Dana from The Starfish Studio gifted me with this lovely autumn themed banner a few weeks ago. I love the little details…sweet buttons, a maple leaf, a starfish…it’s a keepsake designed to a picture-perfect T, and uniquely me! Thank you Dana! It fits right in with my simple dining room decor; the duck decoys, handmade by my Dad, and my small, but growing collection of ironstone pitchers. Dana lives a creative life on an idyllic island in Washington’s Pacific Northwest. Her darling cottage has breath-catching water views, and so it’s no surprise that her whimsical creations are not only inspired by the sea, but are often crafted from treasures found on the beach itself. I always feel refreshed and inspired after visiting her blog.

Things are decidedly fall-like here…Canadians across the country celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend. We, the mister and I, hosted dinner as we often do. We are contentedly non adventurous when it comes to our holiday meal planning…most of my recipes are slightly tattered, if not visibly spattered with pumpkin or dusted with flour. The lovely carnations, below, were a gift from a friend. Thank you Shirley!

I’m in the throes of switching out summer dresses, flips flops and straw bags for woollies and wellies. Not all is getting packed away though. I just finished sewing a maxi sundress and there’s hope for a warm weather winter holiday. Here’s a brief peak…it seems silly to model what is obviously a summer dress while raindrops are dancing against the window panes. But don’t worry, I will definitely show you the dress in all it’s maximum glory…just not for a while yet.

I’m more than a little in love with these labels, gifted to me by Tasia from Sewaholic. They add such a sweet, personal touch to my me-made garments.

I’ve discovered that my winter wardrobe is seriously lacking in gingham, polka dots, and all things colourful….sigh….but I did get a little giddy when I was reunited with my Minnetonka booties.

And on my sewing table? This colourful fabric is all a twitter and anxious to be sewn…

Thanks for stopping by.
I am thankful for your readership,
your friendship,
and your inspiration.


  • Reply Curtise October 16, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Your dresser looks beautiful, Sue, and everyone's favourite recipes should have splashes of ingredients on the page, that's how you know where to find them!
    I can't wait to see you modelling that maxi dress – look at the print, the colours, the polka dot facing! And the bird print is just wonderful – you make such great fabric choices!
    Wishing you a belated happy Thanksgiving! xxx

  • Reply Connie October 16, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I love that Canada celebrates Thanksgivng before we do here in the US. I get so many great ideas 😉 so much pretty stuff here. I love your Fall booties and sweet gifts from sweet friends. OF COURSE your Dad carved ducks! Artistry does run in families. I love that you're planning on wearing a summer dress in the Fall. Keep that sunshine coming!!!!!

  • Reply Vix October 16, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I'm dying over that sneaky peak at your Summery dress, it looks like a work of art. The boots are too cool.
    The dresser looks so cosy and inviting with your banner! xxx

  • Reply Suzanne Carillo Style Files October 16, 2014 at 9:29 am

    That is such a sweet gift and works perfectly in your dining room. Very rustic.

    I can't wait to see you in that maxi dress. I wore a new maxi skirt out yesterday…I paired it with a merino wool sweater and loved it. Also yesterday it was 24 and sunny…now if it could only stay this way until April! ; )


  • Reply Natalia Lialina October 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I love your dining room decor, Sue! Very charming and inviting, with a wonderful collection of pitchers and this artistic banner. I'll come over to see Dana's blog! The dress with a giant butterfly print? So unexpected and beautiful! Lovely booties too! xxx

  • Reply Aya in Couturgatory October 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Your home looks so lovely and warm. I love seeing snapshots into my blog friends' lives! That maxi dress is a knockout, and you're going to shine like a star in it. 😀

  • Reply Dana Bishop October 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Sue, I feel famous! Thank you for a little showcasing of the banner. It looks absolutely perfect on the hutch!

    Those booties rock! I'm looking forward to a future post featuring them with one of your designs.

    I am so blessed by YOUR blog and our blog friendship.

  • Reply amy mayen October 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Oh wow, I wasn't feeling festive about fall but your Minnatonkas won me over. I will grudgingly accept the cool weather since you are. How,lucky we are to have friends and people that love us, your flowers and sewing goodies are fab! And I can't wait to see that dress, Sue.

  • Reply Flo October 17, 2014 at 3:57 am

    It's definitey cooler here, I'm so not ready. I'm glad you posted that banner, reminds me I need to dig mine out. If I can remember where I stored it!

  • Reply MIS PAPELICOS -Mis P October 17, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Welcome indeed, and happy weekend, dear Sue

  • Reply Ariane Lasalle October 17, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Fall is here too and soon or later we will have snow, i don't want to think about it!
    Love the banner, so cute!
    Can't wait to see what you do with that fabric

  • Reply Joni James October 17, 2014 at 6:58 am

    I just love that birdie fabric! I would make curtains for my kitchen if I had some of that goodness. 😉
    Isn't that banner the sweetest thing? It's got me inspired to make something for Christmas like that.

  • Reply Rebecca October 17, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Your fall themed banner is a lovely gift and it looks so perfect hanging there! Love the dress and the pattern is so fantastic! I really do hope you get to wear it on a fabulous winter holiday! Love those fun labels, they really make a great touch to any handmade piece!


