Monday, May 22, 2017

The Symbolic Empty Seat

Today was the first day of rug camp with rug hooking icon Barb Carroll. Normally I'd be telling you about how she color planned my rug and all the fun I was having there with my gal pals and Barb.  

If you read my previous blog you know I'm not there to share the experience.  My friend and roomie Deb took a couple photos for me and this one, tho she didn't say, I know was symbolic of MY EMPTY SEAT. Thank you Deb!!!!
Deb also took a couple photos of beautiful Barb. My hopes were to have been in a photo WITH Barb this year, but my considerate pal Deb sent me these knowing I'd enjoy seeing Barb with or without me.
Here Barb is color planning some one's rug.  I wrote Deb asking whose rug it was but looking at the tote it just might have been Deb's rug. Now I want to know what the pattern is.    
I'm hoping to get  more photos from friends there and IF I get them will be sure to share.

As previously mentioned I DID start the Gossip rug and will post a picture tomorrow even tho there isn't a lot hooked yet.  

The luxury of going to a rug camp is that you get to hook all day and night if you wish, don't have to cook dinner, clean up or other adult responsibilities.  Instead I'm cooking, fixing meals for me and Ben plus walking my boy three times a day even tho is has been a horribly rainy day here.  Finding a non-rainy period was tough but we managed.

Back to working on my Gossip rug.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Plans Change

The best laid plans of mice and the saying goes.   There were big plans for me this weekend and next week.  Today I was to travel to my friend Deb's house, spend the night then we were to head toward Ligonier, PA tomorrow morning.  

The person who tends Ben when I go to camps (my ex) is very sick and didn't know until maybe two weeks ago he couldn't do it.  At first I decided to leave Ben at a kennel but had complications there.  And frankly, it was just too stressful for me so dropped out of class.  This was a huge soul searching decision as I'm sure all of you know since I enjoy her camps and respect the knowledge Barb Carroll shares with her students.

My plans included binding the Magdalena Goat rug on the car ride to Ligonier.  It won't happen in the car so have decided to start it now.   
Oops, I see that the photo was cropped too closely on the right side but only just around the corner was whipped.  So you can see there is more left to whip on the rug ~ sure hope my math was right and there is enough yarn to finish.

The other plan was to hook the pattern Gossip in Barb's class.  While I'll miss my gal pals and Barb's expertise am still planning to hook Gossip.   Even tho we will be states apart from one another will start hooking the rug on Monday along with everyone else.

The gals have promised to keep me informed of happenings at camp, and I'll show you my progress on Gossip as well as things they share with me about camp.

Oh, on a side note, my boy Ben sniffed out this turtle which was on the side of my driveway getting ready to cross.  By the time we got back from a quick walk it was already well hidden in the periwinkle.  I understand turtles always return to the same property to lay their eggs each year.
Visions of a rug design called Turtle Crossing is running thru my head, lol.
Happy Saturday.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Olde Hearts Corners

Just love this pattern Olde Hearts (by Woolley Fox) but had issues hooking the corners trying different approaches and nothing seemed to please me.  
Above is what the rug looks like now and am 'okay' with it for now but you know me..... might end up replacing a strip or two eventually.  In all honesty I'd probably never notice once the rug was on the floor, it is during the hooking process when the rug is just under my nose when it's an issue

Below is one way I tried the corner but didn't like it.
I have started whipping the edge of Magdalena's Goat also but since binding isn't my favorite part of the hooking process it will take a while for me to finish that.

Another day of 95 degree weather, whew, from heat to A/C.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Rug Show Time

It has been a while since having a rug show on my blog and figure it is about time for my readers to see something a little different than the same ol' same ol'.
Above is landscape with black folk and their critters, rug was hooked mid 20th century.
Above are two bunnies, butterfly and flora from Manchester, NH. No date given.
Love the blue cat above and that blotchy background makes my heart skip a beat.  No provenance at all was provided for this beauty.
I have always wanted to hook an antique rug with neutral colors and this just might be my target.  I love doves and am not longer afraid of scrolls.  Heck, those scrolls are easy peasy tho.

