Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day ~


 
This year Western Reserve Rug Hooking Guild members were asked to hook, applique, etc, this little design to be used as door prizes at our hook in.  The design measures 4 3/4" square.

 
I think this small design would be difficult to hook even in an 8 cut so I chose to do mine in wool applique and I opted to make mine round.  I've gotten two completed . . .

 
. . . and am working on one more.
 
 
I've also been pulling a few loops.  All that's left is background and I do enjoy the mindlessness of it.

 
The "girls" have a Valentine message for you.
 
Ernestine

 
Cindy Lou Who

 
I hope your day is perfect!
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Signs of Spring ~


 
I was quite surprised to find these in the yard this morning.  I know they are very early bloomers, but still was not yet expecting them after the frigid temps we had recently.
 
Snowdrops

Winter aconite

This girl is lucky she is so darn sweet :)

 
Soaking up some rays on Pearl & Earl.


When Cindy came to me, she had a brand new toy from her guardian angel.  She would not play with it so I assumed she had no interest in dog toys.  WRONG!  About a week ago she discovered the dog toys in the basement.  Now just about every time she goes down there, she brings another one up.  Isn't this just too sweet?


Speaking of the basement . . . when I leave her home, I gate her in the kitchen and she has access to the basement.  Well, let me tell you, she sure finds trouble down there.  I have a bar down there, very 1960's.  I use it as a catch all.  Now my basement is not the neatest place, so there is stuff piled by the bar.  A box and a wooden sewing machine cabinet.  Her bag of dog food was sitting on the bar.  That little stinker somehow got on top of the bar and into the bag of dog food.  I could not believe she got up there.  Then yesterday she discovered a bag of beans that I used in a container to "plant" garden markers that I sold at a show a few years ago.  She got the plastic bag off a shelf, tore it open and had beans everywhere.  It is hard to get mad at her because she is just so darn likeable :)
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Friday, February 8, 2019

More Crazy Weather ~



I know it's not just northern Ohio that is having these wild temperature swings.  Today was in the low 20's but the winds were ferocious making it hurt to be outside.  By Tuesday we are supposed to be at 51* again ~ but just for one day.  I did see a little clump of daffodils right next to the house peeking out of the ground.  That is a good sign :)
 
Look at this little bunny Bobbie gifted me.  Isn't she just sweet?  She is wearing a dress made from antique homespun.
 
 
Holding a bundle of wool topped with a rug hook, she sports a scissor necklace.

 
Melissa gave me a yummy wool bundle and some hand dyed wool yarn.  In the little black pouch atop the wool is the neatest pin.

 
Many thanks to you both.  You are the best hooker friends a girl could ask for :)
 
Each year Sauder gifts us with a little something for attending the retreat.  This year we got these WONDERFUL canvas bags.  I need another tote bag like I need another hole in my head, but this will be put to good use.
 
 
I got the backing on another heart.  I have no idea how many of these I have made over the years (I'm guessing at least a dozen) and I don't have one to call my own.  This one got mailed off today.

 
I don't have enough progress on Pearl and Earl to give you an update.  Hopefully next post.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren
 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Finally Finished ~



I finally got the backing on the give-away heart.  Now for you quilters out there, this is very primitively done.  Nothing fancy here.  It's stuffed with wool snippets and a lavender sachet.  Speaking of lavender, if you are looking to buy some, eBay seller lavenderandotheritems sells 1/2# for $12.50 with free shipping.  It is WONDERFUL.  Very fragrant.  A half pound may not sound like much, but it really is.

 
Congrats to the winner, L Salamy.  You have 3 days to send me your shipping information.
 
I got the binding done on the little hit and miss mat.  Even the label has been sewn on :)

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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Silly Girl ~



Cindy Lou Who is now officially a "bed dog".  It was only a matter of time.  This morning after I got up, did a couple things, I went back to get her and this is what I found. 
 
 
Also, after she had refused to drink water from her bowl for weeks, just yesterday she started drinking it once again.  I don't know why it would make a difference, but could it be related to the fact that she is finally off the antibiotic? 

DSO got a new toy.  We picked it yesterday and the weather being so springlike, he got to take it for a short spin before leaving the dealership.
 
 
When my son asked what he was doing with his old bike, DSO said he was trading it in.  Son J said he would buy it.  Now, he already has a Harley which he loves dearly.  When silly me asked why he need two motorcycles, he said in case one is down for repairs, he still has one to ride.  The difference between men and boys . . .

 
I have not yet finished the give-away heart, so I have not yet chosen a winner.  Hopefully soon! I will accept entries until 8 pm this evening. 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, February 3, 2019

What a Difference a Day (or two) Makes ~



It was a glorious day on Ohio's north coast.  Upper 50's and sunny.  More than 60* warmer than just a few days ago.  Heaven :)  Though it won't last, it was a wonderful break. 
 
