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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Another pre cyber pattern....

For the first 15 people to contact me. 
I just pulled this rug off the frame. It is a small pattern and hooks up very quickly. Perfect for those of you wanting to hook for a Christmas present!  
Red Belsnickel is  7.5 x 14.5 and with shipping is $18 (Canadian customers email for shipping). My email address is davemariab@sbcglobal.net
Thanks for stopping by, Maria 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Early Cyber Sale

I just finished hooking this little mat (12 x 13) and am offering it to the first 10 people that contact me for $20 which includes shipping. 
Look for more sales during the week leading up to cyber Monday. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Looking for a EWENIQUE Christmas gift?

Check out this cute fused glass ornament!
During a fused glass class today, I spied these darling sheep ornaments hanging on the Christmas tree in the shop.  I snatched them up as quickly as I could. 

Along with a 1/4 yard of wool, these would make the perfect Christmas gift for your hooking friends. Sandy was only charging $6.00 for them.   And after taking the class, let me tell you that is a bargain!  
If interested, leave a message and I will post her contact information. Maria 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkins galore!

I stopped by school today and was greeted with this terrific display of handmade pumpkins. Can you believe Second graders made these guys?
Although the pumpkins are all made from the same orange, white, green and black construction paper, they all look different.
  These guys just warm my heart!  
Definitely some inspiration for a hooked rug or two! 
Thanks for stopping by, Maria 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Barnyard Sheep is complete

There are some patterns that hook themselves and this was one of them. I designed this rug to challenge myself with depth perception (see previous post) and enjoyed the process. 
Lately, I have been pushing myself to hook rugs out of my box to expand  my hooking horizon and grow as an artist. Barnyard sheep challenged me not only with depth perception but also with color as these colors are not my normal palette.
After hooking this rug, I'm not so intimidated to hook landscapes and look forward to more challenging landscape patterns. 
The barnyard sheep pattern (14 x 20) is available for purchase for $35 plus shipping. 
M next challenge is to finish a rug that I started last fall when Alice Frazier, Ali Strebel and myself got together for a hooking weekend at Alice's fabulous cottage on Lake Erie. I think I surprised them when I started hooking this rug. I'm not sure if I shared this "way out of my box" project with you. 
So do any of you feel the need to challenge yourself as an artist and do something different or are you content to hook rugs that you like? Inquiring minds want to know.  
As always, thanks for stopping by, Maria 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mother Nature at her best

Doesn't Mother Nature provide the best color inspiration?  It was a gorgeous fall day here in northern Michigan and I couldn't resist picking up some of these colorful leaves as I  walked through our property. 
 Look at that gorgeous purple leave?
This reddish orange one makes me smile.
Oh and that red and lime one is the best!
You can draw inspiration not only from the colors but also the shapes. 
Love the lime green leaves. 

I traced around the leaves for future projects. Please feel free to use them in any of your projects. 
Enjoy the rest of this gorgeous weekend. Thanks for stopping by, Maria 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

You guessed it

Another unfinished rug. As you can see,  all I have to do on this rug is hook the background and the crow.


You have to wonder why I set these rugs aside when they are so close to being finished. I think it is because the challenging part for me is color planning. Once I have the rug color planned, I'm ready for the next challenge all the while thinking "I'll finish the 'almost done rug' later in the week." Well let me tell you that does not happen. 

Part of the reason I designed this rug was to try my hand at hooking leaves. With all the worms I have it was easy to play with color in each of the leaves. I simply added a contrasting vein to the leaves and voila, a leave.


For the most part I'm happy with the leaves except for that purple one in the top left. That one will have to be reworked. The shape of the orange one of the top right also needs some attention.
As always, thanks for stopping by, Maria