Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The further I go the farther I get.........

Life seems to be taking my family on a journey that we never expected.
We learned on Sunday that Natalie's boyfriend unexpectedly passed away at the age of 22.
He was in perfect health (he was an athlete) and died in his sleep.
He would have soon been a member of our family.

2 deaths in 9 weeks. 
 We were just starting to put the pieces back together and now this.  
I'm clinging to "this is all part of God's plan" through gritted teeth.

Perhaps soon I will be able to catch up and write "good news"?

Enjoy every moment of every day!

God Bless

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

One day at a time......

Want to let everyone know that we are open again.
Please check the schedule for shows so you will know when we are closed.

We appreciate you patience and prayers.  

Marge and Beth

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


We will be closed until further notice due to my son's unexpected death. Please be patient with us as we begin a new chapter in our lives. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015


As most of you are aware I haven't been posting anything on the blog.
I just got off the phone with Apple support and I think all is well?
Fingers crossed!

I love electronics when they work but get easily frustrated when they don't.  If I understood things a little bit better I'm sure I wouldn't get as frustrated. :)

Because the latest download of software is so new blogger doesn't recognize it yet and therefore I was unable to get pictures put on my posts.  
If you are like me I like to look at pictures and not words. ;)

So here is just a small recap of what's been going on in my life these days:

  Sam and his date.
We hosted dinner in our garage. 

4X800 team qualified for the state track meet. 
 All seniors.

 My last one. 
 It still hasn't sunk in just yet.

Our second, Natalie graduated from BVU in Storm Lake.  She is enrolled in the Creighton Accelerated Nursing program and will begin there in August.

Drew is currently in Guam. 
 He has a 1 month tour on the base there.
He is working on planes and learning what Typhoons are!

Jenny is getting ready for a trip to Europe with the UWF volleyball team as the Graduate Assistant.

Sam is at basic training in San Antonio, Tx.  
He will graduate in mid August.

To say that my summer has been crazy is an understatement.
It seems the front door is constantly revolving.
Just when I adjust to being home alone for a few days someone comes back home while another is leaving.
Empty nesting hasn't sunk in yet but I think that's because nothing is constant yet!

I promise to do a better job blogging now that my electronics are working!

Happy Hooking!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Class In Newton

Good Evening!

I want everyone to know that I am fully aware of my absence from blogging. 
 When something has to give it this blog.  

I have been struggling with writing and busy with life in general.

Mom and I will be in Newton the next 4 days taking a class from Nola Heidbreder. 
 I am so excited I can hardly stand it.  
I love these 4 days.  
I get to focus on being creative.

I will post pictures as the days roll along so you can see what we are working on.

We are closed at the shop Monday thru Thursday of this week due to the fact that we are gone.

Happy Hooking!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Easter

We will be closed Friday and Saturday to celebrate with our families. Happy Easter. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

3 Generations of Beginners

We taught a class on Saturday to a mother, daughter-in-law and granddaughter who is 6 soon to be 7 next month.
We had such a fun day and they all picked up on it very quickly. 
 It's very rewarding to teach someone the love of rug hooking.

I drew Ella a circle and showed her a couple of examples of what I thought she should do. At first she rejected my ideas and her mom's. 
 We started with writing her name and let her pick some worms from my worm basket and left her alone.  

Before we knew it Ella had covered her entire circle with motifs that she could relate to. 
 They were a tad small but we went with it anyway. ;)

 I smiled all day just thinking about what this rug will look like!

Dad is recovering from his shoulder replacement surgery.  
He is starting to feel better so it's getting harder to keep him down and resting.  
In fact, I believe he was in his shop sanding this morning when he couldn't sleep.
 Sanding was NOT on the PT list of exercises! 

Dave brought us treats from the local bakery TASTE.
They close their coffee lid openings with a mustache.  
We took a "selfie" for fun!

Happy Hooking today and take a silly picture!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Good Morning

I'm sitting in the lobby of the Methodist Hospital as I write this post. 
 Dad is having a shoulder replacement done this morning.  He has been in a lot of pain and Mayo's was able to get him in within a week.  It has taken us all a little by surprise.

 If you are stopping by the shop today we are closed as I am sitting with mom while dad is under the knife.

While Mom was with dad yesterday I got a few projects finished up so thought I would share those photos.

Above is our snowman mat. He needs a name. Any suggestions? 
 This is mom's version and she finished hooking it over the weekend.  
I personally think it's one of her best projects.  
I love how she added the trim on the scarf and flower on the hat.
He retails for $38.00

These 2 projects are kits in the shop that we have for purchase. See the website for further info.
 The top photo is a sampler by The Pinkeep, Linda Theran.
I made the above project into a pillow and twisted floss from the project for a small trim around the outside.

This is Stacy Nash's pattern. 
 The box is a little bit bigger as we increased the count (for our eyes). ;)

I was hoping to have 1 more to show you but unfortunately I sewed the velvet on wrong!
 I'm not sure if I am leaving it or if I can get it ripped out without destroying the needlework.
Don't you love it when you do dumb things?  I was so disgusted with myself.
Oh well, life goes on.

Happy Hooking on this very cold day!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Check Us Out

If you don't read The Wool Street Journal you should.......we are in it! We have the latest copy. Nice spread on our shop and Dad's garden. 

Happy Hooking!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Closed today

We are closed today. Partaking in cheerleading routine at BVU. 

Happy Hooking!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Catching up.............

Thought I would share just a few pictures from our trip to Salt Lake City for my sister-in-laws inauguration ceremony.
We were treated like kings and queens.
 Upon arrival we received a gift basket in our room.

We each received a piece of clothing (chosen specifically for us) from SLCC,  2 bottles of beer brewed in SLCC, candy and a hand written note.
How fun was that?

We took a tour of the campus and much to our surprise we saw my SIL's picture all over campus.  We thought it would be fun to add a little mustache but we refrained. :)

Outside of her new office.

The ceremony was full of pomp and circumstance.
 Such a privilege to be a part of.

This is part of the gang anyway.
  We are missing the President and my oldest nephew.

The luncheon was served in a beautiful room over looking the campus.  If you look close you can see a small easel at each place setting.  We all received a special painting on canvas that was painted by a student or faculty member.  On the back of the canvas told the story behind the artwork and the artist.  Yeah........pretty cool.

Happy Hooking Everyone!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A little bit of exciting news

If you haven't had the opportunity or been busy entertaining for the holidays and haven't had time to leaf through the latest issue of RHM I would encourage you to do so.

Mom and I designed a rug for the Dear Beginner Rug Hooker.
The design is called "Simply Spring".  
We had such a dreary winter last year that we couldn't bring ourselves to design a rug that involved anything "winter".
We thought this design would be a perfect spark to start off your Spring designs.

You can stop by the shop and see the rugs in person. 
 Mom hooked the "dull" version and I hooked the "bright" version.

We would LOVE to see your version of the rug!

Happy Hooking!