So…What Can I Do With It?

So…What Can I Do With It?

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a good weekend.  We had a strong nor’easter blow through our part of the world, bringing rain, snow, sleet, ice pellets and thunder!  I tell you, the weather here is weird!

I took the opportunity to stay indoors and hook on my Parker’s Cove fishing shacks series. Here’s the progress on the second piece so far.  I’m loving hooking these bright colours on these cold wintry days!

In a different vein…a few times lately the subject has come up about hooking for something other than the floor or the wall.  It’s a good thought.  Many people have reached the point where their walls are covered with art. There’s no room for a hooked rug there, nor on the floor!

There are many projects that can be made with the traditional rug hooking technique.  I have hooked cushion covers before, as well as table runners.  For a beginning list, check out these items that people have hooked in the past. 

  • cushion covers,
  • doorstoppers (over a brick),
  • sculpture,
  • clothing (vests, cloaks, skirt motif, coat),
  • accessories (hats, belts, brooches, necklaces),
  • chair pads,
  • hot pads,
  • tea cozies,
  • table runners,
  • fireboard (for hiding the fireplace when not in use),
  • footstool covers,
  • window valance,
  • curtain tiebacks,
  • tree skirt for Christmas Tree,
  • purse,
  • upholstery for a chair,
  • coasters,
  • slippers,
  • wallet,
  • toys,
  • Christmas Tree ornaments,
  • tote bags,
  • bench cover, and
  • stair riser decor.

Have I forgotten anything?  Add to the list in the comments below.  What have you made using the traditional rug hooking technique?  What have you seen made using that technique?

If you have been reading, thanks!  I hope you all have a good week!  Talk to you later.

 

Hit & Miss

Hit & Miss

“Huh?”, you ask?  To rug hookers “hit and miss” is a particular type of rug hooking pattern.  It’s great for rug hookers who want to use up scraps.  The procedure is to reach into a bin or bag of mixed colour and texture scrap strips of fibre (also known as worms or noodles) and pull out whatever your hand touches first and hook it. Then repeat, without regard to colour or texture. No planning. That is a hit and miss rug in its purist form.  At least that’s it in theory. I’ve never done that.

Usually most rug hookers put some degree of decision making into a hit and miss project. The closest I’ve ever come is the centre of this welcome mat I made for a family member. It looks like pure hit and miss, but originally I made a conscious decision to intersperse light with dark and, because I didn’t have enough yellow, there was judicious placement of it on the diagonal. This rug is closing in on 35 years old and parts of it have faded.  It’s hard to tell I had such a design problem.

The next hit and miss piece I hooked was a wedding gift for my nephew and his new wife.  He married in Alberta, Canada, so I hooked a rug with pink wild Alberta roses floating above alternating blue and green squares in a controlled hit and miss background. I hooked the blue squares in one direction and the green at right angles.  This style of hit and miss is called basket weave.  The results were striking. To add to the charm of this rug was the Canada tartan kilt border with Hudson’s Bay Company blanket lettering.

The last hit and miss piece I hooked was a hot pad in greens, burgundies and yellows that is featured in the opening photo of this blog post.  It is my Christmas themed hot pad. It has varying widths of fibre. To add interest to the piece I divided the backing into four parts and hooked each part at right angles to the other.

There are many variations of hit and miss rugs.  Charlie Dalton, a contemporary rug hooking artist (google The Hooking Colonel), and instructor at the upcoming In The Studio Workshop Week 4, uses them as backgrounds to his pet portraits.  Google “hit and miss hooked rug” and check out some eye candy!

For further study on such rugs I direct you to William C. Ketchum’s book “Hooked Rugs”, in the chapter on geometrics, and Bea Brock’s “Scrappy Hooked Rugs”, in the gallery section on hit and miss rugs.

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Moving On…

Moving On…

Good morning everyone!  This week my copy of Rug Hooking Magazine arrived.  I was very pleased with the look of the article I submitted for publication.  I would like to publicly thank…again…the editor, copy editor and photographers of my work.  You all were amazing!

