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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!

Later…

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!

No rug hooking today…

Today we start on this walk and shrub bed …

The front walk and shrubs that have to be removed this weekend.

The front walk and shrubs that have to be removed this weekend.

which have to be removed from the front yard.  Our sewer and water lines need to be replaced. 🙁

Driving Day

A busy day driving and visiting family.  Took the 8 AM ferry from Vancouver Island to the mainland.  Drove through to Kamloops, and then Salmon Arm to visit family.  On our way to Jasper tomorrow.

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!

Internet out

Our local Wi Fi is down. I’m using my iPhone to connect. Could be short posts till it’s fixed in the next couple of days. 😕. Hope everyone is having a better day than we are!  We are having windy and rainy weather.

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”!