Monday, December 27, 2010

SO WHO WANTS TO HAVE A GIVEAWAY PART 3



NOW THAT THE HOLIDAY IS OVER, WELL THE CHRISTMAS ONE ANYWAY....AND IT REALLY IS BEGINNING TO FEEL AND LOOK LIKE WINTER (AS WE SPEAK THE WIND IS HOWLING AND THE SNOW IS BLOWING)...IT'S A BLIZZARD HERE....IT'S TIME FOR ANOTHER....TEASE

SOME OF THE GIVEAWAYS WILL BE WONDERFUL CREATIONS MADE FROM HAND-DYED WOOLS.....
SO,  
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"LIKE" MY FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THREE EXTRA ENTRIES EACH. 
LEAVE A FACEBOOK COMMENT ON MY ROCKING CHAIR STITCHES PAGE AND GET 3 MORE

AND NOW....
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

SO WHO WANTS TO HAVE A GIVEAWAY PART 2


 
So, a little hint as Christmas approaches....it's like opening a present a little bit at a time... hehe

IT WILL BE OVER 20 ITEMS.....


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

SO WHO WANTS TO HAVE A GIVEAWAY....




How does a giveaway, that lasts a whole year sound?  Let me know and stayed tuned.  Follow my blog now get 3 extra entries, "like" my facebook page and get 3 more and that's before the giveaway even officially starts. 

MORE COMING STAY TUNED..

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I'M SO GRATEFUL FOR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON

It's been some crazy weeks here since Thanksgiving and I am just getting around to checking in and blogging a bit.  My Dad was hospitalized again and had to be transfused with five units of blood .... lot of testing but have found nothing yet.  They will resume after the holidays.  At 80 he sure is a trooper.

I have some pretty big job changes coming in the new year and I am trying to wrap my head around that.  After having a 5 minute commute (yea yea, I know I am spoiled), I will be traveling to Providence everyday which will give me a 45 minute commute each way.  Oh well.  Grateful really to have a job.

It is the Spiritual Season however and for that I am most grateful.  I was at a meeting yesterday that always carries a spiritual message, but a woman spoke yesterday who really gave me a kick in the proverbial butt.
She is 50 (around my age, lol) and last year she became ill.  She had gone into the hospital with something wrong with her leg and got a staph infection.  She battled for quite some time before her system just started shutting down.  While on life support and in a coma, her legs had to be amputated at the knee to prevent the infection from traveling.  After many many prayers, the family  made the decision to disconnect life support and when they did, she started breathing on her own and coming around.  She spent many months in the hospital, had many visitors, prayers, meetings and finally was able to be released.  She spoke of knowing joy as she sat in her wheelchair with her fingers missing after having been amputated.  She spoke of the gifts of the season, not the material, but the spiritual gifts from God in family, in friends, in life and in joy.  We all were so moved by her.  Her gratitude for just being alive was overwhelming.  It gave me an entire new sense of what is important.  Thank you. Makayla.  So, if you believe that miracles don't happen....I've seen one.

So m good friend Lynn Barbadora from Painting Thyme Needfuls is always posting pictures of her beautifully decorated home.  She is an absolute wonder in the home decor field.  So I decided I would just put out a few of my house.  I do love to decorate and even though we cut way back on the gift giving this year and just spending time with family.....I still want my house to scream Christmas.


So let's get our FA LA LA on and I hope you enjoy.

TOP OF MY KITCHEN HUTCH


GREAT LIGHTED CENTERPIECE BY CINDY MARTIN


ANOTHER VIEW OF HUTCH


SANTA PAINTED BY THE ITINERANT PAINTER

SNOWMEN COLLECTION IN MY FRONT HALLWAY

MY AWESOME SANTA MAKEDO

MY LIVING ROOM TREE

MORE OF THE SANTA COLLECTION


VILLAGES FOR MASON

TREE IN MY OFFICE

SO HAPPY TO SEE WHAT THEY DID.

SO I ASK.....HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT KITS?  LOVE THEM, TOO EXPENSIVE, WANT FLOSS OR NO FLOSS?  




