6/28/2009

Black Cat Needlepunch Makedo/Shaker


This was fun to make.
I had this black cat image in my mind.
I had the shapes sketched out,
but couldn't decide on the colors.

So, I chose them randomly as I punched.


I really had no idea what the end result
would be until I finished.

This was so much fun to make.
I think I'll be making more!

* * * * *

Aunt Lucy, Nettie, Debbie and Aunt Claudette

My cousin, and our moms, and aunt Lucy Lu
are heading out to Idaho today
to visit Deb's sister Cindy and family.

They will return on July 12th


Everyone was so giddy with excitement!
Luckily I could get them to calm down
long enough to pose for goodbye photos!

My cousin is going to have her hands full!
Good Luck Deb!
Look out Idaho!
LOL!

6/25/2009

Rain makes me crazy...good crazy!



Our upcoming launch
"Whispers under an Autumn Moon"
in my WSOAPP group,
begins in a couple days,
(June 28 - July 5)
and my projects were
created with the moon in mind.

Inspired by one of my favorite artists,
John Sliney,
I decided to paint this washboard,
and sugar mold in a similar scene....


I love the sound of pelting rain,
and love the fresh clean smell it leaves.

It's been REALLY raining a lot here in NH,
and nothing gets my creative juices flowing
more than a spell of rain....

These two painted projects were painted
free hand without tracing a pattern.
That's the lazy side of me, as well as
the rebel side of me wanting to "do it myself".

Sometimes this "frame of mind" spells
disaster for me,
but I'm pretty pleased with the
outcome of these projects,
considering I don't paint like I used to!

I ran into an old painting bud recently,
and it got me thinking of dusting off my
brushes. Soon, we think we'd like to get
together and paint again. Yay!

Besides painting, I love to sit in the evening
visiting with my family with a project in hand,
and I wanted to dress up this paddle I found.


For some time I have had my eye on this applique
wool pattern by Whimsicals,
and I though I would adapt it to a smaller
version in needlepunch.

The wool border is whipstitched with linen thread,
around this yummy brown homespun wool
I purchased recently from my friend, Allison.
I love it!!

Well, now I'm going to celebrate.
My kitty "Tobey" has been in the hospital.
He was very limp like a ragdoll when I
brought him with a high fever of over 105!

The Dr. just called to say he is behaving
like a Tiger again, and I can bring him home!
I miss my baby, so I better run for now!
That was really scary!

I hope you will take a minute to visit
our group WSOAPP during our launch!

6/14/2009

Halloween calling....


Well, today's plans never developed since it rained all day...
but my heart does flip flops when I can be creative, and
have NO WHERE to go!....


So I finished this little paper mache box
with my skeleton needlepunch design.

The crackle didn't show as well as
I would have liked, but it looks
good and distressed, so it works.


I managed to paint some surfaces,
and clean the oven (yuk)....
good day to run the oven though...


I decided to take out my Oxford needlepunch,
and used wool yarn for this orange tabby cat.

It worked up really fast,
but I really didn't have a plan,
and now feel it's too bland above the cat...
well I did have a flower, but I didn't know
how to gauge how much wool I would need....
and deleted the flower...oh well....
it's still cute to me.


It's bigger than it looks here,
8-1/2" x 10-1/2"
I stuffed it with sheep's wool and lavender,
and attached small rusty bells for the eyes,
and a larger one on each corner.

Ok, I better run and put everything away, or
my wool-thief cat will cause me some grief.
This pillow will be worse than catnip for sure!

Rain, Rain, Go Away....


Looking out my kitchen door,
I can see it's going to be one of those days.

The weather isn't looking promising for our plans
of taking a cruise in the harbor today with the kids.

This is what's left of our evening deck fire,
still smokin', defying the early morning rain...


Yesterday I started my weekend taking my mom
out for a morning of tag sale hunting....

I got this tiny stained glass lamp,
plus a glass candlestick and frame for repurposing.

It turned into a pretty warm day,
too hot to play in the gardens,
and too late to start a project,
so I cleaned out my furnace room.

It's a little room off my studio
where I can stick things out of the way.


I'm a pack rat when it comes to saving boxes
of various sizes, and yesterday I heaved them.

Now I can actually get at things,
and see the various possibilites of
new projects. YAY!

I almost worked on purging my closets,
but Tim talked me into going shopping
for a portable fire pit instead.....

First we feasted on fresh fried cod!


A couple weekends ago, I started painting
furniture for my Fall Festival fair in September.

