Monday, December 23, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Many Thanks!

How quickly things come and go! My sincere thanks to all of the visitors that attended the Holiday Spirit market on the weekend. It's wonderful to have so many people support the artisans at Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. Hope you enjoyed the event and got some great gifts checked off your list.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Do Drop In!

The gnomes are rolling out the welcome mat and inviting one and all to visit us at the Holiday Spirit market this weekend.

Do drop in to the Centre for Craft and Design at 322 Charlotte St. in Sydney. We'll be there Sat 10-6 and Sun 12-5. For more information CBCCD

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Just Ask Owl

Booths are being set up and lights and decoration hung. It will be great to see everyone at Holiday Spirit this weekend. It's one of those events where I get to catch up with fellow artisans and loyal customers that have been busy all year. Just 2 more days!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Little Carrot

Hope you'll come to visit us at the Holiday Spirit market this weekend at Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. For more details check here CBCCD

Monday, November 25, 2013

Winter Fun

The snow flurries were swirling around in the air today. Winter is on it's way and these guys are making the most of it. Hopefully they can get their snowman done by tomorrow.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Peace and Quiet

Glad that pictures tell a story because there's not much time to write. Hope to see lots of familiar faces at the Holiday Spirit market in Sydney next weekend!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Into the Woods

A quiet hike in the woods often reveals a pleasant surprise. You know how exciting it is when you come upon a wild animal that hasn't caught site of you just yet. They are just standing there quietly going about their usual daily routines. Nothing startling happens, it's just the wonder of seeing for your own eyes what you know is living there. I enjoyed a day like that today so I had to share.

Do you see them? Imagine my surprise! I got a little closer.

Yup, that's a raccoon and a fox having a chat alright.

Indulge me. I've been staying indoors working on little critters for the upcoming market at Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

They're Back

The Parka Bears made their debut last year at the annual Holiday Spirit market hosted by the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. They will be back again this year sporting some new parka colours. Hunters orange seemed be a good idea!

These little guys will be available on the website soon too. Lots more to come as the preparations continue. Fun fun fun!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Celebrate Altered Egos!

It's so exciting. Where to start? Friend and fabulous artist Teena Marie Fancey is having an opening tonight at the Craig Gallery in Dartmouth. The title of the exhibition is of course Altered Egos. I know these faces and their stories will delight and intrigue their audience.

Teena honored me by asking that I create frames for a few of the pieces she had painted. What trust and confidence she showed in me! I love that about her as a fellow artist and I also love that those very characteristics are in many of the faces and the poetry of her Altered Egos. Yes, poetry. You must go see this exhibit if you have the chance. I'll show you just a glimpse to entice you to go in person.

If you do get there, say hello to Dear Heart for me. I miss her. All my best wishes go out to Teena for her new exhibit. Celebrate!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Another Day Trip

The perfect trip on Thanksgiving weekend is the spectacular drive around the Cabot Trial on Cape Breton Island. The day included gorgeous panoramic views, a couple of hikes, moose spotting, fish cakes for lunch, an art gallery and discovering they have yurts at the provincial parks.  We started with blue skies over St. Ann's Bay, headed north to Smokey mountain, around to Pleasant Bay, Cheticamp and ended in Whycogamah. Enough said.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Day Trip

A day trip or what some would call time travel is a short drive from home for us. In 45 minutes you can go from having a busy schedule back to the 18th century. We've been there before, Fortress Louisbourg that is, and perhaps we've been to the 18th century. Who knows?

There always seems to be a few years between visits and it is often shared by a friend or family member that comes to see us. The place truly is amazing and I still haven't seen all there is to offer. Each trip has it's own discoveries so it is imperative that we go back again. Each season has it's offerings as well.This time of year it's quieter on the streets but the beautiful light of September fills the paths and doorways with long shadows. The gardens are mature and the farm animals that reside there are content to find a sunny spot out of the wind like the rest of us on fall days. There is one other bonus for me at Fortress Louisbourg. The place is full of baskets! So I'll share a few photos of the day and encourage you to take a trip there yourself. It's well worth the time and effort no matter how far you travel to get there. The entrance to the site....

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thinking of Harvest Season

It doesn't take long for lazy summer days to switch to thoughts of autumn chores. I'm happy to embrace the change and this is my first chore. I made a few new pumpkins in wool to celebrate the garden harvest!
...and you'll find them at the CBCCD gallery!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August Garden

It was another glorious weekend on Cape Breton Island. We've had perfect summer days to enjoy the garden in the changing light of mid August. It's the time of year that lengthens the shadows in late afternoon. The delphiniums and iris have faded but the annuals and lush hydrangeas are showing off their colour.

Early summer blossoms are bearing seed and fruit for the birds who are getting used to me hanging around. They are hesitant at first but quickly ignore me and head for the bird bath next to the outdoor workbench.

Each of these changes has inspired a new colour combination in the weaving projects this summer. Today the dye pot gave me the best color of blueberry blue  and mauve to match the hydrangea blossoms. I love it with a limey green from Saturdays dye lot.

There is still some pink left in the gardening season and the bright orange and yellows of the calendula. I'll have to weave the front garden next!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Summer Plovers Workshop

If you've had the pleasure of a quiet stroll on a maritime beach you'll recognize this little bird. Never walking, always running to find the next tasty morsel on the sandbar and often in tandem with several of their flock. They are a delight to watch. Easy to be inspired to capture this little fellow in wool, right?

These little plovers are the project for a workshop coming up on Aug 24th.  Janet Dawson is hosting again and has all of the details for the workshop over at The Bobbin Tree. Check it out if you are interested in joining us!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Colour Combos Continued

More colour combinations from the perennial garden. Iris blooms with their variations on purple.
Daylily and hydrangeas

A flashback to spring squill with their lime centers and the brown debris from winter.
Following her lead, Mother nature that is.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Colour Combos

July always provides an ever changing colour palette in the perennial garden.  I have decided to follow Mother Nature's good advice in choosing colour combinations for a few new baskets. This is the first one to go with creamy petals and soft mauve stems.The next one will be a bit brighter.

Foam Flower  & Violas

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


So glad I could work outside today! I had a few new birds that needed perches so it was nice to work out by the garden and watch the real ones come and go to the bird bath. 

It was hard not to think of heading for a local beach but there will be more sunny days to play hooky.