Monday, January 26, 2009

More Progress

I thought I would post last week, but it got away from me. It was a busy week full of trips to the dentist and the doctor. Out of town visitors, a fall that gave me some nasty bumps & bruises. A missing kid and two hours squished on the bleachers of a over stuffed gym for a band concert. All and all everything turned out fine. The scariest part was my son came home on the bus an hour late. I think I could actually feel the hair on my banged up head turning grey as I tried to trac him down!

I did manage to get some hooking done over the weekend. Progress is slower than I would have liked, but I knew that would happen. That's why I didn't start this rug last winter! These leaves have to be cut on a 6 and I am a 10 (at least my strips are). It's hard for me to be patient enough to hook these darn skinny things...and I find it harder to make sure I get them pulled up to the right height. But I have made it through one side of the willow tree and my goal is to finish the trees before Ault's first hook in of the year Feb 7th. I'd like to work on the boarder that day. Stay tuned!
I am posting some more winter decor. Also, don't forget to check out the In the Spirit of Friends Show blog for an updated list of our wonderful vendors.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Today's Primitive Home

I've been working on the "In the Spirit of Friends Show" business this week, but today I am enjoying a snow day with my children. I'm sure I'll be nuts by the end of the day! For now all is well. Things for falling into place for the show. There is an update vendor list now on the show blog of all our verbal commitments. It's very exciting!

In other exciting news one of my rugs was featured on Today's Primitive Home's web site. The link can be found on the left side of this blog. I am so honored. You have to read her hilarious story about her trip to a mountain cabin. I wanted to give a brief description of the rug here. This rug is called Rainbow Cabin by Barbara Carroll of the Woolley Fox. In 2008 Barb taught two one day classes at Ault's Rug Hooking Store, where I work for wool! Carol Rahall & I assisted Barb and the students. While we don't actually take the class, we do take home the projects to do on our own. This is part of Barb's Mini Mini series.

In Barb's Mini Minis, everyone starts with the same pattern and there are plenty of wool choices to be made. You get helpful advice from Barb, your choices are only limited to your own creativity. It is so amazing to stand back and watch all the beautiful color stories unfold. The second pattern I did is called round top hearts, which lives on my coffee table. Both of these patterns are available for purchase at the Woolley Fox website (link to the left.)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Winter Decor & Project Update

Well there was no shortage of snow this weekend! I went to an RV show with some new friends yesterday and today I am working on booking more primitive artists and antique dealers for the upcoming In the Spirit of Friends Show. Lots of emails and phone calls are keeping me busy. I did manage to get a little hooking in this week and I am sharing my progress. I also got all the Christmas goodies put away, but left out a few winter decorations. I can't stand the bare look it leaves when all the Christmas stuff goes back in the boxes. Spring still seems so far off. There has to be something to perk this place up. This is of my living room fire place & mantle.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Old Saltbox with Willows ~ Emma Lou Lais

I have finally started this rug. I have had it for three years now and it was going to be my winter project last year. I don't remember what I did instead, but I never got it started. I think it was probably the size of it that held me off. It is a whopping 26x54"! This will be the largest rug I have ever done. I am trying to give it a New England feel. I will be posting my progress as I go along. Enjoy!