Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, May 16, 2016

~B is for BASKET~

Happy Monday, dear friends!
I hope this is the start to a wonderful week!!!

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I don't know about you, but I LOVE BASKETS!!  I have been collecting them for a while and especially love the antique ones!!  They seem to have such a story to tell!  


This basket was no doubt used for gathering, but now holds lots of balls of crochet thread!  I don't actually crochet, but do use it in many of my creations as it stains beautifully!!




I also LOVE chairs and the basket sits on a sweet old black ladder back with woven seat!!  




Large splint picnic basket tucked under an old bench!  It holds lots of my "I'm going to finish that" things!  I love the size and the handles!!




This is a tobacco gathering basket and is quite large!  I was so excited that we had a wall big enough for it to live!!




Here is another picnic basket that lives on a ledge in my bedroom with some crocks!  I am so happy that this house has these great ledges for display!!




This basket is not actually old, but I needed a larger size to balance the other one and it was perfect!   On the right you can see a small Nantucket basket holding some old spindles too!!




I have a special place in my heart for old mending baskets and these three are a bit worn, but I love how they look stacked together!!  Notice the middle one with the checked pattern!  So wonderful!!! 





I have another wonderful ledge that passes between my kitchen and my living room and it is home to some very large baskets!  This is the view from the kitchen!!





Wonderful splint basket for gathering, still in really great shape!





Love the patina on this very large buttocks basket!





My newest and tallest basket!  It was owned by a collector for many years and is so unique! 
 Does anyone know what it might have been used for? 





 It is 20 inches tall with the handle!  A real beauty!





Another wonderful basket with two carved wooden handles and a raised center on the bottom! 
 Love the patina on this one, too!! 






Another large buttocks basket that might be newer, but it goes so well with all the other large ones!!





Below this ledge is a very long black peg rack that hold some of my other smaller baskets, including this apple basket!






Another buttocks basket, perhaps used to gather farm fresh eggs?





Old corn dryer used for holding lots of tiny baskets and another small woven basket on the right!






Basket with a swing handle!






Small buttocks basket hanging over my beautiful rug hooked by dear friend Lori Rippey!!





Another small gathering basket!





Tiny basket with swinging handle!





Very dark buttocks basket!  Love the patina on this one!!







Another gathering basket!






Baskets, baskets, everywhere!!!


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I hope you have enjoyed viewing my collection and have been inspired to perhaps start your own, or rethink how you are using yours already!!! 
 I would love to hear about your collection if you have one!!

Thank you so much for coming by for a visit today!  Your kind words always make me smile!!



Wishing you a Basket full of Blessings today, my friends~

Julie  

Monday, May 2, 2016

~MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS~

Hello, my friends!  A most Happy Monday to you!!  I fully intended to write this post much earlier, but as they say, "Better late, than never!"

I have been a bit absent from Blog land of late, due to the fact that my daughter Janelle and her hubby Austin have actually moved to Arizona, and are living here with us for a short while!!!   It certainly has changed things a bit around here, but Jeff and I are enjoying our time together with them and we take turns cooking meals, watching movies and going on outings! It has been so much fun and has reminded me just how much I love having a daughter!!  My SIL is pretty special too!!!!

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With Mother's Day just around the corner, I wanted to have a small update in honor of Mothers and Daughters!  I hope you will join me Tuesday, May 3rd at 8:00 PM, EST on my Picture Trail to view my new album, MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS!


Here is a little sneak peek for you!

Wishing you special moments and memories, my friends~

Julie  

Sunday, April 10, 2016

~A NEW ADDITION AND A FINISH~

Hello, friends!

I have been on the look out for a long while for a comfy stitching chair!

Sadly, the ones I really wanted were way beyond my price range........Sigh!!!

While looking around at a favorite thrift store I came across this very sweet chair!


Right fit, check!
Right style, check!
Right color, check!
Right price, check!

So it came home with me and now sits in my little corner in the living room!!

As I was moving it in place I noticed a tag on the bottom that I had missed at the shop!

The chair was made by Sam Moore Furniture

A La - Z - Boy Company from Bedford, Virginia!  Whoo hoo!!!  

I am beyond pleased!!!

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I also finished my little flower mat that I shared a few posts back!


I made it into a pillow and really love how it turned out!!


I used an old army blanket for the sides and back and think it really coordinates beautifully!


I made two short and two long pieces as a frame for the hooked piece and hand stitched them in place!


I took some old seam binding and gathered it for a ruched effect and hand stitched that to the front!


The back has been machine stitched to the front and then stuffed firmly with polyfil!


I hand stitched some dyed embroidery floss to the sides of the pillow 


and also to the seams of the framed pieces!! 


You can display the pillow vertically or horizontally!


