Sunday, January 16, 2011

You Will Not Believe This

Snowed again looks pretty now but not when it's melting.

 I have been having way to much fun with the rice cooker. I tried oatmeal, it worked like a charm! mmm
 Yesterday I decided I needed to give my hooked rugs a cleaning. I use snow,and since we had a fresh batch out I went. first I put it up side down on the snow and swept across it to loosen any dirt.
 Then turn it over and swept the snow off the front. They do look better and there was some dirty snow when I was done. I hooked the sky in this rug to look like night fall. My husband takes one look at it and says "Hey you got the look of a forest fire just right" ugh I haven't like this rug since.
 The thrifting was goooooood. I walked into my thrift store, saw a box with a cover, lifted the cover and lookie what I found! Now for those of you who do not hook or braid rugs this means nothing. To those of of who do it means a lot. I have never heard of a speedease strip cutter. and the bliss is different than I have seen,it also came with 2 other blades.
 And in the box was assorted rug hooking articles they had cut out and a dye book from 1948. Oh yes corset lace thank goodness I was all out : )
 Then with the box was this. 4+ yards of wool for 5.00 oh yeah. Now before you get really excited it is coat weight so it would be great for backing on small hooked pieces or super great for penny rugs. I am putting 1 yard in the giveaway. And if you tell me what your plans are for this wool in your comment I will put you in twice for that comment!
 Also being added to the giveaway is a gallon bag of wine corks these would look great in a bowl or vase on the counter if nothing else comes to mind. I am also adding 2 handmade soaps from a local soap maker and a nice fat sheep. I have to say I am having a ball with this giveaway. finding all the goodies is so much fun.
Not much happening this weekend we are still on the tail end of the colds yes I got it!
a very big welcome to my new followers just 7 more to 100 yahooo. Don't forget to leave me a comment you know you want this giveaway. Also don't forget to look back at the other goodies. Quote for the day:
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing..... Phyllis Diller


yaya said...

Ok, don't laugh at me..when I saw the box of goodies I hadn't read the post yet...I thought, "boy, she found a pencil sharpener" I'm such a doofus. I don't hook rugs, but I must do a post just for you about a place I love here in my town called "Backdoor Primitives." She gives rug hooking lessons so if I won the giveaway I would give the material to her. So anyway, your home is beautiful and so is the snow, but we have our own so I'm not jealous..I also love the rug! I never thought of cleaning a rug outdoors with the snow...very clever!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Cathy, you have to be one of the luckiest people on the planet. What you find always amazes me.

Kim said...

Quite a find with the rug hooking stuff. I've never heard of a speed ease cutter. I would use that wool for backing for new little punched pieces.
Love the Diller quote. :)

Farm Girl said...

I was blogging hopping and I came across your blog. I am a new hooker, I just laugh every time I write that, but I was so excited at what you got at the store. Such neat stuff, I just became a follower too.
So guess I would like to be entered.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

What a great & clever idea to clean your rug with the fresh fallen snow! Go Patriots!

Joanne said...

Wow is all i can say about your finds at the thrift store - being a rug hooker that bliss alone is a treasure!

BumbleBeeLane said...

My your house is pretty,love the style and color.I'll have to try the snow cleaning for my hooked rugs.Warm Blessings!~Amy

woollylottrugs said...

I would love to be entered in your giveaway! I would use the wool for penny rugs. Thanks for the generous offer!!


Thrifty Chic said...

No offense I agree with dad about the rug, it does look a tad like a forest fire (of course dad would know, how many bonfires has he had that looked like the forest caught on fire from the neighbor's house :) Im going through withdrawls you and dad need to come visit soon, and I can't remember the last time I was at your house. Miss baby needs to see her gramie and Pepe :) Love you!

Rose H (UK) said...

I love that you've cleaned your rugs 'the old fashioned way'! I did think about doing a couple of mine when we had snow - but you know how other things take over ;o) so I'll have to try next snow fall.
I'm so happy that you found all that rug making stuff - like finding the crown jewels!

Don't forget to leave a comment for my first giveaway.

Best wishes
Rose H

Susanne said...

That hooking loot is a fantastic find! Obviously, they had no idea what they had, lucky for you.

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

I'm just launching my blog this week, but I've been following you for a bit. I love finding great crafting stuff in thrift shops. What a great find!!

