Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A wonderful week in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Thanks to The Hunterdon Guild for a great workshop and a special thank you to Barb for hosting me at her home---what great hospitality.

Sue was working on one of my designs which is an adaptation of William Morris's Hammersmith carpet designs ---Little flower and Small Barr---looking forward to seeing this one finished.

Sandy was a fairly new hooker but you wouldn't know it looking at this---she did a great job and i love the red background!

Delores was working on one of my new Paisley designs---she was new to wide cut ---a couple of brown plaids will be used in the backgrounds with a red beauty line---keep up the good work Delores!

Agnes chose a small floral pattern that was a free pattern in rug Hooking magazine---I love how the cross cut purple strip worked in the flower and beauty line.

Betsy's scrappy flowers is bright and cheerful---a fun combination of a variety of brights, spots and plaids!

Bernice chose an Emma Lou Lais design---haven't seen this one in a while and it makes me smile---this is a fun one which will lead Bernice into the fall and keep her busy!

Barbara chose to work on a delightful primitive floral spray---a delightful mix of textures really pull this one together in a pleasing color palette.

Pat chose a Primitive Grace Pattern called Windy Day---a fun whimsical design

Helen chose to work ion Crewel Bench---a Fraser design---great use of textures---even got some paisley in that butterfly!

Gail adapted this design from and 8th century Iranian Fable and is making it into a tavern sign---more lettering will be at the top---( in Gail's word's)  "So I thought Id call this "Kalila & Dimna Tavern (thought about Crossing Borders Tavern)and make it a tavern sign.

The artwork depicts Dimna the jackal who plotted to kill Bull, the Lion Kings faithful servant, and now must face Leopard Judge. And the moral is "crime doesn't pay" : )"

Not to be outdone her twin sister Debbie worked on this Joanne Gerwig pattern "Field of Flowers"---Now those are some beautiful primitive flowers---I especially love the light colored flowers.

Here is an ambitious design by Eleanor for a cornice board she designed for her bay window---what a great idea---this is going to make quite an impact!

Jackie designed this primitive basket of impressionistic flowers---bright and bold and quite lovely!

While I was there I got to go to the Flea market on Sunday and picked up these goodies.

This stool is going to get a new hooked cover---not that what is on it is too bad!

The Warsaw Missouri hook-in is next on my schedule and then it is off to Green Lake Wisconsin.  Check out Mary Flanagan's website for information about the camp---it is not to late to sign up!

Saltbox Primitive Woolens
4th Annual Truman Lake Hook-In and Rug Show
Saturday, September 6, 2014
9:00 AM
3:00 PM
Location: Warsaw Community Building Warsaw, MO

No admittance until 9:00 AM
Advance Registration (due August 15) $20.00 Registration after August 15$25.00
Lunch will be provided.
Come and join us for a fun filled day of hooking, shopping, door prizes, rug show.

Vendors include: Aileen Anderson-Bear Creek Rugs, Elinor Barrett-Black Sheep Wool Designs, Beth Bel- lairs-Ewe and Eye, Missie Carpenter-Traditional Primitives, Vicki Hardcastle - Hardcastle Folk Art, Nola Heidbreder-Let Nola Do It, Ginger Jackson - Primitives By The Light Of The Moon, Janice Johnston-Wooly Woolens, Kathy Meentemeyer-Forever Hooked, Laurie Sirtak-Elegant Peddler Designs, Melissa Towne - Primitive Stitches, Patty Wallace - Saltbox Primitive Woolens, Anita White-Southern Comfort, and Shawn Williams-Threads That Bind.
For more information contact Patty Wallace at Saltbox Primitive Woolens. Phone: 660-438-6002
Please return registration form for the 4th Annual Truman Lake Rug Show & Hook-In with payment to: Saltbox Primitive Woolens, 30148 Dam Access Road, Warsaw, MO 65355.
Name _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Phone _____________________________ Email
(if we don’t have it already) ________________________________________________
More about our vendors:
Aileen Anderson - Bear Creek Rugs
Aileen Anderson has had a lifelong love of sewing and handwork. Starting at the age of eight, with doll clothes for her Barbie, she is rarely without something to work on. Now days, she is busy dyeing wool fabric and yarn for rug hooking and applique. She loves to teachallstylesofrughooking,andisanaccreditedMcGownrughookinginstructor. EveryNovember,sheteachesattheSouth Central McGown Teachers Workshop. Aileen’s rug hooking encompasses a variety of styles, and she enjoys helping students hook a rug that reflects their own personal style. Aileen comes to us from Hot Springs, AR.
Elinor Barrett - Black Sheep Wool Designs
Along with color, design, texture, wool and rugs, I'm also hooked on books! I'm a librarian by training and the Associate Director of Daniel Boone Regional Library system, the public library system serving Boone and Callaway counties where I'm responsible for the library's public services, strategic planning and building projects. I love planning rug projects and picking out wools. I can't wait to help you with yours! Elinor Barrett is from Columbia, MO
Beth Bellairs - Ewe and Eye
Beth has a primitive rug hooking shop located in rural northeast Iowa.
Ewe and Eye opened in September, 2004 in a double garage. We covered the walls with Beth's barn boards and filled antique cup- boards and containers with woolens and such.

