Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Guatemala Rug Hooking Adventure

I had an adventure!

I went to Guatemala with my friend, Mary.

We hooked rugs with Mayan women.  The trip was sponsored by Multicoloures, an organization that brings handcraft skills and art to women in various countries around the world. 

I rug hooked with my beautiful new amiga, Estella.

We both worked on rugs of our own, but the Mayan way of rug hooking is quite different than what I'm used to.  Their rugs are made completely with used clothing, mostly cotton, all the loops have no raw edges.  All cut by hand and are mind blowing!

Estella helped me with a design and picking out materials.  I wasn't able to finish while in Guatemala, but worked on it until done at home.

I'm now in the process of binding it off with covered cording.  I'm really happy with the results, very different from my usual style, and got me out of my rug hooking "box" a bit.

One of the many happy surprises in Guatemala was meeting another Dulcy!

I'll share more of this amazing journey.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Bits and Pieces

It's such a lovely time right now.  60 degree days interspersed with days in the 40's.  Warm enough for early crocus and bees.

My beloved snowdrops are also starting to poke up their tiny heads.  Something about the small early bloomers really makes me hopeful and happy.

I' ve been tending my indoor gardens this winter here's a favorite of mine.  The "toilet garden".

Plants just seem to be accumulating in this nicely lit spot.  

Another project this week has been denim redo's.  First I decided I really wanted a particular kind of denim skirt.  It had to be just below the knee and a bit a-lined.  I found a Youtube video that showed how to make one out of jeans, so I starting ripping out the seams of my old beat up garden jeans.  Ended up with my perfect fit denim skirt!

I am so pleased with it!  I actually have it out now being embroidered with my initials in gold on the front pocket, a bit more fraying on the hem, and good to go!

The man saw me rummaging around for denim and gave me his horribly ripped 501's.  The knees were too ripped to be stylish, so I patched with a bit of antique paisley and hand dyed velvet.  I have them on now (2nd day in a row), and am totally in love!  

Also been working on shawls, and have a couple of new ones at Ms. Gilmores Vintage Suitcase.  Her style works well with my style.

Love how they're displayed so lushly layered.

And...... a visit today by this big boy at the bird feeder (with several lady friends who had scattered).

Spring may officially be some weeks away yet, but oh..... I can feel it coming!


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pompoms and Lemons

I've been weaving away, and decided to add a new little "happy" to one of my shawls.

Notice the three raggedy pompoms?  Just enough to add a bit of charm without being silly.  Also used the same silk/mohair blend with the pompoms as I use with my shawls.  No cheap yarn pompoms on my shawls!  Actually it's very cute on.  Especially when I wrap it with all three showing in the front.

I like the following picture of another recent shawl.  I draped it with a tote I made about 20 plus years ago.

I needle pointed these sweet little folk art houses from a pattern book of my mom's.  The designer is Mary Norden.  I then turned the needle pointed piece into a bag.  I don't carry it much anymore as I prefer much smaller handbags, but mom and I did several patterns from her book, and this piece has a great amount of sentimental value and love in it.  I keep it on the door for memories and inspiration.

Another home "happy" that I recently acquired is this pretty little lemon tree.

I had been wanting one, but thought I would have to wait until spring.  Then.... a couple of weeks ago at the grocery, I found that they had brought in a bunch of lemon and lime trees!  I was so excited, and brought this one to it's new home.  Hope it does well.  I've been gently visiting it each morning when I open the blinds with encouraging loving thoughts and words.

And I am very encouraged by the huge turnout in our small/medium town at the Women's March Saturday.

On my right is my very dear friend Katie.  We made a perfect marching pair! 


Friday, January 6, 2017

Cold With A Hint Of Something New

8 degrees and quiet days after end of the year festivities.  I really enjoy this time of year (as long as there's no ice storms and power outages).  I like going to the Y to swim, reorganizing this and that, working at the library, and digging out old projects and beginning new ones.

I finished my "Iris" rug before Christmas, painted a canvas, and got her up on the wall.

I think I captured her perpetually worried little face in this one.  

Dug out scraps of yarn and knitted sweet little "heart felt rings".  Very cute and easy pattern over at tiny owl knits.

Finished a new shawl, and received a "gently used" copy of the Kaffee Fassett book.  Inspiration!

And today I received a new shipment of yarn!  So spent time in the studio weaving and planning new possibilities...........

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Seasonal Home

New rug is hooked and waiting to be finished off.

No, you can't see the whole piece since Little Iris thinks it belongs to her.  I'll add some covered cording to the edge, and then may attach to painted canvas.  Very fun rug to make!

A wee bit of Christmas is showing up at home.

Amaryllis Blooming

New Primitive Flea Market Santa Appeared Today

Festive Outside Decorations

All Is Well.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Carrying On

These short, and unseasonably warm days are a bit strange, and yet so lovely........ they make me feel  lazy, and not sure what to do with myself.  My inner seasonal clock wants to nest, work with wool, and make soup.  I'm actually doing these things, but don't feel as driven as I usually do.  I have an upcoming bazaar that I'm forcing myself to get ready for.  

One shawl done, and last one on the loom.

Ready to be crocheted off, then finished up.

Spent an afternoon dyeing wool with Tammy.

 These colors inspire me to get something on the hooking frame.  They're just luscious!

