Saturday, June 27, 2015

Baxter is here!!!!

Baxter made a grand entrance into this world---my daughter is a rock star!!!

She went into early labor around midnite---contractions irregular and far apart---went for a walk in her neighborhood around noon---contractions around 5 minutes apart but coping---called the doula to come and whamo---here comes Baxter---Noah driving to the hospital with Chelsea and the doula in the backseat trying not to push---left their house at 3 PM and Baxter was born at 3:28 with no drugs--nurses were awesome---we missed the delivery by about 5 minutes as Noah had no time to give us warning.

                                                       Love you baby Baxter!!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Still no Baxter

Come on guys---send Chelsea some MOJO---this baby needs to be born!  Maybe if you all think some positive vibes he will feel it and will want to come on out.  She and Noah have invested a lot of time and effort into having a natural childbirth and she is not wanting to be induced---scheduled for next Tuesday.  We have walked and walked---as well as having tried lots of other things---Last night
we went to Skipolini's Pizza and had the Prego Pizza---also foot reflexology, accupuncture, and lots of other  things.

I have been hooking on Twirly Whirly---not a great picture but am happy with how it is turning out.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Due date came and went

I am still having trouble adjusting to the time change in California and woke up early.  It is hard to believe I have been in CA for over two weeks now.  The first few days I was here were spent at my daughter's home---going to see the doctor, watching her get an ultrasound and seeing my grandson on the screen his little heart pumping away and going to their childbirth class with them to name a few.

Then it was off to Cambria Rug Camp---great camp and great students!  Then back to Oakland where I move into my home away from home for a month---a small converted garage but since I wasn't there much except to sleep it has worked out great---my hubby arrived yesterday and now it is even smaller---I woke up early and am sitting on the floor in the bathroom while he is still sleeping and writing this post.

Now I will go back and fill in some of the details.

Beautiful water in Cambria at Moonstone Beach

Robin's colorful pile of wools, dyed velvets, sari silks and yarns etc. and the picture below is what she accomplished with them---so lively and colorful!  the pattern is called "Supposed to Be" by Cindi Gay---such a happy rug!

Karen was working on a Susan Quicksall pattern called "Old Penn"---she had bought it as a kit but wanted to work the Pattern in a more primitive way without all of the outlining so this is the beginning of what we came up with adding a few more textures and of course some paisley.
 I designed this pattern of Carol's dog Jimi which she worked on in addition to some other finishing work...there will also be writing in the corners---we tweaked him a bit during the hooking process---such a happy little guy!

Barbara was working on Pumpkin Thyme by Kris Miller---I just love how he is turning out ---we had communicated about colors prior to camp and for the most part we stuck with them---love how all of the textures and colors came together---even his paisley cumberband! 

Kathy was working on one of my all time favorite patterns---Jumbo Star---a Lib Callaway pattern---it is hooked in colors similar to one that I hooked and I love it!!!

Denise was working on a Sharon Smith pattern called "Copenhagen"---What fun this is!  I would love to be in Copenhagen and visit a scene like this.

This was a pattern that I taught at the Biennial in Louisville---Beth restarted it in her colors since the kit at the biennial that she got was too pink---I love seeing this pattern come together!

Trudy's pattern Bunny Beauty is coming together nicely---some trial and error in getting the bunny right but now she is on her way---love the touch of color in the flowers.

Kitty was working with yarns to create these colorful mats---she plans yo do a series of these---great flow of color in the water---a free spirit!
  Pam was working on "Poppies on the Edge of town"  a Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern---a lively mixed media piece---I love how the mountains and water are coming together in the background and they sky will make it all pop.

No Susan didn't get this all hooked at camp---but she did get the border and lettering done which really frames the scene nicely.---the fox looks quite happy with himself!

My apologies to Jane---somehow my picture of her rug at the rug show is missing---she was working on Birds and Pomegranates redesigned removing the birds and adding more pomegranates---love her smile---maybe she will send me a picture :)

Shirley was working on three different pieces---this is the last one she started---the octopus in the center is going to be so colorful---another mixed media piece---yarns silks and lots of shimmer!

American floral by Maggie B was Sandra's pattern---a great pattern and great hooking!  Thanks Sandra for your fun spirit.

Jean chose "Bird's eye view" by Pris Butler---a very fun pattern with a big soon to be black dog---wish the outline showed up better in the picture---it was the two sided black and white with what looks like little dog bones!

