Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday's Tutorial....

Tuesday's tutorial is how to make the carrots from my Mister Wild Hare.

They were super easy and I had all the supplies on hand. All you need is fabric,sewing machine, a piece of ribbon,safety pin, glue gun and some greenery. The carrot tutorial is from the Idea Room Blog.

Here is the link to the tutorial from The Idea Room.

I made my carrots shorter than the ones on the tutorial. Mine were about 8 inches long. Don't you think a trio of these would nifty on a front or a cupboard door?

I'd love to see how you decorate with your carrots..{cause I know you will be making some of these for Easter} Maria

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Challenge Project Revealed....Mister Wild Hare

Here is my challenge project and hopefully this will post before midnight {I better type quickly}! Believe it or not, I did have this guy done by 6:00 but had a meeting that lasted for 3 1/2 hours so it put me a little behind! Ok, enough whining.....
This challenge was the hardest one for me this far. Mainly because I was trying to think outside the box and do something different than an art canvas. Try as I might I could not get away from scrapbook paper though.

My husband thinks my bunny looks a little scary because of his off kilter eyes. What do you think? Dave was such a good sport and helped me rig this guy so he would sit atop the paper mache box. So in his honor, I am naming this challenge project, MISTER WILD HARE!

I'll be honest with you, the green floss really challenged me. In the end, I used it in the stems for the carrots. I wrapped the fleece around wire and stuck it in to the carrots. Tomorrow, I'll post the link to show you how to make carrots. It was really easy. You can't see it in this picture but I used the black cording to make (pucker) the tops of the carrots.

The picture above also shows how I used the fleece.....I sewed it into the ears. You can't see it but I added wire into the ears {and arms} so that I could pose them.

When I opened the package from Kris and saw the stick, I immediately knew it would make a walking stick for my WILD HARE!

Here is where I used the scrapbook paper.....I collaged it onto a paper mache box. I grunged it up a bit with brown chalk.
For the buttons, I rolled up the yarn and stitched them to look like buttons

Again, here is a full shot of Mister Wild Hare.

I added this picture because I love this little martini table that Mister Wild Hare is sitting on. Isn't it fun?

Check out the other challenge projects here....

Kris Miller http://spruceridgestudios.blogspot.com/
Alice Frazier

Ali Strebel http://alistrebel.blogspot.com/

I'll be blogging a little more about this challenge and my thoughts thus far on doing these challenges........Maria

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What I'm working on Wednesday.......

Two posts in one day....now that has to be a first. I just snapped this picture to share with you. It has been on my stack of designs to hook for a while and with Presidents Day right around the corner, I thought I better get a hooking!

Oh, and if you didn't know it is a pattern, of George Washington. I think I'm going to call this pattern/rug, "Never Tell a Lie". After snapping this photo, I did notice a few things about the rug. One, I need to work on the buttons on the white shirt. Something is not working with it as hooked. Next, was George Washington this angry looking? May have to do a little research on that and rehook the face.
Thanks for stopping by.
I'd love feedback and constructive criticism on George. Maria

Valentine Giveaway Winner is...........................

Sheri of ShabbySheep. Thank you to all that entered. Please check back as I plan on having a few more giveaways in the next few months. Sheri when you see this post.....shoot me your address via email at davemariab@sbcglobal.net. Check back a little later tonight to see my "What I'm working on Wednesday" post. Maria

Friday, February 4, 2011

It is time for another giveaway!

And it is just in time for Valentine's Day! {I'm going to cheat a little and have this post also double for my what I'm working on Wednesday..... as it has been what I've been working on}

I have been playing around with mixed media recently and love it. Yes, I love rug hooking and making rugs, but every once in a while, I like to mix it up and try new things. So for this giveaway I am offering one of my mixed media pieces. It is a very simple and sweet red heart attached to an art canvas that has been decoupaged with scrapbook paper. For a touch of whimsy, I added some felt balls and twisted wire to the top of the canvas. Although this piece was made for Valentine's Day, I used neutral colors so you could use it all year long. It is called "Believe in Love"

Here is a picture of the side of the canvas. You can see the sweet scrapbook paper I used for the sides.

Now for the details on how to win.........

You have several options for registering to win!

1.) Simply become a Star Rug Company blog "Follower" by clicking on the "Follow" button at the upper right column of this page....and also enter your name in the comment section to let me know you became a follower. All my current followers will also be entered automatically in the drawing.


2.) You could enter a comment for me here at the bottom of this post by clicking on the "Comment" button ( and if you don't have a Blogger Account no problems....you can simply click the "Anonymous" feature to leave the message). Keep in mind though that I'll need to identify you if you are chosen! If you are unable to leave a comment just email me, and I'll add your comment to the list below.

And Finally,

3.) If you have a Blog and help spread the word about my Giveaway on your Blog, I not only thank you but encourage you to leave a 2nd comment here for a second entry! You can use the picture below to advertise on your blog's sidebar, or just use the larger picture above!

So you have three different ways to enter and if you do all three, your name can be submitted three times.

I'll be announcing the winner of the rug on February 9, 2011 at 10:00 am. So sign up and check back to see if you have won the mixed media piece.

Again, thank you all who read my blog, offer support and friendship. I enjoy hooking and sharing my hand goods because of you.