Sunday, September 14, 2014

Home Away From Home

Ann and I are staying in Missouri until the end of October .....we arrived at Silver Dollar city and we have a booth this year on the square.  Doesn't it look grand!  We will be here until October 26th and we would love to meet you!

Each morning at the opening we honor our veterans by having a flag ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem right in front of our booth!   What a great way to start the day!

Our first shoppers were two sisters from the Branson area we met last year!  Sandy and Karen two of the sweetest gals and we are so lucky to know them.  

Here are a few shots of the inside of our booth.

Ann was a bit cold the first day we started  the day was damp and cold but we stayed busy.

Today the temperatures were  warmer and the sunshine sure felt good.  

Back home in Oklahoma my mom and sis Jane have been entering contest at the State Fair with their cooking skills.  Mom placed first in the Bisquick contest with her Peach Cobbler winning a blue ribbon and $200!
Little did she know she was also featured on Channel 4 news for winning...congratulations Mom!

My sister, mom and my niece have all won prizes this year at the fair.....They have a few more  contest coming up this week.

Now to back track a little.  Earlier last week Ann and I came out to Missouri a bit early and stopped at Warsaw at the Truman Lake Hook-In and vended. 

It was a wonderful show and we want to thank Patty Wallace of Saltbox Primitive Woolens  and her group they did an outstanding job with putting it all together.  The hospitality was above and beyond!  Thank you so much.
This is a picture of our booth packed to the brim.

Ann is such fun she is so full of energy.

Here we both are and thanks to everyone who stopped by.

This is my good friend Jan she is quite the wool sock knitter.  She has an antique sock machine and I just love the socks she has made.  They are as comfortable as can be. 

We met with Jan and some of her friends for a day of rug hooking and fellowship and we can not thank them enough for their dear friendships!  Thanks to Pam for the hospitality of her home and kitchen what a wonderful group of gals we have truly been blessed.

Now one last thank you.....There has been several people stop by our booth and say they have visited my blog and drove all the way out to see me and meet me or have sent their Mom to visit and say their daughter reads my blog......Do you know how much that means??????  

I will say it again.....I AM TRULY BLESSED IN SO MANY WAYS and thank you to EACH AND EVERYONE THAT STOPS BY TO READ THIS truly does mean so much.

Wishing you a week filled to the brim with sunshine and smiles.

Happy Trails.......Ginger

PS....I'm missing my lil' grands and of course the rest of the family, too.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Autumn Blessings and Off to the 1800's

My sweet and talented friend Betty sent me some wonderful handmade blessings in the mail.  This Jack O'lantern is so cool and is mounted to an awesome painted box and is filled with treats.  

Also, this darling sheep stuffed and on old wood thread spools with a cute little wool tail and ear.  

Even more a great pumpkin pin with a little key attached and two great smelling cowgirl soaps, an awesome necklace made of wool applique on one side and cross stitch on the other and a gift card to Freddie's.  
My goodness the box was packed to the brim with so much wonderful things.  Thank you Betty you are such a generous gal and such a dear friend!

Well, I have been packing the truck and the cargo trailer along with Danny's help!  I lack just a few things and if I forget something oh well :)
The little girls have been sick so have been over helping Jenn out as much as I can and hoping by tomorrow they are ALL feeling better.....Momma Jenn included!  It is hard having sick babies and not feeling well yourself.  

Sloan has had his grandparents on his Mom's side up staying at his house and his PaPa fell and broke 2 ribs so they have extended their stay for a few more days.  Praying he gets better real soon.  Tomorrow after school I promised Sloan we will go get one more snowcone before I head off to Missouri.   I'm going to miss those kiddos and of course the rest of the family!  Good thing we have all this wonderful technology to keep in touch.

I will try to update my blog and show you what is happening!  Wishing you all a Happy Autumn :)

Happy Trails....Ginger

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bits and Pieces

Oh how I have neglected blogging.  I have been hard at it getting ready for this fall being away from home for 2 months and vending at a show and then at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO takes time away from the computer.  
I will be vending SEPT 6TH, in Warsaw, MO at the community building from 9 am to 3 pm.  If you are in the area it is a wonderful show with lots of vendors!

Then I will be teaching Oxford rug punch and needle punch on Sept 8th at the Saltbox Primitive Woolens in Warsaw, MO.  

Then Ann and I will be off to Branson, MO where we will step back into the 1800's for 7 weeks and be craftsman demonstrating rug hooking, rug punch, locker hook, and needle punch at Silver Dollar City!  I have found out that my cabin will be located right behind the gazebo where the performers sing and dance on the main square..... If you are visiting that area from Sept 12- October 26th we would love for you to stop by and say Howdy :)

I've been making lots of magnets, hang tags, and little canvas pictures along with boxes and other things with the paintbrush and paints.

Mom made this wonderful dish towels and they look just too cute to use!
I wrapped them up and have them packaged and ready to go.

In between all the crafting  we have been busy checking out the spiders and bugs after Sloan gets out of school each day.

Can you believe this boy is in FIRST GRADE!  He will turn 7 in October and he is growing up so fast!

I have been finishing the binding on lots of things and making more pins and stockings.

Scrappy rugs got bound.

Needle punches still need the finishing touches and I leave in 2 WEEKS....I think I can, I think I can!

Been crocheting and braiding little coasters.

To top it off this lil' gal is going to preschool 2 days a week for 2 1/2 hours and she is upset that they haven't left yet!  She knows all her abc's and can already count to 26!  

