Wednesday

Feasting on Nature

 Visitors on the front lawn just a day ago. 

 I had seen this doe quietly walking around the border of the property for several days. She was all alone. I recognized her by her black nose.

 Now I know she was all alone because she was looking for a place to bed down and have her little fawn.

 She spent quite a while licking the little thing while it nursed.

 She is leading her baby to some tall grass nearby, prob. to hide in while she goes about her day.


 Enjoying the burst of colour and life all around us...
from dandelions 

 to drifts of Forget me Nots

 to bursts of Lilacs and their intoxicating scent

 Jack in the Pulpit

 So exotic for here... I just love coming across them..

 usually in the under growth of the hedgerow trees, where the light is dappled and the soil is humus.

 Earlier in the spring, these  Daffodils gave so much joy.

 It almost felt like they were singing hallelujah, spring has arrived...

 although still chilly then, the colour almost made you forget about the temperature.

Then the african Violet took up the  signal and burst into bloom. 

 and not to forget the little Daphne, that we found growing in a rockpile... we moved a few pieces of it over by the house so we could enjoy its beauty up close.

 In between being enamoured with the beauty of nature.. work must go on ... here are a few more of our designs ready to go.
Fishbone Earrings hanging on shells we brought with us from the ocean at St. Martins on the Bay of Fundy.

 The Book and Mug

 Dragonflys

 Ladybugs

and "Spring Blossoms" a new design inspired by the much awaited spring colour that is bursting forth in so many gardens. 4 1/8" long with lots of movement... silver and copper beads, czech glass in aqua and garnet, african painted bead, amethyst, leopardskin Jasper, peridot and sterling silver wrapped crystal.. Only made one pair of these.

Be Happy and enjoy your life! 
Desideratum

Activities at the Old Place


 Last month we were still having some cool weather so the wood stove was humming. No sense wasting all that heat... up near the ceiling is a great spot to dry heavy wool socks. 

John cut some shelving for a skinny closet we  made and here I'm varnishing them a few times. Luckily the floors are still unfinished so no worries of any drips.

 In order to save as much space as possible we hung 3 old solid wood doors on sliding barn door rollers.   After we cut the extending bolts shorter and gave it 2 coats of top coat paint. One door each for my studio, John's studio and the storage room.

 we built wall to wall bookshelves at the end of the kitchen/LR... put them up on a platform that we fitted with electrical outlets.  

 Just finishing the last one and it's about ready to be stood up. 

 have the tops on now and prepping to varnish

note to remember for next time... do not keep tea cup beside paint can.. almost stuck my brush in there more than once.. 

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Below are a few pair of earrings that were sent out to customers during the last while.

 Fresh Water Pearl and Sterling textured dome

 Balls of Yarn earrings in Copper

 Sterling Wrapped forged Copper

Sterling Wrapped Amethyst on handmade spiral earwires

 Cat and Kitten

 When we moved last fall... I purged much... gave away a Kenmore machine, exactly this 1968 model, to my daughter ... gave away 9 others too... but somehow, as fate would have it... someone posted this on Kijiji and now it's sitting on my desk

She just needed some cleaning and oiling... She weighs a ton and sews a very fine seam.

All the snow has finally gone and popping up in an area of grass that is all but ignored is a cheery patch of Crocus. What a happy surprise... Just love them.. Now just waiting for the grass to green up..
Happy Days All

Thursday

At Work at our New Very Old Place

 We are spending every day at our in-progress Desideratum Art Studio... building up our stock for the coming season... bringing back many of our favourite designs as well as a few new ones.
 Above are Three new designs we will be adding to our collection this year. 

the Peridot and Silver, a bit closer, $25 pair

 Throughout the fall and winter we have been feverishly working on our old house to make it livable. Here John is trimming to size and squaring up these very old doors we have had in storage and have been carting around for some time now.
 I love the long panels... John had to do some fixing to them before they could be used... trimming to make them even and square, filling in spots where there was damaged wood, changing position of the hinges and cutting out and affixing old porcelain doorknobs, but he did and we managed to save them ....we had 3 of this type.

 We were recently informed by an auctionereer that these two old panel doors appear to be of the Victorian period mid 19th century circa 1850... 
...so love to find out information about architecture and historical artifacts!!

 cutting out a lovely smooth spot for the hinges.. John informed me, that this part of the process is called mortising. 

 Good fit. we wished we could have found some antique hinges like we found and put on all the doors of our last house in St. Martins, but they have become more difficult to come across . 

Here John sculpted out the set in spot for the other side of the hinge on a little upstairs closet.the process involved in hanging doors is quite time consuming when done from scratch!!!!

These are a few of the old square nails we removed from the antique doors. I find them beautiful!

 Copper  Goldstone and Sterling Silver Bracelet

 Sterling Silver and Jasper Bracelet

 Black pottery glass, jasper, amethyst and Sterling Silver Bracelet

Zebra Jasper, amethyst, and Sterling Silver Bracelet

Abstractly fused copper and silver rectangles combined with handmade African Bauxite beads... with copper... light and earthy... lots of movement... unusual how the silver formed a "T" in the fusing process completely by happy accident. 2 1/2" total length... one of a kind and only pair like this available... $25.00 pr.
.....if interested please send us an email. we ship asap 
.... background ink drawing of crows from my sketchbook, 

Been a long winter in the middle of New Brunswick... We are ready for Spring. Won't be long now!! 
Cheers everyone!!