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.

A Rooster, a Dog, and a super secret project.

This past week I began my super secret project.  I started out slowly by dyeing some dark and mysterious wool for the background and drawing the design on linen.  I was going to stop there, but I got drawn into it and excited to see some early results.  This project will have a couple of different techniques in it and my beginning is looking good.  I wanted to keep going and it’s a good thing I did, because the deadline is approaching and I will need to take it to a photographer for some good photos.

It’s so hard to do a secret project and not be able to show photos of it as I work along.  This won’t be unveiled until August when it, and the other ones in the project, will be hung in the Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week show in Ohio. 

I hosted my Breakfast Club ladies this past Friday.  I always love a theme and this time it was a Chinese New Year. This is the Year of the Rooster.  Do you know what your Chinese zodiac animal is?  It depends on the year in which you were born.  I’m a Dog, which is perfect for me, who loves dogs and has four at the moment.  I’d love to adopt another, but I’m trying to be practical.

I found some great black and white graphics of the zodiac animals and printed out each friend’s animal and framed it.  It’s traditionally good luck to give money in a red envelope on the New Year, so I made envelopes and put a “dollar bill” chocolate bar in each one.   I love doing these details.  I served a chicken recipe and others brought some delicious potluck food to share.  I am blessed to have such a wonderful group of women friends and look forward to our gatherings each month.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the company of good friends.

The table is set for my Chinese New Year breakfast.

The table is set for my Chinese New Year breakfast.

A fun dye job for my super secret project.  I might use some of this vivid pink in the design, too.

A fun dye job for my super secret project.  I might use some of this vivid pink in the design, too.