Monday, March 12, 2012

Good Afternoon

Hello everyone ,it is a cloudy day here but the temperatures are in the low 60's so I guess I can stand a few clouds.LOL! I was out pulling weeds yesterday and it felt so good to play in the dirt.It is hard to believe that March is almost half gone already.I feel as if I have blinked and missed much of 2012.I think we all need a less stressful and hurried lifestyle.

It is time to start my Spring cleaning and purging the things I know longer need or want.I am going to go for a simpler less cluttered look for my home .It will just be easier to keep it straight and neat looking, I am thinking.Though it is hard  to part with some things I do believe it could give me more of a free lifestyle. Dusting is a chore I dread and having so much sitting around, just makes it take longer.Let's see if  I can really do it. LOL!
I have finished a few projects and would like to share them with you.I hope that I do not bore you all, with my hand dids and not so great pics.A photographer ,I am not.
I finally did  something with my second rug I hooked and I am quite happy with the way it turned out.I mounted it to a large board. It is just sitting on one of my work tables in the craft room.Once I finally get it placed in it's home I will share pics of where it lands.

I set out to make a penny rug ,I have long admired them but so far had never owned one or tried to make one either.I ended up with a big rug ,I don't think I planned it to well.LOL! I wanted it for my dining room table so it is okay .It has 45 stacks of three layered of pennies,I am happy with it too being it is my first attempt.

To show how large it is I threw it on the back of my love seat .

The nice warm days we had a week or so ago put me into the mood for Spring.I designed this bunny needle punch to use as a pillow.Well I changed my mind and ended up using a light gray wool for the background and wool for the flowers that I blanket stitched at the sides .Guess you'd call it a needle punched /penny rug  sort of thing.

Here is  a close up of the bunny.

I used the Oxford rug punch needle and yarn to make this simple punched heart mat.I really just wanted to see what the yarn would like in a project.

The next one I used the same needle but regular wool strips for this little round mat.It is my design and a few of my friends suggest that I name it Stormy .I did this one during the recent storms.I do not have a basement and during severe storms I go to momma's for shelter.Well the tornado sirens are going off ,the wind is howling and here I am running up the hill with my hoop,needle and basket of wool .Probably looked like a lunatic but a girl has to have her crafting things at times like that,it calms the nerves a bit.

That is all the projects that I have for the day.Let me know your opinions good or bad. 
I have won a couple of  lovely giveaways lately and I will back to share those with you soon.I am blessed to have good friends and a loving family.It is always fun to read your blogs ,even though I may not always have the chance to comment ,I do so love visiting with you all. I pray that those dealing with medical issues find healing and to the rest I pray that you are blessed with all that you need.Hugs,Jen


Angela said...

Hi Jennifer, wow, you have been a busy lady. I love how you finished the rug on that board. It is so pretty. You did a great job on the penny rug. I like it being big, so many options in using it. But my absoulte favorite is the rabbit punch needle. I so hope one day my work will be that pretty. I am on my second little piece. I can see a slight improvement over te first one. The heart shaped mat is cute as well as "Stormy". I just love them all. Take care and have a great day.

BumbleBeeLane said...

I love them all but the bunny is my favorite...I can just imagine the alarms sounding and you running with your craft supplies.Yes can't be stuck in a tornado with nothing to you stayed safe.Warm Blessings!~Amy


Hi Jennifer,
I love your penny rug, and the bunny rug is beautiful. The heart and Stormy are wonderful too. I couldn't pick my favorite out of the four...they are all beautiful, and I love your work. You sure have been busy. Take care and have a good night. Hugs,

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

Wow, you sure have been busy! I got my first project all hooked and discovered today, that I mixed in navy blue in with my black, by mistake! I couldn't tell it until I was outside with it! I think I need a lot more light where I sit and do my hooking!!! BTW, your projects look great!


A Primitive Homestead said...

There are all so wonderful but I really love your bunny blanket. Blessings!

Trace4J said...

Wow how talented you are Jen!
So beautiful. I love them all.
Stay safe.

