Monday, May 22

Punched Needle Teddy Bear

I keep talking to this little guy in hopes that he will answer me~
'What color for your background, Little Friend?'

Our pup sits tilting his head...
(Confident that he is more deserving of my conversation & attention!)
I will toss some tennis balls with our main furry pal for now.

My little bear friend will have to think on his perfect background~

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

Friday, May 19

Lilacs & Bee

I would love to send my friend in Nevada a bouquet of lilacs
from our trees for her birthday~
I included all of our lilac colors into one punch needle sprig.
Not as fragrant...
Still from the heart~

We both love to garden and treasure our bee friends.

Saw a few fluffy bumble bees while we enjoyed warmer days!
I think they had a picnic basket & tiny jar of honey...
Our white spirea (bridal veil) is in full bloom.
I bet they patted down the grass underneath  a low hanging
branch and had a nice lunch together~

Hope you have a relaxing weekend, Friends!

Friday, May 12

Wool swatches and samples

~My wool reference guide~
Through the years I have gathered a lot of wool stripes, plaids, patterns etc.
I thought I would eventually use them for wool applique projects.
Then I fell head-over-heels for wool hooking.

I first saw this idea on Pinterest.
Cutting a small swatch of your wool textures and hooking
alongside of it for future reference.
I LOVE the textures!
Some of the hooked areas look just like the swatch~
Others are a great surprise.

One of my favorites...
The black and white diamond-like pattern.
I really like the black & white variegated texture once it is hooked.
I didn't purchase much of it... and now I wish I had more.

I will keep adding patterns and plaids~
This has helped me recognize the possibilities!
The textures will be fun to add to hooked pieces.

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

Monday, May 1

Our Winnie Wren has arrived home for the season~
Perched high in the flowering crabapple tree & calling to a suitor!

Both of these Springtime blues are blooming at the same time~
Beautiful and so very similar!
Above, Brunnera
Below, Forget me not

Our sweet Winnie~
Same house every Spring through the summer months...
Keeping us in song.

When you see them up close you can see the subtle differences~
Brunnera, a deeper blue

Forget me not, sky blue with a kiss of sunshine yellow in the center!

Hope Spring showers are waking up your gardens, too~

Thursday, April 27

Studio Wren Punch Needle

"Studio Wren" copyright 2017 Michelle L. Palmer

Our petite little friend always arrives when the forget me nots are blooming!
She will perch in the pines, dance across the fence top...
March across the window ledges!
Can you hear her sweet song?

This punch needle pattern is very painterly~
I used Instant Antique (Primitive Gatherings) to stain the background colors.

Some friends spritz their completed works to age & make them prim.

I like to spritz the floss prior to punching my designs.
Be sure to lay paper down to protect your surface from staining.
Take them out of the wrapper & spread out gently so they don't tangle.
Allow to dry completely before punching.

Hope your day is going great, Friends!
Thank you for stopping by~

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!