simmer time

Ok, it’s stewing time here in Amherst Nova Scotia

yup, in November I often simmer

on a back burner and I get a little bored waiting for the next idea

that could possibly become a reality.

Some of my ideas are bad, like this morning when I looked at the empty stone bank building and thought I should do something with that.

It would be a good idea if I needed a building but all I really need is a project.

That is why I simmer. I am not waiting for someone to give me an idea of what I should do next.

I just need to wait and see what I can do next. What motivates me and what I am inspired to do.

That is the simmer.

If you don’t simmer you never really get a well cooked , delicious stew. I know that.

So I came in to my office, unsure, thinking, if only I had an idea.

Then a little package came in the mail from a woman I met at 30 Church, my clothing store.

She said after coming to 30 Church and the studio she went home and read my blog from start to finish and that she was inspired. That inspired me.

Then I got a little thank you note from a lovely woman else for an event we hosted.

Then I thought, “Hey, maybe you just need to keep doing what you are doing.”

Two nice notes on one day. I posted them above my desk to remind me to keep doing, thinking and writing. To remind me of the kindness of others.

To remind me to do the same for other people who are good to me, or whom I enjoy.

Then I walked down to the bowling alley by myself and had a piece of pan fried cod. It was really good.

I got very little done today, and that’s okay.

Cause I’m on simmer.

There is no need to be on full boil all the time.







Catherine Bussiere: Taroudant, another carpet ride

After a memorable stay in the desert (I missed last week’s blog for lack of internet but you will find a post on that experience here if you like) we are now in Taroudant, a town that the locals call “the small Marrakech”. We got off the bus two days ago after a long ride through more Atlas where stunning scenery of mountains and valleys, dry river beds, oasis, herds of sheep, dusty road stands with colorful potteries kept us entertained. The landscapes in these parts are rugged and beautiful.

As we got off the bus I started looking for a taxi when Thami, upon asking me where we were staying, offered us directions then took upon himself to lead us there and carry some of our luggage. When I offered Thami a tip for his service he promptly refused, welcoming us to his town and offering us to take a horse drawn carriage ride with him for a tour of the city the next morning at a very reasonable price. Why not. We’ve never done that.

If there is something I have to learn about morocco it’s to be open to whatever the day will give (or lead to). The ride with Thami didn’t last an hour as I had expected, it took most of the day. Not only did he show us the city rampart where here and there we hopped off to climb, get a good view and take photos (he knew of all the good spots for pictures) but he made us visit the souk and of course some shops. Now the nice thing about visiting shops with a tour guide is that you are made to feel that there is no obligation or pressure to buy anything. Have a look, ask questions, take pictures.

We visited a women cooperative where several products are made from the argan nut. I already had bought argan oil in Fes so there was no need for more. We visited a jewelry shop and there, since this region is famous for this art, and because we had not indulged yet, Charlotte and I splurged. We went into an ancient synagogue transformed into a art shop where I saw the biggest carpet show room I had seen yet on this trip along with several rooms filled with ancient and new art from Morocco and other African country.We might as well have stepped into Ali Baba’s cavern. I knew nothing there was within my budget but oh my, what a feast for the eyes.

We saw mountain of spices at the market, and several other small artisan shop. But what took the main part of our tour was yet another carpet shop owned by one of Thami’s relative. Soon after we got in and as a gentleman was about to show us some carpets (tea already on it’s way) we did let them know that we had already bought carpets and blanket earlier on the trip. In fact, that was the heavy piece of luggage that Thami helped us carry the night before. No problem my friends, just have a look, no need to buy.

Of course you know what is next. Next comes an array of beautiful thin blankets made of camel hair and cactus fiber. They are light and roll up to almost nothing. When will I ever have a chance to acquire such beauty. We ponder, we do not have enough cash, I plead that we must go back to the hostel and get a credit card if we are to make a purchase. I think that really we should finish our tour first. The gentleman doesn’t settle for that. It is Friday, couscous day, why don’t you join us for couscous. Finish the tour then come eat with us. Hum, homemade couscous is an invite no one should refuse. We agree, we finish the tour, we come back. I know already that we will get those blankets. After couscous and more tea we not only get three but four blankets.

