Bird In The Hand Primitives

Primitive Folk Art Designs and Finished Items
By: Robin Leuschen

" Who you are is God's gift to you........ What you do, is your gift to God !"

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Blessings....and a booboo.....

Have you ever had a "Godwink" moment ?? I've had so many I can't count...I'll bet you have to...
Saturday I was working on a rug..Nothing fancy, just a design I threw together from one of my old doodles, but spaced elements apart to make it roomier for me to hook...
It just so happens to have a beeskep in it.... I hooked the flowers first and thought I had the wool picked out for the beeskep, but the more I looked at it, it was too orangey.
I began to search through all of my wool, but didn't have anything that I thought looked right. All of my tans were too light and blah...

As I sat here pondering what to do, my thoughts turn to quick prayers for help picking out the right color....
Next thing I know, the mailman is at my door with a package..hmmm, I didn't order anything.
I see that it is from a fellow blogger, Carolyn. She had asked a few days before , to email her my address...she was up to a surprise, but I didn't know what, but wasn't thinking anything would come so soon....
Inside, was wool strips....wonderful, beautiful wool strips..They were separated in nice plastic baggies and looked so wonderful...Guess what was amongst them ?? Theeeee perfect tan checked wool strips !! God is sooo good, isn't He ??
She had hooked up the cutest little round coaster with a primitive bunny...And, when you see the pic ( the pic was taken of course after I've dumped all the wool strips out and dug through to get the tan and muddy brown for the background on my rug...), you need to read the tag that was included inside the bag of the TAN STRIPS..isn't that awesome ?

!!! Thank you sooo much Carolyn !! And like I said, your gift was Godsent !!!!
Well...later in the evening, hubby had gone to the store to pick up a few was horrible, snowing like crazy and I was all involved hooking my rug. I had chosen a wool from my re-cycled wool to do the accent inside the beeskep. I didn't really need much, and actually, I was cutting strips as I needed them.
***WARNING WARNING*** if the sight of blood makes you sick, DON"T SCROLL DOWN !!!!
Why didn't anyone ever tell me that you are supposed to keep your fingers away from the blade of the rotary cutter while you are cutting your wool ??? Hmmmm?
This what happens when you are careless like me.....

I had to call for my daughter Taylor to come help me....The second it happened, I pulled my finger out of the way and blood went all over my shirt , down my arm...I knew it wasn't just a nick ( I had done that already the week before cutting some larger pieces for a wool applique piece) The Blade was brand spankin new !!I just bought it the week before !!!Guess where the piece of my finger was ?? Still on the blade !!! The blade was so sharp and it happened so fast, there wasn't even a drop of blood on the cutter or the chunk of my fingertip...weird. And this wasn't just the top layer of skin, it was alot deeper...It would not stop bleeding..I am a nurse, I did everything, cold damp rag, direct pressure, held my arm up high....I didn't have band aids so I called hubby at the store, to pick some up..Why ? he asks ...when I tell him, he told me to stop !! He was getting sick and woozy there in the store on the phone with
Did you know that your pointer finger has a pulse of it's own ?? Well after cutting it, you can really feel it !!
Of course, it did finally stop bleeding, hubby came home with band aids and I could finally remove the homemade dressing Taylor had made me out of a paper towel and first aid tape.I cleaned it, put a thin laer of neosporin on the band aid and covered it...What did I do next you ask ?? Cleaned off the rotary cutter blade ( no blood but I'm sure there was some of my DNA on )Inspected the wool for any blood ( clean as a whistle),and finished cutting my piece of wool.... I started hooking my rug again, but this time, I looked like I was at a fancy tea party, but I'm holding up my index finger instead of my pinky.... :)
My boo boo doesn't look too bad today, but it does hurt still..I was afraid to scrub the blood completely out from under the nail..( you can see it in the pic) it really does hurt and I a afraid of nicking the

Sorry for the gruesome details, but I thought most of you could appreciate it, allthough, hopefully you move your finger out of the way before cutting fabric or wool with a rotary cutter.
I think he is a criminal ... I happened to find the culprits "mugshot"



Ginny said...

I'm glad your story has a happy ending! I cut two of my fingers on the food processor blade in September, and ended up with four stitches in one and three in the other. My index finger still hurts! It's amazing you didn't need stitches. Be careful! Those rotary cutters are dangerous!

woollylottrugs said...

ouch Robin.

You sure do have a booboo! Be careful girl!! Love your story and love the beeskep!! Have fun and keep on hooking!!


Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Your bee skep is looking great. I really like the colors and the story of the arrival of the perfect strips!

Now, about that finger...ouch! I did chuckle at your husband getting woozy at the store. Hope your finger heals up soon. It looks so sore.

Mugwump Woolies said...

Ouch! I ditched my rotary cutter because it had a mind of it's own and I have the scars to prove it!
The bee skep rug looks wonderful and the tale of the worms is truly "serendipitous" ...don't you love it when that happens?
Happy hooking...and be careful!

