The owls have it.

Songbirds are colorful and sing pretty songs, but it’s the raucous and taloned ones that I like the best. Owls, raptors, corvids and even vultures are the ones I prefer to hang with.

I’ve designed hooked rugs with owls and crows and they seem popular with others, too.  I recently had a request from a friend to hook her my design, Waxing Crescent, featuring a barn owl, a mouse, and the waxing moon on the night sky – all of my favorite design elements.  Whenever I recreate one of my hooked pieces, I try to make the new one better than the original with more thoughtful use of color and value, for instance.  We shall see how this new one comes out.

October was a busy and fun month filled with witchy and Halloween-y fun and projects.  November brings family and Thanksgiving activities. Our son and his family will be visiting from Oregon and we are so excited to see them!  With that in mind, my time at the hooking frame will be zero.  But then comes December and that is a free and open month leading into the beautiful, dark and quiet months of winter.  I can’t wait!

So, hang in with me as I tend to the needs of hearth and home.  I’ll still blog every Monday - I haven’t missed one yet. How many years has it been?  I’m not sure.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the darkening days and comforts of gathering around a warm hearth fire.

Waxing Moon - the original.

Waxing Moon - the original.

Little Saw whet and his dinner [pattern not available]

Little Saw whet and his dinner [pattern not available]

Emma’s Owls - [pattern not available]

Emma’s Owls - [pattern not available]

Not Quite White. This rug is featured in the new book, Rug Hooking Through the Year ©2018 Ampry Publishing LLC/Rug Hooking

Not Quite White. This rug is featured in the new book, Rug Hooking Through the Year ©2018 Ampry Publishing LLC/Rug Hooking

Barn Owl With Moon - take 2.

Barn Owl With Moon - take 2.

A book for you, a visit and a pizza for me.

This past week was a fun time with a visit from a friend, who moved to Connecticut a couple of years ago. We did many trips to antique shops, lunches out, lots of laughs, and a bit of wine in the evenings. Don’t ask me to define “a bit”.

During all this, I received many entries from those of you interested in winning the new book, Rug Hooking Through the Year [©2018 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking].  Before embarking on her drive home today, Pat drew the name of the book winner out of the dye pot.  The winner is, Chris G., who commented, “What a great book to complete any rug hooker’s library. I would love to have it included in mine. Always looking for great designs and inspiration.”  Congratulations, Chris, I’ll be contacting you for your mailing address and get this brand new book sent your way!

Thank you to everyone who entered the drawing. I appreciate all your comments and wish I could send each of you a book.  The designers included in Rug Hooking Through the Year are ones who will inspire you, so I do hope you will buy a copy for yourself.  I always like to urge rug hookers to join the Rug Hooking Magazine Book Club.  You will get their new books at a reduced price and no shipping costs. It’s definitely worth joining!  Go to the Rug Hooking Magazine website to check out the details.

I also finished a silly little hooked pizza. This is the third pizza I’ve made. What’s up with that?  I’m not sure, but I needed something for the bottom of my wonderful wire basket that holds the wool for whatever project I’m currently working on.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in sharing a book and a visit with a friend.

Pizza in a basket just for fun.

Pizza in a basket just for fun.

Rug Hooking Through the Year.

I’m doing a book giveaway this week.  The book, Rug Hooking Through the Year, is the latest publication by Ampry Publishing LLC/Rug Hooking.  Before I launch into my book review, I must disclose that on the cover is my rug, Magpie Cherry Pie. This book also includes my snowy owl rug titled, Not Quite White.   So, you know I’m going to love this book.

Rug Hooking Through the Year contains 24 favorite projects, which are arranged around the theme of the four seasons.  Fifteen designers are featured with projects for every level of rug hooking experience.  Each designer has included lots of helpful tips about how the rug was designed, wool dyeing and color choice decisions, and there is a line drawing of each design, which can be enlarged and used for one-time personal use.

If you’re looking for ideas for rugs to hook for every season, this book is for you!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in a new book about hooked rug designers.

BOOK GIVEAWAY:  I am excited to have a give-away copy of Rug Hooking Through the Year [©2018 Ampry Publishing LLC and presented by Rug Hooking].  To get your name in the drawing, please leave a comment on this blog post on my website.  [Below this blog post is the teeny tiny word “comment/s”. Click on that to open a space to type your comment.] Be sure to sign-in to leave your comment, so I will have your email address to contact you if you win.  [Your email address will not be used for any other purpose].  The drawing will be held on Sunday, November 4th at Noon [EST].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, November 5th.

