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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~


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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Fletcher the frog . . .

Scrolling through Instagram recently I came across all these adorable images of knitted frogs . . .  

each one made me smile at how they all had their own little personalities. Over the years I've knitted lots of things including toys - for my own children when they were tiny, as well as my grandchildren, but I've yet to make one that I've kept for myself. However, after knitting a few frogs to gift, I just had to make one for myself! 

I found a pattern I liked and winged the rest :-D. Since I spent my knitting time watching Murder She Wrote (a favourite show of mine since the 80's) I decided to name him Fletcher, after Jessica Fletcher. 

"There's an old lady who lives in my soul.

She loves to knit and drink tea"

-unknown-
Once Fletcher was knitted (oh, the cuteness!), I started on a pair of overalls
a jacket and a little gathering bag knapsack
"People just need to go back to the ancient crafts.

We should teach people to do whittling at school

or knitting"

-Phoebe Fox-

such a great quote and I totally agree. I've been knitting since I was 11. A neighbour who was very talented in the arts and had once owned her own bridal shop taught me to knit, crochet and embroider. She would bring out a basket of odds and ends of wool, left over from previous projects, needles and sit patiently as I started with the basics - casting on, garter stitch, moving on to purl, decrease & increase. Our grade 6 teacher had a wonderful idea that we could bring a project we were working on to class, so for me, it was a knitting project. 
... beautiful things come together . . .  one stitch at a time 
those knees . . .  those legs. . .  that tummy! 

 He's only 4" tall and the perfect size to pop into a suitcase and do some travelling :-) 
"Childhood may be over,
but that doesn't mean playtime is"
-Ron Olson-

Monday, September 19, 2022

A walk along the Avon . . .

A little get away to Stratford where we took in all the sights and sounds . . . 

It's been so nice to get back to enjoying live theatre and we took in three wonderful plays,

 walked along the Avon River

browsed through shops

enjoyed Art in the Park (so many talented local artists)

 

lots of happy bees
which made us happy to spot . . . 
Church bells 
 & beautiful cool breezes 
I love finding a little free library ...
wild flowers
and visits with favourite willow trees! 
Happy Monday
d x 
 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Snippets . . .

I see the daily August changes in the garden . . . especially after the hot and humid temperatures we've had these past few weeks. Dried seed pods just waiting to be gathered . . .  next years garden treasures.
We've been thrilled to see lots of bees buzzing around, going from flower to flower, but only a few Monarchs. Spotting both has us screeching with joy. . .  we know we are doing something right in our garden.  I recently spotted a sign that said "Don't mind the weeds, they are for the butterflies & the bees" and I love (and share) that sentiment! 

Picked a few blooms to bring inside . . .  the ones that were bent or nearly spent :-) and put them into a little jam jar that fits nicely in this little hand made pot I found a few months ago at the Dundas Valley School of Art Auction. 



It's the little things . . . 
One little Sparrow joined me yesterday as I sat early in the morning by our pond.  A little meditation space we've carved out in the corner of our garden. The Cosmos are one of my favourite flowers and Sparrows . . .  well, need I say more . . .  my favourite bird.  Both beauties were painted into my nature journal alongside a quote by Rupi Kaur that I love.

 The temperature today is a comfortable 22 degrees C and perfect for the nice long walk these past few days have made it impossible to have.  
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
d xo 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

August journal...


It's funny how you can come across something you'd put on a shelf and it stirs an interest in you once again.  This happened to me last week when looking for one thing had me finding another :-)

Two years ago, at the on set of Covid, before any of us knew what was really going on, I started an art journal. I would take my journal, watercolour paints, and a jam jar of water and sit by the pond in our garden and paint/write all my thoughts and happenings. Because "everything" was happening around my home and garden, I filled the pages with bird watching, garden changes, cooking (so many banana breads),  day to day menus & inspirational quotes. 

In one corner I wrote the date, weather, temperature, moon phase, sunrise & sunset. 

And then . . . bit by bit, things started to open up and we slowly and cautiously went out and began doing "things" again and the journal went on a bookcase.

Looking & reading through the pages made me realize how lovely keeping a journal is. Each and every page mentions Archer, because, well, he was part of my everyday (me)! 

 I've loved looking through the pages and remembering . . . the return of the blackbirds , the lily of the valley spreading and filling up the garden beds . . . baby bunnies in the garden . . . the cardinal couple we named Frank and Peggy - Peggy had injured her wing/leg and it had set crooked and how her mate watched out for her (we did too) the movies we watched on T.V. and the music we listened to (dancing in the kitchen) while supper cooked.


" April 16 2020 4 degrees C ... Up before the birds and out the door by 6 am with Archer to get a walk and some fresh air" . I painted a picture with the words mask * scarf * gloves* hat * coat * sunglasses * checked off. . .  lets go for a walk! and added one of Mary Oliver's quotes.

