Sunday, August 9, 2009

Rug Hooking at the county fair!

The Ozark Empire Fair is ending tonight.  It’s something I have looked forwards to since I was a little girl.  Something about the bright colorful lights and the loud rock music!  Mickey and I went last Sunday night and had a great time.  Although I ate junk food until I was sick…First we had an A&W corndog and root beer.  Followed that with frozen chocolate covered cheesecake on a stick!!!  Why do they put everything on a stick at the fair?  Oh….duh….so you can walk around with it and eat it….duh.     Anyway, after I had had a few bites of the cheesecake we decided we had seen everything and would head home.  But I hadn’t had a funnel cake!  CAN’T leave the fair and not get a funnel cake.  For those of you who don’t know what a funnel cake is, it’s something like donut dough put in a BIG funnel and they let it drizzle around in circles into a deep fryer!!!  YUCK, I know!  Deep fried dough.  Then they cover it with powdered sugar.


And did I mention it’s as big as a dinner plate?  There’s no way one person could eat the whole thing.  But since I already had cheesecake ~ while I ordered my funnel cake I got some giant napkins and wrapped my frozen chocolate covered cheesecake and put it in my purse!  Just in time, I might add.  My funnel cake was ready.  Of course Mickey won’t eat any.  You know he’s a picky eater.  The cake gave him a tummy ache last year.  NO KIDDING!!!  That’s just part of it!  Go to the fair and eat that once a year food until you’re sick!  Then go home and sleep it off.  Thank God we don’t have that stuff available all year long.  I really LOVE junk food!  Did I mention that? OK enough about food,  I haven’t even had breakfast yet. 

Let’s take a look at some of the rugs entered in the fair this year.  I was sadly disappointed that there weren’t more entries.  I’m really going to start a campaign next year to get some rugs out there for the public to see.

Let’s start with Dulcy’s.  I love this rug.  And do you see the fox on the left side of the girl?  It’s kind of her trademark thing.  There was a whole family of foxes living in her yard that they got to watch every day. 


Please forgive me if I get this wrong, but I think this rug belongs to Caroline.  I’m so terrible with names.  I met her the night we were there.  Hope I got her name right!  Love bunnies.  I would like to hook this pattern some day.



This one is mine.  The antique adaptation from the library book.  I have since purchased that book!


Dulcy’s fox rug and my snowman pillow.  Sorry Dulcy, I cut his nose off!


This is this year’s grand champion rug.  Beautiful and so prim.  Love it too.


I want to show you a few of the outstanding quilts too. 






OCTO-MOM!!!  I don’t know what category this was entered into, but it cracked me up!  Can’t help it. 



And next time you’re complaining about your job, just be thankful you don’t work in a lemon!



One more bit of fair fun.  This past Wednesday, Dulcy, Tammy and I took our projects and demonstrated rug hooking for the public.  We had quite a few people interested in what we were doing!  We also took some finished rugs and some dyed wool to show exactly how they come about.  I think we did more talking than hooking.  But it was sure fun!  I really enjoy telling people about rug hooking and a little history behind the craft.  So many people didn’t even know what it was.  Then when we explained that our grandmothers used old bits of clothing they looked like the “light bulb went off” and they said, “Oh, yeah….sure….Rag Rugs!”


Tammy on the left, me, and Dulcy on the right.  What a group!  We all immediately hit it off as friends.  Maybe it’s ‘cause none of us have any kids and we can pretty do whatever we want When we want!  So if we want to get together and have fun we don’t have to make any “kid arrangements”.  Just go for it!  And Dulcy retired from teaching this year so she’s free anytime!!! 

Have a great week.



Let the beauty of what we love be what we do.


dulcy said...

You bet I'm free! I'm so envious of our other hooking buddies in Maine right now. Let's get together soon...I always have so much fun when we "create"!

summersundays-jw said...

I want to do this so bad. Maybe some day soon. Also, I'm only working on Mon. this week so come see me. Jan

milliesmom said...

Looks like you had alot of fun. And I always wondered what a funnel cake was...Holy Cow it looks GOOD!!

katie said...

Ok Sheri if Dulcy is retired now there is you a traveling buddy. You all need to come to Warsaw and hook with us some Friday.
All the rugs were wonderful.

Jacque. said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun at the fair! I heard that they were adding 8 more food items on a stick this year at our fair (I never go) can you get cherry pie on a stick? Cannot remember any of the others. You keep on with your rug hooking there...great to be with Tammy and lucky dog!

Anonymous said...

I would love to know more about that prize winning prim. The colour choices are stunning and I just love the pattern

JoJo said...

Sheri, it looks like the 3 of you had a ball, demonstrating hooking. I wasn't aware that Dulcy had retired from teaching this year so I'll check her blog more often now.
I enjoyed seeing the pictures of the rugs and quilts and the grand champion rug is stunning!!
Fair food!! How yummy. I loved going to the fairs when we lived in Maine. And the funnel cakes are something to live for. So many calories, but yet so good.

big sister said...

I hope everyone that reads your blog has just a small insight in what a wonderful.courageous person you really are. I have known several people that has fought the endless battle of cancer,but I have never seen a person with such determination,strength, and such assurance than Sheri. You might ask yourself how I know so much or feel this way,well she is my baby sister.
You have heard the expression that there are angels among us, I now know that is a true fact.
For those of you who know Sheri I know that you too have no doubt. As for the ones of you who don't, you will be truely blessed if you can get to know this multi talented person.
I have one small favor to ask each of you who reads this and that is to buy one of those pinks bracelets and then let her know that you too are thinking of her.Please keep her and so many others in your thoughts and prayers and believe in miracles as we do.-Linda