Thursday, November 27, 2014

Giving Thanks

It's time to give thanks for everything and everyone in my life. I don't take anything for granted. Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! In Canada we already celebrated the turkey feast twice: once with neighbours and once alone with all the fixings that had been purchased before we had been invited over to their place. 
Now in the US, we will contribute some fresh baked pan rolls and head over to friends for the big feast. I am so thankful for all the friends we have here and there! 

Why are you seeing this Tuff Shed image? Well Mr offered me 2/3 of the space inside this beautiful shed, so that I can spread out the crafting studio and truly take over the world. He has offered it before, but now that he is selling his giant motorcycle, there will actually be room in there. So today, if I get the chance, I will start to clear out some of the things and store them in another shed.

The shed is very nicely finished out and has two windows that open and the large double doors. There's a ceiling fan with lights, a radio, vents, heaters.....perfect! So here is the "before" picture. I will be bringing in the largest loom I have - and it is about to get larger. I am installing an expansion kit onto my Nilus II, to take it from 4 to 8 harnesses. Plus I will put on a flying shuttle beater - something that came with the loom when I bought it. While the loom was used when I bought it, the beater mechanism was still in it's shipping box. Brand new. So it will be perfect to have more space and I can go out there to make noise with the clackety-clack of the new flying shuttle mechanism.
I will probably also bring out the warping reel and the drum carder. That will free up some space in the guest bedroom so that the spinning wheels and other loom in there can breath.

I think Mr is the best thing going and I am very thankful that he is in my life.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

thankful for everything

Basically what it boils down to is this. I am very thankful for the most wonderful man in my life, Mr,...otherwise known as BS.
BS has enthusiastically taken on two new and widely different lifestyles to be with me. No matter where I drag him, it is usually cold and yet he comes, unflinchingly.
I try to keep him warm with hand knits, and teaching him how to layer his clothing properly. I feed and water him routinely, trying to keep him a little larded up against the chill.
I am thankful for his good sense of humour and willingness to do all these new things. He's one heckuva guy!
He supports me through all the hobbies and schemes I have going. I love him dearly.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Heading Out

 Soon I will be locking up the studio, which is the space upstairs. Imagine the staircase and deck all in a pale silver  stain. I did that this summer. And also imagine all the ground around the studio white. Yup, there is snow on the ground and that means it is time to get out. The road we live on is not plowed, and before any significant amount accumulates, we need to scram out of here.

I always miss my studio a lot. This will be my sixth winter spent in the south, Texas to be more precise. I miss the open and flexible floor space I have in the studio. I miss the feeling of being in a treehouse. I miss seeing the lake when I sit on the deck, spinning. I brought a loom from the US that is on wheels, with the intention of wheeling it out on the deck too, but I did not get a chance to try that out. I also miss all my books.

Most of all I miss the tranquility and beauty of the boreal forest and the lake. To have this inspirational setting all around me is wonderful. Of course I have great memories to take along, as well as stacks of photographs, but there is something to be said for actually walking the trail and actually seeing the white ermine.