Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Promise of Spring ~


We are getting a real tease today in northern Ohio and I'm lovin' it :)  I know it won't last, but it sure does feel good.  Enchilada and I have gone for several walks around the block.  It's good for the soul.

 
So many things are peeking through the ground.  Snowdrops are blooming . . .

 
. . . and one winter aconite is ready to bloom.

 
My niece and family stopped by for a quick overnight on their way back to Chicago.  Here's Jake with his cousins.
 
 
Son J with his cousin Elise.  I will be happy when spring is here and he gets rid of his "winter" face :)


J's shirt cracks me up.  I am not a football fan, but I knew the Browns had a winless season.  After the season was over, they had a losers' parade where he purchased this shirt.


 Enchilada was enjoying all the attention.

 
DSO . . . just because :)


 ~ Only 28 days until spring ~
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Worm Buster ~

I first saw this hit and miss on Saundra's blog and she said that anyone was welcome to hook one.  I first did a single block of 12" x 12".  I'm thinking I must have given it away because it is nowhere to be found.  Then on our 2016 cross country tour, I hooked this one which measured 12" x 36". 
 

 
DSO said he would like a rug for his master bath . . . so I am now hooking one that will be 24" x 36".  My progress so far.


I have plenty of worms to choose from.  A basket in the hooking room that has not been sorted.

 
Tubs sorted by color.

 
Another basket and a number of bags of worms. 


Sadly, I doubt I will make much of a dent.  As any hooker will tell you, they multiply while we sleep :)
 
Enchilada has settled in quite nicely.  She has been a good girl in the house and I'm hoping the poop issues are behind her (pun intended).  She has learned to jump on the bed and snuggle in the pillows. 
 
 
I assume she must have lived in a ranch home in her previous life because at first she would do no steps so I was carrying her up and down.  Then I got her to go up and down the steps to the garage which are carpeted.  She is now going up the hardwood stairs and has gone down with a little encouragement.  She loves to cuddle and is my shadow.  


Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren
 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Two More Finishes ~


Greetings, friends.  Another Friday, but I am one of the lucky ones where every day can be my Friday if I so choose :)
 
I have a couple more finishes to share with you.  I completed my Rebekah L. Smith project from a class that I had taken with her.  I was determined to assemble the pouch/pocket, but I found it a real bear to do, but I DID IT!  Not sure I'm wild about the handle (I think it needs to be darker), but knowing me, I'll learn to like it :)

 
I'm not sure why the sides are even but the bottom is so crooked.  I used her template, so what happened?  Oh, well, I can just say it's the charm of being handmade, right? 

 
Several years ago I started this pattern by Jenny Hoffman, Country Rustic Primitives.  I was so close to finishing it when I set it aside.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe because I did not like the linen I was working it on (liked the look but not the feel of it).  Maybe because I made a slight counting error (I won't tell if you won't).  Or maybe my hook was screaming my name.

 
I found it in the cupboard, so decided to pick up my needle and complete it.  Now it can join a number of other cross stitch pieces that are just sitting in a box in the closet while I figure out what to do with them.
 
 
Yesterday was a springlike day here in northern Ohio.  It felt so good and while walking around the yard saw that my snowdrops have peeked through the ground and have buds on them.  AAAHHHH.  The promise of spring.  Today's about 30* colder.  Welcome to Ohio :)
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day ~


 
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY
 
I was just going to post a couple hearts, but when I started taking pictures, I had more than I realized.
 
Hanging on the cupboard knob is the darling punch needle heart gifted to me by friend Bobbie (the Evening Stitcher).  Wrought iron heart candle holder and an antique reproduction hooked rug with heart motifs.

 
On the chair beneath, hooked heart by friend Karin.


This amazing crazy quilt heart is from sweet Julia in South Carolina.  Excluding the handle, it measure close to a foot.

 
And from Melinda (Merry Wind Farm), this perfectly stitched heart on a vintage oil can.  I am blessed with amazingly talented (and generous!!!) friends.
 

In the living room, a bowlful of hearts, mostly from vintage quilts and antique coverlets.

 
Hooked rug hanging on the dining room cupboard.  Pattern by Red House Wool Studio.
 