Missie Carpenter -Traditional Primitives
From Des Moines, IA Missie is a pattern designer for quilts, punch needle, wool appliqué and more.
I have loved sewing all of my life! I'm a little bit lost if I don't have an appliqué or punch needle project going...can't just sit with idle hands. In the evening, I'm a quilter, wife and Mom! Could life get any better? I am blessed!

Vicki Hardcastle - Hardcastle Folk Art
Nola Heidbreder - Let Nola Do It, LLC
5230 Elizabeth Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110, 314-640-6344. www.nolahooks.com
Light, bright, dull and dark dyed wool. Over 200 original patterns. I teach from my studio in St. Louis and across the coun-
try. Author of Hooking the Presidents and Knitting Rugs. Co-Author of Finishing Rugs. Winner of the 2013 Sauder Award for my hooked Presidents.

Ginger Jackson Primitives By The Light Of The Moon
My name is Ginger Jackson and I live in the heart of Oklahoma out on our farm. I've been crafting as long as I can remember. With the help of patient Grandmas I learned as a very young girl. I love all things primitive and most of my works are created by me late in the evening by the light of the moon! From time to time my dear daughter sits by my side and creates her works with me.
Janice Johnston - Wooly Woolens
We opened Wooly Woolens located in Independence, MO in 2000 and added the new studio in 2005. It’s really been a joy to teach classes and meet new people. I especially enjoy planning a new rug with the maker's influence. For that reason, I do not make kits, but am happy to work with you in the studio or over the phone to achieve an heirloom for your own home.
Kathy Meentemeyer - Forever Hooked
Kathy received her McGown certification in 2000 and resides in St. Louis Missouri. She teaches at workshops and rug retreats around the country as well as in her home studio. She is well known for her specialty hand dyed woolens as well as color planning and carries Dream Cather Designs patterns.
Laurie Sirtak - Elegant Peddler Designs
Elegant Peddler Designs’ motto "our sheep never sleep" is reflected in their offerings of unique rug designs, luscious dyed wools and hand spun yarns, kits and accessories. Laurie's background in design continues to inspire her love of color and pattern. Her goal is to share the joy of rug hooking and wool appliqué with others, and bring out the artisan in us all. Laurie is from Foristell, MO.
Melissa TownePrimitive Stitches
From Warrensburg, MO, I love to quilt, stitch, rug hook, work with wool, punch needle, needle felting. I guess just about anything using a needle and thread! I love primitives and anything antique or vintage! Especially Civil War or 1800's! Melissa recently opened a new shop that they built.
Patty Wallace - Saltbox Primitive Woolens
Patty is hosting this event. Her shop (Saltbox Primitive Woolens) is located on the Dam Access Road in Warsaw, MO. Her shop has all the supplies for rug hooking and quilting, with lots of other things that make this shop unique. Patty and her husband, Ozzie, both grew up in Warsaw. And if Patty is vending at an event, you might just find Ozzie running the shop or helping out at the vend- ing event.
Anita White - Southern Comfort
Anita is a rug hooker and teaches rug hooking classes in her home as well as at camps and workshops around the country. She loves using lots of plaids, textures and antique paisley in her rugs and hook mostly in wide cut (#6-9). She received her McGown certifica- tion in 2001. Anita comes from Overland Park, KS.
Shawn Williams - Threads That Bind
Coming from Macon, MO, Threads That Bind is a pattern company that has been creating designs for over 18 years. She special- izes in punch needle embroidery, wool appliqué, and penny rugs. Shawn’s designs are created in a primitive style. Shawn moved to central Missouri from Minnesota in 2006, where Threads That Bind was started.

Congratulations to my friend and fellow hooker Kate LeMasters---for her Turkish Primitive being selected in the current Celebrations!!!

