Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bound and Determined ~

I finally got my Kelley Belfast snowman bound this evening as he needs to be completed by this weekend and tomorrow night after work I'm off for my annual mammogram and then to another Christmas with DSO and his family.  Saturday morning it's off to wrap gifts at Barnes & Noble to benefit Ohio Pug Rescue.  We do very well and last year broke the $1000 mark in donations.  Such a busy time of year.  I think (HOPE) I bought my last present this evening, but I need to check my list to be sure.  Since I only have one grandchild, every time I am shopping I seem to find something else for him.  That's what grandmas are for, right?
Here's a picture of the backside - bound in the background wool.  I'll share a picture of the front after  he gets a light steaming and his rusty bell added.  I'll have to add a label at a later date.

Next up is binding my challenge rug . . .
. . . so that I can start another little snowman mat.  (Pattern by Katie Alman ~ Kid'l de Divey Woolens.)  The Hidden Hills Hookers meet monthly.  This is an optional pattern to hook and then in January we are going to learn how to finish a rug with a braided edge.  I've seen it done before, but have never done it.  I bought some grungy sparkly wool to use.  That will be a first for me. 
Here are a few of our overachievers who had theirs already hooked when we met in earlier in December. 

A cheesy plastic Santa in my hooking room . . .

. . . and a tinsel tree with only lights.  

Ceramic Santa painted by my mom.  One of my prized Christmas decorations.  

She did beautiful work. 

A surprise was in my mailbox this week.  This darling cupboard tuck smelling of balsam.  Sweet, isn't it?  Thanks so much Debbie.  You made my day.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)


Julia said...

Lauren, your snowman looks so very cute and classy.
I love how you bind your rugs with wool fabric.

It always amazes me how everyone's work is different when using the same pattern.

Your mom sure did a wonderful job on that santa. I used to be a certified ceramic teacher and I should know. I still have some ceramic santa bisque in boxes that I want to paint some day and I have one of those. Maybe some day I'll have time to paint again.

You get the nicest gifts from nice people and you deserve them.
I hope you do well again this year raising money for the Ohio Pug Rescue and have a great weekend.


WoolenSails said...

The rug looks wonderful and the new snowman looks fun to hook. I am glad you like your little gift, my friends are the ones that have held me up during the tough days:)


Ronda said...

Love all the sweet hooked snowmen! What a treasure the Santa your mother painted .. oh yes it is such a busy time.

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Kim said...

Your Mom's Santa is gorgeous. I'm anxious for you to learn how to braid an edge so you can teach me after :)

Saundra said...

I love your cheesy plastic Santa. You and Kim both have fond Christmas memories of your moms. Yes, your mom did a fantastic job getting the detail in the beard and fur of the coat.

Saundra said...

Oops, forgot to mention that I love your wire basket that holds those wonderful hooked rugs. Wish Santa would bring me one of those for Christmas.

Farm Girl said...

How nice your rugs always look. I am so glad you are getting to do lots of hooking. It is a good thing Christmas finally gets here, because I see things for my grand kids and I do the same thing. Your Christmas things look wonderful. That Santa your Mom painted is lovely. I love that you still find time to volunteer. Have a lovely weekend.

Gayle said...

I LOVE seeing the same pattern hooked by different people - all these snowmen rugs are just delightful! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Lauren, love the Santa your mom painted, a real treasure... Your snowman is adorable, I adore them.Blessings Francine.

Margaret said...

Love your bound snowman. Love seeing all the snowman pieces!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

I so want to learn to braid my binding is it hatd? Do u just braid then attach to edge?

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