Monday, May 18, 2009


I am finally finished with my brother and his wife's Cabin Rug. Gary and Chris were married in Hubbarton, Vermont on November 23, 2007. This is their wedding rug. I was not at the wedding but they also purchased a cabin by a lake in Vermont where they spend their every weekend. During the winter they ski every weekend and during off season they spend it at the lake swimming and just enjoying Vermont. They absolutely love it there. They sent me a picture of their cabin and this is the side of the cabin. I asked my good friend Debbie, Woolensails, to draw the picture for me onto linen. She does amazing patterns and drew this up for me. I asked her to add the trees and the moose. Everything else was exactly the way the cabin looks. Thank you Debbie for a fantastic job! I did all the dyeing of the wools in this rug except for the sky which I purchased wool from Norma Batastini becuase when I saw it I knew it was exactly what I wanted and I think it turned out perfect. I am so anxious to give them their rug when I see them.

I have much more to share with you but it will have to wait until the next post. I am so busy right now with so many projects. Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the weather and doing something that you enjoy as much as I enjoy hooking! Do what makes you smile and what makes you happy inside. Blessings to all my dear friends and be sure to think a good thought! Until next time..............Cyndi

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Carpet Bag

Well this will be a quick post this week. The Lott Kids will probably be next week, as I'm gathering pictures for that but wanted to show you my carpet bag as far as I've gotten. This is one side almost done. I still have the other side to do. I dyed all the wool for this and love how it's coming out. Of course the second side won't be as much fun becuase it will be like hooking a second rug! I never like to do two rugs of the same thing and then there is the finishing work and that seems to be done all by hand which is fine by me. I hate sewing machines or rather they hate me!!! Have a great week everyone and blessings all my friends................Cyndi

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Here I Am Again......

Well Here I am again. It's now April. Don't ask me. Don't even ask. For some reason as much as I try to do this every Friday life is getting in the way..........big time. I won't even start to tell you what's been in the way but rest assured life has gotten in the way in a big way so I just wasn't able to get here. Now here I am and I really am going to try very hard to keep a blog. When someone gives me an award it's so nice but I really decided I think I deserve the "worst blogger" award!! Are you listening Ginger??? LOL..... Finding the time to blog is horrible. So....since I'm back and I think I posted twice this past year or something crazy It's time to meet Greg and I so we'll start there. In the near future you'll meet the Lott kids and then the extended family of brothers and their wives and my parents.

I always love to put a face to the people I'm talking to and so I thought it would be nice to introduce you to at least myself and my husband Greg. So here we are on our wedding day on April 16, 2005

Pastor vonFrisch was my pastor at Schwarzwald Lutheran Church for many years and he had just left to go to another church. I was so devastated. I had become very close to him during counseling when my ex left me after 25 years of marriage. He was the first person to meet Greg and we wanted him to marry us but he would not be able to marry us in my church becuase he was no longer the pastor there. There was just an interim pastor there that did not know Greg or I. He drove 1 hour each way to come to my maid of honor's home to marry us there. It was a beautiful day and we only had about 21 guests. It was very small and intimate and just the perfect day. Greg wore a tux and I wore an off white longish dress and it coudln't have been more perfect for us. The main thing we wanted more than anything was for Pastor vonFrisch to marry us and he did that and even wore his vestments to do so.

In my rug life I am working on Karen Kahle's Carpet Bag. I just love that bag and I'm about 1/3 done. It looks great. I'm very happy with it and when it's finished and all done up I'll show you here. You'll all be the first to know. Well until next time have a very blessed Easter and next installment is the Lott kids..... and for people that don't know me.... they all have 4 legs!!! Have a great week....blessings Cyndi

Friday, December 26, 2008

Where Have I Been?????

Can it possibly be since September since I've been here??? I guess it has. I planned to keep this updated once a week but since September life got in the way. Now things are finally the way they are going to be for a while and I plan again to update once a week. I have been busy to say the least. Instead of going back to September I'll just go into the last few weeks and tell you the latest fiasco.......

