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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nuthin' I'd Rather Do...

...on a 90 degree swampy humid day... than cover my legs with wool while I pull some loops! LOL! All kidding aside, this rug has become quite an obsession for me lately. I think that once I get more than half way through completing a rug, pulling loops starts to get more relaxing. Maybe it's because  my mind has already colored planned the remaining areas...

Wishing you cool creative thoughts all day today... :-)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thank You Skippy!

Tish over at Loafer Mountain Primitives was recently adopted by the cutest kitten I have seen to date! Naming a new friend is always difficult as you want a name that sticks, is fitting for his personality and is easy to shout out the back door when that little someone is late for dinner! LOL! 

Soooooo, Tish had posted the cutest pictures of her new found friend and asked for some suggestions as to what to name him. Between the pictures and a few written details and hints of what this little guy is always up to... I offered the suggestion of "Skippy".

Well... Skippy loved his new name and as a thank you he sent me the following...

A gorgeously prim shelf! This shelf is made from recycled barn wood and milk painted a beautiful blue and accented with old square head nails. Simply beautiful!!!! Along with the shelf are some great items to help me begin decorating! A prim bonnet and apron.... a really nice wooden Treasured Friends sign and some wonderful autumn potpourri... along with a small twig wreath and metal star... The pictures are taken with everything laid out on my living room floor... but I will be getting these treasures on the wall in my front room by this weekend! I just wanted Skippy to know that I have received his gifts and absolutely admire and appreciate all of them!!!! Thanks so much Skippy! Hugs to you!

Do you want to see what Skippy is up to today? Visit Tish's blog over at Loafer Mountain Primitives. He's really a sweetheart! :-)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Radio Show at Renninger's, Kutztown, PA

We took some video of the show yesterday. They aren't all that long. So sit back, relax, and see for yourself why we're always so excited to attend this event! 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Some Autumn Decorations

Since the weather is cooler and the days getting shorter... I thought I would take some time to cozy up the house a bit. I don't really put out too many decorations for any of the holidays. Just enough to show bits and pieces of the season. The autumn decorations are getting more and more each year though, as I just can't seem to resist another pumpkin! 

Here is the area on top of my tv cabinet. I mixed in the bitterwseet garland and pumpkin make-do that I recently purchased at the Cinnamon Stick along with an old fashioned grinning cat and jack in with my daily glass bowls and flask.

This is a sweet scarecrow shelf sitter made by Pati Jane of patijanesprimitives! She gifted it to me last year as part of an Autumn swap we had with our eBay group An American Primitive Gathering (USAPRIM on eBay). I have it displayed on the back of a sofa. He's enjoying the nice, soft quilt that Kelley made! LOL!

This area here is on top of the Philco radio I had shown in an earlier post. The two needlepunches are from Kelley and the basket and glass ball jars are from my recent NC trip. Add some colored leaves and wah-lah! Instant autumn! ;-)

The sweet mousie in the jol cupboard hanger was made by Chris of mysticalprimitives (eBay name). She gifted me the redware pumpkin last year too. The owl I made last year. It's a cross stitch pattern by Country Stitches. The strawberry, though not autumn, is staying out because I really love it! LOL! It was made by Ginger from primitivesbythelightofthemoon. The jol np on the right I made last year... just not quick enough that I could display it last year. LOL!

And here is my little german twig tree... I try to put seasonal items on him throughout the year... this is how Halloween is looking so far this year... The pillow at the base was made by Debbie of woolensails.  The Wicked ornament was a freebie chart from Betty of primitivebettys. And, the pumpkin I bought from eBay last year. I'm thinking I should put some time aside to make some ornaments... I think I have some bottle cap ornaments around here somewhere too...

Here is our tiny front (sorta) foyer area. The "window" I have had since I moved here. It's a catalog purchase, and I loved it because it was made out of old wood and the window panes are actually mirrors. Adds a bit of light to an other wise dark area of the house. Mixed in with my regular every day items are just some putka pod stems, leaves, sticks and hooked sunflowers.

And lastly, is a corner in our living room. The bag on the top of the picture is hanging from the door of the clock face. In the bag iare pipe cleaner spiders! I left them in the bag so as not to scare my squeamish readers! LOL! I tucked a gourd jol into a basket that was gifted to me by Chris and placed it on top of a spider web doily that has been draped with a grinning cat garland. And the pumpkin in the carrier is made from a coverlet. I found that on eBay last year and thought it was pretty clever! 

I'm sure there are a few items I forgot to mention the details on, but you get the idea. It's mostly just some seasonal accents, rather than an all out wall to wall boo-nanza! LOL!

