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 http://www.wethreerughooking.com/. 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!
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!!!
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.
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 was. The 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.
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.
I learned rug hooking in 1999 and taught my two daughters Lisa and Missy. We Three Rug Hooking was born. I really enjoyed working with my girls. That came to an end on the evening of March 4,2005 when Missy went into premature labor and after an emergency C-section gave birth to little Brady. At 2 lbs 13 oz Brady had a rough time. He spent 4-1/2 months in various hospitals. He underwent 4 surgeries on his little head, struggled with bad lungs, had meningitis and pneumonia. It was a very hard time. Brady's doctors believed he would have developmental problems and lung problems, but our God had different plans for Brady. At age 4 he is a perfect "little" dynamo, as active as any 4-year-old. About that same time Missy found out that her husband, Lane, had a recurrence of his malignant brain tumor. In September of 2008 Lane lost his brave battle and went home to be with the Lord. As for Lisa, she stayed with the business until about 2006 when she divorced and with two daughters had to also get a "real job." She is now happily remarried and working part time. She helps me with my rug binding chores. I also do medical transcription at home part time.