Some spring shoots and blossoms collected from my garden and along my nature walks.
June 9, 2016
April 17, 2016
January 12, 2016
January 10, 2016
October 24, 2015
October 14, 2015
I made this illustrated pop-up book as a present for my sister's birthday.
From late night swims in the Mediterranean to hours of board games and
made-up card games, to all our favourite foods, to after-dinner runs into
town for vanilla soft serve, to floating in the hot sun on the cool waters of Georgian Bay,
these are just a few of our favourite memories from this past year.
The bottom photo is of the individual pop-ups, pre-assembly.
September 29, 2015
August 8, 2015
April 29, 2015
April 17, 2015
April 8, 2015
I got bit by the ship-making bug and had to get it out of my system.
I made this one from scratch, using balsa wood for the body,
bamboo skewers (split) for the railings and masts
and scrap cotton muslin for the sails.
March 30, 2015
I came across a ship in the bottle kit (a privateer by Authentic Models) and of course I had to make it.
I had no idea what I was getting myself in to.
I thought I could finish it in an hour or two, but it ended up taking much, much longer.
In the middle photo, it is partly assembled.
The body is built, sanded and painted and one of the masts is finished.
In the bottom photo you can see the entire ship rigged, the threads are taut - if I were to let go,
all the masts would fall down. This is so the ship is collapsible and can squeeze
through the very narrow bottle opening. The hardest part was getting all
the sails untangled and the masts upright once the ship was in the bottle.
March 25, 2015
March 24, 2015
March 23, 2015
My second piece off the rigid heddle loom.
I'm in love with the texture of this single ply wool yarn - it has a stiff structure to it
and I am finding little bits of hay in my skeins.
March 6, 2015
I recently got a small 15" Schacht rigid heddle loom and I am in love.
This is my first piece off the loom - a scarf woven from single-ply wool
in various shades of cream and grey.
It's incredible how fast the weaving goes on a loom
after spending so much time knitting and tapestry weaving by hand.
February 13, 2015
Knitted wool socks based on this pattern from Canadian Living.
I modified the pattern a little as I used single-ply Briggs and Little yarn
(2.5mm needles, cast on 60 stitches for size medium).
February 11, 2015
February 9, 2015
January 22, 2015
January 16, 2015
I've been making pine needle baskets this winter.
I collected a whole bunch of red pine needles, soaked them in boiling water, removed the sheaths
and made them into baskets by coiling and fastening them with twine.