Ok, you know what, I’m just going to embarrass myself into getting this dining room cleaned up today. It’s become so bad it’s making me even battier than I already am.
Here we go …
And really, if you want to embarrass me even more, just go ahead and click on that picture to make it bigger. Go ahead … I know you want to make fun of my sloppiness.
Yes, this is the corner of my dining room. You see, I work out of my dining room. Most of my stitching is done at the dining room table because it’s just so convenient to everything. The computer is on the far left corner of the room, and this desk is on the far right corner of the room. The tv in the living room can be seen from the table where I sit with just a glance up … it’ still quite a distance away but I can see it if I really need to. If my grandson is over for an afternoon visit, I can still play and be entertained by him and stitch too .. or get some quick stitches in while he’s eating a snack beside me. It’s just the ideal spot in which to work.
It gets messy in here though. And when dinner time comes, everything has to be cleared off the table and moved to another spot. Then it gets really messy.
This old desk in the picture tends to catch all the wool scraps that are left over from the project that I’ve finished up. Ideally, the scraps go there and get put away in the wool room right after I’ve finished. But lately, it’s just been so hectic , I’ve let it accumulate into this pile of mess. The rest of the dining room isn’t looking much better and I’d happily embarrass myself ever further by showing more pictures, but the camera is PMS’ing today and the pictures aren’t clear.
Today, is the day that I’m cleaning this room out. I’m tired of this mess surrounding me. It’s making me unhappy and unhappiness is not something that I enjoy being around.
When taking the picture of the old desk, I realized that I liked the little corner wall display that I have hanging beside it ….
I don’t have a lot of flat surface areas to display my penny rugs. I’ve a few scattered about in the living room and entryway areas but generally, I have them hanging on the wall. Penny rugs don’t have to lay, they can hang!
That one with the hearts was from an “Art to Heart” pillow pattern that I have. I converted it into this penny rug by adding tongues and then stitched a rod pocket onto the back so that I could hang it. Since I always sign and date everything that I make, even when I keep it for myself, it shows that I made this back in 2004.
The other little white on white basket of flowers mat beside it is made from wool strips. That was back in 2006 when I started rughooking and had lots of wool strips to play with. It’s not a pattern from anywhere. I’d have to claim it as my own design, but what the heck, it’s not really a design, it’s just strips of wool woven into a basket shape and attached to a backing.
I love this little mat and I’ll keep it forever. It reminds me that even though rug hooking is fun to do, stitching is what my hands prefer to do. Even when I was hooking, I was thinking of fun things to stitch with the wool strips.
Ok, you get the idea now, don’t you? Don’t have room to lay those cute little candle mats and penny rugs that you’ve made? Hang ‘em!
The lovely and delightfully vivacious Brenda from Pumpkin Patch Primitives has just informed me that she is kitting up the “Scarecrow Jack in the Pumpkin Patch” pattern now. She should have these ready to sell soon.
In the meantime, go over to her site for a visit … she has lots of drool-worthy patterns and kits to pick from that will help you get through this long dreary and cold winter. She’s just a terrific person too … so give her your business!
Happy happy day everyone and happy cleaning too!