Monday, November 9, 2015

Flower pounding, 'hapa-zome' made famous by India Flint's 2010 book Eco Colour
For a first time 5-minute project I'd give it a 10 out of 10, especially if I still had a wee one around the house to wield the hammer. 
Top: false dandelion—Bottom: common tansy 
And to make the pounded print colorfast, am going to brew up a tannin-rich mordant from the leaves of a native Gary Oak tree. Since my leaf pile is about the size of a Volkswagon, I'm in no danger of running out of raw material.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fall walk

Vancouver Island fall colours, a palette heavy on the russets and cordovans, soft yellows and mosses that range from whispers to screams in their green-ness. Lovely, leathery salal and mushrooms galore, of course… perfect hideaways for wee folk. The forest duff is dotted with stones wrapped in moss mantles. Nature getting it right, as usual.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Random rain day stuff

It started with hemming a small quilt/coverlet for a small sofa. 
Rain + Mud + Small Dog = lots of laundry, so I like to have a supply of good lookin' covers for dog's favorite couch. 
I was dissatisfied with my messy looking whip stitch, so went looking through my books for alternative hemming stitches… and discovered a nice, neat and strong version of backstitch. In the book they call it Pin Stitch, or Point Turc. It's a great little stitch, highly recommended.

Well, that led down a rabbit hole of internet searching which involved a labyrinth of heirloom sewing sites, and ending up at punched paper embroidery templates by the hundreds here. So interesting, and puzzling, too, whether they are in the public domain or not. A few patterns have attribution, but many appear to be from books. There's an endearing ugly/cute quality to this kind of thread on paper stitchery. I confess that I enjoy looking at the patterns more than I have a craving to complete the projects. 
Look how pretty… aren't they fun?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Patricia Bay walk…follow me

Today's airplane bokeh
Almost warm enough to wade... in October!
Yet another reason to love life next to an airport
Today the path, tomorrow, the beach
Who's a lucky dog?
(P.S. Have joined the throngs on Instagram so if you want to follow me  I'm v.isle)

Friday, September 25, 2015


My bigass 'Just Joey' rose for Valerie
A shout out to the raccoons and squirrels who left us TWO bunches of grapes

 These guys were the best tree cutters. Ever.(And neither of them had a big ass)
My new/old wine bottle lamp beckons me indoors...
there's a reno going on
Dear Hydrangea: I will plant you next year, 
I promise

Friday, September 4, 2015


Just some flowers getting in their last gasp of glory before wet winter comes crashing down on us.
Neighbours-with-dahlias = a very good thing.

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Hasn't that been a summer. So summery, in fact, I'm almost weary of it and ready to move on to rainier pastures. There were roses, and more roses. And white fly, and black spot. 
Roses are funny, if you aren't confident around them this is what happens. They react as horses and dogs do—"if you are nervous we will give you a hard time. We will bite and kick… until you get your sh*t together and just calm down." 
Ok. That's better.
 Inherited a celadon grasshopper tile from the previous owner.
Thank you, Beth.
Beth also left blueprints for an unbuilt garden shed titled
"The Tangled Garden Utility Shed' The garden sure is tangled—a bit messy and blown. I'm working on reining in my tidy Heidi instincts and just rolling with it.