Sunday, April 13, 2014

Rock the Parkway

Well I ran my first half marathon of 2014 on Saturday morning.  My body was not prepared for the heat---it was in the upper 60's and it felt good for the first three miles and then I got overheated and ended up having to walk parts of the course as I was getting light headed.  I still managed to complete the race in two and a half hours---about 11 minutes longer than last year---so while it was not my best race I did my best on that given day---I gave it all I had...while I was 13th in my age group I was the fastest 64 year old woman---next year I will move up and age group to the 65-69 and I'll be the young one in the group  :)  and will hope for a cooler day.

My next race is in two weeks---The Trolley Run and it is only 4 miles!  Yeah!!!

I decided to treat myself yesterday to a massage after the run at Milagro's Midwestern Spa---they just moved into their new location in old downtown Overland Park...I told them I wanted a sports massage on my legs but wanted to walk away feeling relaxed as well---and that was what I got.  I am sore this morning but think I would have been more sore without it---time will tell.  He did some great stretches with my arms and legs as well.

Next Saturday we are going to Grace Hill Winery where my daughter's wedding will be in June and participating in a Build your own wine day.

Hoping we come up with a special blend to use for the wedding reception.  Here is the link to the label Sarah created for the white wine.

I am teaching home classes this week and also planning on spending Thursday and Friday in the dye pots.  Lots of new wools to play with.

We are planning on opening up our Fifth wheel at Pomme de Terre lake right after Easter---looking forward to spending a few days at the lake.

I took this picture when I was in Maryland---I had to take a picture after I did a double take!

What fun!

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This and that

More catching up on my week...I had home classes this week.  Here is Karen's rug in progress showing the upholstery fabric that we were working with for the rug---decision made yesterday to add a three color braid with a dark black-green, a blue-green, and a sage-green with black dot on it.  This is a Primco pattern---this is the same rug that I started back in January with red flowers.

Saturday is my Rock the Parkway Half Marathon---ready or not it is here!  I have been doing most of my training in cold weather and it is supposed to be 55 degrees Saturday morning so I know that I am going to be hot and sweaty---was hoping it would be cooler----but not going to happen until Monday and Tuesday---cold front back down to the 30's.

We are posting new rug hooking pendants this morning on ETSY---be sure to take a look.

Wedding plans  for my daughter Sarah are progressing---less than three months to go till the big day.  

June 28th will be here soon!

House remodeling continues in Oakland---the latest project is a new back porch and then the deck is next---the roof of the deck has been removed and the back of the house has been patched and painted.  I think that we will go out in July for a deck building week---My husband has built several so Noah is wanting his help.

My next workshop is in Alabama with the Wool Sisters---I had such a great time there a couple of years ago---really looking forward to going is a picture that sits on my desk.

Well I have work to do---have a great day!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Home from Maryland

I had a wonderful week in Maryland with the Podickery Group in Annapolis.  A beautiful view out our hooking window from the yacht club overlooking the Chesapeake.

 Sorry that I didn't get a good picture so you will just have to imagine it.  :(

The day that arrived I was greeted to a traffic jam when we tried to get from the workshop location to have dinner---had a nice several hour chat with Margaret---finally ended up at Brio's and had a wonderful  dinner and then spent another hour going a few miles to my host house...fortunately the traffic improved the rest of the week.

Here are some of the projects in the class.

No she didn't get all of this hooked this week---Billie started this with me in Buckeystown---we worked out the border this time!

Margaret had started this runner but wanted to make some changes---the eyes and the circles at the ends are black and white quillies---just so darned cute!!!

JoAnn was working on Edyth O'Neill's Ohio Coverlet---she wanted to make it look old and muted rather than like a coverlet and is going to change the border to a simple frame with a striped background wool binding.

Pam chose this whimsical owl pattern---a fun colorful runner.

Cheri chose the large version of Emma Lou's Tulip Cross---not one who is afraid of color---this is going to be an eye popping beauty!

Another Edyth ;Neill pattern is this Tavern sign ---a simple but effective color plan will make this work. 

Doris designed this Family Snow Scene---a great family memorial!

