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

Sunday, August 2, 2015

~A New Rug, A Birthday, and an Update~

A happy first Sunday in August, my friends!

Even though it is in the upper 90's here in the Inland Empire,

I just started my second rug!


A fluffy, woolly sheep

with the word WOOL!!

It is a sweet design by Lori Brechlin, 



adapted by Kris Miller from Spruce Ridge Studios

You can find GOT WOOL on Spruce Ridge Studios website if you are interested in the pattern!!!

Many thanks to these two very talented ladies!!!

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It has been a bigger challenge than my last one,

but I am happy about that as it means I am learning and growing!



My first circles!



The letters were a challenge for me but I think they look pretty good, don't you?

I have another wiggly line left


and then on to the background!  

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I found this great wooden divided carrier recently


and it is just perfect for holding my supplies!!


I was also able to finally get a Hartman Hook 

and it really made a HUGE difference for me!!

I hope to be finished with my rug soon!!

Now what to do next????

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In other news, we celebrated my sweet granddaughter Sophia's 4th Birthday!!

I can't believe how much she has grown and changed since I have been here!!

She is such a sweet girl with a wonderful personality!!  


Can you tell her favorite color is purple?

None of our other pictures turned out because she was just moving so fast,

but she had a great time and LOVED her PRESENTS!!!

Happy Birthday, Sophia!!!  

Please don't grow up too fast!!!!!

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With the coming of August, many of us are thinking of cooler temperatures

and ALL THINGS FALL and HALLOWEEN!!

It really is just around the corner!!!

With that said, I have been busy creating,

plus pulling out some things I made late in the season last year

and am going to have an Update!

Please join me on Tuesday, August 4th,

at 7:00 PM, EST on my Picturetrail!

It will not be open till then so that we have time to 

get it ready!!

Here is a Sneak Peek for you!!


I hope to see you on Tuesday!!!

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Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting with me today!!!

Your comments and encouragement ALWAYS make my day brighter!!!

Wishing you all a BRIGHT and BLESSED Day, my friends~

Julie

Friday, June 26, 2015

~ALL FINISHED~

Hello, dear friends!

In my last post, I shared how I had started rug hooking and was about to begin the background!

I am happy to announce that it is all finished!!



It was such a delight for me to hook this sweet mat

and I am so very happy with how it turned out!!



I love all the different shades that create movement!



Lovely shades of deep black, brown, charcoal, and gray!

I love the dark colors alongside the oranges and greens!



Wonderful swirly stem!



Sweet loop of color!



I finished the back with black tape!



There was LOTS of hand stitching!



I realized I  had to fold and iron the tape quite a bit to fit the oval shape

but I hope I did it correctly!!

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I am so excited to decorate with it this fall

and am so happy I got it finished!!

If you would like to make this mat

just contact Kris Miller at Spruce Ridge Studios!

Many, many thanks again to all of you who encouraged me

and I am excited to start another one......

hopefully, soon!!!

I guess you could say....



I am HOOKED!!!  

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my friends~

Julie

Sunday, June 14, 2015

~I'M HOOKED!~

A most Happy Day to you!!

I am sooo excited as I type this post today!!

I have finally realized a 

LONG, HOPED FOR GOAL!!!

I Started to HOOK!!!!



Here is my VERY FIRST RUG!!

It is a wonderful pattern called PUMPKIN PATCH, 

by Kris Miller of Spruce Ridge Studios!

I called her to order it from her website

and had a wonderful chat with her!!

She was so helpful and answered my questions,

addressed some fears and really encouraged me!

Her kits are just wonderful, complete with cut wool strips,

and great instuctions!!  Mine even came with a hook and rug tape!!

Please be sure to check out her site for more great kits and rugs!!



I also ordered her new book, Introduction to Rug Hooking,

and it has been very helpful as well!!!

You can order it from her, or get it on Amazon!

Many Thanks, Kris!!

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My friend Ruth, who owns THE WOOL LADY,

in Temecula, CA, 

actually taught me the "How To's" of rug hooking!

It really helped me personally

to be able to see someone do it and then show me how!!

She knows how to do so many of the needle arts,

teaches all kinds of classes,

and has wonderful wool and yarn,

as well as other supplies for your needs!!

Be sure to stop by if you are in the area!!

Many Thanks, Ruth!!

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I know I am still learning, but I feel pretty good about my start!




What do you think??

So many of you ladies who hook have had a huge influence

on me,

both directly, and indirectly,

and I thank you all so much!!

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Here is a picture of my frame!



I bought it a long time ago at a Thrift Shop,

and after so many years of storing it,



it is FINALLY being put to good use!!

Right now I am working on the background



so I am getting close to the binding part!!!

Yikes!!!

I am a bit nervous about that, but will take it 

one step at a time,

and hopefully, I will be able to do that with no hitches!!!

Wish me luck, and any advice or hints would be welcome!!!

This has been a LONG TIME DREAM I have had,

that has finally come true!!!

Let me just say that if YOU are reading this,

and have had fears that you can't do this,

IF I CAN,

 YOU CAN!!!!  

Don't put it off any longer!!



You will be SO GLAD YOU DID!!!

Wishing you all a "DREAM COME TRUE" kind of day~

Julie