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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Yes, I did get some decorating done last week! This is as you enter our back door ~ which is really the only door we use!! If anyone rings the front doorbell, I know they don't know us!! I used a huge pink hydrangea turned greenish/pink now along with goldenrod, and other various wildflowers (weeds) that I am sad to say were growing in the MIDDLE of the garden!!! Even weeds are beautiful to me!!
Orange mums and pumpkins ~ more colorful! Actually, yellow mums were not available any place that I was shopping last week ~ kind of weird isn't it? I found one ~ it's on the porch in a basket that was out of view of the camera. I can see that yellow adds the spark that I needed ~ note to self for next year!! The white pumpkin is left from last year ~ it has been inside the house since last fall ~ it didn't deteriorate and didn't dry up ~ it still looks great ~ so outside it went!!!
And this cute guy sits at the edge of the road ~ so people knew where to come ~ I think it helped! Remember, I had a birthday party here last Saturday for my classmates ~ there were fifteen of us in all ~ and I was sick, sick, sick!!! I felt sorry for them having to be entertained by a coughing, hacking hostess ~ but I wasn't alone!! There is evidently lots of illness around this part of the country! Fortunately, they all brought part of the meal and we furnished pork loin and roast beef sandwiches and a birthday cake! It was nice to see old friends ~ a couple of them we hadn't seen in many years! And Sonny helped me ~ a lot!! And it was our 28th wedding anniversary! He lucked out ~ no fancy dinner ~ no dress up ~ we just got to hang around on the deck!
Sunday and Monday I did something that I don't very often get to do ~ NOTHING!!!! I reclined in the recliner, covered in my blankie, watched Lifetime TV and slept for two days!! Trying to get rid of this affliction! I'm getting better ~ thank goodness ~ not great, but better!! Tomorrow, I have a couple of gals coming for an all day class and Thursday, friend Heidi and I are going to Tipp City, Ohio (isn't that a great name?) and take a two-day class from Alice Strebel, Nola Heidbreder and Karen Kahle!!! We don't know exactly what we're hooking ~ it's a surprise! These three gals are going to team teach us something and it's a great opportunity to take class from all three of these well-known rug hooking teachers!! We're looking forward to it immensely! Then, Friday, we're driving straight to the lake to our lake havens! Saturday, Sonny and I and our friends are heading to Put-in-Bay to the annual Winefest ~ a new event for us!!
So ~ you see why I have to get well ~ Now!!! If there's time, I'll post the girls' progress tomorrow ~ it should be fun ~ they're both very enthusiastic!! Ta ta for now ~
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
It was a great show! I saw lots of people I knew ~ and met some that I only know thru blogland ~ like Bobbie of "The Evening Stitcher" blog and Linda from "Simply Country Seasons" blog! It's really nice to be able to put a faces to the names now ~ both great gals ~ lots of fun!
I sold lots of wool ~ a few pieces of the marbleized wool ~ not as much as I would have liked ~ I realize that it maybe doesn't appeal to the primitive rug hooker as much as those who might hook more of the adventurous 'out there' kind of projects! I'm going to make a concerted effort within the next week to get it on my website. I added a couple of patterns to the website the other day and a picture of the old guy and me under 'About Us'! I really do need to develop the website into a selling tool and make this more of a year round business rather than relying on shows and the occasional classes that I have.
Speaking of classes, I have a beginner class next Wednesday, the 29th, that I'm setting up for a couple of gals ~ one was at the show and is really enthusiastic about learning the art of rug hooking!! A friend of mine is also joining us and I know she'll love it, too. There was another very animated customer in my booth talking about taking a class ~ if you're reading my blog and are from Toledo, you'll know I'm talking about you!! The two of you talked and laughed and I thought you were together!! Toledo Girl, if you're available for a class next Wednesday, M J and I would love to have you join us!! And anyone else, that would like to take a beginner's class and have lots of laughs, check out the class info on my website and give me a call!!!
As usual, I have an event I'm planning for ~ at our house ~ this weekend!! I may have mentioned before that I'm having a 65th birthday party for my classmates ~ at some point in this year, the most of us are turning 65! So, the party is here on Saturday ~ we have about 20 coming ~ and my main thrust is to get this yard looking presentable!!! It's like Wild Kingdom out there right now ~ I worked out there a bit yesterday and Sonny came home last night and used his machete on some of it ~ I exaggerate a little! The bad thing is that I have a horrendous cold ~ since last Thursday ~ and it's really slowing the old girl down!!! Now, it's sprinkling and I sure can't go work in the rain ~ I would if I was healthy but I'm hanging by a thread!! I even had to miss a hook-in yesterday that I had been so looking forward to attending!! I pouted all day but I really wasn't up to driving that far and didn't want to expose all those hookers to this malady that has taken up residence in my body!!! So, to the extent that I can ~ I'll be like a white tornado around here the next couple of days ~ pumpkins and mums do a lot to add ambiance to the homestead ~ I'll have pictures if it all comes together!!! Thank goodness that I'm only providing the meat, the birthday cake and soft drinks!! The other 65 year olds are bring the side dishes ~ it makes my work a lot easier and I thank them in advance!!!
A couple of other things are on my plate this week, too ~ but I can do it!!! Right now, I'm going to take a little break ~ have a little Lean Cuisine and maybe a nap!!! Take care and hope this cold/cough thing doesn't find you!!! Have a good week!!!!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
This was my first attempt at marbleizing wool and it turned out not too bad ~ love the flame design on these pieces ~ would love to tell you there was a special technique but it was just a fluke!! The solids are the three colors used in this dye pot.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Mary Sheppard Burton. Leonard Feenan was there in person and I got to chat with him about his dear friend, Mary and what they brought to each others lives ~ a very nice fellow for sure!