art shows, Bracelets, Brooches, Earrings, Gemstones, Jewelry, Jewelry making, Necklaces, Rings

I’m embarrassed at how long it’s been since my last instalment here! The thing is, there never seem to be enough hours in the day or days in the week. I spend every spare moment creating jewelry – as the saying goes, “makers gonna make”. It really is addictive, and there are always many projects and designs in the making.

This past summer’s festival season was incredible, including two biggies in Toronto – the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in early July, then the Cabbagetown Art & Crafts show in early September. Such fun, great sales and wonderful feedback! I’m going to be in Montreal next weekend at the Westmount Artisans show at Victoria Hall, 4626, Sherbrooke O. Westmount. Hours are 10:30 – 5, both Nov. 12 and 13. If you’re in the neighbourhood, come and say hi!

In the meantime, here are some photos of new pieces:



A confession

Brooches, Jewelry, Jewelry making

I have a confession: I rarely think about brooches. Until very recently, that is, when a very sweet neighbor down the road from my farm ordered a few pieces of jewelry for the women in his life. One of these is his mother. He said she has all kinds of stuff and asked my advice on what might be meaningful to her.

My immediate response was that anything coming from her son is bound to mean a lot, whether it’s something she would choose for herself or not. We discussed some options, then the idea of a brooch struck me. It’s relatively safe, versatile, and can take many shapes and forms. He liked the idea, so I got going and made a few options for him to look at. First, a simple forged squiggle in sterling. Small, innocuous, sweet and fun. The second is a similar squiggle forged in sterling, but I added a tube-set faceted Oregon sunstone, for a subtle bit of sparkle.

We’ll let him decide if his mum is the sparkly type or more minimalist.

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Here they the two brooches:

Sterling squiggle brooch

Sterling squiggle brooch


Sterling squiggle brooch with Oregon sunstone