My dear friend and her husband are currently living in Toronto for 18 months while serving a church mission. I know she misses her rug hooking terribly, and I'm sure she took some small rugs with her to make her small apartment feel homey. I wanted to make her a special little something so she'd know that she's missed and thought of often. I got the pattern for this little 3D bird from a recent issue of Create & Decorate magazine. It hooked up pretty good, but things went south when I started stitching the pieces together so I could stuff it. Hopefully when she looks at it she'll see the love it was made with, instead of the puckers and globs of glue. I told her it was the Bluebird of Happiness and he was going to be watching over her till she comes home again. He's flying to Toronto tomorrow!
A few days ago I shared pictures of Carol's rugs and mentioned that I really liked her paisley one. Here is a picture of a paisley that I hooked a few years ago. The seat is sorta like a piano bench with a lid that lifts open, and it was in terrible condition when I bought it at the thrift store for $4. I painted and distressed the wood, and hooked a new cover to replace the awful stained one that came with it. MUCH better now!