Weekly Review – Exhibits & Sales

 

I’ve had an interesting week. It’s that time of year to be applying for exhibits and sales.  I’ve applied for two so far.  I’m not sure exactly where I stand in the application process on both of these exhibits and sales.  I’ll fill you in when I learn more.

I did manage to upload more product – rug hooks – for sale.

I also chatted with my web developer about more ideas for the website. I look forward to upcoming changes as time goes by.

I was able to prepare my sample pattern and fiber kit for the Curves class next Saturday.   I have also written more on my course outlines.

I pulled two books off my library shelf to help with a revamped business plan.  One is “The Creative Entrepreneur” by Lisa Sonora Beam, and the other is “The Right-Brain Business Plan” by Jennifer Lee.  I’ve used these two books before with considerable success.  So I’m not really starting from scratch.  Just planning what to do this year.

I finished reading “Canadian Folk Art to 1950” by Fleming and Rowan.  Lots of lovely photos of a wide cross section of Canadian folk art.  The text seemed excellent at times, but with long winded sentences at other times, making for a bit of an uneven read.  However, the overall message was there and it was a good read overall.  I enjoyed the few hooked rugs photos that were included as well.

Another book I am currently looking at is “Hooked on Cats” by Joan Moshimer.  The rugs in the photos are beautiful!  She uses Cushing’s Perfection dyes to dye wool for her rugs.  I don’t use Cushing’s, but my Majic Carpet and ProChem will work just fine.  Joan gives basic dyeing instructions in her book for onion skin dyeing, spot dyeing, dip dyeing, and for overdyeing.  An informative book with a lot of patterns in the back and a nice gallery of finished work.

Weekly Review

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Sorry for the late post folks.  It’s been a busy day.  Unexpected company and some running around town.  I’ve been busy working on my website.  I think I’m done transferring files from the old blog to the new.  Next up is to post a few more items for sale.  We’ll see how it goes next week.

Also been creating draft listings on Etsy and posting items for sale on Etsy in my JLT Studios shop.

I did manage to hook a bit more on “Moss”.  I had a friend hold it up a distance away from me and decided the problem is values again.  Seems if I have color issues it’s usually in the values.

I started knitting swatches for a sweater pattern I want to knit.  A friend helped me wind two skeins into balls of wool yarn.

I had fun this evening at Nouveau Gallery’s 11th Anniversary Celebration!  I love this gallery.  If you’re ever in Regina I highly recommend it.  They represent a variety of local artists working in a wide variety of different media and styles.  Tonight’s work did not disappoint.  It was wonderful!

In my studio…

In my studio…

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My bin of things to be worked on…

Good morning everyone!  I am looking forward to this week in my studio.

  • I will be posting more ornaments on Etsy.
  • I have to put a phone call in to WordPress. Apparently I have two premium accounts they want me to pay for when I only use one.
  • I also want to work on my website and uploading more content for sale.
  • Plus there’s “Moss” to hook.
  • I have yet to finish the Certificates of Authenticity.  I was sidetracked last week.
  • I have some photos to take still.
  • I have some hang tags to print off and attach to hangings.
  • I have a few wall hangings and ornaments that need some ‘fixing’.
  • And I have a bit of packaging to do yet.

Having said all that, I also have a busy social week coming up.  Looks like a busy week ahead.  I better get a move on!

WIP Thursday & Weekly Review

WIP Thursday & Weekly Review

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Knit cellular baby blanket with lots of mistakes in it.  In my defense I have to say the kinky yarn was not a good choice.  As was my decision to knit it while visiting with friends.  The yarn was the most problematic though.  It was difficult to see mistakes until quite a ways after they happened.  I figure it will be good enough for charity.  I won’t be knitting that pattern again.  Plus I think I’ll stick to straight knit and purl when I’m busy visiting.

Hi everyone!  I am getting a lot done this week.  No hooking on “Moss” yet, but the week isn’t over. 🙂

I did manage to finish knitting the cellular baby blanket.  I’ll be blocking it soon I hope, and then donating it to charity.

I’ve been working on matching Certificates of Authenticity with all my finished hooked pieces larger than 6″ x 6″ that are original work.

I’ve been writing draft posts for my Etsy shop.  Keep an eye out for more items for sale on Monday.

And I’ve been working on my website.

I’ll be taking tomorrow, Friday, off to help some friends and to remember those who have fought and died in war for Canada.  I will be back on Monday.

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Weekly Review

Weekly Review

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The sky yesterday on our walk.  Love those clouds!

Good morning everyone!  I actually had a pretty good week this week, considering all the distractions in my life.  I was able to package most of my wall hangings and add cup hooks for hanging them to the packages.  Plus I was able to make a start with the certificates of authenticity.