Good luck!

Be sure to leave a comment below to get your name into the dye pot. You might be the winner!

Be sure to leave a comment below to get your name into the dye pot. You might be the winner!

Magpie Cherry Pie hangs in my laundry room.

Magpie Cherry Pie hangs in my laundry room.

I just can't stop!

I finished hooking my Barn Owl with Moon2 rug this past week.  I was going to wait to bind it at the Brandywine Hook-In later this month, but I. Could. Not. Wait.  I actually love finishing rugs, so the desire to hold off was overwhelmed by the desire to bind and whip the edge.  I guess I’ll have to find something else to hook at the hook-in.

There’s a spot on my kitchen floor that has been waiting for this rug, so that, coupled with the fact that I will be hosting my Breakfast Club ladies in a couple of weeks, really gave me an irresistible urge to get this rug done and down.

What’s next?  I will be hooking my new design, Harvest Moon, in the near future, but I need something else in the meantime.  Maybe another piece for my Mother Earth Speaks series?  I do have a few ideas bubbling around in my head for that.  I’ll see what grabs me.

Autumn is here at Crow's Foot Farm, but the temps are still a bit too mild.  I hope your autumn is beautiful where you are.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in having a new rug for my kitchen floor.

Barn Owl with Moon2 in situ.

Barn Owl with Moon2 in situ.

I whipped the edge with two strands of wool, one charcoal grey and one burgundy.

I whipped the edge with two strands of wool, one charcoal grey and one burgundy.

 

A book winner and projects completed.

I expected a great response to the book giveaway of Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 28 [© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking] and I wasn’t disappointed.

Thank you all for your comments and participation.  Congratulations to the lucky winner, Shannon, who said, “I would love to have such a great inspiration in my little hooking corner!" Shannon, I'll be contacting you for your mailing address. This book is just chock-full of eye candy!

My first priority after coming home from Sauder Village was to finish up the projects from the two workshops I took there.  One was an evening class with Nancy Z. Parcels, in which I learned how to make a brooch using wool quillies, buttons, and beads. It was a lot of fun and I now want to make more of these as gifts. My first attempt isn’t perfect, but you know what “they” say about practice…..

I also took a two-day workshop with Meryl Cook titled Hook a Healing Mat. In this class we worked with chakra colors and their meanings and how we can work with them. Some of us were working through personal issues and we vowed “what went on in class, stayed in class”. 

We each received Meryl’s 16” heart pattern drawn on linen as a starting point, but we were encouraged to make changes as we wanted. I made the center of mine a spiral that starts with the seventh chakra [the lavender/crown chakra] in the center and then spirals out to the first chakra [the red/root chakra]. We all wrote significant words around the outer edges of the linen that pertained to our issue. Since I decided to make my mat into a pillow, I embroidered the word “Own” on the back. That’s all I’ll say about my personal mat journey!

As always, being at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week is a full-immersion experience for me and it does take me a while to be fully back at home, both mentally, physically and emotionally. I think I’m home now.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the many facets of rug hooking experiences.

My completed project made into a pillow and Meryl Cook's books as inspiration.

My completed project made into a pillow and Meryl Cook's books as inspiration.

The back of my pillow with my key word in embroidery.

The back of my pillow with my key word in embroidery.

I braided colorful Noro yarn to cover the pillow edges.

I braided colorful Noro yarn to cover the pillow edges.

My quillie, button and bead pin made in Nancy Z. Parcels' workshop.

My quillie, button and bead pin made in Nancy Z. Parcels' workshop.

Celebration book giveaway.

As I get organized and back to hooking in my studio, I decided to do a book giveaway. I know you all love these as much as I do!

The book is Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 28 [© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC and presented by Rug Hooking Magazine]. This is the annual publication of the best rugs entered and chosen to be in Celebration. The variety of rugs is amazing and the talent is breath-taking.

Many of these rugs were on display at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week. I was there as a volunteer for Rug Hooking Magazine, so I had the fun of hanging the Celebration display. Up close and personal was a great place to be!

Not all rugs chosen as finalists were at Sauder Village, so this book is filled with even more beautiful rugs. It’s always the annual best of the best and a great book to have as inspiration for rug hookers everywhere.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in a collection of beautiful hooked rugs.

