Sunday, February 12, 2012

Re-arranging my office/hooking room

I am a lucky girl.  I have a great room that is all mine.  Of course, it is the favorite hang-out spot for the kitties and oftentimes, my daughters.  Last week, I pulled up the carpet, removed all the tack strips and staples, and put a fresh coat of paint on the floor.  I have ordered a large braided rug from Pine Tree Barn and will be recovering the upholstered pieces in the coming weeks.  In the process, I ended up completely re-arranging the furniture and love it! My desk used to be on the opposite side of the room and partially blocked the larger window.  This new arrangment works so much better.
I now have better natural light to hook and a cozy spot for the kitties.  As you can see from this photo, Trucker and Twinkle are pretty happy with it!

Isn't he handsome?  I am in love...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Finally back to hooking!

Glad to see the snow flying in the air and happy to have a cozy afternoon to work on my latest rug. I am making this one for my mom. It is the perfect hybrid of a primitive and patriotic rug - which suits my momma to a "t." The pattern is available from Spruce Ridge Studios.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Decorating

Now that pneumonia and a trip to Disney have past, I finally got to decorating for Christmas this weekend. My mom bought this fellow for me a couple of years ago at Ohio Mart at Stan Hywet in Akron.  I actually have several of this artist's gourds and I love them all.  This guy is on my dining room hutch.

Here is another one that sits on my keeping room mantle.

This is our Advent calendar, which I have had for many years.  It is hand painted from The Shaker Workshop and is missing December 24, but has two December 22nds!  I did not notice until I had it for a year and was too lazy to exchange it.

My favorite decorations are my Vaillancourt Santas.  The one in front was my first one that I received in 1996. 

I also have a few other chalk ware holiday folk  - the two angels are my two girls and the Santa was made by an artist from New Jersey.

I also love this Vaillancourt Nativity that was a gift from my Mom.  The angel is a little unsteady on top, so most of the time I do not have her on the roof.  Her foot broke twice the first week I had her and my mom sent me a new one.  The painted details are quite lovely on each piece.

This is a poor photo, but I love this Toy Shop, which was a gift from my mother-in-law many years ago.  Santa is sneaking amongst the toys and it has a music box which plays Jingle Bells!  The girls like to wind it up and play the song over and over again.

This is a Pere Noel made by local artist Brigitte Gottfried.  She uses vintage fabrics and recycled fur trim.  This one's jacket is made from and antique crazy quilt.  One year I bought four of them and gave one to my mom, sister and mother-in-law.  I kept this one for myself!

Of course, my favorite of all is my Christmas Tree.  We always get it on my daughter's birthday weekend and I love to decorate it.  (The tree skirt was also made by Brigitte Gottfried)  I have a set of Vaillancourt's Twelve Days of Christmas Santa ornaments and I make sure they are each tied to their branch, so that there are no accidents!  The girls and I have a lot of fun together, until they get bored and leave the dull ornaments for me to hang... 

I love to look at other people's decorations, so I hope you enjoyed seeing some of mine.  Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 11, 2011

First Snow - 11-11-11

We woke this morning to a blanket of snow.  I was so excited to see that white stuff!  Now that most of the leaves have fallen in NE Ohio, the scenery was looking a little bland.  This morning's dusting was a welcome change.  I look forward to fires in the fireplace, wool sweaters, mittens and hot chocolate.

I filled up the bird feeders last week and the birdies have rediscovered them.  They are so fun to watch!  Some critter has been doing its best to eat all of my pumpkins and it is fun to see each morning the progress.  The picture above is his third one!

My middle-schooler is finally turning a corner after being home for two weeks with pneumonia.  Yesterday was the first day since October 29 that she was fever free.  The cough is still pretty painful, but I know that she is on the road to recovery.  While she has been home, I have not had much time to hook, but an halfway done whipping my Brave Hunter and I finished binding the Santa.  Next on my list is to get my X-mas shopping done before I start the next rug...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween, Hooking, and Hacking coughs

Halloween has come and gone, but I wanted to post this picture of my Halloween feather tree and chalkware ornaments.  I got this several years ago from Primitive Keepings in Medina.  I just love putting it out each year.
I also love this gourd scarecrow.  I have several other pumpkin gourds, but this one is my favorite and he will stay out until I decorate for Christmas!

My oldest daughter has been sick since Saturday and I have been at home taking care of her. We went to the doctor on Monday, but had to go back yesterday. They took a chest x-ray and she was diagnosed with pneumonia. :( I am hoping the new antibiotics get her better soon - I have never seen her so sick.

  So...this week I am working on painting the floors of my back hall and stairs.  All of the wood floors in the house are painted this color, which is actually a lot darker than it appears in this photo.
My other project this week is to FINALLY finish the edge of my Santa rug (Twinkle is ready to lie on it if I do not get it off the floor...).  I vowed that I would not start a new rug until I finish this one and bind my Brave Hunter.  I am using a technique that Cynthia Norwood taught me in August. I am just horrible about finishing.   Kris Miller from Spruce Ridge Studios has a new book on finishing, but she sold out at the biennial.  She should be getting more next week and I am on the list to get one!
Here is Trucker in front of the mess left over from finishing Brave Hunter...

Off to go check on my baby...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Things that make me MELT!

Behold the delectable Westside Monte Cristo at Melt Bar & Grilled in Independence, OH.  It is the mecca for decadent grilled cheese sandwiches.  This ooey gooey tower of deliciousness was my birthday treat.  Of course, my eyes were larger than my stomach and I barely ate half of it.  The rest is chilling in the fridge waiting for lunch.
Here I am attempting the first bite!

Spent the rest of the day revising and re-hooking the flowers in my Brave Hunter rug.  When I laid the rug on the floor, the flowers were too yellow, so I am re-doing several of them.

I ended the day with one of my pups asleep on my lap.  Not the best photo, but you get the picture.  He really makes me melt!  I just love his smooshy face...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Brave Hunter- DONE! (Well...not the border...)

Yippee!  I am finished, sort of...
I am going to do a two row border of the "Moose" wool and then whip it with yarn.  The colors are more muted in real life and I am pretty happy with it. 

This is the coverlet I purchased last week - a little gift to me from me.  I seem to be obsessed with textiles lately.  This is my fourth coverlet this year...

Back to hooking!