Finishing Up

Finishing Up

Good morning everyone!  This week I finished hooking a couple more small Parker’s Cove fishing shack pieces. I am pausing to finish the ones I’ve hooked.  Then I’ll move on. I’m about at the halfway point with this series. I’m still enjoying them immensely. They are such cheerful buildings to hook.  I have hooked 14 pieces so far.

I also spent time sketching the remaining shacks.  Though I do believe I have a couple more to go.  I have the backing cut and prepared for transferring patterns.  Next up is to transfer them.

I arranged for a photographer to take photos of some of my hooked pieces in late June.  Hopefully that will include some of the Parker’s Cove series. I currently want photos of 50 pieces for my website and portfolio.

I have been busy updating my CV and resumé. Time slips away from me easily.  It’s been five years since I updated it. I also need to work on my artist statement.  Plus, it’s been a long time since I updated my portfolio.

Lots happening!  If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great week everyone!

 

Blog Review & Changes Afoot

Blog Review & Changes Afoot

Good evening everyone. I have been working on a lot of projects around here, so am backing off my blog for a bit.  I’ll be going to a once a week post on Mondays.  Most of my readers check-in on Tuesdays, so that should give them something to read throughout the week.

One of the projects I’m focusing on right now is the Boucherouite of course. It is almost finished hooking. While I enjoyed it, it’s definitely time to move on.

To that end I’ll be working on “The Farm” simultaneously with more Parker’s Cove pieces. I am still wanting to do the Parker’s Cove series and have some creative ideas for framing them.  We’ll see what transpires.

Aside from that, I’ve been laying low as far as online hook-ins have gone this week.  I’m busy learning new things here. I am looking forward to showing some progress on projects Monday.

Weekly Review

Weekly Review

Good day everyone!  The Boucherouite rug is progressing.

I worked on ”The Farm” this week.  I embroidered leaf veins to hold background leaves in place.  I used a technique called proddy to create 3D leaves of different shapes and sizes.  I purchased some beads to use as berries.  I’ve done a lot of research on techniques for this piece.

Four more Parker’s Cove patterns are ready to be hooked.  I was looking for fishing rope to devise a unique finishing technique…possibly using knots.  A friend came through in spades.  I am using an old book that predates 1918 for knot ideas.  It’s titled “Knots, Ties and Splices” by J. Tom Burgess.

I had good intentions of repairing “The Wedding (?) Rug”. However, my Fraser 500 wool stripper (strip cutter) broke.  I’m waiting for better weather to connect with someone who might be able to repair it.  We’re supposed to have another winter storm this weekend.  Meanwhile a friend has the right size cutter wheel and will cut the necessary strips for me.

Charlie Dalton, guest speaker on the In The Studio seminar series this month, gave a great talk!  He talked about his journey to becoming a rug hooker and how he drew his inspiration from past and present artists.  Then he gave us a grand overview of his work.  It was a very interesting and inspiring story!  Thank-you Charlie and In The Studio!

I’m almost finished reading “Color Choices” by Stephen Quiller.  I actually borrowed this book for the last two or three chapters in it, but found the first chapter so fascinating I kept reading from the beginning!  It’s a new way of looking at the colour wheel for me.

I’ve been busy working my way through Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” with a group of ladies in Beth Miller’s Parris House Creative Community on Mighty Networks.  It’s been very good so far.

I am really enjoying the supportive community Beth Miller is developing on Mighty Networks.  Beth has demonstrations and Crafternoons planned every month, and finishing days quarterly.  There are over ten boards on a diverse range of topics – rug hooking is only one of them.  Soon she will be adding member only classes to the roster of happenings.  Membership is only $9.99 USD per month…well worth it for me so far.  I encourage you to check it out.  There’s a free three day trial.

Well, that’s my review for the week!   If you have been, thanks for reading!

 

Weekly Review: sidetracked

Weekly Review: sidetracked

Hi everyone!  I had one of those weeks this week. I was sidetracked by computer issues and different exciting happenings I can’t tell you about yet. It’s a project still in the planning stages.

However, I did accomplish some of what I set out to do this week!  The Boucherouite rug I am working on is half finished.  It’s great fun to work on.  I am enjoying playing with pattern and colour.

