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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Punching Donkeys ~

I am punching donkeys…
and sheep, cats, peacocks…
...not literally, physically punching them ~
I would never hurt them or inflict any pain intentionally on any of my friends…

I am figuratively punching them.
with thread!

right now, this handsome fellow graces my frame:

h e l l o

 he will be finished today, 
...then I will start punching more.

frame cover was made by my sister Sharon from a design by Ronda Tedder ~

 I love to punch
(hook, stitch, repeat…)
I am all over the place ~ but loving it!

holly leaves & mistletoe

 my "nest" is where you'll find me today ~
listening to classical music on the public radio station, 
and the tympani accompaniment from the rain on our tin-roof…


With my chair being situated near a south-facing window,
I get great light even on a dull day ~
{{my Ott lamp lends a hand too.}}

punch punch punch

here's how I store my floss for punching:
it's actually a storage box for photographs ~
found in the scrapbooking aisle of Michaels Craft store
(and of course purchased with my 50%-off coupon!)

it comes with all of the little boxes inside, 
~ which are thee perfect size to hold my DMC skeins ~

i used a black sharpie to write the floss colors by hue on the separate boxes ~
blues, greens, yellows, etc….oh yeah, and "stuff" too ;)
I try to be neat
{really I do}
when in the throes of a punching-frenzy ~
there is simply 
no such thing as tidiness….

a jumble of greens

... the lid closes tightly and has a handle so it travels well too.

ready to go?

nope, we're not traveling today ~
work work work.

the From our Hands and Hearts show will be here before we know it ~ 
I want to make sure I have lots of good & needful things to offer my friends who will visit the show.

looks like my wool-worms are beginning to crawl out of their basket ~

Hoping you all have a wonderful day filled with peace and creativity ~

* Blessed be *


  1. Love your new needle punch design...and your organization for floss. Such an inspiration!! I haven't hooked in a couple of months and am missing it! I am so hoping to go to the show in Ohio...such great folk artists!!

  2. You know how much I love your donkeys Lori....LOL....see you in Ohio my friend!

  3. NAN!!!!! you know how much my donkeys love YOU!

  4. MAYBE the sun will shine later this week!! At least this is good weather for stitchin' but my gardens look so sad! Are Daisy and Pinocchio keeping dry? Your punch donkey is so sweet!

  5. Absolutely love the donkey punch! I love your donkeys. Exciting, hate to rush autumn but can't wait for the show here in Ohio.

    We have a rainy day today too. Enjoy your comfty chair.

  6. Love it. One of these days I am just going to try to needle punch.

  7. Aww the new design is adorable. I am looking forward to reading more about your punch needlework. ((hugs))

  8. Sounds like a good day ~ I'm going to curl up in the comfy chair and stitch!
    Prim Blessings

  9. Love your donkey, can't wait to see the finish .. raining here today too ... have a great day! Love your frame cover too!!sweet...

  10. I'm loving your donkey!
    I sure do need to get me one of those thread boxes!!
    I can feel the peaceful quiet in your room..

  11. Yes yes! Love that donkey!!!! I'm REALLY happy to see your storage idea of punch threads.... Im managing to amass many Valdanis and 6 strands for my new found punch needle love.... I may skip on over to Michaels and check out this carrier container~~ it looks like just what I need!!! Have fun at the show..... Wishing I could go~

  12. I am impressed to see how you organize your threads. I am ashamed to say mine are all over the place and of course in a heap!(the box they were in loose fell over)I want to get the box you have and make it my resolution to clean up the mess. Is it from Michael's?

  13. I too love you donkey design. I have just purchased a punch needle (never done it before) solooking forward to practicing with it and get experienced enough to your patterns ;oD

  14. I love the donkey and hope you offer the pattern. Can't wait to see it finished. Nice idea for keeping the floss organized too.

  15. Yes yes! Love that donkey!!!! I'm REALLY happy to see your storage idea of punch threads.... Im managing to amass many Valdanis and 6 strands for my new found punch needle love.... I may skip on over to Michaels and check out this carrier container~~ it looks like just what I need!!! Have fun at the show..... Wishing I could go~

  16. Positively love the rug.



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