Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Hi all....Well not a lot going on here right now...I've been laying low this week doing more sewing - last Friday's long day put me over the edge with my lower back so I'm letting it die down.

I had purchased a gourd garland at wholesale market last month and had it in several places, it finally ended up on my pie safe but not sure if I like it there....I think it's a bit overwhelming, don't you? I think it needs to be on a larger opening.

I tried it on my fireplace but the dark red expanse and the bright gourds didn't work...they jumped off the fireplace - too stark.

So - this is where they are for now.

I also made a new Penny Mat for my website - It's a simple Winter Tree - good for the whole Winter season and also for Christmas - and it's a good 16 inches round....I was going to put tabs on it but decided to keep it simple.

Then I made my Basket of Flowers in black - normally it's in a deep Cyprus Green but I love this in black!

Okay, enough showing off!!!!
Wish I had more fun things to show you all but it has been rather dull here.
No kids yesterday - they went to Sioux Lookout, Canada on a fishing week! Fun!!!!

Have a wonderful day everyone and I'll get over to visit you as soon as I can...I know I have been MIA alot but business calls.

Hugs, Karen


  1. Good morning Karen. Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving me such a sweet message. I've got you added to my mailing list so you will get the next on which comes out August 1st :) Thanks for signing up,

    I just LOVE this squash garland! Looks great!

    Your new penny rugs are fantastic!

    Have a wonderful day

  2. Good morning Karen.....always checking into your site to see what you made all your penny rugs....I've been sewing since 7th grade,along time I've never tried anything like you make....Is it very hard to do?....Have a great day....Trena.

  3. Karen I adore the Basket of Flowers mat. Wonderful job! I sure wish your back felt better. I'll keep you in prayer.

  4. Karen,
    I always love seeing other's wool goodies. I just love the look of penny rugs! I enjoy working on them, too, but I don't seem to work them as much as I would like.

    The gourd garland is really cool looking!

    Things have been slow around here. I'm trying to take some time to stitch here and there but it seems like I don't get nearly as much done as I did in the cooler months! LOL

    Have a great day :)

  5. Hi Karen
    I just love your basket of flowers pennyrug - beautiful!
    What a great gourd garland!


  6. Karen,
    I love your guord garland ~ I have one I always put up in the fall. Love your penny rugs as always ~ you do such beautiful work.

  7. Hello the gourd garland and the penny rugs....sorry to hear you are in pain, that's really tough. Janet

  8. Ohhh, I love that gourd garland. Very neat!! You should sell them because I would buy one. I can't find them anywhere around here.

    I really love your penny rugs as well especially the one with the flowers.

    Have a great rest of the week!!


  9. Hey Karen! Love the gourd garland! I was thinking how nice it would look on your mantle, but you can see it better than we can.
    It looks just as great on your pie safe, though!
    And your penny rugs are awesome! I especially love the flowers on the black background.
    Very sorry to hear about your back. I sure know what that's like! OUCH! Take care of yourself and have a nice week.

  10. Karen,
    ohhhhh I just love the black flower mat. Gorgeous!!! Hope your back feels better soon,back probs are no fun.

  11. Hi Karen :)
    Gosh, I sure hope your back gets to feelin better soon...
    Love your new penny rugs, you do wonderful work! I LOVE my pineapple mat ya made!
    Love your garland too.
    Have a great day...and a wonderful weekend....*feel better*


  12. That gourd garland is very cute. I can certainly see why you bought that. I love the two new projects, especially the Basket of Flowers. I am saving my "pennies" right now, so I can buy one of your beautiful creations for my new house. It will be my housewarming gift to myself. I haven't decided which one yet, because you have so many wonderful goodies. Blessings to you.

  13. Karen! I love your gourd Garland it is very cool! I know you will find the most perfect place for it! And your penny rug is so cute!

  14. Karen, your new penny rugs are beautiful. I especially like the one with flowers. I have never seen a gourd garland but love it. I will keep my eye out for one.
    Have a great rest of the week.


  15. Hi Karen...thanks for your kind comment on my antique window frame quilt.
    I do love the gourd garland and your penny rugs look great too!

  16. Hi Karen,

    Love the gourd garland. I've been looking myself for some.
    Love your newest penny rugs a lot. You do such fantastic work!
    Hope your back is feeling better.

    Prim Blessings,

  17. Love your penny rugs, they are really nice! Trying to find time for some wool!


  18. I love the penny rug mats, wish I could do them as well as you but I know practise makes perfect so I'll have to do more of them:)I hope your back is feeling better.
    Have a great evening,

  19. Oh WOW...that flower penny rug is absolutely gorgeous! I want one...LOL.

    I love your gourds garland! It is great but like you, I am also not sure that is the right spot for it. Do you have something like a peg board of some sort? Maybe on something like that??? Just a thought for ya...

    Hope you are able to have a relaxing weekend. It seems like you have been stitching for a VERY long time.


  20. Hi Karen,
    Love the gourd garland!!...and of course I love your penny rugs!! I've tried my hand at a few, but they never looked as great as yours. Guess I better stick to my machine embroidery! lol...
    I sure hope that your back gets better soon. Take care and have a great rest of the week.
    hugs, Cindy

  21. Hi Karen,
    I hope your back gets feeling better soon. Lower back pain is terrible to deal with.
    Your candle mats are so pretty! I especially love the flowered one. Your work is truly a gift!
    Enjoy some down time. :)
    Hugs~ Birgit

  22. I love both of your mats Karen! Show off any time, I love seeing what you make :0)

  23. I love the gourd garland- I think it looks fine where it is!
    Love the new rugs too!

  24. Love the mats . !! Have you tried the gourd garland on a window ? Between your valance and the curtain ?
    Hope your back eases up . I do know the feeling of the lower back pinching .
    Have a beautiful weekend .

  25. Karen,

    Man oh man I love that tree penny mat. I love those colors together!! Love the gourds.


  26. Hi Karen ~~
    Happy Belated Birthday,
    sounds like you had a Wonderful Day & Night. Hope your back feels better soon.
    Love all your new creations.
    Hugs ~ Connie xox


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