I changed up “The Farm” a bit.  I’m thinking of possible techniques I could use to create 3D flowers and plants around the edges.  I’m considering felting flowers, silk embroidery, beadwork, stumpwork embroidery, Brazilian embroidery… There are a lot of options.  I’ve spent a lot of time on YouTube watching tutorials.

I have more Parker’s Cove fishing shacks in my sketchbook and some ready to go on backing.  I’m hoping to work on those tonight and tomorrow.

If you have been, thanks for reading   Have a great weekend!

 

Workshop Week 4 is Almost Over!

Workshop Week 4 is Almost Over!

I am going to miss the stimulation to learn. It’s been a busy week for me. Sunday I took Laura Salamy’s Baby Boucherouite class. I’ve been having great fun playing with my not so “baby” pattern!  It’s 10” x 32”.  It is pictured above.  I’m not fixed on the colours yet, but I’m trying to stick to the traditional red, blue, yellow, green and orange.

Then Tuesday I took Yvonne Iten-Scott’s Braided Edge class. My supplies for the class actually arrived Wednesday. Thanks, Canada Post! They held them up in Halifax since January 16th.  I live 15 minutes away. They arrived Feb. 3rd!  Regardless, I am pleased with my braid. I just have to match my ends and sew them together.  Then finish lacing and adjust them. I’m hoping to get to that tomorrow.

Tuesday evening I took Beth Miller’s class on Developing Personal Landscapes.  Beth took a very broad view of landscape, and I am glad she did. I chose to create a pattern of images of the landscape, in particular the plants, from my childhood on The Farm. In the centre is the old farmhouse in its heyday. It is framed by plants, shrubs and trees planted by my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

This pattern is going to take a while to complete. I plan on using quite a few alternative materials and techniques with it. It could be a success, or a dismal failure. I’m thinking of visiting Michaels craft store for some embellishments for it.

I had a break from Workshop Week 4 on Wednesday. So I took advantage of a Zoom hook-in and worked more on my boucherouite.

Thursday I also attended an online hook-in, this time through Google Meets.  Then I joined the second braided edge class with Yvonne Iten-Scott.  I worked for an hour trying to butt the ends of my braid correctly. I’ve pulled it out five times so far. I dislike butting.  I put it aside to try later. I know what needs to be done, I just have to get the braid pattern to work out right!

Today’s class was Jane Mason’s “Watercolour for the Textile Artist”.  It was a fast paced class with lots of information.  It acted as a good refresher for me.  Jane is very knowledgeable on her subject.  The class was very diverse.

New Online Community

In-between all those classes I took time to explore Mighty Networks and Beth Miller’s site – “Parris House Creative Community”.  It’s a great little site just getting up and running.  There are many topic areas where you can add to discussions, kind of like Facebook groups.  Topics include: gardening, rug hooking, punch hooking, beekeeping, soap making, running a small business, creativity, cooking/recipe swap, canning and preserving, knitting and crochet, reading, chicken keeping, etc.  There is plenty there to occupy me and I don’t have to deal with FB algorithms, which have made the Internet basically useless for me. Beth eventually plans to run classes and seminars through this site – some free and some paid.

Parris House Creative Community has a free three day trial that you can access by contacting Beth at: info@ParrisHouseWoolWorks.com.  After that it is $9.99 USD per month for access.  I encourage you to at least check it out.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

Finishing and Preparations

Finishing and Preparations

Hi everyone!  As my regulars will have noticed I didn’t post a For Sale Feature post on Wednesday.  I was busy this week working on my Parker’s Cove wall hanging. I am trying to finish it before Workshop Week 4 begins .

I ran into problems with the antique rugs I’m trying to repair.  Not the least of which is I have misplaced my needle case!  So I put them aside.  

Workshop Week 4 starts Sunday and runs until next Sunday. I went from not signing up for any classes, to signing up for four!  I was going to take a break from classes this year and just focus on my current series.  But I saw Jane Mason’s watercolour for fibre artists class.  I do watercolour…badly.  And I rug hook.  The siren call of learning the 10 rules of watercolour sealed the deal for me.  I signed up.

