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!
Fish Cake Soup (Korean)
Pork Ribs (Chinese)
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.
coarse palm hook
fine palm hook
medium palm hook
medium pencil hook
fine palm hook
coarse palm hook
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.
I am still working on “Moss”.
Mainly I am learning my way around my website still.
We have enjoyed a lot of company this week.
Plus I continue to work on my online courses.
I have one chapter to finish in “Everyone’s an Artist” by Tite, Kavanagh, and Novais before returning it to the library.
My work corner
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.
Hope everyone has a great day! 🙂
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. 🙂
Hope everyone has a great day! Cheers!
Canola field in bloom!
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! 🙂
So I’m busy cleaning up around here in preparation for Christmas, and I finally could not avoid the corner where I sit and read.
I’ve been struggling with my eyesight up until I picked up my new glasses. I still struggle. Things are fuzzy. I’ve been told I have the beginning of cataracts. BUT, hope never dies. I have a basket full of books related to arts, crafts, business, creativity, etc., just waiting for me to hoe in and get reading!
So what’s in my basket? Let’s see…
Online Marketing for Your Craft Business by Hillary Pullen – Hubby brought me this from the public library one day. 🙂
Desire to Inspire by Christine Mason Miller – I picked this up in Victoria at Russell Books.
The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together by Twyla Tharp – I found out about this lady in a rug hooking course I took. I also enjoyed her book The Creative Habit.
Living the Creative Life by Rice Freeman-Zachary – I read her other book Creative Time and Space and really enjoyed it.
The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins – I picked this up in Oak Bay at a little bookstore…I think it’s called Ivy’s.
Coaching the Artist Within by Eric Maisel – I’ve been working through this book bit by bit throughout the year.
Smart Women by Barbara Thrasher and Madelon Smid – On Canadian women entrepreneurs. I picked this lovely up out of a local Little Free Library.
Crucial Conversation Tools by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler – Another Little Free Library find. 🙂
The Right-Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee – Is still in my reading basket. I did all the fun parts of the book BUT write up an actual business plan. I am lacking data.
How to Start a Home-based Etsy Business by Gina Luker – Well, I already have an Etsy business, but this might help fine tune things.
On top of those I have miscellaneous Wild Fiber magazines and International Artist magazines. I think I have my winter reading!
How about you? What are you reading this winter?
Errands and housekeeping day today! Just came back from doing errands. I am finally culling my books. A trip to the liquor store for boxes was in order. Also stopped by the pharmacy for medication and my annual flu shot. And, I finally went for a haircut! So all the errands are done this morning. That leaves this afternoon for…
This is a short week so my plans are few. Not only is Remembrance Day smack in the middle of the week, on Wednesday, but Hubby is home today and we are focusing on housekeeping chores. And, sometime this week the excavators are supposed to be coming to replace our sewer and water lines.
- Draw a new pattern on backing – poppies?, studio piece based on the plein air barn I hooked last year?, or a studio piece based on the plein air scenery piece from this year?
- Colour plan rug,
- Take Christmas ornaments to shop,
- Get caught up on reading of business related material,
- Order OTT light bulb.
The finished star ornaments.
Yesterday I was distracted by planning a trip to Denmark. Hubby has wanted to go for some time. He’s a family history buff and is writing a book. He’s about reached the limits for research options online and in Canada. He wants to go and actually see places and take photos. So I costed out a one month trip and sighed in dismay. Denmark is an expensive place to visit!
I finished reading Chronic Condition finally. It was a tough slog for me. The Canadian health care system is very complicated and very sick. I don’t know what the answers are. One of the answers the author suggests is making a federal drug plan that purchases all the drugs for everyone in the country, and is partially paid for by automatic deductions from our paychecks. In fact, he likes the idea of a patient partial payment for services too, to avoid overuse of the health care system. I do not like that. It penalizes people who are genetically predisposed to bad health. At any rate, Chronic Condition is a thought provoking read, and I think a necessary read if one wants to carry on an intelligent conversation about Canada’s health care system.
I read more of The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide by Dr. David Miklowitz too. Also scanned ahead a bit, reading key sections. I need to go back and slow down and take my time reading it. I’m not a fast reader. However the material in this book is good and worth the read.
On the rug hooking front… I finished the 8 star ornaments! Now onto the 8 circle ornaments. 🙂
Ready to be sewn together. 🙂
Why do I do this to myself?! Yesterday I was side tracked by figuring out numbers for retirement. Hubby wants to retire soon, so I am crunching numbers to see how it will work. Plus researching retirement options. Spent most of yesterday afternoon on that.
In the evening I was on the phone. We had a great time, so all is good. I don’t do hand work in the evening anyway, due to the poor lighting in our house. I really need to phone the Canadian distributor for Ott light bulbs and buy a replacement for my lamp. I’m a bit nervous about a light bulb that expensive surviving the mail though! They are $65 each I’ve been told.
