Wednesday, December 30, 2009

When Mommy gets Busy

Have you ever noticed that when mommy gets busy the children will act up?

As the story goes, as soon as the phone rings the kids want something. Well when mommy gets too busy in this house puppy gets busy too. Before Christmas I was doing a project working day and night and not getting the daily doggie walks in on a timely schedule, so Libby (my dog) took matters into her own paws. Each day she would dig at the corner off my rug!!! now this is just something old and with recycled worms but either way I'll have to fix it.

Normally, she does not bother with my rugs around the house other than to lay on them, but this one took a beating in the photo above.

This is the little angel herself after her trip to the groomer today, I had her hair nicely up in a clip and she quickly pulled that out.

Below is the wool I used to start my next project, 4 recycled colors for the wording and now I'm starting the flowers.

Happy New Year everyone, as I watch the weather channel I can see this will be a stay in type of night.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Enjoying Christmas, maybe too much

I just love Christmas with all the food and visiting, I have not been on-line or even reading Blogs on purpose, Why? because my job entails hours and hours of being attached to computers and the best mental therapy for me is not being in the virtual world for a few days.

I was visiting today with my Grandpa , several Aunts, my Uncle and the new baby of the family. I was thinking "is this how the rich people live?" not a worry in the world, no alarm clock to wake up to, getting all prettied up and roaming around visiting and socializing.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cinnamon Ornaments and waiting for Santa

Found another one of Nancy's Christmas projects in the attic (she's a busy hooker) size is approx. 24 X 20 framed.

Just finished some old fashion Cinnamon Oraments as special little Christmas Gifts from the kids, they are cooling and drying on the stove now. I brought out the ingredients for the kids one by one.... I said "OK start with the 1 Cup Cinnamon and then 1 Cup Apple Sauce and the third ingredient is THE GLUE" - 1/4 Cup" ..... so don't eat them or we'll be in the Hospital for the evening!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Santa is coming to Town, way too soon

Santa is coming in a week from today, I'm starting to panick now and I'm not sure how I got myself so far behind with my shopping and decorating but I guess I'll have to make the best of it. Tomorrow will be my first shopping day and I hope to have the tree up by Sunday.

Thought I'd share this rug hooked piece that my mother hooked I few years back, the second photo shows the mounting board uses to display Old World Santa. This Santa pattern was a design from a class that she took from Edie Cole who is a local rug hooking teacher.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tis' the Season to be Jolly .........

Christmas Sampler for the Season

I can not take any credit for this one, this is 100% Nancy's rug 'designed and hooked'. This Christmas Sampler with a variety of cute little Festive images including a Stocking by the Chimney, Candle Sticks, snow covered Mailbox, Church with stained glass window and a Christmas bell.

The photo does not show the sparkly white snow uses on top of the mailbox and along the church roof. The background as a very classy dark green but appears black in this photo. Have a Good Weekend everyone.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Stressful week

Found this picture and I think it suits me this week. I have not hooked anything or dyed any wool for several days. Not sure what type of therapy is necessary at this point, if I can make it till Friday afternoon I'll be happy.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Cars, Trucks and Automobiles

A special gift for a special little boy this year. MOMZ WOOL helped to design this rug pattern for one of our Happy Hooker friends. I like the background color and I think it will be perfect for a little boy's room.

Christmas is coming, and coming too fast for my liking. I have only a few small things bought to-date maybe this weekend I'll get in the mood, it's all about work the more you can do the more they drop on you. As you can see from my blogging I have not had time to blog or hook all week myself.

But it's Friday and there is a Christmas party tonight and I did luck into a cute little party dress at the local second hand shop 'Frenchies'.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Hockey Girl pattern update

Update on the young hockey girl's rug pattern, 90% done now with the face and hair done.
The tiger mascot was re-done twice very difficult to hook at image with alot of detail in such a small space.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

House Coming Along nicely

An update on the house pattern that Grace is working on she was in for a visit today and picked out a soft yellow for the windows. Because most this house is white on white the uses of multiple tones to show shading is necessary.
The front door will have to be re-done as it is also white (not green), Grace will use a very light grey shade to not loss the white door in the front of a white house with white window casings.

Bath Night

My little angel got a Bath the other night.

O how she hates the water but after the long process is over she runs around the house as if to say Look at Me! Look at Me!

It is not just a matter of bathing my dog, she has to be brushed and blowdryed along with some trimming around the eyes, feet and exit point LOL I left a little hair on the top this time to have a ponytail for Xmas bows. Libby has over the years sported the 'long hair' to the floor style with a larger ponytail and the typical short, short cuts.

She got a new jacket too this week from a friend whom bought the jacket for her dog and it was too small. It just varily fits her, I think it will be donated to the shelter.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I slipped into the Dark Side this weekend

This is a new interesting color for the shop, it is a custom dyed color for the circle of a sunflower pattern, it doesn't show easily on the screen but the color is dark brown with black mottled.

