Charles Rennie Mackintosh

On our short visit to Glasgow a couple of weeks ago  we made sure to seek out work by Glasgow's most famous architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. His furniture and interior designs are featured in any general book on the Art Nouveau style - his high backed, very uncomfortable-looking chairs are icons. This sample of what we saw is arranged…Read More

Drawing Our House

It was Sheila's birthday last week (thanks for the kind wishes)  and she was given a copy of Emma Fitzgerald's new book Hand Drawn Halifax. Have you seen it ? It's a beautiful production with charming illustrations and a wonderful collection of words that surprise and amuse. For the full story read the review in the Chronicle…Read More

A Short Visit to Glasgow

Last week we went to Glasgow. Sheila realized that the Westjet direct flights from Halifax were ending and this would be good research for future adventures in Scotland. The flight was super convenient, leaving at about 10 PM, and we were standing in front of our rented West End flat by 9 AM . Checking in…Read More

On the Waterfront

In the last little while it seems we go to the waterfront every other day. We made a special trip to see the  Sculpture Nova Scotia project and will continue to follow that with interest. On Saturday we attended Oysterfest (feels like a winner). And on Sunday we were at the Marriott for Blog Jam to learn…Read More

Apple Barrel Labels

Last year about this time I wrote a blog about apple barrel stencils, because APPLES. With the new crop coming on the market, now is the appropriate moment to introduce you to the next way barrels were marked, the paper label. These labels were a sweet meeting of  traditional packaging and colourful printing,  intended to introduce our Nova…Read More