Thank you for visiting my blog site. I own The Rug Hooking Store at Black Horse Antiques in Valley Nebraska. I have had the antique store for the last 31 years and the rug hooking portion of the store for the last 12 years. I specialize in hand-dyed wool and all supplies needed for rug hooking. There are over 750 patterns available in the store and online. I particularly love color planning rugs and will be happy to help you select wools for your latest project. Visit my store at www.janicelee.biz
Our Christmas Open House was great fun. We had a terrific turn out and a really enjoyable day. Thanks to all who attended and to Carl who made us lunch. Congratulations to Karen Flatley, the winner of the $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE.
Here is a news flash for you. I just got word from Beeline that their cutter and blade prices are going up as of January 10th. If you need a Beeline cutter or blades in different sizes, now is the time to buy. I have a long arm cutter in stock at the old price and long arm blades of all sizes. Contact me for availability if you have been considering the purchase of a cutter or blade (cartridge) before the price hike.
And AHHHHHH…….Mij is modeling her new outer wear. Of course she is pretty in her pink princess sweater, a natural for a dog named Her Mijesty. I think the striped hoodie is just right for a more casual look that will keep the chill away on those brisk winter walks.
Leah contends Mij likes her jackets and sweaters, but who is surprised, the little cow dog turned fashionista never fails to amaze. You go girl, you are lookin' two snap. (I fear that was a terribly out-dated attempt at 'cool' jargon)
I wish to apologize for fewer blogs of late. My computer connection has been disturbed and it has not been reaching the house since we messed with the phone connection during the addition construction. But….it is working tonight, so HOORAY! I may be back to my regular blogging schedule.
As you can see, my painting is done, the fire marshal has been here and the addition is FULL for the CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE tomorrow. We will be hooking from 10-5 and are all welcome to join us. Carl will make us lunch and a good time will be had by all. Make a purchase tomorrow and put your name in the drawing for a $50 gift certificate!
There is so much new in the store it is hard to describe it all. There is a beautiful 8ft solid walnut harvest table, a 1860 museum quality mammy bench, complete with original black paint and gold stenciling. There are wonderful store boxes with great labels for biscuits, spices etc. There is an adorable possum belly kitchen cabinet and a doll size kitchen table and chest of drawers. All so cute!
Over 100 patterns have been marked down 20%, an unheard of event here at the store, but all part of our grand opening for the addition. If you get to come visit the store, PLEASE admire my newly painted floor thru out the store. It took me all week, moving a section of furniture, painting the floor, moving it back and on to another section. It looks pretty good if I do say so myself. I don't intend to repaint it in my lifetime, so please enjoy and admire it NOW!
Oooooh, and my blog would not be complete without mention of the little poodle puppster that is now 3 weeks old. I get to pick him up in just 4 more weeks and I can't wait. The 5 pups in the litter have opened their eyes and are exploring their world. They are all adorable, but I think mine might be just the most handsome and intelligent of them all. I won't know his name for sure, until I see him. But, because he is probably going to be a blue/black or silver Standard Poodle, I am thinking of Blue or Remington Blue. If I name him Remington I could call him Remi. Carl suggested Charlie, Donna Hrkman likes Smokey. I am open to suggestions if any of you are inspired with a name for this little adorableness.
Christmas OPEN HOUSE will be next Saturday, December 7 from 10-5. We will have open hooking all day, Carl will make us all lunch! Bring a treat to share if you wish. The new addition is finished and will be loaded with antiques, wool and patterns for browsing. I selected over 100 patterns to put on a CHRISTMAS SPECIAL at 20% OFF. Patterns from Sharon Smith, M. Shaw and many others are on this fun bargain rack. Visit or call if you are looking for a special pattern.
Join our regular group for a great day of hooking.
We have plenty of room for all with the new addition.
As you can see from the pictures, it is a good sized space. I have begun moving the antiques into it, but have to leave outlets uncovered for the fire marshal to inspect on Thursday. Then I will be able to fill it up and decorate it for Saturday!
As added incentive….on Saturday….make a purchase and be put in a drawing for a $50 Gift Certificate to the store. Need not be present to win, just make any size purchase at some point of the day. Your name will automatically go into the drawing.
If Sandy wins again, we will declare her the "Luckiest Woman Alive" or perhaps she has secret powers she is using. Some form of hypnotic gaze. Hmmmm….I will be keeping my eye on her this time.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. I am sure you are all in the midst of the cooking and cleaning that precedes the big day, but I am writing tonight in case you have a moment for a chuckle. We have been out and out laughing about this for several hours.
Remember my little grandson Smith? He is the one I helped make the scarecrow for his kindergarden project. Well, today the teacher asked each child to tell about their Thanksgiving turkey. She wrote down the words and then copied each child's story into a book of all the stories, for the kids to take home.
Smith's mom Rachel, was at work when husband Matt called her. All he could say is "The kid threw me under the bus" and then read her Smith's work.
In case you can't read the tiny print, this is what it says:
Baked Turkey, From the kitchen of Rachel Cole, as told by Smith Cole
My mom gets the turkey from Hy-Vee, probably. She adds 2 sprinkles of pepper, and she adds those little green specks, parsley: like 12 or 16 of those. She puts the turkey in the oven. She turns the oven to HOT and cooks it for about 12 minutes. The oven beeps and she takes it out. My mom cuts up the turkey. My mom does all the work. Dad is in the basement playing video games on the X-box. Mom calls us for dinner and we usually save the turkey for dessert. It tastes like fried chicken. It is so good.
