In my studio…

In my studio this week I have a lot of catching up to do.

I have yet to put a hanging sleeve on Sprouts.  It’s been lying on my ironing board awaiting a pressing before I make the hanging sleeve.

I did not hook a many loops the past four days, and it’s been killing me.  But I am forcing myself to take breaks for the good of my body and disposition.  I need to remember to spend time with family and friends too.  But with everyone back home and back to work this week I hope to finish hooking Blue-eyed Grass as well.


In My Studio

My working area to check and make sure all wall hangings are ready for sale.

My work area to check and make sure all wall hangings are ready for sale.

This weekend was busy.

  • I managed to hem all the wall hangings,
  • I attached the hanging sleeves,
  • I labeled all the wall hangings,
  • Updated hang tags on Sauder Village wall hangings,
  • I also printed hang tags for the rest of the wall hangings and attached them.
  • I sorted through them to make sure everything had a hanging rod.  They did not!  I had to go shopping for doweling…twice!  I made a cutting list and Hubby cut them for me.  I still need more doweling.
  • I made sure I had photos of everything,
  • I edited photos of the new wall hangings (still have more to do),
  • I added all new wall hangings to my inventory,
  • I made a list of items for commission for the SCC Boutique (it’s coming folks!), and
  • I packed up the order and sealed it.

Left to do?

  • Buy more oak doweling for hanging rods,
  • Plan the rest of the trip,
  • Plan my work for the duration of the trip,
  • Make a list of what to pack for the trip.

Oh! And we have company this week before we leave.

Plus I have to deal with any garden produce/herbs.  They are not going to make it until we get back.

My bin of inventory.  So far it all fits in one bin folks! :)  Mind you, that does not count what is on my walls.

My bin of inventory. So far it all fits in one bin folks! 🙂 Mind you, that does not count what is on my walls.  Nor what is on consignment. 🙂

Saturday Review

IMG_0129Hi everyone! 🙂

I finished hooking, serging and pressing the wall hangings for the SCC Boutique yesterday.  Also pressed them and made more hanging sleeves.  Today I’ll start hemming them…and hopefully pick up the oak doweling for hanging them.

I will also be at an event at the church helping serve a luncheon.  That will take up most of my energy.

I was pleased to receive my greeting card plastic sleeves yesterday.  I spent time packaging up my latest batch of “Star Rug” cards.  I ordered a few more cards with different designs.  They will not arrive until after I leave for vacation, unfortunately.  However, I will still be taking my cards with me to TIGHR Tri-ennial, as I need to drop a few off in Saskatoon at the SCC Boutique on my way home.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 🙂


Saturday Review

Almost done!

Almost done!

I managed to hem the first order of wall hangings and get most of the hanging sleeves sewed on.  Only four more left to do.  Today I hope to finish.

I have a second order of Prairie Sky wall hangings on backing and ready to be hooked. 🙂

I updated my business books and my inventory list.

Put in my big fibre orders for the coming year.

That’s about it for this week.

To be fair I have to admit we’ve been deep in planning/deciding whether Hubby will retire next year and if it’s the best time to do it.  Plus we’ve been deep in helping a couple of friends with their issues.  And I’ve been sick with a cold.  Lots of excuses!  Hopefully I can buck this cold this weekend and be back to my frame Monday.

Friday Finales

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. Yum!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today was supposed to be my final day at the gym.  But I’m sick…with a cold…for the first time in over three years.   I used to get everything going around.  Then I found a naturopath who was able to help me build my immune system.  After her treatment (oil of oregano) I have not been sick till now.   I don’t like it.  I’m spending the day mostly in bed.

Or attaching hanging sleeves to wall hangings.  That did not happen yesterday.  We had some other issues to deal with yesterday that related to retirement planning for Hubby and immigration issues for a friend.  It was a busy day.

I baked some GF Chocolate Chip Cookies for stress relief.  ‘Nuf said.

Swedish Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 dozen large cookies or 3 dozen small cookies

1/3 – 1/2 c. brown sugar
1/3 – 1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda dissolved in 2 Tbsp. hot water
1 1/2 c. flour or equivalent gluten free flour mix (I use the recipe from “More From the Gluten-Free Gourmet”)
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. xantham gum (to make it all stick together.  Not necessary if using regular flour.)
3/4 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Cream the butter.  Add the sugars and cream.  Add egg and vanilla and beat till light.  Mix flour, salt and xantham gum together.  Add alternately with baking soda liquid to creamed mixture.  First one third of the flour mix, then one half of the soda mix, then one third of the flour, then the last half of the soda mix, then the last third of the flour.  Mix well.  Add chocolate chips and walnuts.

