Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hum drum day......

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I did. My son Craig was here with his girlfriend Lake. And then it was just Nicole and George and I. For a 23.5 lb turkey, we have quite the leftovers lol. My mil was not up to coming out, so I took her a meal in the afternoon and sat with her. Also took her some more yesterday for her dinner. I know I'll be freezing a few meals.
Well, unfortunately I'm not feeling all that well. I'm not sick, sick. Just not up to par, and have a lack of energy. I always go out on Black Friday every year and leave at a rediculously early hour. This year however, I rolled out of bed and was out the door around 9:00! I was more or less a walking zombie. I'm not sneezing, or coughing, or have a fever. Just out of it. I was back home around 1:30 or so, and that was it for me. I even went to bed last night at 10:00, but was up every 2 hours or so. Didn't sleep well at all.
So today is a do absolutely nothing day. Figured I'd play around with the blog for a bit and then maybe take a nap. Not sure which background I'll stick with, but I wanted to change it.
Perhaps later I'll feel a little better and work on some Christmas gifts. Really not even in the mood to do that, ugh........
Guess I'll have to push myself to get out of my mood. Sure hope everyone else is having a wonderfully creative weekend!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving~~~

Wishing you and your family a Very Blessed Thanksgiving~

Praying for safe travels to all of you that are venturing out tomorrow to be with family and friends. I will be staying home and cooking the turkey and all the fixin's that go with it. I plan on relaxing and enjoying my day.
My wish is the same for all of you......

Friday, November 20, 2009

Catching up

Just getting to down load the pic's on my camera. I am behind, I know. But gee, when I do post, you get quite a bit to look at!

Earlier this week, I met up with Beth in East Berlin to have some dinner and then go over and meet with the girls who were hooking. Beth and I didn't take anything with us. We just wanted to get together, since it's been a while. She also gave me my birthday present. Here is Beth relaxing at Willa's after our dinner. She had someone to keep her company on the couch too!

And here is her gift to me! Some really cute punchneedle patterns, a sheep and a really nice brown recycled skirt! Love it all Beth, Thank you!! Here are some shots of the girls in EB.

Here is the rug that Katie is working on now using yarn.

And here is her last rug mounted by Joe Heine. Hope I spelled his last name right. He is the husband of Janice who wasn't there that night. What a beautiful job he did!

this is Willa's.

Here's Becky's.

And this was Brenda's. She really likes the sculpting. It looks wonderful!

Louise is trying really hard to finish this rug. I am always teasing her about when she is going to finish it. It is sooo close.. Her background is done with some onion skins over some different camel wools. It is just stunning in this rug.
Beth and I had a good time just sitting and chatting while everyone else was working. And speaking of work, I had to get up early the next day to go to work. The week went by quickly too. Before you knew it, it was Thursday and time for the hook-in.

We had a good turn out. The morning was a little slow, but then it picked up. Linda really wanted to get some work done. I think she is determined to "finish" some of her pieces. Here she is hooking on her latest little mitten. And that is Rob standing next to her. He is a friend of Linda's who stops by now and then.
This is another Linda who was doing the latch hook that I showed in another post. She wants to try and finish it by Christmas.
Genny and Kathy came by too, and Genny finished her birdhouse rug. I'm so happy for her. She did a great job. Here is kathy working on her rug.
Linda's shop has taken on a different look inside too. She has moved around a few things and it is looking so much bigger! It's really looking nice. She's displaying some of the antiques in her shop as well.

Later on in the day, some of the girls from East Berlin came! It was so nice to have them there.
Willa is doing a beautiful rug with Imari colors

And Louise, oh Louise, she pointed out to me that she had 7 tongues left to do!!! By the end of the night, she was just about done!!! Go Louise, Go Go Louise!!!
I could have sworn that I got a shot of Tonya's rug, but I couldn't find it on my camera :(. Sorry Tonya. Will get it next time you come out!
Sherry stopped by too and was working on her cat rug. She stayed till the end when her and Linda and I left for the night. It was a fun time. Lots of laughs as usual. Yep, and Linda is done hooking her snowman mitten and she is whipping it.....

Annnnddddd...... it's completed! Woo Hoo Linda!

Today was another run around busy day. Lots of catching up to do around the house and doing errands. Nothing crafty done today.
Tomorrow I will be meeting up with Beth and Joanne at the York Folk Art Show. Linda is going to drive along with me. Going to stop off at my friend Joan's church bazaar first. It's always a nice variety of items to shop around for. The day should be lots of fun.
Sunday I have church and then I'm hoping to get back to some cleaning and working on my Christmas gifts. I did actually get some work done last night at Grantstreet. But can't show ya's!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. The weather doesn't look too bad on this end. Hope it's the same where you are.

Friday, November 13, 2009

And the winner is~~~~

I want to thank each of you for writing what you are thankful on my blog. I truly enjoyed reading them all. Some from people I know, and some from lurkers who haven't posted before. That was really nice.
I took the amount of responses and them into a number generator, and it picked a number for me. And the Winner is............ Corinna . Congratulations Corinna! You have a lovely blog. I've visited your blog often. Beautiful stitching. I will leave a comment on your blog for you to contact me with your address if you don't see this.
I hope to do another giveaway again. It was fun, and thanks to everyone, really.

