Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Traveling Sewing Boxes and Stacks Of Patterns!


The weeks are slipping away as I am packing and finishing goods for the 2 months that I will be in Branson, Missouri at Silver Dollar City.  I finished up these 5 boxes during the last 2 evenings and inside is a plain little wool pinkeep filled with snippets of wool and crushed walnut shells.  I have about a dozen more to finish then it will be on to putting the finishing touches on a LOT more pieces I have in the last stages of being done.  

The majority of the kits are made and with the help of MOM I have just over 1,000 kits!  She has been cracking the whip (just kidding) but she does keep me on track :)  It has been great fun working with her and reminiscing about days gone by!  Thanks MOM :)


She put together over 1200 patterns last week and then we added them to the pile that we had been working on over the last few months.  My booth should be FULL to the brim with lots of new patterns, finished goods, kits, and tools of the trade!

I will be vending at Silver Dollar City from September 12th to October 26th....so if you are in the area please stop by and say Howdy!

Happy Trails.....Ginger



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Busy Summer!

 Wow it has been a whole month since I have been on here!  What have I been up too????
Well of course the grands are a big part of the summer and we have been busy with the library, outside play, reading books, and baking cookies :)
The punch needle is still popping through the cloth in the late evenings after the grandkiddos have gone home.  The above piece is about 15"  across and I like all the silly sheep.  


This lively rooster is one I did in a class recently with Heather Ritchie.  I used lots of different things to create the flowers and the bright rooster tail.  The edge is also crocheted.


I am teaching a couple of classes in oxford punch and decided a stocking would be a fun piece.  I have 7 patterns for stockings and mittens I will share the rest sometime soon.  I have included them all in a booklet.



I finally completed Betty's rug.....yes the lil' darlin' is 4 months old!  Momo is slow but sure :)

The summer is quickly passing and I have been in full speed getting ready to leave for Branson, Missouri the early part of September.  I will be vending for 2 months at Silver Dollar City.  So lots of packing, sorting, and packaging has been happening around the farm!

Hopefully I will be able to catch up on what all of you have been doing soon.

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Blessed A Quick Tutorial On Adding An Edge


I love to do needle punch! I just finished up this quick piece that measures about 9 1/2 inches across.  I thought I would share with you a different way to finish the edge.


Here is what I did.....Trim backing of weavers cloth around project and baste to back of punched piece.  Cut out a piece of wool the same size as project and lay on the back.



Blanket stitch with wool thread or embroidery floss....I used wool thread on mine.


Here is the blanket stitching.  I  made sure to go all the way through the wool backing and just a little into the basted back weavers cloth right next to the last punched row.



A little closer look :)


This is what the back of the wool looks like as I blanket stitch all around.



Now for the crochet edge.  I used a D size crochet hook and within every other blanket stitched area I worked one single crochet, one double crochet, and one single crochet creating a little scallop then in the next blanket stitch space I slip stitched then repeated in the next blanket stitch 1 sc, 1 dc, 1 sc, then next blanket stitch space slip stitch, continue to repeat around.  


Next I took a needle and thread and securely stitched around the wool to the punched piece just to make sure everything was right up to the edge of the punched piece. 



Here is the back 
and once again the front!



Just another simple way to finish a punch needle project!

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Happy Trails Camp

 
 
I am pleased as can be about the fun and fellowship we all enjoyed at the Happy Trails Oxford Punch Rug camp we held here at the farm.
Friends were made and friendships from the past gathered and we ate, punched, gabbed and laughed!
I am still enjoying all the memories of the last few days.
A big thank you to Frank Bielec and ALL the gals who attended.
 
I had a LOT of help with the preparing of the food by my sis Jane and my dear Mom.  Ann and Teresa also, were a big help with the meals as well as the wonderful guy of mine....Thanks Danny for doing a lot of grilling for us.
 
There was 21 of us that attended the camp and the room was constantly filled with lots of giggles.
 
 
 
We even had an indoor sidewalk sale that included lots of wonderful handmade goodies.
 



 
Crochet, handmade wool socks, patterns, books, handmade pottery, wool, needle punches, wool applique...and lots more!
 


