Saturday, September 27, 2014

Work, Work, Work!

For the last two weeks, I've been busy working in my studio. I expect to be burning the midnight oil a few times this fall because I signed up awhile ago to have a booth at the Christmas Craft Fair. I haven't done this fair for a few years and I wanted to do it again. For this fair, you have to be a member of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, which means your work has to be juried before it can be displayed.

I opted to have a slightly smaller booth this year (4 x 8). One of the products I will have on display will be my Fibre Lace Scarves. I'm also hoping to have a few new shimmer ornaments for the Christmas Tree. It's nothing like working under pressure to get things done! I still have to get my fibre art pendants juried in October. I do have a few other things in mind but that's for another time. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Good News to Share

I have to share some good news with you.
The city of St. John's, NL, as part of its art procurement this year, is purchasing a piece of my art: Fishermen’s Museum, English Harbour West.  That’s the second piece of my art that they own.


Friday, September 19, 2014


Last Sunday, I took a drive out to Brigus, Conception Bay. There had been a promise of some sun but that didn't happen. However, I did get some nice photos around the community. My concentration was on closeups as I was thinking hand embroidery. I can see using dyed cheese cloth for the rocks with lots of embroidery threads and other embellishments. What do you think? As you can see, that's what I did in this commissioned piece of the red fishing shed. It worked quite well.

Here's some of the photos I took!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

From My Garden

Sometimes I don't have to go far to get inspiration for a piece of art. My back garden still has lots of colour. Have a look!

Don't forget to visit The Needle and Thread Network this week. Lots of great blogs! I just added my link.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Grumpy Goat Gallery

Today we took a trip around the bay. Ever since The Grumpy Goat Gallery opened a few years ago in Upper Island Cove, I've wanted to make a trek out there. I wasn't disappointed. They have a lovely shop and gallery. I even met Rose and Sophie (two pet goats) and Blanche the cat. It's a good thing I like cats as Blanche decided to make a jump onto my shoulder. She was caught just as she was going to land!  I thought I had a photo of her but sadly, I didn't.

We had afternoon tea in their newly opened Crabby Cat Coffee Shack. My blueberry scone was delicious!! If you want an afternoon tea and sweet, I suggest you pay this little spot a visit! The scenery along the way is a big plus too. Lots to see!

Here's a few photos from their place. Everything is just so colourful and fun!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Needle and Thread Network

I just added my link to the Needle and Thread Network. You will see all Canadian content on this website. Keep checking back as more links are added.


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Trunk Show

Three of the quilt guilds in our area have worked very hard during the last year to get Australian quilter, Gloria Loughman, to visit our small part of the world. Thanks go out to the ladies on the workshop committees. It took a lot of work to coordinate with Gloria to add us to her visit to North American.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take one of the workshops but I did attend the Trunk Show on Friday evening. Gloria is a wonderful speaker and I enjoyed her talk and display of art quilts. Her use of colour is just fantastic! I was talking to a number of my friends and they highly recommended doing her workshops. She does offer a course on Craftsy if any of you are interested. You can access this course directly on Gloria's website. Just click on the thumbnail on the left hand side. Gloria has also published three excellent books.
  1. Luminous Landscapes
  2. Quilted Symphony
  3. Radiant Landscapes
Here's a few photos from Friday evening:

Friday, August 29, 2014

Wonky Houses - It's Finished

I hope everyone has a great Labour Day weekend! We will be exploring the Cabot Trail here in Nova Scotia so I hope to get some great photos.

As promised, here is the finished "Wonky Houses" Advent Calendar wall hanging I made for my granddaughter who lives in Chicago. I waited until I got to Chicago to finish the piece with her. She had fun with all the buttons and then showed me where to sew them. We have a video of that so she can see us working on it when she's a big girl. One thing I forgot to do was put gold lame behind the candles on the tree. Guess it won't get done this year. Maybe sometime in the future but it really doesn't matter, she likes it as it is!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Avonport Discount Centre Fabrics

I discovered a great quilt shop at Avonport, NS called Avonport Discount Centre Fabrics. Several of my quilting friends mentioned this quilt shop to me several years ago but I had forgotten about it. It is quite close to where we are staying so that is a plus. As I pulled up to the building, I noticed a large tool shop next door. Very convenient for those husbands who sometimes tag along.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. I explained who I was and a bit about my art work, web site and blog. As a result, I was given permission to take as many photos as I wanted.

Shopping carts are near the door for your convenience. I didn't bother to take one as I figured I wasn't going to get that much. Boy, was I wrong!

This shop has everything a quilter needs! The fabrics, books and patterns are fabulous with reasonable prices. It was hard to make a decision!

Quilters visiting Nova Scotia, this is a shop to visit!

Have a look!