Monday, November 23, 2009

The beginning of a happy hooker story...

I began rug hooking just over a year ago.  My mother-in-law had done some hooking in the past and had a bunch of unfinished projects, a frame, a cutter, hooks, and some wool in a cupboard in her family room.  I asked her if I could borrow some of the tools to try it out, and she gave it all to me!  I read a few books, talked with a few experienced hookers and dove in. Before I knew it, I found myself hoarding wool and hiding in my office, hook in hand.

My first project was to finish one that my mother-in-law had started many years ago.  She was making a chairpad with a Newfoundland dog on it.  When she started it, they had a Newfy boy named Yogi, who was all black with a white patch on his chest.  She was hooking it with narrow #4 strips and the dog was fiished, but the background was not.  With her permission, I pulled out the background and replaced it with some wool that I found at a Goodwill store.  The backing is burlap, but it was fraying, so I put linen behind it and hooked the background through both the linen and burlap for stability. I still have not finished whipstitching the border, but I love the way it turned out.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The floors are sealed!

I am in the middle of renovating my kitchen, pantry, back hall and laundry room.  The floors were newer wood floors put in by the previous owners, but they had a lot of warping and water damage.  I was never fond of the color and style, but was willing to live with them, until...we decided to use 100 year old barn slate on the laundry room floor.  I loved it so much that we have now done all of the floors in the back of the house with this slate.  We bought 700 pieces of slate off of Craigslist and I had to literally scrub each one.  It was worth all of the hard work, because the floors look great!  The first coat of sealant was put on today and the second coat will be tomorrow! Yippee!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Why Wigglebottom?

I chose the name for my blog because of my two adorable Clumber Spaniels. Pumpkin is two years old and a complete diva. She is insanely jealous of anyone else getting attention and demands adoration! On the other hand, Cutter, our 3 year old, is a living teddy bear. He loves everyone and just wants to cuddle constantly. When they are excited (which happens whenever you enter the room) their little nubby tails and hindquarters wiggle wildly - thus Wigglebottom!