happy new year…

Enjoy a safe and happy holiday!

Here are a few snaps of my friend Duke to get your 2013 started with a smile…

duke helps with the camera

duke helps with the camera

he gives me "the look"...

trying to stay alert…

...but giving up and snoozing.

…but giving up and snoozing.

 

 

giving me "the look"

giving me “the look”

loving the new snow

loving the new snow

wishing you simple peace and quiet joy in the new year…

 

rebecca

 

 

finishing snowmen…

duke

duke

That doesn’t look like a snowman, does it?  No, but I am the proud aunt of Duke, the nicest dog in my world, and I get to stay with him for a whole week!  What a Christmas present!  Just look at those eyes ~ what a heart breaker!

While Duke snoozes, I go to work finishing my snowmen.

wynter

wynter

Here’s Wynter, a Freebie design from Bird in the Hand Primitives, in progress with the Valdani colors I used.

wynter's finish

wynter’s finish

After I finished punching Wynter, I aged it with coffee, backed and edged it with wool and attached it to a board.   You can visit Wynter and a few other snowman finishes at Primitive Handmades Mercantile by clicking here.  If the link doesn’t work you can copy and paste the following address into your browser:  http://www.primitivehandmadesmercantile.com/p/the-simple-quiet.html

make do

make do

I always have fun making make dos.

hello!

hello!

This one was particularly fun because I decided to use an antique porcelain faucet as the base, which is rounded.  So, this snowman gets to wobble!

whoa, nellie!

whoa, nellie!

The best thing about the faucet is that it’s a cold water tap ~ I was so excited when I found it, I just couldn’t resist!

brrrr!

brrrr!

This happy snowman was on etsy but will be wending his way to his new home in Canada, soon.  I think he’ll fit right in!

Duke and I are enjoying the wintry weather, and hope you are doing the same!

 

Happy Holidays!

 

rebecca

 

 

 

 

snowmen, snowmen…

ellis and his very own beloved and most favorite human, randy

I’ve set aside ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, for the nonce, and taken up work on some snowmen.  Once begun, snowmen just seem to snowball!  One innocent snowman becomes two, two become three, and next thing I know I’m in the midst of a sea of snowman projects ~ Such Fun!  Here’s one I’m working on entitled, “Wynter”.

wynter

wynter

I love this design from Bird in the Hand Primitives.  It’s one of Robin’s Freebie Doodles and is available on her blog right now.  Would you like a copy?  Just copy and paste the following address into your browser and you should get to Robin’s blog:  http://www.birdinthehandprimitives-robin.blogspot.com/.  (For some inexplicable reason, my ability to create “links” in my blog has evaporated.  My apologies for this extra step in getting to cool places, like Robin’s page!)

I was going great guns on Wynter until Otis discovered I was actually getting some work done…

otis takes advantage of a weak moment

otis takes advantage of my moment of weakness

I was under the impression that he just wanted a pat or two, but, as it turns out he was determined to commandeer my entire lap ~ ah, me.

While Otis languishes, Ellis makes good use of his time by playing with one of his wool puffs.

ellis and his puff

ellis and his puff

I think he looks a bit like Rudolf and, if nothing else, looks extremely endearing.

"i could guide a sleigh with my eyes closed!"

“i could guide a sleigh with my eyes closed!”

While working on Wynter, I decide to start a snowman make do and come up with this possible design.

future snowman make do

future snowman make do

This may take some time, however.  Not because of the design, but because Otis, once settled in, is reluctant to remove himself.  Let’s check in with him and see if he’ll budge…

quiet please

quiet please

I guess this is a time for dreaming and not for doing….

 

Wishing you quiet moments of warmth and  joy, today and every day!

 

rebecca

 

 

 

 

 

’twas the night before christmas…

lilly

lilly

Lilly knows a good spot when she finds one, and this blanket happens to be one of the heated variety…. smart girl!  Wouldn’t it be nice if I could have a turn?

Since Lilly is basking in warm comfort, I will turn my attention to ‘Twas the Night Before… and see how we’re coming along.

valdani m1001

valdani m1001

“So far, so good” I say to myself, keeping my fingers crossed.  I like the way the Valdani M1001 embraces Santa and his reindeer without over or under-whelming them.

