Aug 31, 2017


past tense of conflict: conflicted; past participle: conflicted
  1. be incompatible or at variance; clash, vary, be at odds, in conflict, differ, disagree, contrast, collide
  2. having or showing confused and mutually inconsistent feelings
That's me.  About everything it seems.  I don't know if the menomoods are over and I am back to what I used to be (was I always confused?), or if this is the final phase.  I can't remember what I used to be, this ride started so long ago there may be no going back!  My once coarse hair is now so fine I can barely see it lying on the counter.  It used to look like 20 gauge wire.  Oh well.
Today's conflict was whether I should stitch tiny ornaments for one of my Christmas trees, or not.  I have been leaving them bare, like the look.  After searching a few sites for very small and simple designs, my cart is still empty.  Didn't find any alphabet blocks that I liked, not very primitive.  So what if I used a coarse linen and just stitched a single large letter on each in rice or eyelet, maybe with a sprig of holly, completing the alphabet?  Sounded good.  Then I decided against that and thought I should stitch Mary Monier.  Back to the ornaments.  And then I ate a watermelon.  Really.  So how long will the conflict last?  Indecision has been life for quite some time, but this feels different.
I also had two hissy fits today.  One was because I saw a young man at the grocery store with a t-shirt that I don't feel is appropriate in a very large store at a plaza filled with shoppers.  It's available on Amazon and in very large block letters states "HIGH as F***".  Reeked of marijuana.  A volunteer working with my nephew OD'd the same day at 24, another gone.  She started with alcohol, then included weed, finally added needles to her demise.  Free speech or not, show a little respect in public and stay out of your damn car when you're stoned.  Another young life was lost two weeks ago in an auto accident caused by a stoned driver.

Then I find out that my friend's friend on Medicaid and food stamps, just paid $75000 cash for a new house and $5000 for the furnishings.  I thought the agencies check your assets and resources.  Obviously, they are stoned too.  But if she has her assets under a relative's name, they would not find it.  I know too many people that have to fight like hell for help they truly need and get very little, and too many that don't need help and get way too much. 

My husband is on his way back from a good doctor visit, and stopping to buy another watermelon for me.  That's about as plant-based as I get.

Have a good one.


Aug 29, 2017

A box

A box that I have had for many many years and will never mount a stitched piece to. The inside is pretty rough and should have a bottom lining to hide the glue.  Height is 3", overall 5 1/2" square, 5" recess with 4 3/4" mounting board.  Recess has a deeper edge to allow for the gathered fabric on the underside of the mounting board.  The center of the board is left bare and glued to the wood to secure. This is not for framing a piece, only a padded mounting.  If anyone is interested, $5 + $5 shipping to US.


Aug 27, 2017

The big one

Nope.  Not getting rid of my monster bowl, just don't want to put it out again until I have a plan.   I want to rid the rooms as much as possible, wait a while, and start fresh, a different perspective.  Finding a spot to store everything until then is the problem.
  Filling this bowl with gourds and fall items is tricky.  It is so large and deep that nothing really shows unless it is a very large pumpkin.  I filled the bottom once with dried beans to elevate gourds and it took eight bags.  A large single pumpkin does well, but I do not want to think about fall.
Finding a place for excess items during the decluttering process is a vicious circle.  I put them in another room, try to rid that room of clutter, and everything is moved again.  I cleared the basement of excess last month and it looks like it will be filled again, the logical solution for now. 
I have bags of large dried primitive gourds that were moved to the attic, most were for Patti's wheelbarrows, and a sack of dried corncobs for a tree she wanted to make.  The cobs are all in the woods now but I will take the gourds to a few shops, maybe they would like to decorate with them. 

Sale starts today.
Enjoy the last Sunday of August.
I am woman, hear me whine.

