Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Day 44---twists are done

If you have been following my blog ---I did it!  On day 44 of starting New England twist I said I would do a twist a day for 45 days and the twists would all be done---some days came and went without a twist but i made up for it on other days and on day 44, one day early, this is what my rug looked like!

  Wools that I used---excluding the teals

Getting ready to repaint my first floor rooms---rather having someone paint  for me---this rug will look perfect with my new paint colors---just so hard to narrow it down,  I googled paint colors to complement golden oak cabinets and trim---they run all through the house and I am just not ready to have then painted---so these are some of the colors recommended to update golden oak.  

Back to  work getting ready for some upcoming workshops.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Another successful Lenexa Hook-in

We could not have asked for better weather this year for the Lenexa Hook-in---can you believe 70 degree weather at the end of February....the day was kind of a blur for me but it was fun catching up with so many people and also seeing the enthusiasm of so many new hookers there for the first time.

Many thanks to my helpers Jody and Marlene---I could not have done it without you!  And thanks to Brenda as well for help setting up and bringing the wine for Friday nights dinner.

In the blur of it all I am afraid that a note was misplaced about someone that I was supposed to get back to about a couple paisley patterns---so on the off chance that that person is reading my blog please contact me---have the info for you.

I am still trying to get things back in place or in a new place---yes I have rearranged again!!!

Now I am busy getting ready for out State Line Rug Hooker's guild workshop---two three day sessions so lots of things running in my brain as well as preparing for the Santa Fe Workshop---I think there are still a couple of openings so contact me if you  are still  thinking about it.

I was so excited to get to see Kari's rug that she started in my class with the Salt river hookers last August---it makes my heart sing---this picture does not do it justice.

                                                  Here is a close up of the detail.
Baxter is now 8 months old and walking!  He actually started a couple of weeks ago---trouble!

Update on my new rug---as of Sunday I needed to have 28 twists done and I had 29 1/2 but have not worked on it since---so I am getting a couple behind and have company coming today so I am going to need to do some catch up later in the week if I an to have 35 done by next Sunday!  I did put in the brown mix---the browns have some teal in them but it is hard to see n the picture.

Have a great rest of your week and Happy Hooking!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Enjoying the great weather

What  a wonderful week of weather we are having---and it looks like it is going to hold up for next week and the Lenexa Hook-in.  Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday February 27th.

I'm starting to price and pack for the hook-in today and then hope to get our this afternoon for a bike ride and soak up some of our unseasonably warm weather.

New Cupboard pattern to be introduced at the Lenexa hook-in---
You can preorder by emailing me to reserve yours---it is a 6 by 18 inch pattern on linen for $20

Here is my progress on New England Twist and it possible location in my home---a twist a day---I have done 22 so I have to get one done today and tomorrow  to be on schedule.

Come join me in Santa Fe for a fun Workshop---April 24-29.

Have a great weekend!!!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Catching up on Life

Where has all the time gone---it has been way too long since my last post so I will try to catch up.

Since my last post I celebrated my 45th wedding anniversary,  dealt with low pack problems diagnosed as spinal stenosis---having an epidural injection this morning---woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep so taking advantage of some early morning time.  Also celebrated my 66th birthday this past weekend---

 I also went on a trip to Bonaire---husband is a scuba diver---I had a great time soaking up some sun, snorkelling, yoga classes,  eating some great food, visiting a donkey sanctuary ---just to name a few things.
Beautiful water

Outdoor yoga
Donkeys---may have to hook a donkey mat!

I have done a lot of hooking this month---I designed a new paisley rug and almost have it finished---just a tiny bit to do but here is a preview.

 from this

to this!!!

This past weekend our State Line Atha group had our annual retreat at the Tall Oaks conference center.  I worked on my Paisley rug and started a new Pearl Mc Gown pattern called New England Twist---

Here is the beginning of what is a very large rug  41 by 82

I have set myself a goal of doing one swirl a day---so hopefully in 45 days they will all be done leaving me the centers and the diamond shapes between the cables.  Yesterday I did two!!!  Gotta have a few overachieving days to make up for those days when there is no time!!!

A few words about some upcoming camps---I have a couple of openings in my class in Santa Fe in April so if your have been thinking about it---now is the time to check it out.   Let me know if you need information.  Email me at:

Also I am teaching two workshops here in Kansas City for the guild---it is now open for non-guild members---contact me for information.  There are several spaces in the first weekend in April---Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  

No post is complete with pictures of Baxter---now 7 months old and is going to be walking soon.  He is cruising the furniture and standing on his own.

I have started back with home classes this week---so good to have everyone back!

Time to go get ready!

Plan to lay low today and get some more hooking done!  Perhaps I should go tidy up the hooking room before I go.

