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Early this year I was invited to take part in this lovely event held at the Ivy Lea Restaurant and Coach House in Gananoque. Although I am somewhat nervous about being in an “ART” show (how do I display without my trusty suitcases???) I am joining the many creative artists who make up this show which takes place next weekend (Oct 30, 31 and November 1).

Friday, October 30, 2015 – 6 pm to 9 pm, Saturday 10 – 6 and Sunday 11 – 5
The Ivy Restarant and Coach House

93 Shipman’s Lane

Leeds and the Thousand Islands, On. K0E 1L0

Before the Rush: One weekend. One prestigious location. One Fabulous Show.

If “a thing of beauty is a joy forever,” as poet John Keats wrote, then the Before the Rush Show encourages patrons to discover beauty in the form of a stunning selection of highly collectible fine art and craft from 20 artists and artisans who complement passion and originality with excellence in design & hand-work.

Before the Rush is a show designed to offer customers the opportunity to acquire artwork and gifts for themselves or others before the crushing Christmas crowds descend upon malls and shops, and before the artists and their works are swept up into the big annual seasonal shows.

Generously supported by:

Todd Bickerton and Tony Chard, SOTHEBY’S International Realty, Canada

For more information:
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So, if you are out and about or looking for something fun to do or trying to find that perfect gift for someone special come to beautiful Gananoque and visit Before the Rush!

Another Hope For Wildlife successful release took place today. As Gord was clearing out around the pond he discovered a small garter snake caught in the mesh we drape over the pond to collect leaves. Poor little thing was all tangled up and practically choking. Wellllll, Gord screwed up his courage, grabbed a pair of scissors and went at it – not the snake! the netting! Spent about 15 minutes snip snip snipping away as he held the snake (which required a lot of courage as Gord HATES SNAKES!) and finally freed the little critter and placed it on a rock. Wellllll that was not going to work – it was too cold for the snake to recover so out I popped, grabbed a styrofoam cone and placed the little snake in the bottom and brought it inside and gave it some water and covered it with a towel. Within half an hour it was moving – not vigorously but moving so out he went still in his bed. An hour later I carried the container into the woods and released him into the wood pile! Yeah!!! Our good deed for the day!


And now a picture of Denise’s ULTRA WIDE hand torn hit and miss rug – isn’t it wonderful. I can just imagine my toes sinking into this lovely rug…


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and Ashley with her VERY FIRST rug – not one to be daunted by a bigger pattern. This is Two Fat Birds designed by Diane and available through my online store…Image 1

5 responses »

  1. Ida van Grinsven

    Hello, I am interested in purchasing the pattern for Two Fat Birds, 29×16 for $45.00. Could you please tell me the best way to do that. Thank you. Ida van Grinsven 519-451-3687

    Sent from my iPad


  2. I think the two fat birds should be submitted to Rug Hooking Mag. for their back page (First Rugs article) It’s delightful!

    Joan Shouldice (Ottawa Olde Forge)

  3. How wide is ULTRA WIDE?  I would love to try this.  MBH

  4. Good for you on the Wildlife story!

  5. That is a WONDERFUL first rug. She looks hooked.
    Hugs 🙂


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