Sunday, June 18, 2017

HAPPY SUNDAY...AND FATHER'S DAY





Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there.....we'll be going to our grand daughter Charlotte's, dance recital this afternoon...those are always so sweet!! And then we'll be heading to dinner with out family later.

It's been kind of a quiet week around here...which is a good thing.  I'm taking a Donna Hrkmann rug hooking class offered by my  guild in Dearborn, The Michigan Rugg Artistes.  I'm excited and nervous at the same time!!  I would like to learn to hook faces, but I am a primitive hooker...so I don't know how that is going to fly!  I heard Donna is an exceptional instructor and will teach just about any method suited to you...but I can't imagine hooking a face with 8 or 9 width wool...LOL!!  So, I'm going to have to step out of my comfort zone and learn to hook with 5's or 6's....UGH!!  I'm going to hook a picture of my grand daughter Rory to give to my daughter on her birthday....but it depends on what it looks like...I may be the new Picasso (meaning an eye up here and another down there)!!  This is the photo that I have transferred onto my linen...I'm concentrating on her face but learning shading techniques for the rest of her, as well.   It will be challenging...at least for me!  But I wanted to do something a little different and learn something new...


Just about to finish my sampler by Lori Rippey, "I Choose Joy'...I love it!


I did it on 20 count evenweave linen. I hand dyed it before I stitched, but I may sprinkle a few little drops of coffee just to age it a bit more.  This was a really fun design!  I'm going to frame mine...I'm going to order Lori's new pattern, "Polly Cole"...she just listed it on her picturetrail last evening.  It's beautiful!!

http://www.picturetrail.com/HomeSpunPrimsByLori

This is an antique sampler that I picked up for next to nothing at an antique mall in Ohio last summer.  It was framed horribly so I took it out and just hung it on my corner cupboard.  It's in great shape..not crazy about the pink in it, but considering it's dated 1843, I fell in love with it anyway.


Well...that's it for now.  We're heading down to South Carolina on Thursday.  My son and his bride are moving down there so he can be close to his daughter.  We sure will miss the both of them!  He is the first of my five children to move out of state...and I'm hoping the last!!

Have a great Sunday!  I'll let you know how this rug hooking class is going!! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

IT'S BEEN A LITTLE CRAZY AROUND HERE......

To say that the months of April and May have been busy and worrisome, is an understatement!  My daughter's health is in jeopardy..she's doing a bit better but not out of the woods yet, my daughter-in-law suffered very severe heart attack..and is doing ok, again...not out of the woods yet.....and then my poor mom fell and broke a vertebrae in her lower back,  she's been miserable and now has to use a cane or walker.   Last but not least....a joyous occasion in the midst of all this...... my youngest son got married...whew....I think I covered it all in a nutshell....anyway....I'm hoping the worst is behind us.  All of that was just in five short weeks.....so...needless to say, I have not been in the mood to blog..UGH!!

I haven't done much in the way of rughooking, but I have been doing a lot of punch needle.  That was one needle craft that I really didn't enjoy doing, but then I started watching some YouTube videos..mainly Lori Brechlin's and Ronda Tedder's and I can't believe the difference it made! I actually enjoy it now!  I have been working on a penny rug from Cee Rafuse, the Three Diamonds, but I can only sew on  that one for a short time but I'm almost done.



And some pictures from my son's wedding:

His beautiful bride, Megan....


My youngest son, Jeff....


The Mr  & Mrs


And I just couldn't leave the two little flower girls out of the post...my youngest grandaughter's...Alexandra and Rory...I think they had the most fun of all!!


 Well...it's been busy...but I did have time to make a few things to offer on this evening's Early Work Mercantile update.   Please join us at 9 pm to check out what we have to offer!!
Have a great week and stay cool!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ann Arbor Hook In




Last Saturday, April 15th, was the annual Ann Arbor Hook-In.  This year, it was my guild, Michigan Rugg Artistes that hosted (we get it every 3 years).  Although, there are only 33 of us, I think we did a pretty good job.  We had wonderful vendors..Kris Miller, Anne Bond, Lynn Kosarek, the Ault's, just to name a few ...so much luscious wool to choose from and so many patterns!

My friend, Andrea and I were in charge of the cookie and beverage table.  Just look at all these goodies we had:


Our rug display, was disappointingly small this year.   Although, 200 rugs were registered to be brought, only a handful actually made it....the hookers came, but not their rugs....so...it was a small showing, but there were still beautiful rugs!  This one below, is from my friend Bonnie.   She designed and hooked this rug for her bathroom.  It's just gorgeous!


The following rugs, were brought in by fellow hookers:  This is a design by Anne Bond.  I think it is called "Hedwig"...it was just beautiful...I plan on hooking it in June....


And then, this rug which was way more beautiful in person than on camera.  I don't know who the designer is or who hooked it...but it was quite the eye catcher! 


This is a pillow I completed last week.  I've never hooked a pillow before...so now I'm on to the next one.  I really enjoyed this little design from Maggie B.  


This is a wool applique design by Maggie B....stitched by my friend Sheila. Another beauty!!



Went to my antique booth this past Tuesday and brought in some more items....took some home too   I hate when items sit around in a booth for months on end...I like to change it up every now and again.  It's been a little slow in sales the past two months...so I'm hoping things will pick up.  Primitives in Michigan seem to be on a downward slope...it's hard to find them and it's getting harder to sell.   I think people's tastes are changing...young folks seem to like the industrial white farmhouse style instead of the drab, darker decor.    I know my tastes have definitely changed over the past 5 years...


Well...that's it...hope I'm not MIA for another month...my son's wedding is in four weeks so we'll be busy with that....have a great weekend!!  I'm going out to the yard to do the much dreaded yard clean up....maybe I should keep a smile on my face like this gal....then the work wouldn't seem so bad!




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!