Monday, October 31, 2011

Storm Passed

It was a wicked storm that passed through Cape Breton Island and the rest of the Maritime provinces last night. Power outages are getting restored, thank goodness, as it's been a chilly weekend. We haven't lost any major trees but there are some down in neighboring yards. 
They all graciously fell away from houses around here at least. Now on to the cleanup of cutting wood and raking up leaves. Oh, and Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2011

27 Pumpkins!

Thanks to all of the workshop participants at the Family Studies Teachers Association conference today. It was lots of fun and so great to see everyone get a little pumpkin made. I hope I've given at least a few of the attendees the felting bug!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Amazing Stuff

It's SUGRU! I stumbled on this product on one of my many romps through craft sites and flickr photos. As soon as I saw sugru I needed to try it on my felting needles. It arrived in the mail today and I've coated all of my #38 star needles with it and will keep going with the other sizes.

I got five colors in their multi-color mini packs so there's enough in each colour to do several needles of each size. Yeah! I love it when I find something that is such an easy solution. Now to try to combine two and three needles into one sugru handle!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Along the Way

Fall seems to surprise us each year with a few warmer than normal days. It feels like a special treat especially if you like to hike. Last weekend gave us a couple of those days and I got a chance to go for a walk through the woods behind the studio. 

 All of the local flora are throwing off their seeds to sprout for next year and there's lots of goodies for the birds to enjoy as they fatten up for a long winter.

The rain we had made it hard to get down to the pond so we waded along the side of the river bed and back through the woods.

A lot of the old spruce have been devastated by the spruce bark beetle so many of the tree trunks look like turnstiles. I have a favorite spot in the small wooded area behind the studio. It has the remnants of hedge rows of stone piled up up along what used to be farm fields.  I can't imagine trying to grow potatoes in the stony ground here.

There is some hard work on display here even though it's now tumbled and grown over with moss.

Here are the tiny little fruits of my garden labor this year. I had a stack of them rolling around on my table over the Thanksgiving weekend. They are so cute!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Catching Up

The last couple of weeks have been full of work but not without some fun too! October started off with Lumiere and then there was the opening for both the Inverness County Centre for the Arts Textile Festival and Roots and Branches at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. I gave you a sneak peek at some of the work.

So here's the rest of the story...

Each basket has an accent of different materials. This one had copper foil and mesh added to it. The handle is a piece of alder branch. The next one had seagrass cord and grasses as the textural element.

The basket I called "Meadow" has wool added to it in the form of needle felting. I made the handles for the sides and lid out of lovely soft merino wool roving.

There are no photos yet of the pieces at CBCCD because I forgot to take some! Eventually. The other fun project I had on this week was the Pimp Your Tam O'Shanter workshop at CBCCD. The participants were brilliant and caught on to needle felting in no time. I'm hoping they share some photos with me because .... I forgot to take some. These are tams that I did for demo.

I did have time to get outdoors and enjoy the nice weather last weekend so I'll sort through those pictures and share tomorrow.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Lumiere 2011

Thanks to everyone who came out to Lumiere 2011! It was so great to see the crowds of people downtown for the event and all who stopped by to say hello to the critters and I.

It rained but it didn't seem to dampen anyones spirit!

So many dowtown merchants opened their doors and welcomed the artists and their imaginations.

The art, music and theatre events were fabulous and I have no doubt that all the participants were thrilled with the great job done by the organizers.


I'm sure everyone is exhausted and taking a well deserved day off (or two) but can't help thinking ahead to the next project. Hope to see you in 2012!