Picnic with You

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand.
“I just wanted to be sure of you.”
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh


Back in 1975 Coco Hall founded Freemountain Toys out of her home in Burlington, Vermont. She expanded into a local gristmill and at one time her stuffed “Vegimals” were hand sewn by as many as 140 local women.

Freemountain was awarded a certificate of commendation by the Public Action Coalition on Toys for its safe, imaginative products in non-sexist packaging. The United States Department of Agriculture included several Vegimals in its National Agricultural Library of educational materials.

Isn’t it amazing what one, imaginative woman can do?

Picnic with You

Coco sold her business in 1980 but before she did, The Bike Rack in Bloomington, Indiana, sold the stuffed “Vegimal” toys to bicycle, canoe and hiking enthusiasts. The future Mr. Catered Crop was co-manager of the shop and we had just started dating.

Let's Do a Picnic Lunch

Mr. Catered Crop and I met on a bicycle club picnic. And the first gift Mr. CC gave me was a Vegimal stuffed bear, “Emile Bearhart,” with a pocket containing a red velour heart.

I still have him –  both of them – the bear and the man.

And, somehow, after being married 31 years on Wednesday, I haven’t lost the heart in the pocket – of either of them.


Tips & Techniques

  • It’s My Favorite Things teaser time again. I’m highlighting one of the newest Pure Innocence images, On a Picnic. Oh, Swoon. The My Favorite Things boss lady has all the scoop about our Teaser Time at the My Favorite Things Blog – details about the latest stamps and Die-namics, links to all the designers’ crazy-fun creations, and, yes, prizes.
  • The little doll is Copic colored, fussy cut and paper pieced.
  • I used Michele’s gorgeous pointilism technique to color the bear.
  • The sketch is from this weeks My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club, MFTWSC (WFTWSC127). Isn’t it gorgeous?

Here are the Copic markers and MFT products I used today. The links for all of the new products will be live and the products will available for purchase in the MFT Boutique on June 11th at 10:00 PM EST.

Picnic Markers

Finished size: 5-1/2″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients include Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink and Authentique Pride 6×6 Bundle.

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Sweet Comments

  1. Your card & mix of patterns is FABULOUS !!!!!!!!! Love love love it!!!! :)) :))
    She’s 4th of July –tastic!!!!

  2. this is so super cute
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  3. This is so cute. Love your papers and colors are fantastic.

  4. Jennifer Partridge says:

    Oh, Linda!

    What a romantic story!!! :) And a Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. Catered Crop!!!!!!!!! (31 years is a long time!) What a meaningful anniversary card!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Crafty hugs,

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  5. What a wonderful card and story. Happy Anniversary!

  6. Absolutely fabulous card!! I love it!
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  7. What a sweet story, like the different ways u tell it, awesome card

  8. Pamela A says:

    Love your card – beautiful colors and paper. Positively adorable, GREAT JOB!

  9. I LOVE how you used the MFT sketch!! How absolutely adorable!!!!
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  10. OMG love the story and I am in awe of the fab card, such terrific papers and layout…you rocked this !

  11. Linda!!! You are brilliant, love the paper you used and all your piecing!
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  12. Angela R. says:

    What a sweet story and I LOVE that card!! Congrats on 31 years!!!

  13. Red, white, and blue – teddy bears – stars…. I love it!!! This is such a cute card!! One of my favorite color combinations, too. Love the PI set!!

  14. A Beautiful Card with a great story! Happy Anniversary!

  15. Christine Dearinger says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    I love your card with all of the paper piecing.Great choice if colours and papers.

  16. I LOVED that sweet story!! Happy Anniversary!! and LOVE that cute card!!!!
    Have a WONDERFUL day!
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  17. Very cute!! Love this patriotic card!! Beautiful DP, paper piecing, and coloring! FANTASTIC card!!!

  18. Way too cute. This paper is perfect for the layout & so coordinated. I just love paper pads : )

  19. I love your card and I LOVE your story! Happy anniversary!!!
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  20. Lisa Lynn says:

    Your card is adorable.

  21. I’ve always loved that Piglet quote. I had it on a little plaque when my kids were young to remind me that they always needed to be sure of me! Congratulations on your anniversary. With that romantic story, I can see that the card is a perfect fit!

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