Tuesday, October 18, 2011

This Hooker has landed! (Rug hooker that is!)

My departure from Maine towards the ATHA conference in Pennsylvania is something I have looked forward to for months. The day broke clear and the trip towards New Jersey was full of beautiful foliage. I stopped at dusk as I don't like to drive after dark unless I need to. I stayed in a lovely hotel that was filled with modern art. I will confess that the sharp lines of the architecture and white space didn't do much for me. This piece of art caught my eye. The flag of our country always does.

As I looked closer I realized it was composed of tiny high top toddler sneakers. I wonder what inspired the artist to come up with this?

The next morning I ventured toward Reading Pennsylvania, and was smiling when I saw this sign.

Yes, I can drive 65 mph and take a picture. I stayed with my dear Aunt Shirley for a day. Shirley is 87 and we had a lot of fun together. Cousin Jane stopped by and we reconnected after many years of not seeing each other. As kids I would see my cousins frequently when our family would go to Hershey to see the farm where dad grew up.
I'm on the left and Jane is on the right. Aunt Shirley and I went to her church where the peanut butter ball faeries were making the treats they sell for a fundraiser. Here is Shirley making the first step which involves balling the dough.
The next step was to take the balls and coat them in a nice thick layer of chocolate.

Then...a sprinkling of chopped nuts.

They go into the refrigerator for 24 hours, then into boxes. I left my Aunt working hard at the church to meet my internet friend Cyndi for lunch. We had never met before but enjoyed a good meal at Effies and quite a bit of laughter. I'm sure we'll get together again.


After lunch the wool part of my vacation began as I headed down the road to Rebecca Erb's Wool Studio. Rumor has it that she was having a party with 5 other vendors!

What a treat! The large place was full of wool, patterns and all sorts of fun things that wool-a-holics love. There were piles of lovely wool on tables being sold by the pound ($10.) and bolt and yardage, all at nice prices.
Luscious paisleys and basket liners were eye catching, as well as some towle painting on wooden chests and tables. I did not purchase much because I know the vendors at the ATHA conference will also have items to tempt me.


After leaving Rebecca's, it was a short 40 minute drive to Lancaster to my hotel. I was not able to get reservations at the conference hotel, but this one is beautiful and I know I will be pampered. Enough for tonight...the bed is calling me! Tomorrow will be a long day as I help with the registration and hanging of rugs for the show, and connect with more internet friends I have never met.




5 comments:

Ann said...

What a fun trip to Lancaster. Wish I could be in Lancaster for this - thanks so much for sharing the pictures - a few of my baskets are there waiting to be purchased! Pat from Misty Pond Primitives as them in her vending space. Hope you share more photos. ~Ann

BeFRuiTFuL KReaTioNS said...

Oh wow looks like you are having a lot of fun. Look at all that wool a rug hookers dream store!!!! Enjoy your time!!!!

Joanne said...

Lauri- Weclome to PA - so glad you had a nice trip so far - maybe I'll run into you this week at the Biennel - take care

WoolenSails said...

Wish I wasn't sick all the time, think I would have gone with you, lol. I would love to go to the shows down there, maybe next year.

Debbie

elizabethmartel said...

Lauri...I'm drooling!