I started on my next series and am already half finished the first mat, but it’s smallish…about 8” x 10”.  This series pays homage to the hard work and creativity of Nova Scotia’s fishermen and women.  It is a series centred around the humble fishing shack.

The inspiration for this series came from our drives around the Nova Scotia coastline, visiting small villages and their wharves as we went. I initially thought I would do a series on wharves, and I might yet. The wharves all seem different to me, with their own character, depending on the season and time of day.

But when we drove past Parker’s Cove it was “Whoa Nelly!”   Our driver stopped on our way back from Delaps Cove, where we had checked out the wharf.

In Parker’s Cove the brightly coloured fishing shacks smiled in the sun, beckoning us for a closer look.  Smiled?  More like danced for joy!  They are a brightly coloured group of buildings encircling the wharf area.  I was truly grateful for a modern cell phone camera to use instead of those old film ones. My companions were having a good chuckle at my expense over the number of photos I was taking. But, even with all the photos, I still didn’t have the angle I wanted for this first design.  I fudged it a bit.

Earlier this week I transferred two designs to backing I wanted to reuse, and started hooking.  Here it is so far.

To be honest, there are some things I don’t like still, and this is definitely not all going to stay “as is”.  But it’s a good start.

In other news…

For those who don’t know, Workshop Week 4 is coming up the end of this month and into February. I have participated in the last three, and, having finished the poetry series, wasn’t sure if I’d have pieces to work on for Workshop Week 4.  It seemed to have classes that required a fair number of works in progress, which I just don’t have. However, I looked more closely.  Always read the fine print carefully!  I ended up signing up for four classes.  Not all of them required WIPs. If you’re interested I would suggest contacting Laura Salamy at High on Hooking on Instagram.

While cruising the Net I found In The Studio is offering another seminar/artist talk mid-January – this time by Sarah Leighton.  I am very interested. I found this information on Instagram as well.

Well, if you have been, thanks for reading!  I’m off to prepare for classes and a Zoom hook-in today. Have a great weekend everyone.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2022!  While I had a good year last year, I’m pleased to be moving on this year.  I finished many projects in 2021, including a series of hooked rugs, and a very old quilt. I also finished knitting not one toque, but two, for Christmas gifts. And I started knitting a pair of socks.

I was delighted to be able to help a young lady learn rug hooking this holiday season.  She was gifted a kit and I created a video specially for her.  I hope she continues to rug hook and enjoys it.

While I did not post to my blog over the holidays, followers on my social media accounts (Facebook in particular) will notice I have been posting new work from the last few years in my shop on this website.  I have had such trouble with my checkout that I’ve neglected posting new work. I’ve currently disabled the cart and checkout process by placing my shop on vacation.

However, if you want to purchase anything, feel free to email me at jeanottosenstudios@gmail.com.  I am still here and will ship to you.

This year’s plans are to move forward with a new series of hooked mats I hope to put on backing this week.  Hubby and I have driven around Nova Scotia, our new home province, a lot, and have discovered some wonderful places full of beauty and character.  I hope to create visual memories of these places for my home and others.

And now for the big news!  I have finished the series of wall hangings based on my children’s poetry!  The inspiration poetry was written or spoken from ages five to seventeen.  I hooked ten wall hangings inspired by the poems.  Most of the wall hangings have the poem that inspired it on the back on a label.  Eight of these pieces are for sale.  Contact me for more information.

And in even bigger news…!  I have had an article published in the January 2022 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine!  It is about the poetry series.  I was very pleased to be able to work with the editor and a photographer on this article.   A big thank-you to all involved!

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great week everyone!

 

Weekly Review: The New and The Old

Weekly Review: The New and The Old

Or maybe that title should read “the old and the older”!  Good afternoon everyone!  It’s been a busy week.  This has been my Christmas baking week.  I have one more batch of cookies to go – Danish butter cookies called Raspberry Ribbons. Everything else is in the freezer, awaiting a cookie exchange later this week.

