>WIP: Flag in Russian Needle punch

>My oldest daughter has a take-home assignment from her art class at school. During the semester she is supposed to make an item that shows at least one hour of work. She is up to eight hours of work on this so far and I think she will finish it today. This is how she wanted to spend Spring Break. Learning a new skill. She was upset when it was her younger sister learning how for a take-home assignment and not her. So when it came time for her do her take-home, she asked to learn what her sister had learned. I think children as young as five can learn how to do this if you thread the needle for them. Older children can thread the needle themselves.

front of flag

The design she came up with herself. We discussed a few things then I handed her a post-it note tablet and let her draw her design. If you do this, remember on the fabric the image is drawn on the back of the work and has to be a mirror image or something like a flag will be backward and so will words if you don’t plan ahead.

Flag in Russian needle punch back of flag

To see all the Russian needle punch that both daughters and myself have posted thus far, go here.

If you want to view just the photos and not the stories that go with them, go here on flickr.

I also started a group today if you do this type of needle work I would love to see it join the group and add your photos.

Russian Needle Punch / Punch Needle. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

>Yards and yards and yards


Of hair wraps. Lots of colors and sizes too. All are ready to put in the store. I am still making more in different colors and patterns; there will be three lengths and four different patterns to choose from. All these are made with vintage to antique crochet thread. Meaning on the labels that came with the threads it read boil fast not color fast. Because people used to boil their clothes to get them clean, you didn’t want the dyes coming out in the boiling water so they were called boil fast. Some of the threads are over 100 years old. They are still strong and sturdy for use.

The lengths are 40 inches, 60 inches and 80 inches. The way the length was determined for each head wrap was by how much vintage thread I had. If I had a complete ball, I would make a long one; if I had partial balls of thread, then it would end up as a medium or short length. Since these threads come from estate sales, thrift stores and antique stores, once I use a color to make a head wrap I won’t be able to get it again because most are not even companies that exist anymore. So to me, each is a one-of-a-kind made with vintage thread on vintage hooks. When the store opens all of these plus more will be available. There will also be items from other artisans — all handmade.

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>One month after St. Patricks Day


from sid

Today in the mail I got a gift from Sid. After St. Patrick’s Day I saw some pins on flickr that she made for her co-workers. I commented on them, that I liked them. She was so sweet and sent me one. Funny, it arrived on the 17th of April — one month to the day after St. Patrick’s Day; how’s that for timing. She made the tag and card herself, too.

>Trying to get caught up on a few things

>Penny over at Penny Sanford Porcelains sent me the loveliest brooch/charm I have seen made out of Porcelain. She makes these herself. She gave this to me as an award titled “The Happy Penny Award”. I think it is very sweet. I love that she is doing hand work because I do tons of that. Penny does sell these; if you are interested, follow links to her site.When we went to my in-laws for a late Easter egg hunt, my mother-in-law gave me a birthday present. I think it is so cool; I just wish I had a little bit of time to sit down and play with it. Life is so busy at the current time. I really love this item; I discovered the other day that in Japan they sell a larger and smaller version of this and also heart and flower ones, too. I just can’t figure out how to order them yet.I was in a fat-quarter swap at MJF forum with nine other women. The fat quarter I sent in is the third from left; it is a vintage fabric my Vavo purchased. It’s always fun to see the variety you get in a swap — thanks, ladies!Suzy homemaker who is also at MJF sent me this lovely Easter card with a fat quarter of fabric. I am going to have so much fun with fabric in the near future. I love this fabric; it is so soft and delicate looking. Would be lovely as a Mother’s Day item. Hmm… I might think on that one a little.I have a few more items to show and say thank you for; I just didn’t have time to photograph them all, so you will probably see them later. A box and envelope of fabric from levisgrammy at MJF. Also a box from This Vintage Chica with real cute items in it.

Updated 12:33 p.m.

