Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Touch of Glass

Here's another great find at the Christmas Craft Fair, A Touch of Glass, owned by Kylene Barrett. She uses Dichroic glass in her jewellery and Christmas ornaments. I have always been attracted to glittery 'stuff' and this type of glass certainly fits into that category! I've had several compliments on my purchase made at her booth.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

More From The Christmas Craft Fair

It's taken me awhile to post more photos from the Christmas Craft Fair. Check these out.
Graham Blair Woodcuts are relatively new to the fair. I love the simplicity of his images. Last year, I added the Jay bird print to my collection. You can see it in the second row,

Donna Clouston works in water colour and makes limited editions of her work. Please check out her web site as you won't be disappointed!

Next, we have printing on linen from Renee Scott of Brindy Linens. She uses such nice, simple designs using such vivid colours. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Shopping Locally for Christmas

Today I visited another Christmas Craft Fair here in St. John's. At these events, I always look for unique, well made items. I wasn't disappointed! A young sewer, Susan Riley, had a small booth displaying her one-of-a-kind creations made from recycled leather, clothing, fabrics and hardware. As a sewer myself, I was impressed with her work. Her sewing and designs were quite nice and I purchased two pieces for Christmas gifts.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving America

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American relatives, friends and visitors to my blog! Today we are having a glorious, sunny day in St. John's - not even a breeze is blowing. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this area of the country, the wind rarely rests. Newfoundland is a very large island in the middle of the North Atlantic so we are affected by the ocean currents.  I hope you are having a fabulous time with family and friends. It's never too late or too early to plan for next year, so here are a few free Thanksgiving projects to check out:

Sewing Org
Thanksgiving Turkey Wall Hanging
Thanksgiving Ideas
Thanksgiving Projects


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Felted ornaments

Today's topic is felted ornaments - wet and needle felting. Last week I made needle felted ornaments for the Devon House Shop, Craft Council of NL. I put silver lame cord at the top for hanging. My art work has been selling there since I started making original art pieces in 1999. Check out my web site and photos (link at the top of my blog) for a quick view of my work. I own a needle felting machine so making flat, decorative pieces of felt is quick and easy. However, for more dimensional work, hand felting needles are used. Check out a previous post on needle felting HERE.

Making Felted Balls with Judy Coates Perez
20 Coolest & Weirdest Needle Felted Creations
Needle Felting Basics
Videos for Needle Felting 
Slow and Steady
Felted Round Balls


Monday, November 19, 2012

Blogathon Canada

Today is the start of Blogathon Canada where you will meet hundreds of bloggers from across Canada. It's an opportunity to find out about the Canadian community of quilters, see their projects and have a chance to win great prizes! Each day host bloggers will introduce themselves and their work on their blogs. Not only that, they will include links to lots more blogs from their province. So check back each day and click on the button to the right of your screen.

November 18 Kick-off  Quilting Gallery
November 19 BC          Felicity Quilts
November 19 BC          Blueberry Patch


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Friday at the Christmas Craft Fair

When I got home from the Christmas Craft Fair Wednesday afternoon, I realized I had missed the whole bottom floor of booths! So Friday I went back again. Of course, my wallet came away a little lighter too! I also took a few more photos to share here with you. Since I used to have a booth at this venue, I know most of the booth holders. I also introduced myself to the new crafts people, so going there for a quick visit never happens.

I was also lucky to get a quick lesson on rug hooking using hand dyed nylon pantihose from Molly at Molly Made. I like the finer texture using this material instead of the heavier weight yarns and cotton strips used for larger pieces. Both look great, but that is my preference. The mittens on the line are made with the pantihose.

I met Jason Holly a number of years ago when he was just starting to make chainmaille jewellery. Since then, he has expanded this technique to include the medium of clay. Jason just got back from SOFA, Chicago, where he had an exhibit of his work. Check out his blog.

The next three photos are from North Eastern Folk Art. They always have a great selection of pieces as well as new products each year.

Silver and Silk, by Rosland Ford, is another jewellery line to check out. She has also added copper pieces to her collection.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Craft Fair

I visited the Craft Council Christmas Craft Fair yesterday afternoon, at the St.John's Arts and Culture Centre. There are lots of nifty gift items for that special someone! I took lots of photos until the battery gave out so I have to make a return visit tomorrow. Check back soon for a few more photos.
Unique Woodturning

Designs by Janet

Newfoundland Chocolate Company

Donaway Pottery
That's a real plant in the vase!
Art Sea Jewellery

I have one of Michelle Lambert's silver bracelets (not in photo)
Spindrift Hand Knits of Newfoundland

Monday, November 12, 2012

More From the Embroidery Guild Auction

The Embroidery Guild Auction was a great success! Congratulations to everyone who participated. Here are a few more photos.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

November 11

Remembrance Day

For Uncle Charlie Emberley, WW 11 veteran, who passed away a few months ago.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

St. John's Embroidery Guild Fall Auction

The St. John's Embroidery Guild held its auction of fabulous embroidered pieces at Bally Haly Golf Club last Saturday. As you can see, the ladies out did themselves! Such beautiful work.

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