Saturday, October 25, 2014


Carey Sookocheff, a Canadian illustrator with a clean palette and forthright style.
Scrap torn from a NYTimes book review.
I'm holding up little bits of paper that I love in front of the computer and doing lo-fi screenshots.
You can tell me to stop if it's annoying.
In the olden days, my favorite tool to play with at work was the photocopier. Blowing things up-up-wa-ay-up…watching the image degrade in interesting ways, was my go-to thing.  Then, my employer leased a duplex/spot-colour-capable copier.  You could draw/select areas with a stylus and apply spot colour. I was in heaven. Unfortunately, its' "just-copy-this, dammit" functions were deemed too complicated by most of the people in the office. It vanished and was replaced with a toner-belching antique. This is apropos-of-nothing, I guess. Just a meandering love-post to black-plus-one. And paper. And artists everywhere.

another uber-talented Canadian illustrator, Julia Brekenreid.
This scrap is also from the New York Times, or, er, maybe the Globe and Mail.
Bad crafter, bad archivist. :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Red October

A wee red rose started by my sister-in-law, Lori, and finished by me, a nice crafty collaboration.
Lori holding our tiny crop of Quinault strawberries.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cheticamp ♥

Supplies: Sandpaper (120 or higher) crayons, heavy paper and an iron 
DrawFlip ● Press/Transfer  ● FUN!
A very cool technique for drafting a faux-pixel pattern suited to rug hooking or needlework, via this Cape Breton site: 
Under the heading Education Resources, look for Grade 6 lesson plan, Cheticamp Rug Hooking.
Their education links provide a treasure trove of lesson plans and history. The bounty of resources online kinda make me wish I could have another baby, so I could homeschool. 

Rug hooking, and recently, cross stitch have been in my bad crafter repertoire… again, not so much because I do them so very badly, but because my productivity in any particular pursuit is legendarily low.

Friday, October 17, 2014

That was Then, This is Now

Weather has turned, finally.
Good-looking skies, no matter what.

~ and apropos of nothing ~

“I wish I was a kid again, when I had all the answers.” 
―S.E. Hinton, That was Then, This is Now

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

it's eight o'clock

Time to go… he said. The dishes can wait. The night is dry and clear —you'd be mad to waste it tidying up the kitchen.  If we don't patrol the park for raccoons, then who will?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Green Day

While working my volunteer shifts at our local thrift shop I unearthed a couple of green cuties. Top, a lovely cotton coverlet and bottom, a tshirt, that, imo—was truly lol.  On first glance I noted the weight and hand of the fabric (70s? 80s?), the nicely worn silk screen printing and old-school style of the logo Optimist Club of Victoria. Then I turned it over inspecting for stains and saw the other side. :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Heavy Metal

The copper metallic glow of a September sunset over Patricia Bay reminded me of my favorite metallic bits 'n bobs around the house.

That l'il bird is by Geninne. I was lucky enough to attend an Ace Camps workshop at her home near Queretaro, Mexico. The little card cabinet is a thrift score from a couple of years ago.

Me en Mexico
More thrifting below: I seem to have a problem saying no to biscuit tins.