Aug 26, 2017

My goal

My tastes are changing and have been for some time.  I have repeatedly mentioned that I am interested in a sparse look, less clutter.  So what do I do with all this stuff? 
Mom's area is now the dining room, larger than our original small room.  I am tired of dusting chairs in a room we don't use, tired of looking at the clutter, so the old dining room will be cleaned out.  If we have a large party (when hell freezes over), a simple adjustment can accommodate more guests here.  As an example, this is what I am trying to accomplish - less items, focus on pieces, calm and peaceful. 
Before - Bowls and stitching and dookies and loaded cupboards.
After - A door will be made to close the cupboard but until then, the baskets stand out as they should, not a bunch of smalls that the eye just flits over.  A writing and stitching table with plenty of light and little clutter.  A chandelier pulled out of the way (I want to sell this one).  When the doors close the cupboard, you will notice the samplers on the wall.  It's not as it will be when finished, but closer.
Now where do I put the chairs?  And the monster bowl that is too large to set anywhere?  It's always something.

Aug 25, 2017

Sale date

Items on the For SALE page will be offered starting at 1 pm EST on Sunday the 27th.  Check is fine.  Paypal is fine.  Any questions, please email me,

  It sure feels like fall.  Really cheated this year of my favorite season.  Very late start, very early close.  I found two monster zucchinis this morning and made three loaves of  Death by Chocolate zucchini bread.  We really like the chocolate zucchini bundt cake, but every year I get requests for this loaf and it seems to be the favorite.
Recipe here.

The sale items will stay on the page until they are gone.  I decided not to split them into two sales because they certainly will not all sell at one time anyway.
Enjoy your weekend! 
Texas, we're all thinking of you and hoping for the best.

Making a table sampler

Yep.  After playing with Susannah I decided to pull out another stored sampler. 
This is The Goode Huswife Ruth's Sampler (with changes of course) and the linen is so sheer that I couldn't see the aging .  Originally she was sewn into a padded envelope with a pocket on the back but it still wasn't making me smile.  I thought she was the perfect shape for another table sampler.

I didn't want to fuse interfacing but it needed a backing so ..... I counted out 15 threads from each side and pulled out the 16th.  Then I folded the linen back directly on that line and pressed, ripped a piece of muslin to fit.  Using a fusible hem tape, I attached the muslin around the edges.  No need to stabilize the fringe with a row of stitching, the fusible won't allow more raveling.
Big difference?  I trimmed the edges to the same distance from the muslin and fringed, then roughed it up. 
Lots of places for her to rest, and I intend to age the linen more. 
That will be it for table samplers, the only ones I have primitive enough and the right shape.  Too bad I didn't stitch Ruth on the same linen as Susannah.  It is so perfect for this ... thick, soft, nubby.  Poor Ruth is skimpy, scratchy, flat.
That's it!  Have a good day.

Aug 24, 2017


on prices after wasting a lot of time checking online sellers.  Some prices are very high for Aida, reasonable for linen, and some are outrageous.  So I did what I thought was fair, please comment with your thoughts if you check the page.  Shipping is not included, almost all will be First Class at $5 or less.  You can email me for a more accurate cost or request Priority.
Now.  About Susannah.  I needed to take a photo and when I threw her on the table, I felt a twinge of regret.  Still thinking about her and since the sale is next week, I have a few days.  She looks really nice on a old table and is a perfect size and shape for this type of display.  Anyone else throw a sampler over a table top?  I haven't found another one that works this well mainly because of the primitive design and heavy linen.  Sounds like I'm keeping her, but I still have the chart just in case.  She is aged and stained, has been in a drawer for quite some time but she's breathing freely now.

It's freezing here.  So disgusted. 
Still watching the chicks grow.  They were all gray fuzz but now they are getting their true feathers.  It's hard to get a decent photo because their bald heads are in constant pecking mode!  I hope they grow quickly because hunting season is in two months.   Deer season is September and the fawns are still spotted, hoping their moms make it through.
Have a good day.

Aug 22, 2017

O Susannah (French)

will be included in the sale as will my sampler sack.  I am tired of this one also and it's not like I don't have the chart to stitch it again (which I will not), in fact, I have so many that I can enjoy a little fire.
My surgery went quickly and was painless, wish I could say the same about the post-op.  It will get better I am sure but it will take quite some time to adjust to the gaping void.  Suck it up!
I hope I haven't irked everyone by showing pieces that I decide to add.  Just thought it would give you an idea of what is being offered before the actual offer. 

We had a heavy downpour and as soon as it ended, the birds appeared.  Chicks are growing but still small enough for the brats.
One in king size and his double in half size.   The lovers came in after the rain.
Enjoy your week.

