Saturday, June 25, 2016

Saturday Quickie ~


I took a quick trip this morning about an hour south to a primitive antique show, Back to our Roots.  Overall, things were much too primitive for my taste, but of course I did not come home empty handed. 

I got the sweetest toy sewing machine from hooker friend Karin who was set up with her daughter Gabriella.  It is about 50% bigger than any of my other toy machines.  Cast iron and HEAVY.  Also some blue and white ticking, a Peaseware jar and a couple pieces from a red coverlet.  The coverlet pieces are much heavier and coarser than the usual overshot coverlets. 


The has wonderful graphics.




The Peaseware jar is just slightly smaller than another jar I have by the same maker and has a shinier finish.  What a coincidence that this was bought from another hooker friend, Teri of Western Reserve Mercantile.


Gotta run :)  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

They're Baaaaack ~


Commonly known as Canadian soldiers (whether true or not, I've heard in Canada they are called American soldiers), the Lake Erie mayflies have arrived.  They are supposed to be a good thing . . . indicating a healthy lake . . . but they TOTALLY freak me out.  They don't poop or bite, but I have this irrational fear of them.  I just discovered there is even a website dedicated to them and a Facebook page.  These facts are from the website.

"Mayflies usually live for 24-72 hours. Don't forget that they've already spent 1-2 years on the bottom of the lake as a nymph living burrowed in the mud. Within that three days, though, they manage to get into about everything you can imagine. You will find dead mayflies lying around on the sidewalks, in spider webs, on window ledges, etc. They'll go anywhere where there's light at night. Wear a white shirt outside at night and you'll see what I mean.
Many mayflies stack up on the streets below street lights. This is where they land after they get tired of flying around the light for hours on end. Once on the street, they are usually run over by cars and make this "snapping" sound and it's all over. If its dry, they turn into a dust after several hours of traffic. If it's raining, they turn into a thick soup that smells something awful (read 'real dead fish'). The City of Port Clinton has gained approval from the Environmental Protection Agency, and a grant from the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, for the very first mayfly composting site in America!  Now isn't that quite a claim to fame for the city that's already The Walleye Capital of the World!!!"


I took a walk late last evening and then sat on the porch until 9:00 pm and nary a mayfly was seen.  This morning I awoke to an Alfred Hitchcock type nightmare.





Millions of them . . .
I won't be doing any yardwork for a few days.

Thankfully they are usually done hatching in a couple days, but then there are skeletons of them everywhere. 

I've been working on a few "hooky" things for my upcoming show in September.  One pumpkin is done . . .


. . . and sunflowers that will be mounted on old bedsprings are in progress.  I'll be happy when the sunflowers on the "bad" linen are done.  Reminder to self.  No matter how thrifty you are, as Kelley stated, "life is too short to hook on bad linen".


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Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Color Me Crazy ~


In the last couple of weeks I've posted that I bought a rug pattern, a couple applique patterns and one applique kit.  I put away dog and crows to work on some fall items for an upcoming show where I'm vending in September.  So what do I do?  Order a kit from a friend who is selling lots of wonderful patterns and wool on Facebook.  (Check her out . . . Cindy Lott.)  I've always loved this pattern and knew one day I wanted to hook it.  I was sure the wool would be wonderful since the kit came from The Old Tattered Flag.  Meet "Antique Rooster", an antique adaptation.


Wool.  There's no such thing as too much, right?  Sweet friend Cathy surprised me with a box full recently.  That orange will make some wonderful pumpkins and a couple are perfect for overdyeing.  Blog friends really are THE BEST.  Thanks, Cathy.


Another weekend bites the dust.  They do pass quickly.  Heck, life in general is passing quickly. 

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Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stuff ~


I know I often say that time is flying by, and the month of June is no exception.  Here it is already half over . . . sigh.  We got a bit of much needed rain today.  I should have worked in the flower gardens this evening, but just couldn't make myself.  I'll have to work doubly hard this weekend.  I did snap a picture of my clematis.  It's probably 40+ years old, dug up from the farm where I grew up and I've had it for about 15 years.  It is a prolific bloomer.



The worms are finally sorted (unless I find more hiding somewhere).  It took me several days.  I can understand the hugs pile of neutrals and the darks, but look at that pile of green (to the left of the basket).  I don't get it.  I really don't use much green when hooking.  Now I must figure out how to store them.


All linen is not created equally.  When I first started hooking (11 years ago), I purchased some linen on eBay.  I have no idea whose it is or from whom it was purchased.  I found it very difficult to hook on and haven't used it since.  I found this piece and thought I would give it another try.  You can see I had started a dog and then tore it out because it was just too hard to hook on, especially being a newbie. 

I still find it unpleasant to hook on, but will use it to make a few sunflowers to be mounted on an old bedspring.  I am vending at a show in Michigan in the fall and thought I would hook a few fallish items.  I'm not sure why because last time I did the fall show, none of the hooked pieces sold.  Maybe I'm just a slow learner ~ or hoping to be luckier this time.  I will put away my dog and two crows rug for a while and concentrate on sunflowers and pumpkins.


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Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Flag Day ~


Happy Flag Day, dear friends.  I am trying to comprehend the evil that has taken place in Orlando and like most of you, I just cannot.  My heart aches for the families of the victims.  Please keep them in your prayers.  May God Bless this Land that I so dearly love.


I am battling the worms (and narrow pieces of wool)  and at the moment, the they are winning.  Had I realized how many I had, I would not have tried to sort them on the couch.  I still have one huge baggie full and another basket.  I guess it's been a while since I sorted :) 


I dreaded going in the one basket because I knew I would find one of Ellie's bones.  She loved to bury them there.  I found not one but three in the first basket and in the next one found a pizza crust.  Oh, she was a funny dog. 

Bone Ellie stole from my granddog :)

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Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Monday, June 13, 2016

A Finish & More ~


The binding on Daisy is DONE :)  Just need to give her one more light steaming.  I am trying so hard to keep up with my binding.


Today's mail was a real treat.  No bills and my package from Cee Rafuse, Early Style Penny Rugs, arrived.  I ordered her Corrie Penny Runner kit.  Gorgeous wools, all precut.  (Pictures are from her etsy shop.)


I also purchased two patterns.  The templates are already drawn on freezer paper so all one needs to do is pick out wool, cut and start stitching.  The first pattern is the marriage rug . . .


. . . and the second, Early Menagerie.


I just love her work.  If you haven't already done so, check her out on You Tube.  She has some wonderful tutorials.  I still have not completed (well, actually not even started) the Ned and Jake kit I purchased last year . . . sigh.  One of these days ~ in my spare time . . . lol.

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Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Just a Quickie ~


I've gotten the dog hooked for my Magdalena dog and crows rug.  He is a big boy, measuring about 20" long by 12" high.  (Surprised, aren't you, Saundra?)  The colors are much more subtle in person but this gives you an idea as to how many different wools I've used.  I did a bit of reverse hooking on his tail and one of his legs, though they still seem a bit chunky.  I guess he will have to be a chunky big boy.


I've long admired this pattern and finally purchased it.  Yes, I need another pattern like I need another hole in my head.  There are SO MANY patterns on my bucket list and this wasn't even one of them.  It's by Maggie's Farm 1846 and you can find her here on Etsy.


Not much else going on.  Seems I'm busy all the time but never get even close to being caught up . . . sigh.  I did finish edging the flower beds this evening which is a major accomplishment for me.  Now if I can just keep them up.

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Pug hugs :)
Lauren