Monday, July 26, 2010

Playing catch-up

What a Booming Thursday we had last week!  I think Linda counted 17 that came through the store that day.  Definitely hopping for sure....

Joanne was able to make it out to see us.  She was whipping her rug.

And of course she finished it. She is incredibly fast!  She was saving all her short worms for this rug. Isn't it great?

Cathy finished her rug a while back and brought it in for us to see. Love it!  She has only done a couple pieces.

Everyone so hard at work!!


Just hooking away....

Sherri showing her little bags she is making for some Christmas gifts.  At least someone is thinking ahead!

Linda teaching Jackie, a new hooker how to pull her loops.   Jackie came with Bonnie below. They were so gung ho, and purchased what they needed to get started!

And here's Bonnie

Of course Joanne had to be Joanne :).   She is such a bad influence on Madeleine lol.  Teaching her to put things on her head...

She was making circles for pin cushions, but found another use for them lol!

On Friday, I went to Joan's house for dye group.  Only we didn't do any dyeing that day, instead, we worked on our scrolls.  My goodness, it's been 2 months since the last time I pulled a loop for it. I had to walk around and get a visual to see what I was doing. So quickly I forgot! So I got some done. I'm sure I'll forget again by next month lol.

Every one's pieces..

Joan showed us some of the pieces she has done in between our last visits.  I really think Joan was born with a hook in her hand :)  The next few pictures are hers.

And here's Ritchie. He is such a wonderful dog.  Joan fills up that black toy with peanut butter. He was happy :)

I received 2 packages in the mail today. The first one was a scrubber from Ginger. I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of that. She sent a really cute flyer with it, asking if we had any bugs to clean off our windshield. Or we could use it for other uses.  It was so sweet of her to send it.... Thank you Ginger! 

Then this RAK was from Lori. She sent a really sweet card saying she was thinking of me, and hoping George and I are doing ok.  It certainly put a smile on my face. Thank you again Lori! Such beautiful work.

I have been extremely busy over my mil's.  I need a pair of blinders that the horses wear.  I started last Friday evening when I came home from Joan's dye group. Had a quick bite to eat and thought I'd spend a few hours over there in the garage.  George and the owner of the development are going to work on the garage. There was a leak and the ceiling needs to be fixed.  So I went in to clear it out. Oh my.  There were 3 grey metal shelving units. I thought I'd have it done in no time. What in the world was I thinking?  My mil was a beautiful painter. Some of her paintings I will share with you in another posting.  Haven't gotten that far as taking pic's of them yet.  Anyway, as much as I am a hoarder of wool, well so was my mil a hoarder of frames!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm in awe of them all.  Soooo, quickly cleaning it out was not a reality. And it was soooo humid.  I couldn't believe how much sweat was dripping from me. Just kept drinking water.  I wanted to take my time and go through everything, and I mean everything. And that is what I'm doing.  I'm so glad I am too.  I happened to find in a small box a letter from Ed McMahon.  My mil worked for the Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation.  She met quite a few people/celebrities at the Ball that they would have in NY. She would set the whole thing up for them. Anyway, she met Ed McMahon a few times and spoke with him on numerous occasions. The letter was telling her that he had heard of her plans of retiring, and that he wished her well, etc. It was a very sweet letter. We are going to frame it.  I teased George and said I need to go buy a frame LOL!!!!!!
I worked ALL weekend long, making trips back and forth. If you could only see my house right now. Again, I need blinders.  Eventually it will all find it's place. Right now, it's just a big mess. We will be having a yard sale in a few weeks. My son and his girlfriend will also have some of their stuff.  Hoping to get rid of a bunch of things then, and whatever does not sell, then it's getting donated.  So many decisions need to be made, and I am taking my time with each one. I don't want a few years to go by and then think, darn I should have kept this or that.    So that's what I've been up too.  I did finish whipping my rug and it is now at the Fair.

