Monday, February 23, 2015

Complex tear in Lateral meniscus with bone spurs and arthritis in left knee

This is why I have been having pain in my knee and have not been able to run :(

I had an MRI last Wednesday because of pain in my left knee---it hurt to put any weight on it.  I have bee staying off it as much as possible and it is feeling better but have decided to have arthroscopic surgery on March 6th.  I am hoping that I have a quick recovery and will be back to my normal pace (which I hope includes running).  Probably no more half marathons in my near future, but will settle for being able to do 3 to 4 miles.  Fortunately once I get through the Lenexa Hook-in this weekend I do not have any plans in March...leave for California for the baby shower on April 9th so I should be pretty well recovered.

Hope to see lots of you this weekend at the Lenexa Hook-in---I am doing the snow snow  go away dance.

Don't forget to buy tickets for the raffle rug while you are there.

I will probably have to cancel the first week on home classes in March ---but we will see.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A long overdue post---catching up

I can't believe it is almost the middle of February!  The Lenexa Hook-in is not far away and I need to get busy!

I just returned from a Birthday/Anniversary cruise to the Caribbean---what a great time!

This is the view from the rooftop terrace at our hotel in San Juan before we set out to sea.

I loved the double rainbow.

this photo was taken on my 65th Birthday in our rooftop balcony in Old San Juan.  We stayed at the Gallery Inn---I would highly recommend it for an unusual stay in Old San Juan.

My dapper husband sporting his new straw hat on the balcony on Old San Juan.

The streets in old San Juan are made of this old brick---even bluer in real life.  I think I can see a rug in this picture.

This was taken in St. Kitts and the Caribelle batik place---they showed the making of these with wax resist and dyes---I bought a wonderful black and white wrap that I wore a lot on the cruise as a swim cover up, skirt or shawl.  Beautiful work!  The blue one that I was wrapped in was hanging on the line to dry---it was about a 6 yard piece---kinda wish I had asked it it was for sale.

these are some small baskets made by the Carib Indians in Dominica---made fro L'arouma reeds---supposedly they bury the reeds in the soil to turn them different colors.  I wish I had bought some larger ones.  The nutmeg in the open basket was from Grenada.  I think I need to make an egg custard pie and sprinkle it with the nutmeg.  They also used the nutmeg on a lot of the Caribbean rum drinks---not a bad idea either!

This is where I got to on Sailcloth primitive before I left on my trip---I am considering adding about three rows of the darker brown outside the border and then binding it in the same dark brown fabric.

I bought tickets today to fly to California to help host my daughter's baby show in April---looking forward to it.  I plan to take two extra suitcase to get some wool to California for the workshop in Cambria in June---friend Kelly is going too so that is two more bags!  Yeah!!!!

Well I best get to work getting ready for home classes next week and the Lenexa Hook-in!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A New Year!

I can't believe a month has gone by since my last post.  Christmas came and went so fast!  Then the New Year, my first 5k race of 2015, my 44th  wedding anniversary, and then the sinus infection returned with a vengeance.  That was not fun but I did manage to do a lot of hooking during that period of time as I did not feel like leaving the house...another round of stronger antibiotics and lots of other drugs---now I am feeling almost normal but have got to build up my energy.  We did have our annual rug hooking retreat Jan. 9-11, and I did go although I did not feel well, I did manage to get a lot of hooking done---when I couldn't sleep I hooked.

I am hooking on Sailcloth Primitive ---an old Heirloom pattern that was in an old McCall's Needlework magazine that I have had for a long time and was on my "to do someday" list so here it is...I have only been working on it for less than three weeks and it is a #9 cut---it is about 28" by 66".

I see several things that I plan to change as I look at this picture---looking at a photo of your rug is a good way to analyze what you have hooked.  I intentionally hooked all the large flowers and leaves differently---I know the blue vein will go away in the leaf in the unfinished area and there are a few places that I plan to thicken the vine.  The inside dark background is a mix of 5 or 6 as is dark browns and the outside border is an as is plaid---I chose not to do a beauty line but did the first row in the darkest of the browns for contrast against the plaid border.

This is our State Line Rug Hooker's guild Philanthropy rug for this year---who wouldn't want to own this one!!!  It is a beauty.  Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10...with proceeds going to The Autism Society---the Heartland.  Contact me if you are interested in purchasing tickets.

Here is my daughter Chelsea who is expecting in June---my first grandbaby---a boy!

I can hardly wait!

I went to an antique show last Saturday and got this great little box with a drawer---a good piece to work into a stack of boxes which I love!
A little hooked mat on top would be cute too!