Aug 21, 2017

Happy Eclipse day

to everyone that will be viewing the event.  I did not get the glasses and nature would probably call me away at that very time anyway.  Damn antibiotics.  What really ticks me off is the tooth being extracted tomorrow does not bother me at all.  But I guess the dying nerve can wreak havoc in the gums which has happened.  I just hope the bone graft he will use to fill the root cavity doesn't make it worse.  And guess what?  Another week of meds and sticking close to the bathroom.  Certainly putting a damper on the end of what has been a very short and very cool summer.
So about the sale .... it will be next week.  I haven't priced the others yet and need to buy boxes or padded envelopes for shipping just in case items sell, I want to be prepared. 
As for stitching, I find I am searching for food in the evening because my hands are idle.  Maybe I should look for a small to work on.  I have all that dotted linen that struck my fancy a while back and designs on it would be very small, but then I have more pieces to display.  So they should be Christmas ornaments.  But do I still think those dots are the bee's knees?  
For some reason (hormones revisited?) I am changing once again.  This time, even my favorite candle scents are causing my delicate olfactory sense to find them quite objectionable.  In other words, my big snorter thinks they stink.  Carole has a new hoard of candles now.  And if I could find a decent piece of fairly private property that didn't cost as much as the house, I would be building instead of trying to fix this one.  It's like crabass at defcon level 1, just waiting for someone to light the fuse and release my claws.
One thing that hasn't changed is my preference for sampler shapes.  I am drawn to longer and thinner pieces, really like my Fiske and Redd large squares,
but these wide rectangles, not so much.  I fringed Susannah all the way around, another mystery linen that raveled and I hated but primitive enough for this reproduction.  At one time she was hanging free, but now she is lying on the bench or table.  I have never understood the usage of lying and laying so if it's incorrect, excuse.  (Seeing the result of modern day teaching of grammar and spelling on social media, I should be concerned?) I am considering adding her to the sale also.  Susannah was not very good at alignment and this one is very primitive.
Lydia would look very nice in a black frame, she was wrapped around a large mache box and fit perfectly, but I tired of the box displays, too.  What the hell? 
My hair is even changing from bulky fuzz to flat thinning fuzz.  When I say that to someone they laugh, and obviously have no idea how badly a large claw around their neck would hurt.
Have a good day folks.

Aug 19, 2017


Not sure if this is the end, but here are a few more.  The long ones are lined padded cases for skinny magnifiers in Amber linen.  Not absolutely sure about the Goode Huswife's Pennsylvania Beehive piece yet, but I think it's going.  Was going to add Two Horses but not sure about that one either.  Mark is telling me to keep those two.  I just have too many and am keeping mostly reproduction smalls.  I really want to reduce clutter and also be able to notice the piece without it getting lost in a grouping.
I remember what a chore it was when I offered too many boxes at one time and had to pack them.  I may split the lot into two sales, just to make it easier for me.  I have a week to decide and when the page is ready with prices and all items, I will let you know. 
Hope the weekend is going well.

Aug 18, 2017

For your viewing

I've listed the sale items on the For SALE tab under the header photo for you to view.  You can email with questions, additional information, comments, just click the link.  I haven't worked on prices for everything yet, the photos took quite a while and posting forever!  So I am done for now.   
I am having major pain again with the jaw and having a tooth extracted beginning of next week.  With this TMJ flareup, I don't even know how he can work on me since my mouth only opens so far.  Regardless, a little miserable right now and I'm sure much more next week so the sale may be the last week of August.  Did I just say that?  Last week of summer?  Just added to my misery.  I will post before the sale to let you know when it will be.
Have a good weekend.

Aug 17, 2017

One more thing

Greetings folks.  Yes, I know comments are disabled.  I am tiring of dealing with an intruder, registered with Google so the only way to block is to stop it all.  Decided to report to Google and let them handle it.
The sale next week will be by email as were the boxes.  Still working on descriptions and photos for you.

