Monday, December 27, 2010

Thinking of spaces to create

I was thinking today about spaces people have to work in. (ie..their studios)  These are pictures that I had in my computer that I love when thinking about art creating spaces.  (Sorry if they are of your place..I just saved them and didnt post where I found them!)  Anyway...I love each of these for different reasons.  I had more pictures but when my computer crashed I lost them.  A couple of them are actually stores...but they could be turned into studio space just as my mind!  Again, I am just dreaming here...which is fun for me to do.  I do not have a room to play with until my son moves out next fall....and his room is very tiny!  But it will be mine...and I will finally have a space all my own for creating.  Trust me I will miss my son so much that I would rather he stay forever!  But lives moves onward and I will make the best of this.  It will basically be like a large walk in closet space!   But it does have a window and I am thinking I may have my husband put in a skylight.  Isnt if fun to look at creative space people work in? There is a whole magazine devoted to art studios called STUDIOS.  

I think I may get a subscription to this or just buy each one at Barnes and Noble..I have seen them there.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sock Monkey Quilt!

I am working on my ideas for my next quilts.  I have decided on making a quilt for my daughter Hannah for Valentines Day.  I will let her choose...but I am thinking of poppies.  I am excited to go buy the fabric for this.
I also, just for fun I am going to make a sock monkey quilt using the original having fun in my mind thinking about how I will design this.  Stay tuned for further details! 

Just Dreaming...

I found this cool site where you can get old architectural elements/materials.  It is, to me, a treasure trove! Its called Buy Altered Antiques-Architectural Salvage Online.   I want my husband to someday build me a first floor master suite.  (So, when we are older we do not have to walk up our stairs.  I dream about it having 2 walk in closets, a beautiful bathroom, and large bedroom area with a fireplace across from the bed with 2 reading chairs.  That way I would have somewhere to go when I want to read and Tim is watching TV.  We do not have a family room.  But actually, as we get older I don't necessarily need a huge family room AND living room...that would be too much.  But two chairs in front of a nice fireplace would be perfect for our needs.  Off of this new bedroom, I want him to build me an art studio--a place to quilt and create! ( HEHEHE ...might as well dream big!!)  Anyway, I found this door.  Wouldnt this be cool as the entrance to our bedroom from our dining room? We would just have to put drapes on the other side for privacy.  My husband is a home builder so he could figure it out how to place this.  I just love it.  And then the other picture of  single door I like for our front door.  We are someday going to bump our front door out a ways and create a coat closet and entryway.  Right now, you just walk right into our dining room and there is no entryway.  Keep in mind...I am just DREAMING....but thats ok...right?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My new acquisition

This looks like tapestry art to me...but it says it is a print.  I have this thing for religious/catholic iconic art...I have this collection going on.  I just loved this and had to have it for my bedroom.  I know just the place for it!  I will take a picture when it finds a home.  Kind of odd...a lamb sacrifice at the alter with 2 women?
 I have decided to paint my bedroom this color.  It is Valspar  Gypsy Teal.  Again, I will take a picture of it when I am done.  I love this color!

Changed my name! Laura's Fiber Art World

Since my blog has become more than rug hooking to me...I changed my name to reflect my love of all things Fiber Art!  Sorry for any confusion.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lunar eclipse! Winter Solstice 2010

Once every 500 years I think!  Pretty awesome.  I did not see it myself ...the weather here was foggy but thought I would share this video clip.

Friday, December 17, 2010

My X-mas gift from my husband

How sweet he is!  When I told him I finished my quilt my husband was so proud of me he just couldnt wait.  He brought out my new sewing machine!  Its a Singer-- Simple.  I dont know anything about it but I am very excited to figure it all out and give it a spin!  The sewing machine I made my first quilt on was....really old and klunky. (An old old Kenmore)  I love me husband....he is so supportive of me.  Someday I may want the nice digital ones especially made for a Janome Horizon or a Bernina 440QE.....but seriously we cannot afford this luxury right now.  This new Singer will take me far!  I am so in love with my hubby that he cared enough to get this for me...all on his own!  It is by far better than what I was using. Plus it so portable with a nice I can take it to classes and workshops!  Who knows I may keep and use it forever...sometimes the simple machines ,once you are totally used to using them, cannot be beat!  Its kind of like my old first guitar, a simple inexpensive guitar my mom bought for me when I was 13...but it is still my favorite guitar to play and I love the sound...and I do have more expensive guitars but I still really love my old one the best.  Thank you Timmy my love--I cant wait to try it out on my 2nd quilt!  I am totally hooked on quilting now!  I would love to take some classes now as is good!

