Weekly Review

I had a great week and managed to complete almost everything on my list.

  • I hooked more on “Prairie Sky – Altocumulus”.  I hope to work more on it today.
  • I posted the remaining old patterns for sale on my Facebook page – JLT Studios.
  • I added some 6″ square Prairie Sky wall hangings for sale to my website. They sell for $60 each + shipping.
  • I finished cutting up plaids and checks into #6 wide strips for sale for rug hookers.  They are sold in 1/2 pound bags for $20 each bag + shipping. I will be posting them on the website soon.
  • I am working on my mini-portfolio book today.
  • I am sewing on the hanging sleeve for “Wascana Creek – Study” today.
  • And finally, yes, I found my file folders for my classes!

 

Plaid and check wool strips cut to #6 width, packed in half pound bags and ready for sale.

 

Some of these patterns are available on the website now, and some have yet to be listed.  Look for these patterns to be available on the website soon.  They are old patterns purchased long ago (about 20 years ago) and on old burlap.  It is suggested people trace them on Red Dot and re-draw them on new backing before hooking them.  These are not my own original patterns, but the patterns of a few very talented rug hooking artists from the past.

 

 

Be sure to check out the website for new product this coming week!

Friday Finale

Hi everyone!  I’m up early this morning, for a wonder.  I wasn’t in bed till after midnight.  I suspect an afternoon rest will be in order!  Mosaic was great though!  Both for fun and inspiration. The food was excellent too.

I finished my little “Prairie Sky – Cirrus” wall hanging and am onto a “Prairie Sky – Altocumulus” one. I have a lot of bits and pieces of linen backing that need to be used up.  They will most likely become ornaments and small wall hangings.

I’ve also managed to take photos of all the old patterns I have and will post those on my website and Facebook page for sale.

I made a list of things that need to be done in my little studio to finish up loose ends.  I’ll be working on those gradually.

I’ve also been working on creating a mini-portfolio photo book of my work to take to shows and show galleries.  It’s finally reached the point where I can’t take all my work with me.  So this serves as a detailed look at my development as an artist and shows potential patrons the width and depth of my style.

Today I’m looking forward to listing items online for sale, resting, enjoying company, and another evening at Mosaic.  Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

WIP Prairie Sky – Cirrus 12

 

In My Studio …

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Entries for the Art Gallery of Regina 40th Salon Show: “Dead of Winter”, “Wascana Creek”, and “The Barn”.

I hope everyone had a good weekend.  I know I did. 🙂  On my plate in the studio this week…

  • I have to put proper labels and tags on my pieces for the Art Gallery of Regina 40th Salon Show.
  • I need to buy sturdier dowels to hang Wascana Creek and The Barn.
  • I also want to finish Sprouts, which was forgotten in the excitement of the return of Moose & Mountains. 
  • If I have time, I have to sit down with my portfolio again and see what I’m missing.

What’s up in your world this week?

 

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WIP: “Sprouts”

In my Studio…

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A different kind of weekend this past weekend.  I taught rug hooking to a beginner Saturday.  We had a great time!

Company arrived shortly after my student left to help make sandwiches for a local homeless shelter.  They left after tea and I prepared a quick supper.  Afterwards Hubby and I settled down to watch all 3+ hours of “Gandhi”.

Sunday found me at church, followed by a potluck lunch, celebrating birthdays.  And an afternoon of sleeping!  The latter was totally unplanned and unexpected, but obviously needed, as I slept long and deep.

We enjoyed dinner out before coming home to enjoy a fire in the fireplace while chatting.

Today I’m back at my frame and eagerly anticipating finishing The Barn.

I also have no excuse to avoid my portfolio.  It may mean taking new photos, but we shall see.  I’ll manipulate what I’ve got on my computer first.  Thankfully the weather is nice and warm and, if need be, I can take wall hangings outside to the patio for proper photos.

