Thursday, June 23, 2016

JADED IN JUNE

Hello blog friends !

in struggling for a blog post title - I came across *jaded* - I use that word a lot but I didn't really realize it also meant 'lacking enthusiasm' .  Gees - that describes me perfectly today. 

First few days of summer and it feels like August to me.  It's been incredibly hot here in the deep south with record high temps already.  I'm already tired of summer and it just came the other day. 

I'll try not to be too much of a Debbie downer in this post but a lot of negative things have been happening around my house.  2 weeks ago my DH cut his arm pretty severely on a yard tool and we ended up in ER all day.  Stitches are out but he and I both were really shaken up by the accident.  I've never seen so much blood in my carport and kitchen.  Took me 40 min to get home to get him to the ER.  He did a good job of tying off the wound but not before he bled thru 2 tshirts, 2 bath towels and was on his 3rd by the time I got home.

Yesterday I was told I needed a root canal and crown - the first in my life and from the cost of it - I hope the last !

On a much happier note - I recently had a "FAYE" day where I got a fabulous box of finishes from Faye of Carolina Stitcher fame.   I happen to have the neatest dad in the world - he stitches all kinds of things for my mom and I - BIG things that I would have a hard time finishing.  For a surprise at Christmas time - he gifted me this wonderful Shepherds Bush stocking.  YIPPEE - Oh yes - I have 1 or more of these patterns in my vast stash but have I ever gone beyond a few stitches on one - ummmm- nope!  Isn't this a beautiful finish from Faye!

Here is the lining fabric and silk for the backing.  All Faye's own choices of fabric.  AWESOME!  I love it and so did my folks.  Now my mom is getting on the stocking list.


This is Big Fish by Carriage House Samplings - poor fishy has been finished for years.  I even had a beautiful piece of wool stashed with him.  I planned to do the rustic finish similar to what Kathy had on the chart cover.  Faye worked her magic and made a wonderful prim finish with chenille to match the wool.
look at the awesome detail on the hanger.  Such a simple but effective finish for my fishy.
 

When I saw this "sleeping bag" for projects on stretchers or scrolls a few months back on Faye's blog - I knew I had to have one.  As an avid needlepointer - I am always hauling around a small piece of np on a frame.  What could be better than a matching project roll.

Perfect fabric choices as well.  How did Faye know my favorite color was green!

Here is the inside of the project roll and again - just such attention to small details that really make such an impact.


This dear design has laid around for 3 or 4 years - nothing ever struck me as to how to finish it off.  Oh it would be a good pin pillow or flat fold finish but WOW - is this ever a great use of this little piece and looking at these photos are just brightening up my mood.  I don't get many finishes and sometimes that is depressing in itself but getting this box from Faye really made my day.
In my last post - I mentioned that Camp Loopy was about to start on June 1st.  I can't believe this is the 5th summer I've participated in this fun virtual camp with  The Loopy Ewe.  Sheri the owner is one of the best online marketers I've ever seen.  I love buying from TLE even though sometimes its tricky with colors.
 
Well TA DA - I finished my first CL project well ahead of the 6/30 deadline.  This is just a crappy scrunchy photo when it was still on the needles.  This is Antarktis by Janina Kallio.  Janina is a Finish knitwear designer.  What better place to live and be a knitter than in Finland.  For some reason I have become enamored with her designs.  I guess because it's so dang hot here - the light airy look of her designs just make them more appealing for our climate.  Her designs can be found on Ravelry for the knitters out there but I linked to her blog.  take a look at her beautiful studio space, wow!  Wish I could visit there.  In my typical fashion to try and always use a "new to me" yarn for Camp Loopy, this is Sweet Georgia Bulletproof Sock.  It was a blend of about 4 fibers.  Interesting but not quite my cup of tea.  It's blocking now so my opinion may improve when I see how it blocks out.

 Here is another Janina design called Herald.  I bought this yarn at the new LYS Yarn Cow.  I saw someone post on Rav this same exact yarn and colorway who did a Herald and it was gorgeous.  I instantly knew this was a good fit for this lovely skein of Louisa Harding wool blend.
I hope this now happy post finds all my blog friends well and enjoying a little summer crafting bliss.
It's vacation time, it's summertime and the living is easy - or so they say.  I'll keep repeating that and see if I can absorb that good karma.  Until we meet again - have a lovely summer season doing what you love to do.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

MERRY MONTH OF MAY

Hello blog friends !

