Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I'm a Hoarder

I hope everyone had a great Easter!  We did here at the homestead.  Dinner was here Saturday night with family and Sunday we had my son's girlfriend and her brother over since their Mom had to work.  We had a great time playing card games all day.

I am a hoarder and I'm proud of it today!  LOL.  If you have been with me for any length of time you know I used to scour thrift stores from here to there.  I'd buy all kinds of things because you never know when you might need it again.  I also bought things with a project in mind and then never quite got there.  I have to admit that since the first of the year I don't go to the thrift store as much.  Yes, I still go but maybe once every couple of weeks.  I am proud of that by the way. LOL.  If I do go it is only to look for stitching floss, aida cloth, linen, or patterns.  I no longer buy things to redo.  I am content with what I have now.  It has taken me a long time to come to terms with it, but I'm glad I am.

I digress.  OK back in my thriftaholic days... I happened to see some pieces of burlap at the thrift store.  I figured for sure I could figure out something to do with it.  What kind prim person doesn't have a little burlap right?  So into my cart it went all folded up nicely.  This was found at one of the nicer thrift stores I go to. LOL  I didn't bother to unfold it because burlap is burlap.  I'm sure it will be fine.I bring it home, lay it out all nice, and lo and behold what do I spy?  Yes, a wool rug hooking pattern.  Not just one but 2!!!! I was thrilled!!!  I will start it in a few weeks or so I thought.  Let me tell you it is 5 years later and here I am.

I assume the numbers correspond with some sort of color, but it didn't come with the burlap.  So, this will be a make it up as I go.  Yeah, yeah, I know pink, white, and brown aren't prim, but I am using wool I have collected over the years "because you never know when you will use it." LOL  So I am cutting my strips and will have to scour the thrift store for more wool.  I know I won't have near enough to do the whole thing.  This will take me forever, but it is a nice change from the normal cross stitch and punch needle.

Speaking of cross stitch...  I finished up my last pattern I designed.  I am in love with anything folk art. So, this guy is my favorite.  He is drying from his coffee stain bath.  I think this would make a really awesome punch needle project too!


This little sampler I never stained and it looked out of place so it got a light dribble stain on it.  It looks so much better now.

I hope you are having a productive day like I am. :-)  I need to wash some wool I collected so that it is suitable for hooking.  I need to find the directions.  I know I saw them somewhere on my Pinterest board.




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1 comment:

Sheila said...

I certainly got a chuckle out of this post.......great "burlap" find now that you are doing punch needle and moving on to hooking. I don't think I'll take that one on, but do love the punch needle projects now I just need to decide what to make them into.
Sometimes hoarding does have it's benefits, at least that's what I tell my husband!