Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year's Eve!

This is what our scenery looks like here at Old Crow Farm this morning! Wonderful snow and so peaceful and quiet!!! May you all have a safe and happy New Year's evening and many blessings in 2008!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Ready for 2008!

Happy New Year from Vermont!
I can't believe we are almost into 2008!! This year went so fast!
We got some more snow, about 4 inches, last night so the snow is white and sparkly once again!
I am finishing up chair pads and then must finish the rug I am working on for a customer. These are wonderful days for rug hooking!
I hope that we all will remember in the coming year to have more kindness and compassion for others, to show reasonableness in any conflict and to let the trivial go and not live in that "nit-picky" world where we crab about little things!
I am always surprised when people talk to me about conflict in their marriages or friendships or other relationships that so many of the things they mention are very trivial and not worth fighting about! (I always tell people who ask me that I don't want to waste my precious "crabbyness" on something insignificant!!! I want something really BIG so I can have a really good crab!) : )
My husband and I are very different people and after we married, we pledged to be kind to each other and to try to work out any problems with caring and courtesy.
Now that we have been married for 20 years (a second marriage for us both) we find that our pledges were good ones and, with a few "snits" along the way (LOL!!!) we have had a very happy and peaceful life. : )
May you have health, happiness and only a few "crabby" spells in 2008!!! : )

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Winter Wishes

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

We enjoyed a quiet, peaceful day listening to beautiful music on radio and television all day long. Because our children and grandchildren are all on the West coast, we don't have them with us at Christmas. The weather here in Vermont, New Hampshire and Mass. in the winter time is often snowy, icy, etc., so we prefer not to travel but visit family at other times.
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!!!!) LOL
This 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 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

Merry Christmas!

We're having a sunny day here in Vermont for Christmas. We lost quite a bit of snow over the weekend with the wind and higher temps...but we still have nice white snow!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Hookin'Chair Pads!

I'm having a ball doing these...what fun!
It's like a little "wool painting" for your chair! LOL
A Good Harvest
copyright, Sunnie Andress 2007

Catching A Ride
copyright, Sunnie Andress 2007

unfinished-Vermont Country Cottage
copyright Sunnie Andress 2007

unfinished - Still Life with Zinnias
copyright, Sunnie Andress 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 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

Snowing today! Again!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!! : )
It is softly snowing again looks so pretty!
I do love the snow! We have all our Christmas gifts set off to our families...many of them in the West... and we can relax and enjoy the peace, quiet and snowy countryside! I'm baking a new recipe for Pumpkin bread so we'll see how it turns out...would you believe it uses 5 eggs!!! Whew! With pecans and spices, it should be good!!! Yum! I'm hooking on a few chair pads...they go quickly and I just draw on the backing and then hook. No need to make patterns...lots of fun! I'll post a picture later!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

More Snow!!

Happy Winter Everyone!
Thank goodness for a snowblower! My husband and I used to clear all of it by just hands and shovels! But now at age 76 and my soon-to-be 66, we thought a snowblower would be wise investment!

As you can see, we are clearing deeper paths to the barn and to the garage which is across the street! The mailbox post is getting covered up with the snow and the snowplow throwing ever more snow on it!!! : ) The snow is higher and higher! This is a Vermont winter!!! LOL

One of my good friends left a Blog message for me discussing the problem some people have in the winter...the lack of sunlight. Also, the cold and the stark landscape can cause depression and a feeling of sickness or just feeling "not right" during these days. I am fortunate to be one who is not really affected by the weather. My only problem with weather would be hot, humid summer days when I feel limp and wet with no energy! But no weather causes me any depression or emotional distress...and I am very thankful for that. My good thoughts and warm wishes go out to all who suffer with these problems. The answers and treatments are not always easy.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Vermont Snowstorms!

The big Maple tree in the back yard looks cold too! : )
But that is Winter in Vermont!

Looks pretty coooold and icy out there!

We've really had a lovely snowstorm and we are due for another one on Sunday! Thank goodness we don't have to go anywhere except to town for groceries, etc. We can stay in by the fire and be warm and cozy!
Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone!
Stay warm...

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Santas, Peddlers and Snow!

Here is some of what I've been up to during the Summer-into-Autumn season...and I'll start again with rugs and Santas, etc. in the Spring!
A Gentle Santa
copyright, Sunnie Andress 2007
This peaceful Santa is bringing lots of wonderful things for good girls and boys! Better be good!

A Christmas Peddler
copyright, Sunnie Andress 2007
The Christmas peddlers were new for me this year and people seemed to enjoy them. they are such fun to do...finding all those tiny things for the trays!

