Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Some new dolls!

I haven't made any dolls lately, so when Patti from Brickhouse Crafts tagged one of my dolls she had in her shop, it caught the eye of two wonderful ladies who had to have one! That's all I needed to get me motivated. On Friday I started 10 and yesterday I finished them up! It was a fun photo shoot! What gets you motivated????

The orders were for the ones holding the snowmen and I was thinking Spring for some of them!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Finished my first Hooked Rug!!!

FINALLY!!! Years ago for a Christmas gift, my husband purchased this rug as a kit! Meaning the strips were already cut and all I needed to do was begin hooking! I started out using a large hoop but it soon became hard to keep it tight so I put it away for a while! A couple of years later he purchased me a nice hooking frame so I was able to get back to work! No more excuses.... right! It still took me a couple of years........ only getting it out to work on during the winter and in between crafting!

If it wasn't for Kathy~Rugs of Mine... in Time I still probably wouldn't have it finished!!! I found her blog about a year ago and noticed she lived in a nearby town and was talking about a hook-in at a local wool shop!!! Oh my gosh I found heaven!!! The place is Grant Street WoolWorks in Chambersburg, PA! Kathy works there and every Thursday they have a hook-in! Linda, the owner and Kathy are so helpful and willing to share their expertise on hooking!!! I had no idea if I was doing this hooking correctly it was so nice to be able to take it to them and get advice! Kathy showed me how to finish the edges and I'm very thankful for that!! The designer of the rug is Laurice Heath and it was dated 2000!

I hope to make more time for myself this year and attend more hook-ins so my next project doesn't take as long to complete! With the help of Kathy I picked out some of the wonderful wools in the shop and have the strips ready to go!

I'm going to make a chair pad for this antique rocking chair that has been in my husbands family for a long time! I'm going to design this one myself so hopefully it won't take too long to get started! I will keep you posted!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My new Wool Basket!

I was so excited when the mailman knocked on my door today!! I wanted something to hold my wool strips for rug hooking and found the perfect basket from 1803 Ohio Farm Baskets ! I just love the shape and look of this basket! Comes with the nice sheep wool label mounted on a piece of wood! Thanks so much Ann!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!And.....I might add she has super quick shipping!!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

I hope this post finds you all rested from the Holiday season and refreshed for a new and prospers year ahead!!! It's been a long time since I made a post! I wanted to share some of my mom's wonderful antiques. Last year I made her a calendar using pictures of her beautiful antique displays and she really enjoyed it so I had to do the same for her this year! Here are a few pictures I used! The summer issue of the Mercantile Gathering magazine will be featuring her story too so be sure to watch for that! She has been anxiously awaiting for a year now to have it published!

This is my most favorite cupboard and one of her first pieces she purchased!

A black window cupboard filled with some wonderful prims!
She loves you can see with this shelf, bowls and really old drying rack! The prairie bonnet is one of mine made from my most favorite piece of blue fabric!

Another window box filled with prims.

I need to find out the story on this rocking horse.... I think it was hers when she was little but I'm not sure! I know years ago they had it painted and she really wishes she hadn't done it! It still is a beauty!

And one more blue piece.......a beautiful blanket chest!

Here are some lily pads my dad planted last year in the pond. My brother-in-law put some carp in pond and we think they ate them because this past summer they didn't grow!

Until next time................ Happy New Year and looking forward to an even better 2011!!!