Sunday, April 26, 2015


This chair pad turned out pretty well! It's hooked from selvages from the last dye pots!! Love the look!

Beloved daffs and bleeding hearts ~ so cheerful on the window sill!

Last week, Lori Brechlin blogged about these beautiful hooks from P is for Primitive. This one now lives in my studio ~ it is made from an antique shoe button hook handle ~ It's very shiny silver and fits in the palm of my hand perfectly! I don't know how much I'll use but I'm happy to have it! Thanks, Lisanne Miller, for sending it so fast!

Yesterday, we went to the Simple Goods show. Lots of early furniture and things to decorate the primitive home. We got this grain-painted box - a really good reproduction from folk artist, Mike Spangler. Looks good, doesn't it? Even if we don't buy a lot, it's always an education to learn about things we don't often see.

This week will be a busy one ~ getting ready for the From Our Hands & Hearts show in Penninsula next Saturday!

Hope you had a good weekend ~ the weather is trying to get better! Talk to you soon!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Happenings ~ ~ ~

Last week was the Amish Hook-in that took place in Berlin, Ohio. It wax a wonderful day with 160 rug hookers and 10 vendors! Sonny and I had a lot of fun with our friends and lots of wool changed hands that day!!

Maggie Bonanomi was the featured teacher. Laura and I brought our finished projects from the class we took with her at Sauder. Friend Pam brought hers but she left before Maggie had a minute to spare! The women loved Maggie!!

Sonny tapped a few maple trees for a project for his daughter, Korinna. Then he made syrup for us!

It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup! That's a lot of boiling! He got another smaller batch but it made enough for us and the kids. He really enjoyed the process and I'm sure he'll do it next year!

Thanks for stopping by ~ hope you're enjoying spring!!

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Saturday, March 28, 2015


These snowdrops were peaking through the other day!

Today, we are at our lake haven for the first time since New Years! Ice and cold and snow for as far as the eye can see!

Beautiful Spring bouquet from my manfriend!

And a birthday gathering of our kids and grands (and our waitresses ~ they wanted in on our fun!) for my birthday! Seattle kids were missing as well as Tad and some grands!

The sun is shining so we're going to 'Seize the day'! Hope you do the same!


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Sunday, January 25, 2015


This is going to be a fun event!  I'm very excited to be invited to be a vendor at the new "From Our Hands ~ Creative" that Lori Corelis and Rebekah Smith are organizing!  The show they put together in November, in the same venue, was a great success ~ we were shoppers there and loved it, along with so  many others!  These two gals know exactly what to do to bring together great craftsmen and  savvy shoppers,  so you know you're in for a treat!

There will be a day of classes on April 30th, a 'needle-in' on  May 1st along with a preview shopping evening,  and on May 2, a show for the public!!  

Penninsula is a lovely little town, very picturesque so it makes a great destination get-away!  I hope to see many of our friends and customers. I'll keep you posted on  any news and check their website for an updated list of vendors!

It's a snowy day here in Ohio ~ I spent most of it in the office getting things in order!  Good day to be inside!

I hope all of you are well and warm!  Talk to you soon and thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015


It's been sooo long since I posted so thought I would show you this little sheep pillow that I made for a friend.  The sheep is needle felted with Wensleydale fleece that we brought back from England almost 9 years ago ~ I use it very sparingly but save it for special things.  The stuffing is from my snippet bowls ~ little bits and piece of wools and thread give a little heft to your project moreso than fiberfill stuffing and it's recycling at it's best!  The binding is vintage homespun (Sonny's aunt gave me a bag of scraps years ago that weRE left from his grandma's sewing projects) that I whipped onto the edges using linen threads that I keep when I'm cutting linen yardage!  Waste not ~ want not!!  That isn't exactly  me in my everyday life ~ wish it was ~ but it works out great for handmade projects!!

