On The Road Again

On The Road Again

Hi everyone!  I’m back on the road again!  Hubby and I are heading to the west coast to Vancouver and Vancouver Island.  I’m hoping to check in with Val Galvin in Chemainus for a fibre fix.  Possibly I’ll be able to check in with a rug hooking retreat at Yellow Point on the Island too.  We’ll see about our timeline.  We are visiting friends for the most part.

In Vancouver I hope to check in with a fibre gallery I discovered. Hopefully we’ll get to Granville Island to check out the Craft Council of BC’s gallery and a few other galleries there.  I would like to check Michelle Sirois-Silver’s studio out on Nov. 4th as well.  Once again, family comes first.

We’ve spent the last week in Edmonton reconnecting with family and friends.  Had a good visit with an artist friend from long ago.  I brought my sketchbook and laptop so I could sketch some rug designs from our South Korea trip.  I managed about four drawings so far.  These are going to be much larger wall hangings than I’m used to doing.

I’ve also been knitting on the Baby Cardi from “60 Quick Baby Knits”.  I’m almost done the second sleeve.

I also took part in the Facebook Black & White Photography Challenge.  I didn’t do as well as I’d wished to, but considering my distractions, I did well.

I’m off to enjoy a breakfast here at the hotel.  Hoping to make Vancouver by nightfall.  Take care everyone and have a great weekend!

 

Welcome to May!

What a beautiful May day we have here.  It’s overcast, just the way I like it.  Don’t get me wrong.  I like the sun.  But sometimes the prairie sky can be too bright for me.  It’s so intense in colour and brightness.

Yesterday Hubby and I had a delightful walk around Wascana Lake in the heart of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  You wouldn’t know that out in the middle of the Canadian prairies lay this jewel of a park that houses the lake.  We watched all kinds of ducks and geese coming and going about their business.  It was a magical time.

This past week I’ve been focusing on getting back to a normal sleep schedule and organizing 1500+ photos of South Korea.  I’m still working on both.  I want to get the photos organized so I can get started on my next wall hanging/rug.  I’m debating whether this one will be a floor mat or not.  I want to use my leftover worms for it.  We shall see.  It depends how the design works out.  So this week is photo week, sketch week, and possibly design week.

Just a few reminders…

My work is currently in a group show at the Art Gallery of Regina until Friday.

Also, I am planning to take part in the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair again this year on May 27th from 10 AM – 4 PM.  I received notification of where my booth will be located.  For people looking for me, I will be at the far end of the Fair between Montague and Athol streets on the south side of the street.  Maybe start walking the Fair from the Elphinstone Street end if you want to still have money and energy by the time you reach my booth!

In other news…I am being published for real this time.  The information has gone to press.  Stay tuned for further information.  I’ll believe it when I see the article in the magazine!

In my studio…

In my studio…

I will actually be OUT of my studio most of this week.  I have last minute Christmas shopping and grocery shopping to do.  I have three social events this week…at least.  I have two appointments. And when I’m home I have company, and my two online classes to finish up.

If I have time I will be…

~ posting more product to the website,
~ hooking on “Moss” for relaxation,
~ designing more wall hangings (okay, that’s probably a pipe dream, but we’ll see)

I hope everyone has a wonderful time this week preparing for the Holiday Season.  🙂

 

In my studio…

In my studio…

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I managed to partially pick up the mess in the studio Friday.  Spent most of the day working with Hubby to do a deep clean of the house before Christmas.  I try to do this every year before I decorate.

I decided to put up the Christmas tree last evening and managed it and a few major home decoration items on my own.  Still have a ways to go, but I’ll get there!  So, yeah, I’m in Christmas mode here.

Still thinking about rearranging artwork and hooked wall hangings on walls.

Today I’ll be dealing with organizing my business books.  Which means continuing to look for missing receipts.  I found some over the weekend, but I’m still missing a few.

I also hope this week to post most of my product on the new website.

I am in the mood to do more serious sketching of rug designs.  Different style.  We’ll see what happens.  They might make it to backing…or not.

Internet down

I’m posting from my iPhone. We’re having a doozy of a spring snowstorm here and power was out for a while. I cannot get our modem up and running again. 

