Monday, January 21, 2019

This is the book with pattern from Edyth O'Neill that I was posting about on January 19th.
 It also has an Emma Lou Lais scarecrow pattern I'd like to hook- among
many other patterns by various artists.
A good book all around.

Being partially snowed in today, I turned a keen eye to my home decor.
Here are a few of the things that bring joy.

The horse was my father's from childhood. I cannot believe he rode the thing
without being held- it's small!
The clock is from my hubby's home.
We had it fixed to chime but it drove me bananas so it is a silent reminder of childhood.

The lantern is from an antiques store, the crocheted cover from a yard sale,
the pharmacist bottle from Germany and the cute table was
one of two I got from Kijiji (similar to Craig's list).

This beautiful old oil painting came from Kijiji too and was
gifted me from my hubby for Christmas.
I adore the dark background.
With downsizing in mind I am keen to follow William
Morris' saying:

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” 


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Edyth O'Neill Pattern

I'm a fan of  Edyth O'Neill's. 
I love her antiques, western jewelry, and her rug patterns.
Discovering her through her book, Rugs for My Red Cape, I decided at once I needed to hook one of her patterns.
 Only I didn't.
Year passed. 
Edyth lost her red cape to a fire and her husband Jack passed away. 
She moved into a much smaller 
apartment which she decorated in her wonderful style and which was featured in Early American Life magazine.
And I found her blog.
So she was once again on my radar. 
Then I happened to pick up a hooking book from our library which featured
 a free pattern of her "Pomegranates."
Being the Math whiz that I am, I ordered our local copy shop to print it way too big. 
But it also happened to be exactly the size of a piece of linen I had. 
Artist Bob Ross would have called this a "happy little accident."
I hooked up the rug which is close to 3 X 5 ft and it fit perfectly at the foot of our bed.

Hooked in as-is wools, #8

I was going through a difficult time when I hooked this, but strangely this rug makes me feel happy.

Well, I guess we're prepared as we can get for this coming storm.
The local authorities have asked everyone to stay off the roads tomorrow.
I got the newest ATHA yesterday so I have reading material!!!
If you're in the path of this lulu be safe!

Friday, January 18, 2019

 Lancaster Barnyard by Notforgotten Farm 

I hooked this in 2018 and took a good deal of the colour and directional hooking inspiration from Lori's model rug. 
The pink actually works- like an old faded red.
I purchase it in PDF form from her Etsy site.
My goal is to get my own patterns in PDF and up on a site too.
Not sure which marketplace I should use.
There are so many out there now and some nickel and dime you.

Today I was supposed to travel 90 minutes east to visit with a friend who has breast cancer but 
we were due a couple inches of snow and elected to postpone.
I'm always second guessing weather decisions up here.
Sunday we are in for a doozy.
We're due for 15+ inches of snow with strong winds and possible ice. 
We've got no non-electric heat source so we'd have to rely on a neighbour
to lend us a spot by her wood stove should power fail.

My son just returned to his home in NYC after visiting his sister and friends in Montreal.
He said returning to the warmer climes of NYC was a treat.
All relative!

The box of cozy mysteries is still available for exchange...

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Do you keep a photo album of all your rugs?
Sadly, I do not. 
I started an album of all my favourite rugs but they were made by other
hookers and I put them on my "want to hook list." 
Coming across some old photos today I found this one:

It's my hooked version of my mother's special Strasburg, Virginia pottery.
Strasburg is where I grew up and it was once such
a pottery producer that it was called Pottown.
Anyway, this is one of the rugs I hooked years ago and completely forgot about.
I like the bittersweet- a superb vine!

And yesterday I was writing about the centre where I volunteer. 
I just found a rug photo from a former attendee. 
"D" would draw a few squiggles on the backing and simply start hooking, adding 
figures and flowers free-form.

She often included birds. 
You can see one in the bottom right and one in the top left corner.
I believe she's a real folk artist.
Once D told me she couldn't find the right shade
of red for a rug.
 She happened to look down and thought the bathrobe she was wearing might do the trick. 
She cut the portion she needed right off the bottom!
I don't know what D is doing now but I hope it's rug hooking.

Who inspires you?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Books and Hooks



I have about 30 cozy mystery softback books I'd love to swap with someone.
Most are newer titles.
If you or someone you know would be interested in trading box for box let me know.
  I'm ready to read some new cozies. Love that genre- light and easy.
Speaking of reads, I am in a small book club aka three women drinking wine and talking some about a book.
Anyway we are reading Gilead by Marilynn Robinson and I highly recommend it.


Today I resumed post-Cmas instruction with a small group of hookers. 
These women attend a nearby day centre for people with mental illnesses. 
An employee and I started the group about ten years ago. 
That woman has since retired but a
wonderful (and certified) rug teacher helps me now. 
Besides showing great courage in the face of trials,
 these ladies have proven to be creative rug hookers. 
Here are a few of the rugs they are currently working on:

 The deer standing in the water is being hooked by a legally blind woman.
One of us hooks the outline and she fills in OR we use a
row of safety pins to guide her.
That idea came from the group.
So, it's been a treat to get to know them and such fun to see what patterns
these gals will hook up next.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

 Another morning of hooking with my friend C. 
She has almost completed the inner area of her rug, then she moves to the border.
There are so many border possibilities that she is considering. 
Should she hook those leaves paler to bring focus on the inner design?
Should she hook fewer leaves on the border and pay more attention to the background?
Should she keep the same dark background she has in centre in the border after all?
She asks me those things and I only thwart her with new options.
The choice she makes will set her rug apart as her unique creation.
Whether we use a commercial pattern (C did not) or our own there is no question that one's individuality will come through.
I dug through my hooking library to see if I could find Fall rugs to help
her come to a decision.
I rediscovered this gem which came out in 2005. It's a classic.
For a sheer creative sparker it's high on my list:

I'm putting the finishing touches on my kitchen paint. So glad I changed the colour. 
Don't know what took me so long to do it. 
As I was putting things back on the counter I spotted this eco-craft project my 2 kids and I worked on over Cmas. 
It's homemade plastic or cling wrap. 

I had my doubts but the stuff works like a charm. 
We used the instructions from the site but we used only pure beeswax. 
No other ingredients.  
My friend told me she bought her health food store's version of the stuff and gave it out as Cmas presents. 
I have no idea what she would have paid but our project cost was $22 and we ended up with 15 good sized pieces. 
Less than $1.50 each.
 I use mine all the time. 
I'm sure the kids do as well as they are very thrifty.

Well, today's temps are brisk but the sun is very bright. 
That is one thing about New Brunswick that always amazes me.
Yes, North Carolina winters were usually mild but often dull and gray.
If it ain't snowing here it's sunny.
Speaking of snow, the weather bomb that hit DC is due here Sunday. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

I belong to a hooking group that meets twice monthly.
 It's very informal and small and just a super bunch of ladies. 
Usually we hook our own projects but occasionally some choose to participate in a challenge.
Doris Norman, of Celtic pattern teaching fame, walked us through making a covered brick door stop. We all drew up our own designs using a template. 
When hooked, we padded the bricks in quilt batting and secured the batting with a stocking--remember those? 
Sewing the hooking around the brick took very strong threads.
Underneath is a plain heavy duty piece of wool.

Here is how mine turned out. I like the fraktur style:

On a sad note, we had to put Lily cat to sleep today.
The vet found a large tumor a month ago and her
breathing had become very laboured.
Lucy dog is looking around a little.
Look what my wonderful neighbour E brought me
to cheer me.

Now I must figure out how to cheer Lucy.
Lots of cuddles for sure.
If you have a fur friend give them an extra kiss from me today.