Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

Our next door neighbor brought over a dozen of these adorable cookies - They look too good to eat!

We had a few people over to watch fireworks on the patio, so we spent the past few days getting the yard spruced up for company.  Apparently, the deer thought that they would help by "trimming" all of the hostas around the patio!

Pumpkin surveying the damage.

I did buy these Hydrangas at Home Depot and they are gorgeous.  Now that the party is over, I am going to have my hubby plant them on the side of the garage.  I just love them!

This is Cutter last night playing with TWO tennis balls.  In this photo,he is waiting to see if they move by themselves! 

Nope, they are not alive, Butterboy!

Happy 4th of July!  God bless America!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Old Rugs, Woolfest & Cute Pups

Been a bit delinquent with my posts...summer chaos has kicked in and I am finding myself taxiing the kids around.  So, here is the update-  In early June, we made a trip to Vermont and I was excited to re-visit the Shelburne Museum to see all of their fabulous hooked rugs.  I was very disappointed to find out that the hooked rug collection was off-exhibit this year.  They did have a few rugs here and there that I took photos of, and I will just have to make another trip next summer!  This cute elephant rug was in the Circus building.

I loved this stair runner.  If I hooked anything this large, I probably would not let anyone walk on it!  It was made in 1934 by Mildred O'Neil and it depicts different events from her life.  A very neat idea, but way beyond my ability at this point!

Right before our trip to Vermont, I purchased an old rug at an antique show.  Although I am not generally drawn to geometric designs, I really love this rug.  The colors are fabulous and I love the fact that it is not symmetrical and the hooker used what she had on hand.  It needs a lot of repairwork, and a good cleaning.  I am going to wait until winter and try the snow method.  Here it is :

The colors are bit bolder in real-life.

In other news, this weekend, my guild is co-hosting Woolfest at Lake FarmPark in Kirtland, OH.  As I was packing the car, Cutter jumped in the back and would not get out.  I think he wanted to come to Woolfest!  He would have liked all the sheep, goats, alpacas, etc...
I was up there for several hours demonstrating rug hooking and shopping for wool!  It was a lot of fun and I got to catch up with my friend Jane.  I did not get a lot done on my Santa rug, but I got many compliments on it! :)  I forgot to pack my camera and do not have photos to post of the rug show.  There were so many beautiful rugs made by talented artisans.  They really inspired me!

And, now I am off to tend to my little one who has strep throat...never a dull moment!

Friday, May 28, 2010

There's a Potty on my lawn!

As a fund-raiser for our Relay for Life team, we have a Purple Potty that is circulating around town.  After I finished mowing the lawn yesterday, I found the potty in my front yard.  It has attracted a lot of attention, a few phone calls and a lot of giggles, but it will be leaving us tonight and going to its next destination... Are you next?????

This morning, I put in the veggie garden and am a little concerned that the animals will find it before we get the fence back up.  Te posts are bring installed on Tuesday with the rest of the fence in the following days.  I think it looks good so far- the hubby rototilled until 9pm last night prepping the soil - good job, honey!

Santa has not made much progress with all of the beautiful weather, but I am going to try and get a lot done this weekend...

Happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cutters, Cuttings, & Cutter

The rug hooking world got thrown  a loop with this week's announcement of the closing of Townsend Industries.  Townsend manufactures the Rolls Royce of wool cutters and now everyone is scrambling to buy up the inventory before it is gone.  Of course, I had been planning on asking Santa for a Townsend, but my plan had to be accelerated.  I contacted Barb Carroll to ask her advice on which two blade sizes I should buy and then called Mr. Ault.  I will know in a few days when his order comes in if I lucked out and got what I needed (OK, wanted). 

In the meantime, I found a handy tote at my local garden store, which works purrfectly as a cutter tote!  Twinkle was kind enough to model with it this morning.

Yesterday was a beautiful day.  I went shopping for plants for my pots, watched my Brownie troop "bridge" to Junior Girl Scouts, and spent some quality time outside with the pups while everyone was at school.  Right at the edge of our woods are the old foundations from the original barn and outbuildings.  Wild Phlox is growing amongst the ruins and it looks so beautiful.  I am going to go out this afternoon and get some cuttings and put them in a vase. 

Lastly, can't talk about cutters and cuttings without mentioning my boy, Cutter.  Look at this face- I absolutely adore him!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Santa no longer looks like a cookie

As I wrote in my last post, one lady at the hook-in thought my Santa's face looked like a cookie.  My sister agreed and said it was like a cross between oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip!  I have made some progress with him, and I think (hope) he is now recognizable as Mr. Claus!

Yesterday was beautiful here in Ohio and the pups enjoyed playing in the yard.  We filled up their patio pool/giant water bowl and Pumpkin was immediately in it!  Cutter chose to patrol for interesting smells and just look adorable.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

WRRH Hook-In

I vowed that before I went to the hook-in, I would finish hooking my Camp rug and I did- here it is!  I added another color to the background and I am really happy with it... now I just need to bind it.

Now for the Hook-In rug:

 I expected to get a lot more done, but with all of the chatting, snacking and shopping going on, it was hard to stay in my seat!  Santa is off to a good start and I really like how his face is coming out- although one lady near me thought his face was cookie.  My rug camp friend, Jane, and I had a great time talking and it was fun to see all the different rugs people were hooking.  It is amazing to me how different everyone's style, palette and taste are - no two hookers are alike!  I also loved looking at the wool at the various vendor booths.  It was very tempting, but I behaved myself.  I did win a prize at the Chinese Auction:

It is a wool pin cushion- isn't it darling!

Today, it was back to reality, with playdates for the girls, yardwork for the hubby and playtime for the pups. After a long day, nothing is better than a book in the hammock and a GIANT marshmallow cooked over the fire!

  Happy Sunday!

Monday, April 26, 2010


I did end up changing the background and I am very happy with it. 

I am only using one color wool because the rest of the rug is so busy and I could not find anything that I liked with it.  I am going to do an outer border of dark multicolor wool, which should anchor the design.  I am hoping to get some more done today, although I really should be folding the laundry... 

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rug Camp Day 2 , 3 , & 4

On Day 2, I did a bit of the background, the leaf, corner clamshell and the orange
 dogish animal on the left side of the picture.  I was not sure about the background, so I decided to hook all of the animals and then decide.

This is what things looked like at the end of Day 3.  I got the horse, the snake, the blue bird, a heart and another leaf done.

And this is what it looks like now.  With the exception of the hen, all of the animals and the heats are done.  I am still wavering on the background and will have to put it aside for a few days.

I had a great time at Rug Camp and met some really wonderfully talented ladies.  I have already registered for next year and look forward to seeing everyone again in the near future.

Monday, April 12, 2010

First Day of Rug Camp!

My progress so far...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

It's done...well, the hooking is!

Yippee! I finished hooking this morning and my rug is done.  I am not sure how I want to finish the edges yet, but that is a dilemma for another day.

Here is a better picture of it!

Of course, I am already preparing for the next one.  I am planning on making the Antique Santa and Reindeer from the Star Rug Company.  I also contacted Marita at the Merry Hooker Woolens, because she has hooked this rug and I really liked her background color.  I found out that it is the her tea stained textures, which is what I used on the aprons and eagles of this rug.  I ordered some more (and a few other colors...) and the package arrived the other day.  Everything was wrapped up so nicely, I have not had the heart to untie and spread them all out.

 Unfortunately, before I can start on any more rugs, I have to unload 140 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies.  Anyone want some?


And, I have to take poor Pumpkin back to the vet.  She has had some itching issues and the meds do not seem to work. 
Poor thing has been in a comfy cone since Saturday!  She has been unable to fit through the mini door to access the cat food.  Needless to say, Twinkle is happy about that!

Have a good day!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Snow Day!

Only our second day off from school this year.  We have a ton of snow and David has taken the girls skiing.  I have been left home to take Pumpkin to the vet and to dig dog trails in the snow so that the pups have somewhere to go potty.  I have been also taking a broom and hammer to all of thes icicles that are hanging off the house.  I do not want any accidents!  Oh the joys of mommyhood...
Puppy Trails on the patio

Now that is all taken care of, I am going to put on a movie and hook!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Making progress

Slowly, but surely, I am making progress with this rug. With all of the snowy weather, I have found some time to sneak up to my office, play movies on my computer and hook!

Because this design is based on a fraktur, I put my initials and David's initials in the two hearts.  We will be celebrating our 15th anniversary this year!

Of course, no blog post would be complete without out my two pups, enjoying a few late x-mas presents last week!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Color Planning...and re-planning and re-planning, etc.

This is my latest project.  The pattern is by Tonya Benson Robey of Mad Hen Primitives.  I love her patterns and have several of them.  I am really excited about this rug, but the color planning has driven me crazy.  I keep finding different wool and changing my mind.  There are almost too many elements and colors to organize for my small brain! 

I love the background wool (seen around the vines) - it is a lovely plaid that I got from Prim and Proper Stitches.  I also like the two blues I am using on the dress.

This final pic is of Pumpkin playing Queen of the Snow Mound yesterday.  She has a brand new tennis ball in her mouth and refused to reliquish it all morning!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Kitchen Completion!...well almost.

Finally! We are nearing the end of our kitchen renovation. This is the new cupboard we had built. It hides my microwave, coffee maker and toaster.  I can not say enough nice things about Willmott Construction. They are fabulous! The only thing left is painting, which we are slowly chipping away at... This wall is done!

This rug is perfect here!

This is my new laundry sink - The primer coat is on, but I still need to paint in here.