Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Suitcase Gods ~



~ were also smiling down on me.  My suitcase arrived at my door about 24 hours after I did.  I breathed one HUGE sigh of relief.
 
There was a rug show at camp.  So many wonderful rugs.  So much talent.  The Boy Scout rug was hooked by Kris Miller.  One hooker in the class was hooking it for her hubby.
 
 
Saundra, does this look familiar?  Hooked by Sue who bought your Magdalena goat pattern.  Wait until you see how she is hooking that one.





















After the rug show, each attendee voted on their favorite fine cut and favorite wide cut rug.  I don't remember which rug won the fine cut, but this was the #1 choice for wide cut.  It was my choice, too.  Too bad the sun streaming in the windows washed out the beautiful colors!




 
 
Dawn recognized my name and profile picture (dear Loocie) from Facebook.  She has rescued a pug boy and hooked this with Sheila Arbogast.  Fun furbaby.

 
And just for fun, if you are a Dollar Tree fan.  I saw this in Florida but didn't know if I had room to bring one home.  Thankfully the second DT I stopped at had them.  After buying one, I've gone back and bought many more for my dog/wine loving friends.
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Travel Gods were Smiling Down on Me ~


 
Miraculously I made it home yesterday from rug camp.  I had a connection in Charlotte, NC.  I was assured by a seasoned traveler that there was no way I would make it out of Charlotte with the snow they were having.  Upon leaving Jacksonville, the agent put me on an earlier flight so that I would not miss my connection, but upon landing in Charlotte my phone blew up with messages telling me my 5:52 pm flight was cancelled and they had put me on a 10:24 pm flight.  Looking at the flight monitor I saw there was a (delayed) flight leaving for Cleveland in half an hour at a gate that was in a different concourse, a long way from where I was.  I had no idea Charlotte was such a big airport and it must be an American Airlines hub.  Well, I walk up to the gate and see that the walkway is already away from the airplane.  I sheepishly say I know it is crazy but is it possible there could be a seat on that airplane?  That dear agent said let me check and came back saying I (and another woman hoping for the same miracle) could board.  Woo hoo!  I made it back to Cleveland but my suitcase did not.  I was just thrilled to be back home and not sitting in an airport.  AA text message system did not update and know that I was already in CLE and kept sending me messages about the flight delays on the plane I was supposed to be on. I received a message that the flight was delayed until 11:10 pm.  At 11:12 pm I received a message that the flight was cancelled and they booked me on the 10:24 pm flight TONIGHT.  Holy moly.  I would have gone stir crazy sitting in an airport for a day and a half.
 
Now if the suitcase gods will smile upon me.  Not sure where my suitcase is and at this point the airline is not sure either.  My Snapdragon, wool  and two rugs are in that bag!!!
 
Whew!  Are you still with me?  Here is my rug progress from camp.  It doesn't look like much for four days of hooking, but I am pleased.  Kris Miller is an excellent teacher and I'm so happy to have finally taken a class from her. 
 
 
A big shout out to Sue, a blog reader of mine for many years.  She was such a sweetie and picked me up at the airport and then dropped me back off so I did not have to put on my big girl panties and take Uber.
 
Lots more to share :)

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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

My Bags are Packed, I'm Ready to Go ~



With more than a half day to spare.  I guess I'm not a procrastinator after all :)
 
I'm taking some wool with me, but not nearly as much as I'd pack if I were driving.  It's so hard to decide what to bring.  Of course I will buy more wool than I need to, but do hope to incorporate lots of the wool I've chosen.
 
Our weather is, well, typical Ohio.  From a deep freeze to 56* today.  All the snow and ice is gone and it feels like spring.  BUT . . . I hear we are in for a snow storm tomorrow evening.  Oh, darn that I will miss it.
 
I'm moving right along on my little rug.  I am one of those who loves pulling mindless background loops.  I plan to add several more rows of darks for a border.

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

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tuesday Twaddle ~


twad·dle
[ˈtwädl] 
NOUN
  1. trivial or foolish speech or writing; nonsense:
    "he dismissed the novel as self-indulgent twaddle"
    synonyms: rubbish · gibberish · claptrap · balderdash · blarney · hogwash

You know how you just think some words are cool?  I love this word.  I learned it from Kim over at My Field of Dreams.  I think today's post is just a bunch of twaddle :)


I've mentioned in the past that I am quite the procrastinator.  I leave for rug camp bright and early Friday morning.  Since I'm flying, I must carefully plan what I take.  Normally I pack everything but the kitchen sink, but because of flying, I can't do that.  Though I have not yet started packing, I do have a list made. :)    I finally have gotten my goods ready that I hope to sell in the camp store.  And so what am I doing instead of packing?  Sitting at the dang computer. 

