Sunday, March 29, 2009

Busy as a bee!

I have again been neglecting my blog! I have been busy with work and travel, but it has all been good! I went down to South Carolina to visit my family and escape from all the snowy weather up here. So what happens? It snows! Well, for me it was only a flurry but the excitement it caused was hysterical! Schools closed, stores closed, and life stopped for a day. Children scraped together the snow and made teeny snowmen. I had a great visit with my family and was able to fix a few things and do some painting at Dad's house that he can't do anymore.

Something else I did was quite interesting, although it lasted only minutes. One recent evening my better half and I went outside to see something we heard would be visible. The space shuttle had hooked up with the International Space Station earlier that day. We were able to clearly see them as they crossed the sky. It appeared as if they were closer than a plane, and seemed to move a bit faster than a plane. Of course we were the ones moving here on the Earth! But it was quite a memorable moment to see the shuttle and Space Station. We waved to them! And I think they waved back!
I received a call on my answering machine from my nephew saying that their baby girl had been born on Tuesday! I won't go into details but my nephew and I share an interesting history together and he is very, very special in my life. This is his first child. But it would have been nice if he had told me her name, and now we're playing phone tag! I'll update you more in a future post!
I finally made it over to my friend's house to celebrate Christmas. Their tree stays up until the last of their long distance friends has made it over, which often isn't until Easter!!! Don't you love their tacky little tree, and it has LED lights so the tips of the branches glow. Notice the Easter candy under the tree? Their home is quite eclectic, but my friend is a fabulous quilter, cross stitcher and now a knitter. Her art is all over the house and it's beautiful. But there are the fabulous tacky touches everywhere tinsel Christmas trees.

The two of us took off to see Kathy Mattea in concert at the Jorgenson Center in Storr, Connecticut. It was a great venue with cozy seating and good food. Kathy put on a wonderful show as usual. If you want to know more about her music check her out in my links.
Sometimes I get artistic inspiration from the strangest places. This is a picture I took of the rug at the Jorgenson Center. I can just see part of this design as a hooked rug! But I'll just bet that finding the source to obtain copyright permission might be tough! Here's another floor that I thought would make a nice design for a hooked rug. It was on a cruise ship!We also visited the nicest hooked rug shop called Whispering Hills. Debbie, thanks for telling me about it! It had a nice variety of everything from hooks to books. She also has some great classes scheduled with Norma Batastini, Elizabeth Black and Nancy Blood. Worth a visit if you are in CT or MA. I bought a nice antique hook but didn't buy anything I already had. I finally finished my Padula rug a few weeks ago, and am glad it's completed because I have other projects I want to do. I picked up my Sunflower rug that had also been a UFO (unfinished object!). I was given the pattern when I first started rug hooking a couple of years ago, and had just started exploring with dying my own wool. I need to find out who made the design as it isn't marked, and is beautiful.
My friend came up with a picture of a chair mat that I had given to her a couple years ago. The mat was taken by someone and never seen again. I'm so glad that she had this picture so that I can put it with other photographs of things that I have made. It is a Moshimer pattern purchased at Cushings.
Another thing that has been occupying my time is the rug hooking group Wool Snippets. For many years Tammy and Bren have done a fabulous job with the group, and then the group had to move to another site and it lost it's luster for a lot of people. Tammy and Bren decided to retire from being managers, and JoJo and I took up the challenge. If you are a rug hooker and haven't checked out the site for more than a month please visit.
One of the members (JoEllen) is offering an online tutorial about dimensional rug hooking through her business for only $10.00. She has made some wonderful sculptured pieces and I am looking forward to her online class. The design is a bee skep with little bees around it. The class will start in Mid-April, and you can find out more on her blog.
Another quick project I will be working on is for a candle cuff swap on the Snippets group. And I need to make a chair pad for someone I know who is having a baby this summer. It will be a ladybug theme so it should be fun to design! In fact, with so many projects to work on I think I'll get off the computer and go play with some wool.
Thanks for visiting!


WoolenSails said...

As usual you are keeping very busy. I am working more on punch these days. I seem to go through phases and I have been getting ideas, I just have to try in punch;) I will finish my braided rug though, then I can get back to my big runner. Is it warm in Maine yet, lol. I am getting antsy to get out of the house and onto the water.


Joanne said...

Wow Lauri - you are a busy woman - Loved the snow story in NC- too funny. HOpe you are doing good and one of these days I'll take the time to figure out WS and participate - you and jo-Jo are great leaders for that group - Joanne

docsplace said...

Hi Lauri!

I always enjoy hearing about your ventures and all the neat crafty things you are doing. Maybe one of these years your travels might bring you to Kentucky?


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