Famous Amos

I took this photo last night. He was dreaming of a caribou chase on the great plains, last night.

(but he was actually curled up on 2 sheepskins, on his chais lounge, by the woodstove). xo.

Make Something Every Day

found object beach art

unfinished ~foundobjectbeachart by Jen ~fall fair project 2011

“Why is this the name of your website?” Well, living on Quadra near the ocean, beachcombing is one of my fav things to do. And one of the only things to do come winter storm season. I was shocked the first summer we lived here, at how much colourful plastics littered our “david Suzuki” beaches. So.. I started picking it up. Piece by piece, my pockets and pockets of my husband were getting full. I started bringing a reusable bag on our walks. It got filled daily, during the winter months especially. I would lean over to pick up a plastic lid, a buoy, or an old, empty oil bottle that I had guessed was tossed over or wind blow off a ship at sea. YARRR ! I make stories up to myself or with husband about our best daily treasures. Even the tampons. Corey calls them “beach whistles” and uses a Russian accent to say “vat iz dis beach vistle?”. (I think from a movie?). Hygeine products and shoes are the only items that I discriminate against, all else goes in the bag. Hygiene products for obvious reasons and shoes.. well, that’s usuall just creepy finding the one flip or baby runner ~but in recent years there have been over a dozen feet / leg parts found in shoes that have washed ashore in the Vancouver region. So yeah. Of course, finding glass balls and eagles feathers are an added bonus. More posts about those items this winter! Here are a few “in the making” photos of the above project and a lighters project started:

Make Something Every Day

quilts and rifles

Like most artists, I love to research how-to makes and then break all the rules and make whatever I want. It’s a sign of respect to know the media, appreciate it’s roots before destroying the concepts. It’s been rainy and I’ve found this incredible batik material so last weekend, by the woodstove I read a quilting book I got the from the Courtenay thrift store. I then sketched my fav patterns into my massive ideas journal and photo’d these wicked passages for your enjoyment. Since these photos were taken, I have started sewing! the whole interfacing thing will be a mystery and possible game breaker but stay tuned for the final creation.

lost at sea or ships at sea pattern


the crazy quilt pattern












the classic log cabin pattern

the grandmother design

I guess I proved them wrong...