Sunday, April 26, 2015

A sisterhood

A few Saturdays ago hubby and I participated in the Hike for the Homeless in Bangor. 
It was a brisk 3.79 mile walk.

Ice on the Penobscot River

The Englewood Corner Crafters...Winterport Hookers met for the last time for the season; last Saturday. We had a full house and a fun crafter's yard sale. I picked up a couple of large bundles of wool! Several ladies brought some good quality stuff. I am tickled with what I purchased. I will share pics in another post.

 I got up early Saturday morning and made mini applesauce muffins to take. 
I was pleased that I had my act together...five minutes down the road I realized 
I forgot to pack myself a lunch. Hahaha. 

 It was so good to see everyone and their wonderful work. Sharing stories of our projects and plans for the summer. Talk of getting into the garden, ready to play in the dirt; setting up for camping, plans to meet for a mini road trips, family coming to visit and what is the next rug hooking or knitting project. We each have our circles outside of this circle that brings us together. Hmmmm, sounds like a design idea brewing in my head.... I love the connections we have with each other, how one inspires the other, the support given when one of us has a situation in our life's circle. It is a sisterhood I am proud to be a member of and welcomed into. It is more than just hooking/crafting together. I may appear quiet at some gatherings (I know a shock for those that know me) but I am absorbing so much that is offered during the conversations and sistership. There have been several connections made that brings my soul such joy knowing I have met and gotten to know these ladies. Looking forward to seeing them in September and hearing about their summer ventures.

 Lets see some of their beautiful, talented work!

Sherillee's husband's braided denim rugs; that's right blue jeans.

Cynthia's kids

Lylah's chair pads

Sherillee and her tiger

Debra's Tom T on skis

A runner

Poinsettia pillow

Cynthia's sunflowers

A basket weave inspired by an antique rug

Admiring the colors of these worms

Lois' flower basket; love the vintage colors

A beautiful country landscape (on my wishlist)

Carol's houses

Sherillee's stain-glass footstool topper

And closing.... some sweet finds at an antique store on the way home...
including the basket. All under $20.

I will share progress pics of the Libby Rug and The Siren next post.
Have a happy week.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

April Showers

The sounds of the birds rejoicing in the early morning hours and the calming tip-tap of the rain drops slowly drumming on the roof top are so comforting. Spring is really here!! After I vacuum the house I will be lighting a few candles to bring a warm glow to this gray day and get some stitching done.

Yesterday nearly reached 60 degrees and it was such a reprieve from the long harsh winter. Unfortunately living this far north, and we don't even live in The County (I can't imagine), we are expecting s n o w this weekend. Yep, you read that correctly...snow. I am going to take it as a sign to sit back and take it slow, taking a sign from Mother Nature as Spring is taking her time getting here.

 I don't talk much about work on my blog but it has been a stressful few weeks; although I have had some serious ups in between my downs; one of which I can talk about. I have had the great opportunity to speak at several community groups over the past year, on the prevention of elder financial exploitation. This week I spoke to a Rotary Club and I am tickled that one of the members has asked me to speak to one of his senior groups. He said that usually there are about sixty seniors that come to their monthly meeting. This will be three times the size of groups I have presented to and it will be seniors themselves, not just community leaders and advocates. This does make me happy as this is a subject I am very passionate about and feel fortunate that I work with a team of co-workers that are diligent in this fight as well. It is unfortunate that we see too many of these types of cases, but we are persistent in the fight by providing education and awareness to preventing and identifying financial exploitation. There Is No Excuse For Elder Abuse!

Oh and one more UP for the week...
a group of us from work went to a Paint and Sip. 
This was my first time, some of the others have been to a couple. 

I really enjoyed it and everyone did a great job!

I have been rotating my hand work and have made progress on all three of my projects;

Libby Rug

The Siren

And my granny squares are stacking up.

Wishing everyone a splendid Spring and a Happy Easter.