Thursday, September 14, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

AUGUST OFFERINGS AT 9 PM THIS EVENING


 It's already the middle of the month & time for another EWM update.  Please join me and the other artists for this month's update at 9 pm.  I will be offering a punch needle design as well as two samplers...


And being it's the middle of August can only mean one thing.....Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village...YAY!!  We wait all year for this event!!  They have some really great vendors this year & I can hardly wait to sink my fingers into some nice luscious wool......I didn't think I would be able to go....but yep....I'm going!!!  My Holly Hooking pals are going and then I am meeting Lauren and Melissa to do some serious shopping....I probably won't be able to sleep tomorrow evening....

Well...have a great evening...I'll be back with lots of pictures of beautiful rugs at Sauder!!  Don't forget to visit :

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Friday, August 11, 2017

IT'S FRIDAY...ALREADY?

Boy...one day it's Monday....in a blink it's Friday...I don't know where the time goes, but I sure haven't accomplished much this week.  I'm usually pretty organized and am a pro with my "to-do" lists (I love checking off those tasks one by one)....but this week I haven't done a darn thing...

Just a few pictures from around the house...I'm so ready to start decorating for fall...here is my first and probably only "buy" of the season....

He is such a sweet little fella...made out of an old cross stitch table cloth I believe....



Then...the white pantry box...my one and only buy in Tennessee..I got it at a fair price..



My small bird crock collection....not old...but I love the birds!  I've had these for quite some time...but they're always finding new areas in my home to nest in.... and my rye baskets...



This old basket I found in Ohio for $11 years ago.  I really love the blue and red painting on it...faded but still visible.



And some leather bound books...most from the early to mid 1800's...they are getting harder and harder to find and the prices are getting higher and higher.....most of these were under the $12 range...and my little vintage dog from my good friend Sally...




A small hanging corner cupboard...on top is an antique pull horse and then just odds and ends inside the cupboard...the sampler is from 1837....I really need to frame it...


My WIP....a punch needle design from Lori Brechlin...this is one of my favorites of hers....I'm trying to get it finished and mounted for the Early Work Mercantile update this coming Monday...


And last but not least.....my little grand daughter on her way to Chicago with her mommy and daddy....my daughter snapped this picture....it is of the Antique Mercantile in Jackson, MI...it is the mall that I have a booth in...



 That's it for today....hope you enjoy the upcoming weekend!!

Monday, August 7, 2017

GOOD MONDAY MORNING

It's a beautiful Monday morning and I am happy to say that our traveling for the summer is done...we have made two trips to South Carolina since the end of June, to help my son & his wife get settled in.  I'm not sure how much help we were...seems like we were getting in their way most of the time, so we left a couple of days early.  We had all these plans for antiquing on the way home...went through Tennessee and Kentucky thinking we would fine all sorts of treasures...what a huge disappointment !  All they had was garage sale stuff and glass ware....and the prices were ridiculous!  Most of the shops that were supposed to be so great, were out of business.....I'll just stick with my Michigan and Ohio peeps from now on....

It's funny (and scary) what you find on the internet when you google your name.  I found these pictures, from a group, TDIPT, that I belonged to over 10 years ago.   It was a great selling group at the time...with updates twice a month...so many talented folk artists...but once a month, they did an interview with an artist, featuring their home and decor.  Here's mine from 2007.....

I still have a lot of the things in this picture.  But most of it has been sold....the fireboard I still use during the summer months.  


This is one of my favorite pictures of my living room taken from the entry way.  I really loved those curtains...I made them using clearance fabric from Joann's.  I wish I would have kept them...the carpeting has been replaced with wide plank wood floors.. My biggest mistake was allowing my husband to buy and put a television in the living room, in the corner by the fireplace.  I can't wait for the thing to die.....



My dry sink that I purchased in Ohio, above it a beautiful little wall cupboard that I have since sold. 



My little vignette of odds and ends....



And then a wall in my kitchen...the decor in my kitchen has undergone a big change...I keep it simple now...mostly in shades of white with red accents....



It's funny, you look back at older pictures and think a lot has changed....but then again....really, not too much has changed...I went through a period of going contemporary...glass tables, modern chairs...that lasted about two years....then I'm like...what the heck was I thinking????   Back to the old for me!  Now I find that I am more drawn to the farmhouse look....just another fad in decorating?  One that I would tire of in a couple of years???  For now, I'll just stick to what I have....Have a great Monday! 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

BEAUTIFUL SATURDAY...

It's been absolutely beautiful weather in Michigan this week.  Sunny skies, cool temps at night...my kind of weather....really gets you into the autumn mood.  

My side garden this year, really seems to enjoy the weather as well...but I really think they enjoy the Miracle Gro that my husband feeds them every week...


My daughter-in-laws cat, Dublin peeking around the wall in their empty house....Jeff and Megan are moving to South Carolina to start a new journey in their life...I'm excited for them but am sure going to miss them!!  They left early this morning..


A couple of pictures from my little Holly Hooking group taken this past Wednesday....

This is Wendy, working away on "Daisy" design by Lori Brechlin


Next, is Sally...working on a rug by Edyth O'Neill....


Then we have Pat....Pat is making a hooked stuffed sheep...we laughed so hard, because she had the sheep turned inside out and none of us knew what the heck she was doing!!



