Thursday, May 5, 2016

Frozen Charlotte ~


Greetings, dear friends.  Have you ever heard of Frozen Charlotte?  I had not until I read that Bobbie bought a Frozen Charlotte necklace at the Holly Hills primitive show in March.  You can see hers here.

Here is a synopsis found on Wikipedia. 
Frozen Charlotte is a name used to describe a specific form of china doll made from c. 1850 to c. 1920. The name comes from the American Folk Ballad Fair Charlotte, which tells of a young girl called Charlotte who refused to wrap up warmly to go on a sleigh ride because she did not want to cover up her pretty dress.  She froze to death during the journey.  

Just a bit macabre, don'tcha think? 

A Google search finds a plethora of information on Charlotte and her male counterpart, Frozen Charlie.

Bobbie brought one Frozen Charlotte necklace to From Our Hands, and I knew it had to come home with me.  Made with an antique Charlotte and vintage heart, I just love her.



Friend Melissa comes up with the best ideas.  This little pendant is made with antique paisley and vintage buttons.  Isn't it sweet? 


I am in a creative slump :(   I could hook on Daisy . . . or start a new project . . . or get busy on my Rebekah L. Smith mystery stitch along (that I cannot share) since I am now three months behind, but I just am not motivated to do anything.  I'm still not out doing yard work since the weather is not cooperating.   {{Sigh}}  I hope this passes quickly.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

My Treasures ~


Just wanted to let everyone know that this wonderful booth belonged to Kathy Bonnes.  Thank you, Lori Ann, for letting me know.


This well loved bear has a new home with me.  I just couldn't resist his charm. 


His arm has been crudely sewn . . .


He's got a hole in his belly . . .


And did I mention he's blind?


When DSO saw him, his comment was, "I hope you didn't pay much for him!".  Typical guy reaction :)

The bear, along with these coverlet pieces and 19th century homespun, came from the booth of Jackie Cessna.


This carved lemon was done by Ginny Henson.  She had a trencher full.  They really did smell heavenly.  Ginny also had THE MOST WONDERFUL stuffed animal creations that looked old, old, old.  Had I not bought the bear, one of them would have come with me, too.


From the booth of Lisa Evans, Folk Art for All Seasons, is this sweet little box that will hold my hooks and scissors.  The neat thing about this box is that the bottom is in the middle of the box, so it can be used  up . . .

. . . or down. 


Last but not least, two patterns and a piece of velveteen from Blackberry Primitives.  They also had beautiful wool.  It's the wool that Maggie Bonanomi uses for all her creations. 


If you ever get the opportunity to head to Peninsula, Ohio, and attend From Our Hands, you will not be disappointed.  There is so much more I would have loved to bring home with me . . . sigh.

Two more things to share from the show in my next post.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, May 1, 2016

From Our Hands ~


First off, just a quick computer update.  DSO took the computer (which first lost its internet connection and then would not even turn on) back to the well know big box store.  Well, they plugged it in (or whatever they do) and there was no problem ~ booted right up.  That dear man brought it home, set it up and voila, the internet is working.  What the heck???  I'm just happy to be back up and running.

Yesterday's show in Peninsula, From Our Hands, put on by Rebekah L. Smith and Lori Ann Corelis was amazing. 


So many talented vendors and I was blessed (along with friends Melissa and Bobbie) to be asked to vend.  A very rewarding day indeed. 

I must say, our booth was beautiful.


 


Some of Melissa's bracelets.


Bobbie's necklaces



Stacey Nash


Sorry, the vendor's name escapes me :(

Jane Theobald's Nantucket baskets


Lisa Evans ~ Folk Art for All Seasons




                          

Rebekah L. Smith ~ Folk Artist



Lori Ann Corelis ~ the Spotted Hare




I didn't take as many pictures as I thought I did and I have a few more pictures on my phone, but of course can't figure out how to get them downloaded.  Oh, how I hate being so challenged!!!

Overall, it was just a great day.  I will share my purchases with you in another post.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Thursday, April 28, 2016

More Computer Issues ~


Just a quick hello to let you know I haven't forgotten about you :).  I was going to post the rest of the hook in pictures yesterday, but my new computer would not connect to the Internet.  I had Wifi, but no internet on the computer.  I spent 25 minutes on the phone with tech support before our call was disconnected.  So annoying and by that time it was too late to try calling again.  Today the computer won't even turn on.  Of course I've had it a whopping 32 days so it cannot be returned, and depending on the problem, may not be covered under warranty.  WTH???  To say I'm frustrated is an understatement.  Then to add insult to injury, I can't figure out how to add a photo to this post using my iPad.
I'm still trying to finish things up for From Our Hands.  I should know better than to wait until the last minute, but I'm a slow learner . . . lol.  Hopefully I will have lots to share ~ when I have a computer that works!
Thanks for listening to me whine ~ and thanks for the visit.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Southeast Michigan Hook In ~


I should be out doing more yard work (already did some clean up and mowed the lawn), but wanted to share some pictures from yesterday's Southeast Michigan Hook In.  This is just a sampling of the rugs displayed.  I will share more in my next post.























I did no hooking, but did work on binding my sheep challenge rug and finished it last night.  Except for a few pumpkins (which don't count . . . lol), I am caught up on binding rugs.  It's not often I can say that :) 

Of course I can't go to a hook in without buying some wool.  I must be crazy, but bought lots of small pieces of wool from Anne Bond, Visions of Ewe.  She has the most beautiful wools.  Her colors are to dye for.  As is always the case, these wools are much more muted/drabby in person.  Many other vendors had beautiful wools, too, but I tried to restrain myself.


One piece of paisley came home with me, too.  You can't see in the picture, but the light grey looking shades showing on my monitor are actually a gorgeous teal color.


Must get back to some yard work.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren