* * * SK Craft Council Boutique (linked) - 'Wish You Were Here' Quilted Prairie Postcards stocked for summer! 710 Broadway Ave
* * * PRAIRIES Fibre Art Group Exhibition - 3 embroideries in FFAA juried competition @ Enterprise Square, 2nd Floor, 10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton until Aug 30.
* * * Dimensions - touring, juried group show of SK fine craft is at Woodstock Gallery Ontario (linked) from July 5 - Sept 13, 2014

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

That's a Wrap!

I am SO glad I went to 'Dog River Days'.  What a blast!  I'm not even kidding.  The weather was terrific.  The clouds were gorgeous.  The people were so fun.  My family were constantly entertained while I greeted people inside.

The town is called Rouleau.  This is where the show 'Corner Gas' was filmed.  In the show, the fictional town is called Dog River in case you were wondering.  There is no river.  : )

I had a booth in the Town Hall for the Farmers' Market on Saturday.  In a couple of hours, I had all my threadpaintings sold to some very wonderful folks.  (Thank you all!!).  I got some great connections to art showings, opportunities to teach workshops, and future commissions.  I think I made quite a few new fans.  Reactions were very exciting for me to see!

Pictured above is my work in progress on the left, my photo to the right.  Pictured below is the finished threadpainting.  This was the first artwork to go!

High on the Banks 2, 2014 (sold)  4.5x4.5"

Then we got to pack up a little early and head out on to the main street for a special treat.  Over the course of three days, there were facepainters, bands, hot cars, ice cream, watermelon eating contests for the kids, a big dinner, and the vendors hall to name a few.  Stars Brent Butt and Fred Ewanuick (Brent and Hank) from Corner Gas were there with the town to celebrate the completion of Corner Gas: The Movie.  It also served as a major town fundraiser for a children's spray park.

There was a Riders Game to follow in Regina - so you'll see lots of people wearing green / team colour.

There were two blocks of fans out on the mail street to be part of it.  The organizers up on the mainstage cranked out the tunes of the intro & ending songs from the show's TV series while the camera crew walked through the crowd in an attempt to film EVERYONE there for inclusion in the movie credits.  !!  We were directed with particular clapping and shuffle steps.  It was so fun.  We were all a little star struck - super happy, clapping, smiling and dancing as they went through each song twice.  The stars of the show stayed late to post with anyone who wanted a photo and get autographs signed.  Brent Butt is known for being extremely gracious that way.

I love my zoom lens.  I took this from a half block away!  : )

I know.  I know.  He has a strange last name.  It makes everyone giggle.  Butt.  It's real.  It's likely how he became a comedian I suppose?  My 8 yr old has never seen Corner Gas.  When she heard what all this was about, she just stood there on the road and looked up at me with the most critical voice ever, "REALLY.  Really mom?  We came all this way for some guy named Brent BUTT!?  His name is BUTT!?  You have got to be kidding me."

Yeah honey.  We did. : )

That's a wrap!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Postcards Workshop

Anytime I head to another town or city, I like to put a call out to run a class in order to help pay my way.  This weekend I headed to Regina / Rouleau and Jeannette from Jenny Penny Poppy hosted a postcards class with some of the Regina Stitch Guild (I hope I got that title correct).  The class was held in White City which is a small town just 5 minutes east of Regina.  Jeannette happens to be an amazing artist / embroidery.  Please check out her beautiful blog!

I'm taking a picture of Jeanette taking a picture of me.  (Her art on the wall behind her.)

Jeanette and six of her stitching friends gathered in Jeanette's creative space.  I brought all my postcards for a show & tell, all my card making stash, and picked the theme: Near & Dear to My Heart.  Away they went...

I always adore her hand stitching.

Pictured above is Jeanette's card.  She loves her garden!  Her sewing room has a walkout to a beautiful green space.  It began raining but I managed to quickly snap this pic from the doorway.  ; )

hollyhocks by her door

I often get distracted by pretty things once I have my big red camera out.  Look at this paper-folded book that one of the participants created in a recent workshop!

Super-lovely.  I love interesting books.

Here are the terrific postcards that the group made - photographed 'Canadian Style' on top of a camping cooler. : )  I was going to crop that out but I decided that the women's hands were to sweet, so I left them in.

Each card has something near and dear to the maker's heart.  During the show and tell, I asked each person to tell us what that was.  That's always my favourite part of class.  Aren't the cards spectacular?  Not all are completed yet.  Some still need borders put on.  There are so many techniques - lots of layering, different applique methods, hand stitching, couching some nice chunky yarns, and look at those elephant ears!  : )  Very 3D.

Thank you ladies for having me!  Thank you Jeanette for opening your home.  I had a really nice time.

p.s. As promised, your 'Dog River' Postcards are on their way : ).

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Snapshots

My road trip from Regina to Roulea.


We were rained on a few times, but the entire day at 'Dog River' was just perfect.

 It rained many times and cleared over and over.  It was just so pretty!

Everything is just so full of colour.  We passed seven flax fields!  Unfortunatley it was storming at the time so it's hard to see the colours well.  Still, not bad for a 'drive by shooting'.  : )

I adore the cloud - it is one giant.

And of course, there's something so picturesque about seeing those old red barns on a sunny day.  : )

Too sweet. 
Happy Sunday everyone and see you tomorrow!

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