Vacation Notice

Just to let you all know I’m on vacation until Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016.  Have a good couple of weeks everyone!:)

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Weekly Review

Good morning everyone!  It’s been a busy week here.  I’ve had company since Tuesday.  They leave Sunday.  It’s been fun showing them around and doing things with them.  I love sharing our city with visitors!

I’ve started two more online Gale courses: one in communications and one in building a website with a shopping cart.  So far so good.

I managed some hooking on African Dream, but not a lot. I do have the strips cut for most of the finishing though.  Actually, I’m still pulling heavily from my pile of leftover worms from other projects.

A friend broke her foot and today I am going to be cooking some meals for her and her hubby.

I have a long list of things to do today, so I better get at it!  Have a great weekend everyone!:)

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WIP Thursday

WIP baby blanket

The baby blanket is growing!  I need it to be 33″ before finishing it off with another 2 1/2″ of ribbing.  It’s at about 24″ now.

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And African Dream is getting there!

We have company this week.  Plus two more online courses have started.  Plus vacation coming up.  We’ll see how things go for the rest of the month.

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Inspiration Wednesday

Today’s photos are for our friends.  Their children helped plant the patio garden.  Here’s my photo update guys!  Enjoy!:)

Our Garden July 13 2016 - 1

Pear Tomato plant in flower!

Our Garden July 13 2016 - 5

We’ve already been harvesting lettuce!  The radishes are done too.

Our Garden July 13 2016 - 4

The squirrels have been eating our cucumbers!  Hubby calls our garden the Squirrel Trap!

Our Garden July 13 2016 - 8

The sunflowers are up, but not doing very well.  It’s been rainy and overcast a lot.

Our Garden July 13 2016 - 9

Zucchini are doing better in the ground than the big half oak barrel.

Our Garden July 13 2016 - 10

Tomatoes are doing great, as is the oregano.  The beans are flowering.  The peppers badly need more heat and sun!  The radishes, which were in the half barrel, are done.

Our Garden July 13 2016 - 11

Carrots are up and need thinning!  Herbs are doing okay.  We lost a couple of basil to the really wet weather.

Our Garden July 13 2016 - 12

Tomatoes, cucumbers, mint, carrots, Scarlet Runner Beans.

Our Garden July 13 2016 - 2

Scarlet Runner Beans

Our Garden July 13 2016 - 13

The tricolor beans didn’t come up boys.  I guess it was bad seed.  Will plant more beans…

 

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Hubby’s Pancakes

GF pancakes - 2

I have this Hubby who loves pancakes.  So much so that he learned to make his own.  Today I wrangled the recipe from him (okay, I asked nicely and he gave it to me).  I make mine gluten free using my gluten free flour mix.  And I use almond milk to replace regular milk.  But the amounts remain the same.

I don’t know about you, but we like to serve pancakes with a little decadence around here.  We top them off with fresh fruit/berries and 100% Canadian maple syrup. Nothing like the real thing! :)Panc

So here you go…

Hubby’s Pancakes
Makes 9  3″ pancakes

1 c. flour (regular or GF)
3 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
1 c. almond milk
1 tbsp. canola oil
Can add up to 1/4 c. of the following:
oats
nuts (ground)
sunflower seeds
pumpkin seeds (ground)
flax seed (ground or whole)
quinoa flakes
frozen blueberries (can add up to 1/2 c.)
corn (can add up to 1/2 c.)

Mix dry ingredients together.  Mix wet ingredients together.  Add wet to dry and mix thoroughly.  Cook in a skillet with lots of canola oil.  Cook on medium to medium low for 2 minutes on each side, or until bubbles start to form on top.  Then flip and cook for another 2 minutes.  Adjust heat if taking too long or burning before bubbles show on top.

Serve with berries and maple syrup…Yum!  We sometimes add a fried egg to this breakfast.  And, for the really hungry, we add sausages or bacon.  Enjoy!:)

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In my studio…

Last Mountain Lake - 11

Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada

Had a great weekend.  We worked in the yard on Saturday, cleaning up.  On Sunday we went up to the Valley, as it’s affectionately known, and checked out the market gardens and the Snack Shack.  I experienced french fries with sour cream, bacon bits, and green onions for the first time.  Not sure if it beats poutine or not.  Might have to try their poutine next time I’m there.

Today it’s a dark and dreary day out there, with intermittent showers.  I plan to spend my day indoors hooking African Dream.

I also want to finish going through my gmail account.  No, I haven’t finished yet.  I got half way and then stalled for some reason.  I think it was taking my online courses that stalled me.  But they’re over, so I have time to do this again.

I have a lot of reading to catch up on.  So in-between hooking stints I’ll read.

One of the books I’m reading is Rod Judkin’s “The Art of Creative Thinking”.  I’m taking it slow, because, well, there’s a lot to think about in it.  I read a bit, rebel, decide he’s right, and move on.  I think I’m a reluctant artist.  I mean I love the results, but not the time it takes to get there.  I’m impatient.  But once I sit down to do it and get started I am totally absorbed in the activity of creating and making something.  I love the feeling of accomplishment when I’m finished.

How about you?  How do you feel at the start of a project?  The middle or doing part? When you finish it?

WIP African Dream 10

WIP – African Dream – The color scheme is set.  Now to finish hooking!

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Week in Review

I have been working on African Dream off and on this week.

I’ve also been working with the Saskatchewan Crafts Council on a brochure for my work.

Plus I am waiting to hear if any of my newer pieces are going to be accepted for the Saskatoon Art & Craft Fair this fall.  I don’t expect to hear about that for a while though.  Ideally I’d have African Dream finished and entered for jurying.

I received another email from Parallax, a large European art fair organization.  They keep asking if I want to show and/or sell my work in Chelsea Gardens, London, England.  I’d love to!  But it is quite expensive to get it over there and back.  Plus the timeline is a little short for all the red tape and work that needs to be done.  We also have other plans for the fall at the moment, and I don’t need the added stress of shipping work overseas.

I also received an invite to submit to a large art fair in Vancouver.  I think it’s called the Urban Arts Festival?  Unfortunately that was too short notice –about two weeks!  Would love to do that another year too.

It’s reached the point where I need a good six months lead time before I can commit to anything.  At least for now.  Hopefully next year will be better.  It’s not that my professional life is busy.  It’s that I am going through a lot of changes in my personal life the next six months.  Hubby is thinking of retiring in that time frame, and I want to keep our schedule light to accommodate any changes and bureaucratic red tape we might need to go through during that time.  And I know there’s quite a bit of it coming up.

Well that’s it for this week!  Hope everyone has a good weekend.  We’re having lovely weather here.  I’m declaring it yard work weekend.:)

 

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