Surround yourself with the things you love and you will love being in your space. Start today! Winter is the perfect time for nesting. Ask yourself: how can I make some small corner of my home more me? What pleases me? Take some of the precious things out of their box and put them on display where you can enjoy them!
Here is Grandma’s old washboard framing a folk art piece that a friend gave me. Makes me smile everyday!
Thanks for stopping by ~ Karen
“If you want to be happier focus on what makes you happy.”
Karen Salmansohn notsalmon.com
One thing that I have learned about color, is that it is much like drinking tea.
I used to think that I didn’t like camomile tea or green tea as they were too strong and astringent for my tastes. And then I tried steeping them for only a few seconds or a few dunks. What a revelation! The happy ending is that now I love both of the aforementioned teas. A lot. I am so glad that I gave them a second try. As it turns out, just a light infusion is perfect for me.
This is my color story too. As I find some colors, namely orange and yellows, quite difficult for me to choose when I am hooking a rug. Continue reading
For the last several years several of my local fiber friends and I have been a part of the Handmade Holiday Sale here in Eugene, Oregon. For one weekend after Thanksgiving we rent a space in town and fill it with fiber arts that we have made — knitting and weaving, hand spun yarn, felting, bookbinding, hand sewn work, jewelry, paper crafts, and hand dyed fiber for knitting and spinning. Continue reading
I have just added a few product to my etsy shop that are on sale — rug hooking and punch needle embroidery. Continue reading
You got some sneak peeks of the Tipp City rug, and I wanted to share a few more photos of that rug. I began working on the central motif, working out the colors of the house and central background first. Continue reading
I am back home from a wonderful time in Ohio, teaching a rug hooking class with Alice Strebel. Let me share some photos with you. I know that you have been patiently waiting to see my Tipp City rug, since I only showed you a corner of it. It is in the slide show below. Continue reading
After I am finished hooking a rug, I steam press it from the back. But first I trim the threads from the looser woven wools. This is important to do, as you don’t want these threads catching on something, and pulling more of the wool out. I carefully lift each strand and trim them close to the hooking on the back. Continue reading
If you get a chance to go to the bookstore, I suggest you peruse these books. I have really enjoyed both of them. Here are a couple of my favorite pages from Fifi O’Neill’s book, Romantic Prairie Style:
I was blown away with this color combination. First there are the soft, dusty aqua walls with the antique red curtains, chandelier, and natural wood furnishings. But then she tosses this vintage sapphire blue cloth across the table. I would have never thought this color would enhance everything as it does! Amazing!
Let color inspire you today ~ Karen