About the post title…I’ve been enjoying old things this week.  I posted Monday about working on my Trip-Around-The-World quilt that I started when I was seventeen.  Not to get into details, but that was quite a few  decades ago!  I started out hand piecing it and hand quilting it.  I ended up finishing the piecing by machine and I’m just finishing up the hand quilting now.

I learned a lot with that quilt.

I originally wanted it to be queen size, but I didn’t like the border fabric once it was attached, so I cut it off. Now I  have a 60” square quilt.  It’s really a lap quilt.  That’s okay. It’s almost finished!

I also discovered I don’t like hand piecing or hand quilting.  As the years have gone by I’ve had increasing difficulty seeing to thread needles, which doesn’t help.

This was my first quilt and I picked small 2.5 inch squares to make a big quilt. My patience was not up to the task!  I had long stretches of time, when life got in the way, where I did not work on it at all.  But it’s been sitting in a bag in my living room for two years now.  It’s time to get it out of there!  I won’t move it until it is finished.

What’s left to do?  I have about 2 inches of hand quilting from the end of my last hand quilting to the binding (yes, I’m aware it’s being done out of order) all the way around the entire quilt. Maybe 120 rows of 2 inches of quilting to finish.  I’m hoping to be done by Christmas.

That’s the “New” of “The Old and The New”!   What’s “The Old” you might ask?  Well, I bit the bullet and purchased two older rugs this week.  They were posted on Facebook and I fell in love with one in particular, the moment I saw the photo. I have no idea how old it is, but I was told it once belonged to Carol Harvey Clark and is loosely referred to as “The Wedding Rug”, though the seller didn’t know for sure if it is one.

It has a very unusual asymmetrical geometric design.  The colour combination of greys (faded blues), greens, yellows and pinks is striking. If I look at the base of the loops and the back of the rug, I can see it was once much brighter and more intense. I thought at first it was on burlap, but the whipping is starting to wear on the edge, revealing a white backing that is very supple. I’m guessing it’s linen.  I’m thinking about replacing the whipping where it’s worn, and placing the rug on the floor of an infrequently walked in part of the house.

That led me to Judy Taylor’s Facebook group on repairing hooked rugs, and ultimately to her website, where I ordered her book on repairing hooked rugs – “Save That Rug!”.

The other rug I bought is “about 70 years old” according to the seller.  A fine cut, fine shaded floral with a green background.  It’s gorgeous!  I almost didn’t buy this one. It has edge issues and is on burlap.  But I think it can be repaired.

Yesterday, after the foot or so of wet snow we had, I took both rugs out to clean.  I was being extra careful with them.  It did brighten them up some. Next up is to repair them before shopping for a proper underlay for them and putting them permanently in place. That may not happen until the new year.

This has been a long blog post!  If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great weekend everyone!

FOR SALE FEATURE: Star Rug

FOR SALE FEATURE: Star Rug

“Star Rug” was one of the first pieces I hooked for the Saskatchewan Crafts Council in 2012.  It was hooked at various venues across Saskatchewan and used to demonstrate rug hooking to people at craft fairs and shows.

“Star Rug” is hooked with silk and wool on primitive linen.  The design consists of a series of stars, freehanded onto backing and floating in six inch squares.  The entire piece is a take off of the traditional hit and miss rug, with both stars and their respective six inch backgrounds being hooked in deep, rich vibrant colours.

“Star Rug” was accepted into the travelling exhibit, “Dimensions“, of the Saskatchewan Crafts Council in 2013. It toured across Canada before coming home to rest.

I have always had a soft spot for “Star Rug”, as it was my first piece to tour extensively.  I’ve kept the price high over the years to reflect the quality of material, the work and the history of the piece. However, now I am ready to let it go.  The $500 CAD price tag represents a more than 30% price reduction.

“Star Rug” is 28.5” x 17 inches.  It comes with a museum quality hanging system of a finished oak board and hook and loop tape attached to the back of the rug and the board.  All you need are two screws to hold the board to your wall!  “Star Rug” also comes with an artist’s Certificate of Authenticity and care instructions.

