Monday, December 21, 2015




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GOOD MORNING ~ ~ ~





This is our antique sleigh holding our first-ever artificial tree! First ever in my life! Time got away from us and I brought up my kitchen tree which is already decorated. Sonny, actually, was a little happy ~ he cuts the tree, brings it home, and decorates it! He felt like he lucked out this year! And you know what, it works!



I love the way the sunlight is streaming in the window. No sun here today ~ this was last week!

We went to a fun party at our kids' friends house this weekend! Good food and lots of laughs ~ we so appreciate being included. They have a white elephant exchange and this grandma was the lucky recipient of the gag gift ~ a red sequined thong!!!! Of all people! They got a lot of mileage out of that one!! Thanks Brigette and John for inviting us!!

I took pizza pull-apart muffins. You can find the recipe on my Pinterest page under 'Bread Box' - it is always a hit!

Have a happy Monday!




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Saturday, December 19, 2015

A LITTLE CHRISTMAS DECORATING ~ ~ ~




Last night ~ a Friday night~ Sonny built a fire and we just sat and enjoyed a quiet evening. We don't do that often enough.

I had a beginner class yesterday and friend Heather was here for a little refresher course. We had a great time ~ the new gals were quick to learn and I think they're going to love it. For their lunch, I made broccoli quiche, layered salad and muffins (from my favorite muffin shop). A good day!


This is our porch at night. Daughter-in-law, Coni, made us the JOY sign last Christmas and I adorned it with a garland. I love lights ~ so welcoming.

I hope your days are filled with fun and not crazy like mine! They would be less so if I didn't try to cram so much into a day! Enjoy the season!


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Thursday, November 26, 2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING ~ ~ ~




Hope you all have a great holiday with all the trimmings! We are celebrating at the lake with son, Ted and family! Miki is fixing the turkey as we speak! I did breakfast casseroles, pumpkin pies, and my other side dishes yesterday ~ now I'm just going to wait for the turkey to be done!

Let the fun begin!

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Monday, November 2, 2015

TIPP CITY CLASS ~ ~

This was the 5th year for this class and I'm happy to say I've been there all five years, along with my friend Jackie! It's a class I love and we also love Tipp City in Southwesten Ohio.


Friends Sue, Charisse and Pam!





Our teachers and leaders ~ Ali Strebel and Karen Kahle!






Some of our class!

I'll post projects in my next post ~ Blogpost and I have issues and it doesn't want to post a lot at one time!

It was a great three days ~ we hooked and stitched to create 'out of the box' projects ~ met a lot of new people ~ and had some great lunches and dinners! Ali and I cross paths often here in Ohio and it's our once a year chance to spend time with Karen!


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Monday, October 19, 2015

OUR NEXT CRUISE STOP ~ ~ ~







Halifax, Nova Scotia was our second cruise stop. It's a big city ~ very beautiful city!






We were picked up by bus and our first visit was to the Hooked Rug Museum of North America in Queensland, Nova Scotia. It was founded by Hugh and Suzanne Condron ~ definitely their labor if love







There are lots of vintage rugs and also contemporary rugs. It was suggested that I only take photos of the older ones.







This rug depicts the peddlar, E. S. Frost and his wagon.





These are templates and an old time printing machine that stamped out patterns. The templates are hand-carved ~ works of art on their own.






Two original stamped patterns ~ I would be happy to frame and hang them as they are. Several years ago, I was offered a stamped Frost pattern for $150!!!!! I passed on the opportunity.







The museum is temperature controlled and this is one of the rooms.







Very nice rug ~ they all are in very good condition and displayed perfectly.



















These three rugs are made from strands of twine hooked into feedback backing. They were very interesting and there were quite a few on display.

There were so many rugs that it was hard to take it all in. Would love to spend more time there. They were very gracious and had refreshments for us and there's a wonderful shopping area of rugs and mats to buy.

If you ever get the opportunity, you should go ~ a rug hookers dream!

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

LAST PORTLAND STOP ~ ~ ~










CAMP WOOL in Kennebunk, Maine! This was our third stop of the day. Bea will be thrilled to see this photo!








This shop was full to the brim with wool and supplies for every stitching craft you can imagine!








And this was our leader ~ Lauri
Trautman, of the Maine Tin Peddlars! Lauri and Gail Dufresne orchestrated this great day and it was such fun! Great to meet Lauri after being blog friends and Facebook friends for a lot of years!







This is our group of cruising rug hookers! I 'borrowed' this photo from Lauri's FB page ~ thank you, Lauri! It is the only group photo And we did have fun together!

I'm trying to keep posting about our cruise ~ takes me a long time, it seems! Hope you're warm and toasty ~ it's chilly and windy here on the Northcoast. Our lake weekends will be winding down so we're going to make the most of it!

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