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Studioloo’s New Navigation and Plushies!

I try to life live in a ‘good thing a day’ kind of way meaning I like to try to make little improvements to things as much as I can, when I can. So, I spend some time making the navigation of Studioloo more visual, with less text. It’s always the designer’s toss up to decide if you want to gamble on using images instead of text because I think when you take any kind of technical education or have technical job experience, you always think of these users who really want to buy your stuff but their computer might be from 1982 so the graphics load really slowly and they only have 800×600 screen resolution. I am slowly stepping out of these dark age concerns though because I really like the look and feel of images better.

So, the shop now looks like this, and I like it better – http://www.studioloo.com/shop.htm

 

As I noted in my last post, it’s going to be a busy weekend with Saturday in Brampton at Art in the Open and Sunday in Peterborough at Lang Pioneer Village’s Festival of Textiles. So, if you are in the area of either , come on out and visit me.

Yesterday I also received exciting news that I was accepted in Visual Arts Mississauga’s Art in the Park show on September 22nd.  This is a beautiful space with indoor and outdoor galleries. Last year’s show was a lot of fun with food trucks, great artists and live music. I will be out on the lawn.

vamshow

 

I have placed a few new handstitched plush toys in the shop. Grab them now or they are destined for Art in the Open tomorrow.

All available plush can be found here: http://www.studioloo.com/toysandplush.htm

Have a lovely weekend!

Apparently…I am crazy when stagnant!

My poor little pup, Toasty, developed some kind of illness in the middle of last week and through the weekend so I stayed home with him…all….weekend. I have really come to the point in my life where I can’t ever stay inside the house for an entire day. I don’t know why…but it makes me insane…and makes me think about how I could be doing a million different things but I just sit there…and watch TV.  It’s bizarre but I think a testament to the human body and mind needing nature, activity and stimulation.

So, I looked at my to do list from last post…let’s see how I did:

1. Update Art Yarn page in the shop with all new art yarns.
2. Finish reading driving manual and look into booking test.
3. Review required updates to pottery guild website
4. Think about trip to US and PR stuff with husband, start a plan.
5. Determine packaging for wooden buttons and start packaging.
6. Dye sock yarn.
7. Photograph and update Ravelry with rebranding on new yarns.
8. Work on cowl pattern.
9. Walk every day.
10. Work on documentation database for work.

Ok, not too bad…I finished 4 of 10 things but also managed to finish a few things not on the list…like teaching the husband to weave the rope rug I have been working on so he can help me and as a result I finished 2 more circles and he finished a couple. Here are mine:

 

And, I made really good food, including lovely beef short ribs. Here’s a photo mosaic of the process:

On Sunday I finally broke down and had to take a walk. Toasty was starting to feel a lot better but still just wanted constant sleep so we packed him up in his own little, cuddly crate and walked the beach. It was a nice, inspiring walk and was very nice in that I felt like part of a busy, artsy city. It was quiet and had freshly snowed.

The swans that I visited throughout the summer were there. I photographed these babies in various stages of their growing up process. Now they just look like baby swans but in an adult size.

There were guys filming a music video, singing and playing guitar. They had a cool, little rolling track that the camera could move farther and closer on.

There was even a lady letting her wee bunny take a run around on the beach. He was wearing a cute, little purple sweater and I even got to give him a little cuddle but I only managed to photograph his butt.

Then I collected a lot of amazing drift wood, some charred and a bit piece that looks like a bird head from Beetlejuice or something. I love it!

 

And there was much knitting hexipuffs for my ever-loving Beekeeper’s quilt.

And, in the shop there is a big new art yarn update! Check out the shop here: http://www.studioloo.com/handspunartyarn.htm

Take a peek at these handspinnies!

Also, I am in the middle of re-branding, dyeing, and photographing a ton of new sock yarn and other yarns. But, my best friend, Mat of Manspun fame has also written a lovely sock pattern for use with my yarn.  It’s called Man-Tastic Socks! and works for men or women. It’s a fun knit and great with variegates, solids or semi-solids!

Pick up your copy here! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/man-tastic-socks

 

Poor Week and Summer

It’s about time I update this blog. Admittedly I am so bad at blogging – I blame life…and well, Facebook. Somehow it seems so much easier to chicken-tap a little writing there. I have truthfully been taking a hiatus from a lot of places I used to write – Ravelry, and so on. I just feel like I want to spend more time living, not writing about living – so that’s what I have been doing.

But, this blog is sorely missed and I want to re-focus some of my wasteful energies to it. Because I have something to write about today, it seems about time.

This week I am decidedly poor. Well, not really, but I am doing a little project on ‘making due’. I have had a whole bunch of expenses with a lot of business stock ordering and preparing for lots of upcoming shows so my bank account is sort of complaining back to me. I am not truly too poor or anything like that but I am not wanting to spend money right now. I am just feeling anti-spendy. Mike and I have decided this week that we are going to not do a big grocery shopping – we are going to eat what is in this house. We might cheat to pick up some essentials though – eggs, milk, butter. But that is it – only those staples.  This will be a 7 day project and I will be doing little updates with our meals and what happened.

