Monday, April 27, 2015

Working with stones

I've been very busy preparing for my spring shows.  The Toronto Knitters' Frolic went well, and I have the Milton Farm Craft Show this weekend, the 2nd and 3rd.

The Milton show will be my first opportunity to show off some of my new jewellery designs.  One thing I've been working on is making necklaces with beautiful Jasper stones.

The necklace above features a big Jasper stone and handmade bronze wire links.

This necklace features a beautifully colored stone, bronze bars woven together with copper wire and an antiqued copper chain.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A little bling

I didn't design this bracelet but Malliga Nathan, a talented designer who works at my favorite bead store, BeadFX, graciously gave me permission to reproduce it for sale.  It is made with metal beads and Swarovski crystals in a right-angle-weave technique and is placed on a leather strap with magnetic clasp.  I'm fairly new to beading so learning this stitch was a challenge.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

New Shawl Pin Design

Here is my latest shawl pin design.  I made them using my new "Now That's a Jig".  I choked on the price of the jig, but it works beautifully and is easier to use than my homemade jigs of nails hammered into pieces of wood.  I've got a lot of experimenting to do with it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Bevy of Bracelets

I recently watched a session of Craftcast with Alison Lee called Patina Playtime where she made some cool bracelets from brass cuff blanks.  I decided to make some of my own, and I'm happy with the way they turned out.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

My new website

Finally it's finished.  I took my new website live today.  You can check it out at:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Adventure at Balls Falls

I just completed the four-day Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival (Canadian Thanksgiving) and it ended up with an unusual adventure.  After three beautifully sunny but cold days, it rained on Monday and turned the grounds into a muddy mess.  Around 3:30pm, a very large van tried to exit the area and managed to slip and slide right into my tent!!!!!  The guy had tried a couple of times to get through the somewhat narrow opening between my tent and the cars parked along the side, and each time his bald tires let him slip closer to me.  Finally he hit one of my tent poles.  I screamed at him to stop, and fortunately he did.  There was no way he could go backwards or forwards without sliding further into my tent which was staked firmly into the ground.  The only solution was to take my tent down and hope that the pole wasn't damaged.  With some help from the show personnel, I packed up all my inventory, broke down the displays and emptied the tent.  We removed all the stakes and weights and when the tent was free of restraints, we picked it up and moved it about a foot and a half away from the van.  This was my first time to use the tent, and I had worried about all kinds of things except getting hit by a van!  It turned out that the tent pole and zipper were fine, so now I just have a couple of muddy side walls to clean up.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mokume gane pendants and earrings

I'm preparing for some shows this fall and these pendants and earrings are some of my new works. They are in the Julie Picarello style of mokume gane technique.  For those who don't know, you make a stack of different colors of polymer clay and poke holes in it.  Then you take shavings from the stack and use them to make your objects.  It's a fun technique because you never know quite what you will get.