Good morning everyone! This week has been one of preparing for the upcoming holiday season. I hosted a tree decorating party yesterday. I invited a few friends to help. Our house is small and with Covid doing its thing again (still) I decided to err on the side of caution.
We had a potluck buffet and it was great! One of my friends surprised me with a home baked bread Advent wreath! I’d seen one at her place before and commented on the uniqueness of it. She decorated it before she left last night.
We had a young lady come who helped decorate the tree, the front window and arrange some Christmas florals in a floor vase. It was great to have her energy and enthusiasm in the room. I think I still need more ornaments on the tree, but we were running out of them. I just didn’t buy enough. Something to think about next year.
Then there were the garland ladies! They did a magnificent job of making two cheap Michaels garlands look good. Trust me, that was a job!
One lady took on the mantel and went all out. It looks gorgeous!
I am so happy for the help of my friends. They did a wonderful job and we had great fun doing it. The food was good too. I made some mulled apple cider as well. It was a great time, and lots of fun. Thank-you to all involved!
In other news…I am still in the process of printing out labels for “The Weave” and “Where Are We Going?”. Once those are done I’ll be taking a month long break from hooking. I want to focus on finishing up some other projects around here. I have some quilts and other projects to finish up.
If you have been, thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!
Good afternoon all! Today’s feature are these larger versions of the bright star ornaments. These are 6 inches square. Once again, no two stars are the same. They are lined with coordinating cotton quilting fabric. The hanging loops are made of silk ribbon. They are wool, velvet and silk hand hooked on linen. Some yarn and fabric. The yarn is often hand spun. Fibre is a mix of hand dyed, “as is” and indie dyed by other artists.
I often hang these in the top corners of archways in my house during the holiday season. They can hang “as is”, or from a garland. I have also hung them on the wall as regular decor.
Each wall hanging is $50 CAD, plus shipping and handling. Contact me through my contact form if interested.
Good afternoon everyone! It’s been a good weekend. Lots of Christmas preparations happening. Mostly cooking and baking for the freezer. But I also put up a small tree in my studio.
I decided to go with a traditional Christmas theme of red, green, gold and cream for the main floor. We’ll see how that pans out. I made a list of surfaces I’d like to decorate. Unfortunately I still think we’re a bit light on decorations. I also cannot find the candles…which is really bugging me. I had a good sized stash of them. They were with other decor in a clear bin…somewhere…
I finished hemming, making hanging sleeves, and attaching them to both “The Weave” and “Where Are We Going?” I created labels for them, but am waiting for paint to dry before printing them out…literally. Hubby painted the entryway and stairwell with primer today. I’m waiting for it to dry before I attempt to go to my studio for my fabric sheets to run through the printer!
If you have been, thanks for reading. Take care and have a great week!
Good evening everyone! I finished hooking “Where Are We Going?”, and with it the poetry series of hooked wall hangings. This weekend I will be hemming and attaching hanging sleeves to it and “The Weave”.
I am pleased with this series, and also happy to be moving on. I’ve been working on it for far longer than I anticipated, due to hooking for other reasons, and moving cross country. The full series took me eight *years* to complete! I am a slow hooker who packs a lot of life into her days. Hooking is only one of my areas of interest.
This week I have been busy transferring files from an old external hard drive that is being retired because the company that made it is no longer going to support it. I still have more files to go. The hard drive stopped recognizing all my Apple devices. However it still recognizes Hubby’s PC, so he transferred everything to flash drives and we’ve been transferring files that way. I’ve had to go through every file to make sure there were none missing and no duplicates. Time consuming to say the least. We won’t be buying that type of hard drive again.
We are still busy preparing for Christmas. There’s been a flurry of activity and plans surrounding the occasion. I unpacked the pre-lit pencil Christmas tree to make sure all the lights were in working order. They are! I’m trying to decide how I want to decorate this year – casual or glam? Hmmm…I think casual.
If you have been, thanks for reading. Have a great weekend everyone!
