Home Again!

Home Again!

We had a great time on our trip to B.C.  A beautiful drive down the Fraser Canyon led us to a very busy lower mainland. Spent time visiting with family and checked out 10th Ave. Found the lovely Figaro’s for a real cup of tea and dessert.

Saturday we headed out to Granville Island. We checked out the Market. I had great fun poking around, and picked up yarn for hooking at SanJo Silk and the Fibre Art Studio.  Also checked out Maiwa and Paper-Ya.  Picked up a quality notebook for next year’s household bullet journal.

Sunday we went on a very informative walking tour of Chinatown.  It was a free tour, which meant you tipped for it.  The lady who gave the tour was excellent.  She talked and walked us for 1 1/2 – 2 hours!  We finished at a Chinese pharmacy that had dried geckos in it, to treat asthma and back problems.  I’m curious how they’d use it…

We had a late lunch, and then walked back to my sister-in-law’s condo.  Checked out some design features in the cityscape on the way.

Monday we checked out the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Museum and the Britannia Museum. It was a day of lots of walking.  We had a beautiful walk down by the shore in Steveston.

Tuesday we headed to Vancouver Island to visit friends.

Brentwood Bay, B.C.

We spent Wednesday in Sidney shopping thrift stores and bookstores for anything rug hooking related.  I found a book on Celtic knotwork and calligraphy I plan to make use of.  I found a rug hooking book for my friend who is learning to hook now.

Thursday we headed up Island to Chemainus in the rain to visit Val Galvin of Renditions in Rugs in her home studio.  We took the Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay ferry.  Quaint and small, but got the job done.  A fun ride, even in the rain!

View from ferry heading to Mill Bay from Brentwood Bay, BC.

Val is very friendly and helpful.  I was able to purchase some pencil hooks from her, so if you’re looking, keep an eye on my page or contact me to have a look and a try.  Thanks Val!

Jean Ottosen and Val Galvin

Friday we took the ferry back to Vancouver to be with family.

Ferry to Vancouver (Tsawwassen), B.C.

My sister-in-law and I had a great time checking out Michelle Sirois-Silver’s studio on her Open Studio Saturday.  It was nice to see her again and chat.  I loved seeing her work with zippers in it!  While there I took a quick photo of the books on the counter.  I’m always on the lookout for a good book!  I’m curious to know which of these Michelle found most helpful.  Guess I’ll have to interlibrary loan them and check them out. 🙂

My sister-in-law and I checked out the Artisan Market in the West Vancouver Community Centre.  I dropped a fair bit of change on homemade jams and jellies, chocolates, etc. It was deadly on the pocketbook because everyone was using Square, meaning they all took credit cards!

We also attended the Vancouver Institute’s lecture Saturday evening on the global arms trade.  It was very interesting.  Mr. Andrew Feinstein from South Africa (well now from London) spoke.  I had no idea how widespread it was and how bad it was.

Sunday we were at the Vancouver Art Guild Show and Sale.  Lots of good work there, but the artists who stuck out for me were Beatrice Watson and Robert Kitt.  Margaret Stott had some whimsical work that was excellent as well.

Monday and Tuesday we spent the days driving home.

Evening in the Rockies.

Dawn in the Rockies.

It’s a long haul from Vancouver to Regina!  But Hubby was eager and I was glad to arrive before another snow storm.  Yes, Regina was covered in a blanket of beautiful white snow when we arrived, and more followed.  Hubby has been out shoveling and I’ve been busy with laundry and making a grocery list. And so life goes on!  A wonderful trip and a great big thank-you to everyone who made it possible!

 

A New Look!

A New Look!

Welcome to my new website everyone!  Take a look around and tell me how you’re liking the new look by posting a comment below.  I welcome feedback.  🙂

The last month’s posts are missing on this blog, but that’s okay.  I’ll update you here.

Since the middle of September I’ve finished “Escapees”.

I’ve also been out plein air hooking at Echo Lake Provincial Park here in Saskatchewan.  It’s beautiful in the fall with golden yellow leaves on the trees against the bright blue prairie sky.  Here’s what I was hooking in.

The other side of the lake looked a bit barren though.  The leaves had already fallen and the golden brown of the grassy hills was showing through the bare dark branches.

