Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Dorothy Mae's Spring House Freebie

Happy Tuesday, ya'll. Please come on in and visit for awhile. Chocolate chip cookies are warm from the oven( hubby's favorite), and the mason jars are filled with  sweet iced tea.

One of my favorite things to stitch is homes, and I have been busy working on a new one to add to my growing collection. 



This big ole' home is called "Dorothy Mae's Spring House". It is named after my great aunt who loved the color pink. Aunt Dot  who we affectionately called Dot Dot was like another grandmother to me. My sister and I always  loved to go over to her home, and it was always a treat to have the opportunity  to spend the night. The bedrooms were so pretty with lovely linens, glassware and antiques. My favorite bedroom had twin beds painted white, and she had pieces of milk glass sitting on the dresser as well as photos of family members who had long passed.  Her home was so warm, girly and special just as she was. Now Dot Dot did not live in a big pink house like this but a little rancher in a quiet community not far from a little spring that emerged from a cave. Though her home was small, it sure felt grand to us kids. 

                   

Birds and flowers surround this big pink home. Aunt Dot loved roses, but because she never married she did not have time to garden. Her days were spent working and then she would retire to her home for an evening of working through her puzzle books and  watching the nightly game shows while snacking on crackers and cheese with her favorite soda, Tab. I haven't had one of those in awhile. Do your remember Tab in the little pink can? Lol.  But anyway I had to include a small bouquet of her favorite flower displayed in a little basket perched on the roof of the house. 

Dorothy Mae's Spring House

I stitched my home on 14 count tea dyed aida. I am an aida girl . The stitch is 71 x 72 which on 14 count measured to about 5 1/8" squared.  Eight DMC floss colors were used including: 782, 3345, 938, blanc, 221, 223, 3371, and 801.     

 

I would be very honored if you stitched Dorothy Mae's Spring House.Of course it does not have to be pink. Not everybody is  a pink girl like Aunt Dot and me.  

If you are interested, just check out the pdfs below. I am not a professional designer nor do I have the ability to put the pages all on one pdf. So each chart is on a separate page to print.  I have also included an alphabet and number page in case you would like to leave off some motifs and add your initials or the year. 

Click here for the instruction page. 

Click here for the colored chart. 

Click here for the black and white chart. 

Click here for the alphabet/ numbers chart. 


I have stitched several little homes and posted them on my blog for freebies. If you haven't seen them, I invite you to check them out . They include   Crow Creek SaltboxOphelia Manor on Punkin Holler Lane ,  Willowisp Manor of Holler Lane  and Winter Saltbox 

I have stuffed these little homes into a basket. I think I need a bigger basket. There is one extra home in my basket I have not posted, but I hope to post it in the future.


Thank you so much for the sweet visit today and for allowing me to share memories of my dear Aunt Dot . I hope you have a very blessed day and as always...

Happy stitching, ya'll

Melisa

I would be tickled pink to see your stitches. You can always tag me on Instagram using #pinkernpunkquilting or Direct Message me.     

Today is your day! So go for it! 

30 comments:

  1. Thank you very much for this gift.
    I will stich it for Valentine's Day 2022.
    I have almost finished the blue house.
    Good week. Tiphen

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    1. Aah thank you so much for visiting and so happy to hear that you have been working on the Winter Saltbox. It was a fun little piece to work on . I hope you are enjoying it. Have a wonderful week.

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  2. I hope you are as blessed with unexpected gifts as you so freely gift to us.

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    1. AAhh thank you so much, Jacqueline. This community always brings me many blessings. Just being able to connect with like minded friends means so much to me. Have a blessed week.

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  3. Oh how lovely that it brings back memories for you! Thank you for a lovely pattern. (I'd love a choc chip cookie!)

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    1. Aah thank you so much for the sweet visit. I enjoy making things that remind me of my family. Have a beautiful day and Happy stitching.

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  4. Merci pour cette jolie maison, bonne journée

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    1. You are so welcome and thank you so much for sweet comment. Have a blessed day.

