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Sunday, May 20, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Hope you're having a good week and enjoying our weather! I worked outside a little this morning before I got my nails done ~ I have plenty of work and weeds awaiting me, for sure!! Talk to you soon!
P.S. I think there may be a pattern available later for the hooked flowers ~ I'll let you know when I find out. And I have a few of the paper patterns left for the Bee chairpad, if you would like one!
Friday, May 11, 2012
These pictures are of some of the gardens on Saturday before our guest rug hookers arrived! If you're a long-time reader of this wordy blog, you will have seen something like this every Spring!
The dining table is set and waiting for lunch to be served. I bought a flat of pansies and put them in these enamel pots that Sonny bought a couple of years ago! Thank goodness he did ~ they worked great as a table arrangement! I'm not much of a tablescape person ~ some people have beautiful center pieces but mine are usually pretty simple. I like to focus on the food and hope that carries the event!
The kitchen keeping room table seats six ~ cozily! With the dining table seating eight, it was pretty easy to accommodate 14 for lunch! I love a candle in a hurricane ~ this one came from Shaker Village in Kentucky. All their dining tables are set that way and I love that atmosphere!
Getting ready to pack for the Western Reserve Rug Hooking Guild's hook-in tomorrow! I dyed 5 more yards of wool this morning and now need to get everything ready to load in the truck when the man of the house gets home! After we do that, we have two Little League games tonite! I may not stay for both ~ we have to be on the road at 5:30 in the morning! Are we crazy or what? Don't answer that!
If you live in the area, maybe I'll see you tomorrow? I hope so! If we don't know each other, make yourself known! I'm off to see the wizard ~ ~ ~ !!!
Have a happy weekend!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
I wanted you to see a close-up of this piece. This is Annette's second rug ~ second mind you! She's doing a great job ~ an amazing job to me!
Karen brought her rug done in a class with my friend, Maria. Quite a colorful background and a nice contrast to the softer colors in the pumpkins. Very nice ~ and so was Karen!
The gals brought a few rugs for a rug show! We put them in the exercise room right off the hooking room and of course, I didn't get pictures of all of them.
I was kind of a busy bee that day but managed to get this one before it's owner went home. I love this rug and could easily have made it work here in our house! She almost left it ~ that would have been too sad!!
This beautiful rug belongs to Jane ~ a lady I have done shows with in the past for many years. We hadn't seen each other in a long time and now through rug hooking, we have reconnected! She and her crafting partner made many jumpers and sweatshirts and I was a doll maker at that time ~ we spent many a weekend peddling our wares at the same shows!
This group of gals were so nice, so appreciative and complimentary ~ it was a pleasure to have them here. Thanks to Sharon for bringing her group and I hear they want to come back in the fall!! We'll be ready!! My friend Vivian helps me serve lunch and I sure couldn't do it without her! If you have a group you would like to bring, email me or call me to set up a date! You'll have a homemade lunch, a tour of our house and can spend the day hooking in my hooking studio!
By the way, in just a few days, I will have Lori Brechlin's paper patterns of the Bee Chairpad to sell. They are $12 and I should have them in time for the Western Reserve Hook-in where I'll be vending this Saturday. I'll also have available some of the dyed blue background wool that I used in mine. Let me know if you would like one!!
I'm working at my desk today ~ scary in here again! And sometime, I will squeeze in some dyeing between now and Saturday! Thanks for stopping by ~ hope you're having a good day!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Finally finished! It really did turn out so cute! Lori Brechlin is the designer and the pattern is sold through SpruceRidge Studios, Kris Miller. When reading Lori's blog post about her chair pad, she mentioned that she used homespun to hook the outline of the wings. I did the same and love the subtle effect rather than a solidly hooked outline. Pat Cross also talks about using homespun and flannels in some of her books, so it's something to think about for your next project!
When I was hooking this mat up at the lake, I ran out of background wool. Rather than cut into a new quarter yard of hand-dyed, I waited till I got home and used these three wools from my stash to fill in the empty spaces. The two little strips are all that is left of a Karen Kahle piece that she gave us at Tipp City last year. I think they add character to the piece and I like 'making do' the way the old time hookers did!!