Thursday, November 24, 2011

Winter Arrives!

Whoa! The first snowfall of the season was a whopper. They forecast 35 cm and I'm sure we got that and more. I went out to get my countdown photo and settled for snowballs when I really wanted to take the morning to make six snowmen.

I am supposed to be working. The birds were catching up on whatever they didn't eat during the storm I'm sure. Lots of chickadees, goldfinches and a lone woodpecker in for a suet treat.
The temperature is supposed to be back up above 10C by the weekend so it won't last long. It's already starting to melt but pretty once the shoveling was done. Credit goes to darling spouse, all he left me to clean up was the front step!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Counting Down The Days the Holiday Spirit event at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. There probably won't be a lot of time for writing posts but I'll continue the countdown. It's part of the plan to stay focused and keep creating! Just...

Friday, November 18, 2011


I'm logging the hours to get everything finished that I want to for the upcoming Holiday Spirit show at the CBCCD. It's very optimistic of me. I never feel completely ready for events. My brain skips around to all of the different things I could or should create so I'm trying really hard to stay focused. This little guy will have to be my supervisor for the next few days 'cause he's got his specs on and won't miss a thing!

The near sighted ones are still my favorites.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bluefaced Leicester

I know kittens aren't pink but that's what this beautiful wool feels like!

I've tried lots of different wool over the past few months as I discover it in local shops. My favorite for needle felting softness is the fleece from the bluefaced leicester breed of sheep. I went and had a look for some info and there's a great site by the Bluefaced Leicester Union of North America. Everything you need to know! What explains my fancy for the wool is that BFL is considered the softest of the longwool breeds.
This gorgeous color of roving is from Fleece Artist. I found it at Baadeck Yarns here on Cape Breton Island. It is the exact color of an old fashioned rose I planted, just a hint of purple in with the soft petal pink.

How could I not make sugar plums! It wasn't the only color of BFL I bought so perhaps a little wooly mistletoe for the upcoming Holiday Loft?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Better Than Roses

This beauty is what I look at from my kitchen table.

My tree lovin' husband brought this Japanese maple home from one of our favorite nurseries about 15 years ago. It seemed extravagant at the time at a price of $90 for a three foot tall tree but what a beautiful addition to our yard! It has gorgeous dark burgundy leaves all summer creating a shady backdrop to the rest of the shrubs and then it seems to change overnight to this crimson red.

Like I said, better than roses! It's a gray November day and the rest of the trees have lost their leaves but this one is still in it's glory.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Special Ops!

This project was a side trip for me. I've been weaving and felting but not sewing much. A special request from a pal prompted the design and execution of this special op!

It needs a few tweaks but hey a computer fits in it! That was the goal. I've been thinking birch bark, gathering birch bark and working with birch bark so it's not hard to figure out what inspired the felted trees. I just have to look out my kitchen window and the design was right there.We have had beautiful clear evenings with a bright full moon this week as well. Now to see if it stands the test of time.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Have you heard about Movember? It's a great way to support the health of the fellas in your family. I thought I'd offer up a little inspiration for any of you that might be considering your mustache options. Let me introduce you to Mr. Frank Badger...

 Mr. Thomas Blacklock... 

 and Mr Russell Arnett... 

These distinguished gentleman are of another time in our family but aren't they handsome? Grow for it! :)