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!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I'm still here!

Wow it has been a long time since my last post---lots of catching up to do.

We had an early Christmas here in Kansas celebrating with daughter Sarah the weekend before Christmas.  We left Christmas eve for New Orleans to meet up with our old next door neighbors from Duncanville TX.  We had a great time in New Orleans with our friends.  It was cold for New Orleans but much warmer than Kansas so all is good.  The French Quarter is always a lot of fun.  Our flights were all on time and without incident so that was a plus.

 No trip to New Orleans is complete without a trip to the Cafe du Monde

 Good times with Lily!

And I had to try a Mint Julep!  Yummy!

We welcomed in the New year at home in Kansas with friends playing bridge and eating goodies.

I woke up New Years morning and decided to run the 5K at the Commitment Day Run---It was quite chilly but warmed up quickly.  I placed first in my age group so am off to a good start for the new year.

On Sunday I came down with something and have been laying low---and it has been so cold here.

This weekend is our hooking retreat so I have to get better soon.  I have to decide what I want to work on this weekend.  I already finished what I was planning to do.  And I already finished my daughter's wedding rug except for a small correction that I need to make.  I did not finish "mom" yet but it would not be good to work on at the retreat.

Tomorrow is open studio day so I have to clean up down there today---it is a mess!

I also went to the First Friday market last Friday and finally found the perfect ladder for the cupcake tower for Sarah's wedding.

The steps line up level with the back rungs so that I can put shelves across to hold the cupcakes.

 I found these letters cut out of corrugated tin to string together for a banner

And this projector screen will make the perfect backdrop for a photo booth---and it was only $10!

Well that is it for now.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year!