Then I looked at Yvonne Iten-Scott’s braided edge class and thought it would be just the thing to finish off a project and make it big enough to use as a chair pad. So I signed up.  

I thought I might take Susan Feller’s finishing class, but it was full.  I’m on the waiting list.  I hear there might be a second class sometime in late February or early March.  

Well, by then I was rethinking the whole thing.  I looked at Beth Miller’s Personal Landscapes class  I love Beth’s teaching style.  I signed up.  

Then there was Laura Salamy, who is teaching a class on creating a Baby Boucherouite rug.  This is a rug made from scraps of all types of fibre.  I’ve been wanting to take this class for some time.  So I’m glad to finally have the opportunity.

So the rest of this week has been spent preparing for Workshop Week 4. My Baby Boucherouite isn’t such a baby anymore. It’s about 10” x 36”. I am finalizing a design for Beth Miller’s class and want to get it on backing before the class on Tuesday. I’m waiting for braiding tools to arrive for Yvonne’s class. They are stuck in the Halifax postal sorting station with an indefinite delivery time!  Thankfully I have all the supplies for Jane’s class.

I wish I had enough energy to take more classes, but this way I have the opportunity to rest  between classes.  I have free days on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.   I wish all the students a wonderful week of learning, and the instructors a positive teaching experience.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Moving On…

Moving On…

Good morning everyone!  This week my copy of Rug Hooking Magazine arrived.  I was very pleased with the look of the article I submitted for publication.  I would like to publicly thank…again…the editor, copy editor and photographers of my work.  You all were amazing!

I started on my next series and am already half finished the first mat, but it’s smallish…about 8” x 10”.  This series pays homage to the hard work and creativity of Nova Scotia’s fishermen and women.  It is a series centred around the humble fishing shack.

The inspiration for this series came from our drives around the Nova Scotia coastline, visiting small villages and their wharves as we went. I initially thought I would do a series on wharves, and I might yet. The wharves all seem different to me, with their own character, depending on the season and time of day.

But when we drove past Parker’s Cove it was “Whoa Nelly!”   Our driver stopped on our way back from Delaps Cove, where we had checked out the wharf.

In Parker’s Cove the brightly coloured fishing shacks smiled in the sun, beckoning us for a closer look.  Smiled?  More like danced for joy!  They are a brightly coloured group of buildings encircling the wharf area.  I was truly grateful for a modern cell phone camera to use instead of those old film ones. My companions were having a good chuckle at my expense over the number of photos I was taking. But, even with all the photos, I still didn’t have the angle I wanted for this first design.  I fudged it a bit.

Earlier this week I transferred two designs to backing I wanted to reuse, and started hooking.  Here it is so far.

To be honest, there are some things I don’t like still, and this is definitely not all going to stay “as is”.  But it’s a good start.

In other news…

For those who don’t know, Workshop Week 4 is coming up the end of this month and into February. I have participated in the last three, and, having finished the poetry series, wasn’t sure if I’d have pieces to work on for Workshop Week 4.  It seemed to have classes that required a fair number of works in progress, which I just don’t have. However, I looked more closely.  Always read the fine print carefully!  I ended up signing up for four classes.  Not all of them required WIPs. If you’re interested I would suggest contacting Laura Salamy at High on Hooking on Instagram.

While cruising the Net I found In The Studio is offering another seminar/artist talk mid-January – this time by Sarah Leighton.  I am very interested. I found this information on Instagram as well.

Well, if you have been, thanks for reading!  I’m off to prepare for classes and a Zoom hook-in today. Have a great weekend everyone.

Weekly Review: The New and The Old

Weekly Review: The New and The Old

Or maybe that title should read “the old and the older”!  Good afternoon everyone!  It’s been a busy week.  This has been my Christmas baking week.  I have one more batch of cookies to go – Danish butter cookies called Raspberry Ribbons. Everything else is in the freezer, awaiting a cookie exchange later this week.

About the post title…I’ve been enjoying old things this week.  I posted Monday about working on my Trip-Around-The-World quilt that I started when I was seventeen.  Not to get into details, but that was quite a few  decades ago!  I started out hand piecing it and hand quilting it.  I ended up finishing the piecing by machine and I’m just finishing up the hand quilting now.

