Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mental Block ~

I just don't get it.  I will come up with any excuse to NOT work on Ole Jack.  I have barely hooked on it in days.  I did hook a bit last night, but just a very little bit.  Is is because I am hooking outside my comfort zone?  That is about the only thing I can come up with.  Here is the area I worked on last night.

And here is my progress so far.  Rather pathetic 😟  (If you think I am doing great, remember I have been home from camp for a month!)  Jack's colors are a little more subtle in person.

I like it, so why, why, why am I not working on it on a regular basis?  Hopefully I can get my rear in gear and get some more done.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs 😊
Lauren

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Facebook Fact-Checker ~

Have you had doubt about independent Facebook fact-checkers?  I don't think I will ever believe them again (not that I had much faith in them prior to this)!


Really???  They never met my mother nor countless others who were the product of the depression.  Not  only did she wash her aluminum foil and save bacon grease, but also wrapping paper and ribbon, bread bags, paper bags, styrofoam containers, butter tubs . . . there wasn't much she didn't save.  And I'm quite certain many are still doing this.  I find this absolutely ridiculous!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by . . . and listening to my rant.
Pug hugs 😊
Lauren


Sunday, October 17, 2021

Crochet 101 ~

{{Well, Darn.  I tried a copy/paste to insert a picture on this post and it deleted all my text.  GGRRRRR 😖}}  Let's try again.

It has been decades since I learned to crochet.  Back then, the only thing I learned was a single crochet.  All the rows the same.  No increasing or decreasing.  After seeing a crochet pumpkin at a friend's house and then Jennie's crochet pumpkin, I decided I would give it a try.  I've watched countless You Tube videos.  I understand how to do the basic stitches.  My problem is the beginning and end of a row.  I can't figure out where to insert the hook.  The sample to the left isn't too bad, but the one on the right is a disaster.  Time to rip that one out, watch more videos, and try again . . . sigh.


Maybe I need to stick with rug hooking 😁

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Pug hugs 😊
Lauren

Friday, October 15, 2021

National Pug Day ~

Molly and Ernestine want to wish you all a very happy National Pug Day 😚

Thanks to all who entered my give-away.  And the winner is . . . drumroll please . . . Marie.  Congrats.  You have 3 days to contact me to claim the pumpkin.


Hopefully soon I can show some progress on my horse rug.  I have found a bit of time to hook . . . a very little bit.  My life is just flying by.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs 😊
Lauren

Sunday, October 10, 2021

The Things You Find ~

I found this in a bag of yarn I had not looked in in MANY years.

What, you may ask, is it?  A very hard, dried pizza crust.  Some of you may remember my Ellie, a Jack Russell Terrier I "inherited" when my friend passed away.  Ellie was attacked while on a leash as we stepped out of my garage.  She did not survive.  I can't believe it's been over five years.  Ellie loved to "bury" treats and pizza crusts in bags and baskets of wool.  It has been a very long time since I found one of her buried treasures.  So bittersweet.

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Pug hugs 😊
Lauren

Friday, October 8, 2021

Horse's A**

Finally!!!  I found/made some time to pull a few loops on my horse rug from my recent Cathy Stephan class.  And guess what part of the horse I was working on 😁😁😁

Tomorrow is the last of my vending for the year.  There were a few things that did not get done.  Oh, well.  Oh, hell.  I've been stressed enough and decided not to add to it.  Now I hope to find more time to hook!!!

Here I am . . . feeling a little blue.  A blue pumpkin I hooked several years ago with hand torn strips.  It is about 13" x 13".

I am no quilter, but here is my attempt at a patchwork back.


If you'd like a chance to call this pumpkin your own, leave a comment on this post or send me an email with give-away in the subject line.  Please, no sharing on any social  media.  One simple rule.  The winner must contact me within three days to claim.  (Apologies to my northern friends.  Due to shipping costs, this is open to U.S. residents only.)  A winner will be chosen next Friday.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs 😊
Lauren

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Cathy's Class ~

I believe this is the fourth time I have had Cathy Stephan of Red Barn Rugs as a teacher.  Obviously I think she is a great teacher 😁

Here are some of the rugs that Cathy has hooked and brought along with her to class.


This antique reproduction is one that has been on my hooking bucket list for MANY years.





A technique I had not seen before.  A shirred edge.  Sure wish I was listening when she talked about how she did it.


Some of Cathy's yummy wools.



A sampling of the rugs being hooked in Cathy's class.


And a better view of the rug.












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Pug hugs 😊
Lauren