Archive for August, 2011

before it turns into a ‘things I’ll never get around to doing’ list. 

today I made a big step to renovating one of our guest bedrooms.  I finally put up the needed ceiling in a small, yet important section of the room. I have been avoiding it as this required me to use the air compressor and as simple a tool as it is. it confused me for a while. After a little help from a great friend I was on the go after breakfast today. 

so it is done. yay me!  And tomorrow I buy paint, move furniture, lay down drop cloths and paint the spare room magenta and orange. =0) with a high gloss white ceiling. I cannot wait to transform this room.

pictures of before and after to come.


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Last year this was a fun few days. the weather was great as were our results. We had plenty of students but not too many to make it crowded. One was a painter, one was a knitter and another interested in fashion and dying whole clothes for clothing.  It should be another fun, relaxing weekend. We still have a few spots left if you’d like to take us up on the offer.

Newfoundland Natural Dyes: Creating Colours With Natural Plants with Rosalind Ford

through the English Harbor Arts Centre  (registration for course through the EHAC website or phone)
Fee: $150.00

(lichen dyed silk, cotton and wool)

Learn to Create 25 Colours with Local Plants
Saturday and Sunday 10 – 4

Introducing people to the existing possibilities when dying fibres using local natural dyes. Workshop participants will be taken on a walk along the trails surrounding English Harbour and be shown and collect various materials that can be used for making natural dyes.Each participant will create a catalogue of samples using wool, silk and cotton as supports. By the end of the workshop everyone will have at least 25 different colour samples from one local Newfoundland dye. These samples can be used as a point of departure for dyeing fabrics to be used in rug hooking, knitting, quilting, art and fashion.

Rosalind Ford has a B.Sc. in Biology and a diploma from the Textiles Studies Program through the College of the North Atlantic. She has been working with textiles professionally since 2003. She discovered Natural Dyes in 2005, and shortly after, apprenticed under Susan Furneaux in St. John’s, NL. She has incorporated natural dyes into her work ever since. Roz combines her degree in biology and love of the outdoors with her textile studies diploma to create diverse and grounding work that range from children’s soft toys dyed with exotics through to high-end works of art made with Newfoundland natural dyes.

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So I made a few star trek puffins for the folk festival and they went over very very well. A fellow geek sent me this link, and I think the world would be a better place the more people see this.


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Fires and bbq’s and delicious food and excellent friend to fill our house. Fresh strawberries from my garden.

We had a great time, and the sun even came out for a while. We lounged by the waterfall and drank sangria and did I mention the food?

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yeah, we know it’s raining, but you’ve got your tickets, you might as well get dressed (even if you don’t have your tickets yet) and come out. the music is great. and the people are just friggin lovely.

here’s who’s in the craft tent this year.

ArtSea Jewellery

Classic jewellery created with Sterling Silver, Labradorite, semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls.
Bumper Crop
Hand knitted whale tail hats for both children and adults
Silver, copper and semi-precious stone; jewellery with silhouettes and wildlife imagery for the discerning wearer.
Quidi Vidi Pewter
Hand wrought pewter. Original natural colour pewter, matted. Original air cast bowls. Interesting and unusual!
Fun, functional pottery and clay wall art.
Inland Knitwear
Handmade felted slippers and mitts. Attractive, traditional original designs. High quality knitwear made from 100% sheep’s wool.
Dove Pottery & Flower Hill Pottery
Handcrafted one of a kind wheel thrown mugs, plates, bowls & goblets featuring mermaids & scenery.
Journal of Newfoundland Literature
Silver & Silk and Twisted Metal Creations
Chainmaille and woven silver jewellery. Enamelled copper jewellery and cloth puffins.
Craft Council Clay Studio
A teaching facility that offers a variety of learning opportunities for students at all levels.
Caroline Clarke
Handprinted linocuts tinted with watercolour featuring a musical theme.
Fire Dove Jewellery
Hammered and fused sterling and fine silver jewellery
Relax in the forest among the squirrels and the moose. Soft Rock and Log Pillows.”.

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It’s one of my favorite times of year, the NL Folk Festival.   Starts at 6pm today and runs until midnight on Sunday. Amazing intimate tents of music. Great Stage Acts. And so many shiny happy people. so stoked for

I’ll be in the Craft Tent with a whack of other artisans.  like : Twisted Metal Creations, Angles and Edges, CCNL Clay Studio and Blue Dragon Clay.  Once I find out who else is selling I’ll let you know.


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lovely strange

there is a house down the street from where I live. It has alot of great flowers growing in the ditch. this is two of them.  Fancy lookin’ foxgloves. I’ve been told it comes about because of a double recessive gene for a large terminal flower.  I have never seen this before. and think it’s pretty amazing.

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