Maybe because we are not good at bartering, maybe because we spend time, maybe because tourism is low at the moment, who knows, not only our gentleman lowers the price a little but he trows in a few cushion covers to go with the blankets and give Eric a Fatima hand for his mom. Hands are shaken, shukran (thank you) exchanged, we are all happy with our day. Moroccans depends on tourism and will do their best to give you a good time. I have seen here some of the most beautiful craft / art there is. Generation of men and women have passed down their skills from fathers to sons, mothers to daughters, and most of what you see has been made by hard working hands.

Thanks to Thami and extended family for a great day yesterday.

Here are some photos for you textile and art lover!

DSC_0062 DSC_0065 DSC_0066 DSC_0071 DSC_0073 DSC_0074 DSC_0075 DSC_0079 DSC_0091 DSC_0097 DSC_0099 DSC_0104 DSC_0114 DSC_0143 DSC_0145 DSC_0146 DSC_0147 DSC_0148 DSC_0149 DSC_0150 DSC_0151 DSC_0165 DSC_0176 DSC_0178 DSC_0179 DSC_0181 DSC_0183 DSC_0186 DSC_0189 DSC_0197

ps. one more thing, we visited Amoon, a collaborative of Berber women in Taroudant today, there was one rug that was hooked!

Here is their website:

If you ever visit Taroudant do visit their shop.

DSC_0001 DSC_0002 DSC_0003

Catherine Bussiere: Chaouen blues

On the ferry we saw the edge of the Rif mountains
looking for a culture shock
looking for extra heat

we had been told many things
the cabs, the haggling, the food, the art, the hospitality
go to: Chefchaouen, Fes, Marrakech
do this, don’t do that
it won’t be much warmer

we experienced the cab first thing
an old Mercedes
the grand taxi
from Tangier port to the city
a good half hour drive
full speed

as soon as we step out a young boy is offering us direction
I know where I am going
I have my map
it’s around the corner
still he is one step ahead of me
pointing to where I am going
I tell him I have no money
which is true, I will need to find a bank first thing to get some local change
it doesn’t make any difference
one step ahead of me he goes

we’re at the hostel
still the boy and now another one are waiting around for us to be done with checking in
they want to take us to their uncle or other relative for dinner
we are exhausted and just want to settle in
it has been a long day
the clerk who knows them shoos them off

welcome to Morocco

Next day Chefchaouen or like people say Chaouen
the blue city
the Medina (the old city) is so pretty
just big enough to think you may get lost
but really, small, so you don’t

cats are everywhere
most of them look good
I think it’s a good sign
our hosts at the Riad are most welcoming
our house is your house

we venture around
I click away
every door, every step
every shade of blue
catches my eye

there are shops everywhere
everything is beautiful
I don’t dare let my eye linger too much
the vendors know
they will catch me
once your caught it’s hard to get out

eventually I get caught
come to see this carpet shop one says
I will take you there
innocently I go
sure, let’s have a peak
we are treated the royal way
the place is large
mounds and mounds of carpets and blankets
all of them absolutely gorgeous
two men are busy picking several out to show
unrolling them on the floor
tea is offered
we agree
it’s a ritual
it’s also a trap

