Good morning everyone! Today I am talking about nature journaling. I am a wildlife biologist’s daughter. I spent most of my childhood and early adult life outdoors and enjoying camping. My mother loved birds and plants and instilled her love of those to me. My father took us all out “into the field” from June through the end of August.
“The field”, for those not related to a wildlife biologist, means we lived in tents all summer long in the great outdoors, wherever it may be. For my growing up years that meant a place called Streeter Basin, followed by Gregg Lake, and then Kananaskis Research Centre, where we graduated to living in a trailer. At Streeter there was no-one around for miles. Just my family, Dad’s grad students (“Don’t bother them!”) and nature. We learned to love nature.
Was this scary? A bit. I could tell you stories. But that’s getting off topic. Streeter Basin was where I became interested in birds. It was also where I started drawing plants.
By the time I was in high school we started going to Kananaskis. There a kind botany professor let me tag along on field trips. My mother was in his class. He would talk about the plants. I would go off nearby and draw them.
I did try and paint a few plants as an adult, upon taking painting courses. But that was the extent of my nature drawing. Until Sketchbook Revival 2021 and John Muir Laws’ class.
After drawing the Black-throated Blue Warbler in under two hours, I was excited again! Here is a more or less cleaned up version of the original drawing, which had a lot of mistakes.
Enter my Internet search for resources. I found John Muir Laws has written, not one, but two books on nature journaling. I also found Clare Walker Leslie had a book out on nature journaling that she co-authored with Charles Roth. Hmmm… I ordered both books. (Clare Walker Leslie has a new edition of her book published this year!)
While waiting I decided to try my hand at it a second time. This time I asked a nature loving friend if she had any photos I could use as a base for my drawings – as reference. She did! I received several shots with images of birds. I decided to try again…this time I made a page for the Black-capped Chickadee.
I see several areas where I could improve my work, composition wise, artistically and with the text. However, as a starting point these are okay. I need a record to see how I progress.
The books arrived Thursday and I have been immersed ever since. They are both excellent books. Clare’s and Charles’s book, “Keeping a Nature Journal”, is good for someone who has no clue about drawing and thinks they can’t do it. John’s book, “The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling”, is more detailed and in-depth. Both excellent stuff! Both are aimed at nature lovers everywhere who want to record what they see.
I was so excited by the books I powered through most of “Keeping a Nature Journal” this weekend. I also watched a video on YouTube called “How to Build a Journal Page with Kristin Meuser. On Kristin’s advice I decided to pick a smaller watercolour sketchbook to start.
I found a red journal half the size of the large sketchbook I had been using, and redrew the first two drawings, adjusting for composition. I also tried some drawing from life, which is what nature journaling is all about. It looks pretty rough folks, but it’s a start. Practice makes perfect!
So if I appear to be neglecting my rug hooking for a while, don’t be alarmed! I am merely honing observation and drawing skills which will, eventually, show up in my wall hangings.
If you have been, thanks for reading! Have a great week everyone!
Happy Friday everyone! This week was short, but productive. I’ve been busy reading “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. I wrote down everything I had in my mind that needed doing, then created a project list from the things I needed to focus on, and then a next actions list for the list of things to do. I’m swamped! I’m also loving it! But I can’t take on anymore.
I’ve also been working on my South Korean roof tile end cap wall hanging. It’s slow going, but looking better these days. A friend was over to help me pick out fibre for the border. I will be doing some dyeing and overdyeing.
We also went through the poetry wall hangings I want to hook. They are on backing and ready to go. I just have to finish this South Korean wall hanging and swing back to them for awhile.
I’m still sketching the South Korean designs in my sketchbook. Lots to do yet. Plus I’m still working through Meryl Cook’s “The Creativity Workbook”. I’m enjoying the inspiration of the fall colours around me.
I’ve been listening to Cindi Gay’s rug hooking podcasts while hooking or afterwards. She is a very wise lady full of all kinds of knowledge about rug hooking. I don’t hook the primitive style, but I still learn from her. Thanks for doing the podcasts Cindi!
The last week of October will be a busy week. The In My Studio Workshop Week is on then. I have a Travel class with Karen Miller, a Words and Images class with Elizabeth Miller, and Intuitive Hooking with Meryl Cook. There will also be a group hook-in and a panel discussion I’m looking forward to stepping outside my comfort zone to learn more from these talented teachers and others.