So on today’s agenda is more hooking.  I did do some research yesterday on eagles for a wall hanging based on my youngest daughter’s poem. She wrote it in grade 9 I believe.  But I’ll leave it till I finish the wall hanging to share.  

I will also be sketching and planning more wall hangings. I badly need a new footstool cover and may work on that as well.  

In My Studio…

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This week the emphasis is on Blue-eyed Grass.

I also intend to put more patterns on backing.

And I intend to do some research and more detailed sketching for more poetry pieces.  We’ll see how that goes.

I also need to clean up my computer a bit.  My business email is out of control.  Plus I need to create a digital file of recent work completed.

It promises to be a busy week…

Weekly Review

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I finished Sprouts. And I started Blue-eyed Grass.

I removed most of the colour from the nylons, but need more RIT colour remover to finish the job.

I scoured my sketchbooks for more wall hanging ideas.  Will transfer some on backing today, as I still have to wait to pick up the RIT colour remover.   I will be spending some time sketching as well today.

I was to the opening of the Art Gallery of Regina 40th Salon Show this week.  It was a great evening celebrating a diversity of styles of art and craft.  My work showed well and I was pleased with how it was hung.  A big shout out to the people who made it happen.

It’s a nice sunny, warm day here today, and I hope to go outside with my camera.  Nothing like a little spring inspiration.

Have a great day everyone!

Inspiration Wednesday

Inspiration doesn’t only come from photos for me.  It also comes from other bloggers…and they don’t have to be rug hooking blogs either.  Here are a few blogs and blog posts I’ve been inspired by lately.

Elizabeth Barton’s Art and Quilts, cogitations thereon

Danny Gregory’s blog by the same name.

If you’re a knitter like I am as well, check out KnittingHelp.com for free videos on how to knit.

Anna Hergert’s Anna Hergert, Art & Design

Katie and Dori Hobbies Up To Here

If you are a stitcher or needlewoman, Sharon Boggins has a blog, Pintangle, with lots of inspiration and ideas.

And for a good change of pace I love to follow this blog out of the border country in Great Britain.

Finish Up Friday

Almost picked up at least...

Almost picked up at least…

I did manage a partial cleanup of my sunroom studio yesterday.  Today I need to finish the other half.

I did manage some sketching yesterday, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into it.  Still, I soldiered on because, well, you never know what might come out of those sketches…

I will be working on the Curves class piece today…and sketching some more.

"Beauty" is what I'm calling this piece.

“Beauty” is what I’m calling this piece.  It’s got a ways to go!

Finished!

Finished! Sixteen Christmas ornaments.

Finished! Sixteen Christmas ornaments.

I finally finished them today!  No sketching or Curves class project worked on.  But I did answer an awful lot of phone calls.

Tomorrow is looking like a serious tidying up of my studio.  Plus some sketching and fixing the Curves class project.  We’ll see.  I also have people coming to look at the sewer pipe situation to give a quote, and I have a medical appointment, and I have to pick up my new eye glasses.  Hmm…methinks tomorrow will be busy…

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Christmas Ornaments

The finished Christmas ornaments.

The finished Christmas ornaments.

Almost there!  I can’t believe I’m taking so long to finish these!  Four more to go today and I’m done.

Then it’s back to the Curves class piece…and sketching…

Deconstruction of the Curves class piece.

Deconstruction of the Curves class piece.

Side tracked…

Ready to be sewn together. :)

Ready to be sewn together. 🙂

Why do I do this to myself?!  Yesterday I was side tracked by figuring out numbers for retirement.  Hubby wants to retire soon, so I am crunching numbers to see how it will work.  Plus researching retirement options.  Spent most of yesterday afternoon on that.

In the evening I was on the phone.  We had a great time, so all is good.  I don’t do hand work in the evening anyway, due to the poor lighting in our house.  I really need to phone the Canadian distributor for Ott light bulbs and buy a replacement for my lamp.  I’m a bit nervous about a light bulb that expensive surviving the mail though! They are $65 each I’ve been told.

“The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide” by Dr. David Miklowitz. Good reading for anyone, let alone bipolar people. Helps you understand them a bit better. At least so far it’s helped me.

