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SOME BEAUTIFUL RUGS AND PUNCH NEEDLE…

Ahhhhhh I got my junkin fix yesterday. Diane is here with hubby for a few days and of COURSE we had to go ajunkin’ and wow what a haul Diane got. Right now we are in the process of designing 2 smaller rugs for her vintage snowshoes! She also got vintage frames, a carrier, a mini ironing board, vintage marbles for her grandkids (not the 225.00 one we saw at the antique store but the bag for 7.00 ones we got at the junk store!). What did I get – a 5.00 butter paddle 🙂 but I got my hunting fix! And today hooking and hmmm turkey soup and tomorrow hooking and hmmm whatever is leftover that we don’t have to cook!

So I have some stunning rugs to share…

Penny finished these two stockings – one is an adaptation of Karla Gerard’s Crescent Moon pattern and the other is an adaptation of Shelly Atkinson’s Winter Skate pattern…

Jill’s stunning version of Lisa Ferguson’s Snowy Owl…

Louise punched this pattern from Olde Tattered Flag…

and hooked this table mat…

and made this lovely piece for her granddaughter…

and I am finally making progress on my rug for Ruby’s family…

this is what was done when I got it…

and this is where it is now…

I realize that it is not easy to pick up someone else’s rug and continue it – Ruby and I hooked similarly but still there are differences but as I hook I imagine her looking over my shoulder and saying yes, Loretta, that is what I would have done 🙂 .

OHCG ANNUAL COMING SOON…

Our Annual OHCG rug show is being held this coming year in London Ontario April 12 – 14. A wonderful weekend of classes, rug show and special evening events (go to the website to register or check your latest OHCG newsletter). Each year the organizers announce a theme and the theme for 2019 is “Birds of a Feather“! Sooooo, if you are looking for a fabulous project to hook for this year’s annual check out these Lisa Ferguson patterns (you can find these patterns listed on my online store). Wool can also be specially dyed for each of these(most of these patterns are also available as miniature punch needle patterns or kits)…

and a few pieces to share by Sherri:

CABIN FEVER HOOKIN…

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We celebrated with family and friends both 2- and 4-legged. Maybe more 4-legged than 2! We seem to have adopted the runt of the litter of raccoons – she lives in our bird feeder and even sleeps there overnight! And the dear deer hang around at the bottom of the stairs waiting anxiously for their fair share of goodies! Along with that we have our usual contingent of squirrels including little red who LOVES getting stoned on  peanut butter! Everyone ate well over Christmas – maybe toooooo well! So today, ahhhh American Pickers and hooking, and leftovers – no cookin’!!!

And now the long dark days start – questionable and scary weather (we are expecting freezing rain and then snow on Friday), grey skies, heavy boots and coats.  Sooooo, since winter can be soooooo long and we all need a little pick-me-upper Carol and I have decided to hold a CABIN FEVER hookin in Westport (different location from our usual summer hookin) in February. A great way to spend some time with like-minded folks hooking, punching, appliquéing or felting. We will be holding a few demonstrations during the day to get you excited about trying something new!  Please email Carol to confirm your attendance.  We hope to see some of you there…

 

FOR SALE!…

Mac is not in the shop yet – he has the recurring black screen of death but then functions for a while if I treat him reaaaaaallly well and don’t ask tooooooo much of him (haha) so until Sunday when he heads to the Mac-hospital  I am hoping to get some work done 🙂 .

My friend Diane has a few punch needle pieces – well lets say she has a LOT of pieces! and she has decided she needs to divest herself of a few in order to make room for MORE! Here is one that is for sale – the frame is a beautiful piece made out of up cycled illllld trim and the punch needle is mounted to wool and then framed. This piece is available for a mere $100.00 (and since she bought the frame from me I know how much just the frame was and that this is an amazing price). So give her a shout at dhrennie@hotmail.com if you need to add this piece to your home.

and now some pieces to share…

Chris finished her funky cat foot stool…

Nancy’s lovely tea cosies heading to new homes on Christmas Day… another piece finished by Diane (attached to one of Vince’s fabulous sheep paddles)..


Susan finished this fun fun piece as a gift… (please adopt me Susan!)…

MAC IS ILL…

so sad.  AFter nine years of faithful service I believe my MAC has bit the dust. MAC happens to be my wonderful desktop IMAC.  I lovvvvve MAC but yesterday I fell into the big black hole.  YUP the black screen of death appeared and reappeared and now MAC is heading to the shop where hopefully he will be fixed or if not, replaced.  In the meantime that means my posts will be somewhat curtailed as i have no idea what I am doing on the iPad so I am taking this opportunity to wish everyone happy happy holidays – may your days be filled with family, friends, good food, good cheer and maybe some creativity.  If you need to reach me just send me an email and I will be back when MAC is well again.

SHADES OF CHRISTMAS TO COME…

We have had visitors – many visitors! – thank goodness not the ones that chew on the porch either – they have been visiting a friend and eating her porch instead! And so a few little treats must be dispensed many times every day –  peanut butter for the little red squirrel (smooth cause the crunchy is for me!), seeds for the birds who then toss them on the floor for the squirrels, grain and carrots and hmmm a few mandarins for the deer and oh my – anything that is edible for the raccoons – stale cookies and crackers, deer food, sunflower seeds, cat kibble – these critters will eat ANYTHING and I figure if I keep them fat and happy they will not destroy my house! So 5 little babies are now 5 chunky teenagers!..

A few rugs to share… 

Susan’s lovely rug from her fine shading class with Sue Perry…


Sherri finished her sweet stockings in time! yeahhhh. These were custom designed by Shelly Atkinson for Sherri’s granddaughters who are skiers…  A bit of decorating finished, my favourite Christmas CD’s loaded…and now cookies to be baked…(and hidden from Gord who would eat them all before the holidays!) and yes, I know those of you who know me think I do not cook which is true but occasionally I do bake! The shortbread is cooling on the porch and the ginger cookie dough is resting in the fridge!…

My little feather tree decorated with tiny ornies…

PICTURES TO SHARE…

Wow, it seems everyone is working hard finishing up pieces as gifts or just for the sake of finishing.  Is it the cold that spurs us on? Less outdoor work so a bit more time to play?  I know I actually got to hook the other day! While watching multiple episodes of American Pickers – ahhhhhh junkin! and hookin! – what a day!

So a few pictures to share:

Anne sent me a picture of her completed Waldeboro (pattern from Honey Bee Hive)…

and her lovely miniature punch needle of my Lisa Ferguson Winter Fox pattern…

 

 

Wendy finished hooking her funky chicken chairpaid…
Elaine bought this new pattern from me (designed by Marjorie Swift) and had it finished within days…

And also send me pictures of her Karla Gerard Folkart Sheep punch needle…Brenda finished hooking her Shelly Atkinson Hockey game rug… 

Louise sent me a picture of her lovely completed Martina Lesar rug… the other Louise is working on these amazing Christmas stockings… at our guild pot luck Marjorie’s place mat… and her lovely Grenfell rug which she recently acquired at auction…

Jennifer ‘s Canoe rug…
Shelagh with her sweet sheep rug… a few boxes from our class – Pen did a proddy topper… Bev used her box to frame a piece of lovely bobbin lace she had made…and finally – my order of Irish hooks finally arrived from Ireland. They had a hard emigration process – got lost in the many truck loads of parcels sitting in Mississauga due to our postal strike but they are here now so if you are looking to treat yourself to a beautiful hook for the holidays give me a shout…