Good morning everyone! Today I am featuring some 4” square ornaments in lime green, bright yellow and red. I had a lot of fun making these! No two stars are the same. They are lined with coordinating cotton quilting fabric. The hanging loops are made of silk ribbon. They are wool and silk hand hooked on linen. Some yarn and fabric. The yarn is often hand spun. Fibre is a mix of hand dyed, “as is” and indie dyed by other artists. They are great for hanging on trees, garlands or swags!
I am selling them for $20 CAD each, shipping included if you live in Canada.
Please note: I only sell to Canada and the United States from this website. If you are interested in purchasing and come from somewhere else, please contact me through my Contact page.
Good morning everyone! Here in Canada’s Maritime provinces we have been preparing for a storm. Yesterday we had a lot of wind and rain. Today we’re poised to receive more wind and rain. It’s supposed to continue into Wednesday and possibly Thursday.
I have not hooked a loop on “Where Are We Going?” all weekend. Instead I’ve been prepping for the storm. I have also been decluttering and cleaning in preparation for decorating for Christmas.
Yesterday I decided to repurpose some red linen I had into kitchen linens. I washed it, but it came out stiff and wrinkled. I’m thinking it’s too thick for what I want. I may rethink that plan.
I decided it was time to use up the two quarts of pears on my table. I made a pear marmalade with candied ginger and lime in it. At this point I’m making preserves, jams, jellies and pickles as gifts. This recipe came from an old Bernardin cookbook.
I am still hoping to finish “Where Are We Going?” this week. It just became a bit more of a nuisance because there are Christmas decorations blocking access to my wool stripper. I am just being lazy about moving them…
Today is baking day for me. It’s time to bake some muffins. I’m not sure what else I’ll bake. It depends on time and energy. I do have other things I’d like to do…like rug hooking. But I’m thinking posting some of my new work in the shop area on this website wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
If you have been, thanks for reading! Have a great week everyone!
Good morning everyone! I’m almost finished “Where Are We Going?”. I am unsure of the lettering situation in the border, as the letters are not centred in the border, but am not concerned enough to pull it out for a redo…yet. I’m going to finish it first and then check it out again before I adjust anything.
It’s been a busy week here. We’ve been working on preparing for Christmas, finishing the last two things that need to be done in the kitchen renovation, and working on rug hooking related matters.
We gave away or sold most of our Christmas decor when we moved, thinking we’d be moving into a condo, but we chose a house in the end. This Pre-Christmas season has been one of finding more decor for the house at a reasonable cost and with an eye to sustainability. In other words, I bought used as much as possible.
As far as the kitchen is concerned, we have two things left to do: install a new overhead dining area light, and the threshold strip between it and the living room. We are trying to coordinate with a neighbour who has a special nail gun to come do the threshold strip. Installing the light is a job Hubby can do. But he is also busy working on our front entry walls, which were damaged when we sold our big old fridge and it was removed through the front door. I am hoping to have everything done well before Christmas.
In rug hooking you will have noticed a new feature on the blog: the For Sale Feature. I have decided to make an additional weekly post on Wednesday showcasing some pieces I have for sale. Not everything I make is listed for sale in my online shop on this website. For the Wednesday For Sale Feature I will let you know how to order the item in the post.
I am also on the home stretch with “Where Are We Going?” I am hoping to finish hooking this week. Then it will be time to make hanging sleeves for it and “The Weave”.
Well that’s about it for this week. If you have been, thank-you for reading! Have a great weekend everyone!
Good afternoon everyone! I decided to start a sales feature post once a week on Wednesdays. This post is to showcase work that is for sale through this website, my Instagram account, my Facebook page or directly through me.
As Christmas is approaching I have decided to focus on Christmas home decor first. Today I bring you some lovely 3.5” across burgundy and gold Christmas tree ornaments.
These ornaments are made of wool and silk and hooked on linen. The back side is lined with burgundy wool. These are all handmade, having been hooked using a traditional hand hook, and finished by hand as well. The hanging ribbon is silk. There are circle or star designs available.
I have put these on sale at $15 CAD each, plus shipping and handling. These have been marked down because they are old stock. But the designs are timeless!
