opening night and indigo….

It was opening night on Thursday and I did promise some images…here they are, better late than never!


Wonderland is a great show, all the work is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, a couple of my favourite stories. It’s a really diverse show with all sorts of different media.


My quilted piece “Jabberwocky” was a good fit for the theme of the show and lots of people, young and slightly older! used the mirror to view the words of the poem…through the looking-glass.



There was a great turn out on opening night!


The show runs until the 11th of October at CityScape Community Art Space on Lonsdale in North Vancouver. There’s a Mad Hatter Craft and Tea Party this Saturday  the 27th at the gallery from 1 till 3,that sounds like lots of fun. Follow the link above for more information.

It was indigo day here on Sunday! and it was such a sunny, warm (you might even call it hot!) day we moved outside to do the dyeing. Lots of laughs and ideas shared around the work table in the studio and then the prepared pieces went outside and into the dye pot.

To get everyone in the mood, I hung up lots of examples around the walls of the studio.


Sorry about the fuzzy photo, it was towards the end of the day and I blame the heat, at least that’s my excuse.




It will be great to see the results when all those bundles are open out, washed and pressed! It was a fun day…  but exhausting for some!


Autumn is in the air! It hasn’t rained much around here for what feels like a log time but this morning was damp and cool, perfect for walking along the river. We found these amazing treasures on the river bank, there were all sorts of  mushrooms (or should they be called fungi!?) but these ones really caught my eye.  I need to find a guide-book to know what I’m looking at!



Bye for now, Catherine




home again…

and there are all the usual things to catch up with!

The garden is in production mode right now, lots of tomatoes, potatoes and plums! which means jam, batch after batch of plum jam.  Its hot work right now but I know I will be glad of it come the winter time.


I planted some sunflower seeds this spring and have been waiting and wondering for what feels like ages. I couldn’t resist the picture and promises on the seed packet, which happens a lot and is probably why I end up with loads of veg at this time of year. These have lived up to their billing!


They are planted against the wall of the studio and peeking out the window I can look down on them (that how I got this angle) they are well over 5 feet tall and have the most amazing faces.


I arrived home in time this year for a visit to the Pacific National Exhibition. A wonderful fair here in Vancouver, that includes pig races (honest!), livestock displays, rides and all sorts of foods you shouldn’t eat but can’t resist.  This year one area of the park , trees and all, had been yarn bombed!




Sorry the images aren’t the best, it was really dark in there!

One of the best things about living where I live is being close to Vancouver harbour. We are close enough that Ned and I can walk along the boardwalk whenever we feel like a “city walk” , it’s a real change from our usual river walk. What a wonderful treat to see the tall ship B. E. Cuauhtémoc in the harbour, she’s a stunning sail training ship from Mexico and looked gorgeous against the Vancouver skyline.


The rigging was incredible and so high! I can’t imagine having to scramble around up in there.


It made me dizzy just looking up.



It’s a nice change of pace from our usual walk along the river, but getting back to the river was one of the best things about being home.


Another best thing (can you have several best things?) was opening the letter that informed me my submission for the upcoming exhibition, Wonderland was accepted!


The  opening is Thursday evening September 18th from 7 till 9 pm. Hope you can make it!

Bye for now, Catherine