Echoing their joyous strains

Sometime in the 1930s, two strong-minded young people met in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was a powerfully strong, strapping young civil engineering student at Dalhousie who played rugby and loved the outdoors. She was a tiny young artist at NSCAD, who loved her art and was fiercely proud of her family traditions and status. He…

Falling Back

Took a wander through the fall foliage with John and Katherine last weekend. This is once of my favourite times of year and it was a delightful change to amble through life instead of sprinting from one thing to another. I’ve run these trails often and know every dip and bend, but walking them proved…

Happy Hallowe’en!

And a very festive Samhain to you all. Today is the day many things happen. First off, and I guess most importantly, today is the day that we take over John F. Dawson Law Office (we’re purchasing it) and it becomes John Taylor-Hood Law Office, PLC Inc. I don’t have a picture of that for…

Like blue velvet and diamonds

I’ve been plotting out a series of pieces and am started in on the skies and basic layouts for them. Sifting through photographs to jog my imagination has been a great help, since the skies on Exploits are a little different from the ones I find on the Avalon Peninsula. The clear nights are deeper…

Progress?

After a more than few hours of wrestling with logic, wool and loom, I managed to achieve something akin to warping. Today I spent time rearranging the mis-threaded strands in the reed and heddles and making sure that the tension front to back seemed relatively even. That sounds like I know something, doesn’t it? Please…

May Day Craft Weekend

I was up to my ears in the organization of the Seconds Sale yesterday, so my deputies took the camera and went off on a Dad & Kid Exploration of the MayDay Craft Weekend. All of these photos were taken by John, so any credit is entirely his. I tweaked them here and there (cropping,…

Novelty

I bought a new wide-angle lens today. I’ve been dithering on it for several months now and, after completing the taxes, finally decided to order it. When I went into the camera store, they actually had one in stock, so I was (completely unexpectedly) able to walk out with it, along with a UV filter…

Visiting Alexis Templeton’s Studio

This Saturday past, Alexis held the first of her two Bring a Friend Events. The next one is April 28th (that’s next Saturday – put it in your day planner!). There was clay, coffee and exceptional chocolate, as well as a chance to see a craft studio, which always fascinates me. It’s a voyeuristic sort of…

Stranded

We have one car. We also live about ten kilometers from the centre of the St. John’s.  There is no public transportation to and from Torbay, other than taxi. It would be lovely if there were some sort of a shuttle bus, but, in truth, we manage just fine. Some days, I drive John in…

Eggses, precious

Today we decided to decorate some eggs. A year or two ago, I bought a complete pysanky kit (dyes, waxes, kistkas and all the paraphernalia) at the Craft Council Seconds Sale, thinking it would be a fun activity for me and Katherine sometime. Boy was it ever! We blew the eggs first, which is atypical….

Clay Day

Yesterday evening was Katherine’s ninth birthday party and we celebrated at the Devon House Clay Studio, operated by the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador. I wasn’t about to post all the photos here, so I made a collage. If you follow this link, you will see the full collection in greater detail. A few…

Of turtles and sheep

You may (or may not) recall the sheep: There are six. They have attitude. They were made by Maaike Charron of Blue Dragon Clay. I found them at the local Craft Council Seconds Sale and brought them home to live with us. They are also quite curious and charismatic sheep and they have wormed their…