Thursday, February 14, 2019

DYEING WOOL AND BARELY HOOKING

You would think with this cold, miserable weather I would have tons of projects to show you that are finished...and I mean fully finished...but nope...sometimes the days just slip away from me...but I do have a few things to show you....first of all...we have have a wonderful rughooker in our guild that is also our "education guru" and is always teaching us new things in the rug hooking world.  Last week, we had a two day hookin and she, Deb Szwed, demonstrated "ice dyeing" for our wool.
 

First, she soaked her wool in a water vinegar mix for twenty four hours.  She used the natural wool from Dorr, which is just an off-white wool. Very soft and very easy to dye.  Then she chose five colors of crystal or powder dyes...I forget the brand she used...sorry...but you can see from the examples, Deb chose colors that would blend in well together....

 
After she scrunched up the wool...she place it on a slotted rack, like a refridgerator shelf or baking rack, making sure all of the wool was scrunched up enough to fit...no overhang of wool.  Then the rack was placed over a plastic bin that would be deep enough to hold the water from the melted ice....

Next....she loaded a small bag of ice on top of the wool, making sure it was all covered evenly...then....she sprinkled the dye...one color at a time...then we waited....


The next morning...this is the result....a beautifully, rainbow colored piece of wool...the colors were much more vibrant in person..but so cool and so easy...I think I would even be able to do this!!!  I'm not a wool dye person, but I love hooking with it!


Well..after that...this is my measly attempt at hooking No. 10 Pumpkin Lane by Wooley Woolens.  It's a big rug..so it'll take a lot of time I'm sure!


Lastly....HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to everyone!!!  This is my little grand daughter Alexandra with her braided heart hair...don't you just love it!!!


Have a wonderful day....if you're in the frozen tundra like us here in Michigan...stay safe and stay warm!!!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

A HAZY SHADE OF WINTER...

Boy oh boy....I said I missed the snow....and now I'm getting paid back..karma has come in piles and inches of the white fluffy stuff!!  We had a harrowing drive from the west side of the state, Kalamazoo, on I-94.  The two hour drive took us over three and a half hours...so many spinouts, accidents and NO SALT TRUCKS!!!!!!!!!  After all of this..we didn't even have an Elvis siting...UGH!


On a brighter note..look at this gorgeous orchid of my moms that my daughter bought her a few years ago....it blooms through out the year...so lovely...





My stitching and hooking have really taken a back seat since before Christmas.  This design, is being stitched for a friend.   I'm hoping to get this done in a couple of weeks so I can finish stitching a sampler that I started in the fall.  It's a design called "TheWitch, The Crow,  and The Pumpkin" by Barbara Ana.  The fabric is evenweave 28 count that I coffee dyed.  I'm using called for colors in DMC.  


I'll be busy this week getting ready for the annual Sauder Village Weekend Rug Hooking Retreat starting onThursday.  I have no idea what I'm going to be bringing to hook since I haven't hooked in forever...but it is such a fun and inspirational weekend....hopefully, the weather will improve!   

Have a great Sunday and thank you for your comments!!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

AND FINALLY....SNOW

Yay!!  I was so happy to see a good amount of snow falling yesterday...what would a winter be in Michigan without some accumulation of snow?  I think we got around 5-6 inches.  I love looking out my windows, especially at night when the whiteness of the snow brightens even the darkest corners of my yard...

Last evening we hosted 12 of our neighbors...this is a monthly get together we have been doing since September.  Every month, we go to a different house...it has been so much fun!  I feel like I'm living in the 50's and 60's, when this was a common thing...a tradition that seems to have gotten lost in present times....

I have been busy sprucing up the house..after Christmas it takes on a dull attitude..empty and kind of cold.  I kept a winter theme, but even that has gotten to be a bit boring...so, off to the paint store and Hobby Lobby!

A little stone fruit in an old wooden bowl..the sewing pocket hanging on the door was a class I took of Rebekah L Smith back in the summer.


Ok...and this is my Hobby Lobby and Kirkland's wall...mixed in with some antique samplers (Alexa totally photo bombed this pic).


