Good morning everyone! I had an delightful weekend this past weekend. The border between Nova Scotia and the other Atlantic provinces opened last Wednesday. One of my sisters lost no time coming our way to visit with friends and family – us included. So Friday we hosted a dinner for seven people in our tiny home. I had fun setting it up and cooking. I love to cook. I took no photos of the event. I totally forgot about my camera this weekend! We had a delightful time catching up.
Saturday Hubby and I headed out to Lunenburg for a late lunch and to look around. We browsed the bookstores and I picked up a poetry book that looked good at first glance, but turned later to be a so-so poetry book. Actually a kind of depressing poetry book. I’m reading it, but it’s already on the chopping block to be given away.
Afterwards we headed out to Second Peninsula Provincial Park. It is a beautiful park with a few picnic tables. Unfortunately it was raining by the time we arrived, so we didn’t get out to check it out further. We took a leisurely drive home instead.
Sunday I decided to watch some of the videos for International Nature Journaling Week. I finished all of Day 1 and half of Day 2. There are a lot of extra links to blog posts, websites and podcasts, not to mention YouTube videos related to the day’s theme. I’m checking those out as I go.
Sunday I was also able to settle down and stitch the loop portion of hook and loop tape onto the back of “Gyeongju”. I’m waiting for my shellacked oak hanging board to cure before stapling the hook side of the tape to it, mounting it on the wall, and hanging “Gyeongju”.
I’m going so slow it seems. Lots to preoccupy me these days. The kitchen countertop is being cut and we are negotiating pick up, hopefully later this week. Our kitchen flooring will arrive later this week. I need to clear out the utility room as it will be our makeshift kitchen.
The landscapers are here working on our front and side yards. Today they are ripping out what’s there. They say they’ll be finished in three days. It’s a busy time.
Well that’s it for now! If you have been, thanks for reading! Take care and have a good week.
The photo attached to this post shows the Tree Decorating Party food. We made two types of chicken wings, vegetable sticks and hummus, homemade brown bread a spinach dip, mini spinach quiche, and shrimp canapés. A friend brought us pumpkin tarts as a surprise. There were four of us and we had a great feed! The food lasted a day or so here. Don’t know about what the others took home. It was a great feed!
I’ve done nothing crafty since Friday, but hopefully this week I’ll finish a few projects. I’m still stopped on the moose cushion cover, the quilt, and my rug hooking. I think it’s the miserable weather. That plus preparations for Christmas.
This past weekend I spent visiting with relatives online. Today I helped a friend decorate her Christmas tree. Tomorrow is errand day and appointment day. At some point I have to do some Christmas baking. Maybe tonight. Plus put in another grocery order for curbside pick up. I may get to my crafting Wednesday. We’ll see.
Here’s hoping my blog finds you all well and enjoying the season as much as possible in this strange year of Covid-19. Thanks for reading!
This week I reknit the Fleece Artist Fundy National Park yarn flat-topped hat in new modifications. The top is no longer flat.
I also finished the Fleece Artist Greenwich Dunes National Park yarn neck warmer, and am halfway through knitting the wrist warmers.
Aside from knitting, I’ve been organizing and planning knitting projects. I’ve been researching how to combine David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” and bullet journaling. Some serious project planning happening. Check out these videos…
Bullet Journal Set Up & Journaling for Creatives by HoneyRozes
Bullet Journals and GTD – Bohoberry
My Bullet Journal – 4 Months In – Kendra Bork
Boosted Journal by Ricardo has some good ideas on productivity bullet journaling as well.
Checked out Assiniboia Gallery’s “Trains” exhibit yesterday. Great show! Some lovely work in a wide variety of styles. They also have a couple of small Rod Charlesworth pieces for sale as well, but they are not part of the exhibit. I love Rod Charlesworth’s style.
