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Friday, December 19, 2014

Home for the Holidays

They're home!  Back in my arms... and looking lovely on those purple walls I might add!

Where Sunlight Falls, 2014 (2nd place award... it's my favourite)

All three pieces from the Prairies show were returned safely by mail to me today.  My kids came downstairs with boxes - For you mom!  For you mom!  For you mom!  ; )  Awesome.  Everything was frozen cold, but in perfect condition.  That was surprising for how much this show traveled.  I am very appreciative to the organizers for taking such good care.  I always seem to get things back from other events with some wear & tear or matting that needs to be replaced from people's hands.  That's never fun.  But this time?  Awesome. 

Also, in one box was this

To whomever made the front of this one, thank you also for all those beautiful hand stitching!  I love that the awards were fibre art as well.  That is really wonderful.

the new one on the right - Viewer's Choice

For now, these ribbons are up on my design wall.  I need to definitely do something special with them.  They are home for the holidays.  Just in time - our celebration is Sunday.  We will having out turkey dinner and then opening gifts right after to celebrate the Solstice.  The next morning, we have plans to head out to enjoy the first sunrise of the season, and celebrate that the daylight hours grow longer.  Did you know I've been photographing the winter solstice sunrise for almost 20 years now?  I love the tradition.  Thank goodness this winter has been so mild.

The last but not least thing I got in the mail was this.

I didn't join her latest swap.  I felt I didn't have time to complete cards for it in time.  She still sent me one!  Brandy, that is SO sweet.

I should mention that when I had the draw for the digital subscriptions to Quilter's Connection Magazine a couple weeks ago, one of the winners chosen was not linked to an email.  Try as I might, I cannot find contact information and they haven't replied from when I announced their name on the winning post.  SO.  Here's your chance...  without announcing another giveaway, go ahead and leave a comment if you are interested in a digital subscription.  To enter, tell me what your favourite holiday food is.  Mine is cranberry sauce.  mmmmmmmm  I'll pick a winner by Sunday morning.

Have a great day,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some of My Favourite Colours

Look at all these yummy yarn colours!  They photograph so well on the black tablecloth.

I've been craving to do an entire piece with seed stitches, much like 'Where Sunlight Falls'.  This time I will just play around and experiment... see where it takes me.  I'm enjoying the layers and it's beginning (of course) to resemble a landscape.

I'm loving this process.  It's like dipping a brush into several paints and watching the colours all swirl as they are laid down on the canvas.  : )  It reminds me a bit of rug hooking: popping up colours and seeing what you get as you go along.

That's my work in progress.  I stitched all night and then again since 6 am.  I can hear my littlest one up, waiting for breakfast.  I should run!  See you soon,

Friday, December 12, 2014

Shine On.

The week continues to shine on.  

First, the weather this December is like the end of April.  So warm, it's unbelievable.

Second, this blog... check it out!  The counter on the right sidebar has exceeded ONE MILLION views.  1,000,000 !?  Wow. 

Thirdly (because you know good things come in threes, right?) the most marvelous mail arrived!

I did it I did it I did!  I also did a lot of squealing and bouncing.  And then I did it again.  Squeal.  Jump.  Scream.  Bounce.  Woop it up.  Hop around.  lol

Wow.  I applied for a provincial arts board grant in September when I was between studios.  It was a good time to catch up on paperwork.  It's not the first time I've tried for this funding.  This particular grant is to create larger-scale fibre artwork from January to July that is more abstract / impressionistic, but still prairie inspired.  Oh - it was pproved!  Being financially supported in order to expand my creativity is such an honour.  THANK YOU SK ARTS BOARD.  I will continue to create and sell my threadpaintings of course.  But it will be terrific to work so open-ended like I dream about.  I want to create closer up, but larger scale.  I want to stitch by hand with all those gorgeous yarns again like I did with 'Where Sunlight Falls'.  I want to explore what I can do and really move forward.  This money is so timely as well.  Maybe you heard?  Maybe you didn't.  But it looks like we are moving house very soon -which means grieving my studio and preparing for much work starting all over again with a new space and trying to making it mine.  I'm not afraid that we can't do it again.  I am afraid of being studio-less and not able to create until things get packed and unpacked.  I suppose it's all for the best.  I'll have all this pent up energy that will get me all fired up to move an as soon as my feet hit the ground.  In the mean time, I will dream.  Well - I also have the curated show to set up in a matter of weeks.  It all works out.  It always does.  : )

Before I sign off, I should tell you that I have one small threadpainting left.  If anyone is interested in purchasing art before the holidays, please feel free to email me.  It's pictured below.

5x5" framed to 10x10" in dark brown, under glass with the double mat with lots of French Knots : ) 

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