Saturday, April 22

Earth Day~ Bees

Earth Day!
We have a cool & damp day but we are planning the vegetable garden!
The bees will have more blossoms soon~

"Earth laughs in flowers" Ralph Waldo Emerson
The bees DANCE in the flowers~

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Friends!

Friday, April 21

Hooked rug progress~

Started my second hooked rug while waiting for Loves to arrive
home from college for Easter weekend~

Little by little when I can find an hour or two in the evenings~

Strong storms rolled in last night~
While the lightning was on display and the thunder was rocking,
I distracted my self with some flow blue loops!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Friends!

Monday, April 10

Twins are expected!

My dad had twins as siblings~
My mom had twins as siblings~
I was so very grateful to have one baby at a time!

(Dress is Carter's baby & the little boys onesie is by Oshkosh)
I added the little illustrations to match their nursery themes~

One of my sweetest cousins is expecting fraternal twins!
Girl and a boy!

They were showered with treasures and so very deserving!
The sweetest of families~

These little outfits will only fit them for a short time~
They will forever fit their favorite teddy bears!

When I saw that they had white Onesies on their gift registry
I knew could have some fun with them!
There is an owl tucked in her collection &
I kept most of his illustrations nautical themed.

They can wear them...
Have them made into their first T-Shirt quilt...
Keep them for always~

I cut some of my Finch & Friends flannel fabric in pink for her!
(Red Rooster Fabrics) 
Blue in the same two patterns for the little fella~

The twins have a large & beautiful family & the most amazing friends.
Oodles of loving arms just waiting to hold them!

Precious little hearts~

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

Monday, March 27

Spring punch needle fun~

'Duckling in Pink' Copyright 2017 Michelle L. Palmer 

This little gal is so glad the ice has melted from the pond!
Dipping her toe in... Splash!!

'Garden Lamb' Copyright 2017 Michelle L. Palmer

Peek-a-boo! I see you!
Wee little woolly love is having a fun time in the garden pots~

'Hollyhock' Botanical collection No. 7 of 20
Copyright 2017 Michelle L. Palmer

Hope your week is off to a great start, Friends!
Hope these Springtime friends bring a smile to your heart~

Saturday, March 25

Punch Needle Pattern Spring Bonnet Bunny

'Spring Bonnet Bunny' Copyright 2017 Michelle L. Palmer

My little bunny friend has joy in her heart and a hop in her step!

We have been getting a good amount of rain~
It is slowly washing our snow pack away!
Spring is truly coming...
The flower gardens will be warming up this week!

Daffodils were peeking through too early~
It was good to have a few feet of snow protecting them and
slowing them down a bit.
Now we're ready!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Friends!
Thank you for stopping by~

Tuesday, March 21

Punch needle bee hive~

'All-American Skep' Copyright  2017 Michelle L. Palmer

Happy Spring, Friends!
Our last storm left us with nearly three feet of snow~
A beautiful white blanket.
It is slowly melting... we are glad it is taking its time.
Quick melts cause dangerous flooding~
I think we are down to 12" over most of the lawn.
The drifts are still mighty!

We will soon enjoy a wispy blanket of white... Daisies!
Put down the shovel and pull up some weeds~

All-American Skep completes my bee hive collection!
For now.
I might add to them next Spring~
There are several more designs tucked away in my sketchbooks.

I will finish writing some smaller patterns this week.
A new botanical to add to that collection!

Hope your week is off to a great start, Friends!
The birds are chatting at the feeders,
"More suet, please! The Starlings have arrived!"

All the best to you~

Sunday, March 12

Punch Needle Garden Skeps~

No. 5 in my garden skep collection!
Only one more to go~

'Shabby Rose Garden Skep' No. 5 of 6
Copyright 2017 Michelle L. Palmer

The entire time I was punching this skep I was humming
'Who Will Buy' from Oliver!
They were 'sweet red roses' & these are salmon/pale pink.
The song is so pretty... Oliver's little face looking over the courtyard.