Have you noticed the days getting longer?  Just a couple minutes a day, but it's 61 days until we "spring ahead" (but 61 days x 2 minutes a day is over 2 hours) and only 69 days until spring. 

Progress has been made on my little rug.  I will take this along with me to camp to work on until it's my time with the teacher, Kris Miller. 

 
That's it folks.  I'll try to squeeze in one more post before leaving and blogging while I am gone is iffy.  Me and that darn iPad :(
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug Hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Back to Normal ~



The house is about 99% put back together.  I LOVE my Christmas decorations, but it is always good to get back to my "normal".  I've made countless trips to the attic. In the past week I climbed 387 floors!  

I had a dye day on Friday.  Of course, my usual Emma Lou's putty (old) . . . 


. . . plus toned down some wool with seal brown.  (I use Cushing dyes.)  I should have taken before pictures.  The blue wool (top two) was very garish and not something I would ever use!  It's much prettier in person.


I tried dyeing red for the first time ever.  Used a recipe in a dye book by Nancy Raybould.  I added the required amount of dye and wasn't getting great results so added another half dose.  After I had glugged with vinegar and set the color, it still wasn't what I was hoping for.  I started over with another full dose and here are the results. It is a little more pink in color than red, but I think it's a color I can use at some point.


Christmas is all put away except for the tinsel tree.  I think I am going to try to make it a Valentine tree.  I will keep you posted. 

There is so much I put away to make room for the Christmas decorations.  Inevitably, there are things I cannot find.  I knew I was missing a bowl of stone fruit.  I searched and searched and it was nowhere to be found.  Finally I decided to look under the spare bed.  Guess what?  Not one, but two bowls of stone fruit.  Isn't that where you stash yours?  




I put all my feather edge in the same cupboard, so how can I be missing one piece?  It's a gravy boat from a child's dish set.  I am tired of looking for it and I suppose (and hope) that some day it will turn up.

We have had a frigid week, but not nearly as cold as some of you.  Thankfully we are having a heat wave this week and Thursday's high is predicted to be 50*.  I'm sure there will be some crazies running around in shorts and flip flops :)

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


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A New Year ~


Remember 18 years ago?  Y2K?  All the talk that everything was going to collapse because computers would not recognize the year 2000?  It's hard to believe it was so long ago.  Also hard to believe that I have been blogging for over eight years.  Thanks again for following along on my journey :)

Ernestine on New Year's eve.  She wasn't wild about her tiara and this was the best picture I could get.


I have been a crazy woman un-decorating.  Each time I think everything is in the attic except for two of the (many) trees, I find more stuff . . . sigh.  I think it's a sign I just have too much.  The big tree is ready to be hauled up.  The only thing left decorated is that tinsel tree from Walmart that I have fallen in love with.  I think I will leave it up and lit while I put my house back in order which will take at least a couple more days.  I want everything done before I head to rug camp.  I sure hope the weather improves in northern Florida.  It's not even 40* today, but the forecast is looking better.  Speaking of rug camp, I better start making my packing list though I know I will wait until the last minute possible to pack.

With the start of this little rug, I think the hooking mojo has returned.  Just a fun little pattern that is an easy hook.  Not sure how/if I am going to do a border.  This picture is the rug hooked by the pattern designer, Old Scotties Primitives.


The finished size will only be about 16" x 24".  Funny, not many years ago that would have been a HUGE rug for me.  


I hope your new year is off to a great start.  I've seen talk about not making resolutions, but having a word for the year.  I think my word for the year will be purge.  If I can rid myself of one thing a day for 365 days, I will barely make a dent, but it's a start, right?

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

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year ~



Many thanks to all who read my blog, leave comments, send emails and share your friendship with me.  It is why I continue to blog :)

Since I will have no more company this Christmas season, I started taking down the decorations today, a couple days earlier than normal  I am so thankful it comes down MUCH more quickly than it goes up.  Of course I could not get through the season without breaking an ornament and of course it had to be a really neat vintage one from my patriotic tree :(


A couple fun things I received this Christmas.  Eggplant ~ a gift from my brother and his DSO ...


. . . and from hooker friend Karin a salt glaze Santa to add to my growing family (tall one on the back right) . . . 


and this wonderful, vintage boot.  Now that I have two of the mache boots, I think it is the start of another collection :)


Tonight will be a quiet evening spent with DSO.  Just the kind of New Year's Eve I love.  I did not finish my hooked Santa mat, but did start on the urn.  So I will spend the evening pulling a few loops, sipping some wine and spending time with my sweetie and of course Ernestine.  Perfect.

Happy, happy new year, my friends.


Thanks so much for following along on my blogging journey.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren