Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Fine Mess ~

The hooking room started like this.

I've piled it on a table to sort through.  A big problem is trying to decide what color is the wool.  Is it green, blue, somewhere in between?  Brown?  Black?  Dark?  Do you have trouble deciding?  All the pieces are different sizes.  Folding them uniformly is a real issue, too.  

I am not good about washing wool as soon as I bring it home.  (New wool, not recycled.)  Sometimes I even have trouble trying to figure if I've already washed it.  I find the "sniff test" (the scent of Downy) works best, but sometimes I am still not sure.  I have more in another cupboard that has yet to be washed.
Here's the start of my wool organization.  Trouble is, I am going to run out of space long before I run out of wool to be folded.  Such a terrible problem to have . . . wink, wink.

After my wool is finally organized, I may not want to start a new project for fear of messing all my neat piles . . . lol.  We hookers (well, most of us anyhow) know it's almost impossible to keep a neat work area. 
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Stuff ~

I am a master at frittering away the day.  I was going to go play (antique) today, but got too late a start with grandson here, so after taking him to his dad's, I thought I'd get so much done.  Oh, the best laid plans of mice and men!
Last night Jake and I went to Boo at the (Cleveland) Zoo.  It was a beautiful evening with temperatures in the 60's so we were very lucky.  Just a few sprinkles started when we were making our very long trek back to the car.  (Sorry for the lousy pictures!)
The Koala exhibit is one of my favorites.  They had just brought him out a bit earlier so he was sitting in a tree munching on some leaves.

New to the zoo this year is a carousel with the most wonderful carved animals.  Jake chose to ride the shark . . .

. . . and I was on a rabbit.

This was a really cool "glow" show.  It was in a dark room and the characters were wearing black clothing outlined in lights is the best way to describe it.  It was really fun.

Here is the progress on my Santa and Sheep rug.  Not as much as I had hoped for, but at least I've gotten a bit hooked.  My goal was to finish hooking all but the outside border this weekend, but I don't think it will happen.  This darned machine just sucks me in and uses so much of my time . . . sigh.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Harvest Among the Flowers ~

Yesterday was an absolutely perfect day for an outdoor show.  I was a vendor at one hosted by Lil Raggedy Angie at her mom's home.  I did not do as well as I had hoped, but I did buy this sweet concrete house for my garden . . .

. . . a couple Christmas gifts, and I came home with a few coins in my pocket. 
Her mom has the most wonderful old Victorian home.
She most graciously said I could share her yard with you.  Thank you Myra.  Everywhere you turned there was something fun.
Gazebo made from an old corn crib.
The back of the house.

Wonderful garden angel made from an old shutter.


Garden sculptures made from old implements.

I think this longhorn steer was my favorite thing . . . made from an old gas can . . .

. . . with a shovel face.

More angels.

A true "bottle tree".

This old willow trunk was probably the largest I've seen outside of the redwood forest in California.

Isn't she FUN?  Love the boobs.

Here is the hostess with the mostest.  It was such a pleasure to meet her! 
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Finally Friday ~

Last evening the Hidden Hills Hookers met.  Here are a few projects that were shared.
The three dog rugs were hooked in a class with Donna Hrkman.

The next two rugs are from a class with Connie Bradley.

Sunday I was supposed to leave for a hooking retreat but unfortunately it was cancelled.  Was it karma ??? that I was then asked to vend at a show in Mt. Vernon, OH on Sunday.  Not a primitive or antique show, just an eclectic group of sellers.  If you are in the area, please stop by.  Please also pray for good weather :)

Just a few of the things I will take with me.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Italian Dinner ~

Saturday afternoon at the hooking retreat at Lakeside, we were told the kitchen was off limits after 3 pm.  About 5 pm, we were told to proceed to the patio dining area and to bring a pen.  We were handed a menu and had to choose our 1st, 2nd and 3rd courses (3 of each).  The menu was in Italian and we had about 60 seconds to decide.  

Waiting for dinner to be served.

Head chef Luigi, or was it Guiseppe (???) telling us dinner would be served. 

You really had to be there, but let me try to explain.  For my first course I had chosen a salad, water and knife.  Have you ever eaten a salad with a knife?  It can be done :)  There were also stalks of celery on the table that we could use.  Someone got ice cream, a napkin and water, another got spaghetti, ice cream and a napkin.  I think you get the idea.  It was proven that you can eat spaghetti with a stalk of celery.
Our wait staff was hilarious.  

They would suddenly start arguing and poking each other with a stereotypical Italian accent.  
At the end of each course, they would take away your food and utensils whether you were done or not.  After the second course, I still had my napkin and mentioned to my tablemates that Mario did not take it from me.  Well, Luigi came and grabbed it off my lap.
Everyone also had their "Mona Lisa" portrait done.

I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard.  What a wonderful time with some of the best hookers I could ever hope to meet!
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