Sunday, July 18, 2010

Dog Days of Summer

Okay.......I realize that this is NOT a dog, but the dog around here is only 10 months old and doesn't seem to be bothered by the heat. Moses, however, has been lying exactly like this on the half-wall between my kitchen and family room for the past week. Obviously, he is in full vacation mode.
And speaking of vacations, I am.....on vacation, I mean. Two days after school was out, I headed out for the Manistee Rug School. I took a class on using a "painterly approach to rug hooking." A requirement of the class was that we bring a rug that we had not previously worked on. I took a pattern I've been wanting to work on: Expect Good Things designed by Brenda Beerhorst.
I just love this pattern.
I am having trouble with the worm (now there are words I never thought I'd say). I want it to stand out more from the background because it is, you know, the good thing, but can't find the right shade of light brown. It seems that everything I have is either too dark and then in fades into the background or is too gold and then looks like part of the beak. I know....I suffer so for my art!
And, because I am so cutting edge, I even put in one of those little rolly thingies that are all the rage right now. Right now, it is just auditioning. I don't know if I like it or not.
Here is one of the birds with her rosy little cheek--something else that is auditioning. I'm not sure if that will stay either.
I'll leave you with a picture of another victim of all this muggy, muggy heat.......


  1. I love the way Moses is laying on the half wall! It must be the spot in the house where the cool energy resides! He's taking full advantage for sure! LOL

    Your rug is looking magnificent! I love all the little things you are doing to make the rug your own! Love the rolled wool flower center, love the birds rosey cheeks! Maybe you could do something a wee bit funky for the worm to make it stand out! A little directional hooking perhaps in all the colors of your rug? The colors are great great great! It's going to be a gorgeous piece!

    Wish I could have taken that class with you! Sounds like the perfect vacation thing to do!

    Cathy G

  2. I love the rug and the birds rosey cheeks. Turn the air conditioning on for those poor suffering cats! Your sister.

  3. Oh I just love the photos of the cats. Priceless!! The rug is looking amazing. Great job with all the little surprises. Love it

  4. That's a lovely rug you got there. I love collecting different sorts of rugs. We have a beautiful designed one in our living room, a red and thick carpet. Grand Rapids (MI) is becoming cooler as days pass due to Holiday season. And I'm just lovin' it! It's time to put those rugs on the floor for added heat and cozy feel. Yey!