I am open to local pickup by appointment, provided you wear a mask. Hand sanitizer will be available at the door. Payment can be made by cash, PayPal or e-transfer. Just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org requesting how many of which design you would like. Stock is limited to what you see in the photos Yes, that’s only 16 of these left!
The backs of 100% wool fabric.
Good evening everyone! I went to my trusty colour wheel to check out possibilities for my border on “Where Are We Going?”, and I have a couple of candidates. I’m going to try them this week and see how it goes.
I spent the weekend hemming two sets of curtains – one for our bedroom and the other for the guest room.
I was also thinking about, planning, and doing activities related to Christmas. I decided it was time to change things up a bit in the Christmas home decor end of things a week or so ago. This weekend I pulled out some Christmas fabric I’ve had for a while, and sewed four cushion covers. I have three more to go. There are four different fabrics and sizes of covers for different cushions.
In other crafting news, I have old glass Tupperware and the lids are wearing out. In an effort to be environmentally sensitive I decided to try and make some beeswax bowl toppers. I invited a friend over and we spent the afternoon making them. They are super easy, once you get the hang of them, and very effective. We followed instructions from All Things Being Eco . We also bought the pine rosin and jojoba oil through All Things Being Eco.
Well that’s it for today. If you have been, thanks for reading everyone! Take care and have a great week!
Good evening everyone! I’ve been working more on “Where Are We Going?” this week. I’m almost finished the picture part. Now to colour plan my half border. I think I’ll use the blue from the blue jeans in it. Other than that I’m not sure. I have some last minute colour planning to do!
Aside from hooking on that, I’ve been shortening curtains so we have a better pair for the basement bedroom. It will be nice to get something decent up.
I’m already surrounded by Christmas planning. Michaels had tree sales on before Remembrance Day, and we needed a new tree. I purchased one 40% off. I also picked out some Christmas florals, ribbon, and general craft supplies. I have plans…! 🙂
I sorted through my Christmas ornaments and separated them by colour family. I sold most of my ornaments and decorations before we moved. I haven’t replaced them because our house is so small, I don’t know how or where we’d store them after Christmas! I am going to have to put my thinking cap on this year.
Well, if you have been, thanks for reading! I hope you have a lovely weekend!
This past weekend was spent hooking and preparing a rug hooking kit for a Christmas present. It’s been fun and challenging at the same time. I decided that, for this individual, the best thing to do was to create video instructions. So most of Saturday was spent trying to get decent video of the process.
I managed to get 24 minutes of usable footage. But, to be honest, I wouldn’t share it with anyone other than my closest friends and family. I forgot to run a comb through my hair before filming. I look like a mad scientist or absent minded professor! Note to self…always make sure you are “presentable” before starting to film!
In other rug hooking news, I also hooked more on “Where Are We Going?” I decided to change the words around the edge. I just felt the current ones were a bit too angsty and dramatic.
If you have been, thanks for reading. Have a great week everyone!
Good afternoon everyone! I decided to give the tablecloth to a worthy cause. I could remake it into a duvet cover, but it would cost me a lot of time, effort and money. It’s a gorgeous cloth that is better used for what it was intended – a tablecloth.
After making that decision I’m back to rug hooking. Today I’m working more on “Doom”, which I just realized has another name – “Where are we going?”. I think I like that better. I will use that from now on.
Yesterday I cut a lot of fabric strips, made some nylon “yarn”, and organized for a rug hooking group that met this morning. I had a great time with the ladies and managed to accomplish a lot on “Where are we Going?”.
Yesterday I was late into the Parris House Zoom hook-in, but enjoyed the little time I did have there. Lots of phenomenal work being done, and very good brains to pick for ideas. If you’re a rug hooker and interested in being part of the group, contact Elizabeth Miller, Parris House, Parris, Mne., USA on Facebook.
If you have been, thanks for reading. Have a great weekend everyone!
Good evening everyone! While I was away in New Brunswick a family connection asked if I wanted/would take a huge oversize tablecloth and do something with it…seeing as I sew. I said, “Sure!”, thinking I’d just resize it and gift it back to her.