Then we have Linda and Lucy...Lucy is Dawn's little grand daughter who is just adorable...they were very intent on working on their project...


I've not been rughooking at all....seems I needed a break so I've been doing some cross stitching....this is the latest I've been working on....a design by Tammy Black of Scattered Seed Samplers...she has gorgeous sampler designs...her blog link is listed on my sidebar.  My DMC floss was giving me grief this morning so I had to stop for a bit and dig out my bees wax...



And then we have the rock climber Rory...her Uncle Nate was so generous and kind to give her his kid's playscape.  She has been having a ball with it!!


Well...that's it for now....have a wonderful weekend...I hope everyone is having nice weather!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

ALMOST THERE!!

Well...last week I dove in head first.....into my sewing room...I purged, I pitched, I pissed & moaned...but I did it....for the most part anyway....I set my timer to be in the room for only three hours.  I worked like a dog...but when the three hour timer went off...I wasn't even a third done!  I could've cried....I started at 9 in the morning and worked until 10 at night.....I got rid of so many magazines, knick knacky things, things I was going to one day create something out of ...oh my...if I only could get my money back!!

Love this sign...but you should see the looks it gets when people go into my room......The rug is a Heaven's To Betsy design...a fun and easy rug to hook.........


I cleaned off my Ikea desk...I really love this desk..It has two nice drawers and is really easy to clean...and it's very sturdy...my Ott light and my Martha Steward light....


I decided to keep my tall, metal bookshelf in the room.  It holds everything I need very nicely without everything being crammed in.    My blue binders house my cross stitch patterns.  I have them  organized by designer.    

I decided, at this time, not to sell my primitive wood cupboard.  It holds all the wool I need..I'm determine not to buy wool just on  a whim.....(she said laughing)....
I donated my cutting table which took up a ton of room, and two bookshelves...I can finally breathe!!


That big ugly desk....my husband grimaced when even the mention of donating it to the Goodwill...so here it sits...under the window...but I did clean out and organize the drawers.... 


My two little Steiff bears..peeking out at me....making sure everything stays neat... 



And.....I can't wait to start stitching this lovely sampler design by Tammy Black of Scattered Seed Samplers....I love it...plus, it only has two colors of floss to use! 


Well....that's it....I'm off to finish the laundry, make dinner, and sit down to do some stitching!  Have a great night!!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

EVER GET ONE OF THE THEM DAYS????



Yep.....this is how I'm feeling.... and I remember Elvis singing it well......

Didja ever get one of them days, gals
Didja ever get one of them days....
When nothing is right, from morning till night
Didja ever get one of them days
Didja ever get one of them days..... 

I've been having a few of those days......I can't seem to get my head around cleaning and reorganizing my hooking room.....it's been a mess for a long, long time.  I have too much furniture, too much junk...I've started purging and pitching...but it's still not enough...I swear, I could have a garage sale in this room alone!!!  So...this isn't a "pretty" post or a "primitive" post...be prepared and read at your own risk.......cuz it's pretty bad....you may need to grab a bucket....





I hate the desk that's in here..  It's from the 1940's and my husband bought it to use...needless to say...he NEVER used it and it ended up in my sewing room...it's big and clunky and  a catch-all for useless crap.  He doesn't know....but it's going....I've already contacted my son.... 

My closet organization used to work so well....but I've accumulated so much stuff it's hard to stay organized....I love the youtube videos on organization but those people surely do not have as much stuff as I have...and buying those little bins and tubs at the  Dollar Tree.....doesn't really help....it just encourages your to buy and store more ...you guessed it....JUNK!!!


Another piece of useless furniture....this green cupboard....I had to have it, but all it does is collect more stuff..it's absolutely useless....it's going to the antique mall...as well at the Putnam Dye case,  the vintage tin boxes, and various other smalls....


My wool used to look so nice on this metal shelf...but now, with MORE wool...it's a hot mess!!  That's a whole day of organizing in it's self!  And just look at all those lights!!!  Three OTT lights & two magnifier lights,   It's like I have three heads with three sets of eyeballs...good grief!!  How many lights can one person use????  AND...with that theory.....what about hooking frames...I have three floor frames and two lap frames...what????? And that was after I sold two of them...any ideas on how to store those?


My lovely IKEA work table, that I still love...but it is always loaded with junk.  Another catch-all..and you can see to the left of it...another shelving unit with...you guessed it...more junk!!!  The one thing I do love, however, is my DMC floss organizers..they were inexpensive and keep my floss in order...but the magazines have got to go...I have tons of them .....why do I keep old magazines??? I never really look at them after a couple of time.....it's a sickness actually....magazine-itis!


Now to the beauty pictures......
These are of course, my "dream" craft rooms.....I'll never attain such beauty...at least in this lifetime...but they sure are pretty.....always inspirational!  I love the signage...SMILE --  DREAM....that's about all I can do at this point!



Even Mrs. Meyer's cleaning products have not helped me.....I will probably  have pulled out every hair on my head by the time I get done...but I'm going to do it....I think my problem is...I just don't stick with one type of needlework...nope...not me...I have to branch out into ALL aspects of "needledom".......therefore....I have tones of stuff and tons of UFO'S...In my next lifetime...I'm going to be a dancer or a yoga instructor .....But in the meantime......I'll have to deal with this room......  

Hope none of you are have having "one of the days".....