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A Sales Day!

I had a busy day today, so a late post.  I sold a wood pile among other things!  I sold some sewing patterns and an old wood gardening tray as well, and I posted some jewelry and china online for sale.

I also had the pleasure of meeting a new patron.  She stopped by to deliver a cheque for a piece she tried to purchase online.  There seemed to be difficulties with PayPal not recognizing my correct email address.  My web developer and I sorted that out.  But as the buyer was local, I just emailed her and suggested dropping by the studio to pay me the money owed.

She dropped by this afternoon and we had a wonderful chat about my work, whether I would work on commission (I will, given the right situation), what the biggest size is that I make and why (2′ x 5′ because of my frame size), and to just admire my work.  In the end she purchased two of my larger pieces – “Wascana Creek” and “The Barn”.  I told her the story behind each piece.  She was delighted.

Both pieces are based on smaller plein air pieces.  “Wascana Creek” was hooked on a local man-made island called “Boreal Island”.  It’s near a friend’s place and for part of the hooking of the plein air piece I had her and her dog’s company.  The final studio piece was hooked at home in my studio.  It is hooked from home spun yarn and wool and silk fibers on primitive linen backing.  I hand dye most of my fiber.

“The Barn” is at The Crossings on the edge of Grasslands National Park.  It’s been turned into a picnic shelter now.  You can drive around the dugout and go into the paddock, which is where the barn is, park your car, and picnic at the picnic tables in the barn.  The Crossings has rooms for rent above their old garage (now turned laundry and maintenance area for the nearby campground).  I hooked “The Barn” plein air piece from a second floor window, as the mosquitoes were too thick to sit on the balcony and hook.  Once again the finished piece was hooked in my studio.

I really enjoyed visiting with my new patron and was pleased to know my work would be hanging alongside the likes of Allen Sapp!

This week’s plan is to work more on “Escapees”.  I may be planning a few larger prairie sky pieces as well.  I have noticed an interest in the larger pieces among people in general.

Inspiration Wednesday

Not much time to take photos for Inspiration Wednesday this week.  I have another busy day of baking and cleaning today.  I’m signing off for Christmas.  For now enjoy my larger works I produced this year, soon to be up on this website for sale.  “See” everyone on December 27th. 🙂

“Wascana Creek”

 

“The Barn”

 

“Sprouts”

“Blue-eyed Grass”

 

“Dancing Tree”

 

“African Dream”

In my studio…

Hi everyone!  I had a good weekend and hope you did too. 🙂

On Friday I posted more finished hooked wall hangings for sale on Etsy.  Check them out! They are also available direct from me.  Email me at <jo6865@gmail.com> for more information.

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The Barn

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Wascana Creek

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Above the Garage

 

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Dancing Tree

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Blue-eyed Grass

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Sprouts

Saturday was dreary and rainy here.  So I bundled up more fabric and yarns and posted them on Etsy too.  They are $25 each + shipping. They also are available direct from me. 🙂

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This week I would like to post more finished work on Etsy and more bundles as well.

If the weather clears up and it’s sunny, then I’m hoping to work some outside in the yard.  The patio garden still needs some work.  We still have herbs growing!

 

 

In my studio…

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Sketch I will base my Blue-eyed Grass on.

It was a busy weekend.  I dropped The Barn, Wascana Creek, and Dead of Winter off to be exhibited in the Art Gallery of Regina 40th Salon Show.  Now to focus on this week.  I’ll be busy finishing Sprouts and starting my next piece.

I think my next piece will be a tall, thin, blue-eyed grass wall hanging.  I’m thinking of trying to bleach some nylons for the background for it…to mix with wool and silk yarn and fabric.  But first I need to put the pattern on backing.  So I’ll be enlarging it considerably.  The piece will be about 3′ high.

In My Studio …

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Entries for the Art Gallery of Regina 40th Salon Show: “Dead of Winter”, “Wascana Creek”, and “The Barn”.

I hope everyone had a good weekend.  I know I did. 🙂  On my plate in the studio this week…

  • I have to put proper labels and tags on my pieces for the Art Gallery of Regina 40th Salon Show.
  • I need to buy sturdier dowels to hang Wascana Creek and The Barn.
  • I also want to finish Sprouts, which was forgotten in the excitement of the return of Moose & Mountains. 
  • If I have time, I have to sit down with my portfolio again and see what I’m missing.

What’s up in your world this week?

 

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WIP: “Sprouts”

WIP Thursday

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My works in progress Thursday has been sidetracked by the news I’ve been accepted into the 40th Salon Show of the Art Gallery of Regina.   I’ve been busy devising an appropriate hanging system that will hang securely from nails, and will be working on proper hang tags today.

I’ve already decided to display Wascana Creek and The Barn.  I have one more framed Prairie Sky – Cirrus piece I will enter in the exhibit as well.  It will be interesting to see how my work shows in that space.  It will be crowded.

I always attend this show though.  It’s a great cross-section of local artists and art.  It is a great place to view up and coming artists’ work as well as more established ones.

Well, I better get to it!  Hope to see you there! 🙂

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In my Studio…

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A different kind of weekend this past weekend.  I taught rug hooking to a beginner Saturday.  We had a great time!

Company arrived shortly after my student left to help make sandwiches for a local homeless shelter.  They left after tea and I prepared a quick supper.  Afterwards Hubby and I settled down to watch all 3+ hours of “Gandhi”.

Sunday found me at church, followed by a potluck lunch, celebrating birthdays.  And an afternoon of sleeping!  The latter was totally unplanned and unexpected, but obviously needed, as I slept long and deep.

We enjoyed dinner out before coming home to enjoy a fire in the fireplace while chatting.

Today I’m back at my frame and eagerly anticipating finishing The Barn.

I also have no excuse to avoid my portfolio.  It may mean taking new photos, but we shall see.  I’ll manipulate what I’ve got on my computer first.  Thankfully the weather is nice and warm and, if need be, I can take wall hangings outside to the patio for proper photos.

 

 

Weekly Review

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Hmm…these are sounding an awful lot like my WIP Thursday.  I’ve been having a great time hooking The Barn.  It’s almost finished.  I must admit I’ve been sidetracked by preparing handouts for an upcoming class.  I did finish that job though and am ready for the weekend.

Tomorrow I’ll be teaching my first “From Start to Finish” class.  I’m teaching it over two afternoons, with hooking time in-between, so the student has time to finish her work before we address the various ways to finish a hooked piece.

I’ve also been thinking about the portfolio…but still not doing.  My big catch, as I mentioned before, is photo quality.  I will be working on that today, along with The Barn.

 

In my studio…

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A busy weekend this past weekend.  Hubby and I went to see Brooklyn in the theatre and appreciated the thought-provoking look it gave immigration.  We’ve dealt a lot with the immigrant community in town and know a bit about how difficult it is for newcomers to Canada.  I marvel at how some of them hold up and manage.

This week I continue to work on The Barn.  I can hopefully finish hooking it this week. 🙂

I also continue work on printing out my blog.  A tough slog and break in my rug hooking.

And working on my portfolio.  Hmm…must get back to that.  To be honest, I am not happy with the quality of the photographs in it.  This is going to take some concentrated time to improve to the point I am satisfied.  I want photos of high quality that I can also use for greeting cards.

Plus I need to finish preparing some handouts for a class this coming weekend.  Looking forward to some fun. 🙂

I hope everyone enjoys the day.  🙂