Wednesday, August 8, 2018

New Fibre Lace Scarves

Nova Scotia is in the middle of another heat wave. Apparently the record high for yesterday was 26C a few years back. It hit 38C (39C in my back yard)!! Way too hot BUT we just got a new heat pump installed so it's cool inside our house. The extreme heat was sucking the good out of me. Now, I can work in comfort again.

Yesterday I completed my first reversible Fibre Lace Scarve in about two years. I usually try to create 25 for the Christmas season. With house renos back in NL last year, and then moving here to Nova Scotia, most of my creating was at a halt.  Making scarves needs lots of space which I now have in my new studio. Speaking of studio: when all of the storage is built, windows trimmed, door hung, baseboards in place etc., I will give you a tour of the room.

side 1

side 2
You can find more scarves HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Craft Council of NL New Location

The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, moved to a new location in July. For almost three decades, the Craft Council operated out of Devon House, a brick building next to Devon Row, and near the Sheraton Hotel. Now it has more space and easier access at 275 Duckworth Street, the former home of the Telegram newspaper. 

I missed the grand opening and wondered about how my shimmers, jewellery and card holders were displayed. Well, my friend, Joan Cane, was there and took these photos:

Pins and Fibre Art Pendants (the smaller pendants are sterling silver)

Card Holders

Just arrived!

Rotating shelf made by my husband for the Shimmers.
I'm pleased with the display and will certainly pay a visit to the new shop and gallery on my next trip back to St. John's. I'm not sure when that will be yet. Thanks again, Joan Cane, for the photos!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Wonderfil Threads

Last week I visited Sew With Vision (Instagram link) in Halifax. It's not far from Bayers Lake Business Park, where I sometimes shop. This quilt store has lots of fabric, threads, patterns, notions etc. I was interested in seeing their line of Sue Spargo hand embroidery threads (saw them mentioned on FaceBook).

In the order of threads below, here's what I have: Razzle - 100% rayon, Eleganza Perle #8 (green & red), and Dazzle, a metallic rayon. I will probably use these in an underwater themed small piece.

  • Check out Colour Compliments latest post, featuring my friend Verna's Temari Ornament HERE
  • Sue Spargo's Folk Art Quilts HERE 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Bluenose (latest Shimmer)

Learning curve for new phone!!! After several attempts, I finally edited and saved this photo to use in a post. My old phone took great photos but wasn't been upgraded so social media was thumbs down! Now, I have a Google Pixel 2 XL with fabulous camera, a bigger screen and lots to learn. 

Drying in the sun
The Bluenose is the latest Shimmer. It will debut this weekend at the Lunenburg Craft & Food Festival. If you are in the area, please drop by. You'll find us at booth 23 in the auditorium. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

4th of July

Happy 4th of July to all my family and friends living in the USA!!! Hope it was a great one.

Happy 4th of July Fireworks - royalty free clip art

Saturday, June 30, 2018


The thermometer on the back deck has reached 35 C! That's the highest it's been so far this summer. Nova Scotia has a high heat alert for the next few days. Thankfully, it's quite comfortable in my studio.

I just finished these pendants for the Canada Day Festivities in Bridgewater. Of course we also have Maple Leaf ones in red only. I can make them with any colour background.

Have a look at past Canada Day posts HERE and HERE

Some things to check:
  • It's a bit late to be posting these but there is always next year!
  • Canada Day on PINTEREST 
  • Reversible place mats HERE 
  • Me on instagram HERE 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Canada Day

I have really gotten out of the habit of posting since the move to Nova Scotia. My apologies! Things have been hectic and I really haven't produced a new body of work in awhile. However, new Shimmers are still been created. In fact, a new one, Canada Map outline, will make its debut on Canada Day in Bridgewater.

As my daughter has written in her Instagram post: We're coming for you Canada Day in Bridgewater! We will also have Canada Flags, Maple Leafs, Viking Ships, and other assorted Shimmers for sale on our maiden voyage of Nique Sea! Come visit our tent on July 1st, King Street Plaza.

Nique Sea is a new family business venture. We have a new website and online shop already to be launched where you will be able to purchase my Shimmer Ornaments and Fibre Art Pendants as well as prints of Jill's paintings.

Check out my Instagram page.

Here's a peek at some Shimmers drying outside a couple days ago. That's one thing I could not do in St. John's due to the constant wind.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Chester, NS - Farmer's Market

Yesterday, I drove to Chester, NS, to check out their Farmer's Market. It was the perfect day for a road trip as the weather was sunny and warm. Chester is about 30 minutes from my house in Pine Grove. It isn't a large market but did have a variety of vendors selling baked goods, hot and cold foods, homemade jams, vegetables and fruit, small hooked rugs and wall hangings, wooden boxes and other household items, jewellery, prints / cards from original water colour paintings, ceramics, and flower.
It was an interesting morning.

My one purchase was a small hooked rug mounted on a wide frame which makes it perfect for standing on a table or shelf. Debbie Smith & Donna Fleming are the 'hookers' behind Dsquared Rug Hooking.They were very friendly and offered lots of good advice about local markets and fairs.

After the market, I took a stroll around the picturesque town before heading back home. Here's a view of the bay.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

New Studio

I am in the new studio! HOWEVER - there is still lots to do: baseboard, window to trim and paint, door installed, ceiling tiles in half of the room to go up, plastering and painting the large closet where embroidery machines will go, making of new storage units . . . Shall I go on? No need, you get the idea. The electrician is back again on Friday to connect up the heaters, install three dimmer switches for the three different sections in the room. Until then, there is no point bringing down the sewing machines.

