Monday, October 11, 2010

No we didn't go on vacation and fall off the edge of the earth!

Before dinner at the Troutmans 

We did have a great time on the coast of Maine.  Lauri and Dick were great hosts. (That's their house and the little cabin we stayed


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I still can't get over how we got there from being blog buddies.  It is so true that there are really Nice people in the world.  Everyone is always talking about how bad everything and everyone is, but I'm afraid they're just looking past all of the good that is right in front of us.

Lauri took me to Cushing's and on a wonderful

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And the day Mickey and I went "up north" we went to Searsport Rug Hooking.  WOW is not enough to explain that place!  I got to meet Chris.  Unfortunately Julie was out of town for the day.

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I'm sure you heard the story about meeting JoJo.  she's from Kansas and I'm from Missouri.  Anyway, when I went in the door at Searsport I introduced myself to Chris and told her we were from Missouri.  She said there's a girl in the back from Kansas.  I went back there and it was no one other than JoJo!  (me on left, JoJo, and Chris on the right)

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We have been blog buddies for years and have kept each other on our prayer lists for a long time too.  Crazy you have to go to Maine to meet someone from Kansas.  (One state over from us)  I guess it really is a small world.

After the trip I was TOTALLY worn out.  For weeks.  We think that maybe all the new meds are making me feel so tired and just not right. 

Today I finally got off my butt and went to Kinko's to have this photo blown up. I had it made to measure 30" by 20".

Remember I showed you this picture about a year ago?

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It is a painting that was at Watercolor USA.  I was totally enamored with it and wrote the artist and asked her permission to hook it in to a rug.  She was thrilled and flattered!

The name of the painting is Peter's cat.  And the artist is Robin Avery from Texas.

I will have to dye ALL of the wool for this one.  I think I might have enough bright orange on hand, but that's it.

I made an order with ProChem tonight.  Their dyes are soooo vivid and bright.  Perfect for this project!!

I simply can't wait to get started!!!  I think all I needed to get back in the groove of life was a great pattern to hook!

This is the black and white blown up on paper.

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And here it is drawn up on the linen.

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It looks like a paint by numbers to me.  Does it you?  I only wish it would be that easy.  I have a feeling this will be my most challenging rug to date!

I'll keep you up to date with pictures.

Have a great week!





Jacque. said...

Hey Sheri! Hey girl, you're looking good! How funny to meet up with JoJo there...amazing what happens in this world. Love the photos. And, oh my gosh, that cat rug is going to be absolutely gorgeous! I cannot believe the detail you are going to be doing. Can't wait to how that is coming along.

acorn hollow said...

I just found your blog and your in Maine! I an in NH but was born and raised in Maine. I love searsport I got there once with nonhookers so I didn't stay as long as I would have liked maybe some other time. I am planing a trip to wells beach next weekend and hope to get to kennebunk. Your rug looks like a hard one good luck.

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Nice to have you back blogging again! You had to come home and rest up after your vacation!! That means it was a Great one! Woo ~ that cat rug looks pretty darn difficult ~ I'll be checking in!! Love the photo ~ I'm sure you'll do it justice!! Take care ~ Alice

Rugs and Pugs said...

Sheri ~
Welcome back to blogland. I'm so glad you had a great trip, are all rested up and ready for a challenge. That rug looks like a tough one but one that I'm sure will be amazing. Please keep us updated on your progress.
What fun to go to Searsport! Lucky you.
Pug hugs :)

Miz T. said...

I love your challenge cat design and it will be spectacular with your wools. It will be fun to watch you work on it. I didn't expect to see Dick and I on your blog...and we're not upside down! I'm really glad you figured out your pictures. You and Micky are welcome back anytime! We'll leave the cabin unlocked for you. You should see the foliage now!
Hugs to you both!

Ter'e said...

First of all, it is wonderful to see you osting. You know how much I missed your updates. The photos are just precious!!!! You girls all looked so cute!!!! YOU look terrifically healthy. So very proud of you.
As for the cat rug. HOLEY MOLEY!!!! I hope you do weekly updates on your blog of this spectacular piece. What a fab challenge......just what you need. I know you will have a blast, just dyeing the wool. GO SHERI!

Taos Sunflower said...

Great to hear news of you, glad you had a good trip. Thanks for reminding us that there are truly lots of good people and good things out there, even if we usually just hear the bad that mat design! You're going to have a blast doing it...I have hooking envy! XXX

ShabbySheep said...

Hi girls! This rug is just the right challenge I need right now. I've been kinda in a funk. Started hooking some on the cat today, but I am going to have to dye most of the woolens And the dye order hasn't come yet. Can't hardly wait. I'll take pictues and keep you posted as I go. I think this one will be the hardest one to date!

Ter'e said...

So anxious to see the start on this magnificant rug! Where will you begin?????

Can't wait to see!

Jeanne (RED) said...

I'm really glad you had a wonderful vacation, and are rested up. Sometimes you have to take a vacation from the vacation! And what a hoot to run into JoJo at Searsport! I always look forward to your pictures,and the ones of Lauri and her cottage were beautiful, as were the pics of all of you gals. Glad you're back! Jeanne L.