Well my poor mom ends up in ER with appendicitis at age 72. I guess she just couldn't wait any longer! Well ER doc checked her and told her they'd do the surgery that night and she'd go home the next am. Then the surgeon came in and said he wasn't sure it was appendix becuase her WBC were so very high. He keeps her in overnight for OBSERVATION................Loads her up with morphine and says he'll be in to see her at 5 am. Well the morphine zonked her out. He shows up at 10 am and the darn thing had BURST!!!!!!!! SO MUCH FOR OBSERVATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She than ended up in the hospital for 9 days of pure hell. They also diagnosed her with COPD which we knew something was wrong. She had lost a lot of weight and was under 90 pounds and very frail and had trouble breathing but would not go to the doc. Well seeing her so sick when I never ever saw my mom sick was really really hard. She was so embarrassed and shameful and guilty and talked to me and said it was all her own fault becuase she smoked for over 50 years. I tried to talk to here that in her day and age in the 50's everyone smoked. Well she should have known better. She was so very sick. After about 9 days they sent her home on oxygen for full time for 3 weeks. She hasn't been out of the house and she is very unhappy being cooped up on this O2 and hates it. Her being the Christmas person that does all the cooking and entertaining she didn't have the energy to do anything. So for Christmas Eve I did the traditional Clam Pot Pie so we didn't miss a beat and Christmas dinner my brother Todd did the turkey, Nina his wife did the bread/potatoe filling and I did the sweet potatoes. Dad did the veggies. We didn't miss one thing this year. Every thing went perfect. I think it all gave us an idea of what she goes through every year preparing all this stuff. Now we have New Year's Day with the Pork and Kraut which I think I'll be doing. (Can you tell we're PA Dutch????)!!!!

So that was the recent fiasco. There was so much more. There was a period of loss I went through and I am happy to say I am now through it and even though it seems awful at the time in the end it's a lesson and you learn and realize that it leaves you feeling so much better and blessed that it happened and the loss it well...................lost! If that makes any sense, it probably does to many of you. Time heals all wounds and it took time to understand why and see the bigger picture and now I can honestly say I am blessed to have these people in my life move on and now I can reach a newer calm and contentment. Life is difficult. Sometimes choices are hard but it's worth it to sieve through the sand to find the pearl.

So now I'm back hooking, knitting, punching and trying to balance all three. I am going to a gym now 3 times a week too so that's hard finding time. I need to try to find the balance. I enjoy the gym though. I go with a good friend and we work hard and then get in the pool and just relax and talk and laugh and have fun.

So with that being said I would like to wish everyone a wonderful, joyous, happy and healthy new year and hope 2009 brings you all the blessings you wish for. I will try to update weekly and show you what I'm doing. Much more pics of the family and pets and friends and what I'm doing. I don't sit much anymore. I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and have a wonderful safe Happy New Year. Blessings my friends.........................Cyndi

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Give Aways Galore!!!!!

Hello my dear friends. Sorry I have been away so long. Way too long. Life has just gotten in the way of blogging but I plan to be back very very soon. Sooner than you think so keep your eyes open. I have lots to show and lots to talk about.

First thing I want to say is that in the groups I am in there are so many generous caring ladies. There are give aways galore and one of them that is really special is from Terri at It's a beautiful penny rug that is just gorgeous and made out of an old army blanket. Go take a look. You won't be disappointed. Until I get my act together here, give me a chance to get on my feet and I'll be back with pictures and news.

Also...thanks for all the birthday wishes. It made turning a year older worth it!! Blessings to all..........Cyndi

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Well I can't tell you how happy I am to post this particular post. Many of you know about my friend Buzz and his struggle with lymph node cancer. Many of you have been kind enough to send him cards and have lifted him up in prayer when I asked. As of August 18, 2008 he got a clean bill of health from his surgeon at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!!!This is what we have all been praying and hoping for and our prayers have been answered. I cannot thank you all enough for every little kind thought and prayer you had for Buzz and every single card you sent to him when he faced so many challenges this past year. Geez... it's now 3 am here and I am so happy I can't even begin to sleep. I wish I could talk to him right now because I found this all out on his website and you know I gotta now have 100 questions to ask. I seriously now need to talk to him to find out everything. I'm not sure if he's eating normally again or if he still has the feeding tube or how things are going but I do that that he is debuting his new band, JAZZ IN PASTEL, on August 29 in New Jersey. Greg and I won't be going to that show because it's a bit far for us with Greg working, however Buzz will be here near our hometown on September 6 and we will be going that night to see him live with his new band and it will be soooo good to see him behind the drums again. We even are invited to the post-gig party afterwards!!! He has lots of new things happening in his life. He is back to living at full speed. Now the problem is trying to catch him. When he was so ill and could not even think of eating the Quiznos commercials drove him nuts. He wanted to eat a Quiznos sandwich in the worst way. I told him then I would be his Quiznos girl and when he could eat I would treat him to a Quiznos sandwich, so I'm really anxious to see if he can eat and then take him for a treat and watch him just sink that whole sandwich!!! So thank you, each and every one of you that sent a card, said a prayer, emailed me with encouragement or just thought about him sometime during your day. We rug hookers are a strong bond and together with the power of prayer I think God heard us.....I KNOW God heard us and he answered our prayers. Here are some great pictures of Buzz that you'll enjoy. Blessings my friends.............Cyndi