Back Home Again!

Had a great time in Winnipeg.  My niece beat her personal best times in swimming in all her races.  So proud of her!

While in Winnipeg we saw the Picasso exhibit in the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the more traditional art exhibit.  Also saw The Manitoba Museum and The Museum of Human Rights.  Stopped in at the Assiniboine Park and down at The Forks.  There was free entertainment every night at The Forks.  We made it down a couple of nights.  Checked into several really good restaurants in town – Kiwa Korean Cuisine and Tuxedo Village Family Restaurant (Greek food) stand out at the moment.

Came home and Monday we had a gas insert installed in our fireplace.  Tuesday we had window cleaners here to clean all the windows in the house.  Today we had a painter come finish the paint job on the house.

Yesterday I went with a friend to a nearby beach town to drop something off and have dinner out.  Today Hubby and I went to Assiniboia to see the Shurniak Art Gallery, have lunch, and check out the library.  We drove home through Ogema and stopped for ice-cream.  Cute little town.

Now I have no excuses.  I have to figure out my website situation.  I can’t post photos and I can’t renew any of the plugins on it.  I will talk with my website developer this week about it.  Apparently my theme is no longer being supported by WooCommerce. 🙁

Have a great week everyone!

Week in Review

I’ve been having difficulties with my website this past week and weekend.  Please bear with me till we figure out what is going on.  Until then there will be no photos on the blog.

I have, however, managed to finish knitting my Painted Desert Shawl.  I need to weave in ends and block it.  Then it will be ready for a photo.

I have also worked a bit on “Escapees”.  Not as much as I’d like, but quite a bit none-the-less.

Plus we’ve had painters come and paint the exterior of the house.  They will have to come back and do some touch ups in a couple of weeks, but basically it’s done.

Next week there will be no blog posts.  I’ll be off in Winnipeg watching my niece swim in the Canada Games.  It will be a fun family time.  I hope everyone has a great week! 🙂

Weekly Review

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It’s done!

Not much to report.  I drew some designs on backing.  I organized my receipts for the year.

Other than that…

The excavation company finished the job this morning!  And we didn’t get charged anything above the quote!  They did excellent work and cleaned up quite nicely after themselves.  We were impressed.  Better yet, we have water and a functioning sewer line again. 🙂

AND…I’ve been de-cluttering like crazy here and listing items online for sale.  Hubby has been loading up the car and we’ve taken trips to donate items various places.  Not much sold this week, but there has been interest.

New mat by the front door to catch the dirt!

New mat by the front door to catch the dirt!…and my foot! lol

Korean Recipes

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Someone suggested I post some photos and recipes.  I have just made Korean Daanmooji to this point.  It is eaten like a pickle would be…a few on the side of any rice dish.  Or, if you are me, you just inhale them.  🙂

Korean Daanmooji (Radish Kimchi)

500 gm. yellow pickled radish (check your local Korean grocer)
1/4 c. chopped green onion
1 1/2 tbsp. Korean red pepper spice
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1/8 tsp. salt

Slice the radish fine (1/8″ thick).  Mix everything together.  Store in a glass container in the fridge.  Wait a day or two for it to settle flavour wise.  Then enjoy as an accompaniment to any meal with rice.  Or you can just snack on it.  One quarter cup has 40 calories. 🙂

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Also finished the peanut butter cups.  Packaged a bunch up for presents already.  I use the recipe from Dining on a Dime by Tawra Jean Kellam.

Next up?  Spinach Namul and Mushroom Namul.

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Wanna see kitchen photos?  Or are you sick of them yet?  These will be the last…I think… my kitchen at night. 🙂

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I promise I will get back to posting about rug hooking soon.  I was up to one of the shops selling my wall hangings, ornaments, and cards and picked up a cheque.  Always nice to receive one of those! 🙂

I may have to clean up my sunroom studio to find a place to put a small Christmas tree this year.  Hubby and I agreed there will not be much under the tree.  Our Christmas present is the new kitchen. 🙂

Christmas is Coming!

I had a fun-filled day yesterday…a little early morning disappointment, but it was overcome.  The kitchen installer was here to install the pull out drawers we had paid for.  Only one problem…they were the wrong size!  Not only that but there are none the right size in all of Regina.  They have to order them from the factory.  That will be another three weeks.  Probably not till after Christmas.  At least the kitchen is usable as is.  🙂

In the afternoon I took off for some Christmas fun!  I went to a friend’s and made lots of royal icing for the Gingerbread Nativity event at church this weekend.  Then some shopping for supplies for said event, Christmas baking, and an Asian potluck we are having at church this Sunday. I get to bake and cook!  One of my other favourite things to do! 🙂

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I came home and made Korean danmoji – a sweet and spicy pickled radish.  I plan on making a couple of Korean side dishes (namools) to take to the potluck too.  That will round out what is there.  I had to contact one of the Korean ladies in the congregation to nail down what everyone else was bringing so there would be no duplication.  It is going to be a real Korean feast!  I love Korean food.

