Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Goode Huswife

over the years
I purchased many counted cross stitch patterns
to adapt to rug hooking
if not stitching

 going through my stash recently
I dug out these 3 out of print charts
making me wish
my eyes were still good for this sort of stitching
the charts are no problem
it's the linen!

this has long been my favorite...

Soon to be listed on eBay

Friday, October 13, 2017

Long Shot Barter Request

I know it's a long shot...
out of print and rare pattern
sad history of the designer

there is one on auction
at eBay starting at $40 plus shipping
out of my price range
but totally worth it...

if anyone has a copy they are willing to part with
I have hand dyed wool to trade

I would love to adapt this design for rug hooking
for my sister

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hook A Long

the antique inspiration

the basic background
feel free to use the design vertically too...or make it round...
it's all up to you 

no rules
no deadlines
just some basic ideas to get you started...

enlarge, reduce...whatever
put a cat in the middle or the corners
add a hat, scarf, candy cane

use that imagination! 

I'm the first to admit
I can't draw birds
(or dogs, deer or so many other things...)

so feel free to find some free crow clip art
like this

please have fun and share on FB when you're done
You make it winter by the colors you choose...

you can hook, punch, applique
you can use the ideas for personal or profit
please as always
give credit
and no selling of designs in any way
other than finished items...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Homespun Sale SELLOUT

pictured is the only super bundle
a bit over 2 pounds of homespun...
the rest are all a bit over 1 pound

check them out on my selling blog
Thank You!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Homespun, Seriously

this morning
I needed to move this chest
 it was so heavy...
 forgotten what it was filled with

oh seriously...
I thought I'd used all the homespuns
making those woven placemats with mom! 

looks like a lot of bundles of homespun
to sell soon

tomorrow the truck is coming to pick up
for the new
St Vincent dePaul thrift store 
opened in Youngstown

furniture, clothes, household goods
out the door


Happy Thursday
it's a little dreary, a little rainy
who cares?
I'm on vacation again


Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Cozy Sunday

first she steals my chair

he has his own plans for that chair

just right

pretty comfy
it's one of those thermal pads
that warms up when you're on it

Hope you have a cozy Sunday...
I'm off to work in a few hours

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Back At It

 set aside last year
back on the frame this week to finish hooking
mostly using up the pre cut strips
with a little added new black

speaking of black
here's my beauty

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hooked Again

this little mat has been sitting on my frame for weeks
and maybe more weeks
border and "bumps" were done
nothing seemed to work in the center

until yesterday
when this little guy cried out to be hooked

another small mat on the frame
one started last year and set aside...

Back to work today
I'm ready

Happy Sweet Cooler Weather Day!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Melrose and Bees

talk about pouting
before I approached to take his pic
his chin was on the floor
it took forever to get him to look at me...

all because I won't let him in the garage
(the door to it is about 2 feet past him)

reason 1
I recently waxed my car
he must have slid off the hood at some point
because he refuses to get off the car
even when he really wants to for snacks

it took me over 30 minutes the other day to get 
him off the car
(it's a Saturn Vue so no trunk) 

reason 2

right behind those white shoes
is the door to outside
just to the right are the bees

I didn't think they would get into the garage
but who knew what would happen when
the exterminator arrived

since then the exterminator has come and gone
a few bees in the kitchen
Olivia stood watching him out the window
while Melrose ran and hid

he's still hiding
 looks like forgiveness will 
take a little longer today 

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Full Cupboard

facing into the sun
not the best way to get a good shot
moving the cupboard was not an option though...

top row is actually orange and reds

this is most of the wool I've dyed in 2017
missing are about two more shelves full that didn't fit

these will mix wonderfully with my other stash
no excuse not to hook now

thinking I'm pretty much done selling wool
I'm glad I dyed it
sold enough to make it worth my while
just felt much more like work
than work ever does

other items like homespun, dye books with swatches,
a hook or two
even some hooked rugs
are in the works
just not wool


with all this dyeing I really used up a good amount
of my dye stash
one of my main objectives

for now all the dye supplies are stored away
 if I feel the need to dye something
I'll just have to marry some wools


am going to be doing a little
hook-a-long next month
if you'd like to join in
will post here and on FB

the plan is a winter theme
still tossing ideas around in my head