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My home town is Rice Lake, a small town in northern Wisconsin. I own Red House Wool Studio~ an in-home wool and rug hooking business. I enjoy collecting and decorating with antiques and primitives. Orange Sink Blog is a journal of my interests and ramblings about life. Cathy Greschner

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Latest Hooked Rug Design! *Blackbird Sunflower Medley*

Have you ever had an idea for a rug keep nagging at you until finally you just sit down and scribble the idea on paper.... or directly onto the linen? 
Well this little design came about in that way except I knew better than to just draw it up on linen.... as more likely than not there will be someone who wants to hook it up and that would mean redrawing it on paper anyway!  
So quickly the scribble was transferred to linen and I began hooking away! 
Oh you could say there was a little reverse hooking going on... LOL!  For you newbies at rug hooking that means pulling out your loops and hooking again... something that becomes second nature to most of us!
Well finally... the design took shape!

My sunflower's petals in the top left corner of the rug are hooked with the same background wools. It gives the hint of petals without being filled in with a color.... not adding as much "weight" to that corner as if  I had hooked in say a sunflower color! 
Something I discovered worked after fussing and fighting with too much going on in this small sized mat.
It measures 10 by 15 inches and I rounded the corners.
I left the sunflower petals in the lower left corner open too and by not filling them in with color I felt it gave more of a lacy appearance and lightness to the design! 
So there you have it!
A new little dittie you may choose to hook!
If so I have the PAPER PATTERN all ready to go and you can find it in my Etsy shop.
Look in the upper left corner of the blog and click on pattern!
Takes you right to Etsy and the listing!

Lots of things going on here late in July!
The girls will be coming to hook again on August 11th(second Tuesday)... our regularly scheduled hook-in for each month.
It sounds like we will have some new folks joining us this time!
Can't wait!

If you are in the Rice Lake area maybe vacationing and would like to join us... just give me a shout!
We'd love to have you!!

Thank you all so kindly for your continued support of me and my little rug hooking design business!
Hopefully I can get another one out of the old noggin' and onto linen soon!!

Cathy G.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Those Old Wash Tubs!

For some reason lately I've been hankering to get ahold of a set of those old wash tubs they used with the old wringer washers in days of olde.  I've seen them fixed up so cute on people's patios with flowers or perhaps filled with ice and used for a beverage holder when entertaining!
Well..  when Dave and I and the pups ventured to a local Flea Market in his home town of Praire Farm this weekend I almost couldn't believe my eyes! Yup... there they were!  With a little wheelin' and dealin' to settle on the $27.00 price they were mine!  
When we got them home Dave remarked that they must have used the same paint on the metal stand that our house is painted as it matches perfectly! 

I bought some free-range chickens (frozen) and a jug of maple syrup and with that we headed back home!

Feeling creative and happy, my rug hook and frame made an appearance yesterday afternoon as well.
Haven't been hooking much lately and the desire to do a little free-form hooking from a roughly drawn sketch on the linen resulted in a kind of artsy little design.  I've been wanting to play with a couple of new wools that arrived here in the studio too.

Another busy week ahead for me!  Tomorrow Smokey gets to go get groomed. Max will ride along and usually sits on my lap the whole time hoping he doesn't have to have a bath as well!
He had his appointment about 4 weeks ago so he has a little time to go before his appointment. But I don't think he knows that when we get there... tee hee...!

Hope your summer days have been filled with some nice things
and maybe a little hookin' or stitching too.  
Sunflowers and pumpkins are right around the corner!

Cathy G

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Went Shopping in my Basement!

I want to thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post!  I appreciate so much your interest in my kitchen remodel and the GREAT suggestions as to what would look good on the new white tongue -and- groove paneled wall.  I actually had some of the same ideas like putting one of those great big oversized clocks I've been seeing on decorating blogs. For sure all of your suggestions would've looked wonderful....
so what did I decide?  Well as some of you may remember my favorite place to shop sometimes is my own dungeon of a basement.  I have been purging down there the past couple of years but there's  a few pieces I've been hanging on to.... you know... in case I might need them some day...LOL!
So after digging about down there I came up with this old and HEAVY beveled glass mirror. It has a wonderful frame with a little tinge of that antique brass that goes nicely with the new hardware on the cupboards. After a little sweet talking to the  Mr. about my idea of hanging this very heavy mirror on that new wall... which required drilling a hole and putting in a plastic anchor,  he gave in to my plea's!

