Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wintering with Stones

A January thaw
brought water sweeping through the pond....

and filled the stream to bursting....

 and forced water to find a new path around rocks that edge the stream
starting erosion in a new place.
Let's hope it doesn't form another pond!

But as you can see the snow is back.
Stones are snug and warm in the studio
just laying around on table tops.

 The first stage of bringing stones together
is simply pinning them together in pairs.

Then they get pinned and sewn together in rows.

I am elbow deep in 365 stitched stones!

The real stones hang around together at one end of the studio.

The leftover fabric scraps are at my feet.
I am thinking these might edge the final piece/pieces.

I hope all of you in the northern hemisphere are warm
and those of you in the southern hemisphere are keeping cool!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Living and Stitching in a Snow Globe

 The first week of 2018 has been and gone already.
Some of you might remember my car
died the first week of 2014.
This year it was our fridge that gave up the ghost!
It been fun trying to save all the food.
It is so cold that some of it is in picnic boxes
frozen solid outside in the garden
shhhhhh...don't laugh too loud
or tomorrow's chicken dinner
could be dragged up the North mountain
by a member of the local wildlife.

 It has snowed since the year began

The temperature has plummeted
The coldest we have experienced in Nova Scotia

It is beautiful
but hard on the birds and critters

I have been snuggled inside preparing for a February show
of my fifty-two 2016 crosses.
I am about half way through mounting them on foam board

I position them on the board
clamp them into place

I prefer to stitch them to the board.
First I poke a hole through to the back
in each corner.
This helps me hit the right spot when actually stitching.
Then I just take a stitch through each corner.

The backs will look like the one at the top of this photo.

I will sign each one
and number it according to which week of 2016 it was made for.
If I have time I will place a label on the back
recording what happened during that particular week.
Now I have to work out which hanging mechanism
works best with foam board.

It is very strange not stitching a stone every day!
But I am working on putting them together.

Brrr! it's cold here.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

An Eight Stones Week to Finish off the Year

And so 2017 is coming to an end

It was the year that brought our precious
grand daughter Stevie Ray
into this world.

It was the year I turned Seventy
Have to say this was the first birthday
that shook me!

It was the year Grand Daughter
Ashley Rose
turned three
and what a fascinating age that is.

It was the year son Brett found his Amber

Outside of our family circle though
it has been a year of shocking changes
that have whirled around the world.

For me it has been the year of the stone
The year of finding stones both beautiful and ugly
The year of learning to notice just the smallest
and most subtle markings in nature.
I hope I have learned something.

I am finishing the year with a black full stop.
A fossil
that I have held in my hands for years and years.
A fossil with markings so subtle they don't even
show up in the photo.

And now I will probably spend a good part of 2018
to put them all together!

Happy New Year Everyone
and Thank you for dropping by
Through this process
I have made so many friends
and I love having those relationships.

Just to let those of you who might not know...
....when you take the time to comment
my response to comes back to you in the form of an email.

Monday, 25 December 2017

May Your Christmas be Surrounded by Stones/Family!

And so the year has nearly gone full circle
Me and my stones hope
you and your family circle
are having a warm and loving Christmas.

Stone circles are ancient gathering places
I hope families all over the world
are coming together in love

Dancing circles around a stone
might not have rhythm
I hope your dance this holiday season
is full of rhythm

An island on a stone
I hope you are not alone but
in the embrace of your families

A plain jane stone
Christmas is definitely not the time to be plain
but to celebrate

Celebrate pink!
A new colour for me to love!

A stone with a bite taken out of it.
Perhaps a Christmas pudding stone.
Don't take too big a bite this holiday season!
Merry Christmas to you all

Monday, 18 December 2017

Of Stones and Butterflies

Slowly but surely
I am sewing butterfly quilts
for the grand girls

an old, old pattern
I have always loved

I have never had the opportunity
to make this pattern

My children were all boys
But now I have grand girls
and I am excited to spend a couple of years
making butterflies!
It will take me that long
because I am taking my time
No rush
they are just wee babes for now.

This fall my friend Lynda gave me
a simply enormous rock.
I didn't want to leave it out
I sewed two squares together
 tucked a tiny pebble in one corner

....and let the giant of a rock
fill the rest of any available space.
Thank you, Linda.

Monday, 11 December 2017

December Stones

Red to me is a Christmas colour
and because it is fast approaching
I sought out a red background
despite stones generally being soft greys and beiges.

Kind of a plain Jane stone
a contrast to all the Christmas lights
appearing everywhere

Christmas gifts are on their way
to the grand babies
It would be so much better to deliver them in person
but travelling at Christmastime is not my favourite
thing to do.
Some stones appear seem to be wearing winter hats

To me this is a funky snow capped stone
or perhaps a stone of Canadian origin
wearing his wintery took!

A rock couldn't get more Christmassy
being made of velvet
and wearing red garlands!

Christmas red
pathways across a smooth rock.

Snow has fallen just about everywhere in Canada
but here it has only managed a few slushy flakes
amidst the raindrops. 

I hope your Christmas preparations are going well.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Stoney Beach Inspiration

And so December arrives

And speckled stones still dot our shorelines

Some stones look like the land
or perhaps a map of the land

But all stones reflect their life experiences
as do we

Some are cut deep beneath 
beneath barely visible scars

Some are so smooth
their life experience is barely visible

Others are fragile and so delicate
but often the strongest among us.

As they gather on our Western shores
they get to experience sunsets
like streaks of colour against soft grey skies

This streaky sunset in particular made me think of Mark's skies