Thursday, December 13, 2018

Catching Up!!

Where does the time go!!! I can't seem to keep up with posting these days. Last week was a flying visit back to St. John's, NL to visit my Mom who just turned 97 and touch base with friends. I managed to spend a couple of hours at the Eastern Edge Quilt Guild. It was great seeing all the quilters and catching up on news. I did see some of my stitch buddies for our regular Wednesday stitch day afternoon and meet others for tea at Chapters. Smack dab in the middle of my visit, there was a snowstorm which cut into my plans! But, I did do some shopping.

One of my purchases at The Fabric Merchant, was this cute Magnetic Needle Nanny, from Puffin & Company. They had quite a selection to choose from. Sadly, all the cats were gone! However, I do like my elephant. An old friend, who is no longer with us, loved elephants, so this is for you, Nina! You can also see a small part of a stitch project I took with me. It might get finished by next Christmas!

I did do quite a bit of running around while in St. John's. Stay tuned for more from my visit back home.

I can't keep up with links so please visit my blogger friend's site, Magpie's Mumblings, to see what she is doing. She has a way with words and often leaves me in stitches.


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Dalplex Christmas Craft Show

My daughter, Jill, and I spent last weekend at the Dalplex Christmas Craft Show, Halifax. Set-up was Thursday. It's the first craft fair where there were volunteers to actually help unload the vehicles, put the stuff on dollys and deliver them to your booth. The show was competing with Black Friday sales which I hadn't thought about but it didn't seem to have any affect on the number of visitors that day. Overall, the show was a good one and I managed to get a few Christmas gifts too. I try to buy local as much as possible.

My side of the booth

Having a coffee before the fair opens
Getting things ready before the show opens!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Lots of Glitter!!

I made a few embellished Card Cases for the Craft Nova Scotia Christmas Craft Show which occurred this past weekend. Lots of glitter in this pile. I love using Sulky Sliver Opalescence thread for top stitching these cases. This thread colour reflects the colour of whatever it's stitched on.

I had 16 different cases (not all shown here) ready for the show. Only three are left! I'm making a few more for the Dalplex Christmas Show this coming weekend.

One lady visited my booth on Saturday and got very excited! 'I'm finally meeting you', she said as she rummaged in her purse and took out one of my card cases which she had purchased at the NL Craft Council Gift Shop, six years ago. It was stuffed with cards and still in great shape! WOW!!! Thanks to my customers for purchasing glittery card cases!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Craft Nova Scotia Christmas Show

It was a great weekend in spite of the snowy start on Friday. We live over an hour from Halifax on the South Shore of NS, at Pine Grove (minutes from Bridgewater). My husband and I left home at 7:15 am. The snow had just started! We arrived at the Cunard Center, at Pier 23, Halifax Waterfront, at 10:30 am. Late, late, late, BUT we got there in one piece! Luckily, I had my snow tires installed the week before or we would never have made it.

Here are a few photos taken of my booth. You will note that I did move a few things around.

This was my first time at this show and I have to thank all those who visited my booth, to those who commented on my art work and to those who made purchases.

You wouldn't believe the number of Newfoundlanders I met too!
The 5" x 5" Glower Garden is sold

A Visit From Wesley Harris

Look who came to visit me at Craft Nova Scotia Christmas Craft Show yesterday, Wesley Harris, a Corner Brook metal smith. Wesley has his work featured at the Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS. This show, Mentor and Metalsmith, The Silver Art of Arthur Breckenridge & Wesley Harris, is a must see event. 
I've known Wesley for many years in Newfoundland. We have been neighbors at the Christmas Craft Show, Craft Council of NL, on several occasions. If you are in Halifax, the show is on from November 9 - December 21, 2018. This is on my to do list.  Please check out Wesley's art HERE.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

We Remember

A day to remember.
These poppies grew in my Newfoundland garden. They originally came from my mother's garden. Poppies and Forget-Me-Nots (those tiny blue flowers in the lower right of the poppy) were among the flowers she planted.

Her brother, Charlie Emberley, served in WWll and survived. These are for him and for all of those who fought in wars to keep us free.


A Forget-Me-Not Shimmer was created at the request of The Rooms in St. John's, NL to commemorate the Battle of Beaumont Hammel, July 1, 1916.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Some News and Other Stuff

Oh, dear! Halloween already - we had about half a dozen trick or treaters knock at the door. October has been a very busy month of production.

Late September, I found out that my submission to Craft Nova Scotia (craft council) was accepted and that I could participate in the Craft Nova Scotia Christmas Craft Show, Halifax, November 16  - 18. While I'm doing this show, Jill, my daughter, be be at the Christmas Market at White Point Beach. That one is by invitation.

Jill and I are also doing the Christmas Craft Village, November 9 - 11. I tried to do Christmas at the Forum but it was filled. We will also be at the Dalplex Christmas Market, December 23 - 25. Both these will also be in Halifax.

The first weekend of December, you will find us at the Lunenburg Christmas Market, which is much closer to home.

