The Limber Pine isn’t a common tree but survives within the Crowsnest Pass in southern Alberta despite extreme winds. It bends to the elements for survival. Rather significant don’t you think? We all must be flexible & forgiving to survive right? I painted this Limber Pine called by the locals, the Burmis Tree. One of… Continue reading The mighty Limber Pine
The process of creating an interesting vignette is easy. Sometimes you have to think outside the box to make it interesting. Shop your house – you have more than you think you do. I pull together things that don’t necessarily “go together”, like this example below. A wire basket, a couple vintage books, vintage rulers… Continue reading Making of a Vignette
It’s an annual tradition to experience a wonderful sleigh ride on the Walters farm in Tappen. It’s magical to listen to the bells hung around the neck of horses, the squeek of snow under the runners, the quietness as we move through the snow laden trees, nothing but the snuffling of working horses eager to… Continue reading Sleigh Ride
I started painting with watercolors back in 2003. I have very few of my pieces left; all seem to have migrated to my family members. That’s OK though, this winter I’m refocusing my artistic energy back into this beautiful medium. I’m taking some supplies to Mexico with me this winter and hope to produce a… Continue reading Skate
A vintage manikin received her Christmas party dress. Bodice was wrapped in a lace tablecloth; a chicken wire frame skirt was shaped & attached with a leather belt to her waist. Cedar boughs were then pushed into the wire until her skirt was full. A lot of work & shredded hands, but she was worth… Continue reading Christmas Greeter
When you only have your granddaughter for 5 days of Christmas, you make the perfect size advent calendar. Brown paper stamped using cookie cutter & FAT paint Red Barchetta. Strung on embroidery loom. Inside each bundle – a photo of the daily craft & of course, a sweet treat. I think she’ll like it!
Every DIY’er usually has lots of misc hardware, trim & spindles hanging about. If you don’t, visit a Habitat for Humanity store and you can usually get all you need. Here is the finished photo & steps to create your own: 1. We started off with 6 pine boards with no character & no color. … Continue reading Upcycled Tree Art