Thursday, April 17, 2014

Keeping busy

So happy the long weekend is here.  I can't wait to have 4 days off to just catch up with things.  I came home today to find this beautiful spring flower arrangement in the middle of a large basket full of fruit and candy.  It finally feels like Spring.  ALL of the snow is now gone too.  Maybe I might even get out in the yard and replace some of the pieces of sod the snow plow ripped up. 

I've also been back to rug hooking on a regular basis.  Since I've been yearning for spring, and I've yet to see a robin in the yard, I wanted to hook one.  This is a Lori Brechlin (Notforgotten Farm) pattern "Early Bird"

It's not too big and it's hooking up quickly.   I've changed the eye since I took this photo.  And the best part is so far I haven't had to cut any wool - just using leftover worms.  I wonder if I will be able to finish it without cutting? 

And here is the finished pillow top from earlier in the week.  I'm pleased with how it turned out.  This weekend I will add the fabric for the back and get it ready to ship to its new home 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Beyond the purple feet

I'm not ready to show you the rest of what's above the purple feet from my last post.  It needs a little more tweaking.  But I am working around it and working a little outside my usual comfort zone.

I hooked more last night and today than I have in a long time. (That's code for I didn't do many chores today) 

Another feature to this piece is the use of some of Deanne's latest discovery - sexy jersey for hooking!

She has it dyed in beautiful colors and it is so soft and stretchy.  You can but it in large pieces or a large bag of smaller ends like this 

When she first showed it to me, I was hesitant - but not anymore.  It is wonderful for hooking.  Here's a close up 

Deanne has a wonderful video on her web page introducing the "sexy jersey".  There is also a great recommendation from Bridget.  Trust me......go and watch this video

And then go order yourself some sexy jersey!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

So happy to be footloose

Its here......Spring!  Finally the snow is almost all gone and the temps rose today to almost balmy.  Jackets were shed, shirt sleeves pushed up, and socks thrown aside. 

These ten little guys were screaming for freedom.  As I passed the kitchen closet, I heard a soft noise.  "We miss you".....  I opened the door and found THESE.....

Oh, Flip Flops - I've missed you too :). Happy, happy feet.

And on the topic of feet, here's my latest project.  Doesn't every chicken need purple feet?

Happy weekend!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Melting, mystery, and munching

It's hard to believe we are well into April and I'm still talking about melting snow.  Even after a few days of mild temps and heavy rain I still cannot see my front lawn.  And just forget about the back lawn.  Still heavily blanketed in white.  Not sure if the tulips will eventually bloom or they have just given up!  I expect to see a small white surrender flag poking out of the ground. Lol

Last night I finished my mystery pattern of the month from Deanne Fitzpatricks studio.  Three sheep in a field of poppies.  Loved it.  The colors are off because of the flash but you get the idea 

I finished this one too early. Now I have to wait until the end of the month to find out the next pattern.  And you all know how impatient I am........(sigh).   But in the meantime, I have a chicken plan!  Stay tuned

I have had a few request for the recipe for the monkey bread muffins.  Here is the link

They were easy and delicious.  I didn't make the frosting and they really didn't need it.  The caramel sauce was sweet enough without frosting.  

Not much else blog worthy this early in the work week.  Now to finish the design of the next project.  Tonight visions of sharpie markers will dance in my head 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sweet weekend

This post could have also been called "large" weekend, in reference to my waist size.  There seemed to be a lot of sweet eating the past few days.  

Saturday morning was the weekly pilgrimage to The Market.   There were a lot of food vendors this week.  I couldn't leave without these 2 beauties - blueberry cream puff and strawberry cream tart.

I wish I could say that was all I bought but I must confess to consuming a few maple butter tarts also.  And this morning I had to try a recipe I saw on Facebook - monkey bread muffins.  Delicious!!