Who can believe May is more than half over and Memorial Day weekend is upon us !  It's been a whole month since I have updated my blog and I've been really busy lately so that is my excuse.

I updated my blog and refreshed for the patriotic season.  The Old Glory in my blog header is by Little House Needlework and the wonderful finishing was done for me by Vonna - The Twisted Stitcher.  Vonna did a wonderful flat finish stand up and I'll show you another wonderful LHN design she finished for me.  I know Vonna is uber busy with her family of teenagers and her own stitching and finishing business not of least her wonderful work for her church.  What a super person who I admire a lot.

What have I been doing - well not a whole lot.  Just a lot of this and that.  Our rug guild held it's annual hook in last weekend - I didn't get any photos of the event but I do have a little hooking, knitting and stitching progress to show you.

Let's start off with a piece my dad stitched.  Sonne Spotte by Long Dog.  WOW - what a stunning finish this is.  My mom and I picked framing for it and I think it came out really great and guess what - it's hanging in my living room !

 I think the frame is just perfect !  the palettes (sequins)   are really stunning and add a lot to the piece.
Stitched in DMC on the sparkly Belfast linen called for in the chart.  He did a super job as always.
 Here is my Old Glory - so cute and so expertly finished by Vonna
I like the fabric she used on the back of the stand up. 

She also finished No Pole Express for me - also by LHN.  LOVE LOVE this finish, I had seen her use this on someone's else's piece and knew when I finished mine I wanted it done this way.
THANK YOU THANK YOU VONNA!

 This is the Kathy Rees SAL that I am doing with the duClay Chapter EGA.  I am enjoying it very much.  It is an exclusive with Tomorrows Heirlooms and is the Elements series of 4 pieces.  This is the first one called Earth.  I love the colors.
Haven't really been doing too much knitting this year but this is Truffle by Meg Gadsbey in Australia
 I did another design of Meg's called Big Blue and actually it resides with Ms. Vonna these days and keeps her shoulders warm.  This design has been a great mindless project.  I used Malabrigo Mechita - the first time I'd used this yarn  and the color is English Rose.  I am closing in on a finish but it's hard to tell all scrunched up on the needle.
Yep - it's Camp Loopy time with The Loopy Ewe.  I can't believe it's my 5th year participating in Camp Loopy.  You can read about it in Sheri's blog post if you are interested.  Basically you have a new challenge every month of the summer.  You must complete your project between June 1 and June 30th and be within the project guidelines for yardage and other specifications.

Here is my project 1 yarn.  I usually try to use a "new to me" yarn for camp.  That is just another way of challenging myself with this.  Last year I pooped out and didn't finish the 3rd challenge - it was a big disappointment and I was so ashamed and depressed about it - I didn't knit for many weeks.  I hope to not get that hung up about it this year but I do intend to do my very best with the challenge and finish strong this year.  I have a group of friends - the Bee Eyes who do this together every year - it's helps keep us focused and motivated during camp.  Haven't quite settled on my project but I'll be sailing to Lace Lagoon in my challenge.

One last photo - this is my tangled bunny hooked piece.  This is almost 1/2 finished but I am ready to put it away for the summer and get out some other projects.  The background is a lovely deep maroon with black overtones and the dyeing was done by Dianne Kelly of the Woolen Cottage in Hiram OH.

Hope all my friends in the US have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend planned.  Lots of my friends are vacationing and setting out on wonderful trips to faraway places.  We'll be going for our long weekend at the beach soon and I'll be back again before then I hope.  Keep the winds in your sails Mateys!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

SEBRING SCRUB HOOKING WORKSHOP

Sorry so much time elapsed between this post and my last post.  This is a continuation of the rug camp report that my mom and I went to earlier this month in Sebring.  In this post I will show you the lovely lakefront gardens and the WIP's that came from our class with Vivily Powers.

I don't remember all the ladies names in our class I am only going to mention "first" names of the rug owners that I can recall.  Hope no one is offended and there could be some rugs I didn't get good photos of so I am not able to post them.  No photo is better than a bad photo of someone else's rug.

