Monday, March 20, 2017

TIME FOR A REST

Well...hello...it's been a while....but I've been so busy.  Now that the show in Holly is over....and I have restocked my antique booth in Jackson...I finally have time to breathe....I think I'm getting too old for this stuff...but ...it does keep me going!!  This post is, of course, picture heavy...so bear with me...but I think you will enjoy most of them.

The first picture is of my serving area separating my  kitchen and dining room...I plan on having it knocked out so I can have one big eating area instead of two small areas....this is an old buggy seat that I have had for a long time.  It was busted up on the bottom, but my husband was able to repair it using old wood.  I took it to the Early Homestead Show this past Saturday and had a great price on it....bartering down to garage sale prices seemed to be the scheme of the day..so I refused to accept ridiculous offers & take it home myself...


This is Earlene's booth (Primitive Passion Decorating)...it was stocked full of primitive goodies!!


Sandra Nolan's booth...she has a shop in Curtice Ohio...The Grainery



This is Jamie Hess Brunt's booth...she, too, has a wonderful primitive shop in Millsbury Ohio, Cornfield Primitives.  Sandra's shop and Jamie's shop are within 15 minutes of each other, so if you are ever in the area..stop in!!  You will not be sorry!!!  They have a wonderful selection of gorgeous prim furnishings!


Next, is Bridgewater Primitives...they are from Alliance Ohio...they, also have a shop...



Then, my booth.....

Then, below, you can see the above mentioned, buggy seat.....glad it came home with me!


Ditty or seed bags that I made from the backing of antique quilts..



It's always, always fun to do these shows....you meet so many nice people and the day just seems to fly by...but like anything else...it is very tiring....I'm still tired and my poor husband could hardly walk when we loaded up in the afternoon.  

I have pictures of my antique booth at the Antique Mercantile in Jackson MI, but for some reason my pictures won't load up, so that will have to wait for another day...Thank you for all of your kind comments...so happy when you all come for a visit!!   















Sunday, February 26, 2017

ANOTHER HOOKING WEDNESDAY....

Every week, I look forward to Wednesdays.....because that's our hooking day!  I always dreamed of meeting up with pals and a sharing a day or two a week to rug hook & engage in pleasing conversation....just goes to show, that some dreams do come true!  We have a wonderful group of nine, sometimes ten women who gather in each other's homes to hook. And every Wednesday, it's at a different house.  It's fun to see how each of us interpret our style, into our daily lives.

This past Wednesday, we hooked at the beautiful home of Bonnie.  Bonnie had lived in a farmhouse, with 64 acres, and two or three large barns.  Tons of farm equipment, tractors, plows, you name it....After her husband passed away almost two years ago Bonnie decided it was time for a change and to downsize.  She bought a beautiful condo in the same quaint little town of Holly.  It is just gorgeous and it faces a beautiful, wooded area.   Here are some pictures of her new home...I think you'll enjoy....


I love her furniture....


Her valances are gorgeous!  She designed a wool applique valance to match her loveseat.  
I apologize for the picture being so dark....

Bonnie, frames a lot of her rugs...and look at the wool tree she made this past winter...it's adorable!


She has a delightful collection of flour sifters...she has been collecting them for years.  Some of them were her mother's.


And a little snap of her cloth veggies!


On Friday, we all went to Anne Bond's Hooking studio, Visions of Ewe.  We usually go about twice a year to shop.  If you haven't met Anne and her friend Nancy, make it a must if she is vending at a hook in near you.  They are both a wealth of information.  Every time we pay her a visit...she helps us color plan,  helps us in learning to dye, finishing our rugs, I could go on and on.  This summer, all of us are taking a three day work shop in her home....and I can't wait!  I'm not a big "class taker" and rarely do I cough up the money to take a class...but I have heard such great things about her and have witnessed her generosity in promoting the art, that I am truly excited!

visionsofewe.com


Well..that's it for today...have a wonderful day...I'm missing the spring-like weather we had this past week...




Sunday, February 12, 2017

TOO MUCH FUN CAN BE......FUN!


Last weekend was our annual winter hook in at Sauder Village in Ohio.  I met up with friends, Lauren and Melissa and brought my Holly Hooker pals too.  It was a great two day hook in.  I did manage to "almost" finish my little mat, a design from Lori Rippey.....I did finish it when I got home...


On our way, we stopped at an antique mall and just couldn't resist trying on vintage hats and then taking goofy pictures.....


The day before we left for Sauder, we had hooking at friends Wendy's house...this is a corner of her beautiful kitchen with her collection of yellow ware.  The hooked rug, is one she designed of her dog chasing a frog at their cottage.


And then...a corner of her sitting room...I love her three-legged pub table...


This week, we were off to Sheila's beautiful home to hook...well...mostly to gab and eat....but I did manage to bind a small rug....Here are a few pictures of her workroom....


I love her work bend and how neatly all of her wool is organized...of course, Sheila says it very rarely looks this neat....I don't know if I believe her!