Spent last Saturday at a music concert at the local university. It was a modern and contemporary music concert by Barbara Pritchard and Rose Bolton. It was really interesting. I’ve never really been exposed to that type of music before. It reminded me a bit of atonal music, but it was better. (I’m not a fan of atonal music.) It was very good, and I (and the people I went with) could see applications for it right away. So funny. Hubby is a movie buff and saw the applications for it in the movie industry. My friend is a family therapist who saw therapy applications right away. The 15-year-old who went with us confessed to being scared in the middle of one piece (!). And I was just mesmerized. The theme was “Fire” and all the pieces related to fire in one way or another. I felt like I was by the campfire or a forest fire, and warm for the first time in ages! It was a fascinating body of work.
This week we had our wedding anniversary. We headed out for a drive in the nearby countryside and enjoyed the scenery. We went for a short walk by a lake. Stopped in a small town at the local bakery for drink, snack, and conversation with the locals. Came back to town just in time to stop at a favorite restaurant for supper. A lovely day.
Met someone in the grocery store the other day who was curious about my ‘craftwork’ and wanted to know if I would show it to him. I assured him I would be here at least the winter, and would be delighted to share my work with him. To all my readers, if you want to come talk crafts with me, I am available. I haven’t gone anywhere and won’t be until next year sometime. Just use the contact form on this site, or give me a call.
Hi everyone! Finished my slouch tam hat from the free pattern, Three Way Chunky Hat, on Ravelry. Had to take off the ribbed edging and reknit it on needles two sizes smaller. It worked! Fits like a charm now. Though one lady did comment the hat was too big for me.
Not much happening here…well…not rug hooking related, unless you count ‘liking’ various rugs on Facebook and Instagram! I’m loving what I’m seeing from other rug hookers these days. Lots of variety, and excellent quality work.
I’ve been focused on knitting. I started the blue Corriedale/BFL (Blue-Faced Leicester) wool hat from handspun yarn. It is a pattern from Ann Budd’s book “A Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns”, modified of course. I’ve knit the pattern once before for someone, slightly different yet again. This will take a while to knit as it’s on 4 mm circular needles. However, it will be a nice, warm, comfy hat.
Aside from that we’ve been busy with friends. Last night I was out with a friend to a movie called “I Can Only Imagine”. It was a stunning movie of forgiveness. A great theme song too.
We’ve had friends in several times for meals and games. I thoroughly enjoy those times too.
I took a friend out to an art gallery opening reception. The art was gorgeous. The people were a bit of a disappointment. No one greeted us or talked to us the entire time. Really weird. Usually gallery staff are right there to answer questions.
We had a gentleman come look at the house, but I suspect no sale yet. No problem. We actually were going to hold off putting the house up for sale till next year, due to extenuating circumstances in the extended family. The only way this man made it through the door to look is because he knew someone who knew Hubby, and well, one thing led to another. Right now there is far too much work to be done on the house to make it desirable to a buyer. It’s in a great location, but it definitely is a fixer-upper! Solid house, just we haven’t been able to keep on top of things over the years, what with everything else going on in our lives.
I’m off to visit relatives the next couple of weeks. I’ll try to post, but can’t make any promises. My iPad Mini and iPhone don’t like the Word Press app for posting to blogs. Frustrating. We’ll see. I’ll keep posting to my Facebook page – JLT Studios though.
Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂
Hi everyone! It’s been a busy week. It started with Easter and all our company. We had great food (see photo above) and a great time. Reports back from company indicated they all had a great time too. We finally called a halt to festivities at midnight and everyone either went home or to bed by 1 AM.
We’ve been dealing with taxes and our accountant this week. It’s tax season here in Canada!
We’ve also been dealing with our health insurance provider. Some funny doings happening there that need a little explanation!
We’ve had company twice this week for games nights. The life of leisure we lead!
I continue to sell excess stuff online…downsizing for our eventual move.
I’ve been preparing a Traveller’s Notebook style bullet journal for the second half of this year. It’s a bit early, but I have a feeling it could get busy, especially if we sell the house.
I finished knitting my wrist warmers to match the neck warmer and hat. I loved spinning and knitting the silk/Merino blend. It is so soft!
