Monday, April 26, 2010

Dressed For Spring In More Ways Than One

Down here in the South the trees are green, the grass is growing by leaps and bounds, veggies and flowers are in the ground, and we’re dressed for spring in more ways than one. You’d be surprised at how much you can fit on a narrow porch. Of course this means when you slide between the chairs and rail, you have to suck it in honey – but it can be done! Jack put together a rustic potting table I designed and now I finally have a real place at the right height to pot my plants.

Dressing for spring also took place in the wonderful rug hooking class taught by Mary Anne Wise in my home last Friday. Mary Anne is from Wisconsin and has been working in various ways with the Mayan women in Guatemala for several years. During her latest trip, she taught them rug design and hooking and at our semi-annual hook-in on Saturday we were able to see lots of pictures. They hook with whatever cloth is available so that’s what we did in Friday’s class. Using nothing but a very large pile of thrift store clothing of every texture, color, and type, we hand-cut our strips and began ‘dressing’ our designs. It was a challenge to choose colors and fabrics that we may have never hooked with before. And there was some…ahem…shall we say ‘hoarding hiding of the cloth’? You know who you are! LOL A wonderful time was had by all and I can say that my rug is almost finished and yesterday I made a trip back to the thrift store to get just the right colors for a second rug I have in mind. Who knows? It may just be a giveaway on this blog. Stay tuned.

Tonia, Jan, Kathie, Diane, Me

Georgia and Tonia

Kathie, Diane, and Mary Anne

Untie a ribbon in your life – you might find an adventure!


  1. Hey Missy Jill!

    Looks like you've been a busy bee!

    Don't you just LOVE Vicki's pics of her darling Grandbaby? Too cute! I was smiling and crying at the same time. How did I miss HER giveaway??? Ackkk!

    I'm having one too, so if you've got a minute stop on over and say hi on Friday's Post to Enter!!!

    Your porch looks cute! I haven't done anything on mine yet, but then this IS Washington State!


  2. I just stopped by to see what you have done on your wool crazy.......
    can't find anything.
    Have you started yet?

    Happy Sewing, and hooking :0)

  3. Oh my goodness, I adore your porch! SO cute! I could spend a LOT of time out there, mmm hmmm. :-)

    Have a wonderful Tuesday!

  4. It's so good to have a place to pot your plants. On my table there are about 50 pots for the exchange day of our gardenclub.

  5. Hi Jill, Good morning!

    Love your porch and the the table you built to put your plants. I feel a house without a porch isn't yet a house. I love them cause I can sit at night to drink tea and write or talk to a friend. I love rainy day at night in the summer where I can do just that. I'm recovering slowly! Still painting of course, can't give up on that, I have my hands and my imagination to take over and my deep love for expressing art is so important to me even if my lower body is sicky and healing slowly. I wanted to stop by and say helloooooooooo!

    Thanks for your sweet visit!!!


  6. What a lovely porch and your sewing friends look so contented.

  7. What a great group of ladies to work with. Those rugs were looking pretty good. Glad all of you had fun.


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