Sunday, February 2, 2014

Groundhog's Day

I am the first to say I enjoy winter; not my favorite season, but I love how clean, simple and peaceful everything becomes with a blanket of snow. I enjoy cozy sweaters, thick socks, flannel PJs and sheets, snuggling under a blanket in front of the fire with a hot drink....really I do. But I was just as disappointed as the rest of the you that old Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow. I am of hope that the next two months will be milder and provide a break to those not usually under these extreme winter conditions.

I got some good hooking done Saturday. I had started with some formed clouds and I didn't like the look so I pulled them out. I am really, really liking the way the sky is working out.

 I did not hook much this morning. I've been up since 1:45AM...I took a nap at 4:45AM hahaha. I had breakfast made and done by 8:30AM.... Seriously not my norm. Hubby noticed I was getting crabby restless; so off  we went on our annual winter excursion to the Fairfield Antique Mall. We usually end up there about this time every year just to get out of the house. It is a pretty decent sized mall so we get some walking in.

We had a couple of good finds. I picked up this nice, not so old red-ware deep dish. 
Love the wave paint work.

The Man picked up this great Lodge cast iron grill/griddle. 

Oh there will be some great grilling goodness this summer!  Cannot wait.

Check out this gorgeous textile art!!

 Love this piece. Old silk/satin quilt piece stretched on a frame. You can see the ties on the back. Would have loved to brought this home with me to hang on the big wall on our stairs but The Man wasn't feelin' it AND there was no price....a pet peeve of mine. Nothing aggravates me more than no price tag on something YOU are TRYING TO SELL!!

I got to work in the kitchen this afternoon; with complete enjoyment 
I baked mini zucchini bread for the Navy Girl. 

I am putting together a birthday and Valentines care package for her. If I was really on my game I should have stitched up a little freebie Valentine. Oh well its not like she has a whole lot of room. I have another freebie I want to stitch up for her.

Here is what I got done over a few lunches on my C@HRH. Need to get the arms on my snowman.

And Patti sent the sweetest thank you card; how appropriate it is a peacock, as we were discussing the many peacocks in this piece with a young lady that was curious about what we working on.

Hope everyone had a wonderful creative weekend.

Keep on stitching, hooking, baking or whatever else puts the wind in your sails.



Cricket-bug Corner said...

Your whale looks fabulous!! Antique malls are fun - we tried to find one this weekend! Stitching looks great!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Hmm, I have a similar sleeping pattern--makes for interesting days. Whale rug looking great!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your redware find and your whale rug.

Chris said...

The sky looks wonderful, You are getting close to a finish.
The zucchini bread looks lovely.
Great finds at the antique mall.
I hope this week is a good one for you!

Margaret said...

Nice finds at the antique mall. Your whale is looking so wonderful! Great progress on HRH too.

Peggy Lee said...

Love your latest hooking. I have thought about trying it but then I would get even less stitching done!
Oh that bread looks yummy. Lucky Navy Girl. Tell her we said "HI".

Saundra said...

Yummy zucchini bread, I love it. Your whale looks fan-tabulous! The stitchery is great but think I'd go blind doing that cross stitch. And with my luck I'd be a little off and want to pull out stitches. It is a lot more work pulling out those stitches than it is ripping out hooked loops.


Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

And you rug hook too! I just called a lady about taking lessons to learn this art. I just don't know if I have time and money to do it right now. I would love to do it though! Your whale scene is gorgeous!

Kim said...

The whale is looking great. I just finished up a project and now have to force myself to bind it before I get my next pattern on the frame.

Barb said...

I kind of agree with you about winter. It's a very cozy season but we have not had all that snow! I love the piece you are hooking.

Catherine said...

I am right there with you on winter!! Love you whale, I mean love it!! Beautiful stitches too!

Anne said...

I sure hope winter goes away soon for everyone. We need some Vitamin D!! I'm really loving your whale! Great finds too at the antique mall. I can't stand things without prices too but that textile rug is stunning. Hugs!

Suzanne said...

Great finds!