Thursday, May 31, 2012

What’s up?

I guess some of you might be wondering why I’m selling

off so many of my rugs…..

Well, the other day, I decided to give myself the gift of

deleting my Facebook account and spending more time this summer

investigating new territories.

One thing high on my list is to whip my “rug hooking room” into shape.

By “whipping it into shape”, I mean transform it into a space where

I have room for beautiful wool,


creative art journaling,


and yoga.

So how do “I” do this?

"Decide where you are going and how you are to get there.

Then make a start from where you now stand."

~Napoleon Hill~

First, I form a vision in my mind of what I want it to look like, and then I have to start getting rid of everything that is not in that vision.

Well, let me tell you, I’ve got a lot to get rid of Smile


I’ve also been wanting to make some changes to my blog, so you might

notice up at the “near top” of the page, I have more “pages”.

These are galleries of rugs that I’ve hooked and rugs that are for sale.

I will try to add to them as I find time.


As for “learning something new everyday”…..I’m in the process of teaching

myself to slipcover a few pieces of furniture…..I’m in the “muslin” stage.

I’ll try to update what is going on with that project this weekend.


Go forth and make more time to be creative,



For now it’s finding time to blog the sale rugs….I’ll try to update that by this weekend.




Monday, May 28, 2012

So sweet rug for sale

In a continued effort to cull out some of my older rugs to make

room for new pieces I’m offering this sweet little rug today.


Please e-mail me at if you are interested in



This has been hand-hooked by myself and is finished with a cotton

fabric piping edge.

I believe the pattern was from Mad Hen Primitives.

This rug measures 12” x 24”

Price $90 with FREE SHIPPING




The garden is in full bloom, spent most of the day in the pool

and working on my tan, but did take time to take a few pictures

of the garden.  The sunflower has opened up….



The coneflowers are in full swing!



Enjoy your day!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sheep and Sunflowers

In an effort to clear out the old and make room for new

opportunities, I’m sacrificing a few of my older rugs.


Please e-mail me at if you are interested.


This is a rug that has been hand-hooked and prodded by myself. It is called “Flint Hills

Sheep” and is from a pattern by Rustic Rugs.


This is a great primitive, folky rug.

The rug measures 33” x 24”.

It is finished with hand-whipped wool strips.

Price  $125 with FREE SHIPPING




We have a sunflower that has come up “volunteer” by our bird feeder.



I just love the matrix design in the middle of the flower.


I just love unexpected beauty!


Hope you are getting to relax on this holiday weekend!



Saturday, May 26, 2012

Too early for Halloween? Rug for sale

In an effort to make room for newer rugs I’m sacrificing some of my

older rugs. I’ll try to list one or two every day or so.


If you like to start planning your holiday decorating early,

here you go.

This is a sweet little jack-o-lantern rug that I hooked a while

back.  It measures 20” x 13” and has a sweet scalloped edge that

is hand-whipped with wool strips.

Perfect for a small table….would look cute with a bowl

of candy perched on top!


Price  $50 includes FREE SHIPPING

e-mail me at to purchase



Rugs for sale

In an effort to make room for the new, I’m sacrificing some of

my older rugs.  If you are interested in purchasing one of them, just

e-mail me at I will try to update with a new rug every

day or so, I have several.


This first rug is a design from Quail Hill, I don’t remember the name of

the design.  It has a nice shabby chic quality to it. Of course it’s all hand-hooked

by myself and the edges are bound with wool strips. The rug measures 33” x 22”

Price $150, includes FREE SHIPPING









Dove Symbolism (from What’s-Your-Sign)

The dove has seemingly inexhaustible sources of symbolic flavor throughout most histories, cultures and myth.

Did you know doves produce their own milk? Yep, it's called "crop milk" or "pigeons milk." It's an oddity in nature for birds to produce their own milk to feed their young. From this unique ability, we can glean symbolism of nurturing. In fact, doves are commonly considered a symbol of motherhood.

Doves often cease their foraging for food just before their babies are born. This temporary starvation insures a pure formulation of milk (otherwise their offspring could not digest bits of solid food in the milk). That's another confirmation about maternal attributes as well as self-sacrifice for the sake of their progeny.

The dove is even associated with several mother figures in historical dove symbolism. Take the Mother Mary in Christian legend. The dove is commonly seen in Christian art with Mary as a symbol of care, devotion, purity and peace. The dove is a companion of Ishtar too, the Great Mother of Assyrian culture. In this motherly light, the dove elicits a promise of hope and salvation.

