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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Summer Art Update

The Saskatchewan Handcraft Festival was really great.  It was a three day sale last weekend in the Battlefords.  I'm not sure I'll do a three day again any time soon.  I sold half my work on the first afternoon, and nearly everything else by the next.  It worked out that I kept my booth looking filled with cards, a couple of posters, and of course, my sewing machine! : )  I just kept spreading out the last of the threadpaintings to keep it looking stocked.  Tricky!

'Breakthrough' 2016 (sold)

I have a lake scene with the tall grasses in the foreground, and it's available directly if you want to email me about it.  Monika @ My Sweet Prairie . ca (no spaces...).  I can ship anywhere and etransfer or paypal is available.  It's 5x5" in a 12x12 black/distressed wood frame, signed and with acid free floating mat.  It's mostly blues (water and sky) and yelowish greens (horizon and foreground).  There are a couple of birds flying as well.

The remainder of my threadwork will head off to the Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique on Broadway.  THANK YOU AGAIN to everyone who has been shopping there.  : )

My show at Hues is up for one more week.  I haven't been back since the opening to see what else has sold.  A few went right away, but there were sixteen there.

A Garden Impression #1, 2016  / 10x10 inch frame

Last I looked, these two yarn pieces and several more were still available at Hues.  1818 Lorne Avenue, Saskatoon.

Scilla in City Park, 2016   5x7 framed embroidery

Oh!  And all the yarn embroideries at Handmade House were cleared right out!  Goodness.  I'm bringing more in all the time, and will have my mixed media birds there as well.  I always have a variety of different work there including cards and mini threadpaintings, mixed media and yarn embroidery too.

work in progress - small embroidery for Handmade House

You know?  I can't stop thinking about the first year of stitching little art quilts, and how all this started.  I only worked late at night after the kids were sound asleep.  It's crazy to have this evolved to full time work.  Actually, I joke, 'This is my day job.  This is my night job too.".

* * * Oh!  And before I forget * * * 
Station Arts in Rosthern, SK (Facebook link here) has an exhibition & AUCTION of postcard art from around the world on this summer!  Do I sound excited?  YOU BET!  If you scroll through their facebook page or check out their albums, you should be able to find them.  There are nearly TWO HUNDRED 4x6" pieces of art up for grabs, and the bidding will continue for a couple more weeks.  All postcards were donated by the artists and the procedes go to the Station. It began as a little idea and it really snowballed into something fantastic!  There's work by folks I know - Jaynie Himsl, Leona Larson, Denise Epp, Mary Romanuk to name a few.  I sent a couple prairie postcards along as well.  Most of the art cards are fibre, but there are prints and illustrations as well.  They have a restaurant, gallery, shop, and a wonderful summer theatre with events there.  It's a small town venue with a lot to offer!  They are situated in the old train station that stands by the train tracks.  You'll often find yarn bombings on the grounds there.  : )  Can't miss it.

Have a GREAT weekend everyone.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Things I Love Thursday

I realize this post might show up on your feed for Friday, but here it is nonetheless.  I hope you enjoy.

While in the Battlefords, I stayed with a friend from highschool.  It was great!  It was like a slumber party each night.  We laid around on the sofas in our jammies and watched comedies like Sex in the CIty and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt until late at night.  Four nights in a row!  It was pretty sweet.  The market was super busy for me, so I adored the down time with her.

On the last night, the light was just so good, and I said to her, 'Let's get out.  Let's go see the sky and find pretty things to photograph.'  So at that magical hour of evening light, she directed me to some public gardens, both in relation to the Allen Sapp Gallery there.  One was a look out point on King Hill.  The other was behind the Allen Sapp Gallery.  There's a garden planted that is full of traditional First Nations medicinal plants used for ceremonies and healing  It was beautiful!

King Hill was LOADED with Goldenrod and Prairie Coneflowers!  It was incredible.  Each blade of grass seemed to have colour streaked throughout.

And then - shots behind the gallery:

Loads of bergamot, grasses, baby's breath....

Oh my goodness, I cannot even express how much I love that last photo I took!  xoxox

The sun was setting but the tallest blooms caught the light.  Oh this mallow was so incredible.

The garden was absolutely gorgeous.

Suddenly - we were swarmed by those darn mosquitoes, like vampires that come out after the sunshine disappears.  We had to call it a night and make a run for the vehicle.

Thank you Melissa!  Thanks so much also for helping me out at the 3 day market so I could stop to eat food.  lol  That's important!  : )

Have a beautiful day!!

Monday, 11 July 2016

Motoring Right Along...

By 'motoring', you know I mean 'sewing machine motor'.  I have a big sale coming up in the Battlefords at the end of the week,

But first, my show is up at Hues and the reception was very nice.  The entire show is hand stitching, 'unplugged'.  There are sixteen framed embroideries there, and 12 still available at this point.

Scilla in City Park, 2016

Hues is at 1818 Lorne Ave in Saskatoon, so if you are through here in the summer, please drop by!

Thank you to everyone who popped in!  If you drive by at night, you can see a slideshow of the work in the front windows!  That's so cool.

night time photo from the street

As for shifting gears,

- - - - Vroom vroom!!!

I'm in super-duper production mode for a big event coming this weekend.  I'll be a vendor at the Saskatchewan Handcraft Festival in my hometown!  Finally, I'm going to be part of it.  I won't have my yarn embroideries there.  I do have dozens of Prairie Threadpaintings to chose from starting at $45 for the smallest.  I hope you'll come by!  There is a hall full of vendors, all juried by the Saskatchewan Craft Council selling their wares for 3 days.  Events are scheduled in as well.

See you there!  Bring a friend.  Admission is $5 at the door.

ALSO - did you know that Dimensions is at the Chapel Gallery in North Battleford?  It just opened and will be there all summer long.  It's a juried touring show of fine craft be Saskatchewan artists. My threadpainting entitled, 'Prairie City' is there if you would like to see it in person.  : )

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