Weekly Review

I just finished reading Michael Bird’s “Canadian Folk Art: Old Ways in a New Land”.  It’s a good brief introduction to Canadian folk art, complete with wonderful glossy paged photos of some nice examples.  Now I’ve moved onto a much thicker book “Canadian Folk Art to 1950” by John Fleming and Michael Rowan.  I’m really enjoying it too, but taking it a bit slower.  There is a lot to digest in this one.

I also found another book at the library entitled “Combining Rug Hooking & Braiding” by Kris McDermet, Christine Manges, and Dianne Tobias.  What a feast for the eyes!  I had no idea you could do the things with braiding that were done for that book!  Some beautiful examples of work. There are also detailed descriptions and explanations as to how to achieve the many different looks.  I plan on delving a bit deeper into the book this coming week.

Other than that I continue to work on rewriting my course syllabuses.  If you’ve checked the menu at the top of the page you’ll notice there is a tab for classes.  If you are interested in a class, but aren’t sure, be sure to contact me for further information.  I can give you an idea of the topics covered in each class.

I’ve also been hooking more on “Moss” this week.

For those of you waiting to see if my shipping has been sorted out yet, it has.  It is now safe and secure to pay and have items shipped across Canada and the USA, including Hawaii and Alaska.

I am thoroughly enjoying the work of my website developer and delighted she has sorted out my shipping mess for me.  Stay tuned for further changes/additions to the website.

Monday Meanderings

WIP – “Moss”

I am still working away at “Moss”, and I am still reconstructing my class syllabuses from their loss trying to shift them from one laptop to another.  This time I’ve backed them up on our cloud drive AND on flash drive.  I finished rewriting my “Introductory Rug Hooking” and “Curves” class, plus their handouts.  Next up is to finish the “Start to Finish” class.

I found out I was too eager in decluttering my books last year, and managed to declutter a book I need to redevelop one of my courses.  I am checking online sources to see if I can find it fairly cheap.  I can find it cheap, but the shipping is horrendous!  I haven’t exhausted my possibilities locally yet.  I’m hoping to check used bookstores for it this week.

Work continues on this website.

I’ve been very busy with three online courses that are taking up more time than I anticipated.  However all is good.  They are good courses.

In my studio…

In my studio…

This week is a week of preparation for Christmas for us.  I have yet to do any Christmas baking or cooking.  I will do a bit, but not a lot.  We are not in great need of a lot of fat and sugar! 🙂

I am focused on cleaning up the sunroom studio.  I am halfway there.

I am also focusing on uploading the end of the wall hangings on the website.

Plus I am focused on finishing my online courses.

Wishing everyone a fun and productive week this week!  Don’t forget to enjoy the season amidst all the preparations. 🙂

Weekly Review

Weekly Review

I am late posting again.  It’s been a wild day.  My final lessons and final exams came in for my online courses.  I had Christmas presents to finish buying this morning and afternoon.  We ended up dealing with more health insurance stuff this morning.  It was unplanned for, but necessary.

However, despite all that…this week I have been accomplishing a lot of behind the scenes work on my website and old blog.  I finally have the old blog where it’s going to be for the next while.  I’ll slowly be deleting old posts off it.  If you are looking for something in particular, the old posts are here now.  Use the search feature to find it.

I’ve also managed to upload a fair bit of product to the website shop.  I still have more to go.

I did finish reading/browsing through “Create Your Own Website the Easy Way” by Alannah Moore.  It is a good outline and framework for creating a website, but I’ve come to the conclusion there is no “Easy Way” when it comes to creating websites.

I did not have a chance to work on “Moss”, and I certainly did not have time or space to work on designing new wall hangings.  There will definitely be changes in the new year…

WIP Thursday

WIP Thursday

I am still working on “Moss”.

Mainly I am learning my way around my website still.

We have enjoyed a lot of company this week.

Plus I continue to work on my online courses.

I have one chapter to finish in “Everyone’s an Artist” by Tite, Kavanagh, and Novais before returning it to the library.

 

Rest and rejuvenate

Yesterday we were on the road again.  Today we’re resting, doing laundry, and visiting with relatives.

I’ve been interested in what’s been happening while we’ve been gone.  Seems it’s snowed every place but where we currently are.  I am hoping to have clear roads all the way home.

