Thursday, April 3, 2014

Culinary competition sculptures

The first NBCC (New Brunswick Community College) Algonquin Resort culinary competition was held on March 24, 2014.

Jantje was asked to design a few themed sculptures to be used as awards for the event.

Using recycled Algonquin Resort cutlery, driftwood from our local beaches and a few added embellishments, she created the following pieces...



Pictured below are some of the winners holding their awards. Congratulations to all!


Photo: NBCC
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The Algonquin is one of Canada’s most luxurious and legendary resorts. Rich in history, meticulously restored to its original splendour, and complete with every modern comfort you could desire, this year-round destination truly offers the best of the past with contemporary amenities.
 

For a trip of a lifetime, visit The Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, NB

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sign here please...

A special line painting was created by Geoff Slater for the March 19th re-opening of The Algonquin Resort

All in attendance were invited to "autograph" the artwork. 

Here are some photos of the creation of the art and of the painting being signed during celebrations held on March 19, 2014 at the modern, hip and luxurious Algonquin Resort.





Photo: Shannon May Photography

Photo: Shannon May Photography

Photo: Shannon May Photography

Photo: Shannon May Photography
Photo: Shannon May Photography

 






 

 
The painting now hangs in the hotel's fitness studio.


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The Algonquin is one of Canada’s most luxurious and legendary resorts. Rich in history, meticulously restored to its original splendour, and complete with every modern comfort you could desire, this year-round destination truly offers the best of the past with contemporary amenities.
 

For a trip of a lifetime, visit The Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, NB

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

DIY/Kids & Creativity: Bean Bags

by Andrea Mulder-Slater


I'm not what one would call skilled when it comes to sewing. Still, I do enjoy putting fabrics together to create something interesting -- more now than ever. Mostly I love colourful material (which is easy to see when you sneak a peek at the stash in the studio).

The other day, the littlest one was talking about buying some bean bags, after having played a game of "beanbag toss" at a friend's house. I've often heard folks talking about the "right" time to teach kids how to sew and the general consensus seems to be somewhere around the ages of 5 and 6. So, I thought what better time to introduce my kiddo to the art of sewing.

She and I had collaborated once before on a DIY piggie made of old nylon hosiery and buttons, but this time, I was going to let her do the lion's share of the sewing...

First, we emptied a basket of fat quarters.


We looked at our fabric choices.


And decided on this one.


Using the fold marks as a guide, we cut out a piece of material that looked like it would make a nice sized beanbag. 


After folding the material (finished sides together) I showed my kiddo how to thread a needle and sew a simple stitch -- the goal was not perfection, but rather just to attach the fabric together enough so the bean bag filling would not fall out!


She seemed to catch on pretty quickly and with a little help (and by taking turns) she worked her way along three edges of the soon-to-be bean bag.



The band aid was for an earlier paper cut. She didn't poke herself with the needle.  Really.




The inside-out bean bag with one side left open.


I did a quick stitch along part of the open end, leaving enough space so the material could be turned right side out.


For filler, we chose lentils since we have a lot of lentils in our cupboards.



Once the bag was full, I sewed the edge closed...


Voila -- bean bag!
 

We had so much fun with the first, so we decided to make a second bean bag!


Go ahead, try it yourself!




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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Winter by the sea

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

There's something truly mystical about winter by the sea. Whether watching the sun rise or set, or wandering along the seashore, the colours in winter range from vibrant to pastel as familiar scenes go through constant change.  Wind, rain, snow, sleet, ice and sunshine take turns working their magic on the land and sea - like paintbrushes on a canvas.

Here are a few photographs of the winter scenery outside the studio...