I really didn’t have any intention of buying anything that day
I was going to be smart and inform myself first
I had been told to bargain
I was not going to buy anything big
we are backpacking

you see where this is going

a couple hours later I came out with a large carpet
two small ones
and two blankets

did I bargain?
I couldn’t get myself to do it
the craftsmanship shown to me was so beautiful
how could I undermine it

later I felt a bit like a fool
my daughter and I, on another walk, got caught in a different shop
the vendors are so slick
so nice
like fine fisherman, they know how to hook you and slowly get you in
I am the biggest fish around
he offers prices that are way below what I just paid
I feel tired, I had enough
we manage to get out of this one empty handed

my daughter tells me what we got was way better
thanks Charlotte

there is much to adjust culture wise
as a foreigner I don’t want to offend anyone
we are in Muslim country
what do I know
much to learn

we are in Fes today
biggest Medina in the world
this time we will get lost

here are some Chaouen photos

DSC_0014 DSC_0029 DSC_0030 DSC_0037 DSC_0038 DSC_0039 DSC_0043 DSC_0052 DSC_0156 DSC_0161 DSC_0182 DSC_0198 DSC_0202



Catherine Bussiere: Catalonia Art

yesterday we went to visit the Catalonia art museum

I mostly spent time walking through the modern art exhibit

rooms and rooms of paintings, sculptures, furniture, drawings, metal work, photography you name it

the great thing was that I only knew very few of the artists

there might have been one Picasso and one Dali

of course there were some Miro

but otherwise I really didn’t know much

How refreshing and exciting to discovery all this art

here is some of it


DSC_0207 DSC_0209 DSC_0216 DSC_0218 DSC_0220 DSC_0223 DSC_0226 DSC_0229 DSC_0231 DSC_0234 DSC_0236 DSC_0243 DSC_0244 DSC_0245 DSC_0246 DSC_0247 DSC_0253 DSC_0255 DSC_0262

Catherine Bussiere: Christmas

December 21st
it’s hard to believe
I see the Santas here and there
a few decorations
but really walking around Barcelona
wearing a light shirt under a sunny sky
I don’t feel like Christmas is in a very few days

My son Sam joined us this week
we had said good bye to the hills of Provence
spent a day in Marseille
got off the bus really early one morning in the city of Gaudí
and a few days later Sam was here, on our door step
not in my computer talking to me on skype
but right there in front of me
sleepily standing between his brother and sister who picked him up at the airport
Could I possibly want anything else
my three babies for Christmas
my three adult babies
maybe that’s even more special

Barcelona is great and I should tell you all about it
but in a way
at this point in our trip
it is more like a shell that holds us all
a beautiful shell I must say
it is where we get together as a family for a precious amount of time
where we walk and talk
shop (mostly for food) and cook and drink
laugh and snuggle
where we just hang out and enjoy being together

it is precious isn’t it
once the kids grow up
once life takes us apart
when we all fly our own direction
to be able to take the time
make a pause
and reconnect with our dear ones

of course there’s always someone missing
make that a plural
my son’s fiancé
our moms and dads
brothers and sisters
nieces and nephews
the list goes on

But for what I have I am thankful

I wish you who may read this blog a happy Christmas
I wish you to spend time with anyone who is dear to you
may it be family or friend, make the best of it
Merry Christmas!

DSC_0002 DSC_0008 DSC_0015 DSC_0039 DSC_0040 DSC_0047 DSC_0052 DSC_0057 DSC_0069 DSC_0085 DSC_0346 DSC_0375


Catherine Bussiere: bricks and tiles

it’s been over a week
of course, as one would expect, it feels like more
in a few days we have done various tasks
painting, cooking, sewing, gardening
done carpentry (not me, that’s what the “we” is for)
London helping our first host
helpx, did I mention it yet, look it up, it’s worth a peek

That was the work part
then we did what tourists do
we visited the: London museum, the British museum and the Tower of London
we walk and walk and walk
we got caught in major tourist jam
they have a place downtown London called Oxford circus
and that’s exactly what it is

some highlights:
as I turn around a corner, downtown, there in front of me is Big Ben
I knew it was big but somehow it was BIG, like bigger than I thought
The British museum entrance
I like these amazing huge entrance
that are so big it makes you feel enlighten
bigger than yourself
like you can pretend for a minute that you live there
that you are that important
it doesn’t matter that you are not; it’s that awe feeling
maybe because it was built by men
cathedrals are like that
something reverential about them

