Posts made in March, 2012

end of march update

The first chair seat in the series is all but done and I am very happy with the results. The next one will reverse the colours so it will have a dark background and also will be more fanciful. I am working up to designing the wedding rug with its three houses and winding paths, and of course birds.

I have begun to update the shop and have added the fuchsia bag, the first one I have made this year. It’s a nice one–check out by clicking the shop button on the top left. I was thrilled with the results of the draw and sale–the few bags that were left have gone to good homes.

The blogisversary draw was won by Elizabeth. kittycafe.typepad.com, and she chose the small black shoulder bag featured in this post. It will be in the mail to her shortly. Thanks again to everyone for your participation.

I’ve given myself a deadline for whipping Fireworks–two weeks today. There I said it! It is so much more fun to hook on a new project, but I need to get it off my list and on the floor!  So hold me to my promise!

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Happy Blogiversary Birdbrain!

Thank you all for writing to me to help me celebrate my blog anniversary. You exceeded all my expectations! And I loved reading all your comments. I usually get one or two comments–but this time there were 45 lovely notes to read.

My husband chose the winning number–and it is Elizabeth!  Now, I don’t know Elizabeth, but I have been reading her blog this morning since her name was chosen and I like it very much and look forward to talking to her. I will share the blog and let you know what she chooses once I have been in touch.

Enjoy this lovely day. I’ll be back tomorrow with more information and an update on my chair seat.

xine

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the series

I decided to make a few chairs seats to work out the ideas for my next rug. The rug is to celebrate my younger son, Owen’s marriage to Carissa. I would like the rug to centre on three houses, fantasy versions of her former home, our home and their new home together, with paths connecting them. So this is the first chair seat–photographing it helps to point out the weaknesses and errors–the door needs to come to the bottom of the sill for example. I am experimenting with the colours for the border–it’s a small surface to have such pronounced colours–so I think I will hook some more background before I decide.

The whipping on Fireworks has been at a standstill for a bit. At this point the two short sides are almost done. But I have a couple of hooking dates this week, so that too should more forward. I’ll post a little later this week with an update on both projects.  And, the anniversary draw is on Wednesday!! There is still time to add your comment to the March 15th post.

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away a few days

I’ve been away for a few days. I can’t help but enjoy this summer-like weather, while remaining deeply disturbed by climate change. Such a schizophrenic response–basking in the sun and yet knowing it’s all wrong. This photo was taken at the Detour Cafe in Dundas Ontario, one of my favourite spots to have a latté and draw the world outside.

Thank you all for your lovely comments on the anniversary posts. I love to hear from you. It is hard to believe I have been here for a year–this blog has opened so many new windows and doors. We will see what another year brings!  Remember, the draw will take place on March 28.

I will be working on the on-line store on the weekend. So please check back next week to see what I have come up with.  In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend.

xine

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still time…the sale and draw continue

A BIG thank you to  everyone for your wonderful comments! We have broken all previous records for visits to the site. This is so exciting–and you have until March 28 to comment–either to this post or to the March 15th post. All names will go into the draw.

Owen, my great advisor and supporter, is working on an on-line shop and a sprucing up the blog. So be on the look-out for that. In the meantime, here are a few other pieces for purchase or choice for the draw.  If you are interested in any of these bags or pouches, please contact me at xine@birdbraindesigns.ca and I will be happy to give you all the details.

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I am a retired educator and recovered administrator. I have always been interested in fibre, first as a weaver, now as a rug hooker and screen printer. Over the last few years I have become passionate about giving a new life to cast-off wool and leather. This is my journal where I muse about my creative life.

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