Friday, October 11, 2019

OCTOBER!!!

Good morning!
My gosh.
It`s so dark.
And quiet.
I like it.

I too have been quiet, and busy.
The days just flew past without me even noticing.
Before I knew it, it was time to flip over the page on the calendar.
Now it is October.

Things are rapidly cooling down.
My plants, that will not return next Spring are compost.
The last of the tomatoes have been harvested and munched before the chipmunk gets them all.
Preparations for Halloween are in the works.
It will be just me and Jackie this year.
The boy is old enough to hang out with his friends.
Hubs has a new job that requires him to work late evenings.
(He really does enjoy it!)
So I will be flying solo this year.

Special pumpkins have been selected and are currently on proud display on the front porch.
I`m checking out my stock of batteries.
I will need to purchase more.... and more candy. The boxes are strangely empty

On a more crafty side, I`ve been taking as many photographs as I can to prepare for the endless days of winter that will approaching.
The autumn colours are truly spectacular.
Jackie is always on board for a truck ride!




I`ve still been painting and drawing.
You can see in my work, the fall colours have influenced my choices.
This is a work in progress, oil painting.
I`m not totally sure in which direction i`m heading.
I guess it will be a surprise for everyone!


A completed watercolour titled, Autumn in the Hills.
We have a lot of hills in this region. They look majestic surrounded by the colourful scenery.
I tried to capture this concept.


I had not purchased any yarn for some time.
The last purchase I made was the Artful Arches package. Which I am still enjoying.

Recently, I purchased a gorgeous skein from Mothy and the Squid
They always have such gorgeous colourways. When I saw this one though my Facebook feed, it spoke to me.

It`s called Pumpkin Patch.
How could I not?

It`s starting to get a little brighter.
Time to start my day.
I need to try and convince Rorschach why the patio doors are not to be opened at five degrees, (Celsius)


Off for new adventures.
Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Happy Sunday

Jackie and I are trying to be quiet.
The cats not so much.
I am scheduled to work the next four nights, so, I always wake up super early in order to have a bit of rest before I go to work at night. I also try to fill my mornings with as much action as possible, be it something mentally creative, like painting, drawing and knitting, or something physical like running on my elliptical machine.
It might be a weird system, but, so far it is the only one I have come up with that is successful.
Are there other night shift workers out there?
What do you do to try and get a successful sleep?

I have done quite a few sketches and drawings:

This is Mont Sutton, located not far from where I live. It has been posted to Ontario to take part in an auction for a friend's wedding.


Here are some of my favourite herbs! I use these regularly in pasta dishes and in pesto's!

This is an idea for a Christmas card. It is still a work in progress.



Of course my creative consultant is always on hand to offer his expertise!

When we are not inside being studious, Jackie and I love watching the birds, or have the birds watch us as the case might be!

I love this Cardinal! He has this perplexed look on his little face, like, what on Earth are you up to?

We were finally able to get a successful photo of a Tufted Titmouse that has been visiting us of late. He is very quick and does not rest long enough in one place for my camera to focus.


Last and certainly not least, I have been knitting!
It is something that occupies my brain wonderfully while it pours outside.
Jackie and I binge watch shows that everyone else has already had the opportunity to view. We spend a lot of time outside, so television goes by the wayside. While it rains, we spend our minutes on the couch with our own projects to work on.
I knit, she plays with Mr. Monkey.

My Ten-Stitch blanket:

I love how random it all is.

My Basketwork socks designed by Mona Drager:


That pretty well summons my month! I hope you are all keeping well.
Talk with you later. :)


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all well.
My family and I have been enjoying a much needed holiday.
We all managed to book the same two weeks and have been trying to relax and not think too hard.
So far, our mission has been successful.
Most of our time has been spent outside on our deck.
Jackie approves this much needed time outside.


We have recently taken up bird watching.
If you would have asked me when I was younger about things I would probably enjoy doing as I "matured", I doubt looking at birds and gardening would have made the top ten.

We noticed that we have had quite a few feathery visitors and it peaked our interest.
A fair bit on researching, (i.e. google) led us to learn about some of the food they enjoy.
Quick trip ensued to a few hardware and home improvement stores in search of various feeds and feeders.
It is still a work in progress of trial and error but, oh, so much fun!
We seem to have found a few types of seed that they enjoy.
I am not sure what they are all called but they are all remarkably beautiful and have very distinct personalities.

A few feathered species are easily recognizable.Here are a few of the photos we have managed to capture:

This little fellow was tucked up in our gazebo listening attentively to our conversation. He is a bit difficult to see in the photo. I have no idea how long he was there. Jackie was just staring at this one spot, not saying a word. Finally I clued in. He eventually tired of us and flew away to more interesting happenings.


I also celebrated a birthday recently.

My parents came down for a visit. They spoiled all their grandchildren, fuzzy and human, and had a wonderful time.
There is some construction happening across the street from our place. They are building a residence of some sort. My step-dad was greatly entertained by all the comings and goings. He just really enjoys a lot of action and conversation, regardless of the language. As long as you stand there long enough for him to tell you whatever story he is continuing from previous conversations with other people, (no, you have no idea who these people are; no, this is a whole new thread from a conversation in another province, he is happy. Might get a bit confusing, but entertaining nonetheless.