If you’re interested in taking classes I believe there are a few openings left. Contact Karen D. Miller on Facebook and check into the events she is hosting.
If you’ve been reading, thanks! Have a great weekend!
I hope everyone had a good and happy Thanksgiving! Even though we were encouraged to stay home or in our small bubble, it was possible to get together with family and friends through technology. Long live FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp and other apps that connect us!
I just went through my first Thanksgiving without a deep freezer. Let me say how thankful I am for our food supply chain. I picked up a frozen turkey Friday and it thawed in the fridge all weekend. I have a fridge that runs cold, so it needed that time to thaw. In fact, it was still partially frozen Monday morning! I ran cold water in it before stuffing it and hoping for the best. I cooked it in a Look bag and tin foil roasting pan, as we have no roaster and no place to store it if we did have it! It turned out just fine.
Because our current chest freezer does not work properly and our upright freezer, which we ordered in August, has yet to arrive, I decided, in the best interest of not wasting any food, to gift our Thanksgiving guests (my daughter and her husband) with leftovers to take home. Hopefully little food will be wasted.
Other than Thanksgiving this has been a quiet weekend for me. I took some time off to read, review and reorganize. I’m reading David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” for the second or third time in about 15 years. I realize just how much I have put on my plate to deal with right now. I decided to back off and focus on the big picture – the long term view – for the moment. So I’m back in a goal setting phase, making sure every activity meshes with future goals and my vision of where I want to be ten years from now.
This is a challenge for me. My husband is seven years older than I, and is a senior now. I have discovered that in marriage planning cannot happen in isolation. You have to consider the other person and what reactions or parts they might have in the plans. This is especially true for me as I am not driving at the moment for a variety of reasons.
I am going back through photos and sketchbooks for ideas for mats of various kinds. There are way more ideas than I can possibly hook. It’s so hard to decide what to do and what to leave undone. Do I compromise and hook a small mat instead of a large one? Or is it better to just not hook it at all? In the meantime, I have South Korea mats and poetry mats to hook.
By the way, I discovered the shape of “joy” to me this weekend. I drew a sketch to twig my memory. It needs some revamping, but the basics are there. I may have another mat to hook soon!
If you have been reading, thanks! I hope you enjoy your week ahead. Cheers…Jean.
I found myself really fighting my South Korea roof tile end caps wall hanging this week. I decided to not rush it and just work on it briefly each day. Instead I’ve been busy sketching more designs – both of South Korea and from Meryl Cook’s “The Creativity Workbook”.
Despite spending more time this week drawing designs for South Korea wall hangings, I’m not sure how many will actually make it onto backing. I’m seriously thinking about the viewer, as well as the creative act (by me). There’s a balance that has to be struck there for me. In previous years I hooked too much for the viewer, with the odd exception. Now I’m wanting to get back to the act of just creating. It’s important for me to know what I want to say with my work first though. So I’m thinking.
I’ve been working through Meryl Cook’s “The Creativity Workbook”. I am paused on finding a design that expresses how I feel joy. I did go and experience a couple of things that give me joy – walking in nature amongst the fall foliage. I picked up a variety of shapes and colors of tree leaves and have been busy designing leaf patterns and templates. But to actually draw joy is another matter altogether. I think I know the color/s of joy for me, but not sure of the shape of it…yet.
Wednesday I joined an In My Studio Zoom meeting to listen to Judi Miller talk about artist residencies. It was a very informative talk about the options available, what you need to have a successful one, and her experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed the talk and would like to thank Judi publicly for making the time and effort to do it, and to thank Karen Miller for organizing and facilitating it.
I received my ProChem dye powder shipment this week. I’m looking forward to more dyeing. I’m wanting to dye the pine trees, ocean and skies using Lucy Richard’s spot dye formulas. I’ll be dyeing the old-fashioned way – in the oven – rather than in a microwave I do not have a microwave to dedicate to dyeing, nor a place to put it.
Well that’s my review for this week. If you’ve been reading, thanks! I wish you all a happy Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, wherever you may be. My next blog post will probably be posted Tuesday. Take care everyone!
Artist Retreat, that is. This week I had a lovely time at a friend’s cottage on the Bay of Fundy with my husband and my creative gear.
I took far too much stuff. We could barely fit it all in the car! But we did! Aside from gear we had to take clothes, bedding, food, and water for five days. Hubby took his bicycle to fit in some riding. We both took technology to work on various projects. It was forecast to rain.
