Saturday, August 17, 2019

Glazer Antique Hearts Adaptation & Post-Op

Have been busy lately getting prepared for the dreaded dental surgery (making soup, grocery shopping so people don't see the me 'after', etc).  So not a lot of loops have been pulled on my latest project Glazer Antique Hearts.  Here is my progress so far; I've taken two photos with different settings.
If you click on the photos one will show a more up close picture.
Am trying to use as many worms as possible but some blues and caramel colors aren't quite what the original looks like.  But as my last project said:
As for post-OP, the first night was quite painful and don't think I slept at all.  Yes, was given a prescription for pain meds which I did NOT take.  I'm of the belief that pain is the body's warning system that something isn't right and has been infected.  

If I'd masked the pain I wouldn't know if there was a real problem other than my body being invaded by scalpel, drills, etc.  Personally I want to know if my body is healing naturally.  If the pain does not subside naturally then something went wrong.  

I'm still swollen and look as though I had a nose and lip job that was botched big time.  Am taking antibiotics for the infection, using ice packs for swelling and rinsing with warm salt water for healing.  It wasn't a cyst after all but a sample of the infection was sent to the lab so should know next week when the stitches are removed.

Jennie said she thought implants would last forever.  This was a crown and former Apico which was done about 50 years ago.  So it did last a long time.  The crown is still there so perhaps the old dental amalgam or whatever was put inside deteriorated and caused the infection.  

Sadly, the Endodontist said the tooth next door will soon need attention and that I should NOT eat corn on the cob unless it is cut off the cob.  Oh CRAP, corn on the cob and garden tomatoes are one of my summer staples.  Guess not this year.

Happy Saturday folks.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Throwback Thursday

In anticipation of the upcoming Rugs By The Sea rug camp thought today's 'throwback' photos should be from 2013.  We Three Amiga's (Deb, Char and I) have a special place we sit in the afternoons to sip wine, chat and/or hook.  We call it "Our Veranda".  Here is a photo of my roomie Deb checking her  emails
Then sweet Char, who HATES having her photo taken is making a snarky look at me as I take the forbidden shot.  The look silently says..."there will be payback".  She is fine lady but you don't want to get her Irish up 😉.  
Then a photo of me saying "cheese".  
When attending any rug camp I take a project to work on before the teacher gets to me.  That project was Lollipop Bouquet, an antique adaptation designed by Magdalena Briner Eby.  For some reason the shirt I'm wearing immediately triggers memory of this rug.
I totally enjoyed hooking that even tho it had 66 circles.  That is why I didn't hesitate hooking the Great Granddaughter's Rug with two lollipop bouquets in the design.

Am doing this blog post just before leaving for dental surgery to ensure you'd get a post today.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wool Pulled

Rugs By the Sea in Cape May will start in a few weeks.  My class is the first week with two other camp sessions the following weeks with different teachers.  Thought I'd better pull wool for the project now that I had a suitable container.  

A picture of the first (bottom) layer.  Couldn't make up my mind on the greens for the trees, leaves and ground so pulled several different.  Also couldn't make up my mind on the color(s) for the sun.  Will probably end up buying something else (as if I need any  more wool 😑) since Kris probably has the perfect piece.  Oops, I don't see any purple, hope I remember to put some in.
This is the top layer with the pattern placed in the middle.  Not sure if I want red shutters with brown house or red house with dark shutters.  Or maybe an old mustard  house with red shutters.   Can you see the variety of choices I'm taking for the chicken?  So glad I've got Kris to help me think thru things. 
Another reason I've pulled wool so early is I'm not sure how I'll feel as I'm having dental surgery on a front tooth tomorrow at 3.  It is a repeat of a dental surgery I had done about 50 years ago called an APICO.  I had a cyst which needed to be cut out.  Don't worry, that link above isn't realistically graphic but explains what is involved.  

I'll  have stitches along the gum line in the front close to where the root end would be.  Last time I was instructed by the dentist to not sneeze as the cyst removal was near my sinus.  This new endodontis said he thought the area of question was a cyst.  Hmm, came back.  The stitches are to be removed in about two weeks ~ that won't be fun either.   But thankfully will be done before Cape May.

Having gone thru this same procedure in my 20's I'm aware of what is going to happen but medical science has evolved since then.  Bad thing is...uh, I know what's going to happen.

