The Old Tattered Flag

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Some Family, some Hookin and some frantic drawing......

My goodness, the time flies between blog posts.  I really do try to write every couple of days, but as I was telling Iley on the phone the other day, we really are just pretty darn boring.  It's really something for me to come up with something to write once a week.......but I will try!!

Last weekend my Sister and her family came over to visit us.  She lives in Vermont and we had given her husband and Son tickets to a Syracuse Bball game, so my husband and son Jeremy went along and we headed to the mall.  We had a great weekend all together again and it was capped off by a Patriots win!!!  Nothing like watching the Game with the whole family...

I asked my Sister to bring me some of her Santa's so I could offer them at the Hook-in we are doing with Betsy Reed on February 1.  Look at these guys, each one holds a Rug Hooking item, most with mini patterns (with my rug designs) and tiny hooks and little "strips" of wool.  So cute!!

One thing this family never misses is a meal.......that's Sis and Mom next to one another!

Ugh, I can't even believe we posed for this!!  Morning, no make up and I'm not even sure I had my second cup of coffee.  Me, Mom and Lisa!!  Three beauties........!

Before Lisa and her family came over we had a day of hooking with the ladies.  As usual a good time was had and I'm so happy they brought some of their finished products over for me to show you....
Here's Lillith with her wool Tree Skirt.....

....and here's a very intricate quilt tree skirt made by!

....and a wool applique quilt square by Tamara too!!  

...and I finished my "The Winter Star" punch needle.  The pattern/kit is available at the website, here is the link:

This next picture just makes me smile because by looking at the snow you can tell the personalities of my two dogs.  Max is on the right, slowly trudging through to make his way, and to the left is Baxter, hoppity, hoppity, just like tigger, all bouncy and excited!!

Ok, maybe not excited about the snow.  Baxter is like a cat, he does things on his own terms.  He is the last one out of bed every morning, usually around 9, and yes, that is out of our bed, from under the covers.  I don't think on this day he wanted to face the world just yet!!

Mom and I have been super busy getting ready for the Hook-in.  When we asked Betsy what to bring she simply said "EVERYTHING".  Well, with over 100 designs that's just not possible, but it's also very hard for me to leave any at home, so I've been frantically trying to get a bunch drawn up and made into kits.....

....and Mom is getting wool ready......

I can never put all the trees away after Christmas.  This one is tucked in the corner behind the wool pile.  I love how my paint technique looks at night with the twinkly white lights....

...and speaking of Christmas, I meant to show you this earlier.  I made this cute little pin pouch for Mom.  The top is sculpted from FIMO and then I sewed the wool pouch right into it, after it was baked!!  

Here's a little sneak peek of my office, but really, the gold does not look like this, it's more's really not me, but I do love it, it's light and feminine  (lol, not like me).  I hung the rug that Mom gave me a few years ago, a design she hooked by Maggie Bonanami.  Love it....and love the scissor rack.  No more losing my scissors....

 ....and last but not least, I'm happy to say that we have tentatively started the planning for the dye kitchen/shop.  Mike had a very busy day with wood and insulation prep and this is what I came home to!!

Until next time........


  1. Boy for having a boring life, you had lots of neat stuff to share. LOL. Thanks for sharing all. Love they wool applique mat.


    1. Well my family gets tired of hearing me say, "hold on i need blog material"!

  2. Evening, such a wonderful family, love the picture of you, Mom and Sister......Beautiful projects you all do, so the sweet little tree, it does look pretty shining on the wall, Blessings Francine.

  3. I know exactly what you mean about coming up with something to share. I just posted on my blog about the exact same thing a few days ago! I love all your little Santas and the winter hooking/wool projects that the ladies have done. And your scissors rack, what a cute idea! Except I bet my kittens would knock them all off...

  4. It was great talking to you this week. Have fun at the hook in. We have one in February that I'm looking forward to. Starting my rug this weekend and just finished the Love Birds. Fun!

  5. Moosecraft wrote : Have fun at the hook-in! If there are any of those santas left after the show will you list them on your sight? Having them with hooking items is a fabulous idea! The pic of Baxter has me crackin' up! Kind of how I feel this morning! lol! Oh... and LOVE that little pin pouch! Neat idea!

    The comment mistakenly was deleted so I posted it!

  6. I'm curious to know more about that little pin pouch - I've never seen anything like it before - does it actually open?

    1. Hi Gayle,
      No the pin pouch didn't open, was just a pin cushion necklace. I do think I am going to try to do one with a pocket though, to hold scissors and a hook!

  7. Good Morning from Southwest Mo. Love the pics of you and Mom and sis. Hope you have a great time at the Hookin,you'll meet lots of new friends and you all are so generous at sharing your knowledge and talents. We all are better artists from having to of gleaned ideas and techniques from your teachings. For that we are all better for your God given talents. Keep sending pics of the house and your new ideas. Hugs...Jan

  8. Love the scissor rack and the rug above it .... gorgeous!

  9. I just found you blog and really like it! I, too, was wondering about the cute Santas. I collect Santas and also rug hook. Are they offered for sale anywhere online?

  10. I just found your blog and really like it! I love the Santas. I collect Santas and I do rug hooking. Are the Santas available for purchase online?

    1. Hi Brenda, thanks for taking the time to read my blog. We have been crazy busy getting ready for a hook in, so I haven't had a chance to write much. The Santa's are going with me to the hook in if I have any leftover I will put them on the site. My Sister's Santa business is called Folk For All Seasons. She has an Etsy page and a Facebook page. Have a great day!

    2. Thanks for taking the time to reply! I'll check out her FB and Etsy pages!


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Thank you very much for taking the time to read my blog. I am married and just entering the second phase of my life as a Army retiree's wife. My husband and I did 25+ years in the Army. He is now officially a retired Colonel and has just entered the civilian workforce and I am happily settled in our 1830 Stone house. I (along with my Mom) operate www.theoldtatteredflag and currently we are building a small shop in the back part of the house. We live in Northern NY, right near the Canadian border. I have two handsome sons and 2 puggles. Life is busy for us, but I wouldn't have it any other way.