Check out what some of my "students" did at the Deerfield Christmas Sampler demonstration.  Beautiful Girls!!!!!

http://justwannacraft.blogspot.com

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Deerfield Weekend.

And what a weekend it was.  We had such a great time.  Booth set up was a breeze - must be because we just do it so much.  My friend who helps me couldn't make it so my husband came and we made a nice weekend out of it.  After the booth was set up and the crowds came through on Friday we had dinner with Sheryl Blais ... a magnificant jewelry artist.  Check her out at www.sherylblais.com.  Her stuff is amazing.  Tell her Michelle sent you.



Joining us for dinner at Bertuccis was her niece Kate and our friend Joy Lancastle Schuyler, herbal chef and herbal remedy maker.  Her products are so soothing.  When you have an ache or a pain as I did during the show, her herbal wraps are the only thing that works.  Her scents are a dream and she's a hoot to boot.  Visit her at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Chepachet-RI/Rhode-Island-Soapworks-inc/113921631969476



We were very happy to see Denise Davis from Sassafras Hill Primitives once again.  She is one of the nicest women I have ever met and she does unreal PRIMS!! 
She was sold out and still has more shows to do this year. 


Saturday was just  crazy but we did offer our free (yup free) workshop  This year we made a wool felt Christmas Tree ornament and the girls AND BOYS just loved it.  I made a new friend name Ryan and he had so much fun making his. 







We had a great time once again.  Next year join us.  You will definately have a great time.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

DID YOU MISS OUT?

If you were at the Deerfield Show and found out that we had totally sold out of our new Cardinals In The Pines, finished creations, kits and patterns, you're in luck.  We have restocked and now have the pattern and kits available for you.  The Pattern is $8.00, the Kit (which includes all of your wool, you floss and a full size pattern) is $52.00 and the finished item (by special order only is $70.00. 

Everyone was also wild about Snow Moms by Penny Lane Primitives (she's so awesome) and we once again have that pattern in stock as well.  Interested in a finished creation??  Email us for delivery times.  It's getting close to the holiday so we can only take so many orders prior to Christmas.

Sweets, peppermint sweets.  Yup we ran out of that kit as well and we are restocking those as we speak.    Kit is $22.00.  Pattern is $8.00

We had a wonderful show season and after a very brief holiday, we are finishing up our special orders.  If you have an order pending, IT'S COMING......   



Cardinals In The Pines

Sweets

Snow Moms by Penny Lane Primitives


Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

IT'S DEERFIELD WEEKEND

 
To celebrate this holiday season, Rocking Chair Stitches is offering you 20% off of your next purchase at the Deerfield Christmas Sampler.  Please present this coupon at the time of ordering at Booth 256.
 
  Deerfield is this weekend!!  Visit www.deerfield-craft.org to print a money saving coupon for admission.  It's always a great time at the Sampler. 
 
Great Food, Christmas Shopping with unique items and the holiday spirit.

IT'S THIS WEEKEND....JOIN US

I will be back with pictures from the Sampler including Rhode Island Soapworks Sassafras Hill Primitives and Sheryl Blais, my favorite

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Here We Go.


OK OK I know it's early, but.....

it's the Deerfield Christmas Sampler

Greetings!

It's Deerfield time again and after a very busy year we are really looking forward to seeing all of our friends. We will once again be vending with lots of great new finished items, new patterns and some wonderful kits done in 100% wool.

Workshop you say....of course we say. Both Saturday and Sunday (we will let you know the times), we will be offering a workshop, kind of a make it and take it. This year it will be a Christmas ornament....sssshhhh that's all you get. Make sure to sign up early as these workshops fill up fast and are limited to ten people in each class.

So make sure you stop by our booths 256 and 257 to sign up.

Just a little peak at what you might find.....








Oh...one last thing, check your emails this week for a money saving coupon, or check Facebook.

Thanks so much and hope to see you.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Did you Vote??

Did you Vote - I hope so...

