Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Rug Finish and This and That...

Hello, and a Happy Thanksgiving to all.  This year Thanksgiving here at Merry Wind Farm is going to be a very quiet event, just me, my Mother and Evan for a nice family turkey dinner.

I have a rug finish to show you.  This pattern is from Maria Barton and I purchased it from her at the rug workshop she taught here in Tipp City with Alice Strebel a few weeks ago.  It was a quick and fun easy hook, and, as you can see, in my usual favorite colors.  I understand that this rug was adapted from an antique fraktur drawing.  I finished it with a crochet edge, which I learned from following Karen Kahle's instructions here.  For those of you who hate to finish rugs, this is so quick and easy, it only took about an hour!  I also bought three more patterns from Maria, one of two kitties, and two smaller size versions of Magdalena Briner rugs.  Can't wait to get started!

When Lauren of  Rugs and Pugs came down for the rug hooking workshop, she was so sweet to gift me with some of her lovely handmade items.  First is a pumpkin mat hooked from wide hand torn strips, and look at how she finished the back!

And this wonderful necklace she made from an antique spoon and monogrammed with Merry Wind Farm.  She even hung a little horse with it!!  I love it!!!!!!  Thank you, Lauren!!

Next, a scissors fob, also made from an antique spoon, and also monogrammed!

This is an authentic, signed, hand painted on velvet, Theorem that I scored on shop goodwill.  The detail is amazing, but unfortunately my cheapie camera can't handle close-ups.

Finally, this is what Evan came home with last week!  He found her in the grocery store parking lot.  She is about six months old, terribly thin, fleas, worms, ear mites (all taken care of).  Who could say no to this adorable face???  Not me, what's one more (laughing hysterically).  Evan named her Savannah, she has been to the vet for all her shots, get spayed next Monday, and is so happy to have landed in the lap of luxury.  Everybody gets along great, we are all just one big happy family!

You can't really tell from the pictures, but the vet said she has some "Bengal" in her, as she is spotted on the side rather than plain tabby cat stripes.  She is a love bug, and so grateful for her new home.

That's all for now.



  1. Evening Melinda, love the rug, wonderful work, the pumpkin from Lauren is so sweet as is the necklace, very beautiful and bless your heart for taking in the pretty kitty Savannah, makes my heart happy there are people kind as you ....Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving.....Hugs Francine.

  2. Love your rugs. They are just wonderful. What a neat necklace. The new furface is so cute. I would not be able to say no either :-). Happy Thanksgiving!! ~~ Christie

  3. Your rug is gorgeous! I just love it! And the necklace and fob -- so cool! What an adorable new addition to the family! A beautiful little face. Glad she fits in well! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. The rugs are so pretty! The fob too! and what an adorable cat!Have a very Happy thanksgiving!

  5. Love your rug and the gifts from Lauren. Thank you for saving another kitty! She's a beauty. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Melinda ~
    Another rug finish? Yeah for you!!! I do like that pattern and will have to put it on my wish list of patterns to hook.
    Love the theorem. What a great find!
    Savannah is gorgeous, and like you said, what's one more {grin}?
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    Pug hugs :)

  7. So glad that you rescued Savannah. It is heartbreaking to see animals suffering. Your rug and gifts are beautiful. I like the idea of recylcing old spoons. i have not heard of a Theorem before but is so pretty, what a lovely find.

  8. Happy Thanksgiving!
    I love your new finds, esp. Savannah!

  9. Lauren is a sweetie.Glad you girls got some time together.Your new rug is lovely.Oh my gonna have to call hoarders on you soon with the kitties..giggles..No she is a pretty girl and very lucky to have someone to take such good care of her.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  10. Oh Melinda but Savannah will have a great life with you and it is amazing that all the felines get along so great. Hope that you will share a picture of her spots when she is napping.

    Great rug and like the colors you chose as well. Lauren is such a sweetie and bestowed some nice gifts on you.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. Oh what a beautiful kitty! You are all lucky to have found each other! Bless your heart for giving such a sweet girl a good home! I love your rug and the colors are great!! Lauren sure has a knack for coming up with some awesome gifts!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!
    Cathy G

  12. A quiet Thanksgiving is always a good one. What a fun kitty. I am happy for you. Your new rug is beautiful (as always). Have a great weekend. -Steph-

  13. Such lovely and unique gifts you received from your friend Lauren! I love the spoon handle scissor fob!
    I also love the new addition to your family. Savannah is a real cutie and I definitely wouldn't be able to say no to her. Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend!

  14. Beautiful job on your rug :) Darling kitty! To answer your question on my blog, yes it is a Maggie pattern :) Thank you for your sweet comments. Enjoy Your Day with your kitty! My Best, Kimberly

  15. Oh what a beautiful kitty, how could anyone abandon her. She is so pretty.

  16. Giant hugs for adopting Savannah...what a little doll she is...looks like you were meant to find each other!