A DAY IN THE LIFE of this rug hooker can be just crazy!! I find other rug hookers' blogs so interesting that I thought I would add my adventures or mis-adventures to the mix!! Join me on my daily journey!!
here in my home studio. Check my website under "classes".
This class was GREAT FUN ~ a good time was had by all! I've had inquiries about how soon there will be another class ~ email me if you're interested and when we have enough, I'll set up a date!
~ ~ ~ FRAMES FOR SALE ~ ~ ~
Maple and Oak ~ Large - 12"x 16" working area $135. Small - 9" x 11" working area $95. Adjustable Stand $160. Frames tilt, swivel and collapse for travel. For close-up pix, please click on 'frames' in the 'Labels' column and double-click the pictures! Call 419-884-0244 for information!
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My life is a busy one ~ my husband, Sonny, and I have a blended family of 6 kids, 5 of them married and 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren! We have a building business and I am the Office Personnel, if you know what I mean!! I also have a small rug hooking business in my home studio, where I sell as-is wool and my own hand-dyed wool, beautiful frames and stands that my husband builds and some finished hooked pieces, etc. I would love to hook every day, all day, as I'm sure many of you would ~ but that's rarely possible!! Thanks for checking in and I hope you'll find A DAY IN THE LIFE ~ ~ ~ entertaining!!
In the mornings, I've been putting on a couple of dye pots each day in preparation for my upcoming show at Quailcrest Herb Farm in Wooster ~ check it out on Coming Events on the left sidebar.
I'm trying ProChem colors here ~ lovely brights that will appeal to some more than others. I love the depth of color that came out came out in these batches ~ kind of a jewel tone effect and very mottled!
These formulas lean more toward the primitive colors that I know so many like ~ me, too! Deep rich color! Dyed wool has an appeal and gives an effect in a rug that as-is wools just can't do!
I have to tell you that I used citric acid crystals for the first time ever! When I had the red pot on and the water was rolling, I put the crystals in ~ take it from me ~ don't do that!! The water erupted like a freaking volcano all over my stove, counters, floor and whatever was within a couple of feet!!!!!!! RED DYE everywhere!!!!!!!! Of course, I was in a hurry ~ when am I not? So, I cleaned up all the liquid with paper towels and then thew them in the garage trash can because if anyone had looked in the kitchen waste basket, they would have thought I'd slit my throat!!! As I said, I was in a hurry ~ leaving to go to an appointment and had to leave the stained counters and floors till I returned! That was ~ of course ~ after Sonny got home from work!! It's a good thing he's not given to rage because it looked pretty darned bad in there!! But dishwasher soap saved my day ~ and my arse!! I pour it straight onto the counters and whatever else it got on and use a green scrubbie and it takes all the color right off!! Thank goodness!! Sonny's been wanting to get new counters and I'm fine with what's there ~ but as I went on my errands, I thought this may be the day when new counters become an option!!!
These are little bunches of dyed fleece ~ great for adding another texture to your hooking! I throw them in the top of the dye pot and I think the colors came out great!! They make great flowers or grass or even hair if you're into hooking people!
Last night we had a fiasco with a shower faucet ~ I went into it on Facebook ~ it will probably come back to haunt me ~ Sonny thinks I tell everything that goes on here! Believe me, I don't ~ you wouldn't even believe it, if I did!! It ended up with water shooting everywhere ~ me removing the contents of a guest room closet ~ Sonny cutting a hole in the wall to get to the guts of the plumbing ~ and then capping off the pipes until we can shop for a new faucet and call a plumber!!! Now we're sharing Tad's shower!! As I shared last night on Facebook ~ Sonny boy says "you don't have to drink to live here, but it sure does help"!!
I hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend ~ we're going to ~ I'm counting on it!