Saturday, June 25

Antiquing DMC embroidery floss~


I have a few patterns designed that require muted colors~
I love to work with DMC floss & this spray lets me control
how much antiquing I want to add & the finished results are variegated.
Found 'Instant Antique' spray at a nearby quilt shop. 
There is a label warning: "Do not consume. Keep away from children."


I slid the labels off DMC cotton embroidery floss...
(so pretty!)


Just a few squirts down the line...


I flipped them over and pulled them into the little stain puddles...


I want to maintain some of the original color for brightness~


Pulled them apart just a touch & gave a 2nd squirt down the line...


DMC 746 is one of my favorite colors.
Easy to see the pretty variation you can get with just a few squirts!


Beautiful! Variegated!


Don't they look delicious?!

I'll share finished work here soon!
Hope your weekend is off to a great start~

Wednesday, June 22

Rise and Shine rooster punch needle


Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine selected my
'Rise & Shine' rooster design for their One Year Anniversary Issue!!

Every issue is packed full of wonderful projects~
So much talent!


"Painting with threads..."
Punch needle is a nice excursion from my watercolor painting
and design work. I am inspired to translate my original paintings
into fiber art patterns!
I originally planned to start a rug hooking hobby in 2011.
When I went to purchase all of the tools and materials
the shop owner could see the glazed look in my eyes.
I knew I would enjoy it! I knew I could do it!
However--- where would I store it all?
My studio is small and already filled to the rafters with paints, fabrics,
reference material... books, feathers, linens, shells, etc. (you know...)
We walked around her charming shop and I saw a
finished punch needle piece & fell head over heels for it!
I was hooked! ;)
The shop owner gathered the materials and sent me off.
Two days later I was back at her door with a finished design.
She asked me how I did it? I told her, "I simply painted with threads."

Punch needle work is very relaxing.
I love to bring my paintings to life with DMC floss... 
DMC colors match my designs so nicely and they have such a huge selection.

Hope your summer is off to a creative start, Friends!
All the best to you!

Monday, June 20

Summer has arrived~


The gardens are humming with bees...
The birds are chattering to each other!
Peonies fill the air with their sweet fragrance~
Rows & rows of pea pods are almost full and
nearly ready for picking while the rest of the garden grows sturdy!
Lawn chairs welcome neighbors & friends for a sit, chat and
a tall glass of lemonade~

Hope your summer is off to a great start, Friends!

Saturday, June 18

You are my sunshine punch needle


"You are my Sunshine" copyright 2016 Michelle L. Palmer

I love early mornings~
The sun just beginning to peek up from the hills...
"What will this day be like? I wonder..." (in Julie Andrews voice)

The gardens fresh with dew~
Birds chattering and calling to each other!

Hope your summer is off to a great start, Sweet Friends!

Wednesday, June 8

I love you to the moon and back~


copyright 2016 Michelle L. Palmer

From one of my early watercolor paintings!
I have wonderful memories of walking in the dew covered grass
with my dad, starlight nights~ brilliant moon lighting our way.
My dad whistled all the time~

My dad passed from cancer when I was in 7th grade~
Only wonderful memories of him fill my heart.

I spent endless hours meandering through pastures, streams,
ponds, abandoned farmhouses... swamps and woods~
My favorite pastime.
When a bird came near I would talk to my dad.
Chickadees and Cardinals would wake me in the morning~
Redwing Blackbirds would perch on cattails when I was
slopping through mud and grass tufts.
Robins would hop along stone walls... knowing I would leave
some of the wild black caps for them!
Mud Swallows would swoop and dive at me while I was mowing.
Eating bugs or not.. they were very intimidating!
Eastern Bluebirds would perch on weathered fence posts...
their feathers, brilliant blue as the summer sky.
The electric red & orange plumage of Tanagers and Orioles
would take my breath away~ they were rare and prompted a pause.

Companions still today and always finding their way into my illustrations~

Took similar starry night walks with our children~
They're in their 20's now... I still pull them outside
when the moon is just so.

Wishing your heart the sweetest memories~

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day~


"Memorial Hill" Copyright Michelle L. Palmer

Today and everyday~
Remembering those who gave their all for our freedom, liberty, peace...


I keep my poppy collection in a small salt box~
One always is attached to my rearview mirror,
put there after thanking a Veteran.
I say a little prayer for our soldiers every time I see it.
That ALL will be home safe and sound, soon.

Hope your Holiday is relaxing and safe~

Tuesday, May 24

Lilacs~


It is very difficult to stay still in my studio chair when the garden is calling~


It is best to bring the garden inside from time to time~


Especially when it smells so heavenly~


Beauty I will never be able to capture!


Colors that inspire~


A gradient wash of dark to light!


Each with their own name~


Some have giant petals... others are petite~
Some have no fragrance!


We named this variety 'Home' because I dug and relocated several suckers
from my mom and dads gardens when we moved here 25 years ago!

How I wish I could share their beautiful scent with you~
Wishing your heart joy!

Thursday, May 19


Copyright 2016 Michelle L. Palmer

Alaina and I drove from New York to Arizona two summers back~
This design has been in the works since our journey.
Each state along the way had its own beauty and
unique characteristics~
The soil colors changed...
The landscape became open & endless.
The cultures rich and the people along the way~ AMAZING!


