Wild Bill Bar – Original Site of Wild Bill Hickok’s Murder – Deadwood, South Dakota

I never, in all my life, took any mean advantage of an enemy. – Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Bar – Deadwood, South Dakota

Original Site of the Nuttall and Mann’s Saloon, also nicknamed the #10 Saloon which refers to the 10th claim to be registered in Deadwood.

The Saloon site was located at the original level of main street Deadwood in 1876. Due to floods, areas of the town have been built up to its current level, which includes Wild Bill Bar. Nothing remains from Deadwood 1876 as the complete business district of Main Street Deadwood was destroyed by fire in 1879. Much of the original business owners rebuilt. This building was reconstructed in 1879 and then again after the fire of 1884.

Wild Bill arrived in Deadwood in July, he had recently married Agnes Lakes Thatcher and was only in Deadwood approximately 2 1/2 weeks before his fateful date – August 2, 1876.

He will always be remembered for his last poker hand, 2 black aces, 2 black 8’s, and an unknown fifth card. It also taught everyone to never sit with their back towards the door.

(taken from signage at location)
Love the historic bar at Wild Bill Bar, and I thoroughly enjoyed a glass of that Calamity Sangria!
Original site of Wild Bill Hickok’s murder – The re-creation of the site was very impressive, and it smelled really old which totally added to the ambiance. The original rock walls were stunning. At first, we were truly wondering if it would be the $5 to view this, but it truly was. Jeff and I totally enjoyed it.
Wild Bill was a rather handsome man!
I threw Jeff in the slammer – Wild Bill is my new man! 😉
Re-creation of a whore’s room back then; quite interesting.
And they even had a proper place to wash up between customers… oh my.
Main Street, Deadwood

March Stitches

This is the season she will make beautiful things. Not perfect things but honest things that speak to who she is and who she is called to be. – Morgan Harper Nichols

A Year of French Knots
Month Three – March 2019
31 days x 10 French knots per day = 310 French knots

DMC colors used: 
January – 310, February – 280, March 310 = 900 French knots

This month was filled with embroidery creations for my sister’s store, Weathered Revivals. Sales were very good, so I need to get my butt busy and make some more! Below are my March embroidery creations!

8″ Minnesota hoop
5″ Ya, You Bet’cha hoop
7″ Uffda hoop – black stained hoop w/ shaded with watercolor pencils
7″ Farmhouse hoop w/ beautiful linen and black-eyed susans
6″ grey and yellow punch needle shooting star
6″ brown and teal blue punch needle shooting star
6″ super sweet spring colored punch needle shooting star

February Stitches

There is no need to fear. Your story matters here. – Morgan Harper Nichols

Month Two – February 2019
28 days x 10 French knots per day = 280 French knots

DMC colors used: 21, 349, 470, 433, 13, 34, 747, 602, 469, 996, 3821, 947, 632, 777, 3889, 3362, 3733, 3064, 910, 3807, 334, 973, 3706, 3850, 906, 3836
Progress Collage
January – 310 French knots + February – 280 French knots = 590 French knots

Side note: Isn’t the pantone color of the year 16-1546 Living Coral so beautiful?
2019 Stitchalong with New Leaf Stitchery
I enjoyed February’s pattern, such a cute folky heart for Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, this month I haven’t been able to get to her March pattern, but I am so excited to see what April’s pattern will be!

New Leaf Stitchery on Instagram, website, and Etsy
I purchased this Dimension’s “Aurora Cabin” cross stitch kit in 2013. I worked very little on it until the past few months, and now I am making progress on it!! I’m not gonna lie, it’ll take me years because this is a big, detailed piece, but I am loving seeing it come alive!

Felt Magnolia Wreaths & Weathered Revivals

“Go and find what it is that inspires you, go and find what it is that you love, and go do that until it hurts.” – Joanna Gaines

It’s been a bit since I’ve posted – I’ve been over here making like crazy. After a couple years of doing pop-up shops, my sister, Shantel, and her friend, Kendra, just opened a “Minnesota Makers” type store in St. Joseph, MN. Weathered Revivals is such a beautiful, sweet shop full of the most incredible items. You can find these felt magnolia wreaths and crinkle wreaths at their shop along with some other felt creations which I’ll feature on a future blog post! If you are close, you definitely need to stop by!!

2019 Stitchalong with New Leaf Stitchery

“Like wildflowers; You must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.” -E.V.

I’ve been following New Leaf Stitchery on her Instagram, website, and Etsy for quite some time. In fact, I purchased her Juniper Kit before Christmas but have yet to start it… so many projects, so little time! Jen is a super sweet and very talented. For 2019, she started a stitchalong and I was and am so excited to participate!

This was my take on the January pattern. I love the fun colors and the featured stitch, the fly stitch, was super fun!

Most of all, I am extremely honored that Jen featured my piece on her January roundup post! Please check her out, and give her some love and support!

St. Louis Cathedral & Jackson Square – New Orleans, Louisiana

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. – Mother Teresa

The St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the United States, and is located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This stunning structure sits facing Jackson Square and the Mississippi River. St. Louis Cathedral survived Hurricane Katrina; however, she did tear a hole in it’s roof and water damaged the pipe organ which was later rebuilt.
The St. Louis Cathedral features a statue of Jesus, and at night, you can see his breathtaking shadow appear on the back.
Jackson Square is a historic park that sits in front of the St. Louis Cathedral. In 1803, this was the site where Louisiana was made part of the United States territory through the Louisiana purchase.

Today, this beautiful park is home to local artisans selling their creations, and of course, amazing jazz performers!
Snapped this picture of Tuba D honking his sousaphone at Sheena!
While the band was performing, I did a Facebook live so this video isn’t great, but at least you can hear the amazing music we heard!

A Year of French Knots

My own hobbies are rather quiet. I like to read and do needlework, and I love animals. – Betsy Byers

Month One – January 2019
31 days x 10 French knots per day = 310 French knots

All throughout 2018, I watched one of my favorite embroidery instagrammers, adamsela, worked through a year of French knots, and I knew that once 2019 rolled around, I wanted to give it a try. French knots are one of my favorite stitches, and I absolutely loved the piece of art it turned out to be. I’m doing 10 french knots a day for 365 days, using all 6 strands of DMC floss, with each knot being wrapped around the needle twice. I chose random colors, and typically chose a week’s worth at a time to make it easier. So, month one is now complete, and I am already loving how it’s turning out! And you know my OCD self had to start a dated spreadsheet to keep track of the colors I am using, you know, so I don’t use a color twice.

DMC colors used: 14, 340, 731, 600, 758, 677, 3801, 3812, 825, 794, 955, 702, 761, 725, 333, 3328, 535, 3886, 3961, 3832, 806, 3819, 956, 26, 3753, 919, 3607, 701, 742, 3607