Just because I haven’t been posting, doesn’t mean we have not been busy creating in our West Chezzetcook studios.

It was a long, snowy and icy winter here on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.  That meant lots of shovelling and snow activity but also plenty of time to work on various projects.  And we have had a few other adventures and events to celebrate too.

  • We have completed a number of custom gifts and commissions for friends and family.  Doing this, we have  learned more about the type of work that we want to do both, as inventory and for custom projects.  Specifics to follow in the next couple of weeks but here is a teaser.  Stephen has been making some amazing wooden toys and unique turned products while I have completed a number of quilts and bags.
  • Both Stephen and I have been doing some experimenting and designing.
Driftwood birdhouses

Stephen made these birdhouses out of driftwood for a guild challenge at the Atlantic Woodworkers Association.





Snow dyeing drying on rack

Mary Elizabeth took advantage of all the snow to several batches of snow dyeing, including some with Mariners Quilt Guild.


  • We have been studying with webinars, classes and workshops to develop new skills and approaches.  We’ve also been designing some training of our own.  We both have many years as educators so this offering teaching in craft and design is definitely something that we want to explore more this year.
  • Last but not least, we recently celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary with a 2 week trip to Italy where we did lots of walking, exploring and, of course, eating.  All the incredible history, art, architecture and natural beauty moved and inspired us.  Between us we took about 3500 photos and filled many pages with sketches and design ideas that are sure to inform our projects in the coming months.

That hits the highlights.   More news soon.

Happy creating.