As previously mentioned on my blog, Barb Carroll took the fear of hooking scrolls from me when she mentored me with this rug.  Yeah, you regular readers have seen this one before but it is my love and hangs over the mantle of my fireplace.  (p.s. I offer this pattern for sale).
Speaking of scrolls, below is an antique rug which was recorded as "American School of of Folk Art Floral" and from an estate of Woodbury, CT.
Below is a close up.
Enjoy your evening everyone.  I know Jo Wick and her group are enjoying themselves their second day of camp with the magnificent Barb Carroll.  If you would like to take a class with her you can reach here HERE.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Re-Writing History

That is exactly what the writers did to the script of the TV series Underground ~ they are trying to change history.  In the last episode it showed Patty Cannon being killed by one of her slaves.  That is NOT what actually happened.  

Here is the truth Hollywood: 
" In 1829 Patty Canon was arrested for murder after human remains were found on her farm. The remains were believed to be a wealthy slave trader that mysteriously disappeared. A slave owned by Patty led the investigators to other bodies buried on her farm. She died in the Georgetown, Delaware jail while awaiting trial, purportedly a suicide via poison.  "  

And if that wasn't enough of a falsehood, they are suggesting the slave killed Patty so an impostor Patty Cannon can work toward his personal gain to gather slaves to sell for profit.  The show has lost all credibility so I DO NOT plan to watch it any more.  

It is said that quilts had hidden messages when they were hung out to air for slaves to find a safe place.  Below is an awesome piece of art with a photo of Harriet Tubman which was quilted by Shirley Hodge.
Another wonderful freedom style quilt depicting the underground secret code is below.  Note also the music border on the side as the slaves would sing those messages to their young ~ another form of communication for reaching freedom.  

Unfortunately there was no name as to the quilter.  If anyone knows I will update my blog to give credit.
Happy Monday morning everyone.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Miss you Mother and wishing you a Happy Mother's Day in heaven.  Many is the time I've wanted to tell you about something I saw, did or a great movie you'd have liked.  That is what we used to do and chatted many times a day.
You may not be here in person but you are with me in spirit. 

And, a Happy Mother's Day to all my blogger friends,


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Olde Hearts Again

Wanted to see how the rug looks on the computer monitor so thought I'd show you as well.  
Although the bottom right corner was changed a tad I'm still not liking it.  Will definitely change it more.  The left bottom is better but still not suitable.  There is a line I'll re-direct to see if I like it better.  

Something else which I  notice but wasn't even looking for.... the center motif has hardly no darker textures as are in the border.  Maybe it needs a couple strips just to balance the look.

To be continued.....

Saundra on this very rainy Saturday.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


I'm watching season 2 of a show entitled "Underground".  It may not be on your watch list but sure has been on mine.   It has been particularly interesting lately as lives of two well-known names to the eastern shore are the topics.  Those names would be the wonderful Harriet Tubman and the infamous, murderous Patty Cannon.
I live in Sussex County, Delaware and just 3.9 miles away from the Maryland/Delaware border where Patty Cannon's house used to be. There were underground tunnels for her and her gang to move slaves between the two states to avoid capture.  Go across the road and you're in another state.
Below is a photo of a house which is not the original Patty Cannon house but it sits on the land where her house once did exist.
Below is a photo of three books which I own about the infamous Patty Cannon.  It is so great to see Harriet Tubman's character in the TV series Underground.
Of personal interest "The Monster's Handsome Face" there is noted that General Jesse Green informed the Mayor of Philadelphia of the movements of the Patty Cannon gang.  General Jesse Green is an ancestor on my father's side.  While he may have been a good ancestor I'm sure there are the other kind of skeleton's in the closet as well.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Olde Hearts and Life as I Know It

A step forward and two backward ~ that seems to be the way it's going on Olde Hearts.  
On the left bottom corner I hooked a little and pulled it out.  It bothered me so much didn't feel it worthy of posting a photo.  

The bottom right corner was reverse hooked, the change is above.  Uh, not sure I like that either. So drew lines on left bottom and might try the 'angle' hooking instead of trying to square the corners. BUT.... squared corners 'anchor' the rug.  What to do what to do....maybe it will come in my sleep tonight.  Gawd, it would be great to have a night where that is my only worry.  Hope I can manage to sleep all thru the night for a change.

On another front..... late last evening the one kennel finally responded about housing a Rottweiler.  This morning Ben and I took a ride to visit the owner and ladies who tend the kennel.  Ben passed the test, and Ben's momma was pleased with what she saw so he will be staying there. Tomorrow I'll explain more but Ben and I are exhausted.  

