Monday, January 25, 2010

FINISHED RUG



IT'S MONDAY AND AS I HAD HOPED THE HEART AND BIRD RUG IS ON THE FLOOR IN OUR BROWN AND BLUE GUEST ROOM! IT TOOK ME ABOUT FIVE GOOD DAYS FROM START TO FINISH. THE RUG MEASURES 22" X 26". I THINK IT'S A NICE ADDITION TO THE BEDROOM. THAT CARPETING IS GOING THIS SUMMER HOPEFULLY. BOTH BEDROOMS HAVE CARPETING 25 YEARS OLD AND I CAN'T STAND THEM ANY LONGER! HAVE A GREAT MONDAY EVERYONE! LORI




Friday, January 22, 2010

PROGRESS

I WAS ABLE TO GET A LOT OF RUG HOOKING TIME IN YESTERDAY AND LAST NIGHT.
I HOPE TO FINISH IT THIS WEEKEND AND HAVE IT ON THE FLOOR IN THE BEDROOM BY MONDAY.
I AM REALLY ENJOYING WORKING ON THIS RUG. LORI

Thursday, January 21, 2010

ANTIQUE RUG

I'VE ALWAYS LOVED THIS ANTIQUE RUG AND HAVE WANTED TO HOOK IT FOR YEARS. IT'S FOUND IN THE COUNTRY LIVING BOOK SEASONS AT SEVEN GATES FARM.
RECENTLY RHONDA OF MYGLORYSTARS DID A PUNCH NEEDLE VERSION USING SOME BLUE WHICH I LOVED. THEN SHE DID A BIGGER HOOKED RUG VERSION AND I JUST KNEW I HAD TO DO MINE WITH BLUE AND BROWN FOR OUR BLUE AND BROWN BEDROOM. THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT INSPIRATION RHONDA!
SO I STARTED MY VERSION THE OTHER DAY AND THOUGHT YOU'D LIKE TO SEE WHAT I'VE GOTTEN DONE SO FAR. I'M DOING IT MOSTLY IN 9 AND 9.5 CUTS SO IT IS GOING PRETTY FAST. I ADDED THE BIRD FOR A BIT MORE FOLKY LOOK. I LOVE BIRDS! I'LL SHOW MORE AS I GET MORE HOOKED. LORI




Tuesday, January 19, 2010

BAND SAMPLER

I LOVE THIS PATTERN! IT'S BY LINDA GILLON OF PRIMITIVE THINGS AND CALLED THE MIRIAM DOWD SAMPLER. I DECIDED TO STITCH IT ALL IN BROWNS INSTEAD OF THE COLORS SUGGESTED.
I'M JUST DOING IT AS I PLEASE AS I GO ALONG. I'M STITCHING ON 30 COUNT LINEN BY R&R CALLED 18th CENTURY BROWN.
I THINK IT WILL BE ABOUT 6" X 33" WHEN DONE. THERE ARE FOUR PAGES TO THE PATTERN. I'M ON THE SECOND ONE SO I HAVE SOME STITCHING TO DO YET!
I HAVE A SPECIAL SPOT FOR IT NEXT TO OUR
HUTCH IN THE DINING ROOM THAT HOLDS MOST OF MY REDWARE.
I HAVE A FRIEND HERE THAT MAKES FRAMES FOR ME SO I'LL HAVE TO ASK HIM TO MAKE ME A FRAME THE RIGHT SIZE THAT I WILL PAINT AND AGE.
I FOUND THIS PATTERN AND OTHERS BY LINDA AT
IN SPRING GREEN, WI THIS PAST SUMMER. THEY HAVE
TONS OF X-STITCH SUPPLIES AND PATTERNS. IT'S
WELL WORTH A VISIT IF YOU CAN GET THERE. LORI




Tuesday, January 12, 2010

UPDATE PREVIEW

THESE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS I'LL BE OFFERING ON MY NEXT PICTURETRAIL UPDATE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 18TH IN THE MORNING.
THE LINK IS ON THE LEFT.
I HAVE SOME DOLLS TO FINISH UP YET BUT THEY WILL BE READY IN TIME!
THE SMALL PINKEEP WITH THE BIRD WILL COME INSIDE THE BIRD BOX.
I HOPE YOU CAN VISIT ME THEN. LORI

Saturday, January 9, 2010

GIFTS FROM A FRIEND

MY FRIEND KATHY AND I DID A BELATED CHRISTMAS GIFT EXCHANGE THIS WEEK. WITH ONE THING AND ANOTHER WE JUST HADN'T HAD TIME TO GET TOGETHER. THESE ARE THE WOOLIE GIFTS SHE MADE FOR ME. I BELIEVE THE HORSE MAT WAS A PATTERN IN AN ISSUE OF CREATE & DECORATE MAGAZINE. I JUST LOVE IT AND IT FITS RIGHT IN WITH MY HORSE THEME IN OUR BEDROOM. THE COLORS ARE PERFECT! KATHY DOES BEAUTIFUL BUTTON HOLE STITCHING.
KATHY MAKES THESE WONDERFUL COASTERS WITH WOOL PENNIES THAT COME IN A BLACK PAINTED AND AGED MACHE' BOX. SHE GLUES ONE TO THE TOP SO THE BOX IS VERY PRETTY TO SET OUT TOO. I HAD WANTED SOME IN FALL COLORS AND SHE MADE THESE SPECIAL FOR ME. I JUST LOVE THEM! SO I WAS VERY SPOILED BY MY BEST BUDDY BUT MOSTLY I AM THANKFUL FOR HER AND WHAT SHE HAS MEANT TO ME IN MY LIFE. THANK YOU DEAR FRIEND JUST FOR BEING YOU!! LORI

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

THE TIE THAT BINDS US

RECENTLY I WAS LOOKING AT A PICTURE TRAIL SITE AND SAW A SAMPLER IN THE HOME PICTURES THAT I JUST LOVED.

I INQUIRED AS TO THE NAME OF THE SAMPLER IN HOPES THAT I COULD FIND THE PATTERN. IT WAS BY THE GOODE HUSWIFE AND I WAS SO DRAWN TO IT, I JUST HAD TO STITCH IT!

SUZANNE OF EARLY NEW ENGLAND WAS SWEET ENOUGH TO EMAIL ME TO TELL ME IT WAS CALLED ELIZA SLOAN. HOWEVER IT WAS AN OLDER PATTERN AND WAS OUT OF PRINT. I DID TRY TO FIND ONE BUT HAD NO LUCK.

A FEW DAYS LATER I GOT ANOTHER EMAIL FROM SUZANNE SAYING SHE HAD FOUND HER COPY OF THE PATTERN AND IF I WOULD SEND HER MY MAILING ADDRESS SHE WOULD LET ME BORROW HER COPY! WELL, YOU CAN JUST IMAGINE HOW THRILLED I WAS!! AND TO THINK SUZANNE WOULD LEND HER PATTERN TO A PERFECT STRANGER TO BOOT!

AS SOON AS THE PATTERN CAME TO MY DOOR I BEGAN STITCHING. I THINK THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SAMPLERS I'VE EVER DONE WITH SEVERAL OF MY FAVORITE THINGS. NOW THAT I HAVE IT STITCHED AND AGED A BIT I AM ON THE HUNT FOR THE PERFECT FRAME.

THANK YOU SUZANNE FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP OF MY HEART FOR YOUR GENEROUS AND GIVING SPIRIT. STRANGERS NO MORE, OUR LOVE OF STITCHING IS THE TIE THAT BINDS US. LORI