Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Say it isn't so!

This is what I saw when I peeked out my window this morning! My jaw dropped because I just could not believe it.We have had some beautiful weather lately.The temps were in the 80's over the weekend,now they are in the 30's.Yesterday I wore capri pants  and short sleeves,my windows were open the house was being cooled by a nice breeze.There are only two good things about this: one is I know it is going to be short lived and the other is it made Shirlee smile.

 My poor irises and daylilies look so sad,especially since their tree was taken out.

The apple trees are full of blossoms that are now snow covered.

A closer shot of them.

My maple trees are leaving out,the snow must be a shock to them.

This is a shrub that came from my late Grandmother,it is usually white with blossoms not snow.

I will stop my griping now because it doesn't matter that I am unhappy.LOL! Just gotta remember that snow is still a gift from God.He knows what is best but if I could put in a request it will be for warmer weather.Giggle

Have a blessed day friends!Hugs,Jen

Monday, April 7, 2014

March finishes

Good morning all,hope that your Monday has started off in a positive way.It is kind of dreary here this morning with rain but as the saying goes April showers bring May flowers.It has been a busy couple of weeks with things at Momma's house going bad.Last week her well pump burned out so hubby and I drove a  40 mile round trip to pick up a new one.It was raining to hard to be able to change it out till the next morning but when we opened the box we found that it was used.Apparently someone had returned it after using  it for a new one.Irritating! We returned the pump to the store to find out that they didn't have another one so we had to drive 45 minutes one way to find the proper pump.Good news is that Momma now has running water.LOL! The week before her breaker panel went bad so that was a major headache as a wall had to be torn out in order to get the old one out but it too is fixed.Mom really did not need the stress as she has been dealing with some worrisome health issues.

I had promised to share a few of my finishes forMarch with you all,better late than never I guess.There are not to many ,I promise. I haven't got anything started for April.My hands are missing holding my needle and I could start having strong withdrawl symptoms soon.I do have plans for a new large design with a primitive looking whale and some other goodies.There have been a lot of nautical designs floating around and they have my brain moving.So look for that to come about in the near future.On to my March finishes...
 1. A simple pillow that I made for my sister's birthday.

2.A few woolie strawberries....

This one is made of cotton fabric and it was gifted to my sis.

A couple different sizes.I actually made three of these,one for mom,my  other sis and my niece.They are from a wool jacket the my mom wore a lot ,so they have sentimental value .
3. A pin keep made from wool and velvet.

4. A needle punched pillow...
The color is much more prim in life.
5. A paper mache box with a needle punched design..

Comb painted the box.
6.To go with my robin box is a little robin....

7.What is Spring without the buzzing of bees busy at work? So I made another paper mache box with a bee punched design.This box I used paper to cover the box.

Front view
Top of box
Inside the box
8. A simple penny rug..

There you go, the last of my March projects.All of projects  are my own designs.I hope that you enjoyed seeing them,and just maybe there will be a few to share for April.
   Friday and Saturday we spent shopping around.I have decided that I hate shopping for two particular items.One, a new bra( nope  not shopping for that) two... a new mattress,yes that is the one that had our attention .My word, we spent most of Saturday running from store to store testing mattresses out and I am now more confused than before we started. If our mattress wasn't in such sorry shape I'd throw the towel in and quit.But seriously my mattress  could be used for make do spring projects,just slip the covers and sheet off and go to work.Think I have put it off as long as I can. Yesterday after church hubby and I worked in the yard ,we had a couple large trees that had to be cut.It always breaks my heart to see a tree taken down but in this case we had no choice as they were damaging the foundation of our home.Today I will be working in the craft room cleaning up my huge mess and doing laundry.Well my friends I guess that just about wraps up March and some of April too.I will be trying to get around to your blogs so I can  catch up with what has been going on with you all.Spring blessings,Jen

Monday, March 31, 2014

A beautiful day and win

Good morning all ,I hope that this post finds you all well and happy.Can you believe that today is the last day of March? Where in the world does time escape to anymore? The sun is shining here and the temps are warming up.We are expecting temps in the 70's this week.Can I get a hooray ! I am so excited to think that I might just get to start clearing my flower gardens off soon.The above pic was taken on 3-18-14.Like a kid watching cookies bake in the oven I have been waiting for this to happen....
Finally happened this morning.LOL!

Now that you have seen those pretties let me share with you another one....

Isn't it gorgeous!!!!! I was the blessed person to win this beautiful postcard from Debbie of Woolensails.It never ceases to amaze me at the talent out in the blogging world!Debbie has a big heart and so much awesome talent,she sews, needle punches,paints and designs her own patterns.Debbie painted  Frakturs several years ago and sold them on Ebay,she really should start it once more.I am sure that I have left stuff off the list but if you will check her blog out you will learn more about her.Please stop by and say hello.
 As soon as I received my beautiful postcard,I knew it had to be framed.So I dug around in my collection of frames and found one that would work.Never being able to leave things alone I pulled out my paints and started painting.LOL! Here is the end result...
closeup of frame
I am so thankful to own of Debbie's Fraktur designs.Thank you so much Debbie! It is one of my most treasured possessions. 

