Thursday, March 29, 2012

Where has the week gone

Well this has been a busy week.  Yesterday I finally got all my wool put away in the studio as well as pulling 4 bags full to take to my shop in Greenwood.  I had also cleaned up a bunch of stuff found in the garage and took it to my booth as well.  There were some old windows that I had bought  planning to do something with them but never did, a green feather basket that took up a lot of room, a big stack of old Country Home and Country Living magazines, a brown  painted box--- perfect for a toy box or maybe wool storage???  Here is a picture of the booth when I was finished putting the stuff in.

Here is another view

Today is my youngest daughter Sarah's birthday---Happy Birthday Sarah!  Sarah Pauline---named after my mother Pauline.

It is kinda strange but I kinda like my house rather empty---all the stuff packed up is rather freeing---there are still groupings of furniture waiting to be carried upstairs on Monday.

Today I plan to clean up the studio area in the basement as I am having classes next week and since hubby and Fred, the dog, will be hanging out there next week while they are working on the floors.
I have some rearranging to do---also may be cooking on the stove down there.  The only thing not down there will be a refrigerator----plan to make it accessible in the garage so we'll be set.  Once they start the staining and sealing we will be banished for a few days and plan to head to the lake---but not until I am satisfied with the color.

This is a lot of work, but badly needed.

I am running my first 5 K this year in a couple of weeks---called Rock the Parkway---I am looking forward to it, and have been keeping up with my running---no long distance runs but plenty of 3 milers.

I might even plant some flowers outside today---I'm not much of a gardener but the front planting area looks pretty sad.  Hmmm----what to plant.

All my rugs are rolled up and put away---except for the one over the mantle---will take it down on Sunday.

Workshop alert!!!

I am teaching in Buckeystown Maryland in October and talked to the director this week---there are openings in the camp so if you are looking for a fall workshop check it out---looks like a great setting and the fall color should be wonderful.  The other teachers include Sally Kallin, Judy Carter and Liz Marino---contact me if you need info.

Have a great weekend.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Interesting find

Today as I was boxing up all my stuff and realizing that I have way too much stuff I came across a picture of my mother when she was a young woman---the picture is very dark but quite visible as the backdrop was a wonderful old paisley shawl---my mother died when when was only 38---she was the youngest of 11 children---I was only 9 and I still miss her.  I wonder if she knows how much I love paisleys?  Maybe she did too---:)

So much to catch up on and so little time to do it...but here goes.

I left Kansas a week ago last Friday for Texas---what a great week!

The drive to Dallas was grueling---can you say I hate traffic!!!

I got to visit my friend Lily, go shopping, eat at Pappadeaux's, see the bluebonnets---some of my favorite things!

Sunday morning I heard towards Salado for the Yellow Rose Rug Hooking Workshop---it is a beautiful facility with great accommodations, food, directors, and most importantly great students!

The conference center where my class was was top notch with great lighting and lots of space.  I wish that I had taken more pictures but I didn't---you will have to take my word for it or just come check it out for yourself.  I got the room set up in the afternoon and after dinner managed to get some students off to an early start and then finished up  the first round by lunch time on Monday morning.

We spent three long but fun filled days and nights of hooking.  There were lots of fun things thrown into the mix as well---a Monday night boutique, a rug show, the Rancharita's exhibit and sale, a masseuse and many great meals.  I did manage to get my runs in but since it was dark when I went I just ran on the grounds of the facility rather than on the trail.

Here are some pictures of my student's work---

Diane's Early Frost Adaptation sold by House of Price---Diane had to leave early to get back to work but she was able to get her color plan set---it is going to be a great rug!
 Gwynna's Bird's and Pomegrantes---an Edyth O'Neill design---this is the big one!!!  She really got a lot of hooking done
 this is Max's project---Santa's Helpers---designed "the lady"---this is one big project---fortunately we get to work on it again in September at Green Lake---but the cow and goat are coming to life!
 Carol was working on a Bea Brock pattern called Tallavera---she had worked with Bea to develop the color plan for her home---it is going to be a lovely rug!

Sheila worked on two of my Cupboard designs---the first is Pumpkin Vine---she did a great job on the Bittersweet---and then she decided to use the same technique to do The next one---Texas Hill Country.
 And it worked great for the Bluebonnets----can't wait to see this one finished!!!
Barbara worked on this stocking for her granddaughter---be sure and do a close-up to see the subtle sparkles---beautiful.
 Jean was working on a doorstop of her rat terrier "Robert"---we tweaked the pattern some to reflect her dog---sorry but I can't remember the name of the designer---maybe it will come to me.
 Nancy worked on this large sunflower to be made into a pillow---mostly done in a #6 cut.  A painterly approach to flower---great texture in the center of the flower.
 Brenda hooked this "Penny Rug Sunflower" a Primitive Grace pattern, a fun pattern to work out a color plan---she is well on her way to a great version.
 Margaret 's pattern was Emma Lou's Antique Floral---this is going to have a dark background which will really make these flowers pop---lovely teals. golds and roses.
 Melody adapted  this paisley pattern from a fabric---this is going to be a wonderful paisley rug---she is a beautiful hooker and is really bringing this to life.

