Look closely, magic is all around you.

Monday, November 16, 2009

OK, I love horses! I have since I was a little girl (I got this from my mom who also loved and owned a horse growing up) I had one too! Until I graduated from HS.
Well a friend took me riding a week ago Saturday. We went to Malabar Farms and it was truly gorgeous! The weather was perfect, we rode all afternoon, towards the end of the ride I had decided I was getting another horse one way or another. We were almost back to the horse trailer when my beautiful horse~Rain~first stumbled, then spooked from a deer, off I went, but not before tangling my right foot in the stirrup. Well, we were on a trail and it took the park rangers with EMS about 30 minutes to find us. Anita had a cell phone (I am so thankful!)Talk about feeling foolish! I had about 10 people looking down on me, an EMT starting an IV, as I sit on the ground covered in weeds. Then they splinted my ankle which was kinda just hanging there, load me on a stretcher and pop me into the back of a 4 wheel drive to get to the ambulance. So that night I had a 2 1/2 hour surgery. I am now the proud owner of 8 pins, a couple screws and a plate all covered with a cast. I went home last Sunday with instructions to elevate toes above nose every 45 min for 10 days, no weight bearing for 6 weeks followed by a boot for 5 weeks.
So, I am trying to look on the bright side~~more time to read, stitch, and design!! The first week really went by in a fog, due in large part to the pain meds I was on.
I'm feeling better and almost have a design finished! I also am about done with a small booklet of designs "Her Wicked Best" Anyhoo, thanks for listening. and looking at my pics. I am still determined to get a horse, however, I will ALWAYS wear boots when riding!! Back to the Dr tomorrow to get a new cast. I am so looking forward to getting outside! Really, the things we take for granted....

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Simply Eat Crow

I met Terri Duskin at In The Spirit Of Friends show at Malabar Farms. She has the coolest witchy things, which of course caught my eye!
Simply Eat Crow is the name of Terri's business, you can find her things on E-bay and in her shop.
Here are some pictures of Terri's neat shop and a few of a memorial to Seneca John~an Indian who was killed for supposedly practicing witchcraft. (the memorial is right down the road from Terri's shop: The Queen Bee and house.

Terri wrote an awesome poem about Seneca John, which I am going to make a design from! The pictures of the side of the memorial are of pudding stone, a really cool formation of different rocks.

Stay tuned for a new Etsy Shop~Her Wicked Best~ in which Terri and I will be displaying our wares!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Correct Legend for Tombstone Spots

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Major mistake!

Anyone who has Tombstone Spots, please e-mail me at Primitiveneedle@aol.com with your name and address. The legend is completely wrong. I will send you a corrected one. I'm in the process of contacting the shops who got this in St.Charles. Yikes! I am really sorry.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Info for Tombstone Spots

Stitch count: 148w x 198h
Linen: 40 count Heritage by Picture This Plus
Fibers: Weeks Dye Works-Butter Bean, Dried Sage, Sage, Thyme, Loden, Bark, Charcoal, Pelican Gray, Olive, Curry, Stone.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Thanks you guys!

For all the comments about the new St. Charles releases!

Here is the info for Witches Hollow~

stitch count: 197w x 395h
Fabric: 40 count Vintage Pear from Lakeside Linens
Fibers: Weeks Dye Works: charcoal (3 skeins are needed), white lightning, light khaki, moonglow, confederate gray, cadet, dried sage, butter bean, putty, schneckley, pecan, bright leaf, dove, thyme, bull frog, loden, caper, havana, bark, pelican gray, dolphin, seaweed, lucky, kudzu, moss, olive, whiskey, curry, gold, carrot, sweet potato, terra cotta, stone.
The Gentle Art: dried thyme, grecian gold, spring grass, old purple paint.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

And speaking of Bonnie

Here is Witches Hollow

Here's Let Your Life Speak

Here is Retro Halloween.


I'd like you all to meet Bonnie! She is the owner of Valley Framing in Valley City, Ohio. Framing needlework is her specialty and boy, does it show. She does an amazing job, and not only that, she never gives me the evil eye or anything when I bring 4,5, even 6 things that need framed like yesterday.
Thanks so much Bonnie!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Here's another one

Here is God Bless Us Everyone.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Witching Hour

St. Charles is coming up fast! Sept 26th and 27th. I picked up a few of my new designs from the framers yesterday.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

1632 New name is Crescent Angel

Isn't this just the coolest frame!?
This is one of my new designs for St. Charles

You can click on the pic to enlarge it~

Moon Witch

This little gal is my freebie for St. Charles. Mariah picked out the frame, I think it is just perfect!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Another St Charles release

Eve just finished this model, now to get a frame picked out.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Crunch Time!

this is Tombstone Spots before framing.

