Monday, December 27, 2010

Santa is gone for another Year

Libby and I had another wonderful Christmas together, she was a good sport and wore her Santa Suit Christmas Eve.   

My little sheep is hooked and stitched, this was my first try and I really struggled with sewing the pattern inside-out on Scottish Burlap (my mother's favorite) If and when I do another sheep I will do two things different:  I will be putting the pattern on Rug Warp and make the pattern just a bit larger.  

BTW -  I think I forgot some one's rug warp for the third or fourth time.  t

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Where did the time Go?

Just looked at my last posting and thought where the hell did the time go...   Was I abducted by aliens ?  

What have I been doing?  going to Animal Shelter meetings, upgrading computer networks, cleaning and cleaning, decorating for Santa's arrival.  Dying -  umm nope,   Rug Hooking -- ummm  minimal. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sheepy Day

Rushing to get these two sheep done,  tomorrow night I will learn how to sew the pattern together,  they must be on the burlap nose to nose to get the right fold over 'I'm assuming?'

Learned a lesson quickly after the first side, don't do all the swirly circles all at once if you are using larger wool because you have to go back pick and find the missing holes and with this pattern being stuffed /  wool packing would be the key. Minimal Holidays are allowed on this one as with a purse pattern. 

My little sheep will have legs very soon and ears.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Nancy's Rug Display at the Fibre Arts Festival 2010

Nancy's Rug Display at the 2010 Fibre Arts Festival,  if you are wondering about the layout of the display the biggest difficultly was the fact that this was a Church Building with 'very' low lighting and alter chairs and religious area layout. So we moved the chairs around and tied strings to the rugs to show her larger patterns, with smaller rugs on the alter, laying on longer tables and along the floor of the main area.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Festival This Week, Fibre all the Way

This is the week of the Annual Fibre Arts Festival here in Amherst Nova Scotia,  my mother Nancy Burke is displaying her rugs today so it was a busy few days this week as she never finishes whipping most rugs -- not that I never finish anything either.

The WebSite of Events is 

I didn't get to attend any of the workshops this week as it's too busy at work and I was out of the office most of last week so that would be double inappropriate. Little pic. from last year's festival at my purse workshop with Jennifer Manuell   :-(

P.S. the purse still has no handles  LOL

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hit or Miss Day

Hit or Miss Rug is starting to come together, as most hookers know this is the perfect pattern for extra worms. 

Supper twice this week was a large pan of scallops, I split the package and cooked them two different ways.  ummm  I wish fresh scallops were on the weekly meal plan more often. 

My little lucky bamboo plants is just growing like crazy, I have to re-pot him this week, I think he likes the new dining room finally got the curtains hemmed and hung. And the mirror to open the space up more.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mommy's Little Helper does WallPaper Removal too

Libby and I did more wallpaper striping last weekend,  I think there was a sale on wallpaper paste that year.  Libby patiently watched as I slowly striped layers and layers of wallpaper. She flopped in the wet sticky wallpaper with Mr. "Dirty Piggy" her favorite toy. 

Friday, September 10, 2010

Open Sesame - The New Door

I picked up this door back in the spring for an excellent price marked down.  And the combination lock was purchase for my Birthday.  So finally the new door is in, the patio is on and I started to cosy up the Side Entrance with some raised Flower Beds.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sail Boat rug updated this week

Momz Wool help design this SailBoat pattern for a client, the hooker of this rug was in to pickup some additional shades of white and beige for the sails, with the ocean water being done in a very unique aqua blue shade being complimented by an extremely light sky with a few soft clouds. I've heard this rug has been completed and I will update if this lady comes back to the shop for a visit.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Come play in My SandBox

Want something fun for your family and friends to do at your house. Or, do you have a business where clients are sitting and waiting for a few minutes,  build a Zen Garden, just use a small flat tray with some type of artificial sand , in it place shells and stones from the beach, or anything that you can find.  I slipped in an old penny, and a few pieces of shiny custom jewelery for mystery digging.  Quote: The philosophy of Zen Gardens is to bring health to people, to harmonize our life, and to return balance in nature. In addition, our philosophy strives to perpetuate the co-existence of human beings and creatures as part of the universe.

The kids in the house love to play in it, as different people come and go in the house you will find different patterns and people's collections in the sand with the stones piled into unique settings.First thing you have to do is set the rules for the kids, NO HAND in the sand or it will be all over the floor. 

