Saturday, May 23, 2015

Prayers for one of our Blog friends


I'm writing this post to send out prayers 
to Kendra Burno's family of  Stone House Primitives.

She lost her husband of 20 years on the 14th of this month.
Prayers would be helpful for her family.
Karen




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I scored!!!

Sunday was the first of the season flea market at the Elkhorn fair grounds.
I went alone because my husband is on his annual golf trip…now I loooove going places with him but for some reason I MADE TRACKS Sunday!
I was in and out of the spaces quickly – I scan the tables and the ground and if nothing peaks my interest on I go to the next one.  I made three trips around that area and if you have ever been there you know it’s huge.  It also sprinkled the entire time and very humid.  My hair was a fuzz ball – heat and humidity turns my hair into CURLS…I dislike it so much. But,
I did find a few items in spite of that ole rain that I’m very pleased with – and some of the fun was seeing 2 friends I hadn’t seen in ages.  Again…SCORE!

Nothing happening in my life right now to share – it’s kind of boring for that matter but it gives me the opportunity to get  my sewing done for my two orders that I have.  And I love working on them because they are my ‘traditional style runners’ – I love sewing just pennies for some reason.

Okay – again I digressed…have you noticed I do that a lot in my posts?

On with my treasures.
First are my wonderful tin items – bought them from the same booth…I couldn’t believe this Pineapple mold was still there as well as the Turkey cutter.
She had $8 on the mold and $5 on the cutter – gave them both to me for $10!!!  SCORE!
Flea market 2

And this beauty – it’s a bit unlevel but that can be taken care of easily enough.
It was $28 - got it for $25.
 
Flea market 3

And these bread boards – no mark down on them…she was firm with prices.  $12 and $8
I’m going to sand them down, paint and distress them to use for my punch needle.
 
Flea market 4

And this picture just helps to see  the actual size of everything.  Oh I love it all!!

Flea market 1

I also bought some fabric for my church ladies guild for their quilts.  There is quite a bit in each bundle so they should be able to add another color and get a complete quilt from it.
I was fortunate to find two pieces that went good together.
Fabric

Bought a couple of large potted flowers this weekend  - I love how it fits in the laundry cart.
 
Flowers 2

 Flower 1

Not sure where this one is going – wish I had another cart!!

Large flower 1

Son and daughter in-law brought this over for Mother’s Day
Flowers 3

This trellis had Bittersweet growing on it last year until the rabbits chewed them down to the base…no kidding. Not a  single piece of the Bittersweet was  left so this year the trellis is at the side of the garage – this would never have been my first choice of plant but it’s all that was available in our area. It’s a Honeysuckle.
Need to get more mulch for this area now.
Trellis 1

Made a wonderful cake this past week for Doug to take on his golf trip…Rhubarb cake is a tradition with the guys!!
It’s a buttery moist cake and you can put any kind of fruit in place of the rhubarb but I wouldn’t change it at all.
Hopefully I can get the recipe on my blog later today.
Cake 1

 Cake 2

Hope  you all are having a great start to your week – it was very warm and humid yesterday and today it is 50 and temps are dropping. Guess those plants will get covered tonight.

Blessings
Karen

Monday, May 11, 2015

Anyone care to dye?

Oh I didn’t mean literally !!

I tried my hand at making a ‘natural’ dye.
It worked!!!

I got the idea off of Pinterest – you know that site that gets us on there and then KEEPS us there…
Seems I get on there and I can’t do much else until I have my fix.  I get going on it and all of a sudden I think of a new ‘board’ to make and then I’m off and running looking for great things to put on it.  There are few things on the internet that keep me entertained as much as Pinterest.
Okay – so I got off in another direction – back to what this post is about.
Making natural dye.
Now I’m not sure what I will use it on but I saw Cee Rufus use it on your videos and it made me want to use it on something.
Here’s how I made the dye.

After asking if I could do this, I scrounged through the onion bins at the grocery store for lots of skins – now mind you keep the yellow separate from the Red because they each make a different color.
I used Yellow onion skins
The skins filled the pot I was using – when I added hot water they squished down a lot as you can see from the 2nd picture.
Bring to a boil then turn to simmer for one hour.  I stirred them around now and then with a wooden spoon.
Now you need to drain / strain  them. I used my pasta insert.
I poured the liquid and skins into pasta insert that was in another pan – this made it easier to discard the used skins.
After it drained well I poured the liquid into pint jars and let cool before capping.
Store in refrigerator.