I like the way it reflects the scene from the windows on the opposite wall! It almost makes it feel like there's a window now on this wall!

I am still playing around with the accessories. I do like a cleaner, less cluttered look and want to keep this space clear for food prep.

So what do you think?  So far I'm loving it!   An added benefit to shopping in your own basement is the price! 
Yes... it doesn't get much better than free!!

It sounds like a lovely weekend coming up here in the north land! 
Hope yours is lovely as well!

Cathy G

Monday, June 15, 2015

More Kitchen Remodel... Before & After!

Do you remember the before?  The other half of our galley style kitchen with the old lower cabinets that we decided to keep and refurbish a bit. 

Here's the after!  Here's what we did..
Painted the cupboard a deep greenish brown,
Dave built a new countertop from plywood and together we put new ceramic tile on the surface. ( yes we're still married LOL!)
Added new hardware pulls and handles to the drawers and doors.
We kept the old soffit and had new recessed lighting installed. 
Then... the part that really made a huge impact ( and was my idea... we have been going back and forth through out this remodel on whose idea everthing was...  I know...we need to get a life..LOL!), the wall behind the cupboard Dave covered in 5" tongue and groove pine boards and painted them white. 
Then we had our electrician install a couple of new outlets and a switch to turn the recessed lighting on and it's almost done.
There's still some fussy trim work on the corner edge. 
Now.. I've been thinking about how to decorate that nice white wall.... an empty slate for now.
It's always good to live with it that way for awhile.
I have enough "stuff" around here that I could hang there and have thought about a shelf, but for some reason I am thinking something new and different. It hasn't come to me yet.

Any suggestions.... ideas... out there?? 

Then we moved ( with the help of some friends) the big old solid oak cupboard that was in the studio filled with wool into the kitchen! Man that thing is heavy! 
Now the microwave sits in that little cubby instead of taking up valuable counter space. In a small galley kitchen, counter space is always an issue.
But that microwave kind of bugs me now.  It looks so white and big!! Maybe I should look around for a smaller one in black and stainless.  Eventually I want to replace our fridge with a stainless steel one too. 
At least everything works! I am happy that I can cook and most importantly dye wool!!
All in time is my constant mantra!
I'm still pinching myself that I have a wonderful new kitchen!

Summer is going fast isn't it?!!  
The rains have made the weeds grow... well like weeds!!  LOL!! And you know what?  I'm just letting them grow this year!! 
Maybe a little weed soup is in order! 

Cathy G

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

"Summertime and the Hookin' is Easy" at Red House Wool Studio!

Thought I'd share a photo essay of the activities the last couple of months here in the studio when we all get together for hooking on the second Tuesday of each month! 

Shirley hooked my Home Sweet Home Pattern!! OH my!! What sweet hooking and what a great rug!!

Cindy hooking on my Mr. Chill pattern!  Another sweet rug in the making!

Pattern is by Lana Omlor

Lisa is always turning out some beautiful rugs!  The photo above this one is one of hers also! I LOVE this rug!!

I really love this photo so had to share it again!  Max is a constant companion at our gatherings! He just loves the ladies and they love him!!  

Betsy is new to our group this summer!! She is one of those snowbirds who fly south to Florida in the winter!  She is hooking on this patriotic rug she designed!  Welcome to our group Betsy!  

Sharon is starting on this huge patriotic rug also.... it has a horse in it!  It will be fun to see as she gets along further which shouldn't be very long as she's hooking in a 9 cut!!  

Debbie and Shirley hooking away!!

Cindy is hooking on this curly sheep pattern! Design by Melissa Elliott.  She plans to hang it in her beauty salon that she owns and operates. Can't wait to see this finished! I hope she'll share a photo of it hanging in her salon! Such a cute rug..it looks so fun to hook! 

Debbie will have her Merry Christmas rug hooked by Christmas this year... right Debbie? LOL! She is coming along so well! I LOVE it!! 
As for your's truly... I have so much work to do in the coming weeks! Especially wool to dye!  It's been flying out of here as fast as I put it on the shelves!  And that's a good problem to have!!
Also look for my new wool applique' paper pattern soon to be listed in my Etsy shop!  
( and I haven't forgotten the photos of the kitchen!) Next post... I promise!!

Talk to you soon!!
Cathy G