The Perfect All Season Accessory

Although summer is nearing and the temperatures are starting to increase the need for Hand Warmers is still prevalent when you work inside all day with the A/C blasting. Whether in an office or working retail these hand warmers will keep you warm and comfortable all day. Available in a variety of styles, colors & made from a high quality hand painted merino wool, these accessories are a must have come fall, winter, spring or summer. The perfect piece to add to your wardrobe!

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Floral Twist Accent Scarf…dreaming of the warm days of Spring!

Floral Twist Accent Scarf
Floral Twist Accent Scarf

The Floral Twist Accent scarf…dreaming of the warm day of Spring coming our way, eventually!  It is so very cold here today and for the next few days and I couldn’t help but look forward to the warmer days of Spring.  Seems to be such a long winter this year and I am impatiently waiting for warmer days of Spring and Summer.  I love the look of Winter, but not the cold!  I have become a Winter wimp!

To break out for a moment of warm relief this week I was busy designing a nice light acceent scarf that I could wear during these cold days to warm my thoughts of the coming Spring.  I started with designing a new base for my scarf.  I wanted something that looked like it was twisting, but could lie flat.   This gives the essence of a vine twisting and turning up the lattice, in this case your neckline, with the leaves adding the movement and twists along the way.  I used a beautiful hand painted merino wool of blues, greens, purples an hints of yellow.  If  you look closely at the bark on trees, vines or other greenery you see many different colours that combined.  I love using hand painted yarns as they add a special unique touch to each piece I make as they are never the same from skein to skein.

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The Floral Twist accent scarf can be worn in many different ways and be used to dress up your favourite T shirt, sweater, shirt, or jacket.  A touch of bling in the glass button adorns each flower.  Various purples were used to make the 3 different flowers on this design.  There will be a cotton version as well in neutrals and bright and bolds to warm the day.

Warm up your day and think of the coming Spring!  Have a great one!

SPRING FORWARD…Valentine window Display

Spring Forward at Art Gallery of St. Albert
Spring Forward at Art Gallery of St. Albert

I was recently asked by the Art Gallery of St. Albert to design a fun and bold window display to warm the cold days of February.  My thoughts started flowing and I immediately began thinking of ideas that could incorporate both the Valentines theme that warms our hearts and the warmth of the coming spring.  With that in mind I chose to work with a colour palette of reds, whites, pinks and purples to enhance the warmth in the overall theme of the display.  Today was the set up day which was kind of nerving as you never really know how it will look till you see it in the space it was intended for.

Floral Heart flower and roses
Floral Heart flower and roses

Spring forward as the theme, I began by choosing a flower that would be perfect for both Valentines and the coming spring.  Roses seemed to be the perfect fit as my main flower since they are one of my favourites and often the chosen flower for Valentine’s Day.  Wanting to incorporate hearts in the theme, but not so obvious in some sections, I started making a variety of large hearts. Placed 5 of the hearts together to form the petals of a flower with the centre being a rose bringing the connection of a Valentines theme and Spring Forward together.  These are the four large flowers in each window enticing us to look forward to the warmth of the upcoming season of spring.

Tiia, the cat, helping?!
Tiia, the cat, helping?!

A variety of hearts and roses adorn each of the scarf vines made with various specialty yarns such as hand spun yarn, hand painted merino wool, beaded and sequins silk, kid mohair and on some a crushed pearl yarn.  The roses and large flowers are made with a variety of yarns including hand painted merino wool and other fibres.   Each of the single hearts hanging on the vines is woven with second yarn of the same colour just as those we love are woven into our lives.   Each of the pieces involved in this design, including the flowers and hearts as a brooch, can be reused on other displays and more in keeping with an environmentally friendly design.    Tiia, one of our cats, is quick to check out how I am doing while working on the design of the Floral Hearts flowers.  She is one of those cats with more than 9 lives, always getting in trouble!

Art Gallery of St. Albert Spring Forward display
Art Gallery of St. Albert Spring Forward display

Consider taking your next design project “out of the box” and do something completely different.  It really makes the creativity run wild and free and oh so enjoyable.  Thanks to the Art Gallery of St. Albert http://artgalleryofstalbert.ca/  asking me to be a part of warming up the cold winter days and SPRING FORWARD…