Thursday, 8 October 2020


A few innocent sun prints turned into a full-on painting binge, and before I knew it I was signed up for a table at the museum's Fibre Arts sale!

My husband sprang into action to make display racks - if I can dream it, he can make it! He added a few touches of his own, surprising me with engravings of my business name, and even a funky handle on the turning rack!

Everything fit on my assigned table except for the pillows, but they're okay tucked underneath.

Things are selling, so I'm still printing and stitching up a storm. More pillows, postcards, greeting cards, another bag, and some small art pieces will be added tomorrow afternoon. 

The sale goes until the end of October, so I have my work cut out for me. It would have been ideal to have a stock built up PRIOR to committing, but where's the fun in that? 😜 

I've chased many a squirrel in my time, but this one really has me scrambling!

Where I Paint

Doesn't my Mexican lamp look fab? Cleaning it made all the difference! My grandmother brought it home in the 70's, and now it's my task light. The old chair was in my grandfather's lapidary studio forever. I'm not sure if it's from the 30's or the 50's, but I do know it belongs in a creative space.

I've already managed to splatter paint on the raw drywall. Shh. My husband doesn't need to know. Yet. ha!

This . . .

To This . . .

To This!

And, REPEAT until I run out of steam! 

Fresh off the Frame

This custom job was my client's FIRST quilt! Here's a shot that shows the quilting.

And here's the entire quilt, sunshine and all. I can't always catch the best light before a quilt has to go home, but I feel like this quilt deserves to be shown off. So much piecing for a newbie, and it all fit!

Speaking of piecing - I KNOW how much work this Gypsy Wife was for this client, having just finished piecing my own. This stunning version is quilted with the Bubbles pantograph.

The Amour pantograph and some binding finish up this client quilt:

Kandinsky panto for this one:

Ladybugs panto, here:

When not chasing squirrels, I've been chasing grandchildren! 

I have yet to get all three in one photo, but two out of three ain't bad.

When I look through my photos I'm always astonished by how busy we've been. The variety of activity is the most fun! 

An art gallery visit, cozy back yard fires, harvesting garden eats, celebrating birthdays, a photo shoot (and a paint night) with my daughter, soaking up the sun while the kids play, watching cranes, geese, and robins head south, reviving almost-forgotten pool playing skills, chasing grandchildren - and chasing SQUIRRELS in the studio - all add spice to my days.

I'm intensely thankful, and wouldn't want things any other way. (Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!)

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  1. Love your painted pieces and so glad you have a venue for selling. Indeed Happy Thanksgiving with so much to be grateful for!!

  2. Your painted projects are beautiful! How nice to have the grandchildren close. Happy stitching!

  3. Oh how I love your sun printed zippy bags, very cool way to use the fabric you created. What paints do you use for this?

  4. Oh my gosh, Carole -- you are such an inspiration!! I don't know how you manage to do it all! I love your Mexican light fixture and your grandfather's stool, your leaf print fabrics, your craft sale items... And you have such a gift for pairing the perfect panto with each client's quilt. You go, girl!

  5. Wow!! Your leaf printed items are gorgeous!! Such a lovely job on each of those client quilts, as well.

  6. What great display racks! Lots of good stuff to be thankful for. :-)

  7. I love your gratitude and enthusiasm! Sounds like creativity and artistry runs in your family :)

  8. I hope that you have fun chasing the squirrel; your display looks beautiful!

  9. Awesome, Carole!! Love your booth projects, hope they sold out!


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