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!