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~