Mission Accomplished


My sunroom studio is as clean as it’s going to get.   In the process I threw out some scrap wool and cleaned my sale stuff from Saturday out of the living room.

I phoned Canada Post yesterday and they claimed they had just heard from the USPS and they are investigating my missing wall hanging.  Good!

I sorted through my photos yesterday, picking out potential rug themes.  Narrowed it down to three.  I will try and hook two for the TIGHR Tri-ennial convention this fall.  I have no idea what category they are going to put them in though.  My style doesn’t seem to fit any of them.

Today is gym day and a meeting tonight. If it doesn’t rain I will be planting seeds. We managed to plant the bedding plants – flowers, herbs, and vegetables – the last two evenings. It’s been too hot to plant during the day.

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In my studio

studio-mess-2It’s been a while since I posted an ‘in my studio’ blog post.  So today is the day!

Today in my studio is Clean Up Day!

Okay, and a bit of designing too.  Another exhibit opportunity has come my way. :)

I also want to pull out my wall hangings to see what might look good on the wall over my couch, now the big sale of the year is over.

And I have to phone Canada Post about the missing wall hanging.

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Day Off

CVAF-1Hubby is off work, so I am taking the day off to run errands and plant my patio garden.  Hope everyone has a good day!  :)

Edited to Add: I had a good day Saturday.  Sold some wall hangings (thank-you!), sold some cards (thank-you!), and several people signed up for classes (I’ll be in touch).  Several people I know stopped by the booth to say “hello”.  I demonstrated till my voice was hoarse.  Few people seemed interested in trying rug hooking this year.  I had one or two women try, but that’s it.  A lot of people thought it was latch hooking, so there was an educational component there.

It was a bright, sun shiny day all day.  Thankfully a light breeze kicked up around noon. I hooked on the e-patterns samples.

I was suffering from my twice annual migraine (spring and fall), so moved back into the booth out of the sun.  Alas it did not do much good.  I spent Sunday at home in bed. :(

However today I am 100% better.  And it is seriously time to put the patio garden in!


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Didn’t think I’ve have time to post

Here it is.  Saturday.  The day of the big Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair.  And I’m ready about half an hour early!

Had a great time yesterday at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Social Media Workshop follow up.  Learned how to link Instagram to my Facebook business page and Twitter.  Learned I definitely need to caption all my photos on Instagram for Twitter!  Managed to receive record post reach on my Facebook business account.  Thanks for liking and sharing posts folks!  We also talked about some topics we could post on Facebook business pages and blogs.

This was followed by a lovely potluck dinner, a video, and lots of fun chatting and getting to know people.

I came home and Hubby and I packed the car to take all my stuff to the Street Fair today.

Today my goal is to survive the street fair and enjoy it!  It will be hot today, which will mean high attendance.   Usually if the weather is good the street fair can see up to 10,000 people coming through.  It can be crowded.

Well, hope everyone has a great day!  And if you’re local or in the area, stop by the booth at 13th and Rae St. (near the alley), introduce yourself and say “hi”!

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A busy day today

Today is busy.  I have gym this morning, and my requisite nap afterwards.  Ugh.

Then it’s time to corral everything for tomorrow into the sunroom studio.  I have some photos of poppies for designing rugs.  Don’t think I’ll have time for it at the Street Fair, but we shall see.  It will give me a head start on designing for next week.

Then in the late afternoon I have a social media workshop to go to, followed by a potluck, which I may not attend.  Depends on my energy levels and whether I can take some food I can eat.  It will make for a long day Friday before a long day Saturday.

There will be no Saturday review this week.  No time tomorrow.  Most of this week has been focused on the Street Fair, and hopefully, I’ve done a good job of that.  We’ll find out Saturday.  I did manage to finish editing the photos of the wall hangings for future greeting cards or other print/internet uses.

Hope everyone has a great weekend, and look forward to seeing some of you at the street fair tomorrow.  :)

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Good news!

Okra - 12

Okra – 12″ x 12″ – $150 CAD

I had a call from the lady organizing  Join the Thread yesterday afternoon.  The curator wants to use Okra as one of the promotional pieces for the exhibits in Weyburn this summer (there are several)!  I hear it may be in the Weyburn newspaper…The Weyburn Review.  So happy they like it.  It’s a little different from my prairie sky pieces!

Spent yesterday pulling the booth together for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair on Saturday.  Actually went to the gym and had a nap.  Seems to be my usual thing on gym days.

Today will be time to finish editing wall hanging photos.  I have three to go.  

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It’s getting closer!

Sandwich Board - CVAF2015

The Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair is this coming Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM!  I’ll be in front of Traditions Handcraft Gallery.  Come down and pay me a visit!  I’ll be demonstrating rug hooking and selling my work.  There will also be cards for sale and a sign up sheet for classes.

I offer my beginner classes for 1 1/2 hours on Saturday afternoons.  They are $50 for lessons, and $50 for supplies (a kit – fibre and backing with design, hook, and hoop).  Starting this year I can take up to 3 or 4 people at a time.  You can email me at <jo6865@gmail.com> if you are interested.

As a reminder, I also sell tweed and plaid swatches for rug hooking, as well as bags of scrap wool, and some fat quarters.  You can check the “Fabric for Sale” tag at the top of this page, or contact me in person at <jo6865@gmail.com>.  I will not be bringing fabric and supplies to the Street Fair as they prefer to have finished products sold there.


Yesterday I skipped making a list of things to take to the Fair and instead brought everything I’d need to the living room/studio area.  I think I will buy some vapor barrier plastic to put behind the rugs to protect them from sawdust.  I am sharing space with a wood lathe artist.  I don’t know what those are like for creating sawdust.  I’m hoping they are not as bad as a table saw.  I do not want to be washing all my wall hangings and re-blocking them after the Fair.  Not to mention I’m allergic to sawdust. :(

I finished adding a hanging sleeve on Goldfish.  It was a toss up whether to do that or use hook and loop tape and shellack a hardwood hanging board.  I decided to go with the sleeve, for now.  It can always be swapped out if people really want to put up an invisible hanging system.

I edited another three wall hanging photos.  Three to go!

I printed out the SCC juried logo for 2015.  Found my Dept. of Finance permission to sell certificate in the province too.  I’d forgotten about needing that at the sale.

I’ve decided to hook more e-patterns of the month at the Street Fair.  So if you want to see what’s coming up on Etsy in the way of e-patterns, come on down and take a look!  If I have space and time I’ll draw out a design of either a barn or some poppies to hook. :)

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