Monday, May 27, 2013


Today truly is a day to remember the brave men and women who fought and are still fighting for our freedom.  My Dad, Mario Joseph Ariagno (Beans, to his family and friends) served in the South Pacific during World War II .  Thank you all.  Keep on punchin.

Saturday, May 25, 2013


The original outhouse on the grounds of the Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Art Museum is being restored, it will have a crescent moon on the door and when it's in place there will be Holly Hocks planted.  A few years ago I was told holly hocks were the flower of choice to camouflage the privy.  So there you have it.  I'm off to the Ozaukee Master Gardner heirloom plant and herb sale with a pocket full of dreams.  Keep on punchin.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


With University days behind me, it's time to get ready for a round of shows coming up in June and July.  So I've started punchin up giant sunflower pins.  The sun must be shinning somewhere.  We are getting some overcast and rainy days.  The tail end of Oklahoma's horrific weather.  My heart goes out to everyone who has lost their loved ones.  It seems like we are going from one tragedy to another whether it's caused by humans or mother nature!  Keep Oklahoma in your prayers and keep on punchin.

Monday, May 20, 2013


Here are a couple of my students learning the ancient art of punchnneedle embroidery over the weekend at University Days.  One of the many wonderful programs sponsored by the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts.  We had 85 women each of the two days learning felting, knitting tricks, flower making, and this list goes on and on .  Notice me in my wooly green sweater.  I'd just finished knitting it and thought I wouldn't have a chance to wear it until next fall.  The weather gods had their way and the day was cold and damp but only outside.  Inside it was warm and friendly.   My gals made farmers market , carrot, strawberry, corn, and watermelon pins.  back to my studio this morning to meet the Wolf River Quilters who are touring the museum.  Keep on punchin.

Monday, May 13, 2013


My first thought was YIKES.  How will I get this display together?  But I got going and before I knew it I was up and running.  There were over 200 dealers inside and out .  Here are a few pics of the dealers near me.  It was a great show.  Sold stuff, bought stuff, met a lot of wonderful people.  All and all had a great day.  Plan to return 14 July (second Sunday) for anther SUNDAYS AT SANDWICH ANTIQUE SHOW Keep on punchin.   nancee  

Saturday, May 11, 2013


I don't think I can fit another thing in my Jeep.  Off i go to Sandwich, Illinois.  I'll be setting up today  and the show opens at 7:00 a.m for you early birds out there.  May the wind be at my back.  I'll post show photos when I return.  Keep on punchin.

Thursday, May 9, 2013


I just found out the doors open this Sunday for SUNDAYS AT SANDWICH  at 7:00 a.m. for the EARLY BIRDS and at 8:00 a.m. for the general public.  I'm more of a night owl myself, but I'll be there with this little Cardinal, and a couple of his pals.  So far I've punched a Blue Jay and a Finch.  Afraid that's all I'll have time to do.  The next to days I'll be packing up.  Look for pictures from the road. Keep on punchin.

Monday, May 6, 2013


What a beautiful exhibit at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Art.  Legacy and Lace has wonderful old wedding dresses and pieces of hand made lace(truly a lost art).  The beautiful bride on the right in the top photo is my mom, Kathryn Ariagno.  I used to tease her that the Cala Lily stems were loner than she was tall.  Of course when it was my turn to marry, I carried Cala Lillies too (sans stems).  I don't know who the bride on the left is, but hanging next to the photo is her pink silk dress.  More bits of lace can been seen through out the display.  I am so lucky to have my studio in the Farm House Galley on the  museum grounds.
This week is speed punchin...I'm getting ready for the first SUNDAYS AT SANDWICH antique & folk art show.  Check out their web site for details  There will be 200 dealers there as well as folk artists.  Keep on punchin.

Friday, May 3, 2013


May has made it's appearance and the blooms are blooming.  It's a very busy month with the clean up and gardening starting..  Not to mention a Lunch & Punch coming up on the 11th, a Mother & Daughter tea the same day.  On the 12th, I'll be in Sandwich, Ill with 200 antique dealers for the first of the season Sunday's in Sandwich.  Then on the 17th, and 18th, it's University Day's.  I'll be teaching "Farmer's Market Pins" (carrots, corn, strawberries, or pansies).  Needless to say I've been a little crazy punchin, and puttin stuff together  Here's SUNFLOWER SALLY.  Hope to have her posted on my etsy store soon!  I'm working on a big sunflower pin too with wooly leaves.  More is coming, I promise.  Keep on punchin.