I learned a lot with that quilt.

I originally wanted it to be queen size, but I didn’t like the border fabric once it was attached, so I cut it off. Now I  have a 60” square quilt.  It’s really a lap quilt.  That’s okay. It’s almost finished!

I also discovered I don’t like hand piecing or hand quilting.  As the years have gone by I’ve had increasing difficulty seeing to thread needles, which doesn’t help.

This was my first quilt and I picked small 2.5 inch squares to make a big quilt. My patience was not up to the task!  I had long stretches of time, when life got in the way, where I did not work on it at all.  But it’s been sitting in a bag in my living room for two years now.  It’s time to get it out of there!  I won’t move it until it is finished.

What’s left to do?  I have about 2 inches of hand quilting from the end of my last hand quilting to the binding (yes, I’m aware it’s being done out of order) all the way around the entire quilt. Maybe 120 rows of 2 inches of quilting to finish.  I’m hoping to be done by Christmas.

That’s the “New” of “The Old and The New”!   What’s “The Old” you might ask?  Well, I bit the bullet and purchased two older rugs this week.  They were posted on Facebook and I fell in love with one in particular, the moment I saw the photo. I have no idea how old it is, but I was told it once belonged to Carol Harvey Clark and is loosely referred to as “The Wedding Rug”, though the seller didn’t know for sure if it is one.

It has a very unusual asymmetrical geometric design.  The colour combination of greys (faded blues), greens, yellows and pinks is striking. If I look at the base of the loops and the back of the rug, I can see it was once much brighter and more intense. I thought at first it was on burlap, but the whipping is starting to wear on the edge, revealing a white backing that is very supple. I’m guessing it’s linen.  I’m thinking about replacing the whipping where it’s worn, and placing the rug on the floor of an infrequently walked in part of the house.

That led me to Judy Taylor’s Facebook group on repairing hooked rugs, and ultimately to her website, where I ordered her book on repairing hooked rugs – “Save That Rug!”.

The other rug I bought is “about 70 years old” according to the seller.  A fine cut, fine shaded floral with a green background.  It’s gorgeous!  I almost didn’t buy this one. It has edge issues and is on burlap.  But I think it can be repaired.

Yesterday, after the foot or so of wet snow we had, I took both rugs out to clean.  I was being extra careful with them.  It did brighten them up some. Next up is to repair them before shopping for a proper underlay for them and putting them permanently in place. That may not happen until the new year.

This has been a long blog post!  If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Weekly Review: Christmas Decorating

Weekly Review: Christmas Decorating

Good morning everyone!  This week has been one of preparing for the upcoming holiday season.  I hosted a tree decorating party yesterday.  I invited a few friends to help.  Our house is small and with Covid doing its thing again (still) I decided to err on the side of caution.

We had a potluck buffet and it was great! One of my friends surprised me with a home baked bread Advent wreath!  I’d seen one at her place before  and commented on the uniqueness of it. She decorated it before she left last night.

We had a young lady come who helped decorate the tree, the front window and arrange some Christmas florals in a floor vase.  It was great to have her energy and enthusiasm in the room.  I think I still need more ornaments on the tree, but we were running out of them. I just didn’t buy enough. Something to think about next year.

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Then there were the garland ladies!  They did a magnificent job of making two cheap Michaels garlands look good. Trust me, that was a job!

One lady took on the mantel and went all out.  It looks gorgeous!

I am so happy for the help of my friends.  They did a wonderful job and we had great fun doing it. The food was good too.  I made some mulled apple cider as well.  It was a great time, and lots of fun. Thank-you to all involved!

In other news…I am still in the process of printing out labels for “The Weave” and “Where Are We Going?”.  Once those are done I’ll be taking a month long break from hooking. I want to focus on finishing up some other projects around here.  I have some quilts and other projects to finish up.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend!

 

Weekly Review – It’s Finished!

Weekly Review – It’s Finished!

Good evening everyone!  I finished hooking “Where Are We Going?”, and with it the poetry series of hooked wall hangings. This weekend I will be hemming and attaching hanging sleeves to it and “The Weave”.

