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What an amazing day yesterday was – weather, foliage and wonderful visitors all day long. Of course I have started buying!!!!

Here are pix of my last 2 artists – Peter Christie who makes furniture out of 100+ year old recycled wood and Carmen Allen whose glass birdfeeders and 3 dimensional glass pieces are unique:

Well last night Mr. Honkin Big Racoon (who the previous night ate alllllll the corn off the corn stalks we had used to decorate the porch) decided he was still hungry and up on the porch right in full view decided to have frogs legs for dinner!!!!!  One leg later we saved the frog and put him back by the pond and Mr. Racoon wandered off.  Today the frog is gone but no evidence of further mangling – I wonder if a frog can live with only 3 legs – I hope so.  Love all the frogs in my pond although the water lettuce has reproduced sooooo much that the poor things can barely get into the water.


I am soooo excited I need to post more pix of our artists work:

Doug Purdy our primitive carver.

Janet Whitham our weaver.

Lionel Bedard our woodturner (his finish is like SILK) and Cindy Laneville our mosaic glass artist.

Hmmmm still need to get pix of Carmens 3D glass and Peter Christie our furniture maker.


… and I am off in about 2 hours to do a radio interview in the parking lot in Westport!  Have been awake since 3 o’clock – would that be nerves or rambunctious cats!!!

My artists are almost all set up – just waiting for one final artist to drive in from Montreal.  I will post pix of everyone’s work over the next 3 days but here are pix of my set up and a few pix of Steve and Karen Henderson’s work.  They recycle old farm implements into garden art and furniture – very very funky!  I own a few of Steve’s pieces – had to hide them away so they don’t get resold!

We are supposed to have a glorious weekend weatherwise which is wonderful! Now if the bear and racoon would just keep away for the weekend we would be fine.  Mr. Coon decided 2 nights ago that he wanted to start chowing down on the punkins on the front porch – so every night we have to bring in the punkins and indian corn or there would be nothing left by the end of the weekend.  Kind of like our studio tour signs – we put up a lot of signs (being out in the woods farrrrr from civilization we NEED lots of signs) and invariably signs are taken down, thrown in ditches, moved to other locations.  Don’t know if it is local pranksters OR hmm could it be someone from one of the other studio tours :-)!  So we will probably have to drive all the way out every night to take down the signs and go back out every morning to set them up again.  Had our first visitors yesterday though – guess the signs need to indicate that the tour starts Saturday  morning!!! Well here’s hoping it is a good one for all our artists this year – we have 41 this year!


I dyed yarn yesterday for the veins in France’s leaves.  France bought some great yellow and beize lopi at Janie H. Knits – if you are not familiar with Janie’s shop it is in Glen Tay not far from Perth and has wonderful yarns for knitting but also for hooking.  I have bought some great Fleece Artist and Lopi yarns there for hooking and I know for a fact that she is getting in some yarns later this fall that will be wonderful hooking yarns!!! (a little bird told me!).  So check out Janie’s shop.  The lopi is a great weight to mix in with wide cuts and dyes soooo beautifully.  I use a really easy method for dying small amounts (up to 15 yards) of yarns.  I presoak the wool for a short period of time and then squash it into a 2 cup glass measuring cup.  I mix up small formulas of the colours I want to blend on the wool.  Add boiling water and vineagar to the dye immediately and pour part of it over the yarn.  Microwave for 3.5 minutes. Using tongs (the wool is HOT) turn the yarn over and pour the second colour over the other side and microwave for 3.5 minutes.  If you want to add a third colour flip again and remash and add the third colour (you will have to dump out the cleared water after each application of dye has been absorbed).  I then spot on some of the remaining dye to give brighter spots.  Once the last dye has been absorbed hang to dry.  This is sooooo easy and you can really play and have fun with colour when you try this method.

Finished another purse for this weekends show – I really do love making purses.  They are small pieces of “art” and quick to hook up and put together.  And everyone is different – no time to get bored!!!  This is the latest purse:

I am also getting a painting from Lison Salois.  I met Lison a few years ago at Art in the Park in Ottawa when we were both doing the show.  I love her whimsical funky colourful paintings and Lison did this one just for me!!!!!  Sheep and penny rugs – can you imagine anything better for a hooker!!!

