Weekend Happenings

Weekend Happenings

Good afternoon everyone!  It’s been a good weekend. Lots of Christmas preparations happening.  Mostly cooking and baking for the freezer.  But I also put up a small tree in my studio.

I decided to go with a traditional Christmas theme of red, green, gold and cream for the main floor.  We’ll see how that pans out.  I made a list of surfaces I’d like to decorate.  Unfortunately I still think we’re a bit light on decorations.  I also cannot find the candles…which is really bugging me.  I had a good sized stash of them.  They were with other decor in a clear bin…somewhere…

I finished hemming, making hanging sleeves, and attaching them to both “The Weave” and “Where Are We Going?”  I created labels for them, but am waiting for paint to dry before printing them out…literally.  Hubby painted the entryway and stairwell with primer today.  I’m waiting for it to dry before I attempt to go to my studio for my fabric sheets to run through the printer!

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Take care and have a great week!

Finish It Up Friday!

Finish It Up Friday!

Good morning everyone!  I had a successful week in the rug hooking department this week.  I finally steamed, blocked and hemmed “Gyeongju”. I still have to create a hanging system for it.  I have all the stuff to do it. I just have to make the time to do it.

I’m also finishing up “Time”. I’m currently embroidering rust coloured flowers up vines on the hourglass. I would like to be finished by next Friday.

In other news The rest of our kitchen cabinets finally came from IKEA. It’s been a long haul, taking four months to receive it all.  Now we are shopping for countertop and flooring.

The landscaper emailed to let me know they’re coming next week mid-week to rip out our old lawn before putting in new. The City has yet to raise the height of the water shutoff valve. I’m putting off the kitchen until the yard is finished.

I’ve been busy preparing for the Wild Wonder conference on nature journaling.  It runs from June 23 – 27.  It will be 14 hour days for me. From noon our time to 2:30 AM.  That is going to be tough. I may not make the midnight to 2:30 AM session.  The sessions all sound wonderful, so I signed up for every single one. I am going to be tired, busy and hopefully happy. At the very least, satisfied!  The cost for me was $95US.

This weekend I’m looking forward to yard work. We need to do more weeding. I’m also looking forward to at least one evening of company for supper and games, if they are available.

If you have been, thanks for reading.  I hope you all have a great weekend!

Weekly Plans

Weekly Plans

Good morning all!  The first storm is ending and we have a brief reprieve before the second one hits tonight   It’s good weather for staying indoors and working on some projects.

What’s on my plate this week?  In a nutshell…rug hooking.

Today I’m focusing on the market tote bag. I’m just finishing the mandala on the first side. Now to work on the second side.

I’m taking a break in between to finalize a design for my daughter’s poem “Time”. I think I’m going to design an elaborate hourglass. This will be a bit different from my usual projects. I am envisioning some embellishments on the finished piece. However I finish it, I know what direction I’m heading in now.

As for my fraktur class, I think I have a workable pattern now. I’m not entirely happy with the placement of one element, and I may change it. I think the success of the design will be in my colour choices.

Well, that’s the direction my week is heading. I hope everyone is having a great day! We’re still shovelling out…

Monday Morning

Good evening everyone! 🙂 We are in the full swing of Christmas here. Friday night we were at a friend’s place, decorating, enjoying a wonderful lasagna, and playing games.

Saturday we were out for a walk and I was thinking about Christmas cards and gifts. We also got into the last of the Christmas baking – a lemon tea loaf I had in the freezer. I’m not baking anything else till just before Christmas, if then. Hubby and I just like it entirely too much!

Sunday I made a decision. I wrapped a few last minute gifts and mailed a few last minute greeting cards. Yes, I still mail greeting cards. They are ones I’ve had made of my wall hangings. People are so surprised to get them. I like the process of picking a certain design for a certain person, writing the card, and mailing it.

Sunday Hubby mentioned I hadn’t been doing any hooking lately. He’s correct. I’ve been busy with other things. However he’s after a particular wall hanging to go over our electric fireplace after New Year’s. It won’t be ready then, even if I hooked straight through from now to then. I am taking a bit of a break.

During this break I am busy continuing to downsize. I am sorting through items my children might want to give to them.

Today we were at one daughter’s to deliver her Christmas gift. She is working most of Christmas. Then our second daughter dropped by our place for her gift. She, too, is working Christmas. It will be a quiet Christmas, though there are tentative plans to make Zoom calls. But I have a feeling Zoom will be overwhelmed. We’ll see. We may have to make do with a phone call.

Well, that’s it from here. I still have all the sewing, quilting and rug hooking to do…probably after Christmas. Have a great week everyone!

Back home again!

Back home again!

A wonderful trip to the Maritimes everyone! We’re back home safe and sound.