Grantstreet had their hook-in yesterday, and it was a quiet day. Not too many people showed up. People came at different times. But it was a really nice relaxing time. I helped Linda during the week with rearranging some things again. It's really looking bigger! I did manage to get some cross stitching done. Didn't take any pictures at all!! I must have been really relaxed lol.
Today was a run around day. Glad to be home and in for the night. Will try and clean up a bit, so I'm not bombarded with too much tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, my husband and I will be celebrating our 22nd Anniversary. I made reservations for tomorrow night for dinner at a restaurant we haven't been too before. I've heard some good things about it. Just getting out and me not cooking is more than I can ask for lol.
Tomorrow is also the retreat for AAPG. It is to try and finish up any ufo's we have lying around. I have a few, so we'll see what I can get too.
Sure hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend. Use your hands to be creative. No matter what you do....

Friday, November 6, 2009

Time for my First Give away~

Well, here we are. Blog post #150. I know I talk a lot, but never thought I would be able to post so many times. It sure has been fun, and there isn't a better month than November to be doing my first give away.

I just love Thanksgiving. It is just very sad that this Holiday is one that is so over looked. Just the other day I was in Kohl's, and what was playing over the speakers? Yep, Christmas music already. That was a huge disappointment, and if it were just I doing the shopping that night, I would have walked out. Way too early to be playing it in my opinion. Ok, enough on that subject.

More on being Thankful~
Did you know that if you wake up in the morning and just think of 5 things that you are thankful for, it puts you in a better mood for the day? How hard is that? So I'm going to list 5 things right now that I'm thankful for.
1. First and foremost, my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I'm thankful to God for sending his son to die for my sins, so that I can ask him to be my personal savior and know where my eternity lies after I die.
2. I am thankful for my husband and children and all the ups and downs that come with them.
3. I am thankful for the provision of my husbands job which in turn pays for the roof over our heads where we can call home and be warm this Winter, and that puts food on our table.
4. I am thankful for "my" job for which I feel has been an answer to prayers where I can use the gifts that God has given me in order to please Him and others around me, along with helping out with some bills.
5. And the last one for today is that I am thankful for ALL my friends. Both near and far. Ones that I have known for a long time, and ones that I have never met in person, but have made friendships with over the Internet.

I could go on and on. The next time you look at your hand, count on your fingers what you are grateful for.

To celebrate Thanksgiving, I made up a little pinkeep/pillow. I love pincushions, so I wanted to give one to you, and I used one of my favorite fabrics for the backing. I also love wool, so I am giving a couple of my favorite colors to you. And I love candles, so I am giving you a little battery operated one with a bittersweet wreath around it. It's not much, but it is from the heart.

I want to thank all of you that post here, and all of you that just read my blog. I started this to just be something for me to write about my rugs and my family and friends. How thankful I am to have met so many wonderful people. I love reading all your blogs too! Wish I could have gotten a better shot of this.

I hope you all don't mind, but I just ask that you leave a comment here about just one thing you are thankful for. Sometimes when we read what others have to say, there may be some little thing that makes us think "yeah, I'm thankful for that too", but we have been just taking it for granted.

I will be collecting the names, and putting them in a random generator next Friday the 13th. There will be one lucky winner that day. And who says that day is bad luck lol?

If you don't have a blog, please leave an email for me to be able to contact you. Now that the details are taken care of on that, I thought I'd just share with you about the hook in yesterday. It was a really slow day. Not too many people coming through, but we still had lots of laughs and I actually got some work done! There were some that just came in to shop in the morning. I'm hoping Ruth will come back and hook with us some Thursday!

And just look at what you will see the next time you pull into the driveway!!! Yes, their sign is now hanging proudly out front!! The guys did a wonderful job, don't you think? The whole outside is now looking so much more inviting.

Now I don't think Linda will mind me sharing with you that she has this problem with bags lol. Every time she starts something else, a NEW bag comes out to put it all in. I just had to laugh, because I'm sure most of us can relate. Here is Linda being Johnny Carson as Carnac the magnificent. She's deciding which bag will be the one that she works on. Uh oh, she's feeeeeling the energy!
Yep, she picked one! And she got a lot done yesterday too! Just wished I would have gotten a picture of it.
A new girl, Linda came by and was working on a latch hook kit. It's going to take her a while. But she is enjoying it for sure. She tried rug hooking, but just had surgery on her hand, so it was tough for her.
Jill and Alyssa stopped by and I forgot to get the camera out. It was fun seeing them. Alyssa tried some punch needle, and she was already hinting to Jill that she would like to do it. Alyssa is 17.

And Sherry stopped by about 10 minutes or so after they had left! Jill was asking if she was coming. We weren't sure.
And here is what I finished. I stayed up some late nights to finish the hooking, then I whipped it yesterday. This weekend, I plan on doing some cleaning and giving my car a good wash and wax before the cold weather really sets in. I think I saw that Sunday is supposed to be a really nice day.

I hope everyone has a terrific weekend. And don't forget to be Thankful~~