Monday, March 25, 2013

Hanging some Hooking

 Finally a weekend without every single minute filled!  After the long basketball season with our middle child it was nice to have a weekend at home.  (9 straight weekends were Friday AND Saturday night games....whew)  

A couple of projects that I wanted done.....

saltbox hooked mat,  cat hooked mat, antique flowers hooked mat
My 3 most recent hooking projects hung.  Not sure they will all stay here, but I liked them grouped together for the time being.  

This narrow wall space is at the base of our stairs, sandwiched between the front door and the windows of our "music" room - the room where the piano collects dust.  It adds some interest to this forgotten wall.  

Last year when we were moving my Mom, one of the treasures that I saved from the dumpster were several of my Grandmother's hooked rugs.  I wish I knew how many rugs my Grandmother hooked during her lifetime.  I was only 9 when she died, so my time with her was limited.  We lived several hours apart and didn't see each other very often.  I think it might have to do with the fact that she and her son (my Dad) butted heads and she and my Mom didn't see eye to eye either.  

But to me she was Kack, my loving grandmother.   She baked the BEST molasses cookies,  her "cookie jar" - it was a gallon jug - like a pickle jar was always full of these wonderful cookies.   She taught me how to crochet a chain - which I still have, it's green and I keep it in my sewing basket.   I remember the day I said something to my Mom about Kack smoking and my Mom dropping what she was doing to ask me how I knew that!  Well, Mother, her house smells like cigarette smoke. My Grandfather had died several year before so there was only one person it could be.   I guess it was a deep dark secret that we were supposed to ignore! 

One of several room sized rugs that Kack hooked.... 

I'm not sure how I feel about it on the wall.  It's REALLY big and not quite what I had pictured in my head of how it would look.  My initial reaction was to take it right back down.  We left it up, I'll give it a few more days to grow on me and to give my husband some time to realize he may have to take it back down and fill the holes in the wall!  My thought now is it will go on the floor in our bedroom. 

 I think this one is my favorite. 
autumn leaves hooked rug

 Kack's shading is just perfect in this. She dyed her own wool, all of which was recycled clothing and blankets.  The colors look so nice with our kitchen floor and this old cabinet.  (That's the cat food container on the left!) I have 5 more rugs to find homes for - I wonder how my husband will feel about testing one out on another wall...above the piano maybe??
Over the weekend while we were watching March madness, I worked on this freebie from Not Forgotten Farms.  I'll show you the finished piece later in the week.  


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Thank you!

 I recently won this beeswax basket from Misi at Gable House Goods.  It smells heavenly!  I love all of Misi's creations - this basket joins several other of her pieces in my house.  (I still have pumpkins out that I purchased from her last fall. They smell so good, I can't put them away!)  Misi still has some of these baskets left, visit her by clicking the link above to go to her blog.  

Thank you Misi!

I also won floss from Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.  Nancy is having another giveaway right now, follow the link I've provided and you can sign up.  I won some floss from Nancy last year and then purchased more.  I'm so happy to add to my hand dyed stash.  Her photos are much better on her blog and show the floss off much better.  

Thank you Nancy! 

Do you remember in my last post that I had a certain cat (Frito) who knocked a basket off one of my cupboards and broke it?  Well guess what has happened now......

This is my Iphone charger.  Or I guess I should say it was my Iphone charger.  

Frito was NOT happy that I was accusing him again!  Look at that face.  What he didn't realize when I was questioning him was I knew he didn't do it.  Nope, he doesn't do really naughty things.  I didn't even need to swab the DNA left behind.  

I KNOW who chewed through my charger....It's this little beast. 

The Graybinator.  

This is not the first cord he's chewed through.  You'd think we'd learn!