I wanted to add to yesterday's post but before that - if any of you use the PITA flea meds on your cats, here is a real deal.  Pet Armor Plus has the same active ingredient as Frontline for less.  I can only find 4 packs in the store, no longer the 6.  So I checked online and the 6 pack must be on clearance because it is only $25.  Great price for 6 vials if you have multiple cats.
One thing I forgot to add about the naked samplers.  If there is a chance you may frame them at some point, do not use fusible interfacing.  I always do when making a tuck or ornament, but not for framing.  It stabilizes the linen for hanging but the fusing would prevent any stretch to the piece when lacing or mounting to get a perfect edge. 
A few Christmas designs which are packed away with the others, were done differently.  I wanted more structure to the wimpy linen so I fused medium weight interfacing to muslin, laid the fused muslin on the back of the linen, folded the side edges over it and pressed, and folded down the top to create the hem pocket for the braid or boning.  It completely lines the linen, makes a nicer presentation, no folded edges visible through a sheer fabric.
That's all folks!

Aug 16, 2017

The fringed and the free

In response to a question regarding the way I display some samplers, here are some photos to show the backs of the pieces that are unframed, fringed, or hemmed.
But first there's this.  A few happenings from the last few days.  When I was on the phone scheduling Carole's Direct TV tech, he kept saying "Wednesday the 16th".  I kept saying "Wednesday is the 15th".  Since I was having a difficult time with his accent, I thought maybe I was hearing sixteen but it was actually fifteen that he was repeating.  ONE SIX.  Sorry sir, ONE FIVE is Wednesday!  This went on for a few minutes until I glanced at the top of the Carole's calendar to see that it is for 2018.  So if anyone is interested, August 16th is on a Thursday next year.
I was concerned about Nitzy since he has a wound on his leg and spend the entire day indoors.  That never happens.  But he bounced back and was fine the next morning.  For two nights, I have screamed his name out back to come in for the night.  When I scream, I open wide and suck in creating a vacuum that can be too strong for small insects.  It brought in a few moths hanging around the door light.  None flew down my throat and all were removed with a good mouth rinse.
Not paying attention to where I was going, I walked into the hummer feeder and had really sweet hair for a while.
I was cleaning out the grain bin in the back room, bending over to reach the bright orange lid to a spray paint can at the very bottom, and was surprised when it blew fluorescent orange over my upper body, the wall, and window.  Seems I left the ground marking paint which has a nozzle straight up and uncovered, in the wrong place.  That stuff is very difficult to remove once dried.
So here's the photos.  The majority of these are done on stiff unbleached linen, and pressing with a hot iron is usually enough to hold back the sides.  A few have machine sewn sides in a thread matching the linen color.  A hem is sewn on the tops and boning or horsehair braid is slipped inside.  Once the edge is pressed, before sewing the hem down, the braid or bone can be attached to the back hem piece directly on the pressed edge instead of inserting in a sewn hem.  Both items can be found at JoAnn's in the notions aisle with elastics and banding.  These samplers should have interfacing fused or a muslin lining since some are sheer, but I never did.  I would hang as soon as completed and expect to go back later.  It's later.
 This is typical of the stiff linens, pressed back leaving enough fabric for framing in the future (or not), top is hemmed with horsehair braid that is sewn to the back flap, or slipped through.  I count the linen threads out from the stitching on each side for proper centering.  This one has a machine sewn edge.  When fringing, make sure you leave enough linen at the bottom for future framing, before removing the threads.

This piece is over 30" long and has been hanging for a few years.  This one I am considering framing.  Same method, just pressed, boning at the top for extra support against sagging.
 Another pretty long piece on a little softer linen, but pressing was still enough to hold the edge.   The contrast thread zig zag is only on the edge to prevent fraying.  This one definitely needs a muslin lining.  I would open the top hem to insert the muslin and let it hang freely, cut to fit exactly within the pressed edges with the linen sides folded over the muslin so it doesn't show.
Big girl Lucy Redd is hemmed on four sides by machine, basting stitch for easy removal, with enough fabric for mounting to frame.  A few other smalls are also finished this way, no fringe. 
Lucy and Sally Fiske (23" x 25") both have boning in the top hem because of their size, which is heavier and stiffer than the horsehair braid.
I hope this helps answers any questions, but if not, email me.  This started as a way to display finishes rather than have them lying in a drawer until framing.  But after seeing a few antiques hanging naked, even stretched out of shape,  I prefer the more primitive samplers naked and unafraid.
Have a good one!