I finished!

With a week to spare, I finished my mom and dad's x-mas gift quilt!  This is my very first quilt.  Its not perfect but I love it!  I think they will like it too.  They have neutral and blue colors in their house and they love trees and birds ...just like me.  I cant wait to give it to them.  It really feels good to make your own gift.  Handmade with love! (The pictures arent that good...I will take some when the piece is on the wall at its final destination.)

Yummy for Chirstmas!

Peppermint Brownies-This is from the Framed Cooks blog I awesome blog by the way!

Peppermint Brownies, inspired by Fat Witch Bakery

  • 1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unbleached flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound (3 1/2 cups) sifted confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk or light cream, or to make smooth and spreadable
  • 1/2 cup chopped candy canes

1. Line 9x9 inch baking pan with foil and spray with Pam.  Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mlet the butter and the bittersweet chocolate together in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

3. Beat together eggs, sugar and both extracts until smooth.  Add cooled chocolate mixture and mix until well blended.  

4. Sift flour and salt together directly into the batter and stir until well-combined.  Stir in white chocolate.  Spread into pan and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or with crumbs, not batter.  Cool on rack until completely cool.

5. Cream butter, salt, and vanilla, beating with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar gradually, beating after each addition. Add 3 tablespoons milk or light cream, beating until smooth. Beat in more milk until desired spreading consistency is reached and the frosting is spreadable.

6. Spread over cooled brownies and sprinkle chopped candy canes on top.  Using sides of foil, lift brownies out of pan and on to cutting surface.  Cut into small pieces.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Today I am going to make some Fiber Art Rings

This is from the book "Simple Gifts" by Jennifer Worick.  The book also has a fantastic candy recipe to make salted caramels.  I will have you get the book for that.....that way I am encouraging you to get the book!  I plan on also embroidering on these rings as well....Going to give one to all my peeps this x-mas at our Book Club x-mas party this Thursday...if I can get it done!  I will take pictures.

Giveaway today to try! From Canton Village Works-Today Only

today one lucky p.s. i quilt reader gets a very conveted prize...
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

8 Inches of Snow here in Wisconsin!

After I blogged about my quilt which I have been so absorbed in all day...I hadnt even really noticed the weather that every one is talking about here!  8 inches of snow..and very cold.  But it is so pretty!  My son hasnt been too happy as he is the one out there shoveling 2 times today!  We live on a corner with sidewalks so there is quite a bit to do!  Poor David!  I keep trying to tell him how I had to shovel for my folks when I was young and LOVED it!  (Actually I did!-That was before I got tired of the cold and just plain tired!) 

Starting to quilt now-12 days of Christmas left to finish!!

Oh, This is making me nervous!  I got the sky done today....tomorrow will try to finish the trees....the tree quilting is not working out as I wanted...but like I said before I need to keep going with it.  Like when I paint, sometimes if I keep on truckin it ends up looking fine...I wanted the stitches to look scraggly but not sure if just looks like I stink at quilting...(which I do still!)  I think maybe when I get it loaded with scraggles it may look better and I also may do some painting on the bark as well....with oil paints...we will see....  I have 12 days of Christmas to finish this as it is a gift to my mom and dad for x-mas.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Done with everything except the quilting!!

Well...I have it all put together!  Now for the machine quilting!  I am nervous about this!  I am hoping it is fun rather than making me want to pull my hair out!  My machine is so old...and not really made for free motion quilting...and I have never done it I am fretting!  But ONWARD!

