Friday, February 26, 2010

SHE'S SITTIN PRETTY!

OUR FUR BABY ZOE WAS TWO IN OCTOBER. WHEN SHE
WAS A LITTLE PUP I TAUGHT HER
TO DO SOME THINGS LIKE SHAKE, SIT AND LAY DOWN.
WELL AS TIME WENT ON I GOT LAZY OR DIDN'T HAVE TIME
OR BOTH. I DECIDED TO TEACH HER TO SIT PRETTY THIS
WEEK. SHE IS SO SMART IT ONLY TOOK HER FOUR DAYS
TO DO IT!

I'M SURE THIS IS NOTHING SPECIAL TO THOSE READING THIS
BUT TO US IT'S A TREAT TO WATCH HER DO HER TRICKS.
SHE'S SO FUNNY! SOMETIMES TO GET A TREAT SHE'LL RUN THROUGH
ALL OF THEM IN A ROW REALLY FAST! I HOPE
YOU ENJOY THE PICS OF OUR ZOE GIRL. LORI

Sunday, February 21, 2010

CAT AND STAR RUG

THIS DARLING LITTLE RUG WAS DESIGNED BY MY GOOD
FRIEND KELLEY BELFAST.
I'VE HAD IT FOR SOME TIME AND HOOKED IT UP
FOR AN ON LINE RETREAT WE ARE HAVING THIS
WEEKEND FOR AN EBAY GROUP I BELONG TO,
AN AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GATHERING.
IT'S SHOWING LIGHTER THAN IT IS. I CAN'T
TAKE GOOD PICS!


WE PICK A THEME EACH MONTH AND MAKE THINGS IN ANY
MEDIUM WE CHOOSE AND THEN SHOW
PICS IN OUR GROUP TO INSPIRE EACH OTHER.
IT'S REALLY FUN AND IS GREAT MOTIVATION!


I'VE PLACED THE RUG IN FRONT OF THIS ANTIQUE
CUPBOARD IN OUR LIVING ROOM. HAVE
A GREAT DAY! LORI



Wednesday, February 17, 2010

PRIMITIVES SHOP

I WANT TO SHARE ONE OF MY VERY FAVORITE PRIMITIVES SHOPS.
IT'S CALLED
A SIMPLER TIME AND CAN BE FOUND IN RIPON, WISCONSIN.


IT'S FULL OF SO MANY WONDERFUL THINGS FOR A PRIMITIVE OR COUNTRY HOME! EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY IS FILLED WITH
SOMETHING SPECIAL.





THIS IS JUDY, THE OWNER OF A SIMPLER TIME. SHE IS THE SWEETEST AND SO VERY HELPFUL AND ACCOMMODATING. SHE IS THE PERFECT PERSON TO OWN A SHOP. IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO VISIT WITH HER.


THIS IS JUDY'S PUP TANNER. HE IS OFTEN AT THE SHOP WITH JUDY
AND IS A REAL SWEETIE LIKE HIS OWNER!






IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN THE AREA YOU MUST STOP IN AND SEE THIS SHOP IN PERSON BUT IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT THERE
I KNOW JUDY IS HAPPY TO SEND OUT GOODIES
IN THE MAIL. A BIG THANK YOU TO JUDY FOR
ALLOWING ME TO TAKE PICTURES WHEN I
VISITED LAST FRIDAY. I HOPE YOU ENJOY
THIS LITTLE TOUR OF A PERFECTLY PRIMITIVE
SHOP ON THIS WINTERS DAY. LORI





Monday, February 15, 2010

LITTLE QUILT


I WAS IN THE MOOD TO PIECE A LITTLE QUILT TOP TODAY.
I HAD SOME GREAT BROWN REPRODUCTION FABRICS I WANTED
TO USE AND THIS IS WHAT I CAME UP WITH.
I'LL BE HAND QUILTING THIS LITTLE NINE PATCH AND
OFFERING IT FOR SALE IN MY SPRING UPDATE
ON MY PICTURETRAIL MID MARCH.
I'LL BE SHOWING MORE GOODIES HERE BEFORE THEN
SO STAY TUNED! LORI

Sunday, February 14, 2010

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

VALENTINE'S DAY 1976, OUR WEDDING DAY! BRIAN WAS 20 AND I WAS 18. SO YOUNG WE WERE!
I'VE ALWAYS FELT THE LORD BROUGHT BRIAN INTO MY LIFE. HE'S A MOST PATIENT MAN AND HAS ALWAYS SUPPORTED ME. WITH ALL OUR TRIALS, HEARTACHES AND JOYS OVER THE YEARS, I LOVE HIM STILL WITH AN ABIDING LOVE NEVER TO GO AWAY. THANK YOU MY DEAR HUSBAND FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT ALL THESE YEARS.
I CANNOT IMAGINE MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU.

