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Monday, 9 October 2017

Canada 150

I thought this year deserved a patriotic piece to recognize Canada 150. The piece I completed was sold during the summertime. 


As it turned out, the lady that bought it wanted some mug rugs to accompany it, for a relative that lives in the U.S. but is proud of their Canadian heritage. So a set of six mug rugs was completed in September. I was glad to have the work, and surprisingly enjoyed the sixth as much as the first! 

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They've been delivered and now I'm in full holiday production mode!!

Monday, 28 August 2017

soooo much fun!!!

I stumbled on a site with a project using old t-shirts and since I have a lot of them, I decided to make a new kind of rug!

There are several places online where you can learn how to cut up t-shirts to get one continuous 'strand' of 'yarn'. You single crochet like crazy and then start with a new one when you run out of 'yarn'. 




I'm not done yet, but here's my progress to date. I can't begin to tell you how fun this is! And it's super comfy under-foot. Can't wait to have this as a throw rug on the bedroom floor at the cottage!


Friday, 25 August 2017

no biggie

I can't remember the last time i dyed wool. I needed a piece of dark red wool for a commission that I need to get started. So I dug out my dyeing gear; amazingly nothing needed dusting!  


I took the opportunity to show my daughter how to dye since she couldn't remember watching previously (has it really been that long?).   


I was only dyeing one colour, so we mixed up my super secret (no one has asked!) recipe for my fave dark red. My rule-following daughter was very concerned about the hazards of working with the dyes and kept her gloves and mask on long after she needed to. So sweet. 



I think this was the first use of the electric frying pan - a bit too much wool for its capacity, but by taking care when stirring it worked out okay. 



Our finished project is drying on the deck. Hooking begins on Monday!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Ahem

Whoops!!! Time she is a-flyin'!!!

I have been busy, needless to say. With what? A million and one little things and one big reno project. All those time-consuming things that you never quite know how they suck up your time. I have been productive but haven't much to show for it. 

I finished a beach bag for my daughter's friend in May. It was done in her fave colours of red and yellow. Do I have a pic? No, no I do not. Why? Ya got me!

I just made another one in what we refer to around here as "Gracie blue". And yes, it's for Gracie's upcoming birthday. Shhhhh! Interestingly, my daughter has several close friends that either share her birthday exactly, or are a day or two off. Bizarre! 

So here's Gracie's bag. It will have a matching beach towel with it, and perhaps a gift card to pick up her beach reading material. Ah Gracie, I do so hope you like it!



Fibre finish #?? I've lost count. But this is actually two pieces, as Emily's red and yellow one is not available for a photo session. I did actually like how it turned out though, despite the challenge of making red and yellow work. 

Enjoy June!!!

p.s. I made some curtain panels too, but (insert yawn) they're a wee bit boring to bother showing you. 


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Egads, it's almost May!

Sorry folks, I truly didn't forget you! I've been in mass production mode... ha ha. As if one can actually do that. But I have been hooking my little heart out in preparation for vending at a show in early May. 

So in fact, I'm confident without even counting that I can claim 17 finishes in 2017, completing my #17in2017 challenge. 

Here are a few of them:








Happy Hooking, y'all!!


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Marching On

As we march on through winter with glimpses of spring weather here and there, the days seem less gloomy and more hopeful. It was with a warm day at hand, and sun streaming in the window, that I made this over-the-shoulder bag for my daughter's friend. A summer beach bag, perhaps, for a March birthday party. A sign of hope and anticipation. 



#17in2017 continues.... 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Mea Culpa

Hi all. So sorry for my lengthy absence. I've thought of posting often, but alas haven't gotten around to it. On a happy note, I have been happily hooking and hooking more than usual. It's certainly a tonic for these cold, snowy days. A two week or more stint of fog in January was difficult, but made more enjoyable with hook in hand. 

Will you join me this year to complete #17in2017? As I did last year, I will endeavour to complete that many fibre projects in the calendar. I dare say I've already got a few to report. Let's see what I can share. 

Ah yes, first I must admit to thinking that I didn't have any blue wool in my stash. I decided that one of my storage spots was beyond embarrassing in its messiness, so I pulled everything out two days ago and re-organized. As you can see, I have some blue to use (gulp). Especially considering one of the drawers beneath this space is also full of blue. 



I certainly know people with far more than this, so I'm not thinking I have more than enough. Oh no, that thought never enters my mind. I have grand plans for dyeing in April!! 

I finished a piece to celebrate Canada's 150th bday:


I also finished this WIP in February, a design that I started a while back (brain won't tell me when!): 


And I've completed a bunch of wee little pieces, but I won't bother mentioning those. One other landscape piece is hooked, but requires whipping so I'll share that at a later time. Plus one other piece is almost finished being hooked. Yippee!

I'm hoping to be more diligent with my blogging, but feel free to follow me on Instagram, my handle is @burningthemidlifeoil. I'm also on Twitter at @hookdonlife, though admittedly I don't tweet as much as I post on IG. Finally, you can look at some of my past work at burningthemidlifeoil.com. 
Chat soon!



Sunday, 15 January 2017

Perspective

As I stepped into the shower at 10:39 a.m. this Sunday morning, my main thought was that I hadn't gotten anything done yet today. Imagine not getting into the shower until that time - ridiculous! No housework or other work done... so frustrating.

And then, as always happens in the shower, my brain went somewhere it doesn't go outside of that "box". The word "perspective" flashed through my mind. I realized that I had helped my 10-year-old with her Science Fair project and her homework this morning; fed, cuddled and scratched the feline; hugged and smooched the kid and hubby.. How could I say I hadn't gotten anything done? I had in fact done that which is most important.

In past years, I have sometimes taken part in the One Little Word movement. This year, nothing came to me and it felt forced so I hadn't embraced a word to guide and steer me through 2017. I think that my word found me today. Perspective. Something I desperately need. I'm always about the "getting things done".

As always happens in the depth of winter, we have had news of deaths from those in our lives. Thankfully for us this year it hasn't been anyone in our immediate family, but the heartbreak that others are suffering is no less significant. From 45 to 99, people we know have slipped the bonds of earthly life and headed to a new perspective that we know nothing of. These deaths remind me of more poignant (for me) losses from years past, renewing the pain and sorrow that accompanies each. I wonder if I'll still be counting how many chores I've completed on the day I die?

Yes, perspective is what I need. A goal for 2017. We'll see how I do.