Friday, December 3, 2010

An art quilt I am making for a gift

I love all things fiber now I am making a quilt for my mom and dad for their x-mas gift.  This is the first appliqued quilt I have made.  Years ago I made some pieced "country" quilts and they still sit under my bed unfinished.  I am not into country anymore..and dont feel like continuing with the massive amount of hand quilting left on each!  Because I am rather impatient and like to see results quicker and also because I like the more contemporary shapes and landscapes etc...I love the applique process!  I am actually using the fusible web on this one.  So far I love it!  Its so fast.  What will be the deciding factor for me as to whether or not I will continue with the if I can machine quilt-free motion good enough that makes it looks good in the end. I am a little worried about my ability to be able to free motion quilt on my very old and basic machine.  We shall see! I am going to give it a try.  My parents have a very neutral palette  for colors in their home and love nature and birds so I hope they love this.  Its a nice feeling to hand make their gift.  It feels more like a gift from my heart....a part of me that I am giving.
As you can see in one of the new kitty "Sage" is really making it hard to work!  He will not leave me alone and loves to cause havoc with my work!  I am trying to be patient!  He is also digging in all my plants and tormenting my older cat to the point where I am afraid my older cat is going to have a  nervous breakdown!  I had forgotten how much work a baby pet is!  I actually have to put him in a kitty timeout here and there..which he really hates....(his desire is to be with us at all times)...I am not sure animal experts think "time outs" work for cats...but we all sometimes need it!  I also got a spray bottle and we have been spraying him....but that's sometimes hard unless you carry the spray bottle wherever you the time you run and get it and if you dont catch him right in the act I feel it doesn't work. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Susan Burr rug hooking machine??

Ok...I had to get of   I have no idea how to use it or exactly what it it a proddy implement?  I dont know anything about proddy hooking...if I am even spelling that right.  I just thought I would try to figure it out...It has instructions but I dont understand them completely.  I wish I could have someone show me how to use this!  It will probably take me forever to figure it out...oh well...its kind of a neat thing to have around..perhaps it will just find its way on my wall to decorate my one day studio!  Its kind of pretty wood!
I am trying to wait patiently for my used sewing machine to come in the mail.  Meanwhile I have been on the library system ordering books on how to applique and other methods for art quilts.  My husband asked what I wanted for x-mas this morning.  Besides some rug hooking items...materials to start my handbag...and some backing material/linen to keep me happy for awhile with some other new hooking projects....I also asked for a gift certificate to our local quilting store in I can start trying the art quilt thing.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I won this! And other thoughts on winning!

I won this from following their blog fun!  They are in Michigan...and they said "come on in and pick it up"..I had to call them and ask them to send it!  How wonderful though!  I told them I would post it for further advertising.  It was from "Pink Sugar Kisses" company that makes soaps and lotions etc...through the "Yellow Door Market" Blog Site.  I think as part of their grand opening celebrations.  Nice to win sometimes isnt it?  I feel so special!  I'll have to see if this becomes someones x-mas gift or I use it myself.

My youngest daughter and I went to the Woman's Expo yesterday...I think I have only missed it one year...since the last 10 years...I really was looking forward to seeing Molly Ringwald as I grew up with her with The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles...etc...She talked mostly about being a mom with young kids..a topic I am a bit past in my life...but it was still nice to see her.  Amanda and I had fun...we always sign up to win about 50 things...some as big as a car and a trip and other smaller we have to wait to see later today if I won anything big....I acutally won one of the main prizes about 5 years ago ( a kayak) so I think my luck is done with this expo!...Buy never know...sure would love the trip to Mexico!!!!I could use a vacation.  Statistically I probably have the same chances of winning even though I have won in the past...dont you think?  

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My New old Sewing Machine...from Spokane Washington to Wisconsin!

Ok...I am now the proud of owner of this old Kenmore Sewing Machine  (Kenmore 10 model # 385.1249180)  I only tell you this because it was bought used from and it hasnt gotten to me yet..and I just realized that it is missing the extension table part in front!  I called them and  YEP gall darn is missing!....If you know if anyone who has this old machine that wouldnt mind me nabbing this piece because they never sew anyway...let me know!  What a shot in the dark..but I thought I would try!.  I called Sears and I cannot order this part anymore. Bummer..I guess I thought you could always find a Sears matter how old...I guess I can probably use it without this piece and jimmy rig something that will work has no purpose except to give you more flat working space to sew...kind of important...but I guess I could find something to fit in there..   I have 2 sewing machines...also very cabinets...but I am going to try and sell those...I dont have room for a whole cabinet type machine...I wanted something portable that I can use on my dining room table and move off when I am not using it.  Someday I would love to have an art studio...and when and if that ever happens I will buy I lovely non portable sewing machine.with a huge work station....but this is going to have to do for now!  I figure you cant beat the good quality of Sears...nothing fancy...but should work for a novice sewer like myself...  I want to try my hand at doing some art quilting...and I also need it to do some finishing with my rug hooking projects like the tote bag I want to make...   I also am going to sew some drapes for the house....I am really quite excited to have a working, available machine again!.  I dont even know where the other 2 are...hidden in the basement or garage this will be great...

