Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Last Saturday, Heidi and I went to Bowling Green to the Black Swamp Spinners Guild fiber show ~ we had a great time touching and feeling all the rovings, yarns and fleece!  These are sheets of felted hand-dyed roving ~ remember I bought some last year and made those Funky Flower pins out of it?  I'm not sure what I'm going to create but I'll find an interesting use for them, I'm sure. I might even cut them into smaller pieces and sell them at the show at the Fairgrounds in April!  They've very unusual for sure!

The multi-colored piece is a hand-dyed Romney wool bat ~ gorgeous purples, blues, oranges and yellows all in one piece!  A spinner would spin this into yarn ~ which would be very colorful.  I will probably just piece it out and use it here and there. The really blue roving has a silver thread in it and will be good to hook into water or sky as well as the blue/white ball of roving!  I see this stuff and just can't resist it!  The gal who was selling the blue/white ball was knitting a purse right from the ball of roving ~ fabulous!  She said she skips the whole step of spinning it into yarn and the purse looked like it had been knitted and felted.  So you skip the step of felting as well!  I can see a night sky with the dark yarn hooked in as accents and field or trees with the green yarn!  I see a lot of things when I'm around all those fibers!  One person we saw was Kris Miller selling her wares ~ her newest Santa rug is even prettier in person that it is on her blog! 

Week before last, I went to the wholesale folk art
market in Columbus with friend, Vivian. I bought a whole flock of the hens and roosters to sell at the show in April.  I think they would make very cute table favors for a luncheon or a cute little tie-on to accent a package!!  

These apothecary jars with hand-sculpted birds and a rabbit really spoke to me! They will be for sale also ~ I love to add a little this and that to my booth ~ I like to have something for the person who doesn't buy wool or patterns!!  Let me know if any of them speak to you! Rabbit is sold! 

Last week, this old girl had a birthday!!  I was absolutely shocked at how many cards and phone calls I got that day!!  They really made my day!  Sonny boy had a case of the old fashioned flu and was down and out for several days ~ so no partying for mama and papa!!  It took him till this week to feel better so we had a really quiet weekend ~ really quiet!  I don't like it when he's sick ~ it doesn't happen very often and it's a little unnerving.  He's on the mend now so we'll cut a rug this weekend!!  I got a nice pot of tulips to plant outside, fingerless gloves, and some really snazzy sandals ~ just in case summer does arrive here in Ohio!  Thank you gift givers!

The very best news is that I have the dreaded taxes done and delivered to the accountant!!  My name is Alice and I am a procrastinator!!  Yikes ~ I've got to change that story!  What a project to do things in retrospect ~ Sonny boy asked if I have no memory from year to year on just how grueling a task this is!  The answer is no ~ my memory is shot!  But I may have learned a couple things in regard to posting in a timely manner for his business and mine!!  So, I spent yesterday as a total vegetable after dropping those off and a visit with a new doctor.  That in itself is nerve-wracking for me ~ but I guess I'm okay ~ good for another 10,000 miles!!!!!!!! 

I just put up a notice on my sidebar that I'm having a Proddy Sheep class here on April 9.  The girls that were here in the fall wanted to set up something for Spring so this will be fun.  I can take a few more students ~ check out my class page and let me know if you'd like to join in the fun! 
Have a sunshiny day!


Kim said...

Well first, belated Happy Birthday wishes to you.
I see beautiful creations in your future with all the lovely fibers you brought home. And I love the apothecary jars.
I hope the weather warms up enough for you to wear the "snazzy" sandals.
PS - I still haven't got my tax stuff together so you are ahead of me.

Cathy G. said...

A belated Happy Birthday Wish! It does make you feel special getting all those cards and wishes!
That roving and yarn is scrumptious! I know you will be creating some lovelies in no time!
The sheep pattern is so cute that you are using in your class...... I know it's been said many times, many ways..... wished I lived closer!!
You had plenty of time to get those taxes done..... it's not even April yet! LOL
Cathy G
(tell Hubby to take it cool for awhile that sounded like a bad bug... glad he's feeling better!)

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Nice roving...and yes, I'd spin it up. I have seen roving knitted without the spinning and it's pretty cool. Big...but cool. I love the chickens and the jars! I hope you have a great belated birthday date with your hubby. Always fun to extend the birthday celebrations, I say!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Alice ~
So glad Sonny is on the mend!
I didn't know you were celebrating a birthday, too! Happy, happy and many, many more!
Pug hugs :)

acorn hollow said...

Happy belated birthday! and the wool is beautiful. Can't wait to see what you do with it. I have not done my taxes yet I am hoping this weekend.

Miccosukee said...

Glad the taxes are done and DH is feeling better, Maybe now you can really celebrate.

That little earthen jar with the rabbit on top seems to want to move to Florida. Think it could make the trip?

Pretty please!!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Yes, dear Trisha, I think Miss Rabbit can wing her way to sunny Florida and since we're likely to have snow tonite, she will be happy to be leaving!!

dulcy said...

Well.......everything in this post is inspiring to me Alice! Wow! I wish I lived close to you. I love it all. Those roosters and jars are great, and if I was at your booth I'd definitely want the one with the rabbit. Also the roosters would make darling table favors. But, most of all, I love your challenge rug in your previous post. I think I'm going to try and do something like that. I love the colors, your hooking style, and the design and shape. Gorgeous!

dulcy said...

Oh! Happy Birthday to you!

Linda said...

Hi Alice..........I sent off an email to you this morning when I read this post. I hope I can get into your proddy class. The sheep is so darn cute!