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May Greetings! 

"We love our little garden and tend it with such care;
You will not find a faded leaf or blighted blossom there."

~ Beatrix Potter ~

 Although it is still early in the season, I have already made several trips to my favorite garden center to get my “fix” by looking at and breathing in the fragrance of all the lovely growing things.  The annuals, herbs, and vegetables are all lined up in soldierly fashion.  Row upon row of bright blooms nod gently on the soft, warm breeze that floats through the cavernous greenhouse.  I brought home some purple pansies, nigh on a month ago ~ promised they were cold hardy ~ and planted them in the potting bench on the sheltered porch.   I couldn’t be more pleased with their progress.  It is such a pleasure to see their purple faces peeking in my window.  On my last and most recent trip I brought home two scented geraniums (old fashioned rose) and some English thyme.  Heaven!  I have not planted them out yet, but am keeping them in the warm kitchen until closer to Memorial Day – the traditional planting date in these parts.   Until then, I will have to satisfy myself with brushing their fragrant leaves and dreaming of the garden….

 New Pattern ~ Mrs. Maguire’s Garden


When I can’t have a real garden I like to stitch one!  In my newest design you will find dear Mrs. Maguire tending a sweet little garden filled with white blooms, berries, and butterflies.  I’ve filled the bottom of the frame with a bit of worn calico and tucked in some pins and needles.  Stitched on 32 count linen with DMC threads.  Mrs. Maguire’s Garden is available now under Featured Items as well as Pattern Mart.

 EWM Offerings

 Visit my Early Work Mercantile page where you will find a finished Mrs. Maguire’s Garden as well as a lovely antique sampler from 1807…



Perfect for snipping herbs and flowers in your garden, not to mention threads when stitching!  Old fashioned scissors – any size for just $5.00!  For a limited time only and only while supplies last.


 I have a new addiction ~ Pinterest!  So many wonderful photos, ideas, recipes!  Oh my!  But I was much dismayed when I came across one of my patterns freely posted for anyone to download.  The good folks at Pinterest immediately removed the pin but I felt it important to take a moment to ask everyone to be mindful of what they pin and re-pin.  And to let you know that just because someone else has pinned something, does not mean it is in the public domain (copyright-free).  If it is a pattern or chart, unless it is known to be a freebie, it is probably copyrighted!  Thank you for being conscientious. 


Visit my Facebook page for quick posts and sneak peeks.  You don’t need a Facebook account to see my page ~ it is open to the public!   

Until Next Month...

Happy Mother's Day!  May you find joy in all you do... 

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"I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils."

~~ William Wordsworth ~~




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Mrs. Maguire's Garden PATTERN
Mrs. Maguire's Garden PATTERN

Willow Tree Needle Minder
Willow Tree Needle Minder

Elizabeth Smith 1806 PATTERN
Elizabeth Smith 1806 PATTERN

Martha Brown Marking Sampler PATTERN
Martha Brown Marking Sampler PATTERN

Old Fashioned Scissors - SALE!
Old Fashioned Scissors - SALE!
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Except This Posey Sampler & Friend Pinkeep PATTERN
Except This Posey Sampler & Friend Pinkeep PATTERN