Don't feel any closer to being ready to attend camp than I was the other day.  There's always tomorrow and the 'time management' class Lauren and I will attend.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Getting Ready

Am finally starting to get ready for rug camp less than two weeks away. For several days it was questionable if I would be able to attend this year.  Many of you may know that my ex would come care for the dog (previously Shadow and now Ben).  But sadly he is very sick and cannot do it.  I'm very saddened for his illness for I never wished any ill harm come to him.  

Was uncertain at such late date I could find a kennel with an opening. Luckily I was to find one who would take on a Rottweiler as the first place refused to take a new client with a host of certain breeds.  Am sure I will worry about Ben at camp and hope he adjusts, if not that might be the end of my travel to rug camps.

The pattern I'm taking to Barb Carroll's is a Woolley Fox Design called "Gossip". Here is a photo of the rug my pal Deb started at Barb's camp a few years ago.
Deb halted hooking on the design because she wanted to tweak the swan, owl and another bird.  Deb liked the design so much she purchased the pattern twice.  She found the other when cleaning out her stash and I was the lucky recipient of the duplicate.

In anticipation of hooking this design got thinking about the motifs she has having a problem with and had an idea..... what about changing the turkey, owl and swan into birds also.  AH HA!  Good idea Saundra.
Today I started digging thru my wool to decide what candidates there are for a background and pulling small pieces of color for various birds.
And am wondering about some motifs on the rug ~  referring the the motif at the very bottom and those along the sides.  When thinking about the name and the design have two thoughts...  'birds of a feather flock together'  and are those motifs feathers? 

Would be interested in your thoughts.... feathers or leaves?

Must walk Ben as we will soon be on the way to the vet (AGAIN) but this time it is to get him vaccinated for kennel cough since he will be kenneled in 11 days.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Olde Hearts Border Progress

Must say that I've been under a lot of stress the last couple days and haven't accomplished as much as I'd hoped on either the Goat pre-binding or the Old Hearts border.  But will show you a little something.

Here are the wool pieces being used in the border.  Interesting that the flash went off but the colors are showing up more dark than they are in person.
Anyway, notice that larger piece of stripe wool in the center?  I am cutting that across so the outside edge will have both light and dark loops.  Plus I'm using it in the border.

And now a photo which shows up more bright and light than it really is.
The design is called Olde Hearts which is an antique adaptation offered by Woolley Fox.  The pattern comes in two sizes and I chose the smaller size.  However, I enlarged the border from the original design.

That dark area on the right corner needs to be replaced with more tan/light wool.  That I know for sure.  And when I show it to Barb (in two weeks) I'm going to tell her to pull out all the strips she thinks need to be replaced with something else.  

Time for Ben's dinner and am surprised he hasn't come in to tell me yet. Happy Saturday, happy hooking.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

AH, Life~Good, Bad, Fast and Slow

I've a lot going on for me this week and experienced all those;  but for tonight will focus on the SLOW... I NEED slow.  Haven't accomplished a lot on the border of my wonderful Olde Hearts rug so will save that update for another day.

The pre-whipping of the Magdalena Goat is going slow but this is where I am right now.  And happy to have this mindless task right now.
As mentioned previously, this might seem like double work but find it best for me to have the roll in place when whipping with the wool yarn. Notice those little red clips? Those are CLOVER CLIPS and used them to hold the curl of the foundation while I was doing the running stitch to hold the roll.  The Clover Clips come in two different sizes.

The yarn to the right of the rug is what I'll use to whip the edge and was purchased from Ali Strebel at Cape May.  Wish I'd purchased more of THIS color.

Check back to see what is happening here.  If anyone has questions, suggestions, please feel free to write me.

Giving all of you hugs.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Off to the Vet We Go

Today was another follow-up vet visit for an ultra-sound of his spleen. Thank goodness no nodules or growth on the spleen of the 'low grade mast cell' which was removed from his belly some months ago.  And that is why the vigil on regular ultra sounds, as a mast cell could develop again anywhere ~ and better to find out early if something is growing internally.  

