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Dye Day

 

I knuckled down yesterday and dyed some fibre for “Escapees”.  I needed a variety of lighter greens.  My stash is mostly blue greens at this point, and I have a lot of them.  Might need to colour plan a wall hanging to use some of those up.  I also need oranges and grays for “Escapees”, but I have the grays from a long time ago, and the oranges were dyed earlier this year.

My website has been up and down this past week.  There seems to be irregularities with it.  I have my web developer working on it.

I’m thinking of sorting through my leftover worms and offering some for sale in the near future.  I’ve been thinking of doing a scrappy rug for some time, but now “Escapees” has come up and it will probably be a while before I start something else.  I seem to produce leftover worms at an amazing rate!

I’ve finished designing the photo book for our South Korea trip.  Hubby and I are “letting it sit” for a few days before we send it in to be printed.  He may have extra photos and text to add.  I’ve been impressed enough with the program from this company that I’ve decided to create a mini portfolio through them.  It would be more like a look book – just a taste of my work.  It’s much smaller than the large book we’re doing for our trip.  The trip book is 12″ x 12″ and 145 pages long.  The portfolio book will be 5″x7″ and 100 pages long…or thereabouts.  Not entirely sure yet.  First we’ll see if the trip book turns out okay.

In big news:  I will be off August 7th – 12th to watch my niece swim in the Canada Games.  This is a great achievement for her and we are extremely proud of her.

Below are some of the results of Dye Day in more detail.  I’m loving the casserole dye jobs.   The photos are showing more white than there really is on the fabric.  That’s wool on the left and silk on the right.

 

Welcome to May!

What a beautiful May day we have here.  It’s overcast, just the way I like it.  Don’t get me wrong.  I like the sun.  But sometimes the prairie sky can be too bright for me.  It’s so intense in colour and brightness.

Yesterday Hubby and I had a delightful walk around Wascana Lake in the heart of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  You wouldn’t know that out in the middle of the Canadian prairies lay this jewel of a park that houses the lake.  We watched all kinds of ducks and geese coming and going about their business.  It was a magical time.

This past week I’ve been focusing on getting back to a normal sleep schedule and organizing 1500+ photos of South Korea.  I’m still working on both.  I want to get the photos organized so I can get started on my next wall hanging/rug.  I’m debating whether this one will be a floor mat or not.  I want to use my leftover worms for it.  We shall see.  It depends how the design works out.  So this week is photo week, sketch week, and possibly design week.

Just a few reminders…

My work is currently in a group show at the Art Gallery of Regina until Friday.

Also, I am planning to take part in the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair again this year on May 27th from 10 AM – 4 PM.  I received notification of where my booth will be located.  For people looking for me, I will be at the far end of the Fair between Montague and Athol streets on the south side of the street.  Maybe start walking the Fair from the Elphinstone Street end if you want to still have money and energy by the time you reach my booth!

In other news…I am being published for real this time.  The information has gone to press.  Stay tuned for further information.  I’ll believe it when I see the article in the magazine!

To Korea and Back Again

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We had a great time on our trip to South Korea folks.  We flew from Regina to Vancouver to Incheon Airport outside Seoul.  Took the KTX bullet train to Busan on the southeast coast.  Visited there for two nights and then took the KTX to Gyeongju about an hour north of Busan.  Visited there for one night and a friend picked us up to take us to Daegu (an hour north) to catch the KTX to Seoul.  Spent the last five days of our trip in Seoul.  Flew back from Incheon, to Vancouver, to Regina.

Adjusting to Korean time the two weeks before I left was a wise move.  I had almost no jet lag or travel fatigue.  Hubby tried to do it too, but only got about halfway to Korean time.  He did fine, but slept a bit more than I did the first day.  In Busan we were able to:  go for a walk along the seawall just outside the hotel, meet our guide’s family for lunch, walk on Gwangalli Beach, visit Dongbaek Island, where APEC 2005 was held, visit Bay 101 – where they have open air restaurants, street food, and an open air pub.  In the evening it is THE place to be in Busan.  People were having a good time and taking selfies or photos all up and down the shoreline.  I took a photo of all the people taking selfies!

