Sunday, July 16, 2017

Beat the Heat 2017

Beat the Heat 2017 is officially in the record books!  It was awesome.  Liseanne and Ron outdid themselves.

I was to busy visiting and catching up with my rug hooking buddies and neglected to take photos of some beautiful rugs.  Carol is hooking an American Eagle which is breathtaking, there were Thanksgiving turkeys being hooked, and sampler houses.  Janis had a beautiful mermaid which I neglected to photograph and Jane was hooking a Celtic rope in autumn colors.  Instead of taking photos, I was drooling over beautiful rugs.

This is a design from Prairie Road, wonderful inspiration for Christmas.

I know lots of young boys who would love to have this dinosaur in their collection.  Isn't he just the bomb?

My penny rug is my traveling project.  It is very transportable (doesn't take up a lot of room in my hooking basket) and doesn't require a lot of thought, so I can visit and sew blanket stitches.  But instead of sewing blanket stitches, I shopped.  Lots of lots of wool came home with me.

This is one of my 2016 Christmas presents.  I had some usable wool in my stash and knew Beat the Heat was coming and would be a great opportunity to do some serious wool shopping for my Callie Mae rug.

Since Callie Mae is a Calico she will be hooked in the black, gold and orange wool.  The greens are for stems and leaves and the reds are for the flowers.  Whew!  Thank goodness my hooking buddies were there to help with wool selection--I was trying to stay away from Christmas greens and reds.  The gray is for the background.  Lisanne is a wonderful teacher and answered many questions and shared hooking tips.  

July has been hot and rainy and the grass and weeds have been growing like crazy.  It has taken considerable effort to stay caught up (some days I think the weeds are winning).  There has also been tomato juice to can, corn to shuck and beans to break--hopefully there will soon be time to pull loops for the Callie Mae rug.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How I spent my summer vacation (Fourth of July)

Introducing Baby Tinnie

Earlier this spring AppleJack and I saw a tin man made by one of the Master Gardeners.  I was smitten!  A closer look at the design and construction revealed tin cans joined together.  I thought I could make one.  We began collecting tin cans.

Tin cans, pull tabs, washers, screws, coat hanger wire

Tinnie will be living in Next Year (the garden) among the herbs, pepper plants and flowers.  July has been a very rainy month and the grass and weeds are growing like crazy.  AppleJack has collected more tin cans--Tinnie may have a friend.