I also spent considerable time reading a library book called “The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide” by Dr. D. J. Miklowitz.  Bipolar disorder is in my extended family.  This appears to be a very good book that discusses not only bipolar, but illnesses that are close to it, and tells the reader how to determine the difference.  It also gives many case studies and real life examples, which are helpful in understanding the illness better.  There are also lots of quizzes to help a person determine where they stand.  I’ve only finished the first four chapters.  I am looking forward to reading this very worthwhile book.

Yesterday's sketchbook pages.

Yesterday’s sketchbook pages.  Still working on images from Craigdorrach Castle in Victoria, B.C.

In rug hooking yesterday:

  • I did manage to sketch for most of the morning,
  • block and press the hems in on the remaining Christmas ornaments, and
  • I prepared 4 more linings for them.

I need to prepare 8 more linings and sew them on. Today’s job, if I don’t get distracted, is to sew on the ribbon hangers and linings.

Eight more ready to add lining and hangers.

Eight more ready to add lining and hangers.

Works in Progress Wednesday

Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Ornaments

Hi all!  What am I up to?  I am working on the Christmas ornaments this week.  Variations of burgundy and gold.  Lots of fun and quick to do. 🙂

Also still working through my photos sketching interesting images.

Projects I’d like to work on…

  • The Barn, a studio piece from a plein air exercise,
  • The Creek, another studio piece from a plein air exercise,
  • a larger poppy wall hanging.

I’m finding myself drawn towards more abstract images these days. Well, actually close ups.  I am fascinated by what goes on in our lives and around us at the microscopic level.  I am a firm believer that it is the small things that matter in life – both in how we interact with people and in what is beneath our feet or in front of our eyes.  Small things are important.  They grow or support or build bigger things.

I discovered I love curves.  A lot of the images I am choosing to sketch from photos include scrolls and curves.  This surprises me.  I have been fond of straight lines for a long time now.  Maybe I am having a style shift?

Other upcoming projects?  I’m designing a mini-course on hooking curves, lettering, and different backgrounds. I am also looking at developing a course to show beginners how to design, transfer to backing, hook, and finish a piece.

For now…it is time to do some sketching and finishing of Christmas ornaments…

Ready to be cut apart and finished.

Ready to be cut apart and finished.

Our Anniversary

There were thousands of geese on this unnamed lake making an awful racket!

There were thousands of geese on this unnamed lake making an awful racket!

Lots happening now we’re back from vacation!  Sunday was our 35th wedding anniversary.  We had a blast!  We live near the Qu’Appelle River valley.  It’s a big valley that is home to many market gardens and a few quaint towns…one of which is Lumsden.  So we headed out to check out the market gardens and found a treasure trove of autumnal images…

Last Import - 1 of 16Last Import - 3 of 16Then headed to the Chinese restaurant in Lumsden for a very delicious meal, before heading home via the back roads and a small town called Pense.  We arrived home about time for tea and a nap.

We realized there was an art show on, so we hoofed to the Prairie Artist Guild’s Fall Show and Sale.  It was the third day of the sale and most of the good work was already sold.  But we were able to see some fine work, especially by Larry Jackson, a local watercolour artist.

In celebration of our anniversary we watched the first Star Wars movie that came out in the evening.  It was released in 1977, but was one of the first movies Hubby ever took me to when we were dating in 1979/80.

All in all a great day!

Yesterday I was back into the swing of things.  I took my Etsy shop off vacation mode, and posted ten more items for sale.

I also got back to sketching.  No twist crayons here, so I’m using watercolour pencils.  It feels a bit different.  A bit messier to control.  But still, it’s good practice to use different media.

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Birds of a Feather

Last Import - 1 of 1More sketching yesterday. Reading more of Simply Modern.

I met up with a rug hooker I met at the TIGHR Tri-ennial.  We had a great time sharing photos, showing each other our work, and chatting each other up about rug hooking.  I am looking forward to meeting her again. 🙂

Planning two more get togethers today with relatives.  Should be fun! 🙂

Simply Modern

More Sketching

Sketching doesn't have to be great art.  It just has to get the basic shapes and colours down.  Sometimes not even that.  I enjoy using my sketches as a base and "mixing it up" in my wall hangings.

