Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Now that I know what they are, I have become the happy owner of one ATC (artist trading card). It is my own creation and I really enjoyed making it. From what I read in Artist Trading Card Workshop by bernie berlin the basic rule is to start with a size of 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" for the base and then have fun with whatever style art you enjoy whether it is painting, collage, needlework, quilting, drawing......

TRY IT and have some fun. I have to go make another one.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Old Goat

I want to give credit to my husband for my blog name. I don't know why, but I had a really hard time picking one. After a couple of days of coming up with one after another he finally said, "How about tree bird, or free bird" and I said "That's it!"

Also, I need to thank him for his idea of me doing a penny rug for an ATC (artist trading card). Sometimes he doesn't understand me one iota and other times he hits me dead on! I guess that's why we've made it for almost 35 years. So, I wanted to acknowledge him and with his permission I am posting his web picture.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Welcome Visitors

Please let me know you were here. Post a comment saying "I was here" if nothing more. I'd like to know I am not alone in my sky. Thanks.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Penny Rugs (no permission)

Well, I found the information I needed to see if I could post a picture of a penny rug from a book I have but since I do not have a publisher of my own I do not qualify. So the only pictures I can post are of my own sample rug I am currently working on. It is in bright modern colors unlike traditional rugs but the technique is the same. I hope this helps anyone wondering what these rugs are.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


I am hoping my grandchildren visit my blog and I want to say welcome. Let me know you visited by leaving a comment under this posting, okay? Anyone can see what you write so don't say anything here you wouldn't want the whole world to know (like the whole world is going to visit here, but you never know!)

Grandma loves you all!

Penny Rug Sample Project

I have never done a Penny Rug and since I want to do my Bead Journal Project (BJP) with this technique I thought I would do a trial run sans the beads. I am hoping to post the progress on this blog with pictures. I will say so far it is a fun, easy, relaxing technique. Felt is easy to work with and this is definitely not too technical so if someone needs some downtime from a more difficult project this is one to try. Of course, when I get to adding beaded pieces that will change while the basics will remain easy.

This is my basic plan. Yes, this is as good as it gets. I have most of it in my head but if I just leave it there I tend to forget it so I have to jot something down. Besides, why get carried away with a plan that almost always changes as you work with it.

Now, I have chosen my colors of felt and thread, cut out my circles and layered them on the background. I have embroidered a red star on each of the smallest circles (red circles of felt would have been too small). Below is a close-up of this stage.

Currently I am stitching around the flower and then around it's circle. To do that the circles can be pinned in place so things don't get mixed up but I tried putting a small dab of "YES" glue in the center of the back of each circle and am weighing them down with a book on top of them till they are dry. Then I can start stitching them to the background.

I am not the best person for giving directions. In the past I have given recipes to my daughter and left out key techniques assuming she knew them. It caused some gravy to have more and more cornstarch added as it wouldn't thicken. No, it wouldn't because it has to come to a boil and I forgot to tell her that!! Hopefully I do better with the musings on this project so no one gets confused.

I finished all the circles, trimmed the green felt and placed it on a background of yellow both to hide the stitching on all the circles and to give a final edge. Below, the finished project. I enjoyed this sample. Wait till I use larger circles and do beading on each one for my BPJ pages.

And here is my rug in use!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Penny Rugs

I have been asked what Penny Rugs are and gave a quick explanation on the blog where I was at the time.

To quote Country Living's Handmade Country book, "In ninteenth-century New England and Quebec, penny rugs were as popular as hooked rugs, but they are less well known today. Some say large copper pennies were used as templates for the earliest penny rugs, hence their name. Made by combining circle-and tongue-shaped fabrics, the rugs are commonly displayed on tables or walls because they are not durable enough to stand much foot traffic. Penny rugs are usually decorated with a blanket stitch, and sometimes the coins and tongues are embroidered or appliqued as well."

If I can't get permission to show a picture from their book I will make a small rug and post a picture of my own. I really love the folk-style crafts although I usually update them for our modern times.

Go Green!

For Earth Day this year someone mentioned an astronomical amount of fuel we would save if each home changed just one regular lightbulb to an energy saving one. It really impressed me that a change so small could do so much so I switched out my reading light (a 60 watt incandescent bulb) to a fluorescent 7 watt bulb. The new bulbs cost more but last longer; I think the trade-off is well worth it.

I am hoping to encourage everyone I know to do the one-bulb change. What an easy way to make a difference!

Friday, May 18, 2007


Hi! I am on my first flight with the blogging world. Joining a beading journal group got me into this. Please excuse me if I ruffle a few feathers. I would like some smooth soaring but computers are a challenge to me. Here goes.........whee!