The tablecloth was handed over in a bag the last evening we were there and I did not have a chance to pull it out and look at it. I finally took it out of the bag after we arrived back home. It’s drop down gorgeous! But it is huge! So big I did not have room for it, even on my studio floor.
Today I took it to a friend’s place for a closer look. She has a huge cutting table. It still hung almost to the floor on all sides. We measured it. It’s 8 feet by 9 feet 6 inches. That’s 96 inches by 114 inches. Way too big for any table we know. Not only that, but it would look weird if I tried to cut into the design to resize it. So I decided I have to do something else with it.
The original giver of the tablecloth mentioned a duvet cover or quilt. I’m thinking it would make a queen size duvet cover. Lined with a contrasting fabric. I’m off to measure my queen size duvet!
I do not think this will be a quick project. I have too much on the go right now to work on this right away. But we shall see. I will wait until 120 inch wide sheeting goes on sale at the fabric store and proceed from there.
If you have been, thanks for reading! Have a great week everyone!
Good afternoon everyone! We had a great time in New Brunswick. Lovely scenery and lovely people. Company will be leaving soon and I am deep into planning November.
I finished knitting the baby hat. All that’s left is to mail it.
I am making a short list of projects to work on. Mostly it includes WIP’s, or Works In Progress.
- I have “Doom” sitting beside my chair to finish hooking.
- I also want to finish the quilt I started at 17 years of age. I won’t say how long it’s been. Suffice it to say I have taken my own sweet time hand stitching it.
- I also have the South Korean appliqué quilt to finish.
- I want to make some beeswax toppers for bowls.
- I want to move onto hooking the fishing shack series I have planned.
That’s more than enough for November. Right now I’m just glad to have the baby hat finished.
If you have been, thanks for reading. Have a great weekend everyone!
Good afternoon everyone! We are on another road trip – this time to Moncton, New Brunswick to visit relatives. We took our company with us. We have had loads of fun exploring the countryside.
I had a wonderful time yesterday in Susan Feller’s “Mastering Design” Zoom class in Workshop Week 3. By the time it was over I had a new design and unifying elements for a series of fishing shack hooked pieces. I’m very happy with the results of the class.
I am just finishing the knit baby hat for a relative’s new baby. It is hand spun alpaca, hand dyed with cochineal.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and is experiencing a good week. If you have been, thanks for reading.
Good afternoon everyone! Hubby and I have been showing a friend around PEI and Nova Scotia. There is nothing like acting as a guide to out-of-province company for learning about your home province and neighbouring province.
We’ve checked out Scots Bay, Halls Harbour, Stirling’s in Wolfville, The Valley, part of the South Shore (including Peggy’s Cove and Queensland Beach), some of Halifax, and then took a side trip to PEI.
We’re staying at a relative’s place near Montague. One day we travelled the east coast up through Souris to East Point Lighthouse, stopping at Singing Sands Beach on the way.
The next day we headed up through Mount Stewart to Prince Edward Island National Park. We drove the scenic coastal drive through the Park, and then on to the Anne of Green Gables site.
After a couple of hours, and a lot of walking, at Green Gables we headed into Charlottetown. We enjoyed a wonderful waterfront walk in Victoria Park. Then headed up to Queen Street to enjoy some Cows ice-cream. We checked a used bookstore and a game store on our way home.
A quick call to an Island merchant told us one of the best places to buy fresh oysters. We stopped at the Sobeys in Stratford to pick them up and received a wonderful lesson in oyster shucking and eating! I highly recommend Sobeys’ staff, Jonathan, at the Seafood counter for going above and beyond!
Today has been a quiet day. We walked the Confederation Trail from Brudenell to Montague, stopping at The Lucky Bean Café for their breakfast board and some games. It was a fun time. We headed back to the house via the Trail for lunch.
Tomorrow we head home.
In creative news…the baby hat is almost finished. I neglected to bring my blunt tapestry needle for sewing in the end. I will finish it up at home.
In rug hooking news…We saw some wonderful hooked rugs at Green Gables House.
