Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Some of my ideas for a new design have been gnawing away at me.  I finally gave in and started measuring, sketching and drawing.  I traced it to my weaver's cloth.

Now my dilemma is??? COLORS  of floss???
I spent a lot of time yes'n and no'n on this one and that one.
My decision was made when I placed the order,
 no turning back. ;>) 
Hope I did good choosing  mostly Valdani & some DMC.
Now I can't even get started punchin' until I get my 'V' order.
I will probably entitle it
... Bird & Catkins' Spring Rites ...

 Here's a little closer look.
It is shaped to fit on a paddle.
Can you guess what kind?

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Any ways, gots to go ~ see ya next time.

Have a pleasant day.

Village Folk Art Hugs with Peace for ALL,

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

2 DOWN ~ 4 TO GO

It's time to decorate our artificial 'Easter Tree'.
We need more ornies... so decided to use my Easter tide patterns, reduce the size, and improvise.
Here's the first two...
one a bit more primitive with the darker green
the second not so primitive ... more springtime-y.
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I hope to do 2 or 3 more of each.  
Making all of them different, but keeping 
the Easter Bunny design the same...
This is the part I enjoy the most, the embellishing part.
Gots plenty of time ~ start playing.
Easter is April, 16th this year.
'Til next time ~ Enjoy.
Thanks for visiting,
Peace, Barb

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

EASTER-TIDE PATTERNS available on My Etsy

~'Tis Done~

I really am enjoying designing & creating 
these small punch needle patterns.
Hoping you too will be delighted and include them
for your Easter celebrations with family & friends.

What I am trying to say is... 

 'Bunny Rabbit Weather-vane'

'Easter Delivery' 

my two recent Easter-tide designs
are now available on my Etsy 

 Click here to go to my Etsy

Hope you'll stop by for a peek. 

They are available in either
 'Snail Mail' 
'PDF Instant Downloaded'.

...I like having patterns for sale ...
that means I can keep the originals
 for our Easter-tide enjoyment.

Easter is April 16th this year.

That gives you a good amount of time to punch 
these small 5" x 3 1/2", delightful patterns in time 
to share and partake with family and friends 
during your Easter festivities.
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Hope to see you soon...

Have an Enjoyable rest of the week &
Peace for ALL,

Sunday, February 26, 2017


I love vintage and antique weather vanes.
Easter Bunnies and Rabbits inspired this small design.
Displayed in one of my oval rusty pans
With trim...

 Without trim...  
It is a small pattern ... only 3 1/2" x 5".
The designing was more consuming
than the actual punching.  Making this a sweet
and relaxing project for an Easter-tide decoration.

The second picture shows off the eggshell 
design as in a sugar/diorama styled Egg.

The Rabbit, his tail and lavender flowers are 
longer loops for a more dimensional appearance.
The weather vane was punched with variegated  floss...
thinking that the real and wonderful antique
weather vanes always show years of weathering...

For me the Question of the day is???

 WITH trim



I am pleased either way...
in hind sight, I would extend and enlarge the 
egg edges so that so much of it is not hidden 
and lost with the overlapping pom pom trim...
Thus increasing the size to approximately 4" x 5 1/2", 
and NOT fitting in my oval pan.

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We think the 'Easter Bunny Rabbit Weather Vane'
 is too sweet for Easter-tide celebrations. 

Soon to be a pattern on Etsy...

Thanks for the visit.

Have a joyful rest of the day.

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Peace and Blessing for ALL,

Friday, February 24, 2017


Easter is quickly approaching...
I just finished another small punch needle design 
in one of my rusty tin pans.
 This too I have displayed on a small easel.

His fluffy tail is so sweet...and the inside of the tin pan 
is lined with some lace I had laying around.
 Love the way the blue sky and wispy clouds turned out.
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 The Easter Rabbit and Eggs is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. Originating among German Lutherans, the "Easter Hare" originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of the season of Eastertide.

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 Just thought you'd like to know...

This would also be a sweet pillow.
Hang it from a closet knob or shelf peg...
just add a loop for the hanger. 
Tuck it in a grapevine wreath... 

'Easter Delivery' will soon become a pattern...
not sure how soon at this time as I am starting
 another Easter bunny as we speak/talk.

As always, Enjoy the day...
Peace and Blessings for ALL,

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The LUV of our family life...

Who else?  Our fairly new and adopted  family member.

