Save the Date! New Westminster Heritage Home Tour & Tea

As you will have noticed I’ve rather neglected this lovely blog because as I explained in my my posting of October 5, 2014, “Pursuing Arts & Crafts at 100 Braid St Studios“, I have been spending my time building a new Arts Studio & Gallery business located in the historic area of Sapperton in New Westminster.  It’s been very rewarding and I don’t have a lot of time for other pursuits but now that the business is a year & a half old I’m starting to be able to delegate things, leaving me more time for other interests such as my passion detailed here.

Each year I have meant to share notice of a wonderful event held in our fair city but time always flies and I’ve missed it several times.  Not this year!! The Annual Heritage Home Tours & Tea is a highlight of our city & perfect for anyone who loves heritage buildings.

Rather than waiting until the last minute like other years I’m sending out notice now to SAVE THE DATE!  The tour is scheduled for May 29  10-5pm  Be sure to visit their website and find out about some of the unique homes that will be featured.  And of course, dear to my heart is the news that the Home Tour will feature something new this year, ART of all kinds-Visual and Performing to name a few.  The NWHPS is partnering with the Arts Council of New Westminster to showcase the heritage of our city through art!

NWHPS has a wonderful website with tips for the tour and a listing of the different types of NWHPShomes style you’ll find in the city, including of course, Arts & Crafts homes (click on the photo and it will take you directly to their website).  You’ll also find a list of resources if you are interested in researching the history of your home if you live in New Westminster.

For now, be sure to keep your eye on their website because this is always a “sold out” event.

Arts and Crafts Finds – April 19, 2015 Vancouver & Seattle

Vancouver/Lower Mainland


Craftsman Style Vintage Rocker with Red Seat – $120 (Kerrisdale)

00W0W_73aXxcHK6Y5_600x450Antique Coat Stand – $200 (New West)

Umbrella StandAntique Umbrella Stand $25 (Maple Ridge)

Bowl1900s Arts And Crafts Large Bowl – $60

lightPORCH LIGHT Craftsman Style – $49 (Vancouver Westside)

DoorAntique Door – $99

PinAntique hammered sterling silver pin – $65 (burnaby north)

VaseCOPPER Hand Hammered Small Vase – $25 (Coquitlam)

Wall SconcesBrushed Copper Wall Sconce – $50 (Tsawwassen)

Victoria & Vancouver Island

Nothing of note this week

Northwest Washington/Greater Seattle

RockerAntique Oak Craftsmen Rocker – $75 (bellingham)




Arts and Crafts & DIY Finds – Oct 13, 2014 Vancouver Victoria Seattle

It’s so nice to get back to posting again and sharing the interesting things that I’ve found on Craigslist. I’m a big fan of DIY projects so I’ve included items at the bottom of the post that would look beautiful in any Arts & Crafts or craftsman style home once they are repaired, refinished or fixed up.

Vancouver/Lower Mainland
Arts & Crafts Bud Vase

Signed Arts & Crafts Bud Vase (Maple Ridge)

Copper Bumper

Antique Art Nouveau Copper Fireplace Surround Bumper (Chilliwak) $125

Stickley ChairsRare Matching Signed Stickley Chairs – $675 (Nat Bailey QE Park)

Rocking Chair2 Mission Style Rockers – $160 (Brentwood)

Oak DresserOak dresser with mirror – $299 (port moody)

tilesBlue and white mosaic wall piece – $45 (Tempe and 27th)

Bridge Lampantique bridge lamp – $75       

Morris Style chairMorris style push button recliner – $50 (Fort Langley)

Rose windowsOne set of Antique windows in wood frames – $150 (New Westminster)

Victoria & Vancouver Island

Hammered HoodsSTEAM TABLE, STOVE, 2 CANOPY’s – $900

Northwest Washington/Greater Seattle

Bellingham TableAntique Oak Library Table – $160 (bellingham)

Rocking Chair1Craftsman Rocking Chair – Oak – $100 (South Side)

lampQuizel craftsman chandelier – $150 (Oak Harbor)

01414_6SDkZBtjVO9_600x450greene and greene style gates – $1,000 each or $1500 for 2(Gig Harbor)

light fixtureMission Style Chandelier – $110 (Tacoma)

MailboxVintage Craftsman Style Mail Box – $25 (Renton)

The-Art-of-William-Morris-in-Cross-Stitch-9780895778864Needlepoint and knit books – $20 (Bellingham) including
The Art of William Morris in Cross Stitch

DIY Arts & Crafts Projects 
When I see these I wish I had more time.

Antique Oak Chairs1910 Oak Antiques Chairs – $50 (Burnaby)

DoorCraftsman style French door – $75 (saanich)

This is just a reminder that I don’t know any of the people who have these items for sale. Buyer beware. If I have time I sometimes email them to let them know that I’ve posted their listing on the blog but this doesn’t always happen.   

