Weekly Review

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Cranberry Red Fiber Bundle – wool and silk

Well this is kinda a weekly review.  Let’s face it, we didn’t get home till Tuesday evening.  Still, I did manage to knit on my baby blanket.  I’ve finished the pattern area and am on the final 3″ of ribbing before casting off, blocking, and donating to the local thrift store.

I also hooked more on “Moss”. 

And I’ve made a few bundles of fiber for sale.  Check out my Etsy shop to see them.  They’ll be selling for $25 CAD each plus shipping of $15 each.  They are a mix of silk and wool fabric and yarns.  There is at least one color coordinated plaid in each bundle as well.

Aside from that I tried my first video blog.  I’m going to have to figure out a different way to do it.  The file was way too big for WordPress and in the wrong form.  Had to convert from .m4v to .mp4.  Also the wrong format for YouTube.  I have a lot to learn about filming yet.  I also need a proper video editing program.  I have to decide if I’m going to shell out money for this or see if there is an open source program available.

I put holds on more library books related to website development.  And picked up “WordPress Web Design for Dummies” at Chapter’s last night.

I also listed items on Etsy.  More will be coming next week.

WIP Thursday

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I’m back into my regular routine here.  Today I’m working on cleaning up the studio and hooking “Moss”.  I’m also going to create some fibre  bundles to list on Etsy for sale.

Speaking of Etsy, I renewed a lot of expired listings last evening.  I plan to have more listings up in the next few days.  It would be a good time to do your Christmas shopping early.  We need time for shipping from this end.  Anything ordered after December 2nd cannot be guaranteed to arrive before Christmas.  A reminder: we ship by courier, unless you’re in Canada.  Then we ship using Canada Post.

 

 

 

WIP Thursday

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Well nothing’s changed in the WIP department.  Still a baby blanket to finish knitting and a wall hanging to finish hooking. Hopefully today I’ll find some time to work on them. I plan to change the values on the left side of the tree in “Moss”.  Too close in value to the background.

I have a friend coming over this afternoon.  I want to rest a bit, do laundry, and prepare for our upcoming trip.  We’ll be off to fair Alberta for a week to ten days to visit family again.

I’ve been thinking about my sewing room and studio, and realizing I have a lot of fibre and supplies to work my way through.  I have no idea what I’m going to do with it all.  I’m thinking it might be an idea to pack up fibre kits to sell.  I did sell some fibre in a kit the other weekend.  But it’s not something I’ve focused on up till now.

Do any of you think there might be a market for fibre kits?

 

Quick Update

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ArtNow is on in Saskatoon at Prairieland Park folks!  If you haven’t been, go check it out!

As you know, African Dream is done the hooking stage.  I’m hoping to block it this afternoon.

I’ve already started colour planning for my next wall hanging.  It’s a long narrow wall hanging I’m calling Northern Exposure at the moment.  It’s moss growing on the north side of a tree.  Not sure how this is going to turn out.  I’m thinking I need some brighter colours than I have in my stash, but I so don’t want to go to the dye pots right now.  I have so much excess fibre around here.  I might try a funky colour scheme.

 

 

 

Week in Review

I have been working on African Dream off and on this week.

I’ve also been working with the Saskatchewan Crafts Council on a brochure for my work.

Plus I am waiting to hear if any of my newer pieces are going to be accepted for the Saskatoon Art & Craft Fair this fall.  I don’t expect to hear about that for a while though.  Ideally I’d have African Dream finished and entered for jurying.

I received another email from Parallax, a large European art fair organization.  They keep asking if I want to show and/or sell my work in Chelsea Gardens, London, England.  I’d love to!  But it is quite expensive to get it over there and back.  Plus the timeline is a little short for all the red tape and work that needs to be done.  We also have other plans for the fall at the moment, and I don’t need the added stress of shipping work overseas.

I also received an invite to submit to a large art fair in Vancouver.  I think it’s called the Urban Arts Festival?  Unfortunately that was too short notice –about two weeks!  Would love to do that another year too.

It’s reached the point where I need a good six months lead time before I can commit to anything.  At least for now.  Hopefully next year will be better.  It’s not that my professional life is busy.  It’s that I am going through a lot of changes in my personal life the next six months.  Hubby is thinking of retiring in that time frame, and I want to keep our schedule light to accommodate any changes and bureaucratic red tape we might need to go through during that time.  And I know there’s quite a bit of it coming up.