I hope you're all well and having a good winter!  We have recovered from the Christmas craziness and I'm just wrapping up all my year end things for the business.  Have my office all in good order for the first time in a long time!  And we're getting ready to go to Florida ~ thanks to my wonderful Tad sitter for holding down the fort for me and taking such good care of him!  Sonny will be working right up until the last minute to finish a couple of projects he's had all winter and I will, too!  I'm getting in a quick beginners class on Sunday for some gals and drawing some patterns for another! 
I'll do better about staying in touch ~ I haven't even been a good blog reader over this last couple of months!!  Thanks for stopping by ~ I really appreciate it!


Monday, December 1, 2014


This little Santa was hooked by me years ago and what I love about it is that the background is the linen foundation. It hooks up pretty fast and would make a nice gift!

A couple of months ago, a customer ordered the pattern so thought I would draw up a few and offer them for sale. It will 9 x 12 and is $20 ~ since it's Cyber Monday, I'll include the USA shipping for today only! Email me at!

Thanks so much for reading ~ I've been missing in action for a while ~ life gets so busy here!! We had a great Thanksgiving at our lake place with Ted and family ~ even went to Walmart and bought a Black Friday special! That's a first for us ~ it was very orderly and Sonny got a good buy on a flat screen tv. The kids make such fun of us because we still watch tv's with tubes and not very big ones at that!! Combine that with the fact that Sonny recently got a smart phone ~ they're pretty impressed!

Have a good week and I'll get these out as fast as I can!!!


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Thursday, October 30, 2014


 This is my finished class project!  I worked on it Sunday and Monday until it was done!!  And I love it!  I used Wensleydale fleece that we brought back from our England trip in 2006 ~ I've used it sparingly until now and it was perfect for these sheep.  The snowflakes and dots of snow are needlefelted on top of the hooking ~ a great suggestion from Ali Strebel!  I still have to do a crochet edge for the finish but that will have to wait till next week!

 Just a note regarding the beard ~ I hooked this one in two different wools and it didn't stand out very much.  So I pulled out the narrowest strips of wool and started going thru my yarn stash!

 If you do a close up (which I should have cropped these photos so you could see them better) you can see that the addition of the chunky yarn made a huge difference in the overall look of Santa's beard! I'm not one to reverse hook very much but sometimes you just have to!

Irma begged to come home with in my hooking bag!  She is
created by artist Olive Rose and Karen Kahle brought along a
little trunk show for us to choose from! Last year, one of Olive Rose's cat dolls jumped in my bag so now she had company!

This is Karen's needlepunch version of her Santa pattern.
It's very appealing although this is way toooo tedious for me to do!

Ali brought some of her work along for us to check 
out!  Love this little mat with cats paws, needle felting and her corded roving couched onto the border.
It's a great little piece!

Everybody loves Ali's heart! There are several different stitches and techniques that she uses ~
definitely on my to-do list with her sometime!

It was a great three days spent in Tipp City with old friends, Jackie and Deb, and many new gals that we met!  Jackie and I have been at all four of the classes that Ali and Karen have taught ~ hope they do one next year!!

Thanks for stopping by.  Most of my blogs in recent months have been from my phone ~ somehow that isn't working so I'm back in front of the computer! One thing I notice when I previewed what I posted is that the picture quality is sooo much better having transferred the phone photos to the computer!  Note to self ~ take the time to do it this way!  Except when I'm on the move ~ sometimes I have to post on the run ~ there are some things just too good to keep till I get back home!  I've been doing a lot of Facebook posting as those of you who are Facebook friends, know.  It's so quick and easy because it's a picture and a couple of words about and voila ~ it's out there!  If you're a blog reader and on Facebook, make sure we're "friends" and keep up with our adventures that way, too!

Talk to you soon!!


P.S.  I'm getting ready for a show Saturday at the Richland County Fairgrounds here in Mansfield ~ The Gathered Treasures Show ~ antiques, folk art and me! Follow "Black Cat Primitives" on Facebook.   Come see us 10-4 Saturday!