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Oh Robin, OUCH! Funny how you got right back into what you were doing though :). Glad hubby didn't pass out at the store too lol!
What a Beautiful surprise from your friend, and what perfect timing... Love those Godwinks ;)

kelley said...

Beastly rotary cutter! I have a few but never use them being a major klutz...

Robin your hooking is coming along wonderfully...and your designing is off the glad you are back to being "you" and creating...hugs

Raymond Homestead said...

Oh my gosh Robin! Ouch! I too am glad you had a happy ending!
That's really a neat story how you came about getting your wool, and then the card along with it, speechless.

Maggey and Jim said...

Wow, what a story.Those rotary cutters don't get nearly enough restpect.They are so slick and quick to slice. I love beeskeps and glad you got the right color but at a price. I loved the tag, awesome.

Jean @ Prim Crafts said...

YIKES! Gotta be careful with them cutters~ your finger does look sore. What a wonderful story about the wool from Carolyn. I'm loving the beeskep hooking Robin.
Be careful and have a great week.

Plumruncreek ♥ said...

Oh Boy!! OUCH!! Your rug looks really good, colors are so nice.

Anna said...

I have been soooo tempted to start rug hooking but now...I might just wait a little! lol I always look so funny when I cut my finger cause you gotta walk around with your hand above your heart to stop it from hurting!

From Sherry's Heart said...

Robin,years ago I did the same thing.Rushing to get fabric cut,preparing to leave the next day for North Carolina to do a show. I had band-aides,but they were at the other end of the house!!! Those fingers sure can bleed AND I had white sweat pants on. It looked like a crime scene!! Me thinks it's time to get a wool cutter!!!!

Saundra P said...

Oh my I got chills when I saw you sliced finger even tho it was better at that point. Sounds to me like Santa needs to bring you a wool cutter to use instead of the rotary.

Your bee skep and flowers is turning out very nice.


Orange Sink said...

ouch! Ouch! OUCH! I don't have a rotary cutter and probably a good thing I don't as I read your story! I hope that heals good so you can keep on hookin' that gorgeous new little rug!!! Bless hubbies heart too..... I know where he's coming from!!!
Cathy G

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

I'm like your hubby, it made me woozy, just reading this! I will make sure that I am very careful with the cutter!
Take good care of your finger.


alltheseboys said...

Ohhh ouch!! Years ago..before I was a nurse..I was a hairstylist. I was taking a class on razor cutting. I NEVER kept the guard on the razor...because you got a much better cut without it..despite being told I should to avoid serious injury to myself, lol!! I'm blonde..and left handed...really?? Injure myself? NEVER!! Seems my practice maniquin decided to fall off the table..I decided to catch it..with a straight edge razor in the catching hand...slice. I ended up with many many stitches..That day...I had to admit...a band aid just wasn't going to do it!!! I"m glad your boo boo looks so much better! Katie

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

That's a beautiful piece you're working on. How awful to have the
accident, Robin. All I can say is
good thing you didn't cut it the
other way and the tip ended up getting cut off. Ughhh.
I'm glad you're ok.

Anonymous said...

Wow that's a chunk missing..Thank goodness no blood ruined the wool ya got in the mail..LOL..Glad all is good..Have a great week..

Angie Berry said...

Okay Robin, this post made me smile and cringe. How amazing that God provided exactly what you needed right when you needed it! I do believe He takes care of every need... even the smallest. That's an awesome story! And I love that little poem on the tag, so neat!

OUCH!! I sure wasn't expecting you to say that part of your finger was still on the blade, lol. Oh my goodness, that made me laugh and cringe all at once. It also made my finger hurt, I could just feel it pulsating. Goodness girl, glad you got it to stop bleeding and went right back to work. Surprised your hubby didn't make you put everything away for the night but guess that would have been hard for him to do. =]

Take it easy and be safe now. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day~

Prims By The Water said...

Glad you are all right. I cut my finger once trying to cut an orange. Had to make a trip to the hospital for my boo boo though..Love the wool colors. Stay warm and take care, Janice

PrimitiveHandmadesMercantile said...

Oh no Robin!!!! It should only happen once!!! I did the same thing shortly after getting my rotary cutter years ago!!! Haven't done it since.... "knock on wood"!

Love your rug! What a wonderful package you received in the mail just in the nick of time!!!


Pam at A Little Off Quilter said...

You poor thing! I did the very same thing with my mandolin recently while chopping vegetables. I thought my finger would NEVER stop bleeding!


Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

What wonderful surprise from your friend! Your bee skep is the perfect color.
Yikes!! Man, that slice had to hurt. Glad you're on the mend.
My hands have so many battles scars from rotary blades, fabric scissors, sewing needles and splinters from wood. Even Madge couldn't help these hands of mine. ;> )