The end result was a small approximately 5″ x 9″ piece I call simply “Echo Lake”.

I attended Art Now! in Regina this fall.  It was an inspiring event for me.  I was able to spend Saturday listening to presentations, and enjoy the artwork in-between sessions.

I’ve also been spelling off my hooking with knitting.  I’ve finished my Painted Desert Shawl by Karen Klein (available free on Ravelry) from Sea Turtle yarn.

I’ve been knitting some baby items… a hat and some mitts with an i-cord string attaching them.  I am currently working on this baby sweater, which requires I pick up stitches around the neck and down the front to knit a collar and button band.  I am knitting to learn new techniques.  I’m finding baby items ideal for this.  They are small and quick to knit…when I’m not distracted by other things… The patterns for these come from “60 Quick Baby Knits”.

I’ve also been spinning.  It’s come to my attention that I have a lot of fibre that needs to be spun.  I just had my wheel serviced and will be working, when I have time, to spin it up.  Here’s a couple of small skeins of old singles that I plied together to make yarn.  I will overdye these to make them usable.

And, now that Canadian Thanksgiving is over, my eye is turned towards the upcoming Christmas season.  To that end I diverted myself to scrapbooking last week.  My daughter was married about twelve years ago and I promised her a wedding scrapbook.  I think twelve years is a long enough wait!  I had the tools, the time, and the money to finish it off.  Traditional scrapbooking is not cheap! It is my daughter’s Christmas gift this year.

On September 23rd I took part in Sunrise Library’s Old Fashioned Fair.  Sunrise Library is a branch of the local Regina Public Library.  I had a blast!  So much so I forgot to have photos taken of me there!  I was with a group of weavers and spinners and we had a great time chatting and demonstrating to the public.  Definitely on my repeat list if asked next year.

As a result of the Old Fashioned Fair I ended up at the local Weavers and Spinners Guild one evening.  Had a blast spinning away while listening to the meeting.  Lots of people doing interesting things there.

I’ve also been approached for information to include on myself and my hooking in a book to possibly be published in 2019.  Writing everything down about my en plein air hooking was a bit of a novelty.  I didn’t realize it was such a process, or that I knew as much as I did.  It was good for me.

And in-between all that I’ve been helping my web designer with the new website, including the new videos for my classes that help explain what they are about. Please feel free to provide constructive feedback.

 

 

 

In My Studio

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!!!

 

Welcome to May!

What a beautiful May day we have here.  It’s overcast, just the way I like it.  Don’t get me wrong.  I like the sun.  But sometimes the prairie sky can be too bright for me.  It’s so intense in colour and brightness.

Yesterday Hubby and I had a delightful walk around Wascana Lake in the heart of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  You wouldn’t know that out in the middle of the Canadian prairies lay this jewel of a park that houses the lake.  We watched all kinds of ducks and geese coming and going about their business.  It was a magical time.

This past week I’ve been focusing on getting back to a normal sleep schedule and organizing 1500+ photos of South Korea.  I’m still working on both.  I want to get the photos organized so I can get started on my next wall hanging/rug.  I’m debating whether this one will be a floor mat or not.  I want to use my leftover worms for it.  We shall see.  It depends how the design works out.  So this week is photo week, sketch week, and possibly design week.

Just a few reminders…

My work is currently in a group show at the Art Gallery of Regina until Friday.

Also, I am planning to take part in the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair again this year on May 27th from 10 AM – 4 PM.  I received notification of where my booth will be located.  For people looking for me, I will be at the far end of the Fair between Montague and Athol streets on the south side of the street.  Maybe start walking the Fair from the Elphinstone Street end if you want to still have money and energy by the time you reach my booth!

In other news…I am being published for real this time.  The information has gone to press.  Stay tuned for further information.  I’ll believe it when I see the article in the magazine!

In my studio – Art Gallery of Regina

Hubby and I wandered over to the Art Gallery of Regina on the weekend to check out the Salon Show and Sale with fewer people around.  We took the opportunity to snap a few photos as well.  The show seems to be going well.

I am not fond of the way they wanted my work hung, but in order to meet the conditions of being in the show there was no alternative but to follow their directions.  They wanted all work hung from one nail, mine with a cord.  I prefer a hidden hanging system for my work and hang it that way at home.  I use two cup hooks at either side, just behind the edges of the wall hanging, and slip my hanging rods into those.  I think the cord and one nail cheapens the look of my work, and am not happy with it.