This is the box and envelope of fabric from levisgrammy at MJF.This stuff below are the items from “This Vintage Chica” and an apron from her, too. I still need to send her fabric and yarn for the exchange; sorry I’m so long in doing this. I just love roosters; aren’t those just the cutest plates. The white sheer item is a curtain that I may make into an apron later after I get a chance to try and remove the stain. I knew about the stain before she sent it. I think it will still work out lovely.This is one of those times when I wish I had a mannequin or dress form or something to drape clothes on; this is real cute and the lighting didn’t do it justice nor did laying it on the floor. It is a vintage apron, but the colors are still popular today. I would love to make a quilt someday in this color scheme. This is about three shades of pink and three shades of chocolate; it’s hard to see in this photo — bad lighting. But super super cute!!

>Did you know the Easter bunny can fly?!


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We just finished Easter today! We did Easter in California where I grew up on Easter Sunday. We did Easter in Utah today where my husband grew up. In California it is more of an egg roll and kids nine and under hunt.

In Utah it is everyone hunting and I think the Easter bunny has wings and a very weird sense of humor. My husband tells stories of the Easter bunny hiding eggs at the bottom of the flour bucket in the kitchen when he was a kid so you had to empty the entire bucket to find your egg.

This year the kids had to find 4 plastic eggs and two boiled ones and a basket. My husband and I had to find 1 boiled egg each and 1 basket between us. You would think this would be done in a matter of minutes; try 2 hours later we finally find all but one egg and we found one egg from the previous hunt a week ago when all the cousins did their hunt. Not to mention the week prior the cousins found an egg that was hidden the year before. That Easter bunny hides eggs way to well! There was one egg we couldn’t find — a plastic one. So if any cousins read this, there is still an egg hiding in grandma’s yard. If you find it, you can have it.

As you can tell this one was hidden on the flag pole wrapped in a banner. You could only see it very well from one side when the light was shining through it. Try to figure out how the bunny got up and how the kid is supposed to get it down.

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If you think being a little kid will make it easier to find your basket, you’re wrong. You may find it, but getting it is not as easy as it may look. May have to hire help on this one. Call in Grandpa.

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As you can tell, it is not an easy hunt if you are a kid. Now if you are a toddler or preschooler, not so bad to find the basket low to the ground, but the egg hunt — that is the real hard part still because adults and kids are looking for the same eggs. Oh course, the littlest daughter thinks she is a real big girl because no one had to help her get her basket down. Unlike sisters and Mae (pronounced My means “Mom” in Portuguese).

i can get it, I am a big girl

Side note: mine was in the top of a bush about 4 feet above my reach. I just looked at my husband and said, “It is yours, too, so I will let you can get it down.” We had a lot of fun and all got a little bit of a sun burn too. You wouldn’t think that would happen at 9 a.m. Weird weather.

>What temp do you have? or Worlds tallest thermometer.

>We actually went to California for Easter. It wasn’t something mentioned on the blog. We left on the 4th and came back on the 9th, a very quick trip to say the least. Took two days to get there, stopping to see my sister, and a 14-hour drive home, it is only supposed to be 11 hours (only, yikes)! Construction outside of Barstow — yuck!!!!!!
We stopped in Baker on the way out and back to give the kids a rest. I always forget to take a picture of that town’s major landmark, so this time I thought I would. As you can see, it is a very large thermometer. If you look at the upper right picture closely (click on it) it reads 81 degrees Fahrenheit; yep, definitely near Death Valley. It is hard to tell in these pictures how tall this item is; I hope the cars give you a reference.

>Crochet group on flickr


flickr group hooked on crochet

If you love crochet — making, using or just collecting — there is a new group on flickr you want to check out. It is called Hooked on Crochet. Any crochet items from baby clothes, blankets, or purses, vintage, new, or still making, please add them all to this group. This is a family-friendly group, so anything that a child shouldn’t see shouldn’t be added to the group. Enjoy looking forward to all the wonderful creations out there in cyber-land.


hooked on crochet. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

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