BOOK GIVEAWAY:  I am excited to have a give-away copy of Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 28 [© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC and presented by Rug Hooking].  To get your name in the drawing, please leave a comment on this blog post on my website.  [Below this blog post is the teeny tiny word “comment/s”. Click on that to open a space to type your comment.] Be sure to sign in to leave your comment, so I will have your email address to contact you if you win.  [Your email address will not be used for any other purpose].  The drawing will be held on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at Noon [EDT].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, September 3, 2018.  Good luck!

Leave a comment below to get your name in the dye pot!

Leave a comment below to get your name in the dye pot!

Home again.

It was a very busy, exhausting, and FUN time at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week. 

This is the biggest rug hooking experience that I look forward to each year.  Thanks to Kathy Wright for her amazing organizational skills and to Deb Smith for allowing me to be an official Rug Hooking Magazine volunteer [along with Nancy Parcels].  We do have fun!

I’ll need a few days to decompress and digest all of the sights, rug hooking knowledge, new and old friends, etc. With that in mind this post is a short one.  I’ll just share a photo of the piece I had in the rug show. It is one I did as part of Lisanne Miller’s group project called, Landscape of Our Lives. My piece is titled, Shamanic Directions.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in a week crammed with all things rug hooking!

Shamanic Directions, 24" diameter, wool cloth strips on linen foundation with embroidered elements on each quadrant, mounted on foam core backing.

Shamanic Directions, 24" diameter, wool cloth strips on linen foundation with embroidered elements on each quadrant, mounted on foam core backing.

On the road to Sauder Village.

Off I go today with Deb Smith for the always-exciting Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio.  The van is loaded with everything needed for the Rug Hooking Magazine booth, plus our bags, rugs, frames, wool - well, you get the idea.

During this week, I’ll try to post some photos from Sauder Village on my Crow’s Foot Farm Designs LLC Facebook page.  I’ll be taking a two-day workshop with Meryl Cook, called Hook a Healing Mat. And I’m excited to take Nancy Parcels’ evening class making a brooch.  Nancy is very talented making wearable art, so that will be fun!

I’m looking forward to seeing the Maud Lewis exhibit of rug adaptations of her painting AND some of her original art, as well.

Before hitting the road, a group of Magdalena Rug Hookers hung our rug show titled, Modern Magdalena, at the Landis House in Newport PA.  Our group did angel rugs and there are a variety of interpretations on that theme plus other rugs with different subject matter.

The opening reception was this past Friday and we had a nice turnout of community members. For those of you who live locally, the hours of the Landis House are Wednesday and Friday 1pm – 5pm and also the first Saturday of the month 1pm – 4pm.  The show will be up through November 3rd.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in this week of rug hooking fun.

Hooker bling.

Hooker bling.

Thumper guards the dye pot.

There were many of you who entered to win Ellen Banker’s new book, Hooked on Words [© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking Magazine].  Thank you for all of your comments and enthusiasm.  It appears that I’m not the only rug hooker, who wants to improve her lettering skills.

Although Thumper is too short to reach into the dye pot, he kept a keen eye on the proceedings.  After much tossing and scrambling of the cards in the dye pot, the lucky winner was drawn out.  Robin Nalepa will be getting this book!  Her comment is, “Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!”  Congratulations, Robin, I’ll be contacting you for your mailing address.

There is an important sewing project that I’ll be working on for the next week or two, so rug hooking will have to wait.  I do have my next Mother Earth Speaks design in mind, so I’ll be ready to go as soon as the sewing is completed.

I’m still recovering from a wonderful week of having a house filled with family and friends.  Our son and granddaughter’s visit was busy and fun and the annual cornhole party went off without a hitch. Perfect weather!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the time spent with family and friends.

Thumper is making sure the drawing is fair and square!

Thumper is making sure the drawing is fair and square!

Hooked on Words.

The latest book I’m excited to give away is Hooked on Words, by Ellen Banker [©2018 Ampry Publishing LLC and Rug Hooking Magazine].

Even though I worked in the typesetting and lettering biz many moons ago, I resist hooking words. If anyone can turn around my hooked lettering phobia, it’s Ellen Banker!

This is such a fun book filled with Ellen’s colorful, fun, and imaginative designs as well as similar designs by other fiber artists.  Where to begin? 

