Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter Bouquet from the Garden

It's amazing what you can create from a little pruning in your garden. I made a trip around the yard and trimmed here and there and had lots to work with. There were even some other evergreens I skipped for another day.

Dig out your favorite dish and give it a try. My favorite tin dish was painted by Anne Morrow and I take pleasure in filling it with a bouquet every year.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Spruce Things Up!

Pine and fir it up actually. Here's a quick DIY for those of you that like to add your own touches to evergreen wreaths. I started with a store bought balsam fir wreath with out any adornment.

You can grab a bundle of pine boughs and a bag of cones from your local flower shop or grocer and that's all you need to get started. The other supplies and tools you'll need are:

- floral wire (just use whatever brand you can find)
- outdoor ribbon or a pre-made bow of your choice
- wire cutters
- pruning shears or heavy duty scissors
 *** see note at the bottom :)

Start by adding pine branches to the back of the wreath so they are sticking out just a bit beyond the edges of the fir wreath.

If you can, push the stems into the wire clamps that are attached to the frame. There are twelve on this wreath so that's how many branches I added.

If you find it hard to do this you can wire shorter stems of pine and add them to the wreath by attaching the bundles to the fir branches.

Pull the tips of the pine towards the front of the wreath and mix it in with the fir boughs. Once again you can encourage them into place with some of your floral wire if they don't stay where you want them.

Cut 8- 12 inch lengths of wire and start to wire the pine cones. It's up to you how many you use but I wired more than I thought I would use and they all ended up on my wreath.

If you like the style of the one I did start with the larger cones at the centre of the top and keep adding more layers of cones until you are happy!

 I spread some of the smaller cones out to the side of the first large ones and then decided where to add the bow.

You could just fill your wreath with cones if you wanted a very rustic look without ribbon. It would look great if you had some different types of cones too.

After I attached the bow I continued to fill in around the top of the wreath with a few more cones and some smaller tips of pine bough. 

That's it. You are done. Hang it up and enjoy!

***One last thing....if your hands are covered with sticky balsam from the pine and the cones rub them with baby oil or cooking oil and  the sap will come off easier when you soap up your hands. It's a really good idea to coat your hands with some lotion or oil before you even start to make restoring your manicure a whole lot faster!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Another Day at the Workshop

It's been busy and yes, the edges are starting to blur.

I love it when it's busy though and that the gnomes are spreading a tiny little bit of joy where ever they end up!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I Love Florals

And my other job! Just finished up some fresh new aprons for Cabot and Rose and the fabrics are so lovely with the added bonus of Teena Marie's hand printed bumble bees and dragonflies.

Back to thoughts of December weather and little wool buddies. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Construction Zone

Meet the builders! The work is getting started and there should be progress to show soon...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Good Advice

The gnomes have great neighbors and they always have sound advice. Bears really need a cozy home for the winter so they know what they're talking about!

Time to call in the pros.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Project Planning

The Gnomes are wondering if they are a little out of their league and considering hiring some help with this project....

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Felt Santa Workshop

Learn how to make those rosy cheeks and eyes that twinkle! Janet of The Bobbin Tree has invited me to teach a needle felt workshop. It will be at her shop and you can check out the details on her facebook pageSunday, December 7, 1-4pm.  We'll be making this jolly fellow!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hatching a Plan

When gnomes get together you just know they're working on something big!

More to come soon!

Monday, October 27, 2014

More Felt for a Rainy Day

Cold, rainy weather for the last two days was countered by the warm colour of this lovely wool. A blend of three yellows was the recipe to get the ripeness for these pears just right. Single ones or a bowl full, I love making these for accents.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Sometimes you just have to play! Answer to the question "How did you spend your long weekend?"

 Meet the Pumpkin People. There's a lovely orange glow around here and at The Centre for Craft and Design Gallery.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

From August to October

No time for a post in September and it was a beautiful month! Autumn's splendor is in full swing now and things have been busy at the studio. There are so many gorgeous colour combinations and variety of hues in fall to inspire new work. I've been making apples and pears and eggplants and pumpkins! Here are my versions of fall colours.


Lots more to get done so I will say a hearty Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian pals and get back to enjoying the sunshine and painted leaves.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Hello August

Heat, lots of heat and finally some rain to go with it, will make the perennials happy. The lilies have open in the last couple of days so here's another trip around the garden.
Asiatic lily...
and another daylily...

heliopsis "Loraine sunshine"with a fabulous variegated leaf...

and a tiny universe...

....and it wouldn't be a garden post without another rose

Happy holiday weekend! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Colours of July

The garden was in need of some weeding and trimming so I tackled it this morning. It is a pink and purple world in the July garden.  The heat of July seems to make the rose blossoms give off a delicate perfume and just a brush past the lavender fills the air with it's soothing scent. I have had this lovely rose in my garden for many years and despite the rough winter it had it has graced us with it's soft pink blooms again.
No photo to show you but it was surrounded by lemon balm that I should never have planted. It comes back all over the yard every year and I don't really mind because it has the most delightful scent when it is chopped and pulled from all of the cracks and crevices it finds to sprout in.
Some of the other plants I have had for many years are favorites in July . The delphiniums never cease to amaze me as their colours unfold along the tall stems. They are sometimes as tall as I am.
The colours are gorgeous in the late day sun. Next to them in the yard are these Japanese Iris that I covet. I am sure they would like a wetter location but have come back faithfully for at least 10 years in this shady spot.
The lavender had to be replanted a couple of years ago after an icy winter killed the old plants. This one is doing well and has a lovely scent. 
It is accompanied by bright pink dianthus and a light blue campanula. I put the peach pansies in last year and they popped up again. I love the colour mixed in with the blues and purples.
Last but not least is this pot of clear pink petunias that punctuates the green of ferns and hostas in the garden behind it. 
There are more pinks and purples that didn't get photographed today but these are the favorites. The garden will move into it's next colour scheme as August approaches and brings on the lilies and daisies and the annuals continue to fill in. The reward for a day of dirty work is well worth it!