As soon as Ben heard the 'certain' fur saver chain move he ran to the garage and immediately jumped in the back.  He beat me to the van and was already with his butt on the back seat and all fours on the floor.  By the time I took the picture he had jumped up and was telling me 'lets go'.
Okay, some of you will think I'm crazy, for those of you who followed me for some time know my awareness of orbs showing up in my photos. I've put a black ring around all the orbs noticed and some thought were orbs but didn't put a circle. Frankly I think it is awesome but with all the orbs showing up in the van around Ben am wondering if they are departed pets/family of Ben or mine.  Okay.... on to the vet.

The ride to the vet wasn't as horrible as in the past, perhaps age is mellowing my boy.  They even said he didn't grumble (growl) even when they applied the muzzle.  

My other two rotties were never muzzled nor was Shadow.  But Ben was adopted by me so perhaps there was a history before my adoption and they want to be cautious.  Ben is a gentle lover dumplin'.  Uh, except he wants to kill moving vehicles.

If the visit today had been just for the ultra sound it would have been an inexpensive visit.  The exam re-check was only $37 and the Ultrasound only $50.  They even trimmed Ben's nails for free.  

BUT, it was Heartguard and K-9 Advantix purchase time so..... total of bill was $282.  Actually, that was a great deal because I got 2 free Advantix for buying 12 months worth and will get a rebate of $12 for buying 12 months of Heartguard.

Ben was starved when we finally got home as he is used to eating his breakfast around 7 a.m.  So he gobbled it down, drank a full bowl of water and plopped on the kitchen floor.
Notice the circled orb on the wall above.  

Today I reminded Ben that I am his social security check, his Medicare payment, house keeper, handler and one who loves him.  But don't think he needs reminding that he is loved.  And I love my boy.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Border

Don't go get'n your knickers in a twist because I'm not talking about THAT border.  I'm talking about the border of my Olde Hearts rug 😉.  

But first will show you how the center looks all hooked.  As previously mentioned I'm changing the border to suit me and will attempt to replicate the one I admired which Barb Carroll hooked.  No way mine will come close to her antique style but will attempt.
Am sure the pattern below looks a mess as I've extended the border line (drawn in red) and also did the pre-binding rows of stitching as it is easier before a rug is hooked.  Or at least it is easier for me than manipulating a heavy rug around a sewing machine after it is hooked.
So far my border accomplishment is minimal, only the bottom right corner has been hooked.  For the rest of the evening I'll work on the pre-whipping work on the Magdalena Goat rug.

Tomorrow not much hooking will happen as it will be a joy ride (NOT) taking Ben to the vet.  He has had an enlarged spleen which needs continual screenings to be sure nothing bad is happening there.  Plus he needs new Heartguard prevention meds and his weight sometimes fluctuates over 100 pounds which requires an additional puppy pill.  
$o to the vet we go tomorrow.  Ben loves to ride in a car but walking him can be dangerous as he wants to chase them.  While he loves riding in cars, he is as aggressive in the back of the van toward moving vehicles as when being walked. That is why it is NOT fun to take him for a ride.  He is so perfect in every other way but hey.... no male (beast or man) is perfect are they????

Happy Tuesday.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Comments and Replies

Wow, I'm humbled by the kind and warm comments given me for Saturday's blog post as well as previous comments.  All that appreciation has given me the impetus to continue blogging.  Guess I was just in a slump as I couldn't come up with a new and interesting topic or learning experience.

After reading all the comments I'd come to realize just why I started blogging in the first place.  It is more personal and feel as tho a 'gathering of like minds' is taking place and try to make everyone feel welcome.  In all honesty, I feel as tho the people met thru blogs are my friends and feel close to them, often communicating and sharing jokes and personal information. 

Comments are welcomed and always appreciated.  I do try to reply to every one's comments as I feel since YOU took the time to comment YOU deserve a reply.  However, some people are a "No-Reply" blogger so my email would not get to you.  You may not even know you are one.

Most recently I wanted to reply to Honey, Carolyn, and Elaine but each of you are "no reply' bloggers.  I know that for sure and there is a way to remedy that.  Some of you many not even know you are a NO REPLY blogger.  Here is how you can find out if you are and HOW TO FIX it.  It really is easy. Just tap on the link above and it walks you thru the steps.

The center of Olde Hearts has been completely hooked and now will start the border.  Also need to start the pre-binding of the Magdalena Goat.  So will have a little something to share tomorrow.

Happy May Day and again, thanks for the wonderful comments.