The Witch who resides in the corner of the studio is very confused. I think she is a little miffed to be quite frank. Her rug hooker necklace gleams and sparkles while she watches the stuffing, red and green hand dyed wool and tiny beads fly around the studio. "Nothing orange and black my Dearie?" she cackles.
Who is Orange Sink?
- Cathy G.
- Rice Lake, WI, United States
- 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
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Thought you might enjoy seeing this photo of the big maple in our neighbors yard now that all the leaves are gone! It is still a beauty with or without its leaves.
It was another gorgeous day here in Northern WI! I think mother nature is trying to lull us into thinking winter won't come this year! Ha! Fat chance of that! LOL! This whole next week is supposed to be nice though!
Makes it hard to stay indoors and concentrate on my projects in the studio.
The last couple of weeks after finding out that my rug hooking class was not going to take place I had to shift gears and engage plan B. All along I had a feeling ( intuition if you will Julia! ) that this time of year is not a good time for most people to take a class. I will try again in Feb. to teach another class at the tech. school. A much better time of year for being indoors and when people are thinking of perhaps learning a new craft or hobby. So what is my plan B?
I need to have some sort of way to raise some moolah to start paying for that Townsend cutter I bought a while back. So I have decided to participate in a well established craft show that is held once a year here in the parochial school. The proceeds from show admittance and food goes to help the school and students. It has been a very well attended show with lots of crafters and vendors. It is held each year on the Sat. in Nov. when deer hunting season opens. Deer hunting season in WI is celebrated like a Holiday! LOL! When the menfolk head for the woods ( although lot's of women hunt too) women go in droves to the sales, shops and shows held through out the area.
So....... crafting it is for this rug hooker! Oh yes, I plan to exhibit a rug or two and I am working on one right now that I will offer for sale!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I know I've been absent from the blogging scene lately. You see things have been going a little nutty here in more ways than one! I have been having thyroid issues again. The good Doc is trying to get me straightened out and has set me up to go see an Endocrinologist. I guess I knew this would be my ultimate fate. The medication I'm on works for awhile and then my symptoms which are severe fatigue, severe aching in my legs, and general feelings of depression come back.
To make a long story short I have been feeling like crap. Some days it's a struggle to put one foot in front of the other. As of last weekend the medication adjustment must be helping a little as I actually felt like doing something today!
So guess what I did!
Well, Lauren over at Rugs and Pugs was kind enough to send me a box full of Black Walnuts. I've always been curious about them as it seems we don't have many Black Walnut trees growing around here. I've always wondered about making dye for wool out of them. So sweet Lauren gathered up some nuts to send and while she was at it tucked in one of her awesome 'Rug Hooker' silver spoon necklaces she makes! Now how's that for being sweet!? The necklace is sweet as can be and is a permanent part of my studio decor when I'm not wearing it! Thank-you Lauren!
So those nuts sat around here for a few days with me looking at them and wondering how the heck do I make dye from them?
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Smokey and me getting a close-up view of Wanda's Loon by Water!
Yesterday on one of the finest fall days you will ever encounter in Northern WI My Hubby, our two dogs, and myself journeyed two and a half hours by car ( not horses! LOL) to Redwing Minnesota. The Anderson Art Center was hosting a spectacular Hooked Rugs as Art Exhibit put on by Mary Ann Wise and Friends from Wisconsin. Twenty Two rug artists from North and South America participated making this one of the largest exhibitions of hooked rugs to be shown in the region.
Mary Ann Wise is a nationally known hooked and woven rug artist and has been published in Fiber Arts, Country Home, American Craft and others. In 2009 she introduced the art form to the fair trade groups in Guatemala.
So without further spiel........ the rugs! ( only a few of the many many on display)
Saturday, October 1, 2011
You could say we have a love affair going with trees here in Northern Wisconsin. Especially this time of year when the mighty maples turn the landscape into colors that dazzle and awe and call leaf peepers from everywhere to gaze upon the magic.
This gorgeous maple in the above photo and my blog header is in my neighbors yard. Dave and I hold this tree in special honor and cherish it for you see Dave planted it. Are you impressed? I'll tell you it's hard for even us to believe how magnificent this tree has become.
In 1998 we sold the little house we lived in when we got married and bought the one directly across the street where we live now. I can look out my kitchen window and see our old house and this maple tree in the front yard everyday.
Dave dug this tree when it was just a six foot sapling from his parents farmland about thirty miles from here. He transplanted it here in 1987 and we've been blessed to watch it grow daily to it's present height somewhere between forty or fifty feet tall!
We often marvel at how big and nicely formed it is. A gorgeous specimen of a sugar maple tree.
It continues to baffle us how it grew so big in the twenty four years since it was planted.
On Wednesday we took a drive to the south shore of Lake Superior on our annual trek to Bayfield WI. A scenic drive to be sure. The leaves were spectacular but none really rivaled the ones we see each day out our own kitchen window.