Well that’s it for this week!  Hope everyone has a good weekend.  We’re having lovely weather here.  I’m declaring it yard work weekend. 🙂

 

WIP Thursday

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I have worked some on African Dream.

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And I have also knit more on the cellular baby blanket.

This week I’ve been side tracked with the Saskatchewan Crafts Council.  I’ve decided to enter some of my work to be juried into the Saskatchewan Art and Fine Craft Fair.  The Fair takes place Sept. 15-17th.  The SCC will have a booth there, showcasing some of the best craftsmen and women of Saskatchewan.

 

 

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I managed to sort through most of my business email account.   Only 300 emails left to go! 🙂

I hooked a bit on African Dream.  And knit on the cellular baby blanket.

I did not post any wall hangings to Etsy.  I decided to wait. One of the courses I want to take is an intermediate WordPress website development course.  It will teach me how to create a shopping cart for a new WordPress.org website.  To post on Etsy costs 20 cents for each item for a 3 month listing.  Plus they charge a fee when you sell an item.

I’ve cut the online courses from four to three.  I switched from the beginner website development course to the intermediate website development course, based on the advice of the instructor.  It won’t start until July.  Meanwhile I am taking a course on publishing e-books, a course on communication, and a course on teaching writing to the K-3 crowd.

I’ve also been visiting with friends and chatting with family via phone.  We have an upcoming vacation to plan. 🙂

In my studio…

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This week I want to finish organizing my online email account. It only has 550 emails in the inbox, so should be relatively easy to sort through.  We’ll see.  I find gmail a little more awkward to move things around in.

I also plan to create some draft listings on Etsy.  I hope to take some live by the end of the week.

I also want to hook more on African Dream.

I have two more online classes starting this week as well.

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I accomplished some goals this week, for a wonder.  It is summertime for me, so I’ve been taking time off to visit with friends and family.

My main goal of getting my email under control was accomplished this week.  At least for one email account…the big one with lots of email.  I have a second, smaller email account to work on next week.

I also had fun working on African Dream.  And I knit some on the cellular baby blanket.

I did not work on posting wall hangings on Etsy for sale…yet.  I may prepare some listings today, but will not post them till next week.

I also worked on my two free online courses.  I signed up for two more today: one on developing a proper website with shopping cart, etc.  And one on publishing e-books.  It seems my recipes are popular on the blog, and I do have a previous gluten free, dairy free, sugar free cookbook I created a few years ago.  It has been making the rounds of my friends and church members.  Time to make it available online I think.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

In my studio…

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Today I’ll be back at my rug hooking frame working on what has been named “African Dream”.  Thanks for the suggestion in the comments last week.  🙂

I will also be working on organizing and cleaning out email…still.

And I will be taking photos of wall hangings and listing them on Etsy.

Those are my goals for this week.   I hope everyone has a great day! 🙂

Weekly Review

Well it had to happen.  I finally took a week off rug hooking and related work.  I have plans for doing things this month, but I just decided I needed a break after the Street Fair last weekend.

I am thinking about next week already.  I’ll be working on corralling my email and getting it under control, and on more listings for Etsy.  Apparently I did not have all my wall hangings listed!

Will be more conscientious about accomplishing something next week.  I have lots that needs to be done.  It’s just doing it that’s the issue!

In my studio…

Sorry folks. No photo today. I’m on the road already.  It’s the beginning of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival and Hubby and I are taking in the festivities.  I’ll add photos throughout the week. 

This week I will finish labeling and making hang tags for Dancing Tree and Beauty.  I did not have time to do that on Friday.

I will finalize my booth design as well.

And I need to design a quick scrappy rug/wall hanging to demonstrate on at the Street Fair.

 

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“Beauty” – still hemming this.

I managed a few things this week.

  • I sorted through inventory and checked to see if I had photos of everything,
  • I didn’t.  So I took photos of the wall hangings without.
  • I made draft listings on ETSY for everything.  They are ready to go live after the street fair.
  • I made hang tags for the wall hangings that needed them, and attached them.
  • I updated my business books,
  • I blocked and started hemming Beauty,
  • I finished hooking Dancing Tree,
  • And I hemmed and attached a hanging sleeve to Dancing Tree.

