Winter beckons.

This past week was devoted entirely to the annual multi-day Thanksgiving happenings here at Crow's Foot Farm.  Although there were fewer of us in attendance this year, the preparations remained the same.  It’s always a pleasure, but I’m looking forward to getting back to normal [whatever that is]. 

My rug hooking studio had become a bedroom, so no hooking was done.  No time for that anyway.  On Saturday the guests were gone, so I got busy putting the house back to rights.  I even put away the autumnal decorations and have started to bring out the more winter-y ones.  My holiday decorating has become “minimalist” and I like it that way.

Next Monday is December!  It is really true, that the older one gets, the faster time seems to fly.  I cannot delay the passing of time, but I can remember to take time to be aware each day of the natural beauty around me, both dazzling and subtle. 

As I walk out to open up the hen house each morning, I look to the east to witness the sunrise, noticing the subtle colors in the lightening sky and the shapes of the clouds.  I also listen for the sounds in this rural setting - Great Horned Owls, Screech Owls, roosters, squirrels, wild turkeys, Canada geese, to name just some of them.. 

I will now get back to my rug hooking projects and I can’t wait to share them with you.  Winter months are the perfect time to manifest creativity.  I’m ready!

Below are a few of my winter-y patterns available on the Shop page of my website.

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

M Northern Lights à la Emily Carr.

MNorthern Lights à la Emily Carr.

The Night Visitor.

The Night Visitor.

Not Quite White.

Not Quite White.

Snow Angel, not yet on the Shop page, but available as a pattern.

Snow Angel, not yet on the Shop page, but available as a pattern.

A star, an angel, and the colors of snow.

I finished the small piece called, Primitive Star, to top an antique box belonging to my hubby.  The photo below makes the box look greener than it does in person.  This small project filled some of my time while I awaited a visit from the Muse.

Ms. Muse took her sweet time, but she has shown herself and offered a bit of inspiration for the Magdalena Rug Hookers group angel project that I want to do.  I love winter and snow scenes, so I opted to do a snow angel.  I have another idea for an angel rug that I might also hook.  I need hooking projects to keep me busy and out of trouble!  Because I’ve been busily preparing for the holidays, I will share the angel design with you next time.  It’s on linen, but that’s all I’ve done so far.  I will need to dye some wool for the snow.  Snow isn’t just white, but has shadows and reflections in many tints. 

I have an article and a hooked project in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine.  It’s a winter design depicting the Swedish Tomte trudging through a snowy field at night.  Does the snow look blue to you at night under the light of the moon?  My article describes why.  The Night Visitor has been mailed to my sweet granddaughter, Lucy, in Oregon. I hope she likes it!

I’m enjoying a visit from a friend, who recently moved out of state.  We have many fun plans to fill the days she is here.  I hope you all are having a happy and busy holiday season.  I’m looking forward to 2017 with some trepidation, but will hope for the best.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the winter landscape.

The Night Visitor, 18" x 24"  © Crow's Foot Farm Designs, LLC  This pattern is now available on the Shop page!

The Night Visitor, 18" x 24"  © Crow's Foot Farm Designs, LLC  This pattern is now available on the Shop page!

Primitive Star in situ.

Primitive Star in situ.