Sunday, June 4, 2017

KEEPING BUSY

I just can't seem to sit still - I was supposed to go away this weekend but plans didn't materialize so I tore into some much needed work around here.

See these pictures of the family room beams/baskets??


Here's where they all ended up!


This year I took pictures of the placement before taking them down so the chore of putting it all up again would be a tad easier (on Doug!).  We can switch around a bit but the arrangement works well the way we have it so don't want to mess it up.  I know, some of you probably do this more often - but it really isn't the most fun tasks to do so they get washed once a year come Spring/Summer!

Then inside to get other things done...it is 89 degrees right now and I have had enough of out doors heat - last week I started making more 'eggs' - this time they are a Robin's Egg Blue - aged a bit and then sprinkled with Cinnamon and Cloves - Oh they smell soooo good!  I had a hard time finding the exact color that was in my 'minds eye' so I had to make my own.  Blue plus a bit of Brown and lots of Green and it worked!!


I have ours tucked in with my redware eggs
I will have them for sale on my website later today.

Yesterday we went to Dan DiPaolo's barn sale and found this sweet Bakery sign - found the perfect spot next to the pantry

If you are in the area - here are his open hours


That's all for me this week.
Hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday last weekend.

Blessings
Karen

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wool - more wool and Fun!

Last Thursday I went to the CREAM CITY RUG HOOK-IN in Milwaukee and enjoyed it so much - I know I will go to next years for sure.
My self, Kathleen Woodbury, Betty Pearce and her sister Karen Duncklee
were at the same table so it made the event even more special and
fun sitting with people you know.

I took several trips through  all the rooms with the vendors and just couldn't get
enough of all that wool and patterns!  It did overtake me and I bought way more
than I probably should have but it was so much fun!!!
We had treats throughout the
day, there were drawings all day long
and a wonderful box lunch was catered in.

The pictures were taken early on just after I arrived so it looks like there aren't many there but there were approx. 200 and it was spread out in 5 different rooms.









Betty Pearce, Me, Kathleen Woodbury, Karen Duncklee

I did purchase some wool - well, lots of wool and a very large pattern to hook from Red Barn Rugs.  If I ever do get to it and 'finish it', it will hopefully go above the fireplace.
 The colors are so rich.

It was nearing the end of the event and my number was drawn for a door prize!!!
The basket had 1/4 yard of wool, hooked heart pillow and a wool flower pin.

There were several ladies that brought their finished work to be voted on...this was one of the winners.  It was incredible up close...looked just like a painting. The detail was awesome.

We have a mama Robin that built her nest in the corner of our pickets right at the driveway - we have to disturb her every now and then if we get out of the car in the driveway instead of the garage. Silly thing has no protection from the rain (which it did for 4 days!)


I have a few new punch needle designs punched - still need to tweak the sheep one - I think I am taking out the blue in the flowers and punch them white like dandelions gone to seed.
They will go to the show as well.
The patterns will go on my sites soon.




Today I am working on cutting pennies for more penny rugs for the show - I guess that's what will keep me busy for the next few month getting things made up.

That's it for this week - hope to have more next week!
Thanks for visiting!
Karen

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Details for the show
IN THE SPIRIT OF FRIENDS
Folk Art/Antique/Primitives show
Saturday, September 23, 2017
10 - 4
Malabar Farm
Lucas, Ohio
This is held along with 'Heritage Days'
Many Colonial demonstrations as well as
modern day exhibits at the farm.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Oh for Spring and Eggs Anyone!!!

Boy we have had some up and down weather here in southeast Wisconsin. First it is in the high 60's and then snow the next day and then a couple days in the 50's and then back down....
but it will be here soon so I guess we just wait it out.
I have been up to my elbows in eggs the
past 2 weeks and finally at the end!
I posted on my FB page that I was making Redware and Yellowware eggs as well as grungy eggs and I had orders before I even posted pictures - I have such a wonderful following of great customers and friends...THANK YOU ALL OF YOU!!!
It was a fun task and in the end I made
17 dozen eggs - sold them in sets of 6.

