Tuesday, July 14, 2015

summer in The County

The County as in Prince Edward County, or PEC.
My first encounter was long, long ago. My very first job off the family farm but I'll save that story for another day.
Decades and decades later, I find my self back there with a wonderful husband and a summer home or two. Our weekends tend to follow the same pattern, not by design but in a natural easy going way.
We awake to the birds chirping early, very early. A warm-up coffee and breakfast of fresh local fruit on the patio.

 Then a leisurely drive, trying to travel on new roads each outing, with a keen interest whenever we see a "FOR SALE" sign.

The County has a summer sport, residents list their properties and wanna-be residents dream of owning those properties. Some transactions actually take place.

The reward on the outings are wonderful displays of wild flowers. In the spring miles of lilacs in every shade of purple. Now daylilies are putting on a good show.

 and in certain areas the hollyhocks will take your breath away.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

DIY vs Etsy

If you sew, quilt or craft it gets easy to get stuck in the "I can do that" frame of mind. You know, you see something gorgeous and wonderful and think, yup, I could do that. Yes you can and you might or more likely might not. I am so guilty of this.
 I can and I often do. But, but sometimes it is just easier and faster to have someone else "do it". The it in this case are these lovely felted pebbles. I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to do such a lovely job. Check out the wonderful felt creations at the delica Etsy shop.

The colours are gorgeous. They sit in a thrifted shallow bowl on a thrifted tray on this thrifted night table beside my bed at the cottage.

I could try making the felted acorns though!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

colourful pillow of handstitching woven strips

I love colour, in nature, in paint, in fabric. For me, the joy and excitement comes from seeing the colours together, interacting. Fabrics that have a variety of colours in gradations make it easier to give the impression of a multitude of fabrics. These can be monochromatic or analogous colour schemes.
I used one of these fabrics and a variety of torn related fabric strips.  One of the most basic ways to generate lots of interaction is weaving. The act of the simplest weave, over & under makes one slow down. The weaving would be temporary at this point without some stitching. I used a variety of embroidery floss and large stitches to add texture and a thin batting for dimension to the flat weaving.
Hand stitching is time consuming and that affects the size of the work. These pieces often end up as pillows.
for the backing I used a vintage hand towel.

The colour story continues when the pillow is placed in this lovely gold chair. Add some lovely Flor tiles and things get really interesting.

Colour makes me happy.
This post is included in Suzanne's link-up party at The Painted Drawer

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Happy New Year again!

Time does fly doesn't it? And is it accelerating or is it just me?
I found this in an altered book I did. I was trying to document my work.

I have to tell you I had very mixed feeling seeing the date.
10 years.
First reaction was what happened to the time?
Second reaction and the one that is most useful is my interests hasn't changed. I may have been making a tote but what I was documenting was my interest in colour, texture and creation.
So my medium of choice may be switching from fabric to paint but the essence, the core element remains.
Many people have resolutions and words of the year. I have decided on several. Two are perennial choices -focus and finish.
That is a topic for another day.
The other is explore. I want to explore various techniques of painting. I'm hoping as I experiment I will find out what interests me the most.
Where I can then take some time to concentrate to develop.
I also want to have FUN.
So my first exploration will be the book by Tracy Verdugo  - Painting Mojo

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Contest

For Canadians only!
They are featuring a stockist and a colour each day of October. Today's paint colour is Old Ochre. I entered this dresser. I do need to learn to take better photos!  You can see (and please LIKE) my entry in the CONTEST  thanks

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thanksgiving weekend

I have so much to be thankful for. I try to remember this on a daily basis. It is nice to celebrate with friends and family and fabulous food.

All the veggies are ready to cook, just have to stuff the bird, pop it in the oven and relax for a few hours.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, October 03, 2014

A little behind

I am. I know. But a BlogPodium recap has been on my mind.
Times does fly.
Unlike last time the room full of younger women didn't bother me!

 Jennifer Flores did an amazing job again leading her team to pull off an organized, fun, educating and stylish conference.

The Keynote speaker was Donna Williams of Funky Junk Interiors fame. All the way from BC. Her presentation was about being authentic, and she was.  Shedding her jacket to put on her trademark plaid shirt she was real as she gave us the emotional and tearful story.

That's what it is really about, after all. Donna's story, my story, your story.

Later in the day I ran an idea past her and she said "what is the worst thing that could happen?"

"Fail" I said. And she gave me a look that said, ya so? So I have had that thought rambling around my mind for the last few weeks.

The rest of the day was equally inspiring.  I am going to open an Etsy shop for my quilts and upcycled items.

Avery Swartz always does an awesome job explaining the techie stuff like Google Analytics. I took her Camp Tech Wordpress class last fall. I will be putting it to use soon.

The afternoon Keynote session was full of nuggets of wisdom. Scott Mcgillivray charmed us with his phenomenal success story.  Jennifer said her secret is to start in the middle not at the beginning.
I was fascinated by Monika Hibbs .

Monika is a former physician that started with The Doctor's Closet. I had a hard time wrapping my head around her decision to give up a medical practice. After the incredible amount of study, hard work and dedication she quit.  Maybe because I've been a pharmacist for over 30 years and quitting never surfaced as an option for me. She shared that after spending some time waiting in an ER she realized she has no regrets. That is the way I like to live.
Do you remember the scene in the movie "You've Got Mail" when Meg Ryan's character decided to close her bookstore? Jean Stapleton's character says 'closing is the brave thing to do.' That's how I feel about Monika's story. She encouraged us to search for our natural skills.

I enjoyed checking out the sponsor booths. Chatting with the ASCP ladies from New Orleans and Florida.

So the take away for me......be brave, risk failure, have a mantra, tell my story.