"I saw that worrying had come to nothing.

And I gave it up.

And took my old body out in the morning

and sang"

-Mary Oliver-


"April 27 2020 14 degrees C . . . I wrote " Woke up at 5:30 am and even though it was raining, it was brighter...  It's the little things. Walks in the morning with Archer, noticing all the subtle changes seen daily, being present and aware of the beauty a new day brings. Gratitude . . .  In the garden today . . .  sparrows * doves * cardinals * red winged blackbirds * lots of squirrels * robins * crackle" 

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience,

everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature,

is a help.

Gardening is an instrument of grace"

-May Sarton-

I have about a dozen blank pages left in that journal and decided to just have fun with those pages picking up where I left off. In my nest, filling my days with memories and thoughts and what I've been up to.  This time, I'm able to attach ticket stubs and programs once again :-) 

Summer reading lists have been filling up 2 pages so far & I've read some fantastic books.
"If you have a garden
and a library
you have
Everything"
-Cicero-
My garden has been a wonderful source of inspiration for some eco-printing.  So much fun and so much to learn! I picked up a pot and steamer basket at our local thrift shop.
Each plant/leaf/flower/ leaves a unique shape and pigment marking. These markings are unique and you could never duplicate them even if you tried.  Every flower and leaf, placed by hand on fabric and/or handmade booklets and steamed. 
I've been writing about this fun Flower Magic ... 
And over this past weekend, I picked up a brand new journal because when the pages are filled in my old one, I want to keep going! 
"August rain: the best of the summer gone,
 and the new fall not yet born.
The odd uneven time"
-Sylvia Plath-
"Simplify,
 slow down,
 be kind.
and don't forget 
to have art in your life.
Music, paintings, theatre,
 dance and sunsets"
-Eric Carle- 
Happy August!
Thanks for stopping by.
d xo 
 

Sunday, July 24, 2022

our summer garden . . .







 July in our garden


"Flowers are the music of the ground.

From earth's lips

spoken without a sound"

-Edna St. Vincent Millay- 

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Northern Flicker couple . . .

We have a new little couple in our garden and couldn't be happier . . . 
this pair of Northern Flickers are very happy to spend time here , hammering at the soil for ants while we admire them from the sunporch . . . 
And while we tried to be as quiet as we could as not to disturb/frighten them, with each click of the camera one would look up ;-) right at us!
Five photos later (not the best ones albeit) , we just sat and enjoyed watching them and their gorgeous plumage . . . 
Of course, I focused in on the heart! 
 

Monday, June 27, 2022

AWP #34 .....

Art in the Workplace  Exhibit #34
is on now at McMaster Innovation Park.
From June 22 - October 26 2022.

I am thrilled to have had two pieces of art accepted into this wonderful juried exhibition.

Always grateful to have an incredible space like the Atrium at Innovation Park to showcase and support the art of local artists!

The two pieces I entered are titled Knowing & Cinco.

Both measure 10"W x 8"H , 1"D
Painted on acid free paper with Acrylics, mounted on cradled board and varnished with a  UV protective varnish.  

They can be viewed in person at
The Atrium
McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Road South
Hamilton, Ontario 




Knowing

 Cinco

Happy Monday!
d xo

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Index card a day . . .

I've been participating in a fun little art challenge .

A creative on-line challenge founded by Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow in May 2011  although I only just read about it.

An index card a day for 61 days. 3" x 5" or maximum size 4" x 6".  I could only find the 4" x 6" sized cards and for me, they are ideal. I think I would have found the 3" x 5" cards a bit too small. 

I haven't been following any daily themes, just taking a card each day and painting intuitively. 

So far I've painted 25 . . .  36 to go :-)  flowers * portraits * landscapes * seascapes * bees * butterflies * hearts * nests *  each card has a favourite quote on the back.

Each day on my Instagram account, I post the card I've painted that day. Please stop by if you want to have a look! 


little one

"May my heart always be open to little birds 

who are the secrets of living"

-e. e. cummings-
you can't measure love

"We loved with a love

that was more

than love"

-Edgar Allan Poe-
take time to smell the roses

"The world is but a canvas 

to our imagination"

-Henry David Thoreau-
wild child

"live in the sunshine,

swim the sea,

drink the wild air"

-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

Wild child is one of my favourites and it was only once I uploaded the photo that I spotted her elfin ears! What a wonderful, serendipitous find that was . . . 


 Sparrow

"I suppose I am a Sparrow,

a stay-at-home bird"

-Gladys Taber-

another favourite ... because ... well ... a Sparrow ;-) 

Thank you for stopping by.

Happy Saturday! 

d xo