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!

Tuesday, July 19

Harvest Acorn Punch Needle

When a few cool days spill into summer heat... 
Acorns & harvest designs appear!
I am in no hurry for Fall (though it is my favorite season) as I
love to spend time in the gardens surrounded by the hum of bees and
visited by butterflies passing by.

A little bit of plum, mixed with just the right salmon...
Add a dash of gold & a pinch of rust!
My favorite recipe to cook up~

My husbands parents are furniture upholsters.
Retired now~ for 30+ years I was influenced by the historic and traditional
fabrics they brought to antique seating.
Flamestitch was always one of my favorites!
How it brought gentleman's chairs back to life~

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Friday, July 8


Praying for peace in our land.
Praying that love will prove more powerful~

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


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!
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~