All the above contributed to my intermittent blogging because, frankly, I had to get my head around doing all these shows and having enough work produced to sell.  In St. John's, I did two Christmas fairs: the Christmas Craft Fair, Craft Council of NL, and the Anna Templeton Christmas Tea and Sale.

Over the next little while, I will be showing some for the things made for the above markets.
Here are some of the newest Fibre Art Pendants, with more to finish. These photos are a bit darker than they actually are.

I also post photos to Instagram @jctextileart  as it's so easy to do via my phone.

Monday, October 15, 2018

On Fire!

A couple of days ago, I caught these flaming colours of the trees in the back yard, just as the sun was rising. Yep! I was up that early. The light was perfect.


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Shorelines and Sundaes

Last evening, my daughter, Jill, had a showing of new work in Mahone Bay, NS. Shorelines and Sundaes was an Art and Ice Cream Pairing at Get The Scoop. A very unique flavor was created to compliment Jill's 'delectable' art. It was delicious! I understand some very nice liquor was used to soak the cherries.

Have a peek at the new pieces:

Beach Babes

Brisk Wave
Charging Crescent
Swimsuit Pool
You will find Jill's previous show of art pieces HERE.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my family and friends!

These pumpkins were grown locally. It's great to see such fun stuff at the local nursery and bakery.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Life in Nova Scotia

I have been living in Nova Scotia one year today. It has been a very interesting, busy year to say the least. The one thing I don't miss, is the weather. CBC did a radio show a few years ago and St. John's was the 3rd windiest city on the planet!  I can believe that. It is so strange, even a year later, to look out at the trees and the leaves hardly move. Last fall, I purchased my first outdoor garment without a hood. In St. John's on most days, you needed a hood! Can you guess - I DON'T LIKE WIND!!!

In any case, we have settled into life on the mainland. Family is 10 minutes away. Life is good.

I joined the Mahone Bay Quilt Guild this month. Of course, Rose, the program coordinator, whom I met at Lynn's Quilting Studio the week before, has already penciled me in to do the March program. She wants me to do a 'show and tell' of my art work. I can do that!

Next week, the guild is having a Quilters' Harvest Quilt Show & Sale. Thursday night is the opening of the show for guild members. I was afraid I was going to miss seeing the quilts, as we are going to Cape Breton that weekend. Hopefully, I'll be permitted to take a few photos to share here on the blog.

Check out my Instagram page @jctextileart to see some of the things I've been doing. I'm still having issues with transferring photos from phone to computer. Isn't technology grand!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Mush-a-Mush Beach

I just discovered Mush-a-Mush Beach. It is about ten minutes from my house. You can bet that I'll be going there frequently next summer. I'm hoping to make a few visits this month while the weather is warm.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Art and a Sunset

I haven't been blogging very much this summer. For one thing, it has been way too hot. However, a heat pump was installed about three weeks ago so it is now lovely and cool inside. We have had friends from Newfoundland visit as well as family from Tennessee and Ottawa so I've been busy with them.

This mini garden was completed last week. It is matted 5" x 5". The background is cotton with free-motion stitching. The old basket was stitched on a tan coloured fabric and appliqued by machine. The foliage is a combination of hand embroidery and machine stitching. The tiny French knots represent dandelion flowers. When I was a child I would often pick them in the back yard and bring them into my mother. Most of my landscapes have a dandelion or two embroidered on them.

Under the Sea was finished a few days ago. This one is matted 5" x 7". It is also a combination of machine and hand stitching. 
I had to add this sunset. I took this from the car as we were driving home from Halifax this evening. Love those colours!!

Sunset along the 103, on the way home from Halifax
  • You can see a few previous Under the Sea pieces HERE
  • Another mini garden is HERE  
  • Find Textile Art Inspiration HERE on Pinterest. Lots for everyone!  
  • Check out my blogging friend's blog at Magpie's Mumblings. You will be entertained for sure.
I'll try to be a bit more regular with posts this fall.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Trip to Avonport and Beyond . . .

My sister, Joan, has been here from Tennessee, since last Thursday night. We have been visiting lots of places and checking out quilting and yarn shops. Tuesday, we went to Avonport Discount Fabrics (Facebook link) which is an hour and eighteen minutes from Pine Grove. The day was lovely and warm.

Of course we spent quite awhile in the store looking at all the lovely fabrics. We both made several purchases. I picked up a few pieces of Batiks to use for clapboard in my 5" x 5" framed pieces. You can never have too many colours: neutral shades this time.

Joan was looking for Canadian quilt fabrics. She noticed some Cantik Batik 10" squares called Gemcubes. Each set of 40 pieces, 2 of each colour, 10" squares, represented the various regions of Canada. She chose the Newfoundland / Atlantic Coast collection. It's too bad that you can't see what each square looks like as you don't really know what you are getting. Joan's collection, however, is beautiful and she's glad she purchased it. What do you think?

I will have to wait and see what these will become.

I opened the package so you can see more of the fabrics.

Our road trip also included visiting Wolfville and Kentville.

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.