Things On or Near My Desk

Drawing simple things. 
I like that you can draw ordinary useful things and have as good a time as drawing something out of the ordinary.  
they are just lines. every object has lines. and I know these ones.

....10" x 12",  in my sketchbook, Yarka pan watercolours(Russian), Pilot DR Drawing Pen 01 (love this pen)

at Desideratum Art and Jewelry, St. Martins, NB


Ohio Star Quilt

It was time to make another quilt.... so...
I first started out making a few watercolour sketches of how I wanted the quilt to look. 

I liked the simplicity of the pattern, "Ohio Star"... just triangles and squares.

pretty easy...  drew them on graph paper, then glued the shapes to plastic lids and cut them out with an exacto knife... this makes long lasting templates... started drawing the shapes on fabric, then  cutting..

 refined the colour placement.. each block will have 4 colours.. for now I am just cutting out the pieces for the 7 1/2" blocks, the windowpane strips will come later... 
I will be changing the tiny square in between each strip to red instead of white.. when the time comes to cut them out.

the pieces for 1 block are cut out...  that cool pin cushion was a gift many moons ago from Morna Crites Moore, stitcher extraordinaire.

I am using this wonderful old treadle to work on. She is not a highly decorated machine like many old machines but she is a workhorse.  I bought it a couple years ago from a former Home Ec teacher and before her it was her mothers. 

 some plains and prints

 and work in progress

Full view of the old 1936 Singer treadle sewing machine. love that this is foot/human powered and non electric.  I know I have mentioned this before, how much I love the old machines, but what is not to love about a hardworking machine built that many years ago that stitches as well as it did when it was first made.... just a few drops of sewing machine oil every now and then is all it asks for... and to dust away a few particles of lint... pretty easy upkeep. of course it is only straight stitch but prob. 99% of stitching is straight stitch at least for me... and she makes the loveliest straight stitch.

 can you imagine, this machine is 79 years old.. truely awesome!!

Liking how they are turning out so far...nice and bright. 
so onward we go......

of course, the dog would rather lie in the sun.

Cheers for now from Desideratum Art Studio in St. Martins, New Brunswick


A Year Almost Gone

... to the west, the sky, the crescent moon , the fir and spruce skyline

... to the south, the vastness of that preforming sky

 ...the abundance of wild rosehips along the seashore

 ...granite boulders at the beach, bordering beach and cottages

 ...break of day from the kitchen window out over the Bay of Fundy

Looking forward to a bright new year that will soon appear.

Saying Good-Bye to 2015.... but not to the beauty of nature.

Cheers All and the Best to you !

Stocking Jewelry in Local Shops ~ Tis the Season

A selection of our Desideratum Art Jewelry designs can be found at
 The Butchers Daughter  in the olde City Market in Saint John,
Handworks Gallery on King St. also in Saint John, NB,
Carrington and Co. on Woodstock Rd., Fredericton, NB
and at Serendipin' Art in St. Andrews, NB

These little boy and girl "Bead People" along with many other designs made their way to Botinicals Gift Shop 
on Queen St. in Fredericton, NB.

...and these 2 lovely pics were posted by a new shop,  Namaste Mind Body Spirit Shop 
that carries our work in Sussex NB.

It has been a fairly busy season...  and truly I can't tell you how pleased I am when people order our work or when  I see people wearing our pieces.  
I am so humbled.
 Even tho we have been creating and selling our handmade jewelry since 1992, I get the same thrill... and maybe even more so.

Thank you all so much!!!

ps. we are in many more beautiful artistic shops and if you are interested to know where or would like a catalog, you are welcome to email me .

...last 2 pictures taken by Karen Kirk, Sussex, NB


The Owl and The Pussycat

Whimsical mismatched pair of "The Owl and The Pussycat".
Owl, 1 1/2", Pussycat 1 3/4", top of earwire to base of earring. 
Textured and Fused.
 Handmade in Sterling Silver and Copper at Desideratum Art and Jewelry studio.
 $25. pr
... background from my sketchbook.


Ginger Cat

"Ginger Cat" ...pen and watercolour, in my sketchbook
Research says for every 4 male ginger cats there is only one female ginger cat... it has to do with the genes... the orange color is produced due to the presence of the pigment "pheomelanin", which produces fur colors in the range of red to cream.
 This pigment is also found in human hair with these colorations.

