Saturday, December 29, 2007
Happy New Year from Vermont!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
We don't give a lot of gifts at Christmas.
Husband makes his special maple sugar candy and we send that out to family. We might send a puzzle
or a few small gifts to grandchildren still living at home or to our younger grandchildren.Mostly, we think of Christmas as a time of sending
good wishes to family and friends and remembering those not as fortunate as we are...not a time for going into debt buying items we don't need and can't afford. Our families spoil us with their homemade candies, jams and other treats
and we have asked that they don't send us other gifts as we are at that stage of life where we are downsizing and don't
need more "stuff"!) : )I usually ask my husband what he would like
for Christmas dinner and make the favourite dinner he chooses! (He looks forward to holidays
because we eat rather plainly and simply for most of the
year...and I try to spoil him on the holidays!!!!) LOLThis year we had one of his all-time favourite meals...pot roast with potatoes, carrots and onions cooked all day in the crockpot. Mapled sweet potatoes, mashed. Tiny peas with butter and for dessert, a freshly made apple pie with french vanilla ice cream!!! Yummy! And we do love the leftovers!!Husband often buys me an ornament made by one of our Vermont artists for Christmas and perhaps another small gift or flowering plant. I get him a new book and some other small item I know he can use. These simple gifts are all we need.We are fortunate to have each other, virtually no conflict, reasonably good health and very little stress. One of my sister-in-law's framed stitchery pieces says..."To love and be loved is the greatest gift on earth"...and we find that to be a wonderful truth.
I hope you will be blessed with good health and happiness in the year to come...as you know, we make much of our own happiness by choosing to live a life of balance and harmony, tied together with reason and compassion for others.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
These are really fun to do! I'm just drawing on the backing (linen) without using patterns and hooking them in country colours! I thought I'd do some to have a few smaller things for my shows...as it is, I have the larger rugs but I've had requests for smaller items too. : )
Hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
It's really been snowing here in beautiful Vermont! We have about 10-12 inches on the ground now. So pretty!
Monday, December 3, 2007
All of my rugs are hooked in #5 to #8 cuts, and also hand cut wool strips. As I have said before, they are all done in a folk art style...not really primitive as the images are more detailed than what we usually think of as primitive.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Of course, preparing for and doing the 4-day Vermont Hand
Crafter's show in Burlington Vermont helped the time go by quickly. I had an absolutely wonderful show and I'm so thankful for all the friends and customers who stopped by the booth to say Hello. Almost all of my Santas and Christmas Peddlers went to new homes and I was delighted to sell 4 rugs and take a commission for another! So I am tired but happy!!!!We have snow now, not a great deal yet but several inches on the ground...so we are shoveling!!!I look forward to Winter in Vermont because I have such a lot of time for rug hooking and dreaming while the snow floats softly down. We don't have to go anywhere much so we just relax and enjoy! I must take time to put up our little tree and put the candles in the windows.I hope you all have a pleasant and quiet Winter with much happiness and a lovely Christmas too.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
It is always a busy time for me as I prepare for the Vermont Hand Crafters Fine Craft and Art show, November 15th through 18th at the Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont. This is the 55th annual show and it is just a delightful experience.
Also, the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild moved their rug show to November so I am hurrying to finish items for that show too...so it is pretty busy around Old Crow Farm these days. I hope everyone is having a lovely Autumn and enjoying the cooler temps. I have so much more energy when it is cool!!!!
Monday, September 17, 2007
No, that's not a picture of my sister and me!!!!!
I don't even Have a sister!!! : ) LOL
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Since I don't go by my "real" name...and have taken my maiden name for my middle name on legal forms, etc. my real names don't work with "Sunnie"!!! : )
But I've always liked the name Colleen and I thought that Sunnie Colleen Andress might have been a nice sounding name... so I'll use that:
C would certainly be for "creative" as I've been involved in all types of art and crafts since I was a child.
O would be for "odd" ... most of those who know me would heartily agree, I am sure! LOL I certainly am not known as someone who flows in the mainstream of life. I like the meandering streams that wander about!
L would be for "laughter" as I've always had a sense of humor about life and all those who have to live with or deal with me probably have to have a sense of humor themselves!