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  5. Oh Melissa you have some amazing memories ! And what a wonderful way to remember your aunt DotDot! Thank you again for your sweetness and generosity ♥️

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    1. Aah thank you so much. I feel very fortunate that she was in my life and was like a 3rd grandmother to me. She was an amazing woman. I hope you enjoy this little stitch and thank you so much for leaving such a kind comment. Happy stitching.

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  6. Thank you for always sharing with a giving heart ❤️. I also had a great aunt (Elvie) I loved dearly as well! I spent much time with her and consider her more like a grandmother to me. She had a small 2 story home with a finished basement. Oh the precious memories! She married but no children. She always said we (brothers,sisters,cousins) were her children . ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Oh, Julie your Great Aunt Elvie sounds just like my Aunt Dot Dot. Isn't it wonderful to have a someone like that in your life. I bet ya'll had a lot of good memories visiting and playing just as I do. Thank you so much for sharing; that really warms my heart.

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  7. Darling house, Melisa! Love the story of your Aunt; thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Robin. I think about my Dot Dot everyday and so proud to have this little stitch to bring back more memories. Have a beautiful day. Hugs.

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  8. A visit to your blog is so cheer-full. Thankyou!

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    1. You are just the sweetest . Thank you so much, Maureen. I can not tell you how much that means to me. I love reading others blogs too and being given such a kind compliment really makes my day.

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  9. I love your Dorthy Mae's Spring House. I printed off the pattern this morning and I am already starting the stitching. Thank you so much for your gifts of cross stitch patterns. I love them all. I love your blog!

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    1. Oh, Sandra. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and for stitching Dorothy Mae's Spring House. I can not tell you how much that means to me. Such kind words really keeps me motivated. Thank you again, dear.

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  10. Hello dear Melisa, I just knew that this sweet house would have a wonderful story to go with it. I am definitely a pink and lace girly girl too! I am so grateful that you share you very charming designs so generously. Your gifts and talents just go on and on. Blessings on you day, and in advance, wishing you a joyous and romantic Valentine's day filled with special memories.

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    1. Aah you are always just so sweet, Shari. Thank you so much for making my day with the kindest words. I am a pink girly girl too and have a lot of pink in my home. I hope you enjoy this little piece and thank you again for always being so encouraging. Have a very sweet loving Valentine's Day as well. Hugs.

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  11. Merci Melisa pour cette jolie maison. C'est très généreux de votre part. Vous rendez un bel hommage à votre grand tante Dot.
    Amitiés de France,
    Christel
    http://toilesetfils.blogspot.com

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    1. Aah thank you so much, Christel. I am so happy and grateful for your visit and kind words. My Aunt Dot was such an amazing and loving woman and it was nice to stitch a piece in tribute of her. Happy stitching.

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  12. Visiting your blog always brings a smile. Your story of Dot Dot is so sweet. She would be so pleased to know how she brought sweet memories to your life. Especially since she didn't have children.
    Thank you for another lovely gift. Hope your are blessed with many lovely surprises this Valentines. Patty McDonald

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    1. Thank you so much, Patty for visiting and for leaving the sweetest comments. You always make me smile. My Dot Dot was a very special lady and it was a joy to reminisce about her as I stitched on this piece. I hope you enjoy this little chart, dear. Happy stitching.

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  13. Thank you again for the gift of another sweet design to stitch and the wonderful story of your Aunt Dot.

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  14. Your blog is such a joy and your heart is huge! Thank you for the goodness you share and lifting spirits along the way.

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  15. Melissa,
    Love this sweet piece!! And the color of the house just makes my heart skip!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  16. Melisa, I just found your blog and I loved it! In these strange times, reading a blog like yours made me forget the dark times that we live in now for a while. The little freebies, but especially the small cross stitch houses are my favourite! I saw on the picture above also one with a group of reindeer? Is this also a chart from you with a house?

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  17. Thank you for the lovely patterns,I'm gonna stitch!

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  18. Thank you so much, I have just finished Spring Greens Salt box and I’m going to start this companion piece next. I just love your charts and I’m very thankful you are so generous to share with us x

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