27.2.11

Birthday at the Studio

Three girls celebrated a birthday at the studio the other day...

... designing and building tiles that will be hung in the window when they are finished...

A Bloom on a Sunny Day...

...Whale's Tail...

...Starfish!

After lunch and the 'glassing', all three moved on for some kayak sledding on our hill by the sea.

Good speed...

...bumpy ride...

...end of a run...

...checking out the travelled path. The pieces will be out of the kiln soon, I will post photos tomorrow.

26.2.11

It's WALRUS Time!

We looked out the window, and couldn't see the bottom of the road, not to mention the other side of the bay, so it looked like a perfect day for...

..bringing out the walrus in Hiin! This ain't no Cali-for-n-I-A surfin'!

Debating whether he should continue...

...struggling against the wind...

...checking out the ice-covered beach and sloppy chunks going into shore...

...there goes the walrus...

...oh boy, does that look fun...

...I missed the stand-up shot, but Hiin did catch the first-ever surf-board wave in Gillams today...

... freedom 35!

25.2.11

Weeball is Born

Yowsa! Well, world, here is the first ever, ONE OF A KIND, hand-knitted hat by Christine LeGrow of Spindrift in NL for moi! At the ACTS this year, I bought some merino wool, silk wool, and a skein of shawn's Byzantine hand-dyed and hand-spun wool...

... and magically roped Christine into building me a hat, loosely based on her new Sea-Kelp design tuques.


Christine has been to my studio, and saw Weeball from here...

... so she got inspired by the idea that Weeball could have been created by molten or volcanic rock actions...

...and as you can see...

... 'Wee Ball is Born' does indeed look 'hot and ready to erupt'!

Love it!!! Who says hand-knit is boring??????!?!?!?!?

24.2.11

Independence Day

Happy Independnece Day Estonia and Estonians!
Blue skies and sunshine...

...spruce forests and snow...


...oldsters sneaking downhill (we had work to get done, and met them in the way up)...

...Chaga Man...

...birch forests with globs that dump on unsuspecting hikers when a bit of breeze travels through the trees...

... and finally, the green sled that I brought to the top and had many a glorious ride down with !!! Yay for getting outside with family on Independence Day!

18.2.11

Things Happening Around Here

 Check out the reaction some people have to all our snow... on CBC...



AND, looks like the CHAGA MAN is going to be world famous, there was a great article and photo on front page of yesterday's Western Star...

Tony Voitk cut a conk containing chaga from a birch tree in western Newfoundland.

17.2.11

Koi Pond

Swimming goldfish, or koi, defiantly relaxed in the face of winter... tough guys! This piece is about 24" in length and from cable-to-cable, approx. 6" wide. (The glass is 4" in width).

Detail of the abstract swimmers-- languid in the comfort of their pond.

Detail of the framework.
In the meantime, the cubic volume of snow that we removed from the studio roof, now rests on the side of the studio and reaches up to the window (wondering whether I should hope for a quick melt-- a ha ha ha ha-- or just realise that I may have to shift some of it again). The volume removed from one of the house roof sections is now piled up on the deck and needs to be dug out again. The almost foot-thick ice layer sitting under all the snow of the lip of the back roof that Hiin chopped off with the maul, however, can stay where it is... we won't walk there until the spring!

16.2.11

Digging Digging Digging

The snow banks are high enough that I could reach the edges of the roof to get some of the overhanging snow off... and to show off the layering-- the kind of snow perfect for igloo blocks!
Safety ladder in place...

...admiring the veritable field of snow on the studio roof, and noticing the depth of the layer on the house...

... the stormy water is out that way...

...and the beast is down below, waiting for the snow catching competition to begin. After an hour and a half of shovelling and pushing snow off, had to break to wait for reinforcements... the tin roof gets very slippery, and I also want to be tied on before I go on the house roof to clean those edges off... waiting for me buddy to get home again!

15.2.11

Storms and Sunshine

I tried to put in a short movie clip, but it didn't work, documenting the beginning of a storm hitting this shore-- I had been tracking the wall of blizzard travel across the bay until it hit here, blocking view of anything else from sight.

Going for a quick ski in the blizzard-- not so bad between the trees, but driving home the white-outs almost put us in the ditch, couldn't see the road!

On the other hand, sunshine on the weekend took us sliding...

...digging out the car...

...skiing...

... and gave us an opportunity to enjoy the view once again. Last night, however, we were brought back to STORM mode, and have more diggin to do today.

12.2.11

Valentine's Day Weekend!



Alexis Templeton Studio is hosting a handmade hearts and choclate event this weekend... celebrate your loved ones and your SWEET HEARTS!
As commerial as things can get, I still like the idea of officially taking the time to slow down and appreciate loved ones... what could be better than hand-made or chocolates... or BOTH?!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY Y'ALL

11.2.11

I Wonder...

I left for 5 days, and came home to almost three (yes, that's almost 36") feet of snow on the greenhouse... and am wondering whether the winter months simply moved forward by 1-2 months, and whether the snow will actually stay until June this year as it arrived so late... because once it started, it really hasn't stopped. I'll be shovelling again today.

Where did those tulips go?