Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Treasure Tree

We filled the tree with happy memories again this year.

Almost every ornament on the tree has a story connected to a friend or relative. It makes for a fun evening when we haul the boxes out of storage. We didn't have room for everything this year on our compact tree so we stuck to the mostly handmade and favorites. After all, we've been adding ornaments to the collection for 25 years. It's time to retire some and send others off to adorn our sons tree at his new home.

If you have nothing better to do or need to escape for a few's a treasure hunt

There's two blue birds, two penguins, a puffin and chicken
A stocking, a lighthouse, sea urchin and mitten
Two houses for birds and one for a mouse
Four balls of yarn and a bird like a grouse
A lace wreath on one side and glass tree on the other
Four elves altogether but one with some bother
(He's in a canoe without any paddles)
Pete Pan is quite old unlike the two snowmen
They are hung with a bear and shepherd that's German
A red cardinal's hiding and one is down low
and four icicles hang by the lights so they'll glow
Do you like hunting and still feel quite keen
then look for the pine cones you should find fifteen
Don't finish without counting the stars from a friend
Find fourteen little tin ones and we'll call this the end!

Now get back to what you're supposed to be doing!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Winter Gardening

Had a little bit of time to dress up some pots and make a swag to hang by the front door. I like winter gardening. It's nice to reuse those summer pots and add a bit of cheer to the dullness of Dec.

This is the first time I used Sinamay in an arrangement. I think I resisted because it seemed to be everywhere and well, it's plastic. I am a convert now. I like the frosty effect of the silver I used and it looks great at night with the string of lights shining through it. It also hides all of the light cords during the day.

So back to the garden to add a few more lights and try to tidy up the perennials before we get snow again.

ps. Just put my cold hands in my coat pockets and remembered the marvelous little warmers I tried out today! They work!  I bought a box of Little Hotties hand warmers ages ago and never used them. Trying to twist wires with gloves on is impossible so I stuck the hand warmer packets in my coat pocket and kept diving in when my hands got too cold to work. That was about 4 hours ago and they are still toasty warm.

Friday, December 9, 2011

More Fun

There's more fun to come at the gallery on Charlotte St.

They are hosting member artisans each day now so visitors can meet the folks behind the art. Gordon Kennedy from Iron Art got things started with his metal work on display today. A fabulous wood tuner from Port Hawkesbury, Hugh Ross, will be there tomorrow and I'm on the schedule for Monday. It's always a pleasure to hang out at the gallery because the surroundings are so beautiful.

I'm working on a couple of little extras to take into the gallery shop with me Monday. Stop by and say hello if you get a chance while you're in downtown Sydney. Checkout the CBCCD website for an updated list of artisans being featured.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Many Thanks

My little buddy and I want to thank everyone that dropped by to see us at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design on the weekend!

It was so great to see lots of familiar faces and meet so many news folks! Thanks to the staff at the centre for being such wonderful hosts too. Loved the jazz. Sorry Elvis. Hope everyone has a fabulous holiday season and thank you all for your enthusiasm for handmade.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Made it!

The weekend craft market at Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design got off to a great start last night with Holiday Spirit!

The third floor looks amazing all decked out with festive lights and the vendor displays look fantastic. The little fellas I took with me have almost all found good homes already.
Thanks to those of you who stopped by last night and I hope to see lots more familiar faces over the weekend. Oh! The gallery at CBCCD is all decked out in holiday glitter too! Drop in to enjoy the surroundings and get in the holiday mood.