 Janet had started the center part of this rug before the workshop---it was fun working with the border ---she did a great job finding it much easier than she thought it would be...ready for fall???

Pat was working on this pattern with a circle of cats eating out of a bowl--aren't these a fun bunch of cats!  this will be a happy rug!

Kymberly is a new hooker who ambitiously  chose a very large pattern---we spent a bit of time getting her technique down---to where she had the light bulb moment and will continue to make progress.  She spent a lot of time trying out hooks and learning to hook wider cuts---a delightful new student.  We did get the pattern color planned.  go Kymberly---you can do it!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Finally---a post

Okay I am going to try to get caught up with what has been happening.

So here goes!

Going back to March 8th and the Rock Creek Hook-in----what a fun crazy day---it was good to see so many rug hookers at the event---I think it was the biggest one ever!

Here is the link to some pictures from the event.

I was not a good picture taker that day and these were taken by Andrea Allen.  Great job!

Here  are some pictures of my booth:

Thanks to my helpers Jody, Marlene and Mary Ann for their hard work!

I left the hook-in at 2 o'clock to start my drive to Texas for the Yellow Rose Workshop.  I spent the night in Ardmore OK and got on the road early Sunday morning to head to Texas.  I got there and unloaded my car, set up my space and started in getting students started as they filtered in.  After a wonderful dinner and meet and greet I came back and worked some more until I hit the wall around 9:00 and went to bed.  Up early Monday and back to a wonderful group of students who worked really hard---lots of progress.  Monday afternoon there was a boutique sale where the students could sell things.

Tuesday morning I managed to get in a 30 minutes run around the conference grounds.  More class time followed up by a fun evening on a trolley ride down to the campfire.  Here are some sights from the ride.  

Had a wonderful rug show---here are a couple of the rugs from the show.

This was the raffle rug---I didn't win it.

Here is the class picture and some of their projects taken during the Wednesday throw down.

 Hooked by Melody---a Karen Kahle pattern called apothecary rose----looking really good!
 This floral was hooked by Melody---an Adrienne Dykes pattern.  Melody got a lot more of the border hooked---can't wait to see how this all comes together.
 This was hooked and designed by Kathy Clark of Briarwood Folk Art---Kathy will be teaching at Yellow Rose next year---she does a great job with old looking primitive rugs.
 This chicken was hooked by Marilyn---we discussed many ideas about how to change the pattern---we finally decided to add the chicken wire in front of the chicken and although it gets a little lost in the business of the black and white chicken I like the subtleness of it---the background is going to be a dark green and the border is changing to a red and black checkerboard---at least that is the plan right now.
 I designed this William Morris adaptation of Little Flowers and Small Barr for Georgeanne---I really like the pattern and I like what she is doing with it.

Carol was working on this M Shaw design---notice the quillies in the chicken.  Although she bought this as a kit we made several changes which turned out well.

This is the large Paisley Hex pattern designed by Jane Flynn---I have hooked the small piece and Carol is the first student I have had tackle the large version---this is going to be a phenomenal rug---she used lots of paisley in the rug---the background is going to be  a dark tea mix.  Love it!

Vickie, a new hooker was hooking my Pumpkin Cupboard design and was doing a great job!  She was so much fun and her enthusiasm was infectious!

While I would love to post more my time is gone.  

My NCAA brackets are busted---no billion dollars for me!  One guy is still perfect---go Brad whoever you are!

Yesterday I ran my long training run for my Rock the Parkway half marathon on April 12th---ran 10 miles...hard!  At the end of my run I was walking and trying to tell my husband where I was so he could pick me up and was not watching where I was walking and fell forward where there was an uneven sidewalk---catching myself with my hands---right hand fingers were hurt and the left hand holding my cell phone---well lets say the glass was shattered!  Fortunately I was wearing long pants so my knee fared okay.  When I woke up this morning my neck and shoulders are sore---kinda like whiplash!  Gotta be more careful!!!

One more week until I leave for Annapolis to teach for the Podickery Guild---boxes have been  shipped!

Sadly today I am going to a Celebration of Life for the husband of a good friend from high school and college and was in my wedding.  Rest in Peace!

