Monday, April 30, 2012

A Hooker's Gift and Prairie Homeplace Blessings

Got you puzzling???  Well, it's Monday, and I'm not feeling very clever with titles yet.  (Or anything else for that matter.....)  But some special gifts have come my way lately, and I am ever so late in expressing my gratitude and appreciation, and I'm feeling guilty about that so, I need to do so - creatively or not.....

First off:  Ever heard of a hooker who gave her "goodes" away for free??? No?  Well, you've never met a hooker like my friend, Miss Margie of Hungry Hook Primitives.  She is amazingly talented with a hook and worms (no not THAT kind), as well as many other crafts.....But she's probably best known for her amazing hooking.  She recently celebrated her blogiversary in grand style by having several weeks of generous giveaways.  I was the lucky chickie who won what I think was the best gift of all.....A little chick mat or ruglet hand hooked by Margie herself:

 I LOVE me my little chicks!! And Margie's hooking is absolutely incredible....Being a (part time/sometime) hooker myself, I appreciate the amount of work that goes into each piece....But, yes, it means I can be a wee bit judgmental critical discerning too....And, let me tell you, Margie has a beautiful gift.....Her hooking is perfectly even and smooth as glass.  When I grow up, I wanna hook like Margie.....

Margie also sent me this sweet little hooked pillow keep (told you I love me my little chicks and birds!!):
(You should see the sweet little legs and feet Margie stitched on this....sorry, the photo doesn't show them well....)
And this sweet magnet that says "Life has no blessing like a good friend:"
(Yes that's a rabbit head you see; and no, I don't have all my Easter down.....Heck, I didn't even get all my Easter "up.....")

Margie also sent a beautiful card that I neglected to photograph. :o Thank you so very much, Margie ~ I can't tell you how much the gifts of your heart and hands warmed my heart....but the gift of your friendship is a gift that warms my heart and soul.  

Margie has a wonderful series of hooking tutorials on her blog (and I believe they are all G-rated.....) So if you've ever wanted to learn the "craft," pop over and pay a visit.  She also sells her yummy hand-dyed wools, rug-hooking kits, and some of her amazing finished goods on her blog also. You can also find her on Primitive Handmades Mercantile

So that was the "hooker's gift....." part of this post....  Now for the "Prairie Homeplace" blessings....

Besides being a part-time/sometime (ok, maybe-never-again-after-seeing-Margie's-hooking-and-feeling-woefully-inadequate) hooker, I have another secret.....It's Prairie Homeplace, a wonderful blog where the madly talented proprietress, Mary, offers up some of her amazing hand-dids.  I love, Love, LOVE what Mary does and how she does it..... 
I recently ordered this wonderful whisk broom doll from Mary:
Pretty dang irresistible, hey?

What's not to love? A black doll, old blue calicoes, whisk broom, socking??? Prim perfection....
Anyone who knows Mary even a wee bit knows that not only does she have a amazing talent, but she also has a heart of pure gold.  As a gift, sweet Mary also sent me this wonderful sock kitty (I have a strange addiction to little kitties made from old socks):

Isn't he adorable??

And this sweet little "Woolens" ditty bag:

Thank you so very kindly, Mary.  I adore my new treasures.... Your creative gifts - and the gifts and kindnesses of your heart - never cease to amaze me.

If you're not familiar with Mary or her Prairie Homeplace offerings, you're missing something special.  Besides her blog, Mary also offers her wonderful hand-dids on her PictureTrail and on Early Work Mercantile. 


Meadowbrook Cabin Primitives said...

Dear Lucky Ducky Crow..

Robin , you just gotta change your blogger name ! Cranky just doesn't cut it anymore after winning all these amazing sweet prim goodes..

right gals ???? !!!!

What lovely work from the hooker, Margie and Prairie Homeplace Mary !

I love the hooked chicks and the whisk broom dollie and sock kitty .

Blessings !


basketsnprims said...

Robin, I love your new goodies. Margie is a great hooker and has the best wools. You are right, Mary has a heart of pure gold. I am lucky enough to own a few of her creations and they are awesome. Happy May to you.

Anonymous said...

congratulations on the wonderful win! Beautiful prize, she is such a talent.The dolls are so sweet, everything just "works" together so well.
Your home is so beautifully decorated, I loveit!

Robyn ♥ said...

You and me both girl...I can never figure out a title for a post...or an ending for that matter!
I love reading your posts! The little ruglet is gorgeous! I have yet to aquire a hooked rug, someday!
Mary is a super sweetheart! I love her goodes! The wiskbroom doll and kittie are just wonderful! Such generous gals out there in blogland!!