In the meantime, here are some rug hooking videos to check out on YouTube:

Cindi Gay – rug hooking channel – An entire channel on rug hooking I’ve yet to explore! 🙂

Deanne Fitzpatrick – hooking smooth curves – Deanne has an entire YouTube video on rug hooking.

Wanda Kerr – Dye fixes for ugly wool – Wanda has an entire YouTube channel on dyeing.

 

In my studio…

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This week I am preparing for the upcoming Art Now, Saskatchewan Fine Art & Craft Fair.  I’m a tad early, but I do need to  purchase shipping supplies for my rugs, make sure everything is tagged properly, and the certificates of authenticity are filled out.

Looking forward to a couple lovely drives to Saskatoon come mid-September to deliver and, possibly, pickup.  Thanks to our new vehicle being so cheap on gas, it’s cheaper to drive them there and back than it is to actually ship them!

I will also continue working on African Dream.  I am very close to finishing the hooking.

Plus the knit baby blanket.

I’ve finished and passed both Gale courses, and would like to start working on a website now.  So I’ll be seeing what I can do about that.

Weekly Review

Hi everyone!  It’s been a fun and challenging week, both at the same time.  I’ve had difficulties getting onto WordPress today and so my blog post is a tad late.  I was able to work more on African Dream and the knit cellular baby blanket.  As I noted yesterday, I am not happy with the latter and am glad it was a freebie – free yarn, free pattern.

On the other hand I am happy with African Dream.  It’s bright cheery colors keep me going on these dull rainy days we’ve been having lately.

Today we’re supposed to head out for a wiener roast and outdoor movie night with friends, but it’s raining right now.  I’ll have to contact her and find out their alternative plans, if they have any.  Hopefully by this afternoon it will stop raining and be nice and dry out for the event.

This week also saw me catch up as much as possible in the Gale courses I’m taking.  Unfortunately the website development course is having problems.  Not with me and getting work done, but the course itself is missing material such as crucial coding and links in it.  The instructor has apologized, and I feel sorry for him.  But I’m a bit miffed.  On the other hand, it is a free course for me, so I’m not complaining too loudly.  I’ll just try it on my own later.

WIP Thursday

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I am working on the same three projects as last week – the knit cellular baby blanket, African Dream, and my Gale courses.

The Gale courses have been taking up a great deal of my time.  There is a lot more work involved in these last two compared to the earlier two.  However the last lessons are tomorrow, and the exams will be next week.  Then it’s onto other things.  I’ve decided to give the courses a break for the next while.

I can see the end of the knit cellular baby blanket.  I am not happy with that pattern and am resigning the blanket, with its many mistakes, to the goodwill.  The yarn was a freebie and had a kink in it that made it difficult to knit.  It was too hard to see where I was in the lace pattern while knitting.  But now I’m almost finished I can see all my mistakes.  I am beyond frustrated.  I’ve decided I will not knit lace for awhile.  Back to good old garter and stocking stitch.  I have some homespun to knit next anyway, and I think that shows off better in plainer stitches.

African Dream is coming along fine.  A little slow, but it’s happening.  I am enjoying it – both the pattern and the hooking.  If I didn’t have to spend so much time on my courses it would be done by now.  I am looking forward to finishing the edge and deciding where to put it.  It’s almost too pretty to put on the floor.  But my bedroom floor…maybe…

 

In my studio…

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My Gale courses finish this week.  But I still have finals to write.

This week I want to:

  • Continue hooking on African Dream.
  • Finish sorting business email.
  • Knit on the cellular baby blanket.
  • Determine if I need to take wall hangings to the SK Art & Fine Craft Fair in Saskatoon and back myself mid-September, or if someone else is going up there and can take them and bring them back.  It turns out I have company that weekend.  Plus Hubby’s last day of work is that Friday.

Hope everyone has a great day! 🙂

 

WIP Thursday

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WIP African Dream

Lots happening.  I knit another 3″ on the baby blanket. It’s almost finished.  Three more repeats and it’s on to the ribbing and binding off.

I am three quarters done African Dream. It’s looking good.  I’m already contemplating my next project.

I picked up my studio yesterday as well.

Today’s project is the website development course and hooking more on African Dream. 

Hope everyone has a great day!

In my studio…

In my studio Aug 8 2016

I’ve finally caught up on my Gale courses from vacation!  Whew!  Now it’s time to focus more on hooking African Dream.  I can smell the end and I’m excited.

