Needle Felting Safety

It’s the first thing I talk about during my classes. Needle felting is stabby, especially if you’re new. Wear Finger Protection Especially if you’re working on tiny projects. Rubber fingertips available at the office supply store are an inexpensive and useful tool to have in your felting box. Leather slips are available at some craftingContinue reading “Needle Felting Safety”

2019 Craft Fairs

I’ll be tabling at two fairs in Pender Harbour this month, and offering a selection of needle felted ornaments, brooches, and felt bunting at each. If you’re in the neighbourhood, be sure to come by and say hello! I’ll also be demoing needle felting, making colourful mushroom ornaments. On November 16th at the Pender HarbourContinue reading “2019 Craft Fairs”

So long, 2018

Well, that was really hard. Not that I thought chemotherapy would be easy — every iota of evidence pointed to the contrary — but I guess I thought it would be different?I thought it would be kind of predictable (which it wasn’t) and I thought I could keep myself entertained (which it couldn’t) and IContinue reading “So long, 2018”

Summer News (June Edition)

Author’s Note: I wrote this as a draft at the end of June, but it’s taken me a bit to get up the courage/energy to post it here. This summer’s going to be a bit of an odd one. After nearly a year of doctor’s appointments and referrals, it became clear last week that theContinue reading “Summer News (June Edition)”

My Top 5 Fall (& Winter) Comforts

Fall is probably my favourite time of year, and in no small part because of how delightfully cozy it is. The nights are getting longer and cuddling up under a blanket looks more enticing each day beyond the equinox. Once the rain starts and that damp leaf mould perfume really takes hold, you can betContinue reading “My Top 5 Fall (& Winter) Comforts”

The First Full Day of Fall

As I write this, a cool wind is blowing the needles from the trees, and it definitely feels like fall; the days are getting shorter, the spice of leaf litter fills the air, and the rains are returning. It was most assuredly summer when we arrived here—white hot days and a hot pink sun broughtContinue reading “The First Full Day of Fall”

7 Things I Learned While Downsizing My Stuff

For most of my life, I’ve identified as a packrat. I was raised by packrats. For example: during my grandparent’s emigration from Bermuda in the 1970’s, my grandfather paid to ship 2 decades worth of National Geographic magazines and his collection hundreds of found glass bottles across the Atlantic. The boxes have never been opened.Continue reading “7 Things I Learned While Downsizing My Stuff”

Quarterly Goals: Spring 2017

Update on Last Quarter: Winter was a bit of a toughie, but I did pretty well on my quarterly goals. There were a few slip ups, to be sure—I canned nothing, revised only one short story, and my blogging fell by the wayside when my mood disorder flared up—but I still ticked most of theContinue reading “Quarterly Goals: Spring 2017”