Saturday, September 19, 2009

Some Halloween crafting

OK, I admit it.  I’ve been suckered into the Halloween hype.  Brought on by the brilliant advertising marketers.  Isn’t the Halloween stuff in the stores adorable?  Of course it is.  They KNOW that we can’t possibly pass on something adorable!  At the end of the season last year I even bought a black Halloween tree~Looks suspiciously like a Christmas tree….but it’s black.  (Although I did see some black, pink and lime green Christmas trees at Hobby Lobby yesterday)  I even saw black and orange tree ornaments for Christmas trees!?!?!  YUK.

Here’s what I’ve done so far as far as crafting goes.  I will post all of this on my Etsy shop after it’s all finished.  This started about Wednesday.  No dinners this week~needless to say!  

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Then it progressed to this~

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I switched gears for a while and painted some ornies for the tree.  These were the clear glass balls you squirt paint into and swirl around.  It’s harder than it looks!  I like them OK.  Not in love though.

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When I was leaving Hobby Lobby yesterday, I happened to look down the aisle where the fake fruit is.  I saw these little oranges and they looked like pumpkins to me!  After a little imagination and paint, that is.  They are now Jack-O-Lanterns!  And at half price.  Those of you who know me know I NEVER buy anything full price!  But I’ll buy it on sale whether I need it or not.  I hot glued some raffia on top for hangers.

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I got the paper mache’ things finished this evening.  The tall glittery things with witch’s pictures are candles in glass jars!

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Enough about me.  I have got to share with you this picture of THE UGLIEST SOFA AND LOVESEAT I have ever seen!  This is for sale at a flea market/antique store by me.  I asked the owner if I could go home and get my camera to take the pic.  He laughed and said sure.  (He thinks it will sell since we’re just down the street from Bass Pro Shops and it’s almost deer season)  I sure feel sorry if the guy who gets this is married.  Another man saw me taking the picture and said, “I guess it would look good in a hunting cabin”.  I think he thought I was taking the picture ‘cause I liked it!  I quickly told him otherwise and he seemed relieved!

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This is a close up of the shotgun shell trim!  Spiffy…  It’s not going in our lake cabin.  2nd try 171

Have a great rest of the weekend.  And think twice before marrying a deer hunter!  The tag says this was custom made!



Thursday, September 10, 2009

Jimmie Dean turns One!

Yesterday was Jimmie Dean's first birthday!!! My, how he's changed our lives in that year. He is my constant companion. Truly unconditional love is what he shows me. And he listens to me~really listens (not like husbands do!) What did I ever do without him?

And I thought I would share with you the progress of my antique stars rug. I hooked the center star, then promptly ripped it out. It was too rounded and looked like a flower instead of a star. Then this afternoon I hooked the flower on the right and promptly ripped it out too! I didn't like the color I had chosen. Remember, these are not my "normal" colors? I must say I'm proud of myself so far for not changing my palette to brighter, richer colors. I'm keeping them antiquey looking.

And on my last post someone asked me whose pattern this is. I drew it from an antique rug from the mid nineteenth century. No copyright laws from that long ago, so I guess I can say it's my design!?!?! Let me know how you feel about this. I saw one design for sale that I know I have seen in an antique rug book and this designer had a copyright of her own on it. I just don't really know how this works and would love to hear your opinions.
I'm on somewhat of a roll with my hooking so I'm going to go do some more right now while I'm in the mood!
Take care,

Friday, September 4, 2009

Starting a New Rug!

I'm going way outside my comfort zone and hooking an antique rug. Including the soft faded antique colors!

I dyed three yards of wool just now. Some colors are: Ecru, Tan and Taupe!

I know! Not my usual colors!!! Far from them! Just when I was talking about my love for the bright cheerful colors I have been hooking with, this idea hits me! Must be I just need a change.
I never did finish my little Shabby Sheep mat, by the way. I just totally lost interest in it. Hopefully I'll go back to it and finish it. It's well over half finished.

One thing I thought about this week. I am going to have to go to all my internet groups and change my picture to the new blond Sheri! And just last month I got a new drivers license because the old one pictured me as a blond!!! Go figure... Oh well, I'll just go change it back! They'll think I'm using different aliases at the DMV!!!

Tonight is the First Friday Art Walk in Springfield. It has been raining on and off all day so I hope it holds off until later tonight. The temperature is absolutely Perfect for walking around downtown. It's in the 70's here again today. Sooo unusual for the first of September.

We celebrated our ninth anniversary on September the first. The local weatherman said it was 102 degrees in 2000. We remember that quite well. We were married in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. A quaint little artist community. It was so hot that day we didn't even venture outside until late at night. Felt like the hottest day EVER! We got married outside at a little gazebo on a hillside. Beautiful setting, but we were sweating bullets! Romantic huh???

Going to go trace my pattern onto the linen. I'll keep you posted of my progress. Wish me luck working on such a different style.

One more thing. I'm having a Labor Day Sale at ShabbySheepWool
Buy four quarter yards (1 yard) and get one fat quarter FREE!