SURPRISE! SURPRISE!

I love working on furniture, refinishing and painting.  I have been known to build my own weaving loom.  One because I’m not sure I would like to weave on an actual loom and not the back-strap I made years ago. I didn’t want the expense to purchase and find it’s not my thing so I built one myself.  Made the pattern and gathered up all of my old wood scraps and went about it.  That being said, I finished one and it works!  Still not sure I like to weave so on to the next project.  I’m terrible like that.  I like rug hooking, did a couple of rugs probably 15 years ago.  I’ve started up again using wool (typical) and I did a small piece with my own hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn.

I don’t have a rug hooking frame so I am using a lap hoop meant for quilting that works though it is challenging to keep my work tight.  It isn’t the most comfortable and in an email to my son a week or so ago (he lives cross country) I told him my idea of making my own frame and purchasing the rug tacks to add to it when finished and sent him a picture of a frame that I would use as a model.  We talked again a couple of days ago and he told me he didn’t think I could do it, and that it seems as though making it adjustable would NOT be an easy task…….etc. etc..  Very unlike him.  He’s usually the one to say go ahead and try it knowing if it’s a failure at least you learn from it.  He knows how I roll!

So what’s next in this saga?  He texts me and says I have a package being delivered today.  Oh, you know where this is going………………

YESSIREEBOB!  I am so excited!  My new frame from Wolfe Farm!

WHAT TO DO?

I pulled out a new piece of cloth yesterday afternoon hoping to gain some inspiration for a new hooked piece.  I am at a loss as to what it will be.  I’m watching the chickadees and nuthatches sitting on the bare branches and in the rhododendron with the snow falling around them…….possible.

I walk around the house looking for further inspiration and see my crocks lined up in the cupboard…….I kind of like that idea, maybe with a branch of bittersweet or tallow berries.  Oh! and pine trees, yes, I would like that too, with a nice blue sky or a darkened sky with tiny stars.  This is a predicament, my mind is whirring with ideas.  For now, I will sit with a cup of coffee, thumb through A Simple Life magazine and focus on something else.  It will come to me……………….

EXCITING NEWS!

I have been published in the March issue of Country Sampler.  I was elated to see it in print.  I know many of you have been published and know how exciting it is when it’s your own home.  

I’m a trash to treasure kind of girl.  I guess it started when I young, with no money for new furnishings so I gathered items by the roadside and the consignment shops to chop up, sand, revise and paint to my liking along with people dropping things off knowing I could do something with an old cupboard or table.  I still do that to this day.  It’s the thrill of the hunt and sometimes it takes a lot of staring at the piece and imagination to figure out what I can do with it.  9 times out of 10 it works out for me the rest……….FIREWOOD.

I do still love my antiques and continue to add to my collections on my shelves, in my cupboards and when a larger piece comes in it means moving EVERYTHING around.  My home is ever-changing and I like it that way.  It keeps things interesting and shows pieces in a different light.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

The past year has gone by in the blink of an eye.  I remember when my son was young how the time was slipping by quickly as I watched him grow.  He’s an adult now, married and possibly thinking the same thing.  Now every day is full being keeper of my home, taking care of my yard and gardens my many projects spinning wool, cross stitch, rug hooking & my favorite thing…….refinishing furniture.  It’s a nice feeling to look forward to each day doing what I enjoy.  Make yours the best it can be.

WHAT A DAY!

I had the best day today!!! things went so smoothly I almost didn’t think things were real.

This morning I put in a bid at the very last 60 seconds for a Fraser cutter and WON!  Then latched onto another cutting wheel for it.  Of course that meant I needed to get all of my wool washed and ready to go and also hunted down a few wool skirts at the Goodwill to add to my collection.  I lucked out at 50% off as I happened to pick items with the proper colored tag.  Who knew?

I will have to start the bake-off and get my Christmas cookies done as I mail them out to my son in Texas.  I’m behind the eight ball with my decorating as I have only placed one tiny little tree so far…………tomorrow’s another day.

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MY PROJECT FOR THE WEEK

I spent the last 5 days working on building my own loom & heddle for weaving.  Sounds crazy right?  but I just had to give it a go.  Oh, it’s not perfect, I used wood from the wood bin in my garage and actually anything that would work and made sense.  It gives me an 18″ wide weaving area which I’m pretty pleased with.  I haven’t made my warping peg yet but that’s an easy one.  I’m pretty pleased with the outcome and am anxious to get it ready for a trial run!

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FALL IS SLIPPING BY

Little by little the Fall colors are slipping away.  The air is crisp and clean, most of the leaves have fallen and the trees are showing their winter limbs.

I have been attempting to fill a corner of a room to make it more appealing to the eye.  I have added and removed and have come to the decision that having it a bit sparse pleases me most.  Then the revelation……….this old wheel hasn’t seen my hands for a while.  I have a batch of gorgeous brown Shetland Moorit that is calling my name so I will enjoy the next few hours spinning.    Enjoy your day.

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I’m getting ready for the up and coming cold months.  I have been stock piling wool to spin and getting the last of my dying done.  I love using natural dyes, onion skins, red cabbage, spinach, black beans and black walnuts.  The colors are muted and so pretty.

I believe I’m like other spinners with more than one wheel, at least I like to think that I am.  There’s always room for one more wheel isn’t there?   Now I am looking at weaving looms.  Not sure where to start.  My space is limited so I’m looking at one on a stand and not a floor loom.  I have my eye on an Ashford 32″ Rigid Heddle.  Any thoughts for someone who hasn’t woven in a long time?

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Autumn has arrived

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This is my favorite time of year.  I have been cutting back the garden and hanging my herbs and yarrow to dry.  The air is crisp, the colors are starting to pop and the ghouls and goblins will be arriving in a few weeks for their treats.  The bittersweet and the gourds have been the topic for the farmer’s porch and the decorating inside will be simple.  Bowls full of pinecones, black walnuts and drieds.  The garlands of gourds and nuts will replace the Leather Britches and Okra.  

I’m not thinking of the barbecue any longer but have thoughts of cooking hearty soups and stews that nourish the soul.

Have a wonderful day my friends.