I also made the fondant filling for peanut butter balls.  Making them will have to wait till later today.

I live in this really cool neighborhood.  It is known as a residence for artists and artisans.  We have a small but mighty business strip within walking distance…including a grocery store.  The last few years they’ve had a Light up the Village campaign in early December.  Businesses stay open late and serve Christmas drinks and food.  People gather and go caroling down the main street.  There were over 50 of us this year!  We all gather for hot chocolate, mulled cider, and snacks afterwards.  It is great fun to be part of a neighborhood like this during this time of year.

Blue Skies…nothing but blue skies…

IMG_2241Finished a third Prairie Sky wall hanging.  Only seven more to go on this backing!  I would like to have some for after Christmas, in case the gallery showcasing the exhibit with my work needs/wants more for sale.  I find these small wall hangings excellent for the days I go to Crafting.  One can be hooked in a couple of hours.

Our renovation is going well.  The fridge is back in the kitchen!  Unfortunately we have a few things that need attention.  A small hole in the wall where the phone wires used to be.  Some pull out bins for the pantry.  Some trim for the base of the cabinets.  All things that were promised us but that were not done.  We are on the contractor’s and installer’s radar though.  That is good!

Today is errand day.  I also plan to make some royal icing for a gingerbread nativity event at my church.  And I plan to go Christmas caroling this evening, if I have energy and time. 🙂

Very soon now

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I am mega-excited!  I cooked my first supper in the stove oven in three months last night!  A spinach quiche.  Today will be stir fry I think.  Here are the kitchen photos.  We still have to move the fridge, but that will not take long.  Hubby wants to paint trim tonight and move fridge tomorrow evening. 🙂

As for rug hooking?  I am dealing with contracts right now and not getting much done otherwise.  I need to motivate myself to get started on “Goldfish”.  I don’t know what my holdup is with that one.  I suspect it is because I have never hooked fish before.  I will have to browse through Deanne Fitzpatrick’s books.  I’m sure she has a section somewhere in one of them on hooking fish.

Lining up my week

Xmas-OrnamentsAs you can see I’m already getting ready for Christmas.

I had a busy weekend working on and in the kitchen.  Everything is back there but the fridge.  Need to clean up a bit and then some photos will be posted for your viewing pleasure.  Need to get some curtains up too.

Not much happening in the rug hooking arena as a result.  I found some affordable business cards at Vistaprint.  I ordered some on their CyberMonday sale.  We’ll see what they are like when they arrive.  They are 1/2 the price of my previous ones.  I ordered those from the US and, frankly, with the drop in the Canadian dollar I just cannot justify doing that anymore.

It’s Great!

Cutter Strips-on-BTIt took all of about 30 seconds…well maybe a minute…to figure out my new Beeline Townsend cutter and get it set up for cutting.  I love it!  Cuts like butter.  A little stressful cutting thick stuff like blankets, but not bad.  Just have to take it slow.  I tried it on the thickest wool I ever hook with…which is very thick.  I am going to look forward to using this baby! 🙂

My finished hat from yesterday…

knit-hatOther great news!  I’m putting things back in my kitchen now.  Most everything is there.  Just need to pick up a few plastic food grade containers to organize things and everything will be in.  Hubby has yet to do the trim and baseboard (what little there is).  Hoping to be cooking in there by the end of the weekend.

 

Finish it up Friday!

Above-the-Garage-v1 GeraniumsI thought my readers might like to see the finished Sauder Village pieces.  I have actually altered Above the Garage a bit since this photo was taken.  There is now a lot less trunk and a lot more leaves!

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Finished this wall hanging earlier this week.

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Finishing a knitted hat today.

Checking out my new baby — the wool cutter.

Waiting for the electrician to put together my kitchen.

Busy as a Beaver

The tilers come again today, but should be gone by mid-morning.  Meaning I hope to make the gym this morning with my friends, and crafting in the afternoon.  I am thinking I will take my hardanger.  I do not have the time to organize my rug hooking for a road trip today.

Yesterday I almost finished a second wall hanging.  I am going slow on these.  I may need to do more dyeing of yellows.  I am hoping my kitchen is done very soon.

I was up in my sewing room yesterday and decided I needed to cull some items taking up floor space.  There are 4 items taking up space: a cross stitch floor stand, a bag full of naturally dyed wool – some hand spun, a big Rubbermaid bin of sale items that haven’t sold at craft fairs (not hooking), and a wicker waste basket with two hooked rugs in it.

