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Friday, January 28, 2011
The little rabbit rug is finished and steamed ~ just the binding is left and then I'll post. Thanks for all the nice comments about it from my last post! And for all the nice compliments about the heart pillow! I make a career about second guessing myself and thinking that I'm in over my head, but I'm feeling like I'm holding my own ~ Maria, Kris and Ali are all so talented that I'm just happy to be hangin' with the big girls!!
Last night, I had the most fun Skype conversation with my old friend, Gwen and her daughter! Wendy and I were instant messaging on Facebook and she said her mom was there with her ~ I asked if she had Skype and within 5 or 10 minutes, she had it installed on her computer and we spent an hour or more talking, face to face!!! It was great! Gwen and I have been friends since we were 13 years old ~ well over 50 years!! We've been friends longer than many of you reading this have been alive!!! Wendy gave me a virtual tour of her condo and we chatted like we sitting together in her living room! Can't wait till we do it again! And speaking of friendships ~ we really need to nurture them and keep them going ~ sometimes it takes work ~ we have to make an effort to stay in contact because people's lives get so busy. Gwen and I went to school together one year ~ in seventh grade ~ and we've stayed contact almost all of those years ~ there were a few where we weren't ~ she moved away and lived in many places thru the years ~ me, I'm pretty much in the same place. So cherish your friends ~ keep them close ~ I try really hard to do that!
Oh! The new dishwasher is installed ~ it is so QUIET ~ unbelievable! And the dishes looked so CLEAN this morning ~ that old one was on it's last legs for a long time ~ good grief ~ why did we wait so long?!
Okay ~ I'm off to make something happen ~ even if it's wrong! Have a good weekend, peeps!!
Talk to you soon ~
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Sonny took this picture a few days ago down in the woods ~ it's a big puddingstone rock covered with snow! Puddingstone is left from the glacier that was in this area many eons ago ~ it's kind of like the garbage that the glacier left as it moved across the landscape. If you double click on the photo, you can see all cracks and crevices that were formed.
I'm kind of excited today because I just made plans to attend a hook-in Sarasota while we're there in February. Searsport Rug Hooking is hosting their first annual hook-in with several vendors that I haven't seen before and it will be a chance to network with different rug hookers. A new friend, MJ, who took a class here this fall, invited me to join her and it coincides with our visit, so, finally, I made the decision to go. The hardest part will be missing out on being with Sonny and our friends for the day ~ I told them to not plan anything fun until I get back!!
We had a fun weekend ~ Sonny boy turned 67 on Saturday and we went to dinner with friends and intended to stay and listen to a band from Put-in-Bay that was playing there. But ~ my son and his wife and other friends were at the new wine bar in our little burg and called and texted and called some more until we finally went to join them! It was great fun! We knew almost everybody there and a good time was had by all! We went out with other friends on Friday night and ran into Sonny's daughter ~ she secretly told the waitress that she wanted to buy the bottle of wine that was on our table ~ which was great ~ except it wasn't our wine!!! Our friends were surprised and so was Sonny's daughter, the next day!! Oh, well ~ her intentions were good!! And our friends enjoyed it immensely!!
That's it for today ~ I'm working on tax things and other fun stuff ~ have to head to the office supply store shortly! The second new dishwasher arrived a while ago and Sonny was here to check it out ~ so by tonite, my dishpan hands can take a break ~ maybe! Thanks for stopping by ~ hope all is well in your world!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The Keeping Room is a primitive shop in Galion that I went to in December with friend, Vivian and new friend, MJ. I've done shows with Cherie but this is the first time I had been to her cute little shop!
There are antiques and reproductions and Cherie makes a lot of things herself. She had her sewing machine set up on the counter and was working away ~ no idle hands for her! If you're in the area, stop by and visit her sometime ~ come visit my hooking studio, too ~ make a little field trip out of it! That's what I call it when friends and I go out for the day ~ a field trip ~ like when we were in school!
The other day Heidi and I made arrangements to go to the International Quilt Festival that will be held in Cincinnati the end of April! We're very excited because this is the first time it's come to Ohio ~ usually, only Houston and big cities!! So, there you have it ~ Heidi and I are going on a 'field trip'!!
