Friday, September 30, 2016

completely hooked

I finished the sampler Verta Rodenhiser set up for me to learn rug hooking, adding two giraffes out the windows to make it a fun present for Rhiannon Dionne.  I learned a lot about loop lengths, fabric strip widths, the density of burlap between rows, the level of allowable detail, and how to finish sewing the edges under the back. I'm very happy to have learned this textile skill and can't wait to start my next rug, a sumptuous floral.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

worn to perfection

more lovely rocks from Big Tancook Island

Saturday, September 24, 2016

rare books

I get lost in Pinterest for hours like a kid in a candy store browsing and collecting images that feed delicious aesthetic ideas.  Though I'd rather hold old books in my hands and enjoy their worn fabric covers with embossed decorative details, I appreciate boards like "Exquisite Book Covers" for exposing me to hundreds of interesting images I'd otherwise never come across.
https://www.pinterest.com/collinartists/exquisite-book-covers/

Friday, September 23, 2016

round two

I love to go rock shopping on the beach, and this cute pair is my favorite find so far.  My month on Tancook has led to many wonderful additions to my nature lab.  More to come soon!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

ocean orbs

My cousin Hillary gave me one of her awesome dried "Tancook tumbleweeds" which will be an excellent addition to my nature lab!  She finds them after storms wash them ashore at Southeast Cove.  Similar to marimo in Japan and neptune grass in the Mediterranean, these beautiful scraggly spheres are formed by the motion of the ocean rolling seagrass, seaweed, and little bits of things like coral.  Even clams have been known to get stuck inside!  

Sunday, September 18, 2016

floating free

happy to have found these beautiful real cork floats freed from old fishing nets, they have such subtle colors and handsome textures 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016