I did fit in a bit of rug hooking on the trip. My daughter’s nineteen year old kitchen rug needed a new binding. Thanks to the help of online friends on the Wooly Mason Jar Facebook group I was able to find some Briggs & Little yarn to bind it. My daughter is very happy with the new herringbone edge.

I also was to the Hooked Rug Museum of North America, which I told you about in a previous post. Plus I was able to visit the Belfast Mini Mills to spend some birthday money on dyed roving to spin, or not, for my wall hangings.

Ah! I forgot to tell you my 60th birthday was while I was away. My younger sister, her Husband and daughter went all out. My brother, his wife, her sister, and her husband were also there. As was my eldest daughter and her husband! It was a full table with eleven of us for supper! My sister decided it warranted two birthday cakes: one chocolate and one white. But not just any white cake! My niece made a lemon blueberry pound cake of her own recipe, and glazed it with vanilla frosting. It was to die for! So yummy and moist. Don’t bother to request the recipe – she isn’t sharing.

I was able to reconnect with a cousin I hadn’t seen since childhood. That was cool. Turns out his partner is from a place my eldest sister has visited. We were meeting at my eldest sister’s place. She and my cousin’s partner had a great time talking about her home stomping grounds.

Now we’re home it’s time to get caught up around here. Today is household chores and make appointments day. Have a great rest of the week everyone!

Enjoying Our Break!

We’ve been travelling the Maritimes the last week, and will be for another while. We’re really enjoying thenice weather, beautiful fall scenery, fresh local produce, and friendly people.

We enjoyed a few days in Moncton area. I met up with rug hooker Gwen Dixon at the Moncton Market. It was great meeting you Gwen! I love the colours in Gwen’s work!

My family from Moncton area took us on a walk through some woods near Riverview. The trails had steep hills on them. I was wondering if this out of shape prairie girl could do them! I managed.

We also checked out the Homestead Restaurant for a wonderful meal of local fare. I Had fish cakes with chow, turnips and carrots, coleslaw, and a wild blueberry pie with ice-cream. Yum!

Family took us up the coast to see the Irving Memorial Chapel and Jean Irving Plantation. What a great variety of trees! We also went to walk part of the Bouctouche sand dunes.

Mostly we spent time catching up with family. Same as in Halifax. We made a mad dash to that fair city Sunday afternoon. We only stopped briefly at the very overcrowded and understaffed Masstown Market. The grapenut ice-cream, cheese bagels, and fresh strawberries made up for it though.

We took our adult children on a trip out the South Shore Bridgewater way. We stopped at Peggy’s Cove, the memorial for Swiss Air flight 111, the Hooked Rug Museum of North America, and Lunenburg along the way.

Family deserted me for the beach when we got to the museum! I had a great chat with Linda, the volunteer that day. I bought a lovely Lollipop Flowers rug made by a lady in Ontario. Thank-you!

We headed inland to South Brookfield and then south to Milton and back to Halifax on the main highway.

Part of the purpose of our trip is to scout out various communities and neighbourhoods to see where we might live. We checked in with a realtor the other day and spent over an hour discussing the situation. It could be a busy winter.

Last evening we were doing laundry at one of my daughter’s places. I found an old rug I had hooked on her kitchen floor, sadly in need of repair. The herringbone whipping had finally worn through after nineteen years!

The rug is now in my possession. I spent time today washing it, and pulling the remains of the old whipping off. We also went to Atlantic Fabrics in Dartmouth for some Briggs & Little Heritage yarn to re-whip the edge. I took time to hand wind it into a ball and then started whipping.

Our trip has been pretty busy so far. Hubby wants to sightsee tomorrow. I’m ready for some rest. I really want to finish whipping this rug before I leave. We’ll see what actually transpires!

New Restart Date

Hi everyone! The house did not sell during this summer. We are disappointed, but being realistic. We knew this was a possibility when we listed. The housing market in Regina has been very slow.

As a result Hubby and I are looking at taking the house off the market and doing a few renovations this winter. We have a short list and a longer list, based on priority and how long we plan to stay here. We are actually contemplating not moving at all. Rather, use the money we’d spend on moving on visiting our daughters and family down east annually. The decision, ultimately, will be made by our health.

At any rate, if the house does not sell by the end of the month we will be pulling it off the market, and pulling our stuff out of storage.

At that point my online store will be open for business!

I encourage people to call me after November 1st if you want anything from the shop. I do have supplies not listed online in the shop. Use the contact me form on the contact page to inquire.

Have a great week everyone!

Baking Spree

Baking Spree

Company coming and friends in need of help. So a friend and I spent yesterday afternoon baking.

We made: Saskatoon Lemon Bran Muffins, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Lemon Tea Loaf, Butter Tarts, Pinwheels, and Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns. Previously I had baked a batch of Oatmeal Cookies. I’ll split all this up between us and our friends.

