We had sooo much fun and the show was fantastic!!!
My husband came with me to help and this year Taylor tagged along.
I think I saw Taylor a total of 15 minuted the entire day....she ran around the farm feeding chickens and ducks, petting goats, holding kittens and riding horses. Needless to say she did not want to leave. I don't think we'll have to beg her to come with us next year : )
Unfortunately I didn't get out much to take pics but I can show you the great things I bought.
And take a few minutes to visit the show blog.....they will be uploading pics of this years show soon:
I almost died when I came across this framed sampler dated 1828. It is amazing!!! And the first thing I did when I came home was hang it up. The more I look at it the more I love it.
It's all blackwork except for a letter M in red toward the bottom.
So...my plan for this beauty is to reproduce it and offer it as pattern so everyone can enjoy it as much as I have.
The sweet little wallpaper box I found last year at the show.....but the piece of linen and the piece of tan homespun I found this year. And the seller had so many pieces of old blue homespuns......ugh....I could kick myself now for not grabbing them up.
This was Taylor's favorite horse. Although she loved them all.
In the Spirit of Friends show was held in conjunction with Heritage Days at Malabar Farm. It's the first year they've done this and we really enjoyed it. There were Civil War re-enactor's, horse and pony rides, and more vendors and the best food.
Here is this years Malabar Farm design.....a sweet little Pinkeep.
Every year I will design something new. Last year was a sweet little Pocket Roll.
And the back I added a little homespun pocket.
I have just a few patterns for this sweet little Pinkeep, they are $10. if you would like to have one....just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
So....as you know I had the pleasure to teach at the Attic in Mesa Arizona earlier this year. And a dear sweet friend, Renee Plains, was kind enough to let me stay with her.
Well....while I was there she asked me if I would be interested in designing a little schoolgirl sampler for the new book she was working on. Welllll.....Yeah
The book just came out and I can hardly hold in my excitement!!!
The book is beautiful and it's full of great pics of an old Kansas schoolhouse and of old pics of children that Renee has been collection over the years.
And on top of all the great pics the book is full of wonderful projects..
And drum roll please : ).....
Ta Da....here it is.....my sampler is in a book.
It's a very sweet and simple little schoolgirl sampler done on linen with silk threads I found at the Attic.
As much as I truly love to stitch and design samplers I'd have to say that the next best thing is meeting such wonderful people along the way that I'm honored to call friends.
Thank you again Renee
And something else fun to share......I have Walnut Crystals now
They are packaged in 1 oz. packages and include directions how to use them to get the good aged look that I love so much.
They are $8.50 and if you would like to order some just send me an email at:
I'll also be adding them to me website for purchase and listing them on eBay.
And wait....I'm not done yet. I now accept :
along with Pay Pal, check or money order for your convenience.
Have a wonderful day my friends and Happy Stiching