Hooking at Sauder was a great little get away.  Never did make it to the antique mall.  The two days always pass much too quickly.  This is the only picture I took of a rug while there.  Rita just finished the binding on Cape Ann, a pattern by Edyth O'Neill, color planned in a Sauder Rug Week class with Laurie Lausen.  It is breathtaking! The colors are much more vibrant in person. 

 
I made some progress on Pearl and Earl.  Soon I will just have background left to hook.
 

Remember this little snowman I hooked for my BFF? 
 
 
I figured it was time she switched out the snowman for something Valentine-y.  Since she has several of my hooked hearts, I did a quick little applique for her.
 
 
There is still time to enter the little give-away for the hooked heart shown here.  I need to get busy and add the patchwork back.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Busy ~ Busy



Tomorrow I leave with hooker friend Melissa to meet up with Bobbie for two days of hooking fun at Sauder Village.  Today the low there is forecast to be -16* so I'm glad we aren't there at the moment.  Tomorrow it will be a balmy 2* for the high plus the winds there are always horrific.  I know other parts of the country are much colder :(  Thankfully the only time we need to leave the hotel is to go eat (or to shop at the antique mall).  I am taking the rug I started in Kris Miller's class back in October.  It has not seen the light of day since then.  Hopefully I have enough hooked that I can figure out what I am doing.
 
 
Several of you have commented that you noticed Cindy Lou Who was no longer in a diaper.  After her surgery, she was not allowed to wear one because it could add to the chance of her incision becoming infected.  They said it may take a while for her to realize she did not have the urge to urinate every couple minutes.  I was pleasantly surprised to find the urge was gone immediately.  We have had a couple "accidents" but for the most part she has done great.  The little stinker still won't drink plain water unless it is mixed in with her chicken and rice.  Can you say spoiled?
 
 
Isn't this just the sweetest little thing.  Many of you on Facebook may recognize the work of Primdollie Koch.  Talk about one talented woman.  I don't think there is anything she can't do.  Lucky me to receive this gift from her.
 
 
So many of us despise dislike binding.  (Right, Saundra?)  I did finish the binding on the little red heart mat and today it is on its way to its new home.  Binding has been started on the hit and miss mat plus I have 3 small and two large hearts to add a backing to. 
 
Speaking of the large hearts, I am long overdue for a give-away.  I will be giving one of them away, choosing the winner next Tuesday.  Entering is simple.  Leave a comment on this post only or send me an email with give-away in the subject line.  The winner MUST contact me within 3 days.  Please no sharing on any social media.
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Please be safe out there.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sun Worshipper ~


 
Sunshine in January is a rare commodity in northern Ohio.  The other day we were blessed with it.  Somehow it doesn't seem as cold when the sun is shining.  Cindy Lou Who followed the sun around the dining room.


 
 
I hooked a couple hearts with hand torn strips.  They will be stuffed with wool snippets and a lavender pouch and given away. 

 
Ernestine was our guest today while daddy went to the motorcycle show.
 
 
Overall they get along but Ernestine has an issue if food is involved, though it seems to be getting better.

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

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Two More Finishes ~


 
Just a quickie post to show you my two recent finishes.  The scrappy mat is hooked and I must say, I love it.  Unfortunately it did not make a dent in my worms :(
 
 
I need a quick little gift, so with Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought a little heart mat would be apropos.  I went to the worm box and gathered reds that I thought would work together.  There are probably 12-15 different wools.

 
This is the background wool.  I cut it against the stripe.

 
Finished it measures 6 3/4" x 8 1/2".

 
Now I need to start binding.  UGH!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren
 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Bitter Cold ~

 
Here on Ohio's north coast, our official snow tally was just 7".  Now that's 7" more than I would prefer, but much less than many other places.  The snow would not be so bad if it weren't for the horrific winds and falling temperatures.  Tomorrow the high is predicted to be 11* with a low of -3*.  Then by Wednesday it will be up to 42*.  If you don't like the weather in Ohio, stick around for a day and it will change.  The puppies sure don't like this weather :(
 
 
I've been having fun working on my little hit and miss rug and of course I'm not even making a dent in the worms.  The only wool that has been cut has been the gray/black dividing bands.  I am 2/3 of the way done.  Before I planned this one, I had planned on doing the exact same thing on a much larger scale.  My upstairs landing is screaming for a hooked rug.  I am planning on something about 4' x 6', by far my largest rug ever.  I'm sure I will have more than enough worms and narrow bits of wool to cut in to worms. 


 Cindy Lou Who is doing good but will still not drink plain water from her bowl.  I heeded the suggestion of mixing in some sodium free broth.  I used a ratio of 2 parts water to 1 part broth and she couldn't drink fast enough.  She is my little shadow following me up and down the stairs.  Thankfully she has not had a problem with the hardwood stairs.  Many dogs will not go up and down them and if they do, lose their footing and go tumbling down.
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Stay warm and safe.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren