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!