One of my other projects this weekend was putting drywall on in the basement my future wool hiding place. We put a few more sheets on and I have hired help coming tomorrow to speed this process up.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Litte Bit of Facial Tone

Update from the Dye Pot
Dying Facial Tones this week - I put a dark yellow / brown on the end to show the ligher shading of the Facial Tones. The wool background in the middle is the lightest piece and the piece of wool farthest away has some abrushing to create the shadows and contours of the face or body as needed.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Getting Ready for tomorrow's class

Well I think we have everything ready, Nancy and I are off to River Hebert (smaller community than Amherst) tomorrow to teach a group of senior ladies how to hook. This pattern is very basic just a small holly berry with leaves along with a the Poinsetta Flower. O ... and I'm just there for moral support and the go-fer. I will take credit for dying this Golden Yellow and the Santa Red though.

Being 99.9 percent over my illness now with puffers and med's in hand I'm ready to go. If anyone wants to buy a rug hooking kit I have 2 extras made for the just in case people $40.00 with scottish burlap pattern traced on and serged, wool, instructions and a small color photo.

Monday, November 16, 2009

New Colors to Start the Week

Few of my new colors to start the week.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A quiet Saturday Night at home

Don't get me wrong.......

I love company as much as the next person but tonight I'm enjoying the peace and quiet. My day started after the 2 small children and the large child went off to do their thing. I have been sick for several weeks if you've noticed the minimum number of blogs.

With the sun shining every so brightly it showed the dust and dirt of the house and myself being the only human creature of the house whom sees the dirt or is troubled by the sight of it I took to cleaning for several hours. I put the self cleaning oven on and opened the windows. I received as a gift an H2O Steam Mop last year for Christmas and what a rig as my whole house is hardwood floors. I wanted to sanitize my surroundings with all though germs that had been floating in the air.

After my sense of accomplishment it was onto ironing all my new wool colors and dying some others. Mom is doing a Christmas sock pattern class on Wednesday and she has a list of colors for me to have done. These are some of the basic colors I've dyed this week. I'll blog the crazier colors next.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

House Update

Just as a mentioned Grace's name she arrived at the door, someone else's ears were burning this week too.

Grace picked up some green for the grass on the front lawn as seen in the photo, she has a few of the shuttles and some outlining started. She is going to use this red/black pattern she found at the Second Hand Store for some of the chinney bricks. Stay Tuned.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

New House for Christmas

This is a pattern that Nancy helped design for our friend Grace, she is hoping to get this done for Christmas, this pattern is her son's home I will update you if she comes in to visit this week. I have to dye the Sky Blue for her I actually named it Gracie Sky Blue because that is the color she always picks for her skies. No sensing changing a good thing I guess.

I'm been sick so not alot of Blogging this week.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween from MOMZ WOOL

Happy Halloween Everyone!

This is an oldie from my attic, I hooked this one about 8 years ago or more I'm not sure if it was the first or second rug I hooked. One thing about seasonal rugs is putting them away and next year you open the Halloween decoration boxes and there is your rug to re-enjoy again.

The pattern comes from one of those childlike stickers that people put on their windows and it reminded me of my beautiful cat I owned at that time; Middie for Midnight.

I remember it being the first time I hooked with swatches my Mother cut all the wool for me putting in separate lunch bags. I can still hear her saying "don't mix up those bags!"

Middie is long gone but I still enjoy looking at this pattern and thinking about the time I shared with her.

P.S. I really can do traditional rug hooking see.......

Friday, October 30, 2009

Another Bala Bag - work in progress

This is another Bala Bag being hooking, Nancy has finished one side already and working on the second side this week. This is an excellent pattern to use up all those worms.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Second Side coming along now

Second Side is starting to take shape now.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Skeleflora update, one side done

I started trimming my tails on the purse last night and I'll be working on the second side of the purse this weekend.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bright Colors of the Week

Thought I'd share one of my dye projects this week, bright as bright can be. I have to re-dye this one already as it's be sold.

Tuesday night was my first night with the Highland Hookers this forum works for me because it forces me to hook and I already learn one new hooking technique. I was the only lady in the room hooking larger than a #5 and most people were hooking Christmas Socks.

This is my newest green for the week not sure the photo does it justice.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Skeleflora update

Little update on my purse, since this photo I have the outlines on the flowers on the opposite side done and I picked up some ribbon and put just a touch of black/gold into the background. I just signed up for the local Highland Hookers group under RHD and plan to attend their hook-in tomorrow night, I'm quite uses to hooking curled up in bed but I'm hoping this group will encourage me to hook more often. I didn't sign up for the Ten Minute Hooking group as I would probably just be a failure with the work weeks I have.

