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Monthly Archives: November 2018

PAINTING ALMOST DONE …

Well, TV room is done! cleaned, repainted, decluttered and reorganized – all the “stuff” has been moved to the porch for our guild auction next spring or for the thrift store. It looks and feels so much better and we found nothing living or mummified behind the biggggg furniture. Now onto the storage rooms where I have, hmmmm, more “stuff” to dispose of including an antique, very primitive wool winder, some antique drying racks, a long primitive shelf – hmmm maybe I need to have a sale! 🙂

Our final box class with teacher Helen Gordon went really well – it was a bit overwhelming at times but we all finished (or are in the process of finishing) our wonderful boxes. I love the way my box turned out and once I have pix from the rest of the class will share all the box pictures. In the meantime, a picture of mine and my sister’s plus some pictures of what Helen and I were up to this weekend and some pictures from others of completed pieces…

Lois send me a picture of her lovely completed punch needle (pattern by Michelle Palmer) mounted on a piece of slate…

 

Brenda send me a picture of her completed Sheep Farm (one of my Karla Gerard punch needle patterns) – she did an amazing job…My completed box – I designed the crow and sunflower to go with the fabric – well kind of 🙂 …
Betty’s sweet sheep punch needle box… Helen mounted her punch needle to one of the paddles-by-Vince that I sell… and this one to an old, we think, butter paddle – isnt that sky amazing… and this one to a vintage sewing machine drawer (pattern by A piece of work that I carry)… I framed my version of Sheep Farm…  and Helen’s stunning poppies mounted on Loden coating… 

 

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PAINTING, PAINTING AND MORE PAINTING…

We finally decided to repaint our TV room – of course that involves moving furniture, cleaning, decluttering etc. But I love the process and the end result. Guess I am one of those weird people who actually like to paint and Gord and I have it down to a fine art. Of course, I am the queen of tape. Must run in the family. My dad had fibreglass tape which he used to stick everything together so that it was virtually impossible to open things – including the boxes of delicious Christmas cookies we would make each year; my sister Di would use duct tape to glue together socks, holes in the bottoms of her pj’s, pillow cases. Invariably when she was living with us I would find bits and pieces of various tapes in the dryer. And me – well I tape EVERYTHING when I paint so that when I rip off the tape it is perfect, clean with nice straight lines 🙂 . So, at 5:30 this morning the painters tape came out and now there is green tape on the floor, on baseboards, around plugs etc. May take us a few weeks as we usually do one wall at a time and then put back furniture so that things are not quite so disorganized. Ahhhhhh, it will be clean once again. Some pieces of huge heavy furniture have not been moved in a few years – yikes. What might be living or growing back there?????

So in the meantime not much hooking or punching is going on. Although last week I took a box making class in Ottawa taught by Helen Gordon. Initially I think most of us found it a tad stressful – having to do all the math so that things fit together perfectly was not something any of us expected. But when ALL OF A SUDDEN THE LIGHT WENT ON we all got our pieces measured, cut and yikes, laced together. Now lacing sounds easy buttttttt when your lacing thread BREAKS on the 5th tightening – it is not a good thing! But by the end of the day all of us were having fun and excited to go home, do our homework and return next week to put it all together. I cannot wait to see the finished pieces – some were going to frame punch needle on the tops of their boxes, hooking, proddy, lacework, quilting – it will be such fun. I will try to take pictures of the various pieces for show and tell.

In the meantime, a few projects to share done by others who, hmmm, are not painting!…

Anne sent me pictures of her pieces…

Designer – Designs in Wool…
Designer – Warren Kimble… Designer – Red Barn Rugs…

 

and Jane sent me a picture of her completed punch needle … 

A FEW PICTURES TO SHARE…

A quieter but fun day nonetheless at our RVBB Vendor Day this past Thursday. Thanks to everyone who came out to make the day a success.

A few of our visitors brought pieces to share…

Tiffany finished her first miniature punch needle piece – Neighbours (one of the Karla Gerard PN designs I sell)… and Sandy brought along her hooked version of Winter Fox – one of my Lisa Ferguson patterns – and is doing an amazing job…

Yesterday I took a day off working and spent the day watching Brit dramas and punching. I NEEDED to punch as I am taking a box making class on Wednesday and hmmmmm had not finished my piece for the top of the box!!! So yesterday I diligently punched all day and finished my piece for the workshop and also another piece, Crescent Moon. Yeahhhhhh…



My last selling event of the year will be International Rughooking Day – mark the date and the location on your calendars and join us for a fun day if you can.