Onion Dye 1  

Onion Dye 2

Onion Dye 3

This dye has a very reddish color – this picture is what I found and put on my Pnterest page
And the link:  
http://www.folkfibers.com/blogs/news/6652230-natural-dyes-yellow-onion-skins

When I decide what it is I’m going to use it on I’ll post it – but for now at least I have it to use.  I do know that it will dye some of my wool for my rug hooking and Penny Rugs.
Onion skin dye samples 

I hope I kept your interest today – seems friends don’t come around anymore – maybe it’s lack of interest, maybe other things in life – but whatever the reason I hope you at least come by and read even if you don’t leave a comment.
I feel our blogging helps others with ideas and leads them to interests they may have not thought of on their own.
I know it has worked that way for me.

See you soon!

Karen

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Are you where I’m at?

By that I mean a slump – don’t really know which way to turn in my creative thoughts.
I was working on punch needle and love doing that so much that I needed to STOP!  It is very addictive and hazardous to your housework!
I was fortunate enough though to sell the 4 punch needle projects that I did and I so thank the ladies who purchased them. Three I sold on the internet and one sold at the shop I took it to….the very next day.

The last one I did I put on a distressed painted board – I really like this pattern and may make another one.
I thank you Ellie for purchasing it.
Board with house punch needle

So that’s the end of my creativity!

Pineapple line art
I did get a wholesale order for some of my Traditional Penny Rugs so that will be keeping me busy for quite awhile now.
I got the Osnaburg dyed and hung out to dry – I love when I don’t have to hang it in the basement or put it in the dryer – such a better Primitive look.
Osnaburg on line

I got the pennies cut for two of the diamond shape rugs – I counted up how many pennies I need to cut for all these rugs and it totaled 774 and I cut them by hand – I don’t want to use one of those machines that gets them perfectly round, as it is I think I do a pretty good job of getting them round just by hand.
Now mind you these are just ‘laid’ on the fabric – nothing is stitched so the pennies will not look like they are in place – I do that when I start pinning them together.
Diamond shape 1 

Diamond shape 2

Diamond shape 3

All pennies have been cut for all of the ones she ordered so I certainly have been keeping busy.
But I like this kind of ‘busy’.

Pineapple line art

Last Wednesday we had our church Spring Luncheon.
The ladies guild do such a great job of every event they put on – this one was no different…very well done.
There were tables reserved for the elderly and handicapped that attend all our functions and there was a guild lady assigned to  each of those tables.

I got these pictures before everything was set out but thought I had better before it got crowded with people.
I believe the pastor said they fed 183 people.
Church ladies

Church luncheon 2

Church luncheon 5 

Church dessert table

Church luncheon 3

Pineapple line art

The week before last we had dinner with Darren and MaryAnn for Aidan’s school.
A portion of the bill went to the school for proceeds from that evening.
So we met them there and had a very enjoyable time.
Aidan saw lots of his school buddies – and gal buddies so he had a constant smile on his face.

supper with darren 1 

Pineapple line art

Have you ever received something from someone you never met or knew?
Well a friend of mine knew of a lady who wanted to get rid of some wool so she told her about me – the lady messaged me and said I could have the wool for just the cost of shipping.  I was a bit skeptical but said yes.
Well the wool arrived….it was mostly ‘Black’ and some dark Reds – my colors.
The best part was I was NEEDING Black for my penny runners and didn’t want to order any.  I was saved by this angel !!!

Just look at all that Black!
The Black pieces are huge – not sure how much is there but at least 3 yards in each bundle.  And the strips (which are large stacks) are all ready sized to run through the wool cutter for rug hooking.
Thank you Joanne from Florida.
Wool from Joanne 2 

Pineapple line art

Before I leave I want to share a fun picture of our granddaughter Emily and her prom date Drew. I smile when I look at this. She can’t remember what happened to make this picture.
Emily and Drew

That’s about it for this week – my posts are becoming fewer and far between.
Not a lot of exciting things going on I guess.
But I won’t give up blogging – and I hope you all won’t either.
I love this way of sharing way more than FB!

Blessings to all
Karen

Pineapple line art

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Some Punch Needle Finishes

Hello my good friends – I hope this first part of April finds all of you in the throws of Spring like in the poem by Paul Curtis
Its spring time
When beauty is released
Like a hand stitched
Patchwork masterpiece
Nature shows off
Her spring time finery
Spread like a throw
Over all you see

Pretty much says it all doesn’t it?

It looks like Spring just may happen here although I don’t want to say it too loud!

