Good morning everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend.
Last week I spent some time dyeing fibre for the Parker’s Cove series. I used straight up ProChem Key Lime for the bright neon green, and the other colours were from the Woolly Mason Jar system. Lucy Richard has a great system for matching colours quickly. If you’re a dyer who is often in a hurry, her system is the way to go!
I’ve been working on the Parker’s Cove fishing shack series. I have finished two small pieces this week and have a larger piece on backing.
“The Farm” is currently languishing on the sidelines. I have a steep learning curve to learn multiple techniques I want to use for this piece, so am wanting to wait until I have more time and energy to devote to it That, plus I want to finish my Parker’s Cove series of at least ten pieces by mid-November.
The South Korean appliqué quilt blocks are almost complete. I decided not to go further than the twelve blocks suggested by the pattern. However I will also be putting sashing between the blocks and a border all around…neither called for in the pattern. That will make it large enough to be used as a lap quilt. It will be machine quilted by a professional long arm quilter.
I took part in many events this week related to rug hooking. Wednesday there were two online meetings: one for crafting (where I transferred a pattern to backing), and one for rug hooking (where I hooked a small piece for the Parker’s Cove series). Thursday I attended an in-person hook-in at a friend’s place. I started another small Parker’s Cove piece. And Thursday evening I attended a Zoom presentation by Susan Feller on Beth Miller’s Parris House Creative Community on Mighty Networks. Susan talked about what it takes to become a professional artist as a rug hooker. A very interesting presentation with lots to chew on.
I also spent time cleaning up my studio after the whirlwind that was Sketchbook Revival! I haven’t had it looking that good in ages, so I took photos and immortalized the occasion on Instagram and Facebook. Haha!
It is now a mess again…because I’ve decided to finish a project that’s been percolating a long time in my brain…like five years. Our trip to South Korea in 2017 needs addressing. I did create and have a photo book printed, but I had no place for ephemera. So after Sketchbook Revival I decided it was time to sit down and do it. I pulled out old bookbinding supplies and created a blank journal with cartridge drawing paper and Waterford cold press watercolour paper. I’m highly doubtful the journal is big enough to hold everything, but I need to do some serious culling of memorabilia anyways.
If you have been, thanks for reading. Have a great week everyone!
This weekend I decided to rest and relax and just “be”. Funny thing about that. As soon as I made that decision oodles of possible activities and things to do crowded my mind and I ended up scheduling them in my planner on my ‘to do’ list. So in reality this weekend became a time for planning and doing.
What did I plan? Saturday I rested, tended to my deck garden, and put down everything I could think of to do in regards to my business in another mind map – a six page mind map. I also dried some peppermint.
I also connected with someone who wants to buy all my scrapbooking supplies. My goal is to deliver them before the end of the month. I’ll be truly dependent on digital scrapbooking after that.
What did I plan Sunday? My next retreat! I also finished drying the peppermint – there was a lot of it – and dried some parsley. Plus I made sourdough discard crackers.
I also managed to serge the edges of all the patterns I drew on linen during my retreat. Plus I colour planned a medium sized African Dream wall hanging. It’s about 10” x 16”.
I set up some books for my business. I had officially shut my business down the end of 2018, when we made the decision to move in 2019. Now we’re relocated I’m wanting to keep records for the taxman or woman. Plus, I’d like to know my income and expenses for my own general knowledge…and planning. I’m in the process of starting my business up again now.
After a walk Sunday evening I updated my plan. LOL! So much for sitting and just “being”!
I have plans. Big plans. I sat down and went through some unfinished projects I’d like to finish, and some I’d like to start. It’s going to be a busy year!
Finished over the holidays were the following: ~ a soy silk/alpaca drop stitch scarf, modified free Ravelry pattern, ~ a soy silk/alpaca tuque, my own pattern, ~ an alpaca/Merino/bamboo set of wrist warmers, free Ravelry pattern.
In progress are the following: ~ a trip-around-the-world quilt…yes, I’m still working on that. ~ a South Korean appliquéd quilt pattern. I’m gathering supplies for that. ~ a needlepoint cushion cover. Yes, I’m still working on the hydrangeas. ~ the sandpiper crewel embroidery. ~ a hardanger wall hanging that just needs framing and hanging. ~ hardanger Christmas ornaments.
In the wings, waiting to be started: ~ a gold work wall hanging, ~ a robin needlepointing piece, ~ several sketchbooks of patterns to hook into rugs and wall hangings. ~ various scrapbooks from the last 18 years of photos.
This all sounds like a lot. But I have a partner in crime. Someone who can help me by encouraging me and holding me accountable. Not just my readers my friends, but also our current hostess/landlady. Our hostess is a craftswoman herself, and knows how valuable motivation in the form of accountability to someone else can be. She and I have decided to start a quilting challenge on Monday, January 6th. A block a day. That could be difficult for me as I’m starting with an appliqué South Korea quilt. But we shall see. Any forward progress is good progress in my view.
