Good morning on this March 2, our son Michael’s birthday.

It has been a couple years since I first held that beautiful baby boy. I’d be hard pressed to try it now, him being 6 feet tall and all.

I continue to work at my posting goal. Today I have a piece by Lori Rippey, called American Whaler. It is another ‘finish’ that has been long in coming. I thought I’d post a picture and see what you think. I haven’t attached it to the hornbook. I’m still not sure. I debated over paint or stain. What do you think?

Sneak preview

Keeping in mind my goal of posting more often, here’s a little preview of what I’m working on, plus a little tip. I finally got a gripper frame and I love it. The problem is when working on smaller pieces you waste your weaver’s cloth. So this picture shows two projects in process. It delays the end time, but saves cloth. A tip I remember from Rebecca at A Simple Quiet: keep your weavers cloth scraps and use them to stuff 3D pieces. Happy Friday to all of you still punching in every day.

Finishes, finishes

It is such an accomplishment to put the final touches to the pieces patiently waiting. I still have a number of pieces to get to. Also I’m managing two posts in two days.

These little bunnies are racing to Mr. Magregor’s garden. Better protect those carrots! Thank you to Cathy Sower for the sketch she so generously gave me.

Hello and welcome to Yooper Trails

Well, Ground Hog Day has come and gone and we find ourselves with six more weeks of covid, I mean winter. Back in the day growing up in the far north county of Keweenaw we were always happy that it was only six more weeks of winter. I hope you are all doing well and making it through these times. My husband, a veteran has been vaccinated at the VA hospital. Being in that over-65 category, I’m lucky to have one scheduled for March 5. I’m counting the days like its a vacation coming up. With age comes some perks, I guess. You need to balance all that time you spend looking for your glasses or trying to remember why you just came into the kitchen.

On to happier conversation. I continue to love my punching and have a few things to share with you. It looks pretty white and snowy outside, so I did some flower bowl fillers. They are stuffed with balsam, one of my favorite scents’

These little doorknob hangers and patriotic sheep are on their way to Spring Run Farm in Lowell, Indiana. These are my drawings as well as the bowl fillers above.

I really enjoyed working on The Patriot, a pattern from Colleen King Colaizzi. I learned a new method of finishing and for my first attempt, I think it worked out pretty well. In the background you see Lori RIppey’s horse with jingle bells. Guess you can tell I like horses.

I have another little spring chicken almost completed. I hope to have new pictures in a couple days. Enjoy your week. I’m about to visit the Sunday morning flea market at our local Farmers Market. I hope I find some goodies.

United Apart

Hello Friends. It is Friday, which was always cleaning day at my mom’s house. I had a little talk with Mitsy the Cat and she decided to move to higher ground as I took out the vacuum. My house is as clean as it has been EVER, and nobody gets to see it. Oh well, I’m sure Mom is looking down and smiling.

Julie Thomas from The Old Tattered Flag offered a freebie doodle. Thanks Julie. I enjoyed working on this. I made a few changes, which is allowed with doodles and this is what I came up with. I stayed pretty much with pastels and used ecru for the background. I’m not crazy about bright, so when I was done I antiqued the piece with walnut crystals. This is us, staying together while staying apart. Peace to you all, my friends.

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Summer is coming!

This little guy sends a whale of a welcome.  He is hand-drawn by me and done completely with Valdani #12 perle cotton. The first picture shows how I finished the punch needle before attaching it to the plaque. Some people like to fold over the raw edge and glue it down. I find it just as easy to sew a fabric backing. I left a small opening to invert the piece and then hand stitched the opening shut. Sometimes I’ll sew it completely around and then cut a slit in the middle of the backing.  You just need to be certain you are going to mount it on something if you do it that way.

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Checking in

Hello Everyone. Today is Tuesday, April 14, in case you wondered. No big rush for your taxes if they aren’t already completed. In keeping with my hope to post on a more regular basis, I have one photo for you today. This is my own drawing. I’ve had this frame for a long time. I really like it and have wanted to use it for a punched piece.  I did the painting/antiquing. The back of frame gave me a bit of trouble because it doesn’t have a flat edge next to the opening and it also slants forward towards the front of the frame.  So, even though my bunny has been finished for weeks, he is a little late for Easter.  But we both still say welcome to spring. Better days are coming.

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Here’s to Ewes

Here in Michigan we are bounding like a herd of turtles towards fifty degrees.  I happily turned the calendar to April this morning indicating nice weather is getting closer and closer.

Last week I posted a picture of a work in progress on an unfinished hornbook. I was debating whether to stain or paint it. Decisions these days are influenced by the stay at home measures we are all taking.  Engaging in the 6 foot distance, my neighbor offered me a gel stain called Antique Maple. I was hoping to get a stain to pick up the color of the blankets on the ewe. This was my first time using a gel stain.  It has the consistency of pudding. The directions say to apply heavily with a cloth and let sit for 3 minutes before wiping off the excess stain. I didn’t like working with the gel, however, the color turned out well. I then used Briwax to seal the hornbook, which darkened the stain slightly.  This pattern is from Doreen Frost. Doreen creates such lovely things. The little red berries are French knots added once the punching is complete. I got the hornbook from Tara Guernsey at Perfect Prim. Well, that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

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