  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for the bright wishes Curtise! Yep…my maxi dress went maxi pattern too, LOL!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Your welcome! 🙂

    Funny, but I don't think I ever connected my Dad's duck carving skills with the art I do, DUH!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I know…the print is fabulous, and I can't imagine why I didn't notice it in the fabric store at the beginning of summer, instead of the end. Ah well…I'll still get lots of opportunity to wear it.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 17, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I've been thinking about my dress and possibly styling it for fall…you know, with the booties and a sweater. The skirt portion isn't lined though, and it just might not be warm enough….and speaking of warm enough….24 degrees???? Hello…what's up with that?

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 17, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Thanks Natalia! Yes do visit Dana if you get a chance! Lots of PNW eye candy for us all! I'm so thrilled you noticed the butterfly. It's not easily discernible for many…but I LOVE them!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 17, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Thanks Aya! I'm the same way…I love catching little bits of interiors or neighbourhoods…it really does give a deeper understanding of the blogger.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 17, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Thank YOU Dana…and it does look perfect on my hutch!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 17, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Don't worry…I'm the same as you…wah wah fall…but my Minnie's do make me happy, LOL!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I hope you don't get hit with the wicked weather of last winter Flo! We've had such a stellar summer, that, although reluctant, I can accept that fall and winter are on the way.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

    oxoxoxox back atcha Sacramento!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 17, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Okay…now you DO have something to not look forward to…Montreal winters are intense shall we say. Fingers crossed that your winter is milder than last year Ariane!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 17, 2014 at 11:22 am

    OH YES! It is home decor fabric after all…and would look so cute…um?….everywhere in my home!!!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 17, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Thanks Rebecca! Living in Winnipeg, you know how special a winter holiday can be! I guess things are looking autumn themed in your lovely province now too!

  • Reply dan October 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Dana is a sweet person and I love her blog ! She has a special taste in choosing objects for her home… her posts are quiet and relaxing… the banner she sent you is very nice and, yes! It is perfect in your dining room!
    The labels are just a cute extra touch on your clothes…a very nice idea!!

  • Reply No fear of fashion October 19, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Indeed those labels are sooo sweet. Your maxi dress looks very good. Cannot wait to see it.
    And I think you might have to sew your gingam and polka dots in winter version now.
    Have a great fall.

  • Reply Heather October 19, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Sue that dress looks amazing!! I hope we get to see it soon. And I am in love with your fabrics for the Minoru jacket too! One of my favourite parts of fall is being able to dust off the boots and your little booties are so cute! Sounds like you've had a lovely start to Autumn and a great Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Rosy October 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    So much inspiration here, dear Sue …. the dresser looks lovely and romantic with a touch of Fall … I'm looking forward to seeing you modeling your new dress .. it does not matter if it rains, a new dress is a great event !!

  • Reply Sheila October 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Oh, such lovely fabric – you have such a great eye for colour. I love the little booties! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Sue! I totally forgot about it this year, since we were away.

  • Reply Louise Perry October 24, 2014 at 2:03 am

    The bird fabric is beautiful, cant wait to see it all sewn up. I am finding the transition to fall a little depressing. I have to grab those rare sunny days when they come and revel in them.

  • Reply The Style Crone October 24, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Your blog is always filled with inspiration and color. It's always a delight to stop by!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    You've described Dana just as I would Dan! It's a small world, this blogging community!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 24, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Yes! I'm on a mission to sew some winter clothing that feels right for me!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks Heather! I'm starting to sew my Minoru, and this fabric just makes me smile…birds on a branch!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Oh thank you Rosy! It's always a joy to have you stop by and say hello!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks Sheila! I can totally understand that Thanksgiving was forgotten this year….your trip to Italy looks to have been the 'best Thanksgiving ever'!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I hear ya Louise! Why can't it be summer forever? We've been fortunate here in that our fall has been really quite lovely weather. Hopefully, that will make the dark days of winter less depressing.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks Judith! I feel exactly the same way about your inspirational blog!

  • Reply Anonymous October 25, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    just tried to post and it vanished. Oh well. Here goes again: That dress is going to look good on you in you know where. Glad the flowers are lasting. I did not get this posting in my inbox, so I am glad I decided to check your blog to see if there were any new postings.


  • Reply sabine October 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Dear Sue,
    it is wonderful to see how you welcome fall. The decoration, the flowers, the cute fabric I love it all. Best I love your boots. So cool!
    Have a great week my dear.
    Sabine xxx

  • Reply Kezzie October 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    This post is full of beautiful colourful things, suiting your blog title lots! I bet you'll make something stunning out of that material! Those boots are super!x

  • Reply Trina October 31, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    You just proved that simple things can speak volumes! I do so love that banner and all the simple, yet beautiful little details as well as your breathtaking and simple dining room accessories, it just says, “please sit down and enjoy yourself”. And, those labels, how precious are they? I'm sure you will be putting them to good use. Last but not least, I would be wearing those boots daily, talk about an item that could go with just about any attire, looking forward to seeing more of these this season.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas November 3, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    We have got to get that sorted out Shirl! xo

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas November 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Sabine, always such a lovely writing style and thoughtful comment! Thank you! xo

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas November 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Thanks Kezzie! Just posted my make, 😉

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas November 3, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks Trina! I am so appreciative of my autumn banner, and it does suit the decor in my dining room. Both you and Dana are so talented with making beautiful vignettes in the home! I find inspiration regularly be reading your blogs!

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