I dropped off a few things to be framed for St Charles and am waiting for 2 more models to be finished, then I can pick out frames for those too!
It has been such a busy summer, I hope I can kick it in gear and get ready for market!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

This has been one busy summer! Just got home this morning from Alabama and New Orleans. We had a great time, but it's always good to come home.
Mariah is all settled in at college and we are helping Cody move in Friday.
So it's time to get busy and get things ready for St. Charles.
I don't have any pics yet (but soon). So far it's looking like my new releases will be~~~
1. Witches Hollow~this is a pretty big design, Karen V did an awesome RR, and she so graciously allowed me to pattern my design from it. Charity is working away on the model.
2 Retro Halloween~this one is stitched (thanks to Marlaine) I just picked out a frame today. This design was inspired from a vintage piece of crepe paper.
3. Fly Needles Fly~ This one has a cool fall/Halloweeny verse, Julie is working on the model.
4. God Bless Us Everyone~this is a small Christmas design that Nicole just finished.
5~Let Your Life Speak~this is a Quaker type design that Eve is currently working on.
6~Tombstone Spots~this one is inspired by the grave rubbings Mariah and I did this summer. Laurie is stitching the model.
I think that about wraps it up. I'm stitching a witchy (what else?) freebie model.

Cape Cod's Boys is not quite done. I was hoping to have it done for St. Charles but it is not looking good.
Hoodoo Voodoo is also in the works.

A shout out to Just Cross Stitch for the wonderful article! Thanks so much!

Monday, July 20, 2009


I had such a great weekend!! We went to Philly and got to visit with Ryan and Megan (our oldest son and his beautiful girlfriend)

Here are some pics from The Richard Morris Arboretum in Philly

Then I met Siobhan, Sharon and Melissa!!! We had so much fun! And we went to Kathy Barrick-Dieter's house!!! (Carriage House Samplings) It is so darn cool!!! Here we are on Kathy's bed! Clockwise~ Siobhan, Sharon, Joanne, Carol, Me, Kathy, and Melissa! Thanks to Kathy's sweet hubby, Art, for taking the pic.

What an awesome time!!!

On the designing front~~ watch for Hoodoo Voodoo (here's a shout out to Siobhan, Sharon and Melissa for the idea) Thanks guys!! A new Quaker and Cape Cod's Boys.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


These pics are the bushes in my back yard.

It's raspberry time in Ohio! Yeah!! My most favorite treat~

Here's a great recipe~
Red Raspberry Desert

3 Cups flour
4 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 Cup oil
4 Tbsp. milk
Mix above together and pat in 9 x 13 pan. Bake 15 minutes at 375

2 Cups sugar
2 Cups water use less water if berries are frozen)
1/4 Cup corn starch (4 Tbsp)
1 small box raspberry jello
1 Quart raspberries
Cook sugar, water, and corn starch till thick. Remove from heat~add jello and stir til dissolved. Cool 45 min. to an hour in refrigerator.
add one (1) quart of raspberries just before you add to crust.

Filling~ (second layer)
8 OZ. cream cheese
1 Cup powdered sugar
1/2 of an 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip
Cream together and spread on top of cool crust.

Add one quart of raspberries to jello and pour over the cream mixture.

Refrigerate until set~about 3 hours
To serve: Add Cool Whip on top if desired.

Tip" Make sure everything is cool~it will set up better.

Speaking of keeping cool, this is Allie trying to cool off in front of the fan!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

It's over!

Wow! What a past couple of days. We had perfect weather and a great time.
Congratulations Mariah! I am so proud of you!

I was just thinking~A blog is like the ultimate brag book, TFL!!

It's a full moon tonight! Hope you can see it from where you are, in my neck of the woods, it's incredible!!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sampler Sisters Of The Thread

WooHoo! Got this in the mail today! The awesome frame is from Valley House Primitives! Thanks Joy & Janet!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Grave rubbings

it was so pretty here

Mariah and I went to a couple graveyards yesterday and got some rubbings. I would love to go to some in Cape Cod where there are all those skull and angel ones (someday) but we did find some cool old stones~and that led me to an idea for a design, which I have started~motifs from old tombstones.
Here are some pics