Monday, December 27, 2010

My goodness, how times change

I grew up with three siblings. Christmas mornings were noisy and fun. Then I got married and Christmas mornings were so quiet! It seemed so strange to me. After a while we had four children and Christmas mornings were noisy and fun again! Now the children are grown. Three have moved away and this Christmas morning it was just our youngest son and ourselves. Christmas morning was quiet again. Still fun but different. This year we are all going to celebrate Christmas on New Year's Eve! Now that we have two grandchildren it is going to be exciting, noisy and fun again! Hurray!


Saturday, December 25, 2010

White Christmas!

Whoo hoo! We had a white Christmas! We have lived here for thirty-three years and I can tell you this rarely happens. It is absolutely beautiful outside. Want to see?

We only received about an inch and a half but it was wonderful. It was so nice to sit with a cup of coffee and watch the snow coming down. Best of all more snow is in the forecast! The kid in me wants to dance with delight!

I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed day!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How do you hide a large Christmas gift?

In plain sight! My wonderful DH wants a deep sink in the basement of my studio so I bought him one for Christmas. Then came the problem of how to wrap and also hide it. This is what I came up with. Can you see it?

It is right there under the tree! Pretty clever, huh? One year I raised the tree with a big box of loopers so maybe he won't notice.

Snow is in the forecast for Christmas! I hope the weather guys are right!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I don't know what the rest of the week will be like here at the studio but today I should be cleaning! Not one of my favorite things to do. Weaving is much more fun, don't you think? I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone the merryest of Christmases. Stay warm and I hope you get some snow!

Here is a picture of how I decorated the end of the hall at home. Can you tell which door belongs to a teenager?

Take care, everyone, and God bless.


Thursday, December 16, 2010


I hope everyone is warm and dry today. Look at what we woke up to this morning! Needless to say there is no school and my DH stayed home today. It has now mostly melted and it is raining. Our mail man just said the roads are still bad. We live out in the county and the road dept. doesn't come out here much. It wouldn't surprise me if it all refreezes tonight and school is cancelled for tomorrow. Our son hasn't been to school all week.

I did manage to walk to the studio. I have these things I call grippers. They slip over my shoes and I can get good traction with them.

I bought an antique mantle to put over the gas fireplace at the studio. It was really dirty so today I scrubbed it.I think it turned out pretty well.  I may paint it barn red. I just love that color!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The store room

I hope you all are staying warm. It has been pretty cold here on the ridge. We had some snow on Sunday and tomorrow snow and freezing rain are in the forecast! Here in the south we don't really see weather like this very often. It is wonderful. I love the snow!

I spent today tidying up the store room. Right now I have the sewing machine on a small folding table but soon I hope to have the old treadle sewing machine moved into that spot.

See the large table on the left? That is going to be wonderful for cutting fabric into strips. In the old studio there wasn't room enough to open it up to use it. Now I have room!

I took a picture of the other wall but I guess I didn't hit the save button. On the last wall there is a small floor loom. It has 8 harnesses and is made of walnut. The person who gave it to me said her grandfather built it from a kit. It is unlike any loom I have ever seen.

The Union loom finally was moved into the other bedroom. Hurray! That was the last loom to move. Pictures coming soon.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Want to see the living room at the studio?

Here is what the living room at the studio looks like. Sorry, the pictures aren't very good. I took them with my phone. I never seem to have my camera with me when I need it.

Two of the walls don't have anything hanging on them and they look pretty bare. I really need to do something about that.

This wall has my inventory on it. I really need to build my supply back up. My stock is pitifully low.

I really didn't like this....whatever it is but a neighbor suggested I put some yarn in it. You might not be able to see it but on the tree is garland made up of tiny balls of yarn on ribbon. Just the thing for a weaving studio, don't you think?

Here you can see some of my looms. The one on the left near the window is a Lervad from Denmark. It is the prettiest loom I have ever seen! The side pieces of the castle are turned wood.

The loom on the right is a Schacht. I use this loom for dish towels. The loom on the extreme left is a Structo 8 harness on a stand.

Here is the unfinished wall. We had natural gas installed a couple of months ago and recently I found an antique mantle. I need to get a few more bricks then modify the mantle and paint it. We are going to add side pieces to make it stand away from the wall and then fill in the gap around the fireplace somehow.