I took work to finish. I took my camera for inspiration photos. And the tripod, just in case. I took my rug hooking frame and South Korea rug. I took my sketchbook and watercolour pencils. I took reading material and watching material. Also I downloaded some podcasts. I took linen and Red Dot interfacing to transfer those patterns I enlarged last weekend.
Our destination had no internet, so I used my cell phone to create a hot spot every day in order to finish an Udemy course on composition.
I organized for this retreat using an app called Simple Mind. It is a mind mapping app that allows me to see a lot of information in point form at one glance, and how it’s all interrelated. I was able to adjust my retreat plans as it happened, to accommodate for finishing things early. Not being distracted can really be a big boon to productivity.
We went on a lot of walks, with and without camera. Some to the beach, some not. Some with sketchbook, some without.
I read “The Art of Botanical Painting” by Margaret Stevens. It’s a great book if you want to be a botanical painter. I am not that detail oriented. I did garner quite a few colour and composition ideas for an upcoming series of wallhangings I plan to develop.
I also took Keith West’s “How to Draw Plants”, “Nature Drawing “ by Clare Walker Leslie, and “Drawing Scenery: landscapes and Seascapes” by Jack Hamm. These were more for reference. I haven’t drawn a seashore close up before.
I did manage some watercolour sketching for future design ideas. Lus I finished the Hearts wall hanging and coasters.
It’s pattern making time! I spent the weekend going through my sketchbooks, scanning sketches, and enlarging some for patterns for more wall hangings. This week I’ll be putting them on backing. Time to finish a few series and design some new.
I’m prepping fibre for more hooking on my South Korea rug. I’d like to hook more, smaller images for a series there. But don’t know if I will.
I finished the Ken doll clothes and they’re on their way to their new owner today.
Recent books I’m enjoying:
Rug Hooking with Fancy Fibers – Gail Dufresne
Rug Money – Mary Anne Wise & Cheryl Conway-Daly
Recent podcasts I’m enjoying:
Fiber Nation by Interweave Press
I hope everyone has a great week! I’ll have a much longer post come Friday. Take care everyone!
The pellet stove has been removed! I am pleased to have space for another chair in the seating area of the studio. Kudos to Dan Walker, his co-worker, and Charlie for removing the stove and repairing the wall. The walls have now been painted and it’s time to fix the floor where the pellet stove sat, so the chair has someplace level to sit.
In other news, I am selling all my scrapbooking supplies. I purchased storage on Forever.com, as well as their programs Historian and Artisan. I also purchased a PC laptop to run everything on! I’ve used PCs before, but it’s been a while. This could be a bit of a learning curve.
The laptop is a Lenovo Legion Y740 15″ laptop. This is, I suspect, a gaming laptop. However, it was one of the few I could find with all the specifications required to handle everything I need it to do. Next up, once this is set up, I’ll be looking at a scanner and a printer. I have a lot of old photographs and negatives that need scanning.
I continue to unpack and sift through our belongings. I am to the point where I am shredding entire boxes of journals and papers from when the girls were younger. I have no idea why I kept it all! Hopefully this move will ultimately achieve our goal of downsizing all our stuff, as well as our accommodation.
In my leisure time I am reading “In The Company of Women” by Grace Bonney. It is a wonderful book full of interviews from successful women entrepreneurs. It has some sage advice and great quotes.
I also joined Udemy this week. Their classes are as low as $13.99 each until June 20th. I purchased three by Doris Charest, an artist from Alberta, Canada. They are: “Teaching Art Classes Online”, “Composition Basics for Abstract or Realism for Beginners“, and “Starting an Art Business”. I learned quite a bit from “Teaching Art Classes Online”. I don’t expect to learn as much from the other two. They are more refreshers. Mme. Charest’s teaching style and delivery is very good. I appreciated her honesty about her subject.
Hi everyone! Today I thought I’d take a look in my reading pile by the chair and let you know what I’m reading, why, and what it’s inspired.
One book I’ve been paying close attention to is “Creative Time and Space” by Rice Freeman-Zachary. It is subtitled “Making Room for Making Art”. While not devoted to rug hooking per se it does have an entire chapter on studio spaces of various artists. Since we’ve just moved I read that chapter and decided to do my studio up right this time. At the very least I decided to document the transformation from a very yellow family room to a studio. Keep an eye on my YouTube channel for a video in the next month or so!