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little puffs

Robin’s design included these little circles, which brought snowballs to mind, so when I punched them I used a level 3 on my Cameo for some fun puffs.

Soon, it will be time to shift my weavers cloth, something I’d really like to put off for a while, if not avoid altogether, so…

frosty folk

frosty folk

I think I’ll play hooky and work on another little design of Robin’s, “Frosty Folk” (Bird in the Hand Primitives).  Perhaps, by the time I finish the Frosty trio, Lilly will be done with the blanket and I can take a nap (probably the healthiest form of avoidance out there)!

Be safe and warm, today!

 

rebecca

 

sharing a new treasure…

I love books, old, new… there’s something about the written word…

beautiful words

beautiful words

Have you noticed that you can’t NOT read?  It’s simply impossible to see a word and not read it ~ that’s pretty powerful.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There’s a fabulous trend in the art world right now ~ at least I think it’s fabulous ~ upcycling old, used, forgotten, discarded, landfill filling books into some quietly lovely, warm and comforting, works of art.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I found this Dahlia wreath in an etsy shop recently ~ Artfully Yours By Jen.  It looked simply stunning in the shop and I knew it needed a home to come home to, and so, I succumbed.  When it arrived at my door, I hung it on one of the salvaged windows in my embroidery studio.  Now, I can admire it while I’m punching and dream of all the books I’ve loved ~ past, present and even future!

What’s inspiring you, today?

rebecca

’twas the night before christmas, and a special gift…

lilly

lilly

While Lilly enjoys a sunny spot on a pile of my early rugs, I get to work on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

reindeer games

reindeer games

I’ll begin with the reindeer because they know what color they want to be.  As I’m punching them I’ll consider the rest of my color palette.   I turn to Lilly to ask her valuable opinion…

what's her secret?

what’s her secret?

…evidently, I’m on my own.  I wish I knew how the feline species manages to sleep so peacefully ~ clean living?

Since Lilly is sleeping off her sun bath and Otis and Ellis are off transacting important business, I turn to google for color inspiration.  I did a search for ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas illustrations and found this:p_1

I love the faded blue background and the gold halo.  I believe I’m inspired!

So, a little while later, I’m almost finished with the main bits and am ready to start on the background.

holiday golds and winter whites

holiday golds and winter whites

Valdani has so many pretty blues, it’s going to be difficult to narrow my choices down to just one!  However, after deliberating for a time, I decide to try M 1001, a soft combination of pale blue and ecru which, I think, ages beautifully.

Valdani M 1001

Valdani M 1001

Next time, we’ll see if I’ve made the right choice.

Before I sign off for today, I want to share a very special gift I received from my friend Cheree.  It arrived on a day when I was feeling a bit less than top-notch and it, along with Cheree’s kind note brightened my skies considerably…

the christmas quiet book

the christmas quiet book

The Christmas Quiet Book, written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Renata Liwska, is a simple delight!  I’ve read it and read it and read it, ever since it arrived, and it never palls.  Thank you, Cheree for you kind thoughtfulness, and for a holiday gift I will treasure!

May your day be filled with quiet warmth!

 

rebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

’twas the night before christmas…

a Bird in the Hand Primitives design

a Bird in the Hand Primitives design

Happy belated Thanksgiving!  I hope you all enjoyed a safe and happy holiday!

My sister asked me, the other day, if I was on a blog sabbatical.  Well, no, not exactly a sabbatical, more of a Sciatical, and as anyone who has ever had sciatica knows, not much gets done during an attack.  Ellis has been sticking to me like glue, offering comfort and warmth ~ what a good friend!

hello!

hello!

Before Sciatica struck I made a start on Robin’s ~ Bird in the Hand Primitives ~ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas design.  You can find, and purchase, this pattern by visiting Robin’s shop on Pattern Mart.  Click here, if you’d like to take a look.

from paper to cloth

from paper to cloth

 

I decided to make my piece a large one.  In fact, I drew it on my weavers cloth so that it is larger than my largest rug hooking gripper frame.  This will present a challenge down the road and I’ll be interested to see just how I’ll work around it!

Now to choose my colors… This may take a while, so until then!

 

rebecca