…and it’s almost a bit embarrassing when I think about how fast the time has moved. This winter was long and a little cooler than last year. In spite of that, we have weathered it well.
Where do I begin in catching you up? Those who continue to follow me over on https://fundycontemplations.ca have been following my beach and nature explorations. Thank you to all who have shown your support there. Your comments and “likes” are much appreciated. In case you didn’t know about the other blog, I post to it daily: there are mostly photos, some haikus and general ramblings about my explorations in and around the Bay of Fundy.
This blog I am posting to right now still deals with my fibre art interests.
Let me try and recapture some of the things that took place since my last post on February 4th. All through February and March, the online Creative Cluster continued to meet on Tuesdays. There was a bit of a slow down during the first week of spring due to an unexpected hospital stay. I ended up with an emergency appendectomy on March 19th. It didn’t take long for me to bounce back from that because I worked hard at regaining my strength and energy.
In March I started a Wednesday morning walking group here in Parrsboro. It is under the auspices of NSWalks who certified me as a leader in January. The group is going strong and we are still gaining new members every week.
The Creative Cluster has scaled back a little and we have decided to meet once a month only for the foreseeable future. With quilt shows, gardening and numerous outdoor activities starting up again the focus becomes a little fragmented. Change is good, right?
Just this week I spent several long days that lasted well into the night reorganizing my studio. I grew tired of looking for something and having to go through numerous storage containers every time to lay my hand on a specific tool or supply. I wasted so much time! So, I purged! There were quite a few dried-up acrylic paints that went into the recycle bin; I identified gel pens that would no longer make marks; there were Sharpies that had seen better days… I located all my pencil crayons: Who knew I had so many sets? This is what happens when you visit art supply stores without taking stock ahead of time… like a kid in a candy store! Some of the sets are still sealed! I have made a public vow: there will be no more trips to the art supply store for coloured pencils, Inktense blocks or pencils, chalk and oil pastels… Oh, and then there are the beads! So many beads! I need to have a studio sale as I know I will not be able to use all these supplies for as long as I live.
With spring in full swing, an exhibition opportunity has come my way. Art Lab has invited me to show work with three other artists. The exhibition opens on May 27th. I am trying to decide what to show but I am leaning toward some of my realistic landscapes.
I have not been idle exploring new ideas. A Cricut Maker has recently joined my lineup of tools and I am busy practicing new techniques to get proficient at designing my own items. Best of all, I finally set up and activated my photo printer. That was a long time coming!
My latest new endeavour is inspired by my niece in Germany I have turned my attention to creating miniatures. I don’t plan on building and furnishing dollhouses. At the moment I am building up my skills by creating 1:12 scale furniture and accessories. It’s quite addictive! Stay tuned and I will share some images in my next post. I promise it won’t be another two months till you hear from me. It is my intention to post once a week here.
What have you been up to? Are you busy creating quilts for Ukrainian refugees? Are you exploring a new passion? Why not share what you have been up to below in a comment? I promise to reply to everyone who leaves a message. Looking forward to hearing from you!