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:
My studio, in my farmhouse basement, has been feeling pretty chilly this past week. Today, when I woke up to snow, I got all excited – it’s so beautiful! Then, I fired up the furnace. The wood stove wasn’t quite doing it…especially not in the basement.
Things are much toastier now and I happily spent time finishing a few pieces I’d been working on. A lovely pink Feather Ridge plume agate pendant necklace and another with a stunning green and red ocean jasper. I love to let these amazing stones take centre stage – there’s just so much to them. So I gave them simple bezel settings and let them do their thing.
Ocean jasper pendant necklace
Feather Ridge plume agate necklace
Also finished a fun pair of circle earrings for party season!
Silver circle drop earrings
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:
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
Mystic topaz & sterling
Ocean jasper & sterling
Copper anticlastic earrings
Recently, a woman named Shanell Mouland contacted me because she loves my jewelry and wanted to write about it on her blog, http://www.goteamkate.com. 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:
I continue stocking up my shop with new creations in anticipation of the two upcoming shows I’m taking part in.
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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….
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…
I see it’s been longer than I thought since my last post. That’s what happens when you get super-busy I guess. In my case, it’s been preparing for the arts festival/markets I’m part of this summer. The first was last weekend on a beautiful lavender farm here in Quebec, just north of the Vermont border. There were about 40 artists and artisans – all of them native francophones except me. It was great for my French! Met some wonderful people and, in spite of the rain and grey weather, it turned out really well.
I was busy creating what I could in anticipation. The next show runs from July 18 to 27 and is also here in the Eastern Townships. It’s called the Festival des arts Georgeville – Fitch Bay. The website, which should be up and running soon, is http://www.festivaldesarts.net. It takes place in five different venues and is lots of fun. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by – there’s a huge variety of art!
Here are some of my recent creations:
I live 20 minutes north of the U.S. border and, like most of us who live around here, I cross it fairly regularly. Usually, it’s incident-free. Today was the exception for my 80 year old parents, though. I was working on earrings in my studio, when I got a call from them. They were in their car, somewhere in Vermont. They left this morning on a road trip and were asked at the border whether they had any citrus fruit with them. They replied, no, they did not. The border official then proceeded to find a rogue lemon in the back of their car. They were pulled over, fully interrogated, scolded, and held up, then finally ordered to pay a $300 fine! After their initial fury subsided, and they got back on the road, they started to find some humour in it and called me to rant about it.
That’s an aside, though. I’ve added some fun earrings to the collection, plus a lovely summery aqua chalcedony ring. Cushion-shaped stone and beautiful milky aqua, like the sea.