Welcome, Glorious September...
The garden has gone rather wild this summer. The paths are no longer paths, but tunnels as the flowers and herbs have reached across to clasp each other in friendly embrace. Secret tunnels too small for me to fit through, but just the right size for the birds, hares, and other little creatures that have made this sweet spot their haven. Perfect, too, for the good Miss Blackett as she travels to and fro...
At night the moonlight turns the garden into a shadowy, secret place where the crickets play a lilting lullaby and a few late season fireflies light up and extinguish and light up their lamps again, keeping time with the music. Now...if you stand very, very still and are very, very quiet, maybe ~ just maybe ~ you will see Miss Fancey Blackett making her way along the shadowy path, gathering basket on her arm, turning over fallen leaves and looking for the choicest morels...
Bright in the moon the autumn wood
Its crimson scarf unrolled,
And the trees like a splendid army stood
In a panoply of gold!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~ "Musings, 1825"
Fancey Blackett ~ By the Light of the Moon
I had not planned to release a new pattern this month, but as fate would have it, I came across the chart for the very first cross stitch I ever made featuring Fancey Blackett. I had nearly forgotten about it! This was back in 2006 before I sold patterns. A simple, spot motif design, it depicted Fancey Blackett in her earliest form (complete with green skin) picking mushrooms by the light of a silvery moon. An owl, cat, garden shears, her initials and the year 1792 completed the motifs. “Why not offer this little design for September,” thought I. So, I gave the design a few tweaks, stitched it on linen, and now it is ready so you can stitch it, too. Fancey Blackett ~ By the Light of the Moon” is available under Featured Items (at right) as well as on Pattern Mart.
Early Work Mercantile Offerings
Join us this month on Early Work Mercantile as we celebrate an Olde Harvest & Halloween Gathering! My offerings include two Fancey Blackett ~ By the Light of the Moon sampler pillows. One is the original I stitched back in 2006 (above) and one is the 2014 version. I’ve also hooked a small mat using my Black Jack needle punch design. And to round out this month’s offerings I’ve listed a few sets of wonderfully primitive dried gourds to decorate your harvest home!
Please visit all the artists on EWM! I’m especially pleased that my chum, Pam Kurkowski ~ Primitive Basketcase, has joined the group listing goods on the 1st!
Flea Market Pages Update!
A few more items have been added to my Flea Market Goods pages, including more army green wool. Take a peek! You will find the link on the left.
Until next month, my friends...
Enjoy these delicious days of September!
"Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling."
William Wordsworth, "September"