Just tonight I got home an hour after work and someone found my home number and phoned me begging to go to the shelter with them to get their puppy who had been picked up by the dog catcher. The shelter can not afford to be open everyday and their puppy that had just been spayed could be there for several days. So being one of the few people with a key (and a sucker) I felt guilty not to go out. After that I get home to 2.5 kids ( 2 kids and a man) trying to make dinner so I finished that job before someone got hurt. But now I'm enjoying my Laptop with wifi and a large screen TV in my favorite place on my bed.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fibre Art Festival's Saturday Hook-In

Today was the Fibre Arts Festival's last day, there was a hook-in at the local Tantramar Theatre. Lynne O'Brien-Lines started the day with her opening speech welcoming everyone to the 2nd Annual Fibre Arts Festival.

On the stage was a collect of local artist's rugs.

I tried to get a photo of the whole room to show the number of people who attended the hook-in.

Several vendors were on-hand to supply the ladies with foundation cloth , yarn, and wool. The girls looked like kids in a candy store. LOL

I decided to go to the hook-in even though I should have stayed home in bed, I've been very sick since Thanksgiving Week but I talked myself into going. I'm glad I did go as I got to meet this sweet lady Donna in the photo above. She's quite the artist and was hooking three times faster than I.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Part Two , the Bala Bag Queens

Group photo of the girls, reminds me of a school classroom everyone working along deep in thought. We were all peeking at each others projects and there was some wool envy going around as Jen would say. I, myself spied a piece of bright yellow and brilliant green spot dyed directly across the table.

Jennifer brought along a variety of products to custom design our Bala Bag. After seeing one of Jen's purses without the flap I'm undecided now I really like the look of her's without the front flap.

Our own little Amherst hooker girl working away on her purse, thought I share a photo of Kim and return the favor. hehehe

She looks very serious and concentrating on her pattern.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My Skeleflora Purse Class was today

What an exciting day! I spent most of my day hooking and learning the craft of constructing a purse. When I first read the instructions I thought O My this is going to be a painful process but Jennifer Manuell , Fish Eye Rugs explained the instructions very well along with sharing her personal pitfalls she has found designing and hooking her last '20' purses. These will be important experiences as I progress onto the sewing and attaching of handles.

I also attend the Opening Reception tonight for the Fibre Art Festival, it took a little effort to go back out into that rainy cold air but it was all worth it; that glass of red wine warmed me up! and the chatter with some of the girls was worth the effort.

I finally decided on a purse background as you can see in the photo. These may not be the colors that most people would pick but I like them and I guess that is all that matters.

Thought I'd share a display from Amherst, this is Lisa Martin's work part of many local Fibre Art Festival Exhibits throughout the town this week.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Little Girl with no Face

This rug is coming along nicely if you remember the Royal Blue that I dyed a few months back for the young hockey girl's jersey.

The hooker/owner of this rug needs some help (from my mother not I) getting the little girls face just right. Anyone that has done facial expressions in Fibre Art knows that if you hook the facial structure wrong this pre-teen hockey girl could appear to be 70 years old just by the wrong tones, shading and bone structure.

I will update you as the rug progresses.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Skeleflora next step

Working away at the Skeleflora Purse Pattern, time is just ticking away and October 13 is getting closer and closer.

Close up.............

I picked out four colors of red for the outlines of the flowers. I'm not 100 percent sure about the background yet, I'm thinking some soft golden yellow hues.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Auction Shopping this weekend past

I was at an Auction this Sunday past and didn't plan to buy a thing...... just going to look around ahhh sure and look what I ended up buying this 6 foot high storage cabinet. Along with this cabinet I also found myself a new 'to me' end table solid oak with carved flowers on the sides.

O how I love a day at the Auction.

This cabinet is much smaller than the last one I had packed full of stuff, what's even better? in the photo below it's filled to the top with all my 1/4 Yard Wool Backgrounds, I still have the other shelving units with the swatches and the 1/2 yards and Yard.

But what a spacesaver this one is!!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sorry No Turkey this Weekend

Bought a new Roaster this weekend the family was quite excited saying "umm Turkey is that what you are going to cook tonight?"

I laughed NOT! ...................

This roaster is for dying wool not for food. I knew ahead of time what they were thinking and just waiting for the comments. Hoping to create some new casserole colors this week if my real paying job is not too too busy. Last week was a right-off for anything personal.

I did finish all the flowers on my Skelefora Purse except the purse flap, I have several reds picked out to hook around the flowers trying to follow the design of the original pattern, it is my weakness to not be focused and detour from instructions.

I was at an Auction today and got a new piece of furniture for my 1/4 Wool Backgrounds , they fit very well in it. I'll show you that one tomorrow. Still cleaning and moving the wool around.