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dear accidental joy by Rosalyn Faustino

I first met Rosalyn at a Quilt Sunday. She showed up with pieces of cedar wood, thread, nails and a tiny hammer. I was completely enthralled by her work. Soon after she agreed to do a window installation for the workroom. It is the first of many artist installations in those lovely bay windows, I hope.

ceedlings is made up of found frames, tiny nails and thread. dear accidental joy is comprised of dozens of little sculptures that are crocheted out of gold wire. Rosalyn’s work is delicate, fine and intriguing. I have been lucky to experience it every day for the last few weeks. I love watching it change as the daylight passes over it, not only creating wonderful shadows, but also lovely metallic glitterings (my own word) when the sun shines, just so.

ceedling by Rosalyn Faustino

What is your first crafty memory?

ROSALYN : I think my first real crafty love was cross-stitching. I remember cross-stitching everywhere I went, I felt so hardcore. At the same time, I remember going to the Calgary’s local hobby shop with my family and I was totally into painting figurines and playing with hama beads.

You recently graduated from which Art program?

ROSALYN : I recently graduated from the Art and Art History program at the University of Toronto in Mississauga and Sheridan College, specializing in Sculpture.

What do you feel is the most important thing you learned from your school experience?

ROSALYN : In my last year of university, I was having a conversation with one of my mentors and he told me to take what I have and just experience it. I’ve learned to trust my gut and allow the processes to guide me. The book, “Letters to a Young Artist” by Peter Nesbett, Sarah Andress and Shelly Bancroft was also been pretty inspiring to read while I was in school.

Do you have a term for the ‘thread weaving’ you do? (ie with the wooden frames and nails)

ROSALYN : Total random thread weaving! It’s kind of funny because once I got more involved with the crafty world, I would find books on weaving – and online images like this. It’s pretty interesting that I never knew about it sooner! I loved the idea of layering different colours to give it dimension, it was almost like I was drawing the grains of the wood.

Can you explain the titles of the pieces you did for the window?

ROSALYN :  Creating titles for pieces are probably the most hardest part for me to make! ceedling came from my interest in trees and wood grain. This project initially began in my fourth year when I was at Home Depot. I was on a search for scraps of wood – there’s something about found wood that makes it more unique than perfectly cut pieces. I ended up finding a huge stash of cedar shingles with tons of imperfections and knots in each piece of wood. I went home and played around with material in my sewing box. I became really passionate about this type of thread weaving and this title best suited my creative growth.

dear accidental joy is directly related towards this opportunity of making something larger than I have ever made before. (Thanks Karyn for the opportunity!)

What would be your dream commission/installation?

ROSALYN : After setting this up for your shop, getting an opportunity to do other window installations would be pretty amazing. I would love to do something for the Harbourfront. A few of my mentors at Sheridan told me to check out the Tree Museum and maybe display something in an outdoorsy space.

What is your favourite thing to have for breakfast?

ROSALYN : Mmm great question, in reality, I’m always rushing in the mornings…so I usually miss it and just have lunch.

But! If I do go all out on breakfast, I’ve got a few favourites…because I love love love breakfast food – I can have it any time of day! First off, it definitely has to include bacon (reminds me of my dad cooking on Sunday mornings), over-easy eggs, and pumpernickel toast. If we go out and eat breakfast, I like the smoked salmon with eggs benedict with no capers OR the french connection (french toast, bacon, eggs) at Sunset Grill. I’m all about the big breakfast!

p.s. With all this thread talk, I have to post this amazing link to a lined notebook made with thread! {via Supernaturale}

dear accidental joy by Rosalyn Faustino


It must be abundantly clear that the way to my heart is through my sweet tooth. Lo and behold another sweet treat was hand delivered to my doorstep a couple days ago in an amazon.com box. Not books, but a homemade apple tart made by Reva. Of course the best time to enjoy such things is for breakfast. Why stop there? Why not add some cream with vanilla bean and raw sugar? Yes, thank you, I will!

The recipe comes from Orangette and is as easy as can be. Skimming through her other recipes, I’ve marked down these ones to try out myself – Banana-Coconut Bread, French Chocolate Granola, Fresh Mint Ice Cream and Soba with Peanut-Citrus Sauce. (the last one is so that you know I eat things that are not classified as dessert too)

I don’t know about you but once I start looking at recipes, I can’t stop. I’ll pore through cookbooks and food blogs bookmarking dozens of recipes and making myself extremely hungry. It’s a strange form of torture.


