Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Closed for Canada Day

Happy Canada Day! 

LadeeBee will be closed Wednesday July 1st and reopen Thursday July 2nd.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Experience at the Squam Art Workshop Spring 2015




This past week I took the opportunity to attend the Squam Art Workshops in Holderness, New Hampshire at the Rockywold-Deephaven Camps on Lake Squam. It is something I have thought about attending for a few years since a friend of mine told me about the retreat. I never really thought that it would actually become a reality, but the opportunity presented itself and I couldn't turn it up.

Squam was attended by 178 people, mostly women, last week. People came from as far off as Australia to take in the New England hospitality and to dig deeper into their creative sides.

A number of workshops were offered. I chose Rug Hooking with Beth Miller and Thread and Memory with Joetta Maue. Rug hooking proved to be a relatively easy craft to master. I will say I need a lot more practice, but I can see myself working on a couple of projects into the future. I love the folky appearance of a hooked rug, wall hanging, trivet or coaster. There is something so wonderful about the the way the strips of thread curl around in lines and swirls.
The very beginning of my piece. This will make a sweet memento of the occasion. 

Our instructor showing us the completed sample.
Thread and Memory taught by Joetta began with a short meditation and transitioned into a mind mapping exercise to encourage us to bring out an original idea from within ourselves for our work. The class focused on explaining some techniques for transferring an image, such as a photo, onto a piece of fabric and some suggestions for embroidery stitches. We had the opportunity to select a piece of vintage linen from Joetta's collection. I chose a table runner that had been stitched in a traditional style with a flower motif. This was a very interesting class and it was such a pleasure to spend the afternoon stitching by the fire.
The beginning of my work.

Samples of Joetta's work

Sample of Joetta's work.

The lovely cabin where we worked on our embroidery.
There is so much to say about my stay at Squam. It was such as short time, but we packed in so much, including time to relax and knit down at the dock. Every evening our cabin convened by the fire and we knit, and chatted, and laughed, and worked in silence. Until next time Squam, but for now I will remember my experience with great fondness.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Junction Summer Solstice Festival



The Junction Summer Solstice Festival is taking place Saturday June 20th noon-midnight. LadeeBee will be open from 10am - midnight and we will be celebrating handmade with an Arts + Crafts Sale under the big white tent. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Crafty Idea #2: Nature Necklaces

With the warmer weather finally here it is difficult not to be outside. Playing at the park, heading down to the lake for strolls on the beach, hiking local trails and even enjoying our own backyards. This crafty idea is inspired by nature and is a great one for kids.

We use natural wooden beads with a variety of finishes, cotton cord, and a pendant filled with moss to create this boho styled necklace. Pick up the kit @LadeeBee and bring it with you on your next trip to the park. When the kids need a break from playing, make these earthy necklaces with them. 

We have kits available @LadeeBee for $8 each

You can fill your glass vials with moss provided or go on hunt for small items to place inside: sand, pebbles, twigs etc.

You can pick up extra glass vials @LadeeBee 


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Fundraiser for Nepal this Mother's Day Weekend


Show Nepal Some Love

Fundraiser sale @LadeeBee this weekend May 9th + 10th 12-5
This weekend, under the big white tent, Diana Brugos, of Creations Diana, will be offering local and Nepal made goods for sale in an effort to raise funds for people affected by the earthquake in Kathmandu. Diana has a close connection with Nepal and has been supporting women's cooperatives by importing directly traded goods and selling them in local shops and to friends and family. Diana returned from her recent trip just 2 days before the earthquake hit, but her daughter is still living and working in Kathmandu. Diana is using her connections to get funds directly into the hands of the people hardest hit by the devastating earthquake. The good news is there are no admin fees, no red tape, no government interventions, just money going right where it needs to go.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Crafty Idea #1: Painted Knitting Needles

Pretty up your bamboo or wooden knitting needles with a fresh coat of nail polish! You can use up what you have on hand or head to the drug store for some inexpensive nail lacquers in an array of punchy colours.

BEFORE


AFTER





TIPS FOR PRO KNITTING NEEDLE PAINTING:
*use masking tape to protect the part of the knitting needle you don't want painted
*start at the bottom and work toward the top
* apply two (at least) generous coats
* let paint dry between coats
* if you make a mistake there's always nail polish remover!
* paint polka dots with a toothpick or dotting tool
~Enjoy your knitting needles!