We have been hard at work in the yard – the side yard really needs some attention this year. Our neighbor came over Sunday with his rider mower and thatched it for us….now it looks dead!   But some fertilizer and more rain will do it wonders.
Anyway Sunday was a day in the yard – 68 degree temps and work cloths!
Cleaning out the left over leaves in the bushes – lots of tiny scratches on my arms after that job….there are bushes along the other part of our yard as well that got it.
Cleaning Bushes 1

Knees and seat…couldn’t find a good
comfortable way to clean them out.
No matter how I did it I hurt like
crazy but I was determined.
Cleaning Bushes 2

Other than that it has been quiet here.
I am anxious for a week from today for the next gathering – if all come that said they would there should be about 9 of us here around the table.  If we don’t get to chatting too much I will hopefully get to take some pictures of their work in progress or even finishes.

And speaking of finished….I have been Punch Needle crazy these days.
I did this piece and mounted it on an aged bread board.
I put it on FB and it sold the same day!
It is a Lori Brechlin – Not Forgotten Farm pattern called Coxcomb and Tulips.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/notforgottenfarm?ref=em
Punch needle on board

Then yesterday I finished up these two pieces and framed them.
Brenda Gervais pattern
‘Three Tulips’
Frame measures 11” x 13”
Rabbit Sampler punch needle
And this cutie
Pattern by Threads That Bind
‘Peaceful Prairie’
Frame measures 8” x 10”

Sheep with Clover punch needle

I have the ‘traditional’ Cameo punch needle set that I use all the time but I thought what if something happened to it or I lost it what would I do…so I was at Walmart last week and saw this really inexpensive set of 3 punch needles $5.95 – couldn’t hurt.
Anyone ever used anything like this.  I haven’t tried them yet – thought I would do a few practice punches on scraps.
punch needles

The Thursday night before Easter I went to my favorite little Prim shop for a cookie decorating class.
Every now and then Tracy has something fun happening and this one interested me.
We each got several cookies and all the royal icing to decorate with – the lady showed us a few tips and it really helped.
This is what I ended up with – need practice but it sure was fun….and they tasted wonderful
cookies


Saturday we are going to Appleton to an antique show
so maybe we’ll find something of interest to post about.

So that’s it for now

Blessings to all
Karen

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wooly Post – and a Gathering!

Sure thought Spring was here for a bit – but that’s all we got was ‘a bit’ – several nice days of beautiful weather when you could even have some windows opened a bit as well – but nope, this morning there’s lots of snow on the ground!  But then I guess just because Spring came just a few short days ago, the weather guru didn’t get the message!!

A week ago Thursday Doug and I went up north to my brothers for a little outing – and we went to Wisconsin Rapids to Country Freckles where I found wool and a hooking pattern.
Tulip pattern

And then on Friday we all drove up to Rice Lake to visit my friend Cathy Greschner from Red House Wool.
Found some jummy Wools there.
Red Wool

Tan Wool

Then on the way home to our house we stopped in Lodi, WI at Cottage House Primitives and I bought some yards of wool and some more fat Quarters.
Yards of wool

Brown wool 1

Blue wool

Now I guess I had better start HOOKING!!!

If you remember I started having a ‘gathering’ here the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Well the actual first one was last Tuesday and there were 5 of us.  I know in April there will be more because the ones who couldn’t make it this time said they would be here…yeahhhh!
We had a fun time getting to know each other by taking a turn around the table telling about ourselves – we enjoyed that a lot.  We saw we all had a lot in common, not just the love of wool and stitching.

I served a chicken salad lunch and some awesome Chocolate cupcakes from a ‘Wacky Cake’ recipe.
 
gathering group

 DSC06501

Then this past Thursday Doug and I took a drive up to Menasha, WI to Primitive Gatherings – been told a lot about this place and had to see it for myself.  It’s basically a fabric shop full of wool and homespuns and other fabrics and patterns galore!

I did find 3 punch needle patterns and some Valdani threads.
Bunny punch needle

 House and crow

Sheep and Clover

The colors of these threads are not coming out true to color – but here they are anyway.Valdani thread

I also bought some beautiful Turquoise over dyed wool to make this beautiful Penny Rug. I took a picture of it but for some reason the wools didn’t show up true.  But they are almost exactly as in the picture.
I bought the pattern from Lake View Primitives

Pointed tab penny rug 
So there you have my outings and purchases!

I was going to put some pictures on from around the house but this post is long enough! Next time !!

Blessings to all and enjoy your week doing whatever it is you do.

Karen