I did some more hooking on that big rug today! Progress pictures to be posted soon... hope everyone has a gorgeous weekend!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fun Week!

Last week was pretty durn kewl! The only complaint I have is that my camera kept staying back at my house! LOL! Yep... goes to show ya'... I really don't get out much! ;-)

Wednesday was the day that I finally made a trip out to Hereford, PA to meet up with Joanne at the Cinnamon Stick! I've been following Judy's blog for some time now and it was always fun to read what's going on there and see what goodies are being stocked in her shop... but to talk with Judy in person and actually be in the shop? So much better! If there is anybody that's been thinking about making a trip out there... hesitate no longer! You will have so much FUN!

Here's a quick picture of a couple of the goodies that had to come home with me...

I've always wanted one of these old wooden carriers. And, this one was in fantastic condition with just the right amount of worn paint on it. I'm still making what I will display in it, so look for some more pics of it in the near future. The other thing that caught my eye was an old wooden drawer! Was it the glass knob? Who knows... but I brought it home with me and now it is being used as my napkin holder on my dining room table! LOL! And, last but not least, is a little pumpkin make-do! A gal can never have too many pumpkins! :-)

Oh! And right next door to the Cinnamon Stick is a store called Homespun! This store is filled wall to wall with hand dyed woolens, quilting cottons, homespun, prairie cloth, weaver's cloth... *insert deep breath here*... rug hooking patterns, needle punch patterns, books and completed wooly projects... eye candy! I wanted to take it all home with me! :-)

The next great day of last week was Friday. Our local rug hooking guild had a regular meeting. The whole reason why I wanted to go was because everyone was to bring their rug projects from the summer. There were so very many gorgeous rugs!!!! And I was kicking myself for not bringing my camera... I can give you the link to the guild's website... hcrag.com I'm not sure if they will be posting pictures of the rugs that were at the meeting... but, there are plenty of rugs to look at there!

I did also get in some hooking and stitching time. Though, did not really get far enough to post pictures of an update. Hopefully next week will bring a good progress report on the rug at least! 

For everyone that is in the area of Kutztown, PA and enjoys antique radios... this coming weekend is a super great radio show on the grounds of Renninger's. Finished radios, project radios, parts and tubes galore!!!! This event is also along with the regulars in the Renninger's Antique Mall and Farmer's Market. That way, when you finish with the radios, you can buy some antiques, fresh meats and produce, and some fall mums, corn stalks and pumpkins too! So, fill the tank on your biggest vehicle and drive out for a fun day! :-)

I'll be talkin' with ya' soon! Have a great week!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Projects in Progress

On the tails of Hurricane Earl came some super gorgeous, cool, crisp, clean air!!! Makes a person feel human enough to smile while being outdoors! We have windows open and fresh air whisping through the house... ahhhhhh... good bye soupy days of August...  hello September and it's crisp apples, clear blue skies and touches of autumn color tinging the leaves....

And, cooler air brings back the urge to pull out the wool and get back to hooking. I've gotten a little further on the large rug... trying something new with the background. I'm also enjoying just grabbing what's near me and hooking it in... very relaxing! I hope to be pulling more loops on this piece this weekend...

One of the things I like to do is have a project in progress that fits different areas of my home... and also fits the different mood I might be in. So, on days I'm feeling really lazy, I plop into my squishy recliner in the living room, turn on the TV and engage in some mindless crocheting. I haven't ever crocheted anything with too many detailed instructions... I usually just keep with one or two different stitches and stay pretty square in the design. Again, crochet, for me, is just something to keep my hands busy... I really don't want to have to think too much while doing it. LOL! So, since I had two skeins of a Red Heart Super Saver oatmeal colored yarn, I decided to make a simple shawl. It's 16" wide and 70" long. The entire piece is crocheted using a half double crochet stitch with a size N crochet hook. Very basic. But, will serve it's purpose during the cooler days ahead.

I've also been cross stitching... my thoughts were to make two of this design... one to send as a gift to a friend, and one for me to keep. But, with this design being one strand of floss over one strand of thread on a 32 ct. linen... looks like I'll be making just this one and mailing it off to it's new home. I'll make one for myself next year... only it'll be one strand of floss over 2 strands of thread on 28 ct. linen! LOL! Maybe... have to see how big the finished piece would be... ;-)

Many thanks to everyone that bid on my auctions! I now have some change in my pocket... and some space in my craft room to create! Looks to be a win-win situation for all as some great deals were had by the winning bidders! Enjoy your quilt projects, books, cross stitch and wool applique projects!

As for me... I'll be enjoying some loops this evening... 

Until next time... :-)
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