My new chair seemed the perfect spot to display my new hooked pillow and I think it looks so pretty there!  What do you think?


After much debating, I have decided I am going to offer the pillow for sale and if you might be interested in it, please send me an email at myprimitiveheart@gmail.com and I will be happy to give you the particulars!!  It really adds a nice pop of color and looks like Spring, something we all seem to be needing right now!!

I was feeling so badly yesterday as we were enjoying such beautiful weather and I wanted to send some to those of you with snow, but today it is cool and actually RAINING here!!!  Quite the change from 85 degrees to 63 degrees!!  We can certainly use the rain though, and now I don't feel so badly about our nicer weather, since now it is NOT so nice!!!  What a difference a day makes!!!!  I sure hope it is also changing and warming up where you are!!

Thank you so much for stopping by, for leaving your encouraging comments, and for your sweet friendship!!  It TRULY warms the heart!!!

Wishing you Clear Skies and Warm Spring Days, my friends~

Julie

Monday, March 21, 2016

~HOOKING ARIZONA STYLE~

Happy Monday, dear friends!

Since moving to Arizona, I have been extremely pleased to find that Rug Hooking is alive and well here!!!  

I recently found a wonderful group of ladies that meet at the Alta Mesa Country Club, the third Saturday of every month and decided to join them for a day of hooking!


The group is lead by Carol Miller, who has a blog called TICKLEPIE!  Here she is, demonstrating a special technique where she just pulls wool randomly!


We all gather around to watch, ask questions, and share thoughts!! 


Here is a close up of the rug she was sharing!!  Such fun colors!! 



Carol also has wonderful wool that she brings each time for purchase!!



  I helped her put the wool out on the table and must confess I actually wanted to just scoop it all up!  Swoon!!!

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Recently, many of the ladies took a class on hooking a house they lived in and Carol helped them design it!  Each one was so unique and different, and will certainly be a special treasure to cherish!


This is Beth's rug!  Love the flag waving over the front door!


Victoria is doing a house from her early years!  She titled it Bristol House, since it was on Bristol Street!  We sat next to each other and I so enjoyed chatting with her!!


Judy's house is a brick one, and she is really enjoying the process of choosing those colors!!  She also makes the wonderful covers you see on her frame that many of the ladies are using, to protect from getting scratched by those sharp barbs!


This is Faith's rug and I just love the color of her house.........RED!!
Don't you just want to move in?


This rug hooked by Rose was really unique, as she used a tulle like fabric to hook the tree on the right!  It has amazing texture and was so clever!  If you click on the picture, you can really see it better!!


Here is a rug that Catherine was hooking! It has a paisley look and I love the black background!



This rug is just FUN!!!  I wish I could remember the name of the lady who hooked this!!  She had a HUGE pile of orange worms beside her and this will certainly make a statement when finished!!
Love those painted toenails!


I am currently working on a small rug kit that I purchased in CA from Mary Johnson, of Designs In Wool!  It is my first rug using Monks cloth, and though I prefer linen, I have enjoyed hooking this on monks!  I think I will make it into a pillow when I finish hooking it!  It is a bit lighter than my usual darker colors, but is a fun Spring design, perfect for the season!!  Also, the beautiful green wool came home with me from Carol's wool table!!!

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I also recently attended The Pebble Creek Hook In, hosted by The Rug Hookers of Pebble Creek, a beautiful community in Goodyear, AZ!  It was held in the Eagles Nest Ballroom and about 60 people attended!  It is their first one ever, and I hope it will be one of many!!
 They had a Rug Exhibit, some vendors, a silent auction, and a wonderful lunch!!  The perfect way to spend a Saturday!!  The ladies did a fantastic job and I certainly hope they do it again next year!!
  
Sadly, none of my pictures turned out, or so I thought
 but I did manage to find one that was not too dark!


This is Elaine Yates, a dear friend of mine from WA!
   She comes to live in AZ during the year and just so happened to be at the Hook In!!!  I was so surprised and happy to see her and enjoyed chatting!
Here she is, working on her lovely rug, a wonderful log cabin design!!!  It was so wonderful to see you, Elaine!!!

I also met some other wonderful rug hookers from several other groups that meet during the month, Dianne Eaton and Janet Carruth, and hope to be able to get to one of their meetings sometime!!
Janet was so gracious to work with me on a future rug I plan to hook and I am excited to get started on it soon!  You just never know who you will see at a Hook In, but you can rest assured, it will be a new friend who loves to hook!!!
  
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I hope you enjoyed seeing some Hooking, Arizona style! I also trust you are enjoying some lovely Spring weather, wherever you are, and keeping your hands busy with a favorite task, whether it be hooking, punching, stitching, or even digging!!!

Busy Hand, Happy Heart!!!

Wishing you lovely projects to make your heart happy, my friends~

Julie