Friday, September 30, 2011

Saturday Night Will Be Alright!

If you can possibly get to downtown Sydney Saturday evening you must! Even this little guy is making a monumental effort to get to town.

It's LUMIERE 2011! Starts at sunset and goes until 12:57. Just wander down to Charlotte St and a volunteer will get you on your way with a program of events. Dance, video, music, art and craft installations will keep you entertained all evening. The local shops and restaurants will be open helping us celebrate the first ever Lumiere event. Come and join us!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Third Basket

Here's the last one of the sneaky peeks at baskets destined for ICCA.

They are all tucked up in a big box for now and off to their party.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On the Road

Expect delays! There's been a flurry of road reconstruction around St. Ann's Bay this month so it's not unusual to be stopped along the way.

But hey, at least there's always a view!

It's worth keeping your eyes on the road too. You never know what you're going to come across!

Hmm, wonder what he's up to? Keep your eyes on the road folks!

Monday, September 26, 2011


Here's another little snippet of one of the pieces heading off to ICCA for an October fibre art exhibit.

Can't wait to see what awaits me at the studio this morning! Things are changing everyday in the landscape now that fall is here. I don't mind Mondays.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

From the Dye Pot

Yesterday was a perfect day to get some dying done. It was dry and windy so I loaded up the deck railings with a rainbow of colored reed.

By the end of the day I had gone from yellow to red to purple to chestnut and finally two shades of my favorite color, green! I even did a little graduated dying with a couple of new tree pods. They are an experiment in shaping.

I'm thinking they will be the perfect excuse for the collectors among us that need to bring home rocks and cones and acorns. Collector pods!

There's that big leaf goldenray starting to open. It's so nice to have a new blooms this late in the growing season.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weaving and a sunflower or two

I'm getting ready to send off some new weaving to an exhibit coming up in October. Here's a little peek at the latest piece.

I'll have to wait until the show opens to reveal all. This basket is all about plant materials. And speaking of plants....the sunflowers are all opening. This is a few of the colors from Vesey's Seeds Autumn Beauty Mix.

I love the fuzzy bracts and stems around the buds as they open too! And then there's the Early Russian seeds that have reached their 8 foot status.

And I'm not the only one that loves on the picture to see all of the pollen he has on his fuzzy little legs!

The blue jays will no doubt turn up again just as the seeds ripen. It's worth the wait through the summer to see these bright spots in the fall. It makes the garden seem sunny even on a grey day.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Eggplants, pumpkins and bumpy gourds!

Registration is still open for the Still Life Needle Felting class at Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design if you'd like to join in!

The class starts next Tuesday evening for four weeks. Call Tammy at the Centre in Sydney if you want to learn all about needle felting and make a great display for a special little nook in your home!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

In Progress

The studio is getting messy, but it's a sign of progress! Getting ready for some fall exhibits.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Just A Little More Pink

Fall conjures up images of golden yellow, rust and reds but there are still a few blossoms in my garden from another colour palette. This David Austin rose has continued to grace the yard with these beautiful blooms all summer and I really wish I could share the heavenly scent with you!

Next to it is this lovely perennial with it's dark green leaves backed by burgundy.

It is aptly named 'big leaf' goldenray (Ligularia dentata) and produces the most interesting heads of golden flowers. The flowers are just starting to peak out from under those huge leaves and will grace the garden for the next month.

Not to be outdone, the "red" hydrangea I planted about 5 years ago has burst forth the loveliest purplish blossoms. No doubt a reaction to the soil here but what a great color. There just happens to be a new basket to match!

The sunflowers I planted from seed are just starting to bloom so the yellows and rusts will be posted soon but in the mean time I'll enjoy the pink palette.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Needle Felt Classes at CBCCD

The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design has their new fall schedule of courses out now and I'm teaching felting! Celtic Colours International Festival is on in October so there is what promises to be a fun Pimp Your Tam O'Shanter workshop on October 11th as part of the celebration.

There is also a four week course on offer for a bit more of a challenge. It's my version of a Still Life project. It will be each students choice to make whatever fall bounty they like.

You can check out the links to the CBCCD website for times and fees. Love to see you there!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cottage Baskets

These handy little baskets were a great way to ease back into weaving.

They have a little bit of the River Bennett woods woven in to support the handle and will hopefully appeal to folks that like things a bit rustic.

They are perfect for storing some fruit or veggies like onions and garlic. My cottage baskets also make a great catch all spot for interesting things you might find on a trek outdoors!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Month New Bloom

 I'm not the least bit tired of checking each day to see the gorgeous colors unfold in these lilies. This one even had a visitor before it was completely open.

Will share some new weaving soon! I'm pacing myself to keep my chances of recurring injury down. Sensible, eh?