You can find Lison’s work on her website Lison does a number of shows – Fanfayr being one.  Next weekend I am doing the Quoi de Neuf show in Sutton Quebec and will meet up with Lison and bring my painting home with me!  Am also meeting up with a friend I have not seen in years – Odette.  Odette used to hook with yarn a la Cheticamp technique but the most wonderful amazingly detailed rugs that looked like tapestries because of the fine yarns she used.  Hmmmm wonder if I can get some pix from her of her rugs – a very different look to the usual wool strip hooked rugs but very very beautiful! So excited about going back to the Quoi show and meeting up with friends!


Soooo Monday afternoon Gord and I left for Etobicoke where I was teaching the talented hookers how to put together their purses.  Now Toronto is NOT MY FAVOURITE CITY – wayyyy toooo big!  I get panic attacks when I have to drive anywhere bigger than Westport (population 700!) – well maybe Kingston!  Anyway we made it to our no tell motel in one piece (thank goodness we drove through Toronto at 7 p.m. so almost! all the traffic had died down!).  We had booked into a motel close to where I would be teaching on Tuesday morning – found a place on the internet that was reasonably priced and professed to be “super clean with no prostitutes or drug dealers in evidence!”.  Hmmmmm does that give you stomach pains!  Got to the NOT SO CLEAN motel and immediately pulled all the sheets and mattress covers off the bed (room had a slightly smoky smell to it even though the sign on the door specifically said it was a nonsmoker!!! – but WHEN it became so is the question!).  Ahhhhhh no little brown specks – god are bedbugs brown?  All I know was that a friend told me to check for brown specks – would that be bug poo? Found nothing – sheets seemed clean and bed felt good.  Checked the TV – or rather hubby did while I was unpacking – and I heard a Hoot and “hey what kind of motel did we book into – the first station that popped up on the screen was the PORN station!!! ughhhhh. Anyway we figured out how to get NON PORN and off we went for a late dinner – ran across 6 lanes of traffic on Dundas Street (almost flattened in the last few seconds) and had spicy chili – probably NOT a good idea at 8 p.m. which is my usual bed time!  But I profess – I slept well!!! Did not dream about what might be causing the itching feeling (I think it was all in my mind) and woke up refreshed and ready to tackle the hookers! Oh did I mention that as we were preparing to run back through 6 lanes of traffic there was a police car in the motel parking doing a verrrrrryyyy slow driveby!!!  So much for the no prostitutes and drugdealers!  🙂

Next morning after a great coffee in the lobby and sustenance at my favourite coffee shop – TH! – off to work with the ladies on purse construction.  WELL it was a wonderful class!!!!  Prepared or unprepared we got those purses all put together in the class.  Some of the ladies had already finished their purses!!! one as a pouch for hooking “stuff” rather than a purse (loved that).  I had a great time working with these ladies and took a lot of pix of hookers with finished purses (my apologies to those ladies whose pix I did not get in time!).  I am going to post some below – a couple of the ladies in the class were 90 years old and walked away with amazing purses.  Thanks to Sandra England for organzing this fun day!

So today I work on getting more prepared for our tour this weekend.  I think my stuff is all set up! Also have to prepare myself mentally to meet up in the parking lot in Westport at 7:15 Saturday morning to do a radio interview for Lake FM – hmmm hooker in the parking lot!  Last time I did this Hugh introduced me by asking me if I was really a hooker!!!!  Always with the hooker jokes!!!!


Well I have to admit it was a fun little show!  Not a huge show but very nice and well organized with a good variety of vendors and a beautiful display of needlearts.  There was a little bit of something for everyone – rughooking (of course!!!), wonderful yarns for knitting and hooking from Rosehaven Farm, lovely hand dyed threads that were brought alllll the way from Quebec City by Penelope ( ) great for stitching those penny rugs and wool applique and punch needle as well as xstitch), quilt fabrics from Quilt and Stitch and much more.  There was also a wonderful booth – Calcutta Rescue ( – that had bits and pieces of old recycled saris.  I bought a lovely scarf that used to be a sari.

While I was there I hooked a new purse (hmmm selection is getting pretty sparse in the purses!) – Frost on the Punkins – which was verrrrry appropriate for yesterday’s nippy weather.  Put it together this morning and will make up one purse kit with this design.  I love the navy blues with the punkin colours!

Today I start setting up the house for our studio tour next weekend.  With 8 artists in and outside it will be interesting to see how I rearrange furniture in the living room and on the porch!!!!  Think perhaps I will set up my own work first and hmmm perhaps time to clean out the studio.  I think the dust bunnies are almost the size of mice and the cats are getting nervous. I figure if I strapped dusting cloths to the bottom of Peanuts belly she could sweep the floor for me.  Her belly is rather low to the ground and drags at just the righttttt height.