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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Schwenkfelder

Wintertime always makes for some good cabin fever! lol! As much as I enjoy being home...and having some time to indulge in some indoor hobbies... there's only so much staying in one place that this gal can take! :-)

And so, last weekend, a friend and I hopped in my car and away we went to the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in Pennsburg, PA! The main purpose of this trip was to see a particular exhibit. It was of hooked rugs done by Karl and Mary Jo Gimber. I met them a couple of times during regular meetings of a local rug hooking guild... so I was already familiar with some of their hooked rugs. The rugs they hook are of Tavern Signs...and what adds to their unique style is that they are all hooked with recycled wool! In fact, attached to each rug (on the back) is all of the garment labels from the pieces that were used in the rug! So, getting the opportunity to see them all on display in a museum sounded like a fun thing to do!

Join me for a little walk through, won't you?

A few close up pics of some of my favorites...









A general view of one of the three walls of the exhibit...


And away we wandered to other sections of the center...

Also on display were some Christmas themed paintings, stoneware and redware (from local artisans)...



While the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center offers limited time featured exhibits... they also have some "regular" exhibits that remain all the time... offering information of the PA Dutch Heritage of the area...

Here are some beautiful fraktur prints...






I am envisioning a beautiful hooked rug featuring this design...  :-)



These fraktur images were attached to the inside lids of some heavy wood trunks...


These were styled in a way that they actually resembled cross stitch charts... tiny little colored squares...


And some beautiful stained glass that was located just behind the welcome desk...




One of the off-beat and unique finds of the day, was this printing press...



I'm always in awe and appreciate the attention to detail and workmanship that was invested in even the industrial items...


I've been involved with the printing industry throughout my professional life... so I found it amusing that even on my "day off"... I could not "get away from my job"... lol! ;-)

It's all good!

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January

The thing about January is...

...there's too much time to think.

Summer activities are a memory... folks have adjusted to their back to school schedules...the Holidays are done and behind us.

So.

What we have remaining is time to think. Time to wonder. And time to plan.

I should mention that we also have time stitch. But, I'm usually thinking when I'm stitching. And that's where the trouble starts. Especially when your thoughts are changing from what they used to be... particularly about how time is used. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. But, we all accomplish many different things with that same time. Sometimes accomplishing nothing in a day is the greatest accomplishment. But, then again, who is to say what is an accomplishment of substance and what is actually a waste of time?

I used a good amount of time today to stitch. Was this "good use of time"?

Well... it certainly gave me time to think.

~Sharon

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Our Christmas Tree!

It's been in our home for about two weeks now and still smells wonderful! Sometimes I toy with the idea of an artificial tree (since it's convenient and doesn't need to be watered)... but, each year we head out into the cold and drive from tree lot to tree lot (this year was 4 lots) to find the "perfect" tree... and once the fresh cut is made (thanks to my hubby) and the tree is standing in the warmth of our home (a team effort)... the aroma is just soooooo PEACEFUL! There's no other way to describe it... a deep breath of Christmas evergreens just simply calms every nerve... and makes all the efforts worth it! :-)

So... after 600 lights... a few boxes of vintage shiny brites... a smattering of Hallmark car and radio ornaments... a single german glass sewing machine ornament and a beaded snowflake or two... this 5 ft fir is the centerpiece of our home this Christmas Season!!!

Wishing everyone a very Blessed and Merry Christmas!!!

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon
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