Wednesday, June 23, 2010


lots more stitching to go on this one, but i am beginning to see the final product in my mind's eye. whereas the last piece was largely a monochromatic affair - as many days on the coast can be - i am trying to incorporate more shades into this one. i'm also having fun experimenting with further materials. remnants from my yarn stash are perfect for starfish and mussels, and raw fleece from a friend's sheep is working well as wave foam (and fog, not seen here).

after i took these shots i started incorporating some barnacles into the mix (of course) and am debating what other creatures can join the melee. above these rocks i am building the forest edge; the raggedy, wind-beaten west coast trees. an eagle might find it's way up there, but it's currently just sitting in my thoughts.

more to see soon. the recent, tenuous reprieve from all the rain we've been getting has given me the opportunity to sit outside after work and do some stitching, which my eyes appreciate compared to my dark living room. until then, let me leave you with a shot of a recent delicious meal: shrimp, chickpea and avocado salad. yum.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

a simple dress...and pancakes!

a couple weeks ago the new j.crew catalog arrived, and on the cover was a perfect, easy summer dress. I would probably have ordered it immediately, but for the prohibitive price tag. i wanted to capture the vibe of the dress though, and had recently purchased some linen/rayon blend in this blue. and here's what i ended up with. not quite the same, but a comfy (and hopefully still stylish?) dress for long summer days.

with the solid fabric instead of a print, i tried to add some subtle details to add interest to the dress. the centre seam down the neckline and front, along with sleeves and side seams, are top stitched with silver thread for a touch of sparkle. there is a bit of pleating along the shoulders. and i left the raw selvedge unhemmed at the bottom of the dress.

this was also my first experience sewing with elastic thread, but after a bit of internet browsing and sewing machine tweaking, it worked just fine. i've got other elastic projects in mind already.

i meant to post this on the weekend and then the pancakes would seem more appropriate, but in case you are looking for a delicious sunday breakfast idea, the (sort-of) recipe for these yummy danish pancakes is over on my flickr.

Monday, June 07, 2010


layers of blue, originally uploaded by westcoastcreative.

layers of denim, linen and shimmery nylon. a landscape in development...

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

fresh bread for dinner...

heidi's recipe for six seed soda bread jumped out at me as soon as i saw it earlier this week. today i was also craving homemade buttermilk ranch dressing, which gave me the perfect excuse to pick up buttermilk for both.

i made a quick salad with romaine, avocado, cukes, mango, sunflower sprouts and crab. top with dressing, butter bread, and a yummy meal was born.

nice and summery, but still hearty enough to help with the fact that it sure doesn't feel like summer around here. oh look, it's raining again...