Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"All In A Day's Work"

Time goes by so swiftly when one is busy and as you can see, I have been busy...This latest creation of mine gave me some problems but I think I mastered them....to a certain extent...now if only I could just stop long enough to learn how to use that camera......!!!!!!!

This mat brings back so many memories of days gone by when my Dad, siblings, just about everyone in the small community that I live in, would arise before Daylight and go approximately ten MILES in to the country to cut fire wood...As we live so near to the Ocean, no wood grows close by so an extensive travel and plenty of hard work was involved...It was a full day's work with a "Boil Up"( as we are so famous for in Newfoundland), at noon and time for a little rest before getting back to the chore of wood cutting... By the way, there is nothing more tasty than tea boiled in a kettle on an open fire and molasses bread...yummy!!! When the wood was cut, then the long walk home...I can remember seeing about ten to twelve horses arriving home with their master and a full load of fire wood...Next day, if weather permitted, they were off to the same chore again...remember there were no ATV's or Skidoos as there are today. People had to be really exhausted at the end of a day such as this, don't you think???

17 comments:

  1. Anne, I love how your rugs tell a story. They are collectibles for your community!

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  2. Your rugs are such a beautiful expression of history and memories. I look forward to each one you share with us!
    Courtney

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  3. Thank you, both, for your comments...I love reliving my past...makes me appreciate what I have today...quite unlike my forefathers. how lucky we are!!!

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  4. Another wonderful piece Anne. Your rugs are always so detailed and expressive. I always feel like I am right there. How do you do that??

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  5. You inspire me to do more rugs that speak to history in either my life or loved ones. Thanks for sharing. I love the new rug and the story to go with it.

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  6. Love the rug. About tee shirt material, still getting the hang of it. How do you cut up your material? With scissors, rotary tool or wool cutter? Also, how wide?

    Glad to hear you saw some robins...there is hope for us yet!

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  7. Thanks, Ladies..Kim, I don't know...it just happens...:)

    Julie, I cut ALL of my material using scissors. I cut t-shirt about 1/4" wide for most of the work but other times it could be smaller (for trim) or a bit bigger...Isn't that awful...using that material so long and can't explain any better than that...You'll have to come to visit some time...:)

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  8. ANNE, another wonderful masterpiece. They just keep getting better, and I agree with Kim... they always make you feel like you are right there.
    Melaine

    P.S. Can I convince you to go to rug camp with me???????

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  9. Oh Anne, I love your rugs and the stories they tell.Every rug is such a treat! your rugs are truly an inspiration, Cheri

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  10. Melaine, I wish...that is "hay making" time for us...UGHHH!!!!

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  11. Your creativity amazes m ite! Beautiful again! and loved the story that goes with

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  12. Such wonderful memories...and your mats keep the history alive! Love it!

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  13. Great memories and your rug looks great!
    my mother in law would love that!

    Thanks
    Leontien

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  14. Hi Anne,
    Love your mat! You are so talented ...
    I hope lambing is going well for you. A few set backs for me this year ... but, all and all it has been good. I have 18 on the ground now ... and a few more left to lamb.
    But, of course you know Fanny Mae is my golden girl. I have alway want to breed the B.L and the Cheviot.
    Good luck with lambing.
    Teri♥♥♥

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  15. Love your mats. They tell the stories of NL. Thanks for posting on my blog.I just started it.I am going to be taking a paisley workshop with Anita White soon and just sent my NL rug school registration in. Do you go to the camp? I may have met you before. I spend July and August in NL during the summer.I have been in Iowa for 17 years now..The lambs are beautiful. A friend recently told me there was a NL breed . Do you know what it is? Nice to meet you.

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