Monday, February 28, 2011

Friends, Fun, and Treasures!

Lenexa Hook-In(left to right) Chelle, Sher, Me, Sandra, Betty, Pati, and Robin)

We had a wonderful time while visiting in Kansas and Missouri. Our first stop was at Betty's home and you couldn't have asked for a more warm welcome from such a dear friend and her family. Warm glazed pear muffins and pumpkin spice bread was served with iced tea. It was delicious.

Betty gave each of us a book she had covered with wool and each one was different.

It's an absolute treasure that is just priceless in my book! Love every detail of it. Thanks so much Betty!

On the backside of the cover.

Then Robin (Betty's sil) gave each of us a needle punched lil' box. She does such beautiful work. Another treasure that had me grinning from ear to ear. Thank you Robin.

Robin also gave me a beaded needle threader for my punch needle, a veggie dip mix, earrings, and a awesome smelling candle.

Betty also had a package for Sloan to open that she sent with me. He just loved the scooby doo shirt and coloring book.

Inside the package was also a new plate, cup, and bowl with How to Train a Dragon and of course he had to use them for breakfast and lunch today. Thank you Betty and Trinity....Sloan just loved it all.

Okay, I have tons of treasures to share. We not only went to the hook in but hit a couple of antique shops and an awesome shop called American Whatever.

First though I must say I just loved visiting with all the gals in the top picture. It was so good to finally meet Chelle. She has recently joined the eBay group I'm on AAPG and we had such fun getting to know one another.

Betty took time to show Pati how to cross stitch on linen and gave her some helpful hints.

Here is some of the treasures I came home with. Lots of wool, patterns, wool yarn, and a cookbook.

I'll share some of the great rugs that were at the hook-in tomorrow. It was such a fun trip and I enjoyed every minute of it with some really wonderful friends.

Happy Trails....Ginger

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

With a Hook and Needle

With a crochet hook I whipped up a few dishcloths....tried a simple pattern and it worked up really quick. I did these two this evening.

I've also been doing a little bit of blackwork. Both are designed by Kathy Schmitz.

Well I've been packing up a few things and come Thursday morning I'm headed north to Kansas with a couple of friends to the Rock Creek Hook~In held in Lenexa, Kansas. We plan on making some stops along the way...with one special stop to Primitive Betty's! I can hardly wait.....

Happy Trails....Ginger

Sunday, February 20, 2011

~Time To Plant A Garden ~

Ever have one of those weeks when you don't feel like you accomplished much....a couple of small mats one was hooked and one was made with the oxford punch.

A little rug that sits upon a barnwood bench.

Started a little redwork piece.

A lil' one came to spend the weekend and he was all about helping. He helped his PaPa put out hay for the cows.

Soon he will be driving this one by himself....well maybe in a few more years!

Practicing a few silly faces.

Planting onions with PaPa!

Another tractor to sit on and practice!

With the warmer temps we made our first trip this year to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

This week will be spent playing and getting ready for a fun trip to see some friends. Hope you enjoyed your weekend and have some great things planned for the week ahead.

Happy Trails....Ginger

Sunday, February 13, 2011

House Blessings

One of my all~time favorite rugs that I've hooked and now I just need to bind it. This one I'll keep. It's called "House Blessings" and is by L.J. Fibers It was done in a #8 cut which seems small after doing so much in a 8.5 cut but it worked up so nicely and the colors she chose are just beautiful. I can't wait to see what she comes up with for 2011. You'll notice I put 2011 in my heart since I just finished it. I debated maybe I should put something else there but I just couldn't decide so 2011 it is. This rug before being bound measures 22 x 38 inches.

Well to change things up a little I drew a little bird on a piece of freezer paper and cut out the same bird in many different wools. Then took a piece of a vintage army blanket and with some threads, buttons, and a little piece of tatting and I stitched up these little pillows.

Warmer days have arrived once again and most of the snow is fading away putting some much needed moisture into the soil. This week will be a busy one as most are but I'm hoping to find some time here and there to finish up a couple of projects I've been working on. Hope each of you enjoyed your weekend and enjoyed some sunny days!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Thursday, February 10, 2011

49 Years Ago Today!

Mom and Dad tied the knot 49 years ago today. No fancy wedding just a trip to the the pastor's house of my Granny Doyle's in San Saba, Texas!

Here they are way back in the day. Don't they look so young! Well next year we will have to have a 50th Year Celebration for sure :)

Well finally got the binding done on this bunny and will be listing him on eBay this evening.

Also, finished this one and going to list it, too.

I finished up a big rug last night but still need to bind it. It's one of my absolute favorites so as soon as I get it done I'll share it with you.

Today we had record lows here in Oklahoma one city experienced -31 degrees.....absolutely crazy for Oklahoma. Here it was -2 when I went out this morning, not to mention the windchill factor. As the weatherman says just wait they are predicting 75 degrees by next week....hooray!

Hope your warming up where ever you are!

Happy Trails....Ginger

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Another Winter Day!

I pulled on my boots, coveralls, jacket, hat, and gloves and went for a walk around the farm. Oklahoma can be pretty windy and as cold as it today thought I better bundle up!

Our feathered friends are happy to share a meal at the feeder.

The sun is shining even if the skies are a bit gray.

The pond is icy in spots and quite muddy.

Doesn't seem to bother the ducks that are happy to take a swim on a cold day.

Don't believe I'll be going for a ride in the boat anytime soon!

Going through the woods.

Saw a few deer tracks.

Yesterday I enjoyed some fun at Country Collections at our monthly rug hooking guild.
Pati was working on this penny rug.

Sandra finished hooking her Autumn rug and was ready to begin the binding.

Kaye showed some of the finishes she had accomplished.

Well it was a good day today to take a walk around the farm but it feels even better to be back inside. Looking forward to keeping warm and working on a few projects tonight! I think I'll go find something for supper first :)
Happy Trails....Ginger

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Sunday!

It's been a super Sunday....Today my Mom celebrated her 67th birthday. We were to have a party for her here today but we have postponed it until next weekend when the temperatures are suppose to be better and the roads should be a little better to travel. Danny and I did go over today for a little while and enjoyed visiting and having lunch. Happy Birthday Mom LOVE Ya LoTs!!!!!

With all the snow days we have had this lil' boy has had lots of bottled up energy and has been itching to get outside and play.

He decided he wanted to use my camera and take a picture of here I am his first photo!

I noticed a family of deer outside our door...don't they look nice with all the trees and snow.

Sloan loves the snow he loves throwing snowballs and just when you get a snowman made he smashes it and says "You can build another!"

I belong to a group on eBay AAPG An American Prim Gathering and recently we had a winter cheer exchange. Mary gifted me with this beautifully made Simplify Rug. The pattern was drawn by a fellow member Rebecca. I just love the rich colors and the wonderful wool yarn that she bound it with.

She also sent me many other gifts of cheer. Oh it is so much fun to get such wonderful treasures in the mail. Thank You Mary. She also sent Sloan a coloring book and crayons.

Well they are saying we will be getting another round of snow this week and the stores are in short supply when it comes to grocery shopping. I'm sure we won't starve by any means. It just seems odd to go in and see so many bare shelves.

This Tuesday I'm hoping the snow holds off long enough to go to Country Collections to meet with our rug hooking group. It's always nice to gather around the tables and see what everyone has been working on and visit!

Wishing you a warm and safe week.

Happy Trails....Ginger