“The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide” by Dr. David Miklowitz. Good reading for anyone, let alone bipolar people. Helps you understand them a bit better. At least so far it’s helped me.
I also spent considerable time reading a library book called “The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide” by Dr. D. J. Miklowitz. Bipolar disorder is in my extended family. This appears to be a very good book that discusses not only bipolar, but illnesses that are close to it, and tells the reader how to determine the difference. It also gives many case studies and real life examples, which are helpful in understanding the illness better. There are also lots of quizzes to help a person determine where they stand. I’ve only finished the first four chapters. I am looking forward to reading this very worthwhile book.
Yesterday’s sketchbook pages. Still working on images from Craigdorrach Castle in Victoria, B.C.
In rug hooking yesterday:
- I did manage to sketch for most of the morning,
- block and press the hems in on the remaining Christmas ornaments, and
- I prepared 4 more linings for them.
I need to prepare 8 more linings and sew them on. Today’s job, if I don’t get distracted, is to sew on the ribbon hangers and linings.
Eight more ready to add lining and hangers.
I did finish Simply Modern before I arrived home Friday evening. 🙂 It’s a great book and I highly recommend it to people. Lots of images, ideas, and project ideas to work on! I appreciate the detailed instructions for various dyeing methods, and construction of pillows and purses. I also appreciated the section on style. Thanks Deanne! 🙂
Last week can be summed up as my reading week and sketching week. I took few photos, but did start to go through the copious photos I took out on the coast before, during, and after TIGHR Tri-ennial, translating them into simple sketches for future wall hangings.
Most of my week, which was in Edmonton, was spent visiting family and friends. I did manage to meet up with another rug hooker from TIGHR. We had a great time checking over each others work, chatting, and generally having a good time. I hope to meet her again some day.
This week’s goals:
- Finish Christmas ornaments,
- Translate more photos into sketches,
- Update Etsy shop and take it off vacation mode.
Today we’re heading home. Time to drop some inventory off at the SCC Boutique in the Affinity Gallery in Saskatoon.
Yesterday was busy with family. Had a great time in Edmonton. It was nice to see everyone again. 🙂
Today I hope to finish reading Chronic Condition by Jeffrey Simpson, and read more in Simply Modern by Deanne Fitzpatrick.
More sketching yesterday. Reading more of Simply Modern.
I met up with a rug hooker I met at the TIGHR Tri-ennial. We had a great time sharing photos, showing each other our work, and chatting each other up about rug hooking. I am looking forward to meeting her again. 🙂
Planning two more get togethers today with relatives. Should be fun! 🙂
Sketching doesn’t have to be great art. It just has to get the basic shapes and colours down. Sometimes not even that. I enjoy using my sketches as a base and “mixing it up” in my wall hangings.
Had a great time sketching more yesterday. Took photos of interesting designs and shapes in the place we are staying.
I also read more of Simply Modern. As well as more of Chronic Condition on Canada’s health care system.
We spent the evening visiting family and having a great time.
I am surrounded at Dad’s by lots of visual stimulation. Lots of ideas for hooked wall art, and just plain art in general. Lots of colour ideas too! Really, ideas are all around us everywhere. We just need to train our eyes to see them. It helps to have a healthy dose of “what if…?”
We left Kamloops Saturday morning and drove through to Jasper National Park. We stopped many places along the way to explore and take photos. We discovered Valemount, B.C. is a busy little community even on a holiday weekend.
An old steam engine at Jasper train station in Alberta…right outside our hotel.
We made it to Jasper townsite by suppertime. We walked the town and finally settled on eating at an East Indian buffet. It was so good! Excellent choice for us, though I reacted to the food. I dislike having food intolerances. We stayed at the quaint Whistlers Inn.
We were able to visit family in Salmon Arm and Jasper area. Now we’re in Edmonton organizing the few days we have here. Lots more relatives and friends to check up on before heading home.
Today I’m preparing a ham dinner for a second Thanksgiving for extended family who enjoyed turkey yesterday.
I’ve been reading Deanne Fitzpatrick’s Simply Modern on the road. I am loving all the exercises and activities in it. I cannot wait to get home to try some out.
I am also reading The Art of Creativity by Rod Judkins. It too, is giving me a lot of ideas to try.
I see zucchini, corn, and a bag of cucumbers. What you don’t see are beans, beets, and apples.
Had some friends drop by with gifts from the country. Looks like I’m going to be busy today. In the meantime…
Rug Hooking Resource List (continued)
Some more detailed resources for those looking for a little inspiration and wanting to delve into the actual practice of hooking rugs.
Beatty, Alice & Mary Sargent – The Hook Book – Stackpole Books, 1977.
Black, Elizabeth – Hooked on the Wild Side – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2004. A book on hooking animals.
Crouse, Gloria E. – Hooking Rugs: New Materials, New Techniques – The Taunton Press, 1990. A wide variety of materials encouraged and discussed.
