Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What color should we paint our front door? dark red...

As some of you know, we've been under construction at the cottage for just over two years... and the time has FINALLY come to paint our front door! YAYYYYY! The cottage is shingled with a black roof and we've just finished painting the whole house with a medium gray semi-transparent stain (you can see the woodgrain through it) and the trim with a beautiful, fresh and clean white. I've been back and forth about the color for the front door-- dark red or mustard yellow. Here are some lovelies available on Etsy that may sway me...can you help me decide?

2. Felt Coasters in Red and Gray Wool, by fuzzylogicfelt

3. Slate...1 Pom, by PomLove

5. Picture Frames Black Red Gray, by MountainCoveAntiques

or mustard yellow?

1. Vegan Recycled Journal in Lemon, by NaturesCubbyhole

3. Mustard Felt Flower Dahlia Brooch, by HeartfeltYarnWreaths

7. Potent Shawl Pin, by ThatBluCat

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Finally-- a banner for my booth!

I've been doing craft shows for several years and have always wanted a professional banner for my booth...and I finally had one made! It's first adventure is next weekend at the Fredericton Fall Craft Show at the Capital Exhibit Center here in town -- I can't wait to set everything up!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New Rustic Hammered Hoops know how much I love metal, especially rustic-distressed-organic-industrial metals. Wire is one of my favorite mediums to achieve this look and I've been playing with some new tools - particularly a mandrel and rawhide hammer that allow me to shape heavier gauge wire with ease. I've begun with some simple hoops using a piece of 16 gauge sterling I had on hand -- after filing and sanding one end to taper the wire, I shaped the circles using the mandrel and soft hammer - how fun! Hammering for texture and strength came next and then oxidizing and polishing for shine-- not bad for a beginner!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

sunflower challenged...

"The sunflower is mine, in a way."

~ Vincent van Gogh

I'm inspired by sunflowers-- their huge, bold faces turned into the sun. I've imagined in my garden, long curves of their yellow heads bobbing in the autumn sunshine and birds happily feeding on the abundance of seeds in their golden centers.

...many spring mornings have found me in my garden, planting the seeds with this vision dancing in my imagination. I can see myself cutting huge armfuls for bouquets, and walking among, towering over my head in all shades of golden yellow, cinnamon browns and warm orange reds.

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. That's what sunflowers do." ~ Helen Keller

Alas... hehehehe... I hate to admit how many sorry little patches of short, withered-looking little sunflowers I've 'grown' -- I tell myself it's the soil (yeah, that's it), but I suspect it's me! So, every autumn, I head to the flower market (several times) to get my sunflowers! This morning, they were smiling happily at me from the kitchen windowsill as I made the coffee. I couldn't resist a few photos in the Saturday morning sunshine...I didn't even plant any seeds this year! Enjoy your morning...

karon xo

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I LOVE this Orange Bug!!!

'feeling groovy!'...such a fabulous photo of this cute little bug-- and the color is so hip! It's everywhere I look on Etsy this week and inspired me to do a quick search for other orange beetles. Check out what I found-- I'm overwhelmed with groovy delight :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

New for Autumn 2011 at Wild Woman Jewelry!

"By all these lovely tokens September days are here,
With summer's best of weather
And autumn's best of cheer."
~ Helen Hunt Jackson

It's beautiful today and I can feel autumn in the air- a fresh breeze, bright sunlight and changing leaves. I've been a blog slug this summer, spending lots of time with family and friends, mostly at the lake. It's been a blast! And now, it's time to get back to work!!! I've been inspired by the ambers, reds and autmun color in the trees along the river -- here a few new pieces in the shop for fall.