The Old Tattered Flag

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

....and it's still January....

Part of me says, "wow, it's already January 26" and part of me says, "it's still January??!!"  I hate to say it...and it's way too early, but little thoughts of spring are starting to creep in to my head.
1. I've begun planning how I'm going to decorate the porch
2. I've thought about how good food on the grill is
3. I've been thinking about flowers 

4. I'm designing bunnies
5. It's cold!!
Speaking of bunnies, here is a design I doodled on my ipad that I'd like to share.  Feel free to print it out and enlarge to the size you want for punching, hooking or applique...I'd love to see finished pictures!!

The good thing is that every minute of my day is always filled so I don't notice the January cold unless I have venture out, which by the way, I'm happy to say that I am still getting up at 5:30 to meet hubby at the gym.  There are mornings that it is hard to get up out of bed, but I am forcing myself and when the walking is done I have a whole day ahead of much time to get so much done!  

My view of "the knoll" as I call it, as I return from the gym.  My favorite view in our yard, I use to think how beautiful it is in the summer when the sun is rising, but it's pretty in the winter too!

I have NEVER been a morning person, and truth be told I'm irritated that I cannot keep my eyes open much past 9 pm lately, it is seriously infringing on my hooking/punching time, but, I must say I am really liking quiet mornings.  That time when I get back from the gym and the sun isn't quite up fully so the house is glowing and still.....

I have found that these few quiet minutes before everyone gets up can be very therapeutic.  A hot cup of coffee and quiet...good for the soul!!

 Then, before I know it the quiet is over and it's time to get serious!
Designs to be completed, packages to be filled, shelves to be stocked...

Punching to be completed...

"Easter Bunny" is currently on the website.  I am in the middle of punching him and have made one small change.  There is no lettering on his bunting, I changed it to 3 small red stars.
Easter Bunny Punch Needle Pattern
 And here's the cute hooked rug version!  I love this fella!!  Great job as usual Mom!!
"Easter Bunny" Hooked Rug pattern
"Easter Bunny" Hooked Rug Kit

I have also added "Goin' to the Fair" for punch needle....

Goin' To The Fair Punch Needle Pattern

Mom finished my "Pig Call"!!!  I love her.....the pig and Mom too!
Pig Call Hooked Rug Pattern
Pig Call Hooked Rug Kit
And I made "Pig Call" for Punch too, there is no finished picture just yet, only the hooked rug for the time being.
Pig Call Punch Needle Pattern
I am anxious for my new design "Hearts in Bloom" to be available for everyone when it is released in the next issue of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher magazine.  It should be in the mail very shortly.  I'd like to thank my son Jeremy for taking this beautiful photo.  He has an eye doesn't he?

So, as you can see, we are in full on creative mode.  In between the creating we are planning for upcoming hook-ins and events, organizing and trying to build up our inventory.
And when I can stay awake at night I have been punching, stitching and hooking for an hour each to try to get more designs out.  Below is my newest coverlet.  I have been working on getting this one for about a year and a half.  This one was difficult to adapt.  I just had to get it right before I could get it on to the fabric.  Well, now that it is right the fun part begins.....the hooking!  It will be 40 x 45 inches, nice and big and is made up of 25 large blocks.  The design is hard to see until you start hooking and wow, then it takes shape.  I am VERY happy with this one.  

So, as you can see we are keeping busy as we shiver through January and work our way toward spring.  Our new addition, Hobbes, has made his way from the barn into the house and is doing quite well.  He has really made himself at home.....

....and so now Baxter has some competition for camera time, lol! Baxter has had a rough week with 3 seizures.  We can go for months without one, then all of a sudden they happen.  Thankfully they are not bad seizures....poor guy!

I hope you are all doing well, staying warm, shoveling out and keeping those hands busy.
Until next time.....


Karen Budnick said...

Just ordered some petunias on QVC this a.m. to be delivered in May. Is that optimistic or what (we just got a foot of snow!) Keep warm!

Jacqueline said...

Thank you for the bunny doodle. I am already planning colors in my head.

Stay warm.

C Reeder PhxAz said...

Can you recommend a good art doodle program for the iPad? I hav seen several and not sure where to start. Want to sketch out cross stitch and wool appliqué designs. Thanks!

PWiggs said...

LOVE the coverlet teaser and am anxious for when it makes its way to your website - already have the perfect place for it to reside! Thanks for all you do -- hope Baxter is feeling better.

theoldtatteredflag said...

Optimism at it's best!! Before long you will be planting those petunias!! Thanks Karen!

theoldtatteredflag said...

Oh Yay! I can't wait to see it, be sure to send photos!
Thanks Jacqueline!!

theoldtatteredflag said...

Yes!! Bamboo paper is great for the first sketches. Then I use artrage and/or art Set. However, I do have a new Ipad Pro and apple pen and it has made 100% difference. I can't break away from my ipad because it is just so enjoyable to draw and color! If you don't have the apple pen you can sketch your ideas on paper, then snap a good straight on photo, then upload it into art rage/ art set and open it and color with a regular stylus. You can adjust the strengths of your brushes/pens, markers/pencils so you can get great detail. Good luck!

theoldtatteredflag said...

Thank you very much Patricia! It is really going to be spectacular. As each section gets done it becomes more fabulous because you don't really see the "coverlet" until the color comes into it and it takes shape. I'll keep posting as I make progress. Have a great day!

C Reeder PhxAz said...

So helpful and I appreciate it. I have the new iPad too. It's my birthday so I think the pen is a good hint to my family!!

Jackie said...

Thank you for the bunny pattern. All of your designs/projects are gorgeous!!

theoldtatteredflag said...

Oh yes, you have to get the pen, it is worth every penny, it gives great detail and there is no lag. You'll be addicted!!

theoldtatteredflag said...

Thanks Jackie!

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