Monday, April 21, 2014
I don't talk about all the other interests I have much because my business has kept me so busy lately that I just don't have time to do much anymore. I hope to get things settled down one of these days and be able to devote a little bit more to the "me" time activities again. Ha!
My Mother got me started with primitive rug hooking when I moved back to Nebraska in 2004. It involves using a hook to pull strips of wool, anywhere from 1/2 to spaghetti thin inch wool strips, through a a piece of loosely woven linen. I typically buy my linen with the patterns designed by one of the many, many talented individuals out there, but occasionally I have been challenged to design and draw my own to hook.
This particular piece was from a Rug Hooking Retreat in 2013, and finished by me last winter. The design is by Cammie Bruce and the rug is called "Spot the Horse".
I love how the spots on the horse are mimicked in the background.
So there you have it, another little piece of me. I find that I am much happier when I have artistic pursuits in all their different forms. I like to paint, I like to rug hook, I occasionally sew and stitch, and I used to dabble in stained glass. Each one brings me much joy and keeps my hands busy. I'm not very good at just sitting still with nothing in my hands!
How about you? What hidden talents or other pursuits do you have?
Wishing you Sunshine this week!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I think this title could also be referring to the different "Throw Back Thursday" Music groups I heard on talk shows today while I painted. I mean Hall and Oats and REO Speedwagon all in one day! At first when I heard them I was too busy painting to look up, and then when I did I was almost sorry. They don't look like they used to, of course I don't look like I did when I used to listen to them either. I just don't need the reminder if you know what I mean.
Now let's transition right on over to another oldie but goodie. I scored a nice sturdy fairly plain oak dresser not long ago. It had such simple lines that it kind of begged for some form of embellishment.
Graphics? Stencil? Subway Art? In the end I honored the simplicity with some simple stripes in some gorgeous colors.
This entire pallet of paint colors is from American Paint Company line of paints. The main body color is Rushmore. I love this warm gray/taupe color. This color goes with nearly everything.
I think I definitely like simple pieces once in a while. They are so very satisfying.
I'm knee deep in a large custom hutch right now. It's coming along beautifully and I'll hopefully snag some photos before it goes back to its home when finished.
Have a great end of the week!
Sunday, April 6, 2014
My oldest is a Senior in High School this year. And yes, I am slightly freaked out by that! It is both an exciting time in their lives and a nostalgic time in their parents lives. Anyhow, just so you know I am a bit scattered right now with all those "last" this' and thats' for her, while also enjoying the last quarter of the 10th, and 2nd graders' year also with my other 2 kiddos. Here is a little Prom moment. to share. I'm definitely biased, but she is just so lovely.
I am so proud of this young woman! She is just a joy to have around, and I just can't believe how fast the years have flown by. Next time I'll pick on another child to plop up here in a post. Love them all! There are just lots of programs, parties to plan and attend, graduation, and other obligations so if I'm absent a bit for the next couple of months you'll know why.
I am continuing to work on projects, though not as many and most are client projects that I often have a hard time photographing before they leave. I do have 2 pieces that have been finished for a while and just waiting for a spare moment to get their 15 minutes of fame on the blog. This piece has been done for a while and was so much fun to work on.
If it hadn't been such a wickedly cold winter I might have tried to get a few more photos.
Have a super week!