Friday, October 5, 2012

Asking for your help

1. The next time you're in a group or at work, look around at the people. 
2. Look at the women now.
3. COUNT the women in the room now.
4. Now look back at them and realize that ONE IN EIGHT of them will get                                                       breast cancer in their lifetime!!!
Scarey, isn't it?  Will it be you, or your best friend, mother, sister?

I know I've been missing for a long time!  I've been healing and working in the garden.

Most of you know I'm a breast cancer SURVIVOR and then had a botched surgery last fall that kept me in bed for 7 months.  But that's now over....history... and now I feel up to trying to walk in the 2012 Making Strides Against  Breast Cancer 5K Walk!  It is in Springfield, MO. on Saturday, October 20th at 9:00 a.m.  If you are local, I'd like to invite you to walk with me!  If not, please go to my webpage and make a donation.  No amount is too small!


The link to my personal page is

I've been walking with little Jimmie Dean, but I'm afraid I have a ways to go to walk 3.1 miles~that's what a 5K Really is!  They did tell me that they have markers on the way to tell you how far you've been, in case you need to turn around and go back to the starting point!  And they even have people that will pick you up if you find you can't make it all the way.  OMG I hope that's not me!  So far Mickey and my BFF Angie are walking with me.  

PROMISE I'll start blogging again!!  Really!  I'm doing some interesting stuff!

Thank you in advance for your contribution to a huge cause. Remember One out of Eight!!        

Here's the link
                   or click  My webpage to go directly to website!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Just finished watching American Idol

The judges seem to have chosen Skyla this evening, but I'm still sticking with Joshua Ledet!  Who do you like this year?
See Joshua here:  Sorry I can't get the link to work, but you can copy and paste this in your search bar.

I'm going to share more photos with you.  Not really any great hooking projects to show.  (I'm working on an original, but want to wait 'til it's finished to show)
Our living room Was all white slipcovers and very calming.  Well after lying on the couch for four months looking at those four walls over and over I couldn't wait to bring some COLOR back into my home!


 The same slipcover.  I just had her do one side white and the other this funky red print.  (When we bought our sofa it comes as a slipcovered piece.  You have to choose a cover for it~it's naked!  So I chose white, but then the salesman said the slipcovers were on sale 50% off, so I got a red one too!) I bought the sofa before having this settee covered. 

Out with the old 

And in with the new

 Isn't this a lovely rug?  I picked it up at an antique shop here in town.  My colors are red, white and black but this was too cute to pass up!  And for $25.00!!!
Tammy came over to see my redecorating and sat on the couch.  She looked down and said, "I made that rug"!!!!!!!!!!!  She sold it to a lady next door to Simply Fibers.  We laughed and laughed.  WHAT a coincidence.  I told her Mickey and I were admiring the beautiful workmanship and wondered who in the world would sell such a piece for $25.00?  I even asked the salesclerk if this was the right price.  It was kind of wadded up and stuck under a table.  But all I saw was that it was red and it was hand hooked!!  I told Tammy I knew I had good taste!!

I spent the Whole day gardening today.  I'm so afraid I won't be able to get out of bed tomorrow.  On the days I feel good I always overdo it and then pay for it the next day.  But it's worth it to me!  I will never learn to pace myself.  Not in my vocabulary.

Hope you had a great Wednesday,

Saturday, April 21, 2012

OK No more teasing, here's the whole room!

It took me those few days to reintroduce myself to Blogger.  It has changed formats and I had a little learning to do.

This view is coming into the hooking room/studio whatever you call it, from the kitchen.   

My HOT PINK desk.  Love it!

Great storage.  A friend gave me these!!!

 Everyone keeps asking if the painted sofa is comfortable.  Well, I don't sit on it with shorts on, but I really think it will soften up with use.  I'll let you know.

 Found the zebra chair at Hobby Lobby and HAD to have it.  A worker helped me load it into my little 2-seater car~if there's a will, there's a way.

