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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Before and After

Here is a before picture of the sweet little table that I found while thrift shopping last weekend.
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I just loved the lines of the table. What I didn't like about it was the melamine finish on the table so....... I bought some of Krylon's Fusion plastic spray paint and went to town...
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It took two cans and I like the finished product. The table would look perfect in a cottage/lake type house.
I've also been having fun with hooking rugs for the upcoming Ghoultide Gathering show in October. The show has made me come up with new rug designs and create new ways to display the rugs. I'll post some pictures of a few of them when they are completed....here is a little sneak peak of one I'm working on.....
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Can you tell purple is my new favorite color? Maria



Maria

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Metal Sculptures

Whenever we go to Manitoulin Island, we pass through this little town on Highway 17 called Massey. There is a metal artist in Massey that does the most amazing things with metal. He use scrap metal and if I remember correctly uses old propane tanks for his sculptures. His sculptures grace the open spaces in the center of town. Check out this horse. It is life size. Can you believe the mane on the horse?
Photobucket His work is so wonderful. Several years ago, he had two rabbits, March Hares, they were probably 5 feet tall and would have been amazing in a garden. Here is a picture of two more horses and a life size moose.
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Don't you just love these wonderful works of art?

As promised, here are a couple of rugs I've been working on for an upcoming folk art show in October.
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Thanks for stopping by, Maria

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I have many things to share with you since my last post. I'll start with the finished picture of my Tyler Flower Basket rug and pattern. I'm pleased with the way it turned out.
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One of the gals in Tyler was working on this pattern in nice soft muted colors of red, yellow, blue, purple and white. Below is a picture of it in progress.
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Hopefully, she send me a picture of it when it is done.

Next up are a few pictures of rugs from the camp in Alabama. I only have a few photos. The first one is Elaine's foot stool. Elaine is such a dear person and incrediblely talented. It is a Kim Nixon pattern and hooked to perfection. Elaine finished the hooking portion of the stool at camp and put it together at home. The colors in the rug are wonderful colors of teal, lavender, purple, peaches, blues and creams. Sorry about the size of the photo...Elaine sent me a photo and I scanned it and this is the only size I can produce. Obviously, this picture does not do this rug justice. It is so much better in person!
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Next up is my triangle sheep pattern that Jamie hooked.Photobucket The colors in the triangles of this rug are fabulous. And the dark sheep, is simply divine. She inverted one of the triangles in the rug and I just love that about this rug. Jamie is a sweetie and a hooking machine. She was also working on two other rugs that were awesome as well. She is also a fabulous knitter and had the most incredible long shawl at camp. I just about bought it but changed my mind at the last minute. I wish I had a picture of it to show you as it was awesome.
The next picture is of Penny's fun rug. Photobucket When I met her, she told me that lime green was a nuetral for her. Ok......well when we started pulling her wool for the rug, we picked hot pink and vibrant orange and neon purple and the colors were worked well together. When the time came for the background color, a color that had to be muted to go with the brighter colors....what color do you think I chose? I chose a wool that I always use when I néed a little spark in my rugs. That color was lime green! I nearly died when I chose it as Penny's first comment to me was " Lime Green is a nuetral for me"! I love this rug! The colors are fantastic and it taught me a ton about color. Penny is one of the funniest gals I've met in a long time. She had me in tears most of the time!
That's it for now....I've been working on some new Halloween rugs, that I'll share in future posts. Maria