Wow! It’s only -5 Celsius out there today! LOL Well I guess it’s all relative. After about a month of -30 Celsius weather, this is downright balmy! Hubby is feeling better and is in the kitchen making Chicken Rice Soup. Yes, he caught that cold/flu bug after me and had it for all of 48 hours. I am soooo jealous! I wish I had short illnesses like that. I am looking forward to the soup tonight.
At any rate, after our two or three weeks of illness, we’re back at doing things around the house. Hubby is renovating and I’m back at the cardiac gym three times a week. We canceled the GoodFood meals. I found them to be great while we were sick and excellent quality and variety. However they are a tad on the expensive side. I can feed us 21 meals for what they were charging for 3 meals.
I made a menu plan and grocery list the other day before heading out grocery shopping. Picked up $120 CAD worth of groceries for about two weeks or more of food for Hubby and I. I found some good deals on meat. Came home and prepped the meat for easy use in meals.
I used to do mega-cooking. That’s where you cook all the meals for a month (or however long you want) at one time (usually over the course of a weekend) and put it in the freezer in meal sized amounts to pull out and reheat as needed. However that takes too much of my energy now. So my plan is to double cook meals. That just means making double batches of meals, eating one, and freezing the leftovers for later.
Hubby is still busy renovating the house. He is silent on when he thinks the house will be ready for sale. We’ll see. For now he is working on the basement, having finished all the upstairs BUT the front entry closet doors, which are an odd size.
I’m back at decluttering and selling used items online. Slowly getting rid of excess. I also had a good friend stop in and give me a sketchbook. An artist can always use one of those! She also brought her celery tops, which she doesn’t eat. As I was making chicken stock at the time, I just tossed them all in. Her timing was excellent!
As far as hooking goes…I have started hooking my South Korea rug and am not happy with it. I want to ‘fix’ it before posting a photo.
I also have not done any scrapbooking because of this illness. I need to have some photos developed first. I’ve temporarily given up on the idea of digital scrapbooking. The Forever program I was looking at requires a PC for full use of the site and I work on an Apple platform. There are work arounds, and I’ll have to look more in-depth at those before making a final decision.
I hope everyone has a great couple of weeks! I will be back then to post more.
Actually, it has warmed up since last night. But for the last two weeks we in Regina have been in a deep freeze of -30 Celsius or lower. I have two winter parkas. My friends laugh. I have the regular parka good to about -25 C, but when it goes lower I pull out my Eddie Bauer goose down parka good to who-knows-how-cold! It never disappoints. I’ve been wearing it the last few days, after finally finding it amongst all our packed items.
Yeah, packed items…about that move…sigh. This past week has been a string of medical appointments that have kind of left me whirling. There are, apparently, more tests to do, more medication to adjust to, and being careful of my stress levels to boot.
Hubby and I are trying to decide the best way to do the move. It is looking more and more like it will be a two stage move. Stage one will see us go into an apartment locally until the medical situation calms down. Then, once that is all settled, we’ll plan the actual move east. It’s a pain to do it this way, but I think it’s what’s best for my health overall. It is also a plan that has the support of my doctors.
Despite that negative news, I am still getting out and about. A friend gave us symphony tickets last weekend and we had a great time listening to a cellist and visiting with friends we hadn’t seen in ages. That resulted in a few invitations being exchanged.
We also went with friends to a local buffet for a Valentine’s Day dinner. We joined our church friends there and had a blast!
Hubby and I also went out Wednesday to a favorite local cafe, Le Macaron, for dessert and tea this week. I try to spell off bad news with good experiences. So I threw as many good experiences into my week as I could this past week!
I also had a haircut done in the home of my delightful hair dresser, mom to a new baby boy. She makes me laugh and is good for my spirits.
We’ve also been over to a friend’s place to visit and play games with her and her 15 year old daughter…quite a few times.
We are still enjoying GoodFood.ca meals. We order three a week. This week the three meals actually fed us five meals. Our appetites aren’t as big as they used to be when we were younger.
This week we are looking forward to our first bread delivery. Jim’s Bread from outside town delivers Surprise Baskets every two weeks to homes who pay up front for the privilege. So for $240CAD we get 5-7 loaves or packages of breadstuff every two weeks for 12 weeks. He includes bread, buns, and sweet dough treats of various sorts…things like cinnamon buns, soft pretzels, etc. Hubby and I couldn’t go through 5-7 loaves of breadstuff in two weeks, so we plan on freezing some to share with company and friends later.
Not much creative happening here. I’ve been sorting photos and memorabilia for the 2003 scrapbook. I’ve been exploring digital scrapbooking, but am not sure I’ll bite the bullet. I think I’ll wait and see.
