Sunday, August 31, 2008

Weekend is over

Well, the weekend may be over, but I sure did have a great time with my daughter Nicole at our annual Cornfest here in Shippensburg. There were close to 300 vendors that lined our main street in town. Fortunately, we live a little over a mile from where it starts and chose to walk to it, rather than pay for a spot in town to park. It was nice and cool in the morning and not too humid. But by 11:00 or so, it got hot. We started on one side and walked almost the whole thing. Then decided to stop for some food. Had to have our annual butterfly potato chips loaded with melted cheddar cheese. (another reason we chose to walk lol). Along the way, Nicole had bought a few items for herself, and I was able to find some really cute things. One was a chair with a pot to put a mum in for my front porch, a wreath for my wreath hanger that has been empty for a year now, (I'm terrible that way), and a cute wire basket that I want to put some of my wool in. We finished walking the entire thing, and that's when I told Nicole that I wanted to walk it again. I got that "teenager" look lol. In the past I have gone in the morning with her, walked the whole thing, came home, showered and then went back with a few girlfriends to walk it all again. This year, my friends were both busy. Nicole finally agreed to walk it again with me, and I didn't have to twist her arm. Only we didn't do the "whole" thing. I didn't want to put her through all that, and we were having a really good mother/daughter day. So at one point I told her it was time to start heading home. In that heat, it was a looooong walk. But we survived it, and we are looking forward to it again next year.
Hard to believe that tomorrow is the start of September already. This week, I will be working on more of my punch needle for a show that I will be at on the 13th. I will be finishing them up by next week and will post some pictures of what I've done. Still learning this blogging, but am having fun with it. Can't believe I added that link to the Cornfest by myself. I had NO clue lol. Isn't it great to learn something new??? Wishing everyone a great week!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Taking the plunge

I enjoy on a daily basis reading blogs of different individuals and have always wondered if it's something I could do, or would want to do. Well, tonight I was playing around, and have now created one of my own. This is all new to me, and I really don't know what I'm doing. Computers are not my specialty and I am hoping that I will come away learning a little more about this box that I am always on. (I get tired of asking my kids how to do something lol.) I am hoping to share with you my journey of rug hooking as well as other interests of mine. I guess I'll start off by showing you one of my favorite rugs that I have hooked. It is called Hickory Leaves, and because it is on burlap (something I choose never to hook on again), it has a home on the floor next to my bed. Not much traffic there. I took a class with Norma Batastini, and this is the rug I worked on. In my own mind I had planned on using different shades of green thorughout, but that idea was not working. Norma was a huge help and this is what we came up with. I dyed all the wool myself except for a few pieces that I bought from her. I am proud to say that it made it into the Sept/Oct 2005 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine and won 3rd place in the small category at the Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs Show that was held in York, Pa in May of 2005. So this is just a start in my hopes of sharing with you what I like to do. Thanks for taking a look!