Friday, December 10, 2010

A Gathering of Friends

Our First Tuesday Rug Group met at Tonia's house for our December meeting and it was such a treat to see her beautiful home all decked out for Christmas! Here are some vignettes I snapped in various rooms.








I think she's as obsessed with sheep as I am - here are pictures of some of her collection.





Her wool stash is neatly displayed on great shelves and racks.






Her bedroom is a calm and uncluttered oasis with a great rug hanging above the pencil post bed.



And this is the rug she's working on right now - looks like a scene from an old English countryside - something you might see in a movie. She said nearly all the wool she used was as-is - only the blue sky was dyed.


The cobblestone cottage really caught my attention -  here's the wool she used to hook it with - and by hooking this way and that way - instead of in straight rows - it really gives the effect of stone walls.


The red flowers in the foreground are hooked with a soft red yarn - and some of the green grass is hooked with yarn that changes from thick to thin - giving a great texture.


Tonia fed us some yummy chicken & rice soup - plus toasted pita bread for lunch. We also did a cookie exchange (the first time ever for me) which was really fun. Besides providing us with lunch and a lovely place to meet, Tonia also gave each of us a darling sheep pendant that she made - what a TREAT! I'm going to love wearing this - thanks so much for your hospitality Tonia! We all had a great time!


13 comments:

Joanne said...

what great decorating and what a great gift she made for you! So cool

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

What a great post! I love the simplicity of her decorating ~ less is more ~ I need to take a lesson! Her rugs are really nice, too ~ what a great day you had!! Thanks for sharing!

Mindy said...

I like the little tree with the candles and the sheep! What a nice stash of wool! Thanks for sharing!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
I just love the little vignettes on the cake stands! What a clever idea.
Her decorating is so tastefully done.
The rug she is working on is wonderful. Thanks for sharing the wool she used for the cobblestone effect.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Kaaren said...

Sounds and looks like you had a wonderful day!

Now what is your friend's address? I need some of those sheep to add to my collection too! Think she'll miss tow or three? *wink*

Nedra said...

I love her cute little Christmas displays on cake stands. A great idea for a small area.
Merry Christmas to you and Barry!

Lori said...

I love her collection of sheep and wool!! Her bedroom does look very peaceful and calm. Thanks for the tour.

vintagefindings@me.com said...

Oh, I love the sheep collection and the wool stash! I am working on a very small wool work project in the evenings. Thanks for stopping by my blog and co-misserating on my fallen tree - it was a big one!!

Karen

Wendie Scott Davis said...

There really is something magical about this time of year and you can definitely see it in the pictures you took. Thanks for sharing.

~Madalynne~ said...

Hi Gayle.

Thanks for joining my blog. The Santa ornie is simple: trace a Santa onto 2 layers of muslin; sew; turn; stuff; whip closed; pinch stitch details; paint as desired. It's a fun project!

~Madalynne

acorn hollow said...

I love the little scenes and I love that rug!
Cathy

Kellee said...

Hey Gayle, my mom was telling me about Kaitlyn's nursery and how cute it is. She said there are pictures on Kaitlyn's blog? Do you think you could ask Kaitlyn if I could get an invite to her blog? If she doesn't mind, here is my e-mail address: h_kellee@hotmail.com

Thanks!

Angie Berry said...

Tonia's Christmas decor is lovely! She has so many wonderful vintage pieces.

Ah, love that sheep collection! How wonderful! So is that wool collection. =]

The rug she is working on now is beautiful! I love the stone look in the cottage.

Sounds like a great time was had, love the pendant she blessed you all with!