If you are interested in purchasing “Star Rug”, contact me through the Contact button on this page or email me at jeanottosenstudios@gmail.com. I accept payment by e-transfer or PayPal. Shipping in the the southern part of Canada is free. I’m afraid I have to charge extra for remote places, the USA and international.

 

Quilting Time!

Quilting Time!

Good evening everyone!  It’s raining and blowing outside, with the occasional rumble of thunder.  What weird December weather!  Hopefully it settles down by tomorrow.

I finished attaching labels to the back of “The Weave” and “Where Are We Going?”, effectively ending the poetry series.  Now it’s time for a break before moving onto another series.

My break is going to be spent finishing some projects I’ve already started. Top of the list is the Trip-Around-The-World quilt I started when I was seventeen.  That was a long time ago and takes the record for the longest WIP (Work In Progress) I have.  I just need to fix some hand quilting by the binding.  Then it will be done.

After the quilt I’m not sure what’s on my plate.  I have other quilting projects, a crewel embroidery project (or two), a needlepoint project, some small hardanger embroidery projects…  We’ll see how far I get.  Come January I want to go back to rug hooking.

If you have been, thanks for reading.  I hope everyone has a great week!

 

Weekly Review: Christmas Decorating

Weekly Review: Christmas Decorating

Good morning everyone!  This week has been one of preparing for the upcoming holiday season.  I hosted a tree decorating party yesterday.  I invited a few friends to help.  Our house is small and with Covid doing its thing again (still) I decided to err on the side of caution.

We had a potluck buffet and it was great! One of my friends surprised me with a home baked bread Advent wreath!  I’d seen one at her place before  and commented on the uniqueness of it. She decorated it before she left last night.

We had a young lady come who helped decorate the tree, the front window and arrange some Christmas florals in a floor vase.  It was great to have her energy and enthusiasm in the room.  I think I still need more ornaments on the tree, but we were running out of them. I just didn’t buy enough. Something to think about next year.

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Then there were the garland ladies!  They did a magnificent job of making two cheap Michaels garlands look good. Trust me, that was a job!

One lady took on the mantel and went all out.  It looks gorgeous!

I am so happy for the help of my friends.  They did a wonderful job and we had great fun doing it. The food was good too.  I made some mulled apple cider as well.  It was a great time, and lots of fun. Thank-you to all involved!

In other news…I am still in the process of printing out labels for “The Weave” and “Where Are We Going?”.  Once those are done I’ll be taking a month long break from hooking. I want to focus on finishing up some other projects around here.  I have some quilts and other projects to finish up.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend!

 

FOR SALE FEATURE: Star Wall Hangings

FOR SALE FEATURE: Star Wall Hangings

Good afternoon all!  Today’s feature are these larger versions of the bright star ornaments.  These are 6 inches square. Once again, no two stars are the same.  They are lined with coordinating cotton quilting fabric.  The hanging loops are made of silk ribbon. They are wool, velvet and silk hand hooked on linen.  Some yarn and fabric.  The yarn is often hand spun. Fibre is a mix of hand dyed, “as is” and indie dyed by other artists.

I often hang these in the top corners of archways in my house during the holiday season.  They can hang “as is”, or from a garland.  I have also hung them on the wall as regular decor.

Each wall hanging is $50 CAD, plus shipping and handling. Contact me through my contact form if interested.

 

Weekly Review – It’s Finished!

Weekly Review – It’s Finished!

Good evening everyone!  I finished hooking “Where Are We Going?”, and with it the poetry series of hooked wall hangings. This weekend I will be hemming and attaching hanging sleeves to it and “The Weave”.

I am pleased with this series, and also happy to be moving on.  I’ve been working on it for far longer than I anticipated, due to hooking for other reasons, and moving cross country.  The full series took me eight *years* to complete!  I am a slow hooker who packs a lot of life into her days.  Hooking is only one of my areas of interest.