Sunday evening In The Studio’s Workshop Week 3 starts with the hook-in gathering. Monday I have Susan Feller’s design class. Friday will be the final Panel Discussion. I’m looking forward to a fun and educational time.
If you have been, thanks for reading! Have a great weekend everyone!
Good afternoon everyone! I have a confession to make. I am a fibre-aholic. I collect flibre…preferably silk, wool, and cotton. I have it in yarn form and in fabric form. I rug hook, so I have a lot both types for that. I also spin, which makes the situation worse! I have two large Rubbermaid Roughneck totes full of natural fibre yarn. It’s time to use some up.
We had a new baby born into the extended family. Needless to say, some things have halted. Like rug hooking. I’m sending a gift her way, and maybe a little something for the mom. I’m eyeing my yarn stash…maybe some soft hand dyed hand spun merino. Maybe not the best for a baby. I’m thinking about it. It’s not superwash wool.
That’s where my thoughts are going today. That and just catching up on grocery shopping.
I hope everyone is having a great day. If you have been, thanks for reading!
We are busy having great fun with our company. We spent Thanksgiving Monday exploring Halifax and area. We walked the pier in DeWolf Park in Bedford. Then headed to Saint Mary’s University. Then to Point Pleasant Park.
Tuesday we had a lot of errands to run.
Wednesday we headed up to Scots Bay, Nova Scotia to spend some time relaxing at a friend’s cottage by the Bay of Fundy. It rained while we were there, but it did not dampen our enthusiasm. We had a great time exploring beaches and walking in the rain. We also played games and put together a puzzle
I also spent time this week updating my business books and preparing for Workshop Week 3. I have only one class during Workshop Week 3 this fall, and that is a design class with Susan Feller. I am very excited to be taking another class with Susan. I learn so much from her. I sent her photos of what I want to work on next and some of my preliminary sketches. She was prompt and articulate in her responses. I am looking forward to this class.
If you have been, thanks for reading. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned I had ordered new blank note cards. Well they’re here! Each card is a standard note card size with a high quality image on the front. They are on high quality card stock. I am selling these for $5 CAD each, or 5 for $20, plus free shipping in Canada if you order ten or more. Limited stock available! First come, first served!
Payment will be through PayPal. Contact me at email@example.com for more information.
Christmas Tree on Green
Red Star on Green
Prince Edward Island
Green Star on Red
Prairie Sky – Paisley
Hi everyone! It’s been a busy week! I am preparing for our Canadian Korean friend to visit for Thanksgiving. We are having a mixed Thanksgiving dinner – both Canadian and Korean food. I’ve been busy preparing ahead of time. I made trips to various Korean grocers today, and serious cooking starts tomorrow.
Aside from that, my greeting cards have been taking back seat due to an unexpected opportunity falling into my lap. I will not say much now, but I did spend a lot of time arranging for decent photos of some work. The photographer was here this week to do the job. I also rewrote my bio for this opportunity.
Aside from the above, I have been busy cooking and baking this week. I baked a double batch of Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins, lots of 2-bite Brownies, a couple of Lemon Tea Loaves, a triple batch of whole wheat dinner rolls, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Granola. My freezer is full!
I also caved and learned to make yogurt in my Instant Pot. I started with a gallon of reconstituted skim milk and ended up with two litres of yogurt and two litres of whey after straining it. I used half the whey in my dinner roll recipe and, boy, did they turn out light and fluffy! I’m plotting how to use the rest of the whey. I hear you can freeze it for later use.
Well, if you have been, thanks for reading!
to all my fellow Canadians!
Good morning everyone! Yesterday was a full day…of cooking.
I made cranberry jelly, apple peel and core jelly, red currant jelly, strawberry jam and roasted tomatoes. I used the Cranberry Sauce recipe from “Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens”, as well as the strawberry jam recipe. The apple peel and core jelly recipe came from Food.com . The red currant jelly recipe is from The Spruce Eats The roasted tomatoes recipe came from my sister.
In the end the results of Saturday were 6 cups of unsweetened applesauce and 22 cups of vegetable stock. There’s no recipe for the vegetable stock…just scraps and a lot of reading in general on making stocks.