My apologies to Donna as well---her picture of her piece is also missing but here she is on the right busy working away.  Donna is an accomplished braider and spent much of her time helping others with some braiding---I have great admiration---she even helped me with my mock braiding in corner turning for a continuous braid---many thanks!

   I have tried unsuccessfully to rotate this one---I give up---Vicki was doing a great job with this pattern---she was removing the wording and is planning on adding her grandchildren's footprints on a path in that area---the flowers repeat on the other side in the pattern.

Class photo on a nice sunny day!

My husband's birthday was yesterday the 19th---we were so hoping Baxter would be born yesterday.

He is still holding out---maybe tomorrow on Father's day.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ready, set---almost time to go!

Time is passing quickly as I prepare to leave for California.  Packing for 5 1/2 weeks isn't easy---lots to think about...

Here is a photo of my start on Twirly Whirly---taking this with me to California to work while I am on grandma duty.

this is a picture of some of the wools that I used---a few of them did not work as well as I thought so I did make a substitution.

Well my grandson is now due in 2 1/2 weeks---getting excited to welcome him into the world.
Baxter Davis Bump Marin

Chelsea on her Babymoon---something new since I had my babies---your last fling before parenthood

Some of you may remember me hooking a portrait of my mother with the paisley background---when I was looking through some pictures a month ago I cam across this one that I didn't remember---my mother and her sister Mildred---and a very cute dog---never knew about the dog.

Have a great weekend!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Twirly Whirly

Twirly Whirly is the new pattern that I have chosen to start with.  Here is what it looks like---so excited to start it.

It is the smallest of the patterns I got---plan to hook it in #8-8.5 cut for the most part---oranges and brown and paisley of course.  Hope to get a start before leaving for California but will have to wait and see---busy week next week!

Here are some wools that I am thinking about using.

I am looking forward to my trip to California to teach in Cambria and to be there for the birth of my first grandson---my first grandchild due June 17th.

Well this is going to be a very short post---much to do!

Friday, May 8, 2015

A new footstool and other ramblings

About 2 weeks ago I went to a garage sale and bought an ugly duckling footstool---I should have taken a picture but I will say it had a ugly velvet print cover with really awful fringe---after stripping it off I discovered it was stuffed with excelsior and shredded paper.  I made a very simple pattern---basically I drew the outside dimensions that I needed and working on a blank canvas opting for straight line center with a border for the edge.  Using left overs from Petals and Posies I created this fun little footstool that I love---sometimes simple is the most charming!

                                                  This was Petals and Posies!

Busy weekend here at our house.  Saturday night we are are hosting our Wine Tasting group ---wines from Spain and Portugal wines---and Sunday my daughter Sarah and her husband Philip are coming for brunch with his parents.

I am getting excited about hooking a new pattern---I was looking through an old catalog  (1971) of Pearl McGown's patterns when they were owned by Sturbridge and saw three patterns that I have not seen around---fortunately Moshimer (Cushing) had a lot of the old patterns and is printing them on linen for me.

I will reveal which one I plan to start next week---will plan to take it to California with me to work on while I am there.  One is called Twirly Whirly, one is called Tinker Scroll and the last is Nantucket Scrolling.  Hmmm---which one will it be???

Hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

At the lake

We finally got our trailer set up at Pomme de Terre lake this week.   We came down in March to do our set up and found out trailer had been broken in to during the winter while it was stored.  The door had been broken and the televisions stolen so we took it to a RV repair place---almost 5 weeks later it was finally fixed---we were not happy campers.

All is well now and we are getting things set up and enjoying our time at the lake.  Tonite will be our last night before heading back home.

Yeah!  A new door---they did a great job of painting on the graphics---the rest of the trailer has decals---many are peeling---wish they were all painted on.

Our view from the trailer---so quiet and peaceful during the week.

I decided to add a third option for my class at the ATHA biennial---I started thinking that maybe they were too Texas specific so here is what I came up with.  There are still openings if you are coming to the biennial in June.

I have been busy preparing for my upcoming summer workshops---the first one in June in Cambria California followed by workshops in Crosslake Minnesota and Milford Nebraska.  In August I will be in Mexico Missouri.

I am still not back to running---had a bit of a setback with the knee---so I started doing yoga.  It is not like running but still has a mental component that I was missing.  I am trying out different styles to see what works best for me.  On Saturday I am doing a Restorative workshop.  There are modifications that I am having to make because of the knee and arthritis in my fingers but I have been  enjoying it---any yoga fans out there that have any recommendations???

I think we are going to try fishing today...and tonite we will build a fire and make some s'mores.