I am pleased with this series, and also happy to be moving on.  I’ve been working on it for far longer than I anticipated, due to hooking for other reasons, and moving cross country.  The full series took me eight *years* to complete!  I am a slow hooker who packs a lot of life into her days.  Hooking is only one of my areas of interest.

This week I have been busy transferring files from an old external hard drive that is being retired because the company that made it is no longer going to support it.  I still have more files to go.  The hard drive stopped recognizing all my Apple devices.  However it still recognizes Hubby’s PC, so he transferred everything to flash drives and we’ve been transferring files that way.  I’ve had to go through every file to make sure there were none missing and no duplicates. Time consuming to say the least. We won’t be buying that type of hard drive again.

We are still busy preparing for Christmas. There’s been a flurry of activity and plans surrounding the occasion. I unpacked the pre-lit pencil Christmas tree to make sure all the lights were in working order. They are!   I’m trying to decide how I want to decorate this year – casual or glam?  Hmmm…I think casual.

If you have been, thanks for reading. Have a great weekend everyone!

Progress…

Progress…

Good evening everyone!  I’ve been working more on “Where Are We Going?” this week.  I’m almost finished the picture part. Now to colour plan my half border. I think I’ll use the blue from the blue jeans in it.  Other than that I’m not sure.  I have some last minute colour planning to do!

Aside from hooking on that, I’ve been shortening curtains so we have a better pair for the basement bedroom. It will be nice to get something decent up.

I’m already surrounded by Christmas planning. Michaels had tree sales on before Remembrance Day, and we needed a new tree. I purchased one 40% off. I also picked out some Christmas florals, ribbon, and general craft supplies. I have plans…! 🙂

I sorted through my Christmas ornaments and separated them by colour family.  I sold most of my ornaments and decorations before we moved.  I haven’t replaced them because our house is so small, I don’t know how or where we’d store them after Christmas!  I am going to have to put my thinking cap on this year.

Well, if you have been, thanks for reading!  I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Where Are We Going?

Where Are We Going?

Good afternoon everyone!  I decided to give the tablecloth to a worthy cause.  I could remake it into a duvet cover, but it would cost me a lot of time, effort and money. It’s a gorgeous cloth that is better used for what it was intended – a tablecloth.

After making that decision I’m back to rug hooking.  Today I’m working more on “Doom”, which I just realized has another name – “Where are we going?”.  I think I like that better.  I will use that from now on.

Yesterday I cut a lot of fabric strips, made some nylon “yarn”, and organized for a rug hooking group that met this morning.  I had a great time with the ladies and managed to accomplish a lot on “Where are we Going?”.

Yesterday I was late into the Parris House Zoom hook-in, but enjoyed the little time I did have there.  Lots of phenomenal work being done, and very good brains to pick for ideas.  If you’re a rug hooker and interested in being part of the group, contact Elizabeth Miller, Parris House, Parris, Mne., USA  on Facebook.

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Home Again!

Home Again!

Good afternoon everyone! We had a great time in New Brunswick.  Lovely scenery and lovely people. Company will be leaving soon and I am deep into planning November.

I finished knitting the baby hat. All that’s left is to mail it.

I am making a short list of projects to work on. Mostly it includes WIP’s, or Works In Progress.

  • I have “Doom” sitting beside my chair to finish hooking.
  • I also want to finish the quilt I started at 17 years of age.  I won’t say how long it’s been.  Suffice it to say I have taken my own sweet time hand stitching it.
  • I also have the South Korean appliqué quilt to finish.
  • I want to make some beeswax toppers for bowls.
  • I want to move onto hooking the fishing shack series I have planned.

That’s more than enough for November. Right now I’m just glad to have the baby hat finished.

If you have been, thanks for reading. Have a great weekend everyone!

Weekly Review – Travelling Along

Weekly Review – Travelling Along

We are busy having great fun with our company. We spent Thanksgiving Monday exploring Halifax and area.  We walked the pier in DeWolf Park in Bedford.  Then headed to Saint Mary’s University.  Then to Point Pleasant Park.

Tuesday we had a lot of errands to run.