This week I have been busy transferring files from an old external hard drive that is being retired because the company that made it is no longer going to support it.  I still have more files to go.  The hard drive stopped recognizing all my Apple devices.  However it still recognizes Hubby’s PC, so he transferred everything to flash drives and we’ve been transferring files that way.  I’ve had to go through every file to make sure there were none missing and no duplicates. Time consuming to say the least. We won’t be buying that type of hard drive again.

We are still busy preparing for Christmas. There’s been a flurry of activity and plans surrounding the occasion. I unpacked the pre-lit pencil Christmas tree to make sure all the lights were in working order. They are!   I’m trying to decide how I want to decorate this year – casual or glam?  Hmmm…I think casual.

If you have been, thanks for reading. Have a great weekend everyone!

There’s a Storm Brewing!

There’s a Storm Brewing!

Good morning everyone!   Here in Canada’s Maritime provinces we have been preparing for a storm. Yesterday we had a lot of wind and rain.  Today we’re poised to receive more wind and rain. It’s supposed to continue into Wednesday and possibly Thursday.

I have not hooked a loop on “Where Are We Going?” all weekend. Instead I’ve been prepping for the storm. I have also been decluttering and cleaning in preparation for decorating for Christmas.

Yesterday I decided to repurpose some red linen I had into kitchen linens. I washed it, but it came out stiff and wrinkled. I’m thinking it’s too thick for what I want. I may rethink that plan.

I decided it was time to use up the two quarts of pears on my table.  I made a pear marmalade with candied ginger and lime in it.  At this point I’m making preserves, jams, jellies and pickles as gifts. This recipe came from an old Bernardin cookbook.

I am still hoping to finish “Where Are We Going?” this week. It just became a bit more of a nuisance because there are Christmas decorations blocking access to my wool stripper. I am just being lazy about moving them…

Today is baking day for me.  It’s time to bake some muffins.  I’m not sure what else I’ll bake. It depends on time and energy.  I do have other things I’d like to do…like rug hooking. But I’m thinking posting some of my new work in the shop area on this website wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Review: Almost Finished

Weekly Review: Almost Finished

Good morning everyone!  I’m almost finished “Where Are We Going?”.  I am unsure of the lettering situation in the border, as the letters are not centred in the border, but am not concerned enough to pull it out for a redo…yet.  I’m going to finish it first and then check it out again before I adjust anything.

It’s been a busy week here. We’ve been working on preparing for Christmas, finishing the last two things that need to be done in the kitchen renovation, and working on rug hooking related matters.

We gave away or sold most of our Christmas decor when we moved, thinking we’d be moving into a condo, but we chose a house in the end.  This Pre-Christmas season has been one of finding more decor for the house at a reasonable cost and with an eye to sustainability. In other words, I bought used as much as possible.

As far as the kitchen is concerned, we have two things left to do: install a new overhead dining area light, and the threshold strip between it and the living room.  We are trying to coordinate with a neighbour who has a special nail gun to come do the threshold strip.  Installing the light is a job Hubby can do.  But he is also busy working on our front entry walls, which were damaged when we sold our big old fridge and it was removed through the front door.  I am hoping to have everything done well before Christmas.

In rug hooking you will have noticed a new feature on the blog: the For Sale Feature.  I have decided to make an additional weekly post on Wednesday showcasing some pieces I have for sale.  Not everything I make is listed for sale in my online shop on this website. For the Wednesday For Sale Feature I will let you know how to order the item in the post.

I am also on the home stretch with “Where Are We Going?”  I am hoping to finish hooking this week. Then it will be time to make hanging sleeves for it and “The Weave”.

Well that’s about it for this week.  If you have been, thank-you for reading!  Have a great weekend everyone!

FOR SALE FEATURE: Burgundy & Gold Christmas Ornaments

FOR SALE FEATURE: Burgundy & Gold Christmas Ornaments

Good afternoon everyone!  I decided to start a sales feature post once a week on Wednesdays. This post is to showcase work that is for sale through this website, my Instagram account, my Facebook page or directly through me.

