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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…

 

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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…

INTERNATIONAL RUGHOOKING DAY…

What a wonderful hookin hosted by the ladies from the Martintown and Beaconsfield guilds! Mother Nature must have been happy to have a bunch of hookers gathering as we had perfect weather (a tad nippy but clear and sunny) so there was a fabulous turnout. Lunch provided by the ladies consisted of about 8 different delicious soups and breads followed up by an assortment of treats so no-one went hungry. The vendors were wonderful – from beautiful hand made wooden items, rughooking supplies, Oxford punch needle supplies, hand spun yarns, luscious precut velvet strips, hand made fimo hooks, miniature punch needle supplies – we had it all! AND!!! Gord won a door prize – well he THINKS HE WON IT – in actual fact hmmmmm, it may become mine 🙂 . Anddddd – since I have done such a marvellous job of decluttering I added a new piece to my stash. A wonderful little bench that came from a nunnery (gosh that sounds rather Shakespearean) in Quebec. This will be added to my collection – hmmm how many benches do I have now? Each is so beautiful with wonderful patina – I love vintage and antique benches and boxes – the grungier the better. This one is wonderful because there are 2 layers to the top – one screws off and can be covered with a hooked mat and screwed back on… Ahhhhh, another winter project!

I was only able to get a couple of pictures – we were a tad busy (in fact Gord kept telling me to stop schmoozing and get working!) so here they are…

Jacques is doing this beautiful rug…
and his wife Isabelle did this lovely rug…
Gill did a punch needle version of Karla Gerard 2 Raccoons (I carry this pattern as a punch needle kit or rughooking pattern)… I love this piece especially as we seem to have adopted 3 baby raccoons who hoover the sunflower seeds the chickadees toss off the bird feeder onto the porch for them… and Christine sent me a picture of her wool feather wreath – years ago I made a feather tree out of wool – hmmm mine was not as beautiful as Christine’s wreath – in fact!!!! it ended up in the garbage.  There are instructions on youtube on how to make these wreaths – I may have to try again!!!!… Today is our Guild potluck and ornie exchange. Should be a fun fun day… hope yours is as well….

A FEW PICTURES TO SHARE…

Brenda send me a picture of her Floral Runner – this is a pattern I designed many many years ago and have hooked twice – once in very provencal colours and once in very primitive, old colours. Brenda used her bits and pieces and hers is so warm and inviting and SO VERY different from either of mine – love the look of this one…

Beth ordered my Snowy Owl kit (Lisa Ferguson design that I carry) as soon as I posted these new patterns. She is now done the hooking and this looks so beautiful…

Shelagh gave this lovely Celtic piece that she hooked to her Grandmother to put beside her bed – Grandma decided it was too beautiful to put on the floor! I agree!!!!… Plus a picture of her finished piece from our box making class – tiny quilted piece served as the artwork for the top…