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 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.

"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