Aug 15, 2017

A few more

If anyone has suggestions as to how to offer the pieces, please do so.  I don't know if I should just open a sale page and list them all or a few a week.  I doubt they will sell for a while.  It's like trying to sell eggs in a hen house.  You're all stitchers!  Why would you want stitchery!
Took all afternoon to get the TV set up at Carole's and then 2 HOURS on the phone with Direct TV to get an upgraded box in order for the new UHD to look like it.  I sure hope it helps with the clarity, otherwise, pack it up and exchange.  The tech was very very nice and polite but I had a very hard time understanding him, more difficult than any other tech conversation.  But the new box is coming Wednesday and we're keeping fingers crossed.
That's all folks.
Probably the last of the sale items but you never know.
Have a good hump day.

Aug 13, 2017

Where's the heat?

Hi folks.  Hope your weekend went well.  We were close ... but still haven't needed the air conditioner in weeks.  August is half over.  So upset the end is near and we've had such a short summer.  Jacqueline was surprised that I wanted a hot summer after complaining about my hot flashes (for years), but when I am hot and sticky from the weather, I do not notice them much at all.  As soon as I am cooled off, they make me feel like a roasted marshmallow melting off the stick.
Anyway, I wanted to mention that if anyone needs an answer to a question, please click the link to email me directly.  There are so few left that are not no-reply and I have no way to respond.  That being said, here's a few tidbits of info.
Yes, stuffed cabbage freezes well. 
Watching my carbs is not technically a diet.  I just read labels and try to hold the total to around 50 carbs a day, some days less, some days more.   Lots of info online about counts in various foods.  Dove dark is 5 carbs.  Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom chocolate ice cream is fabulous and actually has fiber which can be deducted from the carb count, very doable!  If I have a cupcake day, I am just more strict the next.  I love meat and layered salads, mayo based dressings, so this works better for me than WW did.
The design shown in the selling photo with the large bird is Random Thoughts by Sheepish Designs.
I don't know when the sale will be, hoping to have decisions made this week and sale next week.  I thought Ebay may be easier for me but I may just list them on the blog page.  I added a few more, not absolutely sure, still gathering and thinning.
I'll post the photos and descriptions ahead of the sale and give notice of when it will be.
I will mention that none of them will be able to be disassembled and framed.  I cut my seam allowance short and usually seam close to the stitching, nothing at all left for mounting or framing.  The Random Thoughts design was at first a large drum, which I tired off, and changed to shelf display.
Thanks for visiting.

Aug 12, 2017

A stinky day

But worth it.

A few more to add to the sale.  Probably more coming.

Aug 11, 2017

As primitive as it gets

That's what I think this pouch is, stitched from Notforgotten Farm's Pennsylvania Pillowe design.  It is stained, the linen threads broken from sanding, errors in stitching.  Fully lined and beat up.  This will be one of the items for sale soon.

My Simple Life magazine came and there is an article entitled "Keepers of the Flame", about antique wallets worked in the flamestitch as many of Ann's were.  One line brought a chuckle - "The purse of 'IP' was worked in 1773 by a not-too-skilled needlewoman who dealt with her mistakes by ignoring them"! 
By the time I got the camera, most of the flock was gone.  There was a little scuffle between the doe and hens, but everyone was able to have a snack.  See how tiny the chick is, to the left of its mom?
I have been trying to down the gallon of water daily before my next test (which was supposed to be this week) but I am having so much trouble.  I can't have iced tea, nothing with caffeine, so I am adding MiO flavors (love those little squirters) but still not drinking enough.  Slices of fruit in the water does nothing for me.  I'll keep trying though.
Good grief it's Friday and we're getting into the middle of August.  Since the start, evenings have been really chilly, not summer like at all.  Days have been below normal too.  So disappointed in the summer of 2017 which started with the furnace still running in JUNE!!  Damn.
Thanks for visiting.