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

Wow! Is It Snowing or What!!

Logo by Nutmeg Creations for my Sunnie Andress Designs website showing images from 4 of my rugs. Graphics copyright Nutmeg, Original rugs copyright Sunnie 2005

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.

The Rooster rug below has a more primitive feeling to it!
copyright Sunnie Andress 2007
Roosters Rug inspired by a design on a punched tin cupboard door!

copyright Sunnie Andress 2007

Making progress on B is for Bountiful Harvest rug...already Sold.

It is really snowing today as the big storm hits us here in Vermont! A great day to be inside snug and warm...and hooking!
Stay warm and cozy and have a wonderful Christmas too!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

November's End

Reproduction rug from the book American Hooked and Sewn Rugs
by Joel and Kate Kopp - hooked by Sunnie

November certainly went fast!!! Whew!
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving!

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 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

Sunny Friday!

One of my favourite Santas from a previous year...Amish patchwork!

Well, we are into November and I'm up to my eyeballs in Santas and rugs! I'll be working away until the day before the Vermont Hand Crafters show! It's always a fun time.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Halloween Rug in Green Mountain Show, Shelburne, VT

Come In, Dearie! (c) Sunnie Andress, 2007
This rug was an absolute delight to do!
I wanted to create a fun rug pattern that my students and others would enjoy hooking if they loved Halloween! (23 x 29 inches) #5, #6, #8 cuts. This is the design that started with my little drawing of the pumpkin-eggplant witch! I used fun colours, leftover worms and planned most of it as I went! I knew I wanted the teal wool for the sky and the pumpkin orange and eggplant purple...but that's how it started! I love to choose colours as I go...and not plan everything beforehand. It's really a perfect way to work for someone who loves surprises like I do! LOL
Happy Halloween! Booooooo!

Autumn Meadow Rug Ready for Green Mountain Show,Shelburne, VT

A- Autumn Meadow - (c) Sunnie Andress 2007
This rug (finished) is in the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild's Show at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont November 9th through the 18th, 2007.
I finished it the night before the submission deadline!!!
I am starting a group of rugs...The Sampler Memories Series... featuring the Shepherdess and her sheep. Inspired by old Frakturs and Samplers from the 1700-1800's, I am using fanciful motifs similar to those in the antiques but using them in my own way to make an original design. This rug is 29 by 42 inches and is my largest rug to date. It is all done in #5, #6 and #8 cut wools from various sources, some of my dyed wool and some wonderful as-is plaids!
This rug follows my method of the "unplanned rug", as I design the pattern first and only decide upon one or two colours to start! I choose either a "dark" or "light" background (it doesn't matter what the colours are!) and begin the rug with only a vague idea of where my colour experiments will take me. This is a really fun part of the whole process for me. It wouldn't be nearly as much fun if I colour-planned my rugs before I started!!! I like to be surprised!!!
I am now working on B- Bountiful Harvest, featuring a Shepherdess and her sheep sitting under a large "apple" tree just bursting with "fruit" for the picking. A friendly chicken looking on and a shy deer wanting to share the apples will complete this picture. I already have part of the design for "C" in my head and the design for "T" as well! I can hardly wait to start on those!
But must continue work on my Santas for my Vermont Hand Crafters Show!!!
Happy Autumn-into-Winter!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Wonderful foliage...Enjoy!

Glorious October!

I love Autumn! Here is what it looks like from our little farmhouse in the beautiful Northeast Kindom of Vermont!
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 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

Beautiful Monday!

sunnie's little witches-Halloween wreath decorations of the past

No, that's not a picture of my sister and me!!!!!

I don't even Have a sister!!! : ) LOL

I do love these early Autumn days...warm days and cool nights! The leaves are beginning to turn here in the Kingdom and we are doing all the "getting-ready-for-Winter" things!
I must go up to the studio and get to work on more Santas. I tend to be distracted by my latest rug and before I know it, I've been at my rug frame hooking for hours!!!!
Happy Monday, Everyone! Hugs to you all! : )

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Middle Name Game : )

I've been tagged for the middle name game by Jacque at The Doodles of My Mind! LOL

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.

E again would be for education because I believe in it so much!!! It is one of the important things I stressed to my own children. From the time they were young, I helped them to understand that the educational journey was exciting!!! Also that they could learn something from each person they met or book they read. Hopefully, we keep that thirst for knowledge all our lives....I know I have!

