Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hookers brunch at my house!


Last Sunday I had a little Christmas party/brunch at my house.  There were 10 of us.  We had Lots of great food, drinks and hooking!

We started the party at noon (so we could respectively drink alcohol, I guess) with mimosas.  Orange juice and champagne.  However I use Asti Spumante.  Yummy!



I made ham in the crock pot (spiral cut ham with pineapple slices and a spoonful of brown sugar in every slice of ham, then you pour on a can of Coke and cook 3-4 hours~the Coke is supposed to make the meat extra tender) , cheesy potato casserole, pears in a blanket and some cinnamon rolls.  Everyone also brought a dish.  We had sweet potatoes, meatballs, green salad with dried cranberries, feta cheese and pecans,  cranberry salad, hot rolls, bread bowl dip, French chocolate bark (dark choc. with dried crystallized ginger, apricots, cherries, golden raisins, and cashews) OMG!!!  Also I think Rita made some chocolate covered peanuts, but I didn’t even get to taste one!  Sooo much good food!  I had to start the coffee quickly after lunch so we could get some hooking done!

Below, Marcia on left, Mary middle and the side of JoLynn.

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Tammy and the back of Dulcy!

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Sandy and Dulcy.

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Vicki, Tammy and Rita.

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Marcia and Mary.

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Busy Vicki and JoLynn.

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Jimmie Dean is “helping” my with my hooking~NOT!


Can you see his tiny little head in the worm basket?  (He has on a black t-shirt)

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I had the girls line up to try to guess which snowgirl/man was hers.

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These are the bottle snowmen I made them as party favors.  This also explains why I haven’t blogged in a month.  I have been making these and I didn’t want to show what I was up to!

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As I was working on them, each one took on her own personality and I began naming them for their new owners!


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The snowman factory.  Literally this stuff was spread out for a few weeks!!!  The only cooking going on here was the fimo clay that I made the carrot noses and hats out of!

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Now which head goes with which body?

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These are Fimo clay too.  Might as well make some necklaces and earrings since I have the stuff out.

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The rest are pictures that Tammy took of our home in it’s holiday dressing.

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Made these this year with primitive linen that I didn’t like to hook with.  Jimmie’s is the blue one.

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A pooped out Jimmie Dean on his favorite blankie after the party.

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I’m still working on some last minute gifts that I can’t show.  And I’m trying Hard to finish a rug for my parents in time for Christmas. 

Wish me luck! 

And now you know where I’ve been for the past few weeks!



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Drumroll please….

dddrrrrrrrrrrr.  Max the cat is finished!


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  Bound and ready to hang.  I printed a label just a minute ago, but will wait ‘til morning to iron it on so I know the ink is good and dry.  I dyed all the wool for this one.  It was so amazing trying to match the colors exactly from the watercolor original.

I looked at some old pictures of Max and I’ve done this one in three weeks!!!!  Some of the work was done in the middle of the night.  One or both of my heart meds are making me NOT SLEEP at all!!!!  I finished the eye on the right (our right) one night at 2:00 a.m.  I just could not get them perfect.  And I think if the eyes aren’t just right, it would just ruin the piece.  I think I got it!

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Now what am I going to do? I have been looking at some of Susan Quicksall’s patterns.  But now I kind of want to only hook my own patterns. I still want to try to capture my blue bottle tree in wool.

That’s a good question.  For those of you who do design your own patterns, do you still purchase other artists patterns or stick with your own?

Have a great week.  I have to go to a funeral Thursday.  My uncle Ralph passed away.  My mom’s sisters husband.  I had a lot of fun with my cousins when we were younger.  They lived about 60 miles away, but we went there almost every weekend to visit my grandma and grandpa. They lived in the country on a big ranch.  I thought they were sooooo lucky.  I lived in the big city…..they thought I was so lucky!  Will we ever be happy just where we are?  I am right now.