Wednesday we headed up to Scots Bay, Nova Scotia to spend some time relaxing at a friend’s cottage by the Bay of Fundy. It rained while we were there, but it did not dampen our enthusiasm.  We had a great time exploring beaches and walking in the rain.  We also played games and put together a puzzle

I also spent time this week updating my business books and preparing for Workshop Week 3. I have only one class during Workshop Week 3 this fall, and that is a design class with Susan Feller. I am very excited to be taking another class with Susan. I learn so much from her. I sent her photos of what I want to work on next and some of my preliminary sketches. She was prompt and articulate in her responses.  I am looking forward to this class.

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

 

Weekly Review – Hectic Days

Weekly Review – Hectic Days

Hi everyone!  It’s been a busy week!  I am preparing for our Canadian Korean friend to visit for Thanksgiving.  We are having a mixed Thanksgiving dinner – both Canadian and Korean food. I’ve been busy preparing ahead of time.  I made trips to various Korean grocers today, and serious cooking starts tomorrow.

Aside from that, my greeting  cards have been taking back seat due to an unexpected opportunity falling into my lap.  I will not say much now, but I did spend a lot of time arranging for decent photos of some work.  The photographer was here this week to do the job.  I also rewrote my bio for this opportunity.

Aside from the above, I have been busy cooking and baking this week.  I baked a double batch of Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins, lots of 2-bite Brownies, a couple of Lemon Tea Loaves, a triple batch of whole wheat dinner rolls, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Granola. My freezer is full!

I also caved and learned to make yogurt in my Instant Pot.  I started with a gallon of reconstituted skim milk and ended up with two litres of yogurt and two litres of whey after straining it.  I used half the whey in my dinner roll recipe and, boy, did they turn out light and fluffy!  I’m plotting how to use the rest of the whey. I hear you can freeze it for later use.

Well, if you have been, thanks for reading!

Happy Thanksgiving

to all my fellow Canadians!

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Good afternoon everyone!  It’s been a busy week, what with being the end of one month and the beginning of another. The usual banking and shopping happened.  The grocery shopping was a bit more complex this time.  Canadian Thanksgiving is next weekend and I wanted to buy some food ingredients early.

We also have company of the Asian persuasion arriving for Thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving roughly coincides with the Korean Chuseok Festival.  I love cooking, and I love a lot of Asian food. So I’ve been busy exploring the local Korean grocery stores in search of ingredients for my meals.  There isn’t much I’m afraid.  But maybe I just haven’t found the right store…

Yesterday I spent making three different kimchi recipes of varying heat. I also made the spicy pickled radish (daanmooji).

Today I’ve switched gears.  I’m thoroughly into North American cooking.  I made unsweetened applesauce to freeze for baking,  I have vegetable stock simmering on the stove.  Plus I am in the process of making Apple Peel and Core Jelly.  I use local apples and wash them all ahead of time with a produce wash from Norwex to get off any chemicals or coatings.

I think I am going to need to take a break from rug hooking until fall harvest is finished.  There is simply too much going on here.  I’m loving it though.  It’s nice to have a full larder.  I do have an abundance of tomatoes still.  I think I’ll roast some and store them in the freezer.  They take up less space that way.

As you can see, my mind is not on rug hooking these days!  If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Weekly Review

Weekly Review

I’m back at it again!  I am finished the main part of the field in “Doom”.  I’m about one quarter done.

I had the opportunity to hook on it during Beth Miller’s Parris House Thursday Zoom Hook-in yesterday. If you’re interested in joining the hook-in and are on Facebook, do a Facebook search for the group and ask to join.  Beth is very encouraging and always looking for new members.

This week, after returning home from the bicycle trip, was rest and relaxation time. We were able to put the house mostly in order again.

I ordered more greeting cards for the shop – some old designs and some new ones. I am also ordering from a Canadian company this time. I’m hoping they turn out okay. They should arrive in early October. When they do, I’ll write a blog post featuring them.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Lovin’ My New Kitchen!

Lovin’ My New Kitchen!

Hi everyone!  No rug hooking this week…I’ve been making up for lost time in my new kitchen!  What have I been making?