Also in my reading pile is “Desire to Inspire” by Christine Mason Miller. It’s subtitle is “Using Creative Passion to Transform the World”. It is a book of ideas, techniques, and exercises that “help you discover your own strengths, goals and potential paths”. It explores the work of inspiring artists and their transformative art.
Following on the heels of that I still want to finish “The Secret Lives of Color” by Kassia St. Clair. It’s more of a fun cross between history and trivia on some of the more common colours used by artists of all kinds.
Then there’s “Living the Creative Life”, also by Rice Freeman-Zachery. The author interviews 15 artists practicing in a variety of mediums, including fibre arts, about creativity. It will be interesting. There’s a section on artist retreats by Sas Colby, a fibre artist. I’m interested in a fibre art retreat, but not with other people. I truly need to be alone, except for meals, which I’d love for someone else to prepare, while I just get some work done!
And last, but not least, I still haven’t read Deanne Fitzpatrick’s book “Rug Hooking with Deanne Fitzpatrick “. I’m hoping to read that as well.
Well that’s my reading list on the creative and fibrey end of things. What are you all reading these days?
I finished my first bed sock and am almost done the second. They are a bit large, but that’s okay. If I knit myself a real pair for walking I’ll go down one size.
I finished the first eight appliqué quilt blocks and am onto the next eight. Having a hard time finding time to do this, what with other distractions and only being able to do it during daylight hours. My appliqué stitching is a mess after the sun goes down, even with lights on!
I am reading “Eyes Open to the World” by Karen Miller. I’m really enjoying it! I’m halfway through the book now. I’m a slow reader.
I missed rug hooking, so I scrounged around in bins and boxes for some scrap linen backing. I freehand drew some hearts on it, on top of some squares that were already on the backing.
I commandeered Hubby to move boxes of fibre around so I could find the appropriate colours to prepare for hooking. I settled on pink, red, purple, and white. I am using my usual wool, silk, and nylon.
Then I discovered my portable lap frame had cracked during our move. I quickly mentioned it to a friend and she offered to bring one to our group meeting this week for me to borrow. I took my cracked frame to the meeting and asked for advice on fixing or replacing it. I was surprised the answer was try Gorilla Glue! So Hubby went out for some Gorilla Glue and is poised to try and repair my frame.
I hope everyone else is having a productive time. Take care and I’ll try and check in next week.
Today we’re having an “at home” day. The wind outside is howling and blowing snow around. Police are advising people to stay off the roads. There are a lot of snow drifts developing and accidents. We are taking their advice!
I thought I’d take some time to fill you in on my latest reading:
I finished Meryl Cook’s “One Loop At A Time”. I found it a very interesting way to rug hook, having never heard of chakra colors before. I love the look of her work! I am so glad Meryl decided to pick up the hook and work her way through recovery using rug hooking! This book is the story of how Meryl worked towards wellness and recovery following surgery using rug hooking and her creativity. I find times of sudden illness have been life changing for me as well.
I am finally getting serious about Karen Miller’s book, “Eyes Open To The World”. I am loving her writing style! Both she and Meryl have great writing styles. They don’t waste words and they are very clear in what they say and mean. I like that.
I’ve finished chapter 1 on traveling and really seeing what’s around you. And I agree. It’s too easy to just go, go, go and not really see what’s around you. That’s what happened on our South Korean trip in 2017. Thankfully I captured a lot with my camera on that trip. It definitely helps to be a decent photographer when you travel, or to travel with one!
As one of the featured rug hooking artists in her book, I can see where I have an unusual word cloud of artists and people who’ve inspired me. I think sometimes we’re too narrow in defining which “artists” have inspired us. I have to include my grandmother, a fibre artist long before they were called such. She was an excellent needlewoman, seamstress, quilter, etc. She inspired me to make time for my creative work and to aspire to excellence in technique, as well as interpretation. She inspired me to create works with meaning – something I am still working towards at this time.
I also find my children’s poetry to be inspirational. They were pretty good poets as children – far better than I was! They created a large body of work and have given me permission to use some of it in my rug hooking. I am currently planning a three day retreat for myself in order to put more patterns on backing, color plan, and dye fibre for them. That’s a tall order for three days, but we’ll see how far I get.
Of course I am inspired by the usual Impressionist, Van Gogh, Emily Carr, Group of Seven, Georgia O’Keefe, etc. They all affect how I perceive and interpret what I observe. They teach me, as Karen writes, about light, perspective, and color.
