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

Okra - 12

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.