Well I am off to finish a few March projects and will be back soon to share them with you all.May God bless each of you.Sunshine and hugs,Jen

Friday, March 7, 2014

Long time no blogging...

Sorry friends,I was surprised when I realized how long it has been since I last did a blog post.Time sure gets away from me anymore.Things have been busy with the cold temps and the last winter storm which gave us snow and ice. I am like most everyone else and holding my breath for Spring.The weather is nicer here today and the snow is melting pretty fast.It  does make for  hazardous walking though,just ask my poor aching body.I took a spill this morning while out feeding,landed flat on my back and banged my head against the ice.LOL! I knew it was a good thing that I am so hard headed.Hope that everyone is doingwell and staying warm.Here at home, I have been battling a stomach bug for the last three weeks or so,I think it is over but then it knocks me down again.Hubs has been fighting a rough cold.

I want to take the time to say hello and welcome to my new followers.I am so happy and honored to have you following my little blog.To all those folks that left comments on my last post,thanks so much for all of your sweet comments.I did try and reply but my email was doing weird things and I finally threw my hands up in the air and quit trying.I was afraid that I might send some bug or something to you.

This is one of the things that has been keeping me busy.I apologize about the poor pictures but she just would not be still.She is hopefully going to be going back outside this weekend or the beginning of next week.She is a super sweet little goat.Folks may I introduce Penny......

I will try and get a better pic when I take her outside.She was wanting to run and play this morning.

I have been dreaming of warmer days and long walks in the woods.All that thinking has made me want to work on a few Spring goodies. Even though I have been sick I still have managed to do a few things,so stick around if you would like to join in my show and tell.

My first project was a few wool eggs.I used a pattern from Keri of Calico Rabbit and changed it up a bit to make it my own.The rabbit was her patten but the nest and basket of flowers are my designs.It is a fun egg to make and so easy.
The next is a cross stitch design by subrosa,it is a really sweet design and fun to stitch.
Another  project was cross stitch design that was offered free  by cosmichandmade.com.I took certain areas of the design to make a small cupboard tuck .I also added the wool strawberry.It turned out kind of cute.I plan on displaying it with  bowl of wool strawberries,just haven't had time to make them yet.LOL!

Keeping with the strawberry theme is another strawberry that I punched using yarn and the oxford #10 punch needle.It looks like wool and is a large one at 7 inches long.LOL!
Front side and with flash on.

Back side and no flash ,it is a really pretty prim color in life.

It just would not be me if I did  not have a few needle punched pieces too.The next projects are all my designs as is the above punched strawberry.

I made this pillow by first punching the rabbit and then adding it to the wool background with the coordinating wool pennies.I then did the feather stitch to hide the seams where I added the wool strips around the rabbit background.
 Closeup of the punched rabbit and yep another wool strawberry.  

The next piece is one that I calls Spring out to me.I mounted it on a whale tail hornbook that I cut and painted.
I did use a lot of my overdyed floss in this piece.It was a fun whimsical  project.I did not want everything perfect so I just added the pennies randomly as I punched it.

Last project is one that drove me nuts! I still am not satisfied with it but called it quits,the thing almost went in the garbage can several times.
It is not as bright as it appears and I used mostly overdyed floss in this design.It is hard to see but the smallest bunny in the design is holding a flower.
Last but not least of all is the best picture! 

When I see these sweethearts I know that it will not be long till I am out enjoying the warm Spring sunshine.It was a long post and for that I apologize but I am trying to catch up and will in the coming days be catching up with all of you as well.For some reason I am having problems commenting on some of the blogs I follow using bloglovin.Is anyone else having that kind of problem.It is mainly blogs that open up a new page for you to leave your comment,any help would be wonderful.
Have a wonderful day and weekend friends!Be blessed,Jen

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Good morning friends, I wanted to pop in and wish each of you a safe and happy Valentine's Day!Do you have exciting plans for today? Hubby and I will be spending a quiet evening together,no major plans. Since today is heart day it seemed a good time to share the hearts that are out and about in the mouse house.Don't worry there are not that many this year.LOL!

A little hooked mat

One of my first punched projects.

My new punched lantern and a wool heart.

A better view of the heart.

Display on the dry sink.
Woolie heart from our woolie girl Trace!

Trencher display in the living room.

A close up view

In the living room

A closer look

Punched piece on the fireplace.
Last display in the living room.

A wool heart next to my old leather covered horse.

See I told you it would not take long.LOL! I also wanted to mention those folks dealing with the latest winter storm, please remember them in your prayers.It has been a memorable winter for most everyone and hopefully we will all soon see the end of it.I have been noticing a few of the birds that usually appear around Spring time,out in the yard.Yesterday was a really nice day for us locally,Gretchen and I spent some time sitting on the deck.Today we are expecting some minor snow,but I will not complain as it could be so much worse. Next week the weather people  are  saying we will have 60 + temperatures, hoping that they are correct.

Friends it is time to go and feed the goats and chickens,if I am late I will hear all about it when I go in the barn.LOL! So let's go feed and then come back in to bake some Amish Cinnamon bread. Yum!Happy Valentine's  Day friends! Be blessed,Jen