I am also finding inspiration in unusual places. Take for instance, the manhole covers in downtown Vancouver. Don’t laugh! They have great designs I’d love to do a rubbing of some day. Unfortunately it’s rather crowded for that. I settled for snapping quick photos!
Aside from reading and being inspired by Karen and Meryl, I’ve been busy quilting. The quilt I’m currently working on is from a South Korean quilt book a friend owns. I have no idea who the designer is or the name of the quilt, let alone the book. All I could decipher was the pattern diagram. A friend who used to be a quilt instructor gave me instruction on how much to enlarge it and how to quilt it using the freezer paper appliqué method. So far it’s working great! I have one block I have redesigned, as it requires tricky machine quilting to determine what it is exactly.
I’m hoping to turn it into a queen size quilt for our bed. We still don’t have a quilt for our bed. I’ve made lots of quilts for other people, so now it’s our turn. I have eight blocks completed and need at least forty-two total. That’s another thirty-four blocks! I can appliqué one a day.
I’m also knitting a pair of Merino wool socks from Ella Rae yarn. I was originally planning on making a shawl, but the yarn had breaks in it. In the end I decided to not only make socks, but to make bed socks. It’s cold where we live…especially at night. The breaks won’t matter if I’m just keeping my feet warm at night in them.
This morning I gathered up all my unfinished projects and took them to the upstairs living room, where it’s warmer. I stored them all in the large tote I have of projects I want to do or finish. I’m hoping to make strong headway on emptying that tote this year!
That’s my Weekly Review folks! Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Our stuff has arrived! We are truly and for good moved to the east coast of North America!
We had a fairly uneventful trip east, aside from Hubby picking up food poisoning in Northern Ontario. We spent an extra night in Thunder Bay before moving on to Sault Ste. Marie. Other than that we made a few visits with relatives along the way.
We stopped in at the rectory in Chelsea, QC. It is home to an artists co-operative involving over 100 different artists! Some very interesting fibre work happening there.
We also stopped in to visit Lucy Richards in her home in Moncton, NB. She is the source of the Woolly Mason Jar system of dyeing fibre. I purchased one of the color card sets and some accessories to try her system next year, when we move into our new place.
We arrived in Halifax area last Monday and just set up our technology today. Too much to do otherwise! We’ve checked in with one child, but not the other. We’ve had a winter storm and Hubby is sick with a cold. We will hopefully see the other next week.
I’ve been to a SCRABBLE night with the ladies and, with their help, came in second in the game I was playing. They are very friendly people.
Our host likes games, so Friday night pizza and games continues! We may switch up the meal part a bit, which is fine by me. I’ve eaten a lot of pizzas in my lifetime!
We’ve been exploring the area where we’ve landed. We’ve discovered a pharmacy not far away, a few grocery stores, and some good restaurants. Our host is a wonderful source of where to buy things cheap! She’s a great recycler/make doer!
We’ve been to the Health Department for new health cards. Next up is to use them. This week is doctor week. I’m stressing over it already.
We’ve also discovered we are next to a beautiful small lake. In fact, we are on a hill and you can see the lake through the trees. Great for walking! Hubby has been on several walks, but I’ve been a bit slower to partake. I’m tired and still have my ‘cough’.
In fibre news, I’ve been spinning a lovely red purple Merino wool for my South Korean rug. I’ve yet to process the yarn, but will take a photo when I do.
I also have some golden yellow and lemon yellow Merino to spin together. I think. I’m not sure. The golden yellow is in the landscape down here in summer and fall (goldenrod). The lemon yellow is more of a stretch for this landscape. I’ll have to think on it before I combine the two.
I found my knitting today and think I’ll work on it as well. I’m still working on that Ravelry Dropped Stitch Scarf from home spun alpaca and silk.
I’m also checking out the rug hooking collection at the nearest library. I have a few books to read the next few week – a couple on silk stocking mats, and Karen Miller’s book.
Well folks, have a great week! Hope all goes well with everyone!
We had a great week this week. From celebrating Lunar New Year last Friday to playing games with friends. We also have been getting outdoors more, which makes a huge difference in our dispositions. We’ve had some snowfall cover the icy sidewalks and streets so we can walk on them again, albeit carefully!
I’ve been updating my bullet journal and coming up with more efficient ways to use the paper. I don’t like wasting paper. I’m in the process of preparing for March.
