Thursday, October 8, 2015

Chestnuts and the Last of the Summer Flowers

All throughout the neighborhood, the leaves
are beginning to shed... it is the month of October
after all. Shared here the last of the summer flowers,
the red ones were blooming by the public library,
the pale yellow ones I saw during an evening walk.
Not sure what their names are, nevertheless I like their
shapes and colors. And with the onset of Autumn, there
was the scattering of nuts, in particular the chestnut
variety, their prickly casings contained those glossy
brown nuts squirrels could not stay away from.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Begonias at City Hall

The begonias by City Hall were the centre of my
attention, low-lying bushes nestled amongst other
annuals, they thrived under the shady protection of
giant evergreen trees. Tucked away from the afternoon
heat, their blooms of vibrant pink and yellow so lovely
I simply could not walk on by without stopping to take
a few shots. Some flowers were made up of just a few
petals, others consisted of more than one layer, and
there were some that looked like roses. My favorite was
captured in the fourth photo, which one do you like?

I found a pink begonia face down by the grass and
decided to rescue it, showcased here in the last photo
all on its own on a David New-Small glass plate.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Scent of Lavender

The scent of lavender was what we sometimes
notice during our evening walks for the past few
weeks. On some days it was so strong we simply
had to stop and take a few moments to delight in
its aroma. It has been so very lovely to be able to
enjoy this late summer perfume until last week...
when we strolled by to find most of the lavender had
been trimmed... Alas! No more fragrance for us.

But a quick observation revealed some flowers
had been left behind. Hastily I gathered all that I
could, the light was getting dimmer by the second as
the sun began to set. And... in just a few moments
there was enough stems for a small bouquet with
plenty of blooms to fill a small potpourri sachet.

The buds now sit at the corner of my studio
table, its delightful savor accompanied me
when I made this little purse.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

A Polka Dot Purse

A polka dot purse was something I have always
wanted for myself. Last week, a brief visit to the
local fabric store led to the discovery of a metal
zipper. It hung there out of place, the only brass
colored zipper amongst all the plastic ones, its
seafoam fabric caught my eye, I just thought
the pale shade of blue was so very pretty...

Further wander through the store later resulted in
the finding and purchase of some polka dot linen...
Over the next couple of days, some planning and
coordinating, not to mention some cutting of fabric.
A combined effort by the sewing machine and hand
stitching led to my very own pink polka dot purse!

It measures 5.5" x 3.75", has two separate sections
and is big enough to hold some coins, couple of bills,
house keys, even a credit card and a bus ticket!!!

Monday, September 7, 2015

The PNE At Night!

We went to the PNE again, this time at night!
The plan was to catch a show but alas dinner took
too long and we arrived too late... so the concert
was full. Blahhh... oh well, I guess there was still
plenty of time to wander around. The fair grounds
looked very different all lit up, we quite enjoyed
the light show. There were lots more people
this time as the wind and rain had stopped.

The last time we visited the PNE at night was
many many moons ago, some pictures from last
week that helped bring back the fond memories...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Rides and Games at The Fair

Despite the cloudy day and the threat of rain, it
was business as usual at The Fair. After visiting
the animals at Farm Country, we continued towards
the rides and games. We watched and listened to the
screams of thrill seekers as they swung about on a
huge pendulum, some attractions sure were colorful.
The historic Haunted Mansion was not as big as I
imagined, though one of the carousels was nicely
decorated with pretty pastels and detailed paintings.

The food stalls were always a popular stop with many
choices and plenty of temptations, we simply could not
leave without those little donuts! And then there were
the games... I managed to get a closeup of some orange
colored fish before our feet called out for home...

Monday, August 31, 2015

At the PNE Farm Country

At the PNE Farm Country, many animals were
on display. Some highlights below from our visit
last week... a horse and her pony, two different
species of pigeons, a pair of donkeys with the
sweetest faces, and bees at the BC Honey store!

It has been a few years since we visited the PNE,
many families were there but it was not as crowded
as it was a cloudy day, the right kind of temperature
to wander about... so glad we stopped by!!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Collection of White Corals

A collection of white corals was unearthed during
a recent housekeeping mission. As I unwrapped the
tissue paper that surrounded the shells, I recalled
the strolls on the beach of Mexico some moons ago.

