Monday, April 14, 2014

Garden Work And The Hammock...

Daffodils and Grape Hyacinths

We have had the most beautiful, 
warm and breezy days.

My absolute favorite Moss - blooming !

We have several areas in our gardens
where we turn clay pots upside down.  
We do this to discourage ducks 
from nesting in our flower beds...
because while they are interesting to watch,
they eat and 'pluck' all of the greenery they can find...
which usually means all of my Hostas 
are torn to bits ;(

I love how after a few seasons, 
moss begins to grow up the sides of the clay pots.

Beautiful weather goes hand in hand 
with lawn work.
Rose Bushes need trimmed 
and Cherry Trees need pruned...

At the end of the lawn work...
my favorite part of warm weather is waiting for me.
The Hammock...
I love to watch the clouds and hear 
the sounds of the neighborhood.
(a lawn mower in the distance, 
kids playing in the neighborhood,
a dog barking)

After a long, harsh and bitter cold winter...
Spring has never been sweeter !

Enjoy some hometown America !

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sweet Old Willow Tree...

Sweet old Willow Tree Rug Hooking.
Can you guess what the 'frame' is ??

This frame used to hold a mirror
on top of a 1950's dresser, or bureau.
The mirror was cracked.  I decided to not replace 
the mirror, but rather hooked a rug
 to fit into the opening.

The hooked rug measures 28in. x 24in.
The frame measures 38in. x 33in.

This piece is very HEAVY and needed to be hung
using anchors in the wall.

The dresser is now just a chest of drawers
without it's swinging mirror.

"Some people believe holding on 
and hanging in there are signs of great strength.
However, there are times when it takes
much more strength to know when to let go
and then do it."
                                                                                         Ann Landers

Hoping you have a beautiful and creative weekend !

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Three Winners - Punchneedle Pattern Giveaway...

At finally, Spring has settled in !
And, judging from your comments on the 
"Giveaway" post, everyone is looking for
garden blooms, a fresh warm breeze
and playing in the dirt.

Three Winners have been chosen (by Random. org)
for the 
Beginner Punchneedle Pattern Giveaway...

Delora Rankin
 (Please contact me with an address for mailing)

Happy punching, ladies ;)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rug Hooked Boxes...

Rug Hooked Box

I am a 'gatherer' of boxes, containers 
and wooden items.
(tool carriers, old wood cabinets with lots of drawers, etc.)

I dream of how I can transform them.

I have a large stash of these 'cardboard' type 
boxes, in all shapes.
I first paint them with acrylic paint.  When dry,
with a soft cloth, I apply a good old fashioned
shoe wax to the container.
Then, with a clean cloth, I buff out the box, 
using circular motions.
This gives the box a nice old patina 
and a protective coat.

I love rustic 'old-time' flowers...

The box lids can be topped with rug hooking, 
punch needle embroidery, wool applique,
cross stitch, or plain fabric.

I will use these boxes for gift giving.
Filled with chocolate or soaps or a fresh potted herb.
Quick and easy to make...
it's like two gifts in one !

"Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path -
and leave a trail."
                                                                Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have a fabulous Tuesday !

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Punchneedle Pattern Giveaway...

Have you ever wanted to learn
"how to" punchneedle ??

Then this giveaway is for you !

Three Beginner Punchneedle Patterns will be given away,
one each, to THREE different winners.

To learn more about this Sheep Pattern,

All you have to do to enter,
is leave a comment on THIS post,
sharing your favorite thing about Spring !

Three winners will be chosen
on Thursday, April 10th, 2014.

Happy Spring !

** This Giveaway is now closed, 
winners have been notified.**

Friday, April 4, 2014

Jacobean Needlekeepers...

Wool Applique using scraps of hand dyed wool, 
mill dyed wool and repurposed wool.

Salvation Army and Goodwill
have a wonderful selection 
of Ladies wool skirts 
that are perfect to repurpose 
and add to your wool stash.

With all of the rain we have been having,
I have been able to work on 
several different needlekeeper designs.

Jacobean Flowers in different shades,
Blanket Stitched in place and
embellished with just a touch of hand embroidery...

Soft Wool Fabric trimmed in a Beaded Blanket Stitch.

Patterns are next...


"You don't drown by falling into water,
you only drown if you stay there."
                            Zig Ziglar

Have a fabulous Friday !

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Peeps And Bunnies...

Spring means sugar coated marshmallow treats..

What could be better ?
(I even love them when they are stale
and a little chewy !)
** Although, there are never any left to become stale ! **

Perfect after a dip in chocolate !
Then, while the chocolate is melted and smooth,
I begin throwing other items into the choco bath...

Jumbo Marshmallows ~ Pretzel Sticks
Almonds and Dried Cherry Clusters

So while some are looking for daffodil blooms 
in their garden...
I am looking for the arrival of 
Peeps and Bunnies at the grocery store..

who could resist ?

Enjoy your day...

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