Monday, November 20, 2006


More lanterns. More faeries.
Hey, we all have fixations. Let me have mine!
This is a silhouette I painstakingly cut out with an exacto knife. I painted a sunset onto some tissue paper for the background with watercolour paints. And am now hunting for a glass container, or lamp shade the right size, upon which to mount it. I wish I had a nightlight like this when I was little.

I would if I could, but I can't, so I won't.

Please believe me when I say that you do not want to see any more pictures of the house, for the time being. Those of you who have been following along have seen all there is to see for now. Electrical wiring, additional trusses, insulation . . . these things don't make good pictures. Suffice it to say, I am as eager to see change as you. And change there will be. Eventually.
I have been awaiting the birth of the tudor facade. But that is going to have to wait until spring. The boys decided to leave the exterior until their fingers can work in warm weather again, and until the tudor panels can be installed in their expanded state.
Likely, posts over the winter will be on a micro-scale: concerning all things small, and seemingly insignificant. Like front doors, for example. I am very excited to introduce you to my garage sale beauty of a front door. Or dining room tables. We are stripping, and refinishing Aidan's late Oma's heavy wooden table. It might be the oldest thing we own.
I hope the slower pace doesn't stop you all from checking in every once and awhile. Piece by piece, a house will become a home. Patience.

Friday, November 10, 2006


Got our first hydro bill today for 3496 John Shaw Rd. . .
Other exciting news, our basement floor has finally been poured! We are almost ready for winter.
Aidan is out there at the moment finishing window boxes so we can install a beautiful set of windows on the main floor. Our sills will be soooo deep. I love it. I can envision a jungle of greenery in every window.
Next will come the upstairs windows, and two doors. And voila, ready to wrap up the house against snow and unwelcome critters. I am looking forward to a winter of progress on the inner guts of the house. The place where the living will happen. Soon.

Thursday, November 02, 2006


I just had to show off my latest handiwork. A lily lantern made of wire and tissue paper. I have been on a craft binge! It has always hit me in waves, but I am currently riding a tsunami. Creativity is oozing out of my pores. In one month I have successfully produced, a new card design series, a faery costume, two or three chapters of a book, a faery lantern, half a strand of small paper lanterns, and am moving on to papier mache . . .


First, something from the archives:

Two little
20 years apart.

Like mother, like daughter?

And now, I present to you Bumbleboy & Co.