Aside from the baking, as soon as we finish taking current company to visit their family, and help with our friends, we will be taking a bit of a break.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Fall. We are! Despite the house not selling. We are sorting through options now, trying to decide what to do. Likely this winter will involve some renovations.

Have a great week everyone!

I’m here!

I’m here!

Just a bit busy with extended family stuff. Still going to the gym three times a week.

Lately I’ve been knitting the Drop Stitch Scarf up. I’m over half done. I have several balls of the silk/alpaca left. I’m thinking a hat and fingerless mitts are in order. I’m looking forward to the next project.

I am done spinning half the purple singles for the yarn to hook into the South Korea rug. Need to get to storage for my spinning bobbins.

Have a great day everyone!

Summer Living

I’m in the park, waiting for Hubby to get back from taking a young friend to her driving exam. I decided to go for a walk while waiting. There is time to notice lots of design possibilities around me.

Life is good right now. The house hasn’t sold yet, but we’re hopeful. The realtors are all saying it shows very well. But the buyer’s aren’t biting. I figure it’s just a matter of time.

Health-wise I am stable right now. That is good. I have two out of four doctors on board about the move. The other two are not crucial, but would be nice to have their input.

Artistically I haven’t done much. Mostly it’s browsing online for ideas and reading about other artists. I’m really discouraged with everything in storage. I have a knitting project, a needlepoint project, and a Hardanger embroidery project out to work on. I’m frustrated by all of them at the moment. I just want my rug hooking back! Sigh.

I’ve been trying to eat less heavy foods lately. So we’re eating less red meat and more vegetables. It’s nice. I notice higher energy levels.

Having said that, I admit to buying the fixings to make homemade butter pecan ice-cream and strawberry ice-cream. I modified the ingredients list to be more milk and less cream. Also less sugar. Tastes almost like Korean Bingsu. Yum!

I hope this post finds everyone enjoying the summer. Take care.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone. I hope you are enjoying the Season of Christmas. I’ve pleasantly surprised myself by having all my gifts finished by last Friday. I still have to wrap a couple of them. However, everything is taken care of. 🙂

We’ve been enjoying Christmas concerts, Christmas Nativity displays, Christmas carols, Christmas plays, early Christmas gifts, Christmas baking, and especially, our friends and family. Thanks everyone! We love you all!

In case you hadn’t guessed, I’m one of those people who loves Christmas. I realize it isn’t the best time of year for a lot of people, and my heart goes out to them. But for me, I’m happy to have something positive to celebrate in the middle of the long dark nights we have here in Canada’s winter.

This year we will be celebrating Christmas with friends over a traditional Korean meal of Jukejang (Hot and Spicy Beef Soup) and Bossom (Spicy Pork and Vegetables). We are also making Sweet Potatoes with Almond Syrup (the Korean name escapes me), and we plan on making a variety of vegetable side dishes called Namul. We have two different styles of kimchi, plus Daanmuji (a spicy pickled radish). I think, after all that spicy food, which will be served with lots of rice, we will simply have fresh fruit for dessert.

Our entertainment is games all day. In the evening more people will join us and we will have more games and fun. Some people will stay overnight and we plan to carry festivities into Boxing Day.

Creatively, I did do a lot of knitting in December, but as it is mostly gifts, I can’t show you photos till after Christmas. 🙂

I also posted some fibre bundles for sale on my website store. I didn’t accomplished near as much as I hoped because I was having too much fun with family, friends, and Christmas. Sorry to my shoppers, but honestly, family and friends come first for me. If you see anything in my online shop you want, and you’re nearby, give me a shout or email and we can arrange a time for you to come visit and look through my boxes of fibre. Nothing like a move to make you realize how much fibre you have!

I’ve pulled out an original hooked rug pattern to work on in the new year. After a year’s break from actual rug hooking I cannot stand it anymore. I have to unpack stuff to hook. Sorry Honey! My cutter is next to find and unpack. Living out of boxes is no fun, and we’ve been doing it since February 2018.

I sincerely hope this post finds people in a good place emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically for Christmas. May there be peace wherever you are, and may the true meaning of Christmas be in your hearts and the faces of those you meet this Christmas season. Many hugs and best wishes for a very…

Merry Christmas

to one and all.

Hello World!

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Welcome to my new website! 

It is currently under construction.

I hope to have it active by January 1st, 2017.

Until then, if you are interested in seeing more of my work, catching up with what I’m doing, or purchasing work or supplies, check out my blog at jeanottosen.com and my Etsy shop at JLT Studios.

Work is also available through the SCC Fine Craft Boutique in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

A nice surprise!