We continue to sort through my genealogy papers. Hubby is redoing my mother’s family history using strictly primary source documentation…that means official documents. A lot of my mother’s family was done on stories handed down through the generations. Her family is Irish. My brother is in Ireland for awhile now and he and his wife are helping us unearth what we can from that side of the ocean.
Sorry for taking so long between posts folks. I’ve been sidetracked onto clearing an 18 year backlog of mementos destined for family scrapbooks. Tomorrow is my second Scrap Meet of 2019. I hope to finish scrapbooking 2001, which takes 1 1/2 scrapbooks.
I love these Scrap Meets! We are a group of ladies who meet at a local church hall and scrapbook from 9 AM to 9 PM…or until you can stand it! I’m taking a cushion this time so my back won’t send me home early.
Each Scrap Meet is $25 and another $20 for the food. The food includes a morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper prepared by a 4-star chef. It’s excellent!
The lady who organizes these Scrap Meets – Wanda MacDonald – has supplies on hand if you run out or want to buy anything, but she is not a pushy seller. I really appreciate that! If you want anything in particular it’s best to let her know ahead of time. She is a Creative Memories consultant.
People at the Scrap Meet work on either traditional or digital scrapbooks. It doesn’t matter. I’m working on traditional flat scrapbooking. Some people do beautiful pages with lots of embellishment. I’m not one of those. With 18 years to catch up on, I’m am going as fast as I can!
Other than that, there has been a death in the family and we were out of province for a week to attend a funeral and visit with family.
One of those family members was my big brother, who has suddenly developed an interest in our family history. In an effort to appease his curiosity I took a box full of my mother’s family history files over to his place. We spent a day going through them before he sent them all through his high speed scanner to distribute to other members of the family. I hear he wants to start in on the three or four boxes of my father’s family next. That’s at least 3-4 solid days work.
The only really creative thing I’ve done lately is knit on a scarf made of home spun alpaca and silk yarn. It’s the free Ravelry Drop Stitch Scarf Pattern. I made it a bit wider than the pattern called for and wish I hadn’t. Hopefully when I block it everything will work out fine. I’m half done.
That’s it from here. I hope everyone had a good month. Talk to you all later!
A belated Happy New Year everyone! I guess I almost made it for Ukrainian Christmas? A little late for that too… Maybe I can be early for saying Happy New Year to my Asian friends? Lunar New Year is early February this year.
At any rate, we had a wonderful holiday season filled with lots of company. I enjoyed talking to family far away, and I also enjoyed playing many games with people near. Both Hubby and I took last weekend to just rest up. We are feeling a little older. It takes a while to recuperate.
I haven’t done much creative. I prepared my bullet journal for 2019. For those of you who don’t know, a bullet journal is an organization tool/planner. Google “Ryder Carroll”, or just “bullet journal”, and you’ll see plenty to feast your eyes. If it seems overwhelming, type in “minimalist bullet journaling” and see what you get.
I had an email pop into my inbox the other day advertising a Scrap Meet for scrapbookers this weekend. I sat on the fence about it for a while, and then thought about the boxes of memorabilia and photos, etc. I am moving. I decided to bite the bullet, spend the money, and do up some albums before I go east. That should help with decluttering a bit.
This is a big project to take on. I have 18 years of scrapbooking to do! Needless to say, I’m hoping to get a few years into each scrapbook. The photo at the top of this post only scratches the surface of what’s here. I’m looking at a couple of bankers boxes full of memorabilia, plus stacks of planners, boxes of journals/diaries to sort through.
To that end the last 48 hours has been pulling things together. I spent time culling duplicate photos (should have done that long ago!), and creating a timeline for the first year I have to work on – 2002. I haven’t finished 2001 yet, but I didn’t discover that until late this afternoon. It can wait until I finish with 2002.
The good news is these Scrap Meets are held every month. So as long as I can pony up $50/mth. for admission and food, and another $50 for an album and supplies, I can spend up to 12 hours working on an album. Not bad.
I am still looking at yarn to knit, fibre to make into bundles for sale, and a rug to hook. I unpacked my wool cutter the other day. Now I just have to figure if it will clamp on the table edge for cutting. I’m a bit concerned it won’t. If not, then I have some cubbies I could clamp it to.
I’m thinking of carrying #6 cut wool strips in my shop, but am not sure. Is there a market for such among rug hookers? I see some for sale occasionally by various vendors. I had a lady drop in one day and buy my scraps off me because she was just starting out and didn’t have a cutter. I’m just not sure if it’s better to leave the wool uncut or cut it for my customers. Any feedback from cyberland?
Well, that’s my post for this week. Hope everyone has a good rest of the week and weekend. Take care!