Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. We spent a lovely week and a half with company for Christmas (parents on both sides) and then friends from Montreal for New Years. Ate wayyyyy toooo much – my friends all cook and cook realllllly well and take pity on Gord because I don’t cook! Read, watched movies, ate, junked and generally just had a wonderful holiday. Oh and hooked! Yup – hooked up one of the new Karla Gerard patterns to fit into the bottom of the old berry basket I bought recently. This is one of the patterns I will be offering on linen in various sizes. Mine turned out about 21 x 11 which was just slightly larger than the original pattern but with a border fit perfectly into the bottom of my basket. Hooked this in 2 days! (ahhh 8.5 is such a wonderful cut!). Because I used a wider cut I eliminated some of the detail but in a smaller cut you could add in more of the details from the original pattern. I love this pattern – enlarged it would make a wonderful floor mat. Lengthened it would be a wonderful table runner. I hooked it in more my colours but did pick up the oranges, reds, golds and blues from Karla’s original design.
Discovered (with the help of friend Wendy) a new antiques and junk store – Butchers in Smiths Falls! (Oh Wendy did I give away too much info!!!). So took my friends from Montreal there last Friday – it was 17 below, slippery, snowy and we arrived to a “closed” sign on the gate! NOOOOOOO – did not drive over an hour to be locked out so I said – DRIVE IN ANYWAY!. Well, you must understand that like Millers in Rideau Ferry much of the stuff is outside – covered in snow! – and a LOT is inside unheated, dirty old barns and outbuildings. Lighting was minimal or non existent and the owner allowed us half an hour to peruse! and freeze! but oh my God! it was great! Unlike Millers it has a lot of large beautiful old antiques (not inexpensive) and not as much small stuff or “junk with potential” but it really is a wonderful place to visit IF it is warmer than 17 below celsius and you have time. I saw a lot of items that I would like to take a closer look at so will have to make another trip – which I can justify now that I have actually done something with one of the pieces I previously purchased!
So today I will restain the berry basket and probably start one of the Christmas trees I will be teaching as a class next fall in Picton. These are 3 dimensional trees and I have a number of different designs that I will be offering. My 2012 classes and shows are starting to appear on the events page.