  • cooking red kidney beans from dried,
  • cooking chickpeas from dried,
  • cooking black beans from dried,
  • baking johnnycake (aka cornbread),
  • baking 2 loaves of French bread,
  • baking a triple batch of whole wheat dinner rolls,
  • making a triple batch of whole wheat tortillas,
  • baking granola,
  • baking granola bars,
  • making Nanaimo bars, and
  • making Raw Energy Balls.

I am attempting to provide healthy snacks for Hubby for his bicycle rides. Though, I admit, the Nanaimo bars are just because they’re his favourite.  I used the recipe on the City of Nanaimo website .

My treat for you is my Raw Energy Ball recipe.  There are many versions of this floating around the Internet.  This is the version we use.

Raw Energy Balls

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground cardamon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter
  • unsweetened shredded coconut

Grind almonds until finely ground to meal in a food processor.  Add everything BUT the coconut.  Process until just smooth enough to shape, but not runny.  Squeeze into 1” diameter balls.  Roll in coconut.  Let sit in fridge to cool and firm up before serving.

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As you can tell, it has been a busy week in the kitchen. This weekend we have company arriving. I may or may not post on Monday. Lots happening!

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend everyone!

 

The Weave

The Weave

This week I settled down and finally finished hooking “The Weave”. It is one of my children’s poetry series. I have two more of that series to hook and then I’m done!  I am actually reconsidering the remaining two pieces. I’m not sure one of them can be hooked. The design is too detailed for the medium of rug hooking.

In kitchen news…the plumber came and installed the sink, taps and dishwasher. He also fixed our hot water line problem.  Apparently there was a valve issue affecting the hot water flow.

Today the electricians come to install the lights and pull out the wire for the range hood. They may have to extend the wire for the range hood.  We’ll see.

I’m still waiting for the range hood to be installed. We won’t get a quote for that until Tuesday. We were going to have the kitchen installer do it, but the part we need to go through the wall isn’t available in local stores. The electrician who was here said it normally comes with the range hood. It didn’t. I hear the HVAC guys have it though. So, if they can provide it in a reasonable time frame at a reasonable price, the job is theirs.

I am looking forward to getting my kitchen back.  Almost there!  It might be time to start moving items back in there. Maybe this weekend.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Be safe and have a great Labour Day weekend everyone!

Weekly Review – renovations

Weekly Review – renovations

Kitchen renovation update:  The flooring is in, the wrong dishwasher was returned, and the new one arrived. I sold the old kitchen cabinets. I gave the dishwasher to our kitchen installer and we recycled our old broken microwave.  I also sold the old stove – the last of the old kitchen.  Installer measured new cabinets to be sure there was room for everything in the kitchen.  There is.  Fridge might be a tad small.  We’ll see.

Turns out the guy who laid our flooring has a construction company.  They renovate bathrooms.  We need a shower in our basement bath.  That will mean digging up the floor for new plumbing, removing the ceiling and walls to rerun electrical wires and enlarge the bathroom.  We have tentatively decided to spring for it…depending on the quote

The contractor and plumber are available, but a quality shower stall is not.  We would have a shower stall professionally tiled. We want the bath done by the end of the first week of October. Company arrives soon after.

If we go ahead with the bathroom renovation, next week Hubby and I will be on the road buying supplies for the job.  We’ll leave the contractor to deal with caulk and grout.  He seems to know what kind he wants.

In rug hooking, nothing has happened.  I’m definitely taking an extended break to get these renovations done in time.  As soon as the kitchen is finished we have to put stuff back in it.  Then we have to clear stuff out of the way in the basement, so the contractor can knock a hole in the wall of my studio to enlarge the bathroom to make room for a vanity.  I think we’ll be busy!

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Hopefully by Monday evening my kitchen will be finished and I can post some after photos for you to see.

 

 

Weekly Review – sidetracked

Weekly Review – sidetracked

Most people get sidetracked by summer fun this time of year.  Me?  I’m sidetracked by a kitchen renovation and food processing and storage for the coming fall and winter.

Yesterday I was in the basement rearranging the freezers and taking inventory. I actually started the inventory process in the cupboards on Wednesday.  I admit, I’m a bit of an organizing freak.  I like to know what I have and how much. Then I can plan to use it up.