Somehow last post when I showed all the finished rugs from the exhibit - I inadvertently left out my mom and her beautiful Deco Flower pillow.  This was color planned by Vivily Powers as well and expertly finished by our good friend Nancy Show. Nancy selected a backing fabric from her stash that looked as though it was made for this piece and a perfect trim as well.

AHHHHH - the gardens on the patio are ever so beautiful.

 Lush and varied - the gardens never disappoint no matter what the season.
We did not attend this camp last year and I was amazed to see that the lake had come up about 2 ft since we were last there.

Exquisite Bougainvillea by the pool.  Our EGA chapter is coming to this hotel for a retreat in late July.  I can't wait for all my friends to see and enjoy this Inn on the Lakes. 


Next up is all the rugs being worked in our class.  Some of them had already been started but many were started in this class.  I will divulge all the info I know about them.
I don't know much about this one except that it was Sherry from Canada's rug.  It is a Searsport canvas and was started here at this camp.  What beautiful colors.
 
This is my mom's Spring Bunny canvas.  It was given to her by DF Katie Puckett.  Mom specifically wanted a white bunny and a pink background. I think Vivily was spot on in her color plan.  She dyed a special color just for this rug called Pink Sand.  The color plan is bright and cheery and was just what my mom wanted.  I should have done a close up of the eye that Vivily hooked - it's amazing!


Next is my rug, it is a Jane McGown Flynn pattern called Hampden.  It is a rug that Vivily taught at San Antonio but mine is bigger.  I think it's 23 X 28 and is very bright colors but that is what I wanted.  I didn't have a chance to get any background put in but it is a wonderful color called Crewel Linen.
 Here is a closer shot - it is mostly hooked with a 4.  I didn't want to do fine shading but oh well - it just worked out that way.  Vivily does 5 shades in her Colorama swatches and what beautiful colors.
I have to say my 3 years studying with Sibyl Osicka paid off and I remembered some of the things I learned about shading.  Of course crewel patterns are totally whimsical so it's somewhat easier to hook a crewel than a realistic floral in my opinion.  I had fun and I plan to keep working on this one.  I usually put away my camp rugs and go back to older WIP's and continue on with them but these colors are great spring and summer colors and it's not a huge rug so off I go !
This was Sharon's Poinsettia rug.  Amazing !  it is so beautiful and I'm not positive but I think she said she started this in class.  WOW !  what progress.


Another great Searsport canvas by DF Susan.  It was so fascinating to see Susan pull stash and rummage thru Vivily's gorgeous wool and see this canvas come to life.  She did not even start this rug until day 2 of class.  She does hook with a larger cut but still ...................  Amazing progress.  I was so inspired I bought the small canvas of only 1 house.
 Judy started this wonderful colorful seahorse in class.  It was fun to see it come to life.  Brilliant colors.  This is a class that Vivily taught for the Searsport Hook in in Punta Gorda last year. Another one by Jane McGown Flynn in a small cut like a 3 or 4.
This is another gorgeous rug that was started in class.  I had not heard of Fabric Foote but I think maybe that is Angela Foote's company.  Wool by Vivily I am almost positive.

 This sugar skull rug I believe had been started.  Almost all those flowers are proddy.  I think it is a gift for a granddaughter.

This rug was being worked by our table mate - Sue from Vermont who winters in FL  Let me get this straight if I can - it was a scene of the Arcadians being ousted from Canada.  It is an Encompassing Designs rug by Christine Little in Nova Scotia.  It is all in a 3 cut and it was truly amazing.

what a fun happy rug.  I think this was all done in class as well.  Great progress!
 Another one started in class.  This is a poppy pillow size rug that Vivily is teaching or has taught at seminars.  This woman is in her 80's and she does a great job.  She had that large sunflower rug in the last post.
This was another Encompassing Design canvas.  The William Morris Peacock.  The interesting thing about this rug is the owner is doing all her own dyeing.  WOW! 


I hope to get back to blogland again before the end of April to show some progress on some needlework projects although there really isn't much to show.  I am making some progress on my Kathy Rees SAL with my EGA chapter.  I started a new shawl in a new to me yarn and I just realized I never took a photo of my hexie paper pieced travel pin cushion to show you. 