Here is what I have been working on today. Dish towels. The stripe doesn't look like it but it is sage green.  These are part of an order I need to fill.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of the living room. If you have any suggestions for a color for the mantle let me know. The walls are antique white. My husband thinks I should paint it barn red. I love that color!                                                          


Thursday, December 2, 2010

more studio pictures

I am still tweeking the guest room. Since I last posted pictures I have added a print of Mount Vernon over the bed and a bride's box on the bench. The couple on the box kind of look like George and Martha in keeping with the theme of the room. I put a small colonial doll on the bench, too.

Now for the dining room.

I still need to come with something to put on the top shelf of the rack. Someday I hope to put some boards on the door to give it an older look. I might paint the table legs and chairs a different color, too. That will come later. Much later. I have a whole lot of weaving to get done first.

This view is from the dining room looking into the guest room. The floor will get changed as soon as DH and I can come up with something we like. It is ok for  now.

Hope you enjoyed the tour! Come back soon!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Isn't this cute?

I know. I should be weaving but instead I made arrangements to look at a livestock guard dog for my goats. This is a Great Pyrennes. He is eight weeks old. Not big enough to protect them yet but he will grow. Oh boy, will he grow! I don't have a name for him yet. I am leaning towards Max. Any suggestions?


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Whew what a day we are having!

Rain, rain and more rain. That is what we have had since last night. We have so much rain that the schools let out an hour early! I am so glad we live on a hill! When I got the call that school was letting out early I called and left a message for our son that I would be there at three. The school was letting the car riders out at three pm but the bus riders will be getting out at their regular time. I was beginning to think I would never get there! The bad thing about living on a ridge is that the road leads down to a valley. No matter which road I could take after leaving our road I would be very close to creeks. A couple of miles from home there was a large tree across the road so I had to turn around and find another route. The roads were slightly flooded but still passable. It was pretty slow going. Then there was a stalled car in the road. We are at home now, safe and sound. I just hope my husband gets here ok!

If you are having weather like we are please stay safe!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is a very busy time here at Pine Ridge Handwovens but I wanted to take a moment to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Remember to take a moment to thank God for the many blessings he has given you through out this year.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Well, here are some pictures at last! I decided to start with the guest room. I haven't put much on the walls yet but it is ready for it's first guest. Our daughter and husband will be coming for Christmas. They will be my very first guests in the new studio. They will get a night to themselves while we keep the grand children. We are really looking forward to their visit!

I don't know if you will be able to see it or not but the pillow shams say Good Night.

This is a small table/bench that I picked up years ago in Chattanooga. Isn't it cute? It looks like it was made for a child. Above it is an old print of the state of Tennessee.

On the left is an old vanity that I am using as a desk. Above it is a sampler that I found at a local Goodwill. The paint color in this room may not show up very well. It is a gray/green. At some times during the day it looks green and other times a sort of gray. The paint was still in good condition in this room so we just washed the walls down and left it. We did repaint the woodwork, though.

The bedspread was my great grandmothers. I wish you all could see it in person. It has motifs woven into it. In the center are large birds. It has gotten thin over the years and the fringe was missing when it was given to me but it is something that I treasure.

The floors in this room are new and I have put a rag rug on the floor next to the bed.

Well, there you have it. A tour of the guest  bedroom in my new studio. I hope you enjoyed your visit. I will show another room next time.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Where I have been

Hi everyone. I haven't disappeared. I have been having ISP problems. I am hoping it is all straightened now. I will be posting very soon!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

How this all started

A year ago this month My husband and I bought the house in the picture. At the time I wondered what we were going to do with it until my husband suggested I move my weaving things in there. Did I want to do that? You bet! I had all my looms and supplies in one small room. I sure could use more space.

The house needed lots of work. Lots and lots of it. After months of painting, repairing things and insalling new flooring I moved in. There are still a few things that need to be done but we reached a point where I could move the looms in. Now I can get busy weaving! Hurray! I have waited so long for this day.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I have my own blog!

Welcome to the Pine Ridge Handwovens blog. I am new to the wonderful world of blogging so it may take me a while to discover all the ins and outs. In the future I hope to blog about my new weaving studio and what I am weaving. Sit down, relax and follow me on my new adventure!