Sunday, December 23, 2012


Don't you love that line in the song - And these are a few of my favorite things !

Merry Christmas everyone - I thought I would show you a few of my favorite things from the Woolwoman's collection.

This is a wonderful hand carved Santa clutching a hand hooked rug of course !  Beside him is a neat handwoven basket full of cinnamon sticks instead of wood.  I got this Santa a few years back from a rug hookers husband.  He developed some type of illness or disease and was barely able to fulfill the orders they had taken.  I treasure this piece.The carver has likely passed away and his beautiful carving skills live on.

Love this Liberty Hill feather tree with all the hand painted ornaments.  It sits on top of my antique sewing cabinet.  Could have removed our 2 stupid remotes before snapping this photo but oh well - too late now.

Another favorite of mine - my Snowman rug which is hooked in a very small cut.  I have always loved the effect of this snowy sky.  It is hooked mostly in a 4 with a lot of 3 cut.  The funky christmas angel shown with the rug is some type of collectible series but I can't remember the name.

This Santa is a new addition - he is a cute primitive Santa all hand made out of wool felt by an artisan named Betty who lives in or around Pigeon Forge Tenn.  Her creations can be found at the Dixie Darlin cross stitch shop.  He is nested in a big Longaberger basket with some little hand made pillows and a Santa needle roll and kept company by a wooly sheep.

This is a cute Snowman primitive piece that was created by the woman who owns the Feathered Nest in Fernandina Beach Fl.  It is sitting on a redware plate that says Rug Hooker and behind it is the only antique sampler I own from the early 1800's.

Another cute LH piece - the threadboard for winter and in front of it is my scrabble pieces from fellow wooly friend rug hooker Lauren from Rugs and Pugs blog .  I won this in a giveaway from Lauren last year.

Love this awesome wreath my mom found this fall on one of their trips. An early gift so I could enjoy it this season. It is covered with little balls of yarn and just my colors too !  It has sprigs of mistletoe and red christmas balls and it hangs on the door of the wool room.

Another wonderful early gift from my DM - it is an Atenti bag - again in just my colors.  It is my first Atenti bag and I just love it - it is designed primarily to carry needlepoint projects on frames instead of knitting.

Couldn't leave you without an image of my darling Christmas to Ewe rug.  I have not worked on him much this season but I did add the two little feather trees and the star.

That stinkin' star took 2 hours to hook because I was using a very flimsy  ribbon along with the white wool to add shimmer.  I was afraid the star would be lost in the backround.  I am so pleased with the effect it was worth the fiddly 2 hours I spent getting it just right.
Lastly is my pitiful progress on Santa's House from the Santa's Village monthly series.  I changed the fabric (of course) and my snowflakes were getting lost so I added a krenik blending filament to the DMC and it looks pretty good in person.  I had a counting mishap and had to pull out the wreath and 3 of the 4 windows and the door frame.  This is what has been corrected and re-stitched.  urghhh - I am doing my series seperately - I envisioned it being a little 3-D village when all done.

Well - all my friends in blogland - I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this past year.  I have many new friends/followers on my blog and I wanted to welcome you to my Wooley world.  Also wanted to acknowledge and thank my blog friends who have been with me a long time.  I feel like I know you all personally and I'm sure if and when we ever get to meet - it will be like meeting an old friend.  I treasure each of you and hope you all have a very Merry Christmas !

Sunday, December 02, 2012


This is the gorgeous 10ft blue spruce which was delivered to the office last week.  I can see it every single day from my desk.  I am so blessed to work for such a wonderful family business.  You know Christmas is coming when the tree arrives.

I can't believe the entire month of November slipped by and I did not even make a post.  I was waiting for some photos of a very special event and they did not come so I was so bummed I just didn't have much to say.  More to come on those special photos that have just arrived.

This is Saroyan - finally finished !
Close up of the actual colors - in case there are any knitters out there - Malabrigo Rios in Indiecito - My first time using this worsted weight yarn and it won't be the last - I love it !

This is the BBD Remember Me piece that has been getting most of my attention.  I think I started it while on vacation in September. It is worked on R&R 36ct Cappuchino with the called for overdyed cottons. It's coming along and more is complete since I took this photo several weeks ago.   Where does the time go -

This is more gorgeous Malabrigo yarn I purchased for the Gnarled Oak Cardi - It is definitely a "mel" color - I just love it and have finally had time to cast on the cardi.  All 304 stitches of it AACCKKK !

From the same wonderful shop on St Simons Island - The Stitchery - I also purchased this Debbie Bliss book Riva and a few skeins of Riva yarn to try.  There is a great shrug in this book and also a wonderful shoulder warmer not to mention other great patterns - so I sprang for the book.  Haven't had a chance to cast anything on yet but I am looking forward to trying it.

Now for the formal announcement some of you have been waiting to hear . . . . . .

After 32 years of sharing our lives together - Jody and I were married on Sept 5th on a mountain in Tn.  With only my parents in attendance - we had a lovely ceremony in a cute little log chapel with the full wedding regalia.  A minister to do the ceremony - tuxes for the groom and best man/father of the bride and a simple gown for me.

I have to say - most of the photos from the actual wedding day were pretty horrible.  Out of 78 photos - we only purchased about 16 - this is the best one - maybe I'll show some of those some time.
Even my bouquet was not what I had hoped for in Tenn. but when you arrange everything on the internet - you just take your best shot.  We had a blast with it anyway.

This is the exquisite bouquet that was done by Kelly's Bloom Room for my reception in October.  It was exactly what I wanted - porcelain roses and hydrangeas. 

The happy couple

Just can't see enough of this bouquet -

Kelley's assistant Shanna Derby did the tablescape and also all the photos.  She did an awesome job.  We were so pleased  Our cakes were created by Elizabeth of Let them Eat Cake.  They were so wonderful - I'll show another blog post later with more photos.  Apparently I did not get a photo of Jody's grooms cake which was not only gorgeous but delicious.

 Oh here's a tiny peak at the whole tablescape and the grooms cake is peaking out behind my bouquet.Our reception was at the historic Riverdale Inn which is just a few blocks from my office. Owners Linda and Bob Waln did an absolutely fabulous job with our special day. Their son is a chef and he did the food. Again I will show photos of those things another time. I intended to devote an entire post to the announcement of our wedding but time just got away from me this fall.  Plus I was waiting for the photos of the reception.  It was worth the wait.  See in the mirror - my tiny little mom on the right and dad/Wiley in the middle and one of their friends on the left.

So cheers from you to you !  Enjoy every minute of your life - we sure have !