Monday, April 29, 2013

Woolen Willow Quilting/Rug Hooking Retreat pictures!

I returned home yesterday from a fun filled long weekend in Blackwater Falls State Park located in Davis, West Virginia! It started out Thursday morning with a 2 hour drive on the PA Turnpike to the Somerset exit to pick up Margie of Hungry Hook Primitives!  Margie has been an online friend for about a year now so it was so nice to finally meet her in person.

 In another 2 hours we landed in WV only to find a little antique junk shop with some wonderful chairs stacked on the porch among a bunch of clutter. They were all wet so I didn't want to purchase them only to keep them in my car for 3 full days. Hoping I could stop on the way home to make a "deal" for them I left them sit. I was so excited when I returned and they were still there. The well faded tags read $30.00 each but Margie was sure he told me $20.00 each when I asked him on Thursday! Being fairly new to making good deals I was so happy she suggested asking $50.00 for all 3 because he accepted! 

I have a brother who canes chairs so he is willing to help me out with that part!  I love the chippy paint that is left on them so the only other thing they need is a good cleaning.  They will make a great addition to the up coming shows this season with a hooked rug mat!
We arrived early at the Blackwater Falls Lodge but our room was ready so we were able to move in! The sky was so blue that day! This picture is quite deceiving because we were on top of a mountain surrounded by trees, rhododendron, water falls and lots of deer. A huge stony lots of trees valley was behind the lodge. What a beautiful view it was!
This is just one of the several Falls in the area. 
This was very close to the lodge. I was standing on a bridge looking down over the edge with shaking knees! That is not a fallen tree limb you see there that is a BIG tree which fell.  Pictures just can't show the size of this drop off!
 This is on the opposite side of the bridge I was standing on. You can see the rhododendron up close which was everywhere. Sure will be beautiful when they bloom.  Hoping to get back and see them.
It was such a pleasure meeting Jeni from The Woolen Willow and her family! I'm so sad I didn't get more pictures of them. They did a great job organizing the retreat and making us feel welcomed! Just look at the size and beauty of this rug Jeni is hooking!
Sally and Jeni just 2 of the 4 sisters who organized the retreat.

 These two lovely tables were set up for our shopping pleasure! Wool, wool kits, quilt patterns and other goodies.
One half of the room!
And the other!

Gretchen of The Woolen Willow and her mother Mary with a show and tell of their pieced quilt top!
Love this Uncle Sam hooked piece!  I'm so sad I forget this nice ladies name!  I'm on a quest to find out who she is!
Here are all the goodies I came home with!!! Can you believe it!  I won a bingo game and the jelly roll of wool was one of the door prizes. Look at the quilted mat and the sweet little coin purse which each of us received! So cute! The mustard bundle there in the bottom right hand corner  I purchased from Margie of Hungry Hook Primitives.  She has so many beautiful colors available on her blog!

Oh yes! Can't forget the huge hot fudge sundae I ordered one evening! That dish has a 6 inch diameter and was full!  I shared some with two other people before I snapped the picture! It was delicious!!!
Some of Margie's wool stash and the sweet sheep rug she was working on! 
I still have more pictures and stories to tell but so tired!  I'm still trying to catch up on my sleep! Not use to those late night chats! LOL   I will show you the rug I hooked on another day along with more pictures!


Monday, April 15, 2013

A peek at some new mini pillow ornaments!

Getting ready for the PHM update on Friday!  Here is a peek at the new mini pillow ornaments in progress and a new wool pocket with a needle punch on the front for Spring!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Next Hooking Project!

I was excited to find this sweet little child's folding chair while out at the flea markets last weekend!  I really don't know what it is about these little things but I'm always drawn towards them!  I've decided this is a perfect seat for a hooked rug!  So.............. I'm going to attempt to have it ready for the next PHM update on April 19th! 
Stay warm and pray the warm weather gets to PA here real soon! That cabin fever is causing me to take some awfully brisk walks these days! I just looked outside and it was snowing to beat the band!  It's April holy smokes!!!!