 

 

Weekly Review

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Hmm…these are sounding an awful lot like my WIP Thursday.  I’ve been having a great time hooking The Barn.  It’s almost finished.  I must admit I’ve been sidetracked by preparing handouts for an upcoming class.  I did finish that job though and am ready for the weekend.

Tomorrow I’ll be teaching my first “From Start to Finish” class.  I’m teaching it over two afternoons, with hooking time in-between, so the student has time to finish her work before we address the various ways to finish a hooked piece.

I’ve also been thinking about the portfolio…but still not doing.  My big catch, as I mentioned before, is photo quality.  I will be working on that today, along with The Barn.

 

In my studio…

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A busy weekend this past weekend.  Hubby and I went to see Brooklyn in the theatre and appreciated the thought-provoking look it gave immigration.  We’ve dealt a lot with the immigrant community in town and know a bit about how difficult it is for newcomers to Canada.  I marvel at how some of them hold up and manage.

This week I continue to work on The Barn.  I can hopefully finish hooking it this week. 🙂

I also continue work on printing out my blog.  A tough slog and break in my rug hooking.

And working on my portfolio.  Hmm…must get back to that.  To be honest, I am not happy with the quality of the photographs in it.  This is going to take some concentrated time to improve to the point I am satisfied.  I want photos of high quality that I can also use for greeting cards.

Plus I need to finish preparing some handouts for a class this coming weekend.  Looking forward to some fun. 🙂

I hope everyone enjoys the day.  🙂

In My Studio…

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Blogging 101 has finished.  So this week I’m hoping to work more on…

  • my plein air studio wall hanging, The Barn,
  • the Cellular Blanket I’m knitting,
  • the Granddaughter’s Needle Box, and
  • my portfolio.

Hubby and I went shopping this past weekend to pick up more of Alene’s Tacky Glue for the needle box.  While out we picked up some ink for the printer.  I’m all set for the week!

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Weekly Review

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This week centred on starting the hooking for The Barn.  I’ve made a start, but am not happy with the fence. There may be later changes there.

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I also decided to focus in on knitting the Cellular Blanket, a baby blanket pattern from a library book.

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Plus I worked more on Granddaughter’s Needle Box.  I figure I’m about half finished I need to rustle up some clothes pins for makeshift clamps.

I started in on some oval Hardanger Christmas ornaments I found tucked away in a box in a cupboard.

I took some time to update my business books and visit the bank.

I did work a bit on my portfolio, but, as noted yesterday, we need more ink for the printer.

I also found out about an upcoming show in March and April, and quickly sent in my application to take part.

I took part in Blogging 101 and am nearing the end of the course. Hopefully the changes have improved the look of the blog.

That’s my review for this week.  No spinning…yet. 🙂

WIP Thursday…

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What’s on the go this week?  I’ve been having fun playing with different ideas and working on different projects.

  • The Barn is started and the actual barn is mostly hooked,
  • I continued knitting the baby blanket.  I tried stitch markers for the lace pattern, but it did not work due to the nature of the pattern.  So I am back to doing without.

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  • I went through my Hardanger box to file everything away on shelves, and came across a couple of kits, one already started.  Both are for Christmas ornaments. I decided to work on the one that was already started.  It has some nice cotton, linen, and metallic thread oval ornaments decorated with beads.

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  • I am still working on the Granddaughter’s Needle Box.  It requires a lot of gluing and I spend time waiting for it to dry.  By the time it’s dry I’m onto another project!  I am not going to have enough glue to finish this.  I’m thinking I may need to make a trip to Walmart to pick some up.

Planning Journals

  • See these lovely notebooks?  Aside from being inspiration themselves, I use them to help organize my days.  These have been in use since 2009, when I first read David Allen’s Getting Things Done.  I use David Allen’s ideas to keep me on task and productive.  Why are they in a WIP post?  Because I updated them. 🙂
  • Work on my portfolio has halted because we are running out of ink.  Need to buy new colour ink cartridges for our printer.
  • I haven’t even looked at my spinning yet.  Maybe this weekend.

