This morning was so incredibly special – Henry and I went out for a walk as the sun was rising in the hopes of walking on still frozen ground rather than sinking in the mud! There was a dusting of snow and the sun actually rose, higher and higher still! I was walking with the sun filtering through the trees, illuminating the fluffy blanket of snow and reflecting off of the ever growing river. The geese honking, spiralling down to rest on the river.
I wish I brought my phone with me! I was just wishing I could bring you along on that special walk, share how beautiful it was. I kept telling myself *I’m meant to experience this not through a screen.* Especially because at present – it’s snowing and there is very little visibility. Weather is so changeable on islands.
A flock of cedar waxwings greeted us in the Pine by the front door, so beautiful. When I got inside, I had a missed call from the library to work today. By the time I called them back, they had found someone else so now I am happy to be sitting with a smoothie, espresso and a full denim outfit with wool socks. No one judges here 😉
I wanted to share with you some very exciting packages that I received this week. I am just amazed at the absolute happiness and joy that comes in the form of a brown envelope and full of thoughtful musings from a distant kindred. It brightens a day and really just stirs a sense of love and appreciation! Renewing stagnant energy – thank you, thank you!
A certain Fairy soul named Jen from Rhode Island sent me this very unexpected package. A definite kindred with a love for the natural world and disconnecting from the sway of the screen. It was so lovely, I thought I’d share little pieces from it…
A certain kitty was very interested – as was I! Look at how beautiful this is and if you can imagine the smell ❤
How sweet are all of these things?? I feel very blessed and happy to receive such gifts! I am so hopeful that over the years I can really build up my gardens so to give seeds as gifts.
From the West of Ireland, the very talented Floriane Blancke sent to me her CD, Kaleidoscope. Floriane is a Celtic Musician who we *met* through Etsy – she has 2 of our original Icelandic sweaters! I absolutely love traditional inspired Celtic music, so I can’t even really describe how amazing this is for me to receive. There was a time I would shut myself in my room learning to play guitar because I desperately wanted to play The Butterfly and the Kesh Jig – among so many other tunes. I’m now adding Floriane’s album to my love for the ever changing world of traditional Celtic Music.
I wanted to share a video of her playing the first song off of her album “Trip to Achill/Dooagh Bay” just casually in a pub! Do check out her music, she is on Spotify and she has a website at Floriane Blancke
** And the sun is out again – the river is a deep blue and I can actually see the land on the other side!
I have some Etsy work to do and knitting, packages to put together! I am so inspired right now by these souls that have shared with you above, I hope you are too!
It has been so long and I have so much to share. I have really missed sharing little snippets with you all so am excited to start again after what really seemed like to me – a short winter. And so, I am sat in the couch featured in the picture above, a recent Ikea haul during our trip to Halifax – so cozy with Turmeric milk, a candle lit and the pine outside only gently swaying! We are awaiting a wind storm tonight so of course that will change.
I thought I would start with this small post – Just a general overview of what has been going on – why I have been SO absent and to let you in on a few little things for the future.
February is such a short month to begin with, so I guess it’s not surprising that it simply slips from our grasp. I spent some of the month in Nova Scotia – with my Sister and her partner and then in the woods with my family and the dogs.
We walked in the woods – woods for the most part – frozen yet free of snow. The rivers running! One morning I walked in a mossy wood – the moss crunching under foot, nervous about damaging the forest floor. The next day, it was soft and plush as though it was a fresh spring day. Wearing my parka, I just lay down and stared up at the thin spruce trees with a dog occasionally licking my helpless face. I don’t really mind.
During my visit with my mom – she gave me a little stock of knits she has been compiling for the shop. She contributes to the shop as well, making some really beautiful things. I’m so happy she has chosen to do this because others can experience how special it is to receive one of her items! Before she would knit huge stocks for us all for Christmas – I would receive new mittens, hat, socks pretty well every Christmas. While I was in university and High School, I regularly (or in knitting world – regularly – maybe once a year) receive a handknit sweater – all of which I still have of course.