Spotted: Printed proof of dress 13 in Saturday’s Globe and Mail!

Also spotted, little K eating the last piece pie of for breakfast this morning. I hear she ate the whole thing! Apple, cranberry and walnut pie made with love by Willa. Days don’t start any better than this.


Trimmed Quilt Block, originally uploaded by the workroom.

My quilt top is now completely pieced together. I can hardly believe it. Since this is my first quilt, I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to make it absolutely perfect. This personal pressure definitely accounts for the fact that it took me 5+ years to collect all the ‘right’ fabrics for it.

You’ve already met Lorelei (the centre piece blue floral), now you can meet all the other fabrics. The fabrics that started it all and set the tone for the colour palette are the first three from right to left. These fabrics were designed by my dear friend Angela for a bedding line that didn’t end up going into production. I snatched up all the sheet samples after the market show was over. The fabrics are yarn dyed, meaning that the yarns were dyed beforehand and then woven together. That stripe is not printed, it’s woven. Even the two solids have multiple coloured threads woven in which really adds another dimension. Besides being designed by a close friend, this fabric doesn’t exist anywhere else, except for in this quilt. How cool is that?

The dark brown fabric was a purchase from the legendary Purl Soho. It’s hard to see, but there is a very subtle cross stitch print with the alphabet going through it.

The last fabric is from the My Folklore collection by Lecien. I found this fabric in the very first order I received for the shop. It was last summer when the boxes of fabric arrived at my house. (I hadn’t even secured a space yet) I couldn’t resist opening up the packages and checking out the fabrics I had chosen. It was even better than Christmas. When I saw that brown floral on blue, I ran to my room and got out my bag of collected quilt fabrics. Yes! This was the final fabric I had been waiting for.

Stay tuned for a look at all the blocks together.

p.s. I had key lime pie for breakfast today. I thought somebody should know that.

Quilt Block detail



Fabric for Shirred Top, originally uploaded by the workroom.

This morning started off with a quick stop off at Kinkos (at Bloor & Spadina) to do some copying. Since it was such a sunny morning, Maisy & I walked down Palmerston to Queen Street and then across to the shop. I couldn’t resist stopping in at Kensington Market Organic Ice Cream even though it was before 11am. Ice cream for breakfast is perfectly acceptable in my world. I got a cone of their cinnamon ice cream, which was super yummy. I think it’s time for me to get out my ice cream maker.

Often times when someone buys the last bit of fabric off the bolt, there is an odd-sized piece left over. People worry they are leaving me with something I won’t be able to sell. What?! Not one bit of fabric goes to waste at the workroom. These odd bits actually go right into my growing collection of fabric. This particular fabric is called Connecting Flowers by Art Gallery Quilts. I’ve been plotting to make something out of this fabric since it arrived, but it keeps selling out. When i was left with .7 metres of this silver grey and yellow treasure last week, I knew just what I was going to do with it.

A while ago, I had read Field Guided’s post on shirring and saw the darling dress she made from some Henry Glass bicycle print fabric. Cute! Then a couple weeks ago Toast ‘n’ Eggs asked me if I could teach her how to do shirring. Now that I’ve done it, I think everyone should! It’s very easy, totally satisfying and the results are impressive.

I thought I would make a wider strap and I like the way they turned out. The straps are 1.5″ wide. I ran the remainder of the fabric through the serger with some silvery embroidery thread to finish the top and bottom edge with a rolled hem. The rolled hem is definitely my favourite finishing technique right now. For the shirring lines, I spaced them 1″ apart and did five of them. All you need to do is hand wind some elastic thread onto your bobbin and use a regular thread up top. I’m addicted. You’ll be seeing more shirring experiments from me for sure. Please try this, it will make you so happy.

A full tutorial for shirring can be found here.

Shirred Top Detail

Shirred top


One of the first plants I bought for my garden were raspberry plants. I LOVE them. I wish they grew all year round, non-stop. Even though it is the end of June, I wasn’t expecting any berries for a couple more weeks. What a lovely surprise to spot this plump white raspberry this morning! I quickly checked out the strawberry plants and found some wrinkly miniature red berries. I had a mini harvest of four delicious berries for breakfast.