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Moose and Mountains – Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern -18 x 31″ – $450CAD

It’s been an interesting week.  Look who came home!  Yep, Moose & Mountains found its way from my place in Regina, to O’Hare International Processing Centre in Chicago, and then we lost track of it.  It was supposedly heading for South Carolina, but never showed up.  That was last spring.

Fast forward to September.  I am on my business page on Facebook one day when a post appears.  A lady named Alice had Moose & Mountains in Philadelphia!

The story is it actually showed up in a shipment to a Philadelphia auto shop.  They didn’t know what it was, but knew Alice to be a crafty lady.  So they gave it to her to deal with.  She did an Internet search and, with a bit of sleuthing, turned up my business page on Facebook.

However that’s not the end of the story.  Alice went away for holidays and I didn’t hear from her for a long time.  I figured the wall hanging was gone for good.  Imagine my delight at seeing an email from Alice last weekend saying she was sending it via UPS and it should arrive in two days!  Well, it took four, but it arrived…safe and sound!  Thank-you Alice!…and UPS!

So now it is adorning the back of my living room love seat.  I look at it and marvel at where it’s been and the power of the Internet.  So glad the lost is found.  Moral of story: use UPS to ship items to the USA.

They’re coming today

Today is the day.  The excavators are coming to dig up my sewer and water line and jackhammer out part of the basement. I won’t get much done. But hopefully that job will be finished by tonight. We’ll see.  Off to get up and get ready. Have a great day everyone!


Last Import - 1 of 1 (1)A very bad photo taken quickly out the front door.  They’re still at it 10 hours later.  We will have water and sewer by the time they leave they say.  They also say this has been one of the worst jobs they’ve had in 20 years of experience.  Tomorrow they come back to fill in the hole in the basement floor and the front yard.

I am shuddering thinking of the bill.  But we did get a quote up front, so hopefully it won’t be too far off.  Though they did admit they had to dig out more of the basement than they thought, and that would “cost a few hundred extra”.  Welcome to our house!

Wednesday Happenings

Not sure what’s going on today. I’m flying by the seat of my pants, as we say here.  I am playing hooky and hanging out with a friend.  I hope to get to crafting this afternoon and take my knitting.  We’ll see. 

Hope everyone has a grand day!

Back Home!

Back home and taking a short break before heading onto my next project.  I think I will be dyeing fibre next week to get the right shades and number of shades for the unripe saskatoon wall hanging. 🙂  Lots of light green coming up…

A review of the week reveals I did zero sketching, some photography, and some checking out of galleries in Alberta.  I mostly spent time with family and celebrating the life of my rug hooking teacher – a truly talented and phenomenal woman.

Tomorrow I will be doing laundry and re-organizing for next week.  Monday I will have to do some banking.  This is good.  I received payment for Moose & Mountains from Canada Post, bless their souls, and a check from one of the shops selling my work.  I’d rather have Moose & Mountains, but I guess the money for it is better than nothing.

Up and at ’em

Everyone is bouncing around overhead, so I guess it’s time to get up.  It’s 8 AM.  We’re in Edmonton right now.  We’re off to check out galleries and the public library today.  Also off to visit lots of extended family this evening.  I think I’ll reserve this afternoon for a nap!  We had a late night last night. 🙂

Didn’t think I’d have time to post

Here it is.  Saturday.  The day of the big Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair.  And I’m ready about half an hour early!

Had a great time yesterday at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Social Media Workshop follow up.  Learned how to link Instagram to my Facebook business page and Twitter.  Learned I definitely need to caption all my photos on Instagram for Twitter!  Managed to receive record post reach on my Facebook business account.  Thanks for liking and sharing posts folks!  We also talked about some topics we could post on Facebook business pages and blogs.

This was followed by a lovely potluck dinner, a video, and lots of fun chatting and getting to know people.

I came home and Hubby and I packed the car to take all my stuff to the Street Fair today.

Today my goal is to survive the street fair and enjoy it!  It will be hot today, which will mean high attendance.   Usually if the weather is good the street fair can see up to 10,000 people coming through.  It can be crowded.

Well, hope everyone has a great day!  And if you’re local or in the area, stop by the booth at 13th and Rae St. (near the alley), introduce yourself and say “hi”!

Day Off

Hubby is off work today, and so I will be too. Lots of running around to do.  Hubby needs a new laptop and I may as well.  Yesterday we went and bought an external hard drive. I spent the evening and late afternoon transferring photos from my laptop. I am nowhere near finished.  I will continue that today. 

We also picked up a separate DVD playing device as my DVD player hasn’t worked on my laptop since before Christmas. We’ll hook that up today to my computer. Hubby had it working fine with his PC last evening.

Hopefully these two items will mean we can buy more affordable laptops.  It was going to cost me $700 extra to get 500 GB on a laptop.  And it cost us $190 for a 3TB external hard drive we can both use.

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