Monday, September 27, 2010

It's A Beautiful Day On The Farm

Don't you just love Fall days....days when you can open the windows and let the sunshine and cool air come right on in. Play outside with those you love and listen to the crowing of the rooster and the giggle of a little boy as he plays chase with a pup. Oh I do love my Monday's!

I have even found time to list 2 little rugs on eBay.

The Pumpkin Jack rug I even crocheted around the edge...something new for me and it went very quickly.

Here is some of the wool strips Frank brought to our class that he had cut into a #6 cut for us to use. Three big tubs of them...they were overflowing and this was even on the last day of class!

Here is what I punched in class...just got to do some finishing touches.

Sloan came this morning with these fun glasses and of course we had to take a turn!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Rug Show from Star Rug Camp

Just a sampling of some of the rugs at camp. Hope you enjoyed looking. I'll post more in a day or two.

Happy Trails...Ginger

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fredericksburg Star Rug Camp

I'm still unpacking from the adventure of going to Fredericksburg Star of Texas Rug Camp. The washing machine has been humming, duties of work called, family visiting here and there and finally a chance to sit and tell you a little bit about the camp.

Pati and I had the opportunity to take a class from Frank Bielec of Mosey N' Me or better yet known for his work on Trading Spaces TV show. I just can't put into words just how outstanding Frank's class was. Not only what we learned by doing and listening but by just how simply giving Frank is. He shared a wealth of information and went above and beyond the realms of teaching. If you ever have the opportunity of taking a class from him you simply must.

This class was about oxford punch needle. Now granted I have punched up a few pieces before this class but I experienced just how many different things you can make and how to finish the punching. I made a lid cover for a paper mache box. The picture is a little brighter than what it actually should be.

We made sheep to go on a tote box. I punched a grayish one and also a off white one. We then adhered it to a wooden box that Frank had made and painted. He took the time to write a little note to each of us in the class along the bottom. It will always remain a treasure for me.

There were 16 students and Frank in a makeshift classroom that was set up in a handicap hotel room. Yes we were elbow to elbow but we had the best time....we talked, shared ideas, laughed, had pizza parties, made primitive dolls, and made so many different projects...the possibilites were endless. We had visitors from other classrooms dropping by because they had heard so much good reports from that group of ladies.

There were times we met in the hallway to see a new idea.

There were several other teachers at camp....Karen Kahle of Primitive Spirit was also a teacher. She had a trunk show and here style of hooking was unbelieveable. She really knows how to capture the look of an antique rug.

Pati and I often throughout the trip would take a walk through Fredericksburg often hitting the back streets to find the most wonderful little shops located in what once were homes. We found a most delightful Pie shop with homemade pies...cherry, pecan, coconut, oh so many more. A middle aged man that waited on us said he makes them from scratch daily....and boy were they ever good. Inside the shop were handmade quilts, signs, and little knick knack items.

Outside of the pie shop were little sitting areas under the trees if you cared to dine outside.

We truly enjoyed walking the steets looking at all the history and loving the old homes with the wide wrap around porches and the huge trees.

There was a rug show before we left and I took lots of pictures but I'll save those to share in another post....the washing machine needs another load and it's time to stop and find something for supper. I hope you have enjoyed just a little taste of Fredericksburg Star Rug Hooking Camp.

Now before I close this post I want to leave you with a word of advice straight from Frank.....Share~ Share your knowledge, share your love of crafting, share your supplies whenever you can, just simply share with someone that wants to learn.

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Harriet and Gladys are hitching a ride home with us. Pati and I have had so much fun this week and we haven't had a minute to stop and write about it. As I type fresh backed Morning Glory muffins need to be picked up from a bakery to bring home to my dear family! I miss them bunches.

Being in Frank's class you just never know what will happen....Oh do I have some pictures to share.

Well off to pick up those tasty morsels and return to class for the last few hours and then it's on the road to good ol' Oklahoma.....check back soon you'll be simply amazed at all that got made in just a few days. Love ya Danny~~~~~I'm headed home!!!!!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Something To Crow About!

First thing this morning Pati and I stopped at this quaint little place to have a muffin. I had the Morning Glory Muffin...delicious it was made with pineapples, coconut, carrots, raisens and probably some secret ingredient. I'm gonna bring ya home one Danny I promise! It had to be one of the very best muffins I have ever had. Oh I'll bring home some extra's too for you Mom and Dad don't worry!!!! Okay so now all my sisters are going to want one. Maybe I should just place an order for a couple of dozen.

Just around the corner was this GIANT wouldn't Sloan love this. Look how big it is compared to the house.

After shopping around Fredericksburg and a wonderful lunch....oh and I had chicken and dumplings and Pati had a German plate filled with goodies we made our way over to the hotel where we have settled in for the duration of our trip. Our teacher for camp will be Frank Bielec and let me say I'm so excited.....all I can say is wait until you see what we are going to be doing. I have now looked at oxford punch in a whole new light and we haven't even got started yet. My mind is whirling like a tornado and now I can see so many options and can tell this can be done faster than a speeding bullet in so many different ways. So that's all I'm going to tell you for stop back in a day or so and see what we are making....It's going to be a blast!

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fredericksburg, Texas Here We Come!

Pati and I hit the road early even before the rooster was crowing this morning and made our way south to Texas. We are going to attend the Star of Texas Rug Hooking Camp in Fredericksburg, Texas. We first noticed right before entering town that they were having Trade Days......we did find a few lil' bargains but mostly they had a lot of imported items. Just not my cup of tea.

Once into town we found Stonehill Spinning and enjoyed looking at the beautiful wool yarns, wool, and primitive hooked rugs. Confession....I found a couple of things there! Sorry Danny.....Just couldn't resist!

Tomorrow we have some free time to do a little looking around town at the antique and novelty shops before checking into camp.....I'm sure we will have lots more pictures to share before our trip is over.

Happy Trails.....Ginger