I started knitting a slouch tam hat out of some homespun Corriedale wool. It, too, is soft, but it has more body than the silk/Merino. We’ll have to see how it turns out.
I’m eyeing up my next homespun wool to knit up. I’m not sure what I’ll knit with it. It’s finer than the other two yarns I’ve knit. I have a lot of hats now, but I do love the blue color. I think it would make a lovely hat!
Well that’s it for this week! I hope everyone is enjoying spring, wherever they may be. We are currently in a deep freeze of -20 C weather. Sunny, but cold. Have a great weekend everyone!
Hi everyone. We’ve been feeling better this week. I managed to finish knitting the hat to match my neck warmer. The hat pattern is the Benefaction Hat, a free pattern by Knit Picks. I modified it, as always. No stripes for me. I’ve started on the fingerless mitts now.
It’s been a busy week with lots of people. We’ve had a lot of company coming and going. I spent Tuesday baking and hosting a games night for our young friends.
I’ve been mentoring a young lady who is going to be a vendor in a craft and bake sale this weekend. She is quite excited. We spent yesterday here baking…she baked, and I coached her. Truth be told, she knew how to do it. She just needed the recipes! She spent today baking at her home. We are ready to go. Due to bad weather her mother is stuck in another city. We offered to help out in this case. Should be a fun, but long, day tomorrow. Hopefully her mom will be home before the end of the sale to see her daughter in action.
I sold a couple of big furniture items this past week, which has made for a busy time here. We’re taking furniture apart, moving it between floors, and then reassembling it. Slowly, but surely, we’re whittling down the mess in this house. Suddenly I realize how crowded this house has been. I don’t know what I’m going to do in the next home. I simply have to decrease the amount of hobby stuff I have!
We had an in-depth conversation today about how heavy certain items are and whether to sell them or move them. The old IKEA bookcases came up. They are heavy and cost a lot to move. But the new IKEA bookshelves aren’t as sturdy. This is a tough call, because sometimes the older ones aren’t strong enough for my needs! If we had to put them in storage as well as move them, well, it just wouldn’t be worth it. On the other hand, what would we replace them with?
I changed my Instagram account from private to a business account this week. If you’re looking for more information on my rug hooked items you can check over there. Also on my Facebook account. Search for JLT Studios in both places.
I had a delightful day trip last week to Dilke, SK. Found this gorgeous fieldstone church there. One of the town residents opened the door for us to peek inside. I believe it was called St. Lucy’s Anglican when it was being used. It hasn’t been used in over two years.
This past weekend was interesting. We were creative in finding places with air conditioning to hide out in. Our house doesn’t have a/c. One of the places we ended up was the MacKenzie Art Gallery. I really loved viewing the Alex Janvier exhibit. It was awesome, informative, and sad at the same time. I wished Mr. Janvier was there to talk to though. The placards describing the work didn’t go near far enough!
After seeing Janvier’s exhibit we did a quick walkthrough of the rest of the Gallery, then headed to the Gallery shop. Hubby waited outside while I went in to look around. About 15 minutes later I went to leave. To my surprise there was no one else there! No staff, no customers. AND the grated doors were closed and locked up! With a sign saying the staff member would be back in half an hour! Oh my! Locked in a museum shop! Not exactly my worst nightmare. Ha! Actually, it would have been nice, if the staff had been there to answer some questions.
I caught the attention of a woman trying to get into the shop. We were laughing at our predicaments – me trying to get out and her trying to get in. I caught the attention of the security guards who by then had figured out something was going on that was abnormal. One of them came through a side door, through a workroom, and into the shop to escort me out.
Hubby decided I needed to be treated to dessert out to help me deal with the “trauma”. LOL! We headed to a lovely Regina restaurant called La Kasbah de Maroc for dessert crepes. They have a lovely Toasted Coconut, Banana Crepe, with Caramel Sauce.
