I haven’t hooked at all this week. But I have been knitting on the baby blanket. I can smell the end! Just need to knit 2″ more in ribbing and cast off.
I’ve been a bit preoccupied since Hubby retired the end of September. We’ve been running errands, on a trip to see extended family, and busy learning Korean. Yes, we are going to South Korea next spring. A friend invited us to meet her family and show us around her home country. We said “yes!”
So we’ve been busy planning immunizations, travel insurance, booking flights (there was a really good deal if you had Aeroplan), and learning Korean. At least I am learning some Korean. Hubby thinks they will all speak to him in English over there. He’s never traveled outside of North America.
I’ve been trying to think of fiber things to see and do in South Korea. Not coming up with much. I know they quilt and embroider. But I don’t know of any rug hookers in South Korea. There is a special cloth made from local plant materials on the west coast. But we will be focusing our visit on Seoul and the east coast I think. At least that’s the plans so far.
In rug hooking news: I sent more “Star Rug” blank greeting cards up to Saskatoon for the SCC Fine Craft Boutique. So if anyone is wanting any for Christmas they can contact the Boutique or me. I’m hoping to get back to making more bundles today. Lots of fun and inspiration in those. 🙂
Star Rug blank greeting card – $5 CAD
Other Christmas themed or winter themed cards people might be interested in purchasing are below:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.