Friday, December 24, 2010

Hi Everyone,  Are you all ready for the big day, or are you like most of us still working on getting everhthing done?  Well, I am close to being as finished as I can be.  Later today I will attend a candlelight service at my church with my son and his family.  This evening will be spent with my whole family at my son's home.  For tomorrow, it is dinner at my home with my daughters and their families.  Our Christmas dinner is different from most.  It has been a tradition for as long as I can remember to have homemade ravioli for Christmas dinner, and we continue with that tradition.  Earlier this week my daughters and I made the ravioli (196).  The sauce for the ravioli is made using a pork roast.  Oh my, sauce made with pork is amazing.  Fresh Italian bread and a wonderful salad round out the meal. 

I've always had Christmas dinner with all three of my children and their families, but this year my son and his family will be with his in-laws.  It's not an easy thing for me, but I realize that things do change, and change has always been a somewhat difficult thing for me.  Anyway, I want to wish all of you a wonderful holiday and enjoy the time spent with family and friends.  For me, I'm looking forward to visiting my sister in Ohio the day after Christmas.  I'm sure there will be hooking involved at some point along with some relaxation and good conversation.

My next blog will include a picture of my newest design.  It is about two-thirds complete at this point.  I'm anxious to begin a new project and I have two new designs in the works.

Merry Christmas Everyone,


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

New website

Check it out everyone. is up and ready to go.  Stop by and visit.

Sorry I haven't written for quite some time, but I just had to get the website done.  It was hanging over my head and clouding up my already cluttered mind.  Now maybe I can get some other things done.  I'm still working on my Folk Art Angel.  I haven't shown her yet.  Right now she is without one eye and it might be a little scary. 

It's like a winter wonderland outside.  Here in western PA we have about 6-8 inches of snow and schools have been closed for the past two days.  I can't remember ever having so much so early.  It's lovely to look at, but I don't want to be out in it.  I like to enjoy from afar. 

Take care everyone and stay warm.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Decided to take a break from cutting and chopping for tomorrow's dinner and wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I know I have so much to be thankful for.  Why, I'm even enjoying the preparations.  I will be spending the day with my son and his family and my daughter and her family.  What could be better.  I also wanted to show you Sophie Snowberry completed.  She is a half-moon shaped pillow.  Isn't she just too cute.  Good job Patty!!

Here's the Hoosier.  Just don't look at anything else.  My kitchen is "under construction" and isn't looking its bets.  However, I think the Hoosier looks fantastic.  I'm going to close now and get back to work.  Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Good Morning

Hooray!! The Hoosier finally made it's way safely to my kitchen and I love it.  Now for some rug hooking news.  Lil Sis and I have been working on another new design. As you can see, it is a "Welcome" with a really cool border.  When I was at her house earlier this week, I got a current pic. What do you think?  I think it is terrific.  However, I believe the cat will have a new appearance.  Patty is not very happy with him at present.
Aren't the colors great?  I really like the bittersweet stem on the left.  It has two different backgrounds, which I think is really cool.  I'll post new pics when available.  I'm working on a design as well.  It is a folk art angel, but I'm just not ready to post a picture just yet.  She keeps changing - what can I say - and there is another design forming in my brain that I think I must might work on today. 
It's a chilly day here in western PA - a perfect day for playing in wool don't you think.  There sure are a lot of other things I could be doing today, but I feel I'm being led towards some hooking.  What's everyone working on?  Anyone doing a Christmas project?  Actually, I love doing something Christmas-like right after Christmas. Sounds strange, huh?  

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, stay warm and do something you love.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

One October Day

It all began on a beautiful October day.  Last Friday myself and my two dear friends (AKA the twins) Karen and Sharon were taking a road trip in Karen's truck to East Palestine, OH.  That's where my sister lives and we were going to pick up a Hoosier that I was getting from my sister.  This was my third attempt to pick up the elusive Hoosier.  It takes about an hour to get to Patty's house .  We were about 40 minutes into the trip, driving down a perfectly idyllic country road when suddenly the truck began to sputter and jerk then suddenly the engine died.  We were able to steer the truck almost completely off the road.  We then had to call AAA to have the truck towed all the way home.  It took about 45 minutes for the tow truck to get to us, so what do three "hookers" do with all that time - Well check it out -  This is me sitting in the truck because I was FREEZING .......  Karen decided she would keep an eye out for the tow truck and .......  Sharon was just going to hitch a ride to Patty's without us..... Finally the truck arrived and so did PattyNeedless to say, the Hoosier is still in Ohio!!!!  Oh well, another day.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy News!

It's a warm but dreary, rainy day here, just perfect for hooking.  Don't you agree?  The good news is that Sophie Snowberry is done and listed for sale on my website Here is the completed pic.  Well almost completed.  Patty (dear little sis) is making her into a pillow.  She would be equally adorable as a wallhanging.  Hmm, I might have to do one myself.