Am making chicken rice soup with small amount of chicken because I'll not feel like chewing and will need some sort of sustenance.  Probably NOT be able to sleep worth a darn tonight.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Next Rug Planned

With the Great Granddaughter rug finished and bound was ready to sew on my label.  If you recall I'd filled up the whole sheet of printable labels to include these rugs:

Cat Nap (label sewn on and rug given to Jon already)
Early Farm Scene (label sewn on)
Great Granddaughter's Rug
Oh Glorious Day (to be hooked at Cape May)
Friendship Bells (to be hooked at November camp)
#6 ? Can't remember but maybe was Patriotic Pumpkins

Anyway, went in search of the printed labels to sew on the GGD rug and the ones coming up....can't find them.  Gone, vanished.  I've looked everywhere upstairs and down.  Thankfully there is a new package of printable fabric sheets here so will print them out again.

Decision made for the next pattern on my frame.  Interesting how I came to the conclusion.  For sweetner in coffee I use Truvia, a stevia product.   When adding some to my coffee I read the encouraging message on the back which said, "Can't Decide?  Pick the Fun One"With that subliminal message this the antique rug I've decided to hook.  
The antique auction house called it Glazer Antique Hearts.  Since I've several antique heart patterns on my flash drive that is how it is named.  I like hearts, love the blotchy background which looked like fun.  So what's not to like?

Happy Tuesday.


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Problem Solved

A few days ago I mentioned needing a better way to transport my wool to rug camps as the under the bed tote seemed awkward to manipulate.  Was thinking about purchasing another sewing machine carrier on wheels until remembering what my daughter in law gave me as one of the gifts last Christmas.

Next step was to find containers which would fit inside and could be removed.  None I had seemed to work so went to Walmart and found these small flexible containers.  They came in a set of two so purchased 2 sets and plans are to layer these two on top of the others.
Here is the start of choosing my wool; not sure if I want a sky colored background or  neutral so taking both.
The tote has handles which will be convenient and it is light weight to carry.  Having two layers of small containers will allow me to color plan certain sections or motifs in one container.  Those colors can be removed and put back in the tote with ease without disrupting all the other wool.

My teacher is Kris Miller and this is the rug pattern I'm taking, a design by Lori Brechlin named, as you see it....Oh Glorious Day.  This first photo was lifted from Kris' site.
My friend and roomie Deb has hooked the same rug and this is her version.  Appears Deb used that extra margin outside the design to make a border.  Great idea.
I've started my new project and will show you eventually when more is hooked.  Happy Saturday, and either today or tomorrow I MUST cut my grass 😒.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Throw Back Thursday

Was cleaning out those old photos which tend to mount up over time, and pre-digital photo technology.  Many of those negatives and photos tossed were pictures of dolls .  Also came across several envelopes with memories fun to look at again.  One of those photo envelops had the following in them.

What a difference 25 years makes.  Here are a few pictures of the surprise 50th Birthday celebration my boss orchestrated for me at work.  He happened to be the corporate lawyer at PaineWebber Mortgage Finance.  I worked in the circle of the CEO, CFO, and Corp. Real Estate Officer; none of whom were at work that day as they were away doing due diligence for a potential acquisition.

And boy was I surprised.  Uh, me thinks the permed hair was one of my mid-life statements and one which  my ex hated.  But remember this was 25 years ago.
I feel quite sure this was my boss's expense because being a lawyer no way would he have charged it as a company expense.  He went all out!  He hired a stripper, yup 😉.  That would be him in the photo below on my lap before the festivities got underway.  There were lots of photos a few girls were taking and gave to me, all of course, must have been prearranged with my boss.  So as to not harm the psyche of my readers won't show you those 'other' photos here.  Just say everyone, even the onlookers had a great show.
There was wine, a cake, tee shirts, garter belt and great memories.
Can you imagine this event happening in today's workplace environment?  Hell no. Was I offended?  NO.  Were any the gals or guys who popped in to sneak a peek at the fun offended?  NO.  We had a great fun time and a 50th birthday I'll never forget.

That was back in a different society 25 years ago.  Cannot imagine having to work in the tense and politically correct environment of today.

Next month on the 8th I'll be at Rugs by the Sea rug camp.  Any of my readers going to be there?

Happy Thursday,


Monday, August 5, 2019

Use It Up

Pulled the last loops today and now needs steaming and the binding to make it complete.   Just couldn't wait to show it to you; the finished size is 15 x 21 1/2.  The photo below is without a flash as the background color most resembles my background color in person.  
And this photo is with a flash. Which means somewhere between the two pictures is what you'd see in person.  When the lighting is better I plan to post a photo on Facebook.
In a previous post when starting the rug I mentioned the origin of the phrase.  I'd always thought it was started by farmers and plains people, then adopted by quilters and rug hookers.

