Saturday, December 19, 2015

Making Christmas Journal ornies~ "Pocket Full of Prosy"

Another full and interesting year to celebrate! ~ Time for my family to write their stories once again in these teeny tine journals and get them hung in their Christmas trees~
 
#pocketfullofprosy
#journalornaments
#handmadeisbest
#writeyourstory
 

I made some star shaped beads from paper clay and painted the gold with this years date.
 Sepia paint to get a vintage look...


One of my mother favorite sayings, "This too shall pass"   Recipes and angels and cats in doorways~


I made a couple for myself as I write my stories of my grandmother~ She deserves  a special place in my Christmas Tree each year....

On one journal cover is a copy of a photo of my grandmother sitting with purse in lap waiting to get "on with it", I'm sure...

And of course the clotheslines and the stray cats we all loved....the raspberries and me in her chicken coop for another little journal~


Roses, recipes, music paper, script and sparkles all mod podged onto the front and backs of the little journals with special people in mind....

 
The pages in the journals are soaked in coffee and hand sewn into the little books~ I then tore the edges of the pages and added just a few light pencil lines to get the everones story started....♥
 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"Back Porch Hookers"

So this Autumn we started a new monthly rug hooking group of new and old hookers! We are all working on our own projects at our own pace~ sharing ideas and dyeing wool~inspiring one another from one project to the next! We call ourselves the "Back Porch Hookers"

One of the designs a couple of us are hooking is from Orange Sink called "Merry Christmas".

Here are a few pictures to show you the process!

The design can be purchased at the Etsy shop on Cathy Greschners blog. BTW here are two great resources for wool~ One is Loop by Loop, right here in southern New England and the other is Heavens to Betsy♥♥ Another great shop is Deannes Fitzpatricks Studio~ I bought my Cheticamp frame and wool jersey from Deanne....♥
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I dyed wool with onion skins for the background and played around with the border...I used some red plain and plaid wool for the letters~I used dk/light green plaid and turquoise plaid for the leaves~

Here is the design transferred to my cotton cloth~

 And off we go....



sneaking in my loops whenever I get a minute......#loopbyloop #grandsonnapping



 Weekend Zen time.......


I added some cotton fabric to the four sides so I could "hoop" it to hook. I machine sewed it on with a zigzag stitch so I put it back in my stash~
Just a few snips and it is ready for turning.....
 
I will get pictures next project of how I finish the backing. I turned the edges of the hooking cloth and sewed it down and then covered the entire back with a piece of complimentary cotton. Then I finish it with a label to the recipient who will get it in the mail tomorrow!!
 
In January we are starting our hooked stair risers!! Stay tuned....