Monday, April 21, 2014

This post is very overdue but I've been working on many different things. I'd like to say that I have been traveling in Europe, but sadly no, just busy at home in my studio. The sewing machine has been my instrument du jour for the past month. My favourite from that period is this ivory linen dress which was featured at the One of a Kind Show. Over part of the month of March and into some of April came the "roll up to win" again this year. I did my best to win that car pictured on the cup but alas did not win a thing. No coffee, no doughnut, no nothing! So... to pay homage to Tim Horton's I created this pin. Please Play Again
There's a new show of British Artists at the Art Gallery of Ontario which I am going to see. Here is my pin for that journey.
The Secret started off its life as one of my beloved Nancy Drew books. Not reading them for many, many years they have become interesting additions to my sculptures and sculptural pins.
To get all of this work done one needs a space of their own, and this is mine. Work in progress, many stages of progress, covers my desk at all times.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

2 Weeks in One.

Last week I did not get a pin made so this week there will be 2. And why didn't I get a pin made? Well.... my time spent in Jamaica was used up by sitting on the beach, sitting by the pool, sitting at the table eating (the food was really good) and sitting on the big, beautiful veranda reading. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. My nephew's wedding on the beach was beautiful and the weather was perfect, nice and hot with a breeze. To celebrate being in the tropics my week 6 pin is a sterling silver bird of paradise flower. I was surprised at how many of these plants were in bloom at the resort. Week seven's pin was inspired while I was at the yoga studio. They had just gotten in some new headbands and a woman was trying to decide which one to buy. She really struggled over her decision. After indulging in all of that delicious food and no exercising I am back to my yoga schedule.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Postcard from Paradise

My nephew is getting married and I'm going! I wasn't going at first because the wedding is Jamaica and we just couldn't squeeze a couple of plane tickets out of our family budget. As it turns out my Nephew's other Aunt, who did buy a ticket can't go. So..... she graciously asked me if I would go in her place. How could I say no. My pin this week is of a postcard sent home from Jamaica.
Last night's trunk sale was a great success. I want to thank everyone that came out.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Zen of Knitting

To me, knitting fits into life itself as meditation, creative expression, a way to connect to others, and a feeling of home. It also gives comfort which comes from repetition and continuity. My brooch this week celebrates these feelings with sterling silver knitting needles and variegated silk yarn.
I am starting a knitting group which will meet once a week at Bliss Yoga in Barrie. This is not a class but a meeting of like minded people. It will be a time to learn from others, exchange ideas, motivate ourselves and have fun. Experienced as well as beginning knitters, even those that don't knit at all are welcome. We don't discriminate you crocheters can bring your embroidery friends.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Three

Here is my third weeks brooch. The stone, called Sonora Sunset was purchased in Arizona as a large slab. Derek cut and polished the stone and I set it in the sterling silver bezel frame. I chose the stone this week because of it's name. I don't know about you but I've noticed a couple of sunsets over this past week. Since November the sun has been setting without me even noticing. The daylight would just disappear and and all of a sudden it was dark out and usually before I had finished work for the day. The sun is now on the upswing and setting later every night. Last night Derek and I were out at 6:20 and there was still a little light in the sky. The sun had set but in the sky there was colour . I find that so uplifting at this time of year. I know there is still a lot of cold weather left to endure but Spring is now on the horizon.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Week 2

Over the last 3 days we here in Southern Ontario have had some beautiful weather. The temperature was above freezing, the sun was shining and the snow was melting. All of those things that we long for mid winter. It felt like spring was in the air and I started looking around for those tell tale signs of that wonderful season. (Silly me) Here it is only the second week in January and I'm looking at buds on the trees. We still have two and a half months until the end of March and there is no guarantee that it won't snow in April, in fact it usually does snow sometime in April. In fact when I was a teen I got a new horse which was delivered to the stable April 2 and on April 3 I couldn't get over to the stable to see him because of the snow. It was a true snow day, school canceled, roads closed and my Mum refused to drive me. So.... to show my daydreaming in a brooch I have cast an apple twig, in bronze, with the buds waiting for the real Spring weather to open up.
Cast Bronze Stick Pin

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Brooch a Week for 2014

I wanted to do something special this year to keep me making jewellery. Lately my efforts have all been in my sewing room so this will keep me moving in two directions. I plan to use a variety of materials for this project which will push and stretch me out of any comfort zone I might have had. The first several days of this new year here in Barrie it has been alternating between very cold weather and snow blizzards. To celebrate the wonderful winter weather (I'm trying really hard to embrace winter even though I would much rather be complaining about it), my first pin will honour the rabbits which we see just outside our kitchen window. Every night 2 rabbits come around and have a nosh on my quince branches. Unfortunately for the rabbits the snow has now covered all of the medium sized shrubs. The temperature here is suppose to rise towards the weekend with a possibility of rain so that should take down the height of the snow.