A book winner and a busy week.

Thanks to everyone who put her name in the dye pot for a chance to win the new book, Hooked Rug Designs for Baby & Beyond, by Norma Batastini [© 2019 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rug Hooking].  This is a fun and inspirational book for anyone with a child’s drawing waiting to be turned into a special hooked rug.

The lucky winner is Cathy, who commented, “What a sweet cover!”  Congratulations, Cathy, I’ll contact you for your mailing address.

This past week has been pretty hectic.  With two adult dogs in our household, I decided to adopt a puppy.  Leo is a four-month old Labrador retriever mix, who is full of puppy energy.  I had forgotten what it’s like to have a puppy, and a big one at that.  The two adult dogs are figuring out how to deal with the new one and it’s going fairly well for the most part.  I think we will all be happy when the puppy phase is over.

One great thing about having Leo is that I am now taking a daily walk with him and my Boston terrier, Beans.  Our neighbor on the farm next door was kind enough to mow a path for me and the dogs so we can walk on his “farm road” without going out onto the paved road to get there.  What nice neighbors we have!

I haven’t pulled a loop in over a week, so I must get back to my I Love My OCD rug now, if I can get Leo to sit still long enough for me to do so.  I’m hoping he will become my studio buddy.

 There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the many small parts that make up our lives.

Leo, my studio buddy in training, helps with picking the book winner.

Leo, my studio buddy in training, helps with picking the book winner.

This sweet young deer comes daily to eat the mulberries on the ground.

This sweet young deer comes daily to eat the mulberries on the ground.

A winner and a rug finish.

Thanks for all the entries and comments for the book giveaway.  The lucky winner of Rug Hooking Journeys: Finding the Maker in the Rug by Tamara Pavich [©2019 Ampry Publishing LLC / Rig Hooking] is Lisa, who said, “I’m new to rug hooking and am completely taken with it. I love looking at others’ creations for inspiration. Thanks so much for this wonderful gift. Here’s hoping.”   Congratulations, Lisa, I’ll contact you for your mailing address and send this wonderful new book your way.

We had more snow here in Pennsylvania this past week and then some icy rain, so things were a bit dicey.  I stayed home as much as possible, which gave me a bit of cabin fever.  The good news is that I finished my piece titled, Looming in Greenland, the third installment in my Mother Earth Speaks series.  I have trimmed, folded, and basted my usual cotton clothesline into the edges, but I still need to whip the edges with yarn, which I will do at the Woolwrights’ hook-in next month.

Before I continue with my Mother Earth Speaks series, I want to hook my pattern, Harvest Moon, which I am doing as a trade with a friend, who is a very talented mosaic artist.  More on all this next week with some beginning progress on that rug.

I’m having a visit from my friend, who now lives in Connecticut.  We plan lots of things to do while she’s here, so it’s been fun. That has helped with the cabin fever.

I hope winter is bringing you time to be inside with your rug hooking project and a warm beverage on these cold days.  Look for signs if spring, which can surprise us when we least expect it.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the next new project.

Lisa is the winner of this great new book!

Lisa is the winner of this great new book!

Looming in Greenland designed and hooked by Karen Larsen. All finished but for the yarn whipping.

Looming in Greenland designed and hooked by Karen Larsen. All finished but for the yarn whipping.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A winner revealed and a new season begins.

Thank you for all of the entries and comments in this book giveaway.  The lucky winner of Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 27 [© 2017 Ampry Publications LLC / Rug Hooking] is Debbie Bryant, who said, “Hookin’ my way to Sauder”. Congratulations, Debbie!  I will contact you for your mailing address, so you can start enjoying this book filled with this year’s winning rug entries.

Although the month of August was still hanging on, I was in the mood for autumn.  I traditionally start with the fall decorations at the beginning of September, so this was pretty much on track this year.  I admit to having a bit of a glass bottle and jar fetish and use my large collection [hoard] of these to decorate around the house.  I just swapped out the beautiful “Mason jar blue” bottles for my beloved collection of brown glass.  I don’t know what it is about brown glass, but I love it!

A fellow autumn lover just ordered my Stack o’ Jacks pattern, which reminded me to rearrange the pattern photos on the Shop page of my website.  The most fall-like ones are shown below. 

I mentioned recently that I am in a major PURGE of things here at Crow's Foot Farm.  I do love my belongings, but it’s time to lighten the load.  It feels good. I will be selling a few of my finished rugs and will post them in my blog in a week or so.  I’m also busily hooking toppers for a few small stools that have been waiting way too long. 

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in living simply.  Less is more.

Stack o' Jacks 36" x 18"

Stack o' Jacks 36" x 18"

La Hora del Te  26" x 21"

La Hora del Te  26" x 21"

The Recipe  24" x 18"

The Recipe  24" x 18"

Fall Fields  22" x 19"

Fall Fields  22" x 19"

Barn Owl With Moon  28" x 38"

Barn Owl With Moon  28" x 38"

Creative Energy  28" x 12"

Creative Energy  28" x 12"

A book winner, honoring the Muse, and expecting a holiday guest.

There were great comments from many of you hoping to win the new book, Rug Hooking with Fancy Fibers by Gail Dufresne [© 2016 Ampry Publishing LLC /presented by Rug Hooking].  As always, the names went into the dye pot and a winning name was pulled out.

Congratulations to lucky winner, Phyllis C., who commented: ” What a generous offer to win a great book. Thank Ms. Crow’s Foot!”  I will pop the book into the mail today and with luck, it will get to you in time to go under your Christmas tree.

I’ve been spending time at my altar to the Muse.  I think she is slowly waking up.  I’m picturing a design for my angel rug for my rug hooking group project.  I even have two ideas and there will be enough time to do both, if I’m so moved.  I will share the design in a week or two.

January will bring a daily hooking spree as I continue in Wanda Kerr’s SPARK group project.  Having to produce a small hooking every day and building on it throughout the month should be fun and also a great way to keep inspired.  I need inspiration!

A friend will be here over the Christmas holiday and I’m excited about seeing her.  We have a small blue spruce tree in the dry sink [with four male dogs, this is the ideal place for a tree] and it is decorated with the 100+ year-old German glass ornaments that I inherited from my paternal granny.  I broke one as I was hanging them, but that’s pretty normal.  The glass is incredibly thin and delicate.

All good wishes to you for a happy and healthy holiday season however you choose to celebrate!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in daily inspirations.

I'm glad the Muse has shown herself, because I was about to eat the chocolate myself!

I'm glad the Muse has shown herself, because I was about to eat the chocolate myself!

The tree in it's annual dog-proof spot.

The tree in it's annual dog-proof spot.