27.5.12

Greenhouse Teleporting Complete

Last weekend was a long weekend, and although originally we had thought we would get away camping somewhere, we opted to stick close to home instead. So the new plan was to get the greenhouse moved from the other side of the house to 'here', and finish the siding on he house all in these three days...

The shape changed a little bit, and the structure is definitely not as square as it was on the other side of the slope, but...

...we still got the roof on, and I still think it's beautiful.

A little carribean flavour in the sky...

... and a definitely Newfoundland evening.

The chives got transplanted, a few strawberries were saved from the dense undergrowth, along with a few straggly blueberry 'bushes' (more like stems) that unfortunately got weedwhacked to bits last year when Hiiner was doing me a great favour and surprised me by doing a large section of the 'mowing' when I was away one day.

The basil is growing as I watch...

I really love these old windows-- the horizontal ones came from New Orleans via a friend who rescued them from Katrina's carnage, most came from older houses in Corner Brook, and some even from our house when we replaced a few windows as well. All the wood was re-used, the screws were the same ones I used the first time around, and the cinder blocks Ian rescued from the dump last year. Even the soil is recycled-- we wheel barrowed it over to this side too. To contain the soil and make the beds both inside and out, I am using parts of my glass crates.

This weekend, the greenhouse has been a source of solace, and now finally, I just finished planting my seeds. Note that the cherry trees in the background are now in bloom (last week, they were only just about to bud out). Beautiful!

I took a few old hanging baskets and cut holes in them, trying out the upside down tomoato plant idea... and next year I will have the second tier of shelves in there as well. For now, this is wonderful enough.

And as far as the last gaps and cracks go, I am using glass jars to fill those spaces... it will be a process in collecting them, I know, but what better use, seeing as these aren't recycled on the island...

...this column will take time...

... and this one-- jam jars, pickling jars... maybe dual-use, I will take them down after the growing season is over, perhaps even can a few things!
We never got to the siding.

17.5.12

Things are Popping!

It feels like we are having a way warmer spring than EVER... and flowers are blooming a lot sooner.

My weeping cherries are full...

...and even blurry bees are busy these days.
This also means though, that their show will be over a lot sooner than usual, which is a little sad. Fingers crossed!

15.5.12

Back to the Clay Pit!

It always amazes me what a difference a few days of warmth and sunshine can make to my garden: my flowers are starting to bloom, the first tulips are adding that wonderful splash of colour to the slope, and my trusty primroses are bobbing away in the breezes... it's time to plant!

So, after two years of not-wanting-to-but-now-I-have-accepted-the-facts, I started to take the greenhouse apart, and will have to move it from where I can see it from the house, to the clay pit where I tried to grow vegetables for a few years.

I got the take-down started, and on Sunday, Hiiner and I did our BeavisandButthead routine (Hiiner is Butthead) and successfully dismantled the greenhouse, leaving an empty space behind.

I will return to barrow the good soil across the slope as well to the new location...

... along with windows...

...and here lie parts of the walls, windows...

... and a freshly cleared clay pit, ready for a new trial. This bank gets all the good sun in the afternoon and evening as well, but I don't get to enjoy the structure unless I traipse all the way out here... which I will, I guess, but I am going to miss the peacefulness that this little greenhouse seems to inspire at a glance from the studio windows. Anyways, it's a good location, the cherry trees behind and the apple trees above are all showing beautiful little leaf sprouts, soon to be in bloom.

14.5.12

Last Weekend...

Organised by the development section of Grand-Falls Windsor in conjunction with artEX, Jesse Walker held a fun and potential-filled lantern-making workshop in the really awesome space behind the Irving Station-- looks like a hunting lodge...! The idea behind the bamboo and paper lantern-making was to prepare for the lantern festival in St. John's this summer.

Lotus in progress...

...wings for...

...the LARGE dragon...

... I stayed with my friend Brenda, who is making this beautiful birchbark and tissue paper star lantern...

...beautiful colourful star...

...Linda's bomber fish lantern...

...soon-to-be-finished dragonfly lantern...

...another star drying...

...tall building in progress...

...ladybug drying...

lanterns drying in front of the fire-- which was put on for us at 8am each morning so that the space would be warm (how LOVELY!!)...

Here you see the thing that I was working on for most of the time-- it was very funny seeing people try to say nice things about it, as it looks clunky, not much colour, and hard to understand; I was mainly trying to figure out how to make a hinged action for this aristotle's lantern so that the outer five panels would open up and send the 'teeth' which would hold the candle, downwards... it took a long time, but I'm on the right track.

More pieces drying by the fire...

Aristotle's lantern lit... (still not very attractive, but almost anything with a candle in it can look warm and inviting!)...

...and the little 'quickie' that I made ready for take-off.
Very enjoyable time in GFW again-- artEX seems to be a part of many interesting things, looking forward to participating again!

12.5.12

Quiet Cove

Detail of a free-standing piece, meant for table-top or window sill, perhaps a nice shelf in the office...

Quiet Cove, 2012. 16" x 9"

Listed on etsy today.


11.5.12

Just Like Shep

Kala has been tracking and following Shep for 9 months now, and finally (!!), he has now announced (actions speak louder than words) that he is like Shep. He can stuff more than one toy in his head. Yay Kala!

10.5.12

Waterfront Property for Sale!

What could be sweeter? Cozy, beautiful rural setting, waterfront vantage-- kind of like being in Venice, even-- and TCH very accessible. Cheap!

8.5.12

Encroachment or Co-Existence?

Here is my mama's winning entry: Encroachment or Co-Existence?, 80" x 80", 2012.
The detail is hard to see in this photo, but besides the birds, I like the water and the footprints in the sand the most. And of course me mudder-- I likes her the most too.

7.5.12

My Mama!!

Me mudder won the big prize!! She worked on her piece for 5 years, entered it in the Arts & Letters competition this year as she had finally completed her work, and won! Here is a recent photo of my mama, Maria Voitk, with one of her many colourful fibre arts pieces, and an excerpt from Gary Kean's article in the Western Star. (Photo also by Gary Kean). (And I should mention that the piece in this photo is NOT the piece that was entered in the competition-- her award-winning piece is still in St. John's, at The Rooms, being displayed with the other well-deserving entries).
Maria Voitk shows off one of the many intricately detailed quilts she has created in her home studio.

Also on the list was Maria Voitk from Humber Village, who won in the fibre art category for her quilting piece titled “Encroachment or Co-existence.”
It was Voitk’s first time entering the arts and letters competition and she was thrilled to have been named one of the 15 winners from the 132 entries in the senior visual arts category.
“I sort of suspected I might have won because a few other people had been notified that they did not win and I had not heard anything,” Voitk said. “I let a week go by and then a second week. You think maybe something good is coming, but you don’t want to believe it until somebody phones.”
Voitk’s huge quilt, measuring 80 inches by 80 inches, features a dozen species of shore birds found in western Newfoundland and which are either at risk, endangered or extinct. The birds are shown on a shoreline bordering a city skyline with images of people passing by between the shore and the buildings.

3.5.12

Ahh the Sunsets

The earth is tilting and moving, and our evening sunsets are taking up more and more of the sky.
Wonderful.

2.5.12

New Twillingate

Eric Walsh does a lot of the photography for the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador... here are two very nice shots of the glass, metal, wool, and ribbon sweater that I made for the Operation Homespun Show, New Twillingate. It is meant to be displayed as an art piece on a wall.