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.
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

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

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


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.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Keeping it brief….And IT’S AAALLLL DONE!

Four weeks later – aching bones – no more fingers left – but no major injuries during the process…the bedroom is FINISHED.
It seriously was a fun process working together on this room – I will say when my husband decides to do something he does it complete!
The bedroom started out just as painting walls – but it turned into a complete job.
His idea on everything this time which made me feel might good about that one!!!

The bed had to go back to the same spot no matter what but we did switch the dresser and Armoire out to give a tad more room to get in the door – it’s tall and so it looks like it’s in the way but it’s 1-1/2 feet shorter in width.  I love it.
Also left out one of the bedside tables and the bench that sat at the foot of the bed. I miss it for some things but not for the space it took up.
Also left off the peg board around the room.
There will be no decorations on the walls – I like the plain look and the stencil is all that’s needed for decoration anyway.
Doug gave the best description of it the other day – he said he finally figured out what the room looked like….’an old farmhouse bedroom’…I’m good with that!!!

Here’s the original
Bedroom Original

So no more chatting – here’s the final…now some may think it doesn’t look much different but I think that’s because the wall color is very similar (in the pictures anyway) but if you saw it for real you would see the difference.

Bedroom finished 1




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Tuesday was the first ‘gathering’ day but we had a big snow that started ‘early’ in the a.m. so I basically called it off because everyone had to drive anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half.
But at 10 a.m. when it was normally to start a lady showed up at my door!!!
YEAHHHH…..one member LOL
But we had a great time…snug and cozy sitting in the den doing our rug hooking and punch needle and had a great lunch to boot.
I’m so glad she didn’t receive my cancellation and attempted the drive – can’t wait till the 17th for the next one – hopefully there won’t be anything to stand in the way.  I believe there oar 8 or 9 of us if everyone shows up!

Thanks for visiting me today
if you are in the ‘bad weather’ area please take caution and stay safe and warm


Thursday, February 19, 2015

What a mess!

Been thinking of redoing our bedroom for quite some time now but it has finally arrived.
The main reason is we needed to remove ALL the furniture to do the walls.
Well…you know how one thing leads to another?  Yep…that’s what happened here.

We had our grandson and one of his buddies come last week and help move out the furniture and the next day Doug and I started the process of removing the 2 layers of wallpaper.
Do you remember way back when, when I showed a picture of the original wallpaper I was trying to rescue?  Didn’t happen – the outer layer took some chunks out of it and so I gave up on that idea fast.

Here’s the original
Bedroom 1 
Bedroom 2
I’m going to miss the peg board all around the room but I’m going to stencil and I think it should not be put back up.

Yucky old 80’s wallpaper
old wall paper

So we proceeded to remove the paper – took all of 2 days (shorter time than I thought it would be).  We used a scoring tool and very hot water and it worked quite well.
Karen 2

So on to the pulling up of carpet – see what I mean….never intended to get new flooring but Doug saw some wonderful wide plank pine laminate and brought a sample home…I loved it so in it goes Saturday.
But anyway, pulled the carpet and pad, and all trim…nope, didn’t intend to do that either.  See what I mean by one thing leads to another.
So in the end the room is a total redo from floor, trim paint and ceiling painted as well. Oh, new light switches and outlets as well.
The flooring is 11.42 inches wide.
Wood flooring
wood flooring 2

The paint was my huge problem. I wanted a light tan.
I brought home 2 samples I thought would work – looked light enough in the store.
Put them on and they turned dark – I knew they would but didn’t think it would be that drastic…looked nothing like the paint in the can.
So…back to the store, got another one.  Nope…so took the lightest one with us and went to see if they had anything else, found one – put it on…nope.  SOOOOO. I had them lighten that one up by 25% – didn’t work…had them lighten it up by 50%….WORKED.  Well, it worked as far as this gal was going.
I like it – it’s a tad darker than I wanted but still good and will work well with my stencils.
Oh yes, more work to do in there.
I bought several acrylic paints like 2 different shades of each color to test out before I start on the walls.  I have a few large boards I’m going to practice on today so please wish me luck that I can pull this off.

The bottom one is what we ended up with at 50% of the top color.

And the walls finished
And now we can’t even use that room or our dining room as it is holding all our furniture!
Dining room 1

Here’s what we ended up with as of yesterday – walls are painted – trim is painted – doors painted…just need to paint the closet doors but not sure where that’s going to happen because the floor is going in Saturday and then the furniture will go in on  either Sunday or Monday – the wood needs a day to settle before putting heavy furniture on it.painted walls

I will start to stencil today after testing – and I will have to finish with all the furniture back in – but being the floor is wood I will be able to slide the furniture out from the walls easier than with the carpet.  That reminds me we need to buy some felt pad glides today!!!

