Monday, 25 August 2014

It Made a Difference to This One

A beach was covered with starfish that had washed ashore, and a little boy was bent over picking up one after another and throwing them back into the water. 
His mother rushed over and said, 'What are you doing?"  
The little boy replied, "If they don't get back into the ocean they will dry in the sun and die" 
"You can’t possibly throw all these starfish back in. It won’t make a difference." 
To which the little boy says, 'Well, it made a difference to this one.’

This is a lovely adaptation of a tale written by Loren Eisley called The Starfish Thrower.

It reminds us that no matter how small the gesture it can make a big difference to someone and if you add up all those small differences they can be very powerful!  The recent ALS  Ice Bucket Challenge brought this to mind.  One little gesture by each person involved can lead to huge fundraising effort for a traditionally underfunded charity and awareness to a devastating disease, that before this, few knew about.

To continue to raise awareness of this disease I am making a limited edition necklace inspired by this story.

Each necklace is unique, as no 2 pieces of beach glass are the same.  The necklace features a sterling silver starfish charm, fresh water pearl and beautiful piece of hand-wrapped beach glass all on a fine sterling chain measuring 16". $10 of each necklace goes to  ALS Canada.
$35

Monday, 21 July 2014

My Love Affair With Turquoise.

I think one of my favourite stones has always been turquoise, whether it is the real deal, African "turquoise" or turquoise dyed howelite there is something about the colour, veining and texture that  always calls to me.  It is almost a neutral in that you can pair it with almost any colour and it will look great.  It looks especially spectacular paired with silver which is my favourite metal.

Last week I had a lunch date down town with a friend and headed to my favourite treasure hunt bead store: Lenus Beads.  They always have rows of un-named semi precious stones that even if they don't have a pedigree I still love and they always seem to inspire. This time I was smitten with these turquoise stones, they are either African turquoise or dyed howelite but either way they sang to me. I sat down right away and made three pieces........



First I paired this gorgeous stone with prehnite, amazonite, labradorite and pyrite in this statement crocheted wirw necklace.  $35


 Then I combined it with large silver plated jump rings in this bold stretch bracelet $30


I loved the look of the bracelet so much I made this beautiful necklace with the same stones and jump rings adding a sparkly silver plated chain. $32

I still have some turquoise left...who knows what it will become!

Just to round things out a bit I pulled out some glass pearls in the colour of the year and created this crocheted necklace....
Orchid glass pearls, flourite and fire polished crystals. $25


Saturday, 7 June 2014

What do You Think?

I was approached by  Pancreatic Cancer Canada to design some jewelry, possibly a bracelet, to sell on their website to raise funds. Their colour is purple and they asked to have a dove incorporated.  I have designed these 4 pieces so far....would you buy these if they were in the $30 range?



Friday, 6 June 2014

Relay for Life

Thanks to everyone that purchased jewelry from me this year I was able to donate $270 to the Saint Jude Elementary School Cancer Busters Relay for life team!  I do this every year in honour of my former colleague and friend Patrick who was diagnosed with tonsil cancer 5 years ago and who beat the odds and is now cancer free thanks to your donation dollars.
Relay for Life 2011
Cancer free! Patrick and his children 

Sunday, 1 June 2014

All That Glitters Isn't Gold...Sometimes It's Silver

 Love Notes
Fine silver heart imprinted with the text from a Victorian love note and antiqued to bring out the script. (also available in a high shine polish) 16"Sterling snake chain. $50.  16" sterling silver fine cable chain $45

Beautiful off white polished stone set in fine silver with a heat coloured copper bail.  16" sterling box chain $30
 Jasper stone set in fine silver on a 16" sterling box chain.
$30
 Antiqued fine silver pendant imprinted with fine Queen Anne lace flowers. 16" sterling cable chain. $40
 Clear green amethyst faceted briolette dangle delicately from a hand forged sterling circle.
Sterling fine cable chain. 17"
$35 sold
 Zoisite framed in fine silver on a 18" sterling box chain.
$30
 Raw fluorite crystal with sterling bail and sterling  fine cable chain.  Fluorite is a great stone to calm and relieve anxiety and stress. It can help get rid of mental blocks and similar mental issues.
$28
 These moonstones are too beautiful to capture in a single shot.  The blues, purples and pinks that dance around their facets are mesmerizing. 5 hand wrapped briolettes hang from a hand forged silver circle.
$35 sold
 Oh My!
Fun little rustic free form hand forged sterling hoops hang from sterling ear wires.
$25
 Green amethyst and sterling silver hoops.
$35
 Smoky quartz faceted briolettes hand from hand forged silver hoops.
$30
 Silver rings dance around a hand forged silver paddle.
$25
Fun sterling hoops hang from a tendril embellished ear wire.
$27

