Thursday, February 2, 2017

Cross Stitched Stockings

My cousin Janis has made all of these wonderful cross stitched stockings for her family!

Very detailed!

What a treasure for each one of her children and grandchildren!

A labor of love!

So many things to look at on each one!
I wish I had the patience to cross stitch but I do not!  So I will just admire all of you that do that tiny beautiful stitching!
Happy Trails....Ginger

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Basket Weaving

Do you remember making a basket in High School?  Way back when I was in school we had art and we had a fantastic art teach....we were able to do pottery, basket weaving, pen and ink, and lots of different things. 
Here at Prairie Moon Primitives and Retreats we love offering all kinds of classes.
My sister Sherry is making this wonderful muffin basket.  I'm glad she came out this last Saturday!  She usually crochets so this was something new to try.

My sister Jane and her daughter Mandy came, too.  Jane made a basket in the last class so she decided to make a different basket this time.
Pauline and LaJuana teaching the gals the different kinds of baskets.

Pati and Carrie

Mom and her cousins

Marlene and Ryan (mom and son)

Nita, Skye, and Megan

Charlotte was making a colorful basket.

Megan and Skye



Another basket class is scheduled for April 29th! 

 Irish Knitting Basket

Fruit Basket

Susie Q
I am also carrying some finished baskets in the shop! 
Happy Trails......Ginger

Monday, January 30, 2017

Afternoon Nature Walk

The two oldest grands asked to go on a nature walk after school.  The littlest grand was with her Moma so she will have to go another day.
Sloan and Eva are cousins and they do act more like brother and sister!
Eva likes to do just about anything that Sloan is doing and so off we went around the farm.

Eva is learning to cross cattle guards and yes we have to be careful.  Sloan found a turtle shell inside the cattle had got stuck sometime back and didn't make it out.

They love to play down around the trees looking for sticks.

Eva climbed the pond dam and wanted to throw rocks into the water and watch the water ripple into large rings.

Piles of old dried wood perfect places for wild little animals to hide.

Watch this one make a big splash!

Those are robins in the top of the big pecan tree.

Eva seeing how high she can reach!

Look out for those sharp sticker weeds.

Is that a raccoon I see?

Birdhouses are all around.....we do love those birds!  Hmmm maybe not so much those pesky woodpeckers!

Proud to be an AMERICAN!

Someone was ready to head back and get a snack!
Happy Trails.....Ginger


Friday, January 27, 2017

A Place to Dye

I have been working on this awesome pattern
"Pastel Tulips"  by Cath's Penny Rugs.  I have always loved her designs.  I chose a little different color selection but that is the fun of having wools to choose from.  I love having her patterns in my shop. 
It's been a busy week of dyeing wool and washing load after load of as-is wools.  The bins are overflowing in the shop and next will be tying up lots of wool rug yarns and mixing up dyes and watching them change from natural creamy yarns to all kinds of colors.  It's like a surprise when they come out of the dye pots!
Look at the wonderful dye room Danny built for me!   Am I one lucky gal or what!
It sure makes the dyeing much quicker and I don't have to worry about messing up the kitchen.

Wishing each of you a wonderful weekend and hope you find time to do something you love!
Happy Trails.....Ginger

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A New Spring Time Pattern

I'm teaching at a local quilt guild in February so I wanted to design a simple yet fun and instructional piece for those who want to try wool applique.  Blanket stitches, colonial and French knots, stems stitch and straight stitches will be what they will be learning.  Pinks and purples are not usually my choice but I stepped out of my comfort zone and it turned out to be a fun piece to bring a little spring time into anyone's home!
Happy Trails....Ginger


Friday, January 20, 2017

Prairie Moon Primitives Classes

I am going to be offering several classes this year and hosting some teachers as well. 
I'll be updating all the different things we will be offering on my facebook page
We will have Wool Applique
Beginner Rug Hooking
Locker Hooked Rugs
Pleachet Rugs
Basket Weaving
Needle Punch
Oxford Rug Punch
Piecing Quilts
Machine Quilting
Jewelry Making
plus lots of retreats for all sorts of fun fibers
It looks to be a year filled with friends old and new
and so very much to be thankful for and treasure!
Life is but a whisper so enjoy each day!
Happy Trails.....Ginger

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Little Quilts

I like little mini quilts and I have been making lots of samples for the shop.  This is a pattern by All Through The Night and I decided instead of making it into 6 different pieces I would combine them into a little quilt.  It was a fun one and was put together very quickly. 

I have lots and lots of jars of buttons.  I like the look of them in the old canning jars.  Eva likes buttons, too.  I suppose most little girls like playing with buttons and beads.  Maybe she will enjoy doing little sewing projects...guess I better sharpen up my skills on left handed embroidery as she is a little lefty!
The little girls love coming in the craft room and exploring!  Buttons, beads, threads, crayons, paper, scissors, doo-dads.....who am I kidding I like coming in the craft room, too!
Happy Trails.....Ginger

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Little Old Lady

This little birdie sets on top of a jar!  I've been trying out applique's on lots of different things.
Jars filled with buttons, jelly beans, threads, snippets....lots of jars holding lots of things!

A simple little needle book to hold some of my favorite needles....chenille, straw, millners, embroidery, quilting....lots of needles!
I like little things.....little needles, little scissors, little scraps
Each day I work on some little something
It's therapy for me!
I listen to music
or to some of my favorite Bible scholars
sometimes I even watch/listen to Andy Griffith!

I stitch when I go work in the office for Danny..... that is in between phone calls and customers! 
I'm usually tagging a project along on a trip in the truck.
If we are at Home Depot I'm the little OLD lady sitting in the truck stitching away.
I've always loved making things....
I have piles and piles of handmade things!
Some I give away, some I display!
Drawers filled with hand stitched blocks, needle punched pieces, so many things.....
A lifetime of things
Makes me think of all the stacks of items found in little shops!
Handwork by little old ladies sitting in trucks waiting on little old men :)
Happy Trails.....Ginger


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Little Girls Need Dolly Blankets

The little grandgirls love their dolls, pretend cooking, games, and throwing balls to PaPa.  Betty loves to wrap up babies in blankets and she needs one smaller for her little babies.
So out came the crayons and I must admit I haven't colored on cloth in years.  But those poor little dolls need some bright colored blankets!

So with some crème colored muslin and a few crayons we are getting to work on making some bright little blankets.

Once it's all colored you just need to press it with a hot iron with a paper towel over the crayons to heat set the color in.

Next, grab your favorite floss or thread and mine just happens to Valdani black and add some of your favorite's like doodling on cloth with a needle and thread!
Easy enough even a kiddo could have fun making their own little projects!
Happy Trails......Ginger