Raggedy Creations said...

Your handids are beautiful Jen, especially love the penny rug, but then I a sucker for a beautiful penny.


~The Boyd Homestead Farm~ said...

wow! you sure have been busy and I love all the rugs and mats :) I sure wish I had the talent you do :) It's so nice to have springlike weather, sure gets you in the mood to do some cleaning and open the windows up to let fresh air in. Some day I would love to try rug hooking and making penny rugs.
Have a wonderful night,

hugs, Trish

jody said...

wow jen, i love all your finished projects! great designs, great colors and looks like you have had fun! also love your animals! i have always wanted goats, sheep... my father is a poultry judge and raises chickens and doves. he keeps them right across the river from me,like almost in my back yard. and i have doves in my garden in an antique cage in the summer... its probley a good thing im not in the country but sure would love it! enjoy your night and thanx for checking in on me!

Shirlee said...

Jen, I am telling you once again ... you really need to start a business offering these designs of yours! They are better than many of the designs I see for sale! You truly have a gift for this! I love all your stuff! I can just picture you running up the hill to your mom's house with your crafting basket as the tornado is nipping at your heels ... lol! The things we crafters do : ) I have been thinking along the same lines as you lately regarding downsizing. Perhaps if you are successful at it, it will inspire me to follow!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Hi! Very nice projects! You're on a roll ~ keep up the good work and thanks for stopping. By my blog!!!

Barb said...

Hi Jen,
Your creations are all fabulous!! And your photos were not that bad either!!
Enjoy your day,

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Jennifer, your work is amazing! I am in awe, what beautiful creations. Thanks so much for entering and sharing my giveaway, I have you entered and I'm now following your lovely blog, can't wait to see what you create next! Stay safe, hope you don't get any more storms! Deb

Firecracker Kid said...

Oh Jennifer, girl, are you pullin' my leg?! These all look professionally finished. I love every one of them. The colors are great. Don't ever doubt your ability luv, you are very good at hooking, punching, and penny rug making... come rain or come shine!

bszejk said...


Hi, I'm a newbie here! I stopped over to visit after seeing you entered my blog giveaway (yourself stopping over from The Cranky Crow). All of your pieces look AMAZING! Great job! Your animal babies are absolutely adorable, too! I wish I could have some myself! Have a wonderful day!


Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Oh man! They are ALL fantastic!! :> )

Ronda said...

Wow Jen, your work is awesome...I've got all the oxford punches I just got to find time to do it, same goes for the penny rug...I purchased a whole bunch of pennies on Ebay...they look really nice in my old muffin need to start offering your goodes...


Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, Jen:
Oh my, everything is beautiful. The penny rug is awesome, the needle punch applique piece is gorgeous and I love the needle punch sheep box,
wow you're talented.

Allison said...

I love the penny rug!!! All your projects look great.

Angie Berry said...

Oh girl, I've been out cleaning up the yard also. Even though it's pulling weeds and burning leaves, I have been enjoying being outside playing in the dirt also.

I've tried the simpler look and I just can't get rid of anything! I guess I'm too much of a hoarder because I keep collecting and not getting rid of, hehe.

I really can not believe that is only your second rug Jen, that is incredible!! It looks like you've been hooking for years! The penny rug is beautiful also! All of your handmades are wonderful Jen, you have so much talent girl!

I'm glad you made it through the storm. I had to laugh as I pictured you running up the hill with your hoop and basket of wool flopping in the wind, haha that sounds like me.

Enjoy your weekend, my friend~

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...


I am REALLY impressed with your rug hooking and the penny rug too! Those are so pretty! I'm patting you on the back because I think they are wonderful. You really could sell these! You know you could always add a page tab to the top of your blog for items for sale or make a separate blog or even an etsy.

Making them up on pillows would be awesome! Before long I will be looking for some! I'm hoping to get new furniture before too long! :)

Keep are talented! :)


Paula said...

You do such beautiful work, sweetie! There is no way I could pick a favorite from those~ they are all awesome!