Sketching doesn’t have to be great art. It just has to get the basic shapes and colours down. Sometimes not even that. I enjoy using my sketches as a base and “mixing it up” in my wall hangings.

Had a great time sketching more yesterday.  Took photos of interesting designs and shapes in the place we are staying.

I also read more of Simply Modern.  As well as more of Chronic Condition on Canada’s health care system.

We spent the evening visiting family and having a great time.

I am surrounded at Dad’s by lots of visual stimulation.  Lots of ideas for hooked wall art, and just plain art in general.  Lots of colour ideas too!  Really, ideas are all around us everywhere.  We just need to train our eyes to see them.  It helps to have a healthy dose of “what if…?”

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Sketching

Some sketches

Some sketches

I spent time yesterday going through some photos I’ve taken on the trip and sketching them in very simplified form using basic Twist Crayons I found at my dad’s place.  It’s been a while since I made time to sketch.  I discovered lots of designs for wall hangings.  I am going to have to do this on a regular basis.  I am still suffering from too many ideas and not enough time to hook!

Yesterday we also hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for some of Hubby’s family at my dad’s.  We did a quick shopping trip and had people coming bring something – a potluck Thanksgiving.  We had way too much food, so I sent lots home with people.

Spent time organizing my week.  Today will be another slow day.  We’re heading off to visit some family.  We’ll see what transpires beyond that.  Maybe more sketching…

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Saturday Review

WIP-RS-11Hi all!  Well I finished hooking Ripening Saskatoons.  Made a few small changes, but it’s done now.  Will spend time blocking and hemming it this weekend as Hubby is working.  Might even sew the hanging sleeve on by the end of the weekend. 🙂

Baby-SetAlso finished off the baby hat to go with the baby sweater.  The pompom is not as full as I’d like it, but I ran out of yarn for it.  This little project used up a lot of my hand dyed cochineal yarn, as well as some hand spun.  Best of all, it inspired another spinner and knitter to make one as well. 🙂

This week was punctuated with company that resulted in some inspiring trips to an art gallery and two museums.   I am going to spend some time with my sketchbook and playing around to see if I can come up with some new designs.

My next hooking projects will be poppies for a while.  Small ones to start.  Then a couple medium sized ones…just in case anyone gets a hankering for larger poppies. 🙂  I want to prepare for the Traditions exhibit in November.

Saturday Review

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Okra – 12″ x 12″ – $150 CAD

Weyburn fibre art show, Join the Thread, is at Signal Hill Art Centre in July and August!  Be sure to check it out!  See Okra and Paisley Prairie Sky in person!  Check out the fibre art all over town!  I am planning to go there myself. 🙂 rose-hips-1This week’s main achievement was to finish Rose Hips.

Wascana Creek

Wascana Creek

Aside from that I managed a bit of plein air hooking by the creek.

I spent a lot of time preparing for our trip.

fabric-4-kitsI did pull out fibre for student kits, but did not have time to put them together.

Due to a sudden thunderstorm and hail, and the fact I was busy packing, I did not make the Dimensions 2015 opening reception last evening.  That, plus Hubby had to take our car to do some last minute shopping.

I decided to take some sketching supplies with me on our trip. 🙂 Also hoping to squeeze some rug hooking supplies in the car for the trip, but not sure there will be room.

Moose and Mountains - Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern -18 x 31

Moose and Mountains – Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern -18 x 31″

Other news?  USPS has officially declared Moose & Mountains lost in the mail.  I had to refund the buyer this week and Canada Post is sending me a cheque to cover its value. I’m glad I bought insurance.

I requested that Moose & Mountains be returned to me if ever found. So if anyone sees it, please photograph it in situ and let me know. I will contact the proper authorities. My email is <jo6865@gmail.com>.

Also my plein air pieces for Sauder Village are safely stateside and on their way to a fellow rug hooker to get to the camp at the proper time.

Lots of business stuff this past week, not much hooking.  Hope to do more hooking in the weeks to follow.  🙂

Week in Review

This Week was not as productive as I had hoped it would be.  What did I accomplish?