Audrey was doing a great job on this design by Susan Quicksall---a colorful bunting bird and sculpted berries.
 Charlotte worked on a Paisley design that I did for her---She was using some fun colors---check out the cross cut strip outline on the boteh on the right!

This is Noreen's cat---we were working from pictures of her siamese cats to come up with the colorations ---a fun memory rug of her cats!

Thanks for a great workshop!

I got home early afternoon on Friday---and had to jump into a new mess at the house.  we are having some new wood flooring laid on the main level and the wood that is there refinished so we spent Saturday getting the garage cleaned up so that we can store some of the furniture in there and moving the rest upstairs---which means that  everything on the first floor has to be packed up and moved out.  I got a lot packed up inside on Sunday before going to some friends house to watch KU beat North Carolina---yeah Jayhawks!  

More packing to do today and then tomorrow I hope to get down to the studio---have not put anything away yet!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Spring Fever

Yesterday was a beautiful warm day here in is chilly this morning and expecting rain/snow mix with sun returning in the afternoon but  not warm until next week---in the 70's on Monday!  My husband is getting itchy to put our trailer back on our spot at Lake Pomme de Terre.  Sounds pretty good to me to but I don't think we are past getting below freezing.

I have spent the past two days in the dye pots---lots of yards of wool.   Today I hope to start pulling some things together for the Camp in Yellow Rose to see if I still need to get into the dye pots again.

I will be heading to Texas in two weeks---looking forward to some of that Texas hospitality!  I am excited to stop in Duncanville to see my old next door neighbor Lily---what a great friend and I  miss her.  It is strange to stay with her and see the house that we built in the 70's---I was 27 years old and working for Joske's.  I was living in Mesquite and would drive I-20 to Arlington.  I kept seeing this hilly wooded area from the interstate and one day after work I took the exit and fell in love with the area---I found a lot with a builder's name and went home and pronounced that I had found where I wanted to live---so we did in 1977 (I think)--- We moved from Texas to Alaska in 1991.  That is another story!

I wanted to post this information about this upcoming hook-in---I will be vending at this event---it sounds like a great event---put in on your calendar!

When you come to this Hook-in and mention that you saw this on my blog I will have a special little gift for you---looking forward to seeing you there!

Pre-registration - $15.00 includes a box lunch $ 6.00 without box lunch
Day of event - $ 7.00 at the door
*seating for lunch is limited, register early* (Lunch provided by The Art of Entertaining)
(Lunch not available for purchase day of event)
THE WOOLY LOFT and FRIENDS invite you to attend the 1st Annual
Saturday, April 28, 2012 10am - 4:30pm
Location: Kirkwood Community Center 111 S. Geyer Road Kirkwood, MO. 63122
Come join us for a FUN-filled day of HOOKING, SHOPPING, DOOR PRIZES & A RUG SHOW ** The Wooly Loft ** Nolahooks ** Kathy Meentemeyer ** Anita White ** Handbehg Felts **
** The Red Saltbox ** Wooly Woolen ** Hollyhock Hill Design ** Hill Country Rug Works **

** Woolgathering Baskets ** Saltbox Primitive Woolens ** Vicki Hardcastle ** Hall's Hooks ** ** Kay Kjeldgaard Crafts ** Prairie Road Designs ** Edwina Prinster ** M&N Creations **
**The Naomi Miller St. Louis Guild of Rug Hookrafters will be demonstrating throughout the day** ** engraving by The Woolhooker's Helper **
Contact: Donna McHargue - (314) 422-7771 Nina Dempsey - (314) 965-5752 Maria Masurat - (314) 560-9244
or visit - for more information
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This form, with payment, must be postmarked by March 31, 2012
Name _________________________________________________________________
Address _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

Phone _____________________Email ______________________________________ _____I would love a box lunch - $15 _____I do NOT care for a box lunch - $6 Please check one ____ Chicken salad sandwich
____ Turkey sandwich *Seating for lunch is limited, register early*
____ Veggie sandwich. **No outside sales**
Make check payable to: Hook-In St. Louis, LLC 101 W. Argonne Dr. Kirkwood, MO. 63122 

While I am on a roll, let me also mention that I will be in Alabama in May and received my class list yesterday so I will be contacting the students soon.

I also received the class list for Caraway in North Carolina in June and will be getting those e-mails out as well.

I am looking forward to both of these workshops---I was asked an interesting question yesterday---what part of rug hooking do I like the best---is it "hooking" or "dyeing"---or for me is in "teaching"---I think the thing I love most is the diversity that rug hooking allows me---never time to get bored---it allows me the freedom to put my effort in where I am at that point in time.  There are days that are frustrating and there are days that are relaxing---but I get to wake up and do something that I love to do---well, most of the time---I don't like the loading and unloading and I really don't like the paperwork part of it!

I will be teaching in Green Lake Wisconsin in September and have some openings in my class.  If you or anyone you hook with is looking for a great camp---check this one out!  It is a great camp.

I feel compelled to have at least one picture on this post.

So here it is:

This picture was taken in Green Lake, Wisconsin---so beautiful!

Well it is time to go get busy!

Have a great weekend!