 We've made the circle back to the kitchen door. (There's another door that goes into our bedroom to the left of the closet.)  Our house is circular!

 Behind the door.  I used to store my rubber stamps on this thin shelf, but I think I'm making better use with the paint. 
And oh, there's another lamp shade I painted!

This chair was my grandma's and a coat of paint made it look brand new.  The penny rug is old.  I found it at a little antique store in town.  It Barely fit the chair bottom, but I stretched it as far as I could before stapling.

Just had to bling up inside the closet.  There are two bookcases in here.  See, I told you I managed to get Lots of stuff in this little room.

I had this great brick wallpaper left over from another project.  I even has a texture where the mortar would be.  (not a great pic with the seam, oh well)

I couldn't resist lighting the place up too!  Even inside the closet!!!

I painted this a few years ago.  It was a freebie from a garage sale!  I must have had this gypsy soul for a long time.  I have really been into making lamps/lights.  The next one is also a garage sale light with some yarn hot glued on, a little sparkly trim and viola!

 I hope you enjoyed the tour!

Next is the living room redo.


Friday, April 20, 2012

More studio pictures

I'd better start putting lots of pictures on one post or I'll never get to show you all that I've been doing!

First though, I want to share some pictures of last evenings rose bounty!  The teas are my neighbors (who actually live in Texas and weren't there when I had my clippers out!)

So on the the studio.  I think after painting the walls and loveseat I started making pillows.  LOTS of pillows.

This used to be my sister's jacket!!! Hope she didn't want it back!!! 

See that purple one?  Painted and stenciled.  I also painted some smaller lime greens ones too, but I don't think they're showing up here on the bed.

This one I purchased at Pier One.  It was the inspiration for the whole room!!!

Next I ordered this cool sari yarn on Ebay.  I knitted this little mat.  (Didn't know where it was going to go yet.)

 That's an old army trunk I painted bright lime green.  I keep some hooking stuff in it.  It has a drawer on top, then an open bottom.  So much storage!  (garage sale find)  It had been in our basement for a couple of years, just waiting for the right place to put it.

Here's the whole sari and the curtains I made out of it.  I also made the bedspread out of new fabric and an old sheet as the backing!  The triangle shaped things at the top are head scarves I bought at The Library Center.  (didn't know where these were going either, just knew I Had to have them)

 Are you still with me?  Next I stitched up some pieced curtains for the two windows.  Now we're talkin' color and pattern!

Love this lamp!  It's another garage sale find.  I used spray adhesive and glued this wool on and added the fringe at the bottom.  I dyed this wool in a deep fryer.   
You roll it up and put it in the pot with one color until it absorbs all of the first color.  Then take it out, re-roll and put another color of dye in the pot and do the same thing over and over again until you have as many colors as you like!  I'm sorry, I can't remember if this is Wanda Kerr's recipe or Jane Green's.  It is soooo time consuming, but the end results are well worth the hard work.

Now on to the bed.  We had this twin bed frame already.  But I wanted to "build it in" to have a little cozy place to read and watch TV.  The headboard part is plywood that I wallpapered in this great textured paper.  Then we cut the top part (across the front) from plywood too.  Added the little three inch wide shelves and some rope lights. 

I like the metal sculpture at the foot of the bed.  It reminds me of wool.  You can see I hung two curtain rods and hung lots of my dyed quarter yards.  The rest of my stash is on the big metal shelving unit I got from Tammy (next to the loveseat)

Oh yeah.....I painted a floorcloth too!  You take a piece of vinyl flooring and turn it over upside down.  That leaves a nice soft place to paint on.  I put three coats of clear on top.

See Jimmie Dean's little stool so he can get up on the bed with me!!!

 You can barely see the texture of the wallpaper, but it's cool!  My Shabby Sheep logo rug and my garage sale Mary paint by numbers. 

I'll show you other views tomorrow.  See, I told you I crammed Lots of stuff in a tiny room!  One of my friends I hadn't seen in a long time called me a hoarder.  I call it efficiency.

Talk to you tomorrow!