Even though I was born and raised in the Midwest, I always loved the sea. From the time I was very young and took field trips with my class to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, to when I was a teen reading romance novels that were set in small seaside towns or villages, I dreamed of someday living near the ocean. After many years and what seems like several lifetimes, I have come to realize my dream. I now live in a small town on the Eastern coast of Nova Scotia, and the ocean is only about...
NOTE: for some reason, the images keep getting jacked up on this entry. So I’ll just the text. If you want to see the images, click here and see my blog. I got back to work on the painting today after a week or so of bad weather. It helped a lot that Mom was in town and kept the kids occupied 24/7 (hey, when grandparents are around, mom and dad become chopped liver – I have learned to embrace this blessing!) Started to add the black detail stripes today. Here’s th...
You would think that the last thing that I want or need to do is to take on more projects. Being a designer, my day to day existence is filled with projects and the process of creating things. I work in many different medias ranging from wood to painting and now even to textiles and needlework. There are times when I feel a bit overwhelmed by all that I have on my plate. Why, on Earth would I choose to try to do even more?I believe the answer can be summed up in one word – c...
Yesterday was a wonderful and beautiful day and it looks as though today will be the same. I think that spring has FINALLY arrived in Nova Scotia. I love the quiet of the early mornings. As I crossed the road to go to the trash bin and bring it to the side of the road for pickup, I could hear the birds happily singing as well as the river rushing by. The sun was warm and the air was cool and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. I know I live in an amazing place when even ta...
Most of you know that I am addicted to color. I love so many different color palettes and combinations that it is hard to pick a favorite. I suppose it depends on what mood I am in, but I love designing using beautiful ranges of colors from soft pastels to colors with great intensity. It is part of the fun of being a designer. Last week I finished a little candle tray/mat project for the upcoming Easter season. In it I used very soft pastels with just a splash of deep pink to add some...
I can’t believe that after getting up on time, it seems I am already running late! (It is just after 8am as I am writing, and so much to do today!) I spent the morning catching up on emails and so forth, as I took a day (partially) away from the computer yesterday to have a little break and accomplish some things. It is a constant batter for me between staying connected and getting actual things done. I find that it can be so easy to spend the entire day ‘visiting’ with ...
What a wonderfully busy day I had yesterday! Even though I arose early (just after 4:30) I got to work right away and remained focused for pretty much the entire day. I was excited about seeing my twelve little ballerina ornaments come to life as I painted them in one by one. What started out last week as a “just because” pattern has quickly turned into something that will be quite significant for me. Apparently I am not the only one who enjoys ballerinas, and as it turns ...
Oh – I just had to laugh at myself . . . I got up early this morning (just before six – which is good considering that I have been sleeping until almost seven over the holidays) and I got to the task of doing some ‘house cleaning’ on my computer. You know the stuff – organizing your files, answering emails, sorting through things – the usual. I got things pretty much under control and I am almost ready for a back up and to start working on my files f...
It rained most of the day yesterday and also throughout the night, melting the six or so inches of snow we had on the ground and leaving an icy mess. The temperature seems to be hovering just above zero, which means that any precipitation will come in the form of ice or cold, and muddy rain. Yuckky. There is a chance of some snow on Tuesday and perhaps Wednesday as well. I hope we get at least a dusting, as it just doesn’t seem like Christmas without snow. I am coming to the end...
I didn’t get a great deal of time to work on my painting yesterday. After all, it is only a few days until Christmas and I had some house chores here to take care of and I had planned a wonderful dinner date with Keith and his mom for the evening. We had been trying to get together for about a week now, and had to change our plans a couple of times because of the snow and ice. I was happy we were finally able to make a go of things. I did however get a couple of hours in and I did ...
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