How about this contemporary glass lamp?  Mixed it up with some very early leather books on an early 1800's writing desk and two of my samplers...I'm really loving the look...an idea from Rebekah L. Smith's blog post this week...if you haven't read her blog yet...you really should...she has some beautiful
posts and some beautiful wool applique designs as well....I'll put the link on my sidebar...


Then....the painting.....my old stepback cupboard that had been painted at least three times..this time I went with a neutral color and I love it!  The color is from Sherwin Williams and it's called "Perfect Greige"..meaning a cross between grey and beige...We're going to painting the living room a creamy white this spring, so I think the color will stand out a bit more...


Well...that's it for now.  I hope you all have a great week...if it's snowy and cold in your neck of the woods, keep warm and safe!!


Sunday, January 13, 2019

BRRR.....IT'S A COLD SUNDAY!

It's so cold here in Michigan, but I fear it's not the worst we'll see this winter. It's been a really strange winter with zero snow....I'm like Loralai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)...I love snow!!!!  I feel cozy & warm inside when I see those big white flakes floating from the sky....such a beauty of nature...

I've had my husband painting over dark walls...again....poor guy...this is my kitchen wall...before...

I loved it 10 years ago...because I was into the primitive look with darker colors...but it has had it's time.....this is the now....



He didn't paint the whole kitchen, because we're really hoping to get a total kitchen remodel in the fall...but we'll see....like everything else...it's going to cost a boatload...so we've been saving...but with walls being knocked out....new cupboards...new flooring...UGH!!  I do have my plans drawn out and a goal list completed....but I think I need Chip and Joanna!!!

I love my little cow!!  She's a plastic beauty from the 50's!  I kept some of my winter-like decorations up.  It just helps to keep the house a little cozier during these blah winter months....


I think my whole house is turning into a ceramic barn yard!  Roosters I found at the Salvation Army!  


An old scrub box that I bought at an estate sale for $5....I dolled it up a bit with a wintery mix...


More wintery greenery....and my sweet Nicole Sayre Angel...


A new ladder from Hobby Lobby with some warm throws...


My living room....keeping it warm...I still have one Arnett Santa out...but he's dressed in blue & is holding a lantern...so we're good...


I'll be super busy this week....we're hosting our monthly neighbor get together on Saturday evening...about 7 couples coming to our home.  We do this once a month, eveyone takes turns hosting.  I can't begin to epress how wonderful it's been!  To get to know people who have been living two, three, fours doors down has been so much fun! And of course...they are all super nice and friendly.   My husband and I are the oldster's of the group, but the rest aren't far behind!

Have a great week and again, thank you for reading and commenting on my blog!!

Monday, January 7, 2019

GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

I don't know about you all, but I'm happy the holiday season is over.  I always looks forward to it, but then by the 28th, I'm done.  I took down my Christmas decor the day on the 31st and it seemed to be more labor intensive than usual...maybe because I'm a year older?  Maybe because I have way too much stuff?  Not sure...but I did manage to watch "Tidying Up" on Netflix by Maria Kondo...

Now I didn't get through reading her entire book, and I've had it for a year or two....because some of her organization tools, are a bit extreme for me...but the Netflix show is pretty good and she is so sweet & is very respectful to the families she helps....Most of her clients are just normal people who collect too much stuff, and can't seem to get rid of it...I fall into that catagory.  I'm pretty organized with my upstairs...it's the basement that makes me want to scream!!  It depresses me to even go down there..I'm not one to hold on to things that would be considered "sentimental", I'm just a bit lazy when it comes to the basement!  Oh...well...it's a new year & maybe I'll get on with it.

One thing I have vowed to do it to stay off of FaceBook....I have taken the app off of my phone...althought I still have it on my laptop...I'm staying off of it for a while....I'm sick of the "time-stealer" it truly is....plus, I'm so sick of the political ravings, rantings, and nonsense that are posted by everyone.  If I want to read or hear all of that crap...I can tune into Fox or MSNBC and get my fill of it.


Kelley Belfast, created a really cool guide to "no spending" on craft items..so I've done the same thing.  I added up my spending online, at the stores, at shows, and can't believe the amount of money that just goes flying out the window.  Besides, I have enough craft stuff to last me three lifetimes!!!  So far I've made it almost a week with NO spending! 


