Alcohol Ink

Aren’t these fabulous? My friend Angie has been telling me about the virtues of alcohol ink for at least a year, but last weekI finally got my fingers dirty. And oh man! Fun! I will of course be making jewellery out of these. Look at the sets made from regular dominoes …

Girls’ Night Out

I didn’t have the most lucrative night, but it was kind of fun, I saw lots of people I knew, and I did make a good donation to a great cause (Transition House). Here are some pics of my booth, from one end to the other!    

Custom Lampworked Beads

Oh, lookit my custom order of lampworked beads from my favourite glass artist in Victoria ! I can’t wait until they get here! Laird really wants to start lampworking and fusing glass, and I think when we get our place we’ll ensure there’s room for a glass area with a …

Valentine’s Day Heart Pendants

Every year I create special valentine’s day pendants, available for just a couple of weeks. Here’s the start of this year’s crop! More viewable at Flickr.

Christmas Loft, 2008, for the last time (I promise)

OK, a final update/conclusion to the whole show saga for the year. In terms of how it went, it was fantastic!! The staff at the Centre for Craft & Design are simply amazing. Getting to the third floor was literally painless, as they had hired/recruited two guys to help us …

Christmas Loft, last day!

Monetarily, I’ve done as well in two days this year as I’ve done in the past in three. This is boding really well for today, which is a Saturday and also the Christmas Parade. I’m really hoping the parade sends people our way! I plan to send Laird onto the …

Christmas Loft 2008

What an AMAZING evening! I hope it can be called a categorical success so they can do it every year! I hope all locals will take a trip down today or tomorrow. The $2 cover charge gets you in and also gets you a ticket for the door prize, which …

Christmas Loft

I’m trying not to stress about the show. It’s much, much easier this year because I have a new little helper elf who likes to take charge. Angie has grabbed all my little vague half-started projects and either made them better herself or directed me how to finish them. I’m …

Display bits, 2008

I should probably be finishing up my stack of rings, but I couldnt’ help myself. This is what I spent all day yesterday doing (painting and gluing and cutting and folding):

Gemstone Focus Pendants

I am extremely happy to finally be able, after nearly a decade of wiresmithing, to present the public with a line of jewellery that is centered on the lore of mystical properties of gemstones. They’re my Focus pendants, and here are a few! Happiness: Renewal: Strength: Friendship: I also have …

Christmas Loft 2008

(Click for Larger) This private shopping party at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design is going to be totally fabulous. I will be dressed to the tens (the nines aren’t fancy enough!) and we’ll have a jazz band and martinis, and it’s going to be beautiful and intimate …

Rack Cards

The very kind people at the CBCCD, through a funding program, have allowed me the financial ability to have rack cards printed – plus business cards and the Moo cards I talked about this week. I spent far too many hours designing these things – struggling with niggly details, staring …

Coal Pendants

The coal industry has been a big deal in Cape Breton for decades. It’s been slowly shutting down, but of course the coal is still here – and it washes up on our beaches, all soft and beautiful. I give it a semi-gloss coat of sealant (because coal, it is …

New Moo Business Cards

You’ve probably seen my tiny finger-sized business cards from moo.com. I’ve got funding for more print materials so I’m using part of it to print some business-card-sized cards from Moo. The very best part is every card can have a different image on it! I chose 30 different images. Here …

Earrings

In the ramp-up towards this fall’s craft market, I’ve made nearly 100 new pairs of earrings, most of them from a fabulous batch of new glass beads I received recently. In my never-ending quest to find the best way to photograph my jewellery, I tried hanging earrings from the top …

Photographs

I finally found a setting that doesn’t look completely lame when taking beach glass pendant photos – a fistful of my white beachglass, a couple pieces of driftwood, some sand dollars and a shell! I think these came out really fabulous and as soon as my camera’s battery is charged …

Fall Beachcombing

I think the fall is one of the best times to go searching for beach glass and other bits, because A) there’s fewer people around and B) the storms really churn up what’s out there and drag it up onto shore! I’ve made some of my best finds in the …

Beachcombed, sorted

I sorted my beach glass! This is everything I have. I thought it might be neat to show the actual rarity of the colours by volume. Here is all of it: (click for larger + notes) And a close-up on my precious pieces: I’m surprised at how little brown I …

Phew!

I’ve finally managed to get a real sort of update onto my website. I replaced the Rings and Earrings pages with representative images instead of individual works for sale, as that just never worked out very well – those always have a high turnover and I just can’t keep the …

Earrings

These are the earrings I made for the home show I had on Sunday: And yesterday I got a whole passel of new beads, including flowers, raspberries, butterflies, leaves and crackle beads – so of course I had to make more! These are destined for the Cape Breton Centre for …