Drop by teaspoons or tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 F for 7-10 minutes for small cookies, and 10-12 minutes for larger cookies.  Cool on cookie sheet for five minutes before trying to remove onto cooling rack to finish cooling.  If you move them before they’ve cooled enough, they will crumble.  And if you wait too late, they will stick to the cookie sheet!

Finishing Frenzy

Hanging sleeves ready to be sewn on wall hangings.

Hanging sleeves ready to be sewn on wall hangings.

Slow going yesterday for me.  Didn’t quite finish the wall hangings.  I did finish hemming them.  Today I will be sewing on the hanging sleeves.  First I will have to make a few more.   It shouldn’t take long.

Big excitement here.  I put in an order for some supplies and can hardly wait to see what it all looks and feels like when it arrives!  🙂

In my studio…

pressing-1This week I will be busy finishing the wall hangings I hooked last week.  I will be attaching hanging sleeves as well, and making sure there are enough oak dowels to hang the wall hangings.

I will try to make the gym Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  But we shall see.  I do not have time to nap after the gym.  I seriously need to finish these wall hangings and update my portfolio.  It is so far behind.

And, last but not least, I need to start thinking about something new for the Christmas season.  Not entirely sure what, but something…

Saturday we had the opportunity to attend the Bhutanese Nepali 2nd Annual Cultural Celebration in Regina, SK.  It was a lively day full of dancers, singers, good food, and even a politician or two.  What would a good Canadian event be like during an election without a politician?!  Anyway, it was a lot of fun.  The Bhutanese Nepali women wore beautiful saris and were very gracious hostesses.  They are great inspiration for fibre work.

Today the hot water heater is being replaced.  As well as it being a gym day.  Could be an interesting day!

Friday Finale

Northern Lights 6 - 6"x6"

Northern Lights 6 – 6″x6″

Finished another Northern Lights wall hanging yesterday morning.  Not entirely happy with the look of the lights in this and may change the sky a bit yet.  Started another Northern Lights wall hanging yesterday afternoon.  Plan to finish it today.  Then my backing will be complete and it will be time to work on finishing the edges and hemming, and hanging sleeves.

In-between all that I will be working on my portfolio.

Hope everyone has a great Friday! 🙂

Saturday Review

A quick review. Need to clean my house this morning so I can teach rug hooking this afternoon! Or at least pick up some.

Had a great trip up to Saskatoon yesterday afternoon to see Our Prairie in Fibre. It was a wonderful exhibit and the opening was well attended. Hubby counted fifty people about halfway through the evening, and people kept coming and going. The trip home was a bit more stressful as it was late in the evening and snowing most of the way. But we made it. Next time we stay overnight!

This week I managed to attach hanging sleeves on several wall hangings, submit my tax information to the accountant, and start hooking Goldfish.

I also made contact with other fibre artists in Saskatoon and potentially lined up another exhibit this summer.

As well I managed to negotiate acquiring a room for the TIGHR Tri-ennial and sent in my registration form.

I have also been listening to The Thriving Artist Summit.

It’s a Happening!


One slightly psychotic goldfish coming along. lol  I may have to change those eyes a bit!  And maybe even the mouth.  Hubby thinks it looks kind of like a piranha!  This will be done in a cartoon style.  It is to go with a child’s poem about a goldfish.

I am also working on finishing the large rugs…


And I have finally finished and pressed the small and medium rugs again.

WIP-small-rugsGetting ready to head to Saskatoon tomorrow!  I am looking forward to the opening reception for Our Prairie in Fibre from 7-9 PM.  If you are going to be there, introduce yourself to me.   🙂

Mailed my registration for TIGHR Tri-ennial today.  🙂

Anyone else going places and doing things?  What’s up peeps?

Next up…Goldfish…

Hanging sleeves on!  Dowels cut.  Door stop cut and shellacked.  Time to staple the hook and loop tape to the door stop and sew the other half to the large rugs.

Next up…get ready for it… Goldfish is on my frame yet again!  I think I will just start and see where I end up.  I am intimidated by the eyes of the goldfish, so I think I will start somewhere else on the rug.  I am reading up on hooking fish in Deanne Fitzpatrick’s East Coast Rug-Hooking Designs.

I love Deanne’s books!  It’s like sitting down to coffee or tea with a good friend.  Full of fun, stories, and information.

Do you have favourite rug hooking book or book in general?  What’s everyone reading these days?