Here we go again! Coral condensation, sun dogs, sun halos, and parking lot tundras. This will be the last deep freeze of the year, and things are beginning to reopen again. For how long?
A puzzle you make as you go along. And who doesn’t want to hit tiles with a hammer? The island originally had wood laminate with sheets of glass tiles epoxied on, no grout, painted over with the wall colour (twice). I picked up these tiles pre-lockdown at the Re-Store, perfect for smashing. I didn’t like […]
I used up my stash of hand spun and/or natural dye yarn to cover this railing. While it’s fine, it doesn’t go with the style of the rest of the house…. and the wool quota was running critically low. Real wool has such a beautiful depth and shine. the northwest window has a beautiful even […]
What to do with a quite beat up kitchen in a pandemic. Some fun paint and “shale” waterproof contact paper to update it for the time being, and something fun I would never do on nice new kitchen cabinets. Next up is a nice foggy blue tile on the backsplash and island, but that is […]
A Big Thing is happening. Or at this point, has happened. This summer our cases dropped to zero, and we coasted until they pushed back up to critical levels. We bought an urban cottage in that low interim, a whirlwind of masks, houses, packing and cleaning in a matter of weeks to get in before […]
A long walk after dark, doing the loop over the train bridge, seeing what there is to see. Cases are rising. Things feel weird. Lots of people acting like everything is exactly as it’s always been. There will be more summers.
Normally we go camping quite a bit during the summer. I drafted a series of checklists and bags so we can get out there pretty quickly and easily. This summer has been different. Covid, you know? campsites are booked up and I’m exhausted. Alex managed to find the last available campsite in the province for […]
I used to do really craft based work. Somewhere along the line I stopped working with fibre quite as much, and started using alternative materials. Mordant printing uses a thickener and heat to selectively place mordants (In this case I used alum and iron) into fabric, so when put into the pot, the natural dyes […]
Where are all my ladybugs? every summer I let my dill go to flower and allure all of the pretty red ladies to my flowers to lay their eggs. Their babies, gross larve with long legs, eat a truly incredible volume of aphids and spider mites. This year we have none. The bees just found […]
Two months indoors and some restrictions have been lifted. I am not confident things will stay this way, and I have some apprehension about us all flooding the streets. The provincial guidelines often say “while maintaining social distancing”, with social distancing being next to impossible with the guidelines. Building Frustrations. We went to Brandon Hills […]
October 10th, 2019 Prarie Autumn Snowfall. When summer meets winter.
The magic of soil, water and sunshine creating a new ecosystem. Bees and monarch eating nectar, aphids and spider mites eating the leaves, lady bugs and wasps eating the aphids and spiders (and staying out of our drinks).
We went to steep rock with some friends we hadn’t seen in a while for labour day weekend. It was warm during the day and we lazed around. I got to be fire manager (yes!). The wood was damp the first night and we spent a disproportionate amount of time blowing on the fire as […]
Sprouting, growing, eating, thriving, seeding, dying, drying.
I bought African Marigolds this year by accident, but the happiest accident. I’m just trying to blend in and not make too many waves
The childhood nostalgia of another, and a new edition to the family. My partner’s childhood lake and a newborn neice.
A welcome slowed down pace. I love when I can find materials in my immediate space. Well, I can always find materials in my immediate space but they look different in the forest than they do in my apartment in the city, don’t they?
Play more often to keep the flow of ideas coming.
a steep hike with a view, a beloved friend who lives far away, and my partner in crime. Lazy meals over a campfire. Days stretch on like a cat in the sun.
