Saturday, January 29, 2011

Signs from the Universe?

I have a confession...I'm a chatter. Ask my husband or kids, I seem to have conversations with people when I'm out all the During a few of these little chat sessions, I've discovered quite a few closet rug hookers in my area! Whether it's someone that hooks rugs with great detail using skinny little worms, or funky primitive rugs made from a design they draw themselves is pretty great. These fellow hookers all seem to be looking for a local supplier of hand-dyed wool, so when I tell them that I dye my own wool and have sold it online, they ask for my contact info. Now if this happened once or twice, I'd just look at it as a coincidence, but this has happened no less than four times in the last week and a half! Short of being hit over the head with a bag of wooly worms, I think I get it! We need a hooking group as well as a place to get some really great dyed wool quick, and I'm going to be the person that gets the group started and really start working on getting my name out locally.

Can't wait!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Everybody should find this much joy at least once a day!!

First finished rug of 2011

So, I fought my creative block by just hooking a little mat using wooly worms I already had. I really like how it turned out!

One view from up above, and a close up of one of the circles. I still have to bind it, but as soon as it's done, I think I'll put it on Ebay and see what happens. I have sketched out my next small rug/mat. It has a Valentines Day theme, and as soon as I get started on it, I'll post some pics!

Our snow is here to stay for a while. Temps are dropping and school in our town is closed for a third day. Not sure why we're still closed, but the kids got a mini vacation out of the deal! I am working from home today, trying to play catch up from my last two trips.

My plans for tomorrow involve starting to simplify some things around here. My goal is to start being more self-sufficient. This means less trips to the store, and spending less money. To start on that goal, our kitchen is going to get a major clean out, and I'm going to put up some homemade quick mixes for pancakes, quick breads, etc. A really great resource is the blog Suzanne moved to a farm a few years ago, and has come across some really great ideas on being self-sufficient. Her blog is on my sidebar, so give her a visit! Check out Clover and the cookie crew. Those critters will crack you up!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Aaahhh....back from Pennsylvania just in time for the snow! Glad to make it back before the storm so I'm comfy and cozy at home. Here's a couple of pictures of our house buried in snow.

The view from our garage.

The picnic table on our deck.

Maybe I'll get some hooking done today. I'm finishing up a smallish rug, so I'll post pictures later on when it's finished and ready for binding!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A lazy Sunday....

preceding a busy week! Watching "Singin' in the Rain" and doing a bit of stitching. Gene Kelly - dreamy.....Donald O'Connor - great dancer/funny man.....Debbie Reynolds - beautiful singer/dancer....Cyd Charisse -hauntingly beautiful.....a great movie all around!!