Jimmie Dean with his new singing dog toy.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Here's a pic of the finished rug. It measures 31" by 27". And says, "not all who wander are lost."
Over at MSN on a rug hooking board, "Wool Snippets" we had a Secret Santa exchange. I received my package this week. Lots of nice stuff from Susi Seyller in Virginia. Thanks again, Susi. She even put in some scrapbooking stuff for Jimmie Dean!!! How thoughtful is that? And look at the beautiful hooked angel ornament she made. Also a 2008 Hallmark ornie, 4 beautiful pieces of wool, penguin socks, note cards from Primitives by Kathy, chocolate, and some snowman kleenex. It was quite a gift to get in the mail from someone I don't even know. It was great fun putting the box together from me to my secret person too. Haven't heard yet if she has received it or not.
Our weather has been crazy all week, warm, cold, high pressure, low pressure. It's made my fibromyalgia flare and I've pretty much been in bed or on the couch all week. Last night at Simply Fibers was our hooking group and they ordered pizza and had a Christmas party. I had to miss it. Boo Hoo. And our granddaughters Christmas program at school was Monday night. Missed that too. I was really looking forward to that. There's nothing better than the sound of little kids singing Christmas carols. They're so excited and innocent. The commercialism hasn't really caught up to them in grade school. Wish we could go back to the way things used to be regarding Christmas, but I guess people have been using that phrase about a lot of things for many years. But I still wish we could simplify it and just celebrate the birth of baby Jesus.
Like I always say, all we need to do is watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to get the real meaning.
Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas,
Monday, December 8, 2008
I'm taking my dad to the Dr. this morning for the dreaded colonopscopy. He said it may take a couple of hours and to bring something to do. I still have to finish this and make it into a doll.I can easily finish it in two hours. Then come home and sew him up and stuff him!!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Also I need to mention that Trudy of www.bitsofwool.blogspot.com is having a Christmas give away!!! Visit her blog and leave a comment to enter.Today I've been sewing and putting the finishing touches on the Christmas decorations in the house. Mickey hung the outside lights today and they look fabulous.
He's as much a perfectionist as I am. Each light on the roof line is pointing straight up. Just as I would have done. No wonder we get along!
I sewed a "doll" of Jimmie Dean and a purse for my hairdresser. I had my hair cut Thursday and she said she would trade the haircut for a purse of just the felted sweater (no hooking) I used iron on interfacing on the sweater pieces and the lining pieces to give them some body. Here's the J.D. doll. He likes it!!!
I listed some of my decoupaged soap on Etsy Friday afternoon and by today at noon they had disappeared to page 42!!! I honestly don't know how you guys sell anything on there.
Last summer I listed about 15 pair of earrings, and by the time I finished listing them I went to check out the listing. They were gone. Buried on page 15 or so!!! It only took me about fifteen minutes to list them and poof they were gone! Oh well. Maybe some of you could give me some pointers.
Have a relaxing Sunday.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Good night and please don't forget to pray for our hooking friend Katie.
Friday, November 28, 2008
A wool snowman ornament. I bought one of these at a craft fair a few years ago and have been making them every year since. Hope you like it JoJo!
Here's a picture of J.D. with his new bed. I got it at Bass Pro and their stuff is mostly for hunting dogs. This bed is bigger than my king sized pillow!! He did drag it across the floor about 2 feet. I couldn't believe it. The little shit is strong!!! I read that Yorkshire terriers were bred to put in a man's pocket and carried to a rat infested home or business. They cut their tails when they're pups and leave a "handle". They used the handle to pull them out of the hole. He's a fast little booger. I can see him catching a mouse for sure. He's sure been fun for both of us. We're working on not biting now. That's not going so well. He's pretty much potty trained, but he's just not quite getting the "don't bite" thing. Patience grasshopper. I wonder how many of you are too young to remember that phrase?!?!?!
I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving. We sure had a nice time at my sisters. I got to see all my nieces and nephews and their children. That was a happy surprise. I thought they would be at their dads all day. We took Jimmie Dean but I didn't let the kids handle him since he has bronchitis. I did do some Internet searching to see if we could get sick from him. The answer is no. You can't pass illnesses back and forth from your animals.
Have a great weekend. Hope you're not too tired from shopping today!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
It's supposed to be 60 degrees here again today. Talked to Patti in Florida though, and it's 75-80. Must be nice! Got a picture of her on the beach. I've never been to Florida in the winter. I'm happy with 60 degrees!!!!