Unknown said...

Wow great deal on finding the cutter. I thought I was lucky when I got a Susan Bater hook at a thrift store.
I like your rug and will be cleaning some of mine in the next snow we have.

Dog Trot Farm said...

Oh my what a great find! I just love the hunt of thrifting. I too clean my hooked rugs in new fallen snow. Love the color and design of your home, very pretty. Any grandbaby photos to share? Have a great week, from snowy Maine~Julie

Kathleen said...

Laughed out loud at your husband's comment because it sounds EXACTLY like something my husband would say. How about this concept for your sky on that rug...say it's the Northern Lights! There was a time when you could actually SEE them from here in Central New Jersey.
Great finds at the thrift store!
And best wishes on the new grand daughter. :)

Donna said...

Don't put me in the giveaway, Cathy ...I am just commenting because. I love the star window and am amazed by your good luck with such a great find for $5!!!! Greta going...LOVE your rug!!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

How old am I and I never heard of cleaning rugs like that. Boy you can tell I am from the south. lol
Great finds again. You sure know how to find those bargains.
Glad you did

Gayle said...

Wow! How much did you pay for the Bliss cutter? I can't believe you found it at a thrift store!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Cathy, I didn't know you were a Mainer! I just gave you a "shout-out" on my blog . . . I meant to do it before I posted but forgot . . . have a wonderful day!


Gayle said...

P.S. I would use that lovely heavy wool for a penny rug foundation - just like you suggested! Thanks for getting back to me on the price you paid for the cutter, and now that I look at your picture more closely I can see that it is quite different than a regular one - Hmmmm...

Rugs and Pugs said...

Cathy ~
96 followers!!! You are going to make your 100, girlfriend :)
Great find on the cutter!
Your house is gorgeous. Is it a reverse saltbox? Is that a screened porch off the back? A saltbox is the house of my dreams, but it's not going to happen in this lifetime...maybe my next!
Hugs :)

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

came over via my friend mary from ocean breezes....and am i HAPPY that i did...i LOVED EVERYTHING !!!! i think i have found a new kindred spirit..LOVED that hooked rug...darling....loved the thrift box find. i love thrifting much fun......i love baking and have been having fun with mary and susan from beyond my kitchen window with our baking...would love to have you join us. we are trying to get a group together and all post a valentine dessert...

i am so HAPPY to be your newest follower...and i LOVE MAINE !!!!

kary and teddy

Dianne said...

You must have the BEST thrift shop anywhere! I've never found anything remotely that nice but maybe I should make more trips to look. That wool would be absolutely great for making vintage teddy bears!!! I love the profile pic of your house also and the big star.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Cathy, I love the rug in the snow, Cheri

newburyarts said...

*****i would hand cut it and hook it into a rug.

vintagesue said...

snowing here too cathy!! does that mean i can take all my old hooked rugs outside and clean them? wow. that is crazy good news.
okay...i would have looked at that thrifted box and closed it right back up!!! glad you find something awesome right up your alley!!!

Kathy said...

What a clever way to clean a rug! We don't have enough snow - you should have seen my daughter's and my attempt at a snow-woman - she was full of debris - didn't look pretty as she melted.
Would absolutely LOVE winning your giveaway! I am your 98th follower - congratulations!

Anonymous said...

I love the Phyllis Diller Quote for the day. Thanks for the laugh :-)


Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh I need that little sheep hanger to go with my collection. I am you newest follower to get you to that 100.

Jessica said...

Oh my, I am in stitches that your hubby said it looks like a forest fire...

I like your idea to use snow to clean the rug, have never heard of that before.

Tiggeriffic said...

New to your blog~ I plan on following what you post. What a great find you have there,,I have lots of wool and that would be a great item to make rugs with..
Didn't know about how snow helps with cleaning the rugs..WE have lots of that..
Enjoyed reading your post today. That new baby is so sweet.. Isn't it great to be a Grandma?
We can spoil them and then go home..
Have a tiggeriffic day~! ta ta for now
Can I enter in your drawing?

Linda ★ Parker's General said...

More great things!
We got plenty of snow this week. And unbearably cold--below zero!
The oats look so yummy. You have been experimenting. Good!
I would make stockings to hang for Christmas! Or a pair of decorative mittens. How cute would those be?