Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Trip to Volant, PA

A few days ago I was looking outside and enjoying the sight of GRASS.  It might have been a dreary but there it was....GRASS....!!!  A few hours later I looked out and...Wham Bang!  We were getting bombarded with snow.... like 5-6 inches...OMG....not again.  Will it never end?  Today it is sunny out but today is also, what I call, the big "M" day.  You know...that dreaded day once a year when you get to look forward to having the much hated MAMMOGRAM.  This morning I went for routine blood work.  This afternoon is the mammogram and bone density.  I know that these are great diagnostic tools and have helped save many lives, but can't they find a less painful way?  Moving on....

Last Saturday I visited the James Creek Gallery in Volant, PA.  Volant is a sweet little village in Amish country not too far from the Ohio border.  Jan and Claire have a wonderful shop filled with beautiful hand-made colonial early American furniture.  I was there for their Cabin Fever day to demonstrate rug hooking.  There were others offering wool applique and even teaching distressed painting.  We had great fun sitting on the beautiful furniture and chatting with several of the customers.  A few of my rugs are now being offered for sale at the gallery as well.  You can find Jan and Claire at Here are some pictures of their beautiful shop... 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Are you as ready for spring as I am, and are any of you as bad as I am about finishing my projects?  Last I got working on that and finished a small hooked pillow for my bed.  It is from an older Need'l Love book.  In the book it is wool applique, but I wanted to hook mine, and now it's done as you can see above.  I also finished a hooked mat that was originally a punch needle design (I can't remember the designer's name right now) that I just fell in love with about two years ago.  Oh, it's been done for quite a while, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it.  At first my plans were to make it into a pillow for my sofa.  Then I decided against that and went for a mat with tongues.  What do you think?  I love it a bunch.  It is the first time I have finished a hooked piece with tongues, so it was a learning experience, and I am quite pleased with it. I  still have two more hooked items that have to be finished, hopefully, in the near future.  Doesn't that bunny just scream SPRING? 

Yesterday I had a brunch for 13.  It was my son's 43rd birthday, so I thought it sounded like a fun idea to have all my children and grandchildren in for a birthday brunch.  We had a great time.  I got his baby book out and let his kids see how cute he was.  It was fun and I was exhausted when it was over.......

P.S.  The design for the mat above is Stone and Thread Needlepunch.

Have a great day everyone 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Those Wonderful Blogs

How's everyone today?  Warm and toasty inside or sunbathing on a beach (I wish).  Maybe you got chores done today or maybe even a little hooking or you visited your favorite blogs.  I don't know about all of you, but I could spend hours visiting blogs.  I am always finding a new and interesting blog to follow.  Sometimes it is overwhelming, so many amazing and talented prim many great ideas....beautiful homes...etc.  I sometimes find it more fun than watching TV.  Maybe I'm a blog junkie....could be worse....I guess.  If you are reading this, you probably are a blog junkie too.  What did we do without them......

It's Friday and a BIG weekend for western PA stores are packed like it was Christmas...getting ready for Super Bowl parties.  Everywhere you go people are in their black and gold, even store employees.  Restaurants and bars are offering Super Bowl specials.  I'm sure the Green Bay area is going the same.  I'll be at my daughter's for a party which will be loads of fun.  I must not forget to get my Terrible Towel out.....  Whether you are a football fan or not, have a wonderful and safe weekend.  GO STEELERS!!!!!!