I hooked more this weekend.  “Moss” is coming along fine.  I should be finished hooking it by the end of the week.

Other than that, I’m busy switching to Korean time early to give me more time to enjoy the trip while I’m there.  I currently arise around 1 PM and go to bed around 4 AM.  It gives me lots of peace and quiet to think and read…and to watch the odd movie!  Ultimately my goal is to go to bed at 7 AM and get up at 3 or 4 PM.  Time is short to make that shift.

I am also getting my walking legs back in shape.  I see from our proposed schedule that there will be a lot of walking in South Korea.  So I am putting in a couple hours a day walking.  Thankfully I live in a good neighborhood for walking, though there aren’t many hills to practice climbing.  South Korea is quite mountainous, especially around Seoul, Busan, and Gyeongju, where we will be.

This week I’ll continue to hook on “Moss” and prepare for South Korea.  I have to provide my books to the accountant to do my business taxes while we’re gone, so it will be a busy week.  And I need to pick up an extra SD card for my DSLR camera.  It will be a productive week I hope.  But come Friday I’ll have fewer daytime hours to do things in.  I want everything purchased for the trip by then.

 

 

Inspiration Monday – Wascana Creek

We live near a creek beside which the City has kindly placed a walking and biking path.  Every now and then we go out to enjoy it.  Yesterday afternoon was one of those times.  We went on an hour and twenty minutes long walk.  The Creek is a great place to people watch, as well as bird watch.  I took plenty of photos and narrowed it down to this slideshow for my readers to view.

I told Hubby we need to go on more walks the next few weeks.  I’m trying to get in shape for South Korea.  I hear there will be a lot of walking.  Lots to see and do!  And I could use the exercise.

In the meantime, Saturday was the last From Start to Finish class.  I had an excellent student who wasn’t afraid to ask questions and gave quality feedback when I asked.  I really appreciated everything she had to say.  I have revised some areas of the course based on her experiences, and mine.

I cleaned up the dining room and put everything back where it belongs.  My dining room is looking more like a dining room than a rug hooking studio.  It will stay that way until May, when a new set of classes will begin.  Feel free to check out my classes and contact me if you are interested in taking any.

I am still hooking on “Moss”.

My current event is the exhibit at the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale.  I have two pieces on exhibit: “Dancing Tree” and “Blue-eyed Grass”.

The last Saturday in May, the 27th, will be the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair.   It runs from 10 am – 5 pm.  I will be demonstrating and selling work.  I hope to see people there!

 

 

 

Weekly Review – Loose Ends

I am busy preparing for our trip to South Korea in April.  Looking forward to new scenery and meeting friends and new people.  As a result I am tying up loose ends.  I am busy hooking more on “Moss” and hope to finish the hooking before I go.  I’m two thirds finished.

This week I finished preparing for the final From Start to Finish class tomorrow. I have to hook one more sample for me to demonstrate to my student, but that should not take long.

I spent this morning filling an ETSY order.  Just to let people know, I’ll be shutting down my ETSY shop gradually this spring and summer.  People will have to order from here on my website if they want my work, visit the SCC Fine Craft Boutique in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, or visit me in person at my studio (please contact me for an appointment).  I will maintain my presence on LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.  But my main focus will be Facebook and here on www.jeanottosen.ca .  I have nothing against Etsy.  I am just trying to streamline my online business.

I will be changing things around on my blog for awhile to see what works for my readers.  I have had a drop in readership since switching to the new blog.  Not sure what the issue is, but it is a significant drop, so I will be messing with things to see if I can get it back up there.

Hubby and I walked over to the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale opening night Wednesday evening.  It was filled with people!  The exhibit is really good this year.  I encourage people to head over to the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre to take a look.  Afterwards we went to a nearby restaurant, La Bodega, for a decadent chocolate fondue for two and a cup of tea.

In my studio – Mohair Blanket

A friend gifted me this lovely mohair blanket this week.  Not entirely sure how I’m going to handle it and prep it for hooking.  Any ideas anyone?  It’s a very loose weave.

