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CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE 2019 ONTARIO PROVINCIAL COUNCIL CONVENTION MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019 TO WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019

I will be selling my products at the Catholic Women’s League 2019 Ontario Provincial Council Convention on Monday, July 15, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Ambassador Hotel and Conference Centre, 1550 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario. Please come to see me.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE 99TH ANNUAL HAMILTON DIOCESAN CONVENTION, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 AND SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019

I will be selling my products at the Catholic Women’s League 99th Annual Hamilton Diocesan Convention on Friday, May 24, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Flanders Room at the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre, 50 Stone Road West, Guelph, ON. Please come and see me.

Catholic Women’s League 2018 Ontario Provincial Council Convention Monday, July 9, 2018 to Wednesday, July 11, 2018

I will be selling my products at the Catholic Women’s League 2018 Ontario Provincial Council Convention on Monday, July 9, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Marriott Toronto Airport Hotel, 901 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario. Please come to see me.

Catholic Women’s League 98th Annual Hamilton Diocesan Convention, Friday, May 25, 2018 and Saturday, May 26, 2018

I will be selling my products at the Catholic Women’s League 98th Annual Hamilton Diocesan Convention on Friday, May 25, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 26, 2018  from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  in the Flanders Room at the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre, 50 Stone Road West, Guelph, ON. Please come and see me.

Huntsville Home

Featured Image Photo Credit: Kristin McCarthy

This past June “Huntsville Home” was accepted into the 2017, 38th Annual Insights Juried Exhibition of Fine Arts, organized by the Elora Arts Council and displayed at Wellington County Museum and Archives until Labour Day Weekend. It was a great honour to have my woolen painting selected for such an event. 159 pieces of artwork were submitted and only 60 chosen. I am grateful for the experience.

“Huntsville Home” is a woolen landscape where I knit and felted each piece, putting them together like a jigsaw puzzle. The moss covered tree is made using Italian ‘Grosso’ wool, a thick, chunky naturally coloured wool that looks like it was taken right off the sheep, cleaned and carded. My colour palette is neutral browns and taupes with shots of bright greens.

I was hiking in a forest in Huntsville and came across this hollowed out tree. The hole in the bottom looked just like a little doorway that you imagine in a fairytale book. Something must live there, but what? I will leave you to ponder this.

 

“Ubiquitous Green” 2015 At The Mattamy National Cycling Centre

Featured Image Photo Credit: Kristin McCarthy

The Fine Art Society of Milton (FASM), of which I am a member, constructed a mural as a permanent art installation for The Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario. The mural, made up of  original artwork from 80 artists, was unveiled just prior to the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. I had the privilege of participating in this installation by submitting “Ubiquitous Green”, a felted woolen landscape. It is on the top row, third one in from the left. It was an amazing experience and one that I will cherish.

Upon completion, I knew that I was onto something…and thus began my delight of felted woolen paintings.

Kristin with the Fine Art Society of Milton mural created for the 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games on permanent display at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Milton, Ontario, April 25,2015. Photo credit – Tim McCarthy

“Ubiquitous Green”, 2015. Photo credit – Kristin McCarthy

38th Annual 2017 Insights Juried Exhibition Of Fine Arts

I am honoured to have had my felted wool painting “Hunstville Home” selected to be part of the 38th Annual 2017 Insights Juried Exhibition of Fine Arts. This show runs from Wednesday, June 21 to Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Exhibition Hall, Wellington County Museum and Archives, 536 Wellington Road 18, Fergus, ON N1M 2W3. Hours are Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed holidays). Admission is by optional donation.

May You Find Peace With Wool Of The Lamb Prayer Beads

Featured Image Photo Credit: Kristin McCarthy

Wool of the Lamb Prayer Beads Offer Peace

When we think of a Rosary we are most familiar with a metal crucifix or a medal of a saint. Wool of the Lamb Prayer Beads use soft, colourful wool instead. I felt my knitted and crocheted designs, all by hand, and then add them to a Rosary or one of my many Chaplets. I make many ‘ends’, such as sheep, a cross, a stemmed rose, a shamrock, a heart, a little pouch, and a Holy Water vial. I also make beaded tassels with either a glass bead or a hand made woolen bead. I enjoy coming up with new designs as my list continues to grow (and my collection of wool seems to be growing too).

I use colourful glass beads—different shapes and sizes. All of my bead strands are hand strung on heavy, braided line that is long lasting and does not stretch easily. Each strand comes with its own prayer page, instructing how to pray the chaplet (or rosary), including a photo and step by step directions all in a storage bag.

Holding Wool of the Lamb Prayer Beads in your hands while praying or meditating offers you comfort. The softness of the wool feels good to the touch. The ritual of repeating a prayer on each bead helps you to relax, breathe deeply and calm yourself, especially when the day has too many demands.

The practice of being prayerful has many advantages. First and foremost, you will gain a better relationship with God. Speaking to Him and inviting Him into your life is what God wants most from us. As you do this more often, you will begin to see blessings in your life that you hadn’t noticed before. If you let Him, God will bless you with His love and His mercy will take flight in your heart. You will begin to see changes in yourself—patience, kindness and care to those around you. You may even feel more peaceful, more tolerant and a whole lot calmer. Any problems you face during your day or in your life will be easier to tackle. Being prayerful will change your life, one bead at a time.

For more information, visit my Wool of the Lamb Prayer Beads page or contact me.