Friday, May 15, 2015

Twirly Whirly

Twirly Whirly is the new pattern that I have chosen to start with.  Here is what it looks like---so excited to start it.

It is the smallest of the patterns I got---plan to hook it in #8-8.5 cut for the most part---oranges and brown and paisley of course.  Hope to get a start before leaving for California but will have to wait and see---busy week next week!

Here are some wools that I am thinking about using.

I am looking forward to my trip to California to teach in Cambria and to be there for the birth of my first grandson---my first grandchild due June 17th.

Well this is going to be a very short post---much to do!

Friday, May 8, 2015

A new footstool and other ramblings

About 2 weeks ago I went to a garage sale and bought an ugly duckling footstool---I should have taken a picture but I will say it had a ugly velvet print cover with really awful fringe---after stripping it off I discovered it was stuffed with excelsior and shredded paper.  I made a very simple pattern---basically I drew the outside dimensions that I needed and working on a blank canvas opting for straight line center with a border for the edge.  Using left overs from Petals and Posies I created this fun little footstool that I love---sometimes simple is the most charming!

                                                  This was Petals and Posies!

Busy weekend here at our house.  Saturday night we are are hosting our Wine Tasting group ---wines from Spain and Portugal wines---and Sunday my daughter Sarah and her husband Philip are coming for brunch with his parents.

I am getting excited about hooking a new pattern---I was looking through an old catalog  (1971) of Pearl McGown's patterns when they were owned by Sturbridge and saw three patterns that I have not seen around---fortunately Moshimer (Cushing) had a lot of the old patterns and is printing them on linen for me.

I will reveal which one I plan to start next week---will plan to take it to California with me to work on while I am there.  One is called Twirly Whirly, one is called Tinker Scroll and the last is Nantucket Scrolling.  Hmmm---which one will it be???

Hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

At the lake

We finally got our trailer set up at Pomme de Terre lake this week.   We came down in March to do our set up and found out trailer had been broken in to during the winter while it was stored.  The door had been broken and the televisions stolen so we took it to a RV repair place---almost 5 weeks later it was finally fixed---we were not happy campers.

All is well now and we are getting things set up and enjoying our time at the lake.  Tonite will be our last night before heading back home.

Yeah!  A new door---they did a great job of painting on the graphics---the rest of the trailer has decals---many are peeling---wish they were all painted on.

Our view from the trailer---so quiet and peaceful during the week.

I decided to add a third option for my class at the ATHA biennial---I started thinking that maybe they were too Texas specific so here is what I came up with.  There are still openings if you are coming to the biennial in June.

I have been busy preparing for my upcoming summer workshops---the first one in June in Cambria California followed by workshops in Crosslake Minnesota and Milford Nebraska.  In August I will be in Mexico Missouri.

I am still not back to running---had a bit of a setback with the knee---so I started doing yoga.  It is not like running but still has a mental component that I was missing.  I am trying out different styles to see what works best for me.  On Saturday I am doing a Restorative workshop.  There are modifications that I am having to make because of the knee and arthritis in my fingers but I have been  enjoying it---any yoga fans out there that have any recommendations???

I think we are going to try fishing today...and tonite we will build a fire and make some s'mores.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Fun day in California

Yesterday was my daughter Chelsea's baby shower in Oakland CA.  It was a beautiful day and we had a great time.    Here are a few snapshots from the day.


The theme for the shower was "It takes a village"---that house was a pistachio cake with chocolate grenache and apricot filling---yummy!!!

Chelsea and I are color coordinated in the shower colors!

Welcoming our guests!

Such a beautiful day!

Party decor!

Chelsea and Noah with their moms!

I am looking forward to enjoying another day here in sunny California.

I think we might head to the beach in Alameda.

Heading home on Monday and then it is back to business.

I have been resting my knee this weekend as I had a bit of a flare up and hoping
to be back to rehabbing it this next hasn't been happy!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Getting my groove back

Well it has been over three weeks now since my surgery and I am feeling stronger every day---working out my quads, hamstrings and glutes---I got a hard workout on Tuesday at physical therapy---found some butt muscles that haven't been used in awhile---OUCH!  The knee still has some swelling but is getting stronger everyday---the idea of being able to run again is looking more of a possibility.  I have come to the realization that I am going to have to do other things as well and not be so dependent on just running.  Looking forward to getting my energy back.  

Yesterday I spent most of my day in the dye pots and it was not as easy as it used to be but I did manage to get some great colors!  I plan to hit the dye pots again today!

I finished my Sailcloth primitive---totally bound with wool and on the floor in the living room.

Here is the article that was in the current ATHA magazine---thanks to Kate for writing this and taking such great pictures.

This is a modified version of one of my Cupboard series patterns that I hooked for the nursery for my future grandson---Baxter---due date is June 17th.  The nursery is decorated in a woodland theme---gray, orange and navy.

I am going to the baby shower in two weeks---going to use the opportunity to get wool to California for the workshop in Cambria---flying on Southwest and a friend is going with me---yeah---baa baa black sheep have you any wool?  Yes sir yes sir---4 bags full!!!!!

Here is a fun geometric hooked by Amy---she brought it finished to class on Wednesday.
Sorry for the shadows on the picture.

Youngest daughter Sarah is having a birthday this weekend!  Happy Birthday Sarah---having a celebratory dinner Saturday night at Tatsu's---yum!

Friday, March 6, 2015

In recovery

Knee arthroscopy was done Wednesday morning and things seem to be going well.  I am now walking without crutches and doing my exercises without too much pain---still icing and elevating.  I am not sleeping through the night but then I wasn't before the surgery either.  Watching a lot of TV, reading, napping, working on a jigsaw puzzle and about ready to do some hooking.  My nurse (Doug) is getting bored and going on to doing other things.  I got to take a shower and wash my hair today which felt wonderful!

I don't go back to the doctor until a week from Monday.  We have a warm front coming in so hoping to get outside and get some fresh air this weekend.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lenexa hook-in

Last Saturday was the Lenexa Hook-in.  The weather wasn't perfect---snow kept the normal crowd down a bit but those who braved the way enjoyed a great day...including Susie Simmons from Illinois who was the lucky winner of the Guild rug...I was happy that I knew the winner.  Susie was in a class that I taught in St. Louis and I designed a paisley rug for her called "Paisley for Susie"---how original!

Here are a few pictures of my booth...

This was the first time I used the ladder from my daughter's wedding--it was a good visual display.

The improved lighting and new floor was a great addition!

thanks Marilyn for another great year!

Well my surgery is scheduled for tomorrow instead of Friday---I am a bit nervous having not had surgery since I was 8 years old.  I think maybe I should go get a pedicure!

Hope to get some reading done---made a trip to Barnes and Noble for a couple of books and the new Early American Life with the article about Edyth O'Neill.

Also hope to get some hooking done...we'll see how that goes.

Spring is coming!