Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Memories sparked......

by a sight, a scent or a simple sound.  
Some bring smiles, others a breath of sadness but all are part of and make us who we are today.

I was blessed with many memories this past weekend while working at The Primitive Willow...
so many familiar faces....or a voice if I hadn't seen the face quite yet.
Mary, Donna, Sharon, Lois.....oh and Nancy, sweet Nancy who kept needing to hug me "just one more time"..... and so many more.
and then the baby, Michael Todd, named after his grandpa's.   His sweet Momma Lindsey was kind enough to let me snatch him out of her arms, a solid little bundle of love for sure.
Sparked a wonderful memory for me of many years ago, right after getting Saltbox Farm up and running.  A sweet Mom, her daughter and tiny little grandson came to shop.  Well, you can't shop with a baby in your arms, so of course I got the baby.  In case you didn't already know.....I love babies....and dogs, yes....those two the most...and most people!  I carried that little guy around the shop that day as Grandmom & Mom shopped, thinking maybe their first visit to the Farm, but most definitely not the last....no, just the first of oh so many.  As I write this and think of them one memory sparks another, and another and oh yet another.....I could write a little book of the memories these precious ones have given me....
Thank you MaMa Kay, Marney and Cael....who is for sure not a little guy any longer!

I snapped this picture a bit earlier today....with the sunlight coming in the breakfast nook window.
Another memory....the beautiful bird I named "Gert", after my Grandma, one of them.
I was a lucky Girl, as I had more Grandmom's than most.  Ah yes, a lucky Girl.

My most recent spark of a memory was just a few moments ago....while writing this note to you, the sound of AirMed thundering overhead the Lane.  I swear I never hear that sound that it doesn't bring the thought of my sweet, sweet Dad to mind....and tugs at my heart.  Twenty one years he's been gone but still that memory of him, all of us, waiting.....waiting for a call that there was a donor match for a new heart for him.  That call never came, AirMed never landed nearby to fetch him.  
The transplant coordinators comment "I don't think God could find a heart good enough for him".
I think she must've been right.
Not a day goes by that I don't think of him and wish he were here with us.....not one single day.

Wrap your heart around all those memories you have....happy or sad, they're you.
Make some new ones today in this beautiful day God has given us.....
be kind, show gratitude, be happy.

From the Lane,

Saturday, March 4, 2017

A Breath of Spring....

sneak peek at the project for this early Spring Workshop here in the 
Cellar Studio at YellowDog Lane

Not quite at the finished stage yet but getting there.
You know of course, it has to have a name, so I'm going with....
Finished size will be approximately 11x30, stitched on a linen like prairie cloth with all wool penny stacks stitched atop.....a few little quirks to add interest....and now I'll be adding some hand stitching to personalize it.  FUN!  Lots of pennies to cut with lots of choices in wool colors for you as well.  I will be offering several options for you to cut your pennies making it fairly quick and easy.
The runner will be backed with a pretty old style calico fabric in a very muted neutral pattern.  

"Breath of Spring"
in the Cellar Studio
at YellowDog Lane
Tuesday, March 28 ~ 9:30-3:30
Coffee and Coffee Cake on Arrival ~ Full Light Luncheon Fare Mid Day
~ Warm Dessert shared with Friends before Departure ~
In between all of this we'll be creating the "NoPatternPennyRunner"
Complete Kit for finishing included with all of the above!
~Cost for the Workshop and Day on the Lane~

Two openings remain for this date.  I would be happy to look at scheduling another Day on the Lane if the interest is there.....

Have a blessed weekend!
We have beautiful sunshine again today!

From the Lane,

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Well now.....

I see by my last post that February slipped right by me and here we are at March 1....oh dear!
Not even going to start an explanation, some of you know somewhat how the past month slipped by me and I just don't want to waste another minute on all of it!!
All Good Things coming from the Lane today!

Thanks to all of those who have responded and signed up for March classes.  I sent an email to all of those who requested, if you didn't get one and would like to be in the know....shoot me an email and I'll get you on "the list"!

There are still a few openings in Andrea's Needle Felting class....
come join us and make two of these adorable sheep.  All supplies included and you'll have your tools to take home to create more of whatever your heart desires.
Class is scheduled for Thursday March 16, 11am at The Primitive Willow
If you would like to join us please email me at yellowdoglane@gmail.com

A sneak peek at the "Breath of Spring" project....
this above pic looks rather "pink" and for those of you who know me...NO PINK HERE!!
a better of the true colors!
Obviously in the beginning stages in cloth but I have it mostly together in my head.....
and there is absolutely no laughing at that statement!!
A runner, stitched with a mix of pennies and more on a linen like prairie cloth backed with a muted calico.  I'm excited to get the finished model done to share and plan to work on it some today.
Only two spaces open for this all day workshop here on the Lane.  Arrival at 9:30 with a welcome coffee cake and coffee, lunch and a departure dessert.  All of this and class time with all you'll need to complete the project!  Email me for more info!

These are on the "to finish" list for today as well.....
wool eggs for Easter decor.  They're almost set to be aged and stuffed.  If I can gather enough of them for an offering at The Primitive Willow Spring Open House you'll find a bowl full there on
March 10 & 11
"Springtime at the Willow"
11-6 both days
Be sure to check the times for sure on the FB page The Primitive Willow.
Kim has rounded up so many nice springtime offerings for you, make sure to stop in and see!
If by chance I don't get enough of the eggs finished up I will be having a small offering sometime soon at www.picturetrail.com/yellowdoglane

Gosh, think that's all the news for now.....hoping to hear from some of you to fill the few class spaces up.  More coming in April if time allows so stay tuned.

It's a dreary first day of March here in Michigan but I'm going to make it a sunshiny happy one in my heart and mind.....hope you'll do the same!

From the Lane,


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