Unsweetened applesauce is pretty basic. Just cut up apples, add a bit of water and let simmer until soft enough to put through a food mill. I peeled and cored my apples to have enough cores and peelings to make the Apple Core & Peeling Jelly. The apple peeling and core jelly was a bit a novelty and experiment. The jury is still out whether it has enough flavour.
If you read my Saturday post you’ll know I spent Friday making three batches of kimchi. Two are from a cookbook titled “Summer in a Jar” (Kimchi I and Kimchi II) and one is from a large hardcover cookbook titled “The Complete Book of Korean Cooking” by Young Jin Song. I made the White Cabbage Salad with Kimchi Dressing out of the latter cookbook, and am letting it sit to ferment until it becomes kimchi.
My daanmooji recipe (spicy pickled radish) came from a previous Korean boarder and can be found here.
That’s it for today. I hope to continue cooking and baking, but we shall see. Take care everyone! Thank-you for reading! Have a great week!
Good afternoon everyone! It’s been a busy week, what with being the end of one month and the beginning of another. The usual banking and shopping happened. The grocery shopping was a bit more complex this time. Canadian Thanksgiving is next weekend and I wanted to buy some food ingredients early.
We also have company of the Asian persuasion arriving for Thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving roughly coincides with the Korean Chuseok Festival. I love cooking, and I love a lot of Asian food. So I’ve been busy exploring the local Korean grocery stores in search of ingredients for my meals. There isn’t much I’m afraid. But maybe I just haven’t found the right store…
Yesterday I spent making three different kimchi recipes of varying heat. I also made the spicy pickled radish (daanmooji).
Today I’ve switched gears. I’m thoroughly into North American cooking. I made unsweetened applesauce to freeze for baking, I have vegetable stock simmering on the stove. Plus I am in the process of making Apple Peel and Core Jelly. I use local apples and wash them all ahead of time with a produce wash from Norwex to get off any chemicals or coatings.
I think I am going to need to take a break from rug hooking until fall harvest is finished. There is simply too much going on here. I’m loving it though. It’s nice to have a full larder. I do have an abundance of tomatoes still. I think I’ll roast some and store them in the freezer. They take up less space that way.
As you can see, my mind is not on rug hooking these days! If you have been, thanks for reading. Have a great weekend everyone!
We had a great weekend trip up to New Brunswick and back. We visited Kouchibouquac National Park and scouted it out for a potential bicycle trip for Hubby next year. We had an interesting time exploring New Brunswick. We were careful to stick to the car, have picnic lunches, and stay with our generous hosts every night. Covid cases are on the upswing there.
On our way home we stopped at The Alphabet Store in Oxford, Nova Scotia, also known as GJDE Enterprises Ltd. It’s a fascinating store reminiscent of the old fashioned small town general store. There was something for everyone there! They even sold some Briggs & Little yarn in my colours – very bright! I left with a bag of goods.
After we arrived home my note cards arrived! I’m going to prep them for sale this week. They will be selling for $5 each, or 5 for $20. I’ll officially launch them next week.
I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things here at home. Thanksgiving is coming soon, and bringing more company with it.
I hope to be able to finish up “Doom”, and with it the Poetry series. It’s been a long haul, but worth it. I learned a lot working on that series, but I’m ready for something new.
If you have been, thanks for reading Have a great rest of your week everyone!
I’m back at it again! I am finished the main part of the field in “Doom”. I’m about one quarter done.
I had the opportunity to hook on it during Beth Miller’s Parris House Thursday Zoom Hook-in yesterday. If you’re interested in joining the hook-in and are on Facebook, do a Facebook search for the group and ask to join. Beth is very encouraging and always looking for new members.
This week, after returning home from the bicycle trip, was rest and relaxation time. We were able to put the house mostly in order again.
I ordered more greeting cards for the shop – some old designs and some new ones. I am also ordering from a Canadian company this time. I’m hoping they turn out okay. They should arrive in early October. When they do, I’ll write a blog post featuring them.
If you have been, thanks for reading! Have a great weekend everyone!