I appreciate all the comments on my blog,  I love hearing from you. I had a birthday last week and I appreciate so many of you wishing me well on FB.  Until we meet again - keep those needles and hooks flying.

Edited to add that I am saddened to hear the news of the death of Prince.  He was only a year younger than me and in my opinion that is pretty young.  Prince's music transcended race, age and genre and was appreciated and adored by many fans.  RIP Prince and I know the doves do cry for our loss.

Friday, April 08, 2016

SEBRING - HOW SWEET THE MEMORIES

Sebring is but a memory now.  My mom and I had 5 glorious days in Sebring last weekend.  Perfect weather, easy traveling, room with a balcony and a good class with Vivily Powers.  What more could one want except maybe to come home with a finished rug HA !  what a joke that is but I did come home with another new project started and 2 small Searsport canvas purchases from the camp store.

Let's get started on our trip !

I found the lovely Erika's Tea Room in Clermont for our first stop.  It was a wonderful place owned by Erika and her mom.  Grandma worked there too and what a great staff.  She had so many lovely tea pots, tea cups, 80 different teas and all kinds of tea accoutrements. Yes we did make a purchase, I'll show you next time.  Gosh I look like I just rolled out of the bed here but I promise I drove 3 hours to get here and my eyes were open.

My dear mom having some tea.  I liked the fact that they gave you nice large teapots with cozies to keep it toasty warm.

Yes this was the view from our balcony, gorgeous isn't it !  I could have spent the entire time on the balcony but alas we sure didn't have time to spend enjoying this view.

I'm going right into the rug exhibit.  I didn't get photos of every single rug so I apologize if your rug was left out.  Some of the photos did not come out well.  This was a neat rug done by an 80 something year old woman in our class.

The director asked for WIP's to be displayed as well.  This was a neat Mola rug done by Sue Giroud who happened to be our lovely tablemate for 4 days.  It was so nice getting to know Sue who lives in Vermont and winters in the area.

Another simply exquisite rug of Sue's - I found it amazing that Sue does most of her own dyeing.  I was so intrigued by this awesome background.  She said it was one of Nancy Bloods formulas.  This was one of my favorite rugs in the show.

I'm sorry but I don't know whose rug this was.  I think maybe it was a Deanne Fitzpatrick rug.

Teacher Carol Feeney had several pieces in the exhibit.  This was a very interesting rug of her design.

Carol has many awesome rug designs and you can see them on her at
http://www.rugsbycarol.com/  She specializes in incorporating other fibers and embellishments.
 

This pillow was awesome - another by Carol.

Another Carol did this pillow.  She was working this piece several years ago in a class we were all in.

Here is another WIP with an interesting story.  This was started by this womans mother.  She ran out of wool on the turquoise, the navy blue and then didn't even have some of the gold needed.  This is Kashan - an old rug by Ruth Hall, an old designer I didn't know but my teacher and others did.  I loved this pattern - so awesome - I'm thinking about adding it to my stash.  I've been wanting to do an oriental.  Also interesting to note it's hooked on burlap and the burlap keeps breaking and tearing and this poor woman has patched and hooked thru the patched spots.  I can certainly understand why she preservers on it.  It's gorgeous !

This is also her rug.  The William Morris bunny but I don't know who canvas it is.  Vivily Powers color planned.

This is my mom's rug.  WOW - didn't it photograph great.  This was the very first rug she ever did at Sebring.  It was with Vivily, what great colors and my mom is a super hooker.  Lovely job Mom !

I don't remember anything about this rug but it's awesome too as they all are.

Here is my angel runner.  It has never been shown in Sebring so I thought I'd bring it down.
This is a Bea Brock pattern and was color planned by Diane Stoffel.  It is one of my favorite rugs.
No I haven't not decided how to hang it over my bed.  I have ideas but they have not come to fruition as yet.
 
Last but not least is my Antique Blue Basket by Edyth O'Neill.  I must say I never tire of looking at this rug and many people commented on it at the exhibit.  I am quite proud of these two finishes.  Probably because my finishes are few and far between.  This rug is bigger than it looks - about 3.5' x 3'.
 
I will have another post coming up next week showing what the WIPs from our class with Vivily Powers. 
 
I hope everyone has a great weekend , having fun doing what they love to do.  Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog.  It means so much to me.