Pursuing Arts & Crafts at 100 Braid St Studios

When I was off on medical leave in December 2013 and realized I couldn’t go back to work I asked myself: “If I could do anything I wanted and couldn’t fail, what would I do?” My vision was to create an inclusive working art studio that allowed visitors to be inspired and to learn from the artists and artisans practicing in the studio. Studio artists would produce fine art & craft in the form of paintings, sculpture, fiber, jewellery making, photography, and mixed media.  Not long after I had a business plan and took steps to make my dream a reality.

As I revealed in my blog posting on March 16, I took possession of 5,600 square feet on the second floor of a warehouse built in 1928.  It’s been busy since with little to no time to blog. Things are settling into more of routine so I would like to welcome to my vision:
100 Braid St Studios

It started out like this:
100 Braid St Studios

After receiving city permits the work started and the empty shell started taking shape.  My concept for the entire studio was based on the fact that people love to see artists at work and so we created walls between the working artist studios and the workshop areas. We started with separating the artists studios and then built walls of reused windows, allowing visitors to see into the spaces.

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My goal was also to reuse, recycle and upcycle as many building materials as possible so we turned to Surrey New & Used for all of our windows, doors and other odds and ends.  Of course, I found some really great deals on Craigslist Vancouver.  Where else can you get 25 feet of lower cupboard for $500?  Not that we needed all of them for the kitchen, so we sold and gave away free whatever we couldn’t use.
100 Braid St Studios Kitchen Cupboards

There was painting going on at the studio shortly thereafter-it wasn’t fine art…although watching Winston and Rebecca from Long Beach Painting, I would say painting a ceiling is an art.
IMG_2164Around this time I found out more history about the building and it was confirmed that it had been a winery.  The copula on the roof is testament to that fact.
100 Braid St Studios Cupola

After much debate and considering polished concrete, hardwood and laminate flooring, we  chose commercial vinyl plank and had it installed by Silver Leaf Refinishing. The guys were amazing and it was completely installed in only 3 days!
Flooring 100 Braid St StudiosNext came the benches.Benches 100 Braid St StudiosWe installed a fireplace to create a lounge area.
Fireplace progression 100 Braid St StudiosThen we moved on to creating a store front entrance for the large garage door. Once again I found these incredible 10 foot glass store doors and stained glass panels at our friends Surrey New & Used
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Artists started moving in:

100 Braid St Studios opened it’s doors on June 8 and we were already full.  This means we are the home of 14 working art studios with 16 professional and emerging artists. It’s been an amazing 7 months & we’ve accomplished a tremendous amount!

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Read the newspaper article in the New Westminster Newsleader here or by clicking on the photo below:
100 Braid St StudiosThe studio has two workshop spaces in the main gallery area which we separate using our rolling shelves, a Jackson Pollock Splatter room and a rentable Photography room which also doubles as a small meeting room.100 Braid St Panoramasplatter2aOur bathroom, still in progress  is a cool “Ode to Sharpie” exhibit. Each artist in the studio will be picking a frame and creating their own brand of sharpie art.
Bathroom Collage

We are running a variety of classes:

IMG_2476   100 Braid St Studios Rock Painting October

including day camps for children during the BC teachers strike, Pro-D days, and after-school Art Enrichment.
Picasso Masks  Art Enrichment

Craft & Artisan Workshops & Classes
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Fine Art Classes
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totally awesome private painting parties for adults & kids
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and the workshop/gallery area is rentable for weddings and other events.
100 Braid St Weddings2100 Braid St WeddingsEveryone who comes into the space says that the photos cannot capture the ethereal quality of the light and the spirit of healing & peace.

I invite you to please check out our website & follow our blog at:

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Please come and visit or take a class.  I’d love to provide a tour and for you to become part of the 100 Braid St community!

Arts and Crafts Finds – April 3, 2014 Vancouver Victoria Seattle

Vancouver/Lower Mainland

LanternsPost Lanterns $10 (Aldergrove)

Ink Blotter
Vintage Ink Blotter – Art Nouveau $80 (Vancouver)

Solid Oak cabinet/media centre with doors $100 (Ocean Park/South Surrey)

Cabinet pulls
4 x Metal Pull Handles for Cabinet Doors $5 (Richmond)

Rocking Chair
Rocking Chair – Large Wood Contemporary New 375 – $87 (North Shore)

Queen Bed Set – Mission Style Solid Oak $800 (Steveston)

Rose Stained Glass Window $250 (New Westminster)

Antique Goldn Oak Arts & Crafts Dresser $400 (North Vancouver)
White House Cook Book $50 (Vancouver)

Victoria & Vancouver Island

Mission Dresser
Oak Mission Style Dresser $250 (Nanaimo)

Mission Dresser2
Mission Style Dresser $299 (Nanaimo)

Northwest Washington/Greater Seattle

Mission Style Clock $255 (Olympia)

Antique Jemco Hand Tooled Leather Arts & Crafts Purse $145 (Seabeck in Kitsap County)




Vegetarian Stuffed Protobello Mushrooms with Rosemary

Along with quitting my job I’ve made some other changes in my life after watching the incredible documentary Forks over Knives.  It provides a very good reminder about eating healthier and how so many of today’s illnesses are treatable with food.  As Bruce and I used to be flexitarian (mostly vegetarian but occassionaly eat meat, usually when guests at someones home) we have decided to return to that type of eating. Last night I just threw together what I had in the fridge and created Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Rosemary & they turned out so delicious I wanted to share.

Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Rosemary2 Large Portobello Mushrooms, stems removed and chopped
1 Large Red Pepper, chopped
1 Large Tomato, chopped
4 Green Onions, chopped
1 Clove garlic, diced
Fresh Rosemary, chopped (to your taste)
1/4 brick of Cream Cheese, chopped
Olive Oil
Cheddar,grated for light garnish
Parmesan, grated for light garnish

Brush Portobello Mushrooms lightly with olive oil and broil both sides briefly.
In the meantime chop vegetables and saute quickly in a small amount of olive oil.
Remove from heat and add cream cheese.  Stir until vegetables are coated-it’s ok to have small chunks of the cream cheese as they will melt.  Garnish with cheddar, parmesan and a few reserved pieces of green onion.  Broil while watching in oven for 3-7 minutes and cheese is melted & bubbly.

Serves 2
What I love most about this is that the rosemary is a great complement to the earthiness of mushrooms and an excellent paring with these particular vegetables.

I served this with a broccoli, cabbage and carrot slaw.




A Secret Revealed – following my heart & living my dream

I’ve been hinting for some time that despite the fact I was on medical leave there were some wonderful things going on in my life.  My daughter’s upcoming wedding is one but it’s time to make public what else I’m have been and will be doing.

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The Last Ferry Home by Susan L Greig

March 21 will be my last day of work at BC Children’s Hospital.  I am taking the leap of living my dream and opening an inclusive art studio and gallery located five minutes from my home in New Westminster.  Bucket List Item #239 Quit my job and paint/write full-time can be crossed off my list.

This idea has been a long time percolating and my vision finally came together in December of 2013 when I found several studios in the USA that each had elements of what I wanted to do.  It’s funny how something can circulate in your brain, sometimes for years, and then just at the right moment everything comes together and you wonder how you didn’t see it before because it was so obvious.

Here is the official lowdown about the studios:

100 Braid St Studios is an inclusive working art studio for New Westminster and Lower Mainland artists that allows visitors to be inspired artistically and to learn from the artists practicing in the studio. Studio artists produce fine art & craft in the form of paintings, sculpture, fiber, jewellery making, photography, and mixed media.

We provide three programs that foster creativity and the expansion of the dialog around the ever-blurring boundaries and continuum of art to craft :

1. Painting or Craft workshops focus on the fun and social aspects of getting together in a group to produce art.
2. Fine art classes cover the basics of a number of painting techniques, colour theory and artistic exploration.
3. Cultural Workshops feature contemporary and traditional Métis crafts such as beading, stone carving, and weaving. (Métis arts are in danger of dying so I am keen on seeing these preserved)

We are not only inclusive of all types of art but we are inclusive in cultural diversity, language and ability. We provide workshops and classes in:
ASL (American Sign Language)
ESL (for new immigrant) certified instructor.
Adaptive format for adults and children with disabilities

The Studio also provides an alternative venue for corporate team building, private meetings and celebratory events.


On March 1 I took possession of  5,600 square feet on the second floor of a warehouse built in 1928 and renovations are currently underway.  Time that I would have spent blogging over the past few months has been used in creating a new website, getting social media set up and meeting with artists and artisans who are interested in coming into the space.

Someone at city hall told me that the building used to be an old winery but they couldn’t 100 Braid St - Concept-Decor Space Plan copyconfirm that so I’ve asked our local historians if they could do some research.  We do know that the Studios sit across the street from where an old Distillery used to be so it is very possible it was part of that or it may in fact be a winery; city hall staff said that is why there is a cupola on the top of the building. Regardless, I’m excited to find out what I can so that I can play homage to the history of the warehouse in the decor that we choose.  My focus at this time is on “Funky Junk” design with an industrial feel and using used and sustainable building materials.

My dream has long been to find a way to quit my job at the hospital and work in the arts.  100 Braid St Studios is going to allow me to do that.  It’s also going to allow me to explore, in a very practical way, the whole concept of the Arts and Crafts Philosophy as related to the modern DIY movement.  To see a previous posting on this topic please click here.

I would be honoured if you would visit the new 100 Braid St Studios website, follow me there on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Facebook is coming soon!
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