The early morning wander at 5:30 am was filled
with the scent of salty air, and the gentle caress
of warm sun as I combed up and down the
seashore for treasures. The sand, soft and fine,
shifted through my fingers as my eyes searched
for different patterns, making sure no two 
specimens were alike. Back at the hotel room the
corals were rinsed and laid out to dry... until
the very last night when they were put away with
our belongings, packed away ever so carefully by
David so they all made it back safely to Canada.

Friday, August 14, 2015

I'm on Instagram!

It has been quiet on the blog for some time...
no excuses, I've been playing on Instagram.
Check out the pictures I took on Hats Off Day!

Over the years I took quite a few photos with
my Nikon, but taking pictures with my phone
 sure is convenient in more ways than one. So...
... if I'm quiet on my blog, come see me here!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Pouf

The making of a pouf has been on my mind for
the last couple of years. A visit to the foam shop
determined that old clothes, newspapers and
whatever else you could find to stuff the pouf with
were better and sturdier options than foam itself.
So the recent overhaul of mine and David's
closet resulted in quite a few bags of clothes that
were divided into two separate piles: those that could
be donated, and those that were better off as rags.
The rags were what formed the filling of this pouf.

The structure, on the other hand, were made with
fabrics I had on hand. There was no shopping for new
ones, I was pleased to be able to find three coordinating
pieces of batik. The dark brown linen was a free find
at a weaving studio, somebody's failed pants project.
The lining, a sturdy canvas, held everything together.

The stuffing, a final but important stage, took quite
a bit of attention on my part. Care was taken to fill
the gaps with smaller pieces of garments like socks,
and a lot of patting down with my palms as I stuff
along. Some sewing on the side finished the pouf, I
am proud to say I only poked myself three times.

Now the pouf resides in the hallway!!
Size is 18" in diameter and 15" in height.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Those Dark Looming Clouds

It's been great to see blue skies and be in the
sun when I'm out and about, but that isn't always
the case... Last week, on one of the nights, the
skies began to flicker with lightning, then thunder
followed. We seldom get stormy weather like that
here in Vancouver. Sure we get the rain, but when
the wind picked up that night... it was a bit scary.

And on some days... Mother Nature would surprise
me a little with those dark and looming clouds
that seem to pop up every now and then when I
don't have an umbrella with me. Walk faster Novi!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Look Up to the Sky!

The weather has been quite nice lately
I've been making every little excuse to head
out and stay out. Everywhere I go there are
flowers popping their heads out of the ground,
decorating the grass and dirt with little bits
of colors here and there. Truth is, every now
and then, I have to remind myself to look up to
the sky... Shared below sunny blues captured
on two different days, flowering branches
and sprouting ones too. Have a great week!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Trail of Spring Bulbs

A walk to the general store to accomplish a rather
urgent task led me to the trail of spring bulbs.
The sight of the blooms was unexpected, they
were located on a street I seldom frequent.

Despite the rush, it was a single yellow tulip
highlighted by a tiny stream of sunlight, that
made me pause a little... to stop just for one
brief moment to look around a little... And
notice some of the small and lovely surprises
that we sometimes miss if we're in too much
of a hurry to go who knows where...

... And if we were to just take one split second
to observe... they would be right in front of us,
waiting to delight, like the trio of narcissi...

... And these orange tulips, a double-flowered
variety that reminded me of peonies...

... And more yellow tulips, pretty sure the yellow
ones are my favorite at this very moment.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Hyacinths by City Hall

A quick stop at the parking lot by City Hall led
me towards the colorful patch of flowering bulbs. It
wasn't until I knelt down to get a closer look and a
closer shot of the petals did I notice their sweet scent.

The hyacinth blooms filled the plot in its entirety,
there were white ones, pale violets, pink fuchsia
and deep violets. They seemed overly crowded at
first glance but careful observation revealed they
were spaced evenly apart. It must be quite an
operation for the gardeners in the Fall, but Oh!...

The reward of their alluring fragrance in the Spring!