I have not really been knitting too much. It was a bit warm and I was afraid to felt my socks. It is supposed to be cooler tomorrow. I might get back to my work in progress later in the week.

I have been painting and drawing.
This is what my little workshop looks like at the moment:

It is wonderfully cool, bright and airy when I open the window.

Here are a few of my paintings in drawings:

I have a few more, but, I have not had any devices close by to photograph them.
I might do that tomorrow. This to do list is getting quite large.


It is getting a bit late.
I'm going to enjoy a drink on the deck and watch the fireflies.
I hope you are well.
If you have any suggestions for paintings or drawings, I would love to hear them.
Have a good night!
Take care. :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Rainy Days

We have had a wonderful start to June after all!
Today we wake to rain. So, we are inside some catch up on emails and internet surfing.
Most of our days have been spent outside. As soon as I get home in the morning from work, we enjoy the back patio, listening to the birds and insects buzz happily around.


Rorschach has been plotting for weeks his escape to the great unknown, a.k.a. outside.


He succeeded the other day, resulting in a bath.
Neither of us enjoyed the experience.

We cannot risk have fleas invade our home. My boy Napoleon is no longer strong enough to ward off the onslaught. He still believes he is a tough cookie but, he prefers to just lie quietly looking at all the action outside, not having the action come inside.

On a craft note, I completed a pair of socks, Dalekanium.

I used Paton's Kroy Socks in Blue Raspberry.
They are a lot shorter than I usually knit. I am grateful for the toe-up pattern.

I have also been working on a Provincial Birds of Canada series.
Here are a few in the works:


Well, I should probably think about eating something and take care of domestic duties before my morning runs away.
I hope you are all well and I would love to hear from you.
Take care!



























Thursday, May 23, 2019

It's May

The month of May is usually met with high hopes and expectations in our Northern Hemisphere.
I notice the days getting longer. The wind not so bitter.
The biggest decision I need to make is whether to bring a coat.
This year the warmer weather was a little later.
I know this because of last year's sketching journals I had kept.
At the end of April last year, my tulips were already visiting and the weather was somewhere between 15 and 24 degrees Celsius.


My tulips had finally paid me a visit the beginning of this week. As usual, they never fail to disappoint.

There are still quite a few that have not shown their colours. Each year it is always a surprise when something pops up. I never remember where I planted what.
I will be honest, I am not much of a gardener. I have to google everything with regards to when to plant things, how often to water, what sort of light my little friends require, the list goes on.
I am however always amazed at the way things grow.

When you were young, did you ever have to do that project where you placed a seed, in my case a bean seed, in a jar with dark construction paper?
The details are a little fuzzy but from what I can remember, we had a mason jar. We lined it with black construction paper.
We place the seed between the glass and the paper.
I remember adding soil and we must have watered it though I cannot recall that detail.
After a while, we would be witness to the mysteries of growth.
A root would develop and then the stalk.
That was such a cool experiment. I wonder if they still do that in schools?

Anyways, I still have that same awe when I something I plant grows into these most wondrous creations.
I think my feelings were contagions this year.
Every year I watch my husband battle the back southern corner on our property.
It is a dark place, filled with trees and mud conditions.
Grass is quite stubborn and refused to grow there.
This year I suggested, let's do something a little different.
We went to one of the many nurseries in our area just to look around and get some ideas.
A lovely lady came upon us and asked if she could help.
We explained our backyard and this woman just lit up!
It brings me so much pleasure to see people with as much passion as this lady was with her plants.
She was positively overflowing with ideas.
She carried us right along with her.
Now we have a game plan!
It is the long game but, it will be so worth it!
This is where we are now:

We can always add more and later on we will add some decorative features. I am on the look out for something special. Something with character that no one else has seen before. Feel free to send me idea on the types of garden statues and objects that you feel might be over the top. There is no such thing as over the top over here! I am looking for weird and exciting! I love fairies and witches and all sorts of fantastical beasts.

Jackie and I have been enjoying the outdoors as much as the rain will permit.

We both enjoying being outside as much as possible especially after experiencing such long and bitter winters. We try and go for walks as often as my schedule allows. That way we can see and hear all sorts of interesting things. I love seeing what other homes do with their yards and how they decorate their houses. We also see different species of birds that do always visit or property. It is rather neat how just one street away can be another Eco-system.

This past long week-end, Hubs and I set out to buy goat cheese from a local producer. We were surprised when they were holding an open house! That is just too perfect for someone who is always looking for something to draw and/or paint. They gave us permission to take as many photos as we wanted.


This fellow named Ollie, stole our hearts with his toothy grin!

There were also chickens and pigs. No photos of those fellows. They were surprisingly nimble.

Of course I have been drawing, painting and knitting up a storm.
Unfortunately, no photos of my progress because I never think to stop and take pictures until after the fact.

I have added a few more prints to my etsy shop, Simple Art. I am rather proud of my Mr. Gold painting!

I'm also on twitter as @Jocelyn13 and on Instagram as @jocelynnkershaw. I also have a facebook page, Simple Art.
Feel free to follow me! I am always looking to make new friends!
Hope you are well and we will chat again!