 
 
A {not old} bear holding one of my hooked hearts.


And lastly, Cupid purchased from Olde Lady Morgan more than a few years ago.


I hope your day has been wonderful.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Monday, February 12, 2018

Mexican Leftovers ~


 
Yesterday, DSO, Ernestine and I took a little road trip about an hour and a half south.  Ernestine loves to go bye-byes.  Here she is sitting on what we call her catbird seat. 


 She is always checking out the scenery.

 
I just LOVE this face.
 
 
Our destination was to pick up a seventeen pound Mexican leftover.  See, whenever a pug comes in to Ohio Pug Rescue, she is given a unique name.  If not, OPR would have dozens of Franks (think Men in Black) and many Pugsleys.  To attain this goal, there is a monthly theme and the pugs are named accordingly.  One month the theme was Mexican food and since all the names were not used, this month the theme is leftover Mexican food :)
 
Meet Enchilada.  Here she is saying hi to Ernestine.   We call this a canine Google search.  {{Makes me glad I'm not a dog.}}  She is gathering information about Ernestine.  The picture is deceiving.  The girls are almost identical in size. 
 
 
Enchilada is a four and a half year old owner surrender.  She had been with the same family since she was eight weeks old.  A new grandbaby came to live with her people a year ago, and since then she has been jealous of the baby and has been pooping on the floor.  I am hoping I can turn this behavior around.  But . . . upon arrival at my house, I took her for a walk.  Nothing.  Not five minutes later she was pooping in my dining.  Momma was not a happy camper :(  Last night she was allowed the luxury of sleeping with me and she was a very good girl.  She started off on the spare pillow, but soon was pressed up against my body.  Today, she has barely been out of my sight.  So far, so good.  She is a cutie and quite the snugglebug.

 
Last night in the hooking room, she proceeded to climb on my huge pile of wool.


Here she sat for the entire time I was working on my applique piece.  {{Needless to say, the wool is now put away.}}

 
Ernestine has been visiting today and the girls are getting along just fine.
 
 
Please remember, if you are looking for a pet, be it a dog, cat, horse, even a skunk, PLEASE adopt, don't shop.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren
 
 


Sunday, February 11, 2018

This 'n That ~



Happy Sunday to you.  Another week has flown by and we are almost to the middle of February.  Only 37 days until spring :)
 
I tried snow cleaning a vintage rug the other day.  I do think it is not quite as dingy as it was.  (It looks better in the picture than in person.)  I know some people swear by it.  It's easy to find the how to by doing an internet search.

 
My Maggie Bonanomi rug is finished.  I do love how it came out.  I changed the round flower on the right just a bit.  Put the paisley in the center instead of a circle of it.  Much better, me thinks.  This was started January 12 in a class with Kris Miller at Off the Ocean Rug Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.  Now to steam and bind :(  Not my favorite things but I am going to git 'er done :)

 
A few people inquired as to how I make my rug labels shown in my last post.  Click here to see how I do it.
 
I love my Fitbit, but does yours ever cheat you?  Occasionally mine will not register a flight of stairs, but it REALLY ticks me off when it does not register my morning exercise.  Same treadmill, same settings, but every once in a while it does not track it and I just feel so cheated . . . lol.  I am so fortunate to have that as my main complaint today.  I really am blessed and every morning when I am in my hot shower, I am thankful.  By the luck of the draw I was born in the United States ~ this great Land of ours ~ and there is no where else I would rather be.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Finis x 3 ~


 
Three little mats hooked.  Three little mats bound :)  I hooked another version of Red House Wool Studio's Key to my Olde Heart.  You can find the pattern here.

 
Two of the mats even have labels!  I hate when I sew them on crooked (even though I carefully pin them on straight), so after taking this picture, I redid it.  This mat was bound with the wool I used for the background.

 
This mat was whipped with #8 cut worms, the colors used in the background.  It was hard to get a good picture.  I like the look, but find it hard on the hands to do.
 
 
 
New England Gravestone Urn by Old Scotties Primitives was whipped with wool yarn.  Another finish I like and much easier on the hands.
 

I'm very close to finishing my Tulip & Peony rug, pattern by Maggie Bonanomi.  Hopefully I will show that finish in my next post.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren