Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Or mushrooms, whatever you like. They are often right under your feet and not something you'd notice without a closer look. They are fascinating though when you do find one of the many many varieties of these little fellows that seem to pop up over night sometimes.

They are great inspiration for needle felting projects and I am enjoying these fall colours.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


A little daydreaming moment. While I'm tackling daily chores it's nice to let my thoughts drift off and have my head in the clouds.....

I'm looking forward to diving into the pink clouds. That's for tomorrow.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

More from the Pumpkin Patch

I'm promise I'm not wishing away the gorgeous summer weather but I am enjoying these newly minted and oh so soft pumpkins. Definitely on a roll...

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Colour Inspiration

New month, new palette. This lovely silk fabric is inspiring a shift into fall colour schemes. I love the rich pumpkin colour with it's little circle print mixed in with the floral.  The burgundy floral print was the flip side of the skirt I recycled and the trim with green and gold is lovely too. The silk will find it's way into a project but for now it's just laying on the work bench helping me choose colours of wool to go into a pumpkin patch.

There's few listed on the website if you need a fresh pumpkin for your fall decor!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Family Trip Flashback!

All the way back to 1973.  I was very very very very young. Ahem. It was my first trip on a plane and the first time I saw the biggest playground I had ever seen called Florida. What a place for a young imagination. All those wonderful places built by grown up minds to entertain all ages. Wow! It was a glorious week of first time encounters with pink flamingos, pelicans, dolphins and life sized Weeki Wachee mermaids!

I kept thinking of that trip while I was making these mini mermaids for the Mermaids Tears Seaglass festival that  is coming up July 25th on Prince Edward Island. Cabot and Rose will be there with a vendors booth (and more fabulous mermaids) . I can only hope these little gals will spark some fond vacation memories for someone else! PEI is a pretty fabulous playground too!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summer Classic

It was a classic maritime summer day in Cape Breton. Lots of sunshine and warm temperatures without high humidity and enough breeze to keep the pests away. The sunshine and heat mean the flower pots are filling in and I consider this pink petunia a summer classic too. A staple in maritime gardens for as long as I can remember are the older varieties of petunias that filled large flower beds each year. These newer varieties of trailing petunias are marvels of colour combinations and the fact that their blossoms resist melting in wet weather makes them winners for sure.

Needless to say even though it was a work day I spent as much of it as possible on the deck. Even the little violas seems happy with the weather and at the warmest part of the day the fragrance of the  sweet alysum seemed heightened. Ah summer, you're finally here.

Some days it takes some effort to get yourself slowed down enough to enjoy the little things. This kind of sunny summer day inspires that mood.  There is of course always room for creative endeavors and today sparked the idea for this fellow. I had just recycled some turquoise silk fabric and it was perfect for little dragonfly wings. The real ones are flitting happily around the garden but this little guy will be around in January to remind me of summer's warmth. Hope everyone got to slow down today and enjoy the little things under a sunny sky somewhere!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A Favorite Perennial

July brings an abundance of bloom to the garden in my yard and this year things are overlapping a even more because of the late start to the growing season. The columbine are still blooming and the poppies and iris are open amongst the perennial geraniums giving the garden a blue, mauve and pink palette. This white peony always tops the list of favorites though.

A couple of years ago I took the risk of of splitting the one piece I had and it was worth doing. There are two lovely clumps of this old plant in the yard now in full bloom. It was a risk of sorts because it's the only one I have and it is an old variety from my mother's garden. It has the most wonderful fragrance and the tiny hits of burgundy on the edges of a few petals give the blooms a delightful touch of elegance. This plant will stay a favorite!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Adding to the Herd

Goats! There's always been a lot of wooly sheep hanging around the studio so I thought it was time to try something new. There's lots of inspiration out there including the fabulously cute herd at the The Groovy Goat Farm in Ingonish. So let me introduce you to the first members of the herd here at the studio. They're gonna need names I think!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Flock


A few chickadees and goldfinches joined by the blue jays and owls and you have a flock! That was fun getting them all ready to go out into the world. Bye bye....

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Go Fish

Some fresh fish that have made their way to Sunset Art Gallery in Cheticamp. It is always fun picking colours for these little fellows and seeing them all together in the bright, almost summer like sun.

Friday, May 29, 2015


It's gardening season! What a difference a little heat makes. So happy to see that most of my garden is coming to life after a very rough winter and long cold spring. Gardener's optimism was almost running out but never mind that, the green sprouts have arrived! These little forget-me-nots are like a weed in the yard but because of their toughness I am embracing them all this year.

Tomorrow's treat will be a trip to a couple of local garden centers and I might even get some seeds and a few pansies planted.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Inspiration in Ireland

I had the most wonderful trip to Ireland this spring and despite grey weather was in awe of the beautiful landscape. What better place to get inspired to garden and be creative again. From the glamour of Kylemore Abbey and it's lakeside swimming pool and walled garden with lush spring flower beds, inspiration was around every corner.

Look at those turquoise doors and gates! The entrance to the walled gardens was this magnificent door with it's black iron hardware and the colour was repeated in the gate and trim of the gardener's cottage. I'm almost glad the sun stayed hidden behind the mist as the colours in the garden where more vibrant in contrast to the grey weather and dampened stone. 

That was just day two on the trip! I'm still in creative brain overload. More to share another day...

Monday, March 30, 2015

Make Spring Happen

Just keep thinking spring buds and warm weather and don't look out at the snowbanks! Easter is on the horizon and there is snow in the forecast AGAIN. Today is sunny so I took advantage of the bright light to capture these guys that have been hanging around my workbench.

spring lambs and bunnies with their winter white coats....
thoughts of little bluebirds returning and....
last but not least the bumble bees that I started working on when I wrote the last post!
They will all get packed off to the gallery at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design shortly. Oh, and I am thankful for spring bulbs at the flower markets. The lovely yellow daffodils are a treat and are being sold locally in support of the Cancer Society. If you see them at the grocery store or local mall pick up a bunch and support a worthy cause!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bumble Bees

I am thinking about them today. The sun is shining in the window by my work desk urging me to make plans for spring and summer. It's a welcome distraction while the snowbanks slowly recede. So it has me started on a new little project and lead me down the rabbit hole that is the internet! I found this lovely blog about all things bees, read some posts and enjoyed some poetry. Emily Dickinson wrote a lot about bees!  
                                                            "The pedigree of honey
Does not concern the bee;
A clover, any time, to him
Is aristocracy."
Emily Dickinson, Poems (V)

So here's my flashback to summer in the garden and a busy bumble bee with pollen on his knees! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

It's March

...Already! Not sure where Feb went but not missing it. The snowbanks are still high but thoughts have turned to spring with the few sunny days we have had recently. Seems like a perfect time to roll out some new prints and little critters from the studio at Cabot and Rose. The little hares are in good company!

"Bunny" by Teena Marie Fancey available here. Little felt rabbits heading to the gallery at Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Tea Party Needs Tea Cups

Imagine finding brand new (never been used kinda new) Centennial tea cups at a hardware store on Price Edward Island. It is after all Canada's birthplace. That store was closing out and clearing out the stock shelves from 1967! Of course you have to buy a set. These beauties set me back 25 cents a cup. That's right, set of 4 for $1.00.

The mouse is a whole lot newer than the cups. He's just a few days old. And then there is the much needed stash of tea cup handles that Teena Marie Fancey has collected. Just one more of the little essentials you need to celebrate a tea party of sorts. Brilliant!

 "No Room! No Room!" is available to purchase and you'll find the details here if you are the type that's you know .....curiouser. :)