These two little cuties were able to spend some time together over the Christmas week....It was so much fun having the two of them together!


I decided to keep a little winter decor up...the house looks so bare after all is put away...the mantel is still bare....but easier to clean!  Have a terrific day..I'm off to my friend's house this morning to do some hooking!! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A FEW MORE PICTURES TO SHARE...

As busy as it is....the two weeks leading up to Christmas are my favorite...I have a ton of gift wrapping to do...my sewing room looks like the return area of a Target!  Bags, boxes, stacks of clothes, toys, video games...you name it...it's in a heep in this room!!  I'm hoping to be able to bake some cookies in the midst of all the craziness...but not sure yet.  Saturday, we're hosting our annual "Christmas Sleepover" for the grandkids....I think a couple of them are getting too old...we've been doing this for years....but we're bribing them to come...

Anyway....a few more pictures of my home...a little lighter and brighter this year...as I said before...I didn't unpack 3/4 of my Christmas decorations....I'll probably be sorry I didnt...but it will be easier when taking it all down...here goes:

My foyer....hubby just painted it and we had hardwood floors installed this past month...what a difference a little paint makes!


The little white cupboard is hiding a hideous thermostat that I have fought with for 30 years....finally got the idea to purchase this little cupboard...I love it...I think it fits in well...


At the end of my foyer, are the pictures of our twelve grandchildren...I found these window frames at Kirkland's in SC when we were visiting Jeff at Thanksgiving....It actually holds 16 pictures...so I figure, I'm four grandchildren short....


My little kichen table with a couple of vintage Santa's...


My open cabinet (I have two that I took the doors off about 20 years ago)...It's nice to display some of my brown transferware...the Santa mug is my husband's...it was given to him as a gift when he was a baby....


The other open cabinet with more transferware pieces...


A little cross stitch design I stitched up last year....I'm still not tired of the red truck theme....


A hanging lantern in my serving area....


One of my bedrooms....Rory helped me decorate it this year...she claims this as "her" room when she spends the night...you can see her little Violet in the midst of my antique bears...


And then, my pie safe which I forgot to put in last weeks post...it's in the corner of my living room


Well..that's it...thanks so much for your kind comments.  I love looking at everyone's homes....and I hope you enjoy looking at mine....have a wonderful "Pre-Christmas Week"!!

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Most Wonderful and Busiest Time of the Year!!


 
Yes it is!!  The busiest to be sure!  This is my favorite time of the year...the days leading up to Christmas.  Whether you have a big family or not, or lots of company or not....most everyone seems to get wrapped up the festivities.  I've been making a few things here and there....including the cotton batting Santa's that I made for my friend's shop in Holly.  They are so much fun to make!!

Just a few pictures around the house...I'll add more next week.  Although, it seems like a lot of decorations, I honestly didn't even touch half of my storage totes!  So here goes...





 I kept my cupboard simple this year...too much dusting in year's past...



My little coffee/cocoa bar I set up for entertaining...I have three get-together's planned.


My sewing wall-pocket I made for a gift for our Holly Hooker gift exchange....I'll post pictures of that party this weekend.  So much fun! There are 12 of us...and each gift had to be hand-made by the giver...and I have to say...all of the gifts were beautiful!!


This is the sewing pouch or tote I received from Pat.  It is beautiful!!! She is phenomenal quilter and does tons of quilting with needle turned applique .


Then.....my friend Teresa Kogut...artist, painter, designer of cross stitch designs, designer of punch needle design, and designer of rug hooking designs...finally has been filming some FlossTube videos on YouTube.  I'm unable to paste the direct link (with this MacBook), but if you go to YouTube and in the search bar type in:

Flosstube Teresa Kogut-Creative Whims Studio

You'll be able to view her videos.  She is a wonderful artist and has been designing for companies for years, plus selling on her on-line shop and shows around the country.   

I'll post more pictures this week....sorry I've been a bad blogger...I haven't even been on FB that much..this social media thing is a time stealer that I have to control..otherwise...I'd get nothing done!!