I was also able to plan more of our trip to South Korea.  I’ve booked a hotel room already…six months in advance.  It seems hotel rooms go fast in Seoul.  I was already running into challenges finding a decent one in a decent location for a decent price for five nights!  Expedia kept raising prices on me and having disappearing deals every time I signed on.  So I ended up booking through Booking.com.

Plus I continued to practice my Korean.  I am at the point where I’m a bit discouraged I am not learning faster.  I read it and it all sounds so familiar.  But for the life of me I can’t remember how to say the words.  I guess that is all part of being older and trying to learn a new language.  I have three Korean friends who will be helping me over the weekend.

I am also continuing to work on my website.

Well it’s sunshiny here and I’m off for a walk.  Hope everyone has a great day today!

 

WIP Thursday

WIP Thursday

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Knit Cellular Baby Blanket – almost finished!

I am almost finished the knit baby blanket!  Only a few more rows to go!  I want to try a new cast off method.  I’ll be checking in with my friend about that.

As for “Moss”…I am decidedly unhappy with it and haven’t worked on it all week.

Instead I’ve been preparing wall hangings for sale on Etsy and working on my new website.

I did not get to the Certificates of Authenticity yesterday.  So I will be working on those today.  I did manage to get about 150 cup hooks into little plastic bags (2 each) and into the wall hanging packages.

I have spent a lot of time planning our trip and studying Korean.

 

In my studio…

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This weekend I was busy with my Etsy shop.  I uploaded more items for sale.

I was also busy on my new website.  Still trying to figure out the shipping issues with WooCommerce.  Seems they aren’t as cheap as they claim to be.  I’ll be looking at other options this week.

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Upcoming this week…

~ I plan to hook more on “Moss”.
~ I need to add cup hooks to the packages of wall hangings I am selling.
~ I need to sew a hanging sleeve on one of the wall hangings.
~ I need to take some photos of others before posting them on Etsy.
~ I need to fill out Certificates of Authenticity for most of the wall hangings.
~ And I need to photograph and load more fiber bundles for sale.

I doubt I’ll finish all this in one week, but I’ll make a stab at it.  The Certificates of Authenticity will take some time to fill out.  They are quite detailed and I have quite a number to do.

Well I hope everyone is off to a great start of a new week!  Enjoy the nice fall weather and try not to eat too much candy then next couple of days.

Cheers,
Jean

 

 

 

Weekly Review

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Wall hangings and ornaments yet to be posted on Etsy.

It’s been a busy week.  I’ve been posting wall hangings and fiber bundles on Etsy for sale.  Check out my shop to see what’s new!  I’ll be posting more work next week.

I hooked a bit on “Moss”.

I knit on the cellular baby blanket.

I worked a lot on my new website I hope to have up and running by January.

I finished putting together my green wool and silk fiber bundles…for now.  I have a lot of green fiber!

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WIP Thursday

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I’ve been busy knitting on the cellular baby blanket.  I was joking to some friends that there were so many mistakes in it it looked like a pattern!  The pattern is going to be thrown out when I’m finished.  I never could get it to work properly.  Next time I’ll pick up some plain knitting to work on in the company of other people.  It appears I cannot stay focused on a basic lace pattern.  I’m going to block the blanket when it’s done, see how it looks, and then decide what to do with it.  But I strongly suspect it will find its way to the local thrift store.  Note to self: not all projects work out…and that’s okay.

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I hooked a bit on “Moss” this week.  I am not overly happy with the values I’ve chosen for different colors.  I am trying not to go to the dye pot because I have so much fiber in the house already.  I’ll hook a tad more on it and then take it off the frame on a nice sunny day in natural light to make some color decisions/revisions.

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I’ve also been loading a lot of wall hangings on Etsy for sale.  I started uploading Christmas wall hangings.  I know. I’m a bit early.  But I’m sitting beside a big tote of wall hangings and ornaments that have yet to be listed.  It’s going to take a while.

I’ve also been making more fiber bundles and uploading them to Etsy.

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And I’m working on my new website.

I think that’s enough “Works in Progress” for one week!  Time to get busy on them.  Talk to you all tomorrow. 🙂

I’m being featured!

 

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A better title for this post might be News and Views.  I received notice yesterday that my Etsy shop, JLT Studios, will be the featured shop on Etsy’s blog for the month of November.  With that in mind, I will be posting more offerings on my Etsy shop between now and the end of November.

I’ve also been working on my own website, due to be up and running in January 2017.

I was going to post a recipe today, but have been pretty busy.  I keep forgetting to take photos of food!  How about a picture of kale growing on my patio…still!  It’s looking really nice these days.

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WIP Thursday

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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. 🙂

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Star Rug blank greeting card – $5 CAD

Other Christmas themed or winter themed cards people might be interested in purchasing are below:

In my studio…

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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.

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Rose Hips

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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WIP – “Moss” 

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.

 

 

Weekly Review

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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.

Weekly Review

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!