Thursday, December 13, 2012

New From The Workbench

Something a little different for the holidays!

Basket weaving + wreath making + inspiration from fellow artisan Teena Marie Fancey.
 Red & White and the Rustic Brown ones are at the CBCCD gallery shop. Green one stays at my house. Love to know what you think!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday Spirit Craft Market

 Today's the day that the annual Holiday market in the Loft at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design in Sydney starts. There is a shopping party for ticket holders this evening and then it's free admission for the rest of the weekend. Drop in for some fabulous handmade products to help out with your Christmas gift giving and get some inspiration to start your decorating! Have you seen the lovely window display at the Centre's gallery?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Window Shopping

If your on Charlotte St in Sydney wave to this guy in the window at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design Gallery. Better yet go in and visit!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The countdown is on!

 Holiday Spirit is on the horizon. Half the fun of any celebration is getting ready right? Well I've been surrounding myself with little gnomes and birds and bears and foxes and I'm liking it! Suffice to say I will not have a lot of time for telling stories for the next few days so I'll say it with pictures. Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Taking Photos

Can I help you with that? Perhaps not the kind of help you expected. This little guy shows up on a regular basis.

He's lots of help! Dirty feet on nice clean white paper, swinging paws at camera cords and then climbing up my jeans to perch on top of my shoulders. Very helpful! I have cat allergies to top it all off but he is so darn cute and neighborly his help is always welcome.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Birch Bark Wreaths are Back

I absolutely love making these wreaths and each one is a little different then the next.

 They seem to take on the colors of whatever is in their surroundings and depending on the light they show the white and grey or copper and even pink tones.
 This time I'm keeping one for myself! Perhaps this one with the copper leaves. The others will be available at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design Market on Dec 1st and 2nd.
There is always half and half too.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Basketmakers Elves

Elves or gnomes? I wondered if they would be offended by the wrong name. Just hoping they might help out with my list of chores. You know, overnight, while I'm dreaming of a clean house and lots of stock finished for the Holiday Spirit Market.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The View From Here

The days are getting shorter and there's been a lot of rainy ones but Mother nature is making up for the lack of sun with a brilliant display of colour. I love the view from the studio!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Six Pack?

I know what I said about the dozen but these little boxes are perfect for safe keeping.

Ahem, not that we have a lot of these empty boxes or anything.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

By the Dozen

This is my attempt at staying on course. I'm starting to prepare for the annual Loft market at our local craft centre and have convinced myself that I should stick to one thing until there's at least a dozen of them.

Felting a dozen pears is my way of making sure I accomplish this goal. I'll ease myself into a dozen Father Christmas and a dozen little vanity baskets and so on. This is progress.

Friday, October 19, 2012

New Face

This fellow came off the workbench a couple of days ago and I think he's got a nice friendly face!

Friday, September 21, 2012

September's weather has been back and forth between sunshine and heavy rain so I've been taking advantage of what sunshine there is. The wind has been steady too and my tower of scarlet runner beans took a beating and finally took to leaning. Yes, a leaning tower of beans. I decided it was time to pick everything and reinstate the twig obelisk to it's upright position. The scarlet runner beans were a surprise. They grew far beyond what I expected from the newly dug patch of garden.

The beans always get ahead of me and I don't get them picked in time to eat the tender pods. The delight of opening the overgrown pods to reveal their bright pink bean seeds never gets old. It's so unexpected that the rough green exterior conceals this hot pink.

Apparently they are a good substitute for lima beans ( if you like lima beans) if used before they are ripened and turn to a dry bean with a purple spotted skin. I'm happy just to enjoy their colorful blooms and vigorous growth. The hummingbirds like them too. Bonus...

...they look great in my newly minted basket with lots of bright harvest colors. Not be to outdone, the sunflowers are bursting with blooms and the butterflies are still around to take advantage of there energy supply.

This guy just happened to land as I was taking pictures. I think it's a Red Admiral. He even stayed so I could get a close up. Very good of him/her.

More rain for the next few days but there will be more ripe tomatoes to pick and visitors to spot before the frost arrives.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


High winds have shaken the cones out of one big pine tree behind the studio. Today was the perfect day to scoop them up before the next downpour.

Not sure what they will be used for yet but I've got bag fulls and baskets!

Monday, August 27, 2012

August In the Garden

The hydrangeas are stealing the show in many gardens this year with the hot dry weather we've had. This one is a favorite of mine and I'll have to dry a few blooms to save for a winter bouquet.
The light has changed a little and is softer by late afternoon signalling the end to the dog days of summer. These pink petunias have started to blooms again with a few cooler nights.

 A great perennial that usually saves it's blossoms for Sept has started to bloom early this year again no doubt due to the heat. It hit 30 C today when days would normally be around 21.
It's aptly named Big Leaf Goldenray and provides the perfect spot for a cool bit of shade...
No we do not have a new cat! This guy has been joining us in the back yard for regular visits. He likes our bird bath for an occasional drink and the perennial beds for shady hide outs. He has a pal that hangs out with him most days so it makes for an interesting stroll around the yard. You never know when they'll appear. 
oooh! camera cord!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Add Colour

Wow has it been quiet here on the blog but I promise I've been working. This is the calm corner of my studio with things in a natural palette. 
This past week is all about colour. I've been working on my wishbone baskets with their twiggy frames and some baskets with lids. I think a day making starfish inspired the colour combinations. 


Saturday, June 30, 2012

Looooong Weekend

Happy Canada Day! Summer is officially here when the annual long weekend celebrations get under way. Hope everyone finds a quiet corner to relax in and enjoy a lazy summer day.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Up Close in the Garden

All of the lush green growth in the perennial garden is starting to show signs of blooming. If you get the right mix of perennials established they will provide you with an ever changing blend of colors throughout the entire growing season. The soft colors of spring are giving way to the vibrant colors of summer in our yard. The soft blue forget me nots are fading out to be replaced by more intense blue geranium and irises.

 The bleeding heart is finishing up just in time for the poppies and fuchsia geranium to burst open.

 The columbines in their pale pink and dark burgundy are mingled through the rest of the blooms keeping the bees happy with pollen. I always think they are the most likely to become a fairy hat the way they curl out at the edges.

 I like to plant a few annuals each year to give the garden a little change and one of my favorite color combinations this year is the pansy I put in next to the variegated coral bells. Perfect!

Hope you are enjoying a June garden too.