Thursday, March 21, 2013


Spring break went fast! My DD worked hard this spring break. This year the DFW Pug Rescue group rescued 37 pugs from a puppy mill. Lots of them needing medical care. So my DD decided to help raise money to help the pugs. She set up a booth at the camp site and sold cookies and other goodies she earned $67.00.

Here she is with Mr Pudge. We adopted him a year ago from the DFW Rescue Group. What a fun dog he has turned out to be!

Have a wonderful day! Elaine

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spring Break Project

Spring break for us and I am making time for a hooked project.

Here is a sneak peek of what I am working on. A antique rug with some changes. We are going on a camping trip and hopefully will get some work done on it!

I did a little dying for chicks, flower stems, cow fur, and house color. Green is a little bright so might be used in another project but loved how they turned out!

Now for some sharing! Here is a formula that I created using Cushing dyes. Rabbit Ear Kiss perfect for Easter!

1/4 Apricot
1/32 Silver Gray
1/64 Tan
1/4 Wood Rose

Happy Spring!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Not Picasso

I have to admit that painting is a lot quicker then rug hooking. I do love the process of hooking though! I love the texture, planning and the rhythm of hooking.
Even dying the wool is fun. The color doesn't always turn out the way you plan once hooked up so you try again. It can be a long process. Painting I find quick and satisfying. Sometimes I walk away and think about it. Then when I go back it comes together the way I see it. No I am not Picasso nor will I ever be famous for my art. I do know art relieves stress and takes me into another place. I am at ease!

Some of my favorite primitive artists are Maude Lewis, Grandma Moses, and Hemmerling.

Great Grandparents

Who are some of your favorite artists?


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Weekend Projects

Who knew a chandelier could take a day and a half to hang! Well all I have to say is thank you to my wonderful husband for working on this large project. It is a vintage chandelier. The problem was the old chandelier was not centered over the table. It took some work but the new vintage one is we're it should be and the room is taking on a new look.

Another small painting/paper project of mine has been snowmen. The weather here has been rainy and cold. No snow in our area. That is far and few in the land Texas. I just felt the need to make a few snow people! I don't think I am quite ready for warm weather. I do know a few of you bloggers are looking forwards to spring! Last summer did me in with the heat.

Well one more photo. Here are the boys...... I should take note that if I get up and out of my chair it gets over taken by the aliens.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It's Been Too Long

I wasn't sure what to call this post because it has been so long!  It was a needed break.  Today my daughter wanted to know if someone taught me my signature or if I just learned to do it on my own. I laughed because I would have never thought to ask that question.  I never really put a lot of effort into practicing my handwriting.  I also really don't like my handwriting and feel as though it is like a doctors scribble!  The reason my daughter asked is because she needed a paper signed for school.
What have I been doing besides answering questions on handwriting?   Finishing up a few things around the house and starting to feel more relaxed.  With the relaxing part I am able to create!  The paints and brushes came flying out.    I am a primitive painter at heart and I should say that about all of my art!  Besides painting I started a couple of small hooking projects and need to get back to them.   I do need to get the dye pots out and work on some new colors.  So that is what I am doing. A little of this and a little of that.  So what are you working on?



Sunday, September 9, 2012

: Moved and Sorting

Yes, We are moved and I am still unpacking and sorting through stuff.   I never knew that I could accumulate so much stuff!  I guess that I did but just didn't want to admit it!   We are still painting and redoing to make our new home ours and it is slow going but I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!   I am also slowly getting back into my art as well.  My most recent project using Sculpey clay was introduced to me by my sister in law!  I had a blast working with her. She was getting ready for a art exhibit.  I told her my art is not realistic as hers is and very beautiful!   So this is what I came up with!

Clay Sculpture 2012

I'm not really sure what it is supposed to be.  My kids think its a monkey creature!  

Next up is a picture of my new work room!   I am very happy about this space.  It's not all finished a few more things to work on but I and the family have been spending some good quality time creating art.

Luke making himself at home

My husband grumped because he had to hang my cubbies cabinet and it weighs a ton!  We have hauled this from many homes.  I found it in (umm... my husband found it!)  the trash from a daycare center that closed.  It is great for storing all of my dyes.  I guess he can't  grump too much because he knows how much it makes me happy!   

The one thing that has kept me sane through this move is looking and reading everyone's blogs!  I certainly have used a lot of ideas in my new home.   

  I am really glad to be back and hope to post soon.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Having good friends is a wonderful thing!   My good friend, co-worker and blogger friend has always been very generous in her crafting!   I have been the lucky recipient of some of her many talents.    If you have time please visit her at: Beautifully Exquisite Experiences.   You might just find a new inspirational idea to make.  I was trying to think of some way to thank her when I thought that she might like a little hooked mat for her home.   I know she likes dogs so I decided on this antique rug adaption.
8x11  using a six cut

When I finished the binding I made a little tag and rolled it up and tied a ribbon around.   She really loved the rug and that made me very happy!

Happy Hooking Friends,     


ps i must say that i really loved working on this small project!