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In My Studio…

Sorry for the late post this week folks.  Managed a few things last couple of weeks.  I finished re-reading “Vacations for the Spirit” by Alan Walker.  Also designed another poetry wall hanging based on a poem my youngest daughter wrote when she was sixteen.

I am currently hooking “Escapees”, my nasturtium wall hanging.  I will be working on it more this coming week.

I am also knitting a shawl from Sea Turtle Lagoon DK yarn,  I only had one skein of bright blue and bright green to work with, so it will be a very bright and interesting striped shawl.  But I love bright colors.

Mostly I am getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine.  Hubby has been re-laying our front walkway after it was torn up for a sewer and water line replacement a couple years ago.  I’ve been helping and cheering him on.  We’ve been resetting field stone borders and back filling with dirt.  Also spending time getting quotes on work to be done on the house.

I am also culling through our belongings and selling them or giving them away.  We have lived here over 20 years and it shows when you walk through the house!  There is more stuff here than we reasonably need or want.  In the process of culling through things I am also reorganizing things to take up less space.  Hubby and I are wanting to downsize from our big old house in a year or so.  It’s a good time to be getting rid of things.

And…in the news…I am in the Top 60 Rug Hooking Blogs worldwide according to Feedspot!  Pretty cool, eh?!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Painted Desert Shawl pattern by Karen Klein. Sea Turtle Lagoon DK yarn.

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…From Start to Finish

Hi everyone!  This past weekend I had a blast with a lady who took my Curves class.  My pattern didn’t quite work out the way I’d hoped, so I’ll be changing it.  The lettering was too small to hook.  I suggested switching from cursive to block lettering, as that might be more readable.  That’s what I’ll be doing with the future version of this pattern.  Plus, the pattern will simply be made larger, making it easier to hook.  Both my student and I agreed this pattern is good practice for lettering.  If you can hook it this size, any other size will be easy!

Meanwhile, this same student took my Introductory Rug Hooking class two weeks ago and finished the star above.  Didn’t she do a great job for a beginner?!  It still has to be clipped properly.

This coming weekend is the beginning of the Start to Finish class.  It’s a four week long class running Saturday afternoons from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.  Cost is $300CAD and includes supplies.  For further information contact me and I’ll send out an information email.  This week I’ll be putting the final touches on the course syllabus, picking up supplies, and creating the handouts.

Other than that, I plan to hook more on “Moss”, upload more product to the website, and design more courses.  Oh, and then there’s the business plan.  That will take a lot of work.  I’ve been putting it off.

Weekly Review

It’s been mostly a week of planning for the new year.  I have a list of goals a page long that need some editing and narrowing to focus on what’s really important for the year.

A little website housekeeping.  I discovered the links under the “Recipes” tab were not working.  I sorted that out yesterday and the links now work.

I posted more wall hangings on the site for sale and I’ve started posting plaid swatches.  Keep your eye open for interesting swatches.  I’ll be posting more over the weekend and into next week.

I have also been searching glossy picture books for inspiration.  The latest one is “500 Art Quilts: an inspiring collection of contemporary work” by Ray Hemachandra and Julie Hale.  It’s a delicious repository of quilt photographs.  Loved the book, loved the photography.  Lots of color combination and design ideas there.  I have a lot to think about and do to design some new work.

Talk to you all on Monday!

 

 

Weekly Review

I did hook a bit on “Moss”.  I fixed some of the values on the moss, both in the shaded moss and the area where the sunlit moss hit the background.  Looking a bit better now.

Mostly I’ve been working on Hubby’s retirement this week.  Lots of meetings, phone calls, and emails about insurance still.

I’ve been spending time planning for the next year already.  This year was kind of a write off, what with Hubby’s retirement.  Next year we have a big trip coming up…a trip to South Korea!  Looking forward to all kinds of inspiration from that, and madly deleting photos and videos from my camera, iPad, and laptop to make room for more.  I’m getting close to full on the camera and laptop.

Spent some time reconnecting with friends.  I think Hubby is surprised by how busy I am.  I haven’t talked to my friends much for about 3 weeks due to dealing with retirement issues.  We’re still dealing with them, so I’m just taking time out for a fun break.  I am hoping after our trip that things will calm down a bit.

Our trip.  We’re off on another 10+ day road trip to Alberta again – checking in with family and distributing garden produce. We’re doing the Hwy 1 Studio Tour tomorrow, on our way to Calgary.  Then eventually we’ll head north through Red Deer to Edmonton.  Hope to post here periodically.

Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

 

 

 

Quick Update

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ArtNow is on in Saskatoon at Prairieland Park folks!  If you haven’t been, go check it out!

As you know, African Dream is done the hooking stage.  I’m hoping to block it this afternoon.

I’ve already started colour planning for my next wall hanging.  It’s a long narrow wall hanging I’m calling Northern Exposure at the moment.  It’s moss growing on the north side of a tree.  Not sure how this is going to turn out.  I’m thinking I need some brighter colours than I have in my stash, but I so don’t want to go to the dye pots right now.  I have so much excess fibre around here.  I might try a funky colour scheme.

 

 

 

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! 🙂

 

In my studio…

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Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada

Had a great weekend.  We worked in the yard on Saturday, cleaning up.  On Sunday we went up to the Valley, as it’s affectionately known, and checked out the market gardens and the Snack Shack.  I experienced french fries with sour cream, bacon bits, and green onions for the first time.  Not sure if it beats poutine or not.  Might have to try their poutine next time I’m there.

Today it’s a dark and dreary day out there, with intermittent showers.  I plan to spend my day indoors hooking African Dream.

I also want to finish going through my gmail account.  No, I haven’t finished yet.  I got half way and then stalled for some reason.  I think it was taking my online courses that stalled me.  But they’re over, so I have time to do this again.

I have a lot of reading to catch up on.  So in-between hooking stints I’ll read.

One of the books I’m reading is Rod Judkin’s “The Art of Creative Thinking”.  I’m taking it slow, because, well, there’s a lot to think about in it.  I read a bit, rebel, decide he’s right, and move on.  I think I’m a reluctant artist.  I mean I love the results, but not the time it takes to get there.  I’m impatient.  But once I sit down to do it and get started I am totally absorbed in the activity of creating and making something.  I love the feeling of accomplishment when I’m finished.

How about you?  How do you feel at the start of a project?  The middle or doing part? When you finish it?

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WIP – African Dream – The color scheme is set.  Now to finish hooking!

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

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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! 🙂