Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

A Few Desideratum Jewelry Designs


Hi Everyone, These are a few of our present Jewelry designs.. including Lapis Lazuli, Quartz Crystal, Fresh Water Pearls ....  for full descriptions and photos of these and many more that are available  just click our FB link:   Desideratum Art and Jewelry FB page...  Each of these are $35. a pair. and we ship asap. 

Monday, June 19, 2023

June Socks

process of handknitting socks from my handspun wool

the next portion of the photos decided to go in backwards of the process.. blogger has its own ideas of how they want them I guess.. anyway the second pair begins at the bottom of this post and goes up to the middle..   they turned out great. all handspun wool .  size 13 mens. rather large. 


Friday, May 12, 2023

Creating a Granny Square Blanket

Making progress on the Granny Square blanket... showing 1st round in 1 colour... 2nd round with 2 colours and 3rd round with 3 contrasting colours and final black round as the attaching colour...

I never did a blanket like this before but I always loved them, esp. with the black really showing off the bright colours... takes a lot longer than I thought it would ...has a very traditional look and is super cozy.

Brought out all my balls of yarn... odds and ends with lots of colour ... crocheting Granny Squares... assistant Inky ๐Ÿˆ‍⬛ has settled in to supervise... par for the course ❤️

Blanket is 1/3 of the way crocheted together... the black tails still need to be woven in.

Below, Blanket is done... I'm satisfied with it and it reminds me of days of long ago, which is the time I wished I lived


Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Fore-edge Painted Cookbook

One of the coolest cook books I ever discovered at a second hand book sale... the technique is called "Fore-edge Painting"...

...consists of artistic decorations drawn to enhance the book on the closed edge of the pages...

the book is approx. 7" x 9" by 1 1/2" thick. There is no evidence of who the artist was, just an inscription of "Happy Cooking Big Sister! -1993-"

I love it and it's a total treasure ❤️

... and the recipes look delicious 

Wednesday, March 01, 2023

Here We Go Again

 "Here We Go Again"

from my sketchbook, pen, ink, watercolour, 9" x 12"
...started off as a grid, then was inspired by William Morris,  then vines and leaves and berries appeared... somewhere a a stream of coloured pennants drifted into life... and because I love lettering, an alphabet wanted to take part.
Art just has a way of creating itself if you give it a little help.
I very much enjoyed doing this.

Monday, December 20, 2021

End of 2021

 I want to Thank all the beautiful people who ordered from us this year... all the people who looked/viewed and everyone else trying to make the best of a stressful time on earth.... It has been a tough year for everyone.. so I wish you all the Joy and Happiness you can handle...You all deserve it.
Much Love to you and your family whatever size and shape it is..

MERRY CHRISTMAS and Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.

Gwen Buchanan at Desideratum Art Jewelry and Visual Arts

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Garlic is Hung

The garlic was hung in the kitchen till it cured enough to trim off the leaves... ❤ ...that's a "Cat Tree" over on the left... a branch fell off a maple and we attached it to a beam ~ the cats love it ๐Ÿˆ ... good bird viewing spot and escape from the dog ๐Ÿ•


the garlic has been trimmed and hung from a ceiling beam in a corner of the kitchen ready to be used till harvest time next year... feels good to look over in the corner and know the harvest was good for another year... it is the easiest crop from the garden to grow. everyone should try it