Today’s lunch was the first of these ‘poor man’s paradise’ we are creating. We found 2 frozen burgers in the freezer and had some hamburger buns left over from the BBQ the other day – so Mike BBQ’d them and I was tasked with making a side dish in the time it took him to BBQ. So, I came up with a salad made of…

– Cubed watermelon (leftover from a few days ago and packed nicely in the fridge)

– Pumpkin seeds (from the freezer, organic)

– Grilled pineapple (the rounds from a can, asked Mike to grill them for me while making the burgers)

– Elderberries – (from the farmer’s market – last year, frozen)

– Rosemary and apple mint (from my front porch herb garden)

The salad was really yummy and the elderberries melted and gave a bit of a nice coating on the grilled pineapple. It was really refreshing.

I will be posting a big huge art yarn update in the shop on Friday. Here’s a sneak peek:

 

June is the Busiest Month Ever!

June has proven to be the busiest of months ever but if you want to see me, you can do so this weekend and I will have lots of new goodies at shows I am super looking forward to. It’s so nice it isn’t all cold and rainy so much these days – making me really want to get crafty and inspired. So, this weekend are the following shows!

Stitch n Kitsch in Kitchener/Waterloo!

More info here: http://www.stitchnkitsch.com/

And on Sunday, Art in the Park at the Neilson Creative Center in Etobicoke – this is my first time doing this show but I am really excited. A few months ago I did a really nice fibre festival there and it was a lot of fun. I will be an indoor exhibitor so come out and see all the wonderful artists! More info here: http://www.neilsonparkcreativecentre.com/special-events/art-in-the-park

I have been such a lazy blogger but I chalk it up to living life – planning my upcoming nuptials and figuring out a bunch of things. I am so looking forward to August when I feel like the most of the work to be done will be over. Phew! Then back down to crafty business. So, if you are following me on social networks, blogs, ravelry, etc. and have noticed I have been super quiet – this is why. For those of you interested, I also do plan to start podcasting with Mat again for the Muststashyo project, as well as very soon I will be planning for Worldwide Spin in Public day and need to start advertising and getting the sites up to date, and so on. So, expect all of that to come from me soonish.

Here’s a little sneak peek at some paintings for the Art in the Park show:

And, my plants are doing really nice in my sunny window – look, the cactus is blooming! First time in a few years!

And, now for some yarny goodness!

Oh, and there are so many more, and new hand dyed sock yarns, lace yarns and worsted weight. So much stuff. I will be doing a website update after all these shows too and will post about that when I get there.

A New Studioloo for 2010 and Other Stuff!

Welcome to the new Studioloo blog and website! I decided late in 2009 that I needed a new space to keep up a daily blog with loads of pictures of what I am up to and share things like recipes, photos, patterns, etc. So, this is it! There are also a bunch of improvements to Studioloo in general – namely the shop! It is scaled down with a focus on fiber arts and has cart functionality, finally!

I have for some time enjoyed doing the graphic part of web design, but have fallen out of love with the coding and configuration of it all, hence why this has taken so long. The many ecommerce options out there all present a lot of different kinds of challenges but I have settled on a solution I am happy with.

Anyhow, January has me feeling really renewed with a focus on wanting to be creative and find new ways to live my life and prepare myself to be more involved in the things I love doing. This blog will be a reflection of that and a frequent window into my life and what I am working on. I have a huge yarn and fiber update underway. I didn’t want to do it right away, but instead allow myself to focus on getting the current stock up on the new platform. I have yet to add all the non-fibery artsy things that I do to the shop. That will come with time.

For those of you who aren’t already aware, I started the Muststashyo podcast late last year with Mat from Manspun and I am really enjoying it. I have dyed up a few skeins of our Cindlebar Matstash bamboo sock yarn that we do for the podcast. We are working on some fun colour development for 2010 among a few other fun projects, giveways and so on.

Mat has also been working on a bunch of yarn for his shop – really yummy merino, cashmere, nylon sock yarn that he has hand dyed in some awesome colours.

Another thing I want to focus more on is photography and recording my process in creating things. I used to be really good at that but in the last year I have had a lot of business goals and personal ones that have pulled my time away from this. So, I am going to try to get back into that. I have been trying to photograph my fiber palettes in the ‘before the spin’ stage a lot more. I find them to be really inspiring and fun to remember and look back on. Here’s one that I spun up this weekend for a line of yarn called Transcends that I am trying to stock up on. It is characterized by long colour repeats that actually only appear one time in the skein.

The theme for this one was purple so all of the fibers in the yarn have purple incorporated in some way, either as the main colour or as flecks in a coordinating colour.

Here are a few other yarns I have finished in the last week or so:

Gold Rush of Sugar:

And an action shot:

And this one was a lot of fun. I mentioned it a bit on the last podcast – Bird and Button Consortium. This was just a phrase that popped into my head one day and came out of my mind as a yarn. It was a lot of fun to make. I carded up really soft batts of merino, seacell, bamboo, soysilk and gold angelina. The yarn is a natural white with a bit of hemp and gold sparkle and throughout it are vintage buttons in really lovely patterns and adorable little birds.

So, welcome to the new blog and the new studioloo!