cherry blossoms, cherries and magnolias….

And another busy week goes sailing past.  This week was the opening of the Cherry Blossom exhibition  at the Silk Purse Gallery and we did have fun. Many thanks to the committee for putting on a wonderful evening, we shared sushi, cherry tea all the way from Japan and stories about our work with the visitors and other artists.

It was packed!

We got another chance to celebrate this weekend at the gallery. The exhibition committee arranged for demo’s in the afternoon and Jennifer and I pulled the Sunday shift.

Jennifer demonstrated the Pojagi technique and I did a bit of drawing on fabric but we didn’t get a lot of work done, there were so many visitors full of interesting questions, we had a great time.

It seemed a natural to draw cherries at the cherry blossom festival.  Here is  Hanami finished and hanging…the light in the gallery is wonderful I am going to go back and get some images of the quilt on its own.

Work in the garden continues, thanks to Steve and Nick… they dug out the back garden this Saturday…wow, what a change . It’s not pretty right now but it is a clean slate. Some of the plants from the back garden came into the new bed at the front under the magnolia tree.

So it’s not quite as bare under the tree as it looks in the picture above, but there’s more to come. Progress on all things is slow but steady.

Bye for now, Catherine




catching up

It’s amazing how life picks up speed at certain times of the year, there is so much going on, its tough to keep ahead or even keep up! apologies for the long stretch of nothing between blogs.

My cherry blossom inspired quilt “Hanami” is finished and on its way to the Cherry Blossom show..

I’ll be at the opening and hope you can drop by and see the wonderful collection of work if you’re in the neighborhood.

Spring had finally happened here and it arrived with a thump! one day it was winter and the next day it was spring. I have been waiting for the weather to warm up a bit to get started on some work in the front garden and the digging is under way. There’s nothing pretty to show yet but there will be… maybe not soon, but there will be.

This beautiful tree is the center point of the new front garden design, it’s such a beautiful thing. As the day warms up the large cup like flowers open and then close again in the evening. It’s a stunning tree and huge (OK, only about 20 feet tall) but  the front deck is nestled right into the branches, it feels like being in a tree house.  I’m not quite sure what the tree is called  ..tulip tree has been mentioned but!?

The shape if the flower certainly suits it being called a tulip tree!

I love this time of year, all sorts of new shoots coming out in the garden and the forest and best of all it’s light in the mornings and evenings. There have been a few stunning sunsets but this image was taken very early in the morning ( very, very)  of the moon over the city. I know the electric wires probably aren’t a feature to most people but I love the bold lines dividing the city.

Almost getting up so early for ( almost!)

Bye for now, Catherine