Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Tip for Rug Hookers

 If you have the long Townsend cutter blades or the long Bee Line cutter blades, buy these Crystal Light containers (I found mine at Target),

 gather your long blades,

 and look how nicely they fit in these containers. 
Great storage containers for them!!

My cutter blades just lay in a basket, but now they can be more protected!! 
When I was in Nebraska my friend Karen shared this tip with me, 
Thanks Karen!!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Rug Done!

This is a rug that I designed using a piece of paper folded like you are going to make a cut snowflake, but you draw your design instead of cut it out. That is how I got the flower, then I repeated the flower and drew the border. It wasn't the most fun finishing the rug, but well worth the extra effort. My friend Marion keeps calling it a jewel box, so I guess that is what I will call it.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Back From Nebraska

 I am back from Nebraska and thought I would share some pictures from the 2012 Nebraska Rug Hooking Retreat at Nebraska City, that I taught at last week. I was one of 4 teachers who were there. Janice does a great job of putting it on!

 Marie was working on a pattern from Shawn Williams called Sunday Social.

 Julie was working on a pattern by Threads That Bind called Sheep Weathervane.

 Above Karen was working on an antique adaption.

On the right Ginger was working on a pattern from Karla Gerard called Quaint Towne.

Marilyn was working on Poppies by Sharon Smith.

Linda was working on Wandering Vine by Rhonda Manley.

Elsie was working on a pattern called Amy's Day by Tammy Rice.
Linda was working on a pattern by Searsport called Paisleys.

Barbara was working on a pattern called Home Sweet Home from Rhonda Manley.

Dennie was working on
 Spot the Horse.

Jennifer was working on one that she drew! She was doing 9.5 cut on most of it!

Sue was working on a pattern from Woolley Fox called Farmyard Animals. Her background is going to be grape, won't that be fun!

Mary was working on a pattern called Carrot Top from Designs by Deborah.

Kasey was working on a rug called Posie Border by Rhonda Manley.

Deb was also working on Spot the Horse, so different than Dennies rug!

Some very talented ladies in my class, they all did a great job!!! Thanks for a great workshop!!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What to Call It?

I finished hooking this rug, 
but don't know what to call the pattern?
My husband said it looks like one of those
 cast iron cornbread pans!
This will be my last post for a few weeks. I am heading back to Nebraska on Thursday to teach at a workshop you can read about it here.
I am going to take a few extra days to go spend some time with my family and friends. I have not been back since moving to North Carolina,
 so it will be fun to go and see everyone. 
I will post pictures when I get back!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Today I am sharing with you this rug I hooked by Black Sheep Wool Designs, called
All Hallow's Eve!

Enjoy a safe and Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Please Help

This is our friends daughter, her name is Emilee Irsik who is missing! 
They have created a facebook page for her, called
 EmileeIrsik-Missing Person
Please go to her page and like it and then re-post it to your page. The more it gets shared, the more people will see it and we can her home to her family!!

If you don't have Facebook here is her story, you can share it with anyone you think might be able to help!

 On October 19, Emilee flew on American Airlines from Wichita, KS to Dallas, TX and then to London Heathrow Airport. She then flew on British Airways to Hamburg, Germany arriving on October 20. She was to return to Wichita on October 26. Unfortunately, Emilee did not board her scheduled return flight and she has not rebooked on a later flight.
 Her cell phone has been off since
she departed Dallas, TX on the 19th, and all attempts to contact her via email, Facebook, etc. have failed. It is possible that she visited Trier University, University of Hanover, or Bielefeld University in Germany. She has been listed as a Missing Person with the NCIC registry. The American Citizen’s Service Unit of the US Embassy in Berlin has notified the police in Hamburg that she is missing and her family is concerned about her welfare. The police in Hamburg have in-turn notified other police departments across Germany. There is also information regarding Emilee on German radio. If Emilee spoke to you regarding this trip, has made contact with you, or you have any information that may prove beneficial, please contact local law enforcement or the US Department of State at (202) 647-4000 and ask to be transferred to the Duty Officer in Berlin. If you are overseas, please contact the German police or contact the local US Embassy. Please “share” this group with your friends, and anyone you know in Germany or may have contacts in Germany. As her family, we are extremely concerned about her welfare and just want to bring her home.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Day 29 Of Pumpkins

 Today I am giving you a little doodle I drew up, feel free to do what you like with it. It is a little late in the season this year, but you will have it for next year!

I thought I would share with you this fun container. My friend Sherry had a oatmeal container and is going to send it to here niece for Halloween with goodies in it. So we decided to cover it in scrapbook paper, didn't it turn out darling!!

This picture is just showing you to top of the container, we cut out a circle to put on top. 
Get creative today with what you are doing!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Day 28 Of Pumpkins

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

2 ¼ c. all purpose flour
1 T. pumpkin pie spice
2 t. baking powder
½ t. salt
2 eggs
2 c. white sugar
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9X5 inch loaf pans
(or 4 mini loaf pans.)

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt.

Combine, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, and oil in a mixing bowl, beat until just combined.

Stir the wet mixture into the dry and mix just until moistened.

Fold in cranberries and walnuts into the batter.

Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pans.

Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes. (If using loaf pans, begin checking bread after 25 minutes.)