A polar vortex travelled through the Praries, Western Ontario and parts of Alberta and through the United states. This is my first experience with sub -50c temperatures. It looks quite surreal: bright and sunny, icy, dry, and misty. Condensation comes from anything that is warm and moist such as car exhaust, bare skin, and buildings […]
Growing Forms Containing nature through structure and forms. Wool, Soil, Living Plants. 2018
Extreme Cold Warning: Clear. Increasing cloudiness overnight. Wind north 20km/h light early this evening. Low minus 31c.Wind chill near minus 41c. Frostbite in minutes. Taking an ice drive to McCreary Manitoba to facilitate a natural dye workshop. I had to put the supplies in the back seat of the car so the supplies didn’t freeze […]
Some places have a magic inside of them. Does a place create magic or is it the people that inhabit it? How do spaces and places attract certain people? How can we create passionate spaces? Kind spaces? Some experiences feel warm, welcoming. complete. White Rabbit Residency welcomes you in like a warm bath. Sleeping in an apple […]
I took Alex to “my spot” at Point Pleasant Park. There was a time in my life that lacked privacy. I used to walk to Point Pleasant and sit on a rock by the ocean down part of a cliff and just be alone. Sound of waves. We had a half hazard picnic while the […]
I always feel so small on the wide flat rocks of the Nova Scotia coast. I end up running and jumping across, for no reason besides the momentum feels great in my body. I only ever feel graceful here and underwater. It feels so warm to be with people who have known you for a […]
Sandstone is crumbly and slippery when wet. We climbed along the water’s edge, up and down to get our footing. Not that difficult besides slimy rocks. My dad is confident that the tide will not come in while we are on the edge, I’m less convinced. We can climb a cottage’s ladder and walk along […]
The water is not warm here, but the tall birch rise up and fall over the eroding cliffs. I spent 20 minutes stalking a blue heron, only to drive by some shallows with dozens later in the day. My dad is walking the dog and is talking to little girls he doesn’t know, and it’s […]
The ocean is powerful. It transforms anything that touches it. To allow our experiences to change us requires tremendous vulnerability Change is something that you must look for and change is something that we must accept How do you design a life that embraces flux and change without sacrificing continuity? How do you ensure you’re […]
I went to Flin Flon MB and Denare Beach SK for a week long artist retreat where I would be a guest artist and hosting a workshop. I had no idea what my next week would look like when I got there. My favourite thing about visiting new places is getting to know people who […]
I love camping. I grew up rurally in Prince Edward Island, Canada. While I’m definitely a city mouse, I miss the stars and the slower way of life. Your biggest activity of the day is making meals, walking to the beach, and preparing for rain. A way to uncharge and reconnect with each other, and […]
My mom was in town this May. My sister had a baby miss Lily Jane, who is beautiful and perfect in every way. My mom lives really far away. 3000km away in fact. Having her stay at my house on the weekends brought a familiar rhythm to my apartment. We cooked meals together and went […]
When I was a kid, I loathed gardening. I grew up in a rural area of Prince Edward Island and my parents are really into maintaining their four big gardens full of vegetables. As a kid, my take on gardening was having to weed gardens, shovel top soil and make relish and pickles that I […]
The gas stations are open on Sundays in October. I love the organic nature of small towns. With less people things just end up where they do. Like a fountain in the middle of an intersection. I love the randomness of small towns. Cities are created by a crowd, which means no-one gets what they […]
The naked trees with their shiny belts. Clouds of breath and dog footprints. The neighbourhood as we see it most. The prairies are cold. Dry, and cold. your breath is a cloud, your skin is covered.
On the ugly side of autumn, where all the colour has drained except for the sky. Out of the city and onto the uneven pavement of the back roads. Cows with their heads poking between scrap metal and motors under a cloud cover. A beautiful lake with a clear sky. Readying the fields for the […]
November 4th was our first full snowfall in Winnipeg that didn’t melt. We are all buckling in for six months of winter over here. I love the first snow. The green leaves peeking out from the white, the warmer temperatures, and the excitement (before it wears thin). The seasons’ grey areas Our neighbourhood has a lot […]
The road through riding mountain to get to see the bison was the longest road of my life. I couldn’t wait to see bison, and was terrified that we wouldn’t be able to see any. The day before had been the last warm day of autumn, not that we knew that at the time. It […]
Our neighbourhood is perfect for nighttime walks. We run into people doing their evening fitness happily on the same road as a man skateboarding alone singing wonderwall to himself (and to all of us?). how the trees limbs stretch like arms ready to pull you into an embrace. I love going for walks, I feel […]
East Sooke Park is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. It has several hiking trails, and someone wrote on the sign post for the hike we did ‘too hard’. Right you are friend, right you are. We hiked on a trail that climbed up and down the cliff side with stunning views, I didn’t […]
We went camping at Bamberton Provincial Park just outside of Victoria, BC. I grew up on the east coast on Prince Edward Island. I have salt water in my blood but now I have mountains on my mind. They put your size and importance into perspective. The pebble beach was beautiful and I managed to lure Alex […]
The first time I saw the Rocky Mountains was flying over them on my way to Victoria. It creates the same feeling when you are in a dark place and see all the stars: Small and insignificant. I was visiting friends on the west coast, my first time further west than Manitoba. I was stunned […]
Man, I’m the worst at taking breaks. I just finished a major project I’ve been working on for nearly a year and then went back to work with a loud resolve: I WILL be taking September off from working on textiles so my body can rest. We get to September and instead of taking a […]
Oak Hammock Marsh is a natural wetland in Manitoba just outside of Winnipeg, and a small paradise. There is a Ducks Unlimited interpretive centre with architecture that allows it to blend with the wetland and not change the ecosystem of the birds who summer there. There are cliff swallows that dart and chase each other […]
Embroidering with my feet up, enjoying the big screen in the sky. A blur of sunscreen, small talk and sitting on the dock, with a beer by my side. Everything needs to slow down sometimes.