Sunday, June 16, 2019

Hit 'n Miss Fini ~



I know it's not just Ohio that is waterlogged.  I was to go on my first ever motorcycle trip this past week.  DSO and I, along with my son and grandson were planning a trip to Niagara Falls, about a 250 miles.  We were going to take the scenic route along the lake.  Our rain date was this week.  That trip, too, has been I cancelled.  There is just too much rain in the forecast.  But as I've stated before, for me it is just an inconvenience.  My livelihood does not depend on it.

My so sweet baby bathtub fell over in my waterlogged flower bed.  No real damage done, but all the plants had to be moved back in place and some dirt added.  Several people asked what the yellow flowers are.  They are a medium sized petunia that I purchased at Walmart.  How ironic.  I was showing a neighbor who brought me a climbing rose bush (how very sweet of her!!!) my bathtub planter and she said she had one in her garage that was left in her attic when she purchased her house and even the antique shop did not want it.  It was mine for the taking :)  Well, how could I say no to that?  I've already had a friend threaten to steal mine.  It is currently sitting in the driveway by the garage.  DSO made some little wooden feet so hopefully it will not fall over again when it is put back in the garden.

I've finished my fun little hit 'n miss mat.  All it needs is a final steaming and a label.  As predicted, it did not make the slightest dent in the worm farm.  The finished size ended up being about 13 1/2" x 22".



It's been forever since I've had a give-away, so if you'd like a chance to win this little mat, leave a comment on this post or drop me an email with give-away in the subject line.  My only real "rule" is that you need to contact me within three days or I will choose another.  Please, no sharing on any social media.  I will choose a winner in a week or so :)

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Lauren

Friday, June 14, 2019

Flag Day ~




~ GOD BLESS AMERICA ~

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Lauren

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Baby Bathtub ~


I've been wanting a European baby bathtub, similar to this, for many years.  I thought it would look so cool in the garden, but the rare time I have seen one the price is WAY more than I am willing to spend.  This one on eBay is $575 plus $87 shipping.  I've seen a similar one, the style I really want, for $300 locally, still totally out of my price range.


At a vintage shop last weekend, I found this white enamel one for only $24.


Thankfully DSO is very handy :)  With a $4 piece of rebar, he welded me this great frame.


All planted.


Here it is, residing in my jungle of a garden.  Pretty cool, no?


This clematis is so pretty this year.  I guess it is loving all the rain.  How do you like my cheesy $3 birdbath?  I really should see how it can be painted so it would be less offensive.  


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Lauren

Monday, June 10, 2019

Mindless Hooking ~


Good Monday, dear friends.  I hope today finds you all well.  It is another rainy one here in northern Ohio.  Everything is so lush and green, but I'm sure the poor farmers are in a world of hurt.  Then come August, we will be praying for precipitation.  

I needed something mindless to hook, and this little hit 'n miss fits the bill perfectly.  Granted, I do think about each worm I choose, but once it is chosen, the row hooks quickly.  The finished size will be about 13" x 22".   


I have seven totes of sorted worms and this mess which needs separating.  I'm sure this little mat will not make a dent in the worm farm.


I've been wanting one of these double wash tubs for ages, and finally found this one.  Not exactly what I was looking for finish-wise, but for the price thought it best come home with me.  I don't plan on planting it this year, but it will make the perfect beverage container for DSO's annual 4th of July party . . . which will be here all too soon.


Ernestine is so funny.  She goes crazy whenever an animal is on TV.  Last week we watched the movie Patrick.  It is a cute, kind of cheesy movie that stars a pug.  After the initial barking and craziness of seeing the dog, she then sat and stared intently at the screen.  Too funny.


She is not a motorcycle dog, but was content to sit on it :)



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Lauren

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Rug Show ~


A sampling of the rug show at the Western Reserve hook in.














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Lauren

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Hook In ~


Good Sunday to you, my friends :)  Yesterday's Western Reserve Rug Hookers hook in was a top notch event as always.  Even though the A/C was sketchy at best, spending a day with so many hookers is always fun.  Vending was so-so, but anything is better than nothing.