Okay ~ I'm off and running! Tax day ~ sympathy cards to send (too many) ~ and straighten the hooking room for a customer who's coming this afternoon!! We'll talk later!! Ta ta!!!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
This cute little guy is "Snowy Tony", designed by Betty Dekat of the Primitive Betty's blog ~ one of her free doodles! I used sparkly wool for the hat, heart and bird and then a conglomeration of strips out of my strip basket! And I added some white woolly yarn into the snow! Tony was hooked with a real loopy wool that I have ~ it makes great snowmen or sheep ~ I have some to sell if anyone is interested! I'm also thinking of selling this little mat ~ it 11" x 9", hooked in 9's & 9.5 cut on monks cloth and will be $85 including shipping within the states! Email me, if you would like "Snowy Tony" to come live at your house!
It's snowing again! We had a little respite this morning but it's really coming down, now! School is out around here and since Ohio has gone to only 3 snow days, grandson, Luke, tells me they only have one more to go and then they'll have to make it up at the endof the school year. Doesn't that seem crazy here in Ohio to shave off a couple of snow days? Wonder what the reasoning is?
I just took delivery of a new dishwasher!!! Yay!! Not really! Of all things to have to buy right after Christmas! When I emptied the dishwasher full of Christmas dinner dishes ~ they were barely clean! We knew it was on it's last legs but this was the final draw! We had to handwash everything and went out the next day to find one on sale! Sears, as always, came through again! So, tonite on Sonny's honey-do list is installing it!! He pulled the old one out last night so they could haul it away today ~ thank goodness he's able to do that kind of thing ~ it saves us a lot! So no more dishpan hands for mama!!
Thanks for the nice comments regarding Sonny's frames! Yes, we do ship and I haven't priced shipping to Canada, but will be happy to check that out! Since they fold flat, there's not much bulk to them so it can't be too awful!! Not only do they turn 360 deg. on the lap plate, but the frame also tilts, so you do get the most possible mobility that you could have!
That's pretty much it for today! Did I mention before that son, Teddy, got us Skype for Christmas! What fun I'm having with that!! Talking to Luke ~ who lives a block away; sister-in-law, Rachel, in Tennessee; and the Seattle family ~ it's just like having them right here with me! I love it!!
Have a good day ~ hopefully, it's not snowing everywhere that this is being read! It is pretty, though, looking from the inside out!
P. S. Dishwasher ~ my words for Sears are not so kind tonite!! When Sonny boy went to install it, he discovered it was damaged ~ dropped ~ in his opinion! Door whopper-jawed, side panel bent out, plastic bottom broken and top basket rollers fell out when he opened the door and the top water dispenser broken away from the basket!!!!!!!!!! I called three Sears people and the bottom line is we can get another one JANUARY 26TH!!!!!!!! They were so sorry ~ if I had inspected it on delivery, the deliverymen would have taken it back right then ~ well ~ you couldn't see all that as it was just sitting in the middle of the kitchen ~ it looked fine! I didn't know I had to tip it upside down and open the door and inspect every inch of it, inside and out ~ but I will on JANUARY 26TH !!! So, we have a gaping hole in the cabinetry for two more weeks (they took the other one away) and my dishpan hands ~ they're gonna be freaking shriveled by JANUARY 26TH !!!!!!!! And thank you for listening!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
I've been hooking yesterday and today! And watching Lifetime ~ that's a great day when I can just do what I want!! I finished the little snowman mat and have hooked almost the whole center of the 1668 Geometric that I started in November. And, I actually got out my little gathering of things for the next challenge and have pulled some wools to get started on that!!! The deadline is the 20th ~ holy crow ~ is that 11 days from now? Anybody who knows me, knows that I don't have a very good concept of time! I better get cracking!
It's a beautiful snowy, sunshiny day here in Ohio ~ a great day for hooking ~ and it would be a good day for cooking something yummy! I'll have to think about that! Have fun!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Today is 1-1-11 ~ that just seems like it rings of great vibes for the coming year!!!! Take good care of yourself and each other!