Monday, November 14, 2016

Busy weekend and last show of the year!

Good Monday morning!  So my weekend was full of a little destruction and a lot of creating! 

The destruction part is the beginning of a partially new kitchen thanks to a very slow leak that had been drip, drip, dripping for quite a while.  Once discovered, up came 2/3 of the floor, out came all of the floor cabinets, and even some sheet rock in the ceiling of the mancave!  Once we were over the shock, it has been decided to do a bit of upgrading in the way of new counter tops (out to door went the original dusty rose laminate), a new sink (good-bye stainless-steel, divided original), and a new faucet with a sprayer built in!  Of course Thanksgiving is only two weeks away, so we're in speed up mode!  Pics to come once it's all finished.

The creation part was hours spent in my studio hooking small projects, trying some different wool applique and planning more smalls for my last show of the year.  On December 3 & 4 I will be vending at Whiting Mills in Winsted, CT.  This is a beautiful old mill that now houses multiple artists studios, and the talent in that one building is pretty mind blowing!  They are having an Open Studios weekend then, and have invited some outside artists to set up tables to sell their wares.  I really am over the moon excited about this opportunity because I love spreading the rug hooking bug wherever I can!  😁  I've also been creating some genuine feather trees to display some small Christmas ornaments, and I've got a feeling these trees are my new obsession! 

Here's three, currently without bases.  Once I've got them sorted, I'll post another picture.  My goal this year is to make one that's four feet high.  I just love feather trees, but the vintage ones are just out of my budget!

Hope your week is great, and I'll be posting more pics as the creative juices flow!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The New England Fiber Festival!

It is Tuesday morning and I have officially recovered from one of the best weekends I've had in a while!  This past Saturday and Sunday I was one of many great vendors at the New England Fiber Festival in West Springfield, MA.  While I was only able to get pictures of my booth (and my booth mate's English Angora rabbit Frankie), there are pictures all over the internet of the beautiful fiber-y goodness to be had!

My boothmate, Dawn Sotir from Coon Hollow Farm was kind of enough to share her booth with me, and we had a blast!  Next year we might even wear matching outfits! lol!  If you are looking for spinning advice, knitting advice, etc, she's your gal! 

This is Frankie.  He was absolutely the star of our booth!  

The rest of the pictures are of my booth from different angles as well as a couple of my larger rugs.   

This show was just wonderful!  Every person I met was so gracious and kind, and of course could chat about anything fibery  at the drop of a hat! lol  If you ever want to find a group of people that will always get along, look for the fiber people! 

I am sending a wave out to everybody that came by the booth and stopped to chat.  Talking to other rug hookers, from beginners to experts, is really wonderful and brought home that we all need more meet-ups!  In the next few weeks I am going to start looking at some dates and places in my area for next year to schedule some hook ins.  I will be sending out an email to let everybody know what is up and take any suggestions!