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Today’s Fascination: Folk Art

I first fell in love with folk art when I was on my honeymoon in Cape Breton, NS.  This might have been when I first started to appreciate colour…it wasn’t long after this that I began to paint, knit and become interested in photography.  It is this yearning for colour that brings me to folk art galleries.  I also think it is one of those somewhat accessible forms of art where you think you just MIGHT be able to emulate it if you could just find the time, the right paint and the right canvas.  I find a distinct difference between South American folk art, American folk art and eastern Canadian folk art (or Acadian folk art).  I somewhat prefer the latter but that may be due to my Acadian ancestry…a subconscious appreciation for its simpler lines and subtler themes.

Karla Gerard (Maine)

Nova Scotia

Maude Lewis (Digby, NS)

American Folk Art

Equador

Mexican on amate bark

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Today’s Favourite Things

bare baby legs covered in sand and sea

Knitted flowers in exuberant colours

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Today’s Favourite Thing: Knitted Cupcakes!

I have a recent fascination with all things cupcake.  Isn’t this amazing?  I can only imagine the patience this person must have!!  See more here.

Terrific choices for backdrop too!

I am always humbled by some people’s imaginations.  See this one here.

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Toasties

I made these using the same pattern as the last set but added 5 cast on stitches and increased the length down the wrist.  I prefer these colours!

Edit:  Although the term “toasties” or “toast” to be exact, was coined by Leslie from A Friend to Knit With, this is not her pattern.  I used the same pattern as previously as an inspiration only…I changed many things.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Beach Days

What wonderful, warm days we’re having on Vancouver Island.  I know it is fleeting so I try to enjoy it as much as possible!  Can there be anything more wonderful than being a child in your underpants, treasure hunting on the beach at low tide?

My children are collectors, just like me.  It doesn’t seem to matter what it is but treasure is always found and stored in buckets wherever we go!

Probably the largest clam I’ve ever seen!

We even got to see and touch a starfish because the tide was so far out!

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

A Thing of Beauty

I have to share one of our favourite meals.  It’s a chick pea stew with italian sausage.  It even looks lovely.

We have been making this recipe for years and although I’ve recommended it to many friends, I have yet to successfully persuade anyone!  You’ll need:

1/2 big yellow or white onion and a couple tablespoons of olive oil
italian sausage (I usually put in 3 or 4 sausages)
1 can diced tomatoes OR 1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups chicken broth
1 and 3/4 cans chick peas
1/4 cup parsley
1/2 cup cilantro (you can adjust the amount of parsley and cilantro to suit your taste.  I put in A LOT as I love the fresh taste straight out of my garden).
1 package frozen spinach (or 2 cups of cooked fresh spinach).  I let the spinach slightly defrost before adding.
salt and pepper to taste
First, chop up the onion and let it slowly cook over medium heat with the olive oil.  Add the chopped sausage and cook until slightly browned.  Add tomatoes or paste and cook for 2 mins, stirring.  Pour in broth, chick peas, cilantro and parsley.  Allow to get hot…add salt and pepper to taste.  Add spinach, breaking up the leaves.  Simmer 20 minutes. Enjoy.
 
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Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Euro Hem

I was very excited to do my first european hem yesterday (last night actually…I stayed up until midnight completing 4 of them!).  I found a few different methods on the internet but went with the easiest and quickest and was amazed to discover just how easy and quick it was!! 

   First, I measured the inseam and decided what measurement I wanted.  The jeans were 34 and I wanted 32 so I needed to get rid of 2 inches.  I then cuffed the jean (see below) so that one inch was measured (not including the original hem).  One inch is half of the two inches I need to get rid of (because the pants are cuffed, see?).  I pinned, making sure the seams were lined up.  I then began to sew, directly underneath the original hem so that it is completely undetectable.  When finished, I ironed the seam and then uncuffed the pant to reveal the original hem.  Awesome.  Two inches shorter with the original hem (seriously, the only way to hem pants. You pay upward of $25 to get a tailor to do this) and no cutting.  Allows for error which is always a bonus for me!!

See?  You can’t even tell!!  Directly above that yellow thread in the above picture is a seam.  If you flipped the jean inside out you’d see the extra material.  I chose to leave it as it’s such a small amount.  I would imagine if you were doing a drastic hem you’d want to remove some excess material or it would feel heavy and bulky.  Success.  For a more comprehensive break down, visit this site.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Uncategorized