Tuesday, September 27, 2011

And yet..... another busy weekend ~~ A very long post ~~~

Yes indeed it was!  Saturday morning I drove out with Linda to Mercersburg to do a show with her. I helped her 2 years ago at this show to help promote the shop. Again, same idea, but we took more along this time from the shop to share with people what she has to offer. Some kits were sold, Fliers were being taken left and right, and there are big hopes that it will bring more people to the shop! I took a few shots of the set up. Some did not come out at all. Not sure if something is wrong with the camera now, or if it's just me.

Linda sold some things and I took along a few of my things and sold a few myself. It was a nice day, and thankfully it did not rain.   The show ended at 3:00.  I had to stop on the way home and pick up a dessert and a vegetable tray for a party I was going to in the evening.  My friend Donna (who always had the Spring parties) decided to have a Fall "Bawl" party.  It was more or less a party to cry about Winter coming. She cracks me up.  I didn't get any pictures from there. It was outside in the evening. What a Great time we had though. Lots of laughing, lots of food, and shhh, lots of alcohol.  I really had to behave myself because I had another full day the next day which was going to start early. As it was, I was up at 4:00 a.m. to do the show in the morning.  I knew I wasn't going to last long.  Of course Donna always had something to toast about. So after the 3rd or 4th toast (can't remember lol), I called it quits and just enjoyed the rest of the time there. 

On Sunday morning, I was at Linda's house by 9:30 to have her and Joanne follow me to Joan's.  Joan was having her annual hook in to help raise money for the Animal Shelter of Adams County (I believe it is that one).   She has people bring a donation and she tries to fill the back of her truck up.  I did get an email from her which said that she delivered a Full truckload and a cash donation of $600!!!  How awesome is that?
Very generous group of Hookers :) !!! 
When we got there, the place was filled up already. I got the time wrong.  I thought it started at 10, but started at 9:00 lol.  How long have I been going to this??  I blame it on the birthday coming up for me lol. 
I got my camera out real quick, because I was only going to be able to spend an hour or so. I had some place else to be.  Everything seems to happen on the same day anymore!!

So here are some shots of the group.... 

And there were lots of games to be played.  Oh, and I won one before I had to leave. I won some wool... Joan is a very generous woman.  Everyone walked away with a gift.  Here is the bed that had the bags of prizes. When you won, you went and picked a bag!  She also had other games, a silent auction, and also had a rug that you could buy chances to win. I'm sure everyone had a Super time!!

In the back room, anyone who wants to bring a rug for show and tell puts it there. I was able to get shots of some of them, and then some came out to blurry to post. I was on a time crunch to get as many pictures as I could lol.

Leonard Feenan came with Judy Carter. Leonard has designed some wonderful pieces that Judy has hooked up. Click Here to go to his website, and take a look at his work. A truly remarkable artist!  Very happy I had a chance to meet him and chat with him a bit about his work.

I was hoping to be able to see this in person. I'm so thankful she brought it!!

And you just have to see what my sweet friend Tanya gave me at the hook in.  I cracked up!!!  I don't know.... somehow I've gotten this reputation with hot flashes and fans.  I just LOVE it :).  A fan with chocolate.... how could it get much better than that??  And it really works!  Thank you again Tanya, it's fantastic!  Now along with a pair of readers in every room so that I can see things clearly, I have a fan in every room too LOL. 

I was able to stay about an hour and 15 minutes at the hook in. Lots of hello's, hugs, pictures and good-byes...  I'm hoping Joan has another hook in next year and nothing is double booked for me!

So from there, I had to drive home, pick up my Daughter and head back out with an hour or so drive to the Bridal shower for Lake.  Another day of being thankful that it didn't rain since it was outside.

I'm glad I caught this shot of these two.  A very strange way of greeting each other. The faces crack me up!
They really do care for each other!

Lots of food to be eaten! And it was all so delicious.

Time to open the gifts~~

Her friend Jessica had this made for her.

And a Bridal shower is not complete without some lingerie! Very pretty :)

Games to be played as well.  Here is one where we partnered up with someone and one had to dress the other with toilet paper and make a wedding gown.  I opted to dress Jessica since I wanted to take some pictures. 

Maria and her daughter Kaila

Kim dressing Kathy

Amanda dressing Cait.

And Millie was dressing Nicole.

A group shot...  Jessica is standing next to Nicole.    And Lake had to pick the winning team. It was Millie and Nicole!!  Oh we had some really good laughs during all of this.

Then of course some cake.

Future Sister-in-laws...

And Mom with future Daughter-in-law....

What a Fun-(and very) filled weekend!!   Needless to say, I slept good Sunday night.  I cannot believe that tomorrow is Wednesday already. I have heard that we may have quite a few at the hook in on Thursday.  I'm looking forward to it!!

And I can't finish this post without a countdown..........  Only 9 more days to goooooooo :)  Celebrating was going to start Saturday, October 1st, but my friend Donna is taking off on Friday and we are spending it together.  Sooo the celebrating will start even earlier :)  Not sure what we are doing yet. But I will be taking my camera~~

Keep on smiling..... it does the body good .........

Friday, September 23, 2011

First day of Autumn

The lazy days have been lingering with me. Summer is over and Fall begins today.  Not sure what is the matter with me. Guess it's the changes in temperature.  You can just feel the change in the air. Can you believe that September is just about over? Then it's 3 more months till Christmas??  Ok, now you all are depressed, right?  It's time to snap out of it... I'm Embracing the change!

