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
Saturday December 13 has arrived! It is time for our Christmas party at The Rug Hooking Store. We will be hooking from 10-5. All are welcome. Bring a Christmas treat to share if you wish.
With Christmas almost upon us, it has been time for Christmas preparations at the theatre, too. Voice recital is Dec 21st and it was the first time on stage rehearsing this week. Lauren, my darling student, said "It certainly feels different when you go from the studio to the stage, it is kind of scary." At which point Blue, the theatre dog, raced to the stage and threw himself on her feet. He either speaks English or reads minds, he knew his help was needed. He loves Lauren and the kids at the theatre. Not all of them appreciate his big furry help, but Lauren and her sister Halle are dog lovers and make him feel very needed, indeed.
It is time to start thinking about Christmas! We will have our final production of 'Scrooge, the Musical' tonight at The Elkhorn Valley Community Theatre in Valley. We were delighted to be sponsored this year by Methodist Health System. Opening night, we hosted the great doctors, nurses and staff of our own Methodist Physicians Clinic of Valley. They have kept many members of our cast, alive and well over the years and we were thrilled to have them there, to help us kick off our Christmas season. Thank you Methodist Health! We played to sell out crowds and although we are always relieved when the show is done and everything is put away, it is my favorite time at the theatre. We do 'Scrooge' every other year and I will take about 3 days off before I start thinking about our next show, Music Man, which will audition on January 4 at 6pm. It requires a large cast of adults, teens and kids. Join us!
I have been feeling so Christmasy, that I started this Glad Tidings rug last week. Yes, Beate, I finished it in a week, but it was a lot of fun and went quickly. I did it in a 6 cut, because of that wreath. My horse Hairy was the model for Santa's horse. This pattern is from Spruce Ridge Studio and is a Lori Brechlin design. I love it and am going to take it in to Leonardo's Framing tomorrow. They think they can have it done for Christmas!
Below, you see my 'Quinn' rug. This rug is for a very special young lady who has been in my theatre world since she was 6 years old. Maggie, grew up at the theatre, sang in Youth Choir, did summer theatre every year and then played leads in our shows as she grew up. She went to medical school and is now a resident in pediatrics. I could not be more proud of her! Maggie married a wonderful guy last year and now is a brand new mom. Quinn was not due for another week or so, but she surprised everyone by arriving on Thursday…..OPENING NIGHT! I contend she was born to be a theatre girl, born on an opening night, how could she not. Give me 6 years with her and she will be ready to be Tiny Tim in 2020. This is Quinn's rug and I am glad I got it finished in time for her arrival. Pris Buttler designed this pattern especially for her and I started it at this year's retreat. As you can see, she will always have an angel watching over her. I hid her parents initials under her name. I hope baby Quinn will love it, it was certainly made with love by her theatre nana.
DO NOT FORGET we are having the store Christmas Party next Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10-5. It will be an all day hooking and everyone is invited. You can bring something to share and we will eat and hook and solve world problems all day long. Hope you can make it!