N is for "nice"...because I truly believe that "nice matters"!!! It is amazing to see what happiness can be given to another person or a pet when we treat them nicely. A pleasant word is always welcome, and I try to give compliments when I've received good service or been treated well in a shop or on the phone, etc. Even complaints that we have to make can be handled in a pleasant manner. It makes such a difference.

These are things that describe me and how I try to live my life. It was fun to think about them and write them down!! I'm not sure if I can find a Blogger who hasn't been tagged already, but I'll search!!! : )

Happy Tuesday!

"Hook On"! whimsical rug (c) sunnie andress 2006

Although we're a little tired from our trip to Mass. and Conn. over the weekend, we had a great time! Attended St Michael's Craft Faire in Litchfield, CT and enjoyed it so much. St Michael's church is just beautiful and we had a tour of the church which has some beautiful Tiffany stained glass windows. We also had a great visit with family! : )

The rug above is a funny one that I did when a friend asked me to design a goofy rug pattern on Monk's cloth that, when done, would be a great gift for a hooker with a sense of humor! Or...a small rug pattern that a hooker could do for herself, using up leftover wool "worms" in her worm bags! This was the result!!! : )
The rug always makes me laugh when I pass by it on the way to my studio! I did one for myself because if anyone is "goofy", it's me!!! LOL I used all leftover worms for mine too except for the sky. I have the pattern on Monk's cloth if anyone is interested.
I'm trying to finish rugs, work on Santas, and deal with "life" these days so it is pretty busy here "in the Kingdom"!!! Whew! Hope you are all having a great end-of-Summer-into-Autumn timie!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Super September!

Hook On!

I can't believe we're into September already! Life seemed to intervene in August so my hooking took a vacation! LOL

Also, I had a bout with neck and shoulder pain that sent me to check it out at the hospital! Since we women often don't have the same symptoms as men when it comes to heart attacks, the neck, shoulder and arm pain could have signaled that something was wrong in the heart department. Thankfully it seems to be some kind of muscle strain or nerve or tendon I am relieved!!! : )

I'm teaching another beginning primitive -wide-cut- rug hooking class this month as well as continuing to prepare for my November show so it will be a busy time. Also we're getting the flower beds and house, etc. ready for Autumn and Winter so that always entails a lot of busy work!Hope everyone has a wonderful Autumn and I'll post more hooking photos when I get a little more time.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

August Almost Gone!

We still have some pansies and petunias along the front walk!

I've been busy this month with the grandchildren's visit and then, after they flew home, getting the house, etc. back to normal!! LOL
Didn't do too much hooking... but am in the process of getting back to that and Santa-making. Hope everyone is enjoying the summertime...Autumn will be here before we know it! I love Autumn best of all!!! : )
a big Thank You to Toni of Rabbit Hill Creations for passing along to me the Because Nice Matters Award! She is such an encouraging person and a wonderfully creative artist in several different areas...and, of course, a collector of rabbits!!!!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Patriotic Rider Progress

(c)sunnie andress 2007
This one is such great fun! Here is a bit more progress! The image is adapted from Pennsylvania Dutch designs from the 1700's!

At the Leahy Center

We went to Burlington on Monday and visited the Leahy Echo center. It was a very interesting center with animals, fish, etc. promoting the wildlife around Lake Champlain and the area.

We loved the big fish and watching one of the center's guides feed worms to the garter snake!

When the group moved along to another animal for feeding, my grandson walked by the snake and raised his hand to do something...and the poor snake thought he was going to get another worm!!! It was one disappointed snake!!! LOL

Monday, July 23, 2007

Patriotic Rider Rug Progress!

rug design (c) sunnie andress 2007

I'm really enjoying this rug! It is turning out just the way I wanted it to...whimsical and fun!

The outside border is a good way to use up wool that is a looser weave. Since it is cut in the number 8 width (or it could be 8.5) it makes the work go fast and keeps fraying to a minimum. This particular wool is a plaid and also picks up the colour of the mushroom jacket on the rider! The upper padula flower is a plaid that is quieter than the other reds I've used so that the focus is on the center of the rug and the horse and rider!

Summer Days

We've had some wonderful summer days lately, just the right temperature! Here are the grandchildren in Lake Willoughby, Vermont on a warm afternoon!

We are enjoying their visit!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Patriotic Rider Rug Progress

(c) sunnie andress-2007
I'm making some progress on this rug even though we're doing more running around than usual with the grandchildren here!!! : ) As with all my rugs, I love using wool scraps for some of the leaves, flowers, etc. so that much of the rug is not "planned". I'm happy with the design and think it would be fun for others to enjoy hooking too!
The background under the arch and around the rider is a mixture of 4 or 5 different (medium to pale) hand-dyed and as-is blues. The outer border background will be a wheat coloured as-is plaid. I am using some of my own hand-dyes in this rug and have dyed wool yarn to whip the outer edges when the finishing time comes.