Then of course all the stuff in the museum
saying “stuff” should be criminal
I shouldn’t be using that word
so all of the amazing artwork, history, artifacts, …
is also overwhelming
there’s a feeling of unease
as in why are some of these very precious, sacred relics
why are they here
in the middle of Britain
when it is written how special they are to their place of origin
I gorge on them anyway
isn’t it what we do

highlights: seeing a few live Van Gogh, Monet, Seurat, Rousseau
walking, walking
eating some “proper” fish and chips
888,246 ceramic poppies in the Tower’s moat
words, words that I may not use and I have to adapt to
like “subway” stand for that underground pathway that goes from one side of a street to another
if you’re looking for transportation call it the “tube” or the “underground”
You “queue” if you’re standing in line
which actually is very french as we “faire la queue” for the very same thing

all and all it’s been a lot of fun and quite incredible for country folks like we are
to be immersed in a huge city

we just arrive in Margate for a whole other week of wonder
quite different it will be
and so much to look for
talk to you soon

Big Ben 2 art wow van gogh telephone stairs St Paul shadow seurat red moat red moat 4 red moat 3 red moat 2 monk london bridge entrance eagle downtown downtown 3 downtown 2 detail central hall budha British museum



Catherine Bussiere: Kaffe


my daughter and I had a delightful time at Kaffe Fasset’s presentation the other night
what a fantastic feat to be able to get such inspiration in our little town
the things I took home from Fasset’s presentation is that inspiration is everywhere
in your garden, in that old faded rug, at the flea market
it’s about having your eyes open
having an urge to create
to process what you see and put it into your own creation
it is for everyone
everyone who dares
it is not limited to the educated
it does not have to be thought out
it just is for whoever wants to embark and do
it may takes years
it may take a moment
it does not matter

the church was full on Friday evening
filled with people who makes art and craft
what a soothing sight
thanks Deanne and Megan and everyone at “this world class shop” to keep engaging people to create beauty everyday
thumbs up!

DSC_0121 DSC_0127 DSC_0132 DSC_0134 DSC_0137  DSC_0145 DSC_0149

Catherine Bussiere: abstract in pink

DSC_0074 - Version 2

Abstract: existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence

can abstract be a feeling
can I be feeling abstract today
this word is imposing itself as I sit down to write

I went outside this morning not knowing what my post would be about
today is the first anniversary of my sister’s passing
what does that mean anyway: today
as if any other day didn’t matter
as if abstract doesn’t apply to that situation every single day

I went out with my camera realizing I hadn’t taken any pictures in a few days
I walked around feeling rusty
it’s only been a few days
why can’t I see anything

by the pond the most simple of roses
the wild one with four or five petals
was attracting all sorts of pollen hungry critters
I like critters
I stood there for a while snapping away
guessing none would be keepers
yet, as if stretching, I clicked away

I thought about the color pink
(I really thought “rose” because that is the word used in french for both the color and the flower)
pink isn’t my color of choice
not in clothing anyway
but what a soothing and beautiful color

I went on to look for more
other roses around
I looked into them
looked at texture, hue, qualities

today framing wasn’t about representation
it reflected how I felt
without really knowing
it summed itself up
in abstract and pink

DSC_0074 DSC_0075 DSC_0077 DSC_0078   DSC_0083

Look with Lorna

Brenda T came in this week to do some shopping and bought in her first rug to show us. Beautiful job Brenda.

June 13, 2014 004

June 13, 2014 002

Look with Lorna

Looking for a great knitting project for the summer ?

This beautiful Tiffendell blanket is so soft and cozy, great for sitting around on those cool summer nights.


Blanket 2


Look with Lorna

Deanne’s newest rug ! The background is done with sexy jersey. I think this is one of my favourite.