I wanted to just share some photographs of these handknit items – and will update the shop later today 🙂 I also have 2 handknit Lopi sweaters to put up and some fingerless mittens. One still needs buttons so probably within the next two weeks I will update the shop and post blogs about the making process and end result!
The other portion of the month I was covering a leave of absence at the library in town. She has returned to work now and I am only working casually so have so much free time again. I am so excited to have time to walk Henry, knit and plan gardens! My hope for this week is to blog a lot and join you all back on Instagram again. To start sowing a lot of seeds indoors and start a pretty intense spring cleaning. We have a long overdue bathroom renovation that must be tackled…. an infinite to do list.
There are some changes in Ways of Wood Folk for the time being… Meaghan won’t be able to make as much as she once did and we have to cut custom orders for the most part because there is a new member in our family ❤ ❤ <3…
**I saved the best for last **
We are very excited to let you know, the birth of Ronan Len Wilson, Meaghan and Reg’s newborn son! He was born on Saturday, March 3rd at 4 14 in the morning, the tail end of the full moon. I can not wait for the days to come to spend time with my nephew who is also on the East Coast – the first child of one of my sisters. To share a love of moss, bugs and shrubs 😉
Congratulations Meaghan and Reg, we are so happy for you ❤ ❤
And so! I hope you understand why I have taken a break from the social part of the internet – I am back and hoping to contribute a lot more. The shop will be open again today and I just am overwhelmed actually with so much to share. I’m also thinking of starting a new instagram – just for plants, moss, trees and bugs ❤
I hope you have all been well – that the lengthening days are giving you sun drenched energy and a sense of revival!
Be well friends, be well 🙂
Ronan is an Irish name meaning “Little Seal” – the term used for Selkie’s human children in folklore and just a beautiful name!
Len (Short for Lenton) is the name of my Grandfather who emigrated to Montreal in the 1930s from Dunfermline, Scotland. He is much loved.
I am very excited to share this little post with you! I finally wrote out a wee pattern in my notebook and decided to snap some photographs and share it with you. If you are interested in attempting to follow my wonky instructions, then please by all means do! I decided to simply photograph my notebook and tried to be as clear as possible but just send me a comment on this post and I’ll see if I can sort anything out or provide any help.
Before I launch into knitting – I wanted to share a little more about what we have been up to. I have been working part-time in town, starting seeds, thinking about seeds.. watching videos about seeds. Really, plants have taken up most of my brain power. I am thinking of starting a new instagram account just to share plants and this beautiful earth rather than making it *me* focused.
This winter weather wise has been bizarre. There has just been a dance between freeze and thaw. Yesterday it was above 0, huge puddles formed in the yard, blue jays and starlings everywhere! Today, it is minus 27 with the wind that whips up from the river. The yard is a solid sheet of ice, we could probably skate if it was more pleasant outside. Jamie and I ran to the back to take a couple of photos this morning of these mittens but it was SO difficult because of the wind and cold. I think I generally look a little uncomfortable and poor Jamie, clicking away! As you can imagine, we could only stay out for about 5 minutes.
Regardless of the strange winter weather, the path of the sun and moon remain the same! The days are growing longer and I feel a definitely revival. With that little bit of extra light, I made these colourwork mittens.
My attempt at a pattern – I hope you like it! If you do try it, please proceed with caution – everyone knits differently and I am not a very technical person in anyway – I think of myself as a very intuitive person in most of what I do.
Page 1 in my book
My notes! I don’t really anticipate anyone trying to make these but in the case that someone is brave and wants to feel that satisfaction of using abandoned, forgotten wool – please take heed of a couple of things!
This is one size, if you would like to make a larger size cast on 44 stitches. The only issue with this is that the bottom pattern is composed of 8 stitches so it will not be completed properly. However, if you only make Pattern 1 using one of the 4 stitch designs, you will be good to go! The size entirely depends on what size of needles and the weight of your wool – so bigger needles will make a larger size, etc.
I didn’t include pattern 2 on the thumb – this is because it was different for each thumb and I trust that you can intuitively look at your knitting and decide where the Colour B stitches can go. I am not even a slight perfectionist as you can probably guess. Life is too short! Too many seeds to plant, books to read, cats to pet… 😛
I didn’t post anything about the thumb…. because it’s so easy! Just divide the 11 stitches on 2 needles, pick up 5 stitches on a 3rd needle at the gusset and attach the 2 colours. Knit 7 S E V E N 7 rounds in Pat. 2 and cast off with Colour B.
There you have it ❤
I work today and tomorrow so am a little rushed to get this out to you! I do hope you enjoy the process and my photographs. I will have more up tomorrow on the etsy and have a plan to make a blog post about my latest Lopi Sweater (just needs buttons and a button band… so will probably be ready in a couple of weeks!).
Welcome February 😀
As I have enjoyed doing, leaving you with a favourite tune, yes it’s from a children animated movie and yes, the theme is probably one of my favourite tunes. I actually enjoy the version with the child singing even more but this is just a taste for you 😉
It’s so dark! I am sitting by the fire, the room lit with fairy lights and a cup of black tea piping hot beside me. A friend of mine gave us some lavender sugar and I find it so delicious in a strong cup of black tea ❤ It is so late for me to be drinking caffeine but I am oh so tired and I very much felt like sharing a couple of things with you.
The weather continues to promise snow but only to cruelly trick us with rain. I guess that is life living in a maritime climate. Today has been a wet day and we have chosen to stay home, only to take Henry out in the trees behind our house. The cats are venturing outside each day. They stick right around the front door, guarding the entrance to their domain (or perhaps waiting for us to let them back in?). A day inside finally means I can sort the latest knits for our shop!
I have been having a lot of fun lately, working with my stash of lett lopi. I have a very strong desire to actually use all of my wool stash before continuing to buy new wool. I love using everything that I have and don’t really like buying anything without a real purpose behind it. I currently have enough wool to make 3 sweaters and several pairs of fingerless mitts/mittens what have you. This winter I will focus on the small bits, some of which have been set aside for several years! I first knit an Icelandic Sweater with Lett Lopi in 2013 and believe I may still have some from this time.
Only a couple of pictures that I have captured over the last couple of days. I am currently looking at 2 weeks before my next shift in the library (unless I am called in) and Jamie gets 10 days off from his work for the holidays! I am definitely feeling like hibernating while simultaneously desperately wishing for snow to play in. Jamie and I are getting snow shoes for eachother for Yule so we can continue to walk our favourite trails despite the amount of snow we usually receive in the deep winter.
I have a lot of tiny knitting projects planned. My wordpress account is almost at the full capacity for storage space so I will be changing my account to a ‘business account’ soon (unlimited space) so I hope to raise the funds to support this little website with my knits. I hope i can come up with some wee special mitts, etc. I will be busy sitting by this fire, thinking up colour combinations with the remaining lopi 🙂
Hope you are all well, we are nearly at the solstice to welcome the lighter half of the year! So much hope.
As a farewell parting gift, A beautiful Scandinavian Folk song for you:
The sun has set and it’s not yet 4:30! The days have been grey, but every evening the horizon hosts a brilliant pink and gold sunset, fading in the west to a gentle dream-like purple. It only skims the skyline below the grey cloud, but it is beautiful! My window faces the west.
We are having very happy days, my Mom is visiting and we have been spending time knitting by the fire sipping peppermint tea, re-potting plants, going for long winter walks with the dogs, watching silly Holiday movies and gushing over Collette O’Neill of Bealtaine Cottage. She brought rose plants for me, hand-sewn bags for our etsy shop and little pieces of porcelain. Every evening we have been having delicious home cooked meals (last night was a fish chowder – one of my favourite meals of all time… not stereotypical at all for a Maritimer) and I’ve just felt so warm and happy. Tomorrow, I am working in one of the libraries (and consequently, going to the Spinners & Weavers Guild to do some spinning and dyeing!) so we will say goodbye just for a short while.
