Back in the studio, inspired by fall


I know, I’ve been missing in action for far too long. I have a million excuses….

Just wanted to report on my last show of the summer – the Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts Festival in Toronto. It was three days of great fun and non-stop crowds milling through the park where 190 of us were displaying our wares. A first outdoor show for me and a real learning experience! Setting up a tent, dealing with the damage caused by an overnight rainstorm, meeting all sorts of interesting shoppers and artists and making a good number of sales. The challenge was not to buy everything else there….

Here are a few pieces I’ve created since then, plus a shot of my tent at Cabbagetown Festival. Loved the shadows of the tree:

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Wha??? Where has summer gone?!


Busy times….Why does summer always seem to race by? Around here, in the country, most activity seems to get crammed into the two short, hot months of the year, so it ends up being a bit of a blur.

Have done two great arts festivals so far since June, and am busily prepping for the next BIG one: the Cabbagetown Art and Crafts Sale in Toronto on Sept. 5-7. It’s a whole lot bigger than the last two and I’m working to create as much as possible before then!

Here are a few recent pieces I’ve added:

Kyanite & sterling earrings

Kyanite & sterling earrings

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Mystic topaz & sterling

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Ocean jasper & sterling

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Copper anticlastic earrings

Arts festival in full swing


I’m now mid-way through the second arts festival of the summer – this one is Festival des arts Georgeville – Fitch Bay, here in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. My booth is in the Mairie (town hall) in Fitch Bay, a lovely former church, then dance hall, with gorgeous honey-toned aged wooden walls. The wooden backdrop for the paintings being shown there is incredible and really makes the art pop! My co-artists are wonderful and we’re having lots of laughs as we get to know each other. 

If you find yourself in the neighbourhood, do drop by! There’s another site in Fitch Bay and three more in Georgeville, so it makes for a great drive.

Here are some of the pieces I have there:

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Blog love and new pieces

Blog love and new pieces

Recently, a woman named Shanell Mouland contacted me because she loves my jewelry and wanted to write about it on her blog, She writes about parenting a child with autism and about “Products we love”, among other things. An open letter she wrote last year to thank the man who sat next to her daughter, Kate, on a plane and was so kind and patient with her went viral. Anyway, here’s what she wrote about my shop:

Nice, eh?

I continue stocking up my shop with new creations in anticipation of the two upcoming shows I’m taking part in. 



O Canada!


Dear Le Chien Noir Jewelry followers,

In celebration of Canada Day, today only take 15% off anything in my shop! Use coupon code BLOG15 at

With the arrival of summer, we’re experiencing intense heat here in Southeastern Quebec. I’m so thankful for the huge lake nearby and the small pond – as well as for having my studio in the very cool basement of my farmhouse. Makes getting to work a treat!

I’ve been spending lots of quality time down there, creating pieces for some of the wonderful gemstones I’ve collected in recent months. Such fun! Also, preparing for the upcoming Festival des arts Georgeville – Fitch Bay coming up later this month. Stay tuned for much more.

Here are some new pieces, featuring stones I’m swooning over….



Blue orbit


Here’s a really fun ring I just finished yesterday. It’s a gorgeous, sky-blue round chalcedony cab, surrounded by a slightly off-kilter wobbly circle of sterling. Textured on top with my hammer. And the whole works is oxidized, including the textured shank. I love pieces that make me smile…



Spring cleaning


Now that summer is finally here, I thought it was about time to do some spring cleaning. That means I’ve dropped the prices on many items in my shop. You’ll find them in the SALE section:

Here are a few samples of what you’ll find there:

All of this is to make room for new pieces! Stay tuned for fresh additions!!!