Look with Lorna

I love the word Hope. Not sure why but anytime I see something with Hope on it I have to buy it. I even had Morgan from Damaris write it on my finger nail the last time I had my nails done. So when Deanne started doing rugs with words on them I said ” you have to do hope”. Well to my surprise she did do the rug and then gave it to me. It now hangs in my living room and I just love it !

April 17, 2014 018




Catherine Bussiere: April = Easter Eggs

you’ve heard them sing

you’ve seen it thaw

it’s crazy how fast a season can change

one week we are buried under a blanket of snow

and the next the narcissus are poking their noses out


I was busy in my green house yesterday getting the ground ready, planting a few seeds

lettuce, spinach, beets

early greens that I hope to munch on in a month time

this morning thinking of Easter coming up

I looked for the eggs that were decorated last year

I wrote a blog then and I will share it again

if you have some old silk ties, or scarfs, or any silk with pretty patterns on it

round up some kids, empty a dozen eggs, and be ready to be awed

happy Sunday!

oh yes: the LINK

DSC_0057 DSC_0058  DSC_0060 DSC_0061 DSC_0062 DSC_0064



Look with Lorna

We have so many talented people stop in the studio looking for yarns and wools. We love to see their projects.

Feb 7, 2014 001 Brenda's sweater 004

Jan 31, 2014 012

Norma 025

Ann was the winner of the Blundstone boots.Ann Manees 1

Ann Manees 2


ideas are everywhere

On Saturday Night I went to see the band Chicago. I never really knew much about the band but went along because my husband wanted to go. When I got there I enjoyed the show but what really caught my eye was the graphic design of the Chicago logo behind the band. Every time the colour changed I took a picture of it. It was such a simple design. I wondered if it just came out naturally and quickly or if it was something that was reworked a million  times.

Look at how the h, is cozy under the C and how the C meets the g.

It looks so easy but it isn’t if you try to get letters to flow nicely together.

So as I listened to the band I thought a lot about design. I thought a lot about how symbolic of something a logo can be. For example I knew the logo of Chicago better than I knew their music.

It is an iconic design.


IMG_0477 IMG_0478 IMG_0481 IMG_0482 IMG_0487 IMG_0490 IMG_0492 IMG_0494

Look with Lorna

Meet Sally. She had taken Deanne’s Wild with Wool online course the last time it was offered and brought in her finished project to show us.  She used a skirt for the back of the pillow and left the buttons on for a cute accessory and easy removal of the stuffing for cleaning.

Feb 20, 2014 005

Feb 20, 2014 001

Feb 20, 2014 004

Catherine Bussiere: February 9

I like how winter is going by
days getting longer
How many minutes a day again?
only a bit (about three)
and so in a sneaky way
day by day
we get more light

I like this time of year because I can look up to things
Spring, summer, garden, heat
All things that I love are in the horizon

There is a lot penned down in my calendar for February
It’s almost surprising
Wasn’t I hibernating
wishful thinking

This week will be my daughters birthday
how come it sounds so much more then 16
funny how numbers are
she asked me to make her a tiramisu
that in itself is rather exciting
Tiramisu is an italian dessert that involves ladies finger (the cookies), fine chocolate, mascarpone cheese (like a rich and creamy italian cream cheese), whipped cream and whipped eggs
it may involve brandy
it’s light, it’s rich, it’s scrumptious

This past Monday my son had an opening
he will be graduating from art school this year
he is a creator, a sculptor, a designer
he is a fine artist

my photos this week are from his show
it was called In(ter)action
the premise: you may touch the art
in fact it demands to be touched
















Look with Lorna

Last May Deanne had just finished up a 3 day workshop when she decided to do some free drawing on some left over burlap. As soon as I saw this sunflower design I knew I had the perfect spot for it in my kitchen. So I decided to try my first rug hooking project and I promised a lady who was here taking the course that I would finish it and show her. Well here it is January and I am still only 3/4 done. So Sandra, a promise is a promise and I will finish my rug this week and have it on here to show you. And with a little luck maybe I can finish my first knitting project as well, fingerless mittens.

