Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hooking Room Tour ~

My hooking room is the third bedroom in my home.  It is not that large a room, but I have 6 antique cupboards, a hanging cupboard, antique table and an old tool box that is used as a coffee table in front of the Chippendale style sofa (in desperate need of recovering).  I am most comfortable hooking here.  I know I have shared some pictures in the distant past, and since I recently did some serious cleaning in there, I thought I would share once again.

A few of the rugs I have hanging.  Patterns by Star Rug Company, the Woolley Fox and Heavens to Betsy.  

My collection of vintage rug hooks and some sewing collectibles.  Funky chicken made in a class with Annette Shaffer.

Pie safe minus its doors.  (Purchased without the doors.)

Sewing collectibles and many gifts made by friends.

Cupboard made from old wood.  A gift from dear friend Bobbie.  Antique toy sewing machines.  Paper mache boxes won from Marly of Samplers and Santas fame.  Antique sampler hanging below.

It hangs above this little cupboard.

Top of the cupboard.

To the left of the little cupboard is another filled with wool.

On top of the above cupboard.

Another pie safe . . . also full of wool, wool yarn and miscellaneous supplies.  Sewing pocket made by Melinda Cole and little pug quilt by Gayle of the Middle Sister.

My collection of putz sheep.

Little mohair animals made by Lanna Omlor (sister of Lori Ann Corelis) and a mouse by Primdollie Koch.

Stay tuned for part two.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)

Monday, February 25, 2019

Beware ~

A couple months ago, I got this dire warning on my computer that I must call Microsoft immediately because there was a problem with someone using my IP address.  I was pretty sure it was a scam so I immediately shut down and when I restarted all was well.  I didn't think any more about it.  Saturday a similar incident occurred.  This time I got this recording over and over again that I was not to restart or shut down and to call them.  Once again I was sure it was a scam so I shut down, restarted, and shut down again.  This time I could not turn off the message and my computer was completely locked.  This is what was on my monitor.

I called the Geek Squad since my computer is from Best Buy and my virus software was originally purchased there with the computer, though they had changed virus companies.  I don't quite understand, but this adware (they also referred to it as 1-800-viruses) I picked up is not something that the virus software catches.  It was explained to me, but since I am technologically challenged, I didn't quite understand.  Luckily I did not call the "Microsoft" number because what they do is get your permission to remotely access your computer, and basically charge you a ransom to unlock it.  WTH???  Anyway, over 8 yards of bolt wool later (for you non hookers, $200+), Best Buy got me back up and running and protected for a year.  Plus they tweaked my PC so it is running a little faster.  It may sound legit, but DON'T believe it.

My houseguest is supposed to be leaving today, but DSO's flight from San Francisco has already been delayed for 4 hours.  Hopefully it will not be delayed any further.  

Each morning the girls get a dental treat and they run to the same spot in the dining room.  Ernestine always sticks her little pug butt in the air while eating hers.  Cracks me up :)

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Progress ~ Old & New

Pearl and Earl.  I'm about half done with the background and lovin' the colors.
I started on my applique sewing book.  This will be the cover. 

And finally a little cross stitch start.  It's the Anna B. Sampler by Country Rustic Primitives.

Last but not least, another picture of the "girls".  That's Ernestine to the left and Cindy Lou to the right.  I am sitting to the left stitching.  They are almost always touching.  Just cracks me up.  You can see the CLW has a stuffed toy between her legs and another on the floor.  The toys are everywhere.

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Pug hugs :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Girls ~ Happy National Love Your Pet Day

DSO is off to California visiting his son and d-i-l for 8 days, so Cindy and I have a houseguest, Ernestine.  They get along great . . . 

. . . except at mealtimes.  I hate to point the finger, but it's Ernestine who has some real food aggressions.  The food bowl doesn't even have to be on the floor.  She just has to feel threatened and she will go after Cindy with a vengeance.  Cindy does not put up with it, so there have been some knock down, drag out fights.  I am doing my best to avoid a problem.  I have to keep them out of the kitchen when I am getting the food bowls ready, then totally separate them by a baby gate and not allow them to see each other while eating.  Fingers crossed.  So far, so good.
LOVE those pug/puggle butts :)
I so enjoyed the first two little mug mats that I appliqued, that I did two more.  {If you did not see a previous post, these are door prizes for the Western Reserve hook in.}
We were asked to label them, so I just made some very simple ones.
I decided to start another wool applique project.  This a free Rebekah L. Smith pattern in the December 2014 issue of Early American Life magazine.
 I will choose from this pile of wool.
We woke to about an inch of snow this morning.  With rising temps, it is mostly gone.  My son said that his area of Las Vegas got about 2" of snow the other day.  Most unusual, he says, though not that far north they get snow on a regular basis.
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Pug hugs :)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

A New Rug Hook ~

I know our winter here in northern Ohio hasn't been nearly as bad as some (think Wisconsin), but I've had enough.  I am so ready for spring to come and stay.  I sure hope the groundhog's prediction is correct.  Only 31 days until spring :)
When I started hooking back in 2005 I bought a Hartman hook.  At that time they cost in the neighborhood of $25 - $30, but having used it for so many years, definitely got my money's worth. 
Since that time I have purchased two more Hartman's, a Conner hook and several others, but I would always go back to my original Hartman.  It just felt "right".
Well, let me tell you about another hook.  Friend Linda had told me how wonderful they are, but I hesitated ordering one since I was still loving my original Hartman.  Several times I visited their etsy shop and admired them.  See, they are made from old tool handles so no two are alike.  And you know that I like anything old :)  I decided to go for it and ordered one because I just loved the old paint on it.  Well . . . it came and I absolutely LOVE it.  I've been using it for a week (with an 8.5 and 9 cut) and it just feels "right", too.  The hooks are very reasonably priced.  $30 which includes shipping and the best customer service you could ask for.  After placing my order, I got a personal thank you from Sharon, the shop owner.  She said I could return the hook, even in a month or two, if I was not happy.  Check them out on etsy ~ Hudson Valley Rugs.
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Pug hugs :)

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.

Cindy Lou Who

I hope your day is perfect!
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Pug hugs :)

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.

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 :)
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Pug hugs :)

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.
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Pug hugs :)