Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Adventure

I'm off to Northern Ontario tomorrow to teach at the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival. I'm looking forward to teaching on Friday and Sunday. Students will be creating their own Fibre Art Pendants.

On Saturday, I will be a vendor at the Vendor's Market. I will have a small selection of Shimmer Ornaments, Wearable Art Pins, Felted Ornaments and Pendants. It will be interesting to visit other vendors. 

A few sites to check:


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pendants & More. . .

These three oval pendants were finally finished. They will be going to the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival this weekend. If you are going to this event, please drop by the vendor's market on Saturday. I'll be there.

These gorgeous colours greeted me today at the post box. Definite possibilities for hand / free motion embroidery or small landscapes. The middle pendant mirrors the autumn colours below.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Fibre Art Pendants

With all the work associated with moving from one province to another, I did manage to create a few Fibre Art Pendants to take with me to the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival next week. There have been requests for larger pendants so I was able to order the larger format for circles, ovals and rectangles. The circles a have two inch diameter.

These are 1 inch by 2 inches

It's easy to see the different sizes below. The photo is a bit fuzzy, but you can see the sizes.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Autumn Splendor!

A few photos for inspiration - in quilting and stitching. I take lots of photos and sometimes one of them inspires a new piece of work.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving and Other Stuff

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to all my relatives and friends, near and far. The rest of our belongings arrived today so we are officially moved to Pine Grove, Nova Scotia. Our house in St. John's, NL is now for sale.

I took a drive to Mahone Bay yesterday afternoon. It's 16.5 km from my house along a country road. The fall colours are gorgeous! I love summer  but autumn foliage wins. I stopped a couple of times to take photos but the road is narrow with hardly any shoulder for parking.


A new book store just opened up in Mahone Bay called An Novel Idea. This bookstore caters to book lovers and writers. They carry a diverse selection of books, stationery products, and unique literary gifts.

The Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival was last weekend but the scarecrows will be on display for most of the month. Check HERE for the photos I posted last year. Here's a couple from this year:

Someone stole the 3 little pigs from the mamma pig!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I am so thankful to finally be here in Nova Scotia and so close to family. It makes everything worthwhile especially when my 6 year old granddaughter says she so glad we moved close to her.

The leavings are starting to turn those beautiful fall colours. Here's a view from the back deck.

That's the end of two car garage on the side.
I also visited a local farm to get vegetables for out thanksgiving meal. Aren't these pumpkins just gorgeous!

Guess where we were today?
What a fantastic place to visit. We had no difficulty finding a parking space at the end of the building. I will be going back there again when things get unpacked at home.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Morning Visitors . . .

I looked out the patio door this morning and was surprised to see three deer munching grass. Here's two of them:


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Becky's Knit & Yarn Shop

Today was a gorgeous day for a road trek to Lockeport, NS, to visit Becky's Knit & Yarn Shop. This is the 2nd Annual Lockie the Lobster Knitting Festival, which is on from October 2nd to 6th.  Check out the website for more information. Here are a few photos of the shop:

Becky and one of her long time knitting friends

Under the stairwell

Lots of donated prizes

Monday, October 2, 2017

It's Never Too Young . . .

Monday is craft day at the local library which is situated in the LCLC - Lunenberg County Lifestyle Centre . I've been taking my 6 year old granddaughter, Gale,  there after school. Today, the children were introduced to needle felting. Gale looked through a book on 3-D felted animals, and choose to do a penguin. She was the only one to tackle a 3-D object. The directions were pictorial with written directions for each step (shown in the first photo). She read each direction and followed along with the photos. I helped her with the small parts : eyes and beak. She did the rest. Of course, she had to be reminded to watch what she was doing or she could stab her fingers. She also had a tendency to not hold on to the yarn with her left hand. All in all, she did a good job! She was a very happy camper!!

I have a feeling she will want to do a few more felted animals.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Yarn Bundles!

Ooops! It's been a week since I blogged but that's what happens when you move. Unpacking takes over, as does having my granddaughter close by.  Not only that, I'm getting kits ready for the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival Workshop I'm teaching later in October.

I'm putting together 30 kits, some of these will be for sale at the Vendor's Market

Bundles of decorative yarns that were cut ages ago for the workshop

Here's some of the yarns laid out for the kits! Lots more were added to these.
30 bundles of yarn

One bundle
Now for a few links:

Friday, September 22, 2017

A Parting Gift!

Verna has created another unique temari ornament. She gave it to me as a going away gift. It presently sits on my new kitchen window ledge overlooking the back garden. Thanks, Verna, I love it. The stand is a perfect way to show it off.

Nova Scotia has an extensive recycling system. I know it's a good thing for the environment but do we need recycling bags with a fabric softener scent, or vanilla or mint?? As scent is an issue in my house, these are toxic. It was very difficult to find unscented ones. That's my rant for the day.

Monday, September 18, 2017

We Have Arrived!

Yesterday afternoon, we officially moved into our new home in Nova Scotia! It's hard to believe that it has finally happened. Lots of unpacking to do . . . I spent today getting the kitchen set up. There are lots of cupboards and lighting in all the right places. All the cupboard doors have pull out drawers which makes them perfect for storage. Tomorrow is another day of unpacking.

I will share photos eventually.

The first job will be setting up my new studio. That won't start until sometime next month. For now, I have to concentrate on preparations for the Needle Felting Workshop at the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival in Ontario.

Gale's purple mittens fit perfectly. She was delighted with them!
I do have a few things to share as soon as I find them in one of the boxes!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Moving day is getting closer! This weekend I'll be heading to my new home in Nova Scotia. Sure, I'll miss my friends, going to the quilt and embroidery guilds, and much more (NOT the wind) but I will be with family, especially a six year old. So new adventures are definitely in my future!

I was just reading that Heidi Wulfraat WoolWorks Studio will be opening soon in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. See, I'm not the only one off exploring new places. Have you seen Heidi's scrumptious yarns and felting fibres? Can't wait to visit their new location.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Batiks-Go-Retro Blog Hop

As most of my friends know, I love Batiks! I like their vibrant colours especially when using them for my stuffed starfish pincushions and hanging fish, (Pisci Fantasticus). Well, I just found Batiks-go-Retro Blog Hop which started today. It's interesting to see how different quilters are use this line of batiks.

Here's a tip:
When I designed these fish, I stitched on a tiny clear glass bead at the top of the fin. An invisible thread was then threaded through the bead, tied in a loop for easy hanging. No sewing required if thread breaks!

Pisci Fantasticus