The next day we visited the markets.  We picked up some fish cakes at a shop in the Station, paid our respects to the people who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, we headed out and saw four markets in as many hours.  We checked out Jalgalchi Fish Market, Book Street, and a couple other general markets.

In the afternoon we headed to Gyeongju.  Had a great 24 hours there.  Gyeongju is the old capital of the Silla kingdom of Korea from 57 BC to 935 AD.  It was responsible for unifying Korea.  We walked the archaeological sites, the Wolji Pond and pavilions, an ate a delicious duck bulgogi for supper!  The next day it rained so we spent it indoors at the National Museum of Korea Gyeongju.  We headed to Daegu in the afternoon and caught the KTX to Seoul.

Seoul was a blast!  It is a happening city.  At first we had the guide rent a car the first two days.  We quickly realized this is NOT the way to get around Seoul.  Taxis, buses, and subway are the way to go.  Driving is downright dangerous.  Hubby has lots of photos of motorcyclists doing some pretty interesting driving with some very interesting loads.  We ditched the car for subway, bus, and taxi.

Places we saw:

Lotte World Tower
Lotte Aquarium
Namsan Tower (very commercialized)
Gyeongbukgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace
Dongdaemun Market (for fabric)
Korea House (for lunch and again for an evening show)
Folk Museum of Korea (we needed more time for this)
Seoul Museum of History
Bukchon Hanok Village (viewed from a private observatory and enjoyed tea in a traditional tea house)
Insadong
Jogyesa Buddhist Temple
Myeongdong Cathedral
Embroidery Museum of Korea
Chojun Textile and Quilt Museum
Gallery 1010 quilt exhibit by Lee Jae Woo (in an underground mall near Myeongdong Cathedral)
Myeongdong Market and street food
Gangnam Square and Street (Kakao Friends store, Korean Dessert Cafe, and Billy Angel Cake Co.)
National Museum of Korea – Seoul

We saw a lot and walked an average of 10-12 km/day, but I didn’t lose any weight.  I had too much fun eating at various restaurants in town.  Our guide took us for Korean-Japanese food a couple of times, pork belly (thick bacon folks), hot pot a few times, bibimbap a few times, and Korean BBQ.  It was all good, but my, I was full by the end of the trip!

I hope you enjoy some of the shots from the trip in the slideshow above. 🙂

In my studio…or out…

Hi everyone!  Short post today.  We’re off to South Korea by the end of the week.  I am not sure I’ll have time to post while I’m gone.  If not, be prepared for an onslaught of photos when I return in a couple of weeks.  I’m looking forward to eating lots of bulgolgi, bibimbap, and galbi.  Might even fit in some japchae.  We’ll see.  I also hear the seafood is great there, and I certainly could use more of that in my diet!

Aside from the food I am looking forward to some serious fabric shopping at Dongdaemun Market.  We are going to the big tourist market at Insadong, but I’m not all that interested in souvenirs at elevated prices.  We’ll see though.  I might be pleasantly surprised.

Mostly my goal is to come home with a plethora of visual images for my rug hooking.  I will be taking those up at various venues.  We plan to visit two palaces, a Buddhist temple, two markets at least, two embroidery museums, a quilt & textile museum, a live performance, and a national museum, and that’s just some of what we are planning to do in Seoul.  We are also traveling to Busan and Gyeongju with our ex-boarder and she is going to show us around in those cities.  We’ve left all the planning for those up to her.  Busan is her home town, and Gyeongju is an historical site for all of Korea.  I am anticipating a fun, informative, busy, and tiring couple of weeks!

In my studio – Art Gallery of Regina

Hubby and I wandered over to the Art Gallery of Regina on the weekend to check out the Salon Show and Sale with fewer people around.  We took the opportunity to snap a few photos as well.  The show seems to be going well.

I am not fond of the way they wanted my work hung, but in order to meet the conditions of being in the show there was no alternative but to follow their directions.  They wanted all work hung from one nail, mine with a cord.  I prefer a hidden hanging system for my work and hang it that way at home.  I use two cup hooks at either side, just behind the edges of the wall hanging, and slip my hanging rods into those.  I think the cord and one nail cheapens the look of my work, and am not happy with it.

