Thursday, July 2, 2015

Time Off



Well I can’t say that what I have been doing since the tour is time off  
 but it was time away from the studio.

The studio tour went well with around 89 people visiting, which is about average. 
EggBert, Green Man and the Gold Finch House have all gone to new homes 
along with lots of mug rug sets, table runners and rugs. 
It was a good tour with so many nice people visiting.

Doing the studio tour is an enormous amount of work and 
I haven’t slowed down now for months. 
The Monday after that weekend I hit the floor running! 
We have worked all of this month to get the house ready to go on the market 
so there has been lots of downsizing, sorting out what to keep and what to put into a yard sale. Every closet in the house has been cleaned and reorganized, basement is still a work in progress (Pog’s 40 year stash), decks/porch’s have been power washed and I totally repainted, cleaned and reorganized the pantry/laundry room! Whew!! 

New improved pantry!


Moving is going to be a big change for Pog and I. 
Both of us have been living in the mountains for a long time now, 
37 years for me and over 40 years for him.
 At least we are staying in North Carolina, which is a state, that both of us love.
It is time for a change. 
With Pog’s decreasing vision it has become too difficult to take care of
 a big house, yard, flowers, cutting firewood and so many other things that come with living where we do with no support. 
It is time for a simpler house one that is all on one level and has a flat driveway! 
Hopefully after the house sells and we are resettled then we will be able to travel and visit faraway family while Pog still has some vision.

There are of course lots of other things to do on the house but I think we are getting closer to being able to catch our breath soon. 
I hope so because I am anxious to get back to creating.  
 It would be nice to sit and stitch/sew or weave instead of 
being up and down ladders and being hot, sweaty and dirty 
especially with the heat we experienced this month. 
It has now cooled off at least for a few days and some much-needed rain 
has arrived to feed the flowers so it is a good time to return to the studio.
I think a lot of Fall during  summer heat so the table runners 
in progress below makes me feel happy.


Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!!
Louise




Friday, June 5, 2015

Studio Is Open!


Studio is open this weekend for the Toe River Studio Tour. 
Hours are 12 to 4 today and 10 to 5 on Sat and Sun.


Come see me if you are in the area! 
Information about the tour and maps can be found at

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Last One

The Toe River Studio tour is coming up fast 
and today I am weaving my last hand towels. 


 
This will be the last warp that I can finish and
I am surprised by how much I am enjoying weaving greens! 
Starting Monday it will be all about cleaning the studio.
Open studio tour begins Friday June 5th from 12 to 4 
and then Saturday/Sunday June 6th and 7th. from 10 to 5 each of those days.
Maps are available on line or 
at Toe River Arts Council galleries 
and many locations across Western North Carolina.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Blackberry Winter

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It was cool enough this morning that a small fire in the wood stove
 was needed to take the chill off in the house. 
This is sleeping weather, cool and no humidity,
 but there has been little time for sleeping. 

Sadie is the only one who gets to snooze the day away!
There are a lot of changes going on in our household.
 We have been doing some major downsizing
 beginning with Pog’s 40 year stash in the basement. 
 There are finally some empty spaces starting to show up
 but we still have lots more to do. 

My studio downsizing sale helped in easing the load in my space.
 Some nice things found good homes but still haven’t sold the Cranbrook. 
I drastically reduced the price but still no takers as of yet. 
 It is a beautiful loom that needs a good home!

I have not been able to weave and sew as much as I need to. 
The Toe River Studio Tour is coming up soon
 and I have a few more dishtowels to weave 
and lots of hemming/tagging that needs to be done.
 As usual it will be up to the last minute. 

Stack of rugs to tag

Towels and table runners to hem

After the tour is over I will be taking a break from the studio 
while we are getting the house ready to put on the market. 
Pog and I have been making some life changing decisions.
A process that has kept me up for too many nights. 
Change is never easy  and it is scary especially 
when you are going into the unknown 
and way out of your comfort zone. 
Time will tell if we are making the right choices 
but I am going on faith that it will all work out in the long run.

Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day weekend!