Sunday, January 22, 2017

Detour ~



A little hooking detour, that is.  No real progress on my rug since I decided to hook some "Heavens to Betsy style" hearts.  Hooked with hand torn strips about 1" wide, they will be backed with wool patchwork  and lightly stuffed with wool snippets and a lavender pouch.  If you need lavender, check out eBay seller lavenderandotheritems.  I got a half pound of Washington state grown lavender for only $12.50 which included shipping.  I could smell it as soon as I opened my mailbox.  Heavenly.
 
Here are the hearts I worked on.  They hook up very quickly, being about 10 1/2" high x 9 1/2" wide.  The back will take longer than the hooking, but they look so nice when done.
 
 
The wools that I used.  Both of these were cut across the stripe.
 

On the heart to the left, I cut the wool across the plaid.  The wool on the right it did not matter how it was cut.
 
 
Stay tuned.  I will be having another give-away soon and one of these hearts will be going to a new home.
 
Another beautiful day on Ohio's north coast.  Sunny most of the day.  Currently 57*.  I am lovin' it :)
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren
 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

What a Mess ~



Everyone is talking of purging.  Heaven knows I have plenty I could purge, but find it so hard to part with things . . . even if I haven't used/worn/seen it in many years.  My dear mom bordered on hoarder.  It took me decades to realize it was because she was a product of the depression and had nothing as a child.  I do okay with my main living areas, but my walk up attic and basement are another story.  In all the years I've lived here (17), my basement has never been this bad.  I am not one to say, "Today, I will clean the basement."  I'm more like, "I will work for 20-30 minutes each day cleaning the basement until I am done (or get tired of it and move on to something else)."  I already have a huge pile ready to be donated (I am parting with some things).  At least there is some progress.
 
I got this today at Walmart for only $8.98.  It's 14 1/2" D x 12 5/8" W x 25 5/8" H.  I think it will be great to tuck in the hooking room closet (once I clean it to make room for it . . . lol).  Maybe I can get my cross stitch, punch needle, and/or wool applique stuff organized ~ or is that just wishful thinking?
 
 
Well, a Medigap and Part D prescription plan have been chosen.  It is a relief to have it done and I just hope I made wise choices.  Since I retired with a government pension (city), I had to go through this brokerage place.  I had done my research so knew what I wanted before I called to enroll.  Well, the licensed benefit person tried her best to steer me to a plan that was almost $500 a year more.  The benefits were a little better, but not $500 better!
 
I've been hooking but haven't made as much progress this week on my rug as I thought I would.  It is going rather quickly since I am hooking it in an 8.5 and 9 cut ~ my favorites.  I started on the other half of the rug though I am not quite finished with the first half.
 
 
Two weeks from today hooker friend Melissa and I will be heading to Sauder Village to meet up with Bobbie for a relaxing 2 days of hooking.  It is always such a fun time.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Monday, January 16, 2017

It's Been Four Days ~



I've not heard from the winner of my give-away, so time to pick another.  My handsome assistant is not available this evening :( Congrats to Jo.  You have three days to contact me to claim the little mat.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Good News x 2 ~

 
Good news #1~
I got the results of my recent mammogram and hooray ~ NORMAL!  That has not always been the case.  I've had a several biopsies in years past but thankfully they all come back okay.
 
Good news #2 ~
Late last fall I had a crusty mole removed from my boob.  Diagnosis, squamous cell carcinoma.  That is the second most common type of cancer and is usually caused by exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays.  Now I've done more than my share of tanning, but these old boobs have not seen much sun :)  An excision was done and Friday I got the news that the margins are clear.  What a relief.  Scary stuff.


I'm down to crunch time to decide on my Medicare/medigap coverage.  It's so confusing, but I think I've finally made a choice.  Only time will tell if it's the right one . . . sigh.
 
 
Progress on my rug.  I'm at about the halfway point.  I like the spot on the cat's back but not the legs.  Still need to work on the bunny's ears.  I may set it aside for a couple days to work on a few "Betsy style" hearts. 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A New Book & a Winner ~


In April, a new book is coming out by Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson.  Two sisters, one a hooker (Polly) and one a quilter (Laurie).  They've collaborated on other books and they are wonderful.  Lots of quilting and hooking inspiration.  I'm sure this one will not disappoint.
 
Email Polly to pre-order.  She just needs your name, address and email.  The $34.99 (plus shipping, I presume) will be due when the book is shipped.
 
Here's the best part ~ ~ ~ if you pre-order with Polly by April 1st, you will be entered into a drawing for a quilt from Laurie or a hooked rug from Polly.  Now that's cool :)


I  had my trusty assistant Jake pick the give-away winner.


Congrats to Farmhouse Prims.  You have three days to contact me to claim your win.
 
I hope to have another give-away soon :)
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Still Time ~

                                                                                                                                                            
You still have time to enter my give-away.  Leave a comment HERE (if the link is not working, it's the posting dated January 6) or send me an email with give-away in the subject line by tomorrow evening.  I forgot to mention that the winner must contact me within 3 days or I will choose another.       
 
Progress has been made on my rug.  I am using 6 or 8 different darks for the background.  The ears don't look too bad in the picture, but in person they look terrible.  Not sure what I am going to do.  Maybe the back ear needs to be hooked in a darker color and the beauty line removed???  (It already is a different wool but maybe too similar?)  Suggestions?
 
 
Oh, my goodness.  My computer has gone bonkers.  There was an automatic restart because of some updates, and now my enter key won't work.  Have you any idea how hard it is to type without an enter key? 
 
Just restarted again and now it's working.  WTH?
 
Only three weeks until the annual hooking retreat at Sauder Village.  What fun spending time with bestie hookers Melissa and Bobbie and 57 others.  It's always a nice winter break. 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, January 8, 2017

I'm No Saundra ~ ~ ~


~ ~ ~ you know that hooker we love to hate :)  (Sorry girlfriend!)
 
BUT ~ ~ ~ I have made progress on my rug.  Even though her rug is bigger . . . and she has lots more done . . . I am plugging along.  And like Saundra, there is a bit of reverse hooking needing to be done.  The colors are pretty accurate except for the bird.  It really is brown.  On my monitor it's showing up pinky.   

 
 We've been very lucky here on Ohio's north coast.  I do not live in the "snow belt".  That is about an hour east of me.  We've only gotten maybe 2" of snow.  It's been down in the single digits for a couple nights, but thankfully the nasty winds have subsided and we're headed into a few days of warmer temperatures.  Hey, only 71 days until spring :)

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren