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Sunday, October 30, 2011

More Thank You's and Some Shopping

It's been a lovely two weeks here! First to arrive in my mailbox was a beautiful hooked rug that Pat was offering as a giveaway on her blog Hook, Hand and Heart. The star runner is skillfully hooked in the most prim shades of gorgeous wool... a generous gift that I will treasure for a long time! You should visit Pat's blog... not only does she have many talents (such as knitting, weaving and hooking)... but she has the cutest kitties and also knows where the best local restaurants are!

Thanks so much Pat!!!!

The next surprise to arrive in my mailbox was from Merrie! Merrie is another sweet gal with plenty of talents! She hooks, she knits, she needle punches and she is a fellow coffee fanatic! :-) She is also a member of the group AAPG that I belong to on eBay. Anyways.... Merrie was generous and thoughtful enough to knit me a pair of woolen socks so that my toes could be toasty during the winter months ahead! I could not believe my eyes when I opened the package! Not only are the colors and stitches perfect.... but, I know full well how much time goes into making these! Last year, Merrie had sent me a pattern and some yarn as I was really wanting to learn to knit socks... but, try as I might, I could not learn knitting to save myself... lol!

Thanks so much Merrie!!!

And, I also did some shopping on some prim pals blogs!!! I started with Lauren over at Rugs and Pugs... She was making these awesome necklaces from antique spoons that are stamped with "Rug Hooker" and "Wool". I had to have two as I could not make up my mind which one I liked better.... the little sheep charm is just the right added touch to these! Well made too!

Then I hopped over to Tammy's blog at Rock River Stitches! Tammy always creates the most beautiful hand made treasures and also offers patterns of her creations. Well... it started during the Summer when she offered the little piggy... and then most recently I was lucky enough to purchase a Mr. Jingles the snowman! They are both superbly handcrafted and I love them both! Tammy has two more snowmen offered right now on eBay. Mr. Jingles and Mr. Jangles... and they both are sparkling with the first snowfall of the season! Click here to visit the auctions.

I did manage to get some stitching done too! The Stacy Nash pinkeep is complete and I have another block of the Snow Days embroidery just about finished... pictures of those soon to follow in the next post!

We had an early snowstorm yesterday... has me totally confused as it rarely snows before Christmas here, never mind having it snow two days before Halloween? So, I don't know what I should do? Hand out candy? Dress up as Santa? Shoot me a Turkey?

Oh my...

Tomorrow is October 31st.... I am wishing you all more TREATS than TRICKS!

Until next time... stay healthy and keep on smiling!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Smiles Across the Miles and Some Rugs

Friday was a wonderful day! I had taken a vacation day so that I could attend a meeting of the Hunterdon County Rug Artisan's Guild.

Well... the day started with a visit from the mailman! He brought me a surprise package from Jacque! Inside the package was a beautiful quilted tote and zippered purse that she made for me from the Iced Mocha fabric collection...

LOVE it! I especially like the way one side has the squares and the other is stripes. I've already sent her many, many thanks... but, one more couldn't hurt...



Then, it was off to Flemington, NJ to attend the meeting. Lots of topics were discussed as this was actually two meetings in one as hurricane Irene had caused last month's to be cancelled. I'll save the details and just show you the rugs that were there for show and tell... Some were finished and some were in progress. Each person explained a little about their rug and then the rug was placed in the center of the meeting area so all could see. So many talents and different styles of hooking...

I hope you enjoyed these pictures... and hopefully you now have some inspiration to get hooking on one of your own rugs!

I would like take a minute to say THANK YOU to everyone who has taken the time to leave comments here... I really do enjoy reading them all! I also want to thank those that have emailed me their comments because blogger was giving them some technical troubles... and also, a big HELLO to those (recent and from the beginning) who have decided to follow my blog. I hope you continue to read and enjoy the adventures and creations I write about here...


Until next time...

Stay healthy and keep on smiling!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I Just Could Not Help Myself

Saturday and Sunday were two of most picturesque autumn days I could imagine. The sun was shining... there was a soft warm 70 degree breeze during the day that cooled to a cozy 45 degree breeze during the night... the leaves are starting to turn... the sky was a brilliant blue with big, white puffy clouds... so, how could I in my right mind sit in a chair and stitch all day? lol!

I could not help myself... Saturday I opened the windows and did my indoor seasonal cleaning (well... most of it)... haven't gotten to the windows and curtains yet... Sunday I did my regular bakery and grocery store run... followed by some yard work (trimming the hedges in the front yard)... followed by washing and drying my car and my hubby's SUV... then we had a nice Sunday dinner and now I am relaxing...

This is my favorite time of year... the time when I am most comfortable and have the most energy to do just about anything.

I will sleep like a brick tonight... I am sure of it!

But, since I did promise a stitching update to you... I will share the progress on the piece that was hoping to have finished by today. It's a Stacy Nash Girl's Club cross stitch that is offered through the Country Sampler Quilt Shop. The club ships four kits a year. The kits have the pattern, linen backing, threads, and the fabric to finish the stitched piece into a pinkeep. This was the first kit I had received... I think it's supposed to be the Summer one... It's called "Rosebud Cottage"

It's stitch over 2 threads on 32 count Platinum Linen. I'm nearly finished with the stitching... just need to put in the lettering on the bottom of the design and assemble into the pinkeep. And yes... I do have the Autumn kit already... you think I might get that done before Christmas? lol!

Seriously though... with how fast this year zoomed by... and how quickly winter is approaching... you can bet your last nickel I'll be outside wandering around somewhere during these gorgeous, colorful, energy filled days of autumn, every stinkin' chance I get! :-)

Here is a picture of the hubby and I tailgating during the Kutztown, PA Antique Radio Show and Sale...

Do we look like we just celebrated our 12 year Wedding Anniversary last Sunday? Well... we did! Had a fun time at the Sands Casino and a delicious meal at the Carnegie Deli... good stuff! :-)

You can bet that next weekend will include a whole lot of relaxing...

Until then...

Stay healthy and keep on smiling!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Getting Ready for the Weekend!

I'm so happy I could sing!!!
The weekend is finally a few short hours away....
to sing along with me

You won't be sorry... promise! :-)

I'll be back Sunday with stitching updates!

Stay healthy and keep smiling!
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