I’m trying a new way of hooking.  My frame holds the backing taut with gripper strips – strips of rubber with fine sharp tack like protrusions all over them.  They grab at my shirts and put holes in them.  The frame did come with a ‘sleeve’ to put over them, but I find it awkward to hook that way.  The sleeve covers too much of the design for my liking.  I could sew another one that leaves more space for hooking, but I’m thinking a simpler fix might be to wear a canvas apron when I hook.  The ‘tacks’ on the gripper strip don’t catch so easily on canvas.  But it sure does a number to my fine knit t-shirts!  Here’s to happy hooking and not having to buy an entire new wardrobe of t-shirts every season! 🙂

My goals this week?

  • Hook on African Dream,
  • Work on my website development course,
  • Sort through work email (I’m down from over 1000 to just around 250),
  • Knit on the cellular baby blanket,
  • see what else I can do to shake me out of my artistic rut!

WIP Thursday

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Good morning!  Today I thought I’d give you an update on my various projects.

I have knit a bit on the baby blanket.  I have less than 12″ to go now.

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I bought some Sally Melville books at Shuttleworks in Alberta.  I plan on knitting something out of them next, but I need to check my yarn stash to see what I have that I can use.

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I hooked a bit on African Dream before vacation, and will pick that up again soon.

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As soon as I catch up in my Gale course on website development.  I’m only two lessons behind now.  I am learning a lot.  I recently changed the menu bar here on my website to better reflect what goes on here.  Look forward to future changes on my blog. 🙂

Hope everyone has a great day!  Cheers!

I’m Back!

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Canola field in bloom!

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Beaver pond gone amuck!  There were seven beavers damming this creek and creating a massive pond, or rather, a small lake!

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Preparations for a Moving Party!  It was difficult to stay gluten free this trip!

Had a great time on vacation in Alberta, Canada.  Spent time with family and shopping.  There is no provincial sales tax in Alberta. 🙂

Stopped by Shuttleworks and picked up some lovely knitting books by Sally Melville, “Hooking on the Wild Side”, and a sweater pattern for knitting.  Also picked up some fiber for spinning.  Everything is 30-50% off!  I highly recommend them.  They are closing their doors soon, so the deals will only be available for a short while, and while supplies last.

This week I’ll be skipping my recipe of the week in order to get back in the swing of things here on the blog.  Today will be my “In my studio…” post and Wednesday I’ll be back to my regular “Inspiration Wednesday”.

So…in my studio this week…

  • work on my website development course
  • work on “African Dream”
  • finish sorting my business email

In good news, all three of the finished pieces I submitted to be juried into the Saskatchewan Art & Fine Craft Fair were accepted!   So if you want to see “Blue-eyed Grass”, “Sprouts”, or “Dancing Tree” in real life, then is your chance!  It will also be the first opportunity to purchase them, as I have yet to post them online for sale.  The Fair is September 15th through 18th in Saskatoon, SK at Prairieland Park.  Looking forward to the event! 🙂

 

Weekly Review

Good morning everyone!  It’s been a busy week here.  I’ve had company since Tuesday.  They leave Sunday.  It’s been fun showing them around and doing things with them.  I love sharing our city with visitors!

I’ve started two more online Gale courses: one in communications and one in building a website with a shopping cart.  So far so good.

I managed some hooking on African Dream, but not a lot. I do have the strips cut for most of the finishing though.  Actually, I’m still pulling heavily from my pile of leftover worms from other projects.

A friend broke her foot and today I am going to be cooking some meals for her and her hubby.

I have a long list of things to do today, so I better get at it!  Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

In My Studio…

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I finished my online Gale courses in communication and teaching writing: K-3 with flying colors on Friday.  They were fun courses to take to shake up my brain again and bring out the appropriate knowledge for teaching.  I think I’ll take a few more of these courses in the future.

I haven’t done a lick of work on African Dream or my g-mail account this weekend.  A true weekend off!  I was at a meeting on growth principles, and helping prepare food, serve it, and clean up for the church’s graduation luncheon.  By Sunday afternoon, when it was all over, I was wiped and took a good long nap!  Spent some time weeding the yard/garden.

This week’s plans definitely include African Dream and sorting through email.  I’m not sure what else I’ll do.  Depending on the weather I may spin a bit or do some plein air hooking in the backyard.  I’m feeling a bit of a need for a change.  Maybe some dyeing.

Friday is Canada Day and we are hosting a small gathering of friends.  So some time will be spent planning and preparing for that.  I’m looking forward to a week with a relatively clean slate.