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

Well the day is finally here, after few delays due to Lori, the organizer's ongoing health struggles.  Just a reminder of what my partner Bonnie Coursolle of Jaspers Gems sent me back in March.




These aren't colours or materials I usually work with but the beads were beautiful handmade ceramic from Grubbi Ceramics in the U.K.

I left them out for a while seeing what they inspired me to do.  It was getting down to the wire so I decided to do a creative marathon and get everything done in an afternoon.  I seem to work best under pressure :-)

These are the results:

There was a large and heavy copper clasp included in the soup but I decided to split it up and make it a focal with the wee little bird dangling from it.  I thought she was so sweet I didn't want to detract from her so I kept the rest simple.  Just a plain copper chain embellished with some little shell flowers.


The next piece I used the large ceramic focal.  It seemed very bohemian so I paired it with the waxed cotton cord knotted with seed beads and the remaining smaller ceramic beads.

The last piece I focused on the copper beads Bonnie had selected and dug in my stash for something to highlight them.  I think they look stunning paired with amazonite and aventurine in the double strand bracelet.  Quite a departure from the first 2 pieces.

I can't wait to see what Bonnie made with the soup I sent her!

Please check out the blogs of the other participants of the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog  Party

Monday, 5 May 2014

Glamour in the Glebe

Get ready to get your glam on!  This weekend I will be participating in the Glamour in the Glebe  Jewellery Show and Artisan market.

Why not come out to the opening night gala where you will have a chance to see incredible jewellery made by local artisans featured in a glammed up fashion show! Not into fashion shows, come Saturday for an incredible artisan market featuring 30 local artists....something for everyone!

Just a taste of what i will be featuring.......
SOLD

Crocheted wire






Versatile necklaces that convert to wrap bracelets












Fun summer bracelets



SOLD

Funky necklaces

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Spring Thaw

This Saturday I will be participating in the Spring Thaw Craft Fair.  This artisan sale is being held at Re:Purpose on Gloucester Street near Bank Street.  Re:Purpose is a retail store that is affiliated with Operation Come Home, an organization that works with homeless and at risk youth. Most of the works of art in the store are the creations of the youth working with operation Come Home and are made mostly from donated items.  This programs helps youth develop skills, business and artistic, as well as provide a source of income.  Spring Thaw will highlight these talented young artisans as well as artisans from a round the city.



This week I am taking time to work on some pieces to round out my offerings.  I made this piece to highlight the gorgeous glow of copper and the incredible beauty of raw fluorite crystals.  Fluorite helps the wearer focus and helps with memory.....who doesn't need that!


Copper Leaf
A beautiful hand made copper leaf is highlighted by turquoise sari silk  and 2 captured raw fluorite octahedron crystals.  The chain is hand made copper and the entire piece is 17".

$45

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Shiny Things

Yesterday was devoted to all things shiny.  Shiny faceted stones, shiny glass, shiny crystals and shiny silver....when it's gloomy out you need to create your own shine!


Regal
Faceted carnelian, amethyst, citrine, quartz and smoky quartz interspersed with gold plated beads. Matching earrings.

$50SOLD





Fun little earrings in carnelian, amethyst and crystal quartz.

$15











Smoky
Smoky quartz with silver lined seed beads.


$35


Matching double wrap bracelet and earrings.

Bracelet: $20
Earrings: $15




Venice
Murano inspired glass squares in ocean blues with brushed 
silver plated tear drops and sparkly crystals.
$30
earrings
$15


Infinity
Silver plated infinity charm accented with fresh
 water pearls and silver plated tubes.
 $ 20
Rain on the Beach
Recycled glass reminiscent of beach glass
 with frosted silver plated rain drops.
$23