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Wednesday, March 14, 2018


I still have the crocheted hearts on the table that I made last year. time to go..   This mat is the crochet over jute technique. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Milano. I will make another one with the colors I have and found on ebay for a good price. It is Italian yarn and generally expensive. I like the nice texture and colors of the yarn. One more mate.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Baby Sweater

We are expecting a new grandchild in May and I just finished knitting my first baby sweater. One thing I forgot to do while knitting the sweater, was make the button holes, so I decided to crochet some loops to hold the buttons and it worked beautifully. So...a great solution if you ever find yourself in the same predicament!
The yarn is a pure merino super wash worsted wt. made in Peru, called "malabrigo". It is named after 4 major rivers in Uraguay, with each river represented by one ply. These plies twist together like winding rivers. Rios also signifies the yarn's washability as rivers have provided water for washing garments for millennia. I love how the different shades come together in the sweater. Choosing buttons for the sweater was fun too. I decided on some wooden ones with a cute heart design.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Beach collecting for other decorations

 These globes are filled with sand and stones from the Red Beach in Waterside New Brunswick, Canada. The shells, tooth and bits of wood came from other beaches. The idea came from the globes on the tables at the restaurant at
Cape Enrage, New Brunswick.

The lights are LED candles.

That's what we got.

Working with Driftwood

Walking on the beach is something that we both enjoy very much. After the first time I sae drift mobiles, christmas trees,  and wreaths, I was hooked. My entire supply is gone, but here you see what came of the collection. Going back to PEI next summer to restock.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


I've been working on some small embroidery projects these days.  I decided to create designs that can be put on top of mason jar lids as a decoration for Christmas gifts. They are quick and fun to make. Some are made using a punch needle embroidery technique and others use traditional embroidery.  I'd like to make some in counted cross stitch as well.  I think the next design will be a simple Christmas "feather" tree.  I'm curious what others might be making for this Christmas season...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Driftwood Wreath-making

Finally, this piece from last year has found a home. It was outside on the porch and suffered with the wind and damp....stuff came off. But today it has come inside and we love it. New beach treasures were added to it, netting, seaweed, and old frayed rope. It brings back the beach combing in New Brunswick that we loved to do. There will be another smaller one someday. We collected a bucketful at Red Head on the Fundy coast this summer. The idea came from a coffee shop on Campobello Island, NB where they are holding workshops on how to make them (seem below). I just worked it out.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Pears in crochet

I am on a pear kick. The owners of the campground we go to on Lake Champlain have orchards of apples and pears. These will be for them. Working on a pear potholder now.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

3 D Fruit

Making 3 D fruit will be fun. Bowls of apples and pears, etc., whatever ripens in my mind..
Here is the first...

Dishcloths, anyone?

Starting this past winter, I began making dishcloths, leaving folk art birds behind. Using the crochet quilt design book by A. Lep, another dishcloth pattern book, and patterns from the internet, they just keep coming. Most recent designs are fruit, inspired by the orchards on Lake Champlain, apples and pears ( to come) and of course my most favorite one, the strawberry.