Thursday, March 27, 2008

48th Annual Fairfield-Grace Rug Show -- This Saturday!

48th Annual Fairfield-Grace Hooked Rug Show
Fairfield-Grace United Methodist Church
1089 Fairfield Woods Road
Fairfield, CT 06825

Barb and I will be vendors at this show on Saturday. It's one of our favorites. Come and visit!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

The Easter Bunny brought me a present!

It's cold but sunny here today and I plan to spend most of the day hooking, then making a real Easter Sunday dinner for Pete. Hope you all enjoy your day.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Another UFO . . .

You may recall that my New Year's rug hooking resolution was to finish up some of my unfinished rug hooking objects, otherwise known as UFOs. So here's another one -- a really old one -- that I really ought to finish.

I started this cat rug in a class with Elizabeth Black at the ATHA Region 1 School in Madison, CT many years ago. Elizabeth is known for her carefully hooked animals with great personalities. I was planning on hooking a portrait of my daughter's cat Lily, but I left all my photos at home. Elizabeth works from visual aids, so I was at a loss. I ran to the nearest book shop and bought a small book with cat pictures and this is what I ended up with. A tuxedo cat, but not my tuxedo cat. Maybe that's why I never finished it?

Actually -- I think I never finished this one because it takes a huge amount of attention to hook an animal this way. I could give the rug my full attention in the class, because that's what I was there for. It is much harder to focus in on a detailed rug at home, with kids and chores getting in the way.

I'm not going to do the squares behind him; I may do leaves instead. . . we'll see.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Iguana Go Back to St. John

This morning was so sunny and bright I didn't think I'd need a hat and gloves when Cairo and I left for our walk. Boy, was I wrong! My fingers were numb by the time we got to the beach. I was wishing I was back sitting in the sand on Cinnamon Bay.

I've been having computer problem, so I haven't been able to post more pics from our vacation. So here are a few.

We saw lots of iguanas right outside our room. The fellow pictured above was extraordinarily tame -- he even let me touch is leathery tail. They liked to sun themselves on top of the sea grapes lining the shore and in the crook of a large tree.

This is Cinnamon Bay.

Clara has banned me from posting any pictures of her. I wish I had a film of her snorkeling. She used only her swim goggles -- no tube to breathe through -- and her flippers. She is taking a photography class and had an underwater case for her camera. She would dive down deep to take pictures of sea urchins and parrot fish, her whole body undulating. She looked like a real live mermaid! She can hold her breath forever -- all those years of swimming competitively, I guess. She got some great shots, which she is supposed to send to me. . . . so maybe I'll post a few more when I get them.

Why We Need a Woman in the White House

What was Eliot Spitzer thinking? I am absolutely furious with this man! The one time Pete and I turned on the tv during our vacation, and this is the news we hear -- our govenor is transporting high-priced hookers to Washington. I am sick of male politicians who think the power of their office gives them the right to break laws and commit adultery. Why can't they keep their pants zipped? Here's another reason to vote for Hillary Clinton -- she doesn't have a penis!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here's a little green shamrock to celebrate the day!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Greetings from Sunny St. John

My family and I have been lucky enough to vacation on St. John almost every year for the last 13 years. It is always a wonder to us, and coming here always feels like coming home.

St. John is the smallest of the three United States Virgin Islands. Because three-quarters of the island is a National Park, there are fewer tourists and less poverty, which seems to riddle the other islands outside of the fancy resorts. There are a couple of campgrounds within the park, which makes a visit here within reach of the average family.

Here are some views of Gallows Point Resort.

Some amazing flowers . . .

And a sweet little hummingbird that let me get up close and personal.

They'll be more photos when I get home this weekend . . .

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Eclectic Artisans Webshow

I am a proud member of a small but select group of artists called The Eclectic Artisans. Under the direction of Wendy Meagher of Whendi's Bears, we will all be participating in a grand webshow beginning on April 1, 2008.

Our members' talents span many categories: hooked rugs, penny rugs, beeswax ornaments & candles, painting, paper creations, teddy bears, dolls of every kind and much more. Here are the participating artists:

* Blue Jean Primitives
* Cabin Creek Farm
* Chickadee Primitives
* Country Rustic Primitives
* Daughternature Folk Art
* Diamond K Folk Art
* FootHill Primitives
* Hallowed Hill Primitives
* Honeysuckle Lane
* Make Me A Memory
* Pear Tree Primitives
* PieCake Primitives
* Primitive Bettys
* TFC Folk Art
* Whendi's Bears
* Wings & Paws Primitives

You can find my work under Hallowed Hill Primitives, an identity I share with my sister Barbara.

So mark your calenders! The Eclectic Artisans Webshow is less than a month away!