Sunday, February 21, 2010

Guessing Game

My job (associate to the auctioneer) affords me many an opportunity to discover items that even I am slightly puzzled by...

Whether an arrangement of consignments in the church hall or the adventure of discovering and cataloging an estate tucked away for generations sometimes the beauty of a find is quite breathtaking. Many of these items have been showcased here over time, while others await unearthing.

Shown are 3 objects that have a purpose that you are to guess.

The first correct answer shall win a copy of 'Bright Star' on DVD. It is the newly released story of a secret love affair between the English poet John Keats and the girl next door Fanny Browne. A moving and touching tale indeed...

For the most interesting or shall we say entertaining answer the beautiful book 'Socks From the Toe Up' by Wendy D. Johnson.

All one has to do is leave a comment with your answer by completion of the game Sunday February 28th.

The winners shall be announced March 1st.

Good luck!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Whimsical Possibilities

When seeking inspiration for a new creative project I often turn to pieces of the past to hearten my colour palette.

Hand-hooked rugs and mats whose threads were once vibrant bringing life into a room often dimly lit by candle or lantern... now well worn and faded with time offer lots of whimsical possibilities.

As captured in the bowls filled with yarn they help to entice a calming effect reflective of the hues painted by Nature.

The assorted threads and hand-dyed silk cocoons are almost a mirror image of the spectrum found in the rug.

I find this motivation most pleasurable...

* Hooked rugs from my personal collection.

Friday, February 12, 2010


' May the flame shine brightly
for the ones you love... '

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cast of Shadows

Even on the bleakest Winter's day there shines a ray of sunshine just as it begins to set... reflecting its warm glow on a collection of utilitarian vessels gathered on the old farmtable.

Knitting projects awaiting completion are assessed in the receding daylight. Once the stitches and rows have been resolved they will be felted for an upcoming class I am to teach...

Vintage garments hang, requiring a gentle pressing before beginning their journey to a dollmaker who shall weave her magic with their threads...

And as twilight lingers the interior lights are to be taken into service and their gentle light will cause patterns to dance across the walls, drawing one inward to the quiet of the evening...

Friday, February 5, 2010


Every little hamlet has a piece of paradise and in the historic village of Jordan there lies a needlework shoppe 'Stitch' which tantalizes the senses of each one that enters its doorway...

The architecture of the building itself is a delight to the connoisseur of history... wooden plank floors, high vaulted ceilings and huge original pane windows that allow the sunlight to filter in, seducing creativity and imagination.

The proprietress Jocelyn captivates you with her knowledge, appreciation of the past and ability to make one feel a part of the community.

A sisterhood lingers within this place evolving from a desire to create something beautiful...

I for one have fallen under its spell...