WE CELEBRATED EARLY AND TOOK A LITTLE TRIP TO
APPLETON, WI FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.
HERE WE ARE CELEBRATING OUR 34TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.
WHERE DO THE YEARS GO?

I TOOK SOME PICTURES OF MY FAVORITE PRIMITIVES SHOP WHILE IN THE AREA SO CHECK BACK MID WEEK FOR SOME PICTURES OF THE INSIDE OF THE SHOP.

WISHING EVERYONE A LOVELY DAY WITH YOUR SWEETHEART! LORI


Friday, February 12, 2010

HOW TO HANG A RUG


THIS IS JUST HOW I DO IT! I MAKE A SLEEVE OUT OF COTTON FABRIC. I LIKE KONA COTTON BECAUSE IT'S HEAVIER THAN MUSLIN.
I CUT A STRIP AS WIDE AS MY RUG X SIX INCHES OR SO.
THEN I PRESS THE SHORT ENDS OVER ABOUT AN INCH AND MACHINE SEW DOWN WITH A STRAIGHT STITCH.
THEN I SEW A QUARTER INCH SEAM DOWN THE LONG SIDES TO MAKE A TUBE. I PRESS THE SEAM OPEN.
TURN IT RIGHT SIDE OUT AND PRESS THE TUBE FLAT
WITH THE SEAM IN THE BACK.
THEN I CENTER IT ON THE TOP OF MY RUG AND PIN IN PLACE.
I SEW IT DOWN BY HAND ON BOTH SIDES
USING STURDY THREAD LIKE CARPET THREAD.
I USE A FLAT PIECE OF WOOD OR A YARD STICK FOR THE HANGER.
MY HUSBAND DID THE ONE SHOWN FOR ME AND IT DOES
MAKE THE RUG BULGE OUT A BIT SO NOW
I DRILL HOLES IN THE END OF THE SLAT OF WOOD
THAT WILL GO OVER THE NAIL HEAD IN THE WALL
AND I'VE FOUND IT LAYS FLATTER THAT WAY.
I SLIDE THE WOOD UNDER BOTH LAYERS OF THE TUBE TO MAKE IT STURDIER. THIS WAY NOTHING SHOWS. LORI

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

OLD THYME HOUSE RUG FINISHED

I'VE FINISHED MY OLD THYME HOUSE RUG AND HUNG IT TODAY. I'M SO GLAD I GOT IT DONE AS I'VE BEEN WANTING SOMETHING IN THIS SPOT AND THIS WAS JUST THE RIGHT RUG I THINK. THE COLORS GO WELL WITH MY QUILTS AND OTHER PRIMITIVES ON THE OPPOSITE WALL AND EVEN IN OUR BEDROOM.

TO THOSE OF YOU WHO COMMENTED THAT I'VE INSPIRED YOU
TO RUG HOOK I THANK YOU KINDLY AND I
WISH YOU WELL ON YOUR PRIMITIVE RUG HOOKING JOURNEY. LORI



Friday, February 5, 2010

IT'S A DOGS LIFE

THIS IS MY LITTLE GIRLIE ZOE TAKING HER MORNING NAP WITH BROWN DOG!


THIS IS ZOE TAKING HER AFTERNOON NAP! SHE LOVES HER BROWN DOG.




SHE LOVES TO LOOK OUT THE WINDOW. SHE'S SITTING ON A COUPLE OF PILLOWS. SHE PLACES HER PAWS ON THE BACK OF THE COUCH AND SITS THERE LIKE A LITTLE PERSON! LORI


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

RUG AND SAMPLER

I'VE BEEN WANTING TO HOOK THIS RUG FOR SOME TIME. IT WILL GO ON THE WALL IN OUR HALLWAY.
THE DESIGN IS BY MY VERY GOOD FRIEND MARIA BARTON OF STAR RUG COMPANY AND IS CALLED OLD THYME HOUSE.
I'M USING SEVERAL DIFFERENT SIZED CUTS ON THIS ONE FROM 8-9.5. THE BACKGROUND ARE ALL SIZE CUTS OF NEUTRALS LEFT OVER FROM OTHER PROJECTS. I LIKE THE EB AND FLOW OF THE SHADING.
I'VE BEEN STITCHING ON MY BAND SAMPLER AND HAVE COMPLETED HALF OF THE PATTERN. AS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS A HOUSE ON MY SAMPLER AS WELL AS THE RUG. I LOVE HOUSES! I LOVE THEM IN MY QUILTS TOO. THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY AND PLEASE CHECK BACK AGAIN FOR MORE PROGRESS ON MY PROJECTS. LORI