That is not his tongue...
It's one of his many doggie biscuits.
I find them hidden all around the house.
He keeps us entertained and full of surprises...
'Rusty Rules ' in our home.
We think he is a Viszla...maybe the runt of his litter 
as he is on the small size.  He lives up to their characteristics
and sticks to Papa like GLUE and loves pillows.  Also loves to burrow, we never had a dog that did this. 
Whatever he is...he is a keeper and a Blessing.
I am finally getting a bit sleepy.
Nitey nite, 
Sweet dreams everyone and Peace for ALL,

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Blue Birds of Happiness

Yes, this is really sweet...Perfect for Valentine's Day too.
However, I like to think that LOVE is in Season all year.
It is my 3rd Heart Butter Mold Design...

I am thinking about hanging it from this 
BIG rusty key... 
Like in a key to my heart.


This 'Heart in my Hands' idea, displayed in a pair of 
open hands milk glass dish that I have had for 
some time and now finding another use for it.

The cotton hand dyed ric rac is sandwiched in between 
a whip stitched black wool backing. 
Detailed instructions are included with the pattern.
No stuffing, but I did consider that...maybe next time.
Hope you all have a Joyful day...
Happy Valentine's Day
with Peace and Blessings for ALL 

Saturday, February 4, 2017


I have had several inquiries asking about offering patterns for my recent "Butter Mold" designs.
Thank you for asking,
 they are available click ... my ETSY

"1800's Heart Butter Mold " pattern 
# 170121
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"Pennsylvania Heart Butter Stamp" pattern #170129
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The “Heart Butter Mold/Stamp” designs
 measure  approx. 4 1/2" tall by 4 1/2" wide finished.
I have it displayed in one of my rusty tin pans.

  It can be made into a small pillow and use as a tuck… 
an ornament, add a loop and hang from door/cabinet knobs… 
It is the perfect size for framing, 
and would also look great mounted on an 
old basket or wood box… 

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Thanks for visiting... 
Gots to go to market so we can eat around here.
Somehow meals get in the way of Punchin' (Punch Needle of course).

Peace & Blessings for ALL



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Taaa Daaa Take a LOOK.

Definitely NO embellishing. 
Not even going to think about it.
Olde Pennsylvania Butter Stamp
I like it like it is...
the mini pom poms 
just were not meant for this one.

A really close up look.

I dooo like it...
and the rusty heart pan is perfect for this.
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Thanks for your patience everyone... 
EnJoY the rest of the month,
Peace and blessings for all
God Bless America


Friday, January 27, 2017


Started punchin' this morning...
This is the backside...lookin' pretty to me.
 Hope to finish this weekend.
Will show the front side then...hope it will be prettier.
Just a little tease for now...

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YES, I finally caved in to embellishing the 
1800's Heart Butter Mold.
To me it now looks finished.

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Geees, January is almost gone...wait for me.
Anyways, EnJoY what is left of it,

Peace for All,

Monday, January 23, 2017

Just started another HEART Design...

I have just sketched another HEART design. This one is reminiscent of an Olde Pennsylvania Butter Stamp. 
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I recently purchased a few of these sweet rusty tin heart pans. 
Now, I must find some use for them.
I am pleased and will be anxious to see how this one 
turns out with my new punch needle design.
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'Tis pouring rain this morning with some snow flurries mixed in.
I'd be happy with only SNOW.
...shut my mouth and be happy with the rain... 

Peace for ALL, 
***God Bless America***

Saturday, January 21, 2017

1800's Butter Mold ~ HEART

The punching is done.
Maybe a charm??? but where to put it???
I thought of some tiny trim tucked in around 
the heart and the rusty tin pan framing it.
Not really sure, but it needs something. 
maybe NOT...Less is More.
For now I like the small easel for display.
 That may change in due time.

* * * Thanks for stopping by...

Peace and Blessings,

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

1800's BUTTER MOLD HEART~Punch Needle Design

 I saw a 1800 Butter Mold design with a heart, loved it
and have been working on a design for Valentine's Day.
A closer look of my sketching... 
 This is the backside of my Punch Needle Design, 
which I think is prettier than the front...for now.
I like intrigue...
So I will wait 'til it is finished for the rest of this story.
Hope to see ya then.

Thanks for visiting,
***God Bless America***


Thursday, January 5, 2017

A QWIK LOOK...'Tis Framed.

Spent the afternoon painting the frame 
with my all time favorite... 
The 'Tortoise shell' finish.
Looking I have to clean house 
after putting Christmas Decorations away...
and then find a spot for it.
Just wanted to share with a qwik note...
Thanks for visiting & have a great day.
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Peace for ALL with Blessings,

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

First time Hooking...

