g is for giraffe, rise and shine, early posy crossroads, phm….

Whew! that’s a long title for a post, but I’m playing catch-up.

Let’s start with, “g is for giraffe”.

"this one?" ~ellis

“this one?” ~ellis

Yep, that’s the one, Ellis.  Flip it over, please…

g is for giraffe

g is for giraffe

G is for Giraffe turned out to be a biggie.  It measures in the neighborhood of 10″ long x 8″ wide ~ much larger than I had intended, but I really wanted to have a mama and a baby giraffe, so the pattern grew.  Speaking of patterns, you can find both the pattern and the original of G is for… on my etsy shop ~ click here, if you’d like.

Next up, Rise and Shine!

"do what and what?" ~the oatbran

“do what and what?” ~the oatbran

I guess that’s asking too much of Otis….

rise and shine

rise and shine

Rise and Shine, too, is there, in my etsy shop.  Both pattern and original are available.  Want to check them out?  Click here.

I finally finished Robin Leuschen’s ~ Bird in the Hand Primitives ~ Early Posy Crossroads…

early posy crossroads

early posy crossroads

Robin has the pattern available and you can find it by visiting her blog ~ click here.

Dying to see more pics of my finish?  Just click here to step into my etsy shop!

Finally, this Friday, tomorrow in fact, is the February update at Primitive Handmades Mercantile.  Here’s what I’m offering this month.

three little sheep

three little sheep

You can stop by my PHM shop to see this flock starting tomorrow, Friday February 21.  Click here to get there.

And now, after all this work, I think I’ll join Lilly, who knows exactly what to do after a long week…..

"shhhhh..." ~lilly

“shhhhh…” ~lilly

Pull up the covers and take a snooze.

Wishing you a restful and happy weekend!




one rug down, another in progress….


finished rug!

finished rug!

Well, YaHoo!  I finally finished the rug for our entryway.  The above is the only photo I took sans cats.  The rug quickly became a favorite spot….

"ah... life is all peace and tranquility..." ~ ellis

“ah… life is all peace and tranquility…” ~ ellis

Ellis was the first to discover the new flooring, but he was soon joined by Otis….

"i just want a tiny corner, ellis..." ~ otis

“i just want a tiny corner, ellis…” ~ otis

Ellis is not yet ready to relinquish his territory and a mighty battle ensues….

"this rug is not big enough for the two of us, partner!" ~ ellis

“this rug is not big enough for the two of us, partner!” ~ ellis

After the fur settles, Oatbran enjoys his corner and then some.

"ta da!" ~ oatsy

“this rug is mine, all MINE!” ~ oatsy

Lilly came along shortly after Otis’ victory….

"this is my rug, lilly." ~ otis

“yo lilly! SCAT!” ~ otis

…and the fur continued to fly.

While I was upstairs taking photos of the rug, I took this photo of the “art gallery”…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’ve been thinking about taking all the paintings and globes down and just having simple white walls, but, now I don’t know… I think I kind of like this view.

Anyway, on to the next weekend-hooking-project.

what a wrinkly mess

what a wrinkly mess

Between the grid I drew on the linen and the wrinkles from over two years of storage, it’s nearly impossible to see the design.  Here’s the original rug from which I took my inspiration.

2 horses 6 birds original antique rug

2 horses 6 birds original antique rug

For some reason, which escapes me, I decided to make my rug shorter and wider than the original.  However, I did draw the pattern just like the original so I’ll share that here.  I think you can just grab the photo below and drag it to your desktop.

2 horses 6 birds

2 horses 6 birds

Here’s the pattern reversed, if you’d like to punch it.

2 horses 6 birds, reversed

2 horses 6 birds, reversed

When I drew up the design on linen two years ago, I made a small start on the rug.

a beginning

a beginning

I think I must have been feeling extremely ambitious, because all my strips are about 1/3 the width of my usual cuts….

strip on the left ~ usual cut (about .5 inch to .75 inch) strip on the right ~ oh my gosh, what was i thinking?

strip on the left ~ usual cut (about .75 inch to 1 inch)
strip on the right ~ oh my gosh, what was i thinking?

…um….. yeah…. This is going to take me a loooonnnngggg time.  Because I hand tear all my strips, now, I’ll be tearing wool for this rug and then hand cutting each strip into three narrow strips.  That won’t be time-consuming, at all.  Maybe I can recruit a helper… “Lilly?  How about it?  Will you lend me a paw?”

"ha ha ha ha ha ha HA!" ~ lilly

“ha ha ha ha ha ha HA!” ~ lilly

*sigh*… guess I’m on my own.

May you always be happy and healthy!