Well that’s my works in progress everyone.  Hope everyone has a great day! 🙂

Weekly Review

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Hardanger Bell Pull – a modification of the EAC (Embroiderer’s Association of Canada) Intermediate Hardanger course.

In keeping with the list theme, you notice you see a lot of lists on this blog.  I find them easier to navigate and scan as a reader, and very concise as an author.  This week I accomplished a few things to put on my “Done” list.

  • I finished my Hardanger bell pull,
  • I finished, I mean totally finished, Wascana Creek,
  • I did the finishing on Wascana Creek – Study, the original plein air piece for Wascana Creek,
  • I worked on updating my portfolio, and
  • I continued with my Blogging 101 course.

Today I will continue with my portfolio and color planning The Barn.

Planning next week soon.

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“Wascana Creek” and its plein air piece “Wascana Creek – Study”.

WIP Thursday

My current rug hooking WIP is The Barn.  Colour planning is the objective for today.  It could be a challenge that sees me hanging about the kitchen over dye pots again.  We’ll see.  I’m trying very hard to use up what fibre I already have…and I have a lot.

The Barn is a slightly larger pattern than Wascana Creek.  It has similar elements and started out as a plein air piece also.  It will be interesting to see this develop into a larger piece.

I will also be working on updating my hooking portfolio.  I have let it get sadly out of date.

My non-hooking project for the time being is the knit baby blanket.  I tend to put it aside until I know I have an hour to work on it, because it takes that long to knit a full repeat of the pattern.  I’m a slow knitter.  It is a lace pattern that also requires concentration, so I prefer to do it when I’m alone.

That’s my plan for today.

What’s everyone else up to out there in Internet land?

Tackle it Tuesday

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WIP “Prairie Sky – Spiral” wall hanging.

Today Hubby is back to work and so am I!  I am busy hooking wall hangings and editing photos for my portfolio.  Yesterday I took time out from hooking to take the photos.  I figured I’d better do that before delivering said wall hangings to the shop for sale!

I finished my canning for the season I think. I might put more up in the freezer.  We have enough jams, jellies, relish, and applesauce to last the year.  Pickles and salsa might be another thing altogether.  I may need to make more come spring.  But I can always make refrigerator pickles.  And I have a shortcut for making a good salsa too. 🙂  I am an Epicure fan and use their Poco Picante salsa seasoning with diced tomatoes.

Next up is drying herbs!  And rug hooking! 🙂

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In my studio…

pressing-1This week I will be busy finishing the wall hangings I hooked last week.  I will be attaching hanging sleeves as well, and making sure there are enough oak dowels to hang the wall hangings.

I will try to make the gym Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  But we shall see.  I do not have time to nap after the gym.  I seriously need to finish these wall hangings and update my portfolio.  It is so far behind.

And, last but not least, I need to start thinking about something new for the Christmas season.  Not entirely sure what, but something…

Saturday we had the opportunity to attend the Bhutanese Nepali 2nd Annual Cultural Celebration in Regina, SK.  It was a lively day full of dancers, singers, good food, and even a politician or two.  What would a good Canadian event be like during an election without a politician?!  Anyway, it was a lot of fun.  The Bhutanese Nepali women wore beautiful saris and were very gracious hostesses.  They are great inspiration for fibre work.

Today the hot water heater is being replaced.  As well as it being a gym day.  Could be an interesting day!

Week in Review

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Northern Lights 7 – 6″ x 6″

I booked time off from the gym and rearranged my schedule so I had more daylight hours for hooking.  It resulted in five wall hangings being hooked in three days.  Not bad.

  • I finished hooking the initial poppy wall hangings,
  • I have some Northern Lights wall hangings hooked as well,
  • I worked some on my portfolio,
  • I received wonderful quality feedback from a patron.

I am finishing the wall hangings as I write this.  Hopefully I will have them to the shop by the end of August – a month early.  That’s okay.

