Wednesday, September 28, 2011

CELEBRATING 4 YEARS OF BLOGGING GIVEAWAY: GLORIOUS AUTUMN TRIP UP NORTH


Hello Everyone,

I would like to thank All My Blogging Friends for their Very Kind and Lovely comments left for me to read on My Country Bucket posting.  They all were Greatly Appreciated.  

This past June My Sweetie and Me decided to buy a RV.  We thought we could use it for local camping trips and then maybe one day we would go on Out West Adventure.   

We went on three trips this past Summer and the weather made the first two adventures very challenging. The first trip we had 98F 102F and record breaking temperature of 104F.  

The second trip we had a huge storm with heavy rain and fierce winds that took down lots of trees and put out the electricity for miles around.  Our trailer rocked back and forth and I thought I would "Never" go camping again LOL  

But the Third time was a charm.  We headed to my much loved Up North! We had a wee bit of rain going up but the rest of the trip was truly lovely in many ways.
Below is a photo of us stopping at a rest stop and it was raining a bit.

Some friends requested a wee tour of the RV and below you will see the kitchen area.  We took out the removable table and bought a rocker recliner to take its place.  I love it because I can sit and stitch and stitch in comfort.  VBG


In the photo below you  can see the living area, then the bath room and then the bedroom is in the back.  Perfect for us.

 
A called an Up North quilt shop and they referred me to DeEtta and her lovely Rug Hooking Studio called "Fiddlehead Finery"! I called DeEtta and she dyed some very lovely wools for me.  

I ask DeEtta if she would give me a Rug Hooking Class and she very kindly told me yes. I have been wanting to learn rug hooking since 2003 when I bought  a subscription to The Wool Street Journal while living in Germany.  So I have waited a long time for this very special day.

  My Class with DeEtta fell on the Glorious First Day Of Autumn September 23rd. DeEtta has been rug hooking for 11 years and her creation are truly beautiful.  DeEtta was so very kind and I learn so much in my 3 hour class. Thank You DeEtta!

"Fiddlehead Finery Studio" is very warm and lovely very much like DeEtta.  Look at the beautiful hand dyed wool vest she created hanging on the wall.


Below you will find a photo of DeEtta lovely stash of wools.  Can you believe??

Below is another photo of DeEtta studio. Notice her very lovely Hooked Rugs.

Below you will find the hand dyed wools I bought from DeEtta. They are all such beautiful colors.


My first Rug Hooking Project I bought back in 2003 as a kit.  After 8 years I have finally started it.  It was so much fun learning and not as difficult as I imagine it would be.  I look forward to finishing the two wee pieces.

This past August I took a crochet button class at the Michigan Fiber Festival.  The teacher used a book called "50 Heirloom Buttons to Make" by Nancy Nehring! This book is out of print but can be pick up at used book stores on the Internet.

  What do you think of My First Crocheted Buttons? This book also teaches how to make the "Dorset Buttons" which I also enjoy making.

Ok. Time to show you all what I have for My 4 years of Blogging Celebration.  

(1) First is a Hooked Sunflower Pin which I bought at the Michigan Fiber Festival at the booth called "Hooked On Ewe" Linda Harwood from Ionia Michigan this past Summer.  I do not see a pattern for the Sunflower on her site but I reckon you could email her about it.

(2) Second is a Crazy Quilt Hand Embroidery Pendant with Silkie and wee beaded dragonfly stitched in it. I bought this pendant from an Etsy shop.

(3) Third is one of My Hand Crocheted Buttons I made this past Summer.

(4) Fourth is a Very Lovely Pieced of Hand Dyed Wool I bought from DeEtta which is 14 inches by 9 inches.  

See photo below. My Sweetie will draw the names of the 4 Winners on Monday October 17th. 

If you would please take the time,  I would love to know how long you have been visiting my blog and what posting is your favorite this past year.  Thanks 


 Last but not least here is a lovely Sunset that My Sweetie and I watch one evening while we were camping Up North on Lake Michigan.  We truly enjoyed this trip together and the lovely people we met and chatty with.

 
One of My favorite saying is "Kindness Matters"! To me Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives.  Thank you all for your Friendships and comments. 

Hugs Judy

26 comments:

Miss 376 said...

The years go so fast, I know it must be at least three years I think I've been reading your blog. I enjoyed reading about the makeover of your sewing room, and your basket from the last post
Enjoy the next year of blogging

shirley said...

I first found you on stitchin fingers, and was impressed by you kind nature. I have loved following your blog ever since I think that was back in 2009.

I like all your posts and the work you display, but i do love your post about your bucket. The emberoideries on this are just lovely.

Sue said...

I love your new layout! That header is gorgeous! When you said you headed to lovely up north, was that my Michigan?! Since you visited the Michigan Fiber Festival, I am assuming that's what you're talking about! I do love my homeland!

My husband and I have been looking at fifth wheels too. We don't like staying in hotels and not that fond of flying! What a way to see this great country in which we live!

I have been following your blog since earlier this year, though I cannot remember the month :)

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful post with us and your crocheted buttons are just gorgeous.

I too am hoping to take a rug-hooking class here real soon!

Hugs!

fabriquefantastique said...

Time flies when you are having fun....I have always wanted to do rug hooking...one of these days perhaps.

MosaicMagpie said...