I finished deconstructing my greys and blacks this week.  It took six hours total.  I have a lot of greys and blacks.  I put them back on the shelf today.

Works in Progress

I’m also back at “Moss”.  It is taking a long time for a variety of reasons.  One has been developing my new website.  Then there was the rewriting of course syllabuses lost in the computer switch over that didn’t happen in the end, earlier this year.  Another is it is a large wall hanging for me at 1′ x 5′.  I am finding it a bit of a challenge staying focused on that large a piece.  Then there’s the colour planning of the piece.  I like the colours well enough, but I’m not sure I’m conveying the image I want with the piece.  But I do plan to finish it.  Hopefully in time for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair on May 27th.

Classes

I had a great class again on Saturday and plan to prepare for another one this coming weekend.  Sorry, I will not be teaching any classes in April.  Instead I will be preparing for, going to, and recovering from a trip to South Korea!  Looking forward to the change of scenery for a bit.  Classes will resume Saturday, May 6th with a Finishing class.  If you want to register contact me by April 24th.

Exhibit at the AGR

I dropped off my wall hangings Friday afternoon for the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale.  The show starts Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Regina in the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre on Elphinstone Street in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  I will be in attendance at the opening from 7:30 – 8:30 PM.  As mentioned Friday, those wanting a studio tour please let me know and I can arrange to open my home studio in the evenings for guests.

Talk to you all later.

 

Weekly Review – Upcoming Show

Hi everyone.  This week has been busy.  I have been preparing for an upcoming show and sale.  I relabeled and packaged up “Dancing Tree” and “Blue-eyed Grass” for the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale.  I’ll drop them off at the gallery in the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre later today.  The show starts March 22nd, 2017 and goes till May 5th.  I’ll be at the opening briefly on March 22nd, which is between 7 and 9 PM.  If you want to meet me there, contact me first to make sure we don’t miss each other.

If you’d like a studio tour while you’re in town for the show, please let me know ahead of time.  I will be away from the studio for two weeks in April.

I also managed to update and write more of a lesson plan for my student this weekend.  I am looking forward to exploring the world of rug hooking with her.

This week I am sorting through my greys and blacks and doing a full deconstruction of wool clothing.  In the past it was partly done, but not wholly.  So now I am cutting off seam finishes, ripping the fabric (pants, jackets, and skirts) down to a size that a cutter will handle easily, and pressing the pieces.  Then I’ll put them away.  This is taking surprisingly longer than I thought it would.  So far I’ve devoted four hours to the greys alone.  I figure I have about that to go.  I have a lot of grey and black fiber.  My goal is to save some space in my storage units.

Hope everyone has a great St. Patrick’s Day!  I’ll be celebrating with the boarder today.  Hubby is off to a supper with some ex-coworkers to talk shop and do some mentoring.  It’s pizza night here.  Might have to throw in a green salad! 🙂

In my studio…and out – Inspiration

Hi everyone!  This weekend we had a great time, both teaching a class and attending a multicultural festival that greatly inspired me.  I didn’t get away unscathed.  I found some inspiration to purchase!

The Buddhist temple paper cut was actually a gift from the ladies at the Chinese booth.  There were some very delicate paper cuts available there.  The watch was $5 and is actually a gorgeous bracelet.  The Pashmina shawl has a wonderful paisley design I just couldn’t pass up.  The bright green and pink fabric is handwoven by the Chakra people from Bangladesh.  It is beautiful cloth!  The lady selling it suggested I make a traditional skirt out of it.  But I am hesitant to cut into it.  It’s just gorgeous!

So that was my inspiration for this month.

In other news…

  • my class on Saturday went really well.  My student and I colour planned a monochromatic grey, black, and white rug.  Lest you think that’s easy, let me remind you that grey has many different coloured undertones.  You have to have a good eye for shades and tints (value) to colour plan a grey rug properly.  Other “colours” have the same issue.  There are warm and cool versions of all colours.  But some have more undertones than usual…black and grey for sure.  At any rate, we got it done and she is off with lots of cut fibre to hook rug the next couple of weeks.
  • The Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale is coming up.  This week I have to prepare and pack my pieces for the show.  I’ll be taking them “Dancing Tree” and “Blue-Eyed Grass”.
  • I will be preparing for this coming Saturday’s class.
  • I will be hooking on “Moss”.

