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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Here Comes February!

Goodbye January.  Hello February.  In two weeks it will be Valentine's Day.  If any of you are planning to make quilted postcards for the occasion, I still have some pinks, purples and red embellishments packs as well as a new batch of precut doublesided fusible postcard stabilizers.  The pack of stabilizer comes with 4 handstamped backings that are slightly larger so that you can trip to fit just perfectly after fusing.  A whole bunch of colourways just sold out (thank you) but I will be refilling my shop by the end of February.

Along with some other classes, I will be doing a big postcard theme challenge at the Tiger Lily Quilting retreat in mid March.  That class will be unlimited for # of participants (as much as the classroom can hold) and is the most fun, creative and low priced workshop I run.  Also - I bring EVERYTHING else you'll need and the kit fee is dirt cheap.  All you need is your machine and a box of thread.  Everything else is a surprise. : )

BUT FIRST - I'm going to be doing some fibre art classes with a variety of grades at 2 different schools i the city this week.  That's so exciting!  We'll be doing everything from fibre art postcards to cross stitch, and even a gallery tour.  The only downfall is that it equals about one hundred children. YIKES - I best get packing and putting kits together!

Enjoy your weekend, and if you are interested in peeking in at my Etsy shop, you can do that HERE.

Thanks so much everyone!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Finished it Friday - Earth & Heather

Here you go!  It is done.  : )

It's quite large.  I can't wait to see it matted and framed.  No glass.  It will likely have a dark linen mat.  This is a BIG piece.  It measures 15 inches by 6 inches / 38cm x 15cm.  Once matted and framed, it will be quite a substantial size for the wall.

This is the second finish for the SK Arts Board grant project.  If you click on it, you may be able to view it a little larger.  These long embroideries I have made look quite different when viewed vertically!  They take on a more contemporary feel.  That happened during the jurying process with Where Sunlight Falls.   I turned it vertically and they went, 'Woooooo!!!!" lol.  It was a totally different take than seeing it in traditional landscape mode.

I'm going to turn it here for you so that you can see how it feels different.  Of course, the choice of matting and framing will change how it feels significantly.

When I created it, it was made with the horizontal orientation in mine.  hmmm...  We shall see.

: )

Thanks for popping by everyone!  See you soon,

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Things I Love Thursday

I love this January.  We have had the mildest 2 or three weeks.  It's been lovely!

Sutherland Beach in January

With the fabulous weather came a bout of outdoor skating!  We love outdoor skating on ponds the most, but our local one still has warning signs up from the warm weather.  We headed off to the Bess rink overlooking the river.  I had forgotten it was 'Winter Shines' - when Saskatoon hosts lots of fun outdoor activities.  We have never taken part because usually it's minus 40C around this time of year.  Not so this January.  We skated on the worst rink conditions ever (slush and puddles) and loved every second of it!  ; )

conga line on ice, led by Anna, Elsa & Olaf in downtown Saskatoon

I love skating at the Bessborough Hotel.  The new warm up house still has the wood stove, but lots of glass windows to see the rink, and loads and loads of free rental skates for all sizes.  There was a big bonfire and huge speakers playing fun music.  Free hotdogs and hot chocolate too!  We stayed until our feet hurt.  I love stepping back into my winter boots after skating.  It feels like velvet slippers!  : )

Being outside by the first and having that much fun completely rejuvenated my spirit.  I kept wondering - why do I feel SO GOOD?  Was it the fresh air?  Was it the skating?  Then I realized.. it was sitting by the fire.  I love fires.  So, after supper back at home, I hauled out the firewood and started a good blaze in our backyard.  The wood was so so dry that one hit with the axe caused a lot to split into three!  lol  No kidding.  It took 2 second and it was burning strong.  We had a great night poking at the coals and relaxing by the flames.

Happy Thursday everyone!  : )

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