We had the championship midget football games this past Saturday.  Lucas' (my 14-year-old grandson) varsity team won for the sixth straight year.  Logan's (my 11-year-old grandson) JV team unfortunately lost.  Both boys played great and I am very proud of them.  My son hasn't sent pics yet, but when he does I will post them.  Never want to miss an opportunity for brag about my grandchildren.  Tonight my two youngest grandsons play deck hockey, Landon is 5 and the youngest brother of Lucas and Logan, and Brady also 5 years old.  They are just too cute to watch.  What a blessing!

Until we meet again.........

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Another beautiful day with lots to do.  Yesterday, my son Jeff came by and put up a new dusk-to-dawn light for me and changed the oil in my lawn tractor.  He is a wonderful son and a very busy one with 3 boys in sports and a working wife.  I admire his generation of husbands and fathers.  With most wives working in this day and age, the men, for the most part, seem to be more involved in the kids and the house.  Personally, I liked growing up in the fifties.  How about you?

Yesterday was dye day here.  I dyed three batches of greens, one of gold and one of Saltbox Red (One of my favorites from Vermont Folk Rugs dye book).  My nails look like I spent 8 hours working in the dirt.  I wear two layers of gloves and still get dye on my hands and around my nails.  Not very attractive, but when I see the result of my labors, it is definitely worth it.  Anyway, here is a pic of my labors. I'm hooking it in an 8.5.  What do you think the chances are that I will

I've noticed lately on Wool Snippits that there is talk about what everyone is hooking in regard to Christmas.  I have been working on a Notforgotten Farm pattern that I received as a gift last Christmas.  I just love Lori Brechlin's designs.  This particular one is A Merry Little Christmas.  What do you think the chances are that it will be done for this Christmas?  Miracles do happen you know.  Well gotta go.  I'm working on several kits right now and I MUST cut grass.  That's one good thing about winter, no grass cutting.

Oh, I almost forgot to send a birthday greeting to my dear friend, Diana.  We have been friends since we were both 4-years-old, a long,long time and that's all you are getting out of me.  Happy Birthday Di!!!

Take care everyone and enjoy the day.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

New pattern

What a beautiful fall day this is going to be.  I hope it is a beautiful day wherever you are.  My day is going to consist of dyeing some wool and cutting some grass, which I don't mind doing when the day is sunny.

Today I'm also going to introduce you to our newest design Sophie Snowberry.  My sister Patty and I worked on this together.  She really wanted a Christmas/winter pillow to hook, and this is what we came up with.  She plans on a primitive red background.  Sophie's dress will have a black collar, black stripes, and black buttons.  The dress will be a soft gold.  I will add more pics as she progresses.  I'm sure that Patty's granddaughter Sophie will love it.

I'm so anxious to begin work on the new website.  It will have a new look and more options and new items.  I will keep you posted.  I hope to begin my part sometime next week.  The original We Three website is still available.

Everyone, have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Busy, busy October

Hope you are all enjoying this rather dreary Thursday in October.  If I had posted yesterday, I could have said "this beautiful Wednesday in October."  I so love this time of year.  Even dreary days still have color.  This time of year also makes me hungry for some comfort food.  Well the other day I made a wonderful ham loaf and parmesan scalloped potatoes.  Oh my, how good it wasThe ham loaf recipe is out of a Southern Living cookbook, and it is amazing. I will post the recipe at the end of today's blog.  Oh, they look so good.

It has been a busy October.  Lots of that end-of-summer work to get down, and I have two grandsons who play midget football, one on JV and the other varsity.  That has kept me busy every Saturday since September.  But I love football, and I love to watch them play. Both won their playoff games.  So next Saturday they will each play in a championship game

It's been busy here at We Three, which is a good thing but doesn't leave much time for designing or hooking.  My sister is coming today and we are going to work on a new design.  I'll keep you posted. 

We'll talk soon,

Supreme Ham Loaf

1 pound ground cooked ham
1 pound ground fresh pork
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp seasoned pepper (I use McCormick's Pepper Medley)
1 cup cracker crumbs
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce (I use Smuckers Cherry Jam/Jelly)

Combine first 7 ingredients; mix well.Shape mixture into a 9 x 5 loaf and place in a lightly greased 12 x 8 x 2" baking dish.

Combine sugar, mustard and vinegar; mix well and spoon half over ham loaf.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 20 minutes basting twice with remaining sugar mixture.  Top loaf with cranberry sauce and bake an additional 10 minutes.  Yield:  8 servings.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Rainy Sunday

I'm back. Wasn't sure if I would continue with this blog or not. I think that I over-think what I'm writing and make it more difficult, which in turn can make it stressful. But I am going to give it my best shot and go for it.

It's a dreary rainy day in western PA. I have my coffee and have gone through the Early Work Mercantile, Lemon Poppy Seeds, TDIPT, etc. and found some terrific autumn offerings. Lots of terrific talent on these sites. Now I can look forward to the Steelers game later today. Well, that's what we do on Sundays in this part of the country. We so love our Steelers.

I am also working on a new rug. I will post a picture once I get a little more done. Here's some We Three news. I'm seriously considering redoing my website. I want a more DIY type of site where I can "do it myself." I think I would like being able to update and make changes myself. There will be a mailing list too. The graphics will be new also. Updates will be coming.

Well, I'm off for now to cut some wool as this should be a good hooking day. Wherever you are, enjoy the day.