A reminder that after the end of March my next class will be May 6th and will be a Finishing class.  May 13th is tentatively set as a design class.  The Finishing class is 2 hours long, and the Design class is 3 hours long.  Both Saturday afternoons.  If you can’t make Saturday afternoon class and would like classes, feel free to contact me and we can arrange a mutually beneficial time for a class.

That’s the rug hooking plan so far this week.  Hope everyone has a great week! Thanks for reading! 🙂

Weekly Review – Moss and other news

WIP Moss

I hooked a bit more on “Moss” this week.  It’s slow going, but it’s coming along.

I spent this week in preparation for the From Start to Finish class which starts this Saturday.  It is a four week class which includes lessons on idea finding, design, colour planning, technique, and finishing.

New books arrived!  “Designing Handmade Rugs” by Annie Sherburne, “Hooking Animals” by Judy Carter, and “Creative Techniques for Rug Hooking” by Donna Hrkman.  I am enjoying “Designing Handmade Rugs” at the moment.  The author uses a different tool for her hooking.  She uses a Brown’s tool and hooks with a variety of fibres.

Information on the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale arrived.  The Show and Sale is March 22nd to May 5th at the Art Gallery of Regina located in the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

In my studio…and out – the Mackenzie Art Gallery

Inuit tapestry weaving on display at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, SK until April 30th, 2017.

Yesterday Hubby and I headed out for a little inspiration and a bit of a break.  We headed to the Mackenzie Art Gallery here in Regina, SK.  There was a wonderful exhibit of Indigenous Peoples artwork on display!  It is the collection of Thomas Druyan and Alice Ladner of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.  If you are in the area I highly recommend going to see it.  There are a lot of different media types represented, including fiber art.  Lots of new and interesting ideas.  Check it out!

Good news!  I was up to pay my entry fee into the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair on Friday.  We are IN!  The Street Fair is the last Saturday in May, so I have adjusted my class schedule for that weekend.  I will hold the Onion Skin Dyeing class another weekend.  Looking forward to another fun day at the Fair!

I’m gearing up for my Curves rug hooking class this weekend.  I plan on having a fun time teaching.  I love teaching, though I have been told that I tend to overwhelm at times.  I am concerned my students feel they get what they paid for!  I’d rather give too much information than not enough.  Still, I do have to slow my pace for new rug hookers.  After all, I want them to enjoy rug hooking and come back for more lessons!

Current reading…still working on my business plan, and some online courses.  The courses finish this week and then next week I’ll write the finals for them.  After that I’m taking a break and spending more time rug hooking!  I will finish “Moss” yet!  I am hoping to have it done before we leave for South Korea in April.  Then it would be ready for display at the CVAF Street Fair.

Weekly Review – Exhibits & Sales

 

I’ve had an interesting week. It’s that time of year to be applying for exhibits and sales.  I’ve applied for two so far.  I’m not sure exactly where I stand in the application process on both of these exhibits and sales.  I’ll fill you in when I learn more.

I did manage to upload more product – rug hooks – for sale.

I also chatted with my web developer about more ideas for the website. I look forward to upcoming changes as time goes by.

I was able to prepare my sample pattern and fiber kit for the Curves class next Saturday.   I have also written more on my course outlines.

I pulled two books off my library shelf to help with a revamped business plan.  One is “The Creative Entrepreneur” by Lisa Sonora Beam, and the other is “The Right-Brain Business Plan” by Jennifer Lee.  I’ve used these two books before with considerable success.  So I’m not really starting from scratch.  Just planning what to do this year.

I finished reading “Canadian Folk Art to 1950” by Fleming and Rowan.  Lots of lovely photos of a wide cross section of Canadian folk art.  The text seemed excellent at times, but with long winded sentences at other times, making for a bit of an uneven read.  However, the overall message was there and it was a good read overall.  I enjoyed the few hooked rugs photos that were included as well.

Another book I am currently looking at is “Hooked on Cats” by Joan Moshimer.  The rugs in the photos are beautiful!  She uses Cushing’s Perfection dyes to dye wool for her rugs.  I don’t use Cushing’s, but my Majic Carpet and ProChem will work just fine.  Joan gives basic dyeing instructions in her book for onion skin dyeing, spot dyeing, dip dyeing, and for overdyeing.  An informative book with a lot of patterns in the back and a nice gallery of finished work.