Inspired by the most beautiful salmon rosebush that my dad
had given my mom the summer before he lost his battle with cancer.
It always stayed petite...
Never went wild.
The most fragrant and perfectly shaped blossoms.
I often wonder if it is still in the hedgerow where she planted it.

One more pattern to write!
I already have the next collection started...
They will be smaller designs.
But fun!

Hope you have a wonderful week, Friends!
Praying all stay safe as the East is expecting a nor'easter...
March does know how to stir up storms!

Thursday, March 9

Pinkeeps & Pincushions...

Long and narrow...
Purse size and desk size...
A new collection of pinkeeps and pincushions are coming along!

I made a collection of these for my Annual Christmas Open House 1994!
Sold in country shops before that~
We celebrated nine Christmas open houses.
I wish I had digital files or short videos to post.
History is a treasure.
The shows came before we (personally) had the ease of digital cameras.
I will scan some of my photographs and share near Christmastime.
We met the most amazing people through art festivals, retreats,
Workshops, shows & art guilds etc. 
Our open house was a weekend for reunions!

I loved to design the invitations & handmade 500+ free gifts.
(Oh how they changed through the years!)
A new giveaway each year & when the gifts ran out I would have hand drawn,
printed, recipe cards to tuck inside their packages.

When I began art licensing, nearly 15 years ago, it was difficult for me to
keep up with all of the deadlines and handmade works for shows~
It was hard to say goodbye to our open house but new opportunities
kept my artwork fresh and new styles & products emerged.
Fabric collections, flags, greeting cards & calendars etc. added to handmade.

I am grateful to have a healthy balance between the two now.
The joy of having my original watercolor paintings and pen & ink works
licensed alongside handmade, one-of-a-kind treasures.

I hope to eventually offer rug hooking patterns to accompany my
punch needle patterns & embroidery designs.
Several new creative projects will be ready to share soon~

We have been researching shows and events from MA to VA!
Our daughter is an amazing artist & designer... she is ready to soar!
Never know where life will bring you~

Stay true to yourself & find your own unique style.
It will tell the story of your life~

Wednesday, March 8

Pen & Ink Hedgehog on vintage baby dress~

Good Morning, Friends!
I need your help~
Please send me a private message if you purchased this little vintage baby dress.
It was several years ago~

Hope your day is off to a great start!
Wishing your heart every sweet happiness~

Friday, March 3

Wedding in the meadow

Snippets from Meadow Wedding~
Sweet little Rosie Emm with her handsome groom and dear maidens.
Springtime brings the most beautiful blush-pink flowers to the meadow.
They gathered a basket of blossoms for bouquets and head wreaths~
Tucked a sprig in Jameston's coat & called upon the sparrows to sing!
(Copyright Meadow Wedding 1997 Michelle L. Palmer)

When I watch West Side Story my little friends end up planning
another wedding. My husbands sister sang One Hand, One Heart
for our vows... it will always be one of my favorites.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Friends!

Wednesday, March 1

Bee Skep Collection

'Lavender Blossom Skep' Copyright 2017 Michelle L. Palmer

No. 4 in my punch needle skep collection!
The bees look as if they are taking shelter from the sun or rain
'neath the lavender blossom!

Two more skep patterns to write~
Then I write more of the botanical patterns.

Some of the storms rolling in are severe~
Praying all stay safe.

Thank you for stopping by, Friends!

Sunday, February 26

Bee Loved Skep

"Bee Loved Skep" "Bee Skep in Blue & Yellow" and "Flow Blue Bee Skep"
Copyright 2017 Michelle L. Palmer

Then there were three!
I enjoy punch needle... it's the pattern writing that takes me some time!
No matter how many notes I take I always forget to write down
one or two DMC numbers. Then the search is on.

Some deeper, richer, colors for this hive.
Their floss palette has so many gorgeous jewel tones!
I finally brought a few home~ they had been wiggling in the
display case for years, "Pick me! Choose me!"
I'm so glad I did...

The next pattern is more muted... shabby chic colors!

Hope you have a wonderful week, Sweet Friends!

