decisions, decisions, decisions

You might remember I was renovating the kitchen areas of my house over the fall and winter? Now that the warmer weather is almost here it’s time to give my new old house a bit of a face life and paint the outside.  And that’s where the decisions come in – what colour to paint.

I narrowed down the choices  (and boy, are there ever lots of them)  and had some samples made. It’s a wonderful service the paint companies do to make up these little tins of paint you can use to sample your colour. So little paint can in hand, I walked round the house and studio and painted some patches of colour.

Part of the house is stucco and the rest is wood siding but I want to paint the whole thing the same colour. Some of my samples are on stucco while others are on the siding…

There are 3 colours in each of these images.  They only look a little bit different from one to the other at the sample size and the colours appear to change from one side of the house to the other. I painted a larger swatch ( 3 boards for each of the 3 colours) beside the studio door in the hopes I’ll be seeing more of it there!

As soon as it stops raining the painting begins, as long as I can decide on a colour. All opinions gratefully received!

A few of the members of  the Western Canada region of  SAQA came by this week, we got together to organize a group mailing to send our submissions for “Meet the Best of the West” show and for coffee and a catch-up as well . The 12 inch by 12 inch pieces are off to Alberta to begin their tour and will make their way back home to B.C. to be shown here as well . I’ll keep you posted as to where it’s heading.

Here’s Karen , Mardell, Linda and Jill showing off their hard work and mine as well, and a better image of my small piece. It was a challenge to work this small-scale but I enjoyed it! I did struggle deciding what to do but since the show is called “Meet the Best in the West” and the west is home to me, this is what I came up with.

Hope you like it.

Bye for now, Catherine



the no sunshine Sunshine Coast…

I’ve been away teaching on the Sunshine Coast just north of Vancouver and for once the Sunshine Coast did not live up to its name. I am amazed that almost all the time ,when you get off the ferry at Langdale, the sun comes out. There can be teaming rain in Vancouver and it will be sunny  45 minutes away on the Sunshine Coast. But not this time, unless you count liquid sunshine!

I was visiting the Sunshine Coast Quilters Guild and their hospitality more than made up for the weather. I had the pleasure of leading a 2 day workshop and really enjoyed watching the students work appear before my eyes!

After an introduction to a few techniques the students developed their own projects…

I had a great time in the workshop and once inside we didn’t even notice the weather. Apparently it was sunny for about 4 hours in the middle of one of the days and we missed it!

One of the best things about traveling around the province are the amazing sights you see! I had to stop and double back to get images of this , but it was just too good to pass up -notice the rain on the windshield!

..amazing isn’t it? and even better close up

Oh the things you see….

Bye for now, Catherine