Sunday, January 17, 2016

WillowTree Hill Sampler.....

and here's a sneak peek!

The colors are darker and richer than they appear here but you can see that the background is a mix of textures and solid wools.  Still a bit to go....adding the border and finishing the back, but that's not much at all figuring all the hours I've put in to it all up to this point!
I'm thinking I will have block #1 kitted up and ready to go come mid to late February.  Will post a full photo once the border is finished.

It's cold, cold, cold here on the Lane....might just need to throw this over the covers tonight!
Sounds like a bit of a warming trend is on it's way though.  No complaining....just winter here in Michigan!  Gives me a reason to go brew up a cup of hot cocoa.....
or a toddy!

Wishing you a happy week ahead....
From the Lane,

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


it's cold and snowy outside, and warm and cozy inside.
I'd say, life is good!

Been busy here stitching on the wool bedcover I designed for one of the Cellar Stitcher groups....
and it's almost done!  A big WooHoo! on that one.  I should add that I'm almost finished with the design, as well as stitching it all and putting the blocks together.  I do, however, still need to draw up all of the pattern pages, figure the wool and fabric requirements, order the wool, get the patterns printed....then measure, cut, fold and kit the blocks up!  I am excited to share the design with you soon.  It will be available as a Block of the Month with 7 blocks and a Border Kit that will make 8 total.  I'm not positive on cost yet as I need to finish figuring the wool/fabric requirements before I can cost it out.....stay tuned if you might be interested!

Some other exciting news to share!  Several of my designs have been picked up by
Home Collections by Raghu
and will be reproduced by them on several of their table top items.
This is one of the everyday designs, their adaptation of it.

This will be available as a pattern and/or kit from YDL very soon.
We use all hand over dyed wools from Blackberry Primitives and it does give the project a more aged, handmade look.  
 There will be a few more everyday designs as well as a few Holiday ones!  
I will be ordering these in soon, excited to see how they look in person.  

Won't take up any more of your time, just thought I would pop in with a bit of the latest news from here on the Lane.
Hope things are well with All.....


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Two Girls and a Blazer.....

that would be myself and Sophie, best little Shotgun Rider around!

We decided to venture out today to check out some antiques.  It was a nice day weather wise, even a bit of sunshine, and the best day promised for the next few, we went!

 We talk and sing along the way....well, actually I do all the talking and singing but she smiles all the while.  Not so much at the conversation and song but because she's just so happy to be along for the ride.  We get a lot of second glances, and smiles and even some quizzical stares, but it's all good.  I know I'm not crazy, well, for the most part and Sophie really doesn't care, she loves me just the way I am.....crazy or not so much!
For those of you who know me well, you know that I deal with some anxiety issues....and now for those of you who don't know me so well, there you have it!  
As silly as it might sound to some of you, having Sophie with me eases some of the anxiety that I might confront and actually gives me the courage to venture out when I otherwise wouldn't.  
So...we donned our red scarves and off we went!

We had a fun few hours and these are a few of the great things we found!

The number 4 churn crock with great blue markings and you can't really see the stack in this pic but there are three nice old rimmed bowls.  Also an old metal sewing display (not pictured) that I'll use in the Studio and several other smalls not pictured.  We couldn't take the truck today as it's laid up in the garage awaiting a new window to arrive for the topper.  We can pack a pretty good lot in the Blazer though.  Tilda can confirm how good a packer I really am.....she can also confirm the anxiety and that I really am not crazy.  Right Tilda?

Well....enough of my "craziness" shared with you today.  I have promised myself that I will be better at posting our happenings here on the Lane this New Year....
We hope you'll all enjoy a peek now and again in to our daily lives here at
YellowDog Lane.  

Happy Friday and a wonderful weekend to All!


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Saying "Hello" to a New Year.....

bidding the old one ado.
2015 was a year of loss for me....
the loss of several dear friends, a Mom, a best friend, fellow class mates.
The year was also a year of change for us....
a move from the Farm to the Lane, about as big a change as you can make, but a change that we chose and are so happy that we did.  As a rule, I fight change, most especially when I am comfortable with where I am, who I am and who I'm with.  I was comfortable with all of those but still embraced the change....still happy, still comfortable.
We also had so much to be thankful for this past year as well.....
a new home, a Grand daughter graduating, birthdays, anniversaries, good health, family, friends and much, much more.
2015, loss & change but oh so much good as well!

As we move in to the New Year, loss is expected, but not embraced.
Change is expected, some embraced, some not so much.
Much to be thankful for....
each new day, family, friends, birthdays, anniversaries, another grand daughter graduating, 
a nieces wedding and much, much more!
We're ready, are you?

We have a new direction in which we'll be heading this year....
a few sales here on the Lane, classes in the Cellar Studio and a few more
surprises along the way.  
We hope you'll continue to follow us and the happening here on
YellowDog Lane.  

Happy New Year,
Be Blessed,
From the Lane,

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