A Day of Serendipity

Class Kits I did finish putting together the class kits yesterday.  Next up is to contact the potential class participants! :)

It is very smoky in Regina right now.   There are huge wild fires in Northern Saskatchewan and the smoke has finally found its way here.  We have an air quality index that goes from 1-10.  We are at 13.  We have friends in Northern Saskatchewan whose air quality index went up to 22 last night.  They are thinking of driving south through the smoke to get their toddler out of it.  It is very bad for the lungs.  As an asthmatic I can relate.  I am doubling up on my medication until this is over.  We do not know if our friends will come or not…it totally depends on the smoke.

We also have some friends that are currently in Hawaii at a conference.  We aren’t sure when they come back – tonight or tomorrow.  I’ve been trying to contact them with no luck.  My guess is they are not checking the internet.  Whatever happens and whenever, they all know they are welcome!

Today’s job is to clean house for all this company.  Especially if our friends show up with their toddler.  We have not had a toddler in this house for a very long time.

If I have time, I will colour plan Ripening Saskatoons.

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In My Studio…

"Ripening Saskatoons"

“Ripening Saskatoons”

This week is going to be a mixed bag.  Hubby is off work for 3 1/2 days.  I have a long list of things we need to do together, and a number of people to touch base with this week.  However…

I am going to start Ripening Saskatoons without dyeing and see if I have enough fibre to pull it off.  It’s a lot of greens.  But then, I have an entire cupboard full of them!  We’ll see how it works out tomorrow.  I’ll see if I have time to pull out fibre and colour plan it.

I did not manage to finish the class kits yet.  I ran the wool through the wool cutter this morning and will finish the yellows today.  I need to put together an email to send out to people who are interested in classes.

I also need to do the delightful job of going to talk to the bank…and deposit some cheques.  That is always nice. :)

I need to re-assess where I’m at and what needs to be done before fall.

I also need to work on my portfolio.

I think that’s enough for now.

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Day Off?!

Yarns-4-kitsWell I’m better rested now.  It’s extremely hot outside.  So I’m staying inside today and…working on putting together rug hooking kits for classes.

I am also going through my greens to see what I need to dye next week.  It’s a terrible time of year for dyeing.  It’s going to be close to or above 30 C the next few days.  But what has to be done, has to be done!  I may try dyeing on our old camp stove, if we still have it.  Then it would be outside.  I remember Shirley Poole dyeing that way at the one and only rug camp I went to.

I need to pick up around here and do laundry too.  Time to get a little bit more organized.  I finally packed away my winter clothes this morning!  My house has that lived in look, if you know what I mean.  I always notice it when I come back from vacation.

I also want to re-design the hanging of artwork on the dining room wall.  I have more paintings I’d like to hang there.  We seem to have a surplus of artwork around here.  Lovely work, but a lot none-the-less.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday.  Enjoy the nice weather while you can!

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Back Home!

Back home and taking a short break before heading onto my next project.  I think I will be dyeing fibre next week to get the right shades and number of shades for the unripe saskatoon wall hanging. :)  Lots of light green coming up…

A review of the week reveals I did zero sketching, some photography, and some checking out of galleries in Alberta.  I mostly spent time with family and celebrating the life of my rug hooking teacher – a truly talented and phenomenal woman.

Tomorrow I will be doing laundry and re-organizing for next week.  Monday I will have to do some banking.  This is good.  I received payment for Moose & Mountains from Canada Post, bless their souls, and a check from one of the shops selling my work.  I’d rather have Moose & Mountains, but I guess the money for it is better than nothing.

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Gallery time

Had a great time this afternoon gallery hopping in the gallery district of Edmonton on 124th St.! :)

Started with the Daffodil Gallery on the west side of the street and walked down to the Douglas Udell Gallery and the Lando Gallery.  I liked the Daffodil Gallery a lot.  Friendly people, a variety of artwork.

We also went up the east side of the street.  There were five or six galleries there.  One is the Bearsclaw Gallery which represents First Nations artists across Canada.  Lovely work.

We also stepped into the West End Gallery.  I really liked the variety in there – stone, metal, ceramic, and paintings.

What was missing?  Fibre.  From all the galleries.  They claim they don’t have a clientele for fibre.  Hmm…they suggested if I was interested in fibre to go to the Alberta  Craft Council Gallery.  Hmm…that’s a pretty packed gallery!

I did find out after I left Calgary that there is a major folk art gallery there.  Ah well…maybe this fall…

I did make contacts, but I also learned that fibre is not popular in Edmonton.  I discovered that the galleries are not doing well right now, and that buyers are skittish with a new NDP government in town.   I am hoping by fall things will have calmed down a bit and I will get a better feel for what’s happening on the Alberta art scene.

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Up and at ’em

Everyone is bouncing around overhead, so I guess it’s time to get up.  It’s 8 AM.  We’re in Edmonton right now.  We’re off to check out galleries and the public library today.  Also off to visit lots of extended family this evening.  I think I’ll reserve this afternoon for a nap!  We had a late night last night. :)

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On the road again…

Hi everyone.  Today’s post is from downtown Okotoks, Alberta, Canada.  Well, almost downtown.  We’re house sitting for a friend of family.

The drive over was fun.  We stopped at Chaplin Lake, Saskatchewan to walk through their eco-museum and chat with the park interpreters.  Chaplin Lake is a major flyway for migratory shorebirds in Saskatchewan.  Always interesting to see what’s on the lake.

Then we stopped at Morse, Saskatchewan to see their museum and have tea in their Victorian tea room.  We had a personalized tour from Becky, a new guide at the museum.  Found a couple of rugs in their displays.

The rest of the drive was uneventful, as we were running late and didn’t dare stop until suppertime.  Then we were in Strathmore, Alberta and stopped at The Station Restaurant.  The Station is an old railway station that’s been turned into a restaurant.  Great ambience and great food!

Lucille’s memorial service went well yesterday.  It was a chance to celebrate her life and renew old friendships and chat with family we haven’t seen in ages.

We had a 2 hour drive to the location of the memorial service, which took us right through lovely Bragg Creek, Alberta.  We stopped both going and coming.  I chatted up a gallery owner while there.  He is closing up shop he says.  He does more business online and cannot see the need for a $6000/mth. brick and mortar gallery anymore.   Sad news when gallery owners can’t earn their keep.  He said that people were not buying like they used to.  Maybe a skittish Albertan province now the NDP are in power?  We’ll see.  I asked him about Calgary folk art galleries that might sell fibre art.  He did not know of any.

We also had a lovely dinner at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.  It was hurried, unfortunately, but lovely.

Today we are up and on our way to beautiful Edmonton, Alberta.

Sorry for the lack of photos in my post.  I have yet to figure how to get the photos off my iPhone and onto my Mac.   Sad, I know. :(

N.B.  Posted this late as I did not have time this morning.  Hope you enjoy reading it anyways. :)

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