Friday, January 1, 2016

It's 2016!

Every new year brings a new beginning. Full of promise and hope and optimism. And time to reflect on the year that just passed.

Reflections on some wonderful highs and heartbreaking lows. And a very scary event involving Ron and his now missing gall bladder. We found a way to survive the lows and come out the other side with an appreciation of our strength and how blessed we are. And I try not to ask Ron every five minutes how he is feeling!

Reg and Erin's dinner theatre, Theatre in the Country, ended the year on a high note. With amazing productions planned for 2016.

We had fun with Meadow Impressions. Lots of markets and craft shows. Time consuming and hard work but so rewarding. This winter Ron has some special projects for customers plus, as usual, something for Suzanne and Ken, who have been so generous to us. I have paper to make, flowers to colour, and some ideas for more crackle pictures.

There are ongoing renovations in the house. So far, our plans include: finishing the indoor shutters (I know, the pictures on facebook looked like we had finished them, but no), tackling the kitchen countertops and crooked cupboard doors, installing ceiling tiles in the hallway. Etc.

We spent some time in Vancouver over Christmas. We were babysitting Missy the cat and Nibbles the bird. We brought Lucy with us and she had a great time. Off leash dog parks every day.

First, Starbucks!


dog parks


time with friends and family





Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tiles

Whenever we visit our family in Arizona, we love to go to craft shows and artisan shops and always get inspired. We have been lucky to find glass artists who are happy to share their discoveries. One such generous artist at a Fountain Hills craft show introduced us to the concept of glass tiles. Each tile has three layers: base colour, dichroic glass and a clear top. 




Each tile is cut to make matching pendants, bracelets, earrings, etc.








Sunday, November 1, 2015

Jewelry Sets

When glass is melting in the kiln, it will stretch as it melts. The dichroic surface cannot stretch so it has to fracture. It fractures into patterns that cannot be duplicated.

In order to have matching pieces, the glass must be fired at the same time. (Like snowflakes, no two are alike).









Friday, October 30, 2015

New Stuff

There are endless possibilities when working with glass. Ron is always open to travelling down new paths. He is self-taught, loves YouTube, and is inspired by customers' suggestions.

Upcycling is not new, but this year we have expanded our selection.

These baubles are blown from beer and wine bottles, then wire-wrapped.
The chimneys are the necks of the bottles that were used for glassware. (we hate to waste anything!) They protect tealight candles from the wind.




These glasses, cut from beer and wine bottles, are annealing in the kiln.


The spoon rests are made from all types of jars and bottles. As with the glassware, we look for interesting shapes and textures.


These pendants were formed using lampworking techniques. This involves shaping the glass in a flame.


It is often difficult to manipulate a bracelet clasp by yourself. Not with these bracelet helpers!










Thursday, October 29, 2015

Farmers' Markets, 2015

From May until September, our lives are occupied with Farmers' Markets. Three days a week. Thursday through Saturday. This year, the markets were in One Hundred Mile House, Clearwater and Barriere. We love the Loon Bay market, which we sold at for many years. However, now that we have an arthritic dog, we prefer the hours of the Clearwater market. We have also come to love this area and its' people.

Our theme remains the same: glass, handmade paper and pressed flowers. But we are always discovering new methods and creations.

Last year I was told about the amazing qualities of wasps' nests in my paper pulp:

2014 entry on wasps' nests

 This year I was asked to make cards with a coffee scent for The Bicycle Tree. The coffee scent evaporated, but I liked the bumps the coffee grounds made. So coffee grounds get thrown into my paper pulp with the nests and whatever else I have on hand.

The cafe also asked for Christmas cards. New for me, but they were fun to make. My friend suggested I add glitter to each card and that was really fun to do.







Friday, October 10, 2014

Latest Version of the Studio

Our original vision of the studio has undergone many changes, and has yet to have an actual opening to people other than ourselves.  
Its' main function this past two years has been for Ron to upcycle beer and wine bottles into glasses, spoon rests, etc.  This entailed a lot of flying glass particles.  
Last summer Ron constructed a partition between the display area and the work area.
I painted it white.


We are just beginning to arrange the product.  And deciding what to feature.  So it is still a work in progress.





This is a very comfy chair just to sit and read, and dream...


We painted the siding to match the house.


And, in the spring, we can put out our sign  :)


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer Markets

This summer has been our busiest.  Most weeks, we are doing three markets.  Our regular markets have been the Cariboo Farmers Market in 100 Mile and Loon Bay Resort.  This summer we added the Barriere and Clearwater Farmers Markets.   We have been meeting new fellow vendors and enjoying new customers.  So, making lots of product....








The kiln is loaded with pendants, bracelets, earrings, rings - to be.  Three pendants got a little too close - no problem, Ron can fix that