March 30, 2015

Ship in a Bottle

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

Nature Treasure

Little bits of nature I've collected on my walks.

March 24, 2015

Tapestry Weaving

Some wall hangings I've been weaving on the rigid heddle loom
using 100% wool yarn and wool roving attached to pieces of driftwood.

March 23, 2015

Rigid Heddle Weaving No.2

My second piece off the rigid heddle loom.
I'm in love with the texture if 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

Rigid Heddle Weaving

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

 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

Small Shelf II

Another small display shelf made from salvaged wood lath.

February 9, 2015

Small Shelf

I made a small shelf from wood lath I found on the side of the road.
I cut it into small pieces, stained it with walnut gel stain and nailed it together.

January 22, 2015

Rocks in Watercolour

Experimenting with watercolour, painting rocks over and over from different angles.

January 16, 2015

Pine Needle Baskets

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.

January 3, 2015

Handmade Bitters and Elixirs

This year a friend and I made a collection of bitters and cocktail elixirs as holiday presents. 
For the bitters we used roasted dandelion, chicory and astragalus roots.  
For the aromatics we used cinnamon, cloves, ginger, anise, cardamom, pine, fir, 
rose petals, vanilla, and elderflower, among others. 
We prepared the individual tinctures several weeks in advance, 
allowing them to develop into bright, bold flavours, before straining out the solids. 
We then developed a series of unique flavours by mixing and matching the various bitters and aromatics.
We packaged them in 30ml bottles and printed labels featuring drawings of the main spice in each flavour.

December 12, 2014

Untitled Series II

Some more mixed media paintings in the series.
A dinner party, my mom and her sister drinking from a hose, 
my Oma on the beach, my Oma and Opa on a road trip to Niagara Falls.

December 11, 2014

Untitled Series I

Mixed media - acrylics on cardboard and photographs on transfer paper.
A series of mixed media paintings incorporating photos from the 1950s,
including New Year's eve of 1955 and my Oma & Opa on their wedding day.

December 10, 2014


I found some pieces of balsa wood and decided to paint them with acrylics 
and make them into decorative arrows.

December 8, 2014

Leather Fringe Necklace

A simple leather fringe necklace. 
I cut a series of thin strips of leather, knotted them to jump rings 
and strung them individually onto a chain.

November 24, 2014

Clay and Gold

A collection of small white clay dishes pressed with lace
and accented with bits of gold leaf.

November 17, 2014

Weekend Projects

I've been experimenting with clay - creating organic shapes.
I found some amazing gold studs at the leather supply store
and decided to make a studded leather phone case.

November 15, 2014

Clay and Lace

Some small dishes and ornaments made of clay pressed with lace.
I'm thinking of painting and glazing them, but I kind of like the look of the unfinished clay.