What a whirlwind! After traveling throughout the southwest and west visiting as many national parks as we could in four weeks (it is the 100 year celebration of our national parks), we made it over to Ohio and Sauder Village on opening day Wednesday. Had a blast. Then drove back to Houston. Exhausted to say the least.
Saw my rug "Jesus of Nazareth" in the Celebrations display along with a number of excellent Celebration rugs that I fell in love with - including my two favorites this year: Dana Psoinas' version of Red Riding Hood called "The Guardian", and Susan J. Baker's adaptation of "Greta Garbo" which graces the cover of the Celebration magazine.
Celebration Rug Highlights
Other Show Favorites
My self portrait "Red Glasses" was displayed below what may be my favorite rug at the show and the one that won the People's Choice Award for the Originals Category: Nancy Thun, "Heathen Hill". Am so proud of Alexander and his "Galveston Gull." He was inspired by Dana's fairy tale rugs, so he is now talking about a dragon and knight rug as maybe his next rug.
Also eye-popping was Liz Marino's fine-cut photograph rug "Martellotti's Family Picnic circa 1928". Her rug won both the People's Choice Award for the People and Places Category as well as the Sauder Award selected by Mrs. Sauder. Absolutely love my sister's footstool with the geometric roses she created and the black and white striped border. I am now inspired to hook a footstool even more than I was before. The good news...on vacation I found a second hand black leather footstool (21 by 44 inches) with a flip up top. So guess what my next project will be!