This weekend is the beginning of a whirlwind of activity for Rocking Chair Stitches.  After a brief vacation (always much too short, don't you think), we will be heading to Boston, Massachusetts and our first time vending at the Boston Christmas Festival.  We are looking forward to it as a first timer and all the New Englanders that will come to visit 100,000 strong at this award winning event.  We will be demonstrating as always, introducing a couple of new patterns and welcoming a helpful friend from Pumpkin Patch Primitives from nearby New Hampshire and we are stoked.!! 

Visit her at

Join us if you can and if you can't check out our blog and our website over the weekend for a special surprise or two. 


Keep warm now folks......winter is approaching. 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Just a couple of things...

Weather is getting cold her in the Northeast....40 this morning when I woke, actually turned the heat on for a few to take out the chill.  Fall....my very favorite time of year.  

Ran across this great newsletter ladies, check it out...
http://www.downtheprimitivepath.com/
I actually enjoyed each article and not a ton of advertising.  

I was also honored and a bit surprised to see my booth at Walker Homestead on their blog.  Thank you ladies for our wonderful chat and the opportunity to see with you and talk about your plans for your wonderful magazine.

http://aprimitiveplaceblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/best-day-ever.html








Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cardinals, Such A Beautiful Red

Just a quick note to let you know that Rocking Chair Stitches has just released a new pattern called Cardinals In the Pines.  This new pattern contains directions and templates for both a Runner and an extra large Candle Mat.  I had so many compliments on it this weekend at the Walker Homestead show, www.walkerhomestead.com which by the way was a wonderful experience.  So many wonderful antiques and primitive crafts including Eva Ramsey from Pine Patch Primitives and Denise Davis from Sassafras Hill Primitives.  I am honored to be included among these wonderful women.  Speaking of wonderful women, Lynn Barbadora from Painting Thyme Needfuls and Brenda Mercado from Pumpkin Patch Primitives took the drive on a beautiful day to support me.  Why I didn't take a picture of the three of us is just beyond me right now.  Anyway, it was a great day.  But...I digress.

Back to the pattern...



Not a great picture, but waiting for the photographer to take a better one.   Pattern is available on my website or on etsy. 

Have a great day everyone~

Michelle

Monday, September 27, 2010

Show at Walker Homestead

What a wonderful day yesterday was.  When you see the pictures you will know exactly what I am talking about.  It was a beautiful day although a bit on the hot side.  Seemed as if Summer was making a statement with temperatures closer to 90 than 70.  I was fortunate enough to have many visitors both old and new but especially Lynn, Brenda, Gladys, Tom and their wonderful friends, Jimmy and Margaret too!  Thanks for taking the ride out there and helping me clean up in the very hot weather.  I am very grateful for all of you.

It was much more of a fantastic primitive (very) antique show with a spattering of crafts and/or quilters scattered through the farm.  There was a wonderful lunch at which I tasted Lavendar Lemonade.  OMG IT WAS JUST AWESOME.  I have to get the recipe.

We were also happy to meet and become acquainted with the ladies from A Primitive Place Magazine  and hear the story of how they all met on a forum and from various parts of the country without ever meeting in person put together the best primitive magazine around. 

Enjoy the pictures and make sure if you haven't that you pick up a copy of APP.



All the girls from A Primitive Place Magazine and Me

Denise from Sassafras Hill Primitives - So happy to see her again


Little Overview





My friends Lorri and Lynn swapping stories


Lynn and I

Check out www.aprimitiveplaceblog.blogspot.com for more pictures

Enjoy your day.