Our weather has been rainy and somewhat stormy so outdoor activities are not quite as pleasant! We're due for some warmer, drier weather next week.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

My New Rug Pattern!

Pennsylvania Dutch Patriotic Rider
design -c-sunnie andress 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

Jess Working on a Model Car

Jess is building a 1937 Chevy model. It can be built as a stock "stovebolt" or a Superhot "Street Shaker"! A blast from the past! : ) (Grandpa builds model airplanes.)

Nick's Baltimore butterfly

One of our country butterflies...a "Baltimore" Euphydryas phaeton
visiting with Nick

Grandchildren Here!

We're enjoying our visit with two of our grandchildren for the next few weeks. Since they live on the West Coast, a visit to the East is a chance to see extended family and some different geography and country history.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wednesday Thoughts

One of my - Quilt-Lover's Santas - that I enjoy making! I do Rug Hooker's Santas too!
Boy, have we had some strange weather here in Vermont the last week or so. Sometimes we have to turn on the heat and sometimes it feels like a tropical rain forest!!!! LOL I'm sure I saw a parrot fly by was really hot and humid! I'm expecting to see monkeys swinging through the trees any day now. The flower garden weeds have just overrun us with this weather, so we pull a few here and there but just let the rest go. Whew!

We're preparing for a visit from two of our grandchildren as well as doing the bathroom remodel, summer chores and my hooking and Santa-making! So all is NOT quiet at Old Crow Farm these days. I can't believe the days fly by so fast!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable 4th of July celebration and I hope all of you are having a pleasant summer.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Brrr...Cold Monday!

Rugosa roses
I love these roses...they only bloom for about 15 minutes - LOL - and then the petals fall, but they have a lovely scent and look so pretty while they're blooming!
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

Beautiful Friday!

The petunias are happy today too!

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 I hope it won't be too long before it's done!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hot, Humid Wednesday!

At least the poppies like the weather!
Boy, is it hot and sticky today! Just the kind of weather I really hate!!! LOL But I guess the weather just doesn't revolve around me!

I do hope everyone out there in bloggerland is having a great day. I am working on Santas and trying to think snow!!!!! Humming Jingle Bells too! LOL

Monday, June 25, 2007

Granny's Old Blue Vase

Granny's Old Blue Vase (c) Sunnie Andress 2005

When I posted the closeup of part of this rug earlier, I was showing my hooking style...this is the complete rug. It is also one of my earlier rugs! I was thinking about my Mom, Aunties and Grandmothers and they all seemed to have an odd, homely blue vase in their collections. We all used them because each vase seemed to be such a nice size for flowers! I did the ripple afghan border because all of those same ladies had one somewhere in the house! On a bed, over a chair arm or over a sofa back! It just seemed fitting somehow!!! LOL

Monday Morning

Joe's 1928 Jordan automobile

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'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

Hooking Style

As this picture shows, I don't hook with all my loops standing up like little soldiers with just their shoulders touching! I tend to have my loops going in several directions and I hook my rows quite close together. As long as my rug will steam properly and lie flat on the floor, I prefer this look for my own rugs.

Breezy Wednesday

Glorious October (c) Sunnie Andress 2005

We had a pleasant Wednesday here today! It rained some last night but we had cloudy skies today with no rain! A nice breeze for drying clothes outside too!

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

Summer Tuesday

Another beautiful day in the Kingdom!

The Iris are blooming now too, in with the Lupines. They are creeping up the hill in back of our house towards the woods.

I'm doing about 20 things at once today...I think it is called - time deepening - but I think it should most likely be called - chaos -!!!

Over the weekend I was painting, cleaning, sorting, working on Santas, casserole-dying wool and, for the first time, wool yarns too. This was my first time trying the casserole dying and it turned out wonderfully. I can't post a picture yet as Husband is using the digital camera, but will try to post one when I get it back!

Have a wonderful Tuesday - wherever in the world you are!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Shaded Porch - Tranquil

This is our front porch in summer with the potted plants, the wonderful decorative birdhouse and the twig sign that says -Tranquil-. It really is a peaceful place!

Summer Days!

Kitty's Fantasy Garden c-sunnie2005
Yesterday and today are just the kind of beautiful summer days I love.
Wonderful green trees, brilliant flowers and sunshine with a
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! LOL

The 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!