polka dot bird

polka dot bird

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I'm going in....


Morning, friends and fellow hookers. I have had this rug on my list to hook for a long time. I mustered a bit of nerve and yesterday pulled some loops.

This is Karen Kahle's "Flowerbox"...the large one.


It's a big one!


Very big! 52x40 big!

I plan on doing a little bit every day. Wish me luck! I'll post my progress.

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If you have been here before, you know I come from a long line of "never throw anything outers".

This is Annie in one of her favorite tees. I bought this shirt on a trip to Boston...in 1993. It was more like a nightgown on her when I brought it home, but became a favorite right then and there. She grew into it...it's still a big favorite.

Gotta go pull some loops!

Enjoy the day,
Robyn








Saturday, April 8, 2017

Shooner...my favorite



Good morning, friends! Hope all is well with you. Yesterday, I tackled a job I have been avoiding...tidying up the bookcases in our living room. We have a lot of books even though I have been pulling and donating with vigor. 


Most of you know that I am an avid collector of Shooner Redware. I love the rich colors and many forms this talented husband and wife team create with simple clay. 

My collection is spread throughout our home...with most of it on the bookcase. I decided the pieces  needed to be gathered together, rather than be sprinkled here and there on the shelves. It also gave me the incentive I needed to dust!


I like the result...although I am still tweaking books. Brought all together in the center of the bookcase, I think it looks more like a true collection. There are still pieces scattered around, but the bulk of it is here.


Here are a few pieces on my piecrust table. 


I know that if you remember the years I featured my changing "Kitchen Window", you have seen many of these pieces before. I'm liking this new look. My sweet husband kindly suggested that this collection is complete...silly boy! Are collections ever complete? Have to admit he has a point. 

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I have not been doing a lot of hooking lately, but I am reading a wonderful book...The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman. It is the true story of a couple who ran the Warsaw Zoo before WWII.  I'm late to the party with this one...it was published in 2007. They have made a movie out of it so I immediately bought the book to read before seeing the movie. 

It is a wonderful read...full of history. I have learned a great deal, always a plus for this old educator. It is a story of hope and kindness and survival.

It is also full of sadness...full of man's inhumanity to man...full of greed and corruption...pain and suffering. 

I've been shaking my head and remembering the words of George Santayana, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Pray for peace...it's a big mess out there.

Enjoy the day,
Robyn







Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bunnies and Eggs


A few bunnies and eggs are popping up at our house. Last night, after the sun went down, we were entertained by a real mother rabbit as she dined in our front yard. These German bunnies are happy inside. 

(The pillow in the background was made by Pam Gill.)




These wonderful eggs are from Treasured Primitives on Etsy. I bought a total of four sets before I made myself stop! These are red and brown and pink eggs, and they are so perfect for my Colonial living room.


They are covered in reproduction Civil War fabric and then aged. My antique white leather bunny sits amid the lovely blues.

Hope this finds you all well...enjoying a slight case of Spring Fever! 

Enjoy the day,
Robyn



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

...seeing spots

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I'm seeing spots today...and painting them, too. 


This is an old Pennsylvania German style of folk art painting. It might not appeal to everyone, but I really, really like it. It's so folky!


Although I have seen these spots on furniture, as well as walls, it was this book by Nancy Braithwaite that really pushed me to paint. This talented designer used spots on the walls of her Atlanta home.


Her spots are larger than mine as she was painting a wall, while I painted a smaller mantle. It was a fun project...it did not take long...and the size and spacing is random. You really can't mess it up, so it was just plain fun. 


Of course Mr. MW has yet to see it...and Annie started singing Cruella DeVille when she saw it. But me? I like it...but then, I adore polka dots!

 Still have to figure out what to put in the interior space. It's very much a work in progress, but I thought I'd share as I go. Sometimes you just need to change things up!

Anyone else seeing spots today?

Enjoy the day,
Robyn




Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy President's Day!



It's been a long while since I've posted...or visited. Life...it does keep us busy. Hope this President's Day finds you all well and stitching, hooking or punching something fun. I have been working on a few things...already thinking Autumn here at the House of Mugwump.

We made a trip to Tallahassee last month and found a state park that we had not visited before on our many trips to our capitol city. Maclay Gardens was the"springtime" home of the Maclay family. Mr. Maclay was a fan of camellias and developed many new types of these gorgeous flowers.


They were a bit beyond their prime...but so beautiful...


and so large! All types and colors...it was a feast for the eyes...in the middle of January.


The house is a perfect house. Painted salmon with green shutters and door, as stipulated by the owner when donated to the state. It's lovely.


The surrounding grounds are lovely, as well. We are always pleased when we find an accessible park. Many places have conformed to this law, but in state and national parks it's tricky. Some of the park is accessible...by law...but not all of it. Annie loves when we are all outside together. We have a flower press and collected a few camellias off the ground to press...unfortunately, they didn't make it home. Next time we will pack our press for the trip!


Love this bronze peacock!


That's a beautiful lake in the background.


We always enjoy getting out in nature and the weather was gorgeous. That's a live oak with the famous Southern adornment "Spanish Moss". You see this moss all over Florida and much of the South. It is sometimes referred to as the "beard of the conquistadors"... the early explorers of the state. It is very invasive when it grows in a tree and is not really good for the tree, but it is something many people find charming.

Hope you all are enjoying some nice weather. Our front yard was covered with robins a few days ago. Actually, our entire street was covered with robins. Annie and I had so much fun watching them dart about and even enjoy a shower under our neighbor's sprinkler. Love robins!

Hope to be back in the loop soon. 

Enjoy the day,
Robyn



Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve


"It is not the joy that makes us grateful; it is the gratitude that makes us joyful."

David Steindl-Rast
Benedictine Monk


Wishing you all joy, health and peace! Merry Christmas, my friends!

Enjoy the day,
Robyn


Friday, December 16, 2016

More bits of Christmas


Here are a few more bits of Christmas. Just some random shots of Christmas at our house. 


Toleware and Santa on the sideboard in the dining room.


An early painted document box and antique mittens.


I have always loved the look of old black...whether it be toleware or early paint. I love a punch of black.


These early homespun hearts are from Pennsylvania....very worn and wonderful.


Three wedding band hogscrapers.



One of my angels nestled in a painted doll cradle with an early sampler in the background.




The tiger maple shelf in the kitchen. This is where we keep our nature treasures...acorns, dried flowers, berries...that we gather on our walks. There's that pesky elf again!


Queen Anne's Lace.


This painted red bird is an antique tin quilt pattern with punched wing.


Schneeman candy cane.


A new addition to my red doll dress collection.


I was able to find a circa 1840 painted black frame that fit one of my early samplers. It hangs above an early wall box, also painted black.


Baskets above my kitchen sink with a Schneeman ornament here and there.
  
Some old favorites and a few new acquisitions helping to bring Christmas to our home.



I wanted to share this early Christmas present I bought for our family.


It's a comforter from Pottery Barn. Isn't it wonderful? We use it on our cozy couch...two chaise lounges....one with a left armrest and one with a right armrest...that are pushed together.


It's where we watch T.V. and now where we snuggle under this great cozy comforter. It's part of their Christmas collection but I think it will be staying out long after the holidays!


Wishing you all the best in this season of peace.

Enjoy the day,
Robyn