Sunday, September 26, 2010

Open House at The Itinerant Painter

As I write this I hope that my friend Gladys won't be leaving us, but if she does I wish her the very best life has to offer her and her wonderful Husband Tom.  Some pictures from her annual open house which she so graciously lets me be a part of.  Her wonderful home and amazing paintings are a treasure.  Joy from Rhode Island Soap Works also joined us to give all a demonstration on cooking with herbs.  It was so yummy that I drove to her house to get a second jar of pickled tomatoes....omg they were delish.!!

video

Sunday, September 12, 2010

MOVIN ON UP - PART TWO




I am honored to now be part of a talented group of women on-line, through Etsy and in blogland.  The women at the Old Farmhouse Gathering welcomed me with open arms and big smiling faces......yes I could actually see them lol.  I hope to be able to get to know each and every one of them through posting and emails and maybe actually meeting them.  Brenda from The Rusty Thimble has been most welcoming and I am waiting for a package for her that I am sure I am going to jump for joy over.  The neighbors will think, yup....Michelle has finally flipped.....So visit us (yes us lol) on Etsy and type OFG into the search engine and there you will find all the wonderful designers, primitive, country, cottage, etc.  Really come on now....do it.  It will be worth your time and all the eye candy is just a feast!!!

Have a wonderful day AND OH....

GO PATRIOTS


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Movin On Up.....

What an absolutely gorgeous Sunday morning here in the Northwest Hills of Rhode Island and although my Dad is in the hospital once again, I find myself grateful that we live in a part of the Country that has the best healthcare.  He is at Brigham and Women's Hospital after suffering another "episode: with vascular issues.  Yesterday was my Mom's 75th Birthday so we are hoping to go to the hospital tomorrow to bring a little cheer and some Birthday Jello.....lol he can't eat yet.  Anyway, just grateful this morning.

Wanted to let you know about Movin On Up....Rocking Chair Stitches has decided to expand a little bit at a time this year and did so previously by having the blog and also applying for acceptance into two additional shows.  We were accepted and oh my, NOW I AM PANICKING lol.  

We also joined The Pattern Cupboard and it's a wonderful on-line pattern shop where you can get just about anything you need from e-patterns to recipes. Check it out!!  Lots of your favorite designers there and now us as well.  



 Stop by, have a look, you will enjoy it. 




Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sneak Peak

Good Rainy Evening - I hope that the sun comes out tomorrow.  My pool is looking a bit sad with leaves from the high winds and the acorns....well I must have a ton of squirrels.  They say the weekend will be beautiful and I am hoping it will be so I can enjoy the last of the Summer Days.  Fall is coming though, probably quicker than we think....I am already wanting to change my decor and put our the warm colors and light those harvest scented candles.  I was in Brown and Hopkins today and Liz had wonderful Fall items.  Just put me in the mood.  So, thought I would give you all a sneak peak at one of the new designs from RCS.....more when I can release the pattern in a few days.  Have a wonderful day.!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Wool Crazy Sew Along: Sneak Peak

Wool Crazy Sew Along: Sneak Peak: "A little sneak peak of the beginnings of my wool crazy pin cushion round robin. Now shipping off to Sandi...... Can't wait to see what tr..."
Want the Wool Crazy Book????? See Pumpkin Patch Quilt Shoppe at www.pumpkinpatchprimitives.com

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Missing Italy, Summer Parties and Friends...

I have so much fun reading everyone else's blogs that I never have time to post or update myself .  Anyway, couple of picks of food during our Italian vacation, summer party yesterday with all my friends and off to another today.  Hmmm,,  sewing.  I gotta do it.  How about you.  Are you sewing today??

Yum, but can you guess what it is????



Palette Refresh
Different...Rosemary Ice.  Delicious


Flakiest phyllo I have ever eaten, and inside. Oh my goodness
clams and mussels in a most delicious sauce

I hated to leave and want to go back so bad.  Soon soon.

Yesterday was party day and just a few friends stopped by for some yummy desserts and a yummy pulled pork from the Neelys....YUM







A delish peanut butter dessert...so easy. 
Chocolate Cake broken up
Cool Whip
and Peanut Butter sauce....1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup half and half and 1 tsp cinammon.  Heat and stir constantly pour onto layers while warm.  Yum

Ok off to another party and to sew some canes and help my new employee create a masterpiece...

Serenity,
Michelle

Bring on Fall Pattern

Bring on Fall Pattern
One of our customers favorites. Easy to do!

Autumn Spectacular

Autumn Spectacular
Beautiful pattern for pillow and runner