Sunday, April 23, 2017

I Kid You Not ~


In today's newspaper magazine insert, there is an article on what people earn.  From the mountain safety host ($1637) to a famous actor (est $63 million).  The most bizarre I found ~ and I  kid you not ~ is the 33 year old female in Portland, Oregon, who is a "professional cuddler".  And what is that, you ask?  I quote, "I teach platonic touch in a one-on-one setting under the rules of Certified Cuddlers with the goal of creating a safe space for each person to feel accepted and loved just as they are!".  WTH??? And she is earning $59K a year!!!
 
I'm finally been back to working on my class rug (Connie Bradley - Wool Yankers) that I started early in March.  It is a small mat, only about 10" x 24".  I'm getting close.  The opposite side is done.  Just needs a little tweaking.  I normally don't round my corners, but decided to give it a try.  I think I will either bind this with wool or a crochet edge since it is small.


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Yesterday was too cold to get in the yard and this morning it was only 34*.  I mowed the lawn today, but needed to wear gloves most of the time.
 
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Lauren

Thursday, April 20, 2017

FINALLY ~

 
. . . something to show you.  The hooking is done - woo hoo - but of course the steaming and binding will have to wait. 
 
I started this rug mid-February so it's taken me over two months to hook, but I did have two classes where I started new rugs.  (How's that for justification?)  Hopefully they will be the next rugs worked on.  This rug ended up being 31" x 45" ~ by far my largest rug to date.  I used lots of worms and small pieces of wool, but did not make a dent in them.  I swear they multiply at night while we sleep :)
 
As most of us know, it is so hard to get a good color picture of the rug with a digital camera.  This was taken outside in dappled sunlight.  It's pretty washed out, but you get the idea of how it looks, right?
 

I'm so happy to have the initial yard clean up done :)  Now to thin the perennials.  I have so many that have just taken over.

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Lauren

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Congrats to ~

 
Thanks to all who entered.  I think this was my most popular give-away ever.  Forty entries via blog comments and 5 emails.  Congrats to one of the most talented ladies out there in blogland ~ Woolwoman.  She can do it all.  Needlepoint, cross stitch, rug hook and knitting that would knock your socks off.  Mel, I know I have it somewhere, but please send me your snail mail address and the coverlet pouch you would like.
 
I've  still been busy with yard work so my scrappy crosses rug is not yet done.  I'm close.  Very close.  Just two more corners to go.  I'm not sure if I'm crazy about them, but I will learn to like them . . . lol.
 

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Lauren

Monday, April 17, 2017

Just {{can't}} Say No ~

 
Saturday, four of us drove from Ohio to Ann Arbor, MI for the annual hook in.  As usual, it was great.  The rug show was small, but loaded with talent.  Here are some of the hooked pieces displayed.  I used the same camera setting for all the pictures, but a few are so washed out.  I'm guessing it was the way the light was coming through the windows.
 











My favorite rug in the show.
Pattern by Janice Johnson.
No where close to the true colors!






Friend Bobbie's rug.
Another rug where the colors are washed out.
The previous picture shows truer colors.




I just can't say NO to wool.  All the wool I bought was on sale except for the bottom piece of teal.  I have more wool than I can hook in three lifetimes, but I never have the right color.  I'm sure you TOTALLY understand . . . lol :)


These are all Anne Bond wools.  Little pieces I could not resist for just a dollar each. 


Another pattern.  (Why?  Because it was on sale.)  I would not hook it in these bright colors. 


Today the day was spent at the indoor amusement park with grandson Jake and his friend.  I got to sit on my butt all day while they rode the rides, but it still wore me out . . . lol.  They had fun so that's all that matters :)
 
There's still a bit of time to enter my little give-away.  Leave a comment here.
 
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Lauren

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter ~



Here's hoping everyone had the best Easter ever :)  I spent the day with those I love most.  Son, grandson, brother, his DSO and my DSO.  Only my California son was missing . . . sigh.

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Lauren

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time Management ~




I thought once I got in to the swing of retirement, I would have so much free time.  I would hook hours everyday and also cross stitch, needle punch and do wool applique.  HA!  I'm lucky if I find a bit of time to hook each day.  It would help if I'd stay home more.  It seems I'm always on the run.  Yard work has also been at the forefront.  We've have a few beautiful days so I've spent many hours working on the flower gardens.  I'm about half done.  The sun is shining today but it is downright chilly.  I may try to rake up some leaves in my little back patio, but I really am a fair weather gardener. 
 
It's hard to find something to blog about when I have no hooking to share.  I thought I would finish my scrappy crosses rug last week, but I still have part of one side to go in addition to the four corners. 
 
Saturday I, along with three hooker friends, are heading up to Ann Arbor, MI to a hook in.  Always a good time with wonderful vendors :)  Just what I need ~ more wool . . . lol!

Just because I have such wonderful followers, I'm having a little give-away.  Completely hand sewn, these little pouches are made from antique coverlets and lined with wool.  (I did not cut up a coverlet.  These were made with pieces I've picked up over the years.)  Perfect to hold your hook and scissors if you are a hooker :)  They range in size from 8" to 11".  The winner gets her choice.  As always, the rules are simple.  Leave a comment on this post or send me an email with give-away in the subject line.  I will choose a winner next Tuesday evening.  THE WINNER MUST CONTACT ME WITHIN 3 DAYS OR I WILL PICK ANOTHER.  (Please no sharing on social media.)



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Lauren

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday Ramblings ~

 
 
We never did get snow the other day, but less than five miles south they got several inches of that wet, heavy, beautiful spring snow :)  I always love a spring snow because within a day or two it is gone.  Today is a gorgeous day.  I cut grass for the first time.  Don't you just love the smell of a freshly cut lawn?  Getting some more yard clean up done and I have plenty to keep me busy for many days, though I may not be able to get out of bed tomorrow.

Friday I hit a couple antique shops with my brother's DSO Lyn.  I was VERY good ~ only bought this sweet little treen container (2nd from right) and a couple gifts that I cannot share (and some silverplate spoons to make necklaces but that doesn't count . . . lol).  It's been a while since I've added to my treen collection, but this was too good a deal to pass up.  The pieces are more of a barn red in person.  You can see more of my collection here.
 
 
Yesterday was the Gathered Treasures show about an hour and a half from home.  Met dear friend Sheila and was good yet again (no fun).  It is a wonderful show, but even though I have a few "primitive" things, that is not my style.  I did come home with two snowbirds dating from the mid 1800's.  Now that I have three, I guess it's an official collection.  Here they are sitting atop a little tiger maple corner cupboard ~ sweet but not old ~ in the guest/computer room.  (A snowbird was mounted on the roof to keep the snow from falling on people below. The wings held back the snow to allow it to melt.)
 
 
A couple weeks ago when we had a few days of bitter cold, I thought all my daffodil bulbs would freeze.  Some did but many did not which makes me a happy camper.
 

Hyacinth is another favorite of mine :)

 
Primrose . . .


I don't remember what the sweet little flowers are.

 
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Lauren