Sunday, December 5, 2010

Visiting Family

I am visiting my family in Spokane for a few days. It is like a winter wonderland here. This is the spectacular view from my sister and Pete's home. Yesterday morning it was spectacular the sun was shining and all the trees and plants were covered in icicles. It was hard to capture the beauty with my little camera but I hope get the idea.
They have a large barn on their property which they renovated this summer. What a fabulous space to work! Wendy now has her own a dye room and wool room. If you did not know we do all our dyeing in house. Wendy does all the wool and velvets for the website and kits with a little help from my kids Aimee and Jason.
In the other sections of the barn is a pottery room and encaustics room for my dad a huge space for jewelry and print making for Wendy and a metal shop for Pete.
Wendy has a large amount of one off pieces of wool from testing wool colors. Pete and her have been working through this huge table of wool making similar size stacks. Wouldn't these make unique scrap bags for applique!
I can't believe how wonderful this work space is now. The whole family including my kids love to come out here to create. They are always joined by their four legged friends Shumba, Morgan and Boekie.
Take care
Sue

21 comments:

  1. OH, what a beautiful scene..You must be so happy to be with family and really deserve some down time. But in that space the creative mind must be rolling..lol
    Have a great holiday
    Maggey

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  2. Wow, wow, and wow! Beautiful snow and a wonderful workspace!

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  3. it does look like a winter wonderland there ... not too far from Portland. No wonder it's so cold here, the wind is coming from the north.
    love the workspace. I'd like to have a quarter of it! I have a little dinky space ~ manage to make lots of things tho.
    thanks for the great photos!

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  4. What a wonderful creative space for the very creative family!
    we used to live in Seattle area.. I miss the winters there. There is nothing like snow covered mountains in your backyard!
    Happy Holidays!

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  5. Enjoy yourself with family! What a great studio and how good to see where your wonderful wool comes from!

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  6. O my goodness......That snow...that barn...that wool....the woodstove...the cosy dogs in the studio.....does it get any better than this?? I have to go back and have another look....
    ♥ Eileen

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  7. What a spectacular space! I would love to have such wonderful place to invite friends and do all sorts of creative things.

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  8. That is one fabulous work space! Having the whole family in there doing their own thing, fabulous! Oh, and the scrap bags are a wonderful idea.

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  9. What a wonderful place to create, love the dye pot, setup.

    Debbie

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  10. Sue, No wonder you have such great wool, isn't it nice to know Wendy and family can work from home with that creative space and produce wonderful wool and jewlry. I vote for you to sell scrap bags from that pile on your website.
    We too have had the that winter storm for two weeks, makes for some nail biting driving, but also makes for some spectacular pictures.

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  11. How wonderful to all have the space to work in a beautiful way.
    Oh I would love to purchase a scrap bag like that, not so easy to get the wools here.
    Merry Christmas and the next time you are in Australia I am going to come to one of your classes.
    Christine

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  12. Beautiful photos...the quilter in me is drolling over the wool & the workspace....drowl, drip, drip.....

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  13. Such beautiful snow pictures! And the workspace looks wonderful! I love to dye wool...such a fascinating thing!

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  14. Okay - I remember the day when there were just a couple of comments on this blog. It's no secret anymore. And I can see where you've come from, too - which makes me feel a little bit better for being dull as I am - you've got a whole family of people who breathe ideas and processes. A sort of spiritual and creative primordial soup. That work space. Oy.

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  15. what a great environment for creating.

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  16. Sue: would love to know more about the units that you cook your wool with. never seen anything like it....
    Emily Gail Wyett... taking your class in feb...Flying geese quilt guild

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  17. those scraps would also make amazing woollen quilt tops sue...australian waggas...beautiful pics thanks. see you at sisters in july
    cath babidge
    mo sydney

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  18. What beautiful snow photos. Thats a great workroom, well fantastic!!! Love the pups hang in there too, my kind of place..
    Happy Holidays :)

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  19. schmolly this sounds like an awesome space!!! and what a beautiful setting. hope you had a wonderful and creative Christmas. xoxo-michelle

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  20. Hi Sue, I taught a funny soldering class in Wendy's barn a few years ago and you were there. That barn is an incredible space. I love your web site and your art Quilts, beautiful. Daris Judd, Idaho

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