A quick keyword run-down of dove symbolism:

  • Love
  • Grace
  • Promise
  • Devotion
  • Divinity
  • Holiness
  • Sacrifice
  • Maternal
  • Ascension
  • Purification
  • Messenger
  • Hopefulness

Aphrodite (Venus in Roman myth), the voluptuous goddess-mother of love, is often featured with a dove nearby in artistic portrait. Here we get the sense of higher love; a love that is as large as the goddess herself. A kind of love that turns a blind eye to the typical foibles and downfalls of mankind - and sees right into the heart of pure potential that is revealed only by viewing the soul through the lenses of love. As a love symbol, the dove conveys a kind of soulful ascension - a higher admiration for the true value of unconditional love.

Perhaps it's her softly lulling coos that won the dove's position so close to Ishtar's, Mother Marys and Aphrodite's heart. Open your psychic ears at dawn and dusk and become enchanted by their rippling vocalizations. One can't help but become subdued by their gentle love-calls. Sweet churbles and downy wurbles are testimony to a divinely calming presence among us.

And speaking of divine presences, the dove symbolism is often equated to heavenly visitations. John the Baptist even remarked (Matthew 3:16) how the "Spirit of God descended like a dove upon us." Methinks this is more than poetic license. Why? Because, almost unanimously birds (of all kinds) have been viewed as celestial messengers. Doves in particular - with their docile appearance and soft ministrations - can easily be angelic doppelgangers: Angels in the guise of avian benefactors. Hey, anything is possible.

Coming down (just a notch) off of that high-spirited comparison, doves in actuality are kind of fussy. Observe them in groups, and you'll note they can be twitchy and nervous-nellies. I like to think of this as a sign of their highly developed sense of presence. They are intimately aware of their environment (having been hunted for centuries for their tasty breast meat - who can blame their skittishness?).

This kind of high sense of awareness reminds me of Hachiman, a Japanese god of war who claims the dove as a sacred symbol. Amidst clamor, battle and jarring conflict, the dove of Hachiman is a symbol of the peace that will (ideally) ensue after war has ended.

The war-association with dove symbolism inevitably leads us to the concept of death. Well, not death per se - more appropriately, the dove is a symbol of the souls sojourn after physical life has retired. Slavic legend claims the dove is a symbol of the souls release from earth-bound duty. In fact, when a dove is seen, it is a clear sign of the soul's return to celestial realms. Furthermore, the dove's most popular appearance in spiritual consciousness is that of the Holy Spirit in Christian wisdom.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Alabama has found a home!

Good luck buddy!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A whole lot of local

This week went by rather quickly, the weather has been sunny

and beautiful, so a lot of time spent outdoors.

We did make it downtown to visit the new

Funtiques location. It has a Jefferson St. address,

but is actually on the corner of Pershing and Robberson.

Stepping into their store is like taking a step back in time….

Seeing as how we’ve been going a bit more

“old school” in our front room, we thought we

just might find something we couldn’t live without….

but we didn’t….at least not this time.

However, we did check out a “new to us” restaurant

while we were downtown.

I had the parmesan peppercorn chicken….kind of a riff

on Springfield style cashew chicken, but with a parmesan

peppercorn sauce….I liked it, kind of like cashew chicken

meets chicken fried steak…..only in the Ozarks folks!

Kenny had the Korean spicy pork and he said it was really

good.  We also shared the crab wontons….YUM!  Decision…

we’ll go back! (that’s saying a lot, since we have SCADS of

Oriental restaurants here in Springfield)

I also took a yoga class at a “new to me” studio.

Beautiful studio and a great teacher, I get to

take 9 more classes and hopefully will be learning

some new moves! Moves aside, it does wonders

for my mental state!

Also, on the local scene, we tried a “new to us”

Mexican restaurant that is actually right down the street

from our house….

“El Charro”

I had the fish tacos (good, but not as good as the

fish tacos from Purple Burrito)

and Kenny had the most enormous

burrito I’ve ever seen….Oh yeah, margaritas too,

buy 1 get 1 half price….well, now we couldn’t pass

that up now could we?

New recipe I’ve made at home this week….

roasted cauliflower!

Love the taste, hate the smell of it cooking and the

smell it leaves in the house. Mixed up a little plain Greek

yogurt with some Sriracha sauce to dip it in….this is a

great healthy snack!

Click on the pic to go to the recipe

For all of you who follow the hooking, no hooking

this week, but if you want to see who is inspiring me

in hooking right now please visit this blog.

Her little prairie rugs and stitcheries just blow

my mind!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Less blogging-more doing








In an effort to bring more balance into my life,

I’ve decided to cut back on my blogging.

I will still try to update once a week….

Making more time for

enjoying the outdoors,





Favorite new recipe I’ve tried lately….so easy,

and yet it looks SO ELEGANT!

Asparagus tart from “The Forest Feast

I will be making this one again!

I’ve started the final book in the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

series… to a great start!

Have hooked a bit….not sure about the nose, but I’ll

let it stay for now…I can always tweak it later…


The pool is open and the jungle is thriving!



Go forth and be creative!