I am married to my wonderful husband Rob and we have two fur kids named Molly and Olivia. I love all things primitive. I have a need for making primitive stuff, shopping for junktiques and hooking rugs.
I am back after a much needed little break! I have been enjoying spring, working in the yard and catching up on life. We have a new baseball team here in Kinston called the Wood Ducks, so we have been enjoying going to see them play, but now it is time to get back to work!
I have decided to change my name back to Baskets of Wool and you can read about it on my new blog here: Baskets of Wool
My Etsy page has changed as well, Etsy will redirect you to my new page, so if you are a follower you should get a notice. If not, you can find it here: Baskets of Wool~Etsy
This blog will stay active for a while, but all new blog posts or updates will be made at my Baskets of Wool blog from here on out.
There might be a few hiccups as I make the transition, so please bear with me and let me know if you see anything that needs changed or updated. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I appreciate your continued support of me and my small rug hooking business.
I have been missing in action I know, but I have been busy! I know that some of you can relate, but sometimes you just have to check out from the computer to get things done. I have lots of projects that are almost done and I am trying to get them all finished up. I have a busy couple of months.
First up, is a weekend away to go and hook with a bunch of wonderful ladies from The Hornets' Nest at the Caraway Baptist Conference Center on Asheboro NC. Looking forward to going and hooking for the weekend to finish up a couple of rugs.
Secondly, I am going to teach a workshop for a fun group of ladies in Urbanna, VA. I was suppose to teach there in October last year, but Hurricane Matthew changed those plans. So looking forward to seeing them again and planning some great rugs.
Thirdly, is the Stash Sister's Hook-In in Dayton TX, March 2-4, 2017. They have asked me to be a vendor there and to teach a mini workshop. The mini workshop I am going to teach is a Hooked and Sewn Collage. Here are the pictures of two of the collages that can be made during the workshop.
If you are interested in attending the Hook-In here is the contact information:
I have been hooking on a few things, I have had this rug hooked for quite sometime, but just now got it whipped around. It is called Summer Blossoms and measures 14" X 30". I will get it added to my ETSY shop if anyone is interested in the pattern.
Here are a few appliques I made for a customer. They are my own design except for the Holly one, it was adapted from a Needl Love book and is a Maggie Bonanomi design. The snowman and tree one is available, if interested you can email me.
I just wanted to give you a little insight into what I have been dealing with the last couple of weeks.
Hurricane Matthew decided to hit our area and leave its mark.
It all started last Saturday October 8th. It started raining and just never let up. Then at around 6:00 pm Hurricane Matthew made it to Kinston, NC, I shot his video when it hit. We lost power around 6:15 pm shortly after it started and the rain and wind stayed with us for many hours. We had been told this storm was going to be a great one so be prepared. Having never been through a storm like this we didn't really know what to expect, but we were prepared as best we knew. We went to bed then that night with the hopes it would all be over. This is what we saw when we woke on Sunday.
The picture above is looking down our driveway. Our house sits on one of the highest lots in our neighborhood. The house below is across the street from us.
We live about 6 miles in the country from the City of Kinston. We have about 12 homes in our little community. This is the road leading to the some of the houses in our neighborhood. Once again, I was standing in our yard.
This picture below is the street in front of our house,
water as far as we could see.
The water receded enough that we could finally get out of our area on Monday afternoon. Since not having power this whole time, we did not know really how the City of Kinston had fared. So we drove into town just so we could get out of the house and check it out. It didn't look too bad! Lol
So we went back home to no electricity still, but we had some cleaning up to do and I was trying to prepare to go teach a rug hooking workshop in Virginia, leaving on Wednesday. My husband was able to get to work on Tuesday so I was packing up wool, drawing patterns while I had some daylight and I get a knock on the door. It was a local volunteer fireman going door to door telling everyone in out neighborhood we had to evacuate! WHAT? The water has all receded! The Neuse River was rising fast and we lived in the flood plan, so they were evacuating everyone in it. So I called my husband, who then came home from work and we moved as much as we could to the second level our home. Packed up our cars with enough clothes for a few days and loaded our two dogs and went to our friend's the Wilson's, who graciously opened their doors to us and our great friends and neighbors, who also have two dogs. The Wilson's also have two dogs, so there were six people and six dogs, it was a house full, but we were thankful we didn't have to go to a shelter.
So we were there waiting and watching all the news about Kinston and waiting for the Neuse River to reach it's crest and in hopes our houses would be spared.
Flood stage for the Neuse River is 14 feet and they were expecting the river to crest at 29 feet, a historical record. Well, it finally crested Friday night at 28.3 feet.
We were finally able to return to our home yesterday, Saturday the 15th of October, a week after it all began to a spared home and electricity. We are truly blessed and devastated for our community of Kinston. It will be years before we recover from this as a city.
Below is a picture from the air that a guy my husband worked with took.
Here a a few links if you are interested in seeing a few pictures of our city. We are a city of around 20,000 or so. The first one is a link from our paper as shows some incredible pictures, sorry it also has some annoying ads.