Monday, October 07, 2013

Buying apples

Just a few pictures from our weekend trip to the apple orchard. It was a bit damp, but the rain held off while we picked a bushel of Liberty, McIntosh and Macoun apples at Pieter’s Appleyard.

Morning inspiration 10.07.13

It's been a rainy weekend here. It's still raining today. There's something awfully cozy and lazy about those grey days with a constant slow and steady spittle of rain. It makes me want to do laundry then roll about in the warm clothes from the drier. Perhaps I could settle in that fresh heap with a good book.

While some lament the end of hot and steamy days, I look forward to the damp cool mornings where the wet leaves stick to every surface. Others may find the spindly spent tendrils and lonely picked over patches in the decaying garden depressing but I love that slow death for revealing treasures new and once forgotten.

Friday, October 04, 2013


Another new piece in the works for my December show. At around 2' x 3' it's the biggest mixed media piece I've ever attempted. I usually work small and precious so it's a bit of a departure for me, but I do like a challenge.

Again, I'm mixing collage/mixed media with painting. I used acrylic in my other pieces but the birds here are water colour.

These are my favourite areas of the piece. There is still quite a bit of work left to be done and a few areas that need to be reworked... which is really just a nice way of saying fixed :P

Have a great weekend! xoxo

Morning inspiration 10.04.13

Every morning that I have been shooting these 'morning walk' photos is a surprise. I never know what I'm going to find, or what stories will be revealed.

This morning I took some photos of some striking red berries that I am certain will be harvested by the wee folk and stored for the winter. But the dog dragged me away from the berries and we paused beneath an old maple that was struck by lightening a few years ago. Upon close inspection I saw a family of slugs making their way to this little door. It wasn't until I came back to the house to edit the photo that I realized there were potato bugs hovering there too.

The fact that even these slow and simple (but quite lovely) creatures were clamouring to this magical spot make me wonder exactly what is going on down there!

Whatever it is, I hope the news is good.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Mother Goose Card for Graphic 45

It's a celebration of card-making over on the Graphic 45 blog today!

I created this little card for Graphic 45 with the Mother Goose collection. The papers really are so sweet and cheery... and fun to use!


Supply List:
Mother Goose Collection

Morning inspiration 10.03.13

I've been posting my morning stroll pictures regularly on the facebook page, and I thought I might begin sharing them here too. It's been a really lovely way to start each day on a nice note. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 01, 2013


I've been busy getting a few projects finished up, photographing, viddy-ing and all that other good stuff which goes hand in hand with my mess making. It's a funny thing having projects here, sitting, waiting, to be shown. Waiting for permission. It's a strange thing to have to hold back. I've never really been a hold back sort... I'm more of a "the glue isn't dry but look what I've made!" type.

I find myself playing sometimes so that I have something I don't have to wait to show off. Playing is underrated. It gets the real juices flowing. It keeps my brain fresh. It gives me practice. As an added bonus I have something to post.

Lately that playing has been layouts. Something I never worked on before and need much practice at. I've been working with 8" layouts. That small space is far more comfortable, more cozy, than those vast 12 inch sheets.

The girls in the photo above are my aunties, and that little one on the far right is my mum.

Where's the supply list? Erm, I'm under the weather so I'll post it later BUT you can find the list over on