Friday, May 23, 2008

A new rug

The Trotter

I had completely forgotten to post the in progress pics of my most recent rug! It's on Ebay now, and the auction will end tomorrow, and so far is one of my favorites. I had really been wanting to hook a rug with a trotting horse, but had such a hard time getting the pattern just right. After visiting with a rug hooking friend, she gave me a great idea, and the rug hooked up pretty quickly. She suggested using a template for the horse, something I had never thought of. Anyway, I found a great horse "ornament" for want of a better name, made out of metal, traced around it, and voila! A

My next rug is still on the hooking frame, but I am planning on a marathon session to finish the background and get it up on Ebay. This rug is a huge departure from what I usually do. Flowers, flowers, flowers, and all muted light primitive colors. I will definitely post a pic tomrrow!

The rain has finally stopped here in Connecticut, and we are supposed to have a really great weekend...fingers crossed! Maybe I'll even get out the kayak for a couple of hours on Sunday. First time this year, and I can't wait!!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Rain, rain, go away.....

What a gloomy day, and it's looking like we're in for a rainy weekend. While gloomy days are great for crafting of all types, especially rug hooking, my carpal tunnel is still acting up. I hooked for about an hour yesterday, and about an hour today, and can't seem to handle more. I guess the next step will be stepped up ibuprofen dosages and icing down my arm....*sigh* Oh well, it could be worse, and I'm sure I'll be back to hooking soon.

On another 'bout them gas prices?!! It's almost to $4.00 a gallon, and I've really pared down my driving. You don't realize how often everybody jumps in the car at the slightest 'need' to go somewhere until you're filling up the gas tank twice a week! If you are a blog reader, you'll see similar entries all over the place. Lori at Stitches in Tyme had a great entry a couple of days ago talking about the energy crisis, gas prices, and going green. Looking way back to our ancestors and how "made do" with what they had, or did without is a great lesson. I mean, if we didn't have all the extras, what would we do instead? I've already started a veggie garden and plan to buy locally as much as possible. I'm also going to learn how to can so that we can have garden veggies as much into the winter as possible. Hubby built a great fire pit in our backyard, and I would really like to spend more time out there in the evenings instead of being a tv/computer zombie! (yep, I'm a tv/computer Also, we really don't live too far from quite a few stores, and walking would be a good thing as long as I'm not shopping for the month! It's a lot to change, but in the long run, I think it will benefit me, our family, and hopefully lessen our footprint on Mother Earth!