Best wishes to Kate who is having knee replacement surgery on Monday--know that you will do great!!!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Good morning!

  Well I am home from my trip to Akumal Mexico.  It was a great trip and was the perfect week not to be in Kansas.   The morning that we left we had just gotten a 12 inch snowstorm and arrived in Mexico to a week of warm, well you could say hot days in the mid to upper 80's.  We were right on the beach and enjoyed our balcony---

View from the balcony

The balcony and my husband enjoying his morning coffee

My husband is a scuba diver but I just snorkel

 Anita snorkelling
Amazing sea turtles

Enjoying a margarita at La Buena Vida 

A cenote at Labnaha---we swam and kayaked in the cenote as well as ziplining across in the jungle---Doug captured  it on video---pretty cool---my first time.  We also snorkeled in a cave with cold water and bats!

I crossed many things off my bucket list on this trip!  Prices were incredible---once we had breakfast complete with a wonderful cappuccino, fresh squeezed orange juice and huevos rancheros for 65 pesos---less than $5.00 !

My favorite place for ice cream and breakfast in Akumal.

It is back to reality---I am having classes at home this week as well as preparing for the Lenexa hook-in and the Yellow Rose camp in Texas.   

thanks Erica from Heaven's to Betsy for the plug on Doug's rug hooking pendants---he is busy getting more turned  to post on our Etsy site.

I will also have them at the Lenexa hook-in and at Yellow Rose.

Melt, snow, melt!!!!!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

This and that

Where does all the time go?

If you are like me you are ready for winter to be over!  I am ready for some warmer leaving on a trip on Wednesday to soak up some sun.

I have many projects on my plate, including some hooking for a change.  I finished Sarah's wedding rug except for the binding.  The blue and yellow are the wedding colors.

I bought my Mother of the bride dress on Etsy---very brave---it is a vintage dress (new old stock) from The Teal Door.  Fawn was wonderful to deal with and I love the dress.  It is embroidered silk and the fabric is just beautiful.  I love the wist detail---it needs to be pressed and accessorized but here is is.

The last time I was at my hairdresser I was feeling very washed out so asked for a dark brown red color---only semi permanent in case I didn't like it, but I think I like it for a change.

I have also been hooking Floral Fantasy, a Primco pattern designed by Gail Hill.  I am hooking it in mostly 8.5 cut.  I am removing the cherries, buds or whatever you want to call them.  I tried one single one and might leave it but I added a leaf and made a couple of others larger.

Here is close up of the flowers---I like the simplicity of the pattern and the mix of shades and textures of the reds and greens.

I am training for another half marathon in April so I am hoping it warms up soon  Last Sunday was a nice day and I went for a bike ride on the trail and took a nasty a major bruise on my left hip butt---seriously black and blue but lucky it was not worse.  I am going to run today no matter what---it is a bit warmer but very windy.  Waiting for it to get light---woke up at 2 and finally gave up at 3 and got up...    :(

Today is my birthday---the big 64---next year I will be ready for Medicare...really???  That doesn't seem possible.  Nothing special planned today...but dinner out Saturday night with Kelly and Matt.

I am busy getting ready for Yellow Rose Rug Camp in March as well as the Rock Creek Hook-in---March 8th.

Also starting to prepare for a workshop in Annapolis, Maryland in April.  May will take me back to the Wool Sisters in Alabama.  And June  will have  me in Wedding mode!

I also worked on a project that will be in an article in RHM on Monochromatics---the pieces are finished and off to Tammy.  I will let you know when it is going to be in the magazine.

 Beth sent me this picture of her Karla Gerard rug that I helped her color plan---what a fun  rug---I love how these rug turn out!  Great job, Beth!

This is one of my designs that I did for Kathy in Ohio---the original size for her was 22 by 56---She wanted it called "In Bloom"---I have resized the pattern as well---this one is 16 by 42---and is being hooked by Kate.  Another student, Betty, is doing it in a small size 11 by 28 and another is doing it in the large size---will post a picture of the larger one soon.  It is almost done!  I need to check with Kathy to see how hers is coming along.

Well that is it for today.  Have a good one!