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Monday, February 28, 2011
Included are ~ several 1 yard pieces of lumpy handspun yarn,
a piece of my marbleized wool, a piece of wool with a stripe of sparkle, re-cycled sweater strips of light blue and navy sparkle, a strip of purple paisley, chenille yarn that I brought from England, a piece of shibori ribbon that I bought from Shibori Girl and some nice glass beads that are fish and a dragon fly (I used to go to the bead markets and have some interesting things that who knows why I bought them!). So, this will be fun ~ I sure hope Maria, Ali and Kris think so!! March 20 is the day ~ stay tuned!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
To refresh your memory as to materials ~ the roving in the picture was used for the circles in the sheep and for the big fluffy cloud in the sky. I stripped it out into skinnier pieces of the length and hooked it right into the foundation fabric first, before I hooked anything around it!
The same with the curly yarn ~ that's the three flowers at the bottom and the sparkly craft thread makes up the flower stems! All the limey green dyed curly fleece is at the bottom of the rug also ~ it looks like nice curly grass to me ~ enhancing the countryside!
And last, but not least ~ the TWIG which became the "limb" ~ Out On A Limb ~ yes, that little sheep definitely is! I hooked the tree in a light, natural color to complement the twig, laid the twig on the bare linen, traced it with a Sharpie pen and hooked in a temporary row to follow that drawn-in line. Then, I hooked it with some junk wool and hooked all around it with the green hill wool ~ after the mat was done, I pulled out the hooking and laid the twig into that space and anchored with some linen twine! It's not looking too bad, if I say so myself ~ and I do!! To get a closer look, double click on the photo and you can see the rug in detail!
When I opened the box of bits and pieces that Kris Miller sent, the idea came to me pretty quickly ~ it was just putting the idea into wool, that was a bit tricky for me ~ but it worked! Check out the Ali Strebel's and Maria Barton's blogs on the 20th and see what they came up with ~ I can't wait myself!!!
Today is Sunday, February 20th and I'm posting from sunny Englewood, Florida!! The weather has been spectacular for the entire 9 days we've been here ~ as if it were custom ordered!! We've had the most fun ~ that's for another post ~ and I had a great time at the Searsport hook-in in Sarasota! That's another post, too! I met up with Tammy of Skip to My Ewe blog and Tere ~ a Wool Snippets rug forum friend ~ and my friend MJ saw that I got there ~ it was fun for her, too, as she was able to hook up with some Florida hookers!! How many people can say that with a straight face?!! We're heading home to winter in Ohio tomorrow ~ I think our wonderful friends and hosts, Diane and Greg, will be glad to get back to their schedule ~ they have taken us hither and yon to some very fun places!! Talk to you soon!!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Well, the GOOD NEWS is that my third Creative Blog Challenge piece is done!!!!!!! Yay!!!!! I'm beyond excited!!!! I started it Sunday afternoon and worked on it in the evenings. In my last post, I indicated that I wasn't thrilled with the results ~ but I'm thrilled now! It turned out pretty good ~ can't wait to show it to you. When I'm done with this post, I will do a post about that piece and put it into a 'draft' ready to be published on the 20th ~ so stayed tuned!!
I have clothes and suitcases all over the bedroom ~ trying to figure out the best things to take on our trip! We leave tomorrow night for Columbus to stay at the airport ~ we have a 6 a.m. flight ~ Sonny says he stands a better chance of getting on the plane on time, if he has me at the airport the night before!!! Fooey ~ that's not true at all ~ but who want to leave home at 3:30 a.m. ~ not me!! Tad will be here with his sitter ~ bless her heart for taking good care of things here at home so mama can have a little respite from responsibility! That way there's someone here to answer the phones, feed Mr. Kitty, and generally keep our home fires burning!!
Another thing I have to do is get a hooking project ready to take to the Searsport hook-in in Sarasota next week! I've already arranged to meet Polly Minich, TereCatBird (that's her WoolSnippets name) and Tammy from Skip to My Ewe! I wonder what other blog friends will be there!
So, that's it for now ~ I'll post again on February 20 ~ have a happy Valentines day with someone you love ~ until we meet again ~
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
customer Martha! It's made out of a yard of fleece with knit cuffs sewn in each end for your arms ~ so cozy and comfy for lounging in front of the Tv on these cold snowy nights!! So thoughtful of Martha ~ Abundance Galore!!!
Both these gifts just made me so aware that people are kind and generous and many contribute to my abundant life! Just like our friends, Diane and Greg, inviting us to stay with them this next week in Florida ~ I hope they're not sorry ~ we're going to be there 10 days this time ~ I'm going to try to be good!!
I'm picking out clothes to take ~ packing ~ laundering ~ working in the office ~ and hooking on my blog challenge project that will be due while we're gone!! Then I have to create a post about it so that it is ready to publish on the 20th! I'm not as excited about what I'm doing as I was when I opened the package ~ I drew it on the linen and it looked great ~ now it's up for grabs ~ maybe when it's finished, it will speak to me ~ loud and clear, I hope!!!
Have a good evening and when you have a minute ~ maybe you will think about the abundance in your own life ~ about all the small things that add up to having your best life possible ~ and maybe how we can all do something to add to the abundant life of others!
Saturday, February 5, 2011
It was a pretty productive week for me ~ amazing! Since I was labeling the Rabbit Rug, it was a great time to make labels for some of my other finished pieces. I've been using a printable fabric that can be run thru the copier and then ironed on to a backing. I hand-wrote several labels onto paper and copied those on to the fabric, pinked the edges, ironed it on felt, pinked the felt edges and then hand-stitched that to the rug. It gives a more finished look that what I was doing before! You can buy the printable fabric in office supply stores and probably fabric shops, too.