Friday, November 27, 2009

Grove Gallery Co-op for the Holidays!

First I would like to thank all of the Gallery and Guest Artists for joining the Grove Gallery Co-op for our Holiday opening.  Second I have to thank all of the friends, guests, family and customers that joined us to make this opening a success!  I believe that Sunday made second place for our top sales day since we have been open, but don't worry, there's still plenty here that will make great presents and hostess gifts, and gifts for yourself!
Here's what we're looking like this year:
From the outside (it's hard to see the display unless you're up next to it).

From the inside, Martha Brownscombe's stockings and beaded ornaments by me.)
We have quite the array of scarves, ornaments baskets, pottery and wall-art this year thanks to our guest artists and the gallery artists.
Anita Brett does amazing watercolor portraits, we've hung Deb Cholewicki's baskets so you can see them better, there's jewelry galore, and tons of fun pieces to get inspired by!

Our hours will stay the same through Christmas: 12-6 Monday thru Friday, 12-4 Saturday and Sunday

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Knitting Neck Scarves!

So as I said before with my fingerless gloves pattern, I love to knit to keep my hands busy.  It keeps my mind from wandering away from what I am supposed to be payng attention to.  I even knit when I walk places, which people seem to find very entertaining. 
I have just finished another neck scarf that I've put in the Grove Gallery Co-op.  I was hoping to have it done for the Holiday Open House, but alas, I was amidst ornaments and beads for the front window!  These are great for when you're freezing in your office or end up sitting next to the door in a resteraunt while there's a blizzard going on outside.  Or if you get sit next to the heat vent it's small enough to fit in your purse and save the hassle of what to do with that chunky super-long scarf.   I just made two for a friend and I am thinking I may need one in every color. 
In the meantime this little cutie will be on a shelf in the Gallery waiting for some love.  They're only $25 and are great for that cold person in your life (my husand says my blood must have been replaced with freon at some point).  Also shoot me an e-mail at if you want to special order one before Christmas!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Grove Gallery Co-op Holiday Opening!

We will be pumping out our holiday cheer this 2009 Holiday season by sharing our artist firends with everyone!  We have guest artists coming to Grove Gallery Co-op for a change of pace!

Check out:
Kelly Boyle-Silk Screen
Anita Brett-Watercolor
Marlene Cameron-Dyed Silks
Roger Funk-Photography (past Featured Gallery Artist)
Tom Cannon-Wooden Bowls
Marie Gile-Fiber Art and Jewelry
Jesse Hornberger-Artistic Welding (past Featured Gallery Artist)
Barb Whitney- Painting and Mixed Media (future Featured Gallery Artist)
Jon Whitney-Pottery (future Featured Gallery Artist)

Also our permanant artists are working on some new pieces and some great holiday gifts.  They include:
MargaBeth Cibulka-Fused Glass
Katherine Erickson-Painting
Gretel Geist Rutledge-Printing
Deborah Cholewicki-Art Baskets and Wall Pieces
Jillian Stapleton-Mixed Media
Amy Burns-Pottery
Martha Brownscombe-Fiber Art
Sharan Egan-Fiber Art
Caroline Martin-Watercolor
Jenny Schu. (me!)-Beadwork and textiles

I have been making ornaments for our front window to sparkle the holiday!

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Holidays are Here.

My husband and I were grocery shopping last night and realized it has begun: Christmas songs playing overhead, Halloween has been moved out to make way for ornaments, wrapping paper and middle isles of gift-giving ideas.  Grab some thermal underwear for everyone on your list!

I am starting in on the road to holiday art sales starting this weekend.  I belong to a handful of groups that keep me hopping and I decided to be involved in all of them this year.  This means a few rounds of tagging and re-tagging, finishing some last minute pieces, and where the heck did 3 of my favorite bangles go???  I will be tearing the house apart tonight.

Round 1: Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild Holiday Sale, Saturday November 14, 10am-4pm
I will have my latest beaded bangles and earrings including the tiny snowflake staple of the holidays.
The Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Holiday Sale at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Shop for beautiful hand-made treasures. From wearable art to functional art – all made in Michigan.
Admission is free!
You may have to pay to go into the Gardens, but it's worth it. I spent many days drawing for class there.

From I-96 Exit I-96 at US-23 South (Toledo). Exit US-23 at Plymouth Road (exit 41). Turn left onto Plymouth Road. Continue east on Plymouth Road for approximately 1.5 miles then turn right onto Dixboro Road. The Gardens will be on your left after approximately 1 mile..

From I-275Exit I-275 at M-14. Exit M-14 at US-23 South (Toledo). Exit US-23 at Plymouth Road (exit 41). Turn left onto Plymouth Road. Continue east on Plymouth Road for approximately 1.5 miles then turn right onto Dixboro Road. The Gardens will be on your left after approximately 1 mile..

From I-94Exit I-94 at US-23 North (Flint). Exit US-23 at Geddes Road. Turn right onto Geddes Road. Continue east on Geddes Road for approximately .1 miles then turn left onto Dixboro Road. The Gardens will be on your right after approximately 2 miles.
Friday November 20, 12:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday November 21, 9:00am-4:00pm
At the Edgewood United Church, 469 N. Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823

The Lansing Weaver's Guild is begining to allow Fiberart that is non-woven such as art quilts and other types of surface design.  Come join us! (I will be there on Saturday 9am-12pm).

Saturday, November 22nd, 12-6pm
Join us for snacks, wine and glugg! (Don't know what glugg is? You'll have to come over to find out :) )
We will be having guest artists in to join the Co-op for the Holiday Season so that our visitors have more variety!  Come see what we're up to!  Many of the artists will also be there on the 22nd. (More info to come.)

Round 4: Art for the Soul  December 5.  10:00am-5:00pm
Hosted by MargaBeth Cibulka at her home (which is just fun to come see the fabulous colors in her house!)
6177 Zimmer Rd., Williamston MI  
Cookies provided, art to buy. 

Whew! Is it January yet??  You know what I'll be doing!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Long Fingerless Gloves

I started to knit these gloves from a pattern on, but I kept on messing up the lace pattern.  Ultimately I enjoy knitting as something to keep my hands busy, not something I have to concentrate too hard on.  So after two bad starts on the original pattern I made up my own quick, cute and easy version.  Now I'll be much warmer in my office!

What you'll need:
US Size 2.5 Double-Pointed Needles
2 balls of Tree Frog Alpaca Wool (Fingering Size)

Cast on 48 stitches.  Join in the round being careful not to twist the row. Place stitch marker to help you pay attention to where the begining of your row is.
Row 1: K1 P1 entire row.
Rows 2-30: Repeat Row 1.
Row 31- 60: Knit all rows.
Row 61: Stop knitting in the round.  Pearl backward through the row, drop the stitch marker while you are not knitting in the round. (This is your thumb hole).
Row 62: Knit.(Flat).
Rows 63-84: Repeat rows 61-62. (Stockienette).
Rows 85-87: Re-join in the round and knit.
Row 88-100: K1 P1 entire row.
Bind Off, sew in ends, wear your new gloves everywhere!

Just a sidenote for how I work when knitting this, I break it down into sections:
cast on 48 stitches
30 rows ribbed (K1 P1) in the round
60 rows stockinette in the round
24 rows flat stockinette
3 rows stockinette in the round
13 rows ribbed in the round
bind off.

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