Desideratum Art and Jewelry studio, New Brunswick, Canada

FOR SALE... 11 Acre Estate Overlooking St. Martins and the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

FOR SALE :  2016

Our Realtor, Jody McCairns (and his team) have created this amazing 3-D virtual interactive tour of 
our Home and Property For Sale in  St. Martins, New Brunswick, overlooking the  changing tides of the magnificent Bay of Fundy. 
It is called "Toursler" ... it's new and it's great... We are so pleased with the results!
Please take a walk through by clicking 

Our Virtual Home Tour

As well as the Virtual tour, it shows the layout of all floors, room sizes, photo gallery, contact info as well as mapped location.

 We'd love you to share. You will feel like you are actually here walking from room to room. We LOVE what they did and how this tour works!

Maybe you or someone you know will be the new residents of our home and 11 acres.
 If you are, I know you will love the experience of living here as much as we have. 

Privacy... Space... and surrounded by Nature... while exploring unspoiled regions of the coast of southern New Brunswick, such as the newly created Fundy Trail Parkway with spectacular ocean views, just minutes away.. in the quaint seaside village of St. Martins, NB.



which has more details.

**For additional in-depth description, and many, many photos, Click HERE  

Thank you!

Dogs ~ What More Could You Ask For

Dogs are Great!

9" x 12" in my sketchbook, watercolour and pen.
Desideratum Art Studio, St. Martins, NB

Wild Apple Blossoms

The little Wild Apple tree that grows along the driveway bloomed  with the most profuse rich colour this year.  The most blossoms ever in its young life.

As you can see it is only in its gangly preteen years....  and with it being a wild tree, which means the seeds for it were planted by the wild world.  Maybe a bird stopped there, or a coyote, or a fox or a deer... I will never know, but I'm glad they did...  and it grew there because it liked the location... slightly sloped, full south facing, no imposing large trees to shade it... no transplanting or preparing the earth was necessary.  It liked that spot took root and grew.

But how beautiful.  We have other apple trees blooming now too, mostly pale delicate pinks and they are most lovely too... but none with as bright fuschia petals as this. 

Something about apple blossoms that always capture me... maybe it is their burst of colour and then their fleeting nature. They never stick around as long as I wish... but I guess they have a few magical things to do... like turn into apples...  and that takes a huge amount of the trees energy so it has to get on with it in short measure.

 So glad it graced us with its beauty... makes driving home along the rock bluff driveway even more joyful.  and when this years apples do come, so will the birds and animals that spread the seeds in the first place... a natural circle of life.

"A Seed hidden in the heart of an Apple is an orchard invisible"  
~  Welsh Proverb ~

Photos taken by me in St. Martins, NB at Desideratum Art Studio.


Daffodils in the St. Martins Garden and Spring Work on the out-of-town Old Homestead Project

 I have been waiting for those cheery faces .. in the St. Martins garden

 Feels like the world is coming back to life.

Looking out to the ocean


~the below pics and info are not in St. Martins~ 
 It has been a while since I had any pics on the ongoing work at the out of town Old Homestead Project.. and it is still a "Project" ...
 But progress has been happening.  The living room/kitchen has been insulated on its outside walls.

We came across a "prize", a long stainless steel counter with a molded in double sink at a yardsale.  It used to belong in a lab.  This pic is just before John cut the side backsplash off....   always nerve wracking altering a piece.

  Finally got the woodstove and chimney installed in December .. the stove location will be altered a bit in the final layout.  Remember this is still a construction zone.

 ...working on the wall where the sink will be... all the wires have to be run through the wall before the drywall can go on.

 All the roof rafters have been beefed up and deepened to allow for a larger amount of insulation.

 All new studs on the second floor

Meanwhile, the homestead crows sat in the tall cottonwood for the longest time, preening and drying off after taking a bath in the next door neighbors pond.

 Cleaning up the rubble that remains from the old storage room we had to tear off.

Still working on Jewelry too.   A pair of New Birds. They have little silver beaks.

and the New Cat and Kitten

 We had to tear off an old storage room that had rotted.  Then dug holes for the concrete supports, filled them in and have the floor joists and plywood down on it. ready for the walls and roof.

After: walls and roof on.  The small window at the right edge of the add-on with be removed and  the front door will be installed there..

 Johnnie set up the manifolds to the hot water tank and the cold water tank. ...only one hot and cold line attached so far that lead to the kitchen sink... now the stubs are ready for hooking onto lines to the tub, washer etc. when we get them arranged.
 yes indeed, actual water lines and drain all installed.. This is a big deal. to me..  the place is far from done but to have the water set up inside the house is going to be so great.
Next time we are there,  we will be able to test the hot water tank.. Yay!

 New window in the new addition.

The new front door was installed in January.  it was a second hand front door but it was in near perfect shape.. 
Feels so good when we are able to reach each little goal.