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sailing into the Weekend

I have ocean seashores and sailing on my mind today. Nancy finished her Light House Pattern today just a little bit of a haircut needed on the bottom. 

Visited my relatives at their cottage and got to see their new Boat, Libby and I are hoping to have a boating trip sometime soon.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fresh Chives and Chicken Soup

One of my favorite summer treats is the fresh chives that I use in my cooking,  I would just love to have fresh herbs year round to uses.  I'm unsure how to make a small in door Herb Garden but I think this is on my to-do list for fall.  Any input is appreciated from Herb users that have done this. 

Monday, July 26, 2010

"Holey" Sunday

Lots & lots of holes Sunday; holy "Holey" Sunday

Every one of those nails holes on all the moldings and casings had to be filled before the painting can begin. One more step has been done my poor little fingers....

The wool stash is now starting to move to it's new home. This is a great chance to wash down the shelving and re-organize our wool.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Rescue Animals - Just Part of My Life Now

I was just reading Rugs and Pugs blog and her passion to save rescue animals and I thought I'd share a few furry friends that I helped save recently.  These 4 kittens came to my house one friday night we were unsure if they would live.  Their mother had not returned for over a day and their fate was sure to be starvation.

I agreed NOT wholeheartedly to take the kittens into my new rug hooking kitchen and see if they could eat enough to survive, we mixed up a homemade milk :corn syrup, eggs, water (and vitamins) as the vet was closed for the night. 

We started feeding them every 4 hours and sure enough in the morning they were still alive.  They grew every day and ate and ate special vet  "mother's milk"  This is one of the reasons I have been busy and not posting alot I've been mother to 4 kittens with a 4-6 hour feeding schedule.  LOL

Ready for adoption now, stronger than ever.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Antique Flowers and Reno, Update

Found an antique mat recently, it's in really hard shape but was bought for the pattern.  

Basement update continues 

Moldings and the Window Casings are completely done. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Not Something you see Every Day

I awoke to the chatter of people and addition noise on Saturday morning past.   It was a Cross Border Challenge Race running by my house.  Now there is something you don't see everyday!  I sat on the front step and watch all those very eneretic people speeding by my house had to been a hundred or them or more.  After the runner and walkers went by there was a Bag Piper Band lining up with the Finish Line in view of my walkway. 

So after all the excitement I went back to the couch and enjoyed the morning news.  Maybe someday I'll do the run,  ummm not. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Started with some Blue

First color dyed in my new space is a very light blue for a friend,  it was 128th blue/black in 2 cups of water, this is a bored color but just what the lady need for the sky in her newest rug.

Cooper is back for a visit again, growing very fast and enjoying finger biting as his favorite activity.  Google says it will be a few more weeks of this biting and the second teeth will start to come in, OMG I hope he is an early bloomer. 

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Something Old, Something New and More Reno. Updates

Something Old : Missy my Foster Dog is still here at my house I was sure she would be adopted within a few days. She is the perfect little house dog, housetrained and affectionate till that special day when the right application comes in she is here sharing (hogging) my bed. 

Something New: an addtional to the dog pack here at my house is a 13 week old puppy that I'm babysitting tonight. Cooper is in his teething stage biting and grabbing at any toes or soft objects that move.

Rennovations Update..............

On to some new reno. updates this week,  finally, finally I have a double sink, running water (in and out) and under cabinet lighting.  The counter tops are just perfect I bought the counter tops before the cabinets and worried about the colors clashing but I'm save staying with these warm tones. 

here comes the water  woohoo!!!

the sink is in now....

lots of boxes from the cabinets

this is the other side of the kitchen and it will have a stove top inserted when I get to that stage, for now I can just cook in a electric pan. 

I think my next post will be the first dye batch, color what color should I dye?? 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

And then there were Cabinets

Update from the soon to be Rug Studio,  it should be done sometime between today and the first day of retirement.  There will be two walls of cabinets one with uppers having the stove top and the back set one without uppers and a sink.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Rain Rain go Away

This is the scene of my weekend project last week,  but this weekend all it did was RAIN.  My Chiropractic loves it when I do project like this, I helped start a new flower bed for my boyfriends house.  I'm hoping to be out in my flower beds again very soon. -- Chiropractic here I come again.   I know the lawn grew all weekend damn-it  that new grass grows faster than I can cut it.
So I'll have to pray for sun for next weekend getting ready for a Yard Sale at my house.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Better late than Never - Winners are ????

First Prize- Folk Art Primitives (Alice)

Second Prize - FanXstitch ( Vickey)