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 too...like 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. http://www.whispering-hill.com/ 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.