Vendor booths.








Melissa's and my booth.  It was hard to get pictures because of the windows.



A wonderful dye book came home with me along with a yard of wool.  The dye book can be found here on etsy.  Darci (Woolen Folk Art) also has some really great patterns.  Please check her out.
The dye book has many vintage photos . . .


. . . and recipes for these wonderful colors.


I got lucky and won this floor frame in the Chinese auction.  A cheap investment to see if this frame is to my liking.  


This pattern came was part of the auction lot.  It is barely started and on burlap.  At first glance, I thought it was a fox, but the pattern is "Sleeping Cat".  It is not something I will ever hook, so if anyone is interested, I would be happy to send it to you :)  (Please note, that no wool came with the pattern.)


I'll share some of the rugs from the show in my next post.

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Lauren


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

This 'n That ~


I hope everyone had a safe holiday and were not affected by the devastating tornadoes or storms.  Last eve I drove in the heaviest rainfall I think I've every experienced.  Thankfully I only had to drive a few miles and arrived home safely.


FINALLY ~ 
It seems I've been hooking this rug this forever.  Started seven weeks ago at rug camp.  Color planned by Tricia Travis.  The area that is hooked is 14" x 40".  When I figured out the area completed, it is only 2/3 done :(   I am going to take a break from it and work on a couple smaller projects.


This small mat (only 12" x 20") was started in a class last October with Cathy Stephan (Red Barn Rugs).  Not one loop had been pulled since class ~ until last night when I finally pulled it out of the closet.  It's about time, no?


I am so happy to report that all my rugs are labeled ~ except for one more I discovered that did not have a label.  I will wait to print it so that I do not waste the printable fabric.  Over 30 rugs/mats now have labels.  Thank goodness they are all documented on my blog :)

This Saturday is the Western Reserve hook in.  Melissa and I are vending.  I am thankful for the opportunity, but will be happy when it is in the past.  I have been so busy trying to get things made.  There is a lull over the summer which will be welcome.  Several get aways are planned in addition to a hooking retreat.  I'm sure the summer will fly by.  I am still so far behind on yard work and though I don't buy many annuals, not one has yet been purchased.  Hopefully soon.

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Lauren

Monday, May 27, 2019

Remember Why ~





Please remember why we are celebrating today.  
Some gave their all.
Freedom isn't free.
God Bless America.
God Bless our soldiers.

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Lauren

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Darn ~


And not as in socks!  I typed up the remaining rug labels in a Word document.  I did not save it . . . just walked away from the computer . . . but it always auto-saves, right?  WRONG.  It's gone, nowhere to be found.  Today was trash day so my rug notes were also gone.  I remembered some of the labels I needed, but not all, so I had to go through all my rugs ~ once again ~ to find the label-less rugs.  Then I had to search my blog for the dates hooked.  That is an hour + of my life I will never get back :(

Since I have nothing else to blog about, I will share a snippet of the progress on Antique Floral.  I've barely pulled a loop in several days and was hoping to have the inside background done before sharing.  This is all I have left to hook :)  Then on to the outside border.  I feel like I've been hooking this rug forever.


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Lauren

Monday, May 20, 2019

Monday ~


Good Monday to you.  What a difference a day makes.  Yesterday was H-O-T and today downright chilly.  So funny.  One hot day and someone on Facebook that I know was already longing for snow.  Not me, but I do hope we have some real spring weather before summer.

I have no idea how many of these Betsy style pumpkins I have hooked and given away over the years.  I even sold a few a number of years back.  This one, hooked with hand torn strips, will be another door prize for the Crooked River hook in this October.


The back was finished in a primitive patchwork.  As you can see, I am no quilter.  The back takes me longer to complete than the front.  Not hard, just time consuming.


Just Gail, a "no reply-comment blogger", asked me on my last post "had you realized it was already on the wall when #2 was half done, would you abandon or finish it?"  Since I was way more than half done, I think I would still have finished it.  I have one more unfinished sampler tucked away from decades ago I hope to finish next.

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Lauren