Been slacking big time on the blog. Never even posted anything from last weeks hook in. But Joanne did a good job with her blog in covering it! So glad she was there, and we missed her this week.  It was  very quiet yesterday, and a few people came and went throughout the day. I didn't get any pictures of them working. I was busy working myself.. a little bit about that in a minute.  
Margo came, and when she walked in, you could tell something was wrong. She is having severe back pain. I really wish she would have called ahead. We could have had the elevator ready for her. She found a comfortable chair to sit in and hooked for a while and then went home to rest and take more medicine.   Diane came and worked on her pig, and then Jill surprised us and worked on her flower rug. Linda was busy working on a workshop project. It's looking great!

I did take some pictures of the shop.  The Gourds are out and look sweet. Linda did a good job with decorating for Fall. I only took a couple shots. (I was working, remember?)

Took just a few shots of my decorating at home. I had the camera out this morning and figured why not. I still have more primping to do..

Now to my hooking.  I would have taken a picture of it, but it's still in the car, packed and ready to go to dye group today. BUT.... there is no dye group today lol.  Received an email from Joan saying she would see me Sunday. Hmm, got me to thinking. So I called her this morning.  We laughed of course. Ok, she laughed at me... and I laughed at myself.   Joan is having a hook in at her house on Sunday and she is getting ready for that.  Apparently we talked about not having the dye group this month at last months meeting.  I'm sticking to my guns and saying I had to leave early. But honestly don't remember if I left early last month or the month before that.  Following all of this LOL???  If you are, then you are better than me, because I sure can't!

Sooo, I have some free time to update the blog.  Was going to take a picture of what I was hooking on "after" dye group today.  So that will just have to wait until I empty my car.  I do have some running around today. I have the bridal shower for my future daughter in law Lake on Sunday.  Need to finish up for that.  I will only be able to stay for a very short time at Joan's, and then head on over to the shower.  Shame they landed on the same day. 

Tomorrow I will be helping Linda at a show in Mercersburg. I helped her 2 years ago at this show. I'm hoping the weather is good, and she does well. A great way to promote the shop!  And then in the evening, George and I were invited over to our neighbors house for a get together. It should be fun.

I have a feeling this weekend will fly by and Monday will be here before you know it.  Hoping you all can relax and make it last as long as you can..... Enjoy the weekend everyone, and keep those hands busy!         And Happy Fall !

Monday, September 12, 2011

Colonial Day update

Hello everyone.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  It sure was a wet one around here! So many areas were flooded, schools closed, businesses closed. Such a mess! I think it's all starting to dry up finally, and hope that the rain stays away for a while. 

All I could do was pray that the rain stayed away this past Saturday. God was good to us! Friday it rained and rained and rained buckets.  On Friday night, Linda and I drove out to Willa's house to spend the night since she is so close to East Berlin.  Beth and I sleep there each year to make things easier. A Big thank you to Willa for allowing us to stay :).  Saturday morning when I woke up, I listened for the rain. Nothing.....  Definitely moist in the air, but no rainfall.  We were able to set up and get it all in place in a short amount of time. Sure does help when there are so many of us!  I didn't take too many pictures, since it was basically the same set up as the show at Landis Valley a few posts back.  This time however, we were all dressed for the show.  We were able to get a picture of us all together minus Janice (the picture taker) and Becky who was busy at her stand of pottery. 

From left to right: Beth, me, Linda, Lilly Page (Willa's grand daughter), Willa, Louise and Tanya. Love these girls :) .....

After set up.  We had 2 booths again.

Willa brought her hooking along, and Linda did most of it. Almost had it all filled in by the time the day was over.  Here is Beth pulling some loops.

Janice who took the picture of all of us together was helping her husband Joe with his stand.  He makes some beautiful things.

And Becky does the pottery.  Love her work!

The day went very well. All of us did a lot better than the last show. The weather helped. The sun came out and it got very hot. The streets were packed at different times.  It was slower than last year, but still a good turn out. 

Gotta love Louise and her suitcase.  I asked her if she was running away from home :).....

I seemed to have missed a few people that had stopped by the booth to say hello. Sorry again Mary! I hope you enjoyed the great atmosphere of Colonial days and will think about coming out again..  Some people couldn't make it because of the weather and the area they were in.  Mitzi, I hope to see you next year!  And thank you to all our friends who stopped by to say hello and shop! Joanne traveled out to see us and stayed to go to lunch with Beth and I.  Was good to see her too since it's been a while. 

Sunday was definitely a day of REST for me.  I woke up, stayed in my jammies all day and played games on the internet.  My husband walked by a couple times and said "you really aren't going to do anything today, are you?"....   I said nope, and kept on playing.   It was a wonderful day to just do Nothing!  Now I will be back into the swing of things this week.  The weight has been lifted and I can think clearer now.  The Black Sheep Rug Hookers were asked to do the Little Log House in East Berlin again this year, so we will be doing that.  It will be November 25, 26, and 27th.  We don't have to be there, just our pieces.  The women who run it, displays our items along with other people they have asked to participate. It's really very sweet the way they have it set up inside. Looking forward to going out and checking out the other vendors who are in it.  Then we have to decide if we will be doing one more show or not. I guess there will be more discussion on that one. I forget when and where it is.

Of course I couldn't leave the show without doing a little shopping of my own.  Two little pieces that came home with me, the santa and the bird.

I ordered 4 mugs from Becky a while back. She left them at home, so she said I could just pick something I liked from her shelves to make sure I got what I liked.  Love these stoneware mugs!  I also bought a piece of redware that was a spoon rest with a goat on it, but forgot to take a picture.

And then Tanya and I swapped some of our pieces.  She makes the sweetest pillows :)!

No rain today, and I am thankful.  Hoping everyone who was affected by the rain is drying out and getting their lives back in order.  What a mess. Hope we don't have that again for a long long time!

Smile this week... It feels good :)