If I'm going to eat like this I should be exercising, right?   Well......does clapping, head bobbing, toe tapping and swaying count?  Last night I went to a show that was a tribute to The Everly Brothers.  Local musicians performed and it was incredible!   Their harmonies were perfect and the crowd was appreciative.

You'd think there was an earthquake because the floor was literally vibrating from all the toe tapping :). There is so much talent in our little community.  My friends decided we could be back-up singers in another life.  

I hooked some more on my sheep.  The sky is about 3/4 hooked and I'm out of wool :(.  I've saved a few strips so I can buy another matching piece tomorrow.  I hate it when that happens.  

Someone asked about the wool I used for the grass.  Here are the two wools

I'm not sure where I got the one on the left but I think the one on the rightis a Heavens to Betsy wool.  Maybe named turkey feathers (?)

I can't believe how fast the weekend passed.  Soon it will be Easter and a long weekend.  Just hang on! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hookin' Love

I'm back to rug hooking a bit each night and I'm lovin' it!   Sometimes after you take a little break it's hard to get back into it.   I missed playing with the wool and the feel of it slipping through my fingers.  

And when you find a project you love, it almost hooks itself.  I think we have all started projects and then lost interest and it just seems to go on forever.  But this project is flying along.  

I love this pattern.   I still haven't shown you the whole rug but here is a little more progress.

Another couple of evenings and it will be done!!   What to do next?  I'm on a roll 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

No Joke

It's not an April Fools Joke.  It's snowing.  I don't know whether to say it's snowing "again" or it's "still" snowing.   It just keeps coming and coming.  

Many businesses closed "again".  Our office closed after lunch.  An unplanned afternoon off isn't bad, it's just the reason for it that is bad.   

How about some red velvet cookies and special coffee?

A little more hooking too.  And then a nap seemed like a good idea.  I went to sleep dreaming of Spring.  Hellooooo........where are you??

Miss Millie was not so cheery when she woke up from her nap.  Seems her blankie got stuck to her bottom and she was not impressed.  

That crooked little face just stared at me until I removed the pesky blankie.   What a dog!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Just hanging around

One things that is still hanging around is "Old Man Winter".   It's the season that just keeps giving!!  We are now in day 2 of rain, freezing rain and sleet.   This morning as I looked towards the back yard I saw this.....

A large tree limb, cracked and hanging precariously across the yard.  Ughhh.  Thankfully it's not in a position to damage anything. 

There is more scattered power outages in town, but we still have lights.  (Fingers crossed)  it seems like a night to just tuck in, relax and sip a cup of hot tea.

Hmmm, I see a few stray wool snippets by my cup.  Yes, I did hook some yesterday on a new rug.  Can't wait to show you in a few days.  So far, one part of it sparkles.  Hehehe can't tell you anymore.  

I'm hoping the power stays on for another reason.  It's Dancing With The Stars night.  Cha cha cha

Saturday, March 29, 2014

How to deal with indecision

Today I worked on my March Mystery Pattern from Deanne Fitzpatricks Pattern of the Month Club.  The Optimistic Owl was a fun project to work on.  I finished the owl portion

That was the easy part.  I always struggle with background choices.  And it's especially bad when I start a project without a proper color plan.  I remember telling myself at the end of 2013 that I was going to challenge myself in 2014 with making beautiful backgrounds.  It was my unofficial New Years resolution.  Stretch myself, be bold and expressive and create fun backgrounds.......

So, here we are with my first real project of 2014 and.........

I gave up!  Nothing looked right to me.  I trolled through my stash holding up various pieces of wool.

And then I said "the heck with this!"   So I made a pillow.  LOL

That's one way to avoid hooking backgrounds :)

Now I can start my April mystery pattern.   But since the rest of the participants haven't received theirs in the mail  yet, Meagan (who works at Deanne's studio) has made me promise not to show it yet.  Sorry ladies, but I can tell you that you will LOVE it when it arrives.

Thursday, March 27, 2014