I have to do my Christmas inventory up by the end of September, as I’ll only have two weeks at home after the conference before the end of October, when the shops will want Christmas inventory.  I must get my work done when I can!

Friday Finale

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Northern Lights 6 – 6″x6″

Finished another Northern Lights wall hanging yesterday morning.  Not entirely happy with the look of the lights in this and may change the sky a bit yet.  Started another Northern Lights wall hanging yesterday afternoon.  Plan to finish it today.  Then my backing will be complete and it will be time to work on finishing the edges and hemming, and hanging sleeves.

In-between all that I will be working on my portfolio.

Hope everyone has a great Friday! 🙂

In my studio…

IMG_3082Hi everyone!  Back to “In my studio” today.  Today I will have a full day of rug hooking.  Hoping to hook at least one other poppy rugette and work on my portfolio in-between times.

Tomorrow I will be skipping gym and Crafting to hook.  I must do some hooking Wednesday because Thursday I am receiving a load of fresh garden vegetables to process for the winter.  I’ll be processing beans, beets, and pickles.  I will have to work on them Thursday and Friday.  I may cancel gym Friday to get them done.  I have a standing invitation to meet with a friend Thursday evening…and another friend Friday afternoon.  Saturday I am at a function related to Hubby’s work all day. It’s going to be a busy week/weekend!

That leaves today and Wednesday for hooking.  I am going to make the best of it.

I did finalize plans to leave my current gym, which will give me my mornings back for rug hooking.  Hubby and I decided to go to a gym closer to home in the evenings a couple times a week, and I will do a workout routine at least one other night.  Last evening I spent some time setting up workouts on my YouTube playlists.

So that’s what my week looks like this week! 🙂  Hope everyone has a great day.  What are you all up to?

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Feeling Frustrated

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WIP Poppy 12

I did not accomplish as much as I hoped this past week. I am a bit frustrated.  I am also hoping it was only the heat.  I slept an awful lot of the time.  Or was at the gym or running about the countryside with friends, which was nice, but tiring.

There will be a few changes this fall that should make things better.  I will be going to a gym closer to home.  Actually within six blocks.  And I will be able to go in the evenings…I hope.  Leaving more time and energy for working during the day.  I figure if I’m going to sleep after exercising, I may as well exercise in the evening! 🙂

I only managed to hook 1 1/2 poppy wall hangings!  I should be doing one a day…at least!  And I did work on my portfolio a couple of days for a couple of hours each.  I forgot to post the last wall hanging on Etsy.  Will do that next week.

Today we have some very welcome unexpected company…well, we found out last night they were coming.  It will be good to see them again.  We have not seen them in a long time.

Hope everyone has a great day, wherever you are!

Friday Happenings

I was so busy yesterday in Moose Jaw I did not have time for photos.  We had a quick lunch at Deja Vu Cafe.  Then headed to the Tourist Information Centre to take a Trolley Tour of the city, before a quick pit stop at the local DQ and then home.  I will have to go out another time with Hubby or a friend and take some time looking around and photographing things.  Saw some beautiful old buildings and beautiful gardens though.

This morning I’m back at the gym and enjoying lunch with some friends.  Then it’s back to hooking.  I have a poppy wall hanging half finished that I would like to see done by the end of the day.  It would be nice to get started on another one too.

I am also still working on my portfolio.  I printed out over 40 photos, and still have more to go.  I’ve been more prolific than I thought this year.  I am looking forward to this heat going away next week so my energy level picks up again.  I must admit, air conditioning sounds better every day we have this heat!

Hope everyone has a great day! 🙂

So I am thinking…

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Poppy 11

I was delighted to send out another wall hanging to someone yesterday. 🙂  I am so happy when people are delighted with my work and wish to purchase it.  Each piece is a product of a lot of time, love, and attention.  Thank-you so much to those who support me and my work. 🙂

I will be out of the studio tomorrow and unable to post to the blog.  I’m on a fun day trip with some friends to Moose Jaw, SK.  I highly recommend Moose Jaw for a day trip if you’re ever in the area.  There is a spa, the tunnels, and a trolley tour.  Lots of shops and eateries.  Cute little town.  I am hoping to take lots of photos for inspiration.