By the way...NOW is the time to go get your Paper White Bulbs at your local Walmart, hardware store, Farm and Fleet, or nursery....This picture if from a very expensive store./White need to go all out and spend tons..the cheap ones are just as pretty....and you can find any ol shallow pot you have around to put them in....small rocks from outside work well...I usually put some dirt in the mix....but you dont have too...I just think it helps the roots to grab....You'll have pretty flowers for X-mas...I dont have any luck with Amaryllis bulbs..they never seem to bloom for me...but the Paper Whites...always work.....albeit they are a bit stinky when they bloom. ..not your prettiest smelling flower for sure!
 These Wine hat and scarves are so give a bottle of wine at Christmas time...I had to share....One could make these quite easily...either by sewing or knitting them--yourself!...neat idea I thought!  If you want to buy these this comes from the Sundance Catalog...(one of my favorite catalog/stores of all times...but very very expensive!)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Some Knitting too!

A while ago I posted my cowl neck scarf I made...I found this on another blog I follow..Close Knit.....I am going to try my hand at this!  I think it is lovely.  I even like it in this grey color...sophisticated I think. 
New to Close Knit, Brown Sheep Burly Spun, a pure wool single ply in some fabulous colors. Looking for a quick knit? How about 2.5 stitches per inch on a US13 needle? It practically knits itself.
Sally created this beautiful seed stitch mobius cowl using one skein of the Burly Spun. It is very warm and cozy. Tuck one of these into your rain coat, and you'll stay nice and warm when those bone-chilling winds pick up. Enjoy the pattern and stay warm!

Close Knit Burly Spun Cowl

By Sally Palin

Yarn: 1 skein Brown Sheep Burly Spun

Needles: US17 24" circular

Finished Size: 10" high by about 32"
Gauge: about 8 stitches over 4" in seed stitch

Seed stitch in the round:
Round 1: *K1, P1* until 1 stitch remains. K1.

Round 2: *P1, K1* until 1 stitch remains. P1.
Basically, after round 1, you will simply knit your purls and purl your knits, so it's not crucial to know what row you are on.

Instructions:Cast on 65 stitches.
Twist once, place marker, and join for knitting in the round. (This twist is what you usually try to avoid when joining to knit in the round. You could also join normally to create a non-mobius cowl if you prefer, but the drape is not as nice.)

Seed stitch your heart out for about 10".

Bind off and enjoy!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happiness mistakes...from another blog...I like these ideas

  1. To delay to do something important until you have some “free time,” because you may never have any free time
  2. To retreat into isolation when you’re unhappy
  3. To neglect to make a small change because you think a big change is necessary
  4. To refuse to consider a big change because you assume you can only make a small change
  5. To “treat” yourself to something you wouldn’t ordinarily permit yourself, because you’re feeling blue
  6. To postpone something important until you’re feeling healthier, or thinner, or married, or whatever
  7. To think that you can “make” someone else be happy
  8. To imagine that what’s true for other people is true for you
  9. To spend too much time, or not enough time, thinking about the past, present, or future
  10. To ignore the truth about your own temperament, interests, and aptitudes
I had an eleventh mistake, but my computer didn't save the document properly, and now I can't remember what else I'd added. Very annoying. What have I overlooked? Wait! I just thought of another. "To think about everything you don't have, instead of everything you do have." But that wasn't the one that I forgot...
This is from the Happiness Project...Gretchen Rubin...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Confections of a closet Master Baker--Great Book!

Confections of a Closet Master Baker Trailer from Raymond Prado on Vimeo.
I am reading this book right is simply wonderful!  It inspired me to make a decadent chocolate truffle pie last night.(recipe was not in the book.. posting separately....which my husband ate too much of and got a bit sick..but was/is sooooo good...  (The author is Sandra Bullocks sister)  You have to read this book...its wonderful...kind of makes me sad right now...because I felt this way about my art gallery which just had to close its doors....I miss it so her had a life of its own..a beauty in the atmosphere...a personality...and attracted many unique people of which I felt honored to know.  I miss my gallery so so so much...but this book and the video...inspires me that perhaps I can do something else of significance and importance ( to at least me...and a few people!) in the future.
 This is what mine looks like!  I forgot to cut the rest of the recipe out basically I just mixed it all together...and cooked it for an hour and then turned the oven off and let it sit in the oven for an hour....very rich!!! Yummmmm