Weekly Review

I did manage to work more on my business email, but did not get it totally under control.  Tough to know what to keep and what to toss.

Hooking more on African Dream.  To all those people at the Street Fair the end of May, I have to apologize.  This is going to take a lot longer than a month to finish.  However, I willingly admit I am not working on it four hours a day.  There is just too much going on this time of year!  I am liking the look of it so far though.

Other things accomplished…done lesson 11 of my Gale courses.  One more lesson and then finals to go.

The knit baby blanket is coming along…

In my studio…

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I feel like I should just press “rerun”.  I’ll be working on African Dream, sorting and organizing the end of the email, and knitting on the baby blanket.

I will also be working on my online courses.  I’ve dropped another one – the e-book publishing one – as it requires a PC with Word on it, and, while our house laptop is a PC, it would be awkward for me to work from that particular machine because of its location, lack of speed, and my unfamiliarity with it.  I’m going to wait until I buy a new laptop, which will probably be a PC, and sign up again for the course.

 

 

Weekly Review

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I managed to sort through most of my business email account.   Only 300 emails left to go! 🙂

I hooked a bit on African Dream.  And knit on the cellular baby blanket.

I did not post any wall hangings to Etsy.  I decided to wait. One of the courses I want to take is an intermediate WordPress website development course.  It will teach me how to create a shopping cart for a new WordPress.org website.  To post on Etsy costs 20 cents for each item for a 3 month listing.  Plus they charge a fee when you sell an item.

I’ve cut the online courses from four to three.  I switched from the beginner website development course to the intermediate website development course, based on the advice of the instructor.  It won’t start until July.  Meanwhile I am taking a course on publishing e-books, a course on communication, and a course on teaching writing to the K-3 crowd.

I’ve also been visiting with friends and chatting with family via phone.  We have an upcoming vacation to plan. 🙂

WIP Thursday

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I’m still knitting on the cellular baby blanket, and hooking African Dream.

I’ve sorted more of my business email.

I am also currently working on four online courses.  I’m a tad busy here.

Haven’t got around to the Etsy listings yet.  But I will.  Hope everyone has a great day. 🙂

In my studio…

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This week I want to finish organizing my online email account. It only has 550 emails in the inbox, so should be relatively easy to sort through.  We’ll see.  I find gmail a little more awkward to move things around in.

I also plan to create some draft listings on Etsy.  I hope to take some live by the end of the week.

I also want to hook more on African Dream.

I have two more online classes starting this week as well.

Weekly Review

I accomplished some goals this week, for a wonder.  It is summertime for me, so I’ve been taking time off to visit with friends and family.

My main goal of getting my email under control was accomplished this week.  At least for one email account…the big one with lots of email.  I have a second, smaller email account to work on next week.

I also had fun working on African Dream.  And I knit some on the cellular baby blanket.

I did not work on posting wall hangings on Etsy for sale…yet.  I may prepare some listings today, but will not post them till next week.

I also worked on my two free online courses.  I signed up for two more today: one on developing a proper website with shopping cart, etc.  And one on publishing e-books.  It seems my recipes are popular on the blog, and I do have a previous gluten free, dairy free, sugar free cookbook I created a few years ago.  It has been making the rounds of my friends and church members.  Time to make it available online I think.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Weekly Review

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“Escapee”…ignore the toes! 🙂  I might add some more to this drawing.  We’ll see.

A busy week with company and online classes.

I did manage to finish organizing the booth display for Saturday at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair.  If you’re in Regina, SK that day, stop on by the booth and say ‘hi!’

I prepared three patterns on backing this week – one to hook at the Street Fair.

That’s all I managed this week folks.  Just too much going on.  I was feeling a bit under the weather at the beginning of the week, but all is well now.  I’m all set to go for Saturday. 🙂

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“Northern Exposure” – you’ll see what it is when I finish hooking it! 🙂

WIP Thursday

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Today I have a few things to do to finish up Dancing Tree.  I’m not liking the dotted effect in the lower sky, so will be replacing that particular fiber.  Then I’ll be blocking and hemming Dancing Tree.  And hopefully attaching a hanging sleeve next week.

I did manage to knit more on the Cellular Baby Blanket.  It’s taking a lot longer than I thought.

Other than that I have two online courses in progress…neither of them related to rug hooking…well, one maybe, on communication.  The other is to give me ideas for tutoring.

Hope everyone has a great day! 🙂