Lorna's Rug 006

Lorna's Rug 004

Lorna's Rug 002

Look with Lorna

New Yarns

Liberty Fabric Fantasy

One package makes a scarf and comes with a free pattern.

Dec 13, 2013 007

Dec 13, 2013 008

Beautiful and soft hot pinks, greens and yellow.

Dec 13, 2013 014 Dec 13, 2013 016

Look with Lorna

Megan and Norma were busy today putting up wall paper in the bathroom. Deanne found this great company that can take a picture of her rugs and transfer them to wall paper or fabric.

Dec 6, 2013 001

Dec 6, 2013 010

Dec 6, 2013 041


Dec 6, 2013 038

Dec 6, 2013 037

Happy Birthday Norma !


Look with Lorna

I was going over to the bank during the Fibre Arts Festival and this is what I saw, this sweet picture of Kathy sitting outside after a long day from the Workshop.

Oct 18, 2013 002 Oct 18, 2013 004

At the Zonta fair Claire was there selling her beautiful spun yarns, mittens and hats. Loving the chicken hat.

Oct 18, 2013 006

Look with Lorna

Our Grand opening is today for the knitting studio. We have 15 % off  all yarns for in store customers and great door prizes. For our online customers we have 10 % off all yarns, just use the coupon code KNIT on your order form. So stop in and enjoy one of Janey’s delicious Cinnamon buns.

Just arrived this week are these beautiful  Noro Hitsuji yarns.



Sept 27, 2013 016 Sept 27, 2013 040 Sept 27, 2013 039 Sept 27, 2013 036 Sept 27, 2013 035 Sept 27, 2013 034 Sept 27, 2013 029 Sept 27, 2013 011 Sept 27, 2013 003






Look with Lorna

Last week Catherine was here for the afternoon doing some photography for the studio and her daughter Charlotte came along for a visit.  She was going to write her driver’s license later that day so she had her hair all pined up so it would be curly for her picture. I remember my Mother doing this with me only she used brown paper bags to tie the hair up. I had to laugh that she was trying to get her hair to have curls and I was trying to get mine straight.

Charlotte is crafty but has never tried crocheting before until Brenda was showing us this cute scarf she had made the day before. Well it wasn’t long before Brenda had Charlotte all set up and crocheting. She finished her scarf in a couple of hours and was exciting about making more for Christmas presents.








Diane Krys: Bus Stop


Earlier this year construction began to replace a bus shelter near my house. It’s a busy transit connection that sorely needed updating. Although I was happy to know something new was going up, I wasn’t exactly on the edge of my seat over a bit of generic civic architecture. And so I passed by almost daily for months on end oblivious to it’s progress. Recently a curved white wall poked out through the line of buses shrouding the site. Not long after I noticed a small section of colourful strips being installed near the top. Those few bits of colour turned into a long bright ribbon. Now with the construction fences and debris cleared, I can barely take my eyes off it  -oh the glass walls; the panes and panels of colour; the curvy white exterior…I am in love with a bus stop.

This new love takes my thoughts to the Glass House Phillip Johnson designed in the 1940s. It was a union of architecture and nature that brought the influential International Style to a residential project. This bus shelter seems like an urban extension of that experience. Instead of a  transparent home that allows you to essentially live in nature, the public can live( at least until their bus comes)  comfortably and stylishly in the hustle and bustle of city life.

The shelter’s sculptural white exterior and pops of colour lead me to industrial designer Karim Rashid’s organic creations and spirit. One of Karim’s earliest claims to fame was his Garbo garbage can. It takes a certain kind of intelligence and bravado to transform something simple and mundane into thoughtful and exciting. Why shouldn’t function include beautiful form?

It’s easy to be lulled into accepting the same old same old; yet I think it’s often where mediocrity lives.  It’s a loss in many ways when unimaginative or poor design becomes the norm and a “fool’s gold” standard. It trains us to expect less.