Today’s goal is to label Dancing Tree and put on hang tags. But we shall see.  It’s shaping up to be a busy day.

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“Dancing Tree” – only the labeling left to do…and the hang tags.

Inspiration Wednesday

Hi everyone!  Things are looking up.  I am finished hooking Dancing Tree, and will work on blocking, hemming, and finishing for sale…hopefully be the CVAF Street Fair on May 28th.

I was out wandering around the neighborhood the other day and found some beauties.  I love taking photos of plants.  They give me a lot of inspiration.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Lamium in bloom

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Radishes are up!

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Chives are about to burst into bloom!

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Bergenia is blooming.

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Weeds, like dandelions, have been up for awhile now.

In my studio…

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This week I will be finalizing my display and preparation for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair.  The Festival itself starts this coming weekend and lasts an entire week.  There are music, theatre, and art performances throughout the week…all for free.  It culminates in the Street Fair on May 28th from 10 AM – 4 PM.  An average of 10,000 people go to the Street Fair.  I’ll be busy.

I’m actually hoping to work more on Dancing Tree this week.  I have picked up my studio sufficiently that I can get in there again and do some work.

Aside from that I have two online courses starting this week, so I expect my time will be taken up there as well.

Hope everyone has a great day! 🙂

 

Weekly Review

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Awaiting new hang tags

Hmm…I actually gave most of my weekly review yesterday.

I did manage to finish photographing all my wall hangings…at least the 6″ square ones.  I notice I have to replace hang tags on some of them.  Then it’s into zippered plastic bags they go to protect them from little fingers at the Street Fair.  Seems there’s always lots of ice-cream and ketchup at the Street Fair!  And rightly so.  What would a street fair be without hot dogs and ice-cream?

I also posted 25 draft listings to Etsy.  They will go live after the Street Fair.  And, fair warning, I will be shutting down the option to buy from this site after the Street Fair.  I am streamlining things so I don’t have two people trying to buy the same item at the same time on two different platforms.  So if you are interested in purchasing any of my work, please go to my Etsy shop, JLT Studios.

An update on my rug hooking class for the two students I tutor.  Apparently they both were busy as little beavers and worked until they ran out of fiber.  They came back this week all excited, asking for more fiber to finish their pieces.  So I gave them some.  They wanted all fresh new cut wool.  No worms!  What a hoot.  I cut it for them while they worked on another project.

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Ready to go!

WIP Thursday

I’ve been working on the knit cellular baby blanket again.  But not very much.  I’m about half finished now.

And I’ve been preparing for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair.  Mostly I’ve been playing with the display for the booth.  I’ve also been sorting through my wall hangings and double checking to make sure I have photos of them and appropriate hang tags on them.  I’ve also been packaging up the extras in clear zippered plastic bags for people to look through, should they decide they don’t like what’s on the display panels.

That’s about it for WIPs for this week.  I’ve been reading a lot in preparation for a teaching course I’ll be starting in a week’s time.  There are five books to go through in 6 weeks.  So I’m getting a head start!  One and a half down, three and a half to go!

 

In my studio…

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This week I will be focusing on preparing for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair.  I already had the beginnings of the display set up in the living room.  I’m slowly putting up work.

As part of this process I am creating draft entries on Etsy for the work I pulled out of Traditions.  That way, if the wall hangings do not sell at the Street Fair, it will be a quick matter to list them on Etsy for sale.

Aside from that, I am seriously de-cluttering my email accounts.  Plus I will continue working on Dancing Tree.

In my Studio…

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Our new boarder from China moved in on the weekend.  Today, without warning, he gave his mother an iPad FaceTime tour of our place, including my studio.  I was appalled!  My studio is in its usual state of disarray.  He said he wanted to show him mother what I used to make my work. Moral of story = always leave my studio picked up at the end of the day.  Sigh.

It’s been a busy weekend.  No rug hooking to speak of.  Lots of tutoring though.  And lots of errands.  Hubby is in great angst about whether to retire this year or next, when he turns 65.  He spent yesterday crunching numbers and the evening talking to me about his results.  I told him to do what he wants.  He’s put in over 30 years supporting the family.  I think that’s enough.

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So, back on track this week.  I sorted out the tax mess last week.  So it’s back to rug hooking this week.  I’ll be working on Dancing Tree.

