Thursday, October 20, 2011

Play Day at Last!

After three weeks of day and night  tax work, we finally hit the road for a day of fun and relaxation.  Now you may not think that driving is relaxing but Jeffrey does. So after my dental appointment this morning, we headed south for some places to visit.  We had driven by them on previous trips but did not have time to stop and check them out.
First stop was in Noble at an antique shop called Ripleys.  We didn't stay too long there as there was not much that interested me.  I did buy a tall basket to hold some hooked rugs and a small doll trunk. 
Next  stop was Deanna's Architectural Salvage in Ada.  Just let me say I didn't even make a dent in this place.  Inside alone there is probably 10,000 square feet of  'stuff' to look out. We started looking outside first and still didn't even see all that was outside.
Treasures found at Deanna's Architectural Salvage
After all that shopping, we headed to Davis OK for some BBQ at Smokin Joes.  Some friends had told us about this place. Said it was really good BBQ.  We got there about 3:15 and they were out of ribs and chicken, but said they would have some ready by 4.  So we decided to wait.  Since we were starving we split a chopped beef sandwich with french fries.  It was very good and we should have stopped there, but we had already ordered ribs and chicken to eat when it was ready at 4.  Well out came the ribs and chicken and we did eat a small amount but most of it came home with us.  There is lunch and dinner for the next  couple of days ((-:
Before heading back to Oklahoma City, we stopped at a garden center that had white pumpkins.  Every year I buy white pumpkins and this year I could not find any in the city.  Found a neat striped looking pumpkin too.
Thought I would show you what I did at Happy Trails Rug Camp.  I have done oxford punch before with Frank so I  worked on stuff in the evening after camp was over.  I did some of the small ornaments he had given us patterns for.  I need to put antlers on the reindeer and a squiggly vine on the pumpkin. Then hangers on them to use them as ornaments. Super quick to punch and plan on doing more for Christmas tags on presents.
 And a first for me: My sister-in-law, Danna, is a very talented quilter and decided last year to enter a couple of her quilts in the Oklahoma State Fair for the first time.  She won ribbons on them and was so excited that this year she entered again. Well, she talked me into entering a hooked rug.  You don't know if you won anything until you go to the fair and look for them in the displays. So on the opening day of the fair we went that evening and started looking for our entries.  Well, Jeff was the first to spot mine and guess what...I got a blue ribbon..I was so excited!! So I guess I could say that is one thing off my bucket list...enter something in the State Fair.
Old Thyme House designed by Maria Barton of Star Rug Company

And now for the finale....Emma.  She is growing up so fast.  She turned 15 months on October 13.  Since I have been working more, I don't get to see her quite as often, usually a couple of times during the week and sometimes on Saturday.  So enjoy the pictures!  She is truly one special litte girl to her Nanna and Poppy.
Coloring while Nanna works in her sewing room

Crazy hair in the morning

Miss Hollywood..she likes to wear sunglasses
Trying on Poppy's boots
Well that is how my last 3 weeks have been. Busy at work,  but still able to enjoy other things as well. This weekend is supposed to be really nice so hoping to get some yard work done.  Wishing everyone a great weekend and do something fun.


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Sunday, October 2, 2011

What a great time at Happy Trails Rug Camp!!!

Happy Trails Rug Camp was a huge success!!!!
As you can see from the picture above, the ladies were busy punching and just having a great time.  

We spent three days with Frank Bielec instructing and entertaining us.  He kept us in stitches with his stories and jokes. He is such fun to be around and I think everyone enjoyed their time spent with him.

This is Kay and Laura from our group of rughookers here in Oklahoma. They both do beautiful hooked rugs and decided to expand to oxford punch. Well, needless to say, they caught on quick.
Kay was the first one to finish punching her project.
Becky is also one of our Oklahoma rughookers.
Ginger's mother-in-law, Pat, decided to join us.
She had never punched before, but as you can tell, she did a beautiful job on her Snow Lady.
As a bonus to rug camp, Frank drew each person a pattern on monks cloth or linen. Carol, another Oklahoma rughooker, is watching  Frank draw her pattern.
To the right of Kala and Ashley are some of the things Frank has created.  He is a very talented artist and his whimisical paintings are very unique.  I bought two(will show them another time).

Camp ended on Saturday about 4pm.  We had spent three days of laughter and fun and now had to head back home. Everyone got their stuff together, packed their cars and said their good-byes.  

So another great time spent with friends and new friends!!! 
Happy October and have a great week!!