Saturday, April 16, 2011

Woe Is Me!

This weekend a bunch of my rug hooking friends are attending the Utah Rug & Fiber Guild's retreat and I'm sure they're all having a wonderful time. I had planned on attending also - I helped with the planning of the event and was going to organize the rug show. Unfortunately, things turned out quite differently for me. Hubby had his gall bladder removed unexpectedly on Thursday and it just wasn't a good idea to leave him home alone yet - so I've been tending to his needs.

To console myself, I started a small hooked mat and got it all finished up. Ages ago I bought a bunch of wooden fur stretchers on ebay and finally used one for this project. Attached the mat to it and that's why it's an unusual shape.


I made the name tags for the retreat using my Cricut and a great cartridge I borrowed from a neighbor for the sheep.




and put together some little sheep-themed refrigerator magnets for the goody bags.



Here they are in the little packages I made for them - sometimes the presentation makes a small simple gift more fun to receive!




Can't wait to see pictures from the event. I was excited a couple days ago when the library called to tell me that my name had come up on the waiting list for a new book by my favorite author - I look forward to reading it!

27 comments:

Kim said...

Sorry you had to miss the show. Your little keepsakes are darling! Hope your husband recovers quickly and your friends take lots of pictures at the show.

Sue said...

You hooked rug is adorable. That is something that I've been wanting to try but haven't yet. Is it not too hard to get started?

Lori said...

What a bummer. I hope you told DH his timing wasn't very good! LOL
What swet packages. I'm sure everyone will be thinking of you.

Mindy/Raymond Homestead said...

What cute name tags and little keepsakes you made. Hope your husband is doing better! Sorry you had to miss the show :-(

katie said...

I love the leaves on your single flower. Different and interesting.
Hope your hubby is feeling better after the gall bladder surgery.

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brenda said...

oops-- posted this comment in my daughter's profile---try it again--
How sad to miss your retreat, but I do see that you had to be home for your hubby-- I hope he is feeling better soon! All those lovely goodies you put together are so sweet! I am glad you won my giveaway! I will send it out Monday!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle -
So sorry you had to miss the retreat after all your hard work! Family is more important.
Sweet little mat that you hooked.
Pug hugs ;)
Lauren

whitey said...

Sorry to hear about Barry is he on the road to recovery?

cornbreadandbeansquilting said...

Hope your hubby recovers quickly! I love the cute things you made and I am sure your friends loved them and missed your presence!

Nedra said...

I am so sad for you that you couldn't attend! I know how much work you put into the event each year, and how much you enjoy the event.
I hope Barry is feeling better soon. Give him our best.

Joanne said...

Quick recovery to your hublet - sorry you missed out - Your name tags and baggies and magnets are just wonderful! Love them! Wish I was one in your group!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Sorry you had to miss the event - hope your dh is doing well. The name tags and magnets are so cute and I totally agree - packaging does make a simple thing special!

Wendie Scott Davis said...

All I can say is that you have an incredibly creative way to turn disappointment into victory. Your day's work is unbelievable. I love everything you shared.

And I hope your poor hubby is back in perfect shape before long.

Courtney said...

I'm sorry you had to miss the event! I hope your husband feels better soon. I love your mat. What did that stretcher originally do? The mat looks great on it. Your name tags and goodies are such fun! I wish I had a packet myself.
Courtney

Amy McPheeters said...

Oh Bummer! Hope the hubby is recuperating nicely. And now you have that cute little mat to commemorate the event! I concur with everyone else that all your little goodies are just darling - might have to steal of a few of those ideas!

Wooly 4 Ewe said...

Everyone loved the name tags and the magnets. They were so cute. Thanks so much for doing them. Angela is bringing you a couple of surprises I hope that you like them. We missed you lots!! Lisa

yellowfarmhouse said...

Sorry you had to miss the show - there's nothing like time spent with people you enjoy doing what you love. Hope hubby is feeling better. Your little packaged treasures I'm sure were a really big hit - I know I would have loved them :)

Karen

Sandy said...

Gayle,
We missed you at the retreat. It was great. The name tags were great as usual and the magnets are adoreable. I loved how you packaged them. Hope Barry is doing well and will see you in May. Thanks for all the fun stuff.
Sandy

Cristin said...

Wishing your hubby a quick recovery...
Sad that you missed your show/event/retreat...I'm sure YOU were missed...
Love the rug!

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Hi Gayle,

I am so sorry you had to miss the show especially after all the hard work you did. You put such care into each goodie and the packaging as well.

Lura s a special lady and I know her faith has a lot to do with it. I admire all of my LDS friends - everyone of you are special caring and giving gals! Your care in the goodies for the show is just one example.

I hope hubby is feeling better! HUGS!

Mimi Sue said...

Hope your honey is doing better. You're a trooper for seeing to his needs:) Your little gift bags are adorable. It's all about the packaging! Mimi

TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh Bummer! Too bad about the retreat! Those little gift bags are so sweet - they'll be making every one of your friends miss you! Love the magnets especially! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

ohiofarmgirl said...

I adore your little sheep. The magnets are just the thing! I adore sheep and you have some great ideas. How sweet that you made little gifts, Hope hubby is better. Dianntha

ButtonMad said...

Hope hubby is well soon...
The buttons for the giveaway are only being posted this week due to the holiday...look out for them in about ten working days time....
We have 3 more public holidays this week...so it may take a little longer ...
Greetings from south africa

info 4 all said...

very nice

Angie Berry said...

Ah, so sorry you had to miss the retreat. I am sure you were missed by the gang. Your husband probably appreciated that very much (well, he better had, haha!). You always make up the cutest goody bags! You're right... the presentation is almost as fun as the gift itself. It makes me want to join your group even though I have no idea how to hook just so I can get those cute little bags! =]