Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Waiting Game ~


What do you do while waiting in pre-op for outpatient surgery?  Bind rugs, of course :)  Isn't the gown lovely?  I was told it was designed by some famous German designer . . . lol.


I got the last two little mats bound.  I've been hooking these for the September show in Holly, MI.  I think I hate labeling rugs even more than I hate binding them, and that is next on the agenda.


All is well.  I feel great and the procedure was relatively painless.  I've taken a couple days off work, so hope to get lots done. 

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Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Welcome to My Garden ~


Just a little walk around the yard this fine Sunday afternoon.



I just love my carved bird bath.  A Christmas present from my Sweetie :)  I was moving plants around and it looks so bare ~ and I really need mulch!!!


Broken and rusted windmill.  Perfect . . . lol.




My poor little pond.  For the last 3-4 days, about 80% of the water has drained out several times a day (hence the hose).  This afternoon it is not leaking.  It just doesn't make sense and it has done the same thing in years past.


Passion flower ~ so unusual and beautiful but so invasive.


I love my funky chicken.  He (oh, I guess that makes it a rooster) just makes me smile :)



The hostas are doing well this year.


The side porch. 


The hydrangea are also doing well this year ~ finally the winter didn't kill all the old growth.


Such color variation all on the same plant.



The way my house sits on a corner lot, I have no backyard.  That's my garage to the right and my neighbors' to the left looking to my totally out of control (and invasive) wisteria. 


A picture from the 4th of two of my favorite bad boys:)


Has our world gone totally mad?  There is so much evil manifesting itself it is frightening.  I fear for my sons' and grandson's generations.  What can be done to stop it?

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Lauren

Friday, July 15, 2016

Finishes~


The sunflowers are done!  I hooked nine and had one left from last year.  They are ready to be attached to an old bed spring, but for now are easier to store sans spring.


The last two little mats came off the frame.  Once again, hooked entirely with worms.  Sadly, I did not make dent in the worm farm.

Oh, it's binding time again . . . hey, that would make a good song, don'tcha think?


TGIF !!!  Weeks turning in to months are flying by.  I'm not wishing my life away, but I sure do love knowing it's Friday.

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Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Semi-Bad ~


Today was my all time favorite antique show held on the square in Milan, Ohio, birthplace to Thomas Alva Edison.  Other than last year when I somehow forgot about it, I've been attending this show for over two decades. 

My best purchase of the day is this sweet little Shaker sewing stand, circa 1880.  Other than missing its pincushion, it's in pretty darn good shape.  Bought from a reputable dealer, I am confident it is a Shaker piece.


Through these little holes on three sides . . .


. . . fed your thread, held on these little spool holders. 


An ironstone pitcher and a bundle of vintage ticking also came home with me.


I'm hoping this old folding drying rack will work well as a display piece for the show I am doing in Holly, MI, in September.  (If not, I'm not sure what I can do with it since it takes up quite a bit of space when open.)


Had money been no object, much more would have come home with me.  There were a couple samplers I loved, but I restrained myself . . . sigh.  If I don't stop buying, I will soon need a bigger house :)

Little Julie . . . you are still a "no reply blogger".  Here is a link to the fix, thanks to Saundra.

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Happy Sunday to you.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Little Irony ~


How ironic.  Saundra posted this evening that she just purchased this rug on eBay.


Sitting at the base of my stairs is the version I purchased, also on eBay, maybe 9 or 10 years ago.  It measure 23" x 37" and the loops are perfect but hooked lower than I think I've ever seen.  It is obviously hand hooked and I only paid $25 for it.  I know I got a steal (the wool cost more than that for sure) but there is no label so I have no idea who hooked it or when.  A great reason to label your rugs ~ though I am TERRIBLE at it :(


I finished my eagle.  I have a little linen left below the eagle so I need to hook a couple tiny mats, then I need to get busy finishing.  I think I have about 20 things that need to be "finished" ~ U.G.H.


Little Julie ~ thanks for the visit but you are a "no reply" blogger so I can't answer you personally.  Worms ~ also known as noodles ~ are the wool strips used when hooking.  Most hookers have an over-abundance ~ and they multiply while you are sleeping :)

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Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th ~


~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA ~


I hope your 4th is even better than imagined :)  We had cookouts Saturday & Sunday with fireworks on Sunday.  It has been a perfect holiday weekend.  Today is pretty low key ~ just what I needed.  Did a little hookin', a little yard work, spent a little time with my sweetie.  Heaven.

Last night we had another breathtaking sunset.  Simply amazing colors.


Totally coincidence, but here's what I'm hooking this Independence Day.  Never even thought about it when I was drawing up the pattern the other day.  I've punched this once and this is my third time hooking it.  Just a fun little pattern.  Not using worms this time, though I should be.  Hooked mostly in an 8 1/2 cut (my current favorite size . . . subject to change, of course) it's about 13" in diameter.


I am in love with this blue wool.  Purchased from Rebecca Erb, it's her coverlet blue.  I've had it since it came out, but it's the first time I've hooked with it and it won't be the last.  I only bought a half yard so I think I'd better search out some more.  I also purchased the red and green and haven't hooked with those yet, but I'm sure they will be just as wonderful.


~ GOD BLESS AMERICA ~

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Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Breathtaking Sky ~


Last night's sky over Ohio's north coast absolutely took your breath away.  So much more beautiful than a picture can ever capture (especially my pictures . . . sigh).  The first three pictures were taken from DSO's upper balcony.  He lives in the former American Ship Building shipyard.  The water you see was a dry dock where they built 1000' ore carriers.  After the ship was completed, the dry dock was flooded and the ship sailed to Lake Erie which is just a short distance north.  You can read more about it here.


DSO's photos . . .




My brother's picture . . .


Just a gorgeous holiday weekend and even better since it's a three day :)  Time to do a bit of yard work, a never ending job. 

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Pug hugs :)
Lauren