Weekly Review


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.


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WIP Thursday


Still hooking  The Barn.  Almost finished! :)


Still knitting the baby blanket.  It’s slow going.


Still stitching the Hardanger oval Christmas ornaments. :)

Also still working on my portfolio update.


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Inspiration Wednesday

 Sometimes we can learn a lot by looking at the simple shapes we see around us and how they are used in various designs.  What do you see today in the shape of a circle?

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Mom’s Fruit Salad


This is a pretty basic fruit salad everyone.  About as basic as it gets.  This is a scaled down version of what Mom made.  This serves 2 people.

Mom’s Fruit Salad

1 medium apple, chopped with peel left on
1 medium banana, peeled and sliced
1 medium orange, peeled and chopped coarsely
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. sugar or 1/16 tsp. stevia powder extract (2 of the little scoops that come in the small jars of NOW stevia powder) for those who need to watch their sugar intake.

Mix the fruit together.  Then combine lemon juice, water and stevia in a small jar and shake till stevia is dissolved.  Pour over the fruit and toss.  Store in fridge for a bit (about an hour) to soften the fruit and blend flavours.  Yummy!  You can use regular whipped cream or commercial whipped topping, or if you want, you can make a Coconut Whipped Cream Topping for this.

Whipped Topping

Full fat can of coconut milk
1/16 tsp. stevia extract powder (1 tsp. sugar)
1 tsp. vanilla
cinnamon (opt.)

Put coconut milk in fridge overnight. Also cool a mixing bowl in the freezer. About an hour before serving, whip the milk in the cold mixing bowl. Add sweetener and vanilla. Whip till light and soft.  Tastes like real whipped cream!  Can also be used in other places calling for whipped cream.

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In my studio…


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.  :)

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Weekly Review


I finished it!  The Granddaughter’s Needle Box and Thimble Box are finished.  I’m spending some time gathering needles and thimbles from all over this house to put in here.  Here’s hoping there’s enough room!

Other activities this week?

The Barn is well underway.  The more I hook around the fence, the more I like it.  It shows the scale of The Barn, which is really a stable turned picnic shelter. :)

I’ve been busy transferring my blog posts for the last 3 1/2 years to Open Office to edit formatting and print.  I’m keeping a hard copy in binders.

I’ve also been applying to sales and exhibits.  I’ve been accepted at one sale – the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair – and have yet to hear from another.

I’ve also been negotiating with the shops that sell my work.  Prices are $60 for my 6″ square wall hangings and $25 for Christmas ornaments.  Other, larger works, are priced at $150/sq. ft. which is mid-range for this type of work.

I’ve been arranging classes as well.  If anyone is interested in classes in February, I hold them on Saturdays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM.  They are $50 for a teaching fee, and $75 for materials, if you need a hoop and hook, backing and fibre.  The fee will be adjusted if you bring your own supplies.

I have two classes I teach currently: a Beginner Class, and a Curves Class.  The Beginner Class is a simple 6″ square star that familiarizes the student with technique, tools, and fibre types.  The Curves Class teaches circles, backgrounds, and lettering using a floral design.  Both are one day classes.

Today will be busy with more hooking on The Barn, and creating and editing more files for my blog.  I need to buy more paper for the printer Saturday. :)

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WIP Thursday


The Barn is coming along.  As you can see, it is a very small barn.  It is in real life too!  Very small, and very red.  It’s really a stable.  Actually, it’s been renovated into a picnic shelter.  But it was a barn I’m assured.  :)

I’m still working on the Cellular Baby Blanket.  I haven’t really progressed enough to take another photo of it.  It takes a long time to knit a lace baby blanket I’ve discovered!

I’ve been side tracked with another project I started before Christmas – printing off my blog posts for the last 3 1/2 years.  My posts are so photo heavy that I create files for each month and then print them month by month.  I’ve only managed to print from Summer 2012 to Spring 2013.  It’s going to be a long, tough slog.  I am transferring all the posts into Open Office, editing them, saving, and then printing them.

The Granddaughter’s Needle Box and Thimble Box are finished, but that’s for tomorrow’s post. :)

Next up I’ll be working on the oval Hardanger Christmas ornaments.

Hardanger oval christmas ornaments

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