This has been a slow process for me...learning as I go with my share of 'goof ups'.
Actually, I think I am allergic to this burlap (am using it 'cause my Grama used it) and she was always an inspiration to me.
After about 10 to 15 minutes of hooking 
my eyes begin to burn and water.  
Sounds like allergies to me.  
I know I am hooking too tight 
(after doing some research on various tutorials), 
but that is part of the learning curve...right?

Also, if you look closely, the dark strips have a lot of loose threads 
that seem to be a problem for me...or is it just me?
So now I am seriously thinking of making this smaller.
The size of my foot rest top is 9" x 17".
Perhaps 7" x 15" or so, thus giving me a 
 1" to 1 1/2" border all around.  Sounds good to me.
Don't think I will continue using this burlap after this project. 
That means finding another suitable backing 
for the primitive look and feel that I love.  
I am open for suggestions.
Any HELP will be greatly appreciated.

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Thanks for visiting...
Peace & Blessings,

Monday, January 2, 2017

Punchin' 'N Hookin'

Happy 2017 to ALL
with Blessings & Peace as always.
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I really did not have much 'Play time' during the 
Christmas Holidays.
'WELCOME' punch needle is finished but now must work on giving the the frame a faux finish...
am still undecided about which one to do.
The design was laced to a foam core backing 
which fits nicely into this frame.
As I was about to finish this piece I conveniently ran out of floss for the background...which happened to be DMC, Ecru that I coffee stained with Chuck's left over coffee some time ago. 
Not having anymore of that particular color of floss in my stash meant trekking to HL (8 miles one way).  
The real challenge was getting the stain to match.  
There is a subtle difference. 
It's 'Primitive', this is my justification.

As soon as the Holiday dust settles, I'll be painting the frame.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year too.

Gots to paint that frame and then do some hookin'...

Gonna keep out of the kitchen for a while...

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God Bless America

Friday, December 2, 2016


Back to my Punch Needle for a little change of pace.
Here's a sketch of my design that has been inspired by several seen on that naughty 'Pinterest'.  
 It measures approximately 4" x 12"... a nice size that will eventually be framed for our entry way.
So far I am pleased with the progress..
A closer look at the pineapple for which I used 
a Valdani varigated floss. 
Am using stitch depth #2 for the letters, pineapple and leaves.  
All the rest will be #1 setting...
I like the subtle interest it provides..something like embossing.

Will be spending some time on my hooked rug next...
as soon as I can decide on a color for the wool strips &
 because I am sooo unpredictably impulsive.

Thanks all...for visiting.
Hope your Thanksgiving was great...
Daughter Pam, Son Jeff, DIL Cassie and Grandson Kyle 
teamed together to make ours awesome.

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Peace & Blessings for all,

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


A qwik look at my hooking progress

More importantly

~Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day~

 with abundant Peace and Blessings for you and yours,

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God Bless America

Saturday, November 12, 2016


Hope my Grandma is looking down on me 
and guiding with her expertise.

Not that I need any more projects
 cause my bucket lists are getting very full.

Here is my sketch ... as I looked for inspiration and finally found this from 'oldcolonyprimitives'.  
To now "oldecolonyprimitives"
Designed by Stephanie Haber.

Stephanie was kind enough to allow me to use her design for my sloped foot rest... Thank you LOTS Stephanie.

I have some strips(worms-yuk), burlap(this is what my Granma used) and I have one of her hooks. Also purchased a 12" square Rug hooking frame.  

'Tis time for the fun to begin...hopefully.

Ohhh my ... off to a sad start,
but it is my first time.

Thanks for visiting,
"God Blessed America"
Peace for ALL,


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


my largest 'Punch Needle' project, EVER.
Designed by Doreen Frost

~  Listed on my ETSY ... ~
CLICK here

I whip stitched a piece of black wool 
to the backside..

 Placed it in my wooden dough bowl with 
a"Halloween" pillow tuck.

and now all by itself... 'SIMPLE'.

I am doing another of those 'Happy Dances' ...
one you do not want to see. 

Now, off searching for a small, rug hooking, gripper, lap, frame ... one in 'good used condition' if possible.
The search is on...
do ya know of any one wanting to sell one of theirs??? 
 Let them know I might be interested.

~Thanks friends for visiting~
Peace for all and God Bless America,

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