BumbleBeeLane said...

Margie does do wonderful work.I am fortunate to have a few of her pieces.Love the little whisk doll from Mary and very sweet of her to send some extra goodies.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Christine said...

Oh wow! MORE wonderful goodes! You are so blessed! Love the kitty but don't let it get the chicks - they're too sweet!

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said... the little ruglet!! I really wish I could hook!! It's such a warm and cozy artform!! The little kitty and whisk broom doll are adorable!! I used to be a textile artist and I miss it so much! Everything is so special--you have great loving friends!!--Jan

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Love your new goodies. The time and effort you girls put into your Beautiful rug hooking creations, amazes me. Margie is so talented. thanks for sharing!

Primitive Stars said...

Hello, wow, what great prim goodies, you are blessed. I also love the little black kitty and the rug hook chikie,so sweet. Prim Blessings Francine.

marly said...

Thanks for the direction to the sites. Hooking fascinates me and her small even loops are amazing. Very nice items and enjoyable post.

bettyj said...

Nothing like some prim goodies to make us happy. You really received some wonderful things. You are deserving. Enjoy

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Oh my Ms. Cranky!!! I want to hook like Margie when I grow up toO!!! Love your goodies and Mary's dollie wow! I really must get me one! OLM

Lee Hill Primitives said...

WOW My friend, you are the most lucky gal in the blog land, LOL. Congratulations on your winning , everything looks wonderful.

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

My goodness you hit the Jackpot! What a great bunch of goodies :)

Mugwump Woolies said...

Great goodies...that chick rug is so cute! You are one lucky lady to have such generous and talented friends. Your peg rack looks so good...the little ditty bag is the perfect final touch!
Hope you have a good week,

Prims By The Water said...

Love, love all of your goodies Robin! Prim wonderful indeed. Take care, Janice

Rugs and Pugs said...

Robin ~
Once again you are the luckiest crow on earth and if I remember correctly I saw a few days ago that you won yet another give-away. Your home must be filled to the brim with your winnings!
Your broom doll is sweet but I adore the kitty.
Happy Monday, girlfriend.
Pug hugs :)

Cottonwood Lane Primitives said...

Pretty sweet things and what perfectly even hooking! Something I could never achieve but I've seen your hooking and it's pretty awesome too. Great new header photo! Have a good week! ~Roberta

~Sara said...

Such wonderful goodies you have received. The little sock kitty is so cute. Blessings ~Sara

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

I'm so glad you won Margies give's just beautiful.
I wish too that I could hook like, that doesn't sound good at all does it? LOL

You have been on a roll lately receiving treasures.


Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Hi, Robin~
Wonderful gifts~ you are a lucky gal, giggles, how many giveaways have you won~ answer: tons~ giggles~ still think you use your magic spell potion~
happy May Day~

frontporchprims said...

That's an awesome win. So beautiful. I do have an eye for the ditty bag though. So looks perfect in the display. -Steph-

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Margie is a sweetheart indeed! That rug of hers is lovely. I love that little whisk broom dolly and the kitty. Great're back on your streak again I see! LOL

Barb said...

Wow Robin,
More winnings! Love all your new goodies!! Mary is an amazing talented gal for sure!
Enjoy your day!

Ann said...

Very nice! I am loving that little chick pillow - how cute! ~Ann

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Hey Girlfriend!
Such wonderful treasures you won from Margie!!! Love those chicks!
Love the items you got from Mary too!!!
Prim Blessings
P.S. Love your new header pic!

Margie from Hungry Hook Primitives said...

I am humbled by your praise and am overwhelmed with my good fortune to have such a wonderful friend.

Love that woolens ditty bag...I may have to see if Mary has an extra to sell !!!

Many hugs to you,

Mary said...

I LOVE your chick ruglet and pillow. Margie is one talented "hooker". I'm heading over to her site now. I'm so glad you liked your sock doll and kitty. Thank you always for the kindness. Hugs...Mary

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Hi Robin or should I say "Lady Luck",
Your winnings are amazing. Wana go to Las Vegas with me? Maybe your luck is catchy. LOL!
The hooked ducky is adorable as are all the other loot. My Grandma Carrie was a hooker. I tried but just did not have the knack.
A heartfelt Thank you for your comment on my blog. Yes, our Sandy is the 'Sunshine' of our lives. It is not a surprise that so many know nothing about "Williams Syndrome". They are not alone as most doctors have never heard of it either. Sad but True.

Have a Great week with much Peace,
Barb & Sandy too