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.