I have been following you since early this year. I think one of my favorite posts was the Hearts for Sendai post. A worthwhile project we both participated in.
Deb

Carol said...

Well, I'm not sure how long I followed, but I have always read your blog before I followed by clicking a friend's link. I love your garden posts, and the felted pieces you have done. Your post subjects are diverse and I always enjoy the visit.

Magnolia Tea said...

Hi Judy! Happy Blogiversary! Your camping trips remind me of some we've had - some good, some not. ;)
Love all the stitchin'. Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

I'm new to your blog, found it on Wool n Friends site. So I'm looking forward to your entries now. I haven't subscribed to many of these types of blogs, mostly papercrafting, but I do love working with wool and needles and all. I LOVE that sunflower pin - if I don't win it (please pick me!!) do you know of a pattern for that?? It looks gorgeous. MRussom

Bev C said...

Hello Judy,

Oh I am so glad your trips went well. Love that you put in the recliner,that looks so like home and very comfortable. My that wool shop is divine. Haven't worked with wool as there is none available locally,otherwise I think I would delve straight in.I loved the last photo of the sunset,very peaceful. Enjoy reading your blog and have for a couple of years now. Happy stitching Judy.
bev.xoxo

Yvonne (stitchin fingers) said...

Hi, Judy, forgive me late to visit your blog as I’m not good at English. I just come to see your trip, your granddaughter, your sewing room……. I like to see your posts. It’s very fruitful. You’re a good blogger. I’d like to follow your blog and thank you for your sharing.

baukje said...

Hi Judy, what alovely post. And all those wool.......I think I'll wanted to buy them ALL!!!!! You are so creative, I never crocheted buttons.

Maureen said...

Hey Judy your RV makes our caravan look tiny!! but it's a great life whatever the size of the RV. I don't think I've been with you 4 years but it's probably close to that - happy blogaversary !!!!

Dianne said...

Dear Judy, It must be at least a year now or more since I discovered your lovely blog and made your friendship. Your most memorable post to me is your visit to PEI and I also loved to see your new basket with all it's pretty features. This last post is a beauty too and it is topped off by that beautiful sunset over the lake. Looking forward to seeing and reading about more adventures in your new rig. Happy blogging from here on in, and best wishes. Di.

gill said...

I only found you at the beginning of September when I fell in love with your gorgeous 'country bucket'!!

Jane said...

Hi Judy,

I'm glad I discovered your blog. I've been following you for a few months. I'm a rug hooker but your header makes me want to pick up some floss and get back to my embroidery days. Thanks!

Jane

Solstitches said...

Thanks for the peek inside your cosy home from home :)
What fun to be able to travel the country with all the home comforts.
I do like your stitching chair :)
Your crochet buttons are lovely. Now you have inspired me to want to try making them and the Dorset buttons also.
I'm not sure how long it is since I first visited here...........
I was lucky enough to win a beautiful Provence fabric postcard on your blog which I seem to have had a long time....

Hugs,
Margaret

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Thank you everyone for leaving your lovely comments for me to read. Greatly appreciated. Hugs Judy

Lisa said...

I've just recently discovered your blog, and it's filled with such lovely projects. I look forward to reading more about them. I love the crocheted buttons!

Linda said...

Hi Judy.I have now saved your blog on my list to follow. You and I like a lot of the same things!
Linda

karen said...

Oh Judy, you are going to have so much fun in your new travelling home! I love it, it looks fab!!

Linda said...

Dear Judy, I am not quite sure how long since I became aware of your blog, just over a year now I think, after we had become friends via SF. It is always a delight to visit and hear your always so positive posts. You are a glass half full person, and it is my pleasure to call you a friend. I have taken some time to think about this, and keep coming back to the post about PEI. It was a lovely post, possibly because the area held so much appeal for you personally. It showed in your words. Whoever wins the gifts you have in store will indeed be pleased. You are so generous, thoughtful, and kind. Take care, and thank you for always supporting me with my blog.

Debbie S. said...

Hi Judy, I would love to be entered into your 4 year blog ann.drawing.I love the new header I think that and the visits you take on your travels are my favorites. I love to see the stores and what they look like inside. Seemes like we visit them too right along with you. Thanks for all the sharing you do. I have been following you a while now since you were active on CQI yahoo group. Time flys. Debbie S.

Threads of Inspiration said...

Hi Judy, I know I am too late for your giveaway and that is just fine! I wanted to thank you for the kind comment you left on my blog. It helped me remember why I enjoy blogging. Your RV looks like great fun and there is nothing like discovering new places for fabric and yarn on travels. Thanks again! Susan

Gayle said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I'm glad I found you since I'm a lover of all things wooly!

Cathy K said...

Wow, Judy, have you been blogging 4 years? I think I’ve been reading you at least three, if not nearly 4. Congrats on your milestone, and here is to many more. I don’t need to be entered into your drawing (I have too much stuff as it is; I am trying to use and give mine away), but I love almost every one of your posts because you include lots of yummy pictures. Of course, your garden pictures are always breathtaking! And Chloe is a doll, too! :-) Take care, my friend! I know I owe you a letter, and I promise I will get better about writing once we settle down for fall (I have given notice at my job and only have 3 more weeks to work!!). Hugs, Cathy

Susan said...

Oh, a Montana! Very nice. Lots to keep you busy, I see.

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