Yesterday  I listed the floor stand for sale online.  I used it once and didn’t like it.  It is a very good stand though.  Lots of people pay dearly for them and there is a line up to buy them.  But I just find the floor frame awkward to use.  Plus I will not be doing anymore small counted stitching…other than hardanger…and I already have a scroll frame for that.

Then there was the bag of naturally dyed wool.  It was tail ends from another project.  So I decided to make winter hats out of it.  I will give those as gifts or to charity.  Doesn’t much matter.  I just want to use up the yarn and get it out of here!

The big Rubbermaid bin is an issue.  I might try to list things on Etsy…but I am afraid that will make my shop too diverse.  We will see.

The wicker basket with the hooked rugs?  One is in need of a whipped edge repair.  And one is on burlap and needs to be put up for sale on Etsy.

Now to just get onto all that!

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Geraniums

WIP-Geraniums-4I think I am close to finished.  I have a few things to tweak and double check, but generally I am happy with this now.

What’s up this week in my studio?

  • I will be working on my hardanger and
  • Above the Garage next.
  • Also mind mapping some notes from old International Artist magazines,
  • reading back issues of Wild Fibers,
  • and going through old course notes for more rug ideas.

Hoping to soon be able to get into the basement to work on proper hanging systems for Prairie Sky and Lost Soul.  Right now there is kitchen trim everywhere!  Hubby is almost well enough to pick up work on the trim again.  He injured himself on the table saw over a month ago now.  So glad it was not any worse than it was!

This week we will have the kitchen installers in again.

It will be a busy week.

Geraniums in Progress

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I seem to be creating a larger version of my earlier geranium plein air piece.  This is 10″ x 15″.  I am happy with all but the leaves.  I am thinking I have too many colours in there and not enough definition.  Hmm…

I worked a bit on the Christmas ornaments today.  Not much.  Just sewed on ribbons.

Tried to work on my hardanger bellpull, but lost the thread!  I know I put it someplace safe.  Sigh.  Old age is creeping up folks! (Later:  found it under some stuff by my chair…seriously need to pick up around here!)

Pulling out my old rug hooking course notes to see if I can glean some new ideas.

The lower kitchen cabinets are in and look lovely.  The kitchen installers are waiting for the countertop so they can put that in.  It should arrive with them on Monday.  Then they will install the rest of the kitchen.

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Tackle it Tuesday

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This is an unusual tackle.  Tackle it Tuesday is more for housekeeping.  But today is a tackle on several fronts.

First, the kitchen installers are here to put in my kitchen. Think noise…

Second, I am tackling the geranium wall hanging which I just am not sure is working out that well. It lacks the detail I want.

And third, I am tackling finishing other projects.  I have the Christmas ornaments to work on and the hardanger bell pull.

Thankfully I do not tutor ESL tonight.

All in all, I think I will have a busy “at home” day today. 🙂

Gorgeous Day!

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Up and at ’em!  Today was a beautiful day…a day for hooking.  Gym this morning, hooking this afternoon.  I worked on my Prairie Sky wall hangings for Etsy.  Finished a spiral one and am now working on a circle sky one.

I heard from one of the shops yesterday that sells my work and they would like 50 assorted Christmas cards to sell!  That was a nice feeling. 🙂  Hope they sell.

Before 9:30 AM I dealt with a cabinet company and a contractor.  We currently have no one on the job until the new cabinets come in 2 or 3 weeks.

I am making the best of the situation.  I spent some time picking up the living room today.  Tonight we will be moving cabinets into the kitchen.  I refuse to leave them in my dining room and living room where I am going to live the next 3 weeks.

Life on the Edge

The kitchen renovation has hit a snag…and a delay.  Some of the cabinets are damaged and some are marked.  As they are a light maple, every mark shows.  We are waiting till everything is unpacked Monday before exchanging for new ones.  They will take 2-3 weeks to come.  The new timeline is to be finished the kitchen by mid-November.

As far as rug hooking…I did manage to send some business cards to the shop yesterday.  I also managed to photograph the order for the other shop.  I stopped in on my walk today to check out the new shop.  It looks lovely.  I do need to take my new inventory to them when the owners are back.

I started reading I Just Like to Make Stuff.  It is a light look at starting a craft business.  I think it will help me sort out what I want from my craft/art.  I will continue to work through it and see how I can apply it to my situation.

I did not have a chance to sit down at my frame and hook yesterday.  Maybe today…

Day off

I’m taking the day off from rug hooking tomorrow (Friday).  I have gym in the morning, a friend in the afternoon, and another set of company in the late afternoon.  I may do some hooking in the evening, but we shall see.  I am making up for it by working Saturday.

