Monday, December 31

December Hoar Frost

Every blade of grass~

Every gently twisted tendril~

Blanketed with frosted crystals.

December shared one more beautiful and peaceful dawn~

The field dances with dried plants~
Still plenty of seeds available for our feathered friends.
Still standing after coatings of ice, feet of snow and blustery winds!

Wishing you a safe, happy and joyful New Years Eve!

Praying your New Year is filled with peace, love and great health~
Thank you for sharing your year with me!
I hope you will join me here again throughout 2019!

Friday, December 21

Antique and vintage linen treasures

 Winter whites warm my heart~
With some warmer days I started adding some forget me nots and hearts!

I know the winter winds will continue to bring storms and frigid temperatures~
For now we will enjoy a few warm moments & the whisper of Spring.

Hearts so tender~
I hope you have been enjoying this beautiful season!


This rooster piece became mixed in...
It was the perfect excuse to sketch a nesting hen!

It smells like forget me not weather~
I couldn't help but add a wreath of love!

Wishing you a joy-filled Holiday Season~
Praying that family and friends arrive safe and sound!
May wonderful new memories be written on your hearts~

Wednesday, November 28

Rug hooking patterns~

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
The four of us were together for a quiet dinner. It was nice to hold still as
both Alaina and Will work retail/entertainment. A busy time for them.
Dean and I are so grateful for their love and laughter.

So hard to believe December is just a blink away!
I have been trying to finish "Jasper & Snickers," my donkey rug,
so that I can start on a prim Santa project!
I translated this prim friend from one of my paintings... he is such a tease.
Those eyes!
I'm not good at starting new rugs while one is still unfinished. 
Not a bad thing but I would LOVE to work on a seasonal piece
at the same time and not feel guilty~ (giggle)
I think it is because I don't want to confuse wool palettes
in my small project area.

I have added some new rug hooking patterns to my Etsy Shop
They are hand drawn onto primitive linen.
I do my best to keep lines straight on the grain.

'Buffalo Check Santa' with his bluebird of happiness!
Inspired by one of my punch needle designs, the smaller size has a starry sky.

'Buffalo Check Santa' with his bluebird of happiness~
The larger size has the same twig border and tree...

'White Birch Snowman' with his Cardinals~ based on my punch needle design.

'White Birch Snowman' with his Cardinals~ based on my punch needle design.

'Jasper and Snickers' are coming along! 
There are not enough 'play' hours to the day~
I never want to rush just to get something finished.
Snickers face is almost done! That is the most challenging part for me,
capturing the likeness and character. Once I finish his eye area and those ears...
I will be able to zip the soil in and crochet the edges!

Always thinking of hearts that are recovering from hurricanes,
flooding, fires, health emergencies and family loss~
You're never far from our hearts and prayers.

Wishing your hearts joy~

Friday, November 23

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello, Friends!
Happy Thanksgiving~
I hope you have been surrounded by those you love.
With so many destructive storms, fires and illness~
Please know you're in our thoughts and prayers.

Has been a while since I posted... I had lost my password.
All reset and updated!
I have so much to share with you!
Will begin to catch up this week~

Thankful for you~
It is always so nice to meet each of you here.
Thank you for visiting, commenting... following along my creative journey!
Thank you for supporting my art.
My whole family appreciates you and your kindness~

Wishing you a creative Holiday Season!
Wishing your hearts peace, joy and love~

Monday, October 1

Wool hooked Donkey~

Jasper & I would like to wish you beautiful October days!

This big fella is a wonderfully cozy wool blanket
while I'm working on him~
He's gaining weight with every strip! 
...I think I am, too! (giggle)

All the best to you, Friends!

Monday, September 24

Donkeys Hooked Rug~

Sweet Jasper & Snickers~ 39" x 30" copyright 2018 Michelle L. Palmer

These furry loves have been very patient!
A beautiful summer... a very hot summer, I started this rug in early July.
Too much wool to have covering my lap until the cooler days arrived.

In a blink our evenings are chilly and the donkeys are perfect
to relax with after work~

I was a little nervous to begin Jasper...
He is the sweetest fella and I hope to capture a likeness.
From a distance animals have a general similarity~
Up close, they're unique.
Up close, they're endearing.
They touch and come close~

I'll share pictures as Jasper and Snickers fill in more~
Working with #4, #6 and #7 strips on primitive linen.

Wishing you joy-filled Autumn days, Friends!

Wednesday, August 29

Punch needle Holsteins & Chickadees~

Copyright 2018 Michelle L. Palmer

Punching projects!
I added new patterns to my shop this week~
The chickadees are five separate patterns, a collection.
I punched my model of them as one long piece... something different.

 Punching is relaxing... but I don't know when to stop.
Hands and fingers grow weary~

Nexcare by 3M makes a wonderful tape~
has a little cushion to it!
Found in most drug stores.
Apply the amount that works best for your comfort.

It stays put and stays clean...

No sticky residue.

