Monday, March 31, 2014

Almost April

A splash of colour on my sideboard.  Wonderful how light can transform things. Today it is raining, and yesterday it was raining and tomorrow it will rain. Normally that would not thrill me but....we had a huge dump of snow last week and this rain will do it's best to make sure that it disappears and we can get on with the business of Spring!
I've been doing a few commissions lately and they have been fun. This was a request for two Siamese cats, some knitting, Autumn colours and no ocean....
 This one was a request for three cherished pets, one of whom has passed on.... I was given a rough idea of what they wanted and came up with this.. Riley's Moon
Both of these are now available as prints in my etsy shop, AliceinParis If you are interested in a commission, pleas contact me any time:)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

It's March!

Hello! It's March......finally.....came in like a cold and frosty lion and hopefully will leave like a happy dancing lamb! I am so tired of the cold but really, it's almost over so hey, use this time to enjoy the last of woolly socks, good warm soups, engrossing books and TV. Hibernation is almost over! Speaking of TV, the Oscars are on tonight! I've hardly seen any of the films this year. Did see Gravity which I LOVED and was mesmerized by. Ha ha, here's a funny joke by Tina Fey about that movie, "George Clooney would rather drift off into space and die rather than spend one more minute with a woman the same age as himself." Oh well....hehe.
 Here is a WONDERFUL list of old movies for you to peruse from one of my fave authors and artists, Susan Branch. Lots of great goodies in there. Perfect for watching with a big bowl of popcorn and a cozy throw wrapped around yourself.
 March is the month for cutting forsythia stalks, bringing them inside and watching them bloom early. Such a spirit lifter! This is the month I start starving for colour. March is also the beginning of maple syrup production! Yay. Lots of festivals around Nova Scotia. Here's the list!  My fave has always been Earltown! about 1.5 hours from Halifax. Fiddle music and pancakes in a tiny one room schoolhouse! Heaven. Two other perfect reasons are the Earltown General Store and Sugar Moon Farm to watch syrup making in action!  Here is Alicia Putnam and her dad.
Another March thing is rocks....not sure why but some of the sand beaches in Nova Scotia switch from sand to rock in the winter and then back again as the summer comes.
Also with the end of Winter comes this..... hehe. Have a great week!