Ellen says that it’s important to “match your typeface to your message”. She gives examples of how and why to choose a particular typeface. She also shows how to develop your own unique type style. In Ellen’s designs, the lettering is an important part, and sometimes the only part, of the overall design. Her creativity stuns me.

There is an intriguing chapter focusing on Bev Conway’s “secret messages” that can be hooked into your rug and only seen from the back of the rug. How cool is that?

Hooked on Words is filled with so many color photos of rugs by many hooking artists that you’re sure to be inspired. I know I am.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the many ways to hook words.

Would you like a chance to win a copy of this book?  Here’s how:

BOOK GIVEAWAY:  I am excited to have a give-away copy of Hooked on Words, by Ellen Banker[© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC and Rug Hooking Magazine].  To get your name in the drawing, please leave a comment on this blog post on my website.  [Below this blog post is the teeny tiny word “comment/s”. Click on that to open a space to type your comment.] Be sure to sign in to leave your comment, so I will have your email address to contact you if you win.  [Your email address will not be used for any other purpose].  The drawing will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Noon [EDT].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, July 16, 2018.  Good luck!

Enter for a chance to win Ellen Banker's new book!

Enter for a chance to win Ellen Banker's new book!

Lava.

Since I’m hooking Hawaiian lava, I was interested to find out if there are names for different types of lava. To my surprise, there are.

In the photo of Hawaiian lava by Leigh Hilbert that I’m using with permission for my Pele Speaks piece, there is what looks like two kinds of lava, but having read and looked at photos, I now believe it is the same kind called, pahoehoe [pronounced ‘paw-hoey-hoey’] - a nice Hawaiian name for it.

Pahoehoe lava is the second most abundant type. It’s characterized by a smooth, billowy, or ropy surface produced by its low velocity and air-cooled surface, which is not disrupted during flow.  In the photo, the striated and billowy pahoehoe lava can be easily seen.

Another kind of lava with a Hawaiian name is a’a [pronounced ‘ah-ah’]. This type has a very rough surface with loose fragments formed as the lava is pulled apart and twisted during flow.

There is another type called pillow lava, which is formed under water.  But enough science for today.

This past week I finished hooking the hot lava section and went on to hook in some dark grey foundation for the billowy lava, which I will hook with a variety of yarns. Before I start hooking with yarn, I steam blocked the piece and covered one side of the gripper strips on my frame, so I won’t pull out the yarn as I hook.  I don’t do much hooking with yarn, so this will be interesting.

I can’t wait to see how this looks and hope to finish it by week’s end.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the amazing forms of nature all around us.

Pele Speaks is ready for the billowy lava to flow.

Pele Speaks is ready for the billowy lava to flow.

Photo of Hawaiian lava by Leigh Hilbert, used with permission.

Photo of Hawaiian lava by Leigh Hilbert, used with permission.

Interpreting.

My project, Pele Speaks, is coming along.   I finished the lighter grey striated area.  There must be eight or nine different wools in it.  The amazing thing is that I had a two-gallon zip bag stuffed full of grey cut noodles/worms and although I used those with only a few newly cut strips, the bag is still half full.  As all rug hookers know, those worms reproduce overnight.  No matter how optimistic one is about using them up, they never go away.  I guess that’s not all that bad.  A worm in just the right color is handy to have when hooking.

As you can see from the photo below, I’ve begun the orange lava area.  I do have a nice array of orange wool.  Orange is one of my favorite colors.  It’s a power color that indicates Creative Energy.  This area will need to be hooked, looked at, and then tweaked.  Although the lava is flowing in a linear way, if you look at the photo [used with permission from Leigh Hilbert] you can see that there are ridges formed perpendicular to the flow.  My hooking is in the direction of these ridges.

My series, Mother Earth Speaks, has been occupying my thoughts recently.  There are a couple of ideas swimming around in my head.  I’m interested in mixed media pieces using wool, found objects, etc.  Thinking of how to interpret ideas is fun.  Making those ideas happen will be the challenge.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the images formed by one’s mind.

The hot orange of lava.

The hot orange of lava.

Image of Hawaiian lava © Leigh Hilbert

Image of Hawaiian lava © Leigh Hilbert

The luck o' the Irish.

Irish eyes were smiling upon Randi this week.