After doing a search learned it was the War advertising council in the year 1944.  That is when scraps of metal, clothing and anything else useful for the war effort could be used, saved, obtained, etc.

Admittedly the rug I designed was inspired by the gals who posted their photos of a "Friendship" rug on Facebook.  So thanks gals.

Happy Monday.


Saturday, August 3, 2019

Taking Wool to Rug Camp

In 39 days I'll be headed to Cape May rug camp so will need to get my wool chosen for my design soon.  Yeah, there sure is plenty to be offered by the various teachers but like to have an idea of my color choices before going.  A lot of times the teacher has an idea of a color which just makes the rug pop, and a wool I don't have.

But for now I'm trying to figure out a better way to carry my wool to class.  This is the staging area the night before heading to camp (photo taken before a previous event).
The container in the leather chair is how I carried my wool.  It is an 'under the bed' container and can roll a fat quarter or half yard and display many colors without having to layer them.  That way you can see how the colors play off one another.  But, it seems so awkward and big to disrupt my table mate to retrieve it from under the table.  Here is a close up of a container.
That black and white 'sewing machine' tote on wheels is how I carry my cutter and all the cartridges. 

My friend Deb has carried her wool in various ways so guess she was looking for the perfect way also.  Deb has rolled her wool and stood it on the end in these baskets...
She has used an IKEA bag and other containers I do not remember.
I have seen people carry their wool in a suitcase which could then be put under the table on its end and retrieved via the handle.  But then I wonder if all the wool would be in a jumble eventually.

If anyone has the perfect solution or ideas not mentioned here, I'd love to hear from you. 


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Looking for Inspiration

Soon I'll be desperate for something to hook and none of the drawn patterns in my stash are sparking an interest at this time.  So thought I'd look thru some antique rug photos to see if something of interest is hidden there.

This struck a cord for me, Glazer antique hearts hooked between 1880-1910.
The Lancaster County Chain stitch rug caught my eye also.  Anyone know what that image is above the duck?  Maybe a bird or an angel?
The lonely flower would make a small project and use up more worms from my baggies ~ quick, easy peasy.
Rug at Seven Gates Farm has been on my 'to do list' for quite some time and has yet to be hooked by me but have drawn the design for others.
This whaling scene has also been on that same long list of 'to do'.
The House, Chickens & Geese rug was hooked early 20th century and comes from Boston.  The original measured 24 x 44 but I won't make  mine that big if I hook this one.
Of course I still have the paper pattern of Lori Brechlins's Lancaster Barnyard which has been on THAT list for years.
And the Indian Brave design by Tonya Robey and I was adamant about finding my pattern book with it.  But Tonya to the rescue....thanks gal pal.
I've even considered doing a Moroccan style rug to use up worms.  However I wouldn't have a fringe.  Of course I might get tired of the directional hooking but boredom would be offset by the change of color.
My oh my but what does one do with so many options and being so fickle?  Still have the Use it Up design to finish as well as remaining  binding of Great Grandaughter's Rug.  But I'll be needing a rug 'fix' soon after.


Monday, July 29, 2019

Do You Know.......

...the origin of the phrase which is the subject of my new rug?
It is a phrase used today mostly by quilters and rug hookers.  But I wanted to know more and this is only part of the information gleaned from my search.

      "Use it up... Wear it out... Make it do... Or do without" - what a great slogan! It was coined by the War Advertising Council during World War II to promote the dual need to conserve scarce resources and to help keep prices down by not generating excess demand. Most of us have seen videos or read articles about neighborhood materials collection efforts to round up old tires, scrap metal, glass, tools, electronics equipment, cloth and clothing, and many other items that could be recycled for used directly in the war effort...."

The Use It Up design measures 16 x 23 and is close to being finished.  One mat has already been bound and the Great Granddaughter Rug is almost all bound (taking my time with that one).    

And I've NO IDEA what the heck I'm going to hook next.  Have several patterns by other people but today none of them are calling my name.  Yet it makes sense to use a pattern already in my stash the drawing up something else.

Have a great evening and happy hooking, quilting or stitching ~ whatever floats your boat.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Patriotic Pumpkins

You already know it was all hooked, but now it has been bound and being displayed on the harvest table in the kitchen.  Those cotton cats are some of the remaining unsold items from when doing shows and certainly came in handy today.  

