FINISHED!…

I just spent 3 hours cleaning up, liming and fertilizing gardens. My back feels broken, my nails are full of dirt, my shoulder is aching but ohhhhhh it feels so good to look out there and see clean and tidy and pruned gardens again (oh and that was only one garden haha). The weather today is fabulous – sunny, cooler!!!, not humid! Yesterday I gardened in the pouring rain and thunder – desperate to finish – until my pants fell down! They were sooooo soaked with rain that they just got too heavy and I guess they were a bit big in the waist and all of a sudden they were sliding! Hmmmmm, what to do – keep gardening with pants on the ground – NOT a sight for sore eyes! So I grabbed my pants and gave up for the day. Today I wore tighter pants but no rain so all was decent in the garden!

However, the finished also applies to a miniature punch needle piece I finished this morning. This was a piece a friend brought to me last year to design. It was based on a photo of her friends Sheltie. A few weeks ago she brought it back and asked if I could finish punching it – she had done the eyes and nose and some background and started on the ears and was doing a great job but was a bit daunted by the rest. So I took on the challenge! Now for those who know me – I love hooking and punching primitive! I rarely do anything realistic (although I did do my cat Fleatwo and my Dad in hooking). I have never attempted a realistic miniature punch needle. I learned a lot during the process – punching from the backside while looking at a reversed photograph is not easy so I did what Eric Sandberg suggested many years ago in Rughooking magazine – I broke it down into sections. Made myself a little “viewer” which I could place over the area of the photograph that I was punching and focused on punching what I saw rather than getting confused by the full picture. This morning I punched the last loop and I am pretty happy with the finished piece. It still needs to be pressed and tidied up and framed but it is FINISHED!

So if you have never tried miniature punch needle – give it a shot! I carry the best ultra punch needle, the best Morgan hoops and kits and threads. My kits are still 10% off.

and a few others have also finished pieces:

Lucie finished her rabbits from Encompassing Design…

Peggy finished her purse kit…
and Yule sheep punched by yikes I cannot remember… but a great job mounting it on the rusty doorknob… 

FINISHED!…