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IMG_6706I’ll be away from the store this Saturday and Sunday and vending at the Oxford Ren Fest. It’s great to have a full scale Renaissance festival so close! (it’s at the Woodstock Fair grounds) There will be a great range of acts and even real jousting! The store will still be open, but if you want to talk to me, you’ll have to come out to the faire.

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On November 22 and 23rd, I’m going to be in Kitchener City Hall as part of the Altekrea show. I’m bringing the stuffies, the steampunk jewellery and a few other things I’ve been working on. There is going to be quite a mix of artists and I’m looking forward to it since I missed the festivities last year.
They’ve given us, the participating artist, an opportunity to talk about our works in advance on their blog and I’ve put together a short post discussing my favourite, recent creation, the Batterfly. (I know I shouldn’t have favourites, and I do love then all, but some just have that extra spark) Check it out and I hope to see you there!
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Culture Days are happening this weekend and I’ll be taking part in the “Artisans in the Tent” right here in Shakespeare, tomorrow the 27th. It’s at the Perth County Visitor information centre, right as you come into town. (the Best Little Pork Shop is in the same driveway) The gallery will still be open and we are close enough that if anyone wants to do some framing, I can make it back to the store! (but it would be best to let me know in advance, if you’re planning on swinging by)

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I’ve got a number of shows I’ll be attending this fall Quetzalcoatl and have been working on some new stuffed creations. One I’d wanted to do for a while is a version of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent. When we found this lovely, large snake, I knew it was a perfect base and got started right away. He’s all done and is ready to be shown for the first time this weekend! We’ll both be at the Royal Medieval Faire in Waterloo on Saturday, the 20th, so stop by and say “Hi!”, if you’re there. The gallery will still be open, if you’re coming through Shakespeare, but I won’t be there to do framing consultations.

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This weekend, I will be a vendor at the Guelph Faeryfest. I’ve made myself a pair of wings and have some cute little fairy house mushrooms just for it, as well as lots of the Mutant stuffies and assorted Steampunkish pretties, so it should be a fun time. I’ll be there Friday night and both Saturday and Sunday, so come over and say “Hi” if you’re attending! While I won’t be around for frame consultations, the store will still be open. (and please be patient if Mother has to use the register 🙂

mushroom fairy house

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We were out this afternoon, picking the last few tomatoes

hummingbird, September 2013

hummingbird, September 2013

when a tiny visitor was spotted in the nasturtiums. I’ve seen a few hummingbirds, over the years. Rarely more than one a year and never had them stick around long enough to grab the camera, so it was pretty exciting to have one hang around for a bit. This one was alternating between snacking among the bright nasturtiums and resting in the sun on the tomato hoops. She seemed quite calm about us gawking, although we did stay well back, since we didn’t want to scare her off. There was also some adorable squeaky commentary, when she was feeding, and some sticking out of the tongue after each bout. It made us wonder if nasturtium nectar has the same peppery zing as the petals!

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I love blackberries. It’s been a very long time since I access to wild ones,

blackberries, July 2013

blackberries, July 2013

so have been settling for the ones on offer at the grocery stores. Almost every time I’d eat them, I’d wonder what it was about them that I’d loved, since they have mostly been rather dull. Last year, after a couple of years of settling in, our blackberry canes produced a small handful of berries. Then I remembered why I’d wanted to plant them. They were sweet, juicy and fragrant. That was why it’s so exciting to see a huge number of flowers setting. The brambles seem to have quadrupled in size over the last year and it looks like every one has flowers on it. (and there is a giant spike, rising from the middle of the patch that has us concerned that it’s really a Triffid, in disguise ) I’m trying not to count my berries before they ripen but it looks like there might even be enough to make the best crumble in the world!

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