L again would stand for"love" as I think it is so important to let those we love know it before it is too late! I know that my family members and friends who have died heard from me how much I loved them. I don't have to regret that I never said the words to them or held them and hugged them.
E would stand for "empathy" as it is necessary for us to be able to imagine ourselves in another's position and attempt to understand them. In this way we can try to appreciate (or at least look with compassion on) those whose experiences, temptations and behaviours are different from our own.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
This is my newest rug pattern and I'm hooking it to see how it comes out! I'm testing many of my new patterns on Monk's cloth as I know that the linen is great to work on! : ) I am enjoying Monk's cloth so much more since I got my Snapdragon Frames! They are a joy to work with! Check out their website and eBay offerings!!! Tell them Sunnie sent you!! (They know how much I love their frames!!!!) : ) (And no...I'm not a relative!!!)I found many similar designs of horses and riders on old samplers, antique frakturs and on some pieces of old painted furniture. These figures are so whimsical and heartwarming that I just wanted to do one based on the old needlework or paintings. Many of the riders were soldiers carrying swords...but I wanted a more peaceful rider so he carries a flag!This one is great fun to work on and I'm enjoying using these colours too!Happy Hooking!
Monday, July 16, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
We had to turn on the heat yesterday...can't believe that July 1st we're having such cold weather! It's cold today too!!!Lana, from Honeysuckle Lane's Simple Joys mentioned, in her nice comment, that I had used family associations in hooking my -Granny's Old Blue Vase- rug. I wanted to talk about that because I love to think about family, friends and special memories as I hook and design. I think many of us do!I tell myself little stories about the rugs I hook and each one is personal. I also decide on the presentation of each rug, that is, my feelings that I want to present to the viewer. Of course, each person who sees the rug has his/her own reaction...but I like to think about what I am offering to the viewer and why I want it to be that way.My customers and students seem to like to know what I am thinking when I create a rug and I am happy to share the stories. It makes for a very personal touch to an art or craft creation that passes from the artist's hands, heart and mind to the heart and mind of the person who becomes it's owner. I hope each of my rugs brings as much joy to the new owner as creating it brings to me.
Friday, June 29, 2007
A lovely cool day after a couple of days of steamy
weather! I worked on Santa bodies all day... when the temps are cool I have a lot more energy!We're working along on the bathroom remodeling too...so I hope it won't be too long before it's done!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Can't believe it's Monday again!Husband has been gone for over a week visiting antique car
friends in Illinois and I've been working like crazy to get lots of things done before he comes home! I'm trying to downsize and get things that we don't use boxed up for our children and grandchildren. If we should have to move to a house with simple - one floor - living, the boxes can simply be either sent to them or they can travel here to get them! LOL When Joe is away, I can leave the mess out and not worry that he'll fall over something going to the kitchen for his coffee!! Fortunately, we are in pretty good health now, but we're not getting any younger!!!!I've been so busy I haven't even picked up my hook...it'll be nice to get back to my quiet life again!!!! But this makes me feel better knowing that I've gotten rid of stuff that none of us need or want and have some of the children's things sorted. I have a pickup load of bags and boxes for the Goodwill too! My studio still needs some work, but it is looking pretty good! Whew! I need a rest!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
The rug above is called -Glorious October - and is one that I
had a wonderful time hooking!The colours of Autumn, the pumpkins and
crows and the wild colours of Halloween costumes in the wavy border made it fun to do. It was my first attempt at dying wool...I did the mottled greenish
wool above the crows heads.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
breeze blowing in through the windows make us thankful to be here in the country!
This is one of my early rugs, done in 2005 when I first started designing and hooking using - wide-cut- wools. Our cat, Cassie, loves to sit in the flowers and she always looks hopeful that something will run by! Or is she dreaming of fish? I thought I'd hook a whimsical kitty in the garden, dreaming of a fish dinner!!I am stripping wallpaper and redoing our little bathroom...we decided to get some new flooring so, of course, I had to redo the whole bathroom! I was tired of the blue and wanted a more country look so am trying cream and sage green. Our house is small, so redoing a room isn't the job it could be! LOLThe carpenter who helped us many years ago with our remodeling was also working on another house at the same time. He said that it was a shock to go back and forth because the kitchen of that house was larger than our entire first floor - kitchen, parlour, little parlour and dining room!