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 ðŸˆ ... good bird viewing spot and escape from the dog ðŸ•


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 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Let There Be Peace

 Handmade "Copper Angel" created by John Ackerson from the years we lived in St. Martins, NB. it doesn't show in this black and white picture but the angel is patinated verdigris ... the rectangular base is a chunk of wood from a fallen down forgotten church. ... I love the connection. ❤ She looks over things from her perch on an upper windowsill

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Flying Geese and the 8 Pointed Star Quilt

1st finished block... 18" square

This is the process of designing the Flying Geese and 8 Pointed Star quilt... from the Start of thinking up the design to making templates, marking the pieces, cutting,  sewing, making the blocks and hoping the whole project would turn out the way I hoped. It was pieced on several vintage and antique sewing machines and hand-quilted and bound.

overall if my figuring is correct I will need 2,088 cut pieces.... all scrappy pieces from my odds and ends of fabric gathered from here and there over the years..

loved using the old 1936 treadle in part of the process. The amazing oil painting on the back wall was created by my talented partner John Ackerson

small and fully packed and stacked sewing room .. tiny but mighty

"Inky" the inspector at work... she must inspect everything I make very closely

the back is always cool to see ... never to be seen again once the layers are put together

into my grandmother's quilt frames goes the backing..

the batting needs trimmed a bit... lots left for another quilt

Ready to begin hand quilting.... I just absolutely love it

the quilt was hand quilted from the outsides to the middle.. the last stitches are being put in here... next it will be ready to remove from the frames... next is the binding phase with mitered corners. machine sewn to the front of the quilt and then it is wrapped around the raw edge to the back and hand-stitched down.

using my favourite pin cushion given to me by the amazing artist Morna Crites - Moore

"Baby Girl" kept distracting me as I stitched the binding by digging into a fluffy clean bag of sheep fleece... leave it to kitty to inspect everything and usually make a mess

I enjoyed every minute of working on this quilt.. it took a good long time to complete but that kept me from thinking about all the covid crap that was and still is taking place at the time.. 

I recommend everyone picking up some scissors and needles and thread and tackling a quilting project... feels so good to make things just the way you want.

Cheerio from the Desideratum studio in Douglas, New Brunswick


Sunday, November 01, 2020

Latest Desideratum Earring Designs

It's high time to update my blog..  a busy summer in the garden took precedence... the harvest was good and much was eaten and put aside to store for later use... since then I have been in the studio more often making sweet and colourful combinations of semi-precious stones and Sterling silver earrings.

 A selection of a few of our new designs... 

 Above is "Crystal Sparkles" $35. pair, sterling silver and crystal teardrop

"Amy" $35 pair. textured sterling disk with amethyst

"Carnelian Shimmer" $38. pair, domed hammered sterling silver with carnelian drop

"Ankh" $35. pair, Fresh water pearl, carved bone Ankh and Mother of pearl

"Amethyst Links" $35. pair, sterling silver links and amethyst

"Baroque Diamond" $35. pair. naturally formed baroque pearls with handcut sterling silver

"Caroline" $35.pair, facetted citrine crystal and hammered sterling disk

"Lavender" $35. pair amethyst nuggets with sterling silver oval and rectangular drop

"Crystal Dreams" $50. pair, crystal drops and hammered sterling tops

"Diane" $35. pair, Amethyst, peridot and spiral roses in sterling silver

 To see many more original designs, go to our Desideratum Art and Jewelry FB page and see all the photos,  please copy and paste the following link:

You can contact me from there or send us a message directly HERE 
Cheerio and the best of the coming season to Everyone