The painting process was the longest because I gave them a thin base coat and then 2 top coats before painting on the designs.
I kept the designs simple as I am not an artist!!
Click on picture to enlarge

I was having a hard time keeping the eggs from getting carton marks and finger marks so I found my candle cups from years back and they came in handy to hold the eggs while they dried.
It pays to not throw things away!
Then it was time to pack and ship...






And then came the second round - I thought
I was finished and then came more orders.

I still have some that can be shipped so if you are interested you can find them here:


I haven't been doing any Spring decorating yet but hopefully this week I can bring up some lighter looking decor 
and put away the darker heavier things.
Have any of you started yours yet?




I am so excited to finally go to another Hook-In....
and it's close to me.
I went to one a few years back down in Virginia and enjoyed it so much.  I don't know why I didn't know about this one so close to me but you can bet I will be going every year now.

So if you are in the area check it out - maybe you would like to go.
It's just for a day so rather nice that you don't need to stay in a hotel.
A friend, Kathleene Woodbury, and I are going
together so it should be lots of fun. 

It is April 27th and will be at the
Tommy Thompson Youth Center, State Fair Park

I don't have much more to add to my post this week but hopefully
I can find something interesting for next week.

Have a wonderful week and thank you again for
supporting my efforts in blogging!
Karen

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A bit of show and tell

Things are finally going to get back to normal around here -
I got the pins removed from my finger!
 Amazing how not being able to use the full capacity of ones hand
really makes so many things difficult, if not impossible.

But on to better things.
A couple weeks ago I decided to make a traditional early style penny rug for us...
after all these years we do not have one.
I love all the colors in this one and they will be stitched on a wool army blanket.

I laid the pennies in the order I wanted, then had to mark on the backs of each one the number in the spot they would go back on after I stitched the two pennies together.
I am really anxious to start stitching because the colors take on a deeper tone with the stitching - and those few bright gray ones will tone down considerably when stitched.





Last Friday we took a very long day trip to Arcola, IL to some Primitive Antique shows.
Everything in all 4 shows was so beautiful but sooo expensive.
The show we went mainly for was Homesteaders On The Prairie...a wonderful and affordable show plus we always see familiar faces there.
Among the ones we saw was Carolyn Thornton from Black Cat Primitives
 - she is always so upbeat and smiling!

Saw this sweet pillow she made and I thought it would look good on the guest bed -
tie it in with the old quilt at the bottom of the bed

Also found a long paddle I think a long tall snowman punch needle would look nice on. 
It isn't old but I loved the shape.

This homespun wool I thought would make a very neat looking sheep on a hooked piece

At one of the shows we saw 3 very nice Penny Rugs.
Would of loved the one on the wall but the price was too out of line.



I love the outline stitching on this one.

Cool Red/White/blue one


A couple weeks ago we went up to Fox & Fork where I consign at
and they had a whole tub of graters and such - love the little hand scrub board.
Going to mount punch needle on these at some point.


I imagine with the new year that started many of you made a resolution to eat healthy.
We did but haven't been too good at following it like we should but now and then
we do and last night I made a delicious stir fry and it's probably
one of the easiest and healthiest dishes you could eat.
Do you find you make enough to feed a whole table of people?
Seems no matter what I make after all these years of just the two of us
I can't seem to cut back on the ingredients and make a ton of it.

Tonight we go over to UW Whitewater for granddaughter Emily's band concert.
We haven't seen her in several weeks and we'll also celebrate her 19th birthday.
We are so proud of Em - she received another scholarship last week and also got a job for the summer at the Kenosha, WI museum for Public History which is her major.

I'll close now - as again I never know when to stop writing 😊

Blessings to you all and thanks for stopping by
Karen