Way to go Kate!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ready to go home

Well our deck building fun is over, the party was a success and I am ready to go home.

They are still planning to close in the area under the deck and put a clear plastic corrugated roof on the top---but we are done with our part.

Dinner out Friday night gave us this beautiful view in Berkeley.

It was good to be here and be able to help, but like Dorothy would say---
there's no place like home!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Oh my aching body!

Well here is the deck update...

For the past three days I have officially become a deck builder---mostly working on railings and stairs.  Here is the latest picture:

Last night we decided to add another railing on the stairs by the bushes so it is back to work today and also going to start the wood strips on the top structure which will create a lattice to hold the Suntuf cover---the cover will probably wait to be done after we leave.

We did have a nice fire in the backyard one night---burning scrap wood.

Here is the front yard after playing desperate landscaper---getting closer to party time---Sunday will be here soon.  Family and friends are coming to the Open House so we have lots of food to get ready.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Oakland here I come

Leaving this morning for Oakland.    My daughter Chelsea and her husband are replacing their old deck on the house they purchased two years ago.  My hubby has been there since Sunday working on it and the plan is to have an open house  while we are there to celebrate two years of yard work and share with their family and friends.  My job is party planning although I think I will get roped into what the boys are calling "play" and working on the deck.

Here are some pictures...

Here is the before---

Progress is being made---yeah!

I am winding down from wedding mode and getting back into the swing of things.  The weather in Kansas has been delightful this week so did a lot of running and biking.

Well time to get in line for boarding.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dye pots, vintage market, fighting off a cold etc.

I have been in the dye pots yesterday and today catching up on orders and getting ready for some upcoming workshops.  I also straightened the shelves in my wool room :)

Friday I went to the vintage market---here are some of my goodies:

This was already sold but I thought it was a neat idea to make a wine rack out of my old ladder

this was a giant flower frog---that is a dime next to it---it is 7.5 inches side and 3.5 inches tall---it had to come home with me

this was a great pair of suitcases---plan to keep them and take a couple of others ones out to my shop

this is an oily rag can for my son in law---he had just told me he was looking for one when he was here for the wedding---he has been looking for 6 months---and there it was at Bella Patina---I have a very happy son in law!

they also was an ash shovel to clean out their fireplace from an opening outside their house---I found a cute green one for only $6.00

Okay now for a few more wedding pictures---can't wait to get pictures from the photographer.

Here are some of our details
 the cupcake tower before the cupcakes
 Table settings---mismatched china and silver
 the view toward the vineyard

 A view from the rooftop deck
 First dance
 Father /daughter first dance
A quiet moment with mom

Okay that is it for tonite!  Time to go get the wool out of the washer and fix dinner---Anita

Thursday, July 3, 2014

June 28, 2014 Sarah and Philip's wedding

Okay here it is---the first peek at the wedding.  The rain stopped and it was a mad dash to go with an outdoor wedding ceremony.  These photos are courtesy of Matt King---my running buddy and friend---Kelly's husband.  I am  looking forward to going through 3000 photos to pick out 400 to edit from our photographer Shawn Bradley.  Giving other credits---kudos to Blue Moon Caterers in Wichita for some great food and wonderful staff, and Joshua May, the DJ who did an amazing job.  The event center Grace Hill provided a beautiful setting for their wedding.

The bride, with her sister and father entering the ceremony

Mom reading a poem to her daughter fighting off tears

 Sarah and Philip saying their "I do's"

the newly married couple

The last of our company left yesterday and I am still in recovery mode---so much more to tell...but right now it is 53 degrees outside and I am going out for a much needed run.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Rain Rain go away---Sarah's wedding is today!

It is early Saturday morning---the big day we have been waiting for and it is pouring down rain.

Sure hoping it comes to an end---my mind is trying to think abut plan B---moving the wedding inside and not wanting to do that---praying for some blue sky to appear.

It has been fun to have our family friends join us for the event---we are heading to the winery to decorate this morning.  I woke up at 3 AM and could not get back to sleep so I got up and ironed by daughter's petticoat and other attire that needed pressing---ironing is one of my least favorite things to do but it passed the time.  I am sitting in the hotel lobby, alone drinking my coffee and pondering the events of the day.  What to do?  I guess the best thing to do is to accept it as there is nothing I can do to change it.  Just enjoy the day and make the most of it!  Right?

Here is a picture of Doug and I trying out the photo booth AP on the computer when we were at home.