Thursday, April 3, 2014

Poet's Shooting Star

In Victoria there's a magnificent hill park called Mt. Tolmie. I used to think of it as my stairmaster, as our house was a good 15-minute, heart-pumping walk uphill to get to the base, and then the cooldown— a slow saunter through the meadows, zig-zagging through the grass paths; on the lookout for ephemeral spring flowers. These dodecatheon come in white, too, and take 3 years to bloom from seed. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


A visit to Vancouver yielded moody skies, gawking at a modelling session on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and then heading over to La Taqueria Pinche for tacos al pastor. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DIY, or, Recipe For Disaster

First, organize your supplies:
  milk chocolate (Ikea /hazelnut optional)
② crystallized ginger 

(I kind of like this over-bright photo 'cause that chunk of ginger is reminiscent of the glowing planet headed for the earth in this film.)

Loosely assemble the pieces.
I think you know what happens next.

Birdseye, bees + hummingbirds

Some odds and sods from around my place; I'm always on the lookout for bird's eye driftwood on the beach. Looking forward to see bees all over my drumstick alliums again this year, and carved hummer sweeties on a bedroom wall. Collections of nothing

Monday, March 24, 2014

Flat swap

Ok Kerrie, it's on its way. It's the first blog swap I've participated in, and it was fun and nerve-wracking both.  There's a reason I call myself bad crafter, after all; Kerrie definitely does not fall into that category.

A brief explanation of this (included in your parcel)… it's unfinished for a reason. When sewing pieced fabrics (usually making tote bags), I tend to make a tube that I can then sort of pivot around to look at which combination of fabrics I like—before stitching it flat and boxing the bottom. It can then be used to make whatever you want, a tote bag, a storage bucket, a zipped utility pouch, etc. Hope you like your parcel!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Random Spring Things

Thrifted and Stitched: (above)  

●Rolled edge wool jersey coverlet  
●Mitred corner napkins from a cut-down linen tablecloth

Cerulean, Woad or Indigo? This shade of blue kept following me home from the thrift store this week.

Friday, March 7, 2014


 easy as 123
 simple as do re mi

… yeah, right. 

Counted cross stitch has always been my crafty achilles heel, and I suspect will only be remedied by buying one of those bizarre looking magnifying head-gear thingies.

Excerpts from a lovely french embroidery book… a $2 bargain.
Aren't those medallions pretty?

Dollfus-Mieg & Cie, or DMC. Anyone who has ever done any hand stitching will recognize that abbreviation. Curiously, the book isn't dated, but simply says 11th edition.

Love the title page. 
And, more alphabet goodness, here.