Will be working next on some items for Colonial Day in September.  That's what I'll be doing this Thursday.
Linda is out this week. She is away in Massachusetts starting her classes for becoming Certified for Rug Hooking.  I am really happy for her and I know she will do just GREAT! Glad she got there safely, and will be praying for safe travels on her way back later this week.
 I'm taking care of the store, so it's still open for business.  Had a really busy day today, which made it fly by!  I'll be just as busy tomorrow I'm sure. Lots of new wools came in :).

Have a wonderful week everyone... Keep those hands busy~~

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Just dropping in ~~

To say hello.  Haven't really been in the mood to blog, but figured since I have some pictures from the past 2 weeks, I would share them with you.  They aren't in any particular order...

Lois working on her yellow ware.

Marion's rose's completed.

Genny working on her tote bag.

Debbie, hooking for the first time.

Bethany doing a wonderul job with her roosters/chickens (you know me and farm animals lol)

Debbie's quilt she brought along to show us. Sweet!

Cherina, hooking for the first time (big first rug, eh?)


Linda's grand daughter Madeleine taking a break from hooking to work on something else.

Doris giving Linda a tip on splitting her wool. Doris' rug is in the foreground of the photo. Check out those flowers!!

Erika, also a brand new hooker. She is going into 10th grade. Isn't it great, all these new hookers?

Jill working on her son Isaac's rug.

Madeleine holding her rug!

Linda's first attempt at fine hooking a rose. Beautiful! She has been playing with it and tweaking it.

And finally my rug!! I am finished hooking it. Just need to whip it. It is pinned to the floor right now after steaming.

I have been doing ok. Giving myself time, and trying to fill in my days with things that matter the most to me right now. Family and friends.  Hoping to get somewhat in a routine. Of what? I don't know yet. Just would like to be a bit more organized/structured with my time.  I still feel so out of sync. 

Friday I went out to dinner with 2 girlfriends. We walked into town. It was muggy, but still a nice walk. 
On Saturday, Nicole and I went into Chambersburg for their Chamberfest.  Another hot one, but nice to spend some time with my daughter. Saw a group demonstrating Zumba and we are going to look in to it to do together. Came home from there and dove right in to cleaning up the house. That freed me up to have the evening to finish hooking my rug.  George was away for the evening, and Nicole had to work. So the house was very quiet.

Not sure what I'll be working on next. Will keep you posted! Have a wonderful week~~

Monday, July 5, 2010

A Heartfelt Thank you ~~

Thank you ALL for your warm thoughts, prayers and cards.  It was all most appreciated, and words just will never be enough. 

Everything went smoothly for my mil's funeral.  She is now laid to rest next to her Husband in NJ.  I know in my heart she is not there, so that makes things easier. For when she took her final breath, she went home to Jesus.  We couldn't have had a better day weather wise.  Nice to see family and friends from back there.  And the Pastor gave a wonderful message on salvation which was Harriet's request.  Again, couldn't have gone any smoother. I know she was smiling....

Now it's time to get back to my life, the families life.  Not sure how the weeks ahead will be, filling the time spots that were dedicated for her.  I just know it's time to fill those spots with making more memories for my family.  And to start creating more for myself.  I'm hoping to have more energy to fill my evenings with more hooking or stitching.  We have our local Fair at the end of the month, and I would like to finish the rug I'm working on, so I can enter it.  Guess I need to get moving!!

Yesterday for the 4th of July, I did absolutely nothing. And it was aaaah sooo wonderful.  Laid out on the deck, and yep got a little burned, but not too bad. When it got too hot, I just came in and watched some Lifetime movies.  We are having our picnic sometime this afternoon.  Son Craig is over and him and George are working on his car.  Lake will be here in a couple hours, and Nicole and Andrew are just relaxing right now in front of the tv.  She has to work at 4:00, so if the guys aren't ready by then to eat, I'll just make them something and sit with them and chat.  Just a great relaxing day...... 

Tomorrow it's back to work, and I'm looking forward to it :).   Wishing you all a great week ahead!