Monday, February 20, 2017

Oh Lauren


antique image from Pinterest
 
now I want to hook one too even more...


 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Guardian Angel


I just love how she turned out
now to steam and start binding...

hooked from my worm stash
inspired by a Cheri Payne pattern from my stash 


I'm having fasting bloodwork tomorrow 
when I get to work
so nothing to eat after 2 am
not quite NPO since I can drink water
but this is how I feel!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

On the Frame


Mom has been having some trouble
remembering which room is hers...

hooking a little something
to help her recognize it

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Fiddle Quilts



more inspiration from Pinterest
I've been working on
parts and pieces for the fiddle mats
 time to get them together


simple cuffs are on the list too


I love finding images from all over the world
this one gave me some great ideas...


 I love pockets


I love the ones jam packed with fiddly bits... 


I have purchased more "bright"
in the past month


oooh...I see the need to buy some buckles


little bags with beads inside are favorite of mine


working on a tall flower now

*****

Thrifty Mom in Boise
has inspired me to set some goals for the month
I'm starting small 

      1. complete 2 fiddle quilts/pillows
      2. send a card to Bea (Moms BFF since grade school)
      3. make one item for Christmas...decor or gift
      4. get Moms taxes done
      5. clean out 2 kitchen junk drawers

 doesn't seem like much
but with my lack of free time
it's  going to take some effort
especially those taxes!

*****

I need to get back on the frugal track too...
funding my IRA to it's fullest every year requires $6500
I'm still a little short for 2016
have until April 15th to get is saved

this year I'm aiming on 
having it funded by December 31
 then there's my student loan
 if I pay extra every month it'll be gone in 2 years...

goodbye thoughtless spending 
hello cash allowance in my wallet

 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

And Again


yep
not feeling the rug on the frame


can't even look at it


phew
it's not following me is it?


as soon as I get free

I'll put something simple on the frame

back to work today

oh
and my new haircut?

I went in with a photo a Dame Judy Dench
came out looking like GI Jane

sigh

Sunday, February 5, 2017

In That Funk Still


off to a slow start
because I couldn't find my Miller pencil hooks
until this morning

colors appear brighter than in real life
going to try marbling some fabric for the background
once I find my directions on how to

will do most of the rug from my worm baskets
just not the background
I have WAY to much wool to buy more
so will have to dye something

been studying Karen Kahle's rug for background ideas...


my sister sent me this pic of me
from about 1965-6
most likely from kindergarten
no mole on my face, just a spot on the pic

I was pretty cute if I do say so myelf

 this is my NC brother in law Frank
I need him to organize my sewing and hooking stuff
like his workshop

*****

Thanks for my birthday wishes
let's just say it wasn't the worst birthday ever
there was cake
I think I'll stop celebrating them from now on

my quote for 2017


"'I slept, and dreamed that life was beauty;
I woke, and found that life was duty.
Was thy dream then a shadowy lie?
Toil on, sad heart, courageously..."

-Louisa May Alcott

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Picking a Background

this background
is the sort I'm going to aim for
with the My Garden rug...
colorwise

I'll post a photo of my progress tomorrow
with or without background 

*****

today is my birthday
  as usual
time with Mom is good and bad


my heart is heavy knowing how unhappy she is
knowing I do all I can

minute by minute we go

*****

Charlotte, one of the other facility daughters
gifted me with a gorgeous vase of flowers
sweet pink roses
among other flowers and greens I cannot name
they made everyone smile

of course, the cats are flipping out
I let them have a sniff
then put the vase on a high cupboard...

not high enough
so now they are way up on a shelf
where I can see them from the bottom
my two beasties want to chew them up! 

Melrose is on the floor under the shelf
keeping a close eye on the flowers for me...


Friday, February 3, 2017

On My Frame


My Garden
(she has a sale on now for patterns with a heart on them)

inspired me to put this rug on my frame
I've had the pattern for years
wanting a lighter background but not sure about it

oh, backgrounds always get me
when I don't want to use black
any suggestions most welcome...

I can't waste all my vacation days cleaning