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I live in the beautiful state of Wisconsin. I'm a wife and stay at home mom of 3 sons. I love to paint, sew, knit, stitch and create. I enjoy selling my creations at local fairs, ebay and here on my blog. When I not crafting I love to decorate my home. I'm always moving furniture, painting or switching things around. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day~*~Leanne~*~

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wool Penny Rug Pillows

I've been working on these wool pillows...

I just love how they have turned out!
I added rick rack as trim all around the pillow.

I love how this leaf one turned out! I used the wool I overdyed.
The colors are so soft.
It was fun to put different color combinations together.
Before it was a pillow....

Now it's a pillow. 
I love circles and polka dots...on almost anything.
I can just see this little wool pillow on a chair, bench or bed.

I'll be gone on a mini vacation to Seattle so I won't post for a little while.
When I'm there I will be sure to drink some of my favorite coffee.
On the plane ride there and back I will be working on penny rugs.

If you would like to purchase any pillows or penny rugs or other goodies I have some thngs
for sale here on my blog or
 click here to see what I have on ebay.

So enjoy your week,

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wishing You A Happy Easter

I hope you all have a Blessed Easter.

After church put on your Easter bonnet...

 get ready for the egg hunt...

 but don't forget to smell the flowers.

On a side note....
we still have the head left of our lamb cake...
so it did make it until Easter.

Have a lovely day,

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Family Tradition Continues....

Easter is near and I thought I would share this old post with you.
It makes me laugh everytime I think about.
I'll share a picture of our lamb today at the end of this story.

This is the lamb cake my mother-in-law makes for Easter.
It's a tradition in my husbands family. The lamb is perfect for Easter and the cake is real yummy.
My husband loves the cake so much that we had to start our own tradition.
"The day before Easter you get to eat the Keaster."
This year I let him start it on Friday...big mistake...more than the keaster is gone.

We have 11 people coming for Easter brunch and the lamb cake was going to be my dessert.
 Do you think I have enough?????

Problem solved!
We met my mother-in-law at church on Easter and told her how much of the lamb cake was gone. She brought hers over and twin lamb cakes...with no keasters.
I knew that would make you laugh.

This years lamb cake.

We started the lamb on Friday afternoon and this is what it looks like on Saturday morning.
We are not hosting Easter this year.
I don't need to save the lamb for dessert so I really don't care how much the family eats.
Do you think we'll have any left on Easter?
I don'

Enjoy your Easter,

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Ray of Sunshine....

I know the calendar says it's Spring in Wisconsin but someone has to tell Mother Nature!
Yesterday we had rain, sleet and snow all with temps in the 30's...yuck!
The flowers don't even what to come out and I don't blame them.

While the sleet was pelting the windows the doorbell rang.
A package for me...I feel so lucky!
I won Nancy's Spring giveaway
Click here to visit her blog.

I opened the package and this is what was in it....

The most adorable bunny box!

A cute butterfly pin was inside...
I wore it last night and got several compliments.

Nancy sure is a talented gal!
Thank you Nancy!
You are a Ray of Sunshine!

Happy Spring,

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Punch Needle and Sunflowers

Punch Needle and Sunflowers is a good combination.

I recently tried punchneedle with wool yarn and an oxford punch. In order to to this I had to get a hoop that really held my base fabric tight. I bought this 10 inch non slip hoop at Joann Fabrics that has a grove in it...perfect for what I wanted to do and not a lot of money.
To see the sunflower I made click here.

This hoop worked so good that I thought why not use it for my punchneedle pins.
Problem was I had a 10 inch frame and my pins are only 2" by 3". 
I would waste a lot of fabric and I don't like wasting fabric. my kindergarten art teacher would say "fill the page"!
Well I filled the fabric!

 I have to say it was a real efficent way of making my pins.
This picture kind of reflects the weather around here...
flowers want to come out but the snow keeps coming back.
 Even the back side looks good...that's always my goal.

 I love making snowflakes

 and snowmen

and sunflowers.

This week I should have enough time to get these made into pins.

I just saw that this is my 99th post and I have 96 wonderful followers
I think when I reach 100 in both it's time for a giveaway.
What do you think?

I'm linking up to Sew Many Ways crafty party,
Favorite Things at bargin hunting with Laurie
Sister Sunday at sisters of the wild west

Enjoy your day,

Friday, April 8, 2011

About Me ABC's...this is fun!

I saw this on Jeanette's blog, who saw this on Jenny's blog, who saw this on Tiff's blog  and I thought it was a fun way to get to know me a little better.

About Me ABC's

 Age: 52   Bed Size: King and I love it! 
Chore You Hate: Washing floors   Dogs: None  
Essential Start of Your Day: Coffee with white chocolate mocha cream it's such a treat in the morning and seeing the kids and my husband off  to their day 
Favorite Color: Red     Gold or Silver: Silver  
Height: 5'6 1/2"  Instruments You Play: None
Job Title: Mom, sewer, painter, domestic engineer 
Kids: 3   Live: Wisconsin   Mom's Name: Mom  Nicknames: None  
Overnight Hospital Stays: Baby deliveries   
Pet Peeve: People Who Don't Follow The Rules  
Quote From a Movie: "I'm just not cool enough"  
Right- or Left-Handed: Right   
Siblings: 1 very wonderful brother
 Time You Wake Up: 6:00  Underwear: Yes, always  
Veggie You Dislike: Peas and carrots 
What Makes You Late: Fixing my hair, I used to be a hair dresser so my hair has to look just right...ha, ha  
X-Rays You Have Had: Dental and ultra sounds 
Yummy Food You Make: I make really good salads with homemade dressings, lasagna and white chocolate cupcakes  
Zoo Animal You Like Best: Monkeys and giraffes

I had fun with that!

Now it's your turn....
Copy and paste this list,
fill it out and add it to your blog.
Leave me a comment so I can visit your blog and learn a little more about you.

Enjoy your day,

I Love A Good Tip....And I Got A Good One For You!

For the last few evenings I've been cutting out circles, circles and more circles.
Yes, I do cut each one out by hand.
It's really not that bad.
In one of my earlier posts I told you about how I was overdying wool well I wanted some circles out of that "new" wool. If you want to see that post Click Here.

 I found these templates for circles at JoAnn fabrics. They are perfect for what I do. 
I've used every size for various projects.
Now here's my TIP
Yes, it's such a good tip I have to capitalize and bold it.

 I use the templates to drawn a circle on sandpaper.
 I used 80 grit because that is what I had, you can use whatever your have.
I then cut out the circles and mark what size circle it is.
You place the circle on your wool sandpaper side down and cut out your circle.
The sandpaper grips your wool and you can cut out a perfect circle each time.
 I place the cut circles in bags labeled with the size.
 You can use your circles to make a pillow top like this unfinished one.
These circles are coasters.
I made them last night.
I love the colors!
I can't decide if I like the black background or grey background better.

Well I hear laundry calling...

Enjoy your day,

Monday, April 4, 2011

More Penny Rugs and I'm Working On....

I just added more penny rugs to my penny rug and wools page
 Spring Beige
 Black with plaid pennies...reminds me of a scotty dog
 Fresh lime green
Retro brown

I'm Working on Wool Pillow Tops...
 using the wool that I over dyed.
I am just loving these future pillows.  I want to keep them all!
I will list a couple here on my blog.
I aslo need to keep these for my craft fairs in the fall.
It's so much fun and I have so many ideas I'm stitching as fast as I can!
There's something about wool that I just can't get enough!
Do you feel that way too?  Am I alone?

I also added so new penny rugs on ebay CLICK HERE to see them.

Enjoy your day,