Davies, Ann – Contemporary Crafts: Rag Rugs – New Holland, 1992.
Davies, Ann – How to Make Hand-Hooked Rag Rugs – Search Press, 1996.
Dufresne, Gail – Geometric Hooked Rugs – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2010.
Eaton, Doris – A Lifetime of Rug -Hooking – Nimbus, 2011. A retrospective of Doris Eaton’s body of work.
Fassett, Kaffe – Welcome Home – Pastimes, 1999. Has some hooked rug patterns in it.
Feller, Susan – Design Basics for Rug Hookers – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2011.
Green, Jane Halliwell – Pictorial Hooked Rugs – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2009.
Hinchcliffe, John & Angela Jeffs – Rugs from Rags – Orbis Publishing Ltd., 1977. Different methods of making rugs, including hooked rugs.
Hrkman, Donna – Rug Hooker’s Companion – Stackpole Books, 2012. A rug hooking glossary.
Ketchum, William C. Jr. – Hooked Rugs – Harcourt, Brace, Johanovich, 1976.
Krull, Betty and Susan Huxley – The Secrets of Color in Hand-Hooked Rugs – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2004.
Lawless, Dorothy – Rug Hooking and Braiding – Funk & Wagnall’s, 1976.
Littenberg, Anne-Marie – Hooked Rug Landscapes – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2009.
Littenberg, Anne-Marie – Hooked Rug Portraits – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2011.
Mather, Anne – The Art of Rug Hooking – Sterling, 1998.
Oxford, Amy – Hooked Rugs Today 2006 – Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2006.
Rug Hooking Magazine – A Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs – Stackpole Books, 1991. This is an annual publication of Rug Hooking Magazine. A photographic look at some of the best rugs and information on them by the people who made them.
Rupp, Jenny & Lisa Yeago – Designs for Primitive Rug Hookers – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2007.
Siano, Margaret & Susan Huxley – The Secrets of Finishing Hooked Rugs – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2003.
The Patchwork Place – Warm up to Wool – Martingale, 2004.
Various authors – Finishing Hooked Rugs – Stackpole Books , 2013.
Various authors – A Rug Hooker’s Garden – Rug Hooking Magazine, 2000. A book on fine shading of hooked flowers.
If you missed the first part of this resource list, check it out here. As per the first list, if you notice any rug hooking books/videos/DVDs/etc. I’ve missed, please add them in the comments below. 🙂
Have a great day everyone! 🙂
What do I do when I am not rug hooking? Others have asked. I do a variety of activities when I am not working on my business or rug hooking. some of them are more distractions, and some are necessary.
For one, I like to read. I’m a non-fiction girl. I have a hard time concentrating sometimes, but I love the feel of real books (none of that Kindle stuff for me!) and the texture of the pages as they pass through my fingers. And the smell of a new book…oh my! 🙂
Current reading? I just finished The Cure for Everything by Timothy Caulfield. Next up is Chronic Condition by Jeffrey Simpson.
I, and those I’ve known, have had some health challenges the last year or so and the problems with the health care system in Canada have become a concern for me. I am trying to educate myself about the situation.
Part of those health challenges involve gluten. Actually, I’ve never gone to the medical profession about it, but probably should. I’ve been quasi avoiding gluten for three or four years now. I am not strict about it. I just limit it. I do have problems with fatigue, bloating, inflammation, and digestive discomfort when I eat it. But it’s not as bad as some people. I’m not celiac after all…at least I don’t think so. And, up until recently, it has been too expensive to stick to a strict GF diet. But with these cookbooks I am ready to go! I love to cook. 🙂
“More from the Gluten-Free Gourmet” has a great all purpose GF flour mix recipe in the front that I am using for when I eat starch, which isn’t often. And “Gluten-Free on a Shoestring” has some wonderful cost effective recipes in it. Though it is a bit heavy on the sugar. Both Hubby and the boarder suggested backing down the sugar in the recipes by about a third. GF on a Shoestring also has a website.
Other reading? Well when I can’t sleep at night, which seems to be more and more often, I am up in my sewing room cleaning up and looking through my filing cabinet of project ideas, or I’m in the hallway downstairs checking out my knitting books.
I went through these last night marking baby patterns I could knit up fairly quickly. I want a stash of completed projects for baby gifts. I attended two baby showers recently and realized I really have very little on hand for such events.
And during daylight hours I work on my rug hooking. I like to hook in my sunroom because it receives the best natural light. I find I often deal with colours that are so close to each other and with such fine nuances, that I need natural daylight to get them in the right place in my work.
Yesterday I had to go to the gym, and then needed a nap, and then…I hooked on Ripening Saskatoons.
It was a long nap. I am not happy with this. I am hoping when the background is put in it will make the berries pop more. We shall see. I am already running out of warm greens. And I’m going through a lot of light green sari silk yarn. It seems so odd to have a room full of fibre but not enough to finish the job! The story of rug hooking! 🙁