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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Little Christmas Crafting- Advent Calendar

 I took part in a Facebook swap recently and it was Advent Calendar themed.  I immediately thought of the wee watch part boxes I had. They would be perfect to hold tiny surprises.

 I painted the boxes green and had fun finding wee bits and bobs to tuck in. Above is my initial sample effort. Then to find a way to keep it all together. These are not the final item choices that ended up inside each box. With the boxes only an inch square it was a challenge finding just the right thing to tuck in.


 This is an old Ludo game box. Perfect. I a painted it red, gave it a spatter of white and thought it ready to install the Advent Calendar tree.

 Each box is covered with some vintage Christmas wrap which is easy to poke through to find the surprise inside.  I added some vintage pieces to the bottom of the tree as well as some paper birds to and then added the numbers to the boxes.

One of the boxes has one of these tiny  Shiny Brite ornament boxes in it.  These come in kit form from Alpha Stamps. You can find it HERE, along with many other great creative materials. It was a  lot of fun to make.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

First Snow of 2017

                                            We woke to a winter wonderland this morning.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

All Over The Place For Thanksgiving Weekend

 It was the Perth Autumn Studio Tour over Thanksgiving weekend and we had rented the cottage for two nights in the area so we could take it in again. It had been five years since our lest visit. Too long.
 We had really pleasant weather on Saturday. Above is a detail shot of one of  "Kirk's Canoes"

 We took a short walk to check out the walk-in camera obscura while visiting Frank van Oort's studio.

             A sample of traditional fence builder, Scott Dobson's work at another studio.


                                                          Still life on a window sill.

 Saturday morning found the lake smooth as glass.  Not a whole lot of colour at this time in the area. There we little punches of it here and there.

 On our way out we picked up ribs at Northern Soul to fill out the menu for the weekend. Marty couldn't pass up their "Thanksgiving Poutine"  Pretty darned good!  This was the closest we got to a turkey.

 Joshua and Emma came along for the weekend too. They got in a little kayaking before we began the artist tour.

                                                               Beach still life.

                                                                     As found.

                                            We found a couple of baby turtles on the beach.

                                                      "Red sky at night, sailor's delight."

                                    Well, we woke to some serious wind the next morning.

                Marty and I checked out the "Fantasy in the Forest" art show on the way home. I loved this display by Douglas MacDonald.  His web site is here, Rue Royale Stone.

 We are used to seeing him at the Kiwi Garden's Art in the Garden show on Father's Day weekend so it was a nice surprise to find him here as well. We always buy something from him.

                                                             His work is wonderful!!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

September Corn

As the garden went in late, we will not have a huge harvest this year, however the corn seems to be thriving. Fresh from the garden, ready for dinner. :)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Grey Cabinet Reveal

 This cabinet went straight to Brighton when I bought it. However we didn't move so it came back here.  It was fun filling it up. Two years later, I am finally sharing it here. Better late than never.  It is from Carleton University, the biology department.

 Bits and bobs from growing up, my parents, grandmother, friends, and yard sale finds.

 I loved my Crissy doll when I was younger. A couple years ago I went in search of her again.

 I just love finding those paper bead necklaces. Most of these came from Goodwill.  How we all miss the Goodwill that was once in Brockville. It is just not the same without it.

                                                                Ribbon and trim.

 I was taken by the little drawers and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them!

                Neatly wrapped on cards and now so easy to find what you are looking for.

                                           A peek at the other side of the studio.

Random Busyness

 Well, that went by quickly! It didn't seem like much of a summer really. The garden went in late so the produce is late too.

 When I stopped by Homestead Organics in Morrisburg this week I was greeted by a flock of geese crossing the road.  They were on a mission.

 From inside you can see the geese enjoying all the apples that have fallen to the ground.

                              There have been visits with friends, and long chats by the water.

                                                               A "stylish molt."

                                              Finding a quiet and sunny spot to nestle in.

                        The end of a long day. Never enough hours to get it all done.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fledgling Bluebird in the Wood Stove

I could hear the rustling in the wood stove but could not see the bird. Eventually the little fellow found its way into the box and I was able to retrieve him. A little dusty, but after some water and being set outside, it was gone.  I hope it finds a better place to roost than our chimney from now on.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Morning Visitor

                               I spotted this lovely swallowtail in my front garden this morning.

                         It never really stopped flitting about so getting a good picture was hard.

                                                                          Enjoy!  







                                               I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend.

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