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In my studio…

It’s been a busy weekend.  I uploaded more swatches to my website.  Unfortunately I am still concerned about my shipping section of the website.  It’s fine if you order one thing, but doesn’t increase if you order more than one.  Giving you, my customer, a steal of a deal!  But I could be losing money on the swatches if that keeps up.  I’m going to have to change it.

This week I hope to upload the rest of the swatches, the equipment, and supplies.

In-between all that I am hoping to hook more on “Moss”.  Plus I have some interesting books on folk art coming to me through the public library.  I am looking forward to lots of inspiration from those.

WIP Thursday

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I’ve been busy knitting on the cellular baby blanket.  I was joking to some friends that there were so many mistakes in it it looked like a pattern!  The pattern is going to be thrown out when I’m finished.  I never could get it to work properly.  Next time I’ll pick up some plain knitting to work on in the company of other people.  It appears I cannot stay focused on a basic lace pattern.  I’m going to block the blanket when it’s done, see how it looks, and then decide what to do with it.  But I strongly suspect it will find its way to the local thrift store.  Note to self: not all projects work out…and that’s okay.

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I hooked a bit on “Moss” this week.  I am not overly happy with the values I’ve chosen for different colors.  I am trying not to go to the dye pot because I have so much fiber in the house already.  I’ll hook a tad more on it and then take it off the frame on a nice sunny day in natural light to make some color decisions/revisions.

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I’ve also been loading a lot of wall hangings on Etsy for sale.  I started uploading Christmas wall hangings.  I know. I’m a bit early.  But I’m sitting beside a big tote of wall hangings and ornaments that have yet to be listed.  It’s going to take a while.

I’ve also been making more fiber bundles and uploading them to Etsy.

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And I’m working on my new website.

I think that’s enough “Works in Progress” for one week!  Time to get busy on them.  Talk to you all tomorrow. 🙂

In my studio…

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This week I want to finish organizing my online email account. It only has 550 emails in the inbox, so should be relatively easy to sort through.  We’ll see.  I find gmail a little more awkward to move things around in.

I also plan to create some draft listings on Etsy.  I hope to take some live by the end of the week.

I also want to hook more on African Dream.

I have two more online classes starting this week as well.

In my studio…

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Today I’ll be back at my rug hooking frame working on what has been named “African Dream”.  Thanks for the suggestion in the comments last week.  🙂

I will also be working on organizing and cleaning out email…still.

And I will be taking photos of wall hangings and listing them on Etsy.

Those are my goals for this week.   I hope everyone has a great day! 🙂

WIP Thursday

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I’ve been having a slow week for rug hooking.  I decided to take the week off for some personal growth work, and to work on my online courses.

I did work more on the knit cellular baby blanket.  It’s 21″ long now.  I am going for 33″ before doing the ribbed edging for another 2.5″.  Then it will be done.

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And here is what was accomplished on the floor rug without a name so far.  What shall I call it?  Any ideas anyone?

In my studio…

Sorry folks. No photo today. I’m on the road already.  It’s the beginning of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival and Hubby and I are taking in the festivities.  I’ll add photos throughout the week. 

This week I will finish labeling and making hang tags for Dancing Tree and Beauty.  I did not have time to do that on Friday.

I will finalize my booth design as well.

And I need to design a quick scrappy rug/wall hanging to demonstrate on at the Street Fair.

 

In my studio…

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This week I will be focusing on preparing for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair.  I already had the beginnings of the display set up in the living room.  I’m slowly putting up work.

As part of this process I am creating draft entries on Etsy for the work I pulled out of Traditions.  That way, if the wall hangings do not sell at the Street Fair, it will be a quick matter to list them on Etsy for sale.

Aside from that, I am seriously de-cluttering my email accounts.  Plus I will continue working on Dancing Tree.

Inspiration Wednesday

I’ve been having a great time tutoring two little boys.  They keep gravitating to my rug hooking frame and trying to hook.  They are six and eight years old.  I think I’ll try them with a piece of linen and a frame the next time I see them.  Their mother is in favor of me giving them “life experiences” and “doing crafts” with them, as well as teaching writing…which is what I was originally asked to do.  So today they sat down and drew a basic picture on half of an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper.  Friday I’ll show them how to transfer it to backing and start to hook.

Part of our lesson yesterday was to make some blackberry ink and use it to write a letter.  Well the boys made it and drew on paper with it using calligraphy pens, but they decided it would take too long to write a letter with it.  So we re-arranged the sentences we had written previously, editing out some unwanted ones, and I ended up typing the letter on the computer.  They, though, drew pictures with labels on them, to accompany the letter.

The blackberry ink recipe we used?  One half cup blackberries, 1/2 tsp. white vinegar, 1/2 tsp. salt.  Mash the blackberries real well.  Put them through a sieve so you just have juice.  Add the vinegar and salt to set and preserve the ink.  Use as a wash in drawings/paintings, or to write.  I have no idea how fugitive this ink is.  I’m testing it now.

So here are the blackberries and the equipment for the experiment.  I have to admit, the second container of blackberries was eaten…

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In my Studio…

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Our new boarder from China moved in on the weekend.  Today, without warning, he gave his mother an iPad FaceTime tour of our place, including my studio.  I was appalled!  My studio is in its usual state of disarray.  He said he wanted to show him mother what I used to make my work. Moral of story = always leave my studio picked up at the end of the day.  Sigh.

It’s been a busy weekend.  No rug hooking to speak of.  Lots of tutoring though.  And lots of errands.  Hubby is in great angst about whether to retire this year or next, when he turns 65.  He spent yesterday crunching numbers and the evening talking to me about his results.  I told him to do what he wants.  He’s put in over 30 years supporting the family.  I think that’s enough.

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So, back on track this week.  I sorted out the tax mess last week.  So it’s back to rug hooking this week.  I’ll be working on Dancing Tree.

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I removed my work from Traditions Hand Craft Gallery a couple weeks ago, due to a change in commission structure.  So I have all that inventory to reintegrate into my system at home and prepare to post on Etsy.  Ideally I would like it posted by mid-June.  But it’s a lot of prep work as there are close to thirty pieces to add to my Etsy shop.

And I’ll be starting to think about my booth display for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair the last Saturday of May.

Oh, plus two days tutoring.  A busy week for me.