Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Random Photos (Check out those Socks!)

Griffin's asleep, and I don't know how much time I have. I thought I would take a moment, and share some random photos from the last couple of weeks.
Hooray for ducks:

Some Nova Scotian small-town humour:

Another shot from our pumpkin photo shoot:

(Just one week later, and Griffin would be able to sit on his own for these shots now!)
A recently completed project - the Quilted Scarf:

Emma the cat in her new favourite secret hiding spot:

And one beautiful sleeping, snuggly little boy in tiger-stripe socks:

Monday, September 28, 2009

Love and other Roadside Attractions

Hello Again! We've had an excellent week visiting with Jai's parents, who drove down from Ontario. It was a super nice visit!

We went out this weekend to the South Shore, to see Mahone Bay and do tourist-y type things.
Here's some of my infamous car window shots - as you can see, it was a gorgeous day!

We finally made it to see Moorings Gallery, where we have a small selection of pieces available for sale. It's a gorgeous gallery, and I'm super happy to be part of it.

Plus, I saw a ton of art I would love to buy for my own house, especially this Lion by Andrea Flockhart. Love!!!!!!!!

Speaking of love, Jai's Mom works at a sewing store, and she brought me out a new sewing machine. I haven't had a lot of time to be on it, but last night I sat down and whipped together a little giraffe for Griffin. It's a little wobbly, but he doesn't mind at all.

Today, it's back to just the two of us. I think Griffin's wondering where everybody went! He's doing a good job of hiding it, though, as long as we keep moving.

And I'll leave you with these gorgeous Van Gogh-esque sunflowers that I picked up at a roadside stand in Granville Ferry.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Art Show at ARCAC

So I got in to the Annapolis Region Community Art Gallery this week and set up my little show. Luckily the room is fairly small, as there were several pieces I had hoped to get finished that never quite got all the way to ready. Anyway, I've got six embroideries, six differently bound books, one whirligig, and one giant house sculpture. And that'll have to do for now.
Still, it's kind of fun, and I do feel like I accomplished something.
Plus, it was kind of nice to see everything displayed in one room, all at once. I often feel like what I'm doing is totally eclectic, and don't see any sort of unifying thread, between sculptures, bookworks, embroideries, etc, etc. But when they were put all together in the Gallery, they didn't seem so out of place. Somehow, they did seem to belong together. Interesting.

"Now to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk. Such rules and laws are deduced from the accomplished fact; they are the products of reflection." ~Edward Weston

Monday, September 21, 2009

Griffin Does Pumpkins

We stopped at a Farm Market today, and so of course had to take come cute baby pictures among the pumpkins. I never could resist a good pile of pumpkins, but it turns out they're even better with a baby sitting in them!
Or almost sitting (he had a little help from Grandma.)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Christmas Shopping

I did a little Christmas shopping for Griffin on Etsy this week.
Here's what I got so far:

One Gnome Rattle from DovesNestDesigns.

One Giant Ball with his name appliqued onto it from handmadepretties.

And three hardwood woodland animals on wheels from TheWoodGarden.

We've got a lot more favourites, but I had to pace myself, a little :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Bridgetown Does Ciderfest

Oh Ciderfest Weekend, what joy you bring us! Friday night we ventured down the street to see the fun and games, and check out the live band.

I didn't get any pictures of the kids activities because they were too dark. Picture, if you will, a big inflatable "castle" consisting of four interconnected tunnels, with turrets at each corner. The turrets each have a window, which is so filthy with handprints that you almost can't see through the thick plastic. It gets darker and darker, and more and more kids enter. Who knows how many kids are running around in there, in the pitch black interior? All we see is the evidence - bloody nosed little boys, and little girls crying that they got punched in the face. Good, clean fun.

Saturday brought more activities. Griffin got a little handmade giraffe toy from a woman on the street. It's super sweet, and he cuddled with it all day long.
Saturday afternoon was the Ciderfest Parade. Griffin and I walked down to our corner to check it out. He thought it was pretty neat, although he did cry a little when the first of the bagpipes passed us by.

Everything else, though - people dressing up in silly costumes, driving by slowly and throwing brightly coloured candies at us - was right up his alley.

Plus, we had a quick visit from Daddy in the Bookmobile, and that darn pigeon, who is always trying to drive it.

Angela looked so cute in her costume. Her sign says "can I drive the bus?" (From one of Griffin's and Jai's favourite books - "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" by Mo Willems.

Then it was off to the park for our very favourite event - the Cardboard Boat race.

There were some strong contenders, and only two boats this year that didn't last the entire race (these are the moments that everyone is waiting for.)

Last year there was a lot more swimming.

Other than that, we had a visit from Grandma, who came down to spend the day with Griffin, so Jai and I could get some other things done.

I'll have to show you what I was working on soon!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Good times

Hello Again!  Oh my, it has been a while since I wrote last.  We have been busy little bunnies around here, hopping about from this to that.  

Jai spent most of his long weekend priming the house.  We got tinted primer so we will only have to do one coat of paint, and we can already see basically what it will look like.  He worked hard, on top of a very tall ladder, and got most of it done already.  It looks great, and all the neighbours have given us positive feedback.  It looks so much better, and cheerier, already.

Griffin and I decided, last minute, to scarper off to Halifax on Sunday.  So we spent four glorious days relaxing and visiting, and being pampered.  We walked around lakes, and browsed in bookstores, and even watched tv.  It was quite a treat.
With Grandpa, and Great-Nana:

And relaxing with Grandma:

Griffin turned four months old while we were out.  He is now mostly in 6-9 month clothing.  Here he is beside his new toy- much longer than 24 inches now!  

We've been frantically trying to make sure he wears all his clothes at least once!  (Which means lots of photo ops - not that I needed the excuse!)

When we got back, it was Jai and I's third wedding anniversary. 

 There were some gorgeous flowers waiting for us, as well as the most wonderful man on Earth (in my totally unbiased opinion!)  

Griffin and I sure felt lucky.

I'll write more soon - it's Ciderfest weekend, and Griffin and I must dash out the door if we want to catch Jai driving the Bookmobile in the parade!