Palette option 1

via Sanctuary 
One week to go before the show...tired, drained, feeling and looking a lot like roadkill... but excited, since we have finally agreed that we're totally redoing the house at the end of show season. Can't wait, but now we have to find a colour palette we can agree on. I'm currently into this chalky slate colour with creamy flat white. Any thoughts?

"May these gates never be closed"


I'll stay off my soapbox for now...instead I'll just say that this video came to mind this morning. While it's already a couple of years old, thought it was still worth sharing.

"Autumn...


...is where my heart belongs, where it can be tempered by the early snows of winter and bound to the beauty of fallen, dead leaves.



The air has a bite and the wind a fierce howl, driving you to the comforts that are so often left by the wayside:




The hot cups of coffee, tea, and cider, the warm bowls of oats,







...and the sublime feeling of being wrapped in a blanket in front of a roaring fire, a book grasped in hand.



Yes, this is the season for me, where my soul is content, where I belong."
Author unknown, via



photo sources here and here,  others unknown


Someday...

Artpropelled

Montgomery County wall cupboard

sold

My reproduction of an early Montgomery County, PA wall cupboard with drawer. Custom butterfly hinges, square nails, small lower exterior shelf and 2 interior shelves. Solid pine with faded black distressed paint. 29.5"H x 22.5"W x 8.75"D


Pheasants

One of Nicole's ring-necked pheasants made from wool and muslin. Fabrics may vary. Available at the show Oct 7th - 10th, or here after October 11th.
Sold out.

What's important


Just saw this video for the first time today...thanks to Pierre Raby for the link. It was a much needed reminder of what's real and most important to me, and took a huge weight off my shoulders.
Check it out.

Apothecary bottles and labels

Some of the apothecary bottles and jars I've been working on lately. I'm hoping to take some better photos of them once I get my new camera, but for now I had to get them packed up before they met with disaster. (Seems every shelf and flat space in the studio had a bottle on it.) So for now, here are a few pre-photos.
Many more coming.


Caught up in some busy day

Out of necessity, I have been trying to exercise more discipline lately. To those of you patiently waiting for a response to an email, or pictures of finished projects...I promise, they are coming soon! I have been avoiding my computer as much as possible in order to avoid distraction, to try to get a foothold on the growing heap of projects that still need tweaking. But today when I saw that a blog called Caught up in some busy day had reblogged one of my photos...how could I resist a name like that?
So I peeked, and my weakness was rewarded with some great photos. And since I haven't posted anything new for awhile I thought I'd share some of them. Now back to work!



Caught up in some busy day

Figures update

Just wanted to let those of you know who wanted a figure last year after they had sold out...I have done a few more of these ones, but they will only be available at the show.  I am also working on new ones for this year that we will have at Ball's Falls Oct. 7th-10th, and they will be available on a first come-first served basis. I apologise, we have a full schedule from now until late November, and just aren't able to take any more orders until then. We hope to see you at the show.
Update: Sold out. Thanks.

Paris Road Antiques

Our friends Steve and Michelle Kopp of Paris Road Antiques are having their annual antiques yard sale this weekend. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they have the shop filled to the rafters with great antiques, along with several vendors set up both in front and back of the shop. Lots of great early paint and primitives...

...this amazing table that I would have killed for...

...cupboards, early local salt-glazed pottery, stoneware, glass...

...trunks, boxes, old tools, architectural salvage...

...and lots more, including this great taxidermy red-tailed hawk that I would have loved to bring home.

If you're anywhere near the Paris area, it's well worth your time to check it out. (Tell Michelle I sent you!)
Have a good weekend....we're off to pick apples.

548 Paris Road, Paris Ontario
tel.  519-442-4994
(from hwy 403, take Paris Road exit #33 towards Paris and watch for it on your right.)

Update: Forgot to mention that this weekend (Sept 1-5th) is also the 153rd Paris Fair.
For info about that, click here.
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