My mom is a great cook!
As you can imagine this has caused some mixed feelings in their household. Rachel can't quit laughing (like us) and Matt is nursing some bruised feelings. I am sure as a hardworking, stay at home dad, he feels under-appreciated at this moment. Poor Matt! I am sure this is extra hard on him knowing that the stories went home to ALL the parents, so now a good portion of central Omaha knows that "Mom does all the work and Dad is in the basement playing video games on the X-Box."
Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I hope you all have a wonderful day with friends and family.
Where have I been? That is a good question. I have been very remiss about my blogging, but I have a very good excuse. No, it is NOT because all my thoughts are with this puppy. Although, I would have every reason to forego my regular duties, just to stare at these pictures and think of puppy names.
But NO…..the reason I have not been blogging is because I have been so busy with the addition to the antique/rug hooking store, and I am thrilled to announce that it is DONE. I need one more gallon of floor paint, and I will guarantee you that I will be completely finished by noon tomorrow. That will give me time to get the house ready for Thanksgiving. I, of course, host the holidays for my family. My grandmother always cooked the holiday meals and when I got married, it sort of passed on to me. How my mother got out of the loop I have never figured out, but I don't mind and love having people come, one and all.
There has always been a tradition in our house that if someone has no where to go for a holiday, they are welcome here. There is always an empty chair at our table for someone needing a temporary family. Trust me, this tradition has led to some interesting holidays. Last year, Leah was working at the Rose Theatre, music directing a show about pirates. She called 2 days before Thanksgiving and asked if she could invite 6 pirates for Thanksgiving dinner. Of course, I said they were welcome.
. What a fun day we had. These young people, all in their twenties were actors trying to make their way in the world. For some this was their first professional gig. Out of town and away from their families, I think they appreciated the invitation to come to the farm. I took them on a gator ride thru the frozen fields after dinner, they petted horses and got to see the Scottish Highland cattle at the neighbors next door. Then……the singing began. I have a little grand piano in my wool/piano room and one of these kids could play the piano like crazy. They started by singing Christmas carols and moved on to Broadway songs. For hours the house rocked with their music.
This was enjoyed by all, except my cowboy son, Will. Remember him? Yeah, well, 6 singing pirates AND his sister all trying to out sing one another was just too much for him. Really, he has no sense of humor at all.
Tomorrow I will show you pictures of the finished addition, but till then, please enjoy the new pictures I got of the puppies and MY puppy in particular. My little guy has the green collar on. They are about 10 days old now and I am counting down the days until I can go pick him up. Life is about to change for me in a big way. Don't worry……you will all hear about it!!!!!
I am not even going to pretend this blog has anything to do with business……this is all about puppies!
Jean Miller of Solo Standards sent me the link to these photos on her website. This is the beautiful mother, Bella. The father of the pups is Reuben, a beautiful dark red poodle.
My little guy is the one with the green collar. He weighed 14 oz at birth, not the biggest, not the smallest.
Jean thinks he, and all the black ones are going to turn silver, like their mother. She will know for sure when she clips their faces at 5 weeks.
I don't know about you, but I think he already looks like the perfect store/theatre dog.
All of these puppies are already spoken for. The breeder is keeping one female for a breeding prospect. The rest will go to the homes of anxiously awaiting dog lovers like me!
I went last night to purchase my first puppy toys.
So many wonderful and interesting dog toys they make these days. I haven't had a puppy in the house for 11 years. I am going to have to start retraining myself to pick up shoes. I am sure this dog will have me trained to do a number of things differently before we are done.
I could pretend this post is about rug hooking, since I am including two photos pertaining to that subject. But, really I am writing today to announce that the litter of pups from Solo Standards, that I have been so "patiently" waiting for is finally here. Jean Miller just called me to say that Bella's litter of 5 pups arrived last night. Mother and pups are all doing fine. The pups are big and healthy. There are 3 females and 2 males. Jean is keeping a female for breeding purposes. I want a male puppy and there was an apricot and a silver born. I put my dibs on the silver male. He is black now, but has white tufts of hair between the pads of his feet, which she says indicates he will probably turn silver or at least be a gun metal grey/black. Perfect for me.
Jean names all her litters with a theme. This litter's theme is WINTER. She named the boy pups Yukon and Tundra. Cute names, but I am still looking for the perfect name for the puppy. Carl likes Charlie, I like Blue or Clipper. Donna Hrkman suggested Smokey and now I think the name Smoke might fit the pup fine. I will have to wait until I see him.
He will not be able to come home until he is 8 weeks old. We
will be driving to get him in January, so we will be at the mercy of the winter weather, but we will figure it out. Until then, I will be buying dog toys in preparation of his arrival.
Rug hooking??????? Oh yeah……pictured above are Marie Schropp and Sharon Townsend both working on wonderful portraits in the Donna Hrkman class at the retreat. The little boy is Pat Shafer's retreat project, also from the Donna Hrkman class. This is her son Tim and she is doing a beautiful job of capturing his likeness and spirit.