Enjoy one loaf for yourself and share the other with friends and family!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Day 27 Of Pumpkins

Can you tell I love to hook Halloween/Fall rugs? 
 I am sharing with you a rug I hooked several years ago.  
The pattern is from Ewe and Eye called Pumpkin Patch,
 it measures 30" round without the lambs tongues.
 I hand sewed all the lambs tongues together, 
sewed them onto a strip of wool 
and then hand-stitched it to the rug!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Day 26 Of Pumpkins

This rug is one I hooked back in 2001. 
This was so early on in my hooking career, it was a kit.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Day 24 & 25 Of Pumpkins

I wasn't able to get to my computer yesterday, 
so I will combine the two days today, that counts right?
I am sharing with you some of my pumpkins pillows 
I have collected over the years.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Day 23 Of Pumpkins

This Halloween rug I hooked back in 2003. If I were to hook this rug today there are many things I would do differently, but it is fun! 
The design is from my friend Tammy.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Day 22 Of Pumpkins

Spicy Southwest Pumpkin Pizza
adapted from Napa Farmhouse 1885

Use your favorite pizza dough and use a rolling pin to roll out dough in a circle, the dough should be about 1/2 inch thick. Place on pizza stone or baking sheet which has been lightly oiled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with coarse cornmeal. (the cornmeal adds a delicious flavor and helps ensure the pizza dough will not stick to pan.)

Spicy pumpkin sauce

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 red onion, 1/2 chopped, 1/2 sliced
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups fresh pumpkin puree (or canned pumpkin...not pumpkin pie mix)
4-5 leaves fresh sage
1 tsp fresh thyme
1-2 pinches red pepper flakes
sea salt
black pepper

Heat olive oil in medium sized saucepan. add the chopped onion, bell pepper, garlic and a pinch of sea salt and sauté until vegetables are tender, approx 10 minutes. Add pumpkin puree, sage, thyme and pepper flakes, cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Place mixture in food processor and process until smooth. Add another pinch of sea salt and one of black pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings. Set aside

Now get your toppings ready!


1 cup fresh corn, from 1 ear (or organic frozen corn, thawed)
1 cup black beans, rinsedthe sliced red onions from pumpkin sauce recipe
Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 500*. Spoon as much of the spicy pumpkin sauce over top of prepared pizza dough as you like.  Leaving a 1 inch of space around edge of dough.  Sprinkle corn, black beans, the sliced red onions and cheese over sauce.  Place in your preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbling. Slice and serve immediately.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Day 21 Of Pumpkins


This is a picture of our front porch, I think it is ready for fall.

This is a close up of the bench.

Yesterday was my birthday, so my friends came over and we enjoyed some Birthday Cake Martinis. Recipe for the martini will make an appearance at a later date.

 My friend Sherry brought this
 yummy Birthday Cake Dip!

 The husbands enjoyed 
some target practice!

Randy made this awesome wreath! Marion and I saw a wreath simialr to this when we went to Asheville in a store. We took a picture of it and she showed it to her and
 she made me one. The red on the it is wool.
 Mine is much better than the one we saw!
It is hanging on my screened in porch!!
Thanks friends for a great day!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Day 20 Of Pumpkins

Funky and Fun!!
This is a rug I designed and hooked last year!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Day 19 Of Pumpkins

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish
recipe by; www.laurenslatest.com
yield: 6 servings

1 tube crescent rolls
6 oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
for the glaze-
2/3 cup powdered sugar
4 tablespoons heavy cream or 1 tablespoon milk
splash vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, spices, flour and vanilla. Set aside.
Pop open crescent roll dough and unroll, leaving crescents in rectangles. On an ungreased baking sheet or silpat, lay the crescent roll rectangles together, lining them up width wise. Dough should be almost the entire length of a half sheet pan.Press edges together to even out edges and seal any holes. Cut 1/2 inch diagonal strips up each side of the dough. Carefully spread cream cheese filling down the center of the dough to be about 2-3 inches wide. Fold 1/2 inch dough pieces up over filling alternating sides to get a braided pattern. You may have excess dough once you reach the end of the danish, so fold them in as best as you can. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until filling is set and crescent dough is golden in color. Cool before removing from baking sheet.
Once danish has cooled, remove to serving platter. In a small bowl, mix together powdered sugar, vanilla and cream to create icing. You may need to add more cream to get the desired consistency. Drizzle icing over danish. Cut into pieces and serve.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Day 18 Of Pumpkins

Today I am sharing with you a rug I designed for a rug contest many years ago. It didn't win, but I love it and enjoy putting it out every fall.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Day 17 Of Pumpkins

I know I already gave you a pumpkin martini recipe, but this one is worth sharing too!! This one has actual pumpkin in it, so that makes it healthy, right?

Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini

2 oz. Whipped Cream Vodka
1 oz. Kahlua
3 tbsp. Pumpkin puree
½ c. half and half
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Crushed Graham Crackers

Start by dipping your the rim of your martini glass in the honey then in the crushed graham crackers.
Now put your milk and pumpkin puree in a shaker and shake till frothy.
Add your Whipped Cream Vodka and Kahlua to the shaker with the milk mixture.
Now add ice and shake!!
Pour into your prepared martini glass!
Sprinkle with Pumpkin Pie Spice.
Makes one great tasting martini!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Day 16 Of Pumpkins

Can you believe the month of October is half over!! I sure have had fun with the Days Of Pumpkins! So today for fun, I thought I would share some of my favorite photos of pumpkins from the web along with some pumpkin facts!

 Isn't this a great decorating idea!
Simple and Sweet!

 I am loving this tablescape!
  Did you know the top pumpkin production states are Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California.

Pumpkins are grown primarily for processing with a small percentage grown for ornamental sales through you-pick farms, farmers' market and retail sales.

 Pumpkins are 90 percent water.

Pumpkins are fruit.

  In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.

The name pumpkin originated from "pepon" – the Greek word for "large melon."

Have a great fall day!