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!

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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’.

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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

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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 

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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 

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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

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  1. Hi Karen! Always good to read your posts and I'm glad you're still going to keep blogging!
    I love that punch needle you did - is it one of your own patterns? I'd like to try it as it beats doing housework!!!
    Love that pic of the stained osnaburg on the line flapping! Very prim!
    Enjoy making your penny rugs!
    Blessings to you!

  2. That wool is a neat blessing! I always enjoy seeing your penny rugs, now you have me curious about punch needle projects; I'm going to have to read up on it.

  3. Great post, Karen! You do such beautiful work and I know how blessedly grateful you are for all that wonderful wool. The church luncheon looks wonderful - all that delicious food made with love! And speaking of love, what a cute picture of your granddaughter! And.....only a few weeks until the first Elkhorn fair! Enjoy the beautiful spring weather we are blessed with this week, Jane

  4. Great prom photo! And a lovely dress - they are barely covered around here. You hit the jackpot with the wool - what a nice thing for her to do. Never knew that osnaburg played a role in penny rugs and I do love that fabric. I think spring fever must lead to spring slumps. We all need a break once in a while to recharge.

  5. Your items always sell fast Karen because you do such a beautiful job.
    Can't say I'm in a slump cause I love being outside which has been keeping me busy. Get a little done everyday.
    Waiting for it to rain now.
    Cute prom picture!

  6. My dear Karen ... You are such a wonderful ambitious dear.. Your work is so beautiful and I am so happy you are still blogging.. I so prefer it to FB.. Any day...
    That photo is priceless... so sweet..

  7. You certainly hit the jackpot with the wool! Loved the pictures they look so springy and what fun the prom pic was! I too am in such a blogging slump have thought of stopping, but just can't seem to really "close" that door either, Maybe spring and summer will get us moving. Think?

  8. Beautiful punch needle Karen! Oh my that's a lot of circles to cut ~ but it looks like they are going to be Beautiful! Kudos to those hard working ladies ~ that's a lot of people to prep and serve food to!
    How sweet of Joanne to give you all that Wool I'd say she's an angel too! Cute prom pic!
    Blessings to You

  9. Hi Karen...Love the look of all those pennies spread out. That is something I have not tried, making a penny rug. I did order a kit and hope to give it a try soon. What a lucky girl you are to receive all that great wool! The prom picture is priceless. What a cute couple! Hope you keep blogging.

  10. Hi Karen, love the pennies and your punch needle piece is wonderful! ... I'm in a slump too ... hopefully I will get out of it soon. Take care ...

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