Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Mercantile Update - Today!

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand and a talk beside the fire:
it is time for home."

Edith Sitwell
Good morning to you . . . 
Tis not even 7am on this very cold and dark winter morning.
But I'm up, snuggled in my chair by the glow of our "kitchen tree" 
and am already on my second cup of coffee.
(It takes 2 to wake up the mind and write coherently!)
I wish I could stay here all day, but maybe another time.
I'm off to take my mother lunch at the rehab facility, and Fritz, her 
mini dachshund will go along to cheer her.
(She's had a couple falls recently and at 95 it might take a bit to get her
strength back.)
And as "work waits for no one" . . . I'll be updating the "Mercantile"
this afternoon at 4pm EST.
If you receive my newsletter you may have seen a little stitching project 
I have in the current issue of "Simply Vintage" magazine.
The kits for that project will be available today, with or without
a copy of the magazine.
(Tho, you do need a copy for the pattern and instructions)
Included in this update will also be a few other kits, supplies
and some antique bits.

Wishing you warmth . . .  even if it's cold outside!
Lori Ann

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Simple Christmas Traditions . . . .

(This is an updated post from years past ~ in case you missed it in prior years!)

A favorite Christmas tradition here, if you can call it a tradition is:
Our decor is kept simple with greens, candles, pinecones 
and dried orange slices.
The layout of our home really doesn't really allow for a big tree.
 In lieu of that we have 3 (or more) smaller trees nestled in antique crocks. 
Each is simply decorated with lights, pinecones and dried orange slices. 
(Now and then you might find a little nest tucked amongst the branches too.)
I love the translucence and the way the orange slices seem to glow as they 
pick up the light.
I find it quite calming in a season that can be anything but.
I make a new batch of these pretty slices each year.
I love how the house smells as they are drying and to me it's a scent 
of Christmas.
 (I also use some that are years old. Tho they eventually darken
and might not "glow" as much, they are still pretty. 
Don't they look lovely nestled into this antique bowl?
In addition to hanging they make lovely "bowl fillers" and can be hung 
on garlands or added to "potpourri")
If you'd like to make your own, just follow the directions below.

Set your oven to 200 -225 degrees.
Line cookie trays with parchment paper.
Slice navel oranges into about 1/8" -3/16" slices. 
(Eat the scraps to get your vitamin C for winter!)
Lay orange slices in a single layer on cookie sheets and put into oven.
After about 45 min to an hour turn them over.
Check them about every 20-30 minutes and turn each time.
They should take about 2 hours or more as everyones oven heats a l
ittle differently.
Keep a close eye once they are close to done as they can brown quickly.
String with a needle and strong thread.
 May you bask in the warm glow and simplicity of the season,
Lori Ann

Friday, November 23, 2018

Lasting things of beauty . . .

As you go about your holiday shopping and preparations, please keep 
in mind those who create and gather for a living.

Please enjoy this video of our recent
From Our Hands & Hearts
folk art and antique show

Buy handcrafted ~ Buy Antique ~ These things never go out of style!

Lori Ann

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thankful . . .

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with those you love.
I'd posted this photo last year and had hoped to take a new one this year, but 
we had to take my mother to the hospital yesterday.
She's had a couple falls recently, luckily nothing broken, but at 95 that's a big worry.
Needless to say, no time to play with the camera, as once again,
I'm finding myself needing to be in 2 or 3 places at once.

Have a Thankful day . . . 
Lori Ann
(& Michael & Abbey Lane!)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hello and back to the future . . .

Just a little November hello to all of you before another month (or year) ends.
The "back to the future" part of this note is this . . . 
I've not been very good at posting on my blog for the last year or two,  (or 3) but 
I really am going to do better.
I miss it.
I remember when blogging was the big techy thing of the future.
Then facebook and other social media took over. There aren't enough 
minutes in a day to post, blog, work and attend to the realities of life. We all 
know which of these is most important, right?
I've never been a big "poster" on facebook. I use it mainly for the 
From Our Hands show, and for that it works well to get the word out.
It's also a great place for stitchers all over the world to unite.
But . . . . 
I'm finding facebook too political and too filled with anger.
It moves too fast for me, it's too many people and I need my world to quiet a little.
(I will still promote our show there, but you'll find out about my work, shows and life here and thru my newsletter ~ see sign up in right sidebar.)
I do like instagram as it's more about pretty photos, but I'm sad that it's owned by facebook and afraid of what it will become.
I guess it's a lesser of 2 evils, so for now you will still find my photos there.
Pinterest ~ I loved it in the begining . . . I still use it for inspiration and try to keep my work page up to date, but all the ads make me anxious and are SO distracting. 
Shouldn't looking at pretty photos be a calming experience?
To this end . . .  I'm going to be blogging more.
I can type, breathe, post a pretty photo and go along my way.
(No need for me to "like" everything ~ no need for you to feel obligated to comment ~ 
just know that I appreciate your taking time to share in my little world.)

