Posted by: laurawp | May 30, 2013

Last bit of Fun in Alberta!

Glass Raindrops at the Edmonton Mall

Glass Raindrops at the Edmonton Mall

Laurie Wiles took me to the Edmonton Mall after the last class. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so off we went to brave the crowd! Parking was the first challenge, but once in the mall, the fantasy begins!

Carousel with baby and mom.

Carousel with baby and mom.

There is a whole Amusment Park in the Edmonton Mall. Bright skylights and colourful rides in a world of its own. This little carousel is in the back of the space… like the milk in a grocery store… you have to pass all the other possibilities before you get to it. I photographed each horse as it went around and was pleased to find this little vignette.

Hockey at the Edmonton Mall

Hockey at the Edmonton Mall

I’d heard about the skating rink at the Edmonton Mall, but hadn’t expected to see a little Hockey. I imagined regular skaters, some good, some trying to stay upright. I’m sure there is a schedule so everyone gets a chance to skate.

Sailing Ship at Edmonton Mall

Sailing Ship at Edmonton Mall

Did Captain Cook discover Edmonton?

Edmonton Mall Beach

Edmonton Mall Beach

We peaked in on the sun bathers from the second story of the Edmonton Mall.

Beach scene at Edmonton Mall

Beach scene at Edmonton Mall

Swimming and splashing and having fun at the beach… an artificially perfect beach!

North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton

North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton

Laurie also gave me a tour of downtown, the University area and an older neighborhood with beautiful homes and this little park that offers a grand view of Edmonton and the North Saskatchewan River, mostly frozen over. Wow! I patched several photos together to try and show how big and amazing the view is.

Beautiful Neutral Landscape hooked by Mom Caswell

Beautiful Neutral Landscape hooked by Mom Caswell

This beautiful winter landscape is framed and hangs in the guest bedroom. It is hooked by Jerry Caswell’s mother, who was Cec’s mentor to Rug Hooking. I love the neutral hills and fields, imagining that this is an Edmonton Landscape as the prairie meets the foothills of the Rockies.

Jerry's Arrowhead collection

Jerry’s Arrowhead collection

A table in the living room with a collection of arrowheads in sand; more neutral art.

The glass reflects the photographer… me!   Arms arching up to create movement and beauty, it reminds me of Isadora Duncan, a famous modern dancer from early 1900’s San Francisco.   I read her Biography when I was young and dancing.

Jerry Caswell cooks burgers

Jerry Caswell cooks burgers

With a Guinness in hand, Jerry grilled the burgers for our last supper together. Shirley Davis joined us for another delicious Caswell meal. Cec and Jerry make it seem easy, but are fabulous cooks. it’s just a natural part of life at their place!

Saloon Rug designed & hooked by Cec Caswell

Saloon Rug designed & hooked by Cec Caswell

From Cec’s ‘Romantic Series’, this rug is one of several rugs created by Cec as a record of the romance in her life. Cec and Jerry took me for dinner at a Saloon where we all feasted on Wings and beer. The Wings came with various spices and the beer looked tasty. I felt a little out of place with my glass of Chardonnay… ha!

Cec & Laura

Cec & Laura

Cec and I met at Western Teachers’ Workshop several years ago and have been long distance friends ever since. It was fabulous to stay with her in the artistic and comfortable home that she and Jerry have created. The house is filled with Colour! Her rugs are on the floor, on the tables, everywhere! The neutral walls are filled with original art while the furniture shares space with colourful funky sculpture!

Little square rugs doodle designed & hooked by Cec Caswell

Little square rugs doodle designed & hooked by Cec Caswell

Cec loves a riot of colour! These little squares are the beginning of her little tool bags. I call them ‘tool bags’ because I imagine putting my hooks, scissors, etc into one of these.

Cec's tool bags

Cec’s tool bags

Cec has an article on RHM‘s ‘Rug Beat’ about how to create these little bags.  She folds the rug in half, whips the 2 ends and sews in a little zippered liner.   The design and colour is up to each artist. Cec’s colour makes me happy!

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Responses

  1. Wonderful rugs and mats. I love all of the color. So tell me are you going to do a rug of the little girl on the carousel? Does it ever get to be summer? Everyone looks pretty bundled up.

    • folks in Alberta were definitely ready for spring… which just couldn’t happen. apparently, it warmed up after i left… hmmm. so they had a quick spring then went on in to summer. i enjoyed the weather… but didn’t have to deal with it.
      not sure about hooking the little girl, her mom and the carousel horse… so many rugs to hook, eh!

  2. I am positively in love with the glass raindrops in the Edmonton Mall.
    Probably wouldn’t have gone any further – they are amazing.
    What a site to see !
    Rose

    • yes… the Edmonton Mall is a place to hang out for something to do. there were many elegant stores and a show of Princess Di’s clothes. great people watching too!


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