Friday, November 16, 2018

Oh Christmas Tree ~


 
No, I'm not starting to decorate.  It doesn't happen here until the week after Thanksgiving.  Just wanted to give you a heads up on the pre-lit tinsel tree I showed last year that so many of you loved.  They are once again at Walmart.   


 
They come in two sizes and two "finishes".  The rose gold almost looks tarnished, but does have a pink cast to it.
 
 

Not much hooking or creating going on here.  I've spent the week cleaning.  It's LONG overdue and the dust bunnies and wool dust were totally out of control.  Company coming to stay for Thanksgiving is great incentive ~ even if it's family.
 
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Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

From Our Hands ~



Once again, From Our Hands was a first class show.  If money was no object, I would have needed a U-Haul to bring my goods home.  I took very few pictures.  I even forgot to take a picture of our booth :(
 
Lori Ann Corelis, along with Rebekah L. Smith, are the show promoters.  Here is Lori Ann's booth.  Her work is exquisite.

 
By the end of the show, I think she only had two of her large bears remaining.


These primitive hooked rugs were in the booth of Christine Miller, Rebekah's mother.  I see where she gets her talent.  The acorn doesn't fall too far :)

 
More of Christine's creations and a few antiques.

 
And the only other pic is one from Stacy Nash's booth.

 
A few treasures did come home with me.  This sweet little mohair chick made by Lana K. Omlor, Lori Ann's sister.  Once again, that acorn . . .
 
 
A little treen piece to add to my collection.  You can see more of my collection here.

 
This red cupboard contains part of my treen collection.  The little shelf to the left was another purchase.  The dealer said it most likely dated from the mid 1800's.   

 
Speaking of treen, these containers are known as Peaseware.  At the Gathered Treasures show a week ago, the middle one was my big purchase.  Peaseware was made in the Cascade Valley of northeastern Ohio in the late 19th century. In 1850, David Mills Pease (1815-1890) founded a woodturning business that specialized in producing wooden containers for practical daily use. Many of the vessels were used for the safe storage of food, including herbs, mustard and other seeds, salt, pepper, and maple sugar chunks.

 
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Lauren

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veterans Day

 
 
Please take a moment today to thank a veteran for his/her service.
 
~ God Bless America ~
 
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Lauren

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Gobble, Gobble~


 
I don't have many Thanksgiving decorations, but do have a couple flocks of turkeys.  These are wax, most of them candles, the majority made by Gurley.


My favorite turkeys are those made of papier mache, many stamped Germany. 

 
Here is a close up of some of them.  Most of them have flaking paint and quite a few were made as candy containers.
 
 
I think I show this guy every year.  Painted by my mom in 1989, it was one of her favorite pieces ~ and one of mine, too.
 
 
Tomorrow I am off to set up for my last show of the year, From Our Hands.  It is put on by Lori Ann Corelis (The Spotted Hare) and Rebekah L. Smith (Folk Artist).  Wish me luck!
 
 
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Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Pearl and Earl ~

 

My third rug start for the month of October was Triple Crown Winner Pearl and Earl by Lucille Festa of American Country Rugs.  Started in a class with Kris Miller, the rug measures 20" x 34".  I was hoping to have more hooked before sharing.  Wasn't meant to be but I'm happy with the results so far :)
 

I've three rugs in progress which is not something I normally do.  For me to be working on even two rugs is unusual and I will be starting one more very soon.  One last Christmas gift needs to be hooked.  Can you believe Thanksgiving is in 2 1/2 weeks?  I love that it is early ~ more time to get ready for Christmas since I do not start any decorating until after turkey day.
 
Today's weather in northern Ohio is the best it has been in several weeks.  I've gotten a few outside chores done and need to do a few more.  Got my lawn mowed, too.  So much easier to mulch the leaves rather than rake them.  That darn yard guy never shows up . . . sigh.  Maybe in my next life :) 
 
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Lauren

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween ~

 
 
~ HAPPY HALLOWEEN ~
 
Thankfully the rain stopped and overall the weather was mild.  I think I only got about half the normal amount of trick-or-treaters.  Now there is all this left over candy.  Not good.  I have absolutely no willpower when it comes to sweets.
 
Just a few quick pictures taken this eve.  I'm guessing I've had this ceramic pumpkin for at least 55 years.
 
 
Ceramics made by my mom.  She did beautiful work.  Several of them played music but the batteries died long ago and the cat had eyes that lit up.  I did paint the scarecrow on the left in 1975, about the only thing I ever painted.


 
On the middle shelf in the dining room cupboard are my vintage papier mache jacks and one vintage witch sitting on a pumpkin.
 
 
 
I bought Ernestine a new Halloween costume but she had a total wardrobe malfunction.


 
Luckily her pumpkin costume was nearby.  I didn't even try to put on the pumpkin hat. 

 
She was such a good girl sitting outside while we passed out candy.  She got many oohs and ahs and lots of petting.


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Lauren

Monday, October 29, 2018

Old Hearts ~


 
Happy Monday to you.  Monday's aren't so bad when you are retired :)  I still give thanks each day that I am home enjoying life.
 
I've finally made some progress on Old Hearts, a pattern by the Old Tattered Flag, started in a class a couple weeks ago with Caroline Twigg of Eagles Nest Woolens.  The background is totally mindless straight line hooking in varying shades of one of my favorite dyed wools, Emma Lou's old putty, found in the Emma Lou Lais/Barbara Carroll dye book. 
 
 
I have not pulled a single loop on my second rug start of the month, a class with Cathy Stephan of Red Barn Rugs, and tomorrow I will be starting yet another rug.  I have a two day class with Kris Miller of Spruce Ridge Studios.  I had her for a teacher in Florida this past January and she is another excellent teacher and so full of stories to entertain us. 
 
Fall has skipped us by this year.  We went from hot (80's) to pretty dang chilly (40's-50's) overnight.  There is very little fall color.  I am still hoping for some Indian summer so I can get a few outside tasks accomplished.
 
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Pug hugs :)
Lauren