Don't forget the sign up for the 2015 ATHA Biennial is February 7th!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays

I am catching up on some recents events---the first pictures are from my Holiday Christmas party for my students.  We had a great time---hard for me to believe that it was my 17th annual party.  

Here is the project I designed for the students this year---they each received the kit to make it.

Here are some of the rugs from the rug show.

 hooked by Brenda

Hooked by Brenda

Hooked by Anne

Hooked by Kate

Hitting the food line

Hooked by Amy

Hooked by Mimi

Hooked by Karen

Hooked by Jo Ann

Hooked by Kate

Anita showing the snowman kits

This is our State Line Rug Hooker's guild Philanthropy rug hooked this year---we are selling raffle tickets and the winner will be drawn at the February Hook-in.  I tried to download the ticket info but couldn't get it so will post it later when the rug is finished.  It is a gorgeous rug.

thanks Linda for hosting the party!

We had our first measurable snowfall yesterday---fun shoveling the driveway!

this month has gone too fast!

I took a few pictures this morning of my house decorations.
The christmas tree---what!  No presents---Santa is running late!

the mantle

Antique ornaments 

My paper mache santas that were made in the late 80's by me and a few by my daughter.

The end!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Petals and Posies

Yesterday I finally felt well enough to get back to my rug---one thing about not feeling well is that it kept me at home.   This sinus infection has kicked my butt!  So I have finished hooking the rug and am ready to steam and finish the rug---hoping to have it done for the Christmas Party for my students on Wednesday and hoping I am totally well by then.  I plan to lay low for a few more days---two more days of antibiotics.

Here is a picture of the rug I took last night---these are not regular colors for me  but somehow it works in most every room that I have put it in so I m pleased.

 This is the pattern when I started it

this is the pattern last night when I finished hooking

This is the pattern with the edges just folded under

I plan on doing a wool fabric binding and hope to get started today.

Here is a link to the same pattern posted on the Woolley Fox website hooked by Pam Fogle---she did a great job on this pattern and it is always fun to see different interpretations---there are also two others on her website.  You will be able to see some of the changes I made to the pattern.  I wish I had taken a picture of the pattern before I started on it.

I woke up this morning and was turned the TV on and hit on the HSN show.  I did something I have never done---I ordered a handbag---but I went to their website to do it.  I have never purchased anything from any of the shopping networks but I have been in the market for a new handbag and really liked this one---I wanted the grey but it was sold out so ordered the cognac.

Have a great day.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Under the weather

Well my cold never got better---only worse!
Ended up yesterday  in the doctor's office with a full blown sinus infection that was triggering severe migraine-like headaches and took my voice away.  Not fun! Bummed that I can't go to the Vintage market today.

I am looking forward to the Rug Hooker's Christmas Party on the 10th--- I will be well by then!!!

I have done some reverse hooking on the rug I posted the other day---still not done but thought I would share the change.

Sorry the photos are not facing the same way but I think it will show that I lightened the bordering around the center background---to me it looks better because the elements don't seem to be floating.  Also changed some of the colors in the two small center flowers.

Still more tweaking to do but did not feel up to working on it the past two days.

Hubby is out of town diving with his man friends in Mexico while I am here sick in the cold rainy weather.

Time to go lay back down!

Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's official---it's a boy!

I am now the proud expecting grandma to be of a baby boy!  Chelsea and Noah are expecting a little baby boy in June---looks like I will be spending some time in California!

Since I am the mother of two girls, having a little boy in the family will be a new experience---needless to say, my husband, soon to be Bump-Pa, is over the moon!

I see planning a baby rug in my future---I already sent them their first baby gift---check this out.

I found these at the first Friday vintage market in Kansas City last month.

Here are some pictures of what I have been hooking on...I started in in North Carolina...and have been working hard on it in hopes of finishing it in time for our annual Christmas party for my students---don't forget the date---December 10th---hoping for some great weather.

The pattern is called Petals and Posies and is mostly hooked in a #9 cut.  I am still trying to make some decisions about the dark squiggle line around the center background---if I keep it I am going to change parts of the two flowers---I did make a number of small changes to the original pattern---one of which was adding the second flower.  I am also going to get more of the purple on the unhooked right side.

I came down with a cold after Thanksgiving and have been laying a bit low---think I am on the mend---and looking forward to open studio day tomorrow and the First Friday market on Friday.

I also went to a podiatrist yesterday to figure out what wad going on with my bruised foot---which is no longer bruised but has a tender spot on the top---when he says that is "interesting"---it leaves me a little puzzled.  He put a shot of cortizone in it and now it is more sore than it was---it said it could take a couple of days for it to work but that I could run if it doesn't hurt.  So hoping the cold is gone and I can do a run this weekend as the weather is supposed to be nice.