Blankets Galore

Remember the loose threads in the picture? Well here are the babies that where created from those. 

Blankets for Hoöpla! the show my friend Rima organized in the West End. It was a very successful event considering that it was the first show. I think there where upwards of 300 visitors and about 30 vendors. 

My main offerings where play silks, party banners and blankets. I still have to take some photographs of the banners, however, here is a listing of all the blankets:









Detail of Blanket #16

Each blanket measures about 39" x 48" and can be used by a baby as a crawling blanket, a child as a nap blanket or a play blanket and for an adult as a lap blanket. Each costs CDN$110 (plus applicable taxes and shipping). 

The blanket fronts are made from cotton and linen fabrics, in the pink/yellow blankets all the patterned fabrics are vintage prints. In the other blankets, a combination of different textures are used. All the top and bottom solid fabrics are 100% linen, the backings are 100% cotton fleece. 

If you are interested in purchasing one of the blankets, please send me an e-mail. Payment can be made via Visa or personal cheque. If you like, I can send you more detailed photographs. Please also note, that some of the colours are a bit off and if you need, I can send you some fabric swatches before you decide to purchase one of the blankets.

September in Review and Pictures

Visuals… finally:

My dear friend Mary visiting for a sleep-over with her 3 kids: Carick, Oliver and Eloise, reading all the little ones a good night story.


Huxley using money from his piggy-bank for a special treat. In front of the new sofa pillows and the re-painted side tables (white, oh what a clear, niece colour)


Huxley on his first day back to the Waldorfschool, all excited, wearing his new hiking boots that got sent to him by his lovely aunt Roswitha from Switzerland.


"Com"-Mission complete, for a client in Vancouver measuring 30" high by 100" wide


An experiment for a totally new style of work 36" x 48", currently hanging in our living room.


Detail of a piece that I really love, completed this month, incorporating lots of stitching on batiked papers.


About 1/3 of the plums that I put-up by freezing to make plum-wähe, a swiss-type pie for a sweet supper.


At the children's museum after Huxley was an excellent sport by accompanying me to the Kitchener-Waterloo Spinner and Knitters sales marathon. What a blessing this little one is. Behaved for just long enough to not have mami overspend by walking the show a second time.

So this is a snapshot of actual things accomplished during the month of September.

Was there a weekend just now?

Wow… that went just too fast… another week/end come and gone. On Saturday we went to our CSA for their picnic and Huxley had a hoot in the vegetable field paths together with his oldest friend Andreas. He is a mere 6 weeks older than Huxley and his mom and I were hanging out throughout our pregnancy. His dad is Swiss too, so we went to the farm and gave the boys the experience in swiss german. 

This is just a shorty, as I'm on the way to the studio, but didn't want to miss the chance to post a picture of the boys talking with Farmer Alvaro. 


We ate ground cherries, something I had never experienced before and will try to see if I can grow it in my own backyard. 

At home, the tomatoes came off the plants yesterday, so tonight we will have some green-fried ones while I will bubble another batch of sauce to put up. This is the week where the weather will turn, as the forecast really shows just that. Summer was too short, but at least we had september to be warm still. 

The Hoöpla! show was a great success, with lots of hand-tingling work to be done before and after the show. My new business cards for the Olive Sparrow are now in circulation, the blankets have been seen by over 350 people and the playsilks have already substantially diminished in inventory. 

The next post will be images of the finished blankets, but right now I'm putting on my breakfast table setting hat, then the painting hat for the studio.