As Christmas is approaching I have decided to focus on Christmas home decor first.  Today I bring you some lovely 3.5” across burgundy and gold Christmas tree ornaments.

These ornaments are made of wool  and silk and hooked on linen. The back side is lined with burgundy wool.  These are all handmade, having been hooked using a traditional hand hook, and finished by hand as well. The hanging ribbon is silk.  There are circle or star designs available.

I have put these on sale at $15 CAD each, plus shipping and handling. These have been marked down because they are old stock.  But the designs are timeless!

I am open to local pickup by appointment, provided you wear a mask.  Hand sanitizer will be available at the door.   Payment can be made  by cash, PayPal or e-transfer. Just contact me at jeanottosenstudios@gmail.com requesting how many of which design you would like.  Stock is limited to what you see in the photos  Yes, that’s only 16 of these left!

The backs of 100% wool fabric.

 

Beeswax Wraps, Sewing & Rug Hooking

Beeswax Wraps, Sewing & Rug Hooking

Good evening everyone!  I went to my trusty colour wheel to check out possibilities for my border on “Where Are We Going?”, and I have a couple of candidates.  I’m going to try them this week and see how it goes.

I spent the weekend hemming two sets of curtains – one for our bedroom and the other for the guest room.

I was also thinking about, planning, and doing activities related to Christmas.  I decided it was time to change things up a bit in the Christmas home decor end of things a week or so ago.  This weekend I pulled out some Christmas fabric I’ve had for a while, and sewed four cushion covers.  I have three more to go.  There are four different fabrics and sizes of covers for different cushions.

In other crafting news, I have old glass Tupperware and the lids are wearing out.  In an effort to be environmentally sensitive I decided to try and make some beeswax bowl toppers. I invited a friend over and we spent the afternoon making them.  They are super easy, once you get the hang of them, and very effective.  We followed instructions from All Things Being Eco .  We also bought the pine rosin and jojoba oil through All Things Being Eco.

Well that’s it for today. If you have been, thanks for reading everyone!  Take care and have a great week!

Progress…

Progress…

Good evening everyone!  I’ve been working more on “Where Are We Going?” this week.  I’m almost finished the picture part. Now to colour plan my half border. I think I’ll use the blue from the blue jeans in it.  Other than that I’m not sure.  I have some last minute colour planning to do!

Aside from hooking on that, I’ve been shortening curtains so we have a better pair for the basement bedroom. It will be nice to get something decent up.

I’m already surrounded by Christmas planning. Michaels had tree sales on before Remembrance Day, and we needed a new tree. I purchased one 40% off. I also picked out some Christmas florals, ribbon, and general craft supplies. I have plans…! 🙂

I sorted through my Christmas ornaments and separated them by colour family.  I sold most of my ornaments and decorations before we moved.  I haven’t replaced them because our house is so small, I don’t know how or where we’d store them after Christmas!  I am going to have to put my thinking cap on this year.

Well, if you have been, thanks for reading!  I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Preparing

Preparing

This past weekend was spent hooking and preparing a rug hooking kit for a Christmas present. It’s been fun and challenging at the same time.  I decided that, for this individual, the best thing to do was to create video instructions. So most of Saturday was spent trying to get decent video of the process.

I managed to get 24 minutes of usable footage. But, to be honest, I wouldn’t share it with anyone other than my closest friends and family.  I forgot to run a comb through my hair before filming.  I look like a mad scientist or absent minded professor!  Note to self…always make sure you are “presentable” before starting to film!

In other rug hooking news, I also hooked more on “Where Are We Going?”  I decided to change the words around the edge.  I just felt the current ones were a bit too angsty and dramatic.

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great week everyone!

Where Are We Going?

Where Are We Going?

Good afternoon everyone!  I decided to give the tablecloth to a worthy cause.  I could remake it into a duvet cover, but it would cost me a lot of time, effort and money. It’s a gorgeous cloth that is better used for what it was intended – a tablecloth.

