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.

FOUND A FIX

I found a fix for the spinning wheel and it’s working perfectly for me.  A little thought goes a long way.  I have been spinning for a while now and everything works like a charm.  I guess you’d say I’m tickled pink with my little mustard CPW wheel!dscn7259dscn7263

 

 

 

NEW WHEEL

This past weekend I found myself rescuing an antique spinning wheel from just being a decoration in someone’s home to being loved and used.  It is a Jeremie Ouelett wheel which dates back between 1840 & 1860 and touts his initials on the back of the table.   She is a beauty in her own right showing off a soft mustard paint.  A good cleaning and repairs were in order as well as a good dose of oil to get a nice smooth spin.

If anyone can offer some help with how the footman attaches to the axle I sure would appreciate it.  (pic below) The footman works its way off as it spins.  I have “cleverly” wound a rubber band around the tip to keep the footman in place (temporarily).  I just had to be able to give it a go and it spins as nicely as it did over a hundred years ago.

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