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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beaver pond gone amuck! There were seven beavers damming this creek and creating a massive pond, or rather, a small lake!
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! 🙂
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?
WIP – African Dream – The color scheme is set. Now to finish hooking!
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.
A gray and rainy day here. I have three more patterns on backing and am colour planning today. I think I’ll be doing some dyeing of bright greens again. But for now, I plan on working on this scrappy rug. Trying to use up leftover worms here. This will have an irregular edge, which is my first. It will be interesting!
Well this week didn’t exactly turn out as planned. I spent a lot of time on tax stuff. My email has been acting up. So I ended up making more phone calls than I’d like. But it’s done now. It’s solved.
Also spent time planning and preparing for our new boarder to move in, including two or three grocery shopping trips different places and times. Normally I do one run a week. But this week I renewed my Costco membership and did a serious shop there.
I also spent time preparing for my tutoring sessions this week. I’ve signed up for a free class to brush up on teaching K-3 kids. I have not done it in a while and feel I could use a refresher course. It starts mid-May. However I have access to some of the resources now, and have been reading them.
I also have hooked a bit on Dancing Tree, but have not hooked as much as I would have liked.
And I have not knit a stitch on the Cellular Baby Blanket.
I have been doing a lot of future planning this week. For some reason spring is when I like to do my planning, not the New Year. Hopefully next week I’ll get on track again.
This week I am focusing on the background for Dancing Tree.
It is also looking warm enough to open windows and dye some mid-tone and light blues.
And I want to be thinking about what to hook next. I’m seriously thinking something scrappy might be in order. For those of you who do not know, a scrappy rug or piece of hooking is a piece made of leftover scraps (also known as worms) from other projects. I have a huge bag and some boxes of worms that seriously need to be used up.
It’s been a busy week. I finished the hanging systems for Sprouts and Blue-eyed Grass. Hubby hung them on the wall for me. They are now up for sale folks!
Sprouts is 6″ x 36″ and $225 CAD + shipping. Blue-eyed Grass is 7″ x 36″ and $260 CAD + shipping. Shipping via UPS runs about $75 CAD. All pieces are insured for shipping. Both pieces come with a Certificate of Authenticity as well. Also, the hanging system (dowel) is included.
I had a delightful lady in Wednesday afternoon for a finishing class. She is doing a wonderful job with her rug hooking and I hope to see her again soon.
I managed to package up Prairie Sky, the large version, and ship it off to its new owner. Hopefully it will arrive safely.
I’ve been updating my business books as well.
AND, last, but not least, I actually cleaned up my studio! I sorted out a mess of worms (small leftover strips of fibre). I am feeling the need to do a scrappy wall hanging. Hmm…will have to think about it.
I finished sewing the hanging sleeves on Sprouts and Blue-eyed Grass. Had to make a run to Lowe’s to pick up some doweling to use as hanging rods. Just waiting for Hubby to help hang them as they are both being hung in high places I cannot reach even standing on a chair!
Not much accomplished on the knitting the baby blanket again. I’ve been busy with teaching a finishing class and tutoring this week.
Today I’m focusing on putting new patterns on backing. I still haven’t decided which patterns I’m going to put on backing. So maybe I’ll just put a bunch on and see what strikes my fancy to start hooking.
Today is my last post before Easter holidays. It’s been a mixed up week for my blog, what with the router going and the snowstorm interfering with my plans for an outside photo shoot again. However I did manage to work some more on Blue-eyed Grass, as you can see above.
I did cruise through another sketchbook, but I have not scanned more sketches into my computer for editing yet. I am deep in debate with myself over what direction to take my work. I seem to have two streams going: realistic work based on nature, and abstract…also most often based on nature, but not necessarily.
This angst is holding me back in starting new pieces. This is part of being an artist. I just have to continue my work and let it decide my future I think.
I’m posting from my iPhone. We’re having a doozy of a spring snowstorm here and power was out for a while. I cannot get our modem up and running again.
So on today’s agenda is more hooking. I did do some research yesterday on eagles for a wall hanging based on my youngest daughter’s poem. She wrote it in grade 9 I believe. But I’ll leave it till I finish the wall hanging to share.
I will also be sketching and planning more wall hangings. I badly need a new footstool cover and may work on that as well.
I was able to finish removing the colour from the nylons. It required a trip to Micheals for more RIT colour remover, but I did find a couple of packages. I started hooking Blue-eyed Grass this week. I’m afraid I did not accomplish much, but it’s a start.
I didn’t accomplish much because I also took time to go through my sketchbooks and scan in potential images for future wall hangings. I also edited them and resized them into something that might approximate a wall hanging. Note, these are not small 6″ square wall hangings. They are larger ones.
That’s about it from here for this week. Not much, but it’s something. Spring is in the air and I’m busy cleaning out the basement at the moment. We’re preparing for the new boarder come the end of April. We have a ways to go to make room for him. 🙂
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.
Hi everyone! How’s your morning going? Mine is going great. I managed to put Blue-eyed Grass on backing the other day. Today, if the temperature warms up to above 10 C, I’ll be popping open windows and taking some dye out of the nylons.
If not, then I’ll be drawing more designs on backing for some hooking fun.
In other news, I knit a few more rows on the cellular baby blanket, but not enough for another photo shoot.
It was a busy weekend. I dropped The Barn, Wascana Creek, and Dead of Winter off to be exhibited in the Art Gallery of Regina 40th Salon Show. Now to focus on this week. I’ll be busy finishing Sprouts and starting my next piece.
I think my next piece will be a tall, thin, blue-eyed grass wall hanging. I’m thinking of trying to bleach some nylons for the background for it…to mix with wool and silk yarn and fabric. But first I need to put the pattern on backing. So I’ll be enlarging it considerably. The piece will be about 3′ high.
Today is technically a holiday here in Saskatchewan, Canada. It’s Family Day weekend, meaning we have Monday off to spend with family. My family does not live nearby, so I will not be spending much time with them. Instead, I’m going to work on a new piece.
I spent some time going through my sketchbooks with a friend this weekend and picked a couple of designs out to use up some pieces of odd sized backing I have laying around here. I prepped the backing, enlarged the drawing, and traced it onto backing. It was a lot of fun for my Saturday evening. 🙂
So today’s plan is to finish colour planning this wall hanging, which will hang over the archway in our dining room, and possibly start to hook it. Depends what Hubby has planned. Could be I end up helping him with chores.