“Heap high the board with plenteous cheer and gather to the feast,
And toast the sturdy Pilgrim band whose courage never ceased.”
~~ Alice Brotherton ~~
The past couple of nights have been a harbinger of November’s sure arrival. A million stars shining in the clear night sky, the comforting smell of wood smoke and a moon so bright that a walk through the fields is glorious. Shadows fall thick across the path and your breath floats away in a gentle plume on the still, cold air. I can’t help but be inspired by this change of seasons. Can you? I must confess ~ I am an “in season” artist. What I mean is my work is almost always reflective of the current season. You won’t see new Christmas patterns from me in early summer. The exception to this, I guess, is the harvest season, which for me encompasses not just autumn but the entire gardening season - from the planting of seeds in the spring, to their steady growth during summer, and culminating in the blessed autumn harvest. So I am thinking of pumpkins and broom corn and gourds nearly all year long or at the very least the sentiments associated with a plentiful harvest. Woe to the good soul waiting patiently for me to have new seasonal items ahead of the time. I apologize for that, but I must follow my heart creatively…
"May love and laughter light your days,
And warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
Wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
With joy that long endures.
May all Life’s passing seasons bring
The best to you and yours…"
~~ Old Irish Blessing ~~
Peace & Plenty
...which brings me to this month’s new design. It celebrates an abundant harvest season in a little sampler pillow featuring an urn overflowing with wheat, generous bunches of grapes, fat turkeys (wearing pilgrim hats nonetheless!), folky motifs, and wishes for Peace & Plenty! You'll find the new pattern on under Featured Items as well as Pattern Mart.
Early Work Mercantile Offerings
My offerings on Early Work Mercantile include a Peace & Plenty sampler pillow and generous bundles of raw wool. I won’t be restocking this wool, so get it while you can.
After Thanksgiving Sale
Look for a brief newsletter and Facebook update shortly before Thanksgiving with all the details of this year’s After Thanksgiving Sale!
Until next month, my friends...
Enjoy this month with a thankful heart!
"Remember God's bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!"
~~ Henry Ward Beecher ~~