I am also thinking about taking this afternoon off.  I need to learn to mend a knit shirt, and a friend has given me the perfect opportunity.  She has one in need of mending.  I am part of a Crafting group that meets Wednesday afternoons.  Though I rarely go anymore due to the sheer amount of work I have to do at home.  I might take my knitting if I go.  I must admit, one chief draw of going is the hostess has air conditioning in her home!  We do not.  It’s going up over 34 C today.

I also think, despite all this, that I’d like to put more Northern Lights wall hangings on backing, and work some more on my portfolio.  Might be a good idea to hook another poppy too.  Oh!  I’ll never fit that all in in one afternoon!  Better get started! 🙂

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Poppy 10 – revised

In My Studio…

GeraniumsHi everyone!  We have a nice bright sunshiny day happening here.  Temperatures are set to go into the 30s Celsius.  And we have no air conditioning.  I will be trying to avoid the heat as much as possible.

My big push this week is updating my portfolio and hooking poppy wall hangings.  I have one more piece to list on Etsy as well.

I will be excited to see what news comes out of Sauder Village, OH.  It is Rug Hooking Week starting Tuesday and four of my pieces will be on display.  The two small plein air pieces of Geraniums and Above the Garage.  As well as the two finished studio pieces.

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Saturday Review

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Hi everyone!  Hope you all had a good week, and that today is shaping up nicely. 🙂

I had a semi-successful week as far as my goals went.

  • I did manage to hook two poppy wall hangings.  I’d hoped to do more, but life got in the way.
  • I did upload a new wall hanging to Etsy every day.
  • I printed and attached a label to Goldfish.
  • I also updated my “For Sale” page here on the blog.
  • I was about to print off photos for my portfolio when I realized I have the wrong type of photo paper.  Will pick some of the right paper up today.

Today Hubby is off work, so I will be too.  It’s time to do errands and some processing of food for the coming winter.  I might even fit in some housework.  We’ll see how my energy holds out.

Friday Finale

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WIP Poppy 10 – 6″x6″

Will try and finish this lovely today.  Hopefully start another.

I have the entire day stretching out in front of me for rug hooking and related work.  In addition to the hooking I plan to:

  • Upload another wall hanging to Etsy,
  • Get those photos printed for my portfolio (or taken!),
  • Work on updating my portfolio.  This will take a while.  It’s been a year…

In My Studio …

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Scarlet Runner Beans in flower.

It’s a busy time of year for outdoor things.  The patio garden is starting to produce.  I need to process and can some vegetables and fruits.  My freezer is still bursting from fruit from last year.  Last night I discovered a gallon of raspberries I didn’t know I had.

I was also going through old cookbooks to cull them, and found a recipe for Raspberry Vinegar, which I just happen to need as a salad dressing base for another recipe.  So I quickly thawed a gallon of raspberries, poured two cups of vinegar over them, and now am letting them set the required four days before straining, adding a cup of sugar per cup of vinegar liquid, and processing. 🙂

Also in the deep freeze are about 4 gallons each of crabapples and rhubarb, and a gallon of saskatoons (blueberry like berries, but not as sweet).  I am poised to embark on jam making.

However, none of that is in my studio!  In my studio I am trying to re-orient myself and catch up loose ends.

  • I want to sort through my projects and see where I’m at.  Line up an order to hook in,
  • I want to hook some poppy wall hangings,
  • I forgot to label Goldfish.  So that needs to be attended to,
  • I still need to work on my portfolio, which is sadly out of date,
  • I also need to add some work to my Etsy shop,
  • and I need to update my “For Sale” page here on my blog site.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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