Happy Groundhog's day!  Hope there is no shadow!!!  But it is raining a lot this morning.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas in California

Flew to California on Christmas night and going back home on New Year's Day---then celebrating my 45th wedding anniversary the next day and my birthday at the end of the month---why does it all have to happen at once!

Here are some new pictures of Baxter!  So much fun to be with him!

                                                Looks like he is singing Joy to the world!
   Love playing with the wrapping paper---although you wouldn't know it looking at this picture!
                                      And he loves feeding himself---yum---butternut squash!
                                        Likes to walk assisted and is crawling everywhere!

I must get a family photo before we leave---today might be a good day...the women are going for pedicures while the guys babysit and then it is hamburgers for lunch day!

Windsor Manor Bunco Christmas Party


Annual Rug Hookers Holiday Gathering---great group of students gathering at Mimi's house---thanks for a wonderful year!!!
I made this end table for my daughter Sarah from an iron base found at Restore and painted with a hammered brown spray paint---and the top made from an old door remnant that I have had in the garage---nice old thick wood---have more piece to male a coffee table too if I can find the right base---hope to hit the Vintage market this weekend when I get home and see what I can find.

And I will close with this picture of Bumpa---AKA Doug White enjoying his grandson Baxter.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Mommy Daddy and Baxter on Thanksgiving Day
Grandma and Baxter selfie on the floor!

Baxter with Great Grandma and Great Grandpa on Thanksgiving

Baxter will be crawling soon!

 He loves to play with his toes!

Loves to stretch when he wakes up and gets out of his swaddle!

Baxter having a conversation with Mr. Fox!

This is my last week with Baxter---it has been a great time but I am pooped!

Tomorrow morning I am going for a well deserved yoga therapy session at Barefoot Movements where I went when I was here in June.  It felt so good last time that I had to do it again.  I think tonight we are going to put up the Christmas tree---hopefully where Baxter will not be able to reach it!  I am glad I will be back at Christmas for another grandma fix!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Baxter time!

I have been in Oakland now for a week and two days---and I am not on Anita time but on Baxter time!

What joy to be able to be here and spend time with Baxter---he will be 5 months old in two days---but he is a handful!  I now why we have children when we are young!

What a joy he is!!!

A teething toothbrush is a good thing!  No teeth yet but he is definitely teething!

He likes his sippy cup!

He is rocking on all fours so soon will be crawling---he is still breastfeeding and bottle feeding is a challenge though he loves to eat---likes to hold his own bottle so he is in control---wonder where he gets that???

Now for the rug hooking related part of my blog...had a wonderful workshop in Bothell Washington.  Here are some pictures from the week.

Olde St. Nichloas---one of my cupboard patterns hooked by Diane, a new hooker doing a great job!

Blue Basket Antique by Edyth O'Neill hooked by Patricia---a great old antique rug design!


Paisley Hex a Jane McGown Flynn pattern ---one of my all time favorite pattern hooked by Kathy---doing a great job with the beading and the antique paisley!

Christmas in the Valley being hooked by Larry in  a 3/4 cut---the snow laden trees were hooked with a dip dye--about 5 inches long.

Penny designed this pattern based on a photo she took in Mexico---so much creativity!

Susan was working on Hot chicks by Sharon smith---fun bright colors!

Vicki was working on a Karla Gerard pattern called Quaint town---she wanted bright colors so I sent her a photograph of some rainbow eucalyptus trees---hence the inspiration for the tree---love it!

What a fun goat pattern!  When I suggested she proddy the flowers around his neck she jumped in with both feet---loved her enthusiasm!
Marla's Westie pattern is based on her westie dogs---we redrew them slightly and she added the radio flyer on the wagon!  Happy little dogs!
Mona was working on a Maggie B. flower basket---great work!
Marti was also a beginner hooker---this is Edyth O"Neill's candle mat---she made great progress on her hooking technique this week..keep it up Marti!!!

Patty  was working on
the Boys at Play ---love how it was turning out---she will be finished in no time!

Ruth Ellen was working on a Susan Quicksall pattern Gypsy Wagon---she had purchased the pattern from someone who had started it and removed all the hooking to do her color palette---fun jewel tome colors with some added textures from paisley and speckled wools!
Evie was working on Orchard Quail by Maryjo Taylor---love the colors---a happy little oval mat!

I have been trying to get this post written for over a week and I am finally going to finish it this morning!

The past two weeks at my daughter's in Oakland has kept me very busy!  I am exhausted at night but go to sleep knowing that my precious grandson is thriving and has a happy home!
I will be heading back to Kansas on Thursday and December will be a busy month---I  will return to Oakland for a week at Christmas and get to see Baxter again!

One big reminder---the annual Christmas party at Mimi's is Wednesday the 17th of December---call me if you have questions.