Every dull transit stop I’ve ever experienced shaped my expectation or lack there of. Design wow’s always seem reserved for big projects like a new provincial art gallery or museum.  It’s was a delight to be surprised: to know somewhere in the complex process of civic planning and building there was a vision that brought the needs of a busy transit hub together with an inventively designed addition to the community.  I never imagined a gem of local architecture could be a little old bus stop in the ‘hood.

When I went to take photos for this post I took time to sit for awhile just to experience the space and watch the comings and goings. How wonderful it would be if the city was filled with bus stops like this; big and small, each one unique adding a little bit of artistry and design for the commuter and community.  Maybe one of the most valuable benefits a piece of interesting design can offer is that it dares you to dream and re-imagine what is. 




Thanks for stopping in!



Look with Lorna

Join us for a 1 to 3 day workshop with Jennifer Manuell on Nov 15-17, 2013.

Friday, November  15 – Hooked Coin Purses $135 includes Coin Purse Kit

Sept 6, 2013 027

Sept 6, 2013 023

Saturday, November  16 – Hooked Jewellery $135 includes Kit to make 2 necklaces

Sept 6, 2013 020

Sunday, November  17 – Hooked Christmas Stockings $135 includes pattern booklet and Scottish Burlap

Sept 6, 2013 015

Sept 6, 2013 032

Look with Lorna

Megan’s Lichen & Lace yarns

Aug 23, 2013 044

Aug 23, 2013 032

Aug 23, 2013 045  Aug 23, 2013 047 Aug 23, 2013 048 Aug 23, 2013 049

Burly Spun Yarns 100 % Wool

Aug 23, 2013 006 Aug 23, 2013 009    Aug 23, 2013 025 Aug 23, 2013 028

Our friend Vicky has been enjoying Deanne’s new Knitting Shop. Vicky knits and sells  these beautiful purses.

Aug 9, 2013 026

She made this gorgeous purse with the Fleece Artist Chantel Silk yarn.

Aug 23, 2013 041

Aug 19, 2013 007

Aug 19, 2013 010

Look with Lorna

This great yarn arrived this week and would be perfect for hooking in a water or sky design. It also comes in beige that would be great for a winter scene.

Aug 9, 2013 029 Aug 9, 2013 031

Aug 9, 2013 021

Aug 9, 2013 023

Catherine Bussiere: Beckwith Bash

another stunning morning
can August be 90 days
90 days of August followed by 90 days of September
that would suit me very well
do I love those two months

today and all this coming week I will be busy
with all sorts of things to prepare and organize
this coming Saturday is our annual festival
a day filled with music, food and fun
we call it the Beckwith Bash
this year is it’s fifth anniversary

year after year this little event has grown
to something enjoyed by people of all ages
my highlight last year was a comment from a four year old asking if we could do this again cause it was so much fun
I like that
of course we will
you just keep on coming

this year we have several acts: blues, folk, rock and world music
something for all

the day starts with a drum circle followed by a yoga and a hula hoop workshop
that’s on my to do list of this week: finish those large hula hoops
I like that on a list

a big part of the list is food
Gumbo is the star
I’d like to say that we make the best gumbo north of Louisiana
it is such a big claim I won’t say it
but it’s pretty good that’s for sure
then there’s treats like baklavas, brownies, oatcakes, butter squares
homemade ice tea
and for the next morning
fresh baked cinnamon rolls
those I prepare ahead of time, freeze them before the dough rise
get them out of the freezer at around midnight so by morning they are thawed and have risen just enough to put in the oven
it’s a nice treat for those who are helping with the clean up the next morning

if you are around next Saturday and don’t have much planned
do join us in Beckwith
good time, good food, good people







photo credits this week goes to the beautiful Haley MacPhee who gracefully took pictures of the event last year

the poster is from my wonderful son Isaac

the video is mine with music from Fresia

it’s a family affair

Free Canvas Tote Bag with orders over $50


I just designed these canvas bags with our Create Beauty Everyday logo on them. You can own one by shopping online with us. When you order $50  or more excluding tax and shipping (online courses or downloads do not apply) we will send you a bag with your order and you can enjoy it. It is big enough to  carry a large hoop and your project or lots of anything!

