Saturday, October 16, 2021

Things Forgotten and Found (and Other Stuff)

I had thought of titling this post "The Things You Find," but since Lauren just did a post by that title, I thought the plagiarism would be a bit too obvious. So you get this instead.

First, some of the "other stuff":
I thought I had posted these in previous posts, but I am not finding any mention of them...not even in the post dedicated to vintage Halloween.  Strange...but, in any event, this is my (very small) collection of vintage black Steiff cats.  (There are more than 3 so, yes, I can properly call it a "collection.")  I haven't met many vintage Steiff animals I don't covet, but the black
I wish I had a whole herd of them

Many think they all look alike, but not to me.
And, yes, I have them named.  
Some other "other stuff":
I finished hooking "Jack's Crow" (design by Terri Leamer of Winter Cottage Studio).

I mentioned in my last post that Lauren (Rugs and Pugs) thinks hooked loops should look like little soldiers standing side by each...and her army is one of the finest in the hooking world.
Mine, not so much.... Not only are they all different heights (like REAL soldiers Lauren!), mine, sadly, look like they went on a bender the night before.
But, it is what it is.  
Now to whether to finish it with the simple fold forward method Terri used in the original design, a whipped edge, or a wool binding.

As for the "things forgotten and found," please don't judge me...
There are several boxes still unpacked from WWR ("When We Remodeled"). The other day I was looking for something and opened one marked "law books."  Inside there were, indeed, law books...but also a mittful of things I had stitched and/or punched, and other pictures.  (In my defense, I did NOT pack, nor label, that box.)
The scary part? I had not "missed" these things (that I recall) - I apparently just "forgot" about them.

The contents were representative of all the seasons/holidays...and then some, but I will share with you only a couple of the Halloween pieces.  I truly apologize to the designers of the patterns, but I do not recall them and so am not crediting them here. However, if anyone is interested in knowing the particulars, let me know and I will open another box.  I'm sure the patterns are in there somewhere.

The two pieces above are punched (and thinking of it now, am pretty sure they are by Brenda Gervais of "With Thy Needle and Thread").  The piece below is stitched:

Finally, as promised, here a peek at what's keeping me company nights:
{I love this of my favorites.  I've read it before but picked it up again as I was trying to recall a passage that kept creeping around the edges of my memories (yet another "thing forgotten").  Once I opened it, I decided to re-read it. Yup, I like it that much.}

This time around you are getting a two-fer since the above book is one I've already read and I may (or may not) have mentioned in a post somewhere along the way already, and because this book below is just a short "novella."

{This one I did not "love."  It held my interest (after all, it was only a novella and I still have some type of attention span), but....I found it a bit predictable and distractingly sophomoric. However, I do adore the artwork gracing the cover.  It is by Tina Lewonski of 
The Burlap Owl.}

I will try to sneak a couple more posts in yet this month...Until then, be well and good.


Julia said...

Now there you go, you are decorating for Halloween in spite of yourself. How fun that you found all these cute Halloween decorations in your law books. Maybe it's time to dig deeper. Who knows the sweet things
you'll find.

I think the first book is very timely, seeing that we are in a pandemic. I have read reviews of the book, and I can see how captivating it sounds.


Saundra said...

For sure those Steiff Cats look different so they would each have their own name. Bet you are glad you found them since you do love your kittykats.

As for soldiers of differing heights, I totally agree with you and bet Lauren is having an anal attack with the horse rug, lol.

So good to see a post from you and think you should go on more searches in the house.

acorn hollow said...

I am so glad you opened the box and found them. Trust me I have pulled things from the attic and felt the same way. Why didn't I miss these?
I have not read that author and right now I am not reading much at all. I am in a rut and have so many other things I want or need to do. Like getting the gardens ready for winter and then I am getting to go to rug camp for 3 days.

Olde Dame Holly said...

TELL THE NAMES of the cats! I love them! I don't even know what they are exactly but I just love them on sight! I also just love your rugs and the punched work and the cross-stitch (?)! What fun designs. As to your soldiers, not a one is AWOL and surely that is something? These are guerilla soldiers, the best there are! What will you do with all the law books? Keep them, I hope!

Prims By The Water said...

I never knew their were Steiff you have my mind thinking I need one of these or two. LOL Lauren does have the best hooking skills. I envy her. Picked up my hook today and thought geez some of my loops dont look like Lauren's either. What a fun surprise to find the box of goodies! Love all of your stitchery too. Janice

Shrimpton and Perfect said...

Those Steiff cats are simply adorable. i shall be keeping a beady eye out for one or two on my travels, see what you've started. Lovely as always to read your posts. i really must make an effort and post myself, as i have been busy doing some interesting things. bad me. Jean x

NMK said...

Your Steiff Kitty's are so cute ! Love your "found" treasures too ! Funny how you stumble upon things .... Love your hooking & different heights of loops !!! Always enjoy your posts too !

yaya said...

I'm not a hooker but I think yours are fabulous! So are those kitties! I do love black cats and even thought of adopting a real one even though I swore I'd never own another cat! You found a real treasure in that law book box! So fun! Don't feel bad about not missing your unpacked boxes. After we moved in here somebody said we could now go and get the storage locker stuff. I totally forgot we had a whole storage locker of stuff that I bet I wouldn't have missed if we never unpacked it! A sign of too much "stuff"? Nah!

Ms Peppercorn said...

Like the other readers I love your Steiff cats! I marvel at what you have collected and how you display them. Since I am a relatively new follower I have gone back in the archives to see your past posts so I can see more of your life in Nod. P.S. check email

Rugs and Pugs said...

Just a little behind on my blog commenting...
I have never seen a black Steiff cat. Color me jealous!!! And yes indeed, anything more than 3 is a collection.
Jack's Crow came out great. Way to go, ET. And your other finishes are wonderful!!! And you finish your finishes. You are way ahead of me.
Looking forward to a couple more posts this month!

Hootin' Anni said...

I most definitely love cats...that means I LOVE your collection. Impressive, and I can see why you covet them!!!

JustGail said...

What a great find in those boxes! I had no idea about the Steiff cats either - they are Adorable! One (or two?) of those would be great companions to my Isabel Bloom black cat who has a very similar pose.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Steiff Cats!!!!!!! ***SWOOOOOON**

Beside a babbling brook... said...

The cats!!!!!!