Pumpkin Stick: Where the art of home, making & giving meet


A new beginning


I say "a new beginning" not so much because I am  stepping out online with Pumpkin Stick (word of mouth and connections are how I have done my specialty services ), but, it is a new season for my life.  A season that came on quite a bit earlier in life than expected. It's time for me to  let go of and embrace this season.  

Thankfully, because of Pumpkin Stick and dear friends and family, I have the blessing of executing "work" that helps and serves others, while being reminded daily of what really matters.

I am grateful for my love of home--filling  home with books, pencils, needlework (mostly needlepoint) and all sorts of creative analog living,  often with a seasonal and outdoor focus,--like cooking and decor. Filling it with quiet and friends.  Because of  my faith, and  passion for simplicity + analog living--designing, and creating needlepoint and other needlework goods, well, is just a perfect fit!  There is nothing more fabulous when I have the opportunity to get to know someone while working with them and see their inspiration and joy shine!  (Friendships are often cultivated during the process too)!

Pumpkin Stick is  my spot online to offer inspiration, services, goods, workshops,  information, and fun for you!  

I look forward to the joy and journey with you in the days to come.


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Less is more. Simple is exquisite.  Joy for others. By hand  is essential.


I use the above "mottos" whenever I am designing, stitching or  even creating  a kit for a client or product.  Whether  for  an individual, a child's birthday, or an organization I believe serving others through these simple reminders  always guides me to find the best combination  for others to find the inspiration, creativity,  joy and sometimes even healing!



Our Mission

Pumpkin Stick (& me)  seeks to  enrich and serve you and others by inspiring  through the art of  needle and thread, creating, homemaking and analog living.  I  believe these things cultivate  strength, character and  a more intentional life of giving and serving others with a joyful heart. 

Teaching or creating a needlepoint piece for someone, reading with a child, learning to play Bridge from the ladies at the Retirement Center, hitting a baseball with a parent or friend, writing in a journal, drawing in a sketchbook, flower gardening, cooking...days are just more fulfilling with analog living.


Wooden pencils.

Beth loves. (Since she was five years old)


And counted thread.  My services include custom design & stitch guides, stitching, workshops, and color!


Both have a passion for the uncommon,uplifting book.

What's coming


Book & Pencil  is expanding slowly, but, surely to the online world.  Analog Happy Hour is a journal and resource. Next up will be the Book & Pencil Mercantile with our own line useful goods. We have other BIG surprises planned too-- we  can't announce them  just yet...




If you live in or are visiting  the St. Louis area, let us know.  We would love to have a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and a conversation with you.