Monday, August 30, 2010

Antler baskets in the works

These are fresh pickings from the studio. I did the first one in some soft summer colors and then shifted to fall for the second.

I'm staying busy weaving and getting a little felting done on the side. This little guy ( my version of a nuthatch) is the newest critter and he looked right at home in the pine tree!

We are enjoying great summer weather in Cape Breton for the end of August. Hard to think of a new school year and busy lives again for the fall. I won't mind when the black flies leave though! Cheers until next time.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Basket Making Weaving - Fortress Louisbourg


The folks at one of Cape Breton's National Historic sites, Fortress  of Louisbourg, do a great job of preserving our past and sharing their knowledge. It's a visit you don't want to miss if you are traveling to Cape Breton Island. The Fortress is located in a spectacular coastal setting that juts out into the Atlantic ocean and guarantees visitors to the site a truly old world experience. I've had the pleasure of meeting and weaving with some of the interpreters at the site and they are fabulous weavers. Go visit them!

Thanks to mycompasstv on YouTube for the video!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Even More Lilies!

These are the best gift a gardener could ever get! A whole collection of lilies arrived last fall. My sisters garden needed thinning. They have been surprising me for the last few weeks as each one blooms. I had no idea what color or size they were when I put the roots in last September. 

There are at least nine varieties in shades of yellow, orange, wine and red, so far. One more to open and reveal it's secret.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

More Hydrangeas!

I just can't get over the abundance of blooms this year! I had to do a little pruning to see if the branches would stand back up after they were lightened up a bit. Grandma Woodside's beautiful wash basin jug was perfect for the bounty.

This little shrub has been struggling since it got planted three years ago but has come alive this year. It's a red hydrangea but obviously in this soil is heading for purple. Still going to enjoy it.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Twiggy Bits

Finished off a little twig table today. It's been so dark and rainy that I couldn't get anything but a flash picture even outside! Another coat of evergreen stain for the top will finish it off. The table is for an order and it's going to hold coffee and the morning paper on the front step I bet.

Monday, August 2, 2010


Lots of lilies blooming and these are just a few of them. The yellow Asiatic lilies are in my town garden with the blue hydrangea and and the rest are daylilies that my sister donated to the studio garden last fall. They traveled many miles and still managed to survive and thrive.