I need to make a couple doll crib quilts,
raggedy dolls for the little chairs,
and some hooked rug covers for the little
ironing boards in the corner.

That inspiration came from Searsport Rughooking!
It was so darned cute, I thought, I can do that!


Anyway, if it's going to be a rainy day,
and we don't go out on the boat,
I will probably finish the edges on this
skeleton needlepunch project, and attach it
to a paper mache box.


While I'm painting the box black,
I may as well prep the sugar mold
for my next project.


I love this John Sliney pattern, and have
a wooden sign that I would like to make as a
complimentary piece to the candle holder.

I will adapt the moon and sheep to fit the sign.
Well now you know my plans for the day.
May your day be filled with whatever makes YOU happy!
Thanks for visiting....Chao!

6/07/2009

Cashew Bear, Pillow Tuck, and Sheer Fear!


My weekend began with a sweet surprise, when I
received an e-mail from England,
requesting to purchase an item in my WSOAPP shoppe!

I was apprehensive at first, since I have never
sold anything overseas, but I looked up the postage,
and a few e-mails later, the item is paid for!

AMAZING, how quickly the internet works!
What in the world did we do without it?

I start every Saturday hitting tag sales with
my trusty companion; my mom!

This Saturday, I couldn't believe
the amount of yard sales everywhere!
We found a couple neighborhood sales, and
a HUGE barn sale at a beautiful farm house!

As soon as I returned home, my best friend Polly,
phoned to say she was in the neighborhood, and
stopped for 5 minutes (literally).
She showed me her goodies, and boasted that
she found a town-wide yard sale.

That woman has yard sale radar!


I put my treasures away;
feasted on some AWESOME homemade fish "chowdah"'
(thanks to my great-cook and fish-killer boyfriend);
watered the gardens;
and then managed to get "Cashew" listed
in my WSOAPP shoppe.

She was so much fun to make. I used a pattern by
Sweet Meadows Farm, and I took my time with
her details. I'm proud of her,
and she smells soooo yummy!


This is the second item I listed in my shoppe.

Recently I purchased wool from Lois Roy,
of Olde Scotties Primitives on eBay,
and with my package, received a notice
about her eBay Rughooking group, which I joined.

She generously shared a free pattern with the
members, to complete a project by September.

I was intimidated by the curves and points,
as I am a rookie "hooker".
So I practiced on a needlepunch project,
after she gave permission to reduce the size.


I LOVE the colors after primming with walnut crystals,
but I'm disappointed that the numbers
1862 aren't more visible.

It also didn't help that my mom's vision
of this piece, is one of a "cock-eyed" sailor!
(Thanks mom!)

I'm also disappointed that I misplaced my
medium point punch needle. I had
to use my small needle, which means I can
only use 3-strand floss instead of 6-strand floss,
which is my preference.


I attached the design to piece of wool
(which Lois also generously gifted
with the pattern) and stuffed it with
Lavender and flax seed.
I attached a removeable yarn hanger,
and I'm actually pleased overall.


So, here is my one-year kitty; Tobey.
He now comes into my studio under supervision,
and he decided to nap in some boxes I hadn't
put away yet. So sweet at this moment....

This is where the sheer fear comes into play...
I fell asleep on the couch watching the
Red Sox game...and when I headed to bed,
I thought it was odd that the cats were nowhere to
be seen. I remembered that I had opened the door
in my bedroom, and thought I would check to see
if they were at the screen door......

THE SCREEN DOOR WAS OPEN!
Either I left it open after shaking out the rugs,
or they pushed it open with their paws.....

In the last 2 weeks, in the middle of the night,
we have listened to the ungodly sounds of an
animal screaching the sound of a slow death.....
The worst only a few nights before.....
A fisher cat maybe on the prowl....

MY HEART WAS POUNDING,
as I realized my cats were
out at 9:30 at night!

Max is 15, and does go out, but always comes in
by dusk. Tobey just turned one,
and he recently pushed the
bathroom window screen out,
and was at the kitchen door
outside looking in,
and was quickly wisked into the house.

Another time, I brought him out only to realize,
he was headed for the woods lickety-split and I
was not dealing with that.
Way too soon, and inside he went!

Geared with flashight in hand,
Tobey was found, skittish and with very wet paws.

That's when the wheels came off, and I
surrendered to sweet slumber!
Today is a new day, and I have
a list of chores; spreading mulch,
weeding, putting laundry away, some housework,
and maybe clean my studio.

I live for my weekends!
Thanks for visiting!