I've been very intrigued and wowed by the work of Louisa Creed, and her cats.  I've drawn a similar pattern with our little cat Iris in mind.  This pattern is lacking almost all detail.... which I'll add as I hook.  I've put together, what I hope to be, an awesome color palette for this one.

Excited to start the eyes!

And...... finished my "Create" pillow.

Had gobs of fun making this.  Some things come together with little to no real effort, and others are just plain hard.  I think it has to do with where my creativity level is at.  Energized or low octane.  I seem to not have much control over that.

And, with kiddos arriving tomorrow, the man wanted to have some lights out to greet them.  

They look like bright red berries in this old scrubby tree!


Friday, November 4, 2016

Always Good To Get Away

It's always good to get away, even for a few days.  It doesn't have to be far.... just a tank of gas or so.

We took off with the bikes to the wonderful Katy Trail that runs along the Missouri River.  Gorgeous scenery, and best of all, lots of wineries!

Here's honey after a long day of biking and photographing.

We also took time to do a nice portrait with my sturdy little bug and bike rack.

Lovely vineyards surround..... lots of fall color finally starting to explode.

One of the many things I love about Missouri, is the old and historical homes lovingly kept up in the small river towns.  This one is a beauty!

Another fun find are the barn quilts all over the place!  There are maps to all of them, but really, if you drive the back roads like we do, you're bound to spot several.  I just love the happy surprise when they pop up!

We spent a day and night in the quaint river town of Rocheport.  Had fun biking, wining and dining.  Took a few minutes to sit on the steps outside our B&B to sketch the cute little cottage across the road.

Home now and back in the studio weaving (and today, cleaning and organizing art supplies).  I'm really excited about rug hooking again, and having lots of fun with a new project.  Here's a peek.


Friday, October 7, 2016

October Love

Favorite Month

Haunted walks in the woods

Newly knitted throw with hooked pillows.  All is cozy.

Lovely late afternoon sun peeking in the windows.

New shawls off the loom and in my Etsy shop.

Royal blues and orangey pinks.

Shades of green and teal with violet.

It's in the 50's today, finally it feels right.  Enjoy.......

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Green Brown Red and Turquoise

It's cloudy, and it's thundering, and the colors are changing, and I LOVE IT!  

Are you seasonal, or really tuned in to changing cycles of seasons and time?  Most likely you are.  I know that I feel so exhilarated during this time of change.  I'm lucky to live in a part of the country where the seasons most definitely change on time, and for the right amount of time.  Just when things become too hot and muggy, or too dreary and cold, change is in the air.

Right now, of course, it's becoming all about fall and fall colors.  Today I picked a bouquet of lovely greens, reds, and browns around the yard.  I'm leaving it dry in the vase with no water.  Will watch it dry more and change color.

Lovely little pumpkin type fruit and a hedge apple add more fall color.

Today has been a good day to weave in the studio, plus I have a new stash of gorgeous Noro yarns.  Love this pretty autumn color combination of blues, oranges, pinks, and purples.

I'll fringe it with yarn tomorrow and get it off the loom.  Then I'll wash and further embellish with ribbons and sari silks.  Excited!

I've been hooking little Posey Pouches for sale and gifts.  They're just the right size for phone, keys, cards, and lipstick.  Lots of fun to create and hook.  Not a huge time commitment like a rug or mat.

Really like the red, green, and black color combination!

And finished another shawl in my favorite turquoise.  This one is at the Library Gift Shop.

I think turquoise is a wonderful fall color.... or anytime color for that matter!

Early fall/late summer is bringing a lot of visitors to our place.  Our latest count is a regular herd of deer (about 10 or so), and quite a flock of turkeys.  This beautiful big boy was visiting the other evening.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Secret Gardens and Small Things

My garden is changing quickly.  Less brights, but lots of greens and browns.... which are just as lovely.  I have one more page of my garden journal that I really need to get done so the project is complete for this year.  Already new ideas collecting for next spring as shade is heavier than ever, and I need to move away from some of my standard bloomers.  I'm actually already quite excited to make some changes, and plan to add a special page in my journal to record my 2017 garden ideas.

The above is a tiny secret garden we were steered to while visiting the little country town of Ava a week ago.  We went to attend the Saturday market on the square, and while visiting a wonderful little art gallery, the owner told us to check out her secret garden down the block.  It's not wide enough to stretch my arms between the two buildings.... and at the end she's painted a lovely mural on the skinny wall.  I just love it!  So sweet to take this wee space that no one really sees, and yet make it beautiful!

Speaking of wee creations, I made this tiny pillow last week.  It's actually a little pattern on linen I picked up several months ago.  I've been wanting to create and hook something large and grand..... but just can't come up with what I want, or the enthusiasm to do it.  So.... this little piece was enough to feel productive, and hopefully, jump start a new design.  It's only about 5"x10",  and just the right size to find a good spot.

Someone else has also found a good spot!  Little Iris on the hedge apple rug.  The yellow bird house behind her was one of the reasons we went to Ava.  There was a very old man selling them.  He had lots and lots.... all bright colors.  We ended up getting four!  They are finding homes in the yard, and also for gifts.

I never seem to tire of weaving on my triloom.  I especially like how this shawl turned out.  It's a special order, and will be moving on.  Hard one for me to let go of, but going to a lovely lady and a good home.

It's a bit muggy here.... but I'm feeling fall and good energy.