Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The 'Square Exhibit" piece

The DesBrisay Museum, in Bridgewater, is having a Square Show! The museum will host a collection of work produced by artists from across Nova Scotia. This show will feature 8" x 8" artwork in a variety of mediums, including watercolour, textile art, oil . . . ! This show is from August 3 to September 7.

Here's my piece. It doesn't have a title yet but it will come to me later today (I hope)!!
I used hand painted fabric that was still packed away from our move to NS, waiting to be used.  A combination of free-motion stitching, hand embroidery, digital printing onto silk for the rocks and hand applique, were used on this piece.



Monday, July 29, 2019

Moth Update

I have to thank my friend, M, in Newfoundland for updating me on the identification of the second moth in my previous post. It's a Blinded Sphinx according to Butterflies and Moths of North America. You can find out about it HERE.

Saturday, July 27, 2019


A couple of weeks ago, I happened to notice a "visitor" attached to the brick work on the front of the house.  It was there for several days. Apparently it was a luna moth and this one was a male.  It is considered one of the largest moths in North America with a wingspan of 4.5 inches. My granddaughter was fascinated by this creature and did a bit of on-line research about it. That's how we found out it was a male.

Another large moth landed on the side deck. At first glance, the brown part of the wings looked like dried up leaves. I've searched for this one but couldn't find anything out about it.

 Another quite frequent visitor to our back garden is the deer. Usually a family of them visit but on this day, only one showed up.

Friday, July 26, 2019

The Trainyard General Store

Yesterday, I delivered my first order of Shimmer Ornaments to The Trainyard General Store, downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. My ornaments were viewed by Kimberley, co-owner, on my Instagram page and she thought they would be a good fit for the store. Thank you Kimberley!

I had been looking at the store for awhile and thought that it would be a nice place to have my Shimmers. So, if you are in the area, pop down to the store and have a look around! There is something for everyone.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Three Churches and a Lobster

Two new shimmers have finally made it into stitch!! These make lovely window catchers and great Christmas Ornaments.
I was asked to design a shimmer of the Three Churches of Mahone Bay and a lobster. Thanks to my husband, who does all the technical drawings for the embroidery machines.

These lobsters are drying outside on the clothes line. This could never have happened in our old home in St. John's, NL as it was way too windy.  Did you know that according to a documentary by CBC Radio a few years ago, St. John's is the third windiest city on the planet? Not what I would want to be famous for, that's for sure.  I actually bought my first out door garment without a hood, when I moved here to Nova Scotia.
Hanging on the clothes line.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Temari Ornaments by Verna

Meeting up with friends was an important part of my trip back home to St. John's, NL.
Our 'mini guild gals' met one evening while I was there.

My friend, Verna, brought along a few of her latest Temari Ball Ornaments to show me. She is already working on # 200! I've been showing off Verna's ornaments for a number of years. You can view them HERE.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Road Trip

Here's a few photos of our road trip across the island of Newfoundland a couple of weeks ago. These were taken near Port aux Basques. Yes, that's snow up in the mountains! The first two photos were taken on our way to St. John's and the others, on our way back to Nova Scotia.

For those of you who have never been to the island, it takes about 11 hours to drive from St. John's to Port aux Basques. Have a look at this map showing Atlantic Canada and you will see how large Newfoundland is compared to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

It looks as if the road is going into the water.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Cloth Book

Since my last post in May (did I say May?? -  time flies when you are having fun), I have been to St. John's, Newfoundland and back.We had a wonderful visit with friends, checked on my mom, spent some time with relatives along the way, met with two of my stitching groups, dropped off some art at the Craft Council of NL shop and at the Newfoundland Weavery and then drove back across the island to catch the Marine Atlantic Ferry. It's good to be back home in Pine Grove, NS.

I did hand deliver a cloth book, made by my sister, Joan, to our mom. The book has a page for each month with all the birthdays written down. The fabrics selected were interesting. In fact, I recognized a couple she found in my stash. Here's an example:

This is mom's birthday. She will be 98 in November!

April was the only month without a birthday listed. Good job, Joan!!