Randi, who commented, “Perhaps the luck o’ the Irish will be with me and I will win this book”, is the lucky book winner!   Congratulations, Randi.  It’s always good to call upon the luck of the Irish, especially during the month of March.

I will be mailing Randi her copy of the brand new book, The Color Lab – Color Cues for Rug Hooking [© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking]. Judging by the many names in the dye pot, this is a desirable book. Thanks to all of you who entered and commented.

If you’re a member of the Rug Hooking Magazine book club [I highly recommend it], you probably have received your copy of this great book at a special low price.  But if not, you can buy a copy at the Rug Hooking Magazine website or go to amazon.com. 

I finished a super secret rug this past week.  I have to write up a paragraph or two about it and then I’m on to the next project, which will be an angel rug.  My group, Magdalena Rug Hookers, will be having an exhibition of our rugs next summer at the Landis House in Newport, PA.  The main theme will be angel rugs.  

Time was spent in my studio cleaning up and organizing.  I am not one of those creative types who is stimulated by seeing the mess all around me.  Visual clutter seems to bring me to a screeching halt.  I like to clean up after each rug is finished and then start the next mess.  I mean, project.

The weather has been pretty wild recently.  March is always full of surprises.  I hope you stayed safe during the recent nor’easter.  We live on farmland, so we don’t have large trees around our home.  The only things blowing around here were a couple of metal porch chairs and my broom hanging outside the back door.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in creating hooked rugs – one after the other.

Thumper monitored the pulling of the winning name.

Thumper monitored the pulling of the winning name.

The Color Lab book giveaway!

There’s a brand new, exciting book on the market and I have a brand new copy of it to give away.  It’s Wanda Kerr’s book, The Color Lab – Color Cues for Rug Hooking [© 2018 Ampry Publishing LLC and Rug Hooking Magazine].

Wanda Kerr, a master colorist, shares her in-depth knowledge of contrast and depth, color temperature, saturation and glow, and color transitions.  There’s a lot to know about color and Wanda’s book will help you with countless color photographs of her finished rugs and her color samples.

Do you want to learn how to color plan your rugs?  There are so many tips included here.  This is a book that will become your go-to book for all things color.  When to use warm color, cool color, how to transition between them, how to use a color wheel, etc.

Don’t hesitate! Here’s how to get your name in the dye pot for a chance to win this book:

BOOK GIVEAWAY:  To get your name in the drawing, please leave a comment on this blog post on my website.  [Below this blog post is the teeny tiny word “comment/s”. Click on that to open a space to type your comment.] Be sure to sign in to leave your comment, so I will have your email address to contact you if you win.  [Your email address will not be used for any other purpose].  The drawing will be held on Sunday, March 4th at Noon [EST].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, March 5, 2018.  Good luck!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the colors all around us.

Be sure to get your name in the dye pot for a chance to win this book!

Be sure to get your name in the dye pot for a chance to win this book!

The Year of the Dog.

This past Friday began the Chinese lunar New Year of the Brown Earth Dog.  I was born in a Dog year [many years ago], so I hope this will be an auspicious year for me and all of the other Dogs.

According to the Chinese Horoscope, this year will be a busy one for Dogs and an exhausting one.  It goes on to say that we Dogs need to take care of our health, get more exercise [ugh!] and drop bad habits [double ugh!].  I will do my best to make it a great year. 

Do you know your Chinese astrological animal sign?  You can google it and look for your year listed with one of the twelve animal signs.  Your animal year will repeat every twelve years.

Now that I have completed the auction dog rug and have mailed it off to its rightful owner, I am busily finishing up a super secret rug, which I cannot show you.  So, this week I will share a few hooked dog rugs that I have done.

Do stop back next Monday when I will be doing a BOOK GIVEAWAY!  I love doing them and you seem to like them, too.  I know you will want to win this latest book from Ampry Publishing LLC and Rug Hooking Magazine.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in being a Dog, whether an astrological sign or an actual one.

This is Ikey. He's 13 now and has diabetes, but he's doing great!

This is Ikey. He's 13 now and has diabetes, but he's doing great!

This is Benji, who modeled for my Hutchinson-style rug a few years ago.

This is Benji, who modeled for my Hutchinson-style rug a few years ago.

This is Thumper [l.] and Beans [r.].  This is a topper for an antique trunk at the foot of our bed.  It provides a launching pad for the doggies to get onto the bed.

