Sunday, August 26, 2012


Set up at the Sherwood Park, Art on the Plaza again.  Today, we have someone doing henna!  Love it. :-D

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Twisted Sisters

On location at the Twisted Sisters Fiber Mill, checking out the alpacas.

Update: Well, I'm home now, and I've got a whole bunch of photos and some short videos to process.  We had a fantastic time at Twisted Sisters!!  The alpacas were adorable, the tour of the mill fascinating, and it may well have been a good thing that they cannot do debit in their store! *L*  They do take cash and credit card, though.  So many beautiful things!  I was able to get one lovely hank of 50% alpace, 50% merino yarn, and I'm really looking forward to working with it. 

I definitely want to go back, and enthusiastically recommend them to any yarn lovers out there!  Many thanks to Barb of the Wandering Woolies for arranging this field trip. 

Once I've got the photos and video processed, I'll put them online for viewing.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


With all the stuff that's been going on, I haven't been posting very many crafting pictures.  This one actually goes back about a month.

Soap Kit

One of the things we got for my younger daughter's birthday was a soap making kit she'd showed an interest in.  Here are a couple of bars she made with it.  The mold held 4 bars of soap in two Celtic knot designs.  The kit came with pink mineral powder for colour, ground apricot for exfoliation and 3 bottles of scent - unlabelled!  We had to sniff them to figure out which was which.  Plus there was a block of goat milk soap to melt down.

She enjoyed it enough that we'll be getting more soap making supplies in the future for her.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Another day at the Plaza

My daughter and I are at Art on the Plaza in Sherwood Park again today. We have started to set up on the other side to protect her paintings from the sun.  She is going to have to replace a frame that warped in the heat already. !!! 

The downside is that now the sun is hitting our backs.  We've been able to rig some shade for her table, at least.  I have started to just set up my chair in front to work, and move to the other side when the shade moves. Lol

Friday, August 17, 2012

Yarn Night Reminder

Just a quick reminder for the folks in Edmonton, that I'm having my first Yarn Night tomorrow.

What: Yarn Night (well... afternoon).
When: August 18 and every third Saturday of the month following, starting at 1pm
Cost: $5  Pre-registration recommended, but not necessary
Where: Clareview Michaels 13703 42nd St NW
What to bring: yarn, hooks or needles, patterns and your own sweet self. :-D  Though it's not a class, I will still be able to give a hand with any crochet questions. 

Since this is our first Yarn Night at this location, it's tentatively scheduled for 2 hours, though we have the option to go longer.  

Hope to see some of you there!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Yarn Bowl - a lovely tool

The first weekend my daughter attended Art in the Plaza was on Canada Day.  Since it made no sense to drive there, help her set up and leave, I brought along my project bag and stayed with her for the day. This way, she can head out whenever she needs to, and I can stay and tend her display for her, too.

After one of these excursions, she came back with a surprise for me, purchased from one of the other artists - this lovely yarn bowl!

I don't know how I missed them in the display, as I've been wanting one ever since I saw one being used by a fellow yarn enthusiast.  These are a fantastic idea!  In the past, before I started reballing my yarn into centre pull balls, I would use just a plain cereal bowl to keep my yarn from rolling around on the floor.  A lovely bowl like this not only keeps the yarn clean and in one place, threading the yarn through the slot keeps it flowing smoothly and without tangles.  A grand idea!

The bowl was at a very reasonable price, and the woman who made it says she can make them in any colour someone desires.  I've been so happy with mine, and I'd highly recommend sending an email to  Deborrah Hughes-Gahr and ordering one! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


At Colours, watching the races, for the Wandering Woolies' 100th Meet Up.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Ready at Art on the Plaza again.
There will be a tour with the artist that made these sculptures in the afternoon.

update:  I was able to go on the tour, and it was really fascinating!  It turns out that these sculptures are the collaborative work of 3 artists, sculptor Catherine Burgess, printmaker Walter Jule and sculptor Royden Mills - of the Edmonton area artist collective Tricycle.  All three of them were available during the tour, and it was really interesting to hear all the background that went into these being commissioned, the ellaborate planning that went into it, and the hard work that brought it all together.  After viewing these, we all went to the Praire Path, where they talked to us about the other installations they designed.  I'm so glad I was able to take it all in!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

A blog to check out

My daughter introduces me to the most amazing blogs!

Check out this amazing evening jacket.

Evening Jacket
Emile Pingat, 1893
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

From the blog OMG that dress!  at this post, it's at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Kinda neat...

It's rather neat to sit in a tea shop and see my daughter's paintings on the wall.
Steeps in Old Glenora, Stoney Plain Rd.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hyperbolic Accent hat

One of the hats I have available at Art on the Plaza today.  I think it looks smashing on Ferdinand.