After making that decision I’m back to rug hooking.  Today I’m working more on “Doom”, which I just realized has another name – “Where are we going?”.  I think I like that better.  I will use that from now on.

Yesterday I cut a lot of fabric strips, made some nylon “yarn”, and organized for a rug hooking group that met this morning.  I had a great time with the ladies and managed to accomplish a lot on “Where are we Going?”.

Yesterday I was late into the Parris House Zoom hook-in, but enjoyed the little time I did have there.  Lots of phenomenal work being done, and very good brains to pick for ideas.  If you’re a rug hooker and interested in being part of the group, contact Elizabeth Miller, Parris House, Parris, Mne., USA  on Facebook.

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Home Again!

Home Again!

Good afternoon everyone! We had a great time in New Brunswick.  Lovely scenery and lovely people. Company will be leaving soon and I am deep into planning November.

I finished knitting the baby hat. All that’s left is to mail it.

I am making a short list of projects to work on. Mostly it includes WIP’s, or Works In Progress.

  • I have “Doom” sitting beside my chair to finish hooking.
  • I also want to finish the quilt I started at 17 years of age.  I won’t say how long it’s been.  Suffice it to say I have taken my own sweet time hand stitching it.
  • I also have the South Korean appliqué quilt to finish.
  • I want to make some beeswax toppers for bowls.
  • I want to move onto hooking the fishing shack series I have planned.

That’s more than enough for November. Right now I’m just glad to have the baby hat finished.

If you have been, thanks for reading. Have a great weekend everyone!

Weekly Review – Hectic Days

Weekly Review – Hectic Days

Hi everyone!  It’s been a busy week!  I am preparing for our Canadian Korean friend to visit for Thanksgiving.  We are having a mixed Thanksgiving dinner – both Canadian and Korean food. I’ve been busy preparing ahead of time.  I made trips to various Korean grocers today, and serious cooking starts tomorrow.

Aside from that, my greeting  cards have been taking back seat due to an unexpected opportunity falling into my lap.  I will not say much now, but I did spend a lot of time arranging for decent photos of some work.  The photographer was here this week to do the job.  I also rewrote my bio for this opportunity.

Aside from the above, I have been busy cooking and baking this week.  I baked a double batch of Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins, lots of 2-bite Brownies, a couple of Lemon Tea Loaves, a triple batch of whole wheat dinner rolls, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Granola. My freezer is full!

I also caved and learned to make yogurt in my Instant Pot.  I started with a gallon of reconstituted skim milk and ended up with two litres of yogurt and two litres of whey after straining it.  I used half the whey in my dinner roll recipe and, boy, did they turn out light and fluffy!  I’m plotting how to use the rest of the whey. I hear you can freeze it for later use.

Well, if you have been, thanks for reading!

Happy Thanksgiving

to all my fellow Canadians!

Back From New Brunswick

Back From New Brunswick

We had a great weekend trip up to New Brunswick and back.  We visited Kouchibouquac National Park and scouted it out for a potential bicycle trip for Hubby next year.  We had an interesting time exploring New Brunswick.  We were careful to stick to the car, have picnic lunches, and stay with our generous hosts every night. Covid cases are on the upswing there.

On our way home we stopped at The Alphabet Store in Oxford, Nova Scotia, also known as GJDE Enterprises Ltd.  It’s a fascinating store reminiscent of the old fashioned small town general store. There was something for everyone there!  They even sold some Briggs & Little yarn in my colours – very bright!  I left with a bag of goods.

After we arrived home my note cards arrived!  I’m going to prep them for sale this week.  They will be selling for $5 each, or 5 for $20.  I’ll officially launch them next week.

I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things here at home. Thanksgiving is coming soon, and bringing more company with it.

I hope to be able to finish up “Doom”, and with it the Poetry series.  It’s been a long haul, but worth it.  I learned a lot working on that series, but I’m ready for something new.

If you have been, thanks for reading   Have a great rest of your week everyone!

 

Weekly Review

Weekly Review

I’m back at it again!  I am finished the main part of the field in “Doom”.  I’m about one quarter done.