We both love to use our hands – create! Since she has been here she has made a sweater for a wee one and has already started a pair of baby soakers (She has two grandchildren on the way and I am soon to be an aunt to 3!!!). I have attached the arms of the grey lopi sweater and put it aside to work on a pair of lopi mittens for the Etsy shop. I also finally used some calendula and rose infused oil, combined with beeswax and spruce sap that I collected last winter to create a salve.
We also went to a plant shop in Charlottetown this week to bring home a little bit of pure happiness. Plants are so expensive so I just continually get clippings from other plants, root or start from seeds but occasionally, I buy a new plant >.< I bought a little cactus and a succulent. I also received a very sacred package from Incredible Seed Company in Nova Scotia. I ordered a some seeds that need warm and then cold stratification in order for them to germinate. I will be busy this weekend 🙂 I have already started dreaming about planting for next year so there is nothing better than getting started early 😀
And now, I am sitting by the fire listening to the ambient works of Aphex Twin. My Mom and Jamie are making dinner together and I am going to join them. I do hope you enjoy this and are finding happiness and solace in the darker part of the year (and happiness to all those in the light half!).
I am well, wrapped in blankets with a hot cup of tea, candles lit and one of my favourite Irish bands playing, the Bothy Band. It’s Sunday and rain is gently falling. We have been having fires every day, even if it’s just to keep the damp out on a mild, wet morning.
We have been so busy as well! I started a new job in the library system, working as a call in. I had best get use to driving at night and in all weather since the job requires me to go quite far to some rural branches. I am excited to be back in the library, I already have a long queue of books on hold (just finished The Moomins Vol 1) and will share with you later more of what I’ll be reading this winter (I’m going to work through my long list of “To-Read” on Goodreads). Apart from work… there is STILL wood to stack, wood to bring in, vegetables to take care of (I’m down to the last of the tomatoes) and cats that are beginning to explore the outside world. There is an etsy shop, art work and a very, very active dog. Jamie is also giving me guitar lessons again so I’m hoping to pick it up again and encourage him to make more music as well!
Before I launch into knitting… our little 1.25 acre is also constantly on my mind. I have been transplanting saplings that have come up on the outskirts of the farmer’s field, buried many chestnuts, planted lupin seeds that I collected in July from the wayside and transplanted some of our rose plants and lavender. My ultimate goal is to have every inch of land planted with trees, bushes, flowers… anything! And then buy more land :D. Anywho…. this is all a side because I came here to share with you my latest cardigan handnit.
H A N D K N I T C A R D I G A N
I cast this sweater on in the blazing sun of glorious July! Yes… it has taken me quite a while. It was the first cardigan, knit in the round that I have ever made which is why it took me so long. I believe I actually finished the bulk of the work in August or early September but waited until a visit with my Mom before I actually steeked the body (Steeking is the word applied to the actually cutting up the middle of the body to open up your cardigan sweater). Thank goodness my Mom has absolutely no qualms about trying anything in the fibre art world. When we finally were together in the latter part of October, she actually did the crochet stitch up my purled stitches and then I (palms sweating and heart beating! Clearly a life or death situation) cut the sweater! It was so satisfying 😀
The inspiration for the design comes from the fall here in the Canadian East Coast, where miles of forest stretch along the ocean shore, spotted with wooden white houses. I have started to really simplify my designs, favouring simple blocks of colour. I really love the rust Léttlopi! I find it both striking and subtle (if that makes any sense…).
I started the sweater with the full intention of finishing in October. It’s nearly a month after when I thought I would be writing this post. At the end of October, my sister, Mom and I travelled to Ontario to see our family and friends, thus putting a halt to all of my work (It was a very nice visit and I hope to be back again soon!). And just other life things have continued to pop up, derailing my physical artistic world.
