Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Just wanted to share a few more pics of my offerings at the upcoming Kris Kringle Christmas Craft Fair in Qualicum Beach this November 27-30th. The little watercolour albums are indeed sweet, can't wait to take my mini-paint set to the beach and endeavor to capture some West Coast scenery. I'd love to see what other people do with them too.
Hope to see you Thursday!


It's always around this time of year - November - that I feel the need to get out my knitting needles and dig into sumptuous balls of wool. The dawning of the cooler weather and observing frost covered rooftops make an hour on the couch knitting that much more inviting. I have a soft spot for knitting books and just wish I could actually see a project from start to completion. Generally, I knit scarves although baby sweaters have been attempted in the past (they were, however, more suitable for teddy bears).

My fave needles of late are ginormous! A size 35mm that create a wonderfully loopy look, almost like chain mail. Here, Elizabeth and Quinn kindly obliged to a photo shoot and are sporting a few of my latest scarves.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I've been playing with my paper stash of late. It has been so satisfying to revisit my old favourite patterned papers - they are multi-layered, grungy and some remind me of the best Rauschenberg collages. These faves have found their way into my new little memory books. As I also love to sew, it seemed fitting to sew in a "binding" both to appease myself and add reinforcement and visual interest to the book.

These memory books can hold photos and journalling. I've used one as an artistic garden journal of sorts. It's all about my garden and includes original watercolours instead of photos. These little books are compact and can be filled with whatever content your imagination can conceive.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I happened upon a cool site after seeing an article in the paper the other day. It's called www.exactitudes.com . These photographers have collectively photographed random people from different cities in various geographical locales. I love all the names they have chosen for these groups especially "eco-punks". It reminds me of that line the secretary used in Ferris Beuller's Day Off where she rattled off all the terms used to describe their pupils - geeks, metal heads, preps, dorks, dweebs, sluts etc. etc. Have a look - see if you can find yourself in the exactitudes.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Today we missed story time because we were mucking about on YouTube for too long this morning. We watched a show called Control last night all about Joy Division and John had to revisit all of their videos and related bits this morn on the computer. I really like music from that era even though I was wee(ish).
It was also a bright & sunny November day on the West Coast. I raked some leaves and went for a walk with my husband and kidlets. As usual we collected "nature ephemera" - leaves, fir cones, dandelion heads, whirligigs, hydrangea flowers. It is utterly important that my children are familiar with and embrace nature in this plastic, disposable world we inhabit.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Copy, paste and play along!
1. Where is your cell phone? What cell phone.2. Your significant other? A wonderful cook, husband, father and friend 3. Your hair? Died blondish and collar length (for work) 4. Your daughter? Beautiful, quirky, smart, curious 5. Your son? Lovely, perfect, all boy, rambunctious, rascal. 6. Your favorite thing? Being creative 7. Your dream last night? Don't remember 8. Your favorite drink? Red Wine 9. Your goal? Raise decent children, laugh lots 10. The room you’re in? Kitchen 11. Your church? My garden12. Your fear? Planes falling out of the sky 13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Happy, healthy and content. 14. Where were you last night? At home in our Castle watching British shows on tv. 15. What you’re not? Patient 16. Muffins? honey bran17. One of your wish list items? domestic help! 18. Where you grew up? Oakville, ON 19. The last thing you did? Took daughter to ballet class 20. What are you wearing? Jeans, t-shirt, sweater 21. Your TV? Heartbeat, The Royal, New Tricks, So You Think You Can Dance, The Hour, Documentaries 22. Your pets? No pets23. Your computer - Toshiba Satelite laptop .24. Your life? Busy, satisfying 25. Your mood? Good, husband gets two days off now 26. Missing someone? No .27. Your car? Nissan Altima28. Something you’re not wearing? A garter 29. Favorite store? HomeSense 30. Your summer? Too hot31. Like(love) someone? My family32. Your favorite color? Mustard 33. Last time you laughed? 10 minutes ago34. Last time you cried? Last Monday (small tear) 35. Who will repost this? No idea!

I'M BACK!!!!!

So it's been a while.... a friend suggested I get this blog going again and thought that was a great idea since one does need a venue for one's musings...