Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Next Step

After alot of work, time, teeth gnashing, etc I have finally jumped into the deep end of the technology pool!  Yes, it's true, I've got my own website!  I have imported this blog to that site, but I will continue to post here for the foreseeable future. 

Please drop in on  my site, look around, constructive criticism is welcome!  Leave comments, share my site, have fun!  And thanks in advance!

www.ravensgateprimitives.com

Naomi

Friday, August 3, 2018

A LIttle Catch-Up






Yesterday I saw down and watched the documentary,  Mister Rogers and Me.  It was, in a word, wonderful.  I honestly don't remember watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood as a child, probably because we lived in Germany (Rhein Main AFB), and didn't get much American television.  This was 1970-1975, so no internet folks!  But watching this film really showed that Fred Rogers was exactly who we all thought he was.  Kind, gentle, in the moment, and if he was interacting with you, or an audience, you were the most important person to him.  There's so many lessons we need to still learn from him, or if you watched Mister Roger's Neighborhood, remember them.  I think some Fred Rogers reading needs to happen this weekend.

I spent last week in Arkansas with my parents, and it was a wonderful vacation.  Catching up with all the goings-on, swimming, and visiting.  It was too long between visits, but that won't happen again.  

Once I got back, I dove straight into creating.  I've found that I need a project with me at all times to stay sane! lol  

But first, I took a kind of inventory.....here's the results.




I may need to start paring down a bit.    Today it's computer work, then back upstairs to work on my tallest goosefeather tree yet.  I did a quick vid of creating a branch, and will do a separate post on goosefeather trees and their history. 




  Lastly, needlepunch.








Thursday, July 5, 2018

So, it's been a month.....

Looking for his girlfriend Ruby.  Ruby is a Vizsla that is out for walk/runs every morning.


....since leaving my office job, and life is wonderful!  Yes, the paycheck is much smaller, but so are my expenses, and my stress level is at an all time low.  I knew it would be different, but I am so enjoying being home!  I've been selling wool online, designing and hooking new rugs, doing a bit of punchneedle, and taking daily walks with this handsome boy.


Pretty little flowers alongside the trail. 
 
A little throwback Thursday....here's Jackson the day we brought him home.

Coming home at four months

This morning hanging on the couch after our walk.  He's about eight months old.
We were told by the rescue he is a Lab/Jack Russell.  The vet informed us that he is a Great Dane and probably lab!  But no matter, we love him even when he's eating like a horse and trying to chew everything in sight!  Training will begin in August!

I have a couple of new designs, one completely finished and ready to be fixed to a vintage picnic basket.
A close up of the flower


A top view

Front view


A little pumpkin.  She's a little wonky, but another steam should fix that right up
A needle punch piece mounted on a vintage lunch box

A close up

And currently on my frame.  I hooked all day yesterday and it was just so much fun!  I'm going to work on the background today after a trip to the post office to mail out some wool.

My version of  a yin yang

The sun.  The rays are hooked using sari silk

A little luna moth.  I'm definitely doing more butterflies, moths, and dragonflies. The color planning on this one was fun!
Have a great day!!


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Quiet Corner Hook-In


This past Saturday, I was a vendor at the Quiet Corner Hook-In in Woodstock, Connecticut.  This is their third or fourth year, and I've vended since year one.  This group of ladies are some of the most welcoming and helpful people I've met.  The hook-in is held at the Woodstock Fairgrounds, and it's surrounded by beautiful countryside, farms, and little shops and restaurants.  The other vendors are make it alot of fun, and there's time to catch up with friends as well.  I'll just start with the pictures because words can't really convey how much talent and fun there was inside this building!

Vendor pics first...
Mill River Rugs - Margaret Arraj   
Diana Nylen - Punch Needle Artist

More of Diana Nylen's beautiful punch needle artistry

Nancy D.Jewett - Fluff & Peachy Bean Designs

More Fluff & Peachy Bean Designs

And more Fluff & Peachy Bean Designs
Benita W. Raleigh  Fancy Work Rug Barn
More of Fancy Work Rug Barn


The Paisley Studio ( I see you Barb)!

More of The Paisley Studio - Sarah was wandering around somewhere!
Yankee Peddler Rugs


Tonya Azzaro - Yankee Peddler Rugs

Woolen Memories

The Glass Action Studio

More of The Glass Action Studio



And lastly, me!  Raven's Gate Primitives - Naomi Allen
Next, pictures of the rugs on display.  The talent in this building was amazing!



















This rug was brought in by a young woman and it brought quite a lot of attention!  Her mom is a rug hooker as well as an art teacher, so the talent was definitely inherited!

Her plan is to draw up a companion piece from the same french tapestry showing a lion and another unicorn, I think.  I really hope she brings it in to the next hook in!

Samplermaker