While I didn’t get anything completely finished during National Crochet Month, I did get some great starts (and almost finishes).  Granted, these are all small, kid sized.  For the most part, that’s all I do these days.  It’s a quick payoff – way less time to finished product and kids love them.

March is National crochet month!  This has been happening for 18 years and I just learned this today…ugh…  Well, as they say, better late than never.

Drop everything but your hooks and yarn, it’s crochet month!  …if I could, I would!

In honor of Crochet Month, I’ll be making and posting here and on Instagram as much as I’m mentally and physically able to between spinning, working on Kid Frolic Austin (and couple other business endeavors), and getting some serious work done around the house.  Oh did I mention, I’m going on an impromptu trip to Rome, Italy this month too!  It’s no wonder it takes me forever to wrap up projects.  I always thought of myself as slow at getting things done, but maybe I’ve always been overloaded.  I’ll have to think on this…

In any case, I have been eager to make something out of the yarn that I have spun in the last month – what better time than Crochet Month? Perfetto!

Here is a link:

http://www.crochet.org/page/nationalcrochetmonth

I believe they are the initiators of Crochet Month.  If you are at all interested in crochet or learning crochet, take a peek around their website.

12 days ago I sat down at a spinning wheel for the first time.  It happened at Happy Ewe fiber shop, Jonestown, TX, where I had enrolled in a spinning class.  I’d love to say it was love at first site (and touch), but really it took about an hour before I was totally hooked.  So, pretty close…  The first 60 minutes was pretty clumsy and it takes a few to feel it out – get the ol’ brain to coordinate hands and feet while translating  what’s happening with the wheel and the fiber.

Almost 2 weeks in and a pound and a half of wool later, I can’t get enough.  Of course, I’m not very good at it…yet.  But it’s coming along thanks to Misty, the shop owner.  I am glad to have her as a teacher and fiber guide.  She is super knowledgable and her shop is stocked with lots of spinning fiber options.  Wednesday is the last of my 3 week Intro spinning wheel course.  It won’t be goodbye though.  I will be soaking up more knowledge and honing my skills in the advanced classes.

In case anyone is interested: https://www.happyewefibers.com/

I’ve ingested so much information in the past 2 weeks!  Not just from my class, but lots of practice time on the wheel, trying a variety of wheels and wools and really paying attention to the look and feel of everything that spins onto the wheel, reading and perusing the internet for tidbits of info to add to my arsenal, and falling asleep every night to some sort of spinning related YouTube video.  Ugh… YouTube is chock-full of video’s that are almost good…  but that’s a different post.

Looking Backward, Planning Forward

January 12, 2018 11:53 am  /  thoughts  /  , , ,

Well, it’s another new year…

Turned out that 2017 was not as art productive as I’d hoped it to be.  Not that I wasn’t working, I was workin’ my butt off.  My energy was poured into making a go of Kid Frolic Austin, my kid based business.  I love this little business.  Meeting parents and kids at the pretend play stage of their lives…what a great place for everyone to be, such a sweet, fun, and imaginative time.  It’s truly the best stage of childhood.

As wonderful as that is, I find myself needing to satisfying my painting and fine art creative needs.  As I’ve tried over the past year to fit it all in, I’ve come to the conclusion that it just isn’t possible, at least not for me.  Always having a split mindset, always rushing, never enjoying …not a good way to run a business, be creative, or live in general.  It’s time to make some hard decisions.

Due EAST 2017

This group show kicks off the East Austin Studio Tour.  It’s a great place to get a sampling of what you will find when you do the big Tour.  All works are 12″ x 12″ or less so you will see lots and lots of art.  Not only is it a great preview of EAST 2017, it’s a great way to get a piece of artwork and donate to Big Medium which among many other art things, makes EAST possible.  25% or 50% of the purchase price will go directly to art projects like this one.  This show will be open during EAST November 11 – 12 & 18 – 19, 11am to 6pm.

Due EAST reception is November 9th starting at 6pm if you do the dinner ticket, 8:30pm for general admission.  For additional information see the Calendar listing here on my website or link straight over to the Big Medium EAST website for more details.  It’s going to be fantastic!  I can’t wait to see all the artists and art lovers enjoying this once a year event.

and I’m gonna do what I want.

Life just keeps happening and things are always interesting.  Wade & Wander was originally set up to be a mobile continuation of Wade ArtRoom Austin, a local art gallery.  Soon after, it changed to my personal website for fine art painting.  It hasn’t had much attention since.

My interests are many, but I tend not to share all of those extra things…and I’m not sure why.  For many years I’ve practiced crochet projects and sewing.  Some of you may know, I started a kid based business last year that has a component of upcycling costumes.

http://kidfrolicaustin.com/ if you are interested, but that’s a whole different thing.

I love natural fibers and yarns and making things with them!  Maybe it’s more crafty/maker-y than my norm, but I’m going to indulge myself and see what happens.  New section of this website coming soon!

2017

January 2, 2017 12:00 pm  /  thoughts

Looking forward to creating and showing lots of artwork this year.  After taking many months off to work on other projects during the second half of 2016, I’m missing that ol’ brush to canvas feeling.  My painting studio has been void of creative energy for far to long!  I’m heading there today.  Let’s see what happens!  -angela

Wade, What a Great Time

May 4, 2016 4:28 pm  /  uncategorized

After a short run of one year, Wade ArtRoom Austin closed March 31, 2016.  The year was filled with lots of wonderful artwork.  Many art seekers and supporters browsed art by, and mingled with, passionate and hard-working artists.  It was truly a great year.  Wade ArtRoom could not have had a better start.  It is owed to all the artists that Wade was able to host.  It would not have been possible without the dedicated artists and their creations and the willingness to spread the word about Wade ArtRoom Austin…a little hidden gem in east Austin.

Thanks so much to everyone for all the support.