Hand stitching when I feel the need to stitch. Of course, I'm still into Shimmer production.

Here is the almost empty shelf, one of two, that were in the spare bedroom since our move last October. These are temporary as they don't fit into the new colour scheme. They could be painted.

Ready to be shelved!
Desk from IKEA can go to a standing position too.

The far end of the room. Boxes & boxes of stuff to be opened!

Where will these go!!!
In case you didn't notice, there are a number of different paint colours. The intense 'salmon' is taking a bit of getting used to. I asked daughter, Jill, the architect / painter, to select a pallet for me. She asked for some swatches of my favorite fabrics (which happened to be batiks) and went off to the paint shop. She showed me several different colour themes and you can see the ones I picked. Maybe I could have gone with a paler shade of the salmon but I'm waiting until everything is done before making any decisions to repaint. My husband would have been happier with one colour as he had to clean up after each paint change. 

So, I will keep you posted!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

National Juried Show 2018

Quilt Canada opened today in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The winners of the National Juried Show can be found HERE.  It's well worth a look!

Quilt Canada 2018

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Spring Markets & IKEA Purchases

I visited the Dartmouth Makers Spring Market today in (of course) Dartmouth, NS. One of the reasons for checking out the various markets, is to see if they might be a good fit for my art work. Last weekend was the Mahone Bay Etsy Made in Canada Market.  Some of the same vendors were at both. Of course, I chatted to various people, asking questions about the market. I missed out on the Halifax Makers Spring Market as I was busy at that time.

What was interesting: I wore one of my Fibre Art Pendants on both weekends. At each, I had vendors ask where I bought it as it was "so eye catching and interesting".

I think both markets would be interesting to try next year.

IKEA was also on my 'To Do' list today as I wanted to pick up a few more project boxes for my studio. I added these to the few purchased last week:

21" x 14"  I have 3 of these

Same as above but in use with pendants in progress

14" x 10 1/2" These have covers. Two fits on the larger ones

7" x 10 1/4" These fit on top of the 14" x 10 1/2" ones

I have three large ones and two each of the others.

Next: to get into my studio!!! The LED lights, plugs etc were installed yesterday. The ceiling tiles are up in half the room. It's coming along.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Pendants & Sculptures!!

Last Sunday, the family went to White Point Beach Resort for Mother's Day Brunch. The food was wonderful and a lovely spot to spend an afternoon. Some of my Fibre Art Pendants and Shimmers are for sale in the gift shop. You will find a few of the pendants below:

On the way home, we visited Crosby's Sculptures and Garden Center, Liverpool. If you are in the area, it's well worth the visit! These sculptures are all constructed from concrete:

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Wishing my 96 1/2 year old mother a Happy Mother's Day. For her age, she is in good health.

2012 tulips from my NL garden

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Clouds and Cream: an Art Show

My daughter, Jill's art show, Clouds and Cream, opened this evening in Mahone Bay at Get the Scoop! A special ice cream flavor was created just for the show. It was made from a combination of mandarin oranges, marshmallow, and a liquor from the Caribbean. Delicious!!!! Thanks, Lisa (owner and ice cream maker)

Here are the eight new pieces: Blueberry Truffle, Carmel Curl, Cloud Berry, Dreamsickle Drizzle, Mango Sherbet, Maritime Mist, Moon Mint and Vanilla Parfait. Aren't the names delightful! Thanks go to Jill's husband, Jude, for thinking up most of the names.

If you are interested in having one of these original art pieces, you can contact Jill. There are also prints available.
Blueberry Truffle

Carmel Curl (sun shining causing a shadow)

Cloud Berry

Dreamsickle Drizzle

Mango Sherbet

Maritime Mist

Moon Mint

Vanilla Parfait

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Newest Pendants

I finished a few new Fibre Art Pendants this week. Some of them are now for sale at the Lady Luck Boutique (facebook link), Halifax. This quaint gift shop specializes in the work of Canadian designers and artists.

I'm not happy with the colour or the quality of these photos.  However, it is too late to redo them as some are now gone, but you get the idea. Check out more of my photos on Instagram @jctextileart. Coming soon is an on-line shop selling my smaller pieces such as shimmers, felted ornaments, art cards, greeting cards and pendants. I'll keep you posted on our progress as I've had several inquiries wondering if my work is for sale online.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Two New Shimmers

I have two new Shimmers, a bunny and a ship's wheel.

The bunny was a request by the manager of the gift shop at White Point Beach Resort, White Point, Queens County, Nova Scotia. The shop is going to carry my Shimmers and Fibre Art Pendants.
The ship's wheel is in keeping with a Maritime theme.

As you can see from the photos, it was a gorgeous sunny, warm spring day. I spent the day outside with our granddaughter (sleepover last night). Since it was Earth Day, Gale planted a small pine tree in the back of the garden.

Now for a few links:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Shimmer Shipment!

Yesterday, I send a pile of Shimmers to Devon House Gift Shop, St. John's, Newfoundland. This is the home of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. I've been a member for a long time. If you visit St. John's, make this place a destination spot.

I also had a woodland visitor on the back deck this morning. Luckily, my phone was on the table so I didn't have to move to get a photo. If this blue jay saw any significant movement, it would have taken off in a flash. Look at the beautiful blue feathers!