I love her "Simplify" mat!



This Maggie B applique is just gorgeous!!  It hangs in her bedroom.....


And then here kitchen with the sweetest little island....


And as if, I didn't have enough fun....my dear sweet hubby took me down to Delaware OH to some wonderful antique shops.  My early, pine shelf....I have wanted one for a while to hang over my dry sink...

And then a blue and cream coverlet, a tiny oval, walnut frame with a rather stern looking young woman and my favorite.....a Victorian clip board.  The board itself, I believe was velvet but of course, the nap has been worn completely down except for the sides.....It only measures 3 1/2 inches...


Well...thanks for looking at all these pictures!  I hope you all have a nice Sunday...
Although, I don't blog often...I still thoroughly enjoy it...as I thoroughly enjoy reading other's blogs too...FaceBook is fine....with just blurbs of this and that, political jargon, jokes (sometimes funny, sometimes not), but the friendships that have evolved over blogging, is irreplaceable...you can have hundreds of "friends" on FB, and not really get to know any of them...but blogging, I believe is a way of connecting with like minded souls...so whether or not people post a comment, I know that my blog is read, as I read other blogs and may or may not post a comment....but thank you for all of your kind comments, either by my blog or by email.....I enjoy sharing a little bit of my life with all of you and I certainly enjoy being a part of your lives...and I will continue to blog! 








Monday, January 23, 2017

ANOTHER MONDAY....

Just another gloomy Monday in January here in the mitten.....Saturday was beautiful...sun and all...but that's about all the sun we've seen in over a week.   I'll be so ready for spring this year.  I moved a few things around the living room.  My husband {finally} painted the awful blue wall that has been plaguing me for 10 years...it's now a nice creamy beige...like the other walls in my living room.  Boring, I know but it feels so fresh and nice!  So here is a few pictures of the living room:


I painted this fireplace screen almost 30 years ago.  Every now and again, I bring it up....when I get tired of looking at the big black fireplace opening.  We only lit one fire this year....:-(


A hooked rug that I'm working on behind the chair...I ran out of flesh colored wool....now I have to order some more...I hate when that happens....


Moved the dry sink back into the living room...that piece has been in more areas of this house than our cat!


A spinning wheel that my dear neighbor, Arthur, made for me twenty years ago.  He made it from a maple tree that was cut down in his back yard.  Everything on it except for the metal hooks, are made from that tree....he was quite the finished carpenter!  Sure miss him...


My little dining area....hopefully, next fall, we are getting this area and my kitchen remodeled...instead of being two rooms, it will be made into one large room...then I can get the long harvest table I've been dreaming about for years!



Well...that's it....it's been a busy few weeks since Christmas......but hopefully things will settle down.  In a few days, I'll be heading down to Sauder Village to meet up with Ohio hooking pals, Melissa and Lauren for our annual mid-winter hooking retreat.  The three of us have been doing this weekend event ever since it started about five years ago...so much fun....and a much needed get-a-way this time of year! 



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A LITTLE MORE CHRISTMAS PICTURES...

Another Christmas has come and gone and I can honestly say, I'm glad this one is over.  I'm usually sad when the big day has passed...but it was just too darn hectic this past week....I'm ready for the new year to start....I'm ready to get on with my stitching and rug hooking.....and I'm getting ready to purge, clean, get organized, and stop spending so darn much time looking for stuff!!!  But I think everyone feels that way this time of year.....

Here are a few more pictures of my decorating....nothing fancy....just a few things here and there...a little lighter and brighter this year...

My shabby little white stepback cupboard....I have a red and cream colored, antique linsey-woolsey tree skirt from the 1800's draped over one of the doors.  I purchased it last month at the show in Ohio.
I can only imagine how many Christmas' it has seen!


                         

And my crock stand...I placed it in the center of the kitchen as an island.  It was the perfect height!


My version of DIY open cupboards...I just unscrewed the doors & removed them.....


Lots of red and white this year....placed in my antique jars.


A little cross stitch design by Pineberry Lane I stitched about 5 years ago and set it in this sweet, little red and white vintage tray. 


My chalkware snowmen....by Teena Flanner and Kathy Bejimy of Walnut Ridge Collectibles.


Another pair of  friendly snowman

Just a few pictures of the bedrooms...nothing great, because my bedroom is rather plain..


I love this old coffee bin...bought it from Earlene...but it was too big for my kitchen so it has found a home in the spare room...


One of my friendly little early bears.....


A collection of brush trees....

A quiet Santa sitting in a cradle watching over sheep....




Now my bathroom....I had so much fun decorating my bathroom...the first time in over 30 years, I did not have to worry about sticking with the color scheme...you know....the pink and black scheme?  I can't tell you how nice it was to have a neutral field to play with....





And last but not least...my early, wood horse that I purchased last summer in Marshall MI.  He's all decked out with Christmas greenery and ready to roll....


Thank you all again, for viewing and commenting on my blog.  It mean so much.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the new year.....I know I am!