I've got to go to an eye surgeon in an hour. I have an oil gland in my lower eye lid that is enlarged. Ever heard of such a thing? Me either! I hope it doesn't interfere with my hooking. I'm starting to freak about DH's rug. What, only 30 days until Christmas? I know I'll finish it waaay before, I always freak for no reason. Maybe it motivates me.
I was so proud of Tammy. She's painting her utility room. Sanded off the oil paint, then repainting with latex. Anyway... I read that she had set herself a "mental" finish date of being finished by Thanksgiving. I swear it works!!! Something about making a promise to yourself is hard to break. That is unless you promise to go on a diet. I can always seem to break that promise!??!?
Also Jimmie Dean is doing better I think. He's still coughing, but not as much. He's taking a nap in his playpen now. I ordered one of those big play yards that doesn't have a bottom in it. You can shape it any way you want. It has eight panels. I thought in the spring that's what I'll use outside since our huge yard isn't fenced. I can take just four pieces with us to grandmas house too!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
By the way, I got the platter that is my new banner at Hobby Lobby for 80% off! Regularly $60.00 for $12.00! I think they are pricing all of their things so they can have the 50% off sales every week. Don't you agree? They're very pricey in my opinion.
Have a great week and try to go by Hobby Lobby before Thanksgiving for this years stuff at this great price! I got paper plates and napkins at 80% off too.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Zoie helps her GiGi and grandpa decorate their tree every year so we gave them to her GiGi. We each kept one for ourselves as a memento of our day. I also took her the stuff to make the decoupaged soap for her teachers gifts. She and her mom had read my blog and she wanted to make these. I didn't know that so what a happy coincidence! She's a very talented and crafty seven year old. Last year she knitted scarves on a loom for her grandparents and great-grandparents. She thought it was so funny that I asked her to teach me how to use one. I bought two at a garage sale with no instructions. She said, hum... that's funny, you're the one who always teaches me to do crafts!!
My babies are both sleeping (Jimmie Dean and Mickey) I think I'll try to hook a little now. I'm going to make some more of the Santa dolls as gifts this year.
Here's a copyright free Santa you can use to decoupage your soap. I bought a wonderful CD of antique postcards that are all c.r. free. Just right click him and print it on plain paper. Remember three coats of mod podge first, then pic, then three more coats.
Let the beauty we love be what we do...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I remember my mom saying with my last puppy, you can spank a child but you can't spank your dog!?!?! Yes I can do both. But I'm not very convincing with either one. I can't seem to "get my bluff in" with kids or dogs. I'm too much of a softie. But I do actually think I'm much better with dogs!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Also I have finished the hooking of two snowmen that will be my winter purse. I need to think of a design for all seasons and make a purse that you can button (or velcro or something) different panels on. Oh ...my mind just won't stop!!! But I think that's a great idea!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I do think that this country is going to have great things happen because of our president-elect Barack Obama. I have never been so involved or interested in the voting process as I was this year. And I really do believe, "Yes we can" and "the change we need". Like he said in his speech after the election even if you didn't vote for him I think he will work hard for ALL Americans, Democrat, Republican, black, white, gay, straight..... OK enough about that!!
I have finished the hooking on my house rug I am making to cover the ugly ottoman. I think it turned out cute! My husband thinks it's night time and I should've added some stars. But I didn't really hook it to look like night!
Also I wanted to share a picture of the beaufiful wool I got from Deanne Fitzpatrick. Her website is http://www.hookingrugs.com/ Aren't these the yummiest colors? I plan on using the orange, pink and reds for a sky in a rug I haven't even dreamed up yet!!And I've been in the garden gathering seed pods and blooms. I boiled them down and am trying to make some natural dyes. I still have to do some reading on which mordants to use to guarantee that they are color fast. I wouldn't want to do this much work only to have it fade out. Any help from you guys would sure be appreciated!!! I have read to use Alum and cream of tartar to soak the wool in before dying.
These beautiful blue berries came from a shrub in our yard that we didn't even plant! I think the birds planted it. I have no idea what the plant is. It's about ten feet tall!
These are the last of the orange marigolds from the garden.
And finally, these are the seed pods from the shrub baptisia. It is also known as "false indigo" so I expected it to be a blue dye. However it's a brownish purplish color.
I really need your advise as to how to use them before they go bad!! I don't have room in my freezer or I would put them in it. At least I will try to refrigerate them until I find out for sure how to use them!
That's all for now. Hope everyone is doing great.