Tuesday, September 2, 2008

FINALLY FINISHED PURSES ~ ~ ~

Well ~ I do have to sew an antique button on the back of each one but I'm so close, we'll call them done!!! These are for an order for a wonderful primitive shop that ordered some a couple of years ago ~ I hope she likes this years' offering!! Each one is a labor of love, really ~ they are labor intensive in that the wool backing has to to be hand-sewn on to the hooked front, the shoulder strap is machine stitched in between rows of hooking, then the lining must be hand-sewn in and hand-stitch the strap again so that it's really stable!! I've used as-is wool, hand-dyed wool and some antique paisley in one of them ~ making each one as different as possible. This is my own pattern ~ if you're interested, let me know!!

This evening, I also posted my meager progress on the Unfinished Objects site ~ Labor day was the first deadline to post and only two little hands got hooked since the challenge began!! I'll do better next time!

We had a long weekend at the lake ~ I did the finishing on the purses and also started a new hooked mat for my show, using this same basic pumpkin pattern. I'll post it tomorrow for you to see ~ I need to go to the hooking room and hook as soon as I'm done here.

We hopped the Miller Ferry on Saturday and headed for Kelley's Island ~ it was an absolutely gorgeous day and weekend, for that matter!! We had lots of fun showing all the fun spots to the daughter and son-in-law of one our lake friends ~ between their parents and us ~ we didn't miss much ~ except the wondrous Glacial Grooves, that I just love to go see! They're stone formations left by the glacier that traveled across this land many thousands of years ago ~ on our property here at home, we have 'puddingstone' which is also left from the glacier ~ I'll show you a picture sometime! On Kelley's, we really needed to rent a cart to drive to the area where the 'grooves' are located ~ they're all fenced in and protected with signage periodically telling all about it!! Some of our friends aren't as enthralled with them as we are!!!

Sunday and Monday were spent on the rocks or the deck, working on my projects and listening to the water lap against the rock wall!! The breezes were just great ~ no air-conditioning needed those days!!

The remainder of this week will be spent getting wool ready and finishing up a couple of pieces for the show on Saturday ~ I'll be like a white tornado!! Will try to post before Saturday ~
Happy trails ~
Alice

6 comments:

nyafarmgirl said...

Absolutely adorable purses...a labor of love!
:)Ginger

JoJo said...

Alice, your purses are darling! I don't know how you, and Sunnie, get so much done. It must be that you manage your time better than I do and you must never sit down. Even your weekends sound exhausting! Fun....but exhausting.

We had our sign-up night for pool last night. I found I've got a long way to go to build up my stamina. I played 3 games against my husband and ended up so worn out and hurting that I had to sit for most of the evening. Competition actually starts next week and if I get into a long match, I'd be in trouble. So....while you're working on getting ready for the show, I'm going to be working on building up some muscle in my leg. Yours sounds like more fun!!

I'm hoping you have a fun and productive week.

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

JoJo ~ I'm so proud to know a pool-playin' woman!! Do whatever it takes to get strong again ~ walk, do squats, leg lifts ~ I could go on and on!! And while I'm going on, I should practice what I preach!! You go, girl!!!
Alice

oldcrowfarm said...

Dear Alice...I love your purses!!! They are delightful!!! What fun...I have a pattern for hooked purses but have never gotten around to doing any. I guess I just must be frittering away my time!!! LOL

(must be all that bon-bon-eating and TV-watching I do)!!!

Hugs to you and "Pool-Playin' Mama JoJo"!!! Sunnie : )

Ragamuffin Gal said...

These are absolutely stunning! They are perfect for fall!

Cabin Creek Farm said...

Hi Alice ~ thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind words. I love your purses and your rug hooking! I love that smile on your face too :)