Here is a picture of both Eva (as a baby)  and Betty wearing a shirt supporting our business.  Miss Betty is growing like a weed.....she is such a good baby and can sleep through just about anything!

Yes I am going to miss this kiddos while I am gone!  

I will have to another post in the next few days and let you see what a SPECIAL FRIEND sent was quite a surprise and I'm so blessed by her friendship!

Now you have seen the bits and pieces that have been keeping me busy......hope you enjoy the bits and pieces of your days as much as I do!

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Traveling Sewing Boxes and Stacks Of Patterns!

The weeks are slipping away as I am packing and finishing goods for the 2 months that I will be in Branson, Missouri at Silver Dollar City.  I finished up these 5 boxes during the last 2 evenings and inside is a plain little wool pinkeep filled with snippets of wool and crushed walnut shells.  I have about a dozen more to finish then it will be on to putting the finishing touches on a LOT more pieces I have in the last stages of being done.  

The majority of the kits are made and with the help of MOM I have just over 1,000 kits!  She has been cracking the whip (just kidding) but she does keep me on track :)  It has been great fun working with her and reminiscing about days gone by!  Thanks MOM :)

She put together over 1200 patterns last week and then we added them to the pile that we had been working on over the last few months.  My booth should be FULL to the brim with lots of new patterns, finished goods, kits, and tools of the trade!

I will be vending at Silver Dollar City from September 12th to October if you are in the area please stop by and say Howdy!

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Busy Summer!

 Wow it has been a whole month since I have been on here!  What have I been up too????
Well of course the grands are a big part of the summer and we have been busy with the library, outside play, reading books, and baking cookies :)
The punch needle is still popping through the cloth in the late evenings after the grandkiddos have gone home.  The above piece is about 15"  across and I like all the silly sheep.  

This lively rooster is one I did in a class recently with Heather Ritchie.  I used lots of different things to create the flowers and the bright rooster tail.  The edge is also crocheted.

I am teaching a couple of classes in oxford punch and decided a stocking would be a fun piece.  I have 7 patterns for stockings and mittens I will share the rest sometime soon.  I have included them all in a booklet.

I finally completed Betty's rug.....yes the lil' darlin' is 4 months old!  Momo is slow but sure :)

The summer is quickly passing and I have been in full speed getting ready to leave for Branson, Missouri the early part of September.  I will be vending for 2 months at Silver Dollar City.  So lots of packing, sorting, and packaging has been happening around the farm!

Hopefully I will be able to catch up on what all of you have been doing soon.

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Blessed A Quick Tutorial On Adding An Edge

I love to do needle punch! I just finished up this quick piece that measures about 9 1/2 inches across.  I thought I would share with you a different way to finish the edge.

Here is what I did.....Trim backing of weavers cloth around project and baste to back of punched piece.  Cut out a piece of wool the same size as project and lay on the back.

Blanket stitch with wool thread or embroidery floss....I used wool thread on mine.

Here is the blanket stitching.  I  made sure to go all the way through the wool backing and just a little into the basted back weavers cloth right next to the last punched row.

A little closer look :)

This is what the back of the wool looks like as I blanket stitch all around.

Now for the crochet edge.  I used a D size crochet hook and within every other blanket stitched area I worked one single crochet, one double crochet, and one single crochet creating a little scallop then in the next blanket stitch space I slip stitched then repeated in the next blanket stitch 1 sc, 1 dc, 1 sc, then next blanket stitch space slip stitch, continue to repeat around.  

Next I took a needle and thread and securely stitched around the wool to the punched piece just to make sure everything was right up to the edge of the punched piece. 

Here is the back 
and once again the front!

Just another simple way to finish a punch needle project!

Happy Trails.....Ginger

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Happy Trails Camp

I am pleased as can be about the fun and fellowship we all enjoyed at the Happy Trails Oxford Punch Rug camp we held here at the farm.
Friends were made and friendships from the past gathered and we ate, punched, gabbed and laughed!
I am still enjoying all the memories of the last few days.
A big thank you to Frank Bielec and ALL the gals who attended.
I had a LOT of help with the preparing of the food by my sis Jane and my dear Mom.  Ann and Teresa also, were a big help with the meals as well as the wonderful guy of mine....Thanks Danny for doing a lot of grilling for us.
There was 21 of us that attended the camp and the room was constantly filled with lots of giggles.
We even had an indoor sidewalk sale that included lots of wonderful handmade goodies.

Crochet, handmade wool socks, patterns, books, handmade pottery, wool, needle punches, wool applique...and lots more!

Inside the classroom lots of punching and smiles....Pamela, Betty, and Patty!

Jane helping to prepare the enchiladas.

Mom taking a break and punching!

New rug punchers and boy did they get busy!  These sweet gals own a yarn shop in Norman, Oklahoma.....L&B Yarn Co.

Frank telling one of his many stories!


Taking time to discuss locker hooking....these gals all do locker hooking and make wonderful rugs.  Such talent!

Katie from A Nimble Thimble visiting with Frank.

Jan the famous maker of Socks that Rock by Jan with her finished Sheep!  I now own some of her wonderful wool socks :)

Natalie who is 17 years old and a first time rug puncher did a pig with her mom Donna and grandma Pat!  Such a fun family :)
It was such a pleasure to have all of these gals here and I am truly blessed beyond measure to have  had them visit our home!  Thanks so much to all of you for coming and for helping with the clean up :)

Happy Trails......Ginger