After Sauder

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

Jesus of Nazareth 2016, April DeConick

Jesus of Nazareth 2016, April DeConick

The Guardian, Dana Psoinas

The Guardian, Dana Psoinas

Greta Garbo, Susan J. Baker

Greta Garbo, Susan J. Baker

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.

Red Glasses, 2016, April DeConick

Red Glasses, 2016, April DeConick

Galveston Gull, 2016, Alexander DeGreiner

Galveston Gull, 2016, Alexander DeGreiner

Heathen Hill, Nancy Thun

Heathen Hill, Nancy Thun

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!

Martellotti's Family Picnic, Liz Marino

Martellotti's Family Picnic, Liz Marino

Rose Footstool, Tiffany DeConick

Rose Footstool, Tiffany DeConick