Friday, February 24

Bunny in the carrot patch!

My little bunny friend has hopped on by to wish you a wonderful weekend!
Discovered a small cut of marbleized fabric...
...the perfect color for a patch of carrots!

Tuesday, February 21

Be an original~

Be an original~
Nobody deserves to be copied.
It is so much brighter when you don't walk in the shadows of another.

Hope your week is off to a great start, Friends~

Saturday, February 11

Flow blue and yellow bee skep~

These two colors are never far from my palette.
Regardless of what medium I am working in~
they are the perfect color pair to my heart!

The days are getting a bit brighter and longer~
The gardens are starting to call.
Researching seeds and designing a large fenced area for our pup!
I would love a wall filled with cavities for bee skeps~
That one might have to stay on my wish list!

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

Friday, February 10

Stand up for yourself~

There are times when we have to stand up for ourselves.
Take legal steps to protect what we have worked so hard for.
It isn't easy.

This little guy and his message were written on my heart today~
Let your faith be bigger than your fear.
Hebrews 13:6

Wishing your heart peace, Friends~

Fabric Illustration Bunny & Sparrow~

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

No matter where our feathered friends perch~
They bring our hearts joy!
Chickadees are dancing on the feeder...
Juncos and Mourning Doves are cleaning up the ground &
Cardinals, Titmouse and Woodpeckers swoop in for a nibble!

The sun is peeking through after our snow storm overnight~
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 8

Teddy and Honey Bee~

From time to time I open one of my sketchbooks that has
sat untouched for too long.
I glance through the pages and find something new~
As though it wasn't my hand, my heart, that put it there!

Other times a small design sketch will remind me of a collection 
that was manufactured into a gift program!

My most favorite pages are those with notes & drawings
tucked into corners or margins by one of our children.
Their childhood was filled with art festivals, 
Christmas open houses, art shows and sales.
There was always a sketchbook open...
Always a mound of them stacked within their reach and
they were free to look through them.

Their little masterpieces are my most treasured entries!

Hope your day is off to a great start, Sweet Friends~
Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 7

Wren friends~

When sweet friends come to call~
Yesterday afternoon brought a little wren to our kitchen windowsill!

He is a bit early!
I'm sure he was just passing through~
Perhaps he was taking a quick trip to check on his summer house?

Hope you're having a wonderful week, Friends~

Thursday, February 2

Punch Needle Bee Skep Valentine

I think this will be the summer that I finally build a bee bole to house 
my two favorite bee skeps. They have been part of our home decor
for 12+ years because they are made of natural materials.
They would rot when exposed to our weather.
I couldn't bring myself to put the hives/skeps in the garden because
I felt the bees would make it their home and then as it wore down
they would be without shelter. 
I will find the perfect stones, study up on the weather side, air space needed etc.

These two bee Valentines are headed home for a nice bowl
of honey stew with a dash of daisy petals~
Home is where the heart his~

Hope you're having a great day, Friends!

Wednesday, February 1

Good Morning, February!

Sharing their hearts on this first day of February!

I have a collection of antique & vintage papers, books, magazines~
Some bins are filled with worn & tattered keepings.
 The woman I got them from found value in them and
passed on that love to me!
They are bygone treasures~
Never to be printed again... some may be the only existing copies.

Bits and pieces put together with a new life!

When working with old paper I scan my final design and keep 
a digital file. Old paper was made from various fibers, rag content etc.
and is not acid-free. It may yellow or stain other papers that it touches.
Enjoy the works you make & keep a fresh image for production.

Wishing you a February filled with love & happiness~

Thursday, January 26

Vintage linens

This is one of those linens~
I had ten different ideas for how to illustrate the empty areas!

Perhaps there was a bowl of fruit originally kept in the center area...

A pair of candle sticks... one to either side?

~ or ~

I love white on white~

No matter what condition they are in~
A soak brings out their beauty!
Wear areas are proof that they were loved and treasured.

In all the years I have been gathering linens...
I have never found two alike.
Just like snowflakes~

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