Free Pattern Friday!

Craftsy.com has blogged my Wire-Wrap Beach Glass tutorial as one of their favourite free patterns! Read all about it here.

Chakra Resolution

About a million years ago, when I was working out the gemstone combinations for my Focus line, I drew this Chakra necklace idea: Today I turned it into this! Top to bottom… Amethyst, Iolite, Aquamarine, Seraphinite, Amber, Carnelian, Garnet, and Onyx Fun so far!

On Creativity & Collaboration

I was lucky enough to be in attendance at the first day of the first annual Growing a Creative Economy conference, hosted by the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, earlier this week. The first day had several excellent speakers, and I came away with an actionable list of …

Studio Built Start-to-Finish

I just realized I never did show you all my studio! It was built wayyy back in 2009 and it has been the pride and joy of my home and my business ever since. Here’s a fun little slideshow going through the build from bare basement to finished workspace!

Holiday Spirit… Got Yours?

Guess what? There’s a craft market this weekend! It’s always worth a look so I thought I’d give you the heads up. This year I got ALL of my shopping done at Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design on Charlotte St. … no, really! It was so easy, and …

Double Focus

I had a moment of clarity yesterday that has helped me narrow down and organize the types of  jewellery I’m making. I was able to group my work into collections and break the collections down into types, which allowed me to see where I’m wasting energy and where I’m missing …

Twelve Days…

I’m getting married! In twelve days! Here’s what I’m working on to wear that day :) It’s not exactly finished yet, I don’t think… but maybe it is? I’m not sure! I feel like it needs more metal. That large centrepiece is a pair of bracelets pulled onto the hand-made …

I think I know where my love of colour comes from…

My mom was cleaning out their basement – which used to be my grandparents’ basement – and found a trunk (possibly more than one?) of things from when we were babies. There are a few entirely adorable bits of clothing that almost (but not quite) make me want to have …

Home to Roost

A bunch of super-talented local artisans and I are working on a gallery exhibition that opens in about a month. It’s all about birds and there are a LOT of great ideas flying around our intermittent meetings. Working with such creative minds is exhilarating… staring down a deadline, a little …

Busy as a Bee

My Arts North end-of-season inventory is back, and I’m pleased to discover that I now have twice as many rings as I thought I had, and nearly twice as many earrings. Phew! This is good, because I woke up this morning realizing this is my last full weekend of production, …

Where to Buy, Xmas Season 2011

Some folks have been asking where to buy my jewellery this year. Here’s the list! Centre 200 Christmas Craft Fair Friday, November 11: 2pm – 9pm Saturday, November 12: 10am – 8pm Sunday, November 13: Noon – 5pm Holiday Spirit at Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design Tentative schedule: …

Nova Scotia Gem & Mineral Show

For the first time in 3 years, I got my little behind to the NS Gem & Mineral Show. I went completely bonkers and oh boy am I glad I did! Check out the colour on that aquamarine! The deep blue apatite! the brilliant yellow citrine, the peridot… oh man …

Crazy New Vintage Steampunk Flower Birchbark Clocky Things

Hoo boy, I love this batch. I had several new sets of components I had wanted to try – enameled flowers I got from an artist on etsy, lacquered birchbark I’d harvested from a friend’s woodpile, skeleton keys my dad salvaged from his basement, and stamped bronze and copper filigree …

Sneaky Preview

The new materials I’ve got on the bench are blowing my mind. Unfortunately, my vacation totally interrupted my creativity time and I can’t show you anything finished yet! I can, however, totally tease you :) And ok, you can see some of the half-finished bits in the background. Maybe I …

Brooches of the Steampunk Variety

For those of you who have asked if I make brooches …. I do now! I know I’ve been inundating you with updates lately, but I can’t help it! I’ve just been so productive and I love to share :)

Upcoming Uncommon Beach Glass

These are soooo pretty! My parents brought me most of these (the yellow one was from last week!) and the gray in the bottom left corner was presented to me by a dear friend. I should have put these in the light box so you can get an idea of …

Working With What Ya Got!

The other day I finally completed the pile of waiting earrings on the workbench. For some reason they were completely blocking me! I normally work in batches of 100 at a time but these 2 dozen just wouldn’t finish themselves. But I got ’em all done and reached out for …

Vintage-y Goodness! Skeleton Keys & Buttons :)

An unexpected burst of energy after supper resulted in 3 new pieces for today! The buttons have been laid out in these colour combinations on the workbench for at least a couple of weeks but I just couldn’t make it work in my head. I added the inverted washers, which …

Valentine Heart Pendants

A dozen or so heart pendants in blood red, sunset orange, and sweetheart pink, plus one special hammered pendant in extra-large. These will be available at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design later this week!

Christmas Week!

I just love Christmas. People who see me in November probably think I’m a grinch but I just hate EARLY Christmas. It shouldn’t be months-long. But I love it when it’s here! In my family, my brother’s birthday is a week before The Big Day. We usually try to keep …