monday, August 15


"Blackbird Swamp" Copyright 2016 Michelle L. Palmer

Just around Oak Tree Bend...down Wheat Fields Hill~
You arrive at Blackbird Swamp!
Where the cattails sway in the wind & 
Red-winged Blackbirds perch.
They welcome you with their cheery calls!

A favorite place to explore on a sunny summer day~
Frogs called out from watery hide-a-ways...
Milk cows spotted surrounding hills &
occasionally looked my way with some curiosity.

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

Friday, August 5

Eastern Black Swallowtail in the dill


My wee little patch of dill has the most beautiful 
Black Swallowtail visitors!
No worries... I can purchase dill pickles at the local farm market~
Chew on little friends!


If I hold really still... maybe she won't see me!


Way down yonder in the little dill patch~


So amazing~


Color palette of the food and the caterpillar match <3 p="">

Hope your Friday is off to a great, Sweet Friends!

Tuesday, August 2

Harvest of punch needle fun!


"Trick or Treat Boot" copyright 2016 Michelle L. Palmer

We are experiencing drought conditions this summer~
It has limited how much gardening can be done.
I'm able to get more work finished since I'm not digging & weeding.
That means more play time!
More punch time!


"Harvest Crow on Enamelware" copyright 2016 Michelle L. Palmer

How fun it was to use up some bits & pieces of floss that were left over!
Border of many colors!
Harvest colors~


"Pumpkin Hill" copyright 2016 Michelle L. Palmer

I did this one earlier in the year~
Something about sheep!
When I purchase roving for needle felting the farmers allow me to 
visit with their sheep. They come running to their keepers like puppies!


"Walking on Sunshine" copyright 2016 Michelle L. Palmer

Sunflowers and bumble bees~
I could punch, paint, sketch sunflowers from Springtime through Fall!
They bloom early in the growing season here because chipmunks
bury sunflower seeds all over our yard!
They have little keeping spaces too close to the surface & we let them grow!


"Pumpkin & Crow" copyright 2015 Michelle L. Palmer

Black has so many colors reflected in it~
So does this crow!


"Painted Corn Crow" copyright 2016 Michelle L. Palmer

I wonder if each kernel tastes different for them?!
We have grown painted corn, miniature Indian corn, strawberry corn...
blue corn (a variety of flint maize) 
It is so much fun to pull back the husks & reveal the colors!

Hope your August is off to a great start, Sweet Friends!
I'm not rushing summer away~
August is filled with beauty!