Saturday, February 25, 2012

When Perfect Shouldn't Always Be

First here is a photo of the fish rug!  It is not all done yet but so very close and yes it is not perfect!

Twenty some years ago when I lived in Cheyenne Wyoming I met a woman named Grace. She was in her late 80's back then. I was so excited to meet her because she hooked rugs! She had never known anyone else that hooked rugs. So I brought my rugs and we had a show and tell. She started hooking because she needed rugs for the 20 thousand plus acre cattle ranch they lived on. It's a cold place to live! Her rugs were fantastic. Her own patterns of course on burlap. She never heard of rug hooking magazine and she learned to hook on her own. When I saw her rugs I saw how beautiful they were!  Her rugs by all means were not what we would hook today because she did not have anyone telling her what others conceive as the right way.  The whole part of it was they were functional, beautiful and it was what she liked! They also told stories. I felt almost ashamed showing her my rugs. I felt that I was tarnishing her hooking method and that was No Advise from anyone!  She had her style of hooking and it worked.   I guess what I am trying to say is today everyone has a rule for rug hooking.   What you really don't want a rug to look like is a machine made one. What is the point of that?  You could just buy one at the store if that is what you are after!   It is not always wonderful to be so perfect. It makes things start looking just a little bit stale. My only regret with talking to Grace was not taking photos of her beautiful rugs!   So if your new to hooking find what makes your heart skip a beat and enjoy!

Not always perfect in so many ways!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Going To The Dogs

I decided it was time to redo my children's bathroom.   I certainly am not a decorator but had a idea in mind.  It needed to be something they both liked.  So we went with dogs!  I had plenty of stuff for that theme.

I still need to work on the mason jar soap dispensers and find a couple of other dog items but so far the kids love it!
Sorry that my pictures are not the best!  I am in need of a new camera.

One last thing......I promise to post photos of the fish rug!  It is almost done.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

No hooked hearts for me this year!  Still working on the fish rug are coming out of my ears! I will post a picture of what I have done so far very soon.  I wish that I could do two projects at once but if I loose my focus on the fish rug I might never get it done.   
Focus, focus, focus!