I hooked more this weekend.  “Moss” is coming along fine.  I should be finished hooking it by the end of the week.

Other than that, I’m busy switching to Korean time early to give me more time to enjoy the trip while I’m there.  I currently arise around 1 PM and go to bed around 4 AM.  It gives me lots of peace and quiet to think and read…and to watch the odd movie!  Ultimately my goal is to go to bed at 7 AM and get up at 3 or 4 PM.  Time is short to make that shift.

I am also getting my walking legs back in shape.  I see from our proposed schedule that there will be a lot of walking in South Korea.  So I am putting in a couple hours a day walking.  Thankfully I live in a good neighborhood for walking, though there aren’t many hills to practice climbing.  South Korea is quite mountainous, especially around Seoul, Busan, and Gyeongju, where we will be.

This week I’ll continue to hook on “Moss” and prepare for South Korea.  I have to provide my books to the accountant to do my business taxes while we’re gone, so it will be a busy week.  And I need to pick up an extra SD card for my DSLR camera.  It will be a productive week I hope.  But come Friday I’ll have fewer daytime hours to do things in.  I want everything purchased for the trip by then.

 

 

Weekly Review

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The sky yesterday on our walk.  Love those clouds!

Good morning everyone!  I actually had a pretty good week this week, considering all the distractions in my life.  I was able to package most of my wall hangings and add cup hooks for hanging them to the packages.  Plus I was able to make a start with the certificates of authenticity.

I was also able to plan more of our trip to South Korea.  I’ve booked a hotel room already…six months in advance.  It seems hotel rooms go fast in Seoul.  I was already running into challenges finding a decent one in a decent location for a decent price for five nights!  Expedia kept raising prices on me and having disappearing deals every time I signed on.  So I ended up booking through Booking.com.

Plus I continued to practice my Korean.  I am at the point where I’m a bit discouraged I am not learning faster.  I read it and it all sounds so familiar.  But for the life of me I can’t remember how to say the words.  I guess that is all part of being older and trying to learn a new language.  I have three Korean friends who will be helping me over the weekend.

I am also continuing to work on my website.

Well it’s sunshiny here and I’m off for a walk.  Hope everyone has a great day today!

 

WIP Thursday

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Knit Cellular Baby Blanket – almost finished!

I am almost finished the knit baby blanket!  Only a few more rows to go!  I want to try a new cast off method.  I’ll be checking in with my friend about that.

As for “Moss”…I am decidedly unhappy with it and haven’t worked on it all week.

Instead I’ve been preparing wall hangings for sale on Etsy and working on my new website.

I did not get to the Certificates of Authenticity yesterday.  So I will be working on those today.  I did manage to get about 150 cup hooks into little plastic bags (2 each) and into the wall hanging packages.

I have spent a lot of time planning our trip and studying Korean.

 

Weekly Review

I did hook a bit on “Moss”.  I fixed some of the values on the moss, both in the shaded moss and the area where the sunlit moss hit the background.  Looking a bit better now.

Mostly I’ve been working on Hubby’s retirement this week.  Lots of meetings, phone calls, and emails about insurance still.

I’ve been spending time planning for the next year already.  This year was kind of a write off, what with Hubby’s retirement.  Next year we have a big trip coming up…a trip to South Korea!  Looking forward to all kinds of inspiration from that, and madly deleting photos and videos from my camera, iPad, and laptop to make room for more.  I’m getting close to full on the camera and laptop.

Spent some time reconnecting with friends.  I think Hubby is surprised by how busy I am.  I haven’t talked to my friends much for about 3 weeks due to dealing with retirement issues.  We’re still dealing with them, so I’m just taking time out for a fun break.  I am hoping after our trip that things will calm down a bit.

Our trip.  We’re off on another 10+ day road trip to Alberta again – checking in with family and distributing garden produce. We’re doing the Hwy 1 Studio Tour tomorrow, on our way to Calgary.  Then eventually we’ll head north through Red Deer to Edmonton.  Hope to post here periodically.

Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