Fantastic Friday!

Hi everyone!  Today is nice and warm.  We are taking a break from our usual cold winter weather and sporting a lovely 0 degrees Celsius this afternoon!  Hubby and I went for a walk, as we have every day this past week.  The weather this week has been fantastic!

I’ve been busy studying and reading about folk art.  I figure it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about the origins of folk art, seeing as that is what my work is described as, and the various expressions of other folk artists.  I am, in particular, interested in the Canadian scene.

I dropped off my application to be part of the Art Gallery of Regina show and sale this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing what other local artists have been doing come March when the show opens.

I have had a request to offer another rug hooking class.  If anyone is local or interested in attending, please let me know.  I will be taking up to five students in my home for lessons.  Right now I have yet to decide the topic of the class.  So if you have a preference now is the time to give input!

Aside from the above, I am still hooking on “Moss”.

In my studio…

WIP African Dream - 1

This week I am going to work more on my sewing/craft room.  It is one of two rooms in my house taken over with my fiber activities, and scrapbooking.  The video I posted the link to on Friday says it all.  It needs to be reorganized and the space better utilized.

I watched the video again with a critical eye to my space usage and organization.  While storage is good, the organization is not so great.  Lots of empty spaces in there, and unfinished projects scattered around the room.  Time to corral all them and decide what I want to finish and what I want to toss.

I’m thinking of trying to fit my rug hooking supplies in there as well as everything else.  That is going to require some major purging and re-arranging.  But I think, with some serious purging and judicious relocation of boxes, I might be able to dedicate the tall storage pantry to my wool stash.

Aside from that, I am working on finishing African Dream this week.

I also need to send wall hanging information to the SCC (Saskatchewan Craft Council) for the ArtNow pieces I’ll be taking up to them for exhibit and sale.  Plus I need to find some boxes to pack them in.  I’ve about given up for the long narrow pieces.  I think they will be going in triangular tubes.

Weekly Review

Hi everyone.  This week has been a mixed bag.  I hooked more on African Dream.  I am excited to almost be finished.

I also prepared Sprouts, Dancing Tree, and Blue-eyed Grass for exhibit and sale.  Hubby was off to buy supplies for packing them yesterday but had no luck.  However he was given the name of another outfit in town that might have a greater variety of box sizes to help me.  I’m glad I started the process early.  With Hubby taking our only car to work every day, it makes it difficult to run errands.

And, last but not least, I produced this 20 minute video of my craft room/sewing room. It is a tour showing some organization ideas for people to consider when developing their own home studios.  It is not a professional video.  It was all shot at one time.  I do not know how to edit a video on this computer, and my attempts to use QuickTime did not proceed well at all.  I gave up.  If anyone knows of an easy to learn video editing software that is free or next to it, please let me know.  I’m operating on a Mac currently, but plan on switching back to a PC platform this fall sometime.

Depending on the reaction to my sewing room video I will decide if I want to go to the effort of cleaning up my rug hooking studio and doing a video of it.  To be truthful, my rug hooking area is so small at 8′ x 14′ that I hardly think it’s worth a video.  But my online followers might want to know where I work and what I use.  Besides, it will just be a shorter video! 🙂

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  See you next week! 🙂

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.

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! 🙂

 

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! 🙂

 

Week in Review

I have been working on African Dream off and on this week.

I’ve also been working with the Saskatchewan Crafts Council on a brochure for my work.

Plus I am waiting to hear if any of my newer pieces are going to be accepted for the Saskatoon Art & Craft Fair this fall.  I don’t expect to hear about that for a while though.  Ideally I’d have African Dream finished and entered for jurying.

I received another email from Parallax, a large European art fair organization.  They keep asking if I want to show and/or sell my work in Chelsea Gardens, London, England.  I’d love to!  But it is quite expensive to get it over there and back.  Plus the timeline is a little short for all the red tape and work that needs to be done.  We also have other plans for the fall at the moment, and I don’t need the added stress of shipping work overseas.

I also received an invite to submit to a large art fair in Vancouver.  I think it’s called the Urban Arts Festival?  Unfortunately that was too short notice –about two weeks!  Would love to do that another year too.

