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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Things I Love Thursday

Lately, my husband and I have been going for walks here and there around the city after the kids are off to school.  Michael is a realtor here in Saskatoon (his page is linked here).  So, he delivers his flyers to homes while I collect photos of pretty things.  We get some couple time out of it as well as fresh air & exercise.  It's all good.  ; )

Lookie what I found yesterday!!!

click to see WAY bigger!

There really is not much out there in terms of spring and blooms yet, and so these were such a treasure!!!  The best part is that they were full of bees.  xo  Oh the colour just surprised me so much!

: )

Also, today we celebrate the 10th birthday of our youngest child.  How did they get so big so fast!?  : )
Happy Birthday to my dear Arwen. xo

Have a great day, and I hope you notice little pops of colour here and there when you are out and about.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Talk Talk Talk

The weekend was so busy that by Monday night, it felt like Friday.  I was ready to take the night off and party, I was in SUCH a good mood.

First up, I was a guest speaker for the meeting of the Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild.  They asked me to talk about thread, so I put together a presentation on weights, types, uses, and then we discussed the ever-pressing debate of 'cotton vs polyester'.  It was a quick 20 min but I tried to pack it with useful info.

I'm not sure who all has blogs, but look!  There's Flo from Butterfly Quilting in the middle, and then again hugging her quilt in the bottom right corner.  She lives so close but we hardly run in to each other.  She bounced up to me and gave my the BEST hug ever.  THANK YOU for that Flo!  ; )

They were very interested in the 46 year old baby quilt I brought for them to inspect.  The cotton fabric quilt blocks began to biodegrade decades ago.  In some areas, there was not a thread to be seen!  The polyester fabrics & fabric blends however, were there in full colour with no breakdown.  It made a fine specimen!

I got to sit in on their show and tell, which is always so colourful.

The very next day, I headed over to do a full powerpoint presentation to my very first quilt guild.  I was a member of the Saskatoon Quilters Guild for 5 years (2008 to 2013?).  They are a BIG guild of 200+ members and they pull off a HUGE quilt show every 2 years at Prairieland Park.  I've presented to them a couple times before, but the last time was 5 years ago.  That was a long time ago.  There was plenty to catch up on!


I put on the old nametag which was loaded with guild and show pins, and headed off after lunch.  It sure was good to see them again.  I spoke about my journey since they last saw me there.  It was great to share stories with them about working with kids, other artists, and the opportunity to curate.

And so, to the afternoon committee of the SQG, THANK YOU for having me.  I really mean that.  xo

Public speaking is always a little nerve wracking for me, but I sure am invigorated afterwards!

Next up: Edmonton, Olds, and Regina will each get presentations this spring too.  I'll be in Winnipeg again later this fall.  p.s. Is anyone up for a Talk or Postcards Class in Calgary?  Contact me at Monika@MySweetPrairie.ca   I have some time there at the end of May.

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Have a great day!!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Quick Like a Bunny

Last week, a woman from another town contacted me to say, "We have enough people to run a class at your studio.  How about Monday morning?"  Well, honestly, how could I say no?  : ) I spent as much time as I could squeeze in cleaning up my studio.  It was scattered with yarn, fabric, more yarn. thread, papers, frames, matting, glass, more thread, stabilizer, scraps, tools, wire, cameras, cables, more yarn... I created quite a mess between grant writing and prepping for Gardenscape.  However, there's no time like the present, and I am super happy to have a cleared workspace once again!

Come 10 am Monday morning, no sooner had I put my shingle out when there they were!  5 women with 5 matching bags, carrying 5 sewing machines stepped out of one vehicle and headed through my front door all at once.

I swear they said 10:30, but there they were at 10 am. I sent them into the studio to set up, and I ran back up to my room to find socks and brush my teeth.  lol!  Quick like a bunny, and away we went.  What a gorgeous day, and what a great group.  We chose the theme of Springtime, since the pelicans are back and the crocuses have popped up in masses.  The strange thing is how this seemingly highly coordinated group, (some of them with matching first names!) all managing to create very unique Spring themed cards.  Most of the women got a second one started to take home, but here are the 5 first cards made by the 5 women.

You can see dandelions, a spring birthday, butterfly, rain, mud, birds and a colourful spring morning sky.  Some had ideas ready to go and some figured it out along the way.  I must apologize for the photo quality.  The top two cards look absolutely terrific in person, but the camera really took something away.

After packing up their 5 machines, the 5 women headed upstairs and out the front door all at once to pile into the one vehicle and drive off for a lunch date together.  I'm laughing as I'm typing this, because my recounting of the group visit is coming across as if it were in a Dr Seuss book, isn't it!?    : )

I spent the rest of my afternoon picking up kids and doing some shopping!  I went to a few shops to load up on class supplies for my new workshop at Olds College in Alberta next month.  Oh how fun was THAT to load up on fibre art supplies!  : )

I'm really looking forward to that weekend.  In fact, I don't know that I've ever felt this positive about a course before.  Usually, I have some level of anxiety or nervousness.  Not this time.  I wonder why that is?  Maybe I've finally been teaching long enough to know that you can't foresee anything.  Every class is different and every group is different.  Even every teacher is different too, right?  SO what can I do but be myself and enjoy the day as it comes.

And then to celebrate the gorgeous day, we treated ourselves to supper outside.  Mmmmm, smokies, marshmallows and fake beer.  lol  I love sitting by the fire.  Long after everyone else heads inside, I'm still sitting there enjoying life... immensely.

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