Monday, October 21, 2019

Quieting Down ~


Life is finally quieting down a bit.  I loved everything I was doing, but it would have been nice if it was spread out a little more.  I do have upcoming guild meetings, one more show were I am vending (not a hook in so need to get busy making a few things) and a weekend retreat with Caroline Twigg in November.  Life is good and I am thankful I can spend time on things I love.

Here are more of Janice Johnson's rugs.  The lighting in the room was not very conducive to picture taking.









Janice talking about the above rug . . . but to be honest, I don't remember what she said.  I miss my mind :)


As a gift from the ladies who organized the class, each hooker received a kit to make one of these.  Thank you Judi and Kathy.  So very sweet of you.


I received a kit to hook this.


Another gift from Judi and Kathy was a mini class with Rebekah L. Smith.  Here is the start of my pumpkin.  It is the current "stitching small" and can be found here.


Friday and Saturday was spent hooking at Sauder Village.  This is the only rug I took a picture of.  It is being hooked in a 3 cut and is absolutely stunning!!!  I love the fine cut rugs, but it something I choose not to even try.



Progress on my rug.  Not my usual colors but I've gotten many compliments on it.


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


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Another Busy Week ~


Saturday was the Ft. Laurens Rug Hooking Guild's hook in.  I haven't been in quite a few years because of schedule conflicts, but this year it worked out.  Melissa and I were happy to have been asked to vend.  They moved to a new location ~ a wonderful, well lit venue.  Here are some of the rugs displayed. 








What a fun tree of life.


Individual pictures hang on the tree.


I love this idea.  The hooker said she found the box in her aunt's burn pile.  She did not attach the little mat to the box so she can switch it out seasonally.  I have the perfect old drawer to steal this idea.  Now to find the time to hook up a little design :)


I am loving what I am doing, but I will be glad when this week is over so I can finally breathe :)  I started yet another class today with Janice Johnson of Wooly Woolens.  I think I've died and gone to wool heaven.



A few of Janice's rugs.  WOW!  LOVE this first rug.  So much better in person :)  It was near a sunny window and the colors are so washed out.




Day one progress on my rug.  Very different colors for me but I'm  a happy camper :)


The class runs until Thursday and then Friday I am heading to Sauder Village to hook for two days.  WHEW!

Well, they (whoever they are) say that the third time is the charm.  We'll try this one more time . . . drumroll please.  Long time reader, Barb of Village Folk Art is the winner of the little crow mat.  Barb, you have three days to contact me with your snail mail address.

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

Friday, October 11, 2019

Boston Area ~


I have been to New England twice.  Last year and this year in October and the weather gods have not smiled on me.  Last year it rained most of the trip and this year the Boston area was experiencing a Nor'easter so the weather was no better, though we did made the best of the situation.

Our first stop was Plymouth Rock.


Listening to the docent talk about the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth was fascinating, but the rock was underwhelming :)



Statue of Massasoit.


We toured the Jabez Howland house.






And stopped at the Manomet Cemetery in Plymouth.






Many of the old graves were covered in this yellowy moss.


Cromwell F. Holmes, age 21 years 4 months, drowned while endeavoring to save the crew of the schooner Charles Moller.


The Hoxie House in Sandwich.  A saltbox is the house of my dreams.


The plaque read c. 1675 but the docents said the house was actually built earlier.







There was no heat in the Hoxie House (it closes for the season this Monday) and it was bone chilling cold inside.  One of the docents mentioned a car museum not too far away, so we decided it would be a good place to get indoors to warm up.  Little did we know the Toad Hall car museum is in a dilapidated garage with no heat and water leaking through the ceiling.  Needless to say, we didn't stay there long.  All the cars in the museum (though many have been sold) are red.  Most original paint but some have been repainted.



The only thing we got to see in Boston was Faneuil Hall.  The outside of the building is totally shrouded with renovations taking place, but we were able to enter.




Upstairs is a military museum.



A fun little tidbit about Paul Revere.  Found in the ladies restroom at Faneuil Hall.


The purpose of our trip was to visit a place called Factory Five.  It is a company that sells kit cars.  DSO has decided since we have hung up our motorcycle helmets, we need something fun to tool around in.  He also needs a project, so has decided to spent the winter building a 1935 Ford pick up.  The kit has been ordered and should arrive by the beginning of December.  Mission accomplished :)


One HAPPY CAMPER!


I chose a new winner for my little give-away since I never got a response from winner #1.  Congrats to Laurie.  Though she lives in Canada, she lives very near the border and can have the package sent to her daughter's in the U.S.  Laurie, you have three days to contact me.

Thanks so much for joining my little travelogue.  Hope I didn't bore you with too many pictures :)

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs,
Lauren