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!!




Sunday, October 14, 2018

FUN AT SAUDER

Well....our two days at Sauder came and went too fast!!  After weeks of anticiption and looking forward to a little getaway...it came and went like a flash!  But we had such a great time!  My pals, Melissa, Sue, and Pat all met up on Thursday afternoon.  Lauren came on Friday morning.   Between eating, yacking, shopping, and hooking...we had a wonderful time.  The October hook-in at Sauder is a fairly new event, but it is gaining in popularity.  Last year, there were only 30 registered, this year there were 48.   I believe the capacity is 60.  Some of my friends from my guild were there as well.  It's just a nice and relaxing couple of days to hook and catch up with good friends!

This is Sue's rug...she designed it herself...similar to a Rufus Porter painting (Sue was a folk art painter years ago).  I love it!  Makes me rethink some of my old painting and perhaps put them to linen and wool....


Then next, is my buddy Pat.   She enjoys the Oxford punch rather than the hook.  For her, it is faster & she does a wonderful job.  She uses wool yarn and wool strips.  I'm not sure who's design this is...but it will be beautiful when done!


This is Lauren's rug.  I believe this is a guild project, but I'm not sure.  I love her colors.  Lauren does a lot of dyeing and these colors are beautiful!


And last, is my hooking.  It is a design from Karen Kahle.  I'm going to try and get it done before December.  I have a long way to go!  In between all of my other projects...just not enough time in the day!  I was hooking the beard in off white, when one of my friends gave me "Homespun yarn" a brand from Lion Brand yarn, purchased at Joann's.  I think it is perfect for his beard and cuff!!


These two little guys, found their way to a new home.  I ventured out of my comfot zone and made these two little teddies from a Druann Jeffries pattern, that she now offers on her Etsy.  They were fun to make!!


And last....these are the types of texts I get from my son....not, how are you...or what's up...oh no....my second oldest has to send me a scene out of the scariest movie (made for TV movie) that has terrified me for years...UGH!!  Salem's Lot...written by Stephen King...I still have a hard time looking out of a window at night....thanks Shane...love you too...:-0


Have a wonderful Sunday....and again, thank you for all of your comments and for reading my blog


Sunday, October 7, 2018

MOVTIVATION NEEDED...PLEASE...

OY, YUCK & BLAH.....that describes the mood I've been in for the past few days.  I'm usually pretty upbeat and feel motivated to do even the worst of tasks...but the past couple of weeks I've literally had no energy or motivation to do a darn thing.  My house looks like a train wreck, my stitching is sittin in some obscure corner of my disasterous sewing room... & I've been doubly aggravated because I can't get one damned contracter to answer their phone & return a call.   It's been three weeks and I have tried four or five different flooring companies and they either show up and NEVER get back with me or they don't return my call.  It's not a small job....they could make some good money and it's probably only a one-day job...GRRRRRRRRRR.... I wish like heck my husband was in the least bit handy...or at least showed an interest in doing a home project, but he never has been never will be...so I sit here and stew....

On to better things....I finally finished my little purse.  My friend brought over a pencil type case she purchased at Walmart.  I followed the tutorial from Cindi Gay in an older issue of Rug Hooking Magazine.  Its my own little doodle design.  It was a pretty easy project and it's very roomy inside...big enough to carry your stuff plus a water bottle!


Then...I finished Scaredy Cat...a pillow design by Heaven's To Betsy.  I made it for my grand daughter Rory.  She was with me at a recent hook in and fell in love with it.



And here is the crabby old lady with Rory...it was my birthday last week, but it was marred with the worry that I would have to go to downtown Detroit to do jury duty....which I did a 7am on Monday...got called to the jury box....sat through two hours and six rounds of questioning by the prosecutor and defense attorney...thank GOD...after all of that......the prosecutor gave me the boot....I must have been smiling or grimacing too much...not really sure....and didn't really care....I had never been happier with rejection!!!!!!!!!!!!  I couldn't get out of that awful place fast enough!!  And the case was awful as well...the worst....


My two littlest treasures in South Carolina..Alexandra and Josephine, soaking up the sun...my son said it is so blooming hot down there....


Napoleon taking care of Josephine....he is a rescue dog from years ago that my son fell in love with.  I'm not much of a dog person...but Napoleon is a doll!  Such a sweet sweet dog!


Well...that's it for now...I've griped enough....hoping to get my mojo working this week!!!  Heading off to Sauder for their rughooking weekend on Thursday and I CAN'T WAIT!!!!  

Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog!!  Have a great week!


Monday, September 24, 2018

WAITING AND WAITING.......

Don't you just love sitting home all afternoon, waiting for a contractor to come over for a quote?  That's what I've been doing...waiting on a flooring company to give me a quote for some hardwood floors.....no call, no answer, no showing up...well.....I just wrote him off my list!  Time to move on to another!  But wait....every company that I've called...I've had to leave a voice message....doesn't any company EVER answer their darn phones???  It's really annoying....I try to give these independently own businesses some business....but honestly, I'm ready to give Home Depot a try.....

Okay...vent over!  I gussied up my mantle last evening...with some little lights ad a few sprigs of fake autumn leaves... 


My good pal, Earlene, and I went pumpkin shopping last Thursday.  There is a nursery/farmstand that sells the most amazing pumpkins at the most amazing prices!!  Take a look at these in their back greenhouse:


The large pumpkins are 2/$5 and the Cinderella pumpkins, green pumpkins, pumpkins with lots of lumps and bumps, and ghost pumpkins are 2 for $6....any size, any color!  The little pumpkins are 2/$3.  Mums and Asters are $4.  I've been going there for years for all of my fall decorating...you just can't beat their prices!


This past weekend was the Michigan Apple Blossom hooking event, sponsored by Anne Bond.  Although I didn't attend the hookin, I did shop on Saturday for the vendor sale to the public.  There were only a couple of vendors that I was interested in...but I brought my grand daughter, Rory with me, and she was only too happy to pick out a project for me to make for her...It's this crazy looking cat by Heavens to Betsy....when it is all done...it will have green button eyes, with some weird looking ruffle around his hat.  I tried to tear my wool, but I just cannot seem to do it correctly....I waste so much wool doing it..I just resorted to using a 9 cut.  


Well...that's it for now...guess I'll continue waiting for someone to either call me or just show up...I'll show this Scaredy Cat rug when I'm done....I'm hooking like crazy on it...JUST to get it done!  

Have a wonderful week!!