 
Inside the classroom lots of punching and smiles....Pamela, Betty, and Patty!
 

 
Jane helping to prepare the enchiladas.
 

 
Mom taking a break and punching!
 

 
New rug punchers and boy did they get busy!  These sweet gals own a yarn shop in Norman, Oklahoma.....L&B Yarn Co.

 
Frank telling one of his many stories!


 
 

 
Taking time to discuss locker hooking....these gals all do locker hooking and make wonderful rugs.  Such talent!

 
Katie from A Nimble Thimble visiting with Frank.

Jan the famous maker of Socks that Rock by Jan with her finished Sheep!  I now own some of her wonderful wool socks :)



Natalie who is 17 years old and a first time rug puncher did a pig with her mom Donna and grandma Pat!  Such a fun family :)
 
It was such a pleasure to have all of these gals here and I am truly blessed beyond measure to have  had them visit our home!  Thanks so much to all of you for coming and for helping with the clean up :)
 


 
Happy Trails......Ginger

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Growing Up Way Too Fast

 
Our lil' Sloan is a proud graduate of Kindergarten!  They had the cutest program and each student stated on a video what they want to be when they grow up....this young man is wanting to be an archaeologist and a scientist.

 
He truly enjoyed kindergarten and learned so much.



Miss Betty Rae came and her Aunt Sheena was happy to hold her during the program.
 

Little Eva Mae came, too and was excited to see Sloan on the stage and she made sure everyone knew she saw Sloan :)



Tee~ball has been in full swing and Sloan has his dad as the coach and his mom is the dugout mom!
 
Aunt Jenn took all the photo's for me as I was busy with Eva and keeping score for the teams.

 
Sloan was up to bat and guess what?????

 
HOME RUN!!!!!
 
Well that is what has been happening along with lots of crafting that I will show you this week.  Life is full of blessings be sure and count your blessings you will be surprised at how blessed we all are!
 
Happy Trails....Ginger

Friday, May 9, 2014

Scissor and Hook Holders



Small little needle punches don't take too long to make and I thought I would make these into scissor and hook holders to go on rug hooking frames.  Having a pacemaker makes it a bit challenging when working with strong magnets.  So the last bit of hand sewing once I put the magnets inside had to be done at arm's length.  I think this may be enough for awhile on to something else!



I drew a really simple house onto monks cloth and then you will see I changed the house up a bit....to a log cabin.  With lots of different sizes of oxford punch needles I tried all kinds of fibers....wool, wool yarns thick and thin, and some polyester.





This will make a fun little chairpad that was quick and easy.  Something you can finish in one evening.

Wishing each of you a fun packed Friday!   Mine will be spent with the grandkiddos :)

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Life is Full of Grands!

 
Little Miss Eva Mae turned 2 years old the end of last month.  She is growing up way too fast!
She loves ice cream and her Uncle Dan has been spoiling her with it for quite awhile :)

 

 
She loves Bubble Guppies and if you have small children or grands you will be familiar with the fun little cartoon.

 
We celebrated with a party and she loved all the presents and the cash will go into her savings account her Mom and Dad started for her.

 
Little Betty Rae is growing and changing with each new week.  Thanks so much for all the prayers her check up with the pediatric cardiologist went very well and looks like she will be just fine.  She is just the sweetest lil' doll :)  Of course MoMo might be a bit on the partial side.

 
Sloan keeps busy being a boy!  He loves to go on adventures and we have been getting in some good walks around the pasture and ponds.  He is playing lots of tee ball this year and next week will graduate kindergarten!

 
We also had a family reunion on Dad's side of the family.  It is always great to get together with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins. 
 
April days just flew right by.....
 
I have been busy as a bee getting ready for the fall festival at Silver Dollar City that will be held this September and October.  Kits of needle punch, rug hooking, oxford punch and patterns are piling up....yarn is being dyed and rolled into wonderful cakes and lots of finished goods are stacking up, too. 
 
The grass is green so the yard is needing tending too, often and in a few weeks Frank Bielec as well as lots of gals will be her for a 2 day workshop.....life is full!
 
Keeping busy and enjoying every minute of it :)
 
Happy Trails.....Ginger