Here’s what I chose for the stencils.
top design will go around the top of the walls by the ceiling
Left design will be the dividers going down the walls
Two right designs will be the main designs between the dividers going all the way down…..I’m using all DARK colors…red, gold, tan, green.
And Baby has found a new spot to sleep.  We started this job a week ago Monday – she immediately vacated her bed in the hall and found a spot on some drop cloths that were on the floor in the closet – along with junky things from the mess we made.
So I got her old bed and put it there and she has left it only to eat and potty – even with all our work and banging and such she has slept through it all – doesn’t hurt that she’s stone deaf!  If not she’d be hiding somewhere with all the racket we had been making.
Look at that horrible 50’s padding!  It’s hard as a rock and has a mesh over top – it has sealed itself to the wood floor so the floor installer said just to leave it and it would be okay….it’s so flat it won’t hurt any of the install.

Before we started this project I started making a couple items to take to Finder’s Keeper’s in Rochester, WI where I consign.
One is a cute doll from a pattern from Piney Creek Primitives.  I got it from the Summer 2009 Mercantile Gatherings magazine.
But I’m adding legs to mine – the pattern has her on a bobbin.
I tried the dress on her to see how long to make it with legs on her – and then I need to age the entire doll and clothes.
doll 2

The next thing is a Primitive bunny.  I’m  not a bunny person but thought this pattern was cute for Spring.
It is also from Mercantile Gathering, Spring 2011. Pattern by Sweetpeas Primitives.
Still need to grunge him and all the extra things…sew ears, tail and legs.
bunny 1
I posted that I have started a GATHERING here at my home starting March 3rd.
There are still a couple spaces open for anyone wanting to join…it’s free and fun!

Rug Hooking - Punch Needle - Wool Appliqué - Penny Rugs
First and Third Tuesday of each month
10 am - 2 pm
Starting date March 3rd
(and you don’t need to attend every session if you can’t)

Thanks for the visit my friends…hope you are all staying warm…it’s a horrible 10 below here right now.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Do You Do....
Rug Hooking - Punch Needle
Wool Applique - Penny Rugs ?

I started a
First and Third Tuesday of each month
10 am - 2 pm
Starting March 3rd

Bring whatever you enjoy working on
and supplies needed for those projects.

Now and then I will have a
'Make-And-Take' project

Room for 12 - 14 and filling up fast

Contact me for further detail
if you are interested

Karen Martinsen / KM Primitives

Sunday, February 1, 2015


A Simple Quiet….That’s what this time of year is for me –the Christmas decorations have been put away for 4 weeks now and that’s always a good thing.
Decorating seems to be more fun than the dismantling for some reason :)

( It doesn’t it seem like Christmas was just 5 weeks ago does it )

I love how the house feels right now – it’s an in between state…no fuss or frills with ‘theme’ decorations.  Just our every day things that are plain and simple.  We have been decorating with ‘stuff’, less and less each year after Christmas and I love that.  I am happy to have less to clean around.

I was looking around this morning and thought ‘there is very little in the ‘crafty’ type things sitting out and on things’  just things that are ‘real’ if you know what I’m trying to get at…not sure how to put that into words.
I can name a few of those things.
1. Our Pewter collection
2. Old Yellow Ware bowls and some other type
3. Saltglaze crocks and jugs – oh how I love these!
4. Baskets…you can never have too many of these
These are the things that make us smile and enjoy looking at.

I took a few pictures of the rooms – all except the den…it’s kind of ‘my space’ for sewing right now and I have a few things here and there so …no picture of that room.

One thing I noticed – my house never changes…I probably could put on pictures from 2 years ago and they would look the same.  I must be either stuck in this same groove or I really like what we have….which is it?

 Family room Feb 1 2015
Needing a different oriental rug in the center – something with blacks and gold and less red.

Fireplace Feb 2 2015

FR table Feb 2 2015

FR table 1  Feb 2 2015

Den table Feb 2 2015

Dining Room 3 Feb 2015

Dining Room 2 Feb 2015

Dining room 1 Feb 2015

Low cupboard dr Feb 2015

Blue Pie Safe Feb 2015

Pie safe Feb 2015

Hallway Feb 1 2015

cutters on counter Feb 1 2015

Bedroom Feb 2 2015

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Finally finished a couple of punch needle projects – now to decide what to make with them.
The first one is large enough it can be put on the front of a pillow and the other one – maybe on a hornbook.
Wool Sheep punch

Sheep half moon punch

And still plugging along with my hooked rug piece.
I haven’t worked on it in a couple weeks and am anxious to get back to it…but the punch needle was calling me!
Mitten rug 1 

I am loving the background colors – a mixture of 3 different colors and designs
A reversible stripe, check and a plaid
rug close up 1 
Been looking for a cupboard to store my wool in – but nothing seems to be large enough.
I want this part of the closet back!

all the wool

Question to all you rug hookers -
What dye color would I put with a Forrest Green to get Black?

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I have a pattern sale going on over at my selling blog

Also there are still a few items on sale on the ‘Prim Needs’ page

Go check it all out

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That’s it my friends
SNOWING AND BLOWING…blizzard like conditions out there
– stay safe and warm if you have to be out
and if you are going out for Super Bowl-
Cement Snowman