When I designed them I had no idea people would have so much fun with them and I am so glad they did.

Shop online  at the studio now and receive your free bag.

You can also phone in your order at 1 800 328 7756

offer is good until Wednesday August 14 only


It could be your project bag…


or your market bag..



Here are some examples of what our great customers decided to do with the bags….they embroidered them.

This one was done by Christina Mosley…

Aug 9, 2013 002

And this one by Helen Dyer

Aug 9, 2013 011

Brenda coloured hers with Sharpie Marker

..Aug 9, 2013 014

Catherine Bussiere: morning walk

I went for a walk this morning

this is what I saw
















Why is there so much to see in a simple shell. The twirl of the moon snail is so interesting. No matter how many times you see it , you are drawn back into the center of it once again.

When I look at it I am reminded of so many things, centering, a path, the sea, coming back to your self. Much like the Anne Morrow Lindbergh book that looks at a woman’s life, “Gifts from the Sea”, the shell itself makes me reflect.

I pull out that book every summer and have another read through all or parts of it. It is a book about coming into one’s own.

We come into our own at every stage of life, often right before we are ready to move onto the next stage. At least that is what I have found.

The shell is a prolific symbol . It is a metaphor for so many things in life.

Not only is it beautiful on it’s own, it is a reminder of what we hold dear, of those important things in life. I never leave a big moon snail on the beach. I bring it up to my table on the deck where I can be reminded again and again of the metaphors, let aloe  the simple beauty of the shell itself.

IMG_2693 IMG_2694 IMG_2697 IMG_2699 IMG_2689

Look with Lorna

We have some beautiful super wash merino yarns in this week that Megan hand dyed.

July 26, 2013 009 July 26, 2013 013 July 26, 2013 014 July 26, 2013 015 July 26, 2013 016

This emerald colorway yarn was the inspiration for the sweet baby sweater that Megan made this week with just one skein.

July 26, 2013 019

July 26, 2013 018

July 26, 2013 020


Look with Lorna

Last week Meryl join our Thursday rug hooking group. She was working on one of Deanne patterns and buying supplies for her new rug.



Stocking up for the summer !

IMG_6092June 14, 2013 072


June 14, 2013 080

June 14, 2013 071

June 6, 2013 040

June 14, 2013 098 June 14, 2013 093 June 14, 2013 096

Free Pattern for Blog Readers

Hi Everyone,  to celebrate the launch of my new Hooking People DVD, a two hour Lesson  I am sending you out a free pattern called Settling Down.

You simply download the 8 by 10″ inch pattern, print it, trace it with wedding tulle or red dot tracer and then lay it upon your backing and trace it again with a sharpie marker .It will seep through and your pattern will be on the backing.If you need wool for the project or want to buy the dvd on hooking people call us at 1-800-328-7756.

CCE30052013_00000Download Settling Down Pattern 8 by 10″

Free to Download

Catherine Bussiere: Green


It’s been raining non stop for days
grey sky, puddles
drizzle, showers
cats and dogs

in the city
cozy in the warmth of my sister’s house
I look out the window every morning
at her backward garden
and long for sunshine

I need to put flowers in
and a few veggies
no need to rush I know
I know

this morning I stepped out
protected by the roof of the front entrance
I clicked away at the nearby greenery
various shapes and shades of green
tender, dark, lined, wet
it’s all so pretty
I love to come up close with the lens
another world

in all colors
lightness and darkness
can be found











Look with Lorna

Are you looking for a great gift idea ?  Deanne has purchased these wooden frames that would be great for framing small hooked rugs. Wonderful way to give that  personal touch for a birthday or wedding gift.



Don’t forget our great selections of cards for any occasion.