So below I have shared a couple pictures of the fall here, my sketch book and the sweater! I have not taken anywhere near as many pictures this fall but alas, here are a couple!
It’s raining much harder now. It is also my sister Meaghan’s birthday today! We are separated by the strait, but I am wishing her all the best in Nova Scotia today! Send her loving vibes this day ❤
I hope you enjoyed this post! I am settling in to actually put up the listing of this sweater on Etsy and respond finally to my comments and messages on both wordpress and instagram. I have generally been steering away from Social Media and have finally developed a pretty solid system to keep me from being distracted. Perhaps I’ll share this with you in another post!
**A note on this sweater, it is made from I C E L A N D I C W O O L! The specific name of the wool is called Léttlopi which essentially means light Icelandic Wool (Létt = Light / lopi = Icelandic Wool). This wool is made using the sheared fleece of Icelandic Sheep. Icelandic Sheep are very different than other sheep around the world, they are descendants of Norse Sheep from 1000 years ago! Their unique fleece is composed of 2 layers, one which is water repellent and the other is an insulating coat. This unique fleece keeps our friends dry and warm in the rather unpredictable Northern Atlantic Icelandic climate. If you have any allergy or discomfort with wool, this wool is most likely not for you. It is a hardy and durable wool which can withstand weather. I live on an Island in Atlantic Canada and find this type of wool ideal for working outdoors in the fall/winter and “spring” (our springs sometimes feel non-existent). **
I wanted to share a few pictures of the latest Pangur Bán sweater. I have it all ready to be shipped off to California but wanted to document it as much as possible! It’s a funny thing, dedicating countless hours to knitting a garment and then shipping them off to their new homes – you so often forget about things that you have knitted! Instagram has been good in a lot of ways to go back and remember different things that I’ve made in the past, however I find blogging about it just a wee bit more personal. And I don’t feel like there are these silly rules about how many pictures I can post 😀
You can see the wool (Léttlopi) I used on the Alafoss Website. The main colour is hazel heather and the contrasting colours are beige, black heather, oatmeal heather. I guess I didn’t take too many pictures of the process, so I hope you enjoy the few that I did 🙂
And so, without further ado, here are some photos of my latest handknit sweater (you can read more about the design of this sweater in one of my first posts!).
Off she goes today! I am being swamped at home right now with chores upon chores to do before we catch our flight in Halifax this Friday. I can hardly believe that in a week’s time, we will be driving on the left side of the road and in the country of my ancestors. I have a lot to share with you all before we go and will likely afterwards as well! We have had a lot of rain which has made the PEI country side so lush and wonderful. It’s hard not to be happy in the midst of all the green and warmth! Especially when hiking in the mountains on the other side of the Atlantic is just before us!
I am on the fence currently about bringing any knitting on the trip. For some reason, I am hesitant to bring knitting needles on the plane – I have read that it should be fine, but I remember once I had my knitting in my bag when a friend and myself went on a tour of the Parliament Buildings (just for fun one random afternoon when I lived in Ottawa) and they took my knitting from me and sealed it in a bag! I may go scout out some wooden circular needles tonight (cross fingers that such thing exists in PEI!). I do hope to, we have a 5 hour lay over in St. John’s and a long plane ride which I will be incapable of getting any rest >.<
Anyhow, my family is coming tomorrow to house sit for us and I have SO much to do before! Getting very excited! I may be very stereotypical and post a packing for Ireland blog, if I have time!!!
** It’s now a windy Saturday morning – I wrote this yesterday afternoon with the weather so different than this morning. It’s strange posting a journal like blog post when you feel so incredibly different than the day before – however I’m going to leave it as it is. Today, I feel motivated and happy 🙂 **
I am SO incredibly happy to announce.. that is is 12 degrees Celsius. I can hardly believe it, although it is SO windy. But look where I am writing this to you! The non-insulated sun room! We have all been longing to spend time in here since we closed it up in November. Soon, the windows will be open and plants will illuminate the drafty corners.
