Thursday, September 29, 2011

Happy Trails Rug Camp!!!!

Well the day has finally arrived and we are anxiously awaiting for our rug campers to arrive!!!

I arrived at Ginger's to finish setting up.  Of course, she had already done a lot of it. She has outdone herself. Her gathering room is simply gorgeous.  Words can't describe it!! A perfect place to have a gathering of any kind.

Frank & Ginger

Well ladies are starting to arrive so guess I better close and get ready.

Oh, and here is my Miss Emma exploring the garden. I am sure gonna miss her.

Keep watching for more camp happenings!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Weekend happenings!

This past weekend was perfect fall weather for me! Saturday I spent watching college football games and binding a couple of rugs. Sunday I spent outdoors doing some yard work and bringing out fall decorations. I was going to post on Sunday night, but got busy getting things together for our upcoming "Happy Trails Rug Camp" at Ginger's house beginning Thursday, September 29.
So here is what I have been doing this past week.

I enjoy hooking rugs but always put off binding them.  Not my favorite thing to do. However, I learned a new method of binding and so I don't mind it so much anymore. These two rugs have been hooked for awhile so glad to finally have them finished. The first rug was drawn by Ginger.  Ginger, Sandra and I were going to do a rug every 3 months and Ginger was going to design them. I think Ginger designed 2 or 3 but this is the only one I have done.

Ginger's design
Small Penny rug
I have also started doing some cross stitch. I have not stitched on linen before and my friend, Betty, of Primitive Bettys gave me some help in getting started. The pattern is designed by Betty.
Stitched on 28 count linen 
Fall is my most favorite time of the year and so I had to get some fall decorations out to start enjoying it.

 And of course, I had Emma for a couple of times during the week and we spent time playing.

Well that's it for the past weekend. I will be at Ginger's for rug camp the rest of the week so watch for new posts.

Have a great week!!!



Thursday, September 15, 2011

Truman Lake Rug Show and Hook In

Last weekend Ginger and I took a road trip to Warsaw, Missouri to a hook-in sponsored by Saltbox Primitive Woolens.  It was their first hook-in and I do believe it was a huge success!!!!! Ginger and I definitely helped their economy.

We left Friday morning and made a couple of stops along the way.  In Tulsa,OK we stopped at the Silver Needle. A wonderful needlework shop. We bought a few patterns. We ate lunch in Tulsa and got back on the road to our destination.  Well almost, we had planned one more stop in Rogers, Arkansas. A nice little quilt and rughooking shop called The Rabbit's Lair. We browsed the shop, bought some fabric and patterns and then headed north to Warsaw. Well, we did see a Braum's ice cream store as we were coming into town so we HAD to go back and have ice cream before we hit the road!!! To save time, we went thru the drive-thru and then again headed north to Warsaw.

We arrived in Warsaw about 6pm, found our lodging for the night and then went to locate the Community Center where the hook-in was going to be on Saturday. It faces the Truman Lake and was a perfect spot for a hook-in. Wanted to make sure we could find it easily the next day and not waste anytime ((-:  We found it, decided where we would be parking the next day and then went to supper at the Rusty Skillet, a little cafe on Main Street.

When we arrived back at our lodging for the night, no parking places to be found close to our room. There were trucks with boats behind them everywhere. Men walking all around with tackle boxes, etc. To make a long story short, we decided this was the lodge for all the fishermen. Needless to say, we only saw one other lady. So we went to our room, barred the door and hoped it would be quiet. We did get a good night's sleep and woke up ready to go.

The hook-in was awesome!!!! Some great vendors were there: Wendy Miller of The Red Saltbox, Maggie Bonanomi with her new book, Anita White, Melissa Towne, Shawn Williams of Threads That Bind, Need'love, Vicki Hardcastle, and Primitive Stitches. That is all I can remember but I'm sure there were 2 or 3 more.  Anyway we had a great time there and in the afternoon we went shopping around the town at antique stores.  Headed home to OKC about 3pm and arrived safe and sound. 

I took pictures of some of the rugs on display at the show so here they are:

Wendy Miller pattern I bought
This rug is a self portrait
These were some of the rugs on display in the rug show.  Lots of beautiful hooked rugs!!!!

So that was my weekend.  Have a great Thursday.  Today is the first day of our state fair and the weather has turned cool with possibility of rain.  Go figure!!! 


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Well, I said I wasn't going to get behind on my blog posts, but alas, I did.  My last post was around Easter time, so it has been awhile.  

Summer was very, very busy and oh so hot!!!! Ashlee decided to take some classes in the summer, 12 hours to be exact,  so Emma and I spent a lot of time together.  It was great, although we spent a lot of time inside because of the heat.  Oklahoma had 61 days of over 100 degree weather so being outside was not an option most of the summer.  We are also experiencing a very dry summer. Very little rain has fallen and the lakes and ponds are really drying up. September has brought us cooler temperatures, but not a lot of rain yet. The fair starts on Thursday, September 15 and it usually rains during that time so maybe we will get some much needed rain.

I also had surgery on my right knee for 2 meniscus tears and some cartilage repair. I spent 8 weeks in physical therapy and am doing better, but still working on getting more range of motion and flexibility.

My Emma turned 1 on July 13.  I can't believe a year has past since she was born. . She started walking at 10 months and has not slowed down since.  I see her 3-4 times a week and she is growing so fast even now.   She repeats words you say to her and even makes up some of her own. Here are some pictures of her I took this summer.

July 4th

Miss Hollywood

1st Birthday
So this little girl kept me very busy this summer and still continues to do so.  I love every minute of it and wouldn't change a thing.  

So until next time, wishing everyone a great week ahead.