I had the opportunity to hook on it during Beth Miller’s Parris House Thursday Zoom Hook-in yesterday. If you’re interested in joining the hook-in and are on Facebook, do a Facebook search for the group and ask to join.  Beth is very encouraging and always looking for new members.

This week, after returning home from the bicycle trip, was rest and relaxation time. We were able to put the house mostly in order again.

I ordered more greeting cards for the shop – some old designs and some new ones. I am also ordering from a Canadian company this time. I’m hoping they turn out okay. They should arrive in early October. When they do, I’ll write a blog post featuring them.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Having a wonderful time…

Having a wonderful time…

Company arrived Saturday and we’ve been having a blast!  A couple of us drove the sag wagon while the rest bicycled to Chester, Nova Scotia from Halifax. Yes. It was 77.2 km. They were an pretty tired crew when they rode up to the Mecklenburgh Inn, where we were staying. But happy too.  They had a good day on the trail.

And I had a good day with the other sag wagon person.  We drove the slow route to Chester, stopping to visit his old family haunts and some antique stores and book stores. We arrived in Chester about 1 1/2 hours before the cyclists. Enough time to read a book and nap.

We went to The Rope Loft for supper.  It’s a good restaurant on the waterfront with a fascinating history. The original building is over 200 years old.  Our travelling companions were comparing the structure to their almost 200 year old farmhouse.  It was a good meal with healthy portions.

After walking back to the Mecklenburgh, we played a difficult game of Scrabble.  It took an hour. We all had to help each other.  And no one scored over 200!

For those who have never been to the Mecklenburgh, it’s floors are peppered with primitive hand hooked rugs.  Absolutely gorgeous!  Here’s a sampler…

Today we complete the ride and head home.

If you have been, thank-you for reading.  Have a great week!

Running Late…

Running Late…

Good morning everyone!  This past weekend was busy. The kitchen is mostly done. We have two stubborn parts to it. We want to replace the light fixture over the dining area and stain the wood threshold between the living room and kitchen. The light fixtures we pick are all out of stock, and we are having difficulty matching the stain for the threshold with the existing wood floor. We are waiting for more lighting to come into our area locally, and visiting a local hardware store to talk to their experienced paint staff about stain.

Despite all that, everything has been moved back into the kitchen as of yesterday, and I found a taker for my old stainless steel pots and pans. Yesterday I spent cooking in my new kitchen. It was nice!

In rug hooking, I have not pulled a loop these past few days.  However, I can at least get to my work now!  So work will continue on “Each Step Spells Doom”.

Friday Hubby and I went on a road trip to Amherst to meet up with some visiting relatives. We had a great time walking the town!  We ended up at Dayle’s Grand Market and meeting the owner of Maritime Mosaic, Karen McKinnon. We were greatly impressed by the variety of goods in her shop, and the quality.  A few rug hookers are represented. I highly recommend people stop in on their way through or to Amherst, Nova Scotia.

This week’s plan is to catch up on kitchen activities and start hooking again.  I hope to spend a few hours hooking on “Doom”.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great week everyone!

 

Monday Meanderings

Monday Meanderings

It’s a holiday weekend here and the kitchen renovation is humming along  We’re taking advantage of the absence of outside workers to fix some of their mistakes, repair damage, install lighting, and general clean up and prep for the range hood installation.  I made a list of what’s left to do and it’s very short.  However it’s a holiday Monday and the home building and electrical supply stores aren’t open.  We’ll head out tomorrow and look for supplies.

In rug hooking, I started another piece Friday. I think it will be my last in the poetry series. It is a piece about how humankind’s activities have negatively impacted the Earth. It is a response to my youngest daughter’s poem “Each Step Spells Doom” – a very angsty teenage poem about the state of the earth – a bit of a depressing piece actually.

In fact, so much so it might morph into a slightly different design than what’s on backing.  And I might just not add the poem with this one. Normally they are on the label in this series.  We shall see.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great week everyone!

 

 

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