Thursday, May 15, 2014

1963 Buffet Cookbook, 51 years ago....

I love old cookbooks, they are a glimpse into our past and sometimes a baffling and quite entertaining one:) I came across this Better Homes and Gardens book while doing a bit of Spring cleaning.
Of course I had to stop and browse through it and then of course I had to take some pictures and share...... the ubiquitous jelly mold!
 "Come to our gay red carpet buffet"
Here's a recipe my mom used to make and actually it is really good!
 Some of these guys would pass for hipsters today haha
And of course....Banana Prune cake! What would a buffet be without it:) Ok, better get back to cleaning. If you would like this cookbook with 110 recipes, leave yourr name under here and I will add it to the entries on my facebook page. Draw ends Sunday May 18 at midnight.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The colour blue....

Finally a string of blue skies..... so nice to see you again.....
Blue glass in my forget-me-nots........

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day

Once a babe, always a babe! Happy Mother's Day Mum! xo

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Unknown Story...

I adore this old picture. Paris I think.Wouldn't you just love to know what they were looking at so intently! Pictures like this inspire the storyteller in me. I want to create a narrative that includes this image. So many choices, kicking off the story or perhaps somewhere in the interior or maybe the closing image. Depends on the tale (tail)....

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Art Saves Lives

Wow o wow! This is Corbin, a student who was not too cool on school until his teacher discovered his amazing artistic talents. She thought he might be interested in my paintings because he loves colour and detail so they sat down and had a look at them. He was enthralled and inspired to create one of his own using several of mine as a guide.

 This is Corbin holding a "painting" (actually markers) that he and Sue McKean his teacher made using about ten of my paintings. Can you see the Peggy's Cove influence, the birdhouses, the wee boats and lights from my bunny painting, the cat on the fence and the cat in the moon? It was fun to find all the components Corbin  put together. He is a grade 5 student at Meadowfields Community School in Yarmouth and rocks!! I might have to paint a copy of this Duffett mash-up:) Great work Corbin!!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

A Quick Day in Chester

Hooray, Sunday was a day that almost felt like real Spring. It has been sooooo slooow in coming. Everything is lagging. Even the trees have hardly got any budding leaves. I had some work that needed attending to in Chester so I picked up my mom and off we went! First stop in the village was to check out Chez Glass Lass aka Kiln Art
I can't believe I've never been in their shop! One of my good market pals is part of the family that belongs to this lovely place. So full of light and colour and beautiful glass. Check out these plates!!! The centers are clear so they look like rings..
They design and create the work here in Chester and sell it worldwide. Complete entertaining sets, decorative pieces and functional ones as well..... I'd have a really hard time choosing.
Next stop was Going Coastal Gallery to drop off a couple of paintings. Robyn, the owner has a new daughter, Grace-Sea who is three months old, she will help her mind the gallery this summer:) 
I will be switching out work as it sells or doesn't sell throughout the year:)
Mum and I explored the village a bit, drooling at the gorgeous homes, many of which are empty at the moment waiting for their summer occupants. Sigh.
 Kiwi Cafe next for lunch..... one of my favourite spots for a bite to eat in Nova Scotia. In a few short weeks, that planter will be bursting with flowers!
I had a grilled brie, pear & arugula sandwich on orange raisin bread. nom nom. Sooo good. Next time I will try their veggie burger. People supposedly drive miles to come and have it!
On the way home we stopped at another fun and fave place. Mother Hubbard's Cupboard. It is a quirky place chock-a-block with antiques, art and collectibles.
Always something different here.. Can't decide whether I prefer the orange chair or...
the green chair...