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I removed my work from Traditions Hand Craft Gallery a couple weeks ago, due to a change in commission structure.  So I have all that inventory to reintegrate into my system at home and prepare to post on Etsy.  Ideally I would like it posted by mid-June.  But it’s a lot of prep work as there are close to thirty pieces to add to my Etsy shop.

And I’ll be starting to think about my booth display for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair the last Saturday of May.

Oh, plus two days tutoring.  A busy week for me.

Weekly Review

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It’s been an interesting week.  I have hooked some on Dancing Tree, and I have spent time dyeing fibre blue .  Mostly dyeing fibre.  Each batch of fibre takes 1 hour to dye.  Plus prep time and clean up.  All told I’d say 1 1/2 hours from start to finish, if you don’t count soaking the fibre overnight so it will accept the dye more easily and thoroughly.

I am also starting to prepare for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair.  Checking over inventory and prioritizing what I might want to put on display for sale.  It’s that time of year to organize my thoughts and design a booth to share with my friend.

I am also neck deep in tax season right now, and busy with putting out wild fires in that area.

Hope everyone has a great day! 🙂

 

In…and out…of my studio…

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Hubby and I were over to the Art Gallery of Regina this weekend to see my wall hangings on exhibit.  It’s nice to see them hanging with so many other local artists.

This week will be a mix of in and out around here.  A lucky someone purchased Prairie Sky – the large version.   So today I’ll be packing it up and hopefully, shipping it off. 🙂

The weather is forecast to be in the teens for most of the week.  That means yard work, and maybe just some general fun with the camera and my rug hooking frame outdoors.  I will also be working on cleaning the room our new boarder will be going into the end of the month.

I still need to put hanging sleeves on Sprouts and Blue-eyed Grass.

Still contemplating my next piece to put on backing.  I may pause to dye some silk fabric, especially if I can open the windows.  Might have to wait till next week for this though.  We are getting a couple of cooler days midweek this week.

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In my Studio…

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This week is time to knuckle down and do some hooking.  I’m moving along on Sprouts.  Hope to finish the entire piece this week and have it on the wall by next week.

I’m already starting to think about the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair in May.  I’m hoping to have enough new work to make a different showing at the booth.  I’ll have the usual smaller wall hangings there for people to buy and enjoy.  But I’d also like to take some newer medium sized pieces.

It’s also time to plan the display for the CVAF Street Fair.  I’ll be pulling out my photos from previous years to see what I can change up for better effect this year.

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I finished it!  The Granddaughter’s Needle Box and Thimble Box are finished.  I’m spending some time gathering needles and thimbles from all over this house to put in here.  Here’s hoping there’s enough room!

Other activities this week?

The Barn is well underway.  The more I hook around the fence, the more I like it.  It shows the scale of The Barn, which is really a stable turned picnic shelter. 🙂

I’ve been busy transferring my blog posts for the last 3 1/2 years to Open Office to edit formatting and print.  I’m keeping a hard copy in binders.

I’ve also been applying to sales and exhibits.  I’ve been accepted at one sale – the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair – and have yet to hear from another.

I’ve also been negotiating with the shops that sell my work.  Prices are $60 for my 6″ square wall hangings and $25 for Christmas ornaments.  Other, larger works, are priced at $150/sq. ft. which is mid-range for this type of work.

I’ve been arranging classes as well.  If anyone is interested in classes in February, I hold them on Saturdays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM.  They are $50 for a teaching fee, and $75 for materials, if you need a hoop and hook, backing and fibre.  The fee will be adjusted if you bring your own supplies.

I have two classes I teach currently: a Beginner Class, and a Curves Class.  The Beginner Class is a simple 6″ square star that familiarizes the student with technique, tools, and fibre types.  The Curves Class teaches circles, backgrounds, and lettering using a floral design.  Both are one day classes.

Today will be busy with more hooking on The Barn, and creating and editing more files for my blog.  I need to buy more paper for the printer Saturday. 🙂

Christmas is coming!

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Finished! Sixteen Christmas ornaments.

Spent some time this afternoon tagging Christmas tree ornaments and walking them up to Traditions.  If you are interested in purchasing any, they are available for $25 each at Traditions on 13th Ave., in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, phone 1-306-569-0199.  🙂

Now to get back to Wascana Creek. 🙂