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In my studio…or out…

Hi everyone!  Short post today.  We’re off to South Korea by the end of the week.  I am not sure I’ll have time to post while I’m gone.  If not, be prepared for an onslaught of photos when I return in a couple of weeks.  I’m looking forward to eating lots of bulgolgi, bibimbap, and galbi.  Might even fit in some japchae.  We’ll see.  I also hear the seafood is great there, and I certainly could use more of that in my diet!

Aside from the food I am looking forward to some serious fabric shopping at Dongdaemun Market.  We are going to the big tourist market at Insadong, but I’m not all that interested in souvenirs at elevated prices.  We’ll see though.  I might be pleasantly surprised.

Mostly my goal is to come home with a plethora of visual images for my rug hooking.  I will be taking those up at various venues.  We plan to visit two palaces, a Buddhist temple, two markets at least, two embroidery museums, a quilt & textile museum, a live performance, and a national museum, and that’s just some of what we are planning to do in Seoul.  We are also traveling to Busan and Gyeongju with our ex-boarder and she is going to show us around in those cities.  We’ve left all the planning for those up to her.  Busan is her home town, and Gyeongju is an historical site for all of Korea.  I am anticipating a fun, informative, busy, and tiring couple of weeks!

Weekly Review – Moss

I finished hooking “Moss” late tonight.  I purposely put off typing this blog post till it was finished!  There is no excuse for it not being finished long before this.  But there you go.  I started it in September of 2016 and finished it in April 2017.  That is pretty slow going for me.  Though I did manage to get this website up and running in there.

“Moss” is, like “Dancing Tree”, an actual tree along the shoreline of Victoria, BC, this time down in the Oak Bay area.  We stopped at a viewpoint nearby to gaze out at the ocean under leaden gray skies.  It did rain eventually, as it is wont to do on Vancouver Island in the Fall.  But my, I do love Vancouver Island!

I’m taking a break from hooking rug until we are back from South Korea.  Who knows what kind of inspiration I’ll find there and what direction it will take my work.

I notice while I am very interested in nature, I am often more interested in man’s interaction with nature.  My prairie canola fields under the bright blue skies, the children in a quinzhee or playing in a mud puddle, parks here in the city, a tree in full autumn foliage with a garage roof poking into the frame, a planted garden sprouting.  Hmm…something to think about.  I may end up re-writing my artist statement.

On the business side of things, I dropped off my business books this week so the accountant could do my taxes for me.

I’ve also had a magazine express an interest in writing about my work.  But we shall see.  The last time this did not pan out, so no more information unless it does!  They did send a few questions to ask me.  I’m hoping they rewrite my answers and don’t publish them verbatim!

 

In my studio – Art Gallery of Regina

Hubby and I wandered over to the Art Gallery of Regina on the weekend to check out the Salon Show and Sale with fewer people around.  We took the opportunity to snap a few photos as well.  The show seems to be going well.

I am not fond of the way they wanted my work hung, but in order to meet the conditions of being in the show there was no alternative but to follow their directions.  They wanted all work hung from one nail, mine with a cord.  I prefer a hidden hanging system for my work and hang it that way at home.  I use two cup hooks at either side, just behind the edges of the wall hanging, and slip my hanging rods into those.  I think the cord and one nail cheapens the look of my work, and am not happy with it.

I hooked more this weekend.  “Moss” is coming along fine.  I should be finished hooking it by the end of the week.

Other than that, I’m busy switching to Korean time early to give me more time to enjoy the trip while I’m there.  I currently arise around 1 PM and go to bed around 4 AM.  It gives me lots of peace and quiet to think and read…and to watch the odd movie!  Ultimately my goal is to go to bed at 7 AM and get up at 3 or 4 PM.  Time is short to make that shift.

I am also getting my walking legs back in shape.  I see from our proposed schedule that there will be a lot of walking in South Korea.  So I am putting in a couple hours a day walking.  Thankfully I live in a good neighborhood for walking, though there aren’t many hills to practice climbing.  South Korea is quite mountainous, especially around Seoul, Busan, and Gyeongju, where we will be.

This week I’ll continue to hook on “Moss” and prepare for South Korea.  I have to provide my books to the accountant to do my business taxes while we’re gone, so it will be a busy week.  And I need to pick up an extra SD card for my DSLR camera.  It will be a productive week I hope.  But come Friday I’ll have fewer daytime hours to do things in.  I want everything purchased for the trip by then.

 

 

Weekly Review

I am doing fine trying to make a pre-trip time change.  I’m up till 3 AM these days and not awake till about 10 or 11 AM.  Halfway to Korean time.

I’ve been hooking on “Moss” this week.  It’s coming along fine.  I’m planning to be finished the hooking in a week’s time.

And I’m still working on a business plan.  I’m actually more of a visual person, so I suspect this plan will take the form of a vision board.

Test Post

I’m preparing to leave my laptop at home for our trip to South Korea.  This is a post done via my iPad to see if I’ve figured out how to post a blog post to my .ca site.  

On a rug Hooking note, I have been Hooking more on “Moss”. I’m getting excited to see the finished wall hanging!

Weekly Review – Loose Ends

I am busy preparing for our trip to South Korea in April.  Looking forward to new scenery and meeting friends and new people.  As a result I am tying up loose ends.  I am busy hooking more on “Moss” and hope to finish the hooking before I go.  I’m two thirds finished.

This week I finished preparing for the final From Start to Finish class tomorrow. I have to hook one more sample for me to demonstrate to my student, but that should not take long.

I spent this morning filling an ETSY order.  Just to let people know, I’ll be shutting down my ETSY shop gradually this spring and summer.  People will have to order from here on my website if they want my work, visit the SCC Fine Craft Boutique in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, or visit me in person at my studio (please contact me for an appointment).  I will maintain my presence on LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.  But my main focus will be Facebook and here on www.jeanottosen.ca .  I have nothing against Etsy.  I am just trying to streamline my online business.

I will be changing things around on my blog for awhile to see what works for my readers.  I have had a drop in readership since switching to the new blog.  Not sure what the issue is, but it is a significant drop, so I will be messing with things to see if I can get it back up there.

Hubby and I walked over to the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale opening night Wednesday evening.  It was filled with people!  The exhibit is really good this year.  I encourage people to head over to the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre to take a look.  Afterwards we went to a nearby restaurant, La Bodega, for a decadent chocolate fondue for two and a cup of tea.

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

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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.

 

Home!

Here’s a bit of a video blog of what I did on my vacation.  Just trying this medium to see how it works…

We had a great time stopping at the Hwy. 1 Studio Tour on the way to Alberta.  Stopped at the Station House for lunch in Herbert, SK.  Made it as far as Swift Current, SK the first day. 🙂

After that we spent a lot of time checking in with family in Alberta.  Our trip home was memorable.  It was overcast, but did not snow…technically.  There were “snow showers” in Regina when we arrived.

We had a blast, stopping at The Root in Lloydminster for lunch.

And we stopped in McNally Robinson at the Prairie Ink for a light supper. Plus an hour of browsing books at the bookstore! 🙂

Back at it tomorrow…

Timmy's

So here we are at the quintessential Canadian coffee and donut shop, Tim Horton’s. Taking our time going up the highway to Edmonton.   We’re driving ahead of snow, but Dad is having a good snooze now. We don’t want to wake him up by arriving early. We’re close enough we’re thinking of an IKEA pit stop.  Thinking of fibre stores to visit in Edmonton.