It’s reached the point where I need a good six months lead time before I can commit to anything.  At least for now.  Hopefully next year will be better.  It’s not that my professional life is busy.  It’s that I am going through a lot of changes in my personal life the next six months.  Hubby is thinking of retiring in that time frame, and I want to keep our schedule light to accommodate any changes and bureaucratic red tape we might need to go through during that time.  And I know there’s quite a bit of it coming up.

Well that’s it for this week!  Hope everyone has a good weekend.  We’re having lovely weather here.  I’m declaring it yard work weekend. 🙂

 

In my studio…

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I had a great time at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair.  I met many friends, neighbors, and new people.  I demonstrated to a lot of people.  However some rain later in the day dampened spirits a bit.  My canopy roof decided it had enough and one of the supports broke.  I will definitely need a new canopy if I do anymore outdoor sales.

Back to my regular work week this week.  I am taking time today to do some planning for the rest of the summer.

I am hoping this week to hook some more on a scrappy floor rug.  Yes, you heard that correctly!  I am hooking my first floor rug in years.  Because of that I’m sticking to silk and wool fibres.  I am just not sure how well the others will clean up if it gets dirty. My plan is to put it in my bedroom…if I don’t chicken out and hang it on the wall.   People wear outdoor shoes indoors in my house, and that, plus the dirt it tracks in, is hard on rugs.

I will also be working more on sorting through my email.  It is multiplying on its own!

In my Studio…

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Our new boarder from China moved in on the weekend.  Today, without warning, he gave his mother an iPad FaceTime tour of our place, including my studio.  I was appalled!  My studio is in its usual state of disarray.  He said he wanted to show him mother what I used to make my work. Moral of story = always leave my studio picked up at the end of the day.  Sigh.

It’s been a busy weekend.  No rug hooking to speak of.  Lots of tutoring though.  And lots of errands.  Hubby is in great angst about whether to retire this year or next, when he turns 65.  He spent yesterday crunching numbers and the evening talking to me about his results.  I told him to do what he wants.  He’s put in over 30 years supporting the family.  I think that’s enough.

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So, back on track this week.  I sorted out the tax mess last week.  So it’s back to rug hooking this week.  I’ll be working on Dancing Tree.

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I removed my work from Traditions Hand Craft Gallery a couple weeks ago, due to a change in commission structure.  So I have all that inventory to reintegrate into my system at home and prepare to post on Etsy.  Ideally I would like it posted by mid-June.  But it’s a lot of prep work as there are close to thirty pieces to add to my Etsy shop.

And I’ll be starting to think about my booth display for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair the last Saturday of May.

Oh, plus two days tutoring.  A busy week for me.

In…and out…of my studio…

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Hubby and I were over to the Art Gallery of Regina this weekend to see my wall hangings on exhibit.  It’s nice to see them hanging with so many other local artists.

This week will be a mix of in and out around here.  A lucky someone purchased Prairie Sky – the large version.   So today I’ll be packing it up and hopefully, shipping it off. 🙂

The weather is forecast to be in the teens for most of the week.  That means yard work, and maybe just some general fun with the camera and my rug hooking frame outdoors.  I will also be working on cleaning the room our new boarder will be going into the end of the month.

I still need to put hanging sleeves on Sprouts and Blue-eyed Grass.

Still contemplating my next piece to put on backing.  I may pause to dye some silk fabric, especially if I can open the windows.  Might have to wait till next week for this though.  We are getting a couple of cooler days midweek this week.

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Weekly Review

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I finished Sprouts. And I started Blue-eyed Grass.

I removed most of the colour from the nylons, but need more RIT colour remover to finish the job.

I scoured my sketchbooks for more wall hanging ideas.  Will transfer some on backing today, as I still have to wait to pick up the RIT colour remover.   I will be spending some time sketching as well today.

I was to the opening of the Art Gallery of Regina 40th Salon Show this week.  It was a great evening celebrating a diversity of styles of art and craft.  My work showed well and I was pleased with how it was hung.  A big shout out to the people who made it happen.

It’s a nice sunny, warm day here today, and I hope to go outside with my camera.  Nothing like a little spring inspiration.

Have a great day everyone!