Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My buddy Bert

When I moved to Sidney about 4 years ago… it was a revelation to find so much going on in what I had previously thought was just a sleepy little community of retirees. Oh sure, there are retirees aplenty; but sleepy, they are not. Take the fellow above, for example. Emigrated to Canada as a young man, worked for municipalities in Ontario and B.C. all his life. Took up basket making in 1981, after years of thinking he wasn't interested in what had been his father's work.
I'm the proud owner of three of Bert's baskets. He gives away as many as he sells, and the price he sells them for is pretty much the same as just giving them away.
In July, he said at the end of this summer he was packing it in, it's too hard on his heart. I nodded, and waited. At my visit today, he admitted he might just reconsider. Having used up all of the seasoned willow he cut last year, and his stock of baskets gone; he's going bonkers with nothing to do. :)
Harvesting the willow happens in December. Come June… Bert, I hope, will be weaving baskets again.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It's a Breeze

 Look at that headline. Sewing your nautical bag is a breeze—but reading 60s letraset… not so much.

Going through cupboards for a yard sale. Progress slowed somewhat by stopping to admire everything. I don't want to get rid of my 60s Tandy leathercraft magazines! :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer's end

Summer is winding down. Late-blooming hollyhocks tell me 'don't be sad—we'll be back next year…'
Soon the ferry will go back to it's winter schedule, and I'll need my rain boots for beach walks.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cut 'n Paste

Laundress collage at Scrapiteria

Perhaps even more than fabric and stitches—I have a fondness for paper 'n glue. Both processes require sharp objects in their making… I feel even more comfortable with a knife in my hand than with a pair of scissors. And speaking of comfort, there is no other craft on this earth that feels more comfortable and forgiving than combing through paper ephemera, idly contemplating combinations of bits and pieces then quickly gluing them into some semblance of something that limns.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Try dye

I guess we won't go hungry this winter. (7 small jars)
Ok, so blackberries are early this year. Since the picking was good, 
I decided to give the old jelly kit a go and ended up with a successful batch. (An unsuccessful batch would be the one I attempted in my early 20s when most of the boiling hot jam cascaded down between the stove and the cabinet instead of into the jelly bag.)
Then, with the leftover pulp beckoning—I decided to try a badcrafter shibori wrap. 
It looked pretty good; until I washed it… when most of the blackberry colour disappeared. Vinegar didn't work as a mordant.  Will try again with a pre-dye mordant, fingers crossed.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cairn on the rocks


Lying on the hot rocks at Patricia Bay, marvelling at the sky as blue as New Mexico; so unlike the whispy-watery blue so often seen over Vancouver Island. Oh August… please don't go.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Enjoying a great summer analogue-style, with my iMac in the shop I've reverted to books and enjoying it very much. Actually books are never far off my radar—even with the competition of blogs and Pinterest. No Twitter or Instagram for me, not enough hours in the day.
The charmers pictured here are a recent buy from Ex Libris Anonymous. Old books chopped, drilled and bound for conversion to journals. Some people collect designer handbags; well, this is my vice. Or just one of them, to be really honest :)
I also own one from a Canadian shop, dreamingtreepaper.com. 
I'm really partial to those that are cloth covered; though the glossy printed colour children's books and series such as Bobbsey Twins are certainly fun too.