Sunday, June 12, 2016

From Grace to Chaos



From February ’till June our lives have been turned upside down.
The studio has come to a complete halt,
I missed the annual June studio tour and our house is now in chaos 
due to our house sale that did not go through. 

I need another day of grace like I had back in February but it may be a long time coming.

The studio also came to a halt due to the fact that we are now working on our house again
New wood flooring for the upstairs will be going in the next couple of weeks 
and several other projects that need to be done are in progress.   
You can imagine how that has affected my work and our house. 
I’m not calling it our home any more just house. 
Seems potential buyers have no respect for a persons home.
 It’s just a house to them that they can totally disrespect, stomp thru and pick apart.
I admit I am having a hard time getting over being angry
 especially since it hurt Pog so much.  
 This is the house he built, raised his daughters in and 
we have had such a wonderful home to live, work and dream in.   
We are trying to forgive, forget and take one day at a time.

On a brighter note the good news is my daughter is expecting 
a long awaited and longed for child. 
New grandbaby will be arriving in August. 
I had thought that by now we would be living closer to them 
but instead I will be making lots of trips from one end of the state to the other. 
Good ole I-40 in its constant state of construction. 
One of the most boring drives across this state but at least it gets me to where I need to be.

Before all of the chaos took hold I was able to finish up rugs, which were on the Toika 
and they are now available at OOAK gallery in Micaville. 


Also in early spring I juried into the TRAC galleries 
and have woven table runners and soft sculptures
 available in both Spruce Pine and Burnsville.


My AVL is packed away and I just don’t have the heart to put it back together again.
 When we thought we were moving it was taken apart and packed up.
 If you have ever worked with an AVL loom then you know what an enormous task that is! 
I will have little time to weave right now but will get back to the other looms 
as soon as the house is restored to some sort of order.

Over a year ago I started piecing a Churn Dash quilt. 
Since I needed something to help me keep my sanity I assembled it and started quilting. 


Early every morning with my coffee in hand I can go to the studio 
enjoying the peace/quiet and quilt for at least a half hour 
till the endless list of tasks have to be started.

Sorry that it has taken me so long to get back to the blog.
It may not be too interesting but I will keep everyone updated on our progress!
Hope each and everyone is well, happy and a good kind of stitching, hooking, weaving busy!
Louise




Sunday, February 14, 2016

Day of Grace

A cold, snowy, lazy day here in the mountains.
It's the kinda day to take your time, relax,
take a shower only to put PJ's back on for the rest of the day.
 That is what my sister told me is called a day of grace. 

There are no hearts decorating the house this year for Valentines Day.
I've got so many things packed away so the house doesn't look crowded for showings 
and I really miss decorating for the holidays.
 We changed realtors as of the first of the year and 
are much more hopeful that the house will sell this spring.

 Meanwhile I have managed to finally get some work done.
Robin Red Breast is finished. 

 
 He will be flying off to a new home as soon as Pog makes a base for him. 



  Strawberry ornaments are being stitched.
I love using this old school lunch tray to hold my work while in front 
of the TV or sitting by the wood stove. 


 This was my Valentines Day surprise from Pog.
His homemade danish with three kinds of filling.
Prune, almond and my favorite cherry cheese! 

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day 
and a day of grace!
 


 



Sunday, January 31, 2016

Been Too Long Gone


Yep, I've been gone for too long but hopefully its not too late to come back now. 
Seems like the last couple of months have been a blur. 
I can't believe it is now the last day of January!  

There hasn't been a lot of activity in the studio. 
I've had a very hard time getting back to work after the holidays. 
This is what my work table looks like right now.


Sad to say that the beginnings of a bird has been there for over a week. 
The only things I have to show for the last month is a couple of new moths



and a few new ornaments.



The Snowmen and Twinkles (the star with a nose) are the two new ones 
I designed and made for the kids at Christmas. 
I was pleased enough with them to make extra to sell.
The penny ornaments are always a favorite to stitch.
 I had almost ran out of ornaments by the end of last year so 
I need to make a few each week to catch up. 

We survived the big snow storm last weekend but there is still lots of snow around. 
It's going to take a while to melt 14" of snow.
It took us several days before we were able to get our car out 
and then back up our driveway! 

I was sick with a cold the entire time so it was not much fun. 
Hopefully I will be back soon with some new work! 

Just an FYI - Shuttle Hook and Needle is now on Instagram.

If you are a Instagram user then look me up! 
 
Louise

Friday, December 4, 2015

Studio Tour!


The Toe River Studio tour has begun! 
My studio is number 27 (Grenell Studios) on the map.
Info and maps are available at www.toeriverarts.org.

Hours are 12 to 4 today and Sat/Sun 10 to 5pm.

There are lots of rugs, table runners, dishtowels,
 mug rugs, ornaments and critters available! 


Chenille Scarves
Table Runners and Dish towels. 

 
We have hot spiced cider and home baked goodies!
Come see me! 

I'll post more pics as time allows this weekend.