It will be a mixed bag kind of week. We are having work done on the house. It may cause some disruptions. That, plus selling items online.
- I will be working more on “Escapees”.
- I also have some Certificates of Authenticity to print and fill out.
- Plus I want to prepare a couple wall hangings for sale with new hang tags.
I’m wanting to design some wall hangings, but it’s too hot to do anything here. We do not have air conditioning. The outside air temperature hit 36 C yesterday. Thankfully we live in a big old house that takes a long time to heat up. Especially if doors, windows, and curtains are left closed. Unfortunately that makes it too dark for hooking. But even with our fans running, it’s hot!!!
Look where I am folks!!! I’m in Canadian Living magazine’s July issue – Canada’s 150th Birthday issue! So pleased and happy with Canadian Living staff. They did a great job. Short but sweet. I’ve been tracking the response to the mention this weekend. It’s looking good so far. Subscribers to my blog have doubled already. And views of my website are up.
On top of that we were celebrating Mosaic – Regina’s multicultural festival – and hosting company. Company was very agreeable to attending Mosaic with us, which was good. We managed to see 15 out of 20 pavilions this year, along with watching at least part of the show in each pavilion. It was fun again, as usual.
I’ve also been posting old burlap patterns I bought from my old rug hooking teacher online to sell on my Facebook page – JLT Studios. Check them out! Some Bluenose patterns (also posted for sale here under “Patterns”), an old Jane Olson pattern, and a Mildred Sprout pattern. Also a couple of small stained glass patterns. I have a couple more patterns to photograph and upload this week.
And I’ve been busy organizing my work for the summer. I am hooking a small “Prairie Sky – Altocumulus” wall hanging at the moment. Using up scrap pieces of backing in my rug hooking studio. That will be my fun for the next few days.
Anyone interested in summer classes, now is the time to contact me. Use the form on my Classes page. Due to family issues I have had to change the class schedule for the summer and fall. Please check the current schedule to make sure the class you want is being offered. If you want a specific class and the time is not working for you, please contact me and we will see what we can do to accommodate you.
This week will see me
- hooking more,
- posting more patterns online,
- adding more product to the website,
- adding hanging sleeves to some smaller wall hangings,
- cutting up some wool strips for sale,
- finishing up my mini-portfolio photo book, and
- hopefully finding my file folders for my classes! I’ve managed to lose those…
I hope everyone has a great week! I’ll check back in with everyone on Friday. 🙂
Hi everyone! Good morning! 🙂
In my studio this week I hope to finish Rose Hips. It was on my list of things to finish last week, but I ran into difficulties with the leaves, took a morning off for Plein Air hooking, and some things came up other than rug hooking. So had to deal with them. It is going to be finished this week.
Also I am hoping to put together fibre kits for classes. Once I start working on them I can determine if I need another dye day or two to dye more fibre.
I also need to prepare for a trip to Alberta next week. We have a memorial service to attend for a very special woman – the woman who taught me to rug hook.
But before we go, I will be celebrating the end of one of the groups I attend for summer break this week as well. Plus the gym, and possibly more company. We enjoyed company for a bit this weekend, and expect some today briefly, and again on Wednesday, and possibly Thursday.
Then Friday evening at 7 PM at the Mackenzie Art Gallery is the opening reception for Dimensions 2015. I hope to attend. 🙂
Today I have the whole morning to myself! Oh my, what to do? I stitched this hardanger star ornament a few years ago. I am looking for some hardanger kits I have around here somewhere. I am thinking more ornaments. A bit of fun and a short break.
I also have a young friend and her mom coming over to bake and decorate a gingerbread house. I love the excitement, innocence, and energy kids bring to life! Everything is imbued with a childlike sense of curiosity and wonder.
This week I am working on finishing Prairie Sky wall hangings for Traditions and the SCC Boutique.
I went through my stash of finished wall hangings and turned up six or more that need hanging sleeves attached. That is on my radar also this week. At least making the sleeves will be. Attaching them may have to wait for another time… We will see what the season holds.