This is Thumper [l.] and Beans [r.].  This is a topper for an antique trunk at the foot of our bed.  It provides a launching pad for the doggies to get onto the bed.

This is my recently completed auction donation rug.  It now lives on Cape Cod. [photo by Impact Xpozures]

This is my recently completed auction donation rug.  It now lives on Cape Cod. [photo by Impact Xpozures]

I think this is the only photo of all four of our dogs in one spot.

I think this is the only photo of all four of our dogs in one spot.

International Rug Hooking Day.

Today is the annual day to take rug hooking to the people! Where will you be rug hooking?  I am hosting my First Monday Crafters today, so I will be rug hooking with this group of knitters, crocheters, cross-stitchers, weavers, jewelry makers, and all around crafty ladies.  I’ll post a photo on the Rug Hooking Magazine Facebook page.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I have been able to do a lot of hooking.  I finished hooking a piece that has been in the works for months.  It shouldn’t have taken me so long, but I kept putting it aside for more urgent projects.  I am doing a different kind of binding on it and will unveil it when it is completed.

I got a good head start on the Down to Earth2 circular meditation mat that I will donate to my granddaughter’s school auction in March.  I had plenty of background wool left over from the original mediation mat that I finished recently.  I also used up some wool that I dyed for a previous project for the snake’s body.  Kundalini is ready to rise!  Do you do seated meditation?  This pattern is for sale, although it’s not on the Shop page of my website yet.  I will substitute two animals that are special to you, if you’d like.  Contact me at hookedrugpatterns@outlook.com for details.

December is here along with the annual holiday hoopla and hi-jinks.  I try to keep away from it and stay grounded and stress free, but I'm not always successful.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the celebration of the art and craft of traditional rug hooking.

A good start on my 36" diameter Down to Earth2 meditation mat.

A good start on my 36" diameter Down to Earth2 meditation mat.

A winning name is drawn and other happenings.

One does not have to be of Scots-Irish descent to be interested in the new book, Hooked on Celtic Rugs by Gail Lambert [© 2017 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking], but there were certainly many of you, who claimed that heritage and hence have a special interest in winning this book of Celtic designs.

The dye pot was overflowing with names.  With a bit of help from Benji, one of my furry helpers, the winning card was drawn.  Congratulations to Barbara Personette, who commented, “This looks like an interesting book. I’ve always liked Celtic designs.”  Barbara, I will contact you for your address and send that book on its way to you.

Last weekend I spent some time in Salem, Massachusetts with a friend.  We have been there a few times in the past, but it had been about ten years since our last visit.  Much has changed, but all the important and historic things are still there.  We were there after the Halloween hoopla, so the crowds had thinned out.

The clocks were set back one hour to Standard Time.  This causes great distress to the four canines, who call this place home.  I’m still trying to get them into the new routine.  I would be so happy if we could all just stay with Standard Time and forget messing around with it every year.  Does Daylight Saving Time actually save time?  I don’t think so.  There are still 24 hours in a day.

We had our first snow last Tuesday and Crow's Foot Farm looked so lovely.  Big soft flakes that coated everything in sight.  I do love winter-y weather.  My trips to the hen house become a bit of a slippery slog three times a day, but I’m willing to put up with it.

My Down to Earth meditation mat is finished. I need to have it photographed and listed on the Shop page of my website.  The pattern is available to buy and I will put two of your special spirit animals on it, if you’d like.  I will now start designing a round one for seated meditation. 

Thanks again to Ampry Publishing LLC and Rug Hooking Magazine for the giveaway book. I love doing giveaways and it’s obvious that you all do, too.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the first pristine snow of the season.

Benji sniffs out the winner.

Benji sniffs out the winner.

An iconic sight in Salem, Massachusetts.

An iconic sight in Salem, Massachusetts.

We found this alleyway intriguing, but off-limits.

We found this alleyway intriguing, but off-limits.

The beginning of the beautiful snowfall.  Daniel Peifer, the German farmer who worked this land over 200 years ago, lies beneath his mulberry tree.

The beginning of the beautiful snowfall.  Daniel Peifer, the German farmer who worked this land over 200 years ago, lies beneath his mulberry tree.

Celtic design book giveaway.

