So what's up in my life? Been pretty busy. Time to clean up in the yard so I spent three days last week and painted the garden shed. It really needed it! Actually a second coat was probably called for but I couldn't see doing that for another three days ... LOL!
|Here's the shed after painting ... wish it were sunny & nice like this today.|
Finished a new hooked rug. It's a Maggie Bonanomi design; I'm really taken with her designs just now. Here's a picture and a close up. I especially like the wavy border. Now -- what next???
I've been dyeing wool also. Trying the Primitive Spirits' (Karen Kahle) Little Dusty Dye Book formulas. This is where she uses only three colors of dye and gets all of these soft, dusty colors? Anyway, I've dyed a dusty gold and a pale dusty rose-tan. I really like both of them. But this week I need to dye some reds and blues. (So back to the basics!) Here's a pix of the dusty rose-tan wool I dyed:
We took a day "off" last Thursday so we could both relax. (It seems like if we're here we work, especially Wendell, and he really needs some down time.) So we went back to Prairie Acres and had some forbidden chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes/gravy with (not so forbidden) tomato salad and fresh green beans. I need to try making that tomato salad myself: it was just chopped fresh tomato, cucumber, onion, and colored bell peppers, all marinated in Italian dressing. Very simple and yet very yummy. They had JUST brought in a wagon load of pumpkins and just had to take a picture of them (below)! Now, I'm one of those people who love autumn but I can understand those who dread it because things are ending and winter is coming on ... I get it. But how can you not love pumpkins and Indian corn and colorful leaves!?
Well, I'll close with a few pictures I took at the Osage Farm Antiques Show near Charleston IL. We went there on the 4th. I'd never been and heard several of my friends talking about it, so had to see for myself what it was all about. Just tons of beautiful primitive objects. It was a wonderful day. Lovely day weather-wise, too, and we had a beautiful drive through the country, too. I was plum tuckered out and my eyes were tired when I got home! (so much to see, so little time ... tell me about it ... it's a milestone birthday for me today ... ARGH!!!) But it's my life.
Here's those pix ...
|Well, first thing I did was head for the log cabin. It was full of antiques, dried flowers, etc. The place was pretty crowded but I managed to shuffle through and oh and ah as I went ...|
|Here's what you first see when you arrive at the barn. It was full of vendor booths with wonderful primitive antiques. In the front portion you see here, there were artists set up with things such as pottery and jewelry.|
|This hooked rug was the very first thing that really caught my eye. The little covered wagon was great, too! I saw several old hooked rugs that day but none in very good shape ...|
|This wonderful blue table was sitting on the porch of the log cabin. And there were LOTS of woven rag rugs.|
|Beautiful carved loon. I saw loads of bittersweet and wondered where in the world people find it anymore. We used to have it on our road but the power company sprayed a few years back and it's all gone ...|
|This old toy wood horse was great. And it was very $$$$ !|
|Well, I'll end with this picture -- what an amazing old quilt! Loverly! What a day!|