Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, August 17, 2015

~IT'S OFFICIAL~

I finally did it!!

I actually joined a Rug Hooking Guild!!

I also joined ATHA!!!

So now, It's Official.....

I am a real, honest to goodness

Rug Hooker!!

Last Saturday, I attended my new chapter in Redlands,

called, California's First!!  Has a nice ring to it, doncha think?

Everyone was so very nice and welcoming and I felt right at home!!

Here are a few snaps of the ladies, busily hooking away!


Bonnie, the President of the chapter on the left, and Jane, the Recording Secretary, on the right!  I was so honored to be sitting at their table!! 



Darlene, the V. P. on the left, and another member checking out a new book, in the middle!!  I think her name is Judy!  Sadly, I forgot the name of the lady sitting down, but I am sure I will know it next time!! Connie, walking toward me, is a lifetime member in her 90's!!  She was hooking a rug in number 3 that was just beautiful!!  Sadly, I did not get a picture of it!!    



Mary Johnson, who owns Designs in Wool, in the middle, and her friend Becky, on the right!!
I so enjoyed chatting with them!!  The lady on the left is a real doll named Doris and believe it or not
she is actually 97, one of 3 lifetime members!!!  She still hooks too!!!  Amazing!!!




Jean is sitting on the right and this is her church where the chapter meets!!!  Harriet is another lifetime member, also in her 90's!!!  Still hooking too!!!


Some snacks for us to enjoy!!  Jean even brought some Chili Dogs!!!  Yum!!
The gal on the right is Jennie and she lives near me in Highland!  We had such a nice chat together too!!  She is Correspondence Secretary!



James is the only guy in the group and is really helpful, loading and unloading for everyone!! He really enjoys hooking!



Treva, the Treasurer, is busy measuring some red dot tracer and was the one who I talked to about all the info for joining the chapter!!  She really made me feel so welcome!!!  The other gals names escape me too, but I will learn them all!!




Some new hookers, taking a class!!  One of the teachers is on the right, but I forgot her name too!!  There were just so many people to remember!!




More new hookers!!



Sandra was the teacher for the beginners and is such a fun lady!!




Some of Mary's wool and kits from Designs in Wool!  Her wool is so lovely!!  I did find a new pattern to hook!!



This is Dora, holding up a very large rug that she just finished!!  Everyone applauded!  Now she has to bind it!!




Such a lovely group of ladies that I am so happy to be a part of!!!  I know I will learn LOTS from all of them!!!

The chapter has quite a few members who weren't in attendance, but I look forward to meeting them all in the upcoming months!!!  

So, it is official!!  I was really nervous about "jumping in" but have to say that "the water was fine!"
If any one reading this has been hesitant about learning this amazing hand craft, please just give it a try!!!  I know you will be so glad you did!!!  I certainly am!!!  

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Before I close, I would really like to thank all of you who visited my recent update!!  I am so grateful for your support and love of my work and for all your kind words and purchases!!  It makes it all so worthwhile!! Anyone who creates feels such a sense of gratification when they know their work is valued!!  Thank you, So Very Much, my friends!!!

Wishing you a week filled with love and light~

Julie

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

~HAPPY FALL UPDATE~

Welcome to may HAPPY FALL UPDATE!


Even though the temperatures may be in the upper 90's

it is never too early to think about All Things Fall!!

To visit my PictureTrail

Just click HERE

Thank you so much for stopping by, my friends!

Happy Fall Hugs to you~

Julie

Sunday, August 2, 2015

~A New Rug, A Birthday, and an Update~

A happy first Sunday in August, my friends!

Even though it is in the upper 90's here in the Inland Empire,

I just started my second rug!


A fluffy, woolly sheep

with the word WOOL!!

It is a sweet design by Lori Brechlin, 



adapted by Kris Miller from Spruce Ridge Studios

You can find GOT WOOL on Spruce Ridge Studios website if you are interested in the pattern!!!

Many thanks to these two very talented ladies!!!

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It has been a bigger challenge than my last one,

but I am happy about that as it means I am learning and growing!



My first circles!



The letters were a challenge for me but I think they look pretty good, don't you?

I have another wiggly line left


and then on to the background!  

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I found this great wooden divided carrier recently


and it is just perfect for holding my supplies!!


I was also able to finally get a Hartman Hook 

and it really made a HUGE difference for me!!

I hope to be finished with my rug soon!!

Now what to do next????

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In other news, we celebrated my sweet granddaughter Sophia's 4th Birthday!!

I can't believe how much she has grown and changed since I have been here!!

She is such a sweet girl with a wonderful personality!!  


Can you tell her favorite color is purple?

None of our other pictures turned out because she was just moving so fast,

but she had a great time and LOVED her PRESENTS!!!

Happy Birthday, Sophia!!!  

Please don't grow up too fast!!!!!

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With the coming of August, many of us are thinking of cooler temperatures

and ALL THINGS FALL and HALLOWEEN!!

It really is just around the corner!!!

With that said, I have been busy creating,

plus pulling out some things I made late in the season last year

and am going to have an Update!

Please join me on Tuesday, August 4th,

at 7:00 PM, EST on my Picturetrail!

It will not be open till then so that we have time to 

get it ready!!

Here is a Sneak Peek for you!!


I hope to see you on Tuesday!!!

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Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting with me today!!!

Your comments and encouragement ALWAYS make my day brighter!!!

Wishing you all a BRIGHT and BLESSED Day, my friends~

Julie