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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Thing About Leaves...

"Circa 1812 Bookplate"
28" x 54"
Susan Feller

...is that they come in all colors. Depending on the time of year, weather, etc... they can be spring green, dark green, yellow, burgundy, golden orange or rust. Yep... sometimes brown too. Maybe even grey? But when you color plan a rug that has close to 100 leaves in it, how do you decide on what colors to hook the leaves? If all the leaves were the same color, it would look visually boring, no? If the leaves were too many colors, when would it reach the point of being confusingly Crayola? Let's not talk about adding a dozen flowers to the mix here... 

And so... I've started hooking another rug... how much reverse hooking do you think my linen backing can tolerate? Hmmmmmmmmm?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer is here!

With today being the longest day of the year... I thought I'd share with you one of my longest posts! LOL! I did get a tremendous amount of outside stuff accomplished today. It was sunny, hot and humid... but I had to get outside and celebrate the first day of Summer with some flowers! On to the garden center we went! Trip number one filled a cart... planted them all... trip number two filled a cart... planted all those too! Did some fertilizing and watering... now we wait until they full out and make a fireworks display of color for the rest of the growing season! What a SUPER HAPPY day!

Let's start with an update on those much anticipated tomato plants... they even have flowers and some golf ball sized fruits on them! Oh YUM! Won't be long now!

The next few pictures are of the garden in sections so that you can see the different plants. Most of the larger ones are perennials that have been established for a couple of years. I did manage to get a half dozen more perennials added this year... but a lot of these are annuals. Color. It's all about the color, baby!!!! :-) Remember... it's Summer... not gray blah pooey winter! ;-)

This next little trinket is something I made for an exchange that our online eBay group (An American Primitive Gathering) was having to help celebrate summer. One of the items had to be a strawberry pinkeep. Never made one of those before... so I searched for a free pattern online... and from the basics in those instructions, plus a little bit of alterations... I've been going nutso making strawberries!!!! So, for the exchange, I took a handful of said strawberries and tucked them in a Polaner jelley jar... cut two squares of prairie cloth for the "lid" and secured it with linen twine. Kinda gives them that old fashioned strawberry jam look, don't ya' think?

Then, I made some more for me... and this time just tucked them in a mason jar to display on a bookshelf I have in our front room. The clothes you see in the background are crocheted wash clothes. I've made about 4 so far using Lily brand crochet cotton... one I'm using as a face cloth, but most of the others are just being tucked in a bowl to display with some ornies and pinkeeps. Just adds some visual texture, I think.

And, the other part of an exchange is the goodies that a person receives! LOL! And, here are the generous gifts from Ginger of primitivesbythelightofthemoon. Stop by her blog and see what she's up to! Always many great hooked rugs, penny rugs, stitcheries and adventures with her Grandson being written about there! Thanks so much Ginger!!! I do love all of the treasures you sent me! Especially that strawberry! :-)

Well... Let's see... I think that about it for this week... I hope everyone is having a great Summer. Today might officially be the first day... but we all know we've been outside enjoying warmer air and sunshine for a couple of months now!

Ain't it GREAT?!?!?!?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Shoppin' and Stitchin'

When I need a dose of "normalcy", I head out to Pennsylvania! So, last Friday, I hopped in my car and headed out to Kutztown, PA to meet up with Joanne. Destination...Renninger's Antique and Farmer's Market. Spent a lot of time eating, browsing, and shopping. My favorite place to visit is right when you walk in there... Sharon Renninger's Gatherings... Ahhhhh... so prim and dreamy! Click on the link and check out what her Spring Open House looked like! Lots of beautiful and perfectly prim handmades!

On the way back from Renninger's I stopped for some chocolate and ice cream... if you are ever in the area and NEED the best ice cream ever made... stop at Premise Maid... enter the Ice Creamery and order a single scoop of "Triple Chocolate Sin" ice cream... OMG! It's the most fun you can have with your clothes on! LOL! Really... *grin*

The weekend was hot and humid here in Jersey, so a lot of time was spent indoors in the air conditioning. I finally managed to finish up the cross stitch I was working on. I finished it into a flat pillow that is approximately 6" x 10". The back is a complimentary red cotton fabric.

Love and Be Loved
A Brenda Gervais design available at Country Stitches

I also stitched up a couple of smalls... but I can't share pics yet... I'll explain in the next post. ;-)

Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Little Bit of Fun...

Yesterday was a very hot and humid day here in Central Jersey. So hot, that our air conditioners (window units) were barely keeping the house cool. Sooooooo, rather than spend the day melting into the floorboards... we hopped into our air conditioned car and went to our favorite air conditioned casino in Bethlehem, PA! LOL!

Every once in awhile the Sands has special events going on. Yesterday was a book signing by Emeril Lagasse! The hours were from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm... and you needed to purchase a ticket. We arrived at 1:45 pm... so, we missed that.

Emeril has two restaurants in the Sands. One is Emeril's Burgers and More. We've had a meal there... and it has to be THE BEST burger I have ever had in my life! Just so juicy and full of flavor! His other restaurant is Emeril's Chop House. This is a more formal dining experience with some great items on the menu. We haven't tried this place yet. But, yesterday was a special event going on where Emeril (the man himself) will be cooking at the restaurant. Ticket sale in advance would get you a 5 course meal (did I mention it was to be cooked by Emeril?) and a chance to meet him. Well, we did not get tickets for that... but just as we were leaving the casino, I had decided to wander over near the restaurant to see if I could see him! And, sure enough, there he was! Out in the open, speaking to his chef's through the open window area! As I was pointing him out to Bob, Emeril looked up, so I waved and smiled.... and then Emeril smiled and waved back to me!!!! Yay!!!! A small gesture... but it was my celebrity star struck moment of the century! LOL! Something to keep smiling about for a long time!

That's my big story for the week... and I'm sticking to it!

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