Sunday, December 27, 2015

Snowman on Drugs ~

Even when I make a conscious effort not to hook something too large, I have a tendency to hook on the line, which when hooking with a larger cut make an enormous difference.  His eyes and nose were just TOO BIG.
I think I did more reverse hooking on this little mat than I do on a large rug.  Those lumps of coal were just giving me fits.  You can't tell by the picture, but I used sparkly grunged white wool for the snowman.  It's the first time I've used sparkly wool and I did not care for hooking with it.  The weave was very loose and I had a tendency to catch the wool with my hook ~ hence lots of strings to be cut.
Just thought I'd share my vintage Christmas books with you.  I've had the little Holly Berries book for decades and have no idea where I got it.  The others I've purchased over the years.  I purchased the Chatterbox because it is dated 1920 and that was the year of my dear mom's birth.
Cupples & Leon Company
New York

Christmas Fairy Tales
McLoughlin Brothers, New York

The Page Company, Boston, Mass

Charles E. Graham & Company
New York

I've had a laid back couple of days and I've loved it.  I've been home during the day, hooking, catching up on odd and ends, playing on the computer ~ just heaven.  Tomorrow it's back to reality :(
As we wind down 2015, I'd like to say a big thank you to all who stop by.  I really do appreciate your support and kind words.
Pug hugs :)


  1. That is so funny, I do the same thing and trying to stay inside the lines with hooking and punching;) I have some old books that my grandmother gave me.


  2. I love the snowman. I can never remember if you hook on the line or inside. I finished my challenge rug and could not wait to start another rug. I have started Emma's Garden by spruce Ridge. I did not want to draw anything out and have to use my brain. This was the only pattern I had already drawn. Its a fun pattern, I am prodding the flowers which I have never done before. I hope you have a blessed New Year!

  3. You snowman came out beautiful and I would love leafing through those old Christmas books. They are sweet treasures for sure.

    I've been puttering around the house and playing on the computer and doing a load of laundry waiting for the cow to calve in between barn work basically a relaxing day. It's been storming outside and the side streets are not even plowed yet. The plow will probably wake me up during the night.

    Happy New Year.

  4. I love your books! I have been hooking a bit and have some down time with a couple more days.

  5. Hope your new year will be a wonderful one, Lauren. Keep on blogging...I enjoy reading them!

  6. lol! Yes... that snowman was looking either a bit stoned... or strung out on too much coffee! lol! The finished eyes are much more relaxed and happy! :-)
    Super cool books! The art on the covers is beautiful!

  7. Your books are priceless !!
    A treasure to have.
    At least it's a short work week !!

  8. Love your snowman! Hope 2016 is a fabulous year for you.

  9. I am not hooking YET...My Granma Carries was and did wonderful rugs. Just want to wish a very Happy New Year. Love visiting your blog too.

    Peace to all,

  10. Lauren, Hope that the upcoming year brings peace, love and happiness into your life. Not only with your pugs but with everything that comes your way. So glad to read your blog and enjoy your hooking.
    Peace be unto thee.

  11. Lol! I'm glad that I'm not the only one who has trouble staying inside the lines. Your corrected eyes and nose looks so much better. Happy New Year---may there be lots of hooking time.

  12. I do love your blog! I am so glad I found you. I love how you have tips on hooking and you don't even know I learn so much from you. I am so glad you wrote about sparkly wool. I wondered. I like your snowman. I am trying to finish up my Santa rugs. I am so glad you had some nice time off too.

  13. Hello My Sweet Good Twin.... A belated Merry Christmas....(if I remember how to post a blog comment LOL). Looks like it was a wonderful one...but holy presents! ;-) I adore your little snowman rug!! And hook on the line? Inside the line? What the heck you talking about? I can't color in the lines, so I certainly can't hook in them. And I love your books.... I have a few, but did not get to that box this year. :o( Yes, it's been a long, long, unpacking process. I've missed you my friend....Hope to catch up somehow someway with you. Wishing you a blessed yuletide filled with miracles and magic.... Smiles & Christmas Hugs ~ Robin

  14. Wow, that makes a big difference, your placement of the black and orange. The snowman is looking good though! Love those vintage books. So cool! Happy New Year!

  15. Morning Lauren, I adore your snowman rug and those books are darling.Blessings Francine.

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