I used to draw up a menu plan and follow it religiously.  Not anymore!  I make the menu plan and pick and choose meals from it depending on how I feel and my time constraints that particular day. It is a lot more relaxing that way.

In kitchen renovation news…the cabinets are half built. The installer will take over the kitchen on the 21st and remove the old kitchen.  Hubby will sand and paint.  The flooring guy will come do his thing. Then the installer comes back.  Then we have to call in a plumber to connect the sink and dishwasher. BUT none of the hookups can happen until we buy and receive appliances!  Rumour has it appliances are hard to acquire right now. We’re off today to check.

In rug hooking news…I’m almost done hooking “The Weave”!  I figure I have another three to four hours of hooking. Then the finishing.  I’m guessing, with everything else going on, it will be a couple of weeks yet.   I’m looking forward to “The Bubble”.

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a good weekend everyone!

Weekly Review – “Making a Life”

Weekly Review – “Making a Life”

Yay!  I had some time to prepare a couple of hooked pieces for the wall. I created and attached labels and hanging sleeves to “Time” and “Autumn”.  They are ready to hang!

I started reading ”Making a Life” by Deanne Fitzpatrick the other day.  It is a great little read with lots of wonderful photography of her work.  I think it’s her most readable book yet.  It’s interesting how, over the years, you can see a writer’s skill progress.  This is true of other authors as well as Deanne.  In this book Deanne writes about her life as an artist the past twenty-five years.  She talks about her initial views on art and artists, and how she grew into thinking of herself as an artist and being an artist. A lovely read.

Next up?!  Colour planning my next project!

 

Weekly Review – What’s Next?!

Weekly Review – What’s Next?!

This week was productive.  “Gyeongju “ is finished and up on the wall!  “Time” is also finished. I have to put hanging sleeves on it and “Autumn”. My serger is back from having maintenance done on it, so I’m good to go!

I’m checking my Someday/Maybe list and crossing these projects off.  Time to decide what’s next. I’m tempted to work on “The Weave”. Or maybe “Where are we Going?”. Or “The Bubble”. Or something totally different.

Some people have a shortage of ideas to hook. I’m not one of them!  I have sketchbooks full of ideas.  I think I’ll pick smallish projects I can carry with me this summer – projects I can work on out on the deck, or at the cottage, or at my sisters’.

I have three smallish to medium sized poetry pieces on backing left to complete.  I will pick one and colour plan it.  I’m narrowing things down this weekend…hoping to have made a decision by Monday.

I have been busy since Covid began.  Enjoy this slide show of some of my finished work.

 

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Weekly Review – International Nature Journalling Week

Weekly Review – International Nature Journalling Week

Good morning everyone!  I’m right in the middle of International Nature Journalling Week put on by Bethan Burton and friends. It’s quite good. It’s free, but there has been a request for donations. It’s seven days long with two sessions per day. I’ll have to miss a couple of sessions due to previous commitments, but overall I’ll be able to get the flavour of the week.

In other news, we spent the week in the yard. It’s been the first decent week of weather for planting since last spring. I took advantage of the situation.  All our seedlings are in the ground, and a good deal of seeds.

I’m having incredible luck with growing from seeds down here!  Everything seems to grow!  I gave a third of my tomato plants to one friend, and another third to another friend. Same with pepper and oregano plants. I still had twelve tomato plants of three different varieties to plant!  I had six  or seven pepper plants of three different varieties. Plus, leeks, onions, peas, Swiss chard, kale, two kinds of beets, radishes, lettuce, squash, zucchini, cucumber, turnip, carrots, and much more.

My pots and raised beds are going to be overflowing. We had too many tomato plants, so we planted them and the remaining marigolds in the perennial bed.  We’ll see how they do in the part shade.

The weather has been gorgeous, for the most part. I’m spending a fair bit of time on the deck, relaxing.  When I’m not pulling weeds. We have a severe goutweed problem here. So we’re busy dealing with that. We back onto a Municipal green space that has become infested. It’s spreading into our flower beds.

Well, if you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend everyone!

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