I’m not sure if it’s my Scots-Irish genealogy or my love of rug hooking that has me more excited about this book-giveaway book, Hooked on Celtic Rugs by Gail Lambert [© 2017 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking Magazine].  I think it’s both and I’m sure this book will appeal to you, too.

Gail Lambert has collaborated with David Rankine to offer a book of Celtic rug designs.  Included is a gallery of Celtic designs of animals, illuminated letters, geometrics, etc.  There are numerous step-by-step instructions and illustrations on how to set up your design, how to choose wool strip size, colors, and the sequence of hooking your loops to produce the best results.

As an added bonus in this book are Celtic recipes!  We all know that rug hookers love to eat, so the illustrated and kitchen tested recipes are sure to whet your appetite.

To enter your name in the dye pot to be eligible to win this new book, read on…

BOOK GIVEAWAY:   To get your name in the drawing, please leave a comment on this blog post on my website.  [Below this blog post is the teeny tiny word “comment/s”. Click on that to open a space to type your comment.] Be sure to sign in to leave your comment, so I will have your email address to contact you if you win.  [Your email address will not be used for any other purpose].  The drawing will be held on Sunday, November 12th at Noon [EST].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, November 13th , 2017.  Good luck!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the intricacy of Celtic artwork.

Get your name into the dye pot for a chance to win this new book!

Get your name into the dye pot for a chance to win this new book!

Toppers.

Having worked on my Down to Earth meditation mat for weeks now, I decided to hook some toppers for a few stools that were waiting in my studio closet.  Small projects are fun, quick to complete, and give a sense of accomplishment.

I decided to spray paint the stools.  A couple of them are newly made and the others are older ones. None of them is a rare antique, so painting them was fine by me. In the photo below, the stool with the Celtic heart design is a very nice antique stool that my hubby bought a couple of years ago and I hooked a new topper for it at that time.  That one I did not paint, as it already has a very nice paint job.

I always wait for fall to arrive with such anticipation.  This year fall is officially here, but Mother Nature forgot to tell the weatherman!  Hot and humid.  Not my favorite, but there still are signs of autumn all around.  I took a photo tour of Crow’s Foot Farm and the results are below.

I will be hooking on my meditation mat this week and maybe, just maybe, I will finish the hooking.  Then on to the binding.  Unlike many rug hookers, I like to bind.  I’ll share my progress with you next week.

I hope it is autumnal where you live.  It is a season that teaches us to see the beauty and then let it go.  Nothing is forever.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the rich colors of fall all around us.

Fun footstool projects.

Fun footstool projects.

Asters = Autumn

Asters = Autumn

I love this Beauty Berry that I transplanted here from Cape Cod.

I love this Beauty Berry that I transplanted here from Cape Cod.

We live on open farmland, but there is a bit of a woods area out back. 

We live on open farmland, but there is a bit of a woods area out back. 

Celebrating Celebration.

Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week is over for another year.  I hope you were fortunate enough to be there, but if not, put it on your bucket list.  I spent the week volunteering at the Rug Hooking Magazine booth with Deb Smith, editor, and fellow volunteer, Nancy Parcels.  It is such a great week filled with all things rug hooking.

While there, I went to Nancy Parcels’ dyeing demonstration on Thursday.  Nancy demonstrated about five different ways to dye wool with and without dye.  It was an inspirational workshop.  Nancy and I also took a workshop on Saturday taught by Capri Boyle Jones.  It was called, Small Works of Art.  Fun class!

The focus of the week, besides all of the retreats and workshops, is the incredible rug exhibit.  At the center of the exhibit is the collection of this year’s winning rugs that are now published in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 27 [© 2017 Ampry Publishing LLC and presented by Rug Hooking].  I am delighted to have a copy of this book to give away!

Here’s how to have a chance to win this book:

BOOK GIVEAWAY--   To get your name in the drawing, please leave a comment on this blog post on my website.  NOTE: Below this blog post is the teeny tiny word “comment/s”. Click on that to open a space to type your comment. Be sure to sign in to leave your comment, so I will have your email address to contact you if you win.  Your email address will not be used for any other purpose.  The drawing will be held on Sunday, September 3rd at Noon [EDT].  I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Monday, September 4, 2017.  Good luck!

Be sure to get your name in the dye pot for a chance to win this book!

Be sure to get your name in the dye pot for a chance to win this book!

Entering the rug exhibit at Sauder Village.

Entering the rug exhibit at Sauder Village.