i have a running wholesale order with the craft council shop at devon house in st. john's. twice a year they place a big order (for summer and christmas) and i'm always working at it - a continuous flow of work (painted objects, sewing, knitting, hooking) being made and going to their shop. this way i'm never overwhelmed with work and they're never overwhelmed with product. so this week i'm finishing off the christmas order - some small mats, more booties and some chenille baby clothes. i've always sewn, but, like all the work i do, my favourite part is designing and chosing the materials (in this case vintage chenille, cotton lining and buttons). recently barb gave me a big bag of buttons (she has an extensive button collection). amongst them were these wonderful fabric covered buttons - a perfect accent for these overalls.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
so now i'm knitting scarves for adults. i love the simple basic shape of the scarf that allows me to concentrate on colour and texture and i get to play with all the wonderful new yarn that i've recently picked up in st. john's and halifax.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
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Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
yesterday morning we woke to heavy frost. everything hoary and crisp. abigail was startled by the feel and sound when i put her out (she reacts to strange footing by going on her tiptoes like a plump little ballerina).while i was away, winter came. all the leaves are gone. the remaining flowers - phlox and asters and late roses- mummified by frost. corner brook got snow that lasted for days. keith (thank-you, thank-you) raked the yard , emptied the remaining flower pots, stored the garden furniture and bound the bushes (because of the amount of snow we get here, the weight would break the bushes if we didn't bind them). putting the garden to bed.
tomorrow i leave for halifax to attend the neocraft conference. it will be interesting to hear what the academics have to say about what i do... i'll be home late sunday.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
coffee matters. on the way back to the house with my warm bread, i'd stop in at the new cafe a block from my daughter's home and pick up a double shot cappuccino to go. after 10 years without a cafe in corner brook we now have one. it's a wonderful addition to the town, but coffee matters is spectacular - a wonderful choice of coffees and other drinks, elegant seating. just the place you'd love to spend a sunday morning in with a coffee and the gobe and mail.
wooltrends. i can buy yarn online but there's nothing like walking into a yarn store and being able to see and feel and smell the yarn. wooltrends is a wonderful yarn shop in an old house in downtown st. john's. they've just expanded to the upstairs livingroom where they offer knitting gatherings. i'd love to have something like that in corner brook. we used to have a wool shop in corner brook. now we have walmart.
Monday, November 19, 2007
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Friday, November 2, 2007
yesterday i spent 7 hours setting up my booth for the show. it's the biggest booth i've ever had . i have so many different things i do - hooking painting sewing knitting - it's always a struggle to design a booth and have it make visual sense. this year my booth is 8'x16' - the larger the booth, the more you pay for it, so it is a gamble. but i love the space. i have little "rooms" - the paintings and boxes room, the chenille decoration room, the baby clothes room etc.