So back to what was once the future, it may be "old fashioned" now, 
but ~ I'm kinda old fashioned too!

Lori Ann

Monday, October 8, 2018

A little late in announcing, but . . .

Monday, October 8th.
Please join me for:
7pm EST
On the Gallery page of this blog.

Happy Fall,
Lori Ann

Friday, September 28, 2018

Hello . . . .

Hello there . . .
I hope you've been well and are happily enjoying the beginning of the 
fall season. 
I do love chilly mornings and evenings with a bit of warmth worked in mid-day.
And - working in the studio with the windows open is just perfect!
Fall has always been my favorite season, the colors are earthy and I do love my scarves and sweaters. There's nothing more comforting than bundling up in my own cocoon.

In addition to saying hello, I popped in to let you know 
I have an online show coming quite soon.

Please join me this Sunday for
September 30th.
7pm EST
On the Gallery page of this blog.

Happy Fall,
Lori Ann

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Studio De-stash is live!

Hello there,
I've been cleaning, sorting and purging in the studio.
Time to see what others can create with all these bits!

See everything here . . . 
Lori Ann

Saturday, July 28, 2018

A Summer Saturday . . .

Hello Friends,
We have woken to some cooler mornings lately and they are quite welcome,
tho it means summer may be waning.
These mornings make me dream of fall.
Spring and fall are my favorite seasons, Summer and Winter I could easily do without.
But . . . these things we cannot choose and I'm sure there are some
hot and humid days still to come in August. 
For now at least in the early hours, I'll throw on my sweatshirt,
head out with Abbey Lane and pretend.
Speaking of Miss Abbey Lane . . . 
No matter the weather,
she sure does know how to relax and enjoy a weekend morning!
In the studio . . .  a kind thank you to all who stopped by my last web show. 
I am always humbled by your enthusiasm and kind comments. 
I'm finally getting to the business of sorting and cleaning in the studio. 
(It's only taken 3 years, since I thought I would get this done, 
but life kept getting in the way.)
When I tire of sorting, (I have gone thru every single button I own!), I sit down and 
work on new patterns or refine a past one. I'm excited to make some changes in pieces 
and work towards my fall shows. 
I will have some pieces available online as well, but I can't say just when.
On this business of "studio sorting" . . . 
I'll be adding items to the Mercantile that maybe some of you can use I
n your own creating.  A studio "de-stash" of sorts.
Hopefully in the next week or so, but I'll need to photograph everything first.

Enjoy a lazy, hazy day . . .
Lori Ann

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Up to and next up . . .

Hello friends,
I hope you are all enjoying the waning days of spring and the lead up to full-on summer.
Here in Ohio (as in other places as well) our weather has been just plain confused!
Winter seemed long, spring shot right to summer before settling into "normal", and overall it's been quite wet.
However, I do know that many of the plants and trees when left to their own devices, kind of instinctively know what to do!
The long winter that everyone felt would hurt the blooming trees, seemed to make them bolder, brighter and fuller than ever with blooms and fruit!
(Maybe a wee bit of a "middle finger" moment from Mother Nature ~ Ha!)

It's been 2 years since I've been able to really get into my gardening and I've so missed the stress relief  and healing power of getting my fingers deep into the earth.
After over a year of healing from my broken leg (2016), then taking care of mother and husband thru their own health issues, I felt strong enough and motivated this year to attack the gardens with a vengeance. 2 years of pent up non-gardening can be dangerous!
Stones were laid, Hosta's split and moved, trees planted, weeds pulled and I have loved every sweaty minute of it!
We are far from finished (a garden never is) ~ but I'm happy with the overall peacefulness.
(Those of you who have followed along for years may remember our "Colonial Kitchen Garden", built in 2009.
Well, we had it removed last year as the cypress trees were over shadowing and affecting growth terribly. A little sad, but we've moved a few veggies to the side of the house and everything seems much less overwhelming now.)
About rocks . . . gotta love a man who buys you the perfect "rock" for your birthday.
Especially ones covered in dirt and moss!
OH yes  . . .  about work!
(See how distracted I get when gardening?)
Yes, I've been working. 
Mostly behind the scenes and have way too many things started and irons in the fire, 
but this is my usual MO.
I'll be adding more kits and bits to the "Mercantile" on Monday June 18th. at 10 am EST.
I also have quite a batch of small pincushions finished and because there are so many I'll list them on the Mercantile as well.  (Juggling emails for so many small pieces might prove a nightmare, so I think this will work best).
I am also working a small collection of patriotic friends.
I will offer those on the Gallery page of this blog in the usual manner at a date to be announced soon!

Enjoy whatever your day brings!
Lori Ann

Monday, May 28, 2018