Aug 9, 2017


Greetings folks.  Hope you enjoyed seeing Ann's work.  She has quite a collection of wallets, fifteen that I have shared.
Our weekend went well, Mark won a 40" SmartTV at the golf outing.  Since we need to replace Carole's old 36", this was great.  Except, she wants a 50", even though this is still larger than she had.  Does this frost my crabass?  You betcha.  I just bought her great grandkids new outfits and shoes for school, (love my Kohl's discounts!) and asked her to have the little guy try on the three pair I brought home for size.  Two fit.  She let them take the shoes home, and two days later he is playing outside in the woods with the new school shoes on.  I told her NOT to give them to him now because I know how irresponsible that family is, but she did anyway and let him keep two of the pairs instead of one.  When I had to give her my much loved car with the understanding she would take care of it, and then see it filthy, parked in the sun with her oak trees' catkins covering it instead of the garage, I could spontaneously combust. You know, I hate to get upset with her because I keep thinking she may be gone one day, but I am so fricking tired of grinding my teeth down to stubs.  So I scream at Mark and he answers with "you know what she is like".  So what are we doing?  Exchanging the 40" to get her the 50", according to my husband.  I am so tired of my family relying on me for everything.  How do you stop a situation that has been ongoing for many years, and how do you disappoint one brother, one sister, one nephew, when they are all you have?  How do you not feel you are failing your parents who helped her before they passed and asked you to continue?  How do you accept the way your gifts are accepted and abused, expected instead of appreciated?  Here's how.  Grow up!  If you can help someone, do it.  Do not expect them to take care of what you buy, it is a gift, and it will be ruined shortly.  It's now theirs, not yours.  If you want to help someone, do it. If you feel obligated instead of generous, get over it.  Help is help.  Do not expect them to be grateful, just feel good that you were able to make someone happy whether they deserve it or not.  If this is continually happening, and you get phone calls all the time asking to look up information online, run an errand, fill out a form, download a manual, fix something, pay for repairs, get groceries, pick up meds, just take a deep breath.  Take comfort in the fact that you are 13 years younger, much smarter, thinner, and cuter than they are.  And buy a good dental plan.
So now that that is off my non-existent chest, here's what I made today. 
Cupcakes for the Italian Home's golf league for husband and nephew birthdays.  Last night I cooked a monster cabbage to make halupki and it was in the basement fridge with the cupcake boxes, leaves laid over bowls and mugs so they don't tear.  When I opened the fridge, the smell was powerful but the boxes were only in there for an hour so they should be fine. 
That's all this crabass has to report today.
I'm going to be selling a few older stitcheries and am getting them ready. 
Nothing else involves a needle.
Thanks for visiting.

Aug 8, 2017

Wallets part 2

#4  Amy Mitten adapted her Ann Wade 1772 sampler into a Needleworker's Pocketbook.
Amy's website is
Ann Wade's tutorial is

This was on online class using 32 count Lambswool linen, Fibers to Dye For silk thread, silk ribbon and silk lining.  Stitches include buttonhole, eyelet, cross, tent and more.
#5  Mary Wright Alsop 1740-1829 is part of the extensive collections of Winterthur Museum and Gardens. All Queen Stitches, worked using 21 hues of silk thread on 32 count linen, glazed dusty rose colored inner cotton lining and silk ribbon
Kit is available from The Examplarery, Joanne Harvey

I think the queen (Rococo) stitch is a time consuming, detail oriented stitch.  It takes longer for me to do a single queen stitch than cross or tent stitches and some may find it hard to get into a rhythm, however, I love this stitch and the look of a wallet comprised entirely of queen.  Here is a look a the construction of a queen stitch -
You can watch an interesting video entitiled "Who's your Daddy?" that features the works of Mary Alsop, toward the end.  The long purses or reticules look stitched, but they are actually knitted with the finest of needles.  Amazing work, one of the beautiful items was worked at age 74.

#6  Flame Stitched Man's Wallet, Circa 1770.  This wallet appeared on a 2015 PBS Antiques Roadshow and I adapted and stitched this piece on 36 ct linen using Textile Reproduction ( vegetable dyed wool thread and linen lining.  Both Bargello and tent stitches were used.
#7  This is a wallet In Progress.  I'm adapting from the Winterthur Collection using 35 count Wichelt Antique Lambswool and Textile Reproduction vegetable dyed thread.  The entire wallet will be a repetition of 4 rows of green threads and 8 rows of red in various shades.  Finishing is yet to be determined.
Included is a picture of the actual Winterthur wallet.

And of course, there is .... the ponies.


That's all folks! 
Hope you enjoyed seeing these reproduction needleworks.  
Thank you Ann for sharing your work and passion!

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