So, here I am. Sat before our whole world with a salty ocean air candle and the music of Eternal Tapestry – pondering how to delve into the topic of the 2 simple knits I recently completed and the beautiful act of “slow” living. The wind is demanding attention today, my thoughts are with it since it’s essentially yelling at me while I sit in this room.
This winter/spring has been very slow for me in the creative realm. I have simply been directing my attention to … I can’t even say. Everything gets a little hazy at that point and all I know is that I was way more productive last year. I am taking full advantage of the trendy ‘slow living’ tag I see constantly floating around (although, I find it hypocritical because there is nothing slow about our habitual use of technology and our means for occupying a great deal of our time ~*instagram*~ and showing off our dreamy art of *slow living* but obviously I get where the sentiment comes from – it takes time to knit your own garments, to bake your own bread, to grow your own seeds). In my world right now, I’m not sure if it’s actually a vitamin deficiency or chopping wood or lack of sunshine, but I have been SO tired and fatigued. I feel unbearably guilty about this and need to listen to my intuition which is telling me to listen to my body and take things slow.
And so… it took me weeks, months even to finish the two knits I am sharing with you – a pair of Alpaca double knit lace mittens and a lace stole, using the same lace design. A simple design because I had never attempted lace before but it is easy peasy and if you can do a knit or purl stitch – trust me, you can do lace knitting.
A L P A C A DK M I T T E N S
This wool is the Alpaca “baby wool” from We Are Knitters (I think I wrote that they were angora… angora is just the A fibre word always in my brain since we had an angora rabbit named Bunny growing up). Last year, I received a sweater kit from the company. They give you large 5.5 mm wooden needles and about 12 balls of the wool and a pattern for an item.
I made the whole back of a sweater, the entire time really disliking the needles and feeling like the wool wasn’t right for them. Wondering why I was committing myself to something that was bringing me so little joy from one of my favourite things to do. Anyway, it took a long time to make and I could tell that it was going to be just an awkward, oversized strange sweater that I realistically would never wear because of the colour and weight of the wool. That being said, I have seen others’ version of the sweater and it looks absolutely beautiful – mine just didn’t come close to the other finished gesture sweaters that I have seen on blogs or instagram. ANYWAY – I decided to take the whole back out and salvage the wool instead.
The wool double knit is so incredibly lovely. It’s thick and heavy and oh so soft. The size of these mittens run very very small, so I’m going to make a larger pair of fingerless mitts using two strands of wool as well.
I used 3.25 mm dpn needles and just experimented around. I will have these up too on our Etsy Shop, but keep in mind they run pretty small!
R O W A N A R A N T W E E D S T O L E
Last but not least, this Rowan Aran Tweed Stole. The colour I chose is called “Scree” and one of my all time favourite colours. I have about a month left I think to wear this comfortably but soon all my knits will be shed in turn for my thrifted dresses and some handmade shifts (as well as my very dirty gardening clothes… realistically more so than the dresses :P)
And there you have it! 2 very simple knits, that took me what feels like a year and a day to make. I wanted to just slowly enjoy the feeling of some really beautiful and soft wool and feel like I definitely achieved that goal.
Now with the change of season, I feel like I really need to speed up my activity and growth. Shed my winter skin and become just a little more active.
F I N & A F T E R T H O U G H T S
All in all, I am really happy with the two knits that I shared with you today. I am also not feeling as down on myself for my very slow progress these past few months. My body and mind have been calling for a slow approach to everything in life and I finally obeyed them.
I’d love to hear how you deal with slow, unproductive weeks on end! Or if that even happens to you >.< I am really hoping to blog more and will probably be revisiting Instagram for at least one weekday to see how everyone is doing and share a latest blog or knit or what have you!
