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Also here is what I won from a giveaway on Laura's blog-Rhodes Creations....this is a great bag that could be used for many things: a handbag, a grocery bag, a beach bag...heck I might be able to put a small dog in it..only kidding...my dogs are horses...29 and 34 lbs...Wow its all handmade & embroidered by Laura herself...great job and Thank you! It's just beautiful!!
Distinctive Creations just for entering her giveaway recently (not winning might I add but only entering!)...She was so generous to award many who entered her giveaway with different darling surprises...I'd say we all were lucky!!....Just look at this sweet lil' scarecrow all handmade by Cyndi....The picture does not do him justice...he is amazingly handcrafted to perfection. The detail is unbelievable...from his handpainted & stitched face to his sweet overalls, cute burlap hat, little fingers and sissal stuffing. This guy is not going in a box...He's stayin' right here near my corn...and he's gonna scare those crows away that like to visit my pumpkin garden! Cyndi is truly one talented lady...She also makes the sweetest annies, bunnies and snowmen...Go check out her blog!
Click on the pic to see his detail...Thank you so much Cyndi! I will treasure him always!
....here's my newest obession. Rug hooking with yarn....I purchased this Oxford punch needle right from its creator-AmyOxford over at Her website even thought I know very little about hooking...I do know that I like the look of pieces made with the size 10 hook. So I need all the rug hookers help here...This is also what I bought...I know many use wool yarn but I thought I would try this soft jiffy brand...it's acrylic but I like the look and feel of it...its soft and fuzzy...seems to be a tad bit smaller in diameter than the sample yarn that comes with the hook...Does anyone kow if it will work?? I also purchased monks cloth because I want to make a rug tuffet for a small round stool....Also what is the difference between monks and weavers cloth or is it the same? (where is Marge from Hungry Hook Primitives when I need her?)....so I'm thinking black background and pennys around the stool using these colors...note the punch of color with chartreuse (one of my all time fav colors)....is this the right kind of hoop?-It's slightly smaller than the stool area. Any help would be appreciated....
and here is the table runner that I started the other day. It still needs to be quilted on top but essentially is done otherwise...I love the way it looks with my bumble bees! This is my first runner and I'm kinda proud of it. What do you think? Any ideas for the stitching? I think I'll keep it straight and simple (stitch in the ditch) because its so full of visuals for the eyes already!
Have a Wonderful 4th of July (and Happy Birthday to my Friend, Jenn of Bittersweet Prims-she's a firecracker baby!) One last thing: Please check out Jenn's new venture: The Olde Primitive Peddler Artisan site...it started today and they are having giveaways galore from so many talented artisans.