If you think your eyes are playing tricks with you with dots and dashes at the bottom of the mat, it's okay.  That is a stripe fabric used to bind the mat with..... and white cotton fabric.  Seemed like a very suitable binding since there's still many yards of cotton still on my shelves.
This wall in the kitchen will be the next venue to hang thinks.  The wall has looked like this for more years than I can remember and time for an update.  
Yes Lauren, that is an antique ceiling lamp which traveled thousands of miles with me over the years.  Purchased it from an antique dealer in Federalsburg, MD, moved to Bowie, MD, then 1979 moved to San Ramon, CA.  1981 it moved to Seaford, DE, then to Columbia, MD and now back to Seaford, DE.

For those just seeing my blog, this is a design by Kelley Belfast which I named Patriotic Pumpkins.  Happy Saturday everyone.


Friday, July 26, 2019

Surrounding Myself With Joy

Once again I've come to the realization on how precious and short life is. So this week more rugs were hung in my computer room to surround myself with rugs which make me happy.

Here are some of those earthy colors I spoke of in the previous blog post.  Several Magdalena Briner Eby designs grace my walls, some antique adaptations I drew, some Woolley Fox and a couple not on the walls were purchased from Tonya Robey (under the footstool ad smal mat on the dough box w/legs. 

Even tho the two blue chairs had been vacuumed they still have the soiled look where my big boy Ben would sit/lay.
The wall to the left of this has previously been posted but will show it again in case there are new followers.  Haven't decided where to put the Cape May mat but do want to display it somewhere.  Maybe in another room.
The wall to  my right as I type has these two rugs hanging.
Other rugs displayed in this room have been posted before but to make the tour complete here is Shadow girl's Memorial rug hooked in #8.  That is Shadow's very worn collar and dog tag hanging above her.
Last but not least, another rug you've seen before is E.S. Frost's Sheep with Birds and Blooms adaptation which I drew and hooked.
There are still so many rugs rolled up; some get displayed on the harvest table or elsewhere when the urge hits me or during holidays.

Happy Friday everyone.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Throw Back Thursday

This is going back to a 2009 class with Gail Dufresne.  In advance of the class I told her to please pull me out of my comfort zone ~ you all know what that is by now.  That would be dark earthy colors and antique adaptations.

I was very uncomfortable using bright colors and that color scheme wasn't anywhere in my home in 2009.  So with input and ideas from Gail and the group I drew and hooked this rug which I named The Great Escape.
Since this wouldn't fit anywhere in my home it was sold at an Artisans show one year.

Here is a picture of Gail Dufresne, me in the middle and Gail's sister Yvonne Wood.
Gail is an excellent and patient teacher who gives her 'peeps' her all,  Yvonne also an excellent hooker.  One important thing I learned in the class is stay true to yourself and hook what makes you happy. Try tho I may to hook colors outside my crayola box, it is awkward and not as much fun.

Regarding the previous comment about bright colors being nowhere in my home, there is this rug which I hooked 2014 and is in front of my garden  bathtub.  
Now that the crispy grass weeds have had a drink of water a day or so ago it is time to cut it once again.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Antique Rugs Show

The description on this rug listed with Pook & Pook was said to be hooked early 20th century and measures 18 X 22.5.  
The hit and miss rug below takes some concentration to pick out the running deer from the rest of the randomly hooked strips.  Said to be hooked mid 20th century, measures 27 x 44.
A close up of a corner of the same rug.
I've seen several versions of this old design Dancing Rabbits rug before so am thinking it must have been a pattern sold via a Peddler wagon in the old days.
The Annie M. rug is quite colorful and maintained its color well for the age.  Always enjoy it when the auction houses show close ups or reverse side of the rug to see the textiles and true colors.

Notice there is a combination of wool, homespun and yarn.  The dimensions are 18 x 36.
A floral center with geometric border, 19th century from Maine.
Dainty flowers with stems in tree like formation.  Size is 24 X 34 circa 1930.
From the Williamsburg Folk Art Museum, notice the border consists of ears of corn.
When I first saw this hooked rug on the auction site was certain they had mislabeled the rug and should have been called a quilt with applique dogs.   
But when I clicked to enlarge the piece you can see it is definitely a hooked rug.    Being dated as a 1960's rug it doesn't qualify as an antique but thought it was worthy of posting.
Finally relief from the heat and humidity.  Severe thunderstorms were predicted last night because of the drastic temperature drop but thankfully that didn't happen in my neck of the woods.  Today is still rainy but tomorrow is supposed to be a very nice mild day.