** Today, we plan to take Henry to the ocean for a walk (if the dirt roads aren’t too muddy), knitting and watching movies
And it’s back. A foot of snow, freezing temperatures… the chickens refuse to leave the coop and boots full of snow. We can at least take heart that it is technically *spring* and this won’t last. But for now, my nose is running and my feet are damp. I feel like watching The Ken Burn’s documentary about the Civil War and not leaving the couch… eating brownies and drinking peppermint tea. But first, before I succumb to these whims, I thought I would be somewhat productive and share some photos I took the other day while I was preparing for Etsy shipments.
This week, I prepared the folkloric Lopapeysa, A Fairisle pull over and some hand-pressed cards. I have been feeling SO lethargic and just “blah” this past week (I think a combination of the blizzard and monthly times), such little drive to do anything at all. Last week, I baked like 5 different types of bread (2 loaves of french bread, 2 loaves of whole grain, 2 peasant loaves, 12 buns and some naan bread!) and was just on a wild spree of being a productive human being. I even read one of my favourite books, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and picked out some new books to pick up at the library. I felt SO good and happy and this week has just been the exact opposite. I have just been down in the pits or as my girl Anne says, in the depths of despair. Winter melancholia.
But alas, it is sunny and sometimes, it’s so difficult to feel anything but hope and happiness when you are basking in the sun.
P R E P A R I N G
To get out of a funk, I enjoy the creative process of simply packaging up orders. I wanted to share a couple photos with you since I am much better at that than descriptive writing!
I make wrapping paper for the cards, using hand-carved stamps. Last weekend, I bought some red ink for a different look (what do you think?). I really enjoy wrapping up cards and tying them up with string. Simple pleasures that I hope bring a wee bit of happiness to the person that receives them! I stamp the brown paper based on what type of artwork has been purchased, for instance if it is a botanical or fungi print, I make sure it is plant based wrapping paper.
E T S Y O R D E R S
N A T U R A L W O R L D
Jamie and I went on a really beautiful walk in Strathgertney Provincial Park yesterday. Luckily, there was a path to follow made by snow shoes rather than us struggling in our winter boots in the snow. The park is beautiful, with a range of different woodlands, walks along the West River. We only met two other people and were free deep in the woods from the sounds of cars on the nearby highway. I can not wait for the snow to melt and the mud to dry up so we can freely walk in the different beautiful spots on this island.
A NEW WEEK
This week, I am hopeful that the temperatures will rise, that the sun will come out, that we will be free of blizzards and impending storms. My Mom has graciously agreed to come stay with me for the week since Jamie will be going to Ontario for work and I would love company living out in the country during my bluest time of year. For some reason, the “Winter Blues” descends upon me in the beginning of “spring” rather than the winter. I feel very alive and happy in the winter months but March often sees me down.
I see the light though, because April, April is next Saturday! Praise the Gods!
I hope you all enjoy your last week of M A R C H! Bye Legions!
This March morning, the sun is shining and the birds are singing in the trees! I went out to feed the chickens in my pajamas and a touque, trusting that the bright sun would warm me despite the dusting of snow on the ground. It was glorious and I can’t wait to get out there today! But first, I wanted to share with you something I worked on this week, carving stamps.
Anyone can carve their own stamps, it’s fun and really rewarding! If you wanted, you could even make a template with a leaf or a dried flower, there are so many options! The only material you need is a linoleum cutter and whatever block you choose to carve (I am using the rubber from Speedball – available at most craft stores and extremely easy to work with). I started this week, knowing that I wanted to make a very simple dandelion stamp for my tinctures (in my previous post!). That small stamp, launched me into a morning obsession. I decided to make a series of three of my favourite flowers that bloomed here on this land last year: marigold, tulips and poppies.
I am forever and ever inspired by the medieval woodcuts of plants. I can’t explain why, I simply love the blocky, linear designs (Perhaps, I’ll do a whole post on woodcuts someday – or a series of them). I hope my work will help shed some light on why I love this style so much and perhaps inspire you to look into the botanists and printmakers of the past ;).
I also made a small set of cards, available on my Art Etsy Shop: Wood Folk Prints
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoy the pictures of my process and work.