After a full day of scrubbing the bathroom, doing laundry, vacuuming, yard work, cleaning the chimney pipes, getting things ready around here for another winter in Wisconsin............I thought we needed a little fun time! I finished the scare crows I started a couple of weeks ago. There may be a slight resemblance to Dave and I. Actually he helped me carry them out to the front yard and set up the corn and pumpkins. I used mostly recycled stuff I had laying around to make them. My good neighbor and friend Lisa, donated the stump heads.The big willow chairs they are sitting in came from Arkansas about 20 years ago. So I guess we're all decked out for fall!
Yesterday was the Autumn Valley Hook-in in Stillwater, MN. It's an hour and a half drive west of here. A few miles down the road I discovered I forgot to bring my camera. It's no wonder I forgot it with all the stuff we need to pack when we travel. Smokey, one of our Bichon Poo's has diabetes. We always pack a cooler for the insulin and a fresh food diet for the dogs. About three-quarters of the way there we stopped to give Smokey his insulin shot. Then shortly after we arrived in Stillwater, Dave dropped me off at the Hook-in and drove to a park and fed the boys.
The Hook-in was bustling with activity! I met Laurie from the Wooly Red Rug for the first time! What a delight! We had little time to visit as she was so busy in her booth! I had to squeeze in sideways to look at her things! She had a good supply of Cushing dyes so I bought about 26 different colors. My intention is to hit the dye pots as soon as I can after my Mom has her surgery this week. I am a beginner in the dye process so that should be interesting. I also bought a book that I have had my eye on for quite some time. I just splurged and brought it home! The book is "With These Hands" by Maggie Bonanomi. I can tell this is one that will remain in my book collection for a long time. I think my next hooked rug is going to be another penny circle mat like the two she features in the book. They are fast and fun to hook. I hope to get the backing out and prepared tomorrow. So we'll see how that goes. I have to make up for a lot of failed efforts lately in the 10 minute rug hooking challenge! I fear it was too big of a challenge for me right now, but I'm not giving up!
I hope you are all enjoying these beautiful fall days and getting your own projects underway!
Don't be alarmed! I'm changing the look of my blog! You know that's why I have such a clean mind...because I keep changing it all the time! Also be on the lookout for my new selling blog. I am working on it and hope to reveal it soon! Blessings! Cathy