Wrapped around tiny needle felting tools~
Good to go for hours!
Did you say laundry? Dishes to wash? I'll get to them...

I had to get my August girls finished before September arrived!
A very painterly piece~
Now that they are finished I wish I would have punched them
twice this size so that I could add even more detail.

The perfect excuse to design a hooked rug of them!

I think miss matched tea cups are charming~
Antique shops are filled with single beauties just waiting to held again.
Always fun to see which cup friends choose. I gravitate toward the blue ones.

Chickadees love to perch on stems & tendrils when we decorate for Harvest.
I think they would enjoy some pumpkin spice tea on frosty mornings!

I have added a paper pattern of the entire Pumpkin Tea collection to my Etsy shop.
Punched in a row just as I made the models.
They're also available individually~
I thought this would be fun to offer!

Hope you have a wonderfully creative Labor Day weekend, Friends!
Thank you for stopping by~

Monday, August 6

Snowmen Meadow quilting fabric

'Snowmen Meadow' copyright Michelle L. Palmer/ P&B Textiles

Snowmen in the meadow...
After a three hour drive to my moms house our children
were ready to run off some energy!
They didn't want a snack.
They didn't want to sit.
They didn't want television.
They were not interested in books.
The toys would wait...
They wanted outside!
Bundled up~ they would slide down Gramma's little hill.
Mom would pull the scooters out and the three of them would attempt to
ride them up & down her driveway. She told the kids they had snow tires!
Mom always had snow. (Except for the dash through summer & fall)
Her snow always seemed to be perfect for snowman making!
Our children will always have those treasured memories and
I will always be drawn to snowmen.

Squares for quilts, Christmas stockings, tote bags, table runners & place mats!
Stitched with simple trims around the border they would
make fun ornaments to hang on a cupboard knob...
Wouldn't they be fun around the bottom of a Christmas tree skirt?!
Unique pocket designs!
Small pillows stuffed with balsam! Mmmmmmm~
Stitched to the tops of pre-purchased pillows~
There must be more things we could make!

The collection is promised to arrive any day now!
I'm so happy with how the pen & ink illustrations translated to fabric~

Part of the panel and border design~ these are in full color!
The border would be fun as a Christmas tree skirt, too...

More of the panel images~

We're not rushing winter winds~
These warm August days are always my favorite!

Just had to share a peek of what's arriving in shops soon~
Please let me know if you see it in your favorite store!

Hope you have a nice week, Friends!

Wednesday, August 1

August Girls~

"The Girls" copyright 2018 Michelle L. Palmer

The Girls in August pastures~
Hills and meadows have become dry and golden from our warm summer days.
It's milking time for the ladies and they're gathering a quick
snack before crossing.

A slow August breeze passes over the grasses just out of their reach~
I hope August takes it time and stays awhile.

The Girls have been very patient... 
Work & projects keep popping up in front of them.
Sometimes that is the perfect pace for some pieces!
I get to look at them and ponder...
Look at them and get fresh perspective!
My punch needle design will be different from the original watercolor...
Propped up in my little studio~ they're telling a different story!

Hope your August days are filled with creative projects!
Thank you for stopping by, Friends~

Thursday, July 19

Punch needle Holstein cows~

'The Girls' copyright 2018 Michelle L. Palmer

Punch needle project currently in my hoop~
These grazing Holsteins are interpreted from one of my very early watercolor paintings.

Summer on a farm~
The Girls would talk to each other as they crossed over the hill and
headed out to pasture for the day~
They were still carrying on conversation at milking time
as they slowly made their way back to the barn.
I loved to hear our neighbor calling them home and
  the sound of their hoofs clopping across the paved road. 
The cows knew exactly which stanchion was theirs...
Each with their own name~
They're just perfect.

Hope your summer has been going great, Friends!

Sunday, July 1

Punch Needle White Whale Lighthouse

'White Whale Lighthouse' copyright 2018 Michelle L. Palmer

Happy Summer, Sweet Friends!
July has come in with heat!
Perfect time for some needlework projects~ keeping cool inside!

Cover to cover is filled with beautiful patterns & tutorials!
The Old Tattered Flag carries it in their charming shop~
Found it on the shelf at Barnes & Noble Bookstore and JoAnn Fabrics!

The weather map is painted so pretty in hot pink, red, orange...
The week ahead will be filled with Independence Day
celebrations and record breaking heat. 
Wishing you safe travels and relaxation with those you love!

Thursday, June 14

Flag Day

~Flag Day~
We went to Stars & Stripes Flag Store this afternoon to purchase a new flag.
The cotton flag I received at my bridal shower has faded a little. 
Has flown strong for almost 26 years!
Not a fray or sign of wear on it.

All proceeds from the Stars & Stripes Flag Store go to support
our local Veteran community.

Got to spend the day with this amazing lady~
We picked up a small flag to share!

455 South Street, Rochester, NY

The door is so pretty...
Had to share a picture of the pretty wreath!

Land that I Love~

Hope this note finds your hearts happy!