Creatively, I’ve been doing more colouring in my adult colouring book. I’ve also finished reading Deanne Fitzpatrick’s latest book, “Rug Hooking”, which was excellent, as usual. And I found the art section of the DVDs in our branch of the library!
Today I watched “Art is a Mirror” – a look at an exhibit originally created and curated by Canadian artist Jeremie Giles. It is about Canadian artists – who they were/are, and what they contributed to Canada. Most of the 72 paintings were purchased by a couple of teachers who show the paintings on occasion, particularly in school settings. The DVD was produced in 2007, so things may have changed. It is a great way to study Canadian history through the eyes of Canadian artists.
The other DVDs I am checking out this week are: Simon Schama’s “Power of Art – Picasso” (episode 7), “Understanding Art – Baroque & Rococo”, and “Art 21 – season 7”. “Art 21” covers a wide range of artists from the USA to Sweden, Germany, and Mexico. Should be fun! If I can’t hook right now, I can read and immerse myself in art regardless!
Hi everyone. This week is the first dye week I’ve had in a long time. I’ve been putting off dyeing since Hubby retired last fall. Now is the time. I warned the boarder and Hubby and we had a discussion about mealtimes around dyeing time – I do not mix the two! Our Chinese boarder had to struggle with the English a bit, but once he figured out dyeing meant adding colour to fibre he was okay. Have to watch how I use the word ‘dyeing’!
I am running out of my bright coloured fabrics. Lots of the more sombre colours in my stash still, but not so much the bright ones. Today will be yellows and oranges. By the end of the week I hope to have some bright colours to showcase in my Friday Weekly Review.
I had a great From Start to Finish class on Saturday, even if it was a bit rushed. My student learned a lot, and I learned a few things about teaching too! I am looking forward to this coming weekend’s class, in which hopefully we’ll move at a slower pace. I am excited to see how my student’s rug progresses. I love the simplicity of the design already.
Sunday Hubby and I went for a drive to a small community to check out a new restaurant – 641 Restaurant. We really enjoyed our time there and I took time to take photos for some ideas for rug making. Lots of cool things there.
A half finished Shortbread Cookie Cream, or some such. It was raspberry and strawberry sauce with lemon curd, whipped cream, and a shortbread cookie. Lots of fresh raspberries and strawberries for garnish! Excellent!
An interesting chandelier…
Another interesting light fixture.
Hubby and I loved these glasses. Easy to handle and easy to drink from.
A funny sign.
I plan to work on “Moss” more this week as well.
I also want to delve into the rug hooking books that arrived last week more. We’ll see if I have time.
Hoping to have a successful week, and hoping you do too.
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.
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.
Spent some time preparing for my class of beginners on Saturday. Have the table all set and ready to go! 🙂
I also spent time writing the outline for a design class.
Finished reading “Ageless Entrepreneur” by Fred Dawkins. A good book told in narrative style. It turned out the emphasis was on creating businesses to support startups. It encouraged young and old to work together to build off the strengths of each age group, and to take away the weaknesses of each age group. I know from first hand experience that this is a good idea. The tech knowledge of the younger generation has been a great help to me. And their enthusiasm to get things done has really lifted my spirits. I love working with them! A good and easy read.
Hi everyone! I’m back at it today. I’ve been busy creating my Design 101 class. The maiden voyage of the class will be March 11th. It’s a 3 hour class with theory and activities. Lots to organize and do by then.
I’m back at “Moss” this week. I’m half waiting for the weather to warm up so I can open the windows and start dyeing again. I think I’m going to need more bright greens.
I’m enjoying “Canadian Folk Art to 1950” by Fleming and Rowan. It’s a very readable book, once you get past the introduction. Loving all the photos of folk art too.
I also started reading “Ageless Entrepreneur”. So far it’s been an interesting read too. The concept is on being a creative entrepreneur and everyone being their own boss these days. The author thinks we all need to brand ourselves as a business entity, even if we work for a corporation or government. He thinks we really work for ourselves, no matter where we work. It will be interesting to see where the author goes with this line of thinking.
I am also looking more in-depth at “The Rug Hook Book” by Thomas Boswell (this is a re-read) and “Combining Rug Hooking and Braiding” by McDermet, Manges, and Tobias.
I am all geared up for the Introductory Rug Hooking class this coming weekend. We’ll be hooking a star mat similar to the photo at the top of this post.