  • Managed a fair bit of hooking on Goldfish.
  • Did some sketching.
  • Listened to some of Creative Insurgents.
  • Reading Coaching the Artist Within.
  • Doing a sales analysis of last year’s sales.
  • Received some new hoops for beginners, fibre to spin, and a Moshimer hook.
  • Sorted out my GST return.
  • Drew spring wall hangings on backing.
  • Spent time becoming familiar with my new iPhone.

Posted early

Well that was interesting. What I thought was a draft post posted early on me last night. But that’s okay. It helped my stats considerably. ?

Today I have a full day to be a rug hooker! I love my Tuesdays! I won’t make my frame by nine, but I sure hope to be at it by ten.

Today I am also drawing spring inventory on backing. These are small pieces other than Prairie Sky wall hangings. I’m looking forward to more Crabapple Spring and regular green Spring rugettes.

I think I need to hunker down and do some Autumn wall hangings too. People have asked for those in the past.

Plus I need to do some analysis of sales figures last year.

And I will be sketching, reading, and listening to Creative Insurgents podcasts.

Last evening I settled down to update my calendar with deadlines for this year. Planning to make time to finish all my hooking for the exhibits I hope to participate in. Next up is to lay out the actual hooking time and schedule it so I actually know what of my time needs to be protected. I have a tendency to take on too much.

What’s everyone else up to today? Am I the only one who has a tendency to take on more than she can handle? How do you all manage your time to get things done?

In my studio

WIP-Goldfish-3I managed some work on Goldfish this weekend, in-between company.  I also drew some more Prairie Sky wall hangings on backing.

My goals this week?

  1. Hook on “Goldfish”,
  2. Draw some spring wall hangings on backing,
  3. Consider approaching a couple more shops for sales,
  4. Photograph “Above the Garage” and “Geraniums” and send the photos and info in for jurying to the Sauder Village Plein Air exhibit,
  5. Listen to some online videos and podcasts on the art business,
  6. Maybe hook some on the Prairie Sky wall hangings (depends how much I do on Goldfish),
  7. Sketch daily.

I am waiting for more backing to come in the mail so I can sketch out my second piece for Dimensions 2015 and pieces for the Join the Thread exhibit in Weyburn this summer.  I have also been toying with the idea of entering a piece for jurying into Fabrications this fall.  It is on over the winter of 2015/2016.

Friday Fun

ChoclateYuuummmmy…chocolate!  Hardened, but chocolate none-the-less.  Don’t the patterns it makes just spike your creative juices?  I spent some time with my sketchbook and photos yesterday…simplifying photos and seeing where I could find designs to hook. This chocolate was one of my subjects.

I also hooked more on Goldfish.

And I finalized cleaning up my 2014 files and receipts to make way for 2015.  Does anyone else file this early?  My year end is December 31st and I always struggle to get all my sales reports on time to file for PST (provincial sales tax), which has to be paid by Jan. 20th.  I am at a loss how to handle this.  Because I do not receive my final December sales reports from one of the shops until well after the deadline.

A busy day today.  Gym and two sets of company – one local and one overnight guest from out-of-town.  I will see if I can manage any rug hooking related activities. 🙂

A quick post

OPIF Poster

We are on the road today to Saskatoon to the Affinity Gallery for the opening reception of Our Prairie in Fibre.  I am taking my camera and sketchbook.  I also have some printouts from The Thriving Artist Summit I want to read through and decide if the contents have any pertinence to me or not.  We will see what I can do on the road today. 

The weather is a balmy 0°C. There is going to be snow and a risk of freezing rain late this afternoon. Hubby and I are wanting to be in Saskatoon by then. We may be staying overnight.

Finished the hanging systems for Lost Soul and Prairie Sky yesterday.

Also took an inventory of my cards.  I know what I need to reorder for this year.

Still talking to the accountant’s assistant about my taxes.  I really am not ready to do taxes this early in the year, and yet the provincial Finance Department is insisting on the PST payment by January 20th.  That kind of catapults everything.  I don’t get my final sales records for 2014 from one of the shops till after the 20th.  So I am always carrying income over from one year to the next.  Oh well.  If that’s the way they want to be, that’s what they’re going to get.