Alaina helping me select the perfect background colors~

My Grandma Newtown was Native American~ a treasured heritage.
I didn't have the privilege of knowing her. She passed long before my birth.
 My dad was an amazing man
who spoke of her often and loved her dearly.
Alaina's love of heritage and history~ of nature and this beautiful land
would make her extremely proud.

Hope your day is filled with beauty~

Friday, May 13

Rise & Shine Rooster punch needle~


Celebrating their First Year Anniversary!

"Rise & Shine" Rooster in Sunflowers is one of my patterns!
PN & PS selected it to be on their cover!
JOY!!
I started 'painting with threads' several years ago as a hobby~
I shared a post about my first snowman here!
It helps me to step away from the studio and unwind at night.
(Helps me to stay awake after 8pm, too!) 

Facebook and blogging friends had asked if I would write patterns~
I finally had the courage to write patterns after subscribing to PN & PS.
Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine is a wonderful publication.
It is filled with patterns, tips, hints and creative ideas.
Project levels from beginners to people who stitch in their sleep ;)
I just know you will be inspired!

Thank you for encouraging me, Sweet Friends!
Hope your weekend is filled with creative~


Monday, May 9

Punch needle Lab pup~


I think this Patriotic Lab and his companion, Bluebird of Happiness,
enjoy their daily travels!
Searching out ducks and bunnies...
Jumping in puddles and ponds...
Enjoying sunsets...


A set of two patterns!
I think they would make fun magnets~
The oval shape would be fun added to a tote bag, too!


Another set of two patterns~
Our weather has been a bit cold...
The gardens are calling yet the wind has a chill.
Bees have been dashing around the dandelions that have popped up!

Hope your week is off to a great start, Sweet Friends!

Sunday, May 8

Happy Mother's Day~


Happy Mother's Day, Friends!
Celebrating all women who share their hearts, wipe tears,
patch up skinned knees and troubled hearts~ 
Women who share hugs, smiles and encouragement. 
Women who build things, cook things & clean things
while cuddling a little one on your hip~
Women who balance impossible tasks while
tucking precious hearts in with bedtime stories. 
Women who cheer on, deliver from place to place,
keep meals on the table no matter the budget~
Women who strive to be their very best no matter how tired~
Women who hear what is not being said...heart emoticon
For loving unconditionally... heart emoticon
Wishing you the most wonderful Mother's Day~

Monday, April 18

Punch needle botanical pansy & grape hyacinth


Pansies make me smile!
No two faces are the same~
Finished two more botanical punch needle pieces over the weekend
I have several pansy designs in punch needle~
I will be writing those patterns soon!


Our grape hyacinths are a bit behind this year~
The cold snap and late snows have them taking their time!

As the days continue to warm and April showers sprinkle down...
Gardens will be bursting with blossoms soon!

Hope your week is off to a great start, Sweet Friends!

Saturday, April 16

Punch needle projects


Hi Friends!
I hope your Saturday is off to a sunny start!
We have escaped the cold snap that kept bringing snow~
Each day this week has been getting a little warmer...
Today & tomorrow are expected to share high 60's!


I don't fuss in the gardens much before the end of April~
We can be blanketed with frost through early May.
So I have been Spring cleaning in the studio!
We close it up during the winter months as it is a small sun-porch.
It was not insulated to be part of the house.
Insulation will be added when we have a new roof put on~
Oh the fun to be able to enjoy it all year!


I have been adding to my punch needle pattern collection~
Little bit of Spring...
Little bit of Fall...
Flowers and bunnies....


Bees will be humming soon...
I'm sure I will still be punching new works~
They will be inspired by the garden!


In the studio now~
Two more botanical pieces! They are number 4 & 5 of 20 in the collection.

Hope your Spring days are filled with sunshine & just enough rain~
Wishing your hearts joy!


Friday, April 1

Little Sparrows... little Starlings~


How beautiful to witness a Starling murmuration~ 
Hundreds of birds lyrically moving through the sky!
(I think they each have something to say...)


Swarms of birds dancing through the sky~
"You are loved!"


Lyrically swaying from side to side, "Toss in some seeds this year!"


Swooping down & sharing their joy!


How beautiful these spontaneous waves of flight are~


April is going to bring us some  s n o w . . . 
The birds may need some woolens!
That's okay~
The days are growing longer!


A little flower girl...

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

Monday, March 21

Sunflower punch needle~


"Walking on Sunshine" copyright 2016 Michelle L. Palmer

Little mounds of sunflower seedlings will soon begin popping up
all around our yard. We always have a small village of chipmunks
racing around our little property. It would be fun to have little
cameras attached to their backs... follow their mischievous travels.
Probably better that I don't know!
They are like spiderman on our brick exterior~
Up, down, sideways, chasing each other... the cats go mad!

I gather up the little seedlings and relocate them to the vegetable garden.
The bees enjoy the blossoms, the Jays enjoy the dried heads...
Sunflowers bring sunshine~
Hope your week is off to a great start, Friends!