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Rice Lake, WI, United States
My home town is Rice Lake, a small town in northern Wisconsin. I own Red House Wool Studio~ an in-home wool and rug hooking business. I enjoy collecting and decorating with antiques and primitives. Orange Sink Blog is a journal of my interests and ramblings about life. Cathy Greschner

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Our Second Tuesday Hook-in at Red House Wool Studio! Dec~2017

What a wonderful fun-filled day to spend with dear friends who gathered from near and far for our monthly hook-in here at the studio! 
We were blessed and pleased beyond measure to have visitors from quite far spend the day with us! 
Deetta ( shown above with her wonderful wool feather tree and hooked tree skirt) traveled over 3 hours to join us!  She also brought along her friend Karen who is new to hooking!

You will recognize Nancy who finished her fabulous wool spread she has been stitching on!  We photographed it on our bed as it is quite large! 
Nancy found this wonderful wool material and stitched the twelve days of Christmas on the squares which had the green floral already stitched on.

A close up of the stitching!  Quite wonderful to see how she utilized a found piece and turned it into a family heirloom.  Nancy's two daughters will have to "battle it out as to who will inherit this beauty" says Nancy with a big smile!

Shirley is working on and making good progress on her sheep rug.. pattern by Pris Butler entitled "Sheep Happens"!  

Kathy is just starting this Santa rug... a design by Primitives by Carol Rae entitled "Christmas Shepherd". 

And Mya brought the tree in the lower left corner she made and her fabulous "Merry Christmas" Rug! Designed by Cathy at Red Barn Rugs. Look at the beading around the rug!  It just sets the whole rug a twinkling!  Great job Mya!

I just love this photo of Cindy who is working on her large Polly Minnick horse rug! Doesn't she look beautiful with a rug on her lap all settled in for an afternoon of hooking and chatting with friends!
Oh and Cindy that Cheesy Cauliflower soup you brought for our lunch was the hit of the day! And it was gluten free so I was very happy I could dish up a bowl! I still need to get the recipe written down so I can try to make it soon!

Here is Karen... Deetta's friend who is just starting to hook!  Her first rug and I have to say her loops are looking like she was born to hook!  She is a fun lady and we had a great time getting to know her and showing her around the hooking world!  You can always tell when someone has caught the bug!  I think we will be seeing more of Karen here at the studio! 

Sharon and Judy "a working away" on wool appliqué!  The tables were full of fun projects and the coffee and  smart phones are always close at hand!  No one talks on their phones while here... tee hee... they are too busy hooking, stitching or sharing photos to answer their calls!  

I'll leave you with a little collage of photos of our dining room decorated for the season with the sun shining through those new windows!  Oh what a happy and peaceful space now to sit with a cup of tea and enjoy the lighter look!  I brought an antique pine linen cupboard in from the living room for a little more storage.
I hope you take time this Holiday Season to sit with your own cup of something warm and delicious!
Reflect on the blessings, the simple pleasures and joy 
that friendships bring to our lives.
To all my online friends, those near and far, and those who may be reading I've yet to meet...
A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Peace and Joy as we celebrate the miracles,
the magic and the gift of Love.

Cathy G

Saturday, December 2, 2017

December? Really???

How can it be?  There's absolutely no snow on the ground here in northern Wisconsin!  The calendar however says it's time to haul out some Christmas decorations... 
I've decided to keep  the
decorating really really simple this year..putting out a little bit  in each room... just enough to make the season bright. 

Monday our carpenter friend is coming to help trim out the new windows we had put in last month. So a little more saw dust will join the regular dust around here.
I like sawdust.  I know the work is getting done.
I hope you are finding  joy and happiness as you decorate your homes this blessed season.

I'll be looking for that little snow in the forecast this coming week.  
Just enough to make everything white and sparkly!
Our dog Max loves the snow.

Be Merry,
Cathy G