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My new "scarf"

A friend sent me this beautiful wool she hand dyed..and I was going to make mittens...but I wanted the beautiful wool by my face...for color and softness and warmth for the cold months ahead!  I made this as a a turtleneck you just put it over your head..and you can cover your lower head and ears as well....Isn't is scrumptious wool and a wonderful blend of colors!??  I love it...!  I made it a bit when it gets wont shrink too much and be too tight.  The other reason I made this instead of mittens,....Is I am mitten challenged!  I need a class or help in some way;...I tried and tried but I had no idea what I was doing!  I wish Debbie MacComber would have her Blossom Street Knitting Store right by my house...we have a knitting store nearby ...but the knitters just sit and knit...there is no classes and I have gone but I end up asking too many questions and feel its not quite what I need.  I wish I had a store nearby that had mitten, sox,  hat and shawl classes...etc...just like in the Blossom Street series....I am the type of person that needs hands on help....I was able to figure out rug hooking mostly by myself...but I find knitting is bit trickier than hooking to me.  But I do love and will definitely wear this ALL the I am still very happy!   Plus, it feels good to actually finish something usable!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

one of my favorite poems....

i carry your heart with me by E. E. Cummings
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I am in love with this place!

* Mute or pause the music to the right when watching this video or it will drive you insane!
I sure wish I lived by this "store".  I would shop here and take every class I could!  It is just a beautiful place...I am just so in love with it.   Someday...perhaps I will have a store like I mentioned before.  Not sure about actually raising the sheep however!  Now..thats a brand new thought in my head.  I do love sheep...always have.   Anyway, I can just appreciate this place so much.!!  It is wonderful all the fiber art in her store displayed....very nice!

I have new hair! Anyone like these cowboy boots?

My daughter Amanda, shown here with me, colored my hair for me today!  I was just sick of being blonde and needed a change.  I kind of like how it worked out!  When I re do it in 6-8 weeks I think I will add a bit more auburn color to it...I was afraid it would turn out really I picked one without any red...

This is something I found on another blog I follow about creative boot camp---- I thought this could be used to get more rug hooking and other creative endeavors done....
I think the Boot Camp approach helps the creative process for several reasons, and it helps with all kinds of projects: finishing a photo album, a gardening project, a wood-working project.

  • Because you have to get so much done, you don’t have time to listen to your internal critic. You just get something done and keep moving, instead of sitting, paralyzed.
  • Progress itself is reassuring and inspiring. Panic tends to set in when you find yourself getting nothing done, day after day.
  • Because you’re so focused on your project, you begin to make deeper connections and to see more possibilities, instead of being constantly distracted by outside concerns.
  • Because of the intensity, you can hop in and out of the project, without having to take time to acclimate yourself. I have a writer friend who’s married to a painter, and she says their test for working well is when they can sit down and work if they have a spare ten minutes.
  • You lower your standards. If you’re producing a page a week, or one blog post a week, or one sketch a week, you expect it to be pretty darned good, and you fret about quality. Often, however, folks achieve their best work from grinding out the product.
  • Practice, practice, practice. My novel was terrible, but I think the sheer doing of it helped my writing, just the way practicing scales helps a pianist. The more you practice, the better you’ll become.
  • Because you have a voracious need for material, you become hyper-aware of everything happening around you -- and ideas begin to flood your mind.
  • You can use this approach even if you're working on a creative project on the side, with all the pressing obligations of a job, family, etc. Instead of feeling perpetually frustrated that you don't have any time for your project, you make yourself make time -- for a specific period.
  • It’s fun! I don’t have the urge to climb mountains or run marathons, but I got the same thrill of exertion from writing a novel in a month.
When I'm having trouble getting work done on a big project, my impulse sometimes is to take smaller, easier steps. Sometimes that helps, but sometimes it helps more to take bigger, more ambitious steps instead. By doing more instead of less, I get a boost of energy and focus. How about you? Have you found a boot-camp approach helpful?


I bought these awesome used leather cowboy boots on e-bay...they were supposed to be a different size and they do not fit small.  They are a womens size 8 1/2.  I will sell them for 40.00 which is what I paid for them...and they will fit in a priority mail box...USPS...not too much for shipping.  Let me know if you would like them.  You can respond through this site I think...or just e-mail me at
They are really nice...shit kickers...I would have worn them ALL the time...I think they are perfect.