Next class is Feb. 25th from 1:30 – 3:30 PM and is my Curves class. I will teach curves, circles, lettering and backgrounds in that class. I also have a handout on hooking bubbles for that class. The Curves class practice piece is Beauty. I’ve enlarged it a bit to make it easier for beginners to hook.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Take care all. It’s been snowing like crazy here. Hope the rest of you are having nice weather.
Sorry my post is a bit late folks. Lots of running around doing Christmas stuff. Trying to get a package in the mail and off to my girls and their men.
I’ve also been working on the jeanottosen.ca some more. It’s slow going sometimes. Keep an eye on things! I plan to run a contest in early January on the new blog. Today I’m uploading more product to the website.
I’m almost finished reading “Everyone’s An Artist” by Tite, et al. I really am enjoying this little book. It has some editing issues (mostly typos), but the content is good stuff.
I’m partly gearing up for International Rug Hooking Day on Sunday, December 4th! I plan to spend the afternoon hooking along with my online friends. “Moss” won’t get finished if I just look at it!
Hi everyone! I’m up early today. For some reason my sleep patterns are off kilter. I wish my American friends a very
I’ve spent most of this week working on my website. It’s not finished or ready yet, but it’s getting there. Mostly I’m posting product. I hope to finish product posting next week, but we’ll see. I’m still coming across the odd wall hanging I don’t have a picture of yet!
No hooking on “Moss” this week. Or knitting for that matter. I’ve been working on my Gale courses as well as the website.
Plus I’m still reading “Everyone’s an Artist”. It’s a pretty good read. It starts out by saying how everyone needs to be a bit creative to be the best at their job, and then the rest of the book goes on to say how you can be more creative. It covers the main character traits of artists and relates them to the every day person.
I’m also trying to decide if I want to take my artwork in a different direction or not. This is always a touchy subject, as my inclination touches a raw nerve with some people. My nature work and children’s work is an extension of my past experiences. This new direction would be darker, and I’m not sure the world needs that right now. Still, I may hook a few pieces just for myself…to work some things out of my system.
A very bad photo of some gorgeous yarn. I love this yarn. I visited the ranch the wool came from and bought these from the rancher’s wife. I over-dyed the pinkish red color with a green and got this beautiful variegated brown. It will be interesting to see how it knits up.
I’ve started making a sweater from this yarn. I hope it works. I’m currently still knitting swatches to make sure I have the right gauge. I want something that fits in the end!
“Moss” is at a standstill. I’m busy creating my new website and uploading new items to my Etsy shop. I need a clone.
Current reading is “Everyone’s An Artist” by Ron Tite, Scott Kavanagh, and Christopher Novais. I just started and so far so good. Makes me feel a lot better about my Liberal Arts degree. Did you know one third of the top Fortune 500 CEOs have an arts degree of some sort behind them? Makes me feel better already! Looking forward to this read…
Lots happening on the home front today. So we’ll see what actually gets accomplished here.
Autumn Spot Dyed Wool Blanket – 7″ x 17″-18″ – $30 CAD for all three pieces, plus shipping. $15 CAD for one piece, plus shipping.
Look what went on Etsy for sale this weekend! Yes, I put up some of the spot dyed blanket I used for the background in “Rose Hips”. It is $30 CAD + shipping for the entire lot of three pieces. If you are interested in only one piece, which is 7″ x 17-18″, I will sell it for $15 + shipping.
I also put up these two dark green wool and silk bundles for sale for $25 CAD + shipping each.
This week I am continuing my hooking on “Moss”.
I also plan to make more bundles for sale.
I also plan to knit more on the cellular baby blanket at Crafting.
I am currently reading my way through “Professional Blogging for Dummies”. That will be followed by “WordPress Web Design for Dummies”. Hopefully, between the two of them I’ll be able to get a website up and running by the new year.
Good morning! Today I thought I’d give you an update on my various projects.
I have knit a bit on the baby blanket. I have less than 12″ to go now.
I bought some Sally Melville books at Shuttleworks in Alberta. I plan on knitting something out of them next, but I need to check my yarn stash to see what I have that I can use.
I hooked a bit on African Dream before vacation, and will pick that up again soon.
As soon as I catch up in my Gale course on website development. I’m only two lessons behind now. I am learning a lot. I recently changed the menu bar here on my website to better reflect what goes on here. Look forward to future changes on my blog. 🙂
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! 🙂