Today was a busy day.  I hooked most of the day.  Made a short grocery run in the afternoon.  Also had a visit from the contractor.  He okayed the electrical from his end and presented us with a new, lower quote.  We are happy.  He is feeling bad for us because the electrician charged so much.  But he is mad at himself for bringing the guy on the job.  He says he’s learned something from this.  So have we.  Always get three quotes before giving someone the job.

 

A few more to go…

WIP-PS-Diamonds 6 WIP-PS-Paisley 9 WIP-PS-Spiral 7I did manage to line a few more ornaments yesterday.  The lighting was poor and my fingers were hurting so I borrowed a thimble from a friend to finish the job.  I tired of it long before I finished.

I managed to hook another Prairie Sky rugette, and get half way through another one.  I am looking forward to a chance to really settle in and hook today.  I am also posting my Christmas cards in my ETSY shop.

The first half of the renovation is complete.  The electricians were here yesterday with the power company to adjust the height of the meter.  All is well.  The contractors are swinging by with a renewed quote/estimate for the last half of the job.

Three down, seven to go

WIP-PS-rugettes WIP-PS-Spiral-rugetteBusy hooking rugettes in-between phone calls, lunch dates, and potluck suppers yesterday. 🙂

Hoping to fit in another two rugettes today, in-between gym and Crafting.  Want to sew some linings on Christmas ornaments during Crafting.

We have an inspector coming this morning to check the electric work on the house.  If it checks out that will be it for contractors until the beginning of October.

Monday Morning Meanderings

Xmas-O1 Xmas-O2 Xmas-O3 Xmas-O4This weekend was laid back in a way.  No contractors, no company.  We spent Saturday recuperating from the chaos and cleaning the house.  Also went for a quick grocery run.

I was busy sewing the lining on ornaments on Saturday afternoon, while watching a course on the Impressionists.  I also printed up some price tags and care tags to attach to my inventory about to head out the door to Saskatoon’s SCC Boutique in the Affinity Gallery.  I hope to have them there by the end of the month.

Today I am at the gym and busy sewing the linings on the rest of the Christmas ornaments.  And I am hooking more Prairie Sky rugettes.

Finishing Day!

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It is busy around here these days.  I have been finishing off my Prairie Sky rugettes and the ornaments.  Not finished the ornaments yet. Will work more on them today.

I have been trying to keep track of the renovation.  The costs are mounting. 🙁

And I have been drying herbs from my patio container garden.  I have a feeling I have more to do.  Must get out there and check the oregano, basil, thyme, and marjoram.  Hubby says it is still – 2 C and the sun is up!  Summer is definitely over.  I am glad I covered my plants last night.

My Christmas cards have arrived at the post office.  I will pick them up today.

 

Today’s Game Plan

Lots happening today…mostly out of my studio.  But I plan to take my work with me. 🙂

What is on the agenda?

  • sew hanging sleeves for more Prairie Sky rugettes this morning before I leave the house,
  • attach them to the Prairie Sky rugettes this afternoon while I’m away,
  • press in the edges to the linings for the ornaments this morning before I leave the house,
  • sew ornaments together, or start.  There are a lot of them!
  • if I have time, start hooking more Prairie Sky rugettes.

Why am I out of the studio a lot today?  I have a dental appointment this morning and I need to dry my stevia this afternoon.  I have no working oven.  Current plan is to do it at the church, but I have to run that by the minister first.  I know I can dry it other ways, but the men are mudding and sanding drywall today and I just do not want to be in the dust!  I am encouraging Hubby to leave the house also.

All my bags are packed…

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I’m ready to go!  Today I will be sewing hems at Crafting and working at finishing off my various hooking projects.

Was looking through another bag of fiber and found my yellows!  Totally surprised, and totally relieved.  No backyard dyeing yet. 🙂

Yesterday I prepared another backing for hooking.  Prairie sky rugettes coming up!  Lots of prairie sky rugettes.  I need about 20 before the end of October.  I think that’s doable.  One or two a day, plus time for finishing.  Depends if I can finish these ornaments by the end of the week.

And More Ornaments!

WIP-ornaments-1I am almost finished the ornaments.  I have three more to go.  That’s about one day’s worth.  Looks like I might run out of yellow textures.  I may have to do some backyard dyeing on the hot plate.  Means going downstairs with hot pots of exhausted dyebath to dump in the sink.  Not happy.  Hmm…

Other than that I have been busy at the gym, with the renovation, and helping a friend.  Today the guys are putting up drywall.  The electricians are supposed to be putting in a ceiling fan and wiring the bathroom properly.  Bye bye knob and tube!  Unfortunately it is raining so I doubt the fan will go in, but the indoor electrical should be finished.

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