Tuesday, May 27, 2014


I am showing my Saturday only class on this Turkey rug that will be June 21st at the Rug hooking Store in Valley Ne. This picture was taken outside and a little cloudy. The next picture was taken inside with a flash. As you can see, I changed the feet of the turkey, they didn't show up enough against the green background at the bottom. I had changed them 5 times. This is what I ended up with. Although both pictures look different here, they both look pretty true to color. The bottom picture just has more light on it to make the colors stand out. In my house it will be more like the color above. I like that this class is early in the season so the ladies will have enough time to finish it in time for the Turkey to be on the family table! Ha! When I drew this design, I had in mind that all the designs would be chunky and large. More of a country Folk Art piece rather than true to what a real Turkey would look like, cause we all know Turkeys do NOT have pointed tail feathers! Also this pattern is offered in three sizes. I hooked the largest size which is 32 1/2x25 1/2. I used an 8 cut and think the other sizes will be fine using the same. Designer Jan Goos, hooked by Jan Goos. Patterns are available through The Rug Hooking Store.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Spring Is Here

 The first inkling of Spring in our neck of the woods is what is on my dining room table! A friend called one day and said she was bringing me some of her pussy willow branches and boy were they nice! I thank you!

                                                           I finally had a nice day to get out some things and display them by my front door. Always a task for me, as I have to wash everything up from the winters grime and haul from all the out building that I store my things in. I live on a gravel road and not much traffic, we are farmers and there is dust blowing from our near by fields to always make things dusty. So why bother with doing all this? Well, it makes me feel good to look at the front when I am outside working in my flowers beds and just a nice inviting look as you drive up the driveway. As the sun goes down the candles come on and give a nice glow out front. It says "Welcome"!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Civil War Tokens"

Last fall when I was on a trip up North to Country Sampler in Spring Green WI. I picked up this Penny Rug kit. It all looks so simple (which it is) and at a glance you think no big deal I can do one of these in a couple of days! Let me tell you, more than a few days and weeks and months have gone by and it seems all my free time, whether it was riding along with hubby or setting in a Dr's office or just relaxing watching TV, I was forever threading my needle to stitch another circle. Did I say circle? I mean "CIRCLES"! 300 to be exact! I just now finished the velvet overdyed binding and gave it one last pressing and here it is. So happy it is done and believe me, next time those circles are going to be a lot bigger and maybe just not as many. I love it now it is done. Designed by Lavonne Young.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Barn Yard Folk Art

I designed this animal rug with my family in mind. All the animals have a special meaning as we live on a farm and my children grew up raising these animals whether for fun or a 4-H project or just because they gave a stay kitty a home. Of course there just happens to be a couple of GOOS', just cuz! I really like Americana and with the larger birds depicting weather vanes fills the bill for me.I added other elements to the rug, just so I could use up some left over noodles from my stash. I will be teaching a class on this rug on April 11th, 12th, and 13th at the Rug Hooking Store in Valley NE.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Wax heart taken from a wooden mold with a thistle pattern.

Tin heart cake pans and a round tin heart mold. 

Wax hearts

I finally got the desk moved to its new home. As much hassle as it is getting things from one room to the next, this is where it will stay.

A fun little grouping above a window.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Changing A Few Things Around

I put this cant back cupboard  where I used to have the black cupboard with the white door. By the way after all these years I am painting that white door black.I use that cabinet to put all my favorite magazines and hard covered books in. So easy to locate them as a glance and keep them orangized as to the years.
I took a face class a couple of weeks ago at the Rug Hooking Store from teacher Pat Shafer. I think she was awesome as I had no problem following her instructions. I Love what I have done and signed up right away for another one this week-end. I figure doing 2 is good, She is close and only a one day class with,  FUN classmates!

My finished penny rug from this winter.

Moving a few things around.

It was time for a new change. Not much, but makes the place look a little different.

Monday, January 6, 2014

So Wonderful and Unusual

My all time favorite little autograph book (EVER)! This sweet little book, I have had my eye on for many years and it was always laying out in my mother-in-laws house on a pretty little walnut table. So this Christmas she gifted it to me with great pleasure. Saying I was the only one that ever showed interest in it! I can't begin to tell you how much this little book with all the hand signatures means to me. Some of the writings are from several Aunts and Uncles on my husband side. The very first writing image in this book is of George Washington at the age of 12. This book actually belonged to my mother-in-law's mother. The first year date is 1914 and the last year date is 1927. Also the pages in this book are all prefolded and then layed out flat.

Directions, Sorry this is blurry but took several pictures and all were the same.

Arthur Burgoin is my husband's Grandfather and he signed this book for his daughter in1917.

Gladys Burgoin was Grandpa's sister. There were other siblings that signed the book also.

Blue ink was used for a few signatures, this one being a brother to grandpa, Gail Burgoin. Don't we all wish that these kinds of wonderful memories could be used for todays memories. How fun to have your friends and school chums sign  for rememberance.