  • Home made cloth activity book HERE  
  • Making a fabric book cover  HERE  
  • Fabric Books and How to Make Them on Pinterest HERE,    
  • Soft Book Tutorial  HERE 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Afternoon Tea by The Sea: Table Arrangements

The Mahone Quilt Guild's, Afternoon Tea by The Sea with Extraordinary Quilter, Elaine Quehl, was a great success. We had lots of lovely compliments on the event. One of the highlights were the table arrangements put together by Beth Lawrence and Linda MacDonald. They decided in February, to take on this project. Last Wednesday morning (May22), they came with boxes of wrapped teapots, cake trivets and cups/saucers. Here's the results!  The pincushions were drawn for from the signed tickets and found new homes. 

The back of one above

 This centerpiece was on the table as visitors came in the door.
Great job ladies!
The event couldn't have happened without the many volunteers who signed up to do the various jobs listed and to those ladies who answered my many questions, gave advice, offered recommendations and donated their time to meet with me - you are all very special people. Thanks!!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Afternoon Tea by The Sea

For the last couple of months, I have been organizing the Mahone Bay Quilt Guild's 'Afternoon Tea by The Sea'.  For years, the guild has been having dessert parties, held in the evening. This year, they voted to have an afternoon tea with sandwiches and sweets. Of course, there is always a special guest.

The guild invites an 'Extraordinary Guest Quilter' to give workshops and have a presentation and trunk show. This year, Elaine Quehl, quilt artist, teacher, dyer and designer, from Ottawa, is our special guest. Elaine will be hosted by a guild member, taken to visit local businesses and introduced to the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Besides her presentation of work, Elaine is also bringing some of her patterns and hand dyed fabrics to sell. We look forward to her workshops on Thursday to Saturday.

Having moved to Nova Scotia a year last October, and been a new guild member, I felt that by volunteering to do this job, I would get to know the ladies in the guild. That has certainly happened as I'm working with a bunch of very friendly, helpful 'gals'! No one is too busy to answer questions or to meet with me to discuss procedures etc. Emails have been flying this week! I thank everyone very much.

Lots of ladies stepped up to volunteer for jobs: from getting donations from shops for gifts, working in the kitchen, greeting visitors, sending out memos, taking photographs, getting husbands to help out, making surprise table displays, setting up the tables, making sandwiches and sweets . . . the list goes on! Once everything is ready for the sit down tea, the quilters take their seats as their job is done and the Legion Ladies take over.

Stay tuned for an update on Wednesday's event!
Lots of gifts. The blue bag is full too!!!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Making Waves

Last evening was the opening of my daughter, Jill Cooper's, art exhibit at the DesBrisay Museum, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

Making Waves - Jill's Artist Statement 

 I grew up on the edge of a fierce ocean. A turbulent, gobble you up in its cold expanse, ocean. Even with their dangers, these rough waters would sparkle, dance in the sun, and entice my 10 year-old self to join them barefoot on the rocky shore, despite the way it instantly numbed my feet from cold, even in the peak of summer. I couldn't stay away.

I'd perch on the shore with my notebooks, filled with cartoon sketches of my versions of Betty and Veronica, my head filled with National Geographic  Articles, and my ocean horizon spoke of possibilities; escape, change, and adventure. A windy, undulating expanse that led to new worlds far away from out tiny fishing village. I found freedom in the sea foam.

It was at the intersection of stone, sea, and sky that the seeds of my obsession to capture waves and women were planted. For me, seeing the connection between women and water was as clear as a blue sky. It's no surprise that these experiences led me to paint a series that reveals their spirits.

Bright and strong. Deep and powerful. Wild and unrelenting. Beautiful and mighty.

Are these features the water or the women? Both, of course.

There is something magical about blending paint so that it captures the translucent aqua of the sun streaked waves, a perfect glint in the eye of a woman who's gaze speaks volumes, and reveals the same energy shining forth from each of them. More than once, while creating this series of amazing women and natural beauty, I've felt the resonance between the two and it has deepened my gratitude for both, while filling me with excitement for the future. Just like those days as a barefoot girl standing in front of an endless ocean.

We are very proud of you, Jill!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sea'spired Wearable Art at White Point

Here is the 'social' post that was created for me for White Point Sea'spired Wearable